GET TOGETHER- WHAT TIME IS IT?

GET TOGETHER- WHAT TIME IS IT?
Ec 3:1-12 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.
What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

There was a song that came out in 1970 by a group called Chicago. The name of it was Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is? I think that in the song that there is a line that says does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?
I think that the first time that I ever heard the passage from Ecclesiastes read was on Monday November 25th 1963 when it was read by a Catholic Priest at President John F. Kennedy’s funeral. In 1965 a Rock Group by the name of the Byrd’s used some of this passage in a song Turn, Turn, Turn.
As I read this passage it makes me ponder and think about what time that it is for us who are believers in Jesus Christ. I personally think that it is a critical time in the Kingdom. And in our nation. Many polls and surveys indicate that those who faithfully follow Jesus Christ in our nation are in a decline.
For all of us who have called on the Name of Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and beginning with me it is a time to really examine our hearts and to evaluate our commitment level. Three years ago, the Lord had me to step aside from the Pastorate at Christ Community Fellowship. But as all believers we do not retire from serving the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord may have allowed Christians to retire from their places of employment in order that we might serve Him in a greater way.
When I ponder what time it is. Here is what I think about. Jesus said this about the time and season as we get close to His return in Mt 24:12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. I am no expert on end times theology. But we can see lawlessness abound and even celebrated. We also see the love of many growing cold. Which leads me to this. Lord please don’t let my love grow cold. Lord please don’t let our family members that are saved grow cold. Lord, please light a fire under Your people.
In 1Ch 12:32 we are told of the sons of Issachar; of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command.”
As believers in Jesus Christ with a calling in the Body of Christ we need to understand the times.
In the Book of Esther we see that she had a calling for the time that she lived in : Es 4:14 “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”(NKJV) If you have ever called on the Name of Jesus Christ this is a time to be just as faithful as Esther was and risk it all by trusting God for what God is calling us for at this critical time in the Kingdom. It may cost us position. It may cost us popularity, but we are called for such a time as this.
I know that one day we will all give an account to the Lord. I don’t want to hear Him say to me Preston, I kept you in good health into the later years of your life so that you could serve me. Why didn’t you understand the seriousness of the time that you were living in?
Jesus has given us a commission Mt 28:19,20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (NKJV) Has there ever been a greater need in our culture and throughout the world than now for every believer in Jesus Christ to heed His voice and obey what He commanded us to do? As I have heard it said before. This wasn’t the great suggestion, but the great commission.

When I read this verse, it tells me that every human deep down has a desire to live forever. Ec 3:11 ¶ He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. It also tells me that He can take the worst things in our lives and make something beautiful out of it.
So what time is it? It is the time to take the Gospel to a lost and hurting world. Only Jesus Christ can give eternal life. Only Jesus Christ can make all things beautiful in His time.
Will we like the sons of Issachar have an understanding of the times and fulfill the purpose that God has for us living at this time on the earth? Will we be like Esther and risk it all for the Gospel’s sake? It is my prayer that we will. There are souls hanging in the balance as to where they will spend eternity. What type of culture should not the Lord return first that our descendants will live in depends upon our commitment level now.

Let Us Pray

Lord forgive us for when we have been lukewarm in our commitment to You and not doing what You have called us to do. Help us to understand the times and to be faithful to our calling at such a time as this.
In Jesus Name
Amen

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 TIME IS IT?
Ec 3:1-12 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.
What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

There was a song that came out in 1970 by a group called Chicago. The name of it was Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is? I think that in the song that there is a line that says does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?
I think that the first time that I ever heard the passage from Ecclesiastes read was on Monday November 25th 1963 when it was read by a Catholic Priest at President John F. Kennedy’s funeral. In 1965 a Rock Group by the name of the Byrd’s used some of this passage in a song Turn, Turn, Turn.
As I read this passage it makes me ponder and think about what time that it is for us who are believers in Jesus Christ. I personally think that it is a critical time in the Kingdom. And in our nation. Many polls and surveys indicate that those who faithfully follow Jesus Christ in our nation are in a decline.
For all of us who have called on the Name of Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and beginning with me it is a time to really examine our hearts and to evaluate our commitment level. Three years ago, the Lord had me to step aside from the Pastorate at Christ Community Fellowship. But as all believers we do not retire from serving the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord may have allowed Christians to retire from their places of employment in order that we might serve Him in a greater way.
When I ponder what time it is. Here is what I think about. Jesus said this about the time and season as we get close to His return in Mt 24:12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. I am no expert on end times theology. But we can see lawlessness abound and even celebrated. We also see the love of many growing cold. Which leads me to this. Lord please don’t let my love grow cold. Lord please don’t let our family members that are saved grow cold. Lord, please light a fire under Your people.
In 1Ch 12:32 we are told of the sons of Issachar; of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command.”
As believers in Jesus Christ with a calling in the Body of Christ we need to understand the times.
In the Book of Esther we see that she had a calling for the time that she lived in : Es 4:14 “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”(NKJV) If you have ever called on the Name of Jesus Christ this is a time to be just as faithful as Esther was and risk it all by trusting God for what God is calling us for at this critical time in the Kingdom. It may cost us position. It may cost us popularity, but we are called for such a time as this.
I know that one day we will all give an account to the Lord. I don’t want to hear Him say to me Preston, I kept you in good health into the later years of your life so that you could serve me. Why didn’t you understand the seriousness of the time that you were living in?
Jesus has given us a commission Mt 28:19,20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (NKJV) Has there ever been a greater need in our culture and throughout the world than now for every believer in Jesus Christ to heed His voice and obey what He commanded us to do? As I have heard it said before. This wasn’t the great suggestion, but the great commission.

