Pastor Carter Conlon is stepping down from his role as Senior Pastor of Times Square Church. He will be retaining a role in the church and will be a part of continued ministry efforts, but he has turned over the primary leadership role of Senior Pastor to Tim Dilena. Pastor Carter is being called to bring the nation back to prayer and to revival. Transitions in leadership occur in many places in scripture. This is a moment for the body of Christ to be courageous and to go forth understanding that the grace, strength, and power of the Lord continues from generation to generation. Jesus is our Lord, our King, and our God! If we hold tight to Him we will see his hand once more. Holy Spirit raise up laborers for the harvest that the Lord deserves!
And Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers, and said to them:
“I am old, advanced in age. You have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the Lord your God is He who has fought for you. See, I have divided to you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from the Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, as far as the Great Sea westward. And the Lord your God will expel them from before you and drive them out of your sight. So you shall possess their land, as the Lord your God promised you. Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left, and lest you go among these nations, these who remain among you. You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyone to swear by them; you shall not serve them nor bow down to them, but you shall hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day.
Many are overcome by great fear in this moment. Pandemic or otherwise, the fear of death is something that everyone has dealt with. What do we do about this fear? The most important aspect is what we do with Jesus. He is our deliverance, our life, our lord, and our savior. There is a profound reality to the mystery of what it means for us to be crucified with Christ. When we are born again we enter a process where all things are made new. If you are alive in Christ you have already experienced a form of death. Please know that the Bible says that the death of the saints is precious in the sight of the Lord as He calls us back into His immediate presence. Be loosed from the bondage that the fear of death creates in the name of the Lord Jesus!
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying:
“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”
“I will put My trust in Him.”
“Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey a moment eagerly awaited by history unfolded before the eyes of an entire society. Yet not many days after these same people would be confused, scattered, and thrown into the confusion of a tremendous storm. What happens when our expectations are shattered, when our vision of the future suddenly becomes obscured, and when a foundational principle we hold slips through our fingers? In that generation the disruption resulted from a misunderstanding of God and prophecy. Will we make the same mistake in our generation? There is a voice in the storm with the power to silence the roaring swells completely. Jesus is the King of Kings regardless of what unfolds around us. We must know, hear, and believe in the power of His voice. Cry out to God today for the strength that you need!
So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Before Jesus was betrayed in the garden Peter – and the rest of the disciples – proclaimed that they would follow Jesus through any trial. Many have talked a good game for a long time only to find themselves without the resources they need in crisis. In these times perhaps we are noticing that we are not all that we thought we were. How have our relationships fared? Have we dedicated ourselves completely to fasting and prayer? Have we lived up to the ideal we have set for ourselves? Likely not… We have all fallen short of the glory of God, but there is a grace that comes from God when we cry out. There is a song that the Lord will place in our hearts when we draw near. There is a faith that enters our lives when we trust in Jesus. Now is the time to acknowledge our failures and to fling ourselves on the feet of the Lord. He will be victorious through this trial, and his faithfulness, righteousness, and mercies know no end!
So Peter went out and wept bitterly.
The disciples asked Jesus many things during the course of His ministry, but as He drew close to the cross He told them that they hadn’t asking for anything in His name. He instructed them – and us – to ask in His name so that they would receive and their joy would be full. Despite the questions that often arise regarding delays in answers to prayer, when we are following the leading of the Holy Spirit to seek first the Kingdom of God there will be joyful answers from the Lord even if we don’t fully understand them. The life of a Christian is hard. That is a scriptural promise. This journey to joy is paved with trials, but we must continue to seek, to ask, and to press in. Pray boldly in this hour and know that Jesus has won the victory for us. May God bless you and give you joy!
Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Everything in this world will be shaken. Our trust and confidence needs to be in Christ alone. Regardless of your eschatological views on the timing of the rapture and the structure of the book of Revelation, you must be prepared. Take an account today. Where are you in the faith? What are you aiming at? How have you demonstrated your priorities by your actions? Why have you retained that which you know you need to rid yourself of? Self-focus has plagued the church for too long and bled us of our power in this generation. A faithful few must stand up, know our God, and pour ourselves out for the sake of others. Now is the time brothers and sisters!
Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Pastor Carter Conlon has served as the Senior Pastor of Times Square Church for many years. In a few months he will be transitioning into a different role and answering a call that the Lord has placed on his life to move through open doors nationally, to instruct pastors all over the world, and to continue guiding the affairs of the church. Pastor Tim Dilena has been called by the Lord to be the new Senior Pastor at Times Square Church. In this season, with these men of God as examples, know that we must follow the Lord wherever He would call us. Do not turn away from the banquet that God has set for us. No more excuses! Abraham could have complained and refused when God called him out, but he went. God has opened doors for you that no man can shut. In this moment you must choose to commit to fully following and obeying Jesus. Say yes to Him!
Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ ”
In this day a great peril for the people of God is the false shepherd, the wolves, and the imposters who bring promises of liberty barely disguising the slavery to sin and to the world they imply. There is great evil and a profound battle for this generation. Every moment it rages spiritual. Eternity is at stake. Do not be deceived. This powerful message brings to bear the importance of taking God at His word. There are so many lies and deceptions that have abounded in this generation, but the truth is the truth regardless of any disagreement. Our responsibility to the truth: Jesus Christ. It is time to be bold for the Kingdom of God! The stakes are too high to draw back.
Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
The cry of Jesus on the cross as He surrendered His life for your sake was one of a kind. It was a cry of God for His people, a cry for all time, a cry of finality. What a thing it is that the Lord hears and responds to our cries as well. Throughout the history of scripture the testimony of God is filled with moments defined by a cry. There is such a cry in this generation arising from darkness seeking to drown out the Word of God. We must respond with a Holy Spirit cry of our own! God help us! God send us! Forgive our fruitlessness! Glorify your name! The tipping point will arise with a cry, and each one of us must play our part for the sake of His kingdom.
And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.
Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”