14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
[Editor's Comment: Many of you who have been a member or associated the the IPHC for a number of years will remember that this Scripture verse was one that we quoted as a group at the conclusion of our Lifeliners Sunday night ministry for youth. I was one of the youth in the church I attended in Birmingham, Alabama.
Some of you will remember that Moody Presley wrote the theme song for Lifeliners, "We are the Lifeliners." Moody was a close friend to J. Floyd Williams who became the general superintendent of the IPHC. They both had an interest in the youth of our church and decided that the development of summer youth camps would be a good way to reach and keep our youth.
Moody had two brothers, Jackson and Charles. They were all gifted musicians. Jackson played trombone, Moody the trumpet and Charles the piano. They conducted revivals throughout the southeast and billed themselves as the Presley Brothers. When Jackson was attending Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham and serving as the pastor of the East Lake Pentecostal Holiness, they conducted a revival. Our home was near the church and my family and I attended every night. When they learned I played trombone they invited me to join them in playing for the revival. I remember one of the songs we played was, "Give the World a Smile Each Day." That was big stuff for me. It boosted my self-esteem and I was honored to play with such gifted men.
In my first pastorate, the Brownville Pentecostal Holiness Church near Evergreen, Alabama, 1963-1965, I was honored to be the pastor of Moody's father and step mother, the Rev. Mr. I. H. and Edna Presley. What a great encourager he was to me a young and inexperienced pastor right out of Asbury Theological Seminary. It was at the Brownville church that I learned how to be a pastor to a wonderful congregation who loved me in spite of my blunders. It was there that I was baptized with the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues, and the gift of a devotional tongue that continues to this good hour. When I pray in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives me the utterance I am praying to God and not to men. Through these gifts God prepared me to be an effective Air Force chaplain. It was while Melvine and I pastored there that Greg was born on June 29, 1964 in the Evergreen Memorial Hospital.
Today, John Moody Presley is 90 years old. He and his wife, Jane, are avid readers of Hugh's News, and they contribute monthly to Hugh's News, Inc. It through the faithful support of subscribers like John Moody and Jane Presley that I can continue producing Hugh's News.
Let me share with you the lyrics of this song, "We are the Lifeliners":
We are sailing on life's stormy sea.
We are the Lifeliners,
Ready to help the lost;
Ready to go and bring them in,
bring them out of sinking sin.
Get them the Word of God,
Whate'er may be the cost,
Tell that our Christ will save their soul!
Sail on, heaven's our goal.
(Lively march tempo)