GET TOGETHER- Don’t Throw Rocks and Don’t Stay In The Ditch

GET TOGETHER- Don’t Throw Rocks and Don’t Stay In The Ditch

Joh 8:10-12 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”

I remember the night well. It was sometime around 1980. Three men from a church in the town that I lived in came and knocked on my door.  I was sitting there by myself. I was doing drugs, drinking, and listening to music. They witnessed to me that night and I was very rude to them.  Looking back now I know that they came by because not only did they love me and care about me, but more than that God loved me. 

 In those days I think that I was familiar with Jesus words to the woman caught in adultery that He spoke in Joh 8:7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”  That is a very important word for us if we are going to share the love of Jesus Christ.  It helps us to allow the Holy Spirit to continue His work in our lives rooting out sinful attitudes and sinful behaviors.  But before I met Jesus Christ and surrendered my life to Him the reason that I liked that verse was so I could point my finger at Christians and continue to live the sinful lifestyle that I was living at that time. 

 Before coming to Jesus Christ my life was filled with gross sin. I am so thankful that just like He forgave the woman that was caught in adultery that through His death on the cross that I can know that I have been forgiven of my sins and that I am not under condemnation. And you can know that as well. The Apostle Paul wrote in Ro 8:1 ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  Praise God for the atoning sacrifice that is in the shed blood of Jesus Christ where we can find mercy and grace : Ro 5:8,9  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Now let’s look at what else Jesus told the woman in Joh 8:11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Not only did He not condemn her, but He pointed her to a better way of life.   Most of us have gotten into sinful lifestyles because we have an empty place that only God can fill. And we try to fill that empty place with sinful things that drive us further away from God.  We also live in a culture that not only affirms various lifestyles of sin, but often celebrates those lifestyles.  Jesus not only did not condemn the woman, but He pointed her in the direction that would help her to truly experience life as how He desired for her to experience life. 

In Joh 10:10 He talks about the type of life that comes when we fall into the temporary pleasures of sin that the devil offers through sinful lifestyles. He also tells s of the type of life that we can have if we will repent of those sinful lifestyles and follow Him.  “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.

Warning people of the dangers of a sinful lifestyle is not stone throwing. Condemning those that are can certainly be. I sometimes use this illustration. If a bridge is out and we see someone heading in that direction   If we love them, we will warn them. If they have already run off the road and gone down into the ditch if we love them, we will help them to get out of the ditch that they are in.  

 So today as we speak the truth. May we speak the truth in love. Jesus loved the woman caught in the act of adultery. He loved her too much to tell her to remain in that lifestyle of sin.   I am glad that my three friends that came to visit me that night loved me enough to speak the truth.  I can now call them brothers in Christ. At some point I can remember the Holy Spirit assuring me that I had been forgiven. And I can also remember Him telling me to leave my lifestyle of sin and to follow Jesus Christ.

 

Let Us Pray

Lord, we live in a culture that often celebrates sin. We realize that when we speak the truth that we will run the risk of being called haters, or other names. Help us Lord to love people enough to speak the truth.  We know Lord Jesus that we can only be forgiven by faith in Your precious Blood that was shed on the cross. We know Lord it is only by the power of Your Holy Spirit that we can walk free from sinful lifestyles and not go back into those sinful lifestyles. Lord help us to warn those who are on the road where the bridge is out. And help us to help those who are in the ditch to get out of the ditch and on the road that You have for them. As you told the Pharisees and the Scribes on that day : “ Joh 8:12 ¶ Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  Help us to walk in the light. And use us to help others to come out of the darkness and walk in Your marvelous light.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

Love You All

Your Friend/ Kinfolk

Preston 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama  35570

GET TOGETHER – He Still Speaks Today

GET TOGETHER – He Still Speaks Today
Isa 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.(NKJV)

Most Tuesday mornings, I meet with three dear brothers and good friends and have breakfast and we share what God is doing in our lives. This morning we didn’t get to meet. I always look forward to meeting with these brothers each Tuesday. So, I was a little disappointed when we didn’t get to meet.

