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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Guest Speaker Audio

Pastor Keith Reynolds was the guest speaker last Sunday. Here's his sermon on "Love Changes Everything."

Saturday, February 6, 2016

From Pastor's book...

“The Secret Of The Lord”
The depth and intensity of the Spirit we sense in and upon the first century Christians, and those who made an eternal difference in this world during the great spiritual awakenings and revivals through history, was marked by a holy gravity born of a complete abandonment and total reliance on the living Presence of the Lord Himself. Whatever their calling or place in the world, their absolute priority was the glory of God and the eternal salvation of lost souls. When this eternal mission is ignored or displaced, the Church loses its reason for existence. What can compare in importance with one receiving God’s gift of eternal life, when it is that, or eternal death?
When the Gospel is offered, in the strength of human wisdom only, in merely rational categories, (by which alone the world discovers its truth), God’s message loses its eternal identity, is reduced to words and ideas, and is devoid of heart-penetrating, life-changing power. The Spirit to spirit Divine communication of the truth of Christ, the true meaning of who He was and what He did, remains unknown and unknowable. Again, the deep inward experience of new spiritual life, the actual life of God, comes directly from the Creator-God Himself, and ever remains categorically beyond the limits of human understanding unless supernaturally illuminated by the Holy Spirit through the prayers of God’s people.
“But the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”
I Corinthians 2:14 (NASB)

“Pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you.”
II Thessalonians 3:1 (NASB)

Infinitely Beyond Brain-Power
This is a danger in too great a reliance on Christian Apologetics; especially the notion that in order to reach moderns and postmoderns we must frame the Gospel in philosophical terms, assuming heart resistance can be overcome by rational argument.
While believers, adequately equipped, should be willing to address honest questions regarding our Faith, Paul’s experience in Corinth should serve as a timely warning regarding dependence on  anything  other  than  the   
supernatural work of the Presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

“…When I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the mystery (of God)…in superior speech and eloquence, or human philosophy and wisdom: for I determined to know nothing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And my preaching was not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Holy Spirit and power of God, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom and philosophy of men, but in the power of God.” I Corinthians 2:1, 2, 4, 5

The great common denominator among world-impacting servants of Christ was their strict refusal to rely on any power or wisdom of the spirit of the age in which they lived. The Lord’s miraculous life-giving Presence was as conspicuously present with them as it is conspicuously absent in the average church and ministry today.
The redeeming power of their Master, which was actively present in their hearts and in their midst, was infinitely more than present-day Christian’s ideas and feelings based primarily on a psyched intellectual belief in Bible promises, merrily maintained by clever sermons and frothy spiritual “how-to” books. All of this Christian “business as usual” may be slightly better than nothing but falls far short of God’s original “good and acceptable and perfect will” for His Church.
Author Mark Galli writes: 

“To long for relevance, success, effectiveness, and glory - this is not just a slight misunderstanding of the gospel, but its very betrayal, it is not error.  It is, according to Jesus, satanic.”

He then quotes Soren Kierkegaard on Matthew 23.

“Woe to the person who smoothly, flirtatiously, commandingly, convincingly preaches some soft, sweet something which is supposed to be Christianity… Oh the time wasted in this enormous work of making Christianity so reasonable, and trying to make it so relevant.”  

Thomas Kelly, (in 1939!) wrote:

“The times are too tragic, God’s sorrow is too great, man’s night is too dark, the cross is too glorious for us to live as we  have  lived,  in 
anything short of holy obedience.” 

The Real Presence
Christ was present in power because He is inexorably drawn to the fully surrendered heart. One of the beautiful expressions of this eternal truth is captured in J. Sidlow Baxter’s proven formula.

“What I give Him He takes, What He takes He cleanses, What He cleanses He fills, And what He fills He uses.”

And in the words of Madam Guyon:

“When I am wholly His He is wholly mine.”