Zack Martin


I am a disabled minister with 40 years full time service for my Lord. I am a Licensed and Ordained Minister of Southern Baptist Faith. I have an Associates degree from Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama. and attended Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida (Majored in Theology with a Minor in Music). The name of the college has changed to Florida Baptist College. I have served 12 Churches in my 35 years of service. I served 11 as Minister of Music and Youth Pastor, and I also pastored one church for 4 years. I became disabled in 2006 at the age of 56 years old. I was prescribe a power chair in 2009 to get around in and it was then that I felt led to start a new ministry with Cds. My voice is about the only part of my body left that is any good, so I started recording Cds as a tool to witness for my Lord. Here is a link to JB's Indie Gospel Top Chart Radio Show that I appeared as guest on Marsha Sue Mitchell's radio program, GET MY CD's at this link. ALL I ASK IS A DONATION TO HELP WITH THE EXPENSES OF MAKING THEM. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD A DONATION, I WILL SEND THE ONE YOU WANT ANYWAY. WHEN YOU GET IN THIS LINK, GO TO "ORDER CD's AND FILL OUT THE ORDER FORM LEAVING YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! My favorite verse is 2 Cor 5:17 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. KJV.


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The Work of the Holy Spirit

By Zack Martin, 2018-10-05
The Work of the Holy Spirit

This is a sermon that I will preach on Sunday October 7th 2018 hete at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle Dothan Alabama. 

The Work of the Holy Spirit!

Introduction: The Holy Spirit came to us after Jesus died on the cross and was buried and resurrected, and ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. The Holy Spirit was sent to us as a helper and a teacher of our Christian faith. We are dependant on the Holy Spirit for so many things. We need to know what the Holy Spirit does, so this morning I want us to look at the work of the Holy Spirit. My Scripture today comes from John chapter 16 beginning in verse 5.

Verses 5-15
John 16:5-15
5. But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, Whither goes thou?
6. But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
7. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9. Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10. Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11. Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will show you things to come.
14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.
15. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take mine, and shall show it unto you.

Here are some of the works that the Holy Spirit does for us. I will mention at least three ways or things that the Holy Spirit does for us. First:

I. Christ’s departure was necessary to the Comforter’s (Holy Spirit) coming.
A. Sending the Spirit was to be the fruit of Christ’s death, which was his going away.
1. His bodily presence could be only in one place at one time, but his Spirit is every where, in all places, at all times, wherever two or three are gathered together in his name.
2. See here the office of the Spirit, first to reprove, or to convince. Reprove means: 1. to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent 2: to express disapproval of : CENSUREit is not for me to reprove popular taste—D. W. Brogan
3. obsolete : DISPROVE, REFUTE
4. obsolete : CONVINCE, CONVICT.

3. Convincing work is the Spirit’s work; he can do it effectually, and none but he.
4. It is the method the Holy Spirit takes, first to convince, and then to comfort. Do you remember how it felt when you first acceptrd Jesus as your Savior? What a comfort it was to know the Lord!
B. The Spirit shall convince the world, of sin; not merely tell them of it.
1. The Spirit convinces of the fact of sin; of the fault of sin, of the folly of sin, of the filth of sin, that by it (sin) we are become hateful to God; of the fountain of sin, the corrupt nature; and lastly, of the fruit of sin, that the end thereof is death.

