GET TOGETHER- HE IS A REPAIRING RESTORING GOD

GET TOGETHER- HE IS A REPAIRING RESTORING GOD

Isa 58:11-12 The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

We just got back yesterday from a family trip to the beach. We went to Fort Morgan, Alabama and really had a great time. Going to the beach and listening to the waves and marveling at God’s creation is one of my most favorite things to do.

I would like to share one of my great grace moments with you while we were there. We had rented a beach umbrella and I was sitting there by myself one afternoon for a little while. During that time there was a group of people in front of me. They were well behaved mostly adults. They were listening to music that I no longer listen to. It was the rock music of the seventies. Let me say this I am not judging them, or anyone else for listening to the music that they were listening to.

On the other hand, it was music that I listened to when I was living in rebellion against God. It was music that I listened to during a very dark time in my life. And for me I usually tried to live out what those songs were saying. So, for me regarding that music it certainly wouldn’t be helpful for me 1Co 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” I am thankful that I am not under that power anymore and certainly don’t want to go back under it.

Now for the grace moment. As I listened to those lyrics and remembered even one time driving all the way to Fort Walton Beach by myself and basically turning around and coming back the next day I began to praise God that He had given me a wife that I never thought that I would have. I began to praise God for giving us children. I never thought that I would have children during that time, and I certainly didn’t think that I would ever have grandchildren.

There are many people out there right now that have given up hope. Many are like I was trying to get their broken heart healed through drugs, alcohol and by other carnal means. If that is you, or if it is someone that you love this message is for you. There is One who can repair your life, or the life of that person that you are praying for. There is One who can restore dreams and can give eternal life and life more abundantly. His Name is Jesus. As the above passage tells us. He will satisfy your soul. He will heal your damaged emotions. He will bring healing to your body. He will give you a fresh new countenance. He will even use you as a vessel to do it in the lives of others.

Today if He has already done it for you take time to give Him praise. If you haven’t given your life totally to Him let today be the day. Decide that rather than trying to live out your life singing to lyrics that are contrary to His will for your life. Let today be the day that you begin to sing a new song.

The Psalmist repeatedly reminds us to let the Holy Spirit change our tune:

Ps 33:3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

Ps 40:3 He has put a new song in my mouth-Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear And will trust in the LORD.

Ps 96:1 ¶ Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Ps 98:1 ¶ <<A Psalm.>> Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.

Ps 144:9 ¶ I will sing a new song to You, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,

Ps 149:1 ¶ Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints.

This is a great part of the repairing and restoring process. Let him put that new song in your mouth. When He does you won’t want to go back to singing the old ones again.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus some of us thought that we were broken beyond repair. We thank you that not only have You restored and repaired, but You are still working on us healing old wounds, dressing up old scars. We thank You for repairing and restoring our sin damaged lives. We pray for those reading this that are hurting and those that are living in rebellion trying to heal that hurt that they will be drawn by the Holy Spirit to that place of repair and restoration.

In Jesus Name

Amen

Thanks to all of you who pray for us. We can never thank you enough.

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER- LET HIS VOICE BE YOUR VOICE

GET TOGETHER- LET HIS VOICE BE YOUR VOICE

Ps 29:1-11 <<A Psalm of David.>> Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!” The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood, And the LORD sits as King forever. The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace. (NKJV)

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday! On this day we celebrate the day that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the church. Believers and followers of Christ can now experience the supernatural power that we all need to be faithful witnesses of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus had promised that this would happen: 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.”

One time and I am not sure what study that I was doing, but in one the author implied that the disciples who were gathered in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost were singing the above Psalm. This Psalm was recognized as the Festival Psalm for the Jewish Feast of Pentecost. The phrase “the voice of the Lord” is used six times in this Psalm. Let’s look at them and see how the voice of the Lord can thunder through His people who have experienced the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised that we would receive.

“The voice of the LORD is over the water”. Today do you feel like the waters of uncertain situations and circumstances are about to carry you away? Cry out to Him and know that His voice is thundering over the situation and circumstances.

