The Promise Of Power – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 07.08.2018

Pentecost

God has promised to indwell us with the power of the Holy Spirit. All of us must cry out for this power not for our own sake alone but for those around us. We need the power to see and love as Christ sees and loves. We need the power to pray and to witness in this generation. We need supernatural power to live supernatural lives. Without this power we will not be able to walk in the peace and joy of the Lord despite trial and turmoil. In order to receive this power, we have to spend time with God through His word. Jesus open our eyes to what you have for us. Lord we thank you and bless you for your mercy and goodness. God will transform us should we ask and seek with humble hearts. Come, let us reason together. Are you walking every day in the power that God wants to give you to bring glory to His name and to advance the Kingdom of God?

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’

Acts 2:1-21

 

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The Strength In A Father’s Heart – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 06.17.2018

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On Father’s Day let us look to our Heavenly Father as the source of all strength in calamitous times. When proper fatherhood is established we can be guided both firmly and lovingly into an uncertain future. There will be no foundation except that is built upon faith in Christ. The fallen world is infused with the lie that we can be as God. Rage has resulted. When we cry out to God we will receive from Him supernatural resources that are available nowhere else. No more games. This is a time for a steadfast commitment to Jesus. God will be exalted. God will be glorified. God will be triumphant. Fathers and children will turn to each other. Let us seek our Father while we still have the ability to do so. Sin will not remove itself. The strength to push back darkness and to perpetuate righteousness in our generation. Let us not be fatherless.

“For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“That will leave them neither root nor branch.
But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
You shall trample the wicked,
For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
On the day that I do this,
Says the Lord of hosts.
“Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,
Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
With the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

Malachi 4:1-6

Lord, Help Me To Endure This Trial – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 05.27.2018

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Perhaps the only way that many will see God in this generation is to watch us go through trials with joy that they know they have no power to face. There is sometimes a purpose to the hardship that we encounter. You never know who is watching! Perhaps God allows us to face down trials personally that prepare us for greater things, and even greater trials, to come. These components of difficulties cannot be lost on us. Do not be discouraged brothers and sisters! God is our strength, and Jesus has overcome the world. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and righteousness. There is no temptation facing us that God does not provide a way out. Do not succumb to frustration, impatience, bitterness, anger, gossip, and wrath. Anything we could endure in this life is a light affliction and according to Paul is unworthy to be compared to the glory of the Kingdom of God. Press in to God. Build your faith through trials. Pray!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

1 Peter 1:3-9,4:12-14

Approaching The Throne Of A Laughing God – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 05.20.2018

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God is all powerful. He holds his enemies in derision. The attempts of the wicked to annihilate what God has established are laughable to the Lord. We are subject to many trials and tribulations, but we serve a laughing God. Jesus we lift up your name. We are battling a lie, the oldest lie, that we can determine right from wrong and good from evil. Amidst a generation that cries ‘we know what’s best for ourselves and how dare you say otherwise’ remember that we have the unique privilege of approaching the throne of a God who laughs. He will move. He will deliver. He will save. This is a time for us to receive a burden for the lost and a power from the Lord that we have never known. God laughs warmly at His children, beckoning them gently to follow His ways. God laughs defiantly in the face of the wicked. God is not mocked. Pray like you’ve never prayed before! These are pivotal times. Treasure the truth that God has called you for this moment. Will you be one who allows God to put ten thousand to flight through you? Will you give all the glory to the Lord? Will you worship Jesus regardless of the circumstances? Will you weep before the Lord? Will you rise in the strength of the Holy Spirit? Will you approach the throne of a laughing God?

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 [e]set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”

“I will declare the [g]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

Leaving My Regrets And My Successes – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 05.18.2018

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Look to Jesus today. He is the author and the finisher of our faith. God has called us to walk with Him and to follow the willful plan He has for our lives. Fully doing this requires leaving behind both our regrets and our successes. Paul is our example. We still remember these things of our past, but we remain focused on the present and the future, the duty we have in this moment and our blessed hope. Surrender everything to God. We are called to let go of all our glory and sorrow. Bring it to the cross right now. Pray. Seek the discernment of the Holy Spirit. Ask God what He would have you to do. This is His day, not ours. Praise be to the one true God!

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Pressing Toward the Goal

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

Philippians 3:8-15

Out Of Weakness We’re Made Strong – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 05.06.2018

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Please understand that what God has for you is so much more powerful than what we can concoct and accomplish in our own strength that it is beyond compare. Will we come to the end of ourselves after exhausting all our natural resources and running away from God as long as we can as fast as we can in pursuit of our own ambitions? Or will we bend the knee today, acknowledging in humility our weakness and frailty? Surely we are weak. Perhaps that is for the best. After all, God uses the weak to confound the strong and the foolish to confound the wise. Make no mistake brothers and sisters, God will receive all the glory for the coming harvest that we have the option of contributing to. Cast aside your own strength. Whatever you think of yourself, in honest moments you know that you are weak. Today is the day to be overwhelmed by God. We can do all things, but only through Christ who strengthens us!

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Spiritual Wisdom

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

But as it is written:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”[e] But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:1-16

Royal Horses – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 04.29.2018

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Today there is a special place of refuge, a place of victory, a place of mercy: the place of prayer. We are beloved by God, but we have neglected our privilege of prayer and now tremble to approach. There is an incredible blessing in these times for those who will press in and remain faithful! God wants to give you eyes to see in the Word of God His very nature, His steadfast love, and His will towards you. Press in to God and receive the good news, the grace, and the faith to be sent out with the authority of the King to love others, to speak truth, to follow the Holy Spirit, and to pray without ceasing. Do you know the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords? Have you spent time with Him today? Do you know His name and what He has done for you? Glory be to God for the spiritual riches that we have access to in Christ Jesus! It is time to pray. Today. Now.

On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman.

Now Esther spoke again to the king, fell down at his feet, and implored him with tears to counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite, and the scheme which he had devised against the Jews. And the king held out the golden scepter toward Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king, and said, “If it pleases the king, and if I have found favor in his sight and the thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to annihilate the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces. For how can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my countrymen?”

Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews. You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.”

So the king’s scribes were called at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day; and it was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded, to the Jews, the satraps, the governors, and the princes of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, one hundred and twenty-seven provinces in all, to every province in its own script, to every people in their own language, and to the Jews in their own script and language. And he wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, sealed it with the king’s signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on horseback, riding on royal horses bred from swift steeds.

By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives—to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions

Esther 8:1-11