When I read this verse, it tells me that every human deep down has a desire to live forever. Ec 3:11 ¶ He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. It also tells me that He can take the worst things in our lives and make something beautiful out of it.
So what time is it? It is the time to take the Gospel to a lost and hurting world. Only Jesus Christ can give eternal life. Only Jesus Christ can make all things beautiful in His time.
Will we like the sons of Issachar have an understanding of the times and fulfill the purpose that God has for us living at this time on the earth? Will we be like Esther and risk it all for the Gospel’s sake? It is my prayer that we will. There are souls hanging in the balance as to where they will spend eternity. What type of culture should not the Lord return first that our descendants will live in depends upon our commitment level now.

Let Us Pray

Lord forgive us for when we have been lukewarm in our commitment to You and not doing what You have called us to do. Help us to understand the times and to be faithful to our calling at such a time as this.
In Jesus Name
Amen

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 – Speaking the Truth In Love

GET TOGETHER – Speaking the Truth In Love

Eph 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ–(NKJV)
The Apostle Paul is writing to the church at Ephesus. According to my studies the church at Ephesus was made up of Gentile converts some who had perhaps worshipped the goddess Artemis, the Greek name, or Diana the name that the Romans gave her when they accepted her into their pantheon of gods and goddesses. And there were also Jews who had been brought up in the Synagogue but had now come to know Jesus Christ as the long-awaited Messiah.
Chapter 4 deals a lot with the way that a Christian and follower of Christ is to conduct themselves. For example, we see in Eph 4:17 that we are to walk in a way that is different that the way that the world walks. “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.”(NKJV) In Eph 4:1,2 Paul talks about what it means to be a prisoner of the Lord. “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.” And by the way the only way that one can have true freedom is by being a prisoner of the Lord.
So back to our main subject. It had to be a challenging time for those early believers in Ephesus. I am sure that they had family members and friends who still worshipped the goddess Artemis. As I surf the internet, I see that there are people who still do that today. It had to be a challenge for those Jewish believers in Jesus Christ when some of their family members and friends did not believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah and thought that maybe they had gone off the deep end.
And today in the United States of America we are challenged as Christians in the United States never have been challenged before concerning God’s truth. Which is the only truth that is true. And yet we are just as the Ephesians were told to do to speak the truth in love.
If we truly love people, we will speak the truth. If you were going down a road where the bridge is out, and I knew that it was out, and I didn’t tell you that would not be love. There are a lot of philosophies being forced on our culture that are a road that the bridge is out on. Paul warned about being swayed by the philosophies that will lead to where the bridge is out. 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.”
I never thought that I would see so many basic truths be challenged and denied in our culture. It is a basic truth that God created us male and female. Jesus said it this way Mt 19:4,5 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,'”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’? Marriage is between one man and one woman. And God chose us and created us as either a male, or a female. Ge 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The culture that we now live in is a culture that desires to change the language. Our children and grandchildren must be taught at home at an early age about how God created them. We are told in Ps 139:15,16 “My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” The Youth Pastor, the Sunday School Teacher and Pastors are called to teach and preach the truth on this, but the primary teaching on this has to be done in the home.
Certainly, there are children that have been brought up in the instruction of the Lord who have gotten on the highway that leads to the bridge that is out. But we have this promise from God as we pray for those that have that they will come out of that deep dark place and get back on the road that the Lord has for them : Pr 22:6 ¶ Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Pray for them, love them, and expect them to return to the Father’s House. And yes, we have many homes now where there is not a biblical worldview on this so that is a challenge for us in the church on how to do this in love to help those who don’t come from a home with a Biblical worldview.

