The Ministry Of Jackie & Deborah Potter
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God
John 1:1

Welcome To The Holidays


The Seasons... Thanksgiving & Christmas have drastically changed since I was a kid in the sixties.So drastic that I really don't have a clear understanding of what has happened to our Nation, our local communities or our families. I can barely remember the excitement from my childhood growing up in the small town of Cliffside and then Boiling Springs N.C. Its for certain that something has happened though. It seems to me that there has been a very slow change that has occurred over a long period of time. For starters, what has happened to the anticipation of having a reunion of family on a certain day for a certain reason ? It's as if when families gather over a meal and then an unwinding before the T.V. There is a lack if not an absence of knowing why we are together. To simplify it, why is there an emptiness when its over and everyone goes their separate ways ? I think I know. The absence of Jesus Christ. Maybe not in every home but sad to say in most He isn't invited. The very closest He gets is during the prayer over the meal if there is one. Then He is more often than not even mentioned. If He is it is brief lest anyone be offended who is agnostic or atheist. God forbid that we would offend a poor lost family member by mentioning their only means of escaping an eternal blistering hot lake of fire. Who could be so rude ? 

 Missing People

Another oddity is the obvious family member who is now missing because of a divorce or a loss of their freedom due to their being imprisoned. Again there are people who simply feel unwanted. Its common for quarrels to arise because someone in the family didn't get the "special" treatment they were expecting. Maybe they did not receive the attention they wanted so they puffed up like a two year old and didn't show up. Afterward, a barrage of slanders and accusations at every moving family target to prove they were mistreated though they were simply given the same respect as others. A phone call. A text message. An invitation card. Just not a place of total and complete control so they could gain the accolades for making the family celebration the best ever. Sad... A far cry from "Love one another".


Confusion

This is probably my most important point of reason to make. Simply, why is there so much confusion during the holidays? Is it because we don't consider them Holy Days ?  Thanksgiving is a grey area to many but it shouldn't be. Being thankful is an everyday way of life to a Christian but to have the opportunity to share it with our families takes it to a higher level of importance. It can be healing. It can be a time of renewing. It can be an opportunity to make wrongs right. It should be a time of understanding. Being thankful is a way of life to a Child of God so maybe it would be considered an opportunity to share it with someone who is lost. It could be a means to a wonderful end. But... there is so much confusion. God is not the Author of confusion so we know who is. Lets come to terms with what satan has stolen and stop him by implementing reason. As the Word says, come and let us reason together saith the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. That makes perfect sense.                           

                                                                        Conclusion


One Divine Truth negates every negative impulse, every pattern of thought which would lead to confusion. Isn't there enough confusion at the holidays anyway ? This Divine Truth is Matthew 4:4 Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. David the King of Israel said "Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee. The same goes for us. The more of God's Holy Word we hide in our hearts the more of God's Loving character we show towards others no matter who they are or how offensive or misunderstood they are. The plain truth is we are a desperately imperfect people with a problem of carnality which we have to deal with on a daily basis and overcome on a daily basis. If we fail to offend in words we will more than likely not offend in deeds. I personally want to Love as Jesus Loved. I want to walk toward helping others as He walked. My greatest desire toward God and most sought after prayer is that I may help someone find their way to Christ. The Star Of Bethlehem led the wise men to Jesus in the manger. My hearts desire and prayer toward God is that I might lead people to The Lamb Of God Who Takes Away The Sin Of The World and The Resurrected King of Kings and Lord of Lords Who is soon to return to this confused earth and sit on the Throne in Jerusalem where there will Peace on earth and good will toward men...FOREVER !      JCP / 2014



                                     Send Portions To Them For Whom Nothing Is Prepared



Nehemiah 8:10

10  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.


The joy of The Lord is your strength. It is the message that is heard resounding around the world by preachers of every denominational background. It's been expounded in multiple books and has been the title of many conferences and seminars. But what about the words that precede it ? Send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared ? In our excitement about our inheritance in Christ as blessed and provided for let us never forget those that are without. Not just without the means of having needs met but without the Salvation that Jesus died for. It's hard to tell people that God loves them when they are hungry. It's even harder to tell them of Jesus Love for them and the terrible eternal hell that awaits the lost when they are both hungry and destitute of the Love of a Child of God. You know, you really have to enter into the life of one who is lost to really be able to give them the Gospel. You must be aware of their uneasiness and fear of dying. You must be aware of their guilt and shame. You have the means if you are a Child of God to enter their world of pain and bring the Remedy to it. Jesus declared "The Spirit of The Lord is Upon Me". He tells the people why He is in their midst. As we should follow His example, let us be aware that He gave us Salvation to give the Message of the same. Tell those whom the world has forgotten that God Loves them.Tell them The Gospel. Show them how to find repentance by following The Holy Spirit's guidance. He will lead you into all Truth and Jesus Christ is The Way, The Truth and The Life. You will know the moment they believe and you will rejoice with them. Most of all, you will realize why you are alive...  JCP 9/10/2014



There comes a time in our lives that we have to sit down and think about the things that have affected our lives which God has brought about. I have been doing just that. Through the hard and easy times we always have Grace. Even though we do not fully understand Grace for the most part, we are all partakers of it. The unmerited favor of Almighty God is the one thing which will pull back the darkest clouds and reveal the Truth. Jesus said "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life"... He also said " And ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free"... Freedom and Truth... The twin pillars of our Faith in God and His Son sustain us, hold us firmly in every situation life may bring. 


To take a moment and share a personal picture of this as it relates to me, I will simply point your attention to the picture above. My Wife, Deborah behind the pulpit Preaching The Word of God. If you look closely, you will see the resolute firmness of Her countenance. There is a deep love and resolve for people who need help and cannot help themselves. I have watched Deborah since the beginning of our relationship aspire to seek the Face of our Lord until He answered her prayers. I have seen the days of struggle and I have seen the days of wonder.


In a moment of God's time she has been placed in her Calling with the same Anointing that came at Pentecost and vigorously prepares her preaching as the Spirit of God directs her. In the few years that Deborah and I have had together we have walked this journey alone. We have been blessed with many loved ones and friends encouragement but have carried our cross as a Husband & Wife Ministry only by supporting each other. The calling God placed upon us is simply for us to be obedient to and walk together in Faith. I would to God that all married people could understand what we have learned.


For sure, husbands and wives would not take each other for granted. There would be no divorce. Life would not be a burden. Love would never grow cold. The world in which we live would certainly be affected in a most positive way and most of all, souls would be won to our Lord Jesus because the purpose for living would be in agreement with the Heart of God.


Therefore I will take this opportunity to say that if you could look into the heart of this Woman you would find that She carries within Her own Heart the Heart of our Loving Creator. I know this because I knew Him first. I thank God every day for my co-laborer in the Gospel. Husbands, Love your Wives even as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for it...Ephesians 5:25  

Married April 22nd, 2011
Sometimes in life there are events that shape our destiny and alter our steps and choices that we just dont understand. Ours is such. From our first discussion over The Word of God Deborah and I realised our future together was Gods Sovereign choice which He made long before we even knew each other. The time and date we chose was also determined by The Loving Creator that said it is not good for man to be alone. Good Friday ... the day we were married represents an eternal promise to our lives. That promise is the Ressurection of life that all who are in Christ Jesus will share together. On that account, we live every day of our Married life knowing that we have an eternal inheritance which was paid for by the Blood of the Lamb who is blessed forever !

MUSIC

I have one public release of the old hymns in a southern format available on iTunes, Amazon, and lots of other distributers. I also hold open a Reverb Nation account under my name also which has free downloads and streaming. I like to make the music free to those who want it but can't afford it. Timeless sells for 8 to 10 dollars for the download on iTunes but I've posted lots of those songs on Reverb for free. Hope everyone enjoys. I've been working in the studio for months now on my second CD as well as sessions for Josh Honeycutt which I'm tracking drums. I'm planning on a July release of the new CD.