GET TOGETHER- PRAY THE WORD

GET TOGETHER- PRAY THE WORD
Col 1:9-11 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;

I am so thankful for the many ways that we are told that we can pray in the Bible. We know that the Lord gave us an example in the prayer that we often refer to as the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus also gave us other examples like the neighbor who was out of bread and when a visitor came, he kept knocking on the door until he got an answer. Sometimes some of us pray in an unknown tongue. So in the Bible we often see differ examples of prayer. The main thing is for the Holy Spirit to be praying through us as we pray for others. Because He knows what is on the Father’s heart. And He will put it on our heart.

A dear friend of mine and J.J.’s sister Carolyn Lovelady from Dora, Alabama helped us to learn about the importance and the power of praying the word for others, over others, and concerning certain situations. This week as I was reading the Book of Colossians, I was reminded of this when Paul shared how that he was praying for the church at Colossae. As I look at that prayer, I would just like to share with you some things that I gleaned from that and how that I believe that we can pray that prayer for ourselves and for others.

First, Paul tells the people that he prays for them regularly. That is a good thing for all of us. We are to pray for our congregations, our family, our friends, our co-workers, and yes, our enemies. We should do that regularly as the Holy Spirit leads us.

He prays that they be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in wisdom and spiritual understanding. Isn’t that a good thing for us to pray for anyone and for everyone?

He prays that they would glorify the Lord. Please pray that for me and that I would not be a glory seeker but would glorify the Lord.
He prays that they would please God. Wow! What if everyone in our family, our church, our community, our nation, and in the world was pleasing God at the present time?

He prays that they will be fruitful in every good work. Could not our churches be used to change the world if every believer in Jesus Christ was being fruitful in every good work?

So today if at times you may feel like you want to be sure to pray the will of God over someone’s life, or a church, or any other situation. Pray the word of God. We have a promise in Isa 55:11 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Pray it! Believe it and stand on it!

Before I close, I ask you to pray for our good friends Richard and Carolyn Lovelady. They are having some serious health issues at the present time. Please keep their son Scott, their daughter Gina, and their families in your prayers at this time.

One more thing. There has never been a more important time in the Kingdom for us to be a people that pray as I have just talked about than now. And there has never been a more important time for us to be an answer to someone’s prayer than at this time

Let Us Pray
Lord we thank You that You have given us the freedom to come boldly before Your throne of grace. Forgive us when we have taken that for granted. For all that read this I pray today that you will birth new life into prayer lives of those who may have grown weary. May we know that You can use us in ways that we cannot ask or imagine when we get serious about our prayer lives.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love you all
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. It is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, I believe it is on TV 16.
Please pray for our broadcast that the Lord will use it to bring sinners into the Kingdom and to edify His people.
This Sunday’s Message : Over Coming Temptation Like Jesus Did

Get Together- What A Wonderful Month

Get Together- What A Wonderful Month
Eph 6:2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: Mt 19:5 “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? (NKJV)

Either last week, or another week me and my good friend Richard Wilson were talking about how in both of our lives June had been such a prophetic month. I would just like to share a few ways that June is such a special month to me.

First of all, J.J. and I will be celebrating 41 years of marriage this coming Monday June the 20th. That day over 41 years ago brother Mahlon Felkins married us at the Childersburg United Methodist Church in Childersburg, Alabama. He also gave us wonderful counsel in what Holy Matrimony is between a man and a woman.

Another great joy is seeing some of the couples that the Lord has allowed me to perform their ceremony having good solid marriages between the husband and the wife. Not all were married in the month of June. But none the less during the month of June I do think about and praise God for them being united in Holy Matrimony no matter what month it may have been in.

Last Sunday marked 26 years since we began serving our first church as a pastoral family at Bethlehem Church. We moved to Hamilton on a Wednesday 26 years ago last week. Next week will mark 17 years ago when we began the ministry that God called us to at Christ Community Fellowship.

This Saturday will be my daddy’s birthday. I have been thinking a lot about him this week. It is Father’s Day as well so that gives me a double reason to think about him this week.

