Isa 9:6,7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

There have been many different governments in the world. I am not here to enter into a political debate. I am here to tell you about a perfect government with a perfect ruler. There have been and still are governments with dictators. There have been and still are monarchs’ where the head of the government is either a King, or a Queen. There are Democracies, Republics, and Democratic Republics. There have been and still are Communist governments. But one day there is going to be an eternal perfect form of government.

That will be when King Jesus returns to rule and to reign forever and ever with His saints. The definition of a Theocracy is a government that is believed to be Divinely ruled and guided. There are some nations that allow no other religion to be practiced in their nation. They would regard themselves as theocracies. However, they are not worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ who is the true King of the Universe. So therefore, they may appear to be theocracies, but they actually are not. I am talking about Saudi Arabia, Iran, and most other Muslim nations.

But as Isaiah prophesied over seven hundred years before Jesus came to the earth and was born in a manger in Bethlehem there will be a true theocracy and He will reign as King forever and ever. Isaiah tell us that the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. He came as a baby in a manger that first time. We celebrate that this time of year in a very special way. It allows us to preach and teach about the incarnation of Jesus Christ. It also allows us to preach and teach that just as His first coming was a real event so will His second coming be.

Jesus promised that He would return one day. Lu 21:25-27 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring” men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” It is impossible for God to lie. Jesus Christ is God the Son. We are told about His second coming in Re 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. (NKJV)

When He comes He will have the perfect government. There will be no injustice. There will be no strife. There will be no back biting. The funeral homes will be out of business! The hospitals will be closed! This is how the perfect government will effect those who belong to Christ : Re 21:3,4 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

When He came the first time there were some that weren’t ready and did not receive Him. King Herod wanted Him dead! The religious leaders at the time and the Romans would put Him to death. Some thought that He was crazy. Some said that He had a demon. But some like Peter said in Mt 16:16b, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Are you looking forward to living in this theocracy? Are you like Peter and know that He is the Messiah and that He will return to rule and reign? Or perhaps you maybe like some the first time that He came. I pray as we get closer to His reappearing one day that you are looking forward to living in that perfect Kingdom forever and ever.

Let Us Pray

Lord we thank You that there is a perfect government coming. We thank you that it is governed by you the perfect King. We pray today that at this time of year that those who have been born again will celebrate and be used to bring others into the Kingdom. For those that have not come into the Kingdom we pray today that You will remove the veil from their eyes as You did ours. So that they may experience the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living forever and ever!

In Jesus Name



Your Friend/Kinfolk


GET TOGETHER- The Perfect One Came To Earth

GET TOGETHER- The Perfect One Came To Earth

Lu 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (NKJV)

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. It has not always been that way. To be honest Christmas became one of my favorite times of the year after I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1990.

Before I met J.J. Christmas was a very lonely time. I would often try to fill those times of loneliness with sinful activities to try to fill that empty void. Christmas got much better after our children were born. The Holy Spirit was using them to help us to get to the place of the real reason that we celebrate Christmas. But I must admit it was still an anxious time for me. I was overly concerned about work during that time. I was uptight about what to buy for those that I wanted to give a gift to, and I was still playing with some things that were not good for me, or anyone else.

Some of those things that I mentioned are good. It is good to work. It is good to give gifts, because as followers of Christ we are to be a giving people. The Apostle Paul wrote about the blessing of working and giving in Ac 20:35 “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (NKJV)

But in 1990 I began to grasp the true meaning of Christmas and to enjoy celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As I shared with a group last week. This is not a perfect time of the year. This Saturday will mark twenty-three years since my Daddy’s death on a sunny December day. It was on a Saturday that year. Just like it falls this year. During the Christmas season I have preached the funerals of children, and some of the most faithful brothers and sisters in Christ that we have ever had the privilege of serving the Lord with during this time of the year.

