An Eroding Culture (Still Eroding)

An Eroding Culture (Still Eroding)

  1. Hayden 4-24-16, revised 7-28-20

 

Last night, in a fit of prayer, I felt led to crack open an old favorite book of mine, Chuck Swindoll’s text “The Church Awakening: An Urgent Call For Renewal.” In a nation that continues to drift further and further away from the moral moorings that were considered at one time common sense, the Church is in desperate need for spiritual renewal. On the back cover of Swindoll’s book, we read this quote, “Postmodernism (there is no absolute truth or reality) began in the academic community, oozed into leadership, then morphed into Congress, public schools, and our homes. Sadly, the slumbering evangelical church has also now slid into the murky waters of a post-Christian swamp.” This is often the result of a church that, rather than seek to draw closer in a holy relationship with God, settles for a shallow, religious form having no power. A church that is more interested in being accepted, and better yet, liked by our politically correct world, escaping the persecution that Jesus said all who live Godly in Christ Jesus would suffer (2 Timothy 3:12).

 

Some feel that we are in the process of the great “falling away” in the church, spoken of in the Scriptures, as we see denomination after denomination buckle to the pressures of the world to accept more and more behaviors, lifestyles, and faiths as acceptable alternatives to Biblical truths held by the church for the last 20 centuries. Could this be the great falling away linked to the revealing of the anti-Christ spoken of in the Bible? In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 we read, “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” There has always been societies filled with eroded morality (maybe every society). But now many sectors of the church, after holding to standards of Biblical holiness and truth, are voting (and have voted) to not only affirm alternative faiths and lifestyles as acceptable to God but actually plotting to weave these changes into the church. We need to continue to pray that the church will be renewed in the Holy Spirit, be salt and light for the world, leading people to repentance and forgiveness in Christ rather than allow the world to lead the church into a politically correct social club based on good feelings rather than God’s Word. It is time for the Church to rise up, be bold in Christ, speak truth to counter the deception out to destroy our world, call the church to revival and preach repentance and faith in Jesus to a lost world.

 

Be blessed even more!!

 

Pastor Chris         


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What’s the Answer?

 

What’s the Answer?

 

C. Hayden 6-10-20

 

               

 

Text Box: “…’Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit’ says the Lord of hosts.”
Zechariah 4:6
                Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Well country singer Lynn Anderson recorded a song most of us probably remember entitled “Rose Garden.”  While you may not remember it at first, I bet you will recall it the moment I state the first line of the song’s chorus.  The tune echo’s the sentiment that things will not always be fun and games. The chorus of the song goes like this:  “I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden.  Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain some time…”

 

Well I think most of us would agree, that even though we have had a few years of sunshine, we are in a rainy season now as our country has been facing one difficult situation after another.  With struggling through the pandemic and now protests crossing our nation, the question has surface, what’s next? Well I am still waiting for the killer hornets to make an appearance? 

 

                So what can we do?  First let me just say, we will never be able to stop problems from happening.  Tribulation will come.  We are not going to be able to solve all our problems by:

 

  1. Money – Throwing more money at things never seems to work

  2. Education – The more we know the more we realize we don’t know

  3. Uniting – Unity is great but without God it is folly (remember the tower of Babel?)

  4. Politics – I think we all realize that no matter who is in office, no one is ever satisfied

  5. Begging – Appealing to everyone’s good nature?! Good luck with that

 

So what is the answer?  Two things I know. We will always have problems, and secondly, we will never be able to solve all of our problems in our own flesh.  We need Jesus and we need the power of the Holy Spirit!  We live in a broken world with broken people living in it.  No amount of community organizing will ever fix that.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not against the community working together to make a broken world continue to run, but only God Himself will be able to put Humpty Dumpty back together every time he falls.  Zechariah 4:6 says that it is not by our might or our power, but it is by His Spirit. Only through Him the world can ever hope to be fixed.  We must turn back to God as a nation.  Only then can true progress take place.  We will have more on this subject in two weeks.

 

Be blessed even more,

 

 

 

Pastor Chris

 


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Angels Watching Over Me!

