GET TOGETHER- LOOK AND LISTEN TO THE FATHER

GET TOGETHER- LOOK AND LISTEN TO THE FATHER

Joh 5:19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. (NKJV)

The other night our son-in-law Shaun called us and told us that our seven-year-old grandson Judah had killed a deer. As Shaun was describing in detail how he had shot twice at the deer. He then said that he wasn’t sure that Judah had hit the deer. After this he then went into detail about how they found the deer and other things concerning this deer that I can’t remember at this time. I think the deer was an 8 pointer.

Anyway, what I am trying to say is that in this age of kids getting distracted and people thinking that they can’t listen anymore I noticed that he was looking at his daddy and taking in every detail that Shaun was saying. Yesterday when I picked Judah up he began to tell me things about deer hunting in such detail that I was just outright impressed. By the way I am not a hunter. But I was so impressed that this child could so vividly give me a short course on deer hunting.

Now I think that there are a couple of lessons in that for all of us. First, parents your children will listen to what you say, and they will repeat it. They will also mimic what you do and what you say. Judah practically sounded like Shaun when I picked him up from school yesterday. I knew without a doubt where that he had gotten his information.

What a blessing it is for us as Christians to know that we have a Heavenly Father who is giving out Kingdom information. Jesus was always looking at what the Father was doing while He was on the earth. He sits at the right hand of the Father now. Jesus knows the Father’s will for all of us in our lives and in every other way.

That means through the Holy Spirit we can know what the Father’s will for our lives is. Jesus always listened to the Father and knew the Father’s will. Joh 5:30 “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” (NKJV)

So as Jesus is our great and faithful High Priest he will reveal the Father’s will for our lives. He came to do the Father’s will. Joh 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. (NKJV) He also came so that we could do the Father’s will. As Judah listened so intently to what his earthly Father was saying if we will listen to the Holy Spirit He will communicate what Jesus is saying to us. Joh 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Then as we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit we can do the will of the Father in our lives as well.

Think about what I just said. Judah used a high-powered rifle to take that deer down. When we listen to the Holy Spirit he will give us the power that will help us to take down every adversary that has already been defeated that tries to hinder us from doing the Father’s will.

Let Us Pray

Lord today we want to be good listeners. We want to hear what the Father is saying to you concerning us through the Holy Spirit. Help us to listen. Help us to walk in the power to fulfill the will of the Father in our lives.

In Jesus Name

Amen

Let 2018 be a year that you can look back on and say that the Father’s will was done in my life this year.

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

Daniel Fast and Prayer 2018- BECOMING WHO CHRIST HAS CALLED US TO BE

Daniel Fast and Prayer 2018- BECOMING WHO CHRIST HAS CALLED US TO BE

For the last several years along with many others in the Body of Christ our congregation has participated in a Fast that we call the Daniel Fast during the month of January. This year we will begin with the Evening Meal on Sunday January 7th and conclude with lunch on Saturday  January 27th.

Would you  commit  to  participating in this fast? Personally, during this time, I refrain from eating meats, sweets, and bread. If you cannot fast due to some health issue, or some other reason here are some things that I or others have fasted in the past: television, a ball game, or ballgames, Facebook, or some other activity that you enjoy.

I believe that when we do this that we are putting spiritual deposits in Heaven’s Bank. I believe that we can draw on these deposits through out the year. God will honor this!

Different people will be leading prayer meetings at on different days and different times during the fast. On Saturday’s during the fast we will have a prayer meeting at 8: A.M.  the first two Saturday’s and the last Saturday we will gather at 11: A.M. when we break the fast.

When we first came here I felt like the LORD wanted me to pray and to declare Ephesians 4 over the congregation each day Each day during these 21 days there will be a verse, or verses from this chapter. Would you read it, meditate on it, pray and declare as the Holy Spirit gives you direction during these 21 days?