Which leads me to this. I believe that if we will prayerfully do what Jesus has commanded us to do in Mt 28:19,20 with a whole lot of prayer that we can see God move in a way that will remove the confusion and the lies about a person’s identity, and their sexuality and concerning when life begins as well as other things in our culture that go against the word of God. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
I will say this about those who promote these ungodly agendas they are committed. They have a high level of commitment. How much higher should our commitment level be to speak the truth in love?
I love people. As Christians we are commanded to love people. Jesus answered when He was asked what the greatest commandment was Mt 22:37-39 “Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’’ This is the first and great commandment.” And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
As I said I love people. I think about what awesome Christians that some of these people that are committed to an ungodly cause would be. That is why we are to not only speak the truth in love, but we are to pray for those who oppose us. Jesus said in Mt 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” We pray for those who oppose us. We don’t seek to see them get canceled. We seek for them to know the truth, come to the cross and just as He did for us that their sins be canceled.
So not only do we warn people not to go down the road where the bridge is out, but we are also to be there to help them to get out of the deep place that they have fallen into. The Apostle Paul had this to say to those in Corinth. Corinth was a very sensual and carnal city. There were many in the church that had been bound up in various types of sin. He said this in 1Co 6:9-11 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
When I look at the lifestyles that Jesus delivered those in Corinth out of I can say thank You Jesus for delivering me out of the sinful lifestyle that I was living in. The truth in love says that we can be forgiven and saved from Hell. The truth in love says that He can deliver us out of a lifestyle that leads to Hell. The truth in love says that He can heal us from the damage that Hell has had over our lives. How good it is to be washed in the Blood of Jesus! How good it is to know that we have been sanctified and set apart for Him. How good it is that true transformation takes place in our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul said it this way in Ro 12:,2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we know that You love those who are in opposition to the Gospel as much as you love us. Today we pray for those that have been deceived and confused by the principles of this world and the current culture. We pray that just as You brought us out of lifestyles that we once walked in we pray for those that they will come to the Cross of Jesus Christ and know who their identity is in Jesus Christ. Lord forgive us for sinful thoughts, and for any other way that we sin. Help us not to go back into any sinful lifestyle that we may have lived in before we met You.
In Jesus Name
Amen

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 – Speaking the Truth In Love

Eph 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ–(NKJV)
The Apostle Paul is writing to the church at Ephesus. According to my studies the church at Ephesus was made up of Gentile converts some who had perhaps worshipped the goddess Artemis, the Greek name, or Diana the name that the Romans gave her when they accepted her into their pantheon of gods and goddesses. And there were also Jews who had been brought up in the Synagogue but had now come to know Jesus Christ as the long-awaited Messiah.
Chapter 4 deals a lot with the way that a Christian and follower of Christ is to conduct themselves. For example, we see in Eph 4:17 that we are to walk in a way that is different that the way that the world walks. “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.”(NKJV) In Eph 4:1,2 Paul talks about what it means to be a prisoner of the Lord. “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.” And by the way the only way that one can have true freedom is by being a prisoner of the Lord.
So back to our main subject. It had to be a challenging time for those early believers in Ephesus. I am sure that they had family members and friends who still worshipped the goddess Artemis. As I surf the internet, I see that there are people who still do that today. It had to be a challenge for those Jewish believers in Jesus Christ when some of their family members and friends did not believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah and thought that maybe they had gone off the deep end.
And today in the United States of America we are challenged as Christians in the United States never have been challenged before concerning God’s truth. Which is the only truth that is true. And yet we are just as the Ephesians were told to do to speak the truth in love.
If we truly love people, we will speak the truth. If you were going down a road where the bridge is out, and I knew that it was out, and I didn’t tell you that would not be love. There are a lot of philosophies being forced on our culture that are a road that the bridge is out on. Paul warned about being swayed by the philosophies that will lead to where the bridge is out. 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.”
I never thought that I would see so many basic truths be challenged and denied in our culture. It is a basic truth that God created us male and female. Jesus said it this way Mt 19:4,5 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,'”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’? Marriage is between one man and one woman. And God chose us and created us as either a male, or a female. Ge 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The culture that we now live in is a culture that desires to change the language. Our children and grandchildren must be taught at home at an early age about how God created them. We are told in Ps 139:15,16 “My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” The Youth Pastor, the Sunday School Teacher and Pastors are called to teach and preach the truth on this, but the primary teaching on this has to be done in the home.
Certainly, there are children that have been brought up in the instruction of the Lord who have gotten on the highway that leads to the bridge that is out. But we have this promise from God as we pray for those that have that they will come out of that deep dark place and get back on the road that the Lord has for them : Pr 22:6 ¶ Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Pray for them, love them, and expect them to return to the Father’s House. And yes, we have many homes now where there is not a biblical worldview on this so that is a challenge for us in the church on how to do this in love to help those who don’t come from a home with a Biblical worldview.