On the other hand, it has been a great morning. I got to take three of our grandchildren to school and that was a blessing! After I had let our grandson Judah off at the Middle School I heard the Holy Spirit tell me to drive by my good friend Richard Wilson’s house. I had been wanting to share with Richard how that God had answered some prayers that he had prayed for me and the ministry that God has given us. I also wanted him to pray with me about a ministry opportunity tomorrow night. Guess what? Richard just happened to be carrying his garbage out when I pulled up to his house. God is always right. We went inside to Richard’s prayer room and had a wonderful and powerful time of prayer.

I am so thankful that God still speaks to His people through the small still voice of the Holy Spirit today. Praise God that the Holy Spirit still speaks in the still small voice today! Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would speak to us in Joh 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (NKJV) He will speak and guide us in fulfilling the mission that Jesus has called us to. Jesus said in Joh 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (NKJV) The Holy Spirit will allow us to hear the Master giving us direction in our lives.

The Holy Spirit today speaks to us through the Word of God. We are told in Heb 4:12” For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” When we see the word as living and active, we see that it is not just cold dry ink on some pages, but words of life. It is the Creator of the Universe speaking to us. Then when we do that, we can recognize His voice when He speaks to us with that small still voice. Jesus said in Joh 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (NKJV)

Another way that we hear the voice of God is when He speaks through others to us. It can be in a sermon. It can be through Biblical teaching. It can be through a brother, or sister prophesying to us. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1Co 14:1,3 ¶ Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. The Lord had used Brother Richard to prophesy over me in the past. I was also excited to tell him about how some of his words that the Holy Spirit had given him of edification and exhortation had been and were being fulfilled in the ministry that God has called us to.

So today you may be praying about direction, or some other matter in your life. To hear the small still voice you want to be sure that you spend time in the word of God. You also want to be sure that you spend time in prayer. And then and this one is sometimes the tough one for me is you must be quiet and listen to the Holy Spirit. So, get in the word. Spend time in prayer and listen to the small still voice of the Holy Spirit. And just as Isaiah heard that voice. And just as Paul heard that voice. Just as Jonah, Peter, Moses, and so many others we can hear that voice too.
Let Us Pray

Lord, we thank you that we are New Covenant Blood bought children of God. We thank You for indwelling us with and empowering us through the Holy Spirit. We thank You that You speak to us through Your word, through prayer, through Your people and through the small still voice of the Holy Spirit. Today help us to hear Your voice. Help us to obey Your voice. And help us fulfill the destiny and calling that You have for us.
In Jesus Name
Amen

I am looking forward to preaching at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Event in Alexander City tomorrow night at Alex City Methodist Church. Looking forward to meeting the athletes from Benjamin Russell and Reeltown High Schools. Please pray for us all for tomorrow night.

Love You All
Your Friend/ Kinfolk
Preston

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

GET TOGETHER – HEALING IN HIS GLORY

GET TOGETHER – HEALING IN HIS GLORY
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)
One day recently the enemy attacked by body by making me sick at my stomach. I went home that day and laid down. I had several people pray for me. While I was laying down, I began to play worship music. One of the songs that I played was There Is Healing In His Glory by Lindell Cooley. Then I played several others and I just laid on the couch and read. And yes, I did take some over the counter medicine that I had bought during the afternoon.
When J.J. got home she made some chicken noodle soup. I was able to eat a little of the soup. By the next morning I was at the Huddle House and had an omelet with grits.
The first healing that J.J. and I ever got was from a stomach virus at Christmas one year. We had been throwing up all night and after we prayed, we were eating Christmas Dinner at her mom’s house.
I believe that one reason that the Lord has had me to write this is to restir in God’s people the gift of faith, and the gifts of healings in those who have it 1Co 12:9 “to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit.” And for every believer to know that we can do as James said in our opening passage and in faith believe for healing. I praise God for the saints who pray for us and that their prayers are effective! I praise God for those that prayed for me the other day and their prayers were effective! Most of all I praise God for the one who took our sickness to the cross at Calvary 1Pe 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed . (NKJV)
This post isn’t about answering why some people who have a lot of faith their healing comes in going to be with the Lord. I am thankful that when my final healing comes that is where I will be, but until that day I am so thankful that we can contend in prayer and that God will bring healing and cancel the assignments that the enemy has on our lives! Keep praying! Keep believing! Don’t let anybody talk you out of it. And give God the glory!
One more thing that I want to reemphasize I believe that Jesus wants to use His people to do what he did while He was on the earth “Ac 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” He has given us the Holy Spirit. We have an anointing 1Jo 2:20 ¶ But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. He has given us the power of the Holy Spirit. We have the same Holy Spirit that he operated in and that He endued the disciples with Lu 24:49 “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” So, today go do good. Pray for the sick and expect God to heal them. May the Lord use this to encourage you and to bring Him glory!