In Jesus Name

Brother Preston

Prayer Meetings

Sundays  5 :P. M.  Donnie McCoy

Monday 7:A.M.  June Taylor

Wednesday 6:A.M. Brother Preston

Thursday   6:P..M.  Paul Roberts

Fridays     9:A.M.   Tonya Haney

Saturday 8:A.M.  Brother Preston

Scripture Meditations

Sunday January 7th   Eph 4:1 ¶ I,2 therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,

Monday January 8th Eph 4:3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Tuesday January 9th Eph 4:4,5 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

Wednesday January 10th Eph 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Thursday January 11th Eph 4:7-10 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended” –what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

Friday January 12th Eph 4:11,12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

Saturday January 13th Eph 4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

Sunday January 14th Eph 4:14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

Monday January 15th Eph 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ—

Tuesday January 16th Eph 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Wednesday January 17th Eph 4:17 ¶ This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,

Thursday January 18th Eph 4:18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;

Friday January 19th Eph 4:19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Saturday January 20th Eph 4:20 But you have not so learned Christ,  if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesu that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

Sunday January 21st Eph 4:22,23 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Monday January 22nd Eph 4:24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Tuesday January 23rd Eph 4:25-27 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

Wednesday January 24th Eph 4:28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

Thursday January 25th Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Friday January 26th Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Saturday January 27th Eph 4:31,32 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

GET TOGETHER- OVERCOME THE FREEZE

GET TOGETHER- OVERCOME THE FREEZE

Lu 3:16 John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Joh 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

(NKJV)

In Hamilton, Alabama like much of the south and a large segment of our nation it has been very cold the last week. We have had temperatures below 10 degrees Fahrenheit some nights and several nights in the teens.

One thing that I wanted to be sure of during this time was to make sure that our pipes at the church and the ones at our house didn’t freeze up. A very wise man that has gone to be with the Lord told me one time that when the temperature got to 18 degrees to be sure that you left the heat on at least 60 degrees and to leave the water running, not just dripping, but running. Certainly, at our house the temperature was warmer than 60, and at the church I kicked it up to 65 a couple of nights. I wanted to be sure that the pipes in our baptistry didn’t freeze up. So far that has all worked well.

Now from a spiritual point how can we keep from freezing up spiritually? Well one thing just as in the church building and in our house, we want to be sure that there is plenty of heat there. The heat that we want working in us is the fire of the Holy Spirit. That is the fire that Jesus baptizes us with. If we want the heat on in our houses, or other buildings we must be sure that the heat is turned on.

If we want the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we must have a life of prayer. If we want the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we must be a people who worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. If we want the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we must be people that gather with other Christians in corporate worship. If we want the fire of the Holy Spirit working in our lives, we must be people who are willing to give. Fires burn out where there is no stirring. Fires go out where there is no air. We need the wind of the Holy Spirit to bring forth the fire of the Holy Spirit.

If we don’t want to freeze up spiritually we need that living water flowing out of our belly that keeps our spiritual pipes from freezing up. When that water is flowing through us others are drawn to Jesus Christ. When that water is flowing through us we are ready to minister to the people that God is calling us to minister to.

Let me ask you something? How are you spiritually today? Would you say that you are on fire for God, or are you froze up? Perhaps you need a little thawing out. Begin to praise Him. Begin to see prayer as a blessing rather than drudgery. Continue, or reconnect with a congregation in Spirit filled corporate worship. Spend time in His word. Perhaps you are already doing these things. Then rejoice that your spiritual pipes are not frozen and ask the Lord to continually fill you with the Fire of the Holy Spirit and God will use you to help others in the thawing out process.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank You for baptizing us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Lord today may all who read this experience that precious baptism that You promised. May all of us be so on fire for you that cold, dull, dry boring religion could never stop up our spiritual pipes again.

In Jesus Name

Amen

I have gotten the heater going strong in my office right now. I don’t want to freeze naturally, or spiritually.

Your friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER-    We Were Born For This Time  

GET TOGETHER-    We Were Born For This Time

 

 

Es 4:10-15 Then Esther spoke to Hathach, and gave him a command for Mordecai: “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days. So they told Mordecai Esther’s words.” And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. “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?”

Have you ever thought what it would have been  like for you if you had been born at another time? Perhaps if you had been born during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, or if you had been born during the roaring twenties of the slat century.   Or how about perhaps in England during the times of the Wesleyan Revival, or during the Welsh Revival?  Well most likely if you are reading this you weren’t born during those times. However, you have been born at this time in history. Think about it. Should the Lord tarry at midnight this coming Sunday we will move into 2018.

