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There is A Famine Of Old Fashioned Pastors (13 April 2019)
Make no mistake about it, there is afamine of "old fashioned', pastors, and ministers. Even with casual observance, it doe snot take long to surmise the devastating impact this has made upon our society as a whole and our world in general. I suppose the term "od fashioned" is relative to waht one deems as " old fashioned" by their heritage and experience. If we use the objective Word of God as the standard, then we can certainly expound what "old fashioned was, is ans what it should be forth going. This sermon seeks to prod you thinking about this important issue.Borrowing a common phrase of some of our president. "let's Be clear." That is true, Let's be clear and seek to be "OLD FASHIONED"!
Take a look around you. Wherever you hang your hat you will find compromising pastors. They may think they are walking with God and be a moral person, but when it comes to preaching straight, they take the long way around the barn. To " tip toe through the tulips," with God 's Word is to compromise. Many stick their finger to the wind to find out which way the wind is blowing, as it were in order to know what to preach. Look on facebook, so-called misters are coming up new ideas and new names for a church, because they gave their feelings hurt, because the true misters step on their toes. Face it, two thirds of the itme the pastor's message is going to be considered negative according to the flesh. (Jer. 1:19 & 2 Tim. 4:2)
2. Tim 2:15) "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Paul said to "rightly divide" the Word. That means to cut straight. When you cut it straight, you will offend people; noy that is what we want to do. Pastors who rightly divide God's Holy Word will feed the sheep and have God's blessing. They may not have a high attendance, and huge offerings that other churches have, But they will be a new Testament church,
full of God Grace. They will not be ashamed of the moving of the Holy Ghost.
Yes Pastor and Church are removing the old land marks and installed their own landmarks (Prov.22:29) "Remove not the ancient. which thy fathrers have set."
Man is always trying to improve what God has said, done or provided. Mo matter what is spelled out in the Scripture, people will seek to do it their own way. In today's era, we have seen many pastors move th boundaries in many aspects of the ministry. One example is this new "seeker sensitive" and "purpose drive" philosophical dogma. It is counterproductive and most do not see this. Paul said to preach the Word (2 Tim 4:2) "Old fashioned" pastor do this very thing! Think about it, why should we bowed down to every new whim that some Minister comes up with?
Many pastors and televangelists would never claim to be a gnostic in their statement of faith, but they sure operate under it's influence while they seek to promote "the new way od doing things' (Higher knowledge). When we exalt men and his ideology, we undermine the foundation on which we historically lay. With each generation of pastors that come along under the influence of man who have moved the markers we get further away from "old fashioned" preaching and ministry
The question is "Are you ashamed to be called "Old fashioned"? "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth to the Jews first, and also to the Greek". (Romans 1:16)
Many pastors want folks to think they are educated and refined. Seeking to fit into politically correct mold of the modern day mainstream church, pastors have drunk the "kool-aid" of liberalism. They have sought to distance themselves ffom the "Old fashioned" pastors. They think these godly people are ignorant and beneath them (even local pastors). The mannerism, style of preaching, clothing, and age of many "Old fashioned" pastors are looked upon with disdain (Scorn)
If you are a pastor who is tired of fitting into some sort o man-made ,old, then "Man Up", as they said! Throw of the modernistic philosophy and stick to God's.Oh sure! You are know going to be liked by everybody, but they will respect you. People know a phony when they see one. But be real and be "Old Fashioned'. according to the Bible
The world does, not need another form of counterfeit religiosity, it needs the truth! "Thus sayeth the Lord will get the job done. To be an "Old fashioned" pastor does not you have to be uneducated and ignorant, nor does it mean yo have to be improper grammar and preach like your pants are on fire. it does however mean that you are passionate about the Word of God and you give 1,000% when you mister for the Lord! and you are seeking to please God, and the Holy Ghost! "Old fashioned" pastors do not care what the world thinks and they did not concerned themselves with politically correct. One thing that does matter. God's Approval>
Charles as one of the Thieves on the Cross with Jesus and Simon (April 5th 2019)
Here is a dream of mine: I don't belong here, I really don't. Paradise is the last place I expected to end up after all I've done. Let me tell you the dream. Suppose I was on of those on the Cross with Jesus.
