Saint’s On Fire – Dale Copeland

Saint’s On Fire – Revival is here.

heart-on-fireThis is a message from my childhood pastor, Dale Copeland. I recieved it from my grandma in 2008 and received Pastor Dale’s permission to post it to my website at the time. Fast forward to now: several days earlier than that of July 25th 2015, the Lord had reminded me of this message and to listen to is again. I did so on my morning walk after listening to the Chapter 14 “The Exchanged Life” of Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret I recommend that read this post first and then come back a listen to this message. May God bless your hearing. Click the play button below to listen.

 

The Exchanged Life – Hudson Taylor

Is Holiness in this life Obtainable?

Brothers, the short back story leading up to this chapter was that Hudson Taylor had been in the trenches of ministry for the Chinese people from his teens in the early 17th century. He had such a burden for the millions of Chinese people perishing daily without ever even hearing of the Lord and savior Jesus Christ. He toiled and labored until his mid 40’s to the detriment of his health and family’s safety. The stories of God’s provision and grace are astounding. Hudson stood on the shoulders of spiritual giants yet he still struggled with his shortcomings and ever wondering was holiness in this life obtainable.

The question recently posed to us in bible study by a dear brother was: “What does it mean when Jesus says he will return for His bride a church without spot or wrinkle?” I began to pray about this question, and as it had been brought up by other brothers in different ways I knew it was critical and that the Lord would be faithful to begin to reveal His answer to us. I believe God gave the answer to Hudson Taylor. In the book “Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret”, chapter 14 encapsulates the message for us today. Praise God! I hope you are as encouraged and liberated as I was when I first read/heard (for me the first time on audio book) this message.

Thank you to my wife for asking me to read this book. I love you always. Continue reading

Right Jesus, Wrong Time

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RIGHT JESUS—WRONG TIME by Carter Conlon Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). You and I would be wise to consider these words that Jesus once spoke to His disciples, bearing in mind that in this life, we will have tribulation, trials, difficulties, opposition, sorrow, and sometimes even depression. We will be falsely accused, even slandered. Yet we can be of good cheer, for we have the promise of God that no matter how dark the days may become, we are all going to make it to the finish line. Remember, Jesus has already won the victory. In last month’s newsletter, I gave an illustration of a football team coming out of the locker room and having to run through a paper wall in order to enter the game. That paper wall symbolizes everything you and I must break through—all the lies of the devil as to why we cannot go forward in God. The enemy succeeded in hindering the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt and were heading into the Promised Land. They stopped at the border, convinced that they could not go forward and claim what was lawfully theirs (see Numbers 13:32–33). They failed to understand that it was only a paper wall, and as a result, they ended up dying in the wilderness. So now let’s assume that we as a team have broken through the paper wall, and now we are all lined up on the field. It’s the opening kickoff. Somebody from our team backs into the end zone, catches the ball, and starts running toward the opposing team’s goal. However, all of a sudden he stops, spikes the ball on his own ten-yard line, and begins to do a victory dance.

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Life is Fragile, Handle With Forgiveness

Life is Fragile, Handle With Forgiveness

From: Beside Still Waters

davidtopAnother friend passed away this week. Life really is short, a vapor, each day a gift. We are stewards of the precious moments God has given us. He has entrusted us with the choice to either redeem each day to the fullest, or allow it to be wasted. While we don’t hold on to life, knowing it’s a rehearsal for our eternal home, we try to make each day count. The choices we give in to can swallow up our days, weeks, months, and years.

Yes, death does make one think about life.

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children in this short life is to teach and show them about forgiveness. They will come to appreciate the power and necessity of forgiveness in their adult years, when the seeds planted early on begin to germinate. Several recent conversations with a group of women centered around the power of forgiveness, the fruit of His Spirit reflected in a surrendered life. We enjoyed the following verses:

“Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12). “If you Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:3) “If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” (Matthew 6:15)

Rehearsing wrongs done is a tool the enemy uses to keep us from running the race with victory. Born again, yet bitter, can darken our light, and flatten our salt.

There is freedom in forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn’t mean one necessarily forgets, but it does mean the transgression, perceived or real, loses its hold. Joseph said to his brothers, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” Joseph wasn’t going to lose one moment in unforgiveness. Because he didn’t allow himself to be blinded by bitterness, his vision was clear to see God’s sovereign hand. How easy it could have been for him to languish over the injustice of his treatment. Instead, he didn’t skip a beat, conscience clear, heart pure, he was available when called on in a moment’s notice to appear before the Pharaoh. His ministry in that moment, saved a nation, and greatly impacted the then known world. Continue reading

Ravi Zacharias: Is There Not A Cause?

Ravi Zacharias: Is There Not A Cause?

When God wants to drill a man, and thrill a man and skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man to play the noblest part,
When He yearns with all His heart to create so great and bold a man
That all the world should be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways:
How He ruthlessly perfects whom He royally elects;
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him into shapes and forms of clay
Which only God can understand,
While man’s tortured heart is crying and he lifts beseeching hands;
Yet God bends but never breaks when man’s good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And with mighty power infuses him,
With every act induces him to try His splendor out,
God knows what He’s about.

 

Shouting Glory In The Temple

Shouting Glory In The Temple

PSALM 29
1 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
11 The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

A powerful message from Times Square Church