Queen Esther lived a long time ago probably between 462 and 480 B.C. was the time that   the story takes place of her life as a Queen.  Esther was born a Jew by the name of Hadassah. When she enters the royal harem of the King of Persia she takes the name Esther. It is a Syro-Arabian name meaning a star.

There was a plot by a man named Haman to kill all the Jews living in Persia.   Esther takes a big risk to go before the King on behalf of her people to save them. Her  cousin Mordecai who had raised her challenged her to go. He told her that she could have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this. 

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been brought into His Kingdom for such a time as this.  As we go into 2018 there are many challenges for those of us who are called to serve in the Kingdom of God. Often, we are called to take risks as we serve the Lord Jesus Christ in His Kingdom. We take risks when we speak truth. Sometimes there are people who may not want the truth, appreciate the truth, or believe that we have the truth in the Gospel. We take risks sometimes when the Lord sends us to people and places that are out of our comfort zones.

Everyone reading this was born for a purpose. I believe that the fulfillment of that purpose is best realized when people surrender their life to Christ, get involved and get equipped in the local church.  When we do God will use us to advance His Kingdom upon the earth.

I know that there are many believers in Christ today who don’t believe that it is necessary to be involved in the local church. I really believe that it is the will of God for all of those who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to get equipped to serve Him in the local church.  If it wasn’t for the four wonderful imperfect congregations that I have been involved in you would not be reading this from my hand right now.

My prayer for you is that in 2018 if you are involved in a local congregation that you will get equipped to serve Jesus Christ in a greater way as you realize more and more that you have come to His Kingdom for such a time as this.

As a believer in Jesus Christ if you are not involved in and getting equipped to serve Him in the local church I pray that you will prayerfully seek His will for where that He would have you to get involved and to get equipped to serve Him for such a time as this.

And if you are one of my many good friends that have not surrendered your life to Jesus Christ I pray that you would know that He has destiny and purpose for you for such a time as this in His Kingdom. I pray that in 2018 that you would find a congregation that you could get involved and get equipped in to serve Him for such a time as this.

 

 

Let Us Pray

 

Lord Jesus we thank You that You have chosen for us to live at such a time as this. We know that You have a purpose for this. We desire to be used in your Kingdom at such a time as this.  May we like Esther be willing to risk it all for the purpose that you have called us for in Your Kingdom.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

May God bless you in a great and mighty way in 2018 as you serve Him in His Kingdom!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET TOGETHER-     THE FORGIVER HAS COME

GET TOGETHER-     THE FORGIVER HAS COME

 

Isa 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NKJV) Mt 1:21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.

 

 

Yesterday J.J. and I went to see   J.J.’s and now one of my favorite singers Guy Penrod. He was in Fayette on the campus of Bevill State Community College. It was a very powerful time. the Presence of the Lord was there in a very good way.  Before each song the anointing was on him to do some preaching, as well as edifying, and exhorting the people there.

 

One of the messages that kept coming through him yesterday was that if we are forgiven our past is our past. That is good news!  One of the main weapons that the enemy tries to use to inhibit God’s message that Jesus forgives our sins and gives us a new start is condemnation about our past.  This morning a dear sister shared that word with me and I told her about what the Lord was saying through Guy Penrod yesterday and I believe that is a message that God wants us to grab a hold of.  In Marion and Walker County that means to receive it, believe it, and walk in it.

 

One of my favorite songs that he sung yesterday was “They Baptized Jessie Taylor.”  Here are  some of the  lyrics

Among the local taverns they’ll be a slack in business
‘Cause Jesse’s drinkin’ came before the groceries and the rent Among the local women they’ll be a slack in cheatin’
‘Cause Jesse won’t be be steppin’ out again.
They baptized Jesse Taylor in Cedar Creek last Sunday
Jesus gained a soul and Satan lost a good right arm
They all cried “Hallelujah” as Jesse’s head went under
‘Cause this time he went under for the Lord.
https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/oakridgeboys/baptismofjessetaylor.html

I tell you why I like that song. It reminds me that Jesus came to save sinners. It also reminds me that not only does He forgive us of our sinful pasts, but He has a bright and glorious future for us here on earth and in Heaven. It tells me that He can change people. It tells me that He can bring transformation in our lives.