Which leads me to this. I believe that if we will prayerfully do what Jesus has commanded us to do in Mt 28:19,20 with a whole lot of prayer that we can see God move in a way that will remove the confusion and the lies about a person’s identity, and their sexuality and concerning when life begins as well as other things in our culture that go against the word of God. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
I will say this about those who promote these ungodly agendas they are committed. They have a high level of commitment. How much higher should our commitment level be to speak the truth in love?
I love people. As Christians we are commanded to love people. Jesus answered when He was asked what the greatest commandment was Mt 22:37-39 “Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’’ This is the first and great commandment.” And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
As I said I love people. I think about what awesome Christians that some of these people that are committed to an ungodly cause would be. That is why we are to not only speak the truth in love, but we are to pray for those who oppose us. Jesus said in Mt 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” We pray for those who oppose us. We don’t seek to see them get canceled. We seek for them to know the truth, come to the cross and just as He did for us that their sins be canceled.
So not only do we warn people not to go down the road where the bridge is out, but we are also to be there to help them to get out of the deep place that they have fallen into. The Apostle Paul had this to say to those in Corinth. Corinth was a very sensual and carnal city. There were many in the church that had been bound up in various types of sin. He said this in 1Co 6:9-11 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
When I look at the lifestyles that Jesus delivered those in Corinth out of I can say thank You Jesus for delivering me out of the sinful lifestyle that I was living in. The truth in love says that we can be forgiven and saved from Hell. The truth in love says that He can deliver us out of a lifestyle that leads to Hell. The truth in love says that He can heal us from the damage that Hell has had over our lives. How good it is to be washed in the Blood of Jesus! How good it is to know that we have been sanctified and set apart for Him. How good it is that true transformation takes place in our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul said it this way in Ro 12:,2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we know that You love those who are in opposition to the Gospel as much as you love us. Today we pray for those that have been deceived and confused by the principles of this world and the current culture. We pray that just as You brought us out of lifestyles that we once walked in we pray for those that they will come to the Cross of Jesus Christ and know who their identity is in Jesus Christ. Lord forgive us for sinful thoughts, and for any other way that we sin. Help us not to go back into any sinful lifestyle that we may have lived in before we met You.
In Jesus Name
Amen

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- Plundering Egypt

GET TOGETHER- Plundering Egypt

Ex 12:35,36 Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

The children of Israel had been in bondage in Egypt for over 430 years. On the night of the Passover the death angel took out the first born of Egypt. When the Blood had been applied over the houses of the children of Israel the death angel passed over.
The Israelites were now ready to leave Egypt and their years of slavery and bondage to the Egyptians behind them. They were going on a journey to a new land flowing with milk and honey. While on this journey they would be told to build a Tabernacle. God promised to meet them at this Tabernacle. You might wonder where they got the resources to build this Moveable Tabernacle. We see in the above passage that the Egyptians were so glad to see them go that they poured out lots and lots of material things to the Israelites. God redeemed their time in Egypt as He moved upon the Egyptians to grant the Israelites request.

That prompts me to think about and be thankful about how that God redeems our time when we were in spiritual Egypt. We all were born sinners Ro 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” And for those of us who have repented of our sins and put our faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ He has redeemed our lives. Ro 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
So now we are ready to do some plundering ourselves. Some of us may have been in bondage to drugs, or some other substance. When we testify of how that the Lord has delivered us He uses us to plunder spiritual Egypt as others hear our testimony and give their lives to Christ.
We plunder spiritual Egypt when there is something that might have been a failure in our lives in the past and God gives us success in that area now. The purpose for God plundering spiritual Egypt and blessing us is so that He can use us to help others to live in the Promised Land, both now and forever.
He is a God that redeems and restores it all. One of my favorite passages about how God redeems is found in the following passage :

Joe 2:25-29 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.
Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the LORD your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame. ¶ “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
Today if Satan has you bound in Egypt the Lord Jesus Christ is ready to set you free and bring you out of that demonic bondage. If you have been saved trust Him to redeem every part of your life and to give back seven times what the enemy has stolen from you. He can and will do it!

Let us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You that through You the enemy’s house can be plundered and that you will give us back all that He has stolen from us. May all that read this be surrendered to you and see you give back all that the enemy has stolen.
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- Our New Identity

GET TOGETHER- Our New Identity

 

 

2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Ro 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.(NKJV)

 

One of the greatest things about being born again is that we get a new identity.  Jesus told Nicodemus in Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”   We are told in Joh 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”   So, although all human beings are made in the Image of God. It is only when we repent of our sin and put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save us from our sins that we become children of God and enter into his Kingdom. 

Paul said it like this in Eph 2:1-3  And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. So, once we have been born again, we are no longer children of wrath living under the influence of Satan. We are now reborn. We are a new creation. We get a new identity.

I want to just share a little about what part of that new identity means. We once may have had an identity as an alcoholic, a druggie, a tightwad, or any number of names that people hung on us because of the sins that we were engaging in at that time.  But when we come to Christ, we get a new name and a new identity. 

 Part of that new identity is that we become more than conquerors! The Apostle Paul wrote in Ro 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.(NKJV) Think about that for a minute. We are more than conquerors!  In the Bible were a lot of conquerors.  The Assyrians overthrew the Northern Kingdom of Israel and conquered that part of the promised land. They were conquerors. However, they were not more than conquerors. They would get conquered by the Babylonians. They also conquered the Southern Kingdom of Judah and destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem. They were conquerors, but they were not more than conquerors.

They got conquered by the Persians.  They were conquerors, but they were not more than conquerors.  They got conquered by Alexander the Great and the Greeks. They were conquerors, but they were not more than conquerors.

They would get conquered by the Romans. They were conquerors, but they were not more than conquerors.  And we know that eventually the Roman Empire collapsed. They were conquerors, but they were not more than conquerors.