So, although this time of the year is not perfect. We can celebrate because the perfect One left a perfect place and came to redeem lost humanity. John describes it like this in Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (NKJV) The Apostle Paul says it like this in Php 2:7,8 “but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

One of the greatest blessings that I have had since I was born again in 1990 is Christmas Eve Communion. As a Pastor it was always a great blessing to experience the grace of God when you looked into the faces of those that you were serving on Christmas Eve. Some had been through some great times during the previous year. Others had been through some difficult time such as a spouse, a child, or a parent that had gone on to Heaven. It was a blessing to know that these walked in that type of faith. And that faith was a gift from God.

One of my favorite memories was either in our first, or second year at Bethlehem United Methodist Church. It was either in 1996, or 1997. We came into the Pastoral Ministry in 1996. I am not sure if it was the year of Daddy’s death. Which was during the Christmas season of our first year in the Pastoral Ministry. Or if it was the next year that we were there. Both of those years there had been some tough situations that either us, or someone else in the congregation was going through. Our daughter Jessye was either eleven, or twelve. The power was off at the church and there had been some snow. We would be leaving after the service to be with the Headrick side of the family on Christmas Eve night and to be with the Johnson side of our family on Christmas day.

Jessye asked me if she could help me serve Communion. The enemy had been really trying to discourage me and tell me that no one was going to come. What a blessing it was that night. We only had candlelight in the church. We didn’t have any heat. It was so cold that I could see Jessye’s breath one time. But oh, what a blessing! It made me think of how it must have been in that stable on that first Christmas night. They didn’t have power. They didn’t have heat unless it was a fire. I think that it was the first time that I ever saw Jessye wearing hose. She was dressed up in her Sunday dress and when I heard her pray over the people after they received the Lord’s Supper it was such a blessing.

The night that our Lord came to earth was a hard night for Him and His family. He was born in a manger. I heard a preacher on the radio yesterday say what a perfect place for a Lamb to be born. The Lamb that came to take away the sins of the world was born in a manger.

As we get closer and closer to Christmas day I pray for all of us that whether we are living in some of the most wonderful times of our lives, or some of the most challenging that we will see that the Baby that was born in a manger today sits at the Right Hand of the Father and that He lives in our hearts through the Blessed Holy Spirit. And because of that we can give Him praise in the good times, and praise Him in the challenging times!

Let Us Pray

Lord we thank You that you came to the earth in the form of a man. We thank You that we can celebrate Your birth because You lived for us. You died for us! You rose from the dead for us! You have given us the Holy Spirit! We praise You Lamb of God! Please be with all who read this. May all who have been born again be encouraged. May any that have not come to know Your goodness, Your love, and your favor be drawn to You during this very special season.

In Jesus Name



Your Friend/Kinfolk




1 Cor 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body [ato be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

God is a God of order. I often think about how that He put Chapter 13 in between Chapter 12 and Chapter 14 in 1 Corinthians. What a wonderful thing that it is that God has given us the gifts of the Holy Spirit to serve Him with in the Kingdom. It is my belief that 1 Corinthians 13 is given to help us to know why that God has given us the gifts of the Holy Spirit to serve Him. We must be a people that love in order to serve God faithfully.

I realize that I have Brothers and Sisters in Christ that may have a different view than I do concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have had the honor at various times and in various ways to serve with my Brothers and Sisters in Christ that may differ with me on the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. When the Lord calls me to serve with these dear brothers and sisters, we choose to focus on the essentials of the faith that we agree on. The Holy Spirit always shows up when we keep our eyes on Jesus in a very special way. So I pray that no matter what your view may be on the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that in some way this message will help you to walk in a more loving way to those within the Body of Christ, your neighbors, your friends, your family, and yes even your enemies.

We live in a world that is very hostile right now. We live in a world that needs the love of God so badly. There is not enough space here to say all that could be said about the love of God. Nor in there space enough to list all of the places, situations, and circumstances where people need to know and experience the love of God.

In this Christmas season I pray that we will remember and celebrate when love came down from Heaven. The Bible tells us in Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Think about that God loved the Romans that would nail Jesus to the cross. God loved the Pharisees and religious leaders that demanded that they crucify Him.

