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For Believers Only now on theBookpatch


The messages in For Believers Only has been a favorite of mine all my life since elementary school! I enjoyed his sermons and found they fulfilled a spiritual need, offering encouragement, and the ability to focus on the important things of life.

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For Believers Only

Dale Satterthwai …


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Our family first heard Pastor Dale Satterthwaite speak at a National Conference get together of Baptist Churches. The children’s program was great, but I wanted to get something more spiritually nourishing. My folks reluctantly decided to allow me to sit with them and resisted the efforts of the ushers to send me with the “little kids.”

I took notes and listened with great interest to the message from Romans 8:28 about how all things work together for good to God’s people. My folks were deeply involved in a local church, but began to extricate themselves from the various duties, so we could attend Sunday evening services, even though we had to drive over an hour to reach Calvary Baptist Church.

We soon left the local church to attend the morning Sunday services in Los Angeles as well. The time spent under Pastor Dale’s ministry deeply affected our family at all levels. My mother extracted herself from her jobs and schooling so she could be a stay at home mother and home school us children. Daily family devotions became a daily rule, and Bible memory came first. Even the long trips to the church were spent memorizing new verses, and reviewing the quickly growing list of verses and chapters.

This book has been available in both printed form and digital format for Bible software, but this version is a complete new edit of the work. The many Scriptural mentions have had the references added, and a few footnotes have been added. Careful indexing has been added as well as a Scripture index. Typos and other refinements have been completed as well.

It is my wish that this book will find its way in the hands of many of God’s people, so they too can be encouraged in a special way to pay attention to their spiritual lives and begin to see God’s hand in their lives each day. Please take the time to invest in your spiritual future.

Rev. Cleavant Derricks


Well, we finally got back to our hymn story research and writing! The work finished today was a borderline project, since the author was a little wilder in his music of later years than is really honoring to God. He went the way of John Peterson and others like them.

At any rate, the songs Rev. Cleavant Derricks wrote in the 1930’s when things were rough for people in America everywhere, were well received and encouraging! Cleavant worked hard to bringing out a strong proper rhythm, simple wording that is easy to remember and follow, and lively tunes with strong bass parts. He was a prolific writer of songs when he started out and then lost the enthusiasm after serving in World War II as an Army music director.

He decided to settle down and become a Baptist preacher, but his singing kept on going, but not in prestigious or notable churches. Finally in financial straights, he contacted a music producer, asking if he could sell some new songs he would work at writing. They instead did two record albums with him, supplying some much needed income, which was even more important, because it turned out he was dying of cancer.

To use the information in bulletins or other articles for church use, just eliminate the parts not wanted. I have paragraph starts in hopes I will eventually find out more information and be able to expand what was written.

The new article is: Rev. Cleavant Derricks, gospel song writer and Baptist pastor.