by admin | Jun 26, 2017 | Principles
Scroll to the bottom to click the link for the 38 minute sermon.
Here was the sermon title:
PRAYING FOR REVIVAL
IS IT A WASTE OF YOUR TIME
Forgive me for making it such a provocative title, but I really think it needed to be such.
My concern in this message was really, really simple.
Namely, when we pray for revival, whose will are we praying, ours or God’s
Here’s the basic outline:
- Are you seeking God’s will?
- Why not?
- Does God ever tell us to STOP praying for people?
- What should we do?
- Speaking out of the other-side of my mouth
I think this is another important message for today.
Blessings my friends,
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by admin | Jun 25, 2017 | Uncategorized
Today we continued our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 138. The psalmist (David) exhibits his understanding of the difference between praising and thanking God. We always have reason to praise God for Who He is even when we don’t fully understand what He is doing for us.
If you’re like me, one of the most difficult things for you to master is having the discipline to wait on God. When I think about it, God waited a very long time for me to be ready to actually submit to His sovereignty and put His will ahead of mine. Of course He knew all along that I would, and even when I would say yes to His management of me. However, we don’t have His omniscience which is why faith is such an important commodity for believers.
God is keenly aware of how hard it is for us to really trust Him, especially when things aren’t going our way. That’s why David says in Psalm 138:3, “In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.” Notice that David doesn’t say that God immediately gave him exactly what he asked for. What God did do however, was to He give David “boldness” (confidence) coupled with “strength” (perseverance) so that he could get through the difficulty in such a way that God was glorified and David was blessed with spiritual growth.
Please note that next Sunday, July 2, we continue our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 84. The psalmist reflects on the joy of living with the assurance of God’s presence. Such assurance gives us an incomparable peace of mind and sense of security. Here we see a foreshadowing of the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit for believers.
Remember to sign-up for the next class event on Sun., July 9 at 12:30p in Heritage Hall (downstairs across from Faith Hall). Please give $5 per person to Marie to help with the catering cost. The theme of our event is Worship. Some will share their favorite hymn by singing or reciting the lyrics. We’ll also be blessed with Michael W. Smith’s “A New Hallelujah” worship concert. We encourage you to invite friends and family as well.
by admin | Jun 20, 2017 | Uncategorized
Father’s Day 2017
This Father’s Day message took on a different tone this year as a result of the Mt. Zion Bus Crash. I wanted to address our “seemingly” Good, Good Father in light of this tragedy. The message was hard hitting, and I hope comforting also.
Listen to “Colonial Woods” on Spreaker.
We tackled a number of subjects that I included the following 5 posts from last week:
The Big Picture
Why Did This Happen
When Can This Be Prevented
What Should I Pray Now
How Can I Trust God Again
The video above merely highlighted these posts.
I know that the first 4 of these are pretty “raw” but the last one will be a great blessing to you too.
by admin | Jun 20, 2017 | Uncategorized
I love working with these guys. They have a heart for prayer, a heart for serving people, a heart for the church, and a heart for the lost.
This video encompassed a number of things on prayer, as well as them giving me a REAL BAD TIME about having my San Francisco Giants baseball cap and my Barry Bonds Baseball T-Shirt with me.
I thought they may want to convert!
They also allowed me to talk about my books at the end of the video.
I look forward to serving these guys again, and probably setting a few dates to speak over there.
Gary Hartman and I will set up another War Room Prayer Boot Camp for the Columbus area. This one will be at his church, Antioch Baptist in Fortson Georgia.
And then Ken Grubb who is the Southeast regional missionary for BCM International (BCMIntl.org) will have me speak next year at his staff retreats,
All in all a great time yesterday.
If you get the chance, listen in on our discussion about prayer. We covered a lot of ground, and didn’t “sugar-coat” very much of it.
Oh yeah! They also invited me to speak at their Hands Across America event on September 9th in Columbus.
We’ll keep you posted right here!
by admin | Jun 19, 2017 | Uncategorized
Facilitated by Willie Hart, we continued our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 23. This best known psalm compares the LORD to a loving shepherd in whom the psalmist (David) has complete trust for provision and protection.
In the context of our discussion of Psalm 23 we touched upon a very important truth – knowing and believing are not the same thing. It’s possible and all too common for us to know something about God but not believe it. For example, when we truly believe what Rom. 8:28 says about our Heavenly Father “working all things together for good” we should be able to “give thanks in all things” (1 Thess. 5:18). Knowing is passive, whereas believing requires action.
Yes, David knew the LORD, but he also believed in the LORD evidenced by what he did when Goliath challenged the Israelites and dishonored God. We need to pray as the father of the possessed son requested of Jesus in Mark 9:23-24, “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Please note that next Sunday, June 25, we continue our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 138. In this psalm of thanksgiving we see how David acknowledges the many ways in which he is thankful to God and how he mixes praise and thanksgiving together as the proper response to answered prayer.