II. The Holy Spirit proves that all the world is guilty before God.
A. He convinces the world of righteousness; that Jesus of Nazareth was Christ the righteous.
B. Also, of Christ’s righteousness, imparted to us for justification and salvation.
1. He will show them where it is to be had, and how they will be accepted as righteous in God’s sight.
2. Christ’s ascension proves the ransom was accepted, and the righteousness finished, through which believers were to be justified.
3. Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
C. All will be well, when his power is broken, who made all the mischief.
D. As Satan is subdued by Christ, this gives us confidence, for no other power of sin can stand before him.
1. And of the day of judgment.
E. The coming of the Spirit would be of unspeakable advantage to the disciples.
1. The Holy Spirit is our Guide, not only to show us the way, but to go with us by continued aids and influences. When we accept Jesus the Holy comes to live within us, in our hearts.
2. To be led into a truth is more than barely to know it; it is not only to have the notion of it in our heads, but the relish, and Savior, and power of it in our hearts.
3. He shall teach all truth, and keep back nothing profitable, for he will show things to come. I have learned many things in my education at Bible College, but I can testify of this one thing. I have learned more from the teaching of the Holy Spirit than I have ever learned at any school, Sunday school or college.
III. All the gifts and graces of the Spirit, all the preaching, and all the writing of the apostles, under the influence of the Spirit, all the tongues, and miracles, were to glorify Christ.
A. It behooves every one to ask, whether the Holy Spirit has begun a good work in his heart?
B. Without clear discovery of our guilt and danger, we shall never understand the value of Christ’s salvation; but when brought to know ourselves aright, we begin to see the views of the Redeemer, and more lively affections to him, if we more prayed for, and depended on the Holy Spirit.
IV. The Holy Spirit Bears Witness to our Salvation in Christ Jesus our Lord.
A. We know that we are saved because the Holy Spirit lives within us after we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
B. It testifies within us about our salvation and all the things that Jesus wants from us to do within His Will for us.

Conclusion: There’s a hymn that we sing that says much of what needs to be said. “Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know.” The 1st verse says: “There’s within my heart a melody; Jesus whispers sweet and low, “Fear not, I am with thee, peace be still,” In all of life’s ebb and flow. That is the Holy Spirit of God telling us about Jesus. The Chorus says: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Sweetest name I know, Fills my every longing, Keeps me singing as I go. If we are saved we already know that the Holy Spirit of God lives within us, but this morning we have learned that He teaches us the things God wants us to know and understand. Do you let the Holy Spirit teach and lead you through out your life? When you pray, does that sweet voice of God speak to you? Are you aware of His power in your life as a Child of God? If you cannot answer yes to all of these questions, you are missing out on so many things that God wants you to know. We begin our Christian lives as Babes in Christ, it’s the Holy Spirit of God that leads us to maturity in Christ. But I see so many that are still Babes in Christ. So many that are missing out on God’s Will in their lives, simply because they aren’t allowing the Holy Spirit to do His work in their lives that He should be doing. Please I plead with you today, acknowledge His presence in you and seek Him as your teacher and leader! Then one day you can thank me for pointing you to the light WITHIN YOU that shares the Will of God to you.

God Bless Each of You. Let us Pray!

By: Rev. Zack Martin Sr.

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Working on a New CD

By Zack Martin, 2018-04-07

I'm beginning work on a New CD! It is a bit harder to do since I am now here in the Nursing Home, but I believe that I can do most of the recording in our Chapel here. That way I can record some new stuff live. Anyway, this is my plans and I hope to get it done by the end of 2018. I've gotten some new songs that I want to do, but I've got a lot of work to do to prepare them ready enough to record! But, hey I've got nothing but time. LOL Please keep me in mind when bow down to say your prayers! I thank you so much, and may God bless each of you!

Rev. Zack Martin Sr. Nursing Home Chaplin

Wesley Place on Honeysuckle Nursing Home in Dothan, Alabama

My Easter Message for Easter 2018

By Zack Martin, 2018-03-30

The Easter Message for Easter Sunday Morning, 2018 is entitled, "He Is Risen Indeed!" You can go to my forum and check out the complete message! I concentrate on the Resurrection of Christ and how important His resurrection is for our Christian Faith! I believe that it is something that we overlook the importance of the Resurrection and always seem to concentrate more on the cross. While the cross is important because it was the tool that God used to share His grace with mankind when Jesus became the perfect scarifice for our sins taking the sins of the world on His shoulders in a once and for all sacrifice that doesn't have to be repeated yearly. That ONE TIME WAS ALL THAT WAS NECESSARY! But without the Resurrection it would have been useless. Anyway, go to the sermon in my forums and check out exactly what the Resurrection did for our faith!