Let Us Pray
Jesus, we thank You for paying the price for our healing. we thank You that by Your stripes we were healed. we thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to help us to walk in healing and to pray for others to be healed.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love You All
Your Friend/kinfolk
Preston

PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. I am currently preaching a Sermon Series called The I-22 Sermon Series. That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper I believe it is on TV 16. You can stream it at tv16hd.com

GET TOGETHER- FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

GET TOGETHER- FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

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?” Ro 1:9 “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers. “(NKJV)
Recently the Holy Spirit just kept speaking this passage to me in Ac 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
I knew what He wanted me to do. He wanted me to organize an Acts 1:8 Prayer Meeting. We had done that before several years ago and God came through and is still coming through in a powerful way.
Right now, is a critical time in the Kingdom here in our city, our State, our nation, and throughout the world. We will have these Acts Prayer Meetings at Christ Community Fellowship from 12 Noon until 1:P.M. every Wednesday at least until Resurrection Sunday. And who knows after that how long that God will lead us to do that. Here is our format for the prayer meeting. I know there may be some of you that feel that a format is restrictive, but there are times that God calls us to be very strategic in our prayers. Here is how we will be praying using Acts 1:8 :

Acts 1: 8 Prayer Meeting
Ac 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
• First 10 minutes a time to praise the Lord and to give people an opportunity to pray for ourselves ( There may be things that we need to repent from)
• 2nd 10 minutes Pray for our City (Jerusalem) we would cover our schools, government, workplaces, churches and as the Holy Spirit leads people to pray for in our city.
• 3rd 10 minutes we would pray for our State and region (Judea)
• 4th 10 minutes we would pray for our nation ( Samaria)
• 5th 10 minutes we would pray for the world (end of the earth)
• Last ten minutes As the Holy Spirt leads and close.

All who believe that this is a critical time to pray concerning our families, our city, our region, State, and the world are invited to come. This is about the Kingdom of God. I will lead the meeting every other week and then someone else will lead it every other week. If you can’t come here this could be a good format to use in your home, your church, or in some other way. If all of my Facebook friends in other cities, States, and nations are not currently involved in some prayer strategy you might pray about using this.
A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of me and our grandchildren. So many of you had something good to say about that. I enjoy sports and our grandchildren that are old enough play ball. But what kind of future they have will depend upon how much that we are praying at this time in the Kingdom than what they are doing on the field, the court, or anywhere else.
Recently I watched as students waited in line for hours to watch their favorite football team play in a big game on television at a sports bar. Around that same time at another campus students camped out all night in the cold to be sure and get a seat at their favorite team’s basketball game. People will sacrifice for the things that they have a passion for.
Esther knew that it was a critical time in the Kingdom. The Apostle Paul knew that it was a critical time in the Kingdom. For those that live in our city would you pray about coming if this is a good time for you? think about it to sacrifice your lunch break once a week could effect things in your family, our city, our region, our State ,our nation, and the world in an eternal way.
For those outside of our city would you pray about using this, or any other way that the Holy Spirit leads you to pray? We are called for such a time as this.

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we know that You died for the whole world. We know that You let us partner with You in bringing the Kingdom of God to the earth. I pray for all that read this that the Holy Spirit will lead them to pray without ceasing for such a time as 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. That is on Charter /Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper I believe it is on TV 16. You can stream it at tv16hd.com

I am preaching I-22 Sermon Series on the Broadcast.

GET TOGETHER- THE PERFECT MODEL AND THE PERFECT HELPER

GET TOGETHER- THE PERFECT MODEL AND THE PERFECT HELPER

 

Mt 9:9 ¶ As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.

