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Friday, May 17, 2019

Pastor's Pick...


The famous German Martin Luther

Luther's Fear:
I am much afraid that the universities will prove to be the gates of Hell, unless they diligently labor to explain the Holy Scriptures and engrave them upon the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution where men are not unceasingly occupied with the word of God must become corrupt.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

From the Pastor...

Real Revival Or Ruin
Throughout the dismal history of man the Church has frequently experienced periods of spiritual decline. By God’s undeserved mercy those dark intervals were periodically followed by times of powerful spiritual renewal.
Again and again, God’s Church has shined forth as a brilliant light in a dark place.
History vividly records these life changing “revivals of religion.”  Each was marked by differences in scope and intensity, but the evidence of a genuine work of God must be measured by the similarity of its effect on individual lives to that of the felt Presence and power manifested in the early centuries of the Church and the holy dedication of its martyr spirited members. Again the Church was never perfect, but the documented spiritual and moral transformative results of the Presence and power stand unchallenged.
Historically when God has been pleased to send a supernatural visitation, the first effect was that the hearts and minds of His people found new life and delight in the beauty and perfections of Christ, then the saving love of God came with power upon the hearts of the lost. “The Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.” (Ref. Acts 2:47)
During the Great Awakening in New England in the 1730s, Jonathan Edwards wrote:

“Those amongst us who had been formerly converted, were greatly enlivened, and renewed with fresh and extraordinary incomes of the Spirit of God…”

“God’s work has also appeared very extra-ordinary in the degrees of His influences; in the degrees both of awakening and conviction, and also saving light, love, and joy, that many have experienced. It has also been very extraordinary in the extent of it and its being so swiftly propagated from town to town…”

“And the work of conversion was carried on in a most astonishing manner and increased more and more; souls did as it were come by flocks to Jesus Christ. From day to day, for many months together, might be seen evident instances of sinners brought out of darkness into marvelous light and delivered out of a horrible pit…and set upon a rock, with a new song of praise in their mouths.”

“…When God in so remarkable a manner took the work into His own hands, there was so much done in a day or two as at ordinary times, with all endeavors that men can use, and with such a blessing as we commonly have, is done in a year.” *


 *The Narrative, A letter to Rev. Doctor Colman of Boston, November 6, 1736.



Excerpt from Pastor John's book "Third Millennium Antivirus"

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pastor's Pick...

CHRISTIAN REJOICE!

He ever liveth to make intercession.

Who is he that condemneth? It is Chirst that died...who also maketh intercession for us. Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Seeing... that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Through him we... have access by one Spirit unto the Father.   

He. 7:25, Ro. 8:34, He. 9:24, 1 John 2:1, Ti. 2:5, He. 4:14-16, Ep. 2:18

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Pastor's Pick...

An atheist applauds Christian works

These benefits have been recognized and acknowledged even by those who do not profess any religious affinity. For example, Matthew Francis Parris, a South African political writer and self-proclaimed atheist, wrote the following on the TimesOnline website on December 27, 2008:

"Now a confirmed atheist, I've become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs (non-governmental organizations), government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do."

"In Africa Christianity changes people's hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good. I used to avoid this truth by applauding - as you can - the practical work of mission churches in Africa. It's a pity, I would say, that salvation is part of the package, but Christians black and white, working in Africa, do heal the sick, do teach people to read and write; and only the severest kind of secularist could see a mission hospital or school and say the world would be better without it."

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

From the Pastor...

Beyond The Sword
Christians are adept at complaining about conditions in the world but continually fail to realize that in one sense we are getting what we deserve.  Because God, in holy justice, by withholding His Presence and power, (because ignored and undesired by much of His Church, and of course detested by the world), is, in His holy justice, allowing an ever increasing judgment-deserving corruption to saturate every level of society.  
In another sense, we are getting less than we deserve; because for most Americans, while God’s long-suffering waits, again it is business as usual, and of course, “Life is Good.”  
It is difficult for the average American Christian to look up and see the Sword of Damocles hanging over our nation while they are focused on a standard of living which is higher than ninety-nine percent of all who have ever lived in the history of humankind.
Beyond the sword of judgment is the abundant grace and mercy of God waiting to be claimed by those who will pay the price of persevering prayer.
How few are willing to heed the Spirit’s call to take time for heartfelt intercession for God's Kingdom to come, for the return of His Presence and power which alone can deliver individuals from the deadening spirit of unbelief in the churches, and inspire a freshly anointed proclamation of His saving truth, which alone can overcome the lying spirits being unleashed in the world.