I am so thankful that he was my father. He always stood behind me when I needed him to stand behind me. Fatherhood is a big deal. Just as marriage between a man and a woman was ordained by God as His plan for the family. So was fatherhood ordained by God to lead the family. Sadly, many fathers have abandoned their role as fathers and have left some heavy loads on some very faithful women.

One of my favorite memories of my daddy’s happened when I was working for him. At that time, I was a drug user. I had been up most of the night from using drugs. When I went to work, I was hung over and messed up from the night before. I got mad at him. I threw my keys to a car that he had given me and my keys to the business away and started walking up the big hill where our business sat. It was snowing that morning. That was another reason I was mad I thought that we would close because of the weather, and we didn’t so I threw a tantrum and walked up the hill. Guess what? He came driving up the hill and picked me up. He forgave me for my childish rebellious actions and brought me back to work.

That is a lot like our Heavenly Father has done for us. When we were living in a rebellious state, He came looking for us and offered us the opportunity to be a part of the family of God.

I realize as I said earlier that there are people who may be
reading this that have experienced a lot of hurt from their fathers. I know that it is painful, but I encourage you to forgive them as you have asked God to forgive you. It doesn’t mean that the hurt was ok. But it will bring freedom to you.

I also encourage you to pray for people to regain an understanding of Holy Matrimony again in our nation. God loves all people. But His desire for marriage is for one man and one woman in Holy Matrimony. I love people. As a matter of fact, from being in the restaurant business for 22 years prior to entering the pastorate I have to on a regular basis pray for the Lord to help me not to be a people pleaser. If I didn’t love people, I wouldn’t share what God has put on my heart. I Pray for you that not only the month of June, but every month is a special month for you in which you experience the goodness of God living in His good, pleasing, and perfect will.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus, we thank you for good memories. We thank You that You are a God that desires to bless His people not just in June, but in season and out of season. We thank you for the gift of Fatherhood. We pray for all fathers to live out our roles as fathers as You have intended us to do. Forgive us for when we have shirked that role and our responsibility. We thank you for Holy Matrimony. May You bless the men that you have joined together as husbands with the women that You have joined together with them as their wife in a very special way. And for those that you have chosen to remain in singleness bless them in a way that we cannot ask, or imagine. And yes be with those single Mothers who have such a heavy load.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love you all
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. It is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, I believe it is on TV 16.
Please pray for our broadcast that the Lord will use it to bring sinners into the Kingdom and to edify His people.

GET TOGETHER– Won’t It Be Wonderful There.

GET TOGETHER– Won’t It Be Wonderful There.
Joh 14:1 -6 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

As I began to write this the Holy Spirit brought before me the title of a song that we sang at what is now Bethlehem church. That was the first church that we ever Pastored. In that song it talks about the joys of not having any burdens and the joys of Heaven.

A couple of weeks ago we went to Fort Morgan for a few days at the beach. J.J. had rented us a wonderful cottage to stay in for those four days. There were several other cottages near us. There was a little lake right behind us with a fountain in the middle and water was continuously running and making a soothing relaxing sound.

One morning as J.J. and I were sitting out there having our quiet time with the Lord I was reminded of Jesus promise that in our Father’s house are many mansions. I was thinking that if there was one of those cottages like that up there for us how wonderful that would be. Everything seemed to be so peaceful there where we were staying.

Then I got to thinking about how great that it would be. We could go visit my mother and daddy one day. We could go visit my brother one day. We could go visit J.J.’s Mom. I have two grandmothers there. One of them I have never met. There will be so many friends that I would like to see again. I would like to tell the woman that was caught in adultery how her being forgiven by Jesus helped me to know that I could be forgiven for the many sins that I have committed. And then most of all I thought about seeing Jesus and touching His nail scarred hands.

Well, we know that as wonderful as vacations are they are not perfect. So as special as that time was for us at the beach it was not perfect. There were wars being fought in the world. Children had been murdered two days earlier in Uvalde Texas. Gas prices kept rising and are still rising. I am sure that you can add some unpleasant and some horrendous things that are taking place in our world at the same time as well.