“The voice of the LORD is powerful.” Jesus said in 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. (NKJV) Today let His voice speak through you and command those mountains of worry, fear, doubt, confusion and sickness to leave. His voice is powerful, and He desires to speak through His children.

“The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.” When the King speaks everyone around knows that it is the voice of authority. It is the voice that makes all others go silent.

“The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars.” The cedars of Lebanon were big strong trees. The voice of the Lord is more powerful that the strongest natural force. Perhaps there are some natural things that God desires to remove supernaturally from hindering us in our journey with Him. Know that His voice is powerful enough to do that. Naturally we are told that people will always be addicts. Supernaturally we know that God can change that and set people totally free.

“The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.” When He spoke on the day of Pentecost He released the fire of God upon those that were gathered in the Upper Room. Ac 2:3 “Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.” He is still speaking and releasing that fire today for all of us who will seek as they did in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost.

“The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness.” His voice will still shake the wilderness today. You or someone that you know may be in the wilderness of addiction, of despair, and the wilderness of heartbreak. This past Sunday in our service we had a man testify of how the Lord has been faithful in bringing healing to him after his son had been killed in a kayaking accident several years ago. This son had just graduated from college and was getting ready to embark on a career. Like any of us would have been his parents were devastated. Even though there was no doubt that this son was with the Lord when someone has a child leave this walk of life it is a very devastating and painful thing. The wilderness can be a cold hard place. But praise the Lord that the voice of our God can shake the wilderness! As our brother Jeff shared this testimony we could certainly see how the voice of the Lord had thundered and brought him out of the wilderness.

“The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth.” The voice of the Lord is always giving new life. He is the God of life. On that first Pentecost Sunday. The Lord gave new life to His people. He empowered His people as He promised that He would. He is still empowering His people today. Let Him empower you by giving you either an initial infilling, or a fresh infilling of His Holy Spirit today. When we do our voices will become conduits for His voice.

Let Us Pray

Lord we thank You that Your voice is mighty. We thank You that Your voice can do greater things than we can imagine. Help us today to be people that allow our voices to be conduits for Your voice.

In Jesus Name

Amen

Have a Happy Pentecost!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER- Persecution: Not A Pleasant Topic

GET TOGETHER- Persecution: Not A Pleasant Topic

2Ti 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

(NKJV)

This week the topic in the Small Group Bible Study that we do on Tuesday Nights is the Power To Endure. The above passage was one of our passages that was in my time of study this morning. My first thoughts when I read it were these. We are always trying to get new people to come to Christ and I really believe in fulfilling the Great Commission that Jesus gave us 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.” I know without a doubt that I am saved. On the other hand, I also know that we as saved people will give an account concerning our faithfulness to the Great Commission when we meet the Lord.

We do lots of things at times to attempt to draw people to the congregations that we serve in. This morning I wondered as I read the verse from 2 Timothy if we put that verse on our church signs would it scare people off, or draw them in?

None of us including me really like to think or to talk about persecution. And I don’t have the answers as to why some faithful Christians are more persecuted than other faithful Christians.

I do believe that in our own country now and please don’t write me off as being negative that we are seeing faithful Christians persecuted verbally in a way that we have not seen before in this country. It hasn’t gotten there physically for the most part, but we do see brothers and sisters in Christ mocked for being faithful to basic Christian beliefs more and more each day in our nation.

When persecution comes we must always remember who our real enemy is. It is not the person, but it is demonic forces that are working through or working behind that person. Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Jesus modeled for us how to respond to persecution and told us how to respond. Mt 5:10-12” Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Mt 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

Remember that God loves to turn His enemies into friends. Look at Paul’s life: Ac 22:4 “I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, Ac 26:11 “And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.