God loved a young virgin enough to use her to carry His Son in her womb. God loved Joseph enough to allow Him to be the earthly father to His only Begotten Son. God loved lepers, tax collectors, harlots, and other sinners enough to give each the opportunity to receive His only begotten Son as their Lord and Savior. God loved us enough while we were and while some may be still living in a sinful condition to save and to give eternal life to.

Jesus the perfect gift and example of love has commanded us to love. Here are just a few verses where He taught about who to love:

Mt 5:43,44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ “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, Mt 5:46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? Mt 22:37 Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. ‘Mt 22:39 “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Which leads me to the last verse in 1Corinthians 13: 1Co 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (NKJV). Here the Apostle Paul talks about the abiding gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts abide in every believer in Jesus Christ. We need to draw on that abiding gift of love. We need to draw on that gift in order for the world to see Christ in us. We need to draw on that gift so that the Holy Spirit can use us to bring people to Christ. We need to draw on that gift in order to become more like Jesus.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus you came down out of Heaven and were met with a manger to sleep in. You had to avoid being killed by King Herod. You were despised and rejected by men. And yet You loved the world so much that You were willing to go to the cross and die for our sins. Lord give us that Holy love. Give us that love that helps us to love like You loved.

In Jesus Name


We love you all. May every heart prepare Him room this season.

Your Friend/Kinfolk


GET TOGETHER – Stay On The Journey

Ge 29:1 ¶ So Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the East. (NKJV

The Journey

Ge 29:1 ¶ So Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the East. (NKJV)

This past Thursday evening J.J. and I left Hamilton headed to Charleston South Carolina. Our son Jake coaches basketball at Missouri State University. They were playing in a tournament there. So, our journey had a destination and a purpose for us going there.

As we were driving, I thought about how much that our journey with the Lord Jesus Christ has similarities to our journeys that we take either when we are driving, flying, walking, or any other way that we might be on a journey.

There can be unexpected blessings on our journey. We stopped to eat at the Green Top Café in Jasper. I saw one of my former customers that I had not seen in years. That was a real blessing for me. I also saw an old friend that I had known since my teen age years and that was a blessing.

When we got into Birmingham the traffic slowed down a good bit. Sometimes in our journey with the Lord there are times that we have to be patient and stand on His word as the Psalmist says in Ps 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (NKJV)

The Lord blessed us with going through Atlanta without any real problems, or slowdowns. That reminded me of God’s promise in Isa 45:2 ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.”

There were too many for me to list them all here, but here is one that when it happened it was when the Lord spoke to me about this. J.J. was getting sleepy. We had planned to spend the night on the other side of Atlanta. Well when I saw the sign for the Hampton Inn, I read the sign wrong and missed the exit. Thankfully there was another Hampton in Thomson Georgia about fifty miles further on down the road. Boy was that an answered prayer! It actually turned out to be better for us. We got to sleep a little bit later the next morning. As the Apostle Paul wrote 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.” (NKJV)

I thought about Jacob’s journey. He certainly had some blessings and some challenges. He had a powerful encounter with God at Bethel. He would find the woman that he loved named Rachel. He would experience deception and disappointment as his Father-Law Laban trick him into marrying Leah. He would have to work for Laban for seven more years in order to marry Rachel the woman that he loved. He got a new name at Peniel where he wrestled with God. There were many other challenges and blessings in Jacob’s life. Many of the challenges were due to him having wrong motives at times. Some were as a result of the sins of others. But as we read the Scriptures as challenging as life was for him he would finish his journey. When God revealed Himself to Moses He revealed Himself in this way: Ex 3:6 “Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.”

Today on your journey you may have made some wrong turns. Jesus Christ desires to help you to get back on the right road on your journey. You may be a little tired from your journey. Jesus made a promise for those who are tired from life’s journey Mt 11:28 -30″Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”(NKJV) When you journey with Him you will always end up at the right destination and fulfill the purpose that He has for your life.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus what a blessing it is to travel with you. Today please meet all that read this and help us all to arrive at our eternal destination and fulfill the purpose for which You created us.

