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Passages Ministries

The Evangelistic Ministries of John "BJ" Hall

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Satan's Sifting

October 18, 2017

~ By Evangelist John BJ Hall ~

I believe there is a real devil! Many people don’t. They put him in the same category as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. They relegate him to the superstition and ignorance of the Middle Ages.

The Bible declares his existence, his intentions, as well as his m…

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The Witness at My Door

October 15, 2017

~ By Evangelist John BJ Hall ~

They were standing at my front door. Two women and a teenage girl stood there after knocking on the door. When I opened the door, I knew who they were and why they were there. They each were holding a copy of The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. The le…

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Help My Baby!

October 12, 2017

~ By Evangelist John BJ Hall ~

I was on my way to seminary classes at Oklahoma Baptist University. As I drove south out of Chandler I crested a hill and saw a woman lying in the middle of the highway. Several hundred yards south there was a van in the ditch on my side of the road. I stopped to ch…

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How is Your Forgetter?

October 9, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

I was watching TV and decided I wanted to get a drink. I got up and walked with the remote to the fridge. I looked inside and saw some tea that I wanted. I placed the remote in the fridge, closed the door, and walked back into the den. I sat down, kicked back in the rec…

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Do All the Pieces Fit?

October 4, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall ~

A little girl was having difficulty with her United States geography lessons. Her dad had a great idea. He bought a puzzle map of the nation with the puzzle states cut into pieces of the puzzle. She struggled to get the pieces to fit so that her dad would be proud …

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He Took My Place

September 30, 2017

~ By Evangelist John BJ Hall ~

It was a cold January day in 1965. The heat was supplied by an open-faced propane heater in the back of the classroom. The class bully had a few firecrackers left over from summer. When the teacher had her back turned, he tossed them in the heater. When they exploded…

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What a Hero Looks Like

September 27, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

Our nation has forgotten what true heroes look like and what they do. Here is my take on that subject.

A young soldier was in the regular army before World War II began. He had gotten married before war broke out and he was “retained for the good of the country.” At…

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Christ is Our Hope

September 23, 2017

– By Evangelist John BJ Hall –

We were in Colorado working wildfire recovery in the Black Forest. Everywhere we went we saw the fingerprints of God. One home was burned completely to the foundation. One of our team members reached down and picked up a broken shard of pottery. Under that shar…

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The Starting Point

September 19, 2017

- By Evangelist John BJ Hall -

My father was a wise man. Many times I heard him say, “If God can’t use you where you are, He certainly can’t use you where you’re not.” I have found this to be true in life. If I am not willing to serve God where I am, how dare I think I will serve Him somewher…

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True Love

September 12, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall –

On January 6, 1970, I met a beautiful brown eyed girl, who I knew I would spend the rest of my life loving. She was a senior in high school and I was a freshman in a junior college. Two days after we met, I asked her to marry me. She said yes.

The only thing …

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The Final Scene

September 9, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall --

Have you ever felt that God’s hand was turned against you? Has it at times seemed that things were beyond hope, that everything in life was going wrong?

That is a common problem for man. Jesus said, “… He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and s…

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My Heritage

September 5, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

My father was reared during the depression and dust bowl days in northwest Oklahoma. His family farmed a forty acre patch of sand and scrub. His father, besides being a farmer, was a mule skinner. He raised and trained mules for work. It was hard work but it built char…

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Where Do I Turn?

September 2, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

Years ago, there was a comedy, variety, show that we watched. Hee-Haw was a hilarious diversion from the workaday world. One of my favorite parts of the show was the song that said, “Gloom, despair, and agony on me. Deep dark depression, excessive misery. If it were…

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God Has Always Had a Plan

August 30, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

Don’t you just hate it when you are walking through the house at night and catch your pinky toe on the corner of the dresser? I did that about a week ago and my toe is still sore.

How is it that even when you know where everything is supposed to be in your house, s…

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White Unto Harvest

August 26, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

My father was the pastor of small churches in Oklahoma. I remember going out with farmers who were members of the church, and riding on the combines or in the trucks taking the wheat to the Co-op. The equipment needed to bring in the harvest was very large and very expe…

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The Little Chapel

August 23, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

While I was in seminary I had a class held at a campground near Waco, Texas. I misunderstood the starting time of the class so I arrived about three hours early. There was no one there, so I had time to look around and familiarize myself with my surroundings.

I had a…

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The Difference

August 19, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

I had allowed my spiritual life to become dormant. How could I, a preacher, allow that to happen? I got busy doing things for the Lord and the church. Corrie Ten Boom said it best when she said, “If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.”

I found…

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One Hundred Years and Counting

August 17, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

There is a place that is dear to my heart. It is a place where I have heard God’s voice and answered His call. It is a place where thousands of people of all ages have come to faith in Christ. It is a place where more people have surrendered to the call of missionar…

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Lessons On An Axhead

August 14, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

A few years ago, as Southern Baptists were in some lively debates about the accuracy of the Bible, several typical passages have been mentioned, which a few believe are not historical.  The first eleven chapters of Genesis were being called myth. The deliverance at …

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Running From Your Call

August 9, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

As a kid, running was part of our DNA. My brother and I hardly ever went anywhere that it was not made into a race. The old nursery rhyme The Gingerbread Man comes to mind.

In the 1875 St. Nicholas Magazine tale, a childless old woman bakes a gingerbread man who …

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