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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

From the Pastor...

Consider the condition of the church today, with all its worldly influences, its worldly entertainment, its lightness and frivolity, its focus on success and money. And think of the absence of godly sorrow over sin, the lack of self-denial and devotion to Christ. It’s clear that the church today has lost its authority, drained of its spiritual power long ago.

Christ isn’t coming for a church that has become a den of robbers. He’s not coming for a church that’s led by CEOs but by the Holy Ghost. The church he’s coming for has rejected all foolishness and every false gospel. It’s a church where pulpits are filled with fearless prophets and watchmen who preach as oracles of God and not from borrowed messages. And it is filled with sanctified saints who shun the love of this world and have not let it take hold of their hearts.
From - The Great and Final Separation by David Wilkerson. November 14, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WILL YOU FINISH AS AN INSTRUMENT FOR REVIVAL?


“He just didn’t end well” is a common phrase. Sadly, how a man finishes his life may dramatically define him.
Most men I know want to go out with a bang, not a whimper. So how can our latter days be even more significant than our former?
Take a lesson from David in Psalm 71, which is subtitled by David, “Prayer of an Old Man for Deliverance.”
Keep COMING
Be to me a rock of habitation
to which I may continually come (v. 3 NASB).
David, the shepherd-leader, often used the picture of a rock or fortress to describe his relationship with the Lord. But here he described the constant nature of this protection.
He asked the Lord to be a rock of “habitation.” This means a dwelling place, a permanent place. And, David promised that he would “continually come.”
When we are not careful, we begin to look to other things as the source of our life and enabling. David reminds us to make our dependence so consistent that it looks like our permanent location.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people were saying of us in the closing chapters of our life, “He lives in the presence of Christ!”
Keep PRAISING
You are my hope;
O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.
By You I have been sustained from my birth;
You are He who took me from my mother’s womb;
my praise is continually of You (vv. 5-6).
David understood God’s contribution to every stage of his life. And he reminded his soul often of what God had done. “Bless the LORD, O my soul,” he said in Psalm 103:1, “and all that is within me, bless His holy name.”
This looking back made him grateful, and his gratitude erupted in not momentary, but sustained praise. In fact, he said in v. 14 that he would “praise You yet more and more.”
The oldest believers shouldn’t be the grumpiest, but the greatest. They should be well educated in a lifestyle of praise.
Keep TELLING
Even when I am old and gray,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to all who are to come (v. 18).
David knew that his highest and best use as an older man was to give those behind him a perspective they could not possibly have on their own. He felt responsible to declare to them the glories of trusting in God and experiencing His power.
He wanted them to learn how to come to the Father, letting Him be their strength and trust, so that increased praise would swell to the One to whom it rightfully belongs. The older he became, the more he longed for God to be famous among the next generation.
Keep SEEKING
You who have shown me
many troubles and distresses
will revive me again (v. 20).
David knew that God alone was the source of continuous reviving, not only for his life but for everyone. He kept asking for and seeking greater measures of revival in his own life and nation right up until his last breath.
Can I tell you a tale of two men?
One of the finest pastors and leaders I know in Arkansas, Don Moore, is 80 or so, and it seems to me he is at the pinnacle of his passion … and his joy. Before the recent illness of his wife curtailed his traveling, he was speaking across the state, calling people to cry out for revival and awakening in our day. At last count, he had mobilized 1700 senior adults to pray every day for revival!
Sid Carswell was a former missionary/pastor who was in our church. For the last 18 months of his life until he died, he came every single day at noon to the church to pray, with any who would join him, for revival and awakening in our day.
Sid’s knees and hips were so bad it was excruciating even to walk. He fell while leaving from this prayer time and broke his hip, but when I visited him at his home before his death, he was still coming, still praising, still telling, and still seeking!
Dear Sustainer of my soul, give me the grace and strength to keep coming, keep praising, keep telling, and keep seeking more and more, all the way to the end. May increasing days give You increasing praise. Squeeze from my meager life every ounce of usefulness available, and may my last breath declare Your glory!

