GET TOGETHER -REVIVE AND AWAKEN

GET TOGETHER -REVIVE AND AWAKEN 

 

Hab 3:2 O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy. (NKJV)

  For the last several weeks the Holy Spirit has had me praying for an Awakening on college campuses across our nation. Sometimes He will have me to also pray for the cities and states that these schools are in. As we pray for an Awakening in our nation it is also good to pray for revival in our churches. 

As I was reading a commentary on Habakkuk the author of the commentary pointed out that the first place that we need to pray for revival is in our own lives. Habakkuk lived at a time when the Southern Kingdom of Judah had become very wicked. They were facing the threat of being conquered by the Babylonians sometimes referred to as the Chaldeans. They were eventually conquered, and the Temple and Jerusalem was razed to the ground.   The nation did not heed the warning of the Prophet. 

We can look around in our communities and in our nation and see that if we do not have revival in the church and an Awakening in our nation we face some very serious threats to our nation.   God’s design for marriage and human sexuality has come under an attack that is demonic and filled with witchcraft and comes from the pits of Hell.  Killing and drug use are rampant in our nation. And the list could go on and on.  

This nation has not always been perfect. On the other hand, the God that this nation was founded on has forever and will forever be perfect. He is the answer to every problem that this nation, or any nation has. The Apostle Paul warned about the dangers of vain philosophies in Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (NKJV)   None of man’s philosophies can save a nation. Only God can do it. God’s plan is an eternal plan.  Jesus said to pray  “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

If we had an Awakening in our nation, do we have enough people that are willing to sacrifice our time to disciple those that will turn to the Lord. That is another good reason for us needing revival in our own lives and in the church.    

When praying for personal revival in our own lives David Guzick in his commentary Enduring  Word  on Habakkuk says this  :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

      Pray for personal revival and diligently search yourself:

· Check your conduct – does your walk glorify the LORD as it should? How about your private conduct, which only the LORD sees?

· Check your conversation – is your speech profane or impure? Do you talk about Jesus with others?

· Check your communion – are you living a growing, abiding life with Jesus?

            That one stepped on my toes a few times. If the Holy Spirit steps on our toes it is because the father loves us and wants to help us  : Heb 12:6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

(NKJV)

            This coming Wednesday my good friend brother Jeff Fleming and I will be leading a prayer meeting from 11:30-12:30 at Christ Community Fellowship. We invite our brothers and sister’s clergy and lay to come and join us to cry out for a Revival in the church and an Awakening in our nation. If you live somewhere else and you are not doing so now perhaps God is calling you to lead a group in your city to cry out for Revival in the church and for an Awakening in our nation. 

            In the Book of Revelation  Jesus told the church at Ephesus Re 2:4 “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”  They were doing some good things, but they had left their first love. He told the church at Laodicea that they were lukewarm: Re 3:15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”  We don’t have time to be lukewarm.  Should the Lord not return first what kind of culture will our children and grandchildren live in?  Let us all pray for Revival in the church and an Awakening in our land.

 

Let us Pray

Lord stir in us a desire to pray and seek Your face. Help us not to be lukewarm. We repent of leaving our first love. God we ask You to send revival to Your church and an Awakening in not only this nation, but in the nations that may hate us and seek to destroy us. Lord, we pray for those that are in drug cartels that they would have Damascus Road experiences.

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.  That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, it is on TV 16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama  35570

GET TOGETHER – HE IS STILL THE MESSIAH

GET TOGETHER –  HE IS STILL THE MESSIAH 

Mt 11:2,3 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” 

 Have you ever been to an event where the Holy Spirit was working in such a wonderful way? Those times can be so uplifting, exciting, and life changing for us. The Lord has blessed J.J. and I with those times in so many ways.   We have seen Him work in powerful ways in small group settings, youth conferences, Christian retreats, mission trips, and saving the souls of people that the devil thought that he had(and by the way that part includes us) in his evil grip.  Those times are so wonderful.

