How A Really Good Man Ends Really Bad – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 06.09.2019

2019.06.18

The mentions of Barnabas in the New Testament provide an interesting framework for understanding the importance of precision in our walk with the Lord. There was a sharp contention between Paul and Barnabas, and they went their separate ways in ministry. The final mention of Barnabas was an incident when Paul rebuked Peter for eating exclusively with Jewish believers to the exclusion of the Gentiles. Barnabas joined Peter in that error. An important lesson for us is that even a minor deviation, if left uncorrected, can result in us ending up a long way off from our calling. Barnabas began by encouraging Paul and guiding him into ministry by vouching for him when the other apostles were wary of his past. We must make sure to be steadfast in our encouragement of others and in our desire for Godly correction so that we can remain on the right path.

When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

Galatians 2:11-13

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One On One – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 03.31.2019

Alabaster

Much of the words of Jesus that we treasure so dearly are the product of one on one conversations. It is so critical for us to spend time with the Lord as well as each other one on one. So how do we do this? Ask questions of other people. Pay attention to their answers. Ask follow up questions. Find an opportunity for prayer. If we focus on being people who others want to communicate with then there will be more opportunities for us to communicate with others. Listening will allow us to avoid defaulting to cliches and will provide room for God to enter the situation. This powerful message focuses on a one on one conversation Jesus had with a sinful woman in front of others at a dinner. We must trust God with everything, be willing to press in to Him, and to treasure a word from the Lord for us. Take the time to get one on one with Jesus today!

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

So he said, “Teacher, say it.”

“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”

And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Luke 7:36-50

Head To Foot – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 02.17.2019

Honesty

It is exhausting to attempt to be holy in our own strength. We must give it up and simply be honest with God! He already knows the thoughts we deal with, the struggles we face, and live in high definition. We deal with thousands of thoughts each day, and we must follow the scriptures to take them captive. Right after being miraculously delivered from Saul, David had a thought of defeat catch in his mind. He then fled into the land of Goliath, and worse yet he brought hundreds of people along with him. When we obey our thoughts instead of God we can be moved in the wrong direction and even take others with us. However, when the power of the Holy Spirit gives us the boldness to be honest we see freedom. In Ephesus the new Christians openly confessed their sins and cast into the fire their occult books and pagan connections. We will continue to fight these mind battles as long as we are in the flesh, but we must fight in the power of God and be honest and open one with another in maturity and faith.

And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

Acts 19:18-20

Where Do Aliens Come From? – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 12.09.2018

Moses

Editor’s Note: This sermon is not about extraterrestrials or inter-dimensional beings. It is based on the NASB translation of Acts 7:29 and is aimed at understanding how powerful our tongues really are.

Twenty four words spoken to Moses by his own people changed the course of his life and sent him to the backside of the desert for forty years. There is indeed life and death in the power of the tongue. We have to make sure that we continue to pray for diligence concerning what we should speak and what we should hear. It will be a challenge to remove all of the sources speaking death into you, not least because you yourself are likely one of those sources. There are many that take the idea of positive speech too far and venture into deceptive doctrines, but this message is intended to help us remember that the tongue is powerful and that someone’s life can be changed by just a few words. Take the time to encourage someone today!

But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him, but they did not understand. On the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?’ But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? You do not mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ At this remark, Moses fled and became an alien in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.

Acts 7:23-29 (NASB)

I Can’t Go On One More Day – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 08.12.2018

Emmaus

Even iconic figures of the Bible like Moses and David reached places where they cried out to God that they wouldn’t be able to make it even one more day. All of us have finite resources of patience, strength, courage, joy, and other positive characteristics. Slowly but surely – and sometimes quickly as well – these resources are depleted by the world. On occasion, like with Moses, these resources are depleted by the behavior and attitude of our loved ones as well as our brothers and sisters. So what do we do when we reach these moments? We must know that we serve a God who lives and who desires to give us all the riches available to us in Jesus! Our lives must be poured into by God continually and supernaturally in order to avoid this depletion. We must pray. We must press in to God. We must pursue His Word. If we look around us, so many are crying out that they don’t have the strength to go on. Receive these critical spiritual resources from God each and every day so that you may point others to Him as well!

I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now—if I have found favor in Your sight—and do not let me see my wretchedness!”

So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.

Numbers 11:14-17

I’m Hurt, So What Do I Do Now? – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 08.05.2018

JesusHeals

Forgive me Father for the inability to forgive! We need the power from God to forgive so that we can rescue our future. The past is done, but we need to make the right choices particularly in resolving conflicts. We need more skills in communication, but ultimately the nature of dealing with conflict and offense comes from the heart. If we don’t forgive then we will be unable to move forward. The closer people are to us the more it hurts when people offend and trespass against us. Any hurt that we allow to persist in our lives will lead to bitterness. Do not cover your hurts today, but deal with them according to scripture. Please press in to God for the faith to forgive one another. If we do not, then we will miss out on the fruit that God wants to bring about through our lives. Jesus help us to forgive as you forgave us!

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger,
And his glory is to overlook a transgression.

Proverbs 19:11

My Fear Is A Revelation – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 07.29.2018

JesusStorm

Many have been paralyzed by fear in this generation by custom-tailored weapons small and large. Only God can guide us through our anxieties into gladness. His Word is full of promises that we must attribute in our own lives. Is our confidence in God? Do we know the God we serve? Has all power been given to Jesus? Regardless of what we are facing, we must press in to God! It’s time to pray. After all, God is both sovereign and worthy. Many times in scripture and in our own lives he guides us through trials and circumstances that clearly demonstrate the areas where we still have not trusted Him and the circumstances that we still have not brought to Him. Lord send your Holy Spirit to open our eyes to how we have fallen short and how your promises are alive for us today. Give us the faith the call upon your great name rather than rely on our own strength. Thank you Jesus for your mercy and grace!

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.

Isaiah 54:17