Monday, October 31, 2016

From the Pastor...

Since we've been talking about prayer so much lately, and always... here's a good book from a Pastor who has based his years of ministry solidly on the foundation of prayer. It's a wonderful reminder to us of our responsibility and the benefits we reap through prayer. (The church library has a copy)


Prayer, the Ultimate Conversation

by Charles F. Stanley


Perhaps there are questions you desperately need answered. Maybe you are facing a trial that is too large or difficult to face on your own and you yearn for divine direction. Or it could be you are simply curious about what He would say to you.

In Prayer, The Ultimate Conversation, which is based on a lifetime of walking with the Father and fifty-five years of ministry founded on prayer, Dr. Charles Stanley not only teaches the disciplines of intercession but also explains how to fight life’s battles through intimate communion with the Lord. Dr. Stanley discusses how to truly know God through communication with Him. He explores topics such as:

Learning to recognize the sound of the Father’s voice 
Recognizing how your perception of God shapes your prayer life 
Winning your battles through prayer. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

From the Pastor...



It's almost time to vote for the next leader of the United States of America. Are you holding your nose and trying to decide which candidate stinks less? Then consider this - each candidate represents a party platform that they are committed to. Take a look at the comparison guide to see what each party believes. Please read them prayerfully and vote for the party that most closely represents your own Christian convictions. Ask God to show you what He wants for our nation this year.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

From the Pastor...

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It was a vote heard in heaven. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, an amendment was raised to exclude God from the Democratic platform. After three attempts at passing this by voice vote, the Convention Chairman ruled that the amendment passed, regardless of the large group of delegates who objected. Had God just been voted out of a major national party?
Don’t take this as an attack on Democrats. That vote was just a visible expression of the rapid secularization of America in virtually every aspect of our national life. What began slowly in the 1960s with the removal of prayer from public schools has picked up speed through the decades and has now accelerated beyond what most thought possible.
  • Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. Disagreement is not allowed. What God says in His Word is not in the equation.
  • A mother’s womb is still one of the most dangerous places for a child since the Supreme Court ruled in 1973 (Roe v. Wade) that women have the right to an abortion. Since then, more than 58 million children have been denied the right to birth. And now the Affordable Care Act is beginning to use government powers to force companies to provide the finances for abortions.
  • Terrorism touched our nation deeply on September 11, 2001. The resulting war in Iraq cost thousands of American lives, and we still face the growing threat of ISIS at home and abroad. This, combined with the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, has created an environment of fear and uncertainty in our country.
  • Racial division has been a problem for many years, but it seems to have re-emerged as a flashpoint for violence and hatred.
  • The war on poverty and the war on drugs are wars we have lost. Wars cannot be won when we don’t know who the enemy is.
The point is made. We are living in tough times. It’s hard to know who to trust or turn to for help. Political candidates and parties make promises and break them before the end of an election cycle.
The great danger for us now is that we will lose hope. Many Christians are pretty much convinced that we’re living in the last days and we can’t do anything about what is happening. No hope for change.
I should say in all honesty that I too believe we are living in the last days. But I also have great hope. Not just for the coming of Jesus but for His followers bringing about change in this nation.
Christian author and speaker Dutch Sheets shares that optimism in a recent blog post:
Some Christian leaders teach that America will not awaken, turn back to God and recapture her spiritual destiny. Their eschatology doesn’t allow for a “comeback”; for them, the apostasy must continue to worsen.
Many secular leaders also contend that this rebirth will never occur. “America has progressed too far,” they assert with smug satisfaction, “having left behind its antiquated, Puritanistic ideals and outdated beliefs.”
With such a dire diagnosis, why, then, am I not hopeless? To the contrary, I have great hope for America, because the depth of a fall never determines God’s ability to restore.
I’m not afraid of the powerful strongholds, because size and strength are completely irrelevant when measuring His ability to deliver. And I’m not intimidated, because statistical odds cease to be relevant when God is involved. His limitless ability negates the very concept of odds and trumps all other winning hands.
Don’t embrace any theology or creed that allows God to lose!
I have hope. I dream of a reborn America that is once again a shining light to the rest of the world. I believe this dream was born in God’s heart, embedded in a small group of emigrant pilgrims, and I am confident He still maintains it.
Join me as I dream. Partner with the “superintending providence” that was active in our founding, is involved with our present, and has great plans for our future.
Let it be said of our generation that when a nation teetered on the edge of destruction, having lost the ancient path of truth, we answered the divine call to war for its restoration.
Let it be said of us, as it was of our forefathers, that in the face of overwhelming odds, we took our stand in the celestial courtroom, appealing to the Judge of all the earth for His saving grace, mercy, and sustaining power (Dutch Sheets, blog, June 16, 2015).
Thank you, Dutch, for igniting a fire in many Christians regarding hope for the future. Without that hope we will never give ourselves to prayer for our nation. The defeatist mentality, that says the best days of the United States are in the past, will not have the courage to pick up the weapon of intense intercession needed to face the challenges of our day.

