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Thursday, July 13, 2017

From the Pastor...

And if I may speak for myself, I shall not feel happy and encouraged until I feel that the Church is concentrating on this one thing: prayer for revival. But we have not come to it. We are still in the state of deciding in committees to do this, that, and the other, and asking God to bless what we have done. No, there is no hope along that line. It must be that one thing. We must feel this burden, we must see this as the only hope, and we must concentrate on this, and we must keep on with it—the orderliness, the arrangement, the concentration, the argument, and always the urgency. Moses here is as Jacob was in Genesis 32. This element always comes into true intercession. “I will not let thee go,” said Jacob. I am going on. The morning was breaking; he had been struggling through the night. “Let me go.” “No, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” There is the urgency. Read the great biblical prayers; it is always in them. In Acts 4, we read of the Christians asking God to act “now!”Oh God,” they said, “in the light of this, in our situation now: do this. Give us some indication, give us some signs, enable us to witness with this holy boldness, and to bear witness to the resurrection that they are prohibiting us to speak about.” See the urgency of the prayer. Moses keeps on coming back to it, repeating it, putting it in different forms and from different angles. But there was just this one thing: “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” Insisting urgently, “I will not let thee go.” There, it seems to me, are some of the lessons from this passage. We say our prayers, but have we ever prayed? Do we know anything about this encounter, this meeting? Have we the assurance of sins forgiven? Are we free from ourselves and selfconcern that we may intercede?

Have we a real burden for the glory of God and the name of the Church? Have we this concern for those who are outside? And are we pleading with God for His own name’s sake because of His own promises to hear us and to answer us? Oh, my God, make of us intercessors such as Moses! It is no use anybody saying, “Ah, but he was an exceptionally great man.” God, as we have seen in the history of revivals, has made use of men who are mere nobodies in exactly the same way as He used Moses here…It can be any one of us. May God make of us intercessors such as Moses was.

(From Revival by Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones

Friday, June 23, 2017

From the Pastor...

Not yesterday's load we 
are called on to bear,
Nor the morrow's uncertain
and shadowy care;
Why should we look forward
or back with dismay?
Our needs, as our mercies,
are but for the day.

One day at a time,
and the day is His day;
He hath numbered its hours,
though they haste or delay.
His grace is sufficient,
we walk not alone'
As the day, so the strength
that He giveth His own.

- Annie Johnson Flint

Friday, June 2, 2017

From the Pastor...

God is Love.  1 John 4:8b

Love is an image of God, and not a lifeless image, but the living essence of the divine nature which beams full of all goodness. - Luther

Not matter how often your faith in such an announcement was clouded, no matter how the pain and suffering of the moment made you speak in a wrong mood...God is love.
Live in the belief of it; preach it by your sweetened, chastened, happy life; sing it in consecrated moments of peaceful joy: God is love.
Song is the sign of an unburdened heart; so sing your songs of love unbidden, ever rising higher and highest unto fuller concept of the greatest, grandest fact on the stage of life: God is love. - Oswald Chambers

Love is the purification of the heart from self; it strengthens and ennobles the character, gives a higher motive and a nobler aim to every action of life and makes both man and woman strong, noble and courageous; and the power to love truly and devotedly is the noblest gift with which a human being can be endowed; but it is a sacred fire that must not be burned to idols. - Jewsbury

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. - Geothe

It is possible that a man can be so changed by love as hardly to be recognized as the same person. - Terence

The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows and the crimes of humanity, all lie in that one word "love". It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life. To each and every one of us, it gives the power of working miracles if we will. - L. M. Child

They are the true disciples of Christ, not who know most, but who love most. - Spanheim

O love of God most free, come, warm my heart, come fill my soul, come lead me unto Thee. - Oscar Clute

Thursday, May 25, 2017

From the Pastor...

"I am afraid that...your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ."  2 Corinthians 11:3

1. What True Devotion To God Is Not.

Devotion does not consist of reading the Bible, nor praying, nor attending meetings. These may or may not be specific instances of devotion, but are not to be regarded as devotion itself.
Devotion does not consist of individual acts or exercises of any kind. These may indeed be devotional acts, that is "acts of devotion," but let it be remembered that no acts or exercises in themselves constitute devotion.