I am-I was-an armed robber, i guess you'd call it. Me and Simon and the others would live in caves in the Judean hills near the road from Jerusalem to to Jericho. We made our living by violence. We wouldn't take on people in the big groups that passed. They travel together for safety, but the family alone would be an easy mark, as well as anyone fool enough to travel a by himself.
Threatening with death, we never did, by threatening with a beating would usually do the trick, and they'd give up without much of a fight. But I have been known to break a few bones in my day, God forgive me. I don't think I every killed anyone, but then I never stayed around log enough to find out.
The first time i met Jesus is when I was invited to a party in his honor in Jericho ad the home of a rich tax collector, named Zacchaeus. I introduce myself. we shook hands, and Jesus looked me in the eye for a long moment. He could see right through me. who I am, every crime I have ever committed.The he smiles this big friendly smile. "You know," he says, "there's forgiveness for you in my kingdom. How about it?"
I drop my eyes, saying something non-committal, and shuffle away. The next day I'm in the crowd, hanging on to every word he says. Jesus is talking about his kingdom, comparing it to a mustard seed, calling it the Kingdom of heaven. I want so much to go up to him after he has finished and take him up on the forgiveness thing, But i just can't bring myself to do it. I wish I had. It isn't much later when me and Simon, the guy on the third cross, gets caught by the Roman patrol. The others ran off, but they caught us, beat us silly, dragged us into Jerusalem, and throw us in prison. No mercy for the likes of us.
So happens that on the same day that they crucify Jesus, the crucify me and Simon-one of us on his left, the other on his right. This isn't any normal crucifixion, as most people are there because of Jesus. Self-righteous Pharisees are swaggering and mocking, "if you are some kind of of messiah," one sneer, "come down from the cross, if you're a Savior, save yourself, if you can!"
Simon began to cat-calling too, if you can imagine that, I yell at him, "You miserable thief, don't you have any fear of God?" Can't you see that we're going to die just like he is? Show a little decency, we are getting what we deserve, but he ain't done nothing wrong." Simon then quiets down and the Pharisees lose interest. But I can't get Jericho out of my mind. I can't get Jesus' eyes, his words, his invitation, and so I called out to him, though it is getting hard to breath and talking makes it much harder
"Jesus!" I say. He turns his head toward me. "Jesus, I was there in Jericho. I met you at a party at Zacchaeus' house, remember?" He looks at me for a moment and then nods his head just a little. He does remember. "I never forget what you you said. I wanted to say yes, but just couldn't. And now look at me-look at us!"
Jesus in bad shape-exhausted in excruciating pain, blood oozing everywhere form his head and back, hands and feet and his breathing laboring. I knew he would not last long. Yes,he was the Messiah, he is the Messiah, no matter what those priests , Romans and Pharisees have done to him, and when he dies, he will be with God. I a few hours, maybe less, he will be vindicated. He will reign in his kingdom he told me about/
"Jesus."I call, quieter now. He opens his eyes, the same piercing eyes, loving, honest eyes, "Jesus," I said"when you come into your kingdom, would you remember me?"
His words are labored, his lips parched, but I could still hear him pretty well. And the sweetest words came out of his mouth, "Truly, I say to you..' His voice cracks then in a strong moment. "Truly this day you will be with me in Paradise." His eyes droop; He is fading quickly now, but I did believe him, Really believed him, that is what got me to go through the broken legs that killed me, but did believe Him, my Savior!
And then all at once I found myself in Paradise. I sure don't belong here, but here I am anyway. I guess That's a man like me gets when the King of kings and Lord Of Lords himself granted me a pardon. Full forgiveness. Pretty amazing don't you think?
