Thursday, April 30, 2009

Why Are All These People Drunk?

Acts 2:12 - 13 (KJV) 12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

This week marks the 40th Anniversary of the North Carolina District of the United Pentecostal Church International. The North Carolina District Conference is in session in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Temple of Pentecost (Pastor Wayne Huntley).

Wednesday night was a wonderful service highlighted by the anointed ministry of the musicians and singers that are a part of the Temple of Pentecost (T.O.P.) Choir. It is worth noting that everyone at the “T.O.P.” is clearly committed to giving God glory in everything they do. It was obvious that many individuals from the church were working very diligently to make tonight a memorable evening for all the saints and especially the ministers from across the state that were in attendance this evening.

Anyway… about that choir! There were several times during the service when waves of worship swept across the entire congregation. The atmosphere during one song in particular could have easily fit the description of the believers we read about in Acts 2. In Raleigh, just like in Jerusalem the Holy Ghost was being poured out and people were acting more than a little drunk tonight (spiritually speaking of course).

It reminds me of something Rev. David Elms mentioned in his message tonight (Giving God What He Wants). Of course the message was very timely and very powerful in many ways. However, his thought about the “drinking” in Acts 2 is especially significant.

Luke 24:46 - 49 (KJV) 46And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48And ye are witnesses of these things. 49And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Without question the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus points us to the promise of the Father that was given on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem (Acts 2).

Acts 2:1 - 4 (KJV) 1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Pastor Elms made the following observation in his message: Of all the ways that God could give His spirit to His people, he did it in such a spectacular manner that the onlookers supposed that these new spirit-filled believers were drunk.

Perhaps it is an indication that Jesus never intended for his people to remain unmoved by the outpouring of His spirit. Perhaps believers filled with “new wine” should still act drunk when they experience the power of God like the original believers did at Pentecost. Perhaps the cure for powerless and passionless Christianity is a fresh overdose of the Holy Ghost!

Acts 2:14 - 18 (KJV) 14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What Shall We Do?

Acts 2:37 - 38 (KJV) 37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Recently I had a wonderfully refreshing visit with a good friend. His name is Bill Hobson and he pastors a great church in Longwood (Orlando), Florida. Our conversation was born out of a powerful message I heard him preach. In our discussion together, Bill spoke passionately about the need for post-modern preaching to illicit the same response as the preaching we read about in the Bible.

Certainly the Book of Acts in particular gives ample evidence that the “first church” understood the need to “preach for response.” Numerous instances in scripture provide clear direction for preachers in our generation that seek to follow the example of the early apostles. Apparently they preached Jesus, fully expecting lives to be changed by the power of God.

The Apostles did not give talks designed to placate the carnal desires of listeners with no hunger for transformation. They preached with an agenda determined to call the crowd to repentance and adherence to God’s plan through Holy Ghost power.

Perhaps preachers should often revisit the history of the early church as recorded in the Book of Acts. This may insulate us from the pressure of our age to “dumb down” Christianity. Audiences today must be compelled to turn from sin and pursue faith that is demonstrated by obedience to the Word of God.

I honor Pastor Hobson and young preachers like him with a passion for “old time religion” just like we read about in the New Testament. Thanks for preaching that still motivates the masses to ask the critical question, “What shall we do?”

Acts 2:39 - 41 (KJV) 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

The following pictures were taken on Sunday and Monday of this week. They are beautiful images that remind us of the joy that comes when believers are encouraged to respond to “old fashion” Bible preaching!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

No Substitute Preacher

1 Corinthians 2:1 - 5 (KJV) 1And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified…

… 4And my speech and my PREACHING was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

In Acts 17, Paul is in Athens trying to preach to people that seem more interested in discussing theories, then listening to preaching.

Acts 17:21 (KJV) 21(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

Acts 17:32 - 33 (KJV) 32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. 33So Paul departed from among them.

Even the great Apostle Paul could not fully impact people that were more eager to talk then they were to listen. He departed from Athens and in Acts 18 we see him ministering in Corinth. It seems that he adjusted his approach with the Corinthians based on his experience with the Athenians.

Acts 18:1, 4 (KJV) 1After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth… 4And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

Basically Paul went to preaching! Perhaps like the people Paul encountered in Athens, our generation prefers therapy over transformation. Many would rather hear themselves talk then endure preaching. However, preaching STILL changes lives. We can never fix with talking what can only be changed by preaching.

Obviously God was pleased with the Apostle Paul’s preference for preaching. Here is what the Lord said to Paul in Acts 18:

Acts 18:8 - 10 (KJV) 8…and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. 9Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 10For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

God’s WORD for Corinth came through PREACHING.
God’s WORD for YOU will come through PREACHING.
Don’t miss church on Sunday because there is NO substitute for PREACHING.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall...

James 1:23 - 24 (KJV) 23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

Mirror, Mirror on the wall; who’s the fairest of them all?

Mirror, Mirror as I read; help me see the change I need!

Sometimes we forget the powerful purpose of the Word of God. When we look at ourselves through our study of the Bible, we see what God sees when He looks at us. I appreciate the daily look in the “mirror” of scripture. I don’t want to face the world without a daily “spiritual” makeover.

The preacher in our life is a great blessing. Occasionally we have a tendency to ignore the areas of our “spiritual look” that need adjusting. We look at ourselves and forget what changes we need Jesus Christ to make in us. Sometimes we convince ourselves that we've got "the look." However, when we have a preacher in our life, things are revealed through the Word of God that help us focus clearly on becoming more like Jesus.