2. What True Devotion To God Is.

Devotion is that state of heart in which everything - our whole life, being and possessions - are a continual offering to God, that is they are continually devoted to God. True devotion must be the supreme devotion of the will, extending out to all we have and are - to all times, places, employments, thought and feelings.

- Charles G. Finney

Saturday, May 6, 2017

From the Pastor...

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Two Towers

“You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.”   Augustine of Hippo, Confessions 

“God hath thus ordered it, that we may learn to bear one another’s burdens; for no man is without fault, no man without his burden, no man sufficient of himself, no man wise enough of himself; but we ought to bear with one another, comfort one another, help, instruct, and admonish one another.”   Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ 

“For when man is faced with a curse he answers, "I'll take care of my problems." And he puts everything to work to become powerful, to keep the curse from having its effects. He creates the arts and the sciences, he raises an army, he constructs chariots, he builds cities. The spirit of might is a response to the divine curse.”   Jacques Ellul, The Meaning of the City

“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.”   Blaise Pascal 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"The Devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people with a view of winning them.... The church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses."

"My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church. If it is a Christian work, why did Chirst not speak of it? 'Go ye, therefore, into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.' Yes, that is clear enough; so would it have been if he had added 'and provide amusement for those who do not relish the gospel'....I do not hear him say to his disciples, 'Run after these people that are leaving. Peter, tell them we will have some different style of service tomorrow; something short and attractive with very little preaching....'

"Lastly, the mission of amusement fails to affect the desired end.... Let the careless and the scoffer who thank God because the church met them halfway stand up, speak and testify.... Let him stand up - but there are none to answer. The mission of amusement produces no converts."

"The time will come when instead of shepherds feeding sheep, they will have clowns entertaining the goats."

C. H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Re-Post from today's "Daily Bread".... Chew your cud and bear good fruit!

Bearing Good Fruit

March 28, 2017
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.—Psalm 1:3
The view from my airplane window was striking: a narrow ribbon of ripening wheat fields and orchards wending between two barren mountains. Running through the valley was a river—life-giving water, without which there would be no fruit.
Just as a bountiful harvest depends on a source of clean water, the quality of the “fruit” in my life—my words, actions, and attitude—depends on my spiritual nourishment. The psalmist describes this in Psalm 1: The person “whose delight is in the law of the Lord . . . is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season” (vv. 1-3). And Paul writes in Galatians 5 that those who walk in step with the Spirit are marked by “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (vv. 22-23).
Sometimes my perspective on my circumstances turns sour, or my actions and words become persistently unkind. There is no good fruit, and I realize I haven’t spent time being quiet before the words of my God. But when the rhythm of my days is rooted in reliance on Him, I bear good fruit. Patience and gentleness characterize my interactions with others; it’s easier to choose gratitude over complaint.
The God who has revealed Himself to us is our source of strength, wisdom, joy, understanding, and peace (Ps. 119:28, 98, 111, 144, 165). As we steep our souls in the words that point us to Him, the work of God’s Spirit will be evident in our lives. —Peter Chin
God’s Spirit lives in His people, in order to work through them.
INSIGHT: This pictorial psalm with its word imagery is a suitable introduction for the entire library of prayer, praise, and reflection we know as the book of Psalms. In contrast to “the world” is the believer’s joy and pursuit of gleaning gems of spiritual truth in the Word of God. The law of the Lord is his object of meditation. The Hebrew word for meditatemeans to “digest over and over again like a cow who chews its cud.” This is a spiritual preoccupation that draws the believer to the Word both day and night (v. 2). The analogy of a “tree planted by streams of water” (v. 3) pictures for us the life-giving water and nutrients of the soil that cause plant life to flourish. The result of a life so rooted in the Word is the overflow of fruitfulness. Dennis Fisher

Friday, March 17, 2017

From the Pastor...

"Prayer of the serious, evangelical, unceasing sort is to faith what original research is to science: it is the grand means of contact with reality....We need the humiliation in which we forget about religion, the faith in which we forget about either faith or works, the sanctity that has no knowledge of its own holiness. We need an experience of Christ in which we think everything about the Christ and nothing about the experience. We need not keep demanding either a faith or a love that we cannot rise to, but Christ, who produces and compels both." 

 - P. T. Forsyth