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed every song that Guy Penrod sang yesterday, but there were two Christmas songs that he sang yesterday that brought tears to my eyes. One was Silent Night and the other was O Holy Night. I am not sure which one it was but as I shared in the message yesterday I can remember one Christmas Eve Night before I met J.J. I was driving home from partying to where I lived in the little mining camp known as Hull near Sumiton, Al when the disc jockey on the secular radio station that I was listening to either played Silent Night, or O Holy Night on the radio. I was between the Sumiton Post Office and what is now Bozeman’s Supermarket when the song came on.

 

It brought back memories of when I was a child and was in Christmas plays at the Sumiton United Methodist Church. I can look back now and know that it was the Holy Spirit telling me “boy you need to come home.”  That’s how God speaks to this old Walker- Marion County boy. He speaks in the vernacular that we can understand.

 

I  believe that was the last Christmas that I spent without J.J.  I am so thankful that she pointed me to the Savior when she asked me one night nine years after we were married if I died did I know where that I would spend eternity.  I am so thankful that she pointed me to Jesus Christ. My sins were many and they were terrible. But I praise God that the Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, the Savior of the world shed His precious blood so that we could be forgiven of our sinful pasts.

 

Maybe even today you can hear the Savior speaking to you in your vernacular and He is saying son, daughter, there is no sin too bad, nor are there too many sins that I am not willing to forgive you of. Give your life to Him. You will never regret it.  Maybe you have been praying for someone to come back home. Perhaps this Christmas God will reveal himself to them and they will hear His voice saying this is not the way that you are supposed to be living. Don’t give up! Keep praying and keep believing. By the way if you ever get a chance to go see Guy Penrod it is more than a concert!

 

 

 

Let Us Pray

 

Lord Jesus we thank You that You came to earth to save sinners. We thank You that You forgive us from our sinful pasts and free us to live a great and glorious future here on earth and in Heaven. May You receive Glory and honor during this Christmas season which is not a season without You.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

J.J.  and I want to say Merry Christmas to all of you. We thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement throughout the year.

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER- Make It A Supernatural Christmas

GET TOGETHER- Make It A Supernatural Christmas

Isa 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Lu 1:34 ,35Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

I believe that if most people admitted it they really do have a desire for the supernatural. If not, I don’t believe that there would be so many books, so many shows on television, and movies that are from the dark side. To be honest their origin is straight from the pits of Hell.

I really do believe that the Lord designed us to desire the supernatural so that we could experience intimate fellowship with Him through the Holy Spirit. And I don’t believe that there is any limit to what God can do in and through the believer in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.

The Virgin Birth is one of the most fundamental Christian beliefs. We may differ on some things in the Body of Christ that are non-essential, but this one is a big time essential. In other words, if one doesn’t believe in the Virgin Birth one is not a Christian.

This time of the year many Christians are celebrating something wonderful that happened over two thousand years ago. A young girl that had never been intimate with a man became pregnant. There was no sexual act that took place. The Holy Spirit just came upon her and she became pregnant. The Incarnate Christ was conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit. It was totally supernatural the conception, and birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is the passage when the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will give birth to the Holy One. He tells her in Lu 1:37 “For with God nothing will be impossible.” When I first became a Christian, this was and has always been one of my life passages. I used to say this “that according to Luke 1:37 there is nothing that is impossible to come from Heaven.”

God is still doing the impossible today. He changes gross die-hard sinners into people who love Him and love others. He still heals the sick today. He still sets captives free today. He delivers people from addictions and sinful lifestyles.

Are you curious about the supernatural? There is a reason. God wants you to know that through the Holy Spirit you can experience the supernatural. The same Holy Spirit that came upon Mary and conceived our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead wants to do supernatural things in you, through you, and for you.

This is how Mary responded when she had her supernatural encounter and was given her assignment in the Kingdom. Lu 1:38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. May it be our response as well. Lord let it be to us according to your word. When we do we will walk in the Holy Spirit and never have to dabble in the dark side again. God wants to use us to do great and mighty things.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank you for the Virgin Birth. We thank You for sending the Holy Spirit for those of us who believe to walk in and experience your supernatural presence. Help us to walk faithfully and to see those great and mighty things come forth.

