Event: New Years Day
As we head into 2021, I wonder what new harbinger might come our way. 2020 brought a great pandemic, a pestilence called Covid 19. Could we have another major harbinger in 2021, or may God give us relief to see if His church repents from complacency of faith, and do the work of evangelists by becoming bold witnesses to an America that is much different today than when it was founded by the early Pilgrims that trusted in God completely? Has our nation left its original self from being "A City upon a Hill" in this world? If we do not awake, we may come to experience what the great Governor of Massachusetts, John Winthrop, stated in 1630 when he said, “If we deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world". My prayer is that the American Church awakes from its sleep and become a shining city upon a hill again so that our nation has revival. Otherwise, will we become a story or byword among the nations of the Earth? Revival and a Spiritual Awakening to God through Christ Jesus is America’s only hope.
Event: Christmas Eve Service
Event: Christmas Season
This coming Sunday begins our celebration of Christmas with thoughts on hope, peace, joy, and love. We are reminded that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). So, with the truth of the gospel story in mind, I will pause on our series, “Are We the Last Generation?”, and focus on the series “The Message of Christmas.” During this series, I will share messages on God’s grace, peace, and the salvation that we have in our true Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ. We will learn about the importance of God’s free grace in Jesus, about the peace that only He can bring into our life, and about how the cradle points to Christ’s sacrifice and to the cross that He would bear for us. So, as we transition our messages on Sunday from the book of Revelation to those traditional Christmas passages regarding Christ’s first coming, we still lean forward toward our destiny of the future of sharing in the glory of God’s Throne: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain and is alive forevermore.” I pray this Christmas Season becomes your best. Merry Christmas!
Event: October Prayer Month
Church, as you know I have called a month of prayer for repentance and for our nation. On this October 7th, and every following Sunday in October, we are meeting for “Prayer Meeting” at 6 pm.
As we pray for our churches, our leaders, and our nation, also remember to pray for the following:
Pray for our nation to stop opposing legislation that would guarantee religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Pray that God will continue to protect our right to assemble, to pray, and to speak out about our faith. Remember: “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
Event: Prayer March 2020 @ Washington D.C.
On this Saturday, my wife, Nan, and I plan on joining thousands of Christians that will gather in Washington DC to pray for America because America is in trouble. Divisions, political lies, anarchy, and hate have piled up like a huge bonfire. America is lost and needs saving. Where is the church? Where is our message? Where are our prayers? Are we showing the world the love of Jesus? Are we praying that America returns to its spiritual roots? That is what Saturday, September 26th is all about. Your pastor and your pastor’s wife are going to pray with others, from all Christian denominations, that America’s church will repent and we once again become the light in a dark place. Previously in our history, we were known as a Christian Nation. We were a beacon to what was right in the world. But sadly, the church has remained silent while other voices have spoken up and continue to speak up for their cause – abortion, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and other non-Biblical ideologies are preached daily, but our voice remains silent. These voices have eroded our nation’s moral compass. So, the American church needs to stand up on her knees and pray. We need to show love where there is hatred. So, I am asking ChristWay Church, along with any of those who want to join, to gather at our church on Saturday, September 26th, 11am, in our sanctuary (or outside in the parking lot), and pray with us for one hour for America. Nan and I will be doing the same as we begin praying with many others at the Lincoln Memorial and end at the US Capitol. We will pray for two hours, and I hope that it will be the beginning of a revival that will sweep our church and our nation. God bless you and God bless America again.
Series: Are we the Last Generation?
Message: Pergamum, The Worldly Church
The church at Pergamum, in Revelation 2, was planted in a city where worldliness was emphasized. For many people in today’s church, the term worldliness has an old-fashioned ring to it. The church that I was raised in spoke of worldliness as being against things like dancing, going to the movies, or playing cards. Today’s user-friendly, market-driven church doesn’t preach much against worldliness. To do so might make unbelievers (not to mention many believers) uncomfortable, and is therefore avoided as a loss in profit for the church. But, unlike much of the contemporary church today, the Bible does not hesitate to condemn worldliness for the serious sin that it is. John McArthur, whose own church is fighting a legal battle to simply meet in worship in California (which is much like the city of Pergamum), says this about worldliness: “Worldliness is any preoccupation with or interest in the temporal system of life that places anything perishable before that which is eternal.” I think that is a good definition for worldliness instead of saying "I can’t play Solitaire or Rummy." Since believers are not part of the world system, check out John 15:19, which tells that us we must not act as though we are part of a world that hates us. “Do not be conformed to this world,” says the apostle Paul, “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom. 12:2). Because we have been redeemed by God’s grace, we are called to “deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:12). “Pure and undefiled religion,” notes James, consists in keeping “oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27), because “friendship with the world is hostility toward God. Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4). First John 2:15–17 makes the believer’s duty to avoid worldliness unmistakably clear:
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”
Jesus tells us to repent of our worldliness and He also tells us that we will be rewarded with a new name if we remain faithful. So, I say to you, remain stedfast, immovable in the work of the Lord. See you this Sunday. Come prepared to worship, therefore, prepare yourself…
Series: Are we the Last Generation?
Message: What Happens When Jesus Returns?
If Jesus came back tomorrow, several things would happen. The most joyful thing, and that which we look for as believers in Christ Jesus, is we would be raptured into the presence of Christ. When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He promised that He would return to judge the world, cast the devil and his followers into Hell, and take the church to live forever with Him in Heaven. The Bible warns us to be ready for the second coming of Christ. This week, I will be looking at what happens when Jesus returns. Be watching, be praying, and if we make it to Sunday, come ready to hear the word of God.