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.

GET TOGETHER – HE DOES WHAT WE CAN’T

GET TOGETHER – HE DOES WHAT WE CAN’T
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.”
Last week I wrote about how God redeems our regrets. I may have shared how that I have often regretted not being a Christian in High School. I shared some ways that God had redeemed some of that time. Today I got to experience that even more.
A dear brother from Jasper had arranged for me and a couple of my friends from here in Hamilton to meet with him and some of my old Dora High School teammates and friends for breakfast. What a joyous occasion it was.
We shared stories of old high school football games and basketball games. Several of them we had come out on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Now you probably could not have convinced us at that time that God could make that beautiful in His time when we were paying the price on Monday for a rough night the previous Friday. But as the Word of God says He makes all things beautiful in His time.
For all of us as I said last week there are things that we would like to have had another crack at or done over. When we read these words, we realize that God may not make everything beautiful exactly when we want Him to, but we can be assured that He will do it. Sometimes and a lot of the time He does do it here on earth as we follow Christ. On the other hand, in a fallen world sometimes it takes place in Heaven when we go to be with the Lord.
One of the great blessings today was being able to tell those old friends that I loved them. Another great blessing was knowing that they really loved and cared about me. As a person that was once very insecure in relationships that was one way that God through Jesus Christ does in our lives 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.” Jesus can and desires to do that in the lives of all that surrender their lives to Him.
When we yield our lives to Him, He truly does make all things beautiful. Again, He doesn’t always do it when we want Him to, but we can be assured that He is at work in us and that He will do it.
Today was truly one of those wonderful days. On the other hand, it was not perfect. We prayed for one of my old teammates who is batting cancer. We could have probably talked until late in the afternoon, but all of us had somewhere, or somebody that we had to get back to.
One of my favorite Hymns is “There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood .” One of my favorite lines in that song is “redeeming love has been my theme and will be til I die.” Isn’t it awesome that by and only by the shed blood of Jesus Christ can vile sinners be saved and God redeem the time in our lives? Isn’t it awesome that He not only has a glorious present for us? Jesus said it like 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. He makes things beautiful now. He also has a glorious future for us. He truly makes things beautiful forever and ever in Joh 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” And how does this sound for making everything beautiful in His time? Re 22:3-5 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Trust Him and He will make all things beautiful in His time.

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus, we thank You that You make things beautiful in this life. Thank you for those moments that we see how You have redeemed time in our lives. We thank you for old friends being able to meet new friends. We thank You for making some ugly times in our lives beautiful. We also thank You for the time that is coming. When we will meet more new friends. Where we will once again see some old friends. We thank You that as the scripture says in Ro 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose, and in Eph 1:11” In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” So today Lord I am asking you to make all things beautiful in Your time in the lives of all who are reading this.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love you all
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

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

GET TOGETHER – Redeeming Our Regrets

GET TOGETHER – Redeeming Our Regrets
Eph 5:15,16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Back in 2002 the Lord answered a prayer that I was praying from 1Ch 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested .” (NKJV) I had prayed for the Lord to increase my territory in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He answered that when one of my old friends Tommy Combs asked me to preach on his television station in Jasper, Alabama in our former home county Walker County.
The Holy Spirit gave me a name for that program several years ago. The name of the program is Redeeming the Time. I felt like the Lord gave me that name to show me that the program was a way for God to redeem the time that I had lived as a sinner in Walker County until 1990 when I got saved. The Lord has since opened doors for that program to be on the internet and in several cities and towns in Northwest, Alabama.
I thank God that by the Blood of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit that God can redeem every part of our lives. Let me give you an example of one way that God did that recently. I pray that it will help you to allow the Holy Spirit to work in redemptive ways in your life everyday now, and until we go home to be with the Lord.
Most weeks I get the blessing of going to Life house in Winfield, Alabama. Life house is a discipleship ministry for those who are trying to get free from addiction and other destructive behaviors. It is a part of New Life Fellowship in Winfield. And Pastors Jerry, and Hope Norris have poured their lives into this ministry.
From time to time some of the residents there will be from my old home county. When they are I try to connect with them in some way. There will be some that I may have known some of their relatives. There may be others that I am familiar with where they went to high school and some of the traditions associated with where they went to high school.
Last week one of the residents shared with me that he was from one of the high schools that was a friendly rival to where I went to high school. When he told me that I did with him what I usually do with some of the other former students from that same school. I started humming the tune to their fight song. The next things that the Holy Spirit had me to do was to play a song that I had been listening to on YouTube. You may or may not be familiar with that song. It is an older song What A Day That Will Be.
As we listened to the song, we began to sing the song together. Then the young man shared that his daddy was a preacher. He shared that his sister used to sing that song in church. It was really a powerful time and for me it was evidence of how God can use every bit of our lives past, present, and future to share the love of Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 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.” As I said earlier through the Blood of Jesus Christ and through the work of the Holy Spirit God can redeem our regrets. We all have had some. We all would have liked to have changed some things in our lives. However, we can’t go back in the past and change them. But praise God that Jesus Christ redeems it all. He took our regrets with our sinful pasts to the cross at Calvary.
Praise God that we can now walk in the victory that He has provided for us. The Prophet Isaiah wrote to Israel, and it is a good word for all of us who once lived in rebellion against God. Isa 43:18,19 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
Please pray for the young man that I mentioned and for all the residents at Lifehouse. Pray also for the Lord to use you in ways that remind you that you don’t have to regret your past. That in Jesus Christ you know that you have been forgiven and He has redeemed your past. This is one of my favorite passages about how God works in a redemptive way to bring redemption to our past.

Joe 2:25,26 “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.
There is coming a day when not only will our natural minds not remember any of our regrets. It will also be a time when the forces of evil cannot remind us of them either. Until that day know that if you are in Christ Jesus your past has been forgiven. Know that He can redeem every bit of it. And as His forgiven and redeemed children of God may He use you to sing songs of redemption with others. May He also use you to help others to walk in victory over any regrets that they may have from a sinful past. And may these words about that day abound in your spirit forever and ever.
Re 21:5,6 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful. “And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.”

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus, we thank You that You redeem it all. We thank you for forgiving us of our sinful pasts. Today fill us with the Holy Spirit in such a way that the people that you put in our lives will experience Your forgiveness, and Your healing from any past regrets, or anything else that was a result of either their sin. Or the sin of someone else.
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.