Abraham Could Have Stayed Home – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.16.2020

Abraham Journey

Pastor Carter Conlon has served as the Senior Pastor of Times Square Church for many years. In a few months he will be transitioning into a different role and answering a call that the Lord has placed on his life to move through open doors nationally, to instruct pastors all over the world, and to continue guiding the affairs of the church. Pastor Tim Dilena has been called by the Lord to be the new Senior Pastor at Times Square Church. In this season, with these men of God as examples, know that we must follow the Lord wherever He would call us. Do not turn away from the banquet that God has set for us. No more excuses! Abraham could have complained and refused when God called him out, but he went. God has opened doors for you that no man can shut. In this moment you must choose to commit to fully following and obeying Jesus. Say yes to Him!

Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the [f]maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ ”

Luke 14:15-24

A Prayer Meeting Outside Of Sodom – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 10.27.2019

Abraham

The Lord’s promises will be fulfilled! Abraham had to wait twenty five years prior to the visitation from God where the promise of a son would be delivered. Once we have exhausted our own resources and come to a place of humility Jesus will have made us ready to receive His promises in a way that only He will get the glory. After this promise Abraham had a chance to intercede for Sodom and Gomorrah. He prayed that the Lord would not destroy the people for the sake of the righteous, and God agreed that He would spare them for the sake of ten righteous people. But Abraham stopped there. He could have continued. He could have asked the Lord to send him into the city. Perhaps the same scenario that unfolded with Jonah and Nineveh would have taken place. Perhaps revival could have broken out. Even when we receive our promises we must retain a fervency to see the mercy of God shown to the people of this generation. The heart of the Lord is to save! God forbid we cease to press in until the full victory is won. Jesus save billions in this generation!

Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, and said, “My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant. Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant.”

They said, “Do as you have said.”

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it. So he took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as they ate.

Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?”

So he said, “Here, in the tent.”

And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”

(Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.

And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”

Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.” And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”

Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LordAnd Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”

Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?”

So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.

And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?”

So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.”

Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?”

So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?”

So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.”

Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”

And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.

Genesis 18:1-33

Don’t Pass Over The Passover – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 08.18.2019

Passover

The time of Passover indicates to us that God will fulfill His promises to His people. The Passover in Egypt was celebrated while the Hebrews were yet in bondage. They had not yet been released from slavery, but there was a celebration at hand of their impending freedom. In our own lives, we must celebrate and worship the Lord in the midst of trials. We expect His deliverance and the arrival of the fulfillment of what His Word promises us. Jesus and His victory on the cross is worthy of our praise and rejoicing regardless of what we are facing. Let us not turn back from what God has spoken over our lives even if we don’t yet see everything falling into place. Jesus is our Passover, and He is the author and the finisher of our faith.

And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”

(Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and [b]Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.

And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”

Genesis 18:10-15

Standing In The Gap – Pastor Gary Ham – Times Square Church – 07.01.2018

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In our generation God is looking for intercessors who are willing to pursue after righteousness and to stand in the gap. In order to intercede, we must be made ready to pray and to encounter the Lord. Who will stand in the gap? What happens when the enemy comes in like a flood? Jesus interceded for us on the cross and continues to be our high priest at the right hand of the Father. Have you been called? Are we being obedient? We can’t pray and intercede unless we draw near to God. Do you have an expectation that you will encounter God on a regular basis, that you will walk with Him, and that He will speak with you? Who will kneel before the Lord? Who will stand in the gap? Who will submit themselves to His will so that souls would be saved in this hour? What will you do?

Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.” And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”

Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”

Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?”

So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.

And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?”

So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.”

Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?”

So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?”

So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.”

Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”

And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.

Genesis 18:16-33

By This All Will Know: From Abraham To Antioch – Pastor Claude Houde – Times Square Church – 07.16.2017

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Christians are instructed to study the life of Abraham as an example for us. Of course, first and foremost we are to follow Jesus directly, but we should also look to how Abraham followed God in faith. God called Abraham out of his circumstances and his past and called him into a marvelous promise and a glorious future. Brothers and sisters, our past has no future. Our destiny is in the hands of God. We cannot afford to be limited by our background, circumstances, or conditions. God is calling us into greatness in this generation. Stand up in boldness for His glory, follow the Holy Spirit, and praise the holy name of Jesus!

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35

Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Genesis 12:1-3

How Great Prayers Are Born – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 11.20.2016

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“If you have a burden for instance for this city or for your hometown or for your home country, and if you’re still believing for that lost loved one that God told you he would save a long time ago and yet you’ve seen them go farther and farther away. But you have refused to give up, and you’ve refused to stop praying impossible prayers, and you’ve refused to stop believing for great things. I want to suggest to you that there are things that God is working in your life, and you might not even know that they’re there. And I want to encourage you this afternoon, that if you look deep into your heart and you look deep into the work that God is doing in you, you will find that these things are there and that you are under a commission to continue to pray, to continue to believe, to continue to hope, and to continue to expect.”

How Great Prayers Are Born – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 11.20.2016

22 So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” 26 And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

27 Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. 28 Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.” 29 Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.” 30 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” 31 He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” 32 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” 33 And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.