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In The Beginning God

By Zack Martin, 2018-01-22
In The Beginning God
In The Beginning God!
In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.
O fall we don't know about the creation, there is one thing we do know – GOD DID IT with a smile. He must've had a blast. Painting those stripes on re zebra, hanging the stars in the sky, putting the gold in the sunset. What a creativity. . . .
Like a whistling carpenter in his workshop, He lived every bit of it. He poured Himself into the work. So intent was His creativity that He took a day off at the end of the week just to rest.
(Read Genesis 1:1,2)
I. The first verse of the Bible gives us a satisfying bland useful account of the origin of the earth and the heavens.
A. The faith of humble Christians understands this better than the fancy of the most learned men.
B. From what we see of heaven and earth, we learn the power of the great Creator.
1. And let our make and place as men, remind us of our duty as Christians, always to keep heaven in our eye, and the earth under our feet.
C. The Son of God, one with the Father, was with him when he made the world; nay, we are often told that the world was made by him, and nothing was made without him.
1. Oh, what high thoughts should there be in our minds, of that great God whom we worship, and of that great Mediator in whose name we pray!
2. And here, at the beginning of the sacred volume, we read of that Divine Spirit, whose work upon the heart of man is so often mentioned in other parts of the Bible.
D. Observe, that at first there was nothing desirable to be seen, for the world was without form, and void; it was confusion, and emptiness.
1. In like manner the work of grace in the soul is a new creation: and in a graceless soul, one that is not born again, there is disorder, confusion, and every evil work: it is empty of all good, for it is without God; it is dark, it is darkness itself: this is our condition by nature, till Almighty grace works a change in us.
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Introduction:    Have you ever wondered why everything seems to be a battle of right or wrong, good or bad? It all goes back to man’s free will! God wants us to follow and do His will for our lives, but man also has the ability to choose his decisions. In Ge 3 mankind had the choice of following God’s command not to eat of the tree of life, but chose to be deceived by Satan and eat of the tree of life, and thus sin entered into mankind. With that decision came sin and sin has altered God’s Will for mankind all through the years. God reached a point before the flood that He repented that He ever created man in the first place. Then the Bible tells us that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

    After the flood one thing remained the same and that was sin within mankind. Also, Satan was still here on earth and so it took only a short time for sin to raise it’s head again into a mankind that was created for eternity. I believe that God already had a plan for the redemption of man. Thus began what is called “The Scarlet Thread,“ which is suppose to provide redemption for mankind. To know the beginning can helps us understand a lot of things that have, and are happening. We still have the RIGHT verses WRONG, or GOOD verses BAD battles that have and will be fought until the return of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

    The “Scarlet Thread,” represents the blood line that would give mankind God’s only begotten Son. Mankind’s lack of FAITH has always been Mankind’s undoing. Now we get to Abraham (God’s Choice To Be The Father of God’s Nation). God lead Abraham away from his homeland and blessed him greatly, but Abraham and his wife Sarah were old and still there was no one to carry on. O, God had promised a son to Abraham that would make him the father of a great nation. Here is where a sinful twist enters that jeopardized God’s plan.

    Sarah’s lack of faith that she would ever birth a son to Abraham, caused her to give her handmaid, Hagar to Abraham. Soon a son was born to Abraham through Hagar and his name was Ishmael. This wasn’t God’s plan and he told Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child, and that his name would be Isaac, and that is what happened. But, now there was the little problem of another son born by Hagar, his name is Ishmael. So many times things stand in the way of God’s Will by our own choice, and thus it was here on this occasion. Listen to the kind of man Ishmael would be, from God’s own mouth.

Abraham’s Son Ishmael!
In Gen 16:11-16 (11) The angel of the LORD also said to her.

"You are now with child
and you will have a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
for the LORD has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone's hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward all his brothers."

    Ishmael was to be a Wild man and live by the sword. He would fight against everyone, and everyone would fight against him. Then the son God promised to Abraham and Sarah was born, and his name was Isaac. Now enters a confrontation of the two sons of Abraham, Ishmael, born by Hagar, an Egyptian handmaid, and Isaac, born (as promised) to Sarah, but the father of both was Abraham. Rightly as God had said, Abraham would be the father of all nations.

Gen 17:19-22  (19) Then God said, "Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael , I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year." 22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him. NIV

Here we plainly see the beginning of the Arabic nations fathered by Ishmael, half brother to Isaac, son of Sarah and Abraham. Confrontation was on the horizon and Sarah said to her husband Abraham after the birth of Isaac, Gen 21:8-10 (8) The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac ." NIV

    Abraham did as Sarah asked, and God supported her demand, so we see here in Gen 21:11-14 (11) The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12 But God said to him, "Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring."  So Abraham banished Hagar an her son, Ishmael, out of his household. 14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the desert of Beersheba. NIV And, thus was the beginning of the Arabic nation!

Abraham’s Son Isaac!
Gen 25:19-26 (19) This is the account of Abraham's son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, "Why is this happening to me?" So she went to inquire of the LORD. 23 The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger."
Isaac’s wife became with child, except instead of one, she had twins! Thus comes another twist to God’s plan!
Gen 25:24-25 (24) When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.   26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them. NIV

With the birth of twins, and Esau being the first born, It was supposed that Esau would be the one for the Scarlet thread to continue through. Esau was a man of hunting and outdoors, and Jacob was one that stayed at home with his mother. It is recorded that one day Jacob had made a stew.

Gen 25:27-34 (27) The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob . 29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob , "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!" (That is why he was also called Edom.) 31 Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright." 32 "Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?"
33 But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob .
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright. NIV

So Esau sold his birth-right for a bowl of stew and Jacob became the one to carry on “The Scarlet Thread.” BUT WAIT LET’S NOT GET AHEAD OF OURSELVES IN THIS STUDY! Isaac loved Esau more because he was a hunter and out-doors type, and Rebekah loved Jacob more. Herein is the new twist!

Gen 27:1-10
27:1 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, "My son." "Here I am," he answered. 2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death. 3 Now then, get your weapons — your quiver and bow — and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die."
5 Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 7'Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die.' 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 9 Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies." NIV

    So Jacob did as his mother asked and brought 2 choice goats, and his mother made a meal like Isaac loved and Jacob took this food to his father under the deception that was of his mother’s doing, and Jacob received the blessing from Isaac. When Esau got there with the hunted game that his father wanted and came into his father’s presence, Isaac realized that he blessed the wrong son. However, it was too late. Isaac couldn’t take back the blessing and he couldn’t bless Esau, also. To make a long story shorter, Isaac instructed his son Jacob not to marry any Canaanite women, so Jacob went to Rebekah’s father’s house a chose the daughter of Rebekah’s brother, Laban. Esau heard Isaac’s dislike of the Canaanite women, and went to Ishmael, and took for himself the daughter of Ishmael. O, my, now we have the twist. Esau married daughters of the Canaanites, and the Nation of Edom came to be with the ascendants of Esau. So we have Esau, the son of Isaac, joining up with Ishmael’s daughters. All of these were in the east, and represent Egyptian (Arabic) nations. Jacob came to be called Israel, and the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL came to be.

    In the region of Ishmael and Esau came the 12 sons of Ishmael that were the 12 rulers of the Arabic Nations. Then Israel had 12 sons, and they formed the 12 tribes of Israel. The background was now laid for a hatred between the Arabs and the Jewish nation of Israel. This fight is still going today. Somewhere in the mix Arabic nations came to worship Mohammed which developed into the Islamic religion, and the Jewish nation gave birth to Jesus Christ (God’s Only Begotten Son) and Christianity came to be. As we read in Gen Ishmael was a wild man and hated the Jewish descendants of Abraham. Now we can see how the fight between the Arabic and Jewish nations began. This can make the book of Revelation more relevant to our time today.

I take the Apocalyptic view of Revelation. The first 3 chapters of Revelation describe the church age, then in chapter 4, John finds himself in Heaven around the throne of God. I know that there are many views on this, I personally believe that this is where the rapture will take place, and we go up to Heaven with Jesus. Notice that in the rapture Jesus does NOT touch the earth, but called the dead in Christ out of their grave, then the remaining Christians are caught up in the air to be with Jesus.

1 Thess 4:13-18

13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words. NIV

Then beginning in chapter 5, we see the Scroll and 7 seals that only Jesus is WORTHY enough to open. I also believe the saints of God come back to earth when Jesus returns and are on the mountain cheering on Jesus he will defeat the 10 kings at the battle of Armageddon. He does this by simply Speaking destruction on them. Everything that happens between chapter 5 through  of Revelation is without the saints of God. The Jews are the ones of God that will be left, and Jesus comes back to defeat the 10 kings, and save the Jews.

Below is some Scripture of the Second Coming of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ as He defeats the 10 Kings, His thousand year reign while Satan and the Anti Christ are locked in the bottomless pit.

Rev 19:11-21

11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.   12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:


17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great." 19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.   21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. NIV

Rev 20:7-15

7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth — Gog and Magog — to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. 9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. NIV

Conclusion:    The above isn’t a detailed account of what will happened at the end of time, but it everything mankind needs to know to be prepared for that day. The tribulation period is divided into 2 parts (1) 3 and ½  years of  tribulation, and then (2) another 3 and ½ years of what is called “The Great Tribulation.”  The first 3 and ½  years is where the Anti Christ gains his trust among the people of earth, and the last 3 and ½ years are when the Anti Christ and the Beast have Earthly rule. THANK GOD WE WILL NOT BE HERE TO EXPERIENCE THESE THINGS!

In Christ’s Love, Rev Zack Martin Sr.
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By Zack Martin, 2011-11-16

Introduction:    Here is a very interesting story from the years of the Prophet Elisha. Jehoram, Ahab‘s son, began his reign as King of Israel. It seems that the King of Moab had worked a deal with Ahab during his reign as the King, to take 100,000 lambs and 100,000 rams with wool. After Ahab’s death, the King of Moab rebelled against Jehoram, the King of Israel, and would not keep his bargain. Knowing that there would be war brought against him, Jehoram went to Jehoshaphat, King of Judah and the King of Edom, and ask them to help them defeat the Moabites. Jehosaphat agreed to help him, and they began their march through the wilderness of Edom. Unfortunately, after seven days journey they began to run out of water and food for themselves, their army, and all the cattle that they had with them. What were they to do? No food or water to go forward, and no food or water to go back! Here they were sitting ducks (so to speak) for the Moabite army.

Jehoram got very depressed and said that God had led these three kings into the wilderness of Edom into the hands of the Moabites. Jehosaphat didn’t take this news very well, and responded to Jehoram saying, “Is not there a Prophet of the Lord, that we may inquire of the Lord by him? One of the servants said that Elisha was with the group, so they sent for Elisha to come to them. Jehoram had ruled Israel in a similar manner as his father, but the only good thing he did was to put away the image of Baal. But still Elisha did not like Jehoram at all. When Jehoram ask Elisha to inquire from God what they should do, Elisha’s response was to ask why he called him, instead of the prophets of his father and mother. Jehoram’s response was that it looked like God was delivering the three Kings into the hands of the Moabites.

Elisha answered that were it not for Jehosaphat he wouldn’t help them out. So he called for a revival (so to speak), a minstrel to come a play for him.

When the minstrel played the hand of the Lord came down, and the hand of the Lord said:“ 16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches . and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.

 So the answer that God told Elisha was for them to dig some ditches. No water and No Food, and they were to physically dig ditches in the wilderness place where they found themselves without Food or Water, and then they had to dig ditches throughout the valley. So they work nearly all night digging the ditches that the Lord told Elisha to ask them to do. “Many times when we call on God for answers and help with our problems, God does not always give us the answers first without our participation in the answer. He wouldn’t just speak and water and food would appear, the Children of Israel, and the Kings of Judah, and Edom had to get out there a physically dig the ditches, After they finished, they went into their tents to rest.

20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water, 21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border. up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border.
22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood:
23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.
24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.
25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kir-haraseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it.
26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.
27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land. KJV

God not only brought them water via the ditches he told them to dig, but He set up their Moabite enemies for defeat. I wonder how many times any of you have problems and yet question the answer given you require you to do something physical for His answer to work. Sometimes we are required to participate in the physical parts of God’s answer.

There are miracles out there waiting for us to claim them and get busy with God’s work. Our Nation stands in need of a Revival, and we need to be attentive to God’s answer. His answer may even look strange to us and require much physical action on our part, but our willingness to follow His Will is essential to the Spiritual answer for us. It may seem strange and unheard of to out feeble minds, but to a Great and Holy God it is essential.

First.        We need to seek God’s man for the hour - Elisha was God’s prophet for the hour, and the first thing that Elisha asked for was a Minstrel, a person that sang and provided music, similar to a church choir this day and time. After the minstrel finished and the people were in an attitude of worship, then Elisha called out to God for the answer.

Second.    The answer was unique and strange. It required physical work from the people that were out of water and food. I’m sure many of them thought it was useless and undoable, but without their participation the answer would not come. Note that these people are in dire need. With the heat like it was and NO WATER or FOOD the labor would be exhausting and hard making them more thirsty and hungry than before they started. WOULD THE LORD PROVIDED FOR THEM? Suddenly we see that FAITH has everything to do with their lives being saved.

Third.    It is NO different TODAY as we approach God seeking His hand in saving our Nation and lives. Our Faith in God is the ANSWER! Without our Faith in Him we are sure to perish! I wonder if we have strayed too far from Him that it isn’t possible for us to have the revival that we need to bring our Nation back to Him. As much as I love this Country and Nation, I love God even more, and I know that we have much that WE MUST DO to LEAD OUR NATION INTO A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING.

Fourth.    You ask how do we have revival in our land? ONE PERSON AT A TIME!! Is the answer. I pray, “Lord, read and hear my heart, and forgive me from my sins. Also Lord, I pray for my Christian friends and neighbors. Please speak to their hearts as you have mine, and may their Faith open up to them as my Faith has for me. My unfailing faith tells me that this is the way we are to have a “Spiritual Awakening,” in our Nation and around the world. Give us a Spiritual Victory as you did for Elisha and the Three Kings. These things I pray and ask in My Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ’s name, Amen!

The Lord not only provided food and water for the Three Kings and their armies, but He delivered their enemies into their hands with an overwhelming success in defeating their Moabite enemies. All because of a Spiritual revival sent through God’s Prophet.

In Christ Jesus’ Name,
Rev. Zack Martin Sr.

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2 Kings 5:19-27

19 "Go in peace," Elisha said.
After Naaman had traveled some distance, 20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, "My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him."
21 So Gehazi hurried after Naaman. When Naaman saw him running toward him, he got down from the chariot to meet him. "Is everything all right?" he asked.
22 "Everything is all right," Gehazi answered. "My master sent me to say, 'Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.'"
23 "By all means, take two talents," said Naaman. He urged Gehazi to accept them, and then tied up the two talents of silver in two bags, with two sets of clothing. He gave them to two of his servants, and they carried them ahead of Gehazi. 24 When Gehazi came to the hill, he took the things from the servants and put them away in the house. He sent the men away and they left. 25 Then he went in and stood before his master Elisha.
"Where have you been, Gehazi?" Elisha asked.
"Your servant didn't go anywhere," Gehazi answered.
26 But Elisha said to him, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money, or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds, or menservants and maidservants? 27 Naaman's leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever." Then Gehazi went from Elisha's presence and he was leprous, as white as snow. NIV

Introduction:    Naaman was a commander of the king of Aram’s army. He had captured a young Israeli girl and she became Naaman’s wife’s maiden. Although Naaman was the commander of the king of Aram’s army, he had leprosy. The young Israeli maiden of his wife told her that if Naaman would go down to the Prophet Elisha he could be healed of his leprosy. Naaman told his master the king of Aram what his wife’s maiden had said, and the king told him to go and wrote a letter to the king of Israel. Naaman took with him much gold, silver, and clothing, and also the letter to the king of Israel. When the king of Israel read the letter, he was upset thinking that the king of Aram was trying to make a quarrel with him, and he couldn’t heal Naaman of his leprosy.
    When Elisha heard of the actions of the king of Israel he went to the king and told him to send Naaman to him so that he could be healed, and then know that there was a Prophet of God in Israel. So Naaman went to Elisha’s house, but instead of seeing Naaman, Elisha sent his messenger Gehazi to him telling him to go and wash himself seven times in the Jordan and his leprosy would be healed. But, Naaman went away in anger because Elisha would not see him. Naaman’s servants went to him and convinced him to do as Elisha had instructed him to do. So, he went and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan and his skin became as clean as a young boys skin would be. He then returned to Elisha’s house, proclaimed that the only God in all of the world was the God of Israel, and offered Elisha gifts, but Elisha would not (even though Naaman urged him) accept any gifts for healing Naaman.

    Now we pick up the story in verse 19 of 2 Kings 5: 19 "Go in peace," Elisha said.
After Naaman had traveled some distance, 20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, "My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him."
21 So Gehazi hurried after Naaman. When Naaman saw him running toward him, he got down from the chariot to meet him. "Is everything all right?" he asked.
22 "Everything is all right," Gehazi answered. "My master sent me to say, 'Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.'"  Gehazi’s greed got the better of him and he wanted some of Naaman’s offering, even though he had no part in Naaman’s healing. So Naaman gladly gave the gifts Gehazi asked for, and returned satisfied to Aram.

    Many times our greed and lusts get the better of us and we want to take the credit for something that only God can do. Elisha only gave instructions that God gave to him to tell Naaman, he never even touched him or saw him until after Naaman had followed God’s instructions and was healed. In 1975 I was a young minister of God and just out of Bible College when a small church near Daleville, Alabama call and asked me to come and lead theit music and worked with their youth. Only thing was the first Sunday I was there, there were only 18 people total in attendance, and that included the new pastor, his wife and 3 children, me and 2 of my friends, but a year later we were averaging over 100 in Sunday School, and more than that in the Worship services and we had a youth group more than 20 strong, and I also had 25 in my choir. To say the least I got the big head. I was being called weekly to do revivals and other thing in the area. I my mind I was the best thing since Jesus to hit this old world. I told God (Not Asked Him) that I needed a New Customized Van to travel in, so in May of 1975 I got a new van. Early one morning, before day, while in route to a destination of service, I remember that I had just passed a car and when I pulled back into my lane, there were 3 Black cows in the middle of the road. I swerved to miss them and did miss 2 of them, but the 3rd and biggest one, I planted in the side door of that van, and flipped it once sideways, and then end over end. Somewhere in the midst I was thrown from the van, but lucky for me it was around the first year that they made pop out windshields and I slid across the paved road on top of the windshield (saving me from the torment of being nearly skinned alive by the pavement). When I came too there was a lady standing over me praying for me. She was in the car that I had just passed and was an Assembly of God Preacher, she said. I spent the next 8 months recovering from an accident that should have and could have killed me if God had not been there even in the accident.

    During those 8 months I had time to look back on things and God showed me CLEARLY that it wasn’t any of my talents that was the reason the church had grown so, but it was God that had use me to help the church to grow. It was during this time that I met the love of my life that would become the mother of my children. I had to learn to walk again, and when we were married in December of 1977, I walked up on the church stage on my own two feet and we were married. Then began a long and great time of service with and for my Lord.

    Gehazi made a similar mistake letting his greed take control of him, but notice that when he returned, Elisha already knew of his betrayal: 2 Kings 5: 25 Then he went in and stood before his master Elisha.
"Where have you been, Gehazi?" Elisha asked.
"Your servant didn't go anywhere," Gehazi answered.
26 But Elisha said to him, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money, or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds, or menservants and maidservants? 27 Naaman's leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever." Then Gehazi went from Elisha's presence and he was leprous, as white as snow. NIV

    Sometimes we get get in the way of God’s work and let our greed and pride take control of us. As we approach the Thanksgiving Holidays, remember to be thankful and honest with God about the things He has given us and allowed us to do. I can attest to the fact that it isn’t a good thing to take credit for God’s work, but best to be His humble servant.

I pray that everyone has a great Thanksgiving, and give thanks to God for everything He has given you this past year. As with all of the holidays given to honor and thank God, we have made it a meaningless “Turkey Day.” Please, I beg you, give God the honor, glory, and thanks He deserves for His Blessings to you.

In Christ’s Name,
Rev. Zack Martin Sr.

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By Zack Martin, 2011-11-30

Job 13:15-18
15 Though he slay me , yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified. KJV

Sometimes we don’t understand the whys of our lives, and yet we can still trust and believe in Jehovah God. Job had the right attitude even in his trials and tribulation. I have read a lot about Job through these last years few years. In times when I couldn’t understand the road I was on, or where God was leading. Friends, when you get to that point in your life remember what Job said to God. 15 Though he slay me , yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He trusted God even if God would kill him. How many times have we sat down, Bible opened, and head bowed, with our hands folded before His presence seeking His direction in our lives. We had gotten to a point where we were thinking, “OK, Lord, if this is where I go home to be with you, I trust you with everything. My life, my death, my soul, it’s all yours, do with me as you desire.

In 2008, I sat at the edge of death because of cancer. I was facing major surgery for a type of cancer that was so rare that they didn’t, and still don’t have a Chemo treatment for it. My only hope was if the surgeon could get it all, and then I was told there was a 95% chance of it coming back in 5 years. At the same time, my brother’s youngest daughter was battling liver cancer at the young age of 35. She was a beautiful young lady with everything to live for. Here I am 58 years old with a cripple broken down body, no good for much at all. Yet we were both facing possible death at the dreaded disease cancer. Before I went into surgery that day in August of 2008, I pray, “Lord, please take me and leave Stephanie. She has so much to live for, and I am no good to you in the shape I am in. Please, Please, Lord, save Stephanie’s life.”

I went into surgery that day, and after 2 and a half hours of surgery, and 6 hours in recovery, the doctor came in and told me that he thought he got it all, but the reports they sent off would tell the tale. When those reports came back it didn’t show anymore cancer. I took many weeks of radiation, and then 3 years later (August of 2011), I had my yearly Pet Scan (scanning for cancer) and it show no cancer. I still have 2 years of the 5 years that I was told it had a 95% chance of returning. But, I'm still cancer free.

We lost my niece, Stephanie, to liver cancer in November of 2008. I was so broken hearted, and felt so guilty because I was still alive, and a beautiful young lady that held a master’s degree in computer program writing, and wrote most of the programs for the University of Alabama Birmingham’s hospital and medical computers, and was working on her doctorate degree in that field, had been taken from this life. I cried and cried, and I was a little angry at God because I wanted Him to take me and let her live.

After a little while I received a Prescription for my power chair, and I began seeking God as to what He wanted me to do. I was left here for some reason. When I found out that I could get around and do stuff that I couldn’t do before the chair, I began to work on my music, and recorded 3 new Cds, and felt the leadership of the Lord into a new ministry. Then I found Indi Gospel Artist on the Internet. I had tried several other places, but it just didn’t feel right. From day one here on Indi it was different, I felt the presence of God, and the Spirit of Indi agreed with my Spirit. By the way that is my gift from God, trying the Spirits. Within my personal Bible studies God began speaking to me to write down what he gave me in those studies. As I did that and posted them here on Indi, I began hearing from people around the world, and I was reaching further out than any time in my previous 35 years as a full time minister for God. I began corresponding with Ken Rich the founder of Indi, and I found out that he had a heart of God, and God’s work for this world, and those that needed to hear God’s word.

Job Chapter 13 verse 16 through 18 says:

16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified. KJV

Friends, even in times when we may not know the ending or even the direction, Jehovah God knows, and all we have to do is trust in His leadership. That means sometimes walking through doors that we don’t know where they go. Trusting completely in God, for the Lord is our salvation. I still can’t tell you why God took my niece that we all loved and wanted to live, and then allowed me to live, but God knows the answer. Stephanie was a child of God. One thing that bestowed in all of my family by our mother and dad was our faith, and we shared that faith with our children so that they know the ways of God. I think maybe God had something for Stephanie to do in Heaven, and I believe there is something He still wants me to do here. With the help of Ken Rich I am dedicated to that task. If I reach a soul through my singing, that's great, if I can reached souls through my articles that is also great. I pray that when it is time for me to go to be with Jesus that I am witnessing for Him with my last breath.

One of my favorite song writers is Gerald Crabb, and he wrote a song entitled “Please Forgive Me.” I found this video from The Gaither Homecomings, and Jason Crabb (Gerald’s son) sang this song. In this video Michael English (sings with the Gaither Vocal Band) talks about his illness and the time he has had to take off for healing. Friend this is why I love Christianity and our friends in Christ, because in time of need we are there for one another in prayer.

I know it isn’t easy to serve in a world that is so unforgiving and evil, but my LORD is able to carry us through the fires, and trials, and tribulations we face if we depend on Him like Job did.

“Thank You Lord for being there for us, and thank you for giving us Christian friends. Help us to do your work without hesitation, and step out in faith believing in you. Lord, as Job said, “15 Though he slay me , yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. “ KJV Please help us to get YOUR MESSAGE to a lost and dying world. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

Here is the link to that testimony by Michael English, please watch it in it’s entirety.

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