 

I don’t know if any of you have this challenge, but it is a challenge to me sometimes.  I often pray Lord help me to be loving, but without compromising.  Well, we have the perfect Model. His name is Jesus Christ. We have the perfect Helper, the Holy Spirit that indwells the believer in Jesus Christ. 

 Matthew was a Tax Collector. Tax Collectors were despised by their fellow Jews. They collected taxes for the Romans and often used extortion to pad their own pocketbooks off their fellow Jews.  And in this passage, we see Matthew get up from his tax collectors booth and follow Jesus.  He was leaving a lucrative and unscrupulous business to follow Jesus.

In verse 10 we see that Jesus associated with sinners. Mt 9:10 “Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.” The Pharisees criticized Him for this.  Mt 9:11 “And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

When Jesus heard this, He answered their question Mt 9:12,13 “When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  Jesus loves sinners unconditionally. He also loves sinners that repent of their sin too much to leave us in the condition that He found us in. 

Those who repented must have been able to tell that there was something different about this man than the Pharisees. Perhaps they could tell that He had a genuine love for them and a care for not only where they would spend eternity, but a concern for their lives here on earth as well. 

Jesus loves sinners. And yet He never compromised truth.  Sometimes my challenge is that I am concerned that I will compromise truth because I want people to like me. Then the challenge becomes how can I do this without being a Pharisee.  

Well, the perfect Model has given us the perfect Helper. 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. 

Joh 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (NKJV)

When Jesus came to the earth He operated in the anointing of the  Holy Spirit. He did this voluntarily to help us. To show us how to do it.  We are told in Ac 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.  (NKJV)

Here are just a couple of reasons that He has given us the Holy Spirit. He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us love as He loved. He has given us the Holy Spirit so that we can do as He commanded us to do in Mt 28:19 “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.”   We won’t go to a people that we don’t love. We can’t make disciples out of people that we don’t love.  

Again, He is the Perfect Model, and He has given us the Perfect Helper.  We are told 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)    He will give us the grace to love and He will enable us to speak the truth.  Ask Him to help you to love as He did. Ask Him to help you to live truth, speak truth, teach truth, and to love people into the Kingdom. 

 

Let Us Pray 

 

Lord today in a culture that is so hostile to Biblical truth on so many things it is easy to get hardened  an calloused. On the other hand, Lord, we sometimes are afraid that by loving those who have not yet come into the Kingdom that we may in some way compromise and begin to allow the culture to change us rather than us being used to change the culture. Holy Spirit help us to love as Jesus did. and help us to speak truth and live truth as He did.

In Jesus Name

Amen 

 

Love you all!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama  35570

GET TOGETHER- Staying Merciful

GET TOGETHER- Staying Merciful

Mt 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.

This verse comes from the Sermon On the Mount. It is the most famous sermon ever preached by the Greatest Preacher to ever walk on the face of the earth. I have often thought that it might have been one of the least Amened sermons ever preached because it really brings us to a place of evaluating our own hearts. I Amen good messages. and to say that an Amen isn’t encouraging when you are preaching I wouldn’t be honest. But I believe in this message that it would have been a time for every individual to look within their own hearts in such a way that there would have been a lot of forgive me Lord’s.
We live in a very hostile culture now. At times if we don’t ask for the Lord’s help our hearts can get hard. There is no doubt that we are to stand for the truth. And the truth isn’t always popular and as a matter of fact there is a lot of hostility to the truth.
On the other hand, it might be a good thing to think about just how much mercy that some of us have received. There was an old song that I had never heard before we that we sang at the first church that we Pastored. The name of the song was “Justice Called and Mercy Answered.”
I know that we serve a just God. But praise God that He is also a merciful God. I praise God that to satisfy His justice that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. We are told in 1Pe 3:18 ¶ For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,(NKJV)
I don’t know about you, but there are times that the enemy will bring up the sins of my past. I am so glad that I have received the mercy of the Lord at the Cross of Jesus Christ. Ga 6:14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Eph 2:16,17 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. (NKJV)
We serve a Holy God. I am so thankful that He is holy. But I am also thankful that He is merciful. We are told again to be a merciful people Jas 2:13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (NKJV) I am so thankful that I have seen Him save sinners who were with weeks, or days of death. People that many of us would have written off, but praise God, that He didn’t write them off. No, I don’t believe everyone goes to Heaven. But everyone who repents of their sins and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ does Ro 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” (NKJV)
How about you? Are you a merciful person? If you are saved have you thought about how much mercy that you have received? Or perhaps you have never called on the Name of the Lord to save you from your sins. If you are willing to repent and put your faith in His shed blood to save you from your sins, you can receive His mercy today. May all of us that have received His mercy never cease to thank Him and praise Him for the abundant mercy that He has shown us. And may we be as merciful to others as a people that have received mercy.
Let Us Pray
Lord there are enough words to thank You for the mercy that You show to us as Your children. Today help us to be as merciful to others as You have been to us.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love you all !
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER – GO ON TO PERFECTION