         Our culture looks kind of scary in our part of the world as well as in other parts of the world. I can’t remember our nation ever being as divided as it is right now. And I also never thought that I would see the open hostility to a Biblical worldview as we do in our nation today. But on the other hand, we are told that we are more than conquerors! As you pray for your family pray as more than a conqueror. As you pray for our nation and Christians throughout the world pray as more than a conqueror!  May we all live as more than conquerors. There is more good news when we read the verses preceding this verse and following it :

Ro 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.(NKJV)

 

There may be some conquerors out there today that are trying to rob us of our peace and to attempt to inhibit the Kingdom of God from advancing. But you and I can rejoice in this. We are more than conquerors!  The Psalmist says it like this in Ps 37:39,40 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him. (NKJV)   So today child of God trust in the Lord. He is with us! And He will help us to walk in our identity as more than conquerors. Don’t quit! Victory is on the way! He has never lost a battle. So once again Child of God walk as More Than a Conqueror today!

 

Let Us Pray

 

Lord Jesus, we thank You that You have given us a new identity. We thank You that You didn’t leave us alone. We thank you that by the Holy Spirit and getting in Your Holy Word that we can live out our lives as More Than Conquerors here on this earth. And we can also look forward to living and reigning with You forever and ever in Heaven one day. Thank You for making us More Than Conquerors! 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GET TOGETHER- POINT TO HIM NOT AT THEM

GET TOGETHER- POINT TO HIM NOT AT THEM

Isa 58:9 “Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness.”
This morning I had posted the following passage 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.” I also had a prayer for myself and others that you can read in my previous post. Well, that prayer was certainly being answered as the Holy Spirit was restraining me and allowing me to speak only words of life and I believe words that were guided by the Holy Spirit that indwells me and all Christians. And then I had to say something from my flesh that I am not sure if it was true, or not concerning something in our culture. The Holy Spirit quickly brought me to a place of repentance, and I asked the Lord to forgive me and to help me not to do that again.
As a person that believes that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way that a person can live eternally. And as a person that believes that life begins at conception. And as a person that believes that marriage is between one woman and one man, I realize that those beliefs are in contrast with much of the culture in our nation at the present time.
On the other hand, as a person who is praying for a Holy Spirit awakening in our nation, I also realize that Jesus Christ is who we look to as a model for how we are to live in a hostile culture. We must remember as the Apostle Paul tells us in Eph 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” We don’t want to let the enemy draw us into fleshly arguments, or in our anger about something in our culture cause us to respond in the way that the world responds.
Jesus spoke the truth. But He spoke the truth in love. Jesus was full of grace. And Jesus was also full of truth. Here is a passage that I at one time prayed over myself regularly and I think that now is a good time for me to start praying that passage again: Eph 4:31,32 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. (NKJV) James had this to say about the tongue: Jas 3:8,9 “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Men and women naturally cannot tame our tongues. But Praise God that the Holy Spirit can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Not to long ago I was reading Foxe’s Book of Martyr’s. There are accounts of Christians who were martyred for the faith during Reformation era England. They were burned at the stake. They spoke the truth. On the other hand, they did not let unwholesome talk come out of their mouths even while they were being burned at the stake.
I also think about the Apostle Paul as he stood before King Agrippa who was a very wicked man. Paul didn’t trash talk him, or call him a scum bag, or any other disrespectful name. He simply shared his testimony and offered him Christ. Ac 26:27-29: “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”
At one time there was a fellow Pastor in our city that had been in ministry for many years. Here is a nugget that he shared with me. He told me “Preston don’t try to beat them but try to win them.” When we do that, the Holy Spirit will work in ways that our fleshly acts such as finger pointing won’t

So, I pray for all of us that we will not be suckered into finger pointing and malicious talk. Those are weapons of the enemy. Our weapons are of a different kind as the Apostle Paul tells us in 2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” (NKJV) When we are to speak we are to speak the truth in love. I pray that our words will be Spirit and that they will be life. I am thankful to God for the Holy Spirit correcting me this morning. And I am thankful for the Blood of Jesus, and I know that I am forgiven. As I have said before the Blood of Jesus positions us, and the Holy Spirit conditions us. May we use our fingers not to point at others. But to point others to Jesus Christ.

Let Us Pray
Lord today we live in a hostile culture. Help us to love without compromise. Help us not to point the finger in a condemning way, but point people to You the one that can forgive us of our sins and to help us to live a life that brings glory to Your Name

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 Will They Leave There With?

Get Together – What Will They Leave There With?

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.

Well, here is another one that I really didn’t want to write. I think that the Holy Spirit had me to share some of this in a message on T.V. a few weeks ago. I usually do one football one before football season starts each year. Most of you know that I have always enjoyed sports. I played football in high school. If they had kept adequate records in my day, I might still hold the record for most missed tackles in a season.
I also coached youth sports, Junior High football, and basketball. Our son was a coach. There are many lessons that I learned from playing sports that God has used to help me in my walk with Jesus Christ. On the other hand, I think that it can have too big of a place in our lives.
I guess that it has been a little over a month ago that when I was walking outside the Holy Spirit spoke very clear to me and He used the upcoming college football season to speak to me. This was the word that I heard “ I am not nearly as concerned about who is going to win the championships as I am what kind of worldview will those students on the campuses across the United States leave college with.”
These are questions that I have pondered since then. Will they leave there with a Biblical worldview about marriage? Will they leave there with a Biblical worldview about eternal life? Will they leave there with a Biblical worldview about creation and personhood?
Will they leave there with an atheistic worldview believing that the Bible is a book of myths and legends? Will they leave there with a humanistic worldview believing that men and women are in control of their own destiny? Will they leave there with a universalist worldview believing that all religions are just a different path to the same God?
So, with that said I am not writing this to tell you not to go to a football game. I am sure that I will watch some this fall as well. I realize that college can be a good place to prepare people to function in the assignments that God has for us in the culture.

I am thankful that the Lord allowed me to go to college and I saw Him work in my life in many ways during my academic career. I also have the blessing of being an Adjunct Professor and I love my students. I am so thankful that God has some Godly coaches and professors in key places in colleges. I am also thankful that I get to serve with some of them.
I believe that the Lord has put this on my heart to encourage all of us to pray for a Holy Spirit Awakening on college campuses across the United States and in other countries as well. What a blessing it is to hear as I did the other day someone say that their doctor prayed for them. What a blessing it is to see people that God has used to make life better profess their faith in Jesus Christ publicly. So, here is what I am asking you to do. Would you make a commitment to pray for an Awakening on these campuses.
Here is just an example you could use:
Monday – Pray for the colleges and Universities in your state.
Tuesday – Pray for the Colleges and Universities in the SEC
Wednesday -Pray for the Colleges and Universities in the Big Ten
Thursday- Pray for the Colleges and Universities in the Pac 12
Friday Pray- for the Colleges and Universities in the Ivy league
Saturday Pray- for the Colleges and Universities in the Big 12
Sunday Pray- for the Colleges and Universities that the Holy Spirit brings before you that we have left out. And for Christian colleges to remain faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Remember there are no rivals in the Kingdom. I believe that the Lord loves every student on these campuses. He loves every professor. He desires to save all. God created the ground that these campuses are on for His glory. “Thy Kingdom Come Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” As we pray let’s believe that God will do a work like it says in Isa 58:12 Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

Let us Pray
Lord Jesus, we know that you love all people and desire to save all people. Today we pray for an Awakening on every college campus not just in the United States, but across the world. We pray that the Holy Spirit would begin to move on these campuses in a way that we cannot ask or imagine. For the students and professors that are walking faithfully with You give us the courage to remain faithful, to fulfill the assignments that you have given to us on these campuses. Lord please use this time to prepare the students for the assignments that You have for them later in life. For those that have never accepted Jesus Christ may they see the love of Jesus Christ in your followers. We know that You love them. We ask you Lord to bring them to the Cross of Jesus Christ. And may they know that their intelligence comes from You. And may they know that You can give them Godly wisdom. We pray these things in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ.

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, I believe it is on TV 16.

GET TOGETHER- REFLECTIONS AND REPORTS

GET TOGETHER- REFLECTIONS AND REPORTS

Lu 7:14-17 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things.Re 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”(NKJV)

What a blessing it was last week to serve with Eyes Wide Open Ministries in El Moral, Guatemala. We had asked several of you to pray for myself, Tyson Holland and what we would be doing in Guatemala. I want to humbly thank all of you for your prayers. They were effective in so many ways. We saw people saved. We prayed for many to be healed, and we were able to teach and encourage Pastors at the Pastors Seminar.

My prayer is that when I post praise reports on Facebook, or give them anywhere else that I am not glorifying myself. The only purpose that we should have for putting up praise reports is to glorify God, and to encourage the people of God. We need to share the Good News that Jesus still saves! That Jesus still heals and delivers. On the other hand, we know as Jesus said that apart from Him, we can do nothing.

Praise reports should encourage us to continue steadfast in the faith. We hear a lot of bad news about things that should concern us that are going on in the culture. On the other hand, when we give praise reports of how the Holy Spirit is working today it encourages us to do what the Apostle said to do in Ro 12:12 “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.”

In the passage in Luke Jesus raises a young man from the dead and the reports of what He did went out and had an effect on a lot of people who were looking for the Messiah. Today when we give a report of how Jesus has worked whether it by healing, raising someone from the dead, saving their souls, delivering from demonic oppression, or any other way it can be a testimony that prophetically works in the life of someone else. One of the Pastors that was at the seminar had been used by Jesus to raise someone from the dead. If Jesus wasn’t still doing miracles, I wouldn’t be typing this. And by the way the salvation of the soul, and the gift of eternal life is still the greatest of all miracles that we can experience.

So, I pray that anytime that we give a praise report that it is to not bring self-glorification. But I pray that it is to bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. And I pray that it encourages the people of God. And that God also uses that to bring the lost into the Kingdom.
Now for a few reflections. The night that we were having the outdoor service in Teculatan I had asked the Lord not to let it rain. Well guess what? He let it rain. When we first got there it looked like only about 30 people of the expected over 200 were going to be there. But as the service began the Lord let me see as the place filled up that people that are hungry for God would not let the rain keep them from a glorious night in the Lord’s presence. Two people were saved. Five people recommitted their lives and we prayed for many with sickness, or other physical issues for perhaps thirty to forty minutes in the Altar. We also had a glorious time with the Pastors during the Pastors Conference.