Angels Watching Over Me! PART 2
C. Hayden 4-27-20
This Thursday, May 14th, we continued our Bible study of angels as described and portrayed in the Holy Scriptures.  With David Jeremiah as our audio teacher and Tina Inman leading the group, we restart one of the more interesting studies of these benevolent servants of God.  I, for one, have been learning so much regarding the celestial nature of and the terrestrial works regarding these mysterious beings.  Last months blog gave Old Testament and New Testament examples of the angelic presence in the affairs of mankind.  This presence of heavenly creatures are all under the direction of our Father who created them and uses them as ministering spirits for all those who are to be heirs of the salvation of God (Hebrews 1:14). 
As Scripture assures us of their mission to minister on behalf of God’s people, we can be confident knowing that the army that fights for us is far greater than any army that fights against us (2 Kings 6:16).  Not only are there more for us, but each one packs a far stronger punch.
In 2 Kings 19, The Assyrian King Sennacherib threatened Hezekiah, the King of Judah, demanding his surrender to the nation of Assyria.  But the Prophet Isaiah reassured the Judean King, informing him of Sennacherib’s demise.  The 35th verse of this chapter reveals that just one angel destroyed Sennacherib’s Assyrian military numbering 185,000 men in just one night.  Let me say that again.  An army of 185,000 Assyrian fighting men perished at the hands of only one of God’s angels in just one night!  When we couple the strength of just one angelic being with the fact that there are twice as many angels as there are demons, not to mention the great love of God for us, our faith increases knowing that we have nothing to fear from men or devils.  As the Apostle Paul poses the rhetorical question in Romans 8:31, “…If God be for us, who can be against?”
Be blessed and be encouraged even more!!
Pastor Chris

 


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Interesting Times

Interesting Times

  1. Hayden 2-10-20

 

We sure do live in interesting times. With news of the impeachment acquittal behind us, the upheaval in the relationship change among European nations (Brexit), the rising angst surrounding our next election, proposals for peace in the Middle East on the table, and now with a 10-week extension of professional football through the newly formed XFL, we are left to wonder what is next around the corner. Well what is next around the corner? It is not always clear what may be lurking just beyond eyesight and earshot, but we certainly are experiencing an increasing interest in apocalyptic knowledge. Many people are asking, what in the world is going on?

David Jeremiah, one of the foremost and well respected teacher of end-time events released a book in 1992 entitled, “The Handwriting on the Wall: Secrets From the Prophecies of Daniel.” In this offering Dr. Jeremiah reveals the Prophet Daniel and his cry to the children of Israel about what God is revealing to His people, just around the next corner. However, Daniel’s apocalyptic vision was not released only for the benefit of his generation. The Book of Daniel translates to our generation as well and begs a very important question. Do we see the handwriting on the wall? As Dr. Jeremiah puts it, “This is a time when all of God’s people need to keep their eyes and their Bibles wide open. We must ask God for discernment as never before.”

Well this is why end-time prophecy and Biblical revelation of future events are so important. Biblical prophecy helps us foster a sense of urgency in regards to taking our faith to those who do not know Christ. Quoting the good Dr. Jeremiah one more time, “My study of prophecy convinces me that God intends knowledge of future events to help us ‘occupy’ with a sense of urgency until the Lord returns.” Throughout Scripture we are told to “keep watch for you do not know the day or hour of your Master’s return” (Mark 13:35). The fact that we do not know when Christ is coming back should never give us a feeling that we have plenty of time to share our faith with others (or to receive Christ for ourselves), but that we may not have enough time for the Lord may be on the cusp of His return! Do you have that sense of urgency that time is slipping away and Christ may be returning just around the next corner? Interesting times indeed!

Be blessed even more!!

Pastor Chris       


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The Law of the Lord is Perfect

 

The Law of the Lord is Perfect

 

C. Hayden 1-12-20

 

 

 

I love the Scripture passage in Psalm 19, verses 7 through 8.  This passage declares, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” If anyone wants to know what converts the soul, it is spelled out right here.  It is not our great charisma, or programs, or talent. It is God’s Word that brings an individual to the point of salvation.  As we preach God’s Word and teach His statutes, the Holy Spirit opens the heart of a receptive unbeliever, enlightening them to their sinful condition and revealing the way to everlasting life through the Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

The New Testament confirms the importance of God’s Word in a person’s conversion.  In Hebrews 4:12 we read, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” This verse reminds us that it is the Word of God that gives us the ability to decipher what is our own thinking from that which God is revealing to us.  It discerns human soul thoughts from God infused spiritual insight.  Through God’s Word we are able to separate and recognize the truth of God from the lies of the devil.  And doing so, are free to believe in Christ’s sacrifice, setting people free from the penalty of transgressing against God’s law. 

 

The law is good! Through the Word of God we are able to see our need for a Savior.  After the Holy Spirit convicts the non-believer of their transgression of the law, faith in Christ leads us to receive God’s grace through the Blood of Jesus Christ! While hearing God’s Word at first may taste bitter, being condemned by the Truth, through repentance the Word of God turns sweet as we humble ourselves before the Lord and become beneficiaries of the God’s grace through faith in the Savior: For it is by grace through faith that we are saved!  It is a beautiful thing! 

 

Be blessed even more!!

 

 

 

Pastor Chris         

 


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