In Jesus Name


On behalf of J.J. and all of our family: Happy Thanksgiving! We love you all!

Your Friend/Kinfolk


Get Together# 175

(This week I am a little pressed on time. I felt like I was to share this one with you from a few years ago. I believe that it is as true today as it was then.)

Get Together# 175

Joh 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (NKJV)

Two weeks ago the girl who I would guess is in her early twenties shared with me at the Bible Study that I was leading at a ministry for women that she was having withdrawals from heroin. She could hardly hold her head up and it was her first week at the Christ centered residential ministry for women who are trying to be set free of addictions and other destructive behaviors. She was from up north and I am sure that she was also struggling with making the psychological adjustment to listening to a group of southerners talk as her body was experiencing the torture of these horrific pains that these withdrawals bring.

We prayed for her that day. And I am sure that the congregation that supports the ministry that she is currently receiving ministry at prayed as well. Last week when I went back this young lady who the week before had not been able to hold her head up gave a praise report that God had delivered her from the desire to do heroin and that He had also taken away the withdrawal symptoms.

The natural world will tell us that we have to be addicts. The natural world will tell us that there are certain sickness and disease that there are no cures for. But praise God we serve a God who works in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus does not tremble at the name of Heroin. Heroin trembles at the name of Jesus. JESUS does not tremble at the Name of Cancer or Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B. They tremble at the Name of JESUS. Last week a young man from another Christ centered ministry testified at our congregation of being healed from Hepatitis B by the Lord JESUS Christ.

Today we are in a society that is in a natural mess. Men and women are attempting to fix a lot of problems that only God can fix. Men and women would love to fix the problems without involving God. I have good news for you. God wants to be involved. God wants to heal our nation. God wants to free us from sickness. God wants to free us from a drug scourged society. You may be tired of hearing this passage, but here it goes again “2Ch 7:14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

The same God that delivered this young girl from her heroin addiction is ready to deliver America from her sin addiction. The same God that healed that young man of his sickness is ready to heal America. Armies can’t heal America, politicians can’t heal America, Slot Machines can’t heal America, but the Lord Jesus Christ can. How do I know? Well He has healed me. He has delivered me. I am also seeing Him at work everyday in impossible situations. I saw Him make a way for family that comes to our Recovery Ministry to have a place to live. I saw Him move upon a thirteen-year-old girl after the service this week and save her soul from hell. Here these words from Jesus in Mr 10:27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

Yesterday I went to visit a new born baby. He looked so good and his parents and both sets of proud grandparents who love the Lord are all overflowing in thankfulness for him.

As I prayed for this new born child only hours out of his Mothers womb where God had been fashioning him for nine months Ps 139:13 “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.”(NKJV) I felt the Holy Spirit really impress upon me to pray for the culture that this child will grow up in should the Lord not return first. Today I challenge you begin to pray for our country. Pray that the Holy Spirit of God would bring revival to our nation. Pray that once again America would have a Holy fear of God. When we do we can rejoice that God will protect us “Pr 16:7 ¶ When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Also today believe for God to do the miraculous in all of those things that seem to trouble you. Remember that He is a Healer and a Deliverer. Nothing is to hard for Him. Remember the words that He spoke to the prophet Jeremiah “Jer 32:27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?


Lord Jesus we need you in so many ways. Lord today we pray that You will turn this nation to you. Deliver us from our addiction to sin. Deliver us from the withdrawals that come from leaving those lifestyles. Give us the grace to walk in Your power. We thank You that You are the Healer, the Deliverer, and the Restorer that we as individuals and this nation need.



Thanks for letting me share these words with you all today. Be encouraged and walk by faith believing that God is going to bring revival to this nation.

Your Friend/Kinfolk




Ro 12:2 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. (NKJV)

A few years ago, the Holy Spirit spoke these words to my heart. Yes, as we have heard God does love us unconditionally. He also loves us too much to leave us in our sinful condition. He does not love me anymore now than when He did when I was living in rebellion against Him. I will not go into what all was involved when I was living in rebellion here. I will just say that it was gross sin. I praise God that although He loved me then as much as He does now that He loved me too much to leave me in the sinful lifestyle that I was living.