GET TOGETHER – GO ON TO PERFECTION

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. Heb 6:1 ¶ Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, (NKJV)

I praise God for the finished work of Jesus Christ through His death on the cross and by His rising from the dead. For the believer in Jesus Christ, we can rejoice that by the shedding of His Blood that He made atonement for our sins. The Apostle Paul wrote in the Ro 3:24,25 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.” So, for the repentant sinner we can rejoice that He has saved us from hell and reconciled us unto Himself.

On the other hand, He is not finished with us. Here is an example that I didn’t really want to give, but I know that the Lord wants me to do it. First, I want to praise the Lord for the things that He has delivered me from in my past. You have heard me testify of him delivering me from drug use, drunkenness, and several other things.

So, here is what I really didn’t want to share. Last week we were at our Grandson Judah’s basketball game. The bleachers were very close to the court. A call was made and us being only about 5 feet from where the official was standing, I questioned the call and the official answered me. The Holy Spirit convicted me about what kind of an example was I setting. We live in a world that shows so much disrespect to those who are in authority.

After the game I went up to the official and asked him to forgive me. I told him that I had a friend that was an official. And that he had told me how hard that it was today to get officials because people don’t want to go out there and get yelled at. And sometimes even face threats against them through bodily harm.
When I first got saved an umpire that I had used some profanity on when I was playing softball before I got saved came into our business where I was working. I can remember very well the Holy Spirit impressing upon me to go and ask him to forgive me for that. I asked him to forgive me for that. I then told him that I had been saved and that I didn’t talk like that anymore. I don’t want to go back to old behaviors that I had before I got saved. Jesus said in Mt 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

I know that sometimes the devil brings false guilt, and condemnation to us. And we need to know that as Paul wrote in Ro 8:1 that we are not under condemnation. ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

I also know that we haven’t arrived yet. And I know that we aren’t perfect. But we are called to go on to perfection. Sometimes we play the I am not perfect card in a way that it stunts our growth as a Christian. The Lord has blessed J.J. and I with many brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ across denominational lines. In the part of the Body of Christ that I came out of one of the questions associated with that tradition that I think is helpful for all of us is to ask one another this question. Are you growing in grace? Are you going on to perfection? Meaning are you moving forward in your relationship with Christ? Are you maturing as a Christian ?

The Greek term for perfection in Hebrews 6:1 is teleiotes, tel-i-ot’-ace. It means completeness, mentally, morally and perfection. No, you can certainly tell that I am not there yet. But on the other hand as we are told consistently in the Scriptures:
Ps 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. (NKJV) Php 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;(NKJV)

So, with that said let us do as we are told at another place in the Book of Hebrews Heb 12:1 ¶ Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (NKJV)

By the way I have another game to go to tonight and one of the other areas the Lord is working with me in is not coaching from the stands as I sit by J.J. and coach to her. So, pray that this will be another growing point for me. When He removes something, He always replaces it with something better.