With all that Jesus tells us to not let our hearts be troubled. He tells us to believe in God and to believe in Him. There are times that the evil one would try to convince us that there is no answer for the troubled heart. The enemy has done a good job of convincing a lot of people that God either does not exist, or that the God of the Bible isn’t God.

But we believers in Jesus Christ we know that He is God. We know that He is faithful to what He has promised. He has promised us that He will come again. He promises that He will receive us unto Himself. And that we will be with Him forever and ever.

When we go on vacation sometimes it takes me a day to get relaxed and to get into vacation mode. When we go to be with Him, we won’t have that problem. The apostle Paul tells us in 2Co 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. When we are with Him, He will help us to make the adjustment real quick, kind of like in the twinkling of an eye.

Another thing that happens with me when I get into vacation mode, is that I get into counting down how many days until we must go back. When we get there, we won’t have that problem. Jesus said that we would be with Him always. As a matter of fact, we won’t have any problems and yes, we will be there forever and ever! The apostle John wrote about this in Revelation 22:3 -5: “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”

There are a few different routes that you can take to get to the beach from Hamilton, Alabama. We went down I-65 through Montgomery, got on I-10 just past Bay Minette. We then got on the Baldwin Beach express for several miles before taking a couple of other roads to get us to our destination. We came back a different route. We came back on US 45 going through Mississippi. So there is definitely more than one way to get to the beach from Hamilton, Alabama.

However, there is only one route that you and I, or anyone else can take to live in Heaven forever and ever and to be reunited with those that are in Christ. Jesus in this same chapter had this to say when Thomas one of his disciples ask Him this question and He gave Him the answer. In John 14:5,6 Jesus answers Thomas question :Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way? “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Friends and brothers and sisters in Christ that J.J. and I love so much. We are looking forward to spending so much time with you in the presence of the Lord one day. Many of you time and distance does not allow us to get together like I would like to. For those of you who have put your faith in Jesus Christ rejoice and look forward to that time as you serve the Lord here on earth until that time comes.

On the other hand, if you are reading this and you have never put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from your sins. Please understand that it is only by repenting of our sins and putting our faith in His precious Blood that we can live forever in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and be reunited with those that are in Christ again in Heaven. I want to see you there. Here is a line from that old song that the title of this message comes from.

When with the savior we enter the glory land
Won’t it be wonderful there
Ended the troubles and cares of the story land
Won’t it be wonderful there? (Songwriters: Alexander Olson / Jason Esdale / John Lee Smith / Ray Riddle
Won’t It Be Wonderful There? lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)

It is going to be good!!!!
Let us Pray
Lord Jesus, we thank you for paying the price for us to be able to live with you in Heaven forever and ever. May all that read this one day live with you in heaven forever and ever.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love you all
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. It is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, I believe it is on TV 16.
Please pray for our broadcast that the Lord will use it to bring sinners into the Kingdom and to edify His people.

GET TOGETHER – Help Us Lord!

GET TOGETHER – Help Us Lord!