In Jesus Name

Amen

Merry Christmas

Your Friend/kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER- BE A CHEERFUL GIVER

GET TOGETHER- BE A CHEERFUL GIVER

2Co 9:5-7 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation. But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

Last night I got a great blessing out of helping our daughter Jessye ring the bell for the Salvation Army. It was a great blessing to see people come up and joyfully put money in the kettle. They were giving cheerfully and out of their heart.
I am thankful that I Pastor a church that believes in tithing. I am thankful that we have several tithers here and several cheerful givers. If we didn’t you wouldn’t be reading this from me right now because that is the way that the Lord has chosen to allow me to be a full time Pastor We have also been blessed by others outside our congregation who give cheerfully to help with mission work and various outreaches to the community. I know too many cheerful givers to list them all here.
In this passage Paul is writing to the church at Corinth. He is encouraging them to be cheerful givers. He tells them to let their giving be a matter of generosity. The Greek term for generosity is eulogia. In this context it means that which is bestowed as a blessing, benefit, or gift. This is something being given freely with joy. Paul doesn’t want them to feel that they must give out of compulsion. He doesn’t want to manipulate them, or to make them feel like they are under condemnation, but he wants them to experience the true joy of giving.
However, he does tell them that there is a reward for those who give freely. There is a blessing for those who sow abundantly. They will reap abundantly. And yes, there is a great truth that he is teaching here when he says that those who sow sparingly will reap sparingly. I encourage you during this special time of giving to be a cheerful giver. I also encourage you to not let it be just a seasonal thing with you. That is one of the great blessings of this season as we celebrate the Gift that came down from Heaven. But just as Jesus giving was not just a seasonal thing, don’t let yours be either.
On the other hand, there are so many opportunities and needs during this special season so ask the Holy Spirit where that He would help you to be a cheerful giver. Most churches are short handed on volunteers. You would be surprised what you can do by giving of your time. There are many ways that you can give into the Kingdom either through finances, service, or both.
Paul tells us that the Lord loves a cheerful giver. He loves a happy giver! Are you a happy giver? If you are you can be blessed in knowing that you are blessing the Lord with your cheerful attitude in giving. If you are not then ask the Holy Spirit to impart to you the joy of being a hilarious, cheerful, happy giver!
I was touched when one young man came back to put something in the kettle last night. He had already walked to his car and he turned around and came back. He said that it hadn’t been too long since he was a person needing help. He wanted to give back. When you give into God’s Kingdom it will make a difference. Sometimes we may never know until we are in heaven, but it will make a difference. Be a cheerful giver in season, and out of season.

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus You are the ultimate example of being a cheerful giver. You gave your life freely for us to be saved from our sins. You are reaping now in a big-time way and we know that because of what You have sown that You will reap in an even greater way. Lord today help us to be cheerful givers. Help us to be people with compassionate hearts. We love You so much.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Merry Christmas
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED IN GOD’S TIME

Praying Hands Bible Religious Stock PhotoPRAYERS ARE ANSWERED IN GOD’S TIME

Php 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of

 God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

            This past year a very dear brother and friend donated a truck to our congregation. One Saturday morning back in the Spring J.J. and I used the truck to pick up some clothes that someone wanted to donate to the poor.   Later, in the week I realized that I had lost the keys to the truck. I back tracked everywhere that we went. I looked in my personal truck real good to see if they had fallen out of my pocket and between the seats and I could not find them anywhere. Thankfully there was one more set, but this was the main set and it had a key on it that was somehow connected to putting it in four-wheel drive, or something like that.