The Whip, Hammer, And The Cross (28 March 2019)
Isaiah 53: 4-6: "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflictions.But he was wounded for our transgressions he was bruised for out iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes are we healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned away, one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all ".
The Crown of Thorns. They took a crown of thorns and forced it upon his head and they took a reed and hit the crown of thorns into his brow.
The Scourging: The hews method of "scourging", as describe in the Torah was by the use of three thongs of leather, the offended receiving thirteen stripe on the breast and thirteen on the shoulders, the "forty stripes save one." The straps had nails, bones, and thrones tied to them. It's purpose was to tear, rip and bring down. Often it killed the victim
The Guard: The Roman guards were often sadistic men who love to hear the victim scream, cry and moan. The gurad said, I'll make Jesus cry for mercy,"he began to beat Jesus, not once but 39 stripes. When they had finished the blood mixed with flesh dripped down the back of Jesus. Lesser men would begged for mercy, but Jesus spoke not a word. Pilate said, "Behold The Man". What he meant was, this man was a real man. I knew He would beg for mercy, and I thought I would never see this man again (but he will)/ He took the accusations and he took the pain that he might be able to identify with you and I.
The Cross: Next came the cross. Other men couldn't carry their cross but Jesus took his cross and began to carry it up to calvary's hill. He fell under the load again and again, until help came from Simone. The women began to weep, but Jesus aid, "don't cry for me, weep for your sons and daughters, WE seem to forget how cruel the crucifixion really was. We have perhaps, unwisely and sometime glamorized the cross. A lot of Churches decorated the cross with jewelry and steeples alike, but they carry nothing of the real story of the crucifixion. It was the most painful method of public death.
Calvary: Calvary or Golgotha is a hill shape like a skull. It was a place of shame, disgrace, and humiliation. Only the wost criminals were sen to die on Calvary. It over looked the whole city of Jerusalem. As Jesus died on the cross he looked over Jerusalem and saw those he had come to save and they has abandoned him
The Hammer: They took Jesus and threw him on the cross and took his precious hands, The hands that healed the sick, the hands that had blessed the children, the hands that cause the blind to see. The hands that had raise the dead, They drove the huge nails into each of his precious hands and into the feet of Jesus. The took the old rugged cross liffted it up and jarred into ground, tearing flesh and racking his body.History tells us the the soldiers could not get used to the horrible sight, and often took strong drink to numb their senses. Jesus endured 6 hours of such anguish, just for you and I, so that we might be forgive all our sons
His Death; He as abandoned in his death. There He was, God 's son. God's blood was flowing in his veins. He cried for water and they gave him vinegar. He came into his own and his own abandoned him. Where were the lepers, he had healed. Where were the lame he had made walk. Where ones he had raised form the dead and all the others that he had touched?. Where were the disciples he's d pour his life into. Why is hanging on the cross alone?
He Refused The help of Angels: why?They would have come to release him and set him free. The bible says, there were 10,000 of them ready. In the Old Testament one angel killed a whole army. The could have easily taken their King off the cross.Why didn't he called for them
Because He Had to Pay For Our Sins; Jesus cried: Eli, Eli,lama sabacthani, " My God my God, why has thou forsaken me? The he cried with a loud voice and he gave up the ghost. He died for you and me.
As you read this; I hope you have given all tot he man that gave all for you. A man that was willing to suffer and died that you night have eternal life, A man who is now at the right hand of his Father, waiting for you to say, the words, "Jesus for give me of my past sins. I except you into my heart and my life,and this day forward I wills serve you and the angels in heaven will rejoice with you.If you are not saved why not say that prayer right now, before it is to late.
Only The Church Shall Overcome The Gates of Hell ( Mar 25)
I was thinking of the subject of "Divine Revelation" where Christ said in Matt 16:31 " And I say unto thee, that thou are Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my chuech, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against."
