Preacher makes use of para­bles

The Covington News - - RELIGION -

go­ing to die be­fore this day is over with. And I said you’ve just got to pray one more time, but she said she had done all she could do for me. I was dev­as­tated and I got a lit­tle an­gry so I asked what she ex­pected me to do?”

Her ad­vice was to go to church and let the con­gre­ga­tion pray for him.

“I pulled up in the park­ing lot, and be­fore I ever got out of the truck, I be­gan to just ball like a baby,” Part­low said. “And I tried to leave, but I couldn’t get the truck started. I fi­nally man­aged to gain my com­po­sure back and went inside the door. So I was fight­ing back the tears, and they had a prayer line, and I went up there not know­ing re­ally what would hap­pen, and the preacher just reached out to touch me and I fell to the floor and be­gan to cry like a baby. I just talked to the Lord and asked God to do what­ever he needed to do with my life. I didn’t want to be the same any­more.”

Part­low meet his fu­ture wife that night at church, and few days later he found a job. He was no longer sick, and af­ter leav­ing the church, he said he ate like a pig and slept like a baby.

“It hasn’t been an easy road, but it has been a good road,” Part­low said.

That road has led Part­low from his home in In­di­ana to the pul­pit in New­ton County — a place where oth­ers feel he has a real gift.

“I don’t say this boast­fully, but in­stead humbly, I’ve been told I have a way of re­lat­ing to peo­ple per­son­ally when I preach,” Part­low said. “I preach on their level. I don’t try to preach over their heads. When peo­ple come in, they are all at dif­fer­ent lev­els of sal­va­tion. You don’t re­ally know where they are at, so you just have to bring it around where ev­ery­body can get a lit­tle some­thing out of it.”

Part­low cred­its the Holy Spirit with much of his suc­cess. He might al­ways start his ser­mon from be­hind the pul­pit, but once the spirit takes over, he feels he needs to walk around and make a real con­nec­tion with his con­gre­ga­tion.

“I like to make eye con­tact with peo­ple so that they don’t think I am just preach­ing at the rafters,” Part­low said. “To me it is just more per­sonal. There are times a per­son might go into church and per­son might feel like they are not re­ally a part of it, so I like to make con­tact with peo­ple. I just want peo­ple to feel wel­come.”

For his min­istry, Part­low just tries to fol­low one ex­am­ple. Since Je­sus preached in para­bles, Part­low fig­ures us­ing al­le­gories is the best way to get the mes­sage across.

“This last Sun­day, we were talk­ing about how im­por­tant the pres­ence of the Lord was and kind of stir­ring it up and let­ting peo­ple know and let­ting the devil know about it,” Part­low said. “And I likened that to the cow­hand who worked all week long and come Satur­day was pay­day and so he headed into town to party. And he comes into town and is mak­ing some ruckus and draw­ing at­ten­tion and he went in and bel­lied up to the bar and got a lit­tle bit loose in there and went out­side and started shoot­ing up and hoot­ing and a hol­ler­ing. And I likened that to us com­ing to church and we’re kind of tight and tired, but we belly up to the Holy Ghost bar and get a jug of that new wine and get full of the spirit and just start get­ting a lit­tle rowdy.”

The Trails for Christ Cow­boy Church holds ser­vices ev­ery Sun­day at 3 p.m. and Wed­nes­day night at 7 p.m.

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