From OneCry.com

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

4 Rejoice in the Lord Always. And again I say—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Because of all that we get through walking with and following Jesus, take Joy with you everywhere you go. Now here is where it gets really good and practical:

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

Everytime you worry about anything, instead pray about everything. That’s it. There is no worry too large or small. There is nothing we can’t pray about. Find a way to remind yourself...sticky note, write an “X” on your wrist, reminder on your phone, rubberband around your wrist, whatever. Just find something that will be your reminder then write them down. Tell someone that you are doing this and invite them to do it with you. I guarantee that you will not be the same on the other end if you lean into this!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mom, do you believe in God?




I was in the hospital waiting room waiting to be admitted when a family walked in and sat next to me. The little boy, who was about 7, was anything but quiet or subtle. This kid had a serious drop the mic moment with his mom.

Boy: Mom do you believe in God?
Mom: What? Well, I don’t know. I don’t really think about it.
Boy: You didn’t answer my question. Not “thinking about it” doesn’t answer the question…
Mom: Uh, well I guess yeah. We’re Christians…

Case and point. So many “Christians” but so little life transformation.
Jesus never invited us to be in a part of a religion, but simply invited us to follow Him. AND because of what He did for us, we now have the same Spirit, Power and Authority that raised Him from the grave! So, who cares if we think these things about Jesus and then about ourselves. If we don’t live as though they’re true all week long, it doesn’t matter.

If we believe it, are we living it out?  Grace, Power, Patience, Kindness, Service, Joy, Kindness, Generosity, Forgiveness, true Humility...all of these things come from walking with Jesus and His Spirit IN US all day long! Remember, today, you cannot make these things happen, nor conjure them up. Let’s just practice today being aware of where we look like Jesus and where we don’t. Don’t try to fix it, just be on the lookout.

If we believe it, are we living it out?

From Tim Timmon's 10,000 minutes blog

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

From the Pastor...

In Suffering Preserve Your Love for Him

If a man love me, he will keep my words -  John 14:23

The Church on earth must exist and fight in weakness, poverty, and affliction, fear, death, shame, and blame. Calamity will force you to step out of yourself and not to rely on the counsel, help, and strength of men, but you must have Christ in your heart, so that you hold His Name, Word, and Kingdom higher, dearer, and more precious than all things on earth. To him who does not do this but loves his own honor and power, the world's praise, lust, joy and friendship more, this word is preached in vain; as Christ, soon after, Himself says: 'He that loveth not me keepeth not my sayings'.  

But it does not say to love with words alone. There must be living works and the evidence of love, as the words 'keep my sayings' mean. That is, a love which fights and overcomes. For it is the nature of true love to do all things for the sake of the beloved, and there is nothing too hard for her to suffer and to bear, that she would not do with joy.

If His unspeakable goodness were to go right to our hearts, nothing would be too vexing or too hard for us to suffer or to bear for His sake, that we only abide in His love. This means, that, not only hearing the Word with joy, but holding on to it firmly and winning the victory.

- Martin Luther