Normally I don't mention movies in a message, but something from a popula movies way back in the 80's, strikes asa quite applicable to our Gospel today. I am thinking of the movies "Sandlot", it is one most people have heard of.
The movie "Sandlot" was about a group of boys who loved to play pick-up games of baseball throughout the summer in the local sandlot. One of the boys, who was called "Smalls" is new to town, but he is welcome into this little band of brothers and learns about baseball friendship, and loyalty.
There is a certain point in the movie where they ran out of baseball and this new kid "Smalls" says he will go home and get an extra ball. He brings the ball back and promply hits his first homerun, the ball sailing over the fence into a junk yard which id watched by a guard dog.
It is only at this point that the boys realize that this was no ordinary baseball, it had been signed by Babe Ruth. He didn't even know who Babe Ruth was, he says, "Who is she?". It was only then that the boys who he was and the value of the ball and that it was rare, that he really comes to understand that they have to get the ball back. And so the movie progresses into a funny tale about trying to outsmart the dog
What strikes me about this story is the fact the boy didn't recognize the value of the ball. He just didn't know how value the ball was, so he ended up losing it through negligence.
Perhaps we can see a little analogy for the way we often think of the church, So you and I recognize just how unique and how precious a gift the Church is to the world and to all us us an individually? But what is the next line. "And the gates shall not prevail against it,"
"The gates of hell will never prevail against the Church." Perhaps we are missing Christ's point. The gates of Hell will prevail against every other entity. The gate sof hell will over come,every society, every nation, every ideology and philosophy; but they shall not prevail against the Church
When Jesus tells us the the Church will withstand the gates of hell and will persevere until the Rapture, He is saying that the Church will stand the trials of this life and pass over into life eternal.
Is it not that the church isn one etity, one being, one religion among the mamy others against which the gates of hell will not prevail No! The Church alone, and noe other, excepting insofar as it is within the Church-the Church alone will overcome the gates of Hell.
And now we begin to recognize something of great value of the gift Christ gave us when He founded the Church. This is a most precious gift and a rare gift. It is one of a kind and there is no other like it.The Church where all will come into the unity of faith the one fold concept
But what is more, consider the love with which Christ said these three words to Peter! When He said, the gates of hell SHALL never prevail against His Church, (His Bride) it is as He is telling us. "The powers of hell and the prince of the demons will overcome this world and all who hope in the world, but I don't want to vercome, I don't want you to fall. Come, then, I shall establish my Church upon a solid rock. I will make youa Peter to be strong in me, so that others may be saved. I promise you, the church will never fall and she will never be overcome.Come then, and find rest for yourselves.
And yet the in the church are still humans. Certainly there are mistakes and ven the ministers and pastors, get upset at times. However, we have to trust God's Word and still the church will never be led astray. This why it is so sad that people will sometimes leave the Church because they are upset by something in the moment is sad because of this type of behavior. It is as though they are saying that Hell has prevail agaisnt the Church, But Christ promised us that will never happen! Christ our Saviot looks upon the world and He sees that all are on the verge of falling, so many have gone astray. He looks upon the the Bride, the Church and He see every member is imperfect and weak, But he always looks at us with love and with the desire to draw us back
This is why He gave the Church in the first place, not because we are already perfect and established, but because we are weak and striving for perfection. So of us have fallen many times, and so Jesus established the church asa refuge and resting place, Yes she is the solid foundation and fortress wherein we shall find protection unto everlasting life
The God in our Pockets: Are we Guilty of Phone Worship (21 March 2019)
Distracted by phones, these days, almost everyone has a smart phone. and they can do amazing things, much more than they could do even years ago. While phones were originally used for calling, texting, and perhaps to play basic games, smart phones can do almost anything you can imagine.
