When Favor Asks For Faith – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 01.13.2019

promisedland

Sometimes God’s favor comes to us before we have faith. God’s favor came to Moses, Gideon, and Israel before they believed that it could. Perhaps in this moment too there are so many crying out to the Lord that He will move in our midst to favor us so that we can reach a lost generation. This favor from the Lord is not for our fame, power, or glory, but for the sake of the name of Jesus and for the sake of others who need to be saved. Will faith be our response? Will we obey His word? Will we press in to see what God would do in our lives through this favor? Do not be taken aback when God moves even despite our lack of worthiness and faith. Lord strengthen our faith at all times, even if it follows your favor. There is a harvest for the Lord in this generation, and only God’s favor can facilitate it. Jesus help our unbelief!

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”

‘Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it.

‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”

Ezekiel 36:22-38

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A Word For The Weary – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 01.06.2019

transfiguration

As Jesus came closer to the cross He ascended the Mount of Transfiguration, and an audible word from God spoke encouragement into Jesus and His disciples. We have a tendency to grow weary in well doing and frustrated by the stubborn rebellion of the world that we can even recognize in ourselves. Now is the moment to be refreshed by Jesus, who is the Word of God. This generation needs Jesus, and God’s will is for everyone to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Will we draw back at this time and resign ourselves or will we press in with even greater desperation and even greater patience. God let your will be done in this generation! Use our lives for your glory and for your kingdom! Jesus magnify your holy name!

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”

Matthew 17:1-6

 

2019, A Year Of Faith And Favor – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 12.30.2018

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In this generation there are those who are spectators in the body of Christ, those who have a form of godliness but not the true power of God. Will the Lord find faith when He returns? In these days statistics about the belief structures of people who identify as Christian demonstrate a remarkable deviation from the plain, historical doctrines of the Bible. We are called into an abundant, supernatural life, and the word of our testimony is meant to be a living witness of the transforming power of God. Give the glory to Jesus. Commit your life to Him. Seek His face. Now is the time to pray and to press into the secret place of the Most High. Do not falter. God help us if we retreat. This year, if we have the resolve to go the distance, then faith and favor will abound. Do not shrink back in this moment. God will give you a life that touches those around you. He will call you in a way that will bear fruit that lasts for all eternity. We must quit with the pretending, the backbiting, and the frivolity. God is on the move!

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10

 

Shepherds In A Quiet Place – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 12.16.2018

O Jerusalem

Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. In our time we are watching the ascent of chaos and directionless wandering by so many in the world. We have a place of stillness that is available to us regardless of the surrounding situation. We have a quiet place available to us in Jesus Christ. Jesus must be our focus in this time of vain talk and fruitless religion. Will you turn off for a moment the words that the world is speaking and hear what the Holy Spirit wants to speak into your life? The time for powerlessness and self-focus is over for those who would pursue God fervently.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Psalm 46:1-11

 

Where Do Aliens Come From? – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 12.09.2018

Moses

Editor’s Note: This sermon is not about extraterrestrials or inter-dimensional beings. It is based on the NASB translation of Acts 7:29 and is aimed at understanding how powerful our tongues really are.

Twenty four words spoken to Moses by his own people changed the course of his life and sent him to the backside of the desert for forty years. There is indeed life and death in the power of the tongue. We have to make sure that we continue to pray for diligence concerning what we should speak and what we should hear. It will be a challenge to remove all of the sources speaking death into you, not least because you yourself are likely one of those sources. There are many that take the idea of positive speech too far and venture into deceptive doctrines, but this message is intended to help us remember that the tongue is powerful and that someone’s life can be changed by just a few words. Take the time to encourage someone today!

But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him, but they did not understand. On the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?’ But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? You do not mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ At this remark, Moses fled and became an alien in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.

Acts 7:23-29 (NASB)

Wedding Wine – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 12.02.2018

Wedding

Figuratively, the miracle of water into wine represents a transformation into a life of Godly joy. Nicky Cruz visited with Times Square Church earlier this month to speak about his testimony and God’s faithfulness. God is able to completely change us and to touch others. At some point doesn’t our knowledge of scripture and Biblical history have to bear fruit in our lives and the lives of others? God saves the best for last, and Jesus is ready to impact this generation. Are you willing to go? Are you willing to be given? Today is the day to be filled and to be emboldened. Help us Lord to take our knowledge of you and to pour out joy for those around us.

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.

Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

John 2:1-10

 

Why Am I So Down? – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 11.25.2018

Despair

God is not offended by honesty, even when it means being honest about the challenges and difficulties that we face. Are you receiving an evil report about yourself? Remember that the enemy is a liar and the father of lies. God’s promises are more powerful than the lies of the enemy. We must choose to believe the report of the Lord. Have you been drifting from God? God appeared to Solomon and granted him supernatural wisdom. Solomon dedicated the temple, and the Lord’s presence was overwhelming. However, Solomon drifted later in his life and went after foreign gods. He got bored and ended in the despair that can be found in Ecclesiastes. Is the Lord calling you to something you haven’t considered? Sometimes God can lift His hand in order to lead you to seeking Him. This allows Jesus to speak into your life and to call you in new ways. Are you down? Press in to God! It’s time to pray!

As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”

When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.

O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
And from the heights of Hermon,
From the Hill Mizar.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.

I will say to God my Rock,
“Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a breaking of my bones,
My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 42:1-11