            J.J. preaches, teaches, lectures and makes sure that when I misplace something rather than panicking and getting anxious to ask the Holy Spirit to show me. Well I prayed about the keys.  I asked the Father to send the angels to bring them to me and I did not get anxious about it. As I said earlier this happened sometime last Spring. Yesterday morning as I was getting ready for church I just so happened to glance under the foot of the bed in the guest room where I keep my clothes. There is a stand there where we keep blankets. Well the blankets have been removed and put on our beds.   So, guess what I just happened to see? Yes, the Holy Spirit led me to where those keys were.  God is so faithful. He works when we are not working. 1Pe 3:12 For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”(NKJV)

He answered the prayer about the keys in His time.  He could have shown me the first day that I asked Him.  Perhaps yesterday I really needed to know that He had not forgotten me. Perhaps it was a reminder that we are not to give up, or lose hope about people, situations, and circumstances that we are praying about.

In the Bible there are many ways to pray.  Some people have written books that have helped me in my prayer life. Some people have written books and they may lean on one method in praying.  This morning as I was listening to the Lord I heard the Holy Spirit say pray out of your relationship with God.  As a child of God, we have access to His throne at any time about anything.

Sometimes the prayers get answered quick. Sometimes like the one that I have just shared with you it may take some time.  Non-the less don’t quit praying and don’t quit believing.  You may have a child that is as lost as those keys were. How much more does your Heavenly Father love you and that child than He does that set of keys He brought back to me.

You may have been praying about some other situation and circumstance.  The eyes that were on those keys are on you and that situation. Ps 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.” Keep believing, trust God and pray the way that the Holy Spirit is directing you. He may tell you to pray as I did that day and to let it go and not pray about it every day. Or He may prompt you like the neighbor who went next door when he was needing bread for some unexpected company and answer your prayer very quick Lu 11:8 “I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.   Just be assured of this child of God. He will answer it in His time.  Remember these words of our Lord Jesus Lu 11:9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.   If it is something that you have been praying about for a while I believe that one day you will just glance somewhere and  the  Holy Spirit will have a special surprise for you.

 Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank You that we have access to the throne room at anytime and in anyplace.  We thank You Lord for those prayers that You have answered quickly.  We thank You for the ones that took some time. Lord we thank You that You are at work on some right now and  that one day we will get a good Holy Spirit surprise when you just do it! We love You Jesus!

In Jesus Name

Amen

Remember the reason for this season! The celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER- I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THE BLOOD OF JESUS

GET TOGETHER- I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THE BLOOD OF JESUS

I must admit that I really enjoy holidays and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite ones. It seems like it is a little less hectic that Christmas, although I believe with the right focus that we can do something about that. We plan on enjoying this week in a special way. Yesterday we had a good service as some of our people gave thanks spontaneously for some of the wonderful things that God has done in their lives. Other gave thanks for the wonderful ways that God has blessed us during the service. Several also gave thanks for the relationships that we have as a church family here at Christ Community Fellowship. In my opinion it was an awesome day.

On the other hand, I know that holidays are tough for people sometimes as well. Two years ago, was the first Thanksgiving without my Mother. Three years before that it was the first one without my brother Richard. And to be honest I will miss them in a big-time way this Thanksgiving and at Christmas. We have people in our congregation that have loved ones that have gone on to be with the Lord and I know that they will miss them at Thanksgiving as well.

This leads me to what I just could not stop thanking and praising the Lord for yesterday in our service and all day today. That is the blood of Jesus Christ. Without the blood of Jesus Christ life would be meaningless. For those that are living a life that is meaningless right now His blood is available to all of those who will repent and turn to Him.

Through the blood of Jesus as the old Hymn” O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing” by Charles Wesley goes “His blood can make the foulest clean His blood availed for me.” That means that person that many may believe is beyond hope is not beyond hope. That also means that when you and I may have felt like there was no hope for us that the blood of Jesus is fully sufficient to save those who put their faith in Him from our sins.

Through the blood of Jesus those old sins that the enemy tries to bring up from our past have been forgiven. Ps 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (NKJV) I can remember waking up on Thanksgiving mornings in bad shape from partying the night before and there were some that I had not even been to bed on. This passage describes what the blood has done to bring me out of that state: Eph 2:13” But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (NKJV)

You may be like I was at one time. You may be a long way off and feel like you are too far away to ever be right with God. But I have good news for you. The Blood of Jesus is there for you. And if you will repent of your sin and put your faith in His precious blood He will bring you near to Him.

