As part of Little Cypress Baptist Church’s 75 anniversary celebration, Drs. Henry and Tom Blackaby will be leading a “Hearing God’s Voice” conference Oct. 5– 6, at the church.

Henry Blackaby is a well-known religious author that has written several study books including “Experiencing God,” which is been used by several local churches.

The “Experiencing God” workbook is now published in 47 languages and is being used by almost every denomination.

Little Cypress Baptist’s Pastor David Turner said Dr. Henry Blackaby has been instructing people all around the world in various conferences and the United Nations on the subject of “Experiencing God.” “That’s the name of the primary book he’s written although he’s written many, many, others,” said Turner. “The book that he’s teaching here, this weekend, is ‘Hearing God’s Voice.’ Now it doesn’t have anything to do with hearing God with your ears,” said Turner. “It has to do with how you know you’re hearing from God, how you know the difference from your thoughts and when He’s the one speaking to you.” Turner said this is something Henry Blackaby is doing in his retirement. Blackaby used to be in charge of spiritual awakening for the entire Southern Baptist convention. “For all the millions of Southern Baptist in the world, that was his responsibility,” said Turner.

Accompanying Blackaby will be his son, Dr. Tom Blackaby. Tom runs his father’s international ministry. Turner said the father and son team will take turns preaching this weekend.

This is not a ticketed event, but love offerings will be collected during the event to cover expenses for the speakers. Turner said the church is not trying to generate any funds with this event. All funds will go to the speakers.

Friday the doors will open at 5 p.m. The presentation will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday the doors open at 8 a.m. with the event scheduled 9 a.m. To 3:15 p.m. The speakers will alternate. Turner said they are set up for 650 people in the main building with an overflow of 300 and the old sanctuary. There will be breaks and an opportunity for people to have lunch, but it will not be provided by the church. Turner said they are not prepared to feed that many people.

Flyers about the event were sent to churches from Lafayette, La. to Houston and from Courville to Galveston; about 1600 churches.

Turner said they are praying for a large turnout because they want people to be able to hear this message. Turner said this is a book that can be bought at bookstores or online, but the conference will give people the opportunity to hear the message in person from Blackaby. “Dr. Blackaby is in his 80s,” said Turner. “His time for being able to travel across the country as a public speaker is probably fairly limited, so we really wanted everyone to have the opportunity to meet him and enjoyed his ministry.”

Henry Blackaby will also be preaching the Sunday morning service at 10:30 a.m. Little Cypress Baptist will also hold regular evening church services Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Blackaby will not be at the evening service.

The church is located at 3274 Little Cypress Dr.

For information about the conference itself or a map to the location, go to the church Web site: “When they go to the Web site, Henry Blackaby’s logo will be prominently displayed. They’ll be able to click on that and get the information they need,” said Turner. They can also contact the church at 409-883-8905.

Pictured above: Dr. Henry Blackaby

Dr. Tom Blackaby

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