Sometimes God Makes Me Really Angry – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 06.21.2020

Habakkuk

In any relationship there are tumultuous periods. In those periods we important choices to make. Should we come closer or withdraw? Should we push through or give up? Should we aim for a solution or declare things irreconcilable? While these questions are complicated in many of our relationships with other people, with the Lord there is only one answer: draw nearer. The Word of God recounts many situations where those who God has called and favored grow angry with the Lord (Job, David, Moses, etc.). Many times when we go through suffering or pain can even become furious. The Lord desires our honesty so that He will use these circumstances to show us where we need to be transformed and to bring healing into our lives. A fantastic example of this dynamic is the entire book of Habakkuk.

Lord, how long shall I cry,
And You will not hear?
Even cry out to You, “Violence!”
And You will not save.
Why do You show me iniquity,
And cause me to see trouble?
For plundering and violence are before me;
There is strife, and contention arises.
Therefore the law is powerless,
And justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.

Habakkuk 1:2-4

A Glimpse Of Glory – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 06.15.2020

06.23.2020

Revelation 7 paints a picture of the most diverse place that has ever existed: the throne of God. At a time when racial tensions are being amplified, we must remember how God sees each and every one of us. We will one day be together before the throne brothers and sisters, all of us in worship to the one true God. Jesus knows our individual struggles, our family struggles, our community struggles, and our struggles as the human race. He cares about them all. Let us press onward with the calling of Christ under the unction of the Holy Spirit as we advance the Kingdom of God!

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen.”

Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”

And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”

So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Revelation 7:9-17

How To Change Our Cities From Groaning To Rejoicing – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 06.07.2020

SiegeofJerusalem

After the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus withdrew from the crowds of people who wanted to make Him king on the spot. The plan of God requires us to respond appropriately and with accountability to Him rather than to the demands of the world. The strife in our world requires a response, but if that response is driven by anything other than the word and the will of God it will end in misstep and disaster. As such, we must hear from the Lord if we are to see progress and success in this generation. Jesus deserves a harvest, but if His laborers are receiving improper, sensationalized directions from other sources how can we hope to be a part of what He will accomplish? Now is the time for humility. Now is the time to seek God. Once our marching orders arrive we must act in faith and obedience. Only then can we go from groaning to rejoicing!

After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.

Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”

One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

John 6:1-15

What Is It Going To Take For Me To Change? – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 05.31.2020

Accuse

Despite our tendency to clamor for control, we are all going to be led by someone. Should we claim to lead ourselves, we soon find that we are really simply subservient to our own understandings and desires. That path never ends in good places. When we submit ourselves to the ideology of others, we arrive at a place where resentment, deception, and destruction build until an inevitable breaking arises. Our only option is to be led by God. Jesus wants to transform our hearts and to take His place as the Lord of our lives. He is able to do so! If we want to see change, justice, righteousness, and the defeat of evil in this generation then we must put our faith and trust in God and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Often it is only through pain that leads us to being open to change.

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Psalm 32:1-11

Praise #2 Is My Problem – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 05.25.2020

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Having a relationship with God brings you peace with God because of the victory that Jesus has won for us. He is worthy of all praise and exaltation at all times! In our lives we have seasons where praising the Lord seems easy and natural, but there are also seasons where praise seems impossible. Yet if our relationship with Jesus is strong and we are convinced firmly of His worthiness, then we will be able to praise God in spite of and ultimately even because of the challenges and threats we endure. He is absolutely faithful in all circumstances, and He is continuously working all things together for the good of those who love God and who are called according to His purposes. Praise Jesus today and every day. Hallelujah!

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1-5

 

A Rudder And A Sail Verse – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 05.17.2020

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Do we have faith that the word of God is true? If we know God and are called according to his purposes, then we know that all things work together for good. This promise often goes beyond our understanding, yet it is true. Even without having the full explanation of many situations, if we know and trust the Lord with this verse we can receive the peace and contentment of the Holy Spirit to contend with anything we face. Jesus is our shepherd, and He will lead us even through the valley of the shadow of death. We must regularly remind ourselves of this vibrant, mighty, glorious truth!

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Romans 8:26-30

Finding Hope When Everything Is Changing Around Me – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 05.10.2020

JesusBad Storm

Where is our foundation? In the midst of the noise, the chaos, and the disturbances, we must be able to hear God’s voice. We are going through a season of shaking and change that many have been anticipating for some time. This is a time when – if we will be open to what the Lord wants to accomplish – Jesus will transform our priorities and perspectives so that we can have an impact. Big changes are taking place, and we have a part to play in the direction the body of Christ will take in this generation. The Lord will shepherd us during this season, comfort us during these trials, and strengthen us for the spiritual battles ahead. God give an abundant faith in you that we have not yet known!

He found him in a desert land
And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
He encircled him, He instructed him,
He kept him as the apple of His eye.
As an eagle stirs up its nest,
Hovers over its young,
Spreading out its wings, taking them up,
Carrying them on its wings,

Deuteronomy 32:10-11

My Last Message – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 05.03.2020

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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.

Joshua 23:2-8

The Secret Of Contentment – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 04.26.2020

Paul

Are you content where you are right now? Most of us measure contentment in terms of our worldly position, and in times of testing like those we are enduring we can find many different reasons to be discontented. A critical principle from the New Testament is the importance of learning to be content in every circumstance. This can only come from maturity in our relationship with God through the knowledge of His sustaining grace. If we are content in all things then nothing in this world has power over us to hold us back from what the Lord will accomplish in our lives. We must know how to hear from Jesus to rest in His word. That requires knowing that genuine satisfaction and contentment is to be found in God and God alone.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:8-13