Let Us Pray
Lord we are reminded in the Word of God that you chasten those that You love. We thank you that You don’t condemn us, but You show us areas of our lives that You want to work in. We thank You that You are a good good Father.
In Jesus Name
Amen
Love You all
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER – JOURNEY ON CHILD OF GOD

GET TOGETHER – JOURNEY ON CHILD OF GOD

Isa 43:1 ,2 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
When we first surrendered to go full time into the Pastorate the Holy Spirit gave me this passage. At that time, we decided to go on a journey with the Lord that has had challenges and it has had many, many blessings.
Week before last J.J. and I were going on another journey. We were going to Springfield, Missouri to help our son Jake put on a basketball tournament and spend some time with his family as well. We left around 5:P.M heading to Jonesboro, Arkansas where we would spend the night and get up and drive what normally is about a four-hour drive to Springfield the next morning.
When we got up it was snowing. My first inclination after looking at the roads was to head back to Alabama. However, as so often she does J.J. encouraged me to continue the journey. As we were going through the flat areas outside of Jonesboro there was ice, and snow on the roads and there was hardly any traffic. I knew that about fifteen miles ahead we would be going into the Ozark Mountains. I was very concerned about that to say the least.
In 2013 I had gone with a group of men on a ministry trip to Macedonia. One day we were driving to Philippi to see where Paul and Silas had been put in jail. We had to go over some of the highest most treacherous mountains that I have ever been on that were covered with ice and snow.
We had a good driver that day who was also a good friend. When we were outside of Jonesboro, I said I sure would like to have him with us today to drive us across these mountains. It was then that the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said that it wasn’t my friend that got us across those mountains, Although God certainly used him. It was God that made it possible. And He told me to trust Him, and He would get us across those mountains that we were about to go across. He then reminded me of the above passage. Although we weren’t going through fire the principle was the same. We must trust God in all situations.
When we began to go up into the mountains, we noticed that the roads were better. As we were driving, we noticed how beautiful that it was up in those mountains. We would see lakes that were surrounded by snow. And we counted eight snowplows that the Lord had placed on the mountain. We made it to Springfield and had a wonderful time at the tournament and with Jake, Tommye, Eli and Hannah. While we were there we met some wonderful Christian students who are really dedicated to the Lord and made several new friends.
There were several things that the Lord taught me about that in relationship to our journey with Him. When we are on our journey with Him there may be situations and circumstances that the enemy would use to tell us to turn around and to not continue the journey. But we have to be like the Apostle Paul said and keep moving forward : Php 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
For every challenge there is a blessing on the other side of it. Mountains can be things that attempt to inhibit us from fulfilling our destiny. Jesus said that we could command those mountains to go Mr 11:23 “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Also, as we experienced mountains can be places of great beauty and we experience what God has created in a very special way. And the mountains can be places where we experience God in a very special way: Re 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,(NKJV)
When we journey with the Lord there will always be challenges that try to hinder us from experiencing His goodness and reaching our destination. But I am reminded of a passage from the Psalms that reminds us of the faithfulness of God even when we walk through the tough places in our journey with Jesus Christ: Ps 84:5-7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. Don’t turn back. The Lord will always supply the snowplows, or whatever we need.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus, we thank You for Your faithfulness. today by the power of the Holy Spirit help us to keep moving forward in this glorious journey with you.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love You All
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- It Will Be Perfect

GET TOGETHER- It Will Be Perfect

Re 21:1 -6 “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.”

As I have said earlier, I love this time of the year. Many people are more giving. Many people are expressing the love of Jesus Christ in special ways. J.J. and I have been experiencing some good fellowship with other people in ministry, our friends, and our family on several different occasions in the past few weeks. It has already been a wonderful Christmas.
On the other hand it has not been a perfect Christmas. When we read the news, we see some challenging times for our nation and for the world. Being in ministry we are fully aware that there are many people and families that suffer heartbreak at this time of the year. Sometimes it may be an unexpected death of a loved one. It may be a child that is in rebellion, it may be something like a bad cold, the flu or some other type of sickness that makes a person not quiet feel like celebrating.
I love the passage from Revelation that I am using today. Most times the Holy Spirit has me to use that at the end of a Home Going service. For those of you that aren’t from our part of the country here a Home Going service is what a lot of people call a funeral. But here in Marion County we believe that for the Christian it marks a return to our eternal home. The Apostle Paul wrote 2Co 5:8 “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”
As believers in Jesus Christ, we joyfully celebrate His coming to the earth as a man. 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. We joyfully celebrate that in His death and resurrection we have eternal life. Through His Blood he has made atonement for our sins : Ro 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. We celebrate that we are saved from Hell! We celebrate that death has been defeated in His resurrection! We celebrate that He has given us the Holy Spirit and that we are empowered to serve Him and to walk in victory Ac 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
But most all we celebrate His return. It will be a time when no one will die. It will be a time when no one will argue, or fuss about little things, or big things. It will be a time when all believers will walk in perfect unity. There will be no addictions there. There will be no heartaches of any type.
Only the Believer in Jesus Christ can look forward to that day. It will be a perfect place. If you have given your life to Jesus Christ celebrate that even as much as His birth. If you have given your life to Jesus Christ, no matter what you may be going through at this time keep moving forward in Him because the best is always still yet to come. Now that is something to celebrate!

