Podcast: On the Objective – The Urgent Need To Address Sin – Steven Menking – 07.05.2019

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Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! How long will we let sin continue in our hearts and in our own ranks before we stand up and confront it? While it is true that we can overstep our bounds and turn to condemnation in ways not warranted by the Holy Spirit when we are seized with religious zeal, but that doesn’t seem to be the primary pitfall facing the Body of Christ. The real problem for you and I is cowardice. Every time we shrink bank from appropriately dealing with sin we are ourselves committing a sin of omission because we were fearful of the result. Our primary approach must be determined by obedience to the will of God. Many continue to wrest from the Word of God principles to justify their own behavior and also thus fall short. Brothers and sisters: it’s time we take sin seriously in this generation. The scriptures from this message are found in Leviticus 5 and Matthew 28, and external materials are found in Book 1, Part 9 of Saint Augustine’s City of God.

This broadcast was produced in partnership with Prepper Broadcasting Network via a new collaborative effort Reliance: An Exploration of 21st Century Faith

Website: http://prepperbroadcasting.com/reliance-an-exploration-of-21st-century-faith/

 

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What Difference Can I Make? – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.03.2019

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The burden of God must come into our heart the way is came into Nehemiah’s. The walls are down physically, morally, and spiritually in our nation and in the lives of so many. Brothers and sisters when you ask if you can make a difference please remember that what matters more is what difference God can make. There must be a rediscovery of the promises of God in our generation. If we will continue to close our eyes and ears to the plight of the lost – even in the church – then we will be abdicating our obligation to obey the Lord that His will should be done. We must accept responsibility and cry out to God! The name of Jesus will be lifted up. Will we be the ones to do it or will our faithlessness and cowardice lead to victories for the deception promulgated by the enemy. God forbid!

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.

It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”

So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”

For I was the king’s cupbearer.

Nehemiah 1:1-11

Podcast: SER 176 – Sam And Patrick Of The Shining Light Podcast – Holding The Line On Truth

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I was introduced to Pastor Sam Jones on a recent radio program. I was blessed to hear him speak that day and since, as we have become better acquainted. Pastor Sam and his friend and fellow servant Patrick Wyett have become fast friends. I am encouraged by their love for our great God and by their thirst for truth and righteousness.

The Lord Your God Is With You – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.04.2018

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God is with us! This is a critically important message for all believers. Make the decision to press in to the Lord and be courageous. Stand for Jesus in this generation and watch what God will do through your life to touch others. God has called you to fulfill the perfect plan He has for your life. God Himself will give you the strength, the faith, and the ability to obey and to follow. Listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit today!

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:1-9

It’s Time To Be A Hero

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I’ll keep this brief.

It’s time to be a hero.

It is not heroic to spend your waking moments avoiding as much conflict as possible. Of course, a hero doesn’t create conflict where it doesn’t exist or isn’t necessary. A hero takes responsibility for doing everything possible to prevent needless suffering.

Start where you can. Stop lying to yourself and others. Tell the truth as best you can. Listen and receive correction from appropriate sources.

Hero stories tend to be violent. A hero arises when the darkness has become intolerable. A hero arises when there is no other hope. If you are not willing to face the true suffering and evil of reality in the face, then you will not be a hero.

Telling yourself that you are a hero is a fair start, but it will never get you there. Let’s stop lying to ourselves. You are not a hero. I am not a hero. We are cowards. A hero cannot be a coward.

Bravery can result either from social norms or from the real, constant threat of death. This is the ‘what do I have to lose’ form of courage. We will call these people heroic, perhaps in part because they are usually less willing to describe themselves as such.

Let’s get to the point:

The fullness of heroism is embodied in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He defeated sin, hell, death, and the grave. All power is given unto Him. He deserves – and will receive – all the glory.

We are cowards, but Jesus Christ lives inside of us through the Holy Spirit. We are seated in heavenly places with Him. He is the only way to draw near to God, to overcome our cowardice, and to be a hero.

Pray. Ask Jesus to make you a hero. Follow His lead. Listen. He is faithful to show you the way and to give you the power to walk in it. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, what you can do, or what you’ve done: Jesus wants to make you into a hero.

It will require sacrifice and obedience. That is what true heroes do. It will be worth it. We are only given one chance to be heroes. Choose this day who you will serve:

Die to yourself and live as a hero or live for yourself and die as a coward. Choose now.

It’s time to be a hero.

Why Do The Nations Rage? – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.05.2017

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Now is the time to surrender all to Jesus. This is a message straight from the throne of God for those who are sold out to Christ and want to make a difference in this generation. At Times Square Church people walked out of the sanctuary, but our Pastor refuses to compromise the truth about the need to turn away from sin and to follow the Lord with our entire being.

Why Do The Nations Rage? – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.05.2017

Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”

“I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”

Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest  He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Psalm 2:1-12

The Amateur Society: Be Of Good Courage

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 10/17, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com.

After returning from a weekend trip to visit family, I’d like to take a step back from the chaos of the current events news cycle and ask a few questions about an important character trait that has taken on a different meaning in our society than it has historically held. Tonight we will be discussing courage. What is courage? Why do we need it? How do we get it? How is it misused and improperly defined? Who do we look to as courageous in our culture? What happens when courage is utterly warped or rendered inert?

It is important in these times for us to spend time discussing topics outside of the narrow focus of the perception management mechanisms and to think critically about crucial characteristics. We cannot allow ourselves to lose our broader perspective lest we be swept about by the constant barrage of breathtaking revelations that are cropping up on an hourly basis now.

Bring your questions to our open forum and join us for another lively meeting of The Amateur Society. We look forward to having you with us. Stay safe and God bless!

-Steven