And then there are the times that the Holy Spirit has been with us when we experienced the unexpected death of a loved one, or we were experiencing challenges in some other way.  It doesn’t always feel like He is with us. But that is why our love for Him has to go deeper than our feelings. 

This morning as I was reading from the G ospel of Matthew this thought came to me. What it must have been like for John the Baptist to be locked up in a stinking dark, dirty prison. Can you imagine the psychological and spiritual torment that he was experiencing in that prison?

Here is a man that is a cousin to the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is a man that was filled with the Holy Spirit in his Mother’s womb Lu 1:15 “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. Lu 1:41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Here is a man that baptized our Lord Jesus and was there experiencing what the great Three -In-One did on that day Mt 3:16,17 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”(NKJV)

I have ministered in prisons, and I have never been to one that I wanted to spend the night in. And it is only by the grace of God that I haven’t had to spend the night in one.  I can’t imagine the taunts that the enemy was hurling at him that night.  There had to be a great assault of fiery darts being shot at him by the demons in that prison.  I have read about very faithful Christians having a dark night of the soul at some times.      This had to be one of those times for John the Baptist. 

Jesus sends word to John the Baptist Mt 11:4-6 “Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: “The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. “And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”   He was still the Messiah, the Rescuer, the Deliverer then. And He is still the Deliverer now. We know that John the Baptist would be beheaded at what  was most likely a pretty wild party: Mt 14:6-8  But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.”

          We might think that his relief didn’t come. But think about it. He went from being in a prison to being in the presence of God forever and ever. The Apostle Paul wrote in  2Co 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. (NKJV)  

          Not everyone is called to die for the faith like John the Baptist did. Although we are all called to die to self and to live for God and for others. You may be going through one of those periods that we all experience at times where it may be the loss of a loved one, or some trial in life that makes you question is God real?  The enemy may be trying to convince you that the Lord has left you. You may be wondering is   Jesus still with me. Let’s be reminded of what He has promised us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is with us always even to the end of the age.  I heard a song the other night concerning when Jesus showed up to raise Lazarus from the dead.  In that song are the words “He may be four days late, but He is always on time.” Yes! He is still the Messiah! Yes! He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Yes! He will come back for His church one day. Don’t give up. John the Baptist has been with him close to two thousand years, and we will be with Him one day as well. And we will always be with Him forever and ever!

 

Let Us Pray

Lord we thank You that at some of the times that we may not feel like You are with us. We know that those are the times that You are with us in a very special way. We thank You that You are our Rescuer, our Deliverer, and You are The Messiah. Today for all that are going through a challenging time in their journey with you give them the assurance that You are with them and that You are contending with everything that is coming against them on their behalf. We thank You that through your Holy Spirit that we can walk in victory in every situation and circumstance.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

J.J.  and I thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement in the ministry that God has called us to. 

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.  That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper,  it is on TV 16.

Please pray for the Lord to reach the lost through these broadcasts, and to encourage the faithful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama  35570

GET TOGETHER- The Blessing of Confession

GET TOGETHER- The Blessing of Confession 

Jas 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.(NKJV)

I love this wonderful passage from James. It is another one of those Biblical principles that if the Holy Spirit hadn’t used it in my life I most likely would not be typing this. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2Co 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (NKJV)

          When I think about that I am thankful for the grace of God that is there when we make a mistake, or sin in some way that does not glorify the Lord. That grace is there to let us know that when we confess and repent that God forgives us. And I think that the passage in James helps us to see that not only will God forgive us, but that there is a grace that God gives through the Holy Spirit that will help us to not continually blow it in that way again. 

Last night J.J. and our family were at our Grandson Judah’s basketball game.   During the first game I was doing some bleacher coaching in J.J.’S ear. She decided to get up and move down about three rows. J.J. doesn’t have a real competitive nature, and I am in the process of letting the Holy Spirit sanctify mine. Our team won the game, and which by the way is 12 years old and under. They also were going to play a second game.  So, between games I told J.J. that I would refrain from bleacher coaching in her ear if she would come back and sit by me. 

