It Is What God Says! – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 04.19.2018

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God is able to do exceedingly above all that we can ask or think. In prayer know that God is more than able. Often He answers prayer in ways that are different than our expectations. God’s ways are not our ways. When the people expected the Messiah to come as a conquering King, Jesus came as a suffering servant. God is on the move in your heart and in this generation! Wait on the Lord and receive your strength. Believe God and receive what His Holy Spirit will give you. Now is the time to draw in to God. Press in. The Lord is faithful. Believe Him and obey Him when He speaks to you. God’s Word never returns void!

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.

So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”

And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”

Luke 1:5-20

 

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If Grace Finds A Willing Heart – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 04.01.2018

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Thank God for the Cross of Jesus Christ and for His Resurrection! As we celebrate our Lord this season, there is no time like right now to turn from the overwhelming tumult of the world and to turn to grace and eternal life in Jesus. We absolutely must become new creations in this hour. Put aside the old things. Dedicate yourself to God. Follow Him with all your heart. Wait on the Lord. This is a season of trial, testing, and sifting. Be counted among those who put their faith in God and who aren’t discouraged. There are so many reasons in our lives to succumb to the malaise of the world and its troubles. If our eyes are not on Jesus, then we won’t be receiving the spiritual nourishment that we need each and every day. Jesus is victorious over all! Do not live in defeat one day longer when we have a God who reigns and desires us above all.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says:

“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”

Ephesians 4:7-8

When Ice Forms On Your Wings – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 03.11.2018

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Have you ever been through a season when you felt as if you had no strength to carry on in the things that God would have you to accomplish? Are you going through such a season right now? We are warned that such seasons will come throughout the endeavors of our pilgrimage. However, we must continually be refreshed by the Word of God and be found pressing in during these times rather than withdrawing. This message spoke directly to my heart, and I pray that it will be encouraging to you as well. When we lean on our own understanding we steer ourselves into places we should not be. When we lean on the Lord, He will guide us in the way He has laid out before us. Oh Jesus let your will be done in and through our lives! Pour out your Holy Spirit. Revive us from the petty forms of self-reliance that we boast about and make us totally dependent on you. Transform our hearts. Cause us to press in. Help us God each and every day according to your Word! We need your promises. Enough of our own strength and understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones.

Proverbs 3:5-8

The Day That God Condemned The Law – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.25.2018

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Thank God for His grace and mercy! We are able to return to right relationship with God without the man-made Sisyphean religious structures that are ultimately powerless. In this generation people crave meaning and purpose but are presented with an image of Christianity and Jesus that is dead. No wonder people turn away. If the transformative, healing, supernatural power of God were present in our lives, homes, and congregations then it would be more challenging for our society to cast everything aside and blindly follow our own ambitions and pursuits. Nonetheless, a return to righteousness will require a mighty, miraculous work of God’s Holy Spirit. The law is a teacher to demonstrate that we cannot achieve righteousness in ourselves, but praise God we have an advocate in our risen Lord: Jesus Christ. What are you spending your time with that must be put away? Press in to God.

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’”


Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 
Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Matthew 3:1-12

It’s Time, Again, To Pray! – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.18.2018

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It is high past time that Christians rediscover the power of repentance, prayer, and humility. We have invented our own programs and leaned on our own reasoning for far too long. Examine the fruits. The plans constructed by our own hands have blown away entirely or are a masquerade of God’s power under the guise of religion. We have a duty to stand and press in to the throne of God for the sake of those who have no advocate. We cannot continue to focus on ourselves and to recoil from prayer as well as the Word of God in this moment. It’s time to pray!

And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”

Luke 1:46-55

Don’t Grieve The Holy Spirit – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.11.2018

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Born again Christians carry the Holy Spirit with us everywhere we go. What are we doing even now that grieves the Holy Spirit? Lord open our eyes to what you would have us to see rather than what our flesh wants to pursue. Jesus help us represent you the way you deserve to be represented. If your conscience can still be moved, then call out to God and ask Him to work in your life.

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:17-32

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