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus, we thank you that You came to earth to save us from our sins. We pray for those that are hurting for any reason at this time of the year. Please give them joy, peace, and comfort. May any that read this that have not given their lives to you do so today. We thank You that in You the future is always brightest!
In Jesus Name
Amen

On Behalf of J.J. Myself, and all of our family we thank You for the many prayers that you have prayed for us through the years. Have a Merry Christmas. we will see you here, there, or in the air!
Your Friend, Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- The Seed Cannot Be Destroyed

GET TOGETHER- The Seed Cannot Be Destroyed

Mt 2:1,16 ¶ Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.

One thing that I learned was a major theme in the Scriptures as a young Christian is that the enemy meaning Satan is always at work attempting to destroy the seed, and that God is always at work preserving the seed. King Herod is sometimes referred to as Herod the Great. However, his character and his deeds were not great. Herod was an Idumean. they were longtime enemies of the Jews. He was put in power and was subordinate to the Romans. He was a brutal man He had killed two of his ten wives, at least three of his sons, a brother-in- law, and the grandfather of His wives. He had rebuilt the Temple to a very grand scale. But he did not do this because he was a worshipper of God. He did it for political reasons to pacify the Jews and hoping that it would keep them from rebelling against Rome and against him. I am going to go back and look at a couple of other verses that show us some characteristics of those who are operating under the spirit of antichrist and are being used by the enemy to destroy the seed.
Those operating under this spirit are always paranoid and concerned about one that will be more powerful than them and remove them from their thrones: Mt 2:3,4 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
Certainly, there are things that we all must keep confidential especially for those of us who are in ministry and for others in their various callings that they serve in for example attorneys, healthcare workers, and many others. On the other hand, those who the enemy will try to use to destroy the seed will always have a secret plan that is clothed in dishonesty to try to accomplish what the devil is trying to accomplish through them. Mt 2:7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” Herod had no intention of worshipping this new King.
Anger and hatred for God and for God’s people will be the fuel that is behind the fire that the devil wants to use to destroy the seed. Mt 2:16 ¶ “Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.”
The good news for us is that the seed cannot be destroyed by the devil. Just as God showed Joseph how to avoid the death of Jesus Christ before it was His time to die for our sins God will preserve those who are in Christ Jesus . Mt 2:13 ¶ Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
We know as the Apostle Paul wrote that Jesus Christ is the Seed of Abraham that is with a big S. Ga 3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ. And as believers in Jesus Christ, we are we Abraham’s seed with a little s. Ga 3:29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (NKJV)

There are things in our culture that concern me. Teachers in some states can advise students in a way to bring confusion to them about their being created male, or female. While others face persecution and the possibility of being fired for praying in school. There is more hostility in our nation to the Christian faith in our nation than at any other time in our history. There is an agenda by the enemy to destroy the seed. But praise God that just as He preserved the Seed and kept him from dying before His time at the hand of Herod. God will preserve those who are truly in Christ Jesus. As we celebrate His birth let us also celebrate the fact that He has given us victory over the enemy. For us as Christians our best days are always ahead of us.
So, as we go into this joyful Christian week of Celebration don’t let the headlines steal your joy. The Bethlehem News probably looked scary at that time. But praise God that we have the victory in our Lord Jesus Christ the Seed of Abraham, and we will celebrate not just this week, but forever, and ever!
Let us Pray
Lord, we thank you for coming to the earth. We thank you that You died and rose again. We thank You that we as your Blood bought people shall live forever and ever! Praise God that the Seed cannot be destroyed!
In Jesus Name
Amen!

On behalf of J.J. and myself we pray that you have a very Merry Merry Christmas!

Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston