When Fathers Come Home – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 06.16.2019

Goliath

There was a moment when even David gave in to fear and compromise. He fled from Saul into the land of the enemies of God. He was no longer pursued by Saul, but he was outside of where God had called him to be. We must understand the importance of standing up and not shrinking away in this moment. It is time for men to be men in this generation. David’s next victory came when he returned to seeking the face of the Lord rather than being driven by fear. In our days we must press in to God to receive the boldness to battle for this generation. God forbid they are lost on our watch. David recovered all, and so will we if we cry out in desperate prayer for a groundswell of faith. Jesus raise up men and leaders! Turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and turn the hearts of the children to their fathers.

And David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Israel. So I shall escape out of his hand.” Then David arose and went over with the six hundred men who were with him to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath. So David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each man with his household, and David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal’s widow. And it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath; so he sought him no more.

1 Samuel 27:1-4

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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

Pray While You Still Can – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 06.02.2019

Gethsemane

There will come a time when darkness will so contort the minds of men that en masse they will neither acknowledge God nor pray. The time to pray is now! The Word of God is true and faithful, and we must be grateful that we are even attempting to pursue the Lord. It is time to leave what needs to be left behind and to take in the whole counsel of God for your life. We all must do this. In order to see revival and restoration the followers of Jesus must lay down everything at His cross, come into agreement with His Word, and walk in obedience to His will. This is an urgent call: there is no shadow of turning with God. It is time to be cleansed through repentance, it is time to walk in forgiveness, it is time to seek God while He may be found. Nothing short of a full pursuit of the Lord will stand in the days ahead.

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

Rebuilding The Wall Of Prayer – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 05.26.2019

Nehemiah

God is standing by to glorify Jesus through the testimony of your life. Will we receive the burden of the Lord to seek Him, to pray, and to rebuild? Or will we overlook God’s faithfulness and permit the ruins of this society to remain? When the hand of God moves and is upon us even the enemies of God must acknowledge His power. We must rise up in the strength of the Lord, and if we will then the faithfulness of Christ will keep us. Let us be sent in the name of the Lord, and His favor will be upon us to begin to walk in the supernatural. The promises of God are secure. We must press in to the Lord today! It’s time to fast and pray.

And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.”

So I became dreadfully afraid, and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?”

Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”

So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”

Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.

Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.

Nehemiah 2:1-8

A Dry Stick At A Religious Meeting – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 05.19.2019

GoldenCalf

Perhaps it seems as if your spiritual resources have run dry, that your calling is in question, and that your mistakes have created an irreparable separation from the will of God. In this moment know that God’s calling is irrevocable. If you are serving the Lord, then continue to persevere in obedience to Jesus. Press in to God! Don’t give up until you hear from Him. Pray. Fast. Know that the Lord is for you. Let this be a season of refreshing and encouragement. Laborers are needed for the harvest that is coming. Will you join in the work that will bear fruit eternally for the Kingdom of God? Jesus is worthy, and if you find yourself thirsty and dry today, then make the choice to refuse to stay in that place. Go to God today! He has not written you off.

As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”

Psalm 42:1-3

Mothers Rising – Pastor Teresa Conlon – Times Square Church – 05.12.2019

Dorcas

Both biological and spiritual mothers deserve to be celebrated for their many vast contributions to the body of Christ and to the world in general. The relational role of a Godly woman is capable of building up, restoring, and cultivating to a marvelous extent. What we find in Proverbs 31 and elsewhere in scripture is a picture of grace, compassion, service, and spiritual power. We would do well to heed the wisdom of mothers and look to their example. The Bible is replete with these examples to show us the authority and faith that God provides to overcome the trials and challenges that life presents. Brothers and sisters let the mothers arise and let us cherish the mothers for the sake of this generation.

At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.

Acts 9:36-42

Shipwrecked Under His Sovereignty – Pastor Claude Houde – 05.05.2019

Malta

Even when we are caught in a spiritual shipwreck we are still under God’s sovereignty. Even when we endure trials and hardships that occur when our counsel is ignored we must maintain the peace of God. Even when we don’t understand all the reasons and timing behind our shipwreck we serve a faithful Lord. Even when it appears that we are in an unexpected place where hope appears lost we are being prepared for the miraculous. Be nourished by the word of God and the promise that our trial will become our testimony. Jesus is no stranger to shipwreck, and Jesus is no stranger to the miraculous. It’s time to walk by faith brothers and sisters. Get up and go forward again in Christ with boldness and newness of purpose.

Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

Acts 28:1-6