Podcast: On the Objective – The Enneagram And Christian Discipleship Part 1 – Steven Menking – 12.09.2019

2019.12.09

Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! In this episode, Steven reviews a recent article about the Enneagram, a self-help personality identification system that has attracted significant interest from young Christians. Is this yet another intrusion of the New Age to be railed against, or does this development more importantly signal a critical gap in Christian discipleship in recent decades? Steven unpacks the first portion of the article and dives in to a passionate appeal for Christians to understand these dynamics properly. The scriptures from this message are found in 1 Peter 3, 1 Corinthians, and Psalm 53.

Enneagram Article: https://forge.medium.com/the-self-help-movement-that-is-upending-american-christianity-9ce381e10d4f

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/

Yielding To The Spirit Of God – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 12.01.2019

Isaiah

Thank the Lord that He did not leave us alone to establish in our own strength the fruit that we are called to bear for the Kingdom of God. When we are aware of our own weakness we can avoid the trap of an egotistical move that establishes our own glory. Often times taking things into our own hands is a result of fear and unbelief. Is Jesus faithful or not? He is. If so, will we rest in Him and yield to the Holy Spirit? Or will we behave like Saul who simply couldn’t wait even though the arrival of the prophet had been delayed. Is there any example in scripture where a faithful servant of God waited on the Lord and was worse off? Yielding is sometimes the hardest thing to do, but it is absolutely necessary. Read God’s Word. Know who He is. Jesus will supply abundantly the spiritual resources necessary to be obedient! The contentment and peace that every person seeks is only fully and authentically available to those who yield to the Spirit of God.

“To whom then will you liken Me,
Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:25-31

I Want To See – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 11.24.2019

Blind

When you sense the nearness of God please cry out in boldness! Jesus gave sight to the blind through the authority of His words. In this moment we must cry out to the Lord! Our generation has lost our vision of the Kingdom of God, and many are suffering greatly because they don’t see a way out of darkness for themselves or for this society. What is the stronghold that you desperately need to be released from? The Holy Spirit will bring it to mind. In that moment call upon our great God and know the deliverance that Jesus has won for us. Can we finally throw off our pride? Is today the day when our humble honesty before a holy God leads to freedom? Jesus glorify your name in this hour! You, believer, will have a testimony in this generation.

Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Luke 18:35-43

Waters, Rivers And Fires – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 11.17.2019

Sower

In this life we will face adversity from this world and even from our own hearts. Many who think that they have a relationship with God will ultimately falter in a time of testing. If you are struggling in a test, know that the Lord will keep you regardless of the circumstances. We need deep roots in Christ. The Word of God must be the foundation of our diet, and we must continue to endure in the faith. Jesus will provide the spiritual resources that we need, so don’t give up! Lay everything down at the foot of the cross and allow the Holy Spirit of God to transform your life. The storms will come. Perhaps your storms are here. Be encouraged in the Lord to persevere! He will give you a miraculous testimony of His supernatural deliverance. Glory to the name of Jesus!

But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Matthew 13:20-23

Podcast: On the Objective – Our Zeal Has Been Misplaced – Steven Menking – 11.23.2019

2019.11.23

Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! With the perspective of a new father, Steven focuses on what needs to take place in order for us to properly disciple the next generation. Like Joshua in Numbers 11, our zeal has been misplaced. Many have fallen into the trap of having an overly narrow focus, prioritizing denominational, eschatological, political, or tactical circumstances over the broader picture of the Kingdom of God. If we are not careful, then the next generation of disciples will have a myopic zeal as well. The harvest is what truly counts in this moment. We hope you enjoy this discussion! The scriptures from this message are found in Numbers 11, Mark 9, and 1 Corinthians 11.

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/

Will I Ever Be Free? – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 11.10.2019

Leper

This generation is characterized by bondage. How desperate are we to finally be free of the captivity that has beset us in so many ways? The miraculous healing Jesus provided to a leper and the ritual performed to acknowledge the healing both point directly to the cross. Can you fathom the desperation the Lord has to set people free from the prisons and cages that we have succumbed to? One touch from God and freedom arises! One moment in the merciful presence of our great Lord and there is newness of life! One instant of calling upon the name of Jesus and an eternity lies in our grasp. God has made us a new creation in Christ if we will press through the crowd to Him in our desperation. Christian, are you desperate enough? We must be free in this generation!

When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Matthew 8:1-4

Living With Open Hands And An Open Heart – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 11.03.2019

ProdigalSon

At a time when the gospel becomes unfashionable we must ask for the supernatural strength and resource to live for the sake of others, for the sake of the dying world, and for the sake of eternity. Will we shrink back and become self-focused in this generation? Will we continue to seek the Lord only for our own benefit? Will we not obey the higher calling to glorify the great name of Jesus by allowing God to equip us to be sent in service to others? Our prayer lives must conform to this more expansive vision of biblical truth. The personal is of course critical, but it is pivotal now to take the full counsel of God with the seriousness it deserves. We must press in to the Lord, seeking spiritual resources for those around us. It is time for the Lord’s harvest!

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:7-12