So today let’s allow the Lord to use us to turn the tables on the evil one. Rather than trash talk that actor, actress, comedian, atheist, co-worker, friend, or even family member that may in some way be persecuting you for your faith ask God to help you to love them as He does and begin to pray for their conversion. God wants to redeem their talent and their skills just as He did Paul’s as well as mine or yours for Kingdom purposes. Remember it was a former persecutor that God used to write the passage that we opened this devotional with. It was a former persecutor that wrote thirteen New Testament Epistles. It was a former persecutor that wrote these words to encourage us:

Ro 5:1-5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Just remember that when Hell throws its best curveball that if we endure the Holy Spirit will knock it out of the park for a grand slam.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank you that You have sent the Holy Spirit to be with us always. Most of us have not had major persecution in our lives. On the other hand, I am sure that all of us have been persecuted some at times to some degree. Today for all of us when persecution comes may we respond as You did. And may we stand on every promise that You have given to us when we do.

In Jesus Name

Amen

PS By the way this message was not written out of a preacher having one of those “poor old preacher pity parties” that no one ever comes too. J.J. and I are blessed people. We love you all and pray that you have a great week.

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER – TRUST! TRUST! TRUST!

GET TOGETHER – TRUST! TRUST! TRUST!

1Ti 4:10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

Most of the sermons and writing that I do usually hit me first. And this one is no different. Sometimes we all go through periods of time where we may not know exactly what God is doing in our lives, or what He is about to do in our lives. We try to guess, and we can guess a thousand times and we still may not be exactly sure. There are times that God tells us that we must trust Him.

Sometimes many of us go through challenging times and situations. Some are more challenging than others. J.J. and I went to see the Movie Paul: Apostle of Christ. During most of the movie Paul was in a dark Roman prison. When I read this passage and I think about a man who was so faithful to God. I think about a man who was imprisoned numerous times, beaten numerous times, and run out of town on more than one occasion, but remained faithful to God. With all of that happening to him he could still write “we trust in the living God.” What a powerful testimony to the faithfulness of God and an inspiration to us all.

The Greek term for trust in this passage is elpizo, el-pid’-zo. It means to look forward with confidence to that which is good and beneficial. That means as born again children of God that no matter what challenges that we may face as we serve in the Kingdom of God that we can look forward to that which is good and beneficial.

One of Satan’s oldest schemes is to try to convince us that we cannot trust God. Ge 3:3-5 “but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Well we know what happened when Adam and Eve trusted what Satan was telling them rather than what God had told them.

Let me ask all of us a question beginning with me. Are we trusting the voice of God, or are we trusting the lies of the Devil? When we worry, or get into fear who are we trusting? One of the most famous passages in the Bible is Pr 3:5,6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” My prayer for all of us is that we will trust Him with all of our hearts. When we do then worry, fear, and dread have no place to hang out. They must go. Then we can experience that peace Jesus promised us in Joh 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank You today that You can be trusted at all times. Forgive us when we listen to the lies of the enemy and put more stock in what he is saying that what You have promised. Today we come and renew our trust in You. We thank you that You are on the throne and that You are ordering our steps.

In Jesus Name

Amen

On behalf of J.J. and myself we thank you for the prayers that you pray on our behalf.

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGTHER – Be Dressed Up Rather Than Set Up

GET TOGTHER – Be Dressed Up Rather Than Set Up
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (NKJV)

This is the first Get Together that I have done in over two and one-half weeks. A couple of weeks ago I got hustled. I have been hustled a few times in my life. Not as much since I became a Christian, but even as a Christian I have been hustled on a few occasions.
Here is what happened. I will not go into all of the details, but one day when I was working at the church one of those drop-down things came on my computer telling me that my protection had run out. It had a phone number on there that indicated that it was Microsoft. This same drop down had come up a few days before and I felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me not to call that number, but that I needed to call a man in town that has worked on computers for us.
As I mentioned earlier I was tired and I got to thinking rather than drive the two miles to the other side of Hamilton I would just call Microsoft and they could probably fix it with me sitting here at the computer. Well needless to say it wasn’t Microsoft. I won’t go into all the details of how the person blocked my computer and sent some very bad stuff to it. Thankfully the fine gentleman here in Hamilton that works on computers was able to fix the problem and I didn’t lose any of my teachings, or other information.
The Greek term for wiles in the above passage is methodeia, meth-od-i’-ah . It means scheming with the intent to deceive. The person on the other end of that phone number had a scheme. He meant to deceive me. I am sure that he wanted me to have to pay him to fix the problem. That is the way Satan works through his demonic forces. He has a scheme. His schemes are meant to deceive us. He wants to deceive us so that he can destroy our witness and our testimony. He may send someone to flatter you to set you up. He may offer something to you that when you were in the world you would have really have liked to have had to discredit your witness for Christ.
The best way for all of us to avoid this is to do what we are told to do in Eph 6:11. That is to put on the full armor of God each day. Be sure that you read Ephesians 6:10-19. It will tell you how to do this. Remember the enemy doesn’t play fair. If you see him receiving the good sportsmanship award you will know that contest has been rigged. On the other hand, remember that he has been defeated and when the Holy Spirit nudges you like He did me do what He says. When we do that He will save us a lot of pain, and aggravation.
By the way, I have forgiven the guy and I have been praying for his salvation. I am believing that what the enemy meant for bad that God will work for good. I just might see that guy in Heaven one day. Wouldn’t that be God’s plan triumphing over the enemy’s plan?

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You that you have defeated the forces of hell. Help us to put on the full armor of God so that we can walk in the victory that You have provided. Help us to listen to the Holy Spirit when He is giving us warnings and advance notices about the wiles of the devil and the wicked schemes that he uses.
In Jesus Name
Amen

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GET TOGETHER – Have You Been Forgiven Much?

GET TOGETHER – Have You Been Forgiven Much?

Lu 7:47 “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” (NKJV)

This passage comes from one of my favorite accounts of Jesus engaging with people in the Bible. Jesus has been invited to the home of a Pharisee. The Pharisees were strict adherents to the law who put a big emphasis on the outward appearance rather than the inner condition of the heart.
Often when one was invited to a home for a meal such as this sometimes the guests and the host would get into some philosophical discussions. A woman crashes the party. This woman is known as a sinner. Many scholars believe that she was most likely a prostitute. This being the case she would have been a woman that took money from Gentiles for sexual relationships. This would have made her big time looked down on by the Pharisees. When she enters the home of the Pharisee Luke gives this account of what happens next “Lu 7:38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.” (NKJV)
This leads the Pharisee to begin talking to himself “Lu 7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” (NKJV) Jesus responds to the Pharisee talking to Himself with a short parable :

Lu 7:40-50 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. “And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. “You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. “You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven. “And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”(NKJV)

I want go into all of the elements involved in this passage, but this is what I
believe the Lord would challenge all of us with from this passage today. First of all, have you received the forgiveness and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? If you haven’t Jesus wants you to know just as this woman was forgiven of her sins that there is mercy and forgiveness waiting for you if you will bow down as she did and ask for His mercy. You can know that no matter how ugly, or terrible that those sins are that you can be forgiven of your sinful past by faith in Him.
Let me ask you another question are you as merciful as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is? He desires for us to be “Mt 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.” The Greek term for merciful here is eleemon, el-eh-ay’-mone. It means to show mercy. The Greek term for mercy is eleeo, el-eh-eh’-o. It means to show kindness of concern for someone in serious need. I can’t think of any more serious need than the need to be forgiven from our sins.

Perhaps you may think that you don’t need mercy, so certainly there would be no need to grant mercy. The Bible tells us that we all need the mercy of the Lord in Ro 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Your sin may not be made known to the public as this woman’s was, but God is aware of them and desires to forgive you if you are willing to repent and ask for His mercy. Eph 2:4 ¶ But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

We used to sing a song at the first church that I pastored. I had never heard it before, but it describes what my condition was when I came to Jesus. The name of the song is Justice Called and Mercy Answered. When all of us look Jesus in the face justice is calling. If we ask him mercy will answer.

Let us Pray

Lord we were once a people that had not obtained mercy. We thank you today for having mercy on us. Help us today to be as merciful to others as You have been to us.
In Jesus Name
Amen

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GET TOGETHER- THE BLESSINGS OF FELLOWSHIP

GET TOGETHER- THE BLESSINGS OF FELLOWSHIP

1Jo 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

Today as I went to lunch the Holy Spirit gave me a wonderful blessing. When I walked in another brother walked in while I did. When we were going through the buffet line the waitress asked us where we were going to sit and were we together I replied no, and she set our drinks at separate tables as we went through the line.

I knew this man. He is a Pastor in another part of the Body of Christ than the part that I serve in. I have always had a respect for him although I have not been around him that much. I don’t know why exactly that I said no we aren’t together. I wasn’t sure that, but what I might be imposing on him if I had answered different.

As I sat down at my table I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to ask him if I could join him at his table. He said yes, and I really enjoyed our conversation. We didn’t ask how many either one of us had in our service last Sunday or have any big time theological conversation we mainly talked about family, and life. By the way that is theological. After I left I thought about what a great blessing it was to just enjoy having a meal with this brother.

In our country today, we often talk about how our youth are so into their cell phone and computers that they are missing the blessing of just a good casual conversation with someone else that is with them in person. And to be honest I have caught myself a lot of times preferring to be engaged with an electronic device rather than flesh and blood that is right there with me.

Sometimes in the church and I have been guilty big time of it as not regarding fellowship as being spiritual. I believe that a true Spirit filled walk with Jesus Christ will lead us to true fellowship. We will love God and we will love people.

The Greek term in this passage for fellowship is koinonia, koy-nohn-ee’-ah. It means to have an association involving close mutual relationships and involvement. It also means social intercourse. Our services start at 10: A.M. on Sunday morning. People may think that we are starting late because we don’t begin prayer, or worship until around 10:10. One reason is because the people are speaking to each other, laughing together, and some may be hugging one another. This is not unspiritual. If you think it is try preaching in a church where the people don’t speak to each other. You will see some spirituality there of the wrong kind.

So today I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to give you some fellowship time with Christians in the place where you worship. Ask Him to arrange times of fellowship with other believers as He did for me today.

Then ask Him to give you some time with some non-Christians so that they can see just how real that you are and that there is something different about you. Jesus did that and it worked well for Him. Mr 2:15 Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. Fellowship, the early church knew the importance of it, and I pray that we will as well.

Let Us Pray

Lord we thank you for the gift of fellowship. We know that deep down everyone desires true fellowship. Some are looking for it by joining gangs. Some are looking for it by joining clubs and organizations. As Your blood bought children help us to experience true Godly fellowship and offer it to others.

In Jesus Name

Amen

Love you guys. One day we will all fellowship together in that place of perfect fellowship

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

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Lu 15:22-25 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.’ And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; ‘for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

GET TOGETHER- REAL MARCH MADNESS

GET TOGETHER- REAL MARCH MADNESS

 Ro 5:6 -8 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

This past Saturday it was cold and damp where we live just outside of Hamilton, AL.  J.J. and I did something that we rarely do. We did nothing.   Well we did do something. We both read books that were with Christian themes, but weren’t so much on what we are doing right, or doing wrong in ministry, but what I would call recreational reading. We also watched the basketball tournaments being played by the various Division I Conferences.  That was relaxing for us because we really didn’t care so much which teams won in most of the games.

For two weeks March Madness has been going on in college basketball and will continue throughout the month. I want to talk to you about another kind of March Madness.  The last Friday of this month is what we Christians Celebrate as Good Friday. That is the day when Jesus Christ the Incarnate Son of God died as our passage above tells us for the ungodly.  Now that is really madness.

Think about it. God came to earth in the form of a man. God the Son the Lord Jesus Christ who was with out sin and who was pure and holy came to die for the impure and unholy. The Book of Hebrews tells us that He came for the ungodly Heb 7:26 “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens.” Once again that is madness.

Many people feel like there is no hope for reconciliation to God. Some may feel that the sins that we committed in our past are to bad to be forgiven from. I don’t know about you, but I had some bad ones. On that Friday He took those sins to the cross at Mount Calvary. 2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NKJV) Now that is really madness.

On that day He paid the price that there is no sickness, or disease that we cannot be healed from. Peter knew that very well.  He wrote about it in 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) That sounds like madness when the Dr. gives you a bad report with a stone cold look on his, or her face.  Paul describes it like this in   1Co 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

 

On that day he paid the price for us to be free of addictions and walk in victory over all of Satan’s demonic forces no matter which ones, or how they try to come against us: Col 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Once again that is madness to those who are not in Christ. 1Co 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

As we were watching one of the championship games Saturday afternoon I couldn’t help but notice the passion that the fans of one of the teams had for their team. Those that couldn’t get in the game filled an outdoor entertainment venue to watch and pull for their team.  There is nothing wrong with pulling for your team with a strong desire to see them succeed. On the other hand, during March I must say that my utmost passion will be directed to the One who went to the cross on that Friday on a Hill outside of Jerusalem and died for the sins of a lost and hurting world.

  All the teams that are playing in the NCAA Tournament will be playing for a trophy that one day will not exist.  During this month let your strongest passion be for the One that has paid the price for us to obtain a crown that will never perish:  1Co 9:25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.   To some people that is real madness to think that we can live forever.  May the world see us in the following manner and desire to become like us : 1Co 4:10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!  Be a fool for Christ, that is real madness to a lost and hurting world that needs Him so much.

 

Let Us Pray

Lord this month we will remember the day that You died for our sins. And on the first day of next month Lord we will celebrate You rising from the dead. Help us to worship you with a passion that exceeds anything else that we may have a passion for because Lord You have given us eternal life, and life and life more abundantly.  No matter how much we may enjoy an athletic contest, or any other temporal thing none of them can do for us only what You can do.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

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Lu 15:22-25 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.’ And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; ‘for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

 

 

 

GET TOGETHER- REMEMBER WHO THE BATTLE IS WITH

GET TOGETHER- REMEMBER WHO THE BATTLE IS WITH

Eph 6:11,12 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Today we live in a culture that is highly secularized and often opposed to a Biblical worldview. People who believe that God ordained marriage as between one man and one woman are often labeled “haters”. And people who believe in the sanctity of life in the womb are often termed as being backward and as anti-women.

Sadly, sometimes Christians have been lured into getting into fleshy battles over these things by resorting to name calling etc. and playing right into the enemy’s hands. I believe that drawing Christians into fleshly battles is certainly a wile of the devil to attempt to hurt the Christian’s testimony and to draw he, or she into a battle using weapons that we are not to fight with.

We are told in this verse that we are not battling against flesh and blood. We are battling against demonic forces in the spirit realm. If you retaliate by calling someone a name that is calling you a name you are playing right into the enemy’s hands.

This doesn’t mean that we don’t speak the truth. But we speak the truth in love. Jesus said it this way Joh 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (NKJV) This past week the Holy Spirit Has been given me the names of prominent talk show hosts, entertainers, leaders of nations, and CEO’S of corporations that oppose the Gospel and has had me to begin to call out their names for their salvation.

This past week as I watched a couple of specials on the life of Billy Graham I saw how when he went into places that were hostile to the Gospel he never compromised the truth, but you could also see that he had a love and a concern for the souls of those who opposed the Gospel. That included political leaders that he probably didn’t agree with on a lot of things, talk show hosts, the Russian Politburo and many other challenging places.

What if that next hostile talk show host became an evangelist? What if those political leaders that are so hostile to the Gospel were convicted of their sin? Remember our battle is not against flesh and blood.

I think Stephen is a great example. He didn’t compromise a word of truth. It got him was stoned to death. But as he was being stoned to death these were his last words “Ac 7:60 Then he knelt 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) Well we know of one guy that would get saved as a result of that prayer. Ac 8:1 “ Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.”

We see that Stephen knew that his real enemy was not those who were stoning him, but the forces of evil who were behind it. One man would eventually get saved that would write at least thirteen Epistles of the New Testament. He would go on three missionary journeys’. Billions have been saved due to Saul of Tarsus becoming the Apostle Paul. The church was scattered, but as they were being persecuted they began to explode in growth. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is allowing some of this persecution to come so that we have a greater passion for Christ and leading others to Christ than our favorite sports teams, or other things that we have a greater passion for than Him and His call upon our lives.

Do you see those who oppose you as people who could possibly be as fervent serving Jesus Christ as they are opposing Him? That is what happened to Paul. I am glad that Stephen didn’t get drawn into a fleshly battle that day. And don’t forget he did preach the truth, but he preached the truth in love. Jesus had this to say about how we should respond to those who hate us for the Gospel. Mt 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

That is how you battle in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Paul had this to say about how we are wage the battle in 2Co 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”(NKJV) We walk in victory by praying, fasting, loving, worshipping, and serving God and others.

Let us Pray

Lord I am not denying that there is a battle. It is a battle for the souls of men, women, a nation, and the world. Fill us so much with Your Holy Spirit Lord that we are fully armed with those upside down weapons of love that win people rather than defeat them.

In Jesus Name

Amen

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GET TOGETHER- WISDOM: WE NEED IT HE GRANTS IT

GET TOGETHER- WISDOM: WE NEED IT HE GRANTS IT

Pr 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; (NKJV)

I can remember very well when I first got acquainted with this verse. I had gone back to college after being out of college for over two decades. My previous academic record was poor to say the least. During my second term I had a Professor that was very intimidating. And although it was not a religion course there were times that I could tell that he and I had totally different views on the Bible.

One time during a break in our class I went out to the chapel that was nearby the building that we were taking this class in. In the chapel there was a round altar. In the middle of the altar there was a Bible. The Bible was opened to Pr 2:6 “For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” That passage became a key life passage for me during the rest of my academic career. And I must say that it is still one today.

The Bible has much to say about wisdom. In the book of Proverbs there are forty-nine verses that use the word wisdom. In the Bible there are at least two hundred and fourteen verses that use the word wisdom. In the New Testament there are fifty.

In this passage the Hebrew term for wisdom is chokmah, khok-maw’. It can mean skill in war, wisdom in administration, shrewdness that can only come from God, and it is also one of God’s divine attributes.

The good news for us is that God does not withhold it from His children. To receive this wisdom according to James all we must do is to ask. “Jas 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (NKJV) According to the Book of James God is not stingy with His wisdom.

Out of His mouth comes knowledge. The Hebrew term for knowledge here is da`ath, dah’-ath. It can mean skill in workmanship, prophetic knowledge, and knowledge with moral quality possessed and taught by God. The Hebrew term for understanding is tabuwn, taw-boon’. It means -discretion, reason, skillfulness, understanding, wisdom. So, you can see what James meant when he said that the Lord gives with liberality.

Wisdom is something that we never out grow the need for. We may have degrees hanging on our walls, but if we don’t have wisdom we will not be effective in what God has called us to do. And if you are a Christian I believe that no matter what you do in life that it is a calling whether that is as a parent, businessperson, teacher, coach, attorney, beautician, or no matter what your vocation might be.

First of all the Lord uses His word to give us wisdom. Then He uses our life experiences. We also need to have people who God will use to impart His wisdom to us in our lives. We don’t ever get to that place where we can’t gain Godly wisdom from someone who has plenty of Godly wisdom. I am thankful that there have been so many in my life.

So today no matter what you are doing whether it be some way that you are serving God in whether it be as an educator, student, businessperson, parent, political leader, mechanic or whatever you are doing in life ask God for wisdom. The Bible promises us that He will give us all that we will need.

Let Us Pray

Lord we thank You that You are not stingy with wisdom. We thank You that as Your blood bought children that all we must do is ask and that you will give us the wisdom that we need in all situations and circumstances. I pray for all that are reading this that each will ask and receive the abundant wisdom that you give. Lord I pray over all who read this Eph 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

In Jesus Name

Amen

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Lu 15:22-25 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.’ And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; ‘for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.