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

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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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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

 

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

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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

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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

From A Mess To An Enduring Message – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 11.18.2018

Nehemiah

Despite the tsunami of wickedness that appears to be coming into our society, God can and will take our mess and turn it into an enduring message. God has called us to make a difference in this generation in a way that echoes even after we have passed on. No matter what your situation is it’s time to cry out to the Lord. Jesus will give you peace, power, and authority. We must accept responsibility for the circumstances that surround us. We must affect our communities, and we can no longer afford to sink into external blame and resentment. Pray like Nehemiah! God we have sinned, and we have failed. Help us Lord! Forgive us and strengthen us. Give us clear eyes and pure hearts. Set us free from resentment, faithlessness, and powerlessness. Jesus help us!

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

It All Began With A Thirsty Woman – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 11.04.2018

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God is capable of speaking to this generation in ways that we would not expect. Jesus reached out personally to a Samaritan woman, and she was the first to hear Jesus declare His identity as the Messiah. There is tremendous mixture in our society even in the body of Christ. We are all thirsting for relationship with God even when we can’t properly identify the source and meaning of our deepest thirst. It is critical that we listen to the Holy Spirit rather than the religious traditions of man. Pursue Jesus and the Kingdom of God first and foremost. This is a critical, bountiful time of harvest! Will you be sent out to reap eternally for the Lord?

Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

John 4:1-15