Who Are You? – Pastor Nick Cassidy – Times Square Church – 10.13.2019

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We need to stand in the strength of our own experiences with the power of the Lord. Do not misunderstand: everything must line up with the Word of God. However, we cannot rest our faith exclusively on what God did with previous generations of His servants. The belief and behavior of our forefathers in the faith is important, but we have to know for ourselves who we are in Christ. What has Jesus done in transforming your heart? What has He kept you through? How great has His love and forgiveness been towards you? We must be given to the work of the kingdom and given for the harvest. Religious impotency and powerless institutions have surrendered the field to evil. Only those who know who they are in Christ can reclaim the lost territory!

Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.

And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 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 19:13-20

Podcast: On the Objective – Don’t Grow Weary While Doing Good – Steven Menking – 10.01.2019

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Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! Even the prophet Jeremiah had a moment where he grew weary in well doing. We must learn from this example and the response that God required. The Lord instructed Jeremiah to repent and to return to his former posture of obedient service. If we have grown weary in our own walks with Jesus we must repent of such weariness. The Lord will provide all of the strength that we could ever need in overflowing proportions. We must seek Him for it in order to walk in the power and authority that this generation so desperately needs. The scriptures from this message are found in Jeremiah 15 and Galatians 6.

This broadcast was produced in partnership with Prepper Broadcasting Network via a new collaborative effort Reliance: An Exploration of 21st Century Faith

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Guest Post: Do Not Grow Weary – Pastor Mike Spaulding – 09.29.2019

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Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.[1]—Jesus Christ

Weariness has become epidemic in America. The mental and physical exhaustion being suffered is evident on the faces of a great number of people nearly every day. Webster’s Dictionary defines weariness as: The state of being weary or tired; that lassitude or exhaustion of strength which is induced by labor; fatigue.[2]

Lassitude as used by Webster in the definition of weariness above means: uneasiness proceeding from continued waiting, disappointed expectation or exhausted patience, or from other cause.[3]

When I read “or from other cause” I paused. Certainly, unfulfilled expectations can weary you, as can unexpected events that bring with them negative results. Patience can be exhausted resulting in weariness and depleted strength or stamina to continue to persevere while waiting for a desired outcome.

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Stay Strong – Pastor David Ham – Times Square Church – 06.23.2019

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Caleb brought a good report when he originally spied out the land of Canaan. When Joshua was ready to divide the land several decades later he was approach by Caleb who reminded Joshua of the inheritance that God had given Caleb for his faithfulness. Caleb had to fight one more battle to claim what was his, but even at an advanced age he stayed strong. Lord help us in this generation to receive and to retain the strength that only you can provide us. We must all make a decision to persevere, to endure, and to overcome in this generation. The lost are looking for the strength of God to be demonstrated in our lives, and we have a responsibility to those around us to remain strong – not in our own strength but through the Holy Spirit – to demonstrate the love and the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.”

And Joshua blessed him, and gave Heron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. And the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim).

Then the land had rest from war.

Joshua 14:6-15

Remember The Prisoners – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 04.28.2019

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Jesus tells us to love our enemies. This requires supernatural strength and faith. Moreover, it requires a heavenly perspective. The enemies of the cross are in a merciless prison. Just because some of the cells in this prison have an appearance of comfort only makes the incarceration all the more insidious. We are called to a love that stretches so far beyond our abilities that in our own mind we can’t even conceptualize it. God will give us the faith that we need to fulfill this commandment. It doesn’t mean we roll over. It doesn’t mean we don’t stand for God. It doesn’t mean we yield the battlefield to the enemy. It means we know why we are called into this spiritual battle. The enemies of the Lord are still in the prisons that we ourselves were once in. The cross of Christ is available for all. Many will refuse the free gift of salvation, but when we remember the prisoners it should motive us to get our strength exclusively from God.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48

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

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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

The Responsibility Of Little Strength – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 11.13.2016

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Even if you are in a position where you feel that you have little strength, you still have a responsibility. God has opened a door for you. It cannot be shut, not even by you. Yet you still have to walk through that door into the fullness of what God has prepared for your life. It is high time that we abandon that which holds us back from the calling of God and press in. This is the moment to pray, to fast, to seek the Lord, and to be sent out for the sake of others to demonstrate the truth of Christ in this generation.

The Responsibility Of Little Strength – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 11.13.2016

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,

‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

Revelation 3:7-13