From time to time when something comes to my I grab my phone and hit record. The other I started looking back over the recordings I had saved, I came across this one and felt I had to it. FYI it’s from 4 years ago and don’t mind the birds, I was going for one of my walks on the farm when this hit me.
Yesterday I started preaching a revival and what I'm speaking about this week is the Seven Churches of Revelation. In chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation Jesus speaks of 7 churches, through these 7 churches that are spoken of we can see 7 different time periods throughout the history of the church. Remember there were more than 7 churches when Apostle John received this revelation from the Lord, which shows us there is a deeper meaning that is in these scriptures. This week I will teach on each one and what they represent, yesterday and last night as well as tonight is more or less my introduction into the 7. These messages lay the groundwork to able to see the lessons that will be taught on the 7, once this revival concludes you should have a greater understanding to why the church is in the condition it's in. NOT all congregations are the congregations of Philadelphia. I will post each sermon here in this blog as well as in the Sermons tab. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches".
Is Jesus first? Yesterday I had planned to preach a message I had preached before, talking about what our priorities are and where Jesus fits into our priorities. As I was preaching the Lord somewhat took me away from my notes, the message at its core never changed but the words and examples sure did. It's amazing how His Spirit works, I could preach the same message to five different congregations and end up with five different messages but all with the same meaning. He knows what words and examples to use to the one's hearing the message. I decided to add yesterday's message. God Bless.
There are many that profess to be disciples of Jesus of Nazareth, yet their actions and beliefs contradict the Word of God. So if one's belief contradicts the Bible then where did their belief come from, after all their Christians. I've talked to many people who call themselves Christians yet beliefs they have contradict the scriptures and when it's pointed out to them the response is "that's what you believe, I believe something else". My question is "where then does your belief come from?". Man made teachings have filled the Church and so many have been lead astray, and yes, you can be lead astray. Jesus, God Himself, warns us in John 16:1. While many may believe in Jesus, He tells us our faith requires more if we wish to enter His Kingdom, that many that believe in Him will not enter. Knowing these things one must make sure that their belief is in the scriptures and not in man made teachings. I revisited What Do You Believe, talking about false prophets and teachers. The bottom line is we must take the whole Bible for what is says and not try to find ways out of being obedient to Jesus.
I was grateful to receive an opportunity to speak again this past Lord's Day and have uploaded that message in the Sermons section. Also I wanted to share that myself and a fellow evangelist and dear friend will be starting a podcast here soon, as soon as we figure out how, haha. In the meantime we may just record and upload on to this site until we're able to setup the podcast and have available for iphones and possibly android devices, and of course there will be no fee. He and I meet regularly for prayer and discuss topics of the church and of scripture; the apostasy that's in full swing and what each one of us is being lead to do by The Lord. This is what you can expect from the podcast, if any of you have any specific topics you would like us to discuss feel free to email me through the Contact section or comment on this Blog entry. Lord willing we'll have it up and running soon, thank you for continuing to visit the site, as always all glory and praise goes to Our Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless.
I have added the first lesson and you can access the lesson by the new tab added to the heading. The lesson as I mentioned before is about John Calvin, as you'll see as I go along it brings up topics that could/should be future lessons. I'll go back and listen and write down those topics and will look to add those lessons in the future, so listen and feel free to comment. By the way, I was drinking my morning coffee and the microphone picked it up, sorry!