Want a device that will give you step by step directions to basically anywhere in the country? Use your phone! Did you forget to turn your lights off at home, activate the alarm system, set your air temp while away from there there is an App that will do that. Looking for something to track your calories and workouts to make sure you are sticking to your diet? Done
With all the things that cell phone do for us, it's really no wonder that we spend a good chuck of our day hypnotized by them. Smart phones are a tool, a means to the ends that is neither good nor bad in themselves. However, we often get so caught in them that we lose sight of the important things in our lives. We become less productive, or fail to nurture our relationship with those around us while our attention us focused on our screens. Our ancestors worshiped golden idols, but we are just as guilty of idolatry with a new object. Are we committing the 21st century of phone worship?
Negative impact. Almost everywhere you turn, you can see people glued to their their smart phone, at the stores, dates, and yes! even in Church, people just can't seem to pull themselves away form their phones. And now it is take it's toll. There are health conditions related directly overuse of the phones, and these health conditions are on the rise. Texting thumb is common form of tendinitis \that come from overusing the thumb to send text messages and brows the web from your phone. More people are getting headaches related to staring at the screen to long. Neck strain is another common occurrence from so many people looking down at their phones for long period of times. These may not be life threatening and more of an annoyance than anything, it is a sign that something is wrong in our society
Kids 6 years and up own smartphone, and most can not even add, spell or us common sense, because they are glue to their smart phone screen. Distracted driving has risen exponentially since the use of smart phones had become popular. Years ago, all distracted driving meant was that you looked away fro, the road for a brief second, or perhaps you were eating or driving with one hand.
Phone worship has become something far more serious. People using their phone while driving has led to many deaths of many. Too often are running red lights or stop signs, veering off the road because they though the text they were sending was just too important to wait. A sense of urgency seems to be felt by most of us now; that phone call to mom needs to happen now, or you need to order a pizza on the drive home, so it's ready when you get home, While it is convenient, it also is deadly.
Even when we are using our phones isn't directly posing a danger to us, is stealing away from friends, family, scenery, and events. Life passes you by and you are tacitly saying that you value your time on your phone over other thing. When we look back at our lives, it's highly unlikely that anyone will wish they had spent more time staring at their phone, yet that's how many of us act in the present.
what can you do about, especially if you are a Christian? If you find yourself among those who can't seem to go more than a few minutes form looking at your phone, there are a few things you can do to help. Consider putting you phone in another room so you don't find yourself absentmindedly checking your Facebook,snapshot. Turn your ringer to silent so you don't feel obligated to check your phone every time you receive a text or e-mail. Set your phone up to get fewer push notifications so that your phone doesn't go off every someone "likes" your photo of your cat that you posted last week. These things can help you to live you life in the now.
Get your Bible and read and pray as much time as you spend on your phones and let God intervene in your "phone worship" and puts "God worship" first." If your are a dedicated Christians, sneaking peeps at your phone during service, remember there is always some one looking, especially God, And believe me, He is not happy.
I myself along with other Christians forgoing cell phones last and put our "God worship" first, and we find life more enjoyable when we are not constantly tied down by our "phone worship" that requires their attention 24/7. If you find yourself stressed out because of your phone, you mat consider getting rid of it. While this isn't possible for everyone, going back to a simpler time may just what you need to get rid of your phone addiction. One more thing, When in Church shut phone off. Nothing is more important than worship God first.
Why Dos God Allow Satan to Live (13 March)
Good question, and I will attempt to explains why. But before I answer it, let's make sure that we agree that it is true that god could take Satan out anytime He wants to.. But I think there are some who thinks, He really can't because of some rights (or authority, independence free will, etc) that Satan has, But the reason I know why God can take Satan out anytime without me turning me into an auto man or breaking rules is because He is going to take him out and cast him into the lake of fire.
And the question is, "Why didn't he do it yesterday? If he had done it yesterday I wouldn't be tempted this way today, The bible says, "Lead me not into temptation." Well, the best way not to be lead into temptation is to take the Tempter away! Isn't it? Take him out! I've had troubles in my life plenty enough to make me struggle, I don't need Satan on top of all this making my life more miserable, so God take him out! You have the right and the power to take him out, You're doing nobody wrong when you take him out. Take him out! you might be saying, and He doesn't do it why?
