Reaching out over the radio.

We have the opportunity to broadcast via radio worldwide through World Harvest Radio, founded by the late Dr. Lester Sumrall. This radio station reaches millions of people worldwide with the goal to reach 1 billion souls for Jesus. The cost for one 30 minute program per week is $276.00 a month. Can I ask you my friends if you will help us reach North America via radio laying the ground work for our upcoming Missionary journey’s across America?

For those who will partner with us on a monthly basis we will send you every preaching CD we produce for the broadcast,as well as our upcoming DVD Sermons we will be offering of our Revival Services, Tent Meetings, etc.

Is there someone who can sponsor the whole month, for a love gift of $276.00? Can you give $100? or $50 or $20? Any amount will be a great blessing and a help. Help us reach America via radio and under the old Gospel Tent.

YES, I wish to help support your ministry and join with you in taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
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Thank you for helping us purchase our Revival Tent so we can begin our Missionary Journey throughout America Preaching Jesus Christ in the Power of the Holy Ghost to a lost and dying world.

Please make checks, cashiers checks or money orders payable to:

Evangelist Josh Sparks.
3104 Geiger St.
Ashland, KY 41101-4806.

Take up your Cross and follow Jesus.

Written by Bro. J.O. Sparks.

Simon from Cyrene and the moment he had being mentioned in the scriptures, though brief, speaks volumes into my soul.

Matthew 27:32-35- 32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

Some things we fail too see in reading this portion of scripture is first, Simon joined the Lord in carrying His Cross. When we are born again, we trade our heavy burdens and yokes for Jesus light and easy burden (Matthew 11:28-30) we in truth continue the ministry of Simon from Cyrene because we too bear the Cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus declared to His Disciples that He had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and raised again the third day (Matthew 16:21).

Then old Peter came and took Him aside and was going to straighten Him out. Lord this wont happen to you be it far from you Lord but what did Jesus say in response to what Peter said? Get thee behind me satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest (do not understand) the things that be of God, but those that be of Men(Matthew 16:23). How could Jesus say that to Peter? This guy a few verses earlier was the only one walking around in Revelation Knowledge and now Jesus is calling him satan!!!

It was God’s purpose to make Jesus a propitiation for sin, the sin of the whole world (1 John 2:2). What is a propitiation? A means of appeasing. It pleased God, who allowed Jesus, the perfect sinless one who knew no sin,to become sin that we might be made the righteousness of God by Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). Peter was not purposely attempting to stop Jesus from saving the world, but was acting like so many of us do in response to the will of God, we resist it.

Simon did not resist, no where does it say that. It sounds good in songs and during Easter plays it adds too the drama but He did not resist. The Cross of Jesus He did bear and each of us must bear His Cross also. There is an old song published back in the 1800’s that says and I quote, “Must Jesus bear the cross alone, And all the world go free?No, there’s a cross for everyone,And there’s a cross for me.” The reality of us sharing with Him in His Sufferings has been lost too the church. We are all too busy walking around quoting a promise give to Israel found in (Psalms 105:15) Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm, as if the ministry today was more special in some way or privy too having the heads chopped off, or being crucified upside down because of their great anointing. Most of these men have never picked up their cross to follow Jesus.

I am not trying to be critical but honest. Jesus declared too us in (Matthew 16: 24-27) 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

The greatest of all men of God in my estimation, who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, declared in (Romans 8:18) For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. The Apostle Peter preached this also. (1 Peter 2: 17-25) 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. When the Sons of Zebadee’s mother came with her two boys and said Jesus can you do me a favor? Let your left side and right side next to your throne be reserved for my two boys? What was Jesus response to her inquiry?

Matthew 20:22- But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. What cup was Jesus speaking about here? I believe it was the same cup He prayed if it be your will Father, remove this cup from me (Matthew 26:39). It was not the passover cup the cup of the New Testament we drink to represent His blood shed on Calvary( Luke 22:20) but the cup of wrath John wrote about in (Revelation 14:19; Revelation 19:15) Jesus pouring out the cup of the fierceness and anger of Almighty God in judgment on the world He was so painfully dying to save.

We are like the sons of thunder, because we are so mighty and so powerful, we got Jesus name, we are so Holy, we belong to the church, we pay our tithes, we are it!!! They said to Jesus when He ask them can you handle my baptism and what about the cup? They said We Are Able! Here is what I have come too realize in my life as I draw closer to Jesus and as my time on earth draws me closer to eternity then I was, Jesus words burn like fire in my soul.

Matthew 20:23-And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

The disciples of Jesus did drink the bitter cup we all must drink and they were baptized with the Baptism of Jesus. That is why in spite of their sufferings, and imprisonments, and death they reached out to a lost world they knew that would one day have to give an account of it’s sins and that when Jesus comes there will be no advocate for them. We don’t bother carrying the cross of Jesus because we would rather be religious and detached from reality. Jesus soul purpose in building His Church was to be a vehicle through which His Presence could move upon lost humanity and bring them to the New Birth Experience.

I will close this bible study with the words of the Apostle Paul:

(2 Timothy 2: 11-13) 11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

If you want the true anointing of the Holy Ghost, share the cross with Jesus. he is waiting for you too carry it. He said He would help you.

In Jesus Name,

Bro. J.O. Sparks.

Jesus for America Revival.

I am asking for you to continue to pray for us as we continue to make preparations to begin our Home Missionary work here in America under the big old Gospel Tent. We need just $4700.00 to purchase the tent. We will then focus on chairs, P.A. System, lighting, Generators, stage, etc. If God has spoken to you to help us reach the lost with any love gift of any amount please help. Millions of souls are waiting to hear the Gospel.

To those who have given thank you so very much. We will have each of your names permanently placed in the vinyl that will be on one of the side walls directly by the stage. When we get our Gospel Tent we will have a special Revival where we dedicate the tent and invite Preachers and Saints all across this nation to join us and to take part in this great Kingdom Work.

This will be your tent, and God’s and together we will partner with Jesus to see souls saved. God Bless you all in Jesus Name.

YES, I wish to help support your ministry and join with you in taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
Enclosed is my gift in the amount of $__________________.
This is a ___Weekly ____Monthly ______Yearly _____One Time Donation.
Date:_______________________________ .
Name:_________________________________________________ .
Address:_______________________________________________ .
City: __________________________________________________ .
State: ____________________________ . Zip________________ .
Thank you for helping us purchase our Revival Tent so we can begin our Missionary Journey throughout America Preaching Jesus Christ in the Power of the Holy Ghost to a lost and dying world.
Please make checks or money orders payable to
Evangelist Josh Sparks.
3104 Geiger St.
Ashland, KY 41101-4806.btsminseal

Thoughts from the desk of Brother Sparks.

As I sat today and thought about my calling to Evangelize under a Gospel tent, as a Missionary for Jesus Christ, a Home Missionary; I began to think about so many I have seen come and go in the Kingdom of God and in the Ministry. So many times men and women get so wrapped up in the thought that if God don’t do His Work through them it will not get done. These are done before the climb up in the saddle.

Elijah won a great Victory for God on Mt. Carmel and then began his journey running for his life from the death sentence of Jezebel. He was hid in a cave and God came and said why are you here Elijah? I am the only one left and they seek my life Lord. They broke your altar, forsaken your covenants and killed your prophets. I am the only one left and they want me dead. God you need to do something if you want me to go I’m all you got.

1 Kings 19: 18- Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. Many have come and many are gone but the gospel of Jesus Christ is still preached. There are no superstars in the Kingdom and there will never be a revival until we get that through our thick skulls.

The problems we are seeing in Ministry today, stems from the reality that there are more Simon the sorcerers behind the pulpit then there are Phillip’s. When a man uses his calling and the gifts of the Holy Ghost to build up for himself a name and a following, he has denied Jesus and has attempted to exalt himself above the Lord. Want true Revival preachers? Then be like Phillip preach Jesus and leave your ego and desires to be worshiped at the altar.

Kingdom of God still open for Souls!

1 Peter 3:20- Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Today in the church, we always preach about the days of Noah, with a spark of vengeance in our eyes, with the get em God attitude because we walk around with unforgiveness in our hearts for those who have Bless God, who wronged me and my family. The sinners are so wicked, the days are so evil. This is absolutely true but let me direct your attention to the above verse. What waited in the days of Noah? The Long suffering of God.

Long suffering (GR makrothymia) meaning, patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance; forbearance, long suffering, slowness in avenging wrongs.

Peter described the time before the flood, as a time in which the long suffering of God waited for those who would repent and turn their hearts and lives to Him. I believe the ark was not only built big enough for the animals and Noah and His wife and His Sons and their wives to live, but there was a place designated for the whosoever will’s because God is always reaching out to the whosoever will’s.

The days of Noah were in reality a time of Salvation, a time of deliverance and a time of the Mercy of God extended to the lost. God gave them time to repent and they didn’t and God closed the door on that Generation.

Genesis 7:16- And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.

Preachers, Saints of God, God is not done with the lost. He is still in the soul saving business. If your heart is fixed on your own agendas, ask God to change your heart of stone. Ask God to give you a heart for the Harvest.

John 4:35- Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

We are living in the end of time, and if you being caught away in the Rapture is more important to you then souls you just as well should put on some cast iron shoes because you may not lift off when Jesus comes. Let’s get our hearts right and redeem the time we have because God is waiting for the precious fruit of the earth, he is long suffering for it and will send the former and latter rain to bring about fruition,

James 5:7- Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

 

In His Grip,

Evangelist J.O. Sparks.