As we were waiting on the time to board the plane to return home in Guatemala City rain clouds were approaching the airport and the mountains that were nearby. I prayed asking the Lord to move the clouds away from the airport and the mountains. Here is how He answered in that small still voice of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes He moves the storms, and sometimes He takes us through the storm. Well need less to say He took care of us because you are reading what I am typing from here on earth.

We got back to Birmingham around 11:40 P.M. Saturday night. By the time that we got our baggage and got in the car it was after Midnight. As we were riding on the Interstate in Birmingham a little after midnight some thoughts came to me. I thought back to times that I had left nightclubs in Birmingham on Saturday night headed back to Walker County. I was lonesome and all messed up. I thought about leaving rock concerts and being high on drugs and only the Lord kept me from getting killed, or getting in trouble. I thought about how much better it was that night to be walking with Jesus Christ and coming home from serving Him than being on that highway that time of the night and running with the devil. That is why we give praise reports. Not to glorify ourselves, but to give hope to those who are reading that what God has done in our lives He can do in the lives of others. To the mother praying for that wayward child. We pray that it gives hope. To those who need a healing, or another chance in life we pray these reports give you hope.

Let us Pray
Lord, we know that we can do nothing by ourselves. We tried it our way and it was one big mess. But Lord we thank you that You can take what we have messed up and you can dress it up. May all who read this know that when we pray that You are at work. May all who read this know that You are still rescuing sinners and using them as You rescue others. May all who read this serve You and bring glory to Your Holy Name
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 I believe it is on TV 16.

GET TOGETHER- He Still Speaks

GET TOGETHER- He Still Speaks
Joh 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
The first place that I look to hear from God is the Word of God. When we do that then we are positioned to know when we are hearing the small still voice of the Holy Spirit. Because His voice will always line up with the Word of God.
So, with that said as I shared last week God will sometimes speak to us through his creation and in other ways that will always line up with the Word of God. Let me get this straight with you before I go any further, I don’t go around looking for signs. On the other hand, throughout out the years God has used certain things to speak to me through the Holy Spirit.
I praise the Lord that He speaks to us through other Christians. This morning two dear brothers in the Lord prophesied over me, and every bit of it lined up with the Word of God and things that I have prayed and sought God about. The Apostle Paul had this to say to the church at Corinth, “1Co 14:3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.”
By the time I got home I already saw some of what he prophesied manifesting. Sometimes and in most cases it may take longer. Also, I know that the best is still yet to come, because what they prophesied lined up with a couple of words that some dear brothers had sent me a few weeks ago.
Last week I mentioned that certainly we are not one with nature, we are humans created in the Image of God. Sometimes God will speak to us in that way and in other ways that as I said would always line up with the Word of God. Let me give you some examples. Again, this is not for you to go looking for a sign, but if you will spend time in prayer and in the Word, you will hear from God.
A couple of weeks ago we were visiting our son and his family in Missouri. The enemy was trying to rob me of my joy during our visit. I knew that there were some important ministry assignments coming up and the enemy was trying to attack my mind concerning these assignments. While I was outside, I looked up and saw a dove on the top of Jake and Tommye’s house. That was a reminder to me that the Holy Spirit was with us. We are told in Hebrews 13:5 that Jesus made a promise to His disciples, and that means us “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”(NKJV) That dove was a reminder to me of that promise.
Holy Spirit would speak to me through seeing a dove. Let me emphasize something here the Holy Spirit isn’t a dove. He is the third person of the Godhead. He indwells the believer in Jesus Christ, and He will speak to us. I have seen doves at key times here in Alabama, Peru, Romania, Guatemala, and perhaps in other countries that I have ministered in. They remind me of the angelic protection that God puts around his servants. We are told in Ps 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him And delivers them.

So today first I want to encourage you to get in the Word of God. That is the most reliable place to ever hear from God. Then I want to encourage you to live a life of prayer. And while not looking for a sign have your spirit in tune with the Holy Spirit that when He speaks to you in some way that you will know that it is Him. Jesus spoke these words after talking with the disciples about the Father sending the Holy Spirit. He said in John 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.
Don’t ever limit the ways in which the Holy Spirit may speak to you to bring comfort when Hell is throwing its best shots at you.

Let Us Pray
Lord, we thank you that you speak to your children. We are reminded in Joh 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (NKJV) Thank you Jesus for by the Holy Spirit speaking to us in various ways. Help us all to spend time in Your Word, and in prayer. We know that when we do that, we can hear Your voice when you speak to us through signs, wonders, and through Your people.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love you all
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston
Please pray for the last night of Revival Services tonight at Mt Olive United Methodist church on Cotton Gin Road in Tremont Ms. Also as I mentioned there are several other kingdom things coming up in the next several weeks that I need you to be praying for us on.