“Thus saith the Lord the maker of the earth, the Lord that formed it…call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”

Jeremiah 33:3 

From Pastor John's book "Third Millennium Antivirus" (Available on Amazon)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

From the Pastor...

If you, by our gracious God’s grace, have accepted His dear Son as your Savior, you have been forgiven and granted the guarantee of eternal, everlasting, life. This life is in our hearts by the Holy Spirit of Truth. 

In our present corrosive, corrupt culture, falsity abounds. With the light of His Spirit we see that much “so-called” information, coming at us from the news media and social media, is the product of dishonesty and/or delusion. How do we react to the overflow of rude and crude assaults continually being cast like garbage on those who think differently? Those of us who have been around awhile are especially amazed and tempted to depression and even despair. 

Here is where we need to look to the goodness, gentleness, and beauty of our God as He lived with us in our Lord Jesus Christ. We dare not focus on the madness of the moment. Our God Reigns. Look away and “Think on these things”. “Whatsoever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good report, any excellence, and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8

Thursday, March 7, 2019

From the Pastor...

      The most powerful spiritual weapon is not a weapon as we know it, but an invisible spiritual force which flows from the felt Presence of the Living God, which illuminates and melts hardened hearts; drawing them to the Savior. His followers must realize that this Presence and power is inseparable from the very Person of Christ Himself who, by the Holy Spirit, is manifested in the believer’s life as it is lived in holiness and love.
Tolerated disobedience, any form of self-will, and most of all a bitter and negative spirit, will diminish, if not destroy, the effect of the power of Christ in and through His people.

“So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.”
II Timothy 2:21 (Amp. Bible)
While the direct reading of God’s Word in the Bible, or quoted in other writings, has been used by the Holy Spirit to effect spiritual regeneration; as with St. Augustine, Martin Luther, Charles Finney, and countless others, His Spirit in and through His people is most often instrumental in His work of an initial disclosure of Christ’s love and grace to prepare the heart for the miracle of salvation. We indeed are to lead others to the Savior, but it is the Lord Himself that saves. It is the Spirit of Christ alone that makes His Word effective, directly or through our lips.  
There is no spiritual power that regenerates the human spirit, apart from Christ’s own Presence.

“He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me, ye can do nothing.”
John 15:5

The heart whose dominant desire is unbroken fellowship with the Lord will know His Presence and experience His power.

Christians need look no further for the cause of the feebleness of their witness of the Gospel, to change hearts and bring deliverance from destructive lifestyles in today’s society, than the low level of their own personal commitment to unbroken fellowship and communion with the Lord Jesus in comparison with their commitment, in time and energy, to themselves and their own interests. In the arena of the spiritual battle for truth, much of the Church has become an army that is not only unarmed, but AWOL (absent-without-leave).

Excerpt from "Third Millennium Anti-Virus" by John A. Cerrato, Jr.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Pastor's Pick...

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21
The words rising up from my heart to form on my tongue must constantly be checked. How about you?
The constant bitter battle of words in our nation has evoked the use of the term “tribalism” to describe today’s polarized political culture. This term is debated, (Google tribalism – politics), but the political division and hate remarks, whatever you call them, bring great concern. Former Florida Senator Bill Nelson, in his final Senate speech, December, 2018, said, “Tribalism is our problem and, if not corrected, it’s going to take down our country.”  He spoke with the experience of being with Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, who shared with the Senator and his wife, Gloria, what led their nation to the 1994 Rwanda genocide. A genocide in the tribal political war resulting in the Hutu hacking to death 800,000 Tutsi in a matter of months. Here was his answer.
  1. We began to refer to ourselves as Hutu and Tutsi rather than Rowandans.
  2. We approached the country divided, seeking to conquer the other. We believed the other side had nothing good to offer.
  3. We tolerated hate not knowing where hate would lead. Hate is one of the worst passions and sent us over the edge.
        We thought it could never happen to us, because we were a “Christian” nation.
It does not take much imagination to see a correlation of these points in our own nation.
The above account by Brad Harbaugh of Senator Bill Nelson's meeting with the president of Rwanda is a sobering warning of how words can effect behavior, but the key is "words rising up from my heart." Today's "polarized political culture" is the result of the loss, by rejection, of the spiritual foundations of Christian values, teaching and practice. The love of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ is the only safeguard against so-called "tribalism" which is nothing more than man's sinful self-seeking at the expense of others. Only the Holy Spirit of Christ can free the sinful heart and provide the eternal love, joy, and peace that fallen humankind is vainly seeking in all the wrong places.

Only God Himself can release His mighty power upon us; and that through the persistent prayers of His people.
   - Pastor John Cerrato, Jr.