We were all born with a sinful nature due to the sin of our first parents Adam and Eve. 1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. (NKJV) That sinful nature may manifest in us in similar ways and in different ways. Some of us have may have had a bent towards certain sins that others may not have had and vice versa. There is good news for all of us. No matter what sinful lifestyles that we may have been living in there is a Deliverer. His Name is Jesus.

There is more good news! When we repent of our sins and come to salvation by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit indwells us 1Co 3:16 ¶ “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Now He is ready to go to work rooting those old sinful desires out of us. He is ready to go to work bringing transformation in our lives.

Before we came to Christ, we were subject to the world system that is opposed to the Gospel fashioning our lives. The world will tell us that things that are contrary to a Biblical lifestyle are ok. The values of the world are subjective and they are always changing. The values that God has for us are objective and God desires to change us. The Greek term for transformed is metamorphoo, It means to change into another form.

Today in our culture people are being convinced that some of the ways that their sinful nature manifest is something to be celebrated. When really there is something greater to be celebrated. It is that through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit we can be transformed from our old sinful behaviors and lifestyles and be remade in the Image of God.

My prayer for all of us that is that we will allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives from the day that we accept Christ until the day that we go home to be with Christ. That He will work in such a way that He will take us from glory to glory. The Apostle Paul said it like this in 2Co 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”(NKJV) Don’t miss God’s best for you by accepting what the world says is to be celebrated in contrast to something that God desires to remove from our lives. He desires to give us something much much better. Remember He loves us unconditionally. But He also loves us to much to leave us in a sinful condition.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank You for saving our souls. We thank You for the Blessed Holy Spirit. Thank You that Your blood has positioned us to be your children. We thank You that now the Holy Spirit is conditioning us in a wonderful way and that as we are being transformed more into Your image every day.

In Jesus Name


Love you all!

Your Friend/Kinfolk


GET TOGETHER-    Come As a Little Child

GET TOGETHER-    Come As a Little Child

Mr 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.

This past Sunday morning as I was preaching at  a congregation in our local community something in my opinion very special took place.  I was preaching from 2 Cor 1:20  “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”  And from Ps 103:1 -5<<A Psalm of David.>> Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases  Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

The title of the message was Positioned For The Promises. In the message I stressed how those promises were secured for us as New Covenant believers, and followers of Jesus Christ. He paid for them with His precious Holy Blood!  The forgiveness of our sins, our past sinful lives being forgiven and redeemed. And that  how that God renews our youth.  That Jesus Christ the Incarnate  God in His  atoning death  has provided healing for our bodies, mind, and spirit.  

At the end of the message as the church was singing an invitation hymn someone came running to the Altar with a gigantic look of expectancy on her face. It was our four-year-old granddaughter Eden. She asked for prayer for someone. At first, I could not hear her so I prayed for her.  After the music finished, she came back again and told me what she wanted prayer for. It was for healing for someone. 

To me this was an example of the type of faith that Jesus is talking about when He is talking about coming as a little child. Eden hasn’t read any books that say that Jesus doesn’t heal anymore, or that attempt to explain away the miraculous. She believes that Jesus is still in the healing and prayer answering business.

My prayer for myself and all of us is that no matter what may have happened in our journey to dampen, or dim that childlike faith in us.  Is that through the word of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit that we once again will pray expectantly.   That we once again will pray and believe as a little child.  And that once again as Eden came running expectantly to that altar that we will run expectantly to God with childlike faith.


Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus renew in us that child like faith that expects the miraculous. Renew in us that child like faith that helps us to walk in victory and not in defeat. Help us get in Your word. Help us to believe in Your Word.   We trust that through the power of the Holy Spirit that You will do it!

In Jesus Name



Let God arise and His enemies be scattered !


Your Friend/Kinfolk