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 – The Myrtle Will Grow

GET TOGETHER – The Myrtle Will Grow

Isa 55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the LORD for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”(NKJV)
One of the things that I really love about this time of the year is all the beautiful myrtle trees that we have in this part of Alabama. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I know that we don’t worship nature. We are not one with nature, but in Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit will sometimes speak to us through God’s creation.
Isaiah 55 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. We see in this prophetic chapter what the Messiah our Lord Jesus Christ can do in the lives of those who love Him. He desires to bring healing and restoration to all of those who trust in Him.
Isaiah tells us that instead of the brier will come up a myrtle tree. Briers can be very painful. I remember as a young boy growing up in Hull camp in Walker County waiting for the mail man to come. Most times me and my brother would be barefooted at that time of the day. When the mail man ran either me, or my brother would go out to the mailbox. Between the house and the mailbox from time to time we would get briers in our feet. The tar that was on the road was hot and it also added to the pain somewhat.
If we have lived life, we have often experienced spiritual briers in our lives. Those briers could have come because of our sinful behavior. It could have happened when we thought that we were going after something pleasant, and instead we ended up in the brier patch.
Sometimes those briers may have come because of someone else’s sin that hurt us and effected our life’s journey in some way. Or they could have come when we hurt someone else with our sin. And we also know that because we live in a fallen world that briers can happen as we experience the loss of a loved one here on earth. Briers may come when a person has lost their job, a child has gone into rebellion or many other ways that bring heartbreak and disappointment.
But we are promised in Isaiah 55:13 that not only the briars, but the thorns will be replaced by something beautiful Isa 55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the LORD for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
In the Old Testament we see what God promises for a repentant Israel. We also see in this what God will do in the life of the repentant sinner who follows Jesus Christ. We see it in Joel 2:23-25 “Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you-The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.”
In the New Testament we are told in Lu 4:18 what Jesus will do for those who love Him. “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.” Now that is making the myrtle grow where the brier once was. If there are myrtle tress growing near where you live may it remind you that our Lord will make the myrtle grow where the briers have been in your life. Often it is here on earth, but always it will be forever and ever in Heaven one day where we are told about another tree:
Re 22:1 -4 “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
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.” Not sure if it will be a myrtle, but one thing for sure is that it will be out of this world!

Let Us Pray
Lord we thank You that in the hurts, the disappointments, the heartaches and some of the briers that we have experienced in our lives that you can make the myrtle come up. Lord, I pray today for all who read this that the myrtle will come up where the brier has been.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love you all
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston
Please pray for the Revival Services this week at Mt Olive United Methodist church on Cotton Gin Road in Tremont Ms. I am looking forward to seeing what the Lord will do there.

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- HE WORKS FOR OUR GOOD

GET TOGETHER- HE WORKS FOR OUR GOOD

Ro 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

I don’t know how many times in the last twenty-six years that the Holy Spirit has given me this verse in ministering to someone. And I can remember on one of the most difficult days in my life when the Holy Spirit gave it to someone to give to me. It didn’t really feel so good that day, but the Lord has used it in a lot of ways over the last twenty-six years in our lives and in the lives of those that God has had us to minister to.

Last Thursday I broke the screen on my cell phone. I just got it back today. The first day it reminded me of my first day of quitting smoking over 32 years ago. I would reach for my phone just like I reached for a pack of cigarettes. But to be honest it got better every day.

Here are some ways that I believe that God worked for good in this. I have been able to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit more clearly. One thing that the Lord showed me was that I spent too much time scrolling Facebook. I know that the Lord gave me a ministry on Facebook. But on the other hand, I didn’t have to know what every person that a friend was thinking about on every issue, or their favorite football team, or so many other things.

The Lord also began to speak more clearly when I was studying His word. I have a busy schedule coming up. I will be preaching Revival services in Mississippi, going to Guatemala, and working a Christian retreat within the next couple of months. Please keep me in prayer for all those opportunities to lift up the Name of Jesus. I also felt like the Lord used that time to help me hear more clearly what He wanted me to do during those opportunities.

One neat thing that happened was while we were at J.J.’s Dad’s this past weekend happened when the power went off. Normally I might have used what battery that I had left to do something on my cell phone. Well, we just decided to sing hymns during that time. We must have sung at least ten, or eleven hymns. It was truly a glorious time, and the Holy Spirit was present with us in a good way.

As I mentioned earlier, I got my phone back about two hours ago. The Bible tells us in 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 know with what I do and in this culture that I need a cell phone.

On the other hand, I know that I don’t need to spend as much time scrolling Facebook or going to the sites of news networks. So, pray for me that it will be a tool for God to use in His Kingdom and that I won’t clutter my mind and my spirit with unnecessary information.

One more way that God worked in this is that I have been sleeping
better at night. I don’t wake up and think about something that I saw on Facebook. So feel free to hold me accountable about this.

You may be going through something a whole lot more serious than what I just shared. I have had some of those things. But no matter what it is if we trust Him God will work in it in some way. I know as I said earlier, He has done it in my life and in the lives of so many that He has allowed me to share that passage with.

Let Us Pray
Lord there may be some people reading this that are experiencing something a whole lot more serious than being without their cell phone for a week. No matter what it may be Lord help them to trust You to work for their good in their situation.
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.