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Ro 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
Samuel was given instructions by God on whom to anoint as the next King of Israel to succeed King Saul. In verse 6 we see that Samuel looked at Eliab and thought that he must surely be the one that God had sent him to anoint: 1Sa 16:6 “So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the LORD’S anointed is before Him.” This guy must have looked like a blue chipper, or a five-star recruit. But we know that it was David the little brother who would become King of Israel.
Although there are certainly times that God gives us wisdom on some matters that things that a person may be wearing such as a tee shirt, or some other garment, or a piece of jewelry that may indicate where that person’s heart, or sympathies may lie. We can also be wrong when we attempt to judge people by their outward appearance.
Most mornings I don’t eat breakfast. A lot of the time I make me a shake out of almond milk. One day I put blueberries in my shake. When I got through drinking it, I noticed that some of the fragments of the blue berries were on my teeth. When I looked in the mirror it appeared that I had been chewing tobacco. I brushed my teeth again and flossed them before I went out. One of the main areas that the Lord has called me to serve in is helping people to be free of a life of addiction. When I preach that the Lord set me free from nicotine, I don’t want the enemy to use that to put doubt and mistrust in the minds of those that I am ministering to. On the other hand, if I had not brushed and flossed my teeth and gotten the blueberry fragments out someone could have made a wrong judgment about me because of something that they saw.
I also had bought some breath mints that were in a circular container. J.J. pointed out to me that it looked like I had a container of snuff in my pocket. I immediately took the container of mints out of my pocket. As a person that was delivered from a 2 and ½ packs of cigarette habit over 32 years ago I didn’t want to give the appearance that I had substituted one addiction for another.
Pardon me if I am rambling today. But basically, what I am trying to get across is that sometimes when we judge someone by what we see on the outside we can be very wrong about that person. On the other hand, as believers in Jesus Christ and I am certainly not trying to be legalistic. We do have a responsibility not to be a stumbling block to other Christians. That is where the Holy Spirit comes in. He will give us discernment. And by the way there is a difference in discernment and judging someone based solely on their outward appearance. He will also alert us as He did J.J. and I and help us not to be a stumbling block to others.
So, I guess the best way to sum up what I am trying to say is the two principles that are in the two passages that I shared are this. Let us not judge people by their outward appearance. And let us not be a stumbling block to others that are in the faith. Again, the Holy Spirit will help us in both areas that I am talking about if we will listen to Him.

Let us Pray
Lord, we know that in our current culture that it is easy to let our hearts get hard and to form opinions about people by their outward appearance. Help us to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and to help us not to have a critical spirit. We also ask you to help us to not be a stumbling block to new believers. We thank You for the grace that You give us to help us to become more like You.
In Jesus Name
Amen
We love you all!
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. It is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, I believe it is on TV 16.
Please pray for our broadcast that the Lord will use it to bring sinners into the Kingdom and to edify His people.

GET TOGETHER- Worship The Creator and Not The Creature

GET TOGETHER- Worship The Creator and Not The Creature
Ro 1:24,25 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

I love people. God loves people. God created human beings in His Image and His desire for us is to love Him with all our heart and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are told in Joh 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” That is a lot of love. I wouldn’t sacrifice any of our children, or grandchildren for hard core sinners, but God gave His only begotten Son.
Jesus in responding to a lawyer as recorded in Lu 10:27 So he answered and said,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.” (NKJV) So we know that we are to love our neighbor. We are to love our enemies and yet the Apostle Paul has some words of warning to us in Romans Chapter 1. We know that Paul was saved by Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, and inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the Book of Romans as well as at least thirteen and many believe fourteen letters of the New Testament.
When Paul wrote Romans he was in Corinth. Corinth was a city where there was a lot of sexual sin as well as idol worship that involved sexual sin of various types. And Rome at that time was every bit as full of the same type of sin that was in Corinth. This sin was practiced by government leaders and prominent leaders, and citizens.
Sin has pleasure for a season. we are told in Hebrews concerning the passing pleasures of sin: Heb 11:25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. (NKJV) Just like a fish biting on a lure. It may taste good for a while. It may feel good for a while. But sooner, or later the fish is in the boat, and then in the frying pan.
One of the dangers of worshipping the creature more than the Creator is that the creature will often come up with what the created calls right, or wrong. And the creature is subject to changing what it considers right and wrong.
The unsaved man, or woman is controlled by the sinful flesh. I believe that Paul wrote the Book of Ephesians. Paul described that condition of the unsaved created human beings in this way : Eph 4:17 -19 “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. I know that describes my life before I met the Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice that when Paul talks about those who love the creature more than the Creator. He says that they have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. We live in a culture today where one prevalent mindset is that there is no such thing as absolute truth. That is not really such a new thing. Satan basically was telling Eve that she couldn’t believe God, or trust God. He was denying truth. Pilate asked Jesus “what is truth”? He didn’t know it, but truth was standing right there in front of him.
As I mentioned earlier. I love people. God desires for us to love people. On the other hand, if we love people. We must point to the truth. We point people, to the Creator. It has been said that what we bow down to is what we worship. It is a temptation for someone like me that loves and likes people to bow to the winds of the culture and to what the created says is good. On the other hand, I don’t ever want to be guilty of worshipping the creature. There is only one that is worthy of our worship. that is the Great Three in One Father- Son-and Holy Spirit.
The created under the influence of the demonic and the sinful flesh will just as Satan did to Eve try to convince us not to trust God. The created will use intimidation, false guilt, name calling, and the threat of cancelling us to make us bow down and worship the created.
I encourage you to read all of Romans Chapter. I ask you to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read this chapter. And be assured that any area of your life, or my life that is not in accordance with what the Holy Spirit is saying there that God will forgive, deliver, and heal from every sinful effect that is there.
I love you too much to worship the created. J.J. and I are so thankful for the many friends, loved ones, and brothers and sisters in Christ that God has given us. Our prayer is that we all will worship the Creator and not bow to the winds of the culture. We don’t want to worship a fallen creation under demonic influence. We want to worship the true and living God and to share His love with a people that He desires to call out of worship of the creature and into a dynamic Holy Spirit filled relationship with Him.

Let us Pray
Lord Jesus, you created us to worship You. Help us to not fall into the trap of worshipping the creature. Help us to love and to offer Jesus Christ to those who have. Lord today we pray for our nation, and all other nations that have fallen for the Satanic lies that lead to worship of the creature .
In Jesus Name
Amen

We love you all!
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. It is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, I believe it is on TV 16.
Please pray for our broadcast that the Lord will use it to bring sinners into the Kingdom and to edify His people.

GET TOGETHER – HANGING ON BY A THREAD

GET TOGETHER – HANGING ON BY A THREAD

Jos 2:18-21 “unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home. “So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. “And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear.” Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.

 

Perhaps you have heard the expression that we say here in Northwest Alabama that old saying: “she was just hanging on by a thread” when he or she was in danger, or about to experience some life-threatening situation.  Well, that was certainly true in the case of Rahab.  And, it wasn’t just a thread it was a cord that we would see that she needed in the situation that she was in. 

The Army of Israel was approaching the city of Jericho. Rahab like others had heard the accounts of what the God of Israel had done for his people.   Her hearing of this is written about in Jos 2:10,11 “For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. “And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”

She demonstrates her faith by hiding out the spies that Joshua has sent to spy out the city.  She hides them on the roof of our house and covers them with flax. We see in the passage above where the spies agree with her that she and her household will be spared when the city is taken if she binds the scarlet cord out of the window. And in the following passages we see where she and her family were spared and would gain a new life with the people of God. Jos 6:23,25 “And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel.  And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So, she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.” 

 She had demonstrated her faith in the God of Israel by hiding the spies in her house. She was saved by putting out the scarlet cord.  She trusted that Blood red cord to spare her life and the life of her household. And they had to trust in it as well.   She and her household made the decision to put their trust in the God of Israel to save them from destruction.  Rahab is listed in what some of us refer to as God’s Hall of Fame also known as the Faith Chapter in  Heb 11:31 “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.”

  According to David Guzik in his on line Bible commentary “early church commentators such as Clement of Rome, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus and Origen saw the cord as symbolic of the Blood of  Jesus”  (https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/joshua-2 .

The title of this message is Hanging On By A Thread. The Hebrew term for cord is actually tiqvah,  tik-vaw’.  It means cord as an attachment.  I agree with those commentators that believe that cord is symbolic of the Blood of Jesus Christ.  Today we might feel surrounded by all the uncertainty in the world. There are wars and rumors of wars across the globe. There are murders taking place everyday in neighborhoods across our nation. The basic Biblical values about gender, marriage and other biblical values are under attack.  It may appear to us that the enemy is closing in on us and that there is no hope.  Everywhere we turn, we see the epidemic of rampant drug use.

But praise God that the Blood of Jesus Christ covers us and makes us more than conquerors in all situations. We can be thankful that we really aren’t just hanging on by a thread. The cord that was hanging from Rahab’s window points us to the Blood of Jesus Christ. And through the Blood of Jesus Christ, we are more than conquerors! Because of the Blood of Jesus Christ, we are bound with that eternal three cord strand Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!  And we know that a three-cord strand cannot be broken.  Because Jesus hung on the tree we don’t have to just hang by a thread. Because Jesus rose from the dead. we can experience life and life more abundantly in season and out of season! In him and by faith in His precious Blood we have eternal life!

And just as Rahab became a part of God’s people by her faith. Through the Blood of Jesus, we became and if you haven’t, yet you can become a part of God’s people by faith in His Blood. The Apostle Paul said this in Eph 2:13,14 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. ¶ For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.”  Rahab got a new identity. We get one too when we come to Christ. And praise God we aren’t just hanging on by a thread, but we are being held in the arms of God by the Holy Spirit.

 

          Let Us Pray 

Lord Jesus, we thank You for every word of God being yes and Amen! We thank You that just as Rahab was saved by grace that we can be and are saved by grace today. Help us to never forget the Blood sacrifice that You made for us. And Lord help us to demonstrate our faith as Rahab did by being faithful to You and caring for those around us.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

Love You All

Your Friend/ Kinfolk

Preston 

 

PS   For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. I am currently preaching a Sermon Series called The I-22 Sermon Series.  That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, I believe it is on TV 16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama  35570

GET TOGETHER – THERE IS COMING A DAY

 

GET TOGETHER – THERE IS COMING A DAY

 

1Th 4:16,18 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (NKJV)

 

          This past week as some of you know I had the great blessing of getting to share Jesus Christ at my Alma Mater the annual Dora High School Alumni Banquet.  It was such a glorious time seeing some old friends, classmates, and some wonderful Brothers and Sisters in Christ.  What a great blessing to get to see some people that I had not seen in years.  I also got to meet some people that I had not known previously. 

          When I was reflecting on this, I thought about how great that it will be when we get to Heaven. There will be people such as our loved ones and friends that we have not seen in years there to meet us. We won’t be restricted by time. We will be able to fellowship for as long as we like.  

          Think about it. We will meet people that we have never met before. We will meet the Apostle Paul and Peter. We will meet Rahab, and the woman at the well!  We will meet Jesus’ brothers and sisters. We will meet His Mother Mary and Joseph. We will meet  all the Old Testament saints as well as the New Testament ones! We will meet all the disciples. We will meet the saints that were martyred and are still being martyred for the faith. What a day that will be! And most of all we will meet Jesus! The One who took our sins upon Himself on Calvary’s cross. We will get to touch His nail scarred hands. We will get to worship and adore Him without any distractions, or time limits. 

In the passage above two things that really give me great peace is that Paul says that “we will always be with the Lord.”  And “comfort one another with these words.”   What joy to know that we will be there forever and ever!  What a blessing that we can comfort one another with those words. 

Now on the other hand there were some people that I would have like to have seen that were not there this past Saturday night. Some have already gone to be with the Lord. Others I am sure like me in a lot of years could not come because of family, or other commitments and many other good reasons. 

When we get to Heaven there may be some people that aren’t there either. Unlike those that could not come to the Banquet because of other important activities in their lives. These may have turned down the invitation that Jesus Christ was offering to come to His Banquet which will be the greatest Banquet of all time.  The Apostle John wrote about it in Re 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

Jesus talks about those who were invited but chose not to come in Matthew 22:1-14. In  Mt 22:1-3 we see that some turned down the invitation.  “ And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, “and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.” Within the rest of that passage, we see that those who turned down the invitation, or tried to get in by some other way than through Jesus Christ perished.  In verse12 and 13 we see what happens to those who refuse the invitation or try to come in by some other way. That could be either by their own works, a belief in a false god, as an atheist, or turning down the invitation for any reason  : Mt 22:12,13  “So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. “Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

 

For those that have accepted that invitation we can rejoice for that time that the Apostle John speaks about in Re 21:1-6 :

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

 

What a day that will be! If you have accepted the invitation let Him, use you to issue it to others. If you haven’t let today be the day that you do. I want to see you there and rejoice with you in the presence of God! As the old song goes “What a Day that will be when my Jesus I shall see!”  It’s going to be out of this world!

 

 

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You that You have paid the price for us to live forever in Your presence. We thank you for the promise of reuniting with our loved ones and friends that are in Christ. We thank You that we will have an opportunity to meet so many others as we worship You and fellowship with the saints throughout eternity. May all that read this that are born again walk in the assurance of Your atoning sacrifice on the cross. For any that have not accepted this invitation please draw them by the Holy Spirit to that place where they say yes to you.

In Jesus Name

Amen!

 

Love You All

Your Friend/ Kinfolk

Preston 

 

 

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PS   For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday mornings and Sunday nights. I am currently preaching a Sermon Series called The I-22 Sermon Series.  That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, I believe it is on TV 16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama  35570

GET TOGETHER – GO TELL SOMEBODY

GET TOGETHER – GO TELL SOMEBODY

Ro 1:16,17 ¶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (NKJV

Recently I became aware of a little girl who told another little girl that she didn’t like Easter.  The other little girl then told her that Easter was about Jesus coming out of the tomb. The first little girl said that she now liked Easter. Wow! What did Jesus say to the chief priests and scribed who were upset because the children were praising Him? Mt 21:15,16 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”

This Sunday we will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a very special way. This week is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to share the Good News of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with those that we meet in the highways and byways. 

I just left a store and the clerk told me to have a Happy Easter.  The Lord then let me share with her that it was the day that we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I then told her that Jesus loved her. 

We live in a world that is producing a lot of bad news.  But we have the Good News! The Apostle Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel.  He lived in a culture that it certainly wasn’t popular to share the Good News. As a matter of fact, he would be beaten, stoned, run out of towns, and eventually beheaded for sharing the Good News. 

 Paul in the above passage tells us that it is the power of God for everyone who believes. Think about this that the same power of God that brought Jesus out of that tomb on that Sunday morningis there to bring us to the cross of Calvary. It is there to help us to live the resurrected life. It is there to help us to like the little girl that I mentioned share the Good News with others. 

There is no better time than now for us not to be ashamed of the Gospel and be willing to share it with others.  Between now and Sunday pray for and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the opportunities and the courage to share the Good News of the death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There has never been a more important time in the history of humanity than right now.   When you do there may just be someone that you hear say I don’t hate Easter anymore.  And their life would be changed forever.

 

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus gives us that childlike faith and courage to share what Your resurrection from the dead means to a lost and hurting world. Take away all fear of man from us.  Help us be able to say like the Apostle Paul “I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation.”  For when we do we know that there are eternal ramifications for those who hear it and eternal rewards for those who share it.

In Jesus Name

Amen 

Have a Great Resurrection Sunday!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston 

 

Love You All

Your Friend/ Kinfolk

Preston 

 

PS   For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. I am currently preaching a Sermon Series called The I-22 Sermon Series.  That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper I believe it is on TV 16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama  35570

GET TOGETHER – Manna or Roadkill ?

GET TOGETHER – Manna or Roadkill ?
Lu 3:22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