I'm finishing up a lesson that I hope to have posted by the end of the week. The lesson is dealing in the teachings of John Calvin, many denominations and non-denominations hold to at least some of John Calvin's teachings and I thought it was important to give a lesson on these teachings. In the end the ONLY teachings that should exist in congregations today are the teachings of the Apostles(Acts 2:42), these are the teachings that came from Jesus, not from men. See when men and now today, women create teachings not only is it not biblical and scriptural to do so but it leads to traditions. The biggest problem with traditions is they can and most often do lead to apostasy, the traditions become worshiped and become precedent over the Word of God that is supposed to be our guide. Does any of that sound familiar? I hope so, that means you're reading the Bible, it's the very thing that Jesus condemned the Pharisees for in Matthew 15:1-9. Congregations today have become so stiff necked that they've become Pharisees and teach their traditions as if they're doctrine and set aside the commandments of God. So many say they want revival; revival in the Church, revival in our country, it won't happen if we continue to resist Our Lord. If we want revival then we need to allow Jesus in our congregations, stop being synagogues of Satan and be an actual congregation within the Body of Christ and if we want revival in our country then we have to stop allowing evil to rule over us. This isn't Rome, although Rome still exists and is ruling over us, the difference between the 1st century church and us is by LAW(The Founding Documents of this Nation) we are free and have liberty, by LAW(The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776; The Articles of Confederation of November 15, 1777; Northwest Ordinance of July 13, 1787; Constitution of September 17, 1787) we are permitted to overthrow our government, these are things that the 1st century church didn't have. If we have freedom we should never enslave ourselves to man( 1st Corinthians 7:23). That's all for now before I go into a sermon, stay tuned, the lesson will be coming shortly and as always feel free to drop a comment.
As you'll hear in this message I'm not one to go to malls or much for going to the city but as is the case from time to time the trip must happen. If we want to see clear example of how distracted we can get with the world and materialistic things, take a trip to the city and go to the mall. To sum up this sermon when we look around it's obvious that not only are most people not ready for Jesus but He's coming soon by the looks of this nation and the world. People need to start waking up from their self-absorbed slumbers and get ready. People think that because they profess to be a Christian, they're ready, not always the case as it's laid out in scripture. Some people think that because the are a "member" of a church or attend church that they're ready, not always the case. Five of the seven churches in Revelation Jesus has a charge against and He warns that if they don't repent judgment will come. Just because a group of people call themselves a church doesn't mean they're a church of Jesus; are they following the scriptures, specifically the book of Acts that outlines the organization, structure, and purpose of the TRUE church? When a congregation breaks away from that Jesus has a charge as we see in Revelation, most "churches" today lack leadership, true biblical leadership which are elders. A congregation must have elders yet most don't for one reason or another, most Christians have no idea what a biblical evangelist is and the function of an evangelist. A true evangelist that God has given the gift of an evangelist to as stated in Ephesians 4 holds a leadership position within the body of Christ. Evangelists were given the task of appointing elders (see 1 Timothy ch. 3 and 5; Titus ch.1) but if a God appointed evangelist came into most denominations or non-denominations and invoked this authority to appoint elders they'd be run out. "This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand" Matt 13:13. People are reading the bible, people are hearing what it says yet they either don't understand or refuse to follow it and instead follow their own practices. It's time for people to wake up and become obedient to the Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit or else they will suffer judgment. Be sober minded, be looking up and awaiting the appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It's been awhile since I've posted, since my last post I've taken a trip and a couple different winter and spring bugs swept through our house. Thankfully summer is almost here which means more sunshine(vitamin D) and a greater immune system. I'm looking to add a new link to the webpage posting news stories and giving a commentary on those stories especially in how they deal with prophetic timeline of scripture as well as hopefully waking people up to the pitiful shape the Republic is in. Life can be busy on the farm so I'm not sure how often I'll be able to do it, but that's my plan for now and of course continuing to post sermons whenever I speak to a congregation. Stay tuned and thanks for the continued support.
We all have priorities in life; family, work, saving for kids college, etc. but where does Jesus fit into your priorities? Is He even anywhere on your list? The message I spoke to this congregation this past Lord's Day was a message I had spoken once before and when I had finished I was told by someone to preach this message often, "preach it once a month, whether people want to hear it or not". So when I was asked to speak this past week this the message I felt lead to speak but the Holy Spirit put a bit of a twist into it. It's still the same message but the Holy Spirit had me touch on some things that I didn't touch on before. I hope after hearing you'll take a look of where Jesus is in your life and if He's not the priority of your life that you'll fix it. If He's not even in your life you'll confess Him, repent of your sins and be baptized for the remission of your sins(infant baptism is not biblical baptism). Feel free to comment or contact me. God Bless!
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of evil, but rather expose them.