I have been preaching and sharing how we should be as passionate, or make that even more passionate for the things of the Kingdom than for our sports teams. The game was taking place at our opponents’ gym.  All the fans from both teams were sitting on the same side of the gym.  As the second game started out our team got behind by a pretty good margin. So, my thoughts were that they were tired from playing one game and their opponent was fresh, so a split on an opponent’s home floor late on a school night wasn’t terrible.   So, in the fourth quarter our team made a valiant comeback and won the game.

I am embarrassed to say what I did. There was a real big guy who was a fan of the other team behind us. And he had really done nothing, but cheer for his team and challenge the calls that the referees made when they went against his team. He really didn’t say anything derogatory. But when we won the game, I used my voice in a way that God doesn’t want me to. I stood up and just said what a comeback! What a comeback!  That man either had children, or grandchildren on the other team . The Bible tells us to love our neighbor as ourself, and I wouldn’t have wanted someone standing up in front of me loudly saying that. That was something that I should have said just to encourage the players on our team after the game.  I am thankful that the man didn’t knock me down the bleachers. 

 When I got home I and ask J.J. to forgive me  for getting on her nerves by bleacher coaching in her ear. I repented for what I did and ask God to forgive me. To repent means you have a change in the way that you believe and the way that you act. 

I have since confessed this to my brothers in Christ who help hold me accountable and pray for me. I ask you to help hold me accountable. When I go to a ballgame, I want to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that none of are perfect. On the other hand, we can play the I am not perfect card and inhibit our growth in Christ. I am so thankful that we can confess our trespasses to one another and pray for one another and that the Holy Spirit will help us to glorify Jesus Christ at the ballgame, in the supermarket, wherever that we may go.  I am so thankful for Christians that we can be authentic with and that the Holy Spirit will use them not to beat us down, but to help us to grow in Christ. I am thankful that the Apostle Paul said that in our weakness that He is made strong. His grace is sufficient for the forgiveness of sin. His grace is sufficient to help us to not sin. Where we may not be perfect His strength is perfect and He will perfect that which concerns us. Be sure that you have those people that you can be transparent with, and that God will use to help you to go from glory to glory!

 

Let us Pray.

Lord, we know that You have created some things in life for us to enjoy. Forgive us when we don’t glorify You during these opportunities. Help us all to crucify the flesh. Help us all to die daily and to glorify You in whatever we do and wherever we go.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

J.J.  and I thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement in the ministry that God has called us to. 

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.  That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper,  it is on TV 16.

Please pray for the Lord to reach the lost through these broadcasts, and to encourage the faithful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama  35570

GET TOGETHER- The Small Still Voice

GET TOGETHER –   The Small Still Voice 

Isa 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. (NKJV  )Joh 14:17 “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

 

          As I am typing this message out the Holy Spirit is reminding me of how much that Jesus cares about every part of our lives. He has given us the Holy Spirit so that no matter where we go or what we do He is with His children.

          I would just like to share with you something that I have shared with several others, about something that happened to J.J. and I over the holidays and some things that the Lord taught us and reminded us of during that time. 

          Our children really blessed us at Christmas our son Jake and his family gave us a new Bar-B-que grill. Our daughter Jessye wanted to buy me a new pair of tennis shoes. So, we went to Sports Gallery here in Hamilton and she bought me a new pair of real nice tennis shoes. 

           A friend of ours blessed us by letting us stay at he and his wife’s beach house.  We had a great time there. We relaxed and just enjoyed being together and eating some great seafood. 

          One day it was warm enough to go to the beach. Some wonderful friends of ours had told us about a place that had pimento and cheese hush puppies. So, we went by picked up the hush puppies and carried some other food and headed to the beach. 