If you are saved today I pray that you will remember just what the Lord has done for you. Be intentional in thanking Him for the blood that He shed on the cross. Be joyful that your sins are forgiven! Be thankful that those loved ones that are in Christ that you will see them again at the greatest holiday that will have ever been one day the marriage feats of the Lamb that shed His blood for us. Re 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

Re 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

Let Us Pray: Lord Jesus we thank You so much for your precious blood that has redeemed us from our sinful past. We thank You so much for suffering on the cross for our sins. May we never take it lightly that only by Your precious blood can we be saved from our sins and restored to a relationship with you for eternity.

In Jesus Name

Amen

Have a great Thanksgiving Week!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER-    Loving Your Enemies

GET TOGETHER-    Loving Your Enemies

Mt 5:44But 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, (NKJV)

Well I prayed for the Holy Spirit to give me something and this is what He gave me.  To be honest I can’t think of a subject that may be more difficult and perhaps even less popular during this time than telling people that we need to love our enemies.

To be honest I like it best when I get some revelation or insight on something that I have not gotten before.  I was taught to love enemies in Bible School when I was a child.  I can’t say that I always did that, but I was taught that. And I remember when I got saved twenty-seven years ago I did love everybody. But now we live in a culture where we are concerned that if we show love to an enemy people may think that we have gone over to their camp.

One thing that helps me in this area is when I allow the Holy Spirit to work is to do what a wise, solid, never compromising preacher told me several years ago.  He said to preach prophetically, and to love pastorally. He also told me to try to win people rather than trying to beat them.   He meant when you are preaching, and teaching preach truth under the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, when we are out here in the highways and byways where Jesus commanded us to go we want to love people and realize that God will want to use us to win them to the Kingdom. We can’t win people that we don’t love.

Loving people who oppose the things that we stand for doesn’t mean that we love their behavior, or sin.  Jesus loved me when I was living in sin. Thank the Lord that He loved me enough to take me out of that sin. He did it by sending people by me who didn’t compromise what they believed, but they showed Christ like love.

The early Christians often got called atheists because they refused to worship the Roman gods and goddess’s. They were accused of being cannibals because the Romans didn’t understand what it meant for them to partake in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ during the celebration of Holy Communion.  And yet they would persevere, and the Lord would do a mighty work that has outlasted and will always outlast the Roman Empire.

How do you do this? When someone curses you don’t curse back.  Do something good for those who hate you. The most important thing as Jesus said is to pray for them.  The saints in the New Testament who were persecuted and hated in ways that most of us have not been obeyed Jesus in this and the Kingdom advanced in mighty ways.  Here are Stephen’s words as he was being stoned to death for his faithfulness:Ac 7:60 “Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” (NKJV) The Apostle Paul was persecuted, imprisoned and according to tradition was beheaded here is what he has to say on the subject:Ro 12:14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” (NKJV) Peter said that when we do this that we will be blessed: “1Pe 3:9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. “(NKJV)

These men that I just mentioned were filled with the Holy Spirit.   Love is an abiding gift of the Holy Spirit in every believer:1Co 13:13And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (NKJV) Just like the other gifts of the Holy Spirit love must be stirred up:2Ti 1:6 ¶ Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (NKJV)   It might be good to have a brother or sister lay hands on us and pray that the gift of love be stirred up in us, so that we can love our enemies. 

Finally, we all need to remember what Paul said about who our enemies are:Eph 6:12For 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.” (NKJV) When we love our enemies we don’t give those evil demonic forces an open door to come and work in our lives.  We close the door to the spirits of strife, envy, faultfinding, bitterness, gossip, and all the others. Going back to what I said earlier I believe that when we love our enemies that we will win some of those who hate us and who also hate the Gospel. Jesus loves to turn His enemies into friends. I know that because He turned me from an enemy of His to a friend of His.

LET US PRAY

Jesus, I was going to tell you that it isn’t easy loving those who hate us, disagree with us, and say all kinds of evil against us. But you know what it is like better than anyone else that has ever lived. We ask You today for a fresh anointing to love in this season when we face persecution, mockery, people calling us ignorant and so many other names. Fill us a fresh today. So that we can love our enemies  like You did  and have commanded us to do.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

God bless you all!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston