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I Would Appreciate It If You Just Wouldn’t Mention Anything About…

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I Would Appreciate It If You Just Wouldn’t Mention Anything About…

The car glided quietly down the Texas road. The only noise came from the breeze in the open windows of the car. The fact that there was no air conditioner in the car made it necessary to roll the windows down because of the heat.

“Brother Ballestero, tonight is the first night of our revival and you will notice three teenage girls that are the praise singers. You will notice also that they are all wearing mini-skirts. They have such great spirits. I am working with them on their attire and I would appreciate it if you just wouldn’t mention anything about mini-skirts or short skirts while you’re here.”

He said that while looking straight ahead. I never turned mine to look at him. Here was an icon in Texas asking me to not to say anything about mini-skirts.

“No problem!” I blurted out.

“Oh, thank you!” He said.

“Well, that was easy. If you would, I have a couple here who have just inherited $1,000,000.00 and they haven’t paid tithes yet. If you say anything while you are here about tithes, they will think I talked to you about it, get mad and may not pay tithes at all. So, if you just wouldn’t say anything about tithes while you’re here I will take it as a personal favor.”

“Not a problem, sir,” I said.

“Well then, just one more thing. I have a precious little Assemblies of God couple coming here and I am waiting for the Holy Ghost to reveal the revelation of the Oneness of the Godhead to them. So, if you wouldn’t preach on the Godhead while you’re here. I would take that as a personal favor also.”

“Relax brother,” I said.
“While I’m here, all I’m going to preach is Jesus!”

He looked at me with relief in his eyes and said, “Thank You.”

“The reason that all I am going to preach while I’m here is Jesus is that it sounds like no one here knows Him!” I said flatly while looking through the front window.

(I am not sure why that revival only lasted one night, but I have a good guess.)



Written by Martyn Ballestero

July 11, 2019 at 10:54 pm

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  1. Love the blog!!! But how very sad! I love that you preach without fear or favor!!!


    July 11, 2019 at 11:06 pm

  2. I applaude you Bro. Ballestero.

    Peter Connell

    July 12, 2019 at 2:47 am

  3. I’ve actually had that happen to me in Washington State. I was to preach a revival for an ALJC preacher and before it started the Pastor ask that if I would leave standards alone as he had new people coming. I understood that, but…when he asked if I’d leave Jesus name baptism alone as he was working with some Assembly of God people, that although they attended the AofGod church they’d never received they HG. I would not agree. I preached only one week, but we baptized all the Assembly of God people plus more. Ten received the Holy Ghost and seven were baptized in Jesus Name. I refused to leave the message out. That was the only time I was asked to not preach anything.

    Mark McKinney

    July 12, 2019 at 10:50 am

  4. Elder, you’ve got to write a book! It would be a best seller even among those who don’t really appreciate you! I love to hear about your experiences in the ministry!
    A suggested title,
    “Revivals I Did Not Preach” or
    “Surviving Evangelism”! :•)

    Dennis Morris

    July 12, 2019 at 11:48 am

  5. I need preachers to preach against sin and preach that heaven is real and Hell is Hot

    Anna Solomon

    July 13, 2019 at 8:23 am

  6. I salute you Elder!


    July 13, 2019 at 5:28 pm

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