The bible as far as I can find, doesn't answer why directly, so we have to go on references, But here is my shot. God has ordained that Satan have along leash- with God holding on to it, because he knows that when we walk in and out of temptations, we struggle both physically and moral issues that they bring, more of God's glory will shine in that battle than if he took Satan out yesterday
There will be evidence of God's patience with us and his mercy towards us as we struggle with sin. And there will be evidences of His sustaining grace as we go through horrific physical suffering that Satan was the cause of (as it says in the Bible: The woman...whom Satan bound for 18 years" (Luke 13:16). She had a bend over back, and Stan was doing it, and God was allowing that he allowed to do it. God allows all these things so that His glory-his mercy, justice,race, wisdom would shine more brightly
Now an we argue with that and say ,"I don't agree? I don't think God should run this world this way But if we ultimately disagree then we are rejected God and then we are rejected the biblical testimony and we will perish forever in in hell and the lake of fire. But for me, I choose to trust Him that his way of managing Satan and managing the evil that comes at me is wiser that the way I might choose to managing it
Perhaps the other thing I should say is the he send His Son right into the middle of this Satanic warfare. It was Satan that put into the heart of Judas to betray Him. So Jesus exposes Himself to the horrors of Satan's deceit and lies and murder. 'he was a murderer from the beginning (and a liar' (John8:44) and dies in order to make a public display of the principalities and powers in his defeat of them. (Colossians 2:15) There is more glory that will come to Jesus by His suffering to destroy Satan than powerfully shooting Satan in the head. And there is more glory that will come to Jesus by our sharing in the suffering of Christ , holding onto His Supreme value, that if we had been able to say, "Satan,Depart!" and never have another problem.
And I think the reason for that and this is my final answer, is that the glory of God and Christ shine s more brightly when we seen to be supremely in Christ in spite of Satan's torment, rather than if we had his torments removed and liked Jesus because of it.
It's when you love Jesus in spite of Satan's wiles and through them that His glory shines most brightly rather that when we have life made easier for us by Satan's removal and we love Jesus because
Angel On The Highway 4 March 2019
I want to share with you what I read not long ago as told by a friend
I just had one of the most amazing experience of my life, and wanted to share and here it is.
I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd, and my car started to choke and sputter and died. I barley managed to coast cruising into a gas station, glad that I was the only one not to be blocking traffic, and would have warm spot to wait for a tow truck. The car would not even turn over. before i could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the "quickie mart", and looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into the gas pump! So I got out to see if she was okay. When I got there, it looked like more like she had been over come by sobs than that she had fallen. She was young woman who looked rally haggard with dark circle under her eyes. She dropped something as I help her up, and I picked and handed to her, it was a nickle.
At that moment, everything came into focus for me, the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in the front), and the gas pump reading $4,95, I ask her was she okay and did she need any help, and she kept saying, "I don't want my kids to see me crying," so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said that she was driving to California and that things were pretty hard for her right now.
Si I asked, "And were you praying?" She backed away from me a little but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, "He heard you and send me.
I took out my Credit Card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill her car completely, and while it was filling, I walked over to MacDonald's and brought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, drinks and a big coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car and they attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the car eating fries and talking a little.
She told me her name, and that she had lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able for ends to meet. She said she would not be able to make ends meet, and would not have the money to pay the rent Jan 1st, and finally called her parents whom she had not spoken to in 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there. She packed everything she own in the car She said she told the kids they were going California for Christmas instead of to live.
I gave her my gloves, a little hug, and said quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I walking away over to my car, she said, "So are you like a angel or something?" This definitely made me cry. I said, "Sweetie, at this time of years angels are really busy, so sometime God uses regular people."
It was so incredible to be part of someone else's miracle.And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it rated right away and got me home with no problem. I''ll put my car in the shop tomorrow nor a check, but i suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.
Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear flutter wings.