          When we got to the edge of the wooden walkway just before you step on the sand I noticed this was where people were leaving their crocks, flip flops ,and sandals.    In my haste in packing, I had forgotten to take my crocks. The only pair of shoes that I carried was the tennis shoes that Jessye had bought me. As I began to remove them, I know now that the Holy Spirit was prompting me not to take those shoes off and leave them there.  To be honest my flesh was weak there. I was so excited about getting to the beach and listening to the waves, eating those good hushpuppies, and just relaxing that I neglected the warning and the prompting from the Holy Spirit. 

          When I went back to put our trash in the container and looked down to where I had taken my shoes off, yes you guessed it. My shoes were gone. The Bible tells us in John 10:10 that the Lord desires to do good for us, but there is one who doesn’t. And his demonic forces can tempt people into being used for Satan’s purposes. Jesus told us this in  Joh 10:10″The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

          Lesson number one listen to the Holy Spirit. He will give us warning concerning the schemes that the enemy has to rob us and to steal from us. 

          I must admit that it hurt me at first. It wasn’t the tennis shoes. But it was that Jessye really wanted to bless her dad by giving me those tennis shoes. The next time that the Holy Spirit spoke to me about  was I going to practice what I preach and teach. Was I going to forgive this person? I did forgive them.  I realize that many of you reading this have had a lot of worse things done to you by others than having a pair of tennis shoes stolen. But on the other hand, no matter how serious the offense Jesus has commanded us to forgive those who hurt us.  We are told in  Mt 6:14,15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

          As we traveled to Foley to find me some more shoes J.J. began to pray for the person. Then she began to prophesy that one day we will see the person in Heaven. Not only will they come to us and tell us that they got saved, but that the Lord used them to bring other souls into the Kingdom. We are still praying for that person to get saved and to be used in that way. 

          That brought back another memory. It is a memory that I am certainly not proud of.  I remember a beach trip before I got saved. We had been to a night club. In my drunken and drugged estate, I hung my head out the window of our vehicle and mocked some street preachers who were preaching in an area of that city where there was a lot of partying going on. I believe that they prayed for me. I believe that one day when we are in Heaven, they will tell me “We knew that the Lord would get you.” 

          One more thing. A dear friend of ours heard about my tennis shoes getting stolen and they bought me a pair of tennis shoes just like the ones that I had. What if I had not chosen to forgive that person. I believe that unforgiveness could have stood in the way of that blessing coming. Because the same Holy Spirit that told me not to leave those shoes there is the same Holy Spirit that put it on that person’s heart to bless me and to give back what the devil had stolen.

          In closing always be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and do what He says. Always be willing to forgive others. Pray for those who have hurt you and let God use you as an instrument of blessing to others. 

 

Let Us Pray

Lord, we thank You that You still speak to us through the Holy Spirit. Help us to listen and obey your voice. We thank you that You care about the little things and the big things in our lives. Help us to always pray for those that the evil one has used to steal something from us. We believe that You can save them and use them for your purposes just as You have saved us. 

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

J.J.  and I thank you in advance for your prayers, support, and encouragement in the coming year.

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.  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 -Beauty For Ashes

GET TOGETHER -Beauty For Ashes Isa 61:3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

This Christmas season has been a Christmas season of J.J. and I thanking and praising the Lord for all that He has done in our lives. Christmas can be a lonely and hard time sometimes. It can be that way because we live in a fallen world. It could be our first year without that person that we loved such as a parent, spouse, or child. On the other hand, it can be tough because to heal our broken hearts we went in a direction that didn’t lead to healing but led to more disappointment and heart break. Some of us may have gone to drug use, or drunkenness to attempt to medicate the pain and it only made it worse. Many of us have experienced what we thought of as being our dreams turned to ashes. And as the song What Now My Love by Elvis Presley gives us a picture of the broken hearted in that song the words say “now that my dreams have turned to ashes and my hopes into bits of clay.” This week we celebrate the birth of the One who came to earth to do what He said that He would do in Lu 4:18 "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.” He is reading from the Book of Isaiah what Isaiah had prophesied about Him over seven hundred years earlier. You may be reading this and feel like your dreams have turned to ashes and your hopes into bits of clay. He will do what Isaiah prophesied. He will heal our broken hearts. He will set us free from captivity. He will give sus beauty for ashes.

In Isaiah 61 we are told what God will do for Israel, but for us as New Covenant people we can believe and expect God do it for us. He will give beauty for ashes! He will give joy for morning. We are told in Isa 61:4 ¶ And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. That God is a God of restoration. He can do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or imagine.
This past Sunday as our granddaughter Eden was singing Away in A Manger at church I thought back to a time before I met Jesus Christ. Christmas was a time of trying to drug and drink the loneliness and hopelessness away that I would ever have a family.
I would never had thought that I would have had children and grandchildren. But God is in the business of restoring the age-old waste places. He has blessed J.J. and I with five beautiful grandchildren. Our children are married to wonderful spouses. And God has blessed us with so many friends and Brothers and Sisters in Christ like all of you. If you had told me during those days of drug use and partying that God would one day bless us in the way that He has I would have most likely laughed in your face. But God!
So today if you have seen God bring you through, or out of some bad stuff give Him the praise and give Him the Glory. If you are going through a tough time in your life turn to God. Humble your self before God. Here is what His word says that He will do if you do it :Jas 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. 1Pe 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” (NKJV)
And if you are like I was living a life of sin because you felt like there was no way for you to be reconciled to God. Know that He loves you. Know that He wants to give you beauty for ashes. We are told in Jas 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NKJV) If you do that Christmas ,or no other day will ever be the same again. He gives beauty for ashes. Give Him your ashes and let Him make something beautiful out of it.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus, we celebrate today not only You coming to the earth, but we celebrate that You are risen from the dead. You sit at the right hand of the Father. We celebrate that You give beauty for ashes. Today for all that are reading this, and they feel like their dreams have turned to ashes and their hopes into bits of clay work in a way that gives beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, and they exchange the spirt of heaviness for a garment of praise.
In Jesus Name
Amen

J.J. and I want to say Merry Christmas to all of you. We thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement throughout the year.
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. That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, I believe it is on TV 16.

GET TOGETHER – LET CHRIST BE IN YOU THIS CHRISTMAS

GET TOGETHER – LET CHRIST BE IN YOU THIS CHRISTMAS

2Co 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

            Yes, when I find it at home, I plan to get my button out that says keep Christ in Christmas.  I believe that there is a culture that needs to know about the Virgin Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and why that He came to earth and why that we celebrate that this time of the year. 

            On the other hand, I can let some of the things that have happened here in our culture and throughout the world that if I am not careful the enemy will use to make me bitter, and I can even become very Pharisaical. As a Christian that believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. As a Christian that believes that by faith in Jesus Christ is the only way that a person can live forever. And as a Christian that believes that life begins in the womb, I realize that these things go against the current culture in the United States and much of the world. 

            So, during this Christmas season I want to pray that people can see and smell a difference in us as believers in Jesus Christ.  When Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he was writing to a church that was in a city that celebrated gross sin much like what we see in our country today. 

            Paul is telling the church there that in this wicked city that God was always leading them in victory. There were many in the church that had been brought out of lifestyles of sin ( see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). And if you read that you can see that there were several different lifestyles of sin that they were brough out of.  Many of us have been brought out of some type of sinful lifestyle. And there are many others that God loves and desires to bring out of lifestyles of sin. 

            This Christmas let Christ be in you. He can’t be taken out of you. Jesus said in Hebrews 13:5 ff “For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”(NKJV) In the following paragraphs I will give you some ways that you can let Christ be in you this Christmas. These will be ways that places will smell better in the spirit where you are.   You and I can diffuse the fragrance of Christ. 

            Be a worshipper. If we put worshipping Him above everything else this will put our hearts in the right place to share Jesus Christ in a hostile world. The wisemen traveled a great distance to worship Him. But you and I can worship Him every moment of our lives and anywhere that we may happen to be. We can let our lives be lives of worship. 

Be a giver.  The wisemen brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Give of your finances especially to the House of God. Give to others who may be needy. Give of your time. That is an excellent way to let your light shine and to let the fragrance of Christ change the spiritual atmosphere where you are. 

Here is a challenging one. Pray for and love those who may hate you and everything that you stand for. Remember that Jesus died on the cross for them. Remember that before we came to Jesus Christ that we are were lost and that we were enemies of the cross. God loves to turn His enemies into friends. He did it with the Apostle Paul. He can still do it today. 

So, the best way that we can keep Christ in Christmas is to let Christ rule and reign in our lives. A lot of people know what we are against and that is fine. On the other hand, may they see Christ in us in such a special way that they know what we are for and that just as God changed our hearts He can change their hearts as well. There is a good reason that Jesus told us to love our enemies. As a wise Pastor once told me “Preston don’t try to beat them but try to win them.”  This Christmas ask the Holy Spirit to let your light shine in such a way that we win people to Jesus Christ. Then there will be that many more people that the fragrance of Christ will be diffused in, and the spiritual climate will be changed in other places. 

 

Let us Pray

            Lord, I thank You that I can wear a button that reminds people of the real reason that we celebrate Christmas.  Lord, I pray that more than seeing the button that people can see You living in us. Lord fill us so much with Your Holy Spirit that our light will shine so bright that people will know that You live in us. May they see You in us in such away that they want to hear about that Baby that was conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb. May they want to know just as You came the first time that You are coming back again.

In Jesus Name

Amen

Love you all! Merry Christmas 

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.  That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, it is on TV 16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama 35570

GET TOGTHER- Happy Thanksgiving

GET TOGTHER- Happy Thanksgiving
Col 1:3 ¶ We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, (NKJV)

J.J. and I are praying that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are so thankful for the mercy that we have received from the Lord Jesus Christ. We are thankful that as Paul wrote in Ro 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NKJV) We are so thankful for the Blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses us from all unrighteousness. 1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.(NKJV)

J.J. and I are so thankful that God has blessed us with a wonderful family. We are also thankful that He has blessed us with so many wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ. We are so thankful for so many wonderful friends. Thank you for loving us despite our imperfections. Thank you for praying for us that God will work in those imperfections. Thank you all so much!

Let us Pray
Lord, we thank you most of all for dying on the cross for our sins. We thank you for our family. We thank you for these wonderful friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Lord bless them in a very special way this Thanksgiving. And may we grow in our thankfulness for what You have done and are doing for us.
In Jesus Name
Amen
Love you all!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Your Friend/Kinfolk

Get Together – HERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS!

Get Together – HERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS!
Ps 121:7,8 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. (NKJV)

I must admit I really needed the Holy Spirit to bring this Psalm by me this morning. There have been a lot of troubling things going on in our nation and in the world. I know that we are to be informed about what is going on in the world, but sometimes if we listen to so much of the bad news it can really get us in a defeated mind set.
` Also I have had a cold the last week. And I hate having a cold. And in case you have been around me I tested negative for Covid and the flu. The weather has been really cold here in Hamilton the last few days and so I have been making sure that I praise the lord on a cold dreary day the same as I have been on these beautiful Fall days. And one more thing. I have had cell phone issues and have been without my cell phone for over a week. So I have been a little out of sync on a few things.
So, this morning I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me from Psalm 121. I think that I learned that Psalm from when we had devotional time in elementary school when I was in public school many years ago. So, with that said let’s look at some of the promises for us as New Covenant children of God that are in this Psalm. Remembering what the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth in 2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
When things may not look so good in the natural there is one place that we can look for help. We can look to God. The Jews could lift their eyes to the hills They could be reminded of God’s faithfulness to Abraham at Mt Moriah. They could be reminded of God’s faithfulness at Mt Zion. When I read Ps 121:1,2 I will lift up my eyes to the hills-From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” I am reminded that we can lift our eyes to Mt Calvary. It is there where Jesus paid the ultimate price for us to walk in victory over sickness, death, and in every situation and circumstance in our lives. In our weakness He is made strong.
We can always look to Him. From Him we will always get help. We are told in Ps 46:1 ¶ God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. In Heb 4:16 we are reminded that we can come before His throne when we need his help. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (NKJV)
We are reminded in Psalm 121 that our God never slumbers and that He never sleeps. So, no matter what time of day, or night that we need to come before Him for His help He is always there for us.
To be honest with you there are times that it looks like and the enemy will certainly try to convince us that evil is winning. But we have been given a promise in Ps 121:7 “The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.” The Apostle Paul tells us in Ro 8:31 ¶ What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (NKJV) God is for us.
In the Bible there are many times that it looked like the enemies of God were winning. The Egyptians, The Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Romans they all thought that they were invincible, and it looked bleak for the people of God. But we can look in Ps 121:8 and know that the Lord Jesus will preserve us no matter how things may appear in the natural. ”The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. I like that forevermore part! We have this promise in Joh 10:27,28 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know t hem, and they follow Me. “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
So today with all the bad news that is going on in our culture. Be assured that if you have put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior that He is with you. Be assured that He is your keeper. Be assured that he will preserve your going out, and your coming in. Be assured that He will preserve your soul now and forevermore. I am comforted and reminded of these words from Matthew 20:20 “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (NKJV) He is with us!!

Let us Pray
Lord Jesus, we thank you that You are with us. We thank You that You preserve our going out and our coming in. Today help us to draw near to you. We know that You are bigger than any adverse circumstances, or situation that we may encounter. We know that You have promised to be with us always. Even to the end of the age. Help us to continually advance Your Kingdom upon the earth until that day that You return.
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. That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, it is on TV 16.

Get Together – HIS PEACE IS ETERNAL


Get Together – HIS PEACE IS ETERNAL Joh 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (NKJV)

Yesterday there were several things going through my mind that were things that would attempt to be robbers of the peace that Jesus promises us. As we look at a lot of the events in our culture there are certainly some things that we need to be concerned about. On the other hand, we cannot allow those concerns to rob us of the peace that Jesus promises to those who follow Him.
On the night that He would be betrayed by one of His disciples. A night after a powerful time when the Lord instituted the Lord’s Supper and washed His disciples feet. A night when one of His most faithful disciples would deny Him three times. On a night that He knows that the next day He will be taking the sins of the world upon Him at Calvary’s cross. On this night He knows that He will be beaten and rejected by His own people. On this night He tells the disciples that He is leaving His peace with them.
You see Jesus was looking at things from an eternal perspective. In Joh 14:1-3 he tells them “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.” He tells them to not let their hearts be troubled. There are as I said earlier lots of things in our current time that can trouble our hearts. My heart was troubled about something Wednesday that I won’t go into here. But during the day I kept hearing the Holy Spirit speak this word to my mind and to my spirit from Joh 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Wow!
I have prayed that passage and believed that passage many times when praying for people that may have been going through a time of challenge in some way. And I truly believe that the Holy Spirit honored that and gave people peace. On the other hand sometimes, it is a bigger challenge to our faith when we pray that, or some other promise from God over ourselves.
And yet God is faithful to His word and to His promises. As I was on my way home last night I was listening to a message on the radio and that same passage that the Holy Spirit had speaking to me was in the Preacher’s message.
I think that what God was saying to me is that in these uncertain times that we live in is that Jesus Christ will give us a peace that the world cannot give us. The world will tell you that you can find that peace in drugs, alcohol, unholy relationships, money, your favorite sports team.
For many of us we have tried to get peace from personal setbacks, or current events that bother us in the ways that the world offers peace. But peace didn’t come. The only thing that came was things that brought more trouble upon us.
I am sure that the disciples thought about Jesus words many times . They thought about them the day that He was crucified. They thought about them on that Sunday morning when He came out of the grave. They thought about them on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on them. They thought about them as they would face persecution and death for their faithfulness to Jesus Christ. And I am sure that they have thought about them and talked about them for close to two thousand years as they have experienced that perfect peace of being with the Lord in Heaven forever and ever.
I challenge you as well as myself that no matter what we may experience in these times of great uncertainty that we will receive and live out that peace that He has promised His followers no matter what the circumstance may be, or situation.

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we know that there are many things that can come and attempt to rob us of our peace. Lord help us to stand on your promise that your peace You have left with us. Help us to not try to get that false peace in some way that the world offers it. But help us to be drawn to you so that the world can see what true peace is.
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. That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, it is on TV 16.

GET TOGETHER- What Are You Speaking?

GET TOGETHER- What Are You Speaking?

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. Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  (NKJV)

Wow! After last week’s message I must admit that I had to repent for something that came out of my mouth.   I shared something with someone else that was public knowledge, that was in the media about someone that I disagree with. It was something that they are involved in that promotes an agenda that contrasts with a Biblical worldview. 

Was I speaking the truth? Yes, I was. Was I speaking it in love? I am not so sure. Why did I repent then if what I spoke about this person was true and public knowledge? Well, my concern was that as a pastor and as a Christian that I feel like my concern about this person was something that I needed to be praying for that person about. I also felt like if the person that I shared this with would not have known this about the person if I hadn’t shared it with them. They had not read the article that I had read concerning this person’s views that I consider to definitely contrast with a Biblical worldview on this particular matter. 

Jesus always spoke the truth in love. The words that He spoke were life giving words. Even when He called someone out, He was releasing life.  When He forgave the woman caught in adultery in John Chapter 8, He graciously forgave her. And He graciously told her to go and sin no more. And He was always led by the Holy Spirit. As I mentioned last week there are a lot of things in our current culture that are being advanced and celebrated that go against a Biblical worldview. On the other hand, when we address these things we always want to be instruments of redemption and grace.  We want our words to be words that are spirit and are life. 

I am reminded of what I once heard about preachers who preach about Hell. Hell is a real place where the unsaved will spend eternity there forever. There are times that Holy Spirit has me to preach on the topic of Hell. And quiet often He has me to mention Hell in my sermons. When we as preachers are preacher preaching about Hell are we preaching with tears in our eyes because we don’t want people to go there. Or are we preaching about Hell because we  would be glad that the unredeemed are going there. I pray for all of us that it is with tears in our eyes and to see the unsaved come to the cross of Christ.  

Paul tells us in Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  The Greek term for corrupt in this passage is sapros.   It means worthless, or rotten. When we speak are the words that we speak bearing fruit, and giving life? Or are they worthless, and rotten? Jesus words gave life and they came from the Holy Spirit. I believe that in this hostile culture to the word of God that He will give us words of life through the Holy Spirit that He will give us words to say that give life. These words won’t compromise the truth. But these words will be a different way than the way that the world uses words.  I pray that the words that we all speak will be words that build up our fellow believers. I pray that they be words that the unsaved would see Jesus Christ in us and be drawn to the cross of Christ. 

We are told in Col 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.(NKJV)  Jesus said we are called to be salt and light. So even when we disagree with someone may our conversation always be seasoned with salt. Paul tells us in Tit 3:2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. So, we are not to say demeaning things about those who oppose us. Certainly, we should stand for the truth, but the way that we speak is to be different than the way that the world speaks. 

Let Us Pray

Lord forgive us when we have responded more like the world in our words, thoughts, and actions than how you responded.  You always spoke the truth. But Lord you always spoke the truth in love. Help us in this challenging time when it is not popular to speak the truth to speak as You did. May our words be words that are spirit, and that are 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.  That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, it is on TV 16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama  35570