This morning as me and one of very good friends were riding around the beautiful countryside here in Marion County we noticed how many doves were near the road. They were in several of the fields that we passed by. I get so fired up when I see a dove.
They remind me of the Holy Spirit. We know that the Holy Spirit isn’t a bird. He is the third Person of the Godhead. On the other hand, they are a great a reminder of the grace, love, and favor of God.
We also saw several buzzards eating the roadkill on the side of the road. My friend pointed out that the buzzards are necessary to clean up some of the dead stuff that is on the side of the road and in other places.
As I was being prompted to write about this, I was thinking about how the dove reminds us of the difference in walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh. When we walk in the Spirit, we bring life to places where there needs to be life. When we walk in the Spirit, we will speak different than if we walk in the flesh. Remember the words that Jesus spoke about His words that He spoke? Joh 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.(NKJV) So when I see a dove it reminds me of the life giving ever present Holy Spirit. He sends that good manna from above.
When I see a buzzard, it reminds me of gossip, or fault finding. Here in Marion County we call it roadkill. I am glad that God created the buzzards to eat roadkill and not us human beings. Roadkill can come in a lot of forms. We are told in the Bible in several passages not to eat the roadkill. Here are just a few: Eph 4:31 “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” Tit 3:2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.”
That is a challenge for us. We live in a culture where often if we speak the truth concerning marriage and other current issues in our culture we may get labeled as haters, ignorant, or called some other name. We are to always speak the truth in love. We are told that in Eph 4:15 “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ”(NKJV). And remember that Jesus was full of grace, and full of truth. We are told that in Joh 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NKJV) Jesus spoke the truth. But Jesus didn’t eat, or serve up roadkill. So, in this time when we may be persecuted for taking Biblical stands on a lot of issues in our culture. When that happens may we feast on the manna that the Holy Spirit gives us to feast upon. It just might bring some of the roadkill eaters over to the other side of the road where the Holy Spirit is dishing out the manna. So today make your mind up about what you desire to eat. Do you desire to eat the manna that the Holy Spirit sends from above? Or do you want to join the buzzards and eat the roadkill and dispense it to others?
Let Us Pray
Lord today in a culture where there is so much roadkill out there. Help us to be Holy Spirit lead purveyors of the manna that comes from above. May we release as the old song goes “beautiful words, wonderful words of life”
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love You All
Your Friend/ Kinfolk
Preston

PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. I am currently preaching a Sermon Series called The I-22 Sermon Series. That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper I believe it is on TV 16.

GET TOGETHER – It Is Worth It

GET TOGETHER – It Is Worth It
1Co 15:58 ¶ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (NKJV)
I remember the day well. At the request of a family member, I went to see a young man that this family member had some serious concerns about the lifestyle that he was living. He lived in a small mobile home out in the country. I knocked and knocked and knocked and he never answered the door. The enemy tried to convince me that it was a wasted trip. To the best of my memory, I prayed for him before I went, and I think while I was on his property.
Later, that young man got saved at another church. He told me that he saw me sitting in my vehicle praying. This past Saturday he, his wife, and his daughter organized an outreach event in one of the housing projects here in Hamilton. The purpose of the event was to just to share the love of Jesus Christ with the residents there.

We all have similar and different roles to play in the Body of Christ. Some of us are parents and grandparents charged with bringing our children up in the training and instruction of the of the Lord. Some of us hand out Bibles to people that we may never see again on the earth. Some of us may go to the jails and recovery ministries and the adversary will try to convince us that it is waste of time. Sometimes when someone is preaching, and we encounter the blank faces the enemy will come and try to convince us that no one is listening. We must remember what Jesus said about our adversary. He said in Joh 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. (NKJV)
The enemy is a purveyor of lies and bad news. But the Apostle Paul serving under the Lordship of Jesus Christ has some good news for the servants of our Lord Jesus Christ. He says 1Co 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (NKJV)
So today servants of the Lord Jesus Christ hold fast to your witness and service for Him. Be settled in the fact that you will not be moved from your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and your witness for Him. Abound in the work of the Lord. The Greek term for abound perisseuo, means to superabound. There has never been a more critical time in the Kingdom for the servants of God to superabound in the work of the Lord.
And remember that none of your labor is in vain. No visit, no prayer, no sermon, no meal cooked, no word of encouragement. None of our labor in the Lord shall be in vain. Walk in victory knowing that there may be people in Heaven because of what the Lord Jesus Christ has put on your heart to do in His Kingdom.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You for these words that the Holy Spirit gave to the Apostle Paul. As the believers in Corinth lived in a culture that was so hedonistic and decadent You used them to change lives and to bring the Kingdom to Corinth. Today Lord Jesus use us in such a way that the Kingdom of God would be advanced in every way that You choose to use us in a world and culture that needs You so badly.
In Jesus Name
Amen
Love You All
Your Friend/ Kinfolk
Preston

PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. I am currently preaching a Sermon Series called The I-22 Sermon Series. That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper I believe it is on TV 16.