Preach to me preacher. I don’t want to look in the mirror of the Bible and deceive myself. Give me the Word that challenges and changes me. Don’t tell me what you think I want to hear. Show me what I need to walk in the will of God everyday.

We are living in a generation when some no longer want to listen to sound and wholesome instruction from the preacher. People want to follow their own desires and they look for preachers that tell them what they want to hear.

Many forsake truth and chase fantasies. They want a “word” that says, “I’m the fairest of them all.” I want a word that transforms me. I crave preaching that provokes me to see what God sees; not just His grace that forgives me, but His truth that frees me.

2 Timothy 4:1 - 4 (KJV) 1I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Please Protect Your Preacher

Romans 10:13 - 14 (KJV) 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Our generation often underestimates the value of the preacher. Perhaps because preachers are human, perhaps because preachers make mistakes, perhaps because some preachers fail - many people fail to appreciate the purpose of preaching in God’s grand design for New Testament Christians.

Of course our lack of appreciation for preaching does nothing to change the high regard that God has for the role of the preacher in His plan for His people.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) 18For the PREACHING of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:21 (KJV) 21For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of PREACHING to save them that believe.

Take time today to pray for your preacher. Pray that he always remain passionate about preaching the Word of God without fear and without favor. Pray also for your own passion for your preacher. People that diminish their desire for preaching eventually loose their love for truth.

Your preacher provides the accountability that protects you from self-deception, so please protect your preacher. If you maintain a proper respect for preaching and an appropriate relationship with your preacher, you will have access to timely direction from God that will keep your steps ordered by the Word of the Lord.

Titus 1:2 - 4 (KJV) 2In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised BEFORE the world began; 3But hath in due times (AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME) manifested his word through PREACHING, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Here Comes The Church

Matthew 16:18 (KJV) 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

The Church of the living God is advancing in these last days. While some report the decline and demise of traditional Christianity, believers around the world are absolutely pumped about the rise and revival of the church.

Every local congregation should acknowledge that the forces of spiritual wickedness and the agenda of the darkness of this world system cannot stop the unrelenting march of the church.

Here are some individual testimonies that bring me great joy about the progress of the church:

Jennifer wrote: I am writing to give you some news about what's going on with me. Since last Wednesday night, when I told you that I prayed that I might be a soul winner, in 2 days I have taught 3 Bible studies and everyone I taught wants to come to church with me.

God just opened these doors so easily for me and these people are just so hungry for more of the Lord. They are discovering things in the Bible as I teach that they never knew before. I am just really excited to see how these doors just opened so easily and I wanted to share this news with you.

Tony and Tina sent this note: It is really amazing to see what God is doing. You told us that God would set up opportunities for us and it is unreal what is happening. Tony now has 5 people that want to be baptized in Jesus Name. Recently we have connected with several people that have been away from church for a long time and now they all want to come back to church as soon as possible. Tony helped a lady who was having car trouble the other day and now we believe she is coming to church soon also! Some of our friends who have not been to church that much, are now helping us invite others to church. WOW!

WOW is right. HERE COMES THE CHURCH! There is a spiritual fire that is spreading forth from the Church. It is stirring up an unprecedented hunger for God in the hearts of sincere people that want more of Jesus Christ. This is the GREATEST HOUR for the Church.


Joel 2:28 - 29 (KJV) 28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Believers From Another Planet

1 John 1:7 (KJV) 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

There is a place that God has created for human beings to live and thrive. That place is called… THE EARTH (Wow – what a revelation). Occasionally individuals have escaped the surly bonds of earth and have touched the face of God, or at least visited the Space station. However, if they don’t return home soon, we consider them LOST IN SPACE.

There is a place that God has created for Christians to live and thrive. That place is called… THE CHURCH (Wow – what a revelation). Occasionally you will encounter individuals that seek to escape the surly bonds of church and touch the face of God, or at least enjoy some football or NASCAR on Sunday. However, if they don’t return home soon, we consider them LOST IN SPACE.

On this planet it is reasonably clear in scripture that Christianity is NOT a “Lone Ranger Religion.” God intends for us to work together, pray together, serve together, fellowship together, love together, and grow together as part of His church.

Fellowship: Koinonia / Partnership; participation; communion; contribution


Sunday is coming! Let’s get TOGETHER at church.

Romans 5:6 – 8, 19 (KJV) 6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8But God commendeth his love toward US, in that, while WE were yet sinners, Christ died for US… 19For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall MANY be made righteous.

Ephesians 2:4 - 7 (KJV) 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved US, 5Even when WE were dead in sins, hath quickened US TOGETHER with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised US up TOGETHER, and made US sit TOGETHER in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward US through Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Calvary Was For The Church

Acts 20:28 (KJV) 28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Some believe that Jesus died for me, myself and mine; so it is not really that important that I invest my life in church. They say, “I believe in Jesus, but I don’t believe in organized religion.” They say, “I love the Lord, but I don’t go to church.”

Brothers and sisters, JESUS DIED for the CHURCH!

Matthew 16:18 (KJV) 18And I say also unto thee, (Jesus speaking) That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

The Devil is not a problem for the church. Terrorism is not a problem for the church. Even the economy cannot stop the church. One song writer (Dottie Rambo) said…

I’m talking about the Church in the Book of Revelation
It’s built on the Rock, it’s got a firm foundation
It’s been through the flood and it’s been through the fire
But one of these days, the Church is going to move up higher
It’s the Church triumphant. O Lord and it’s built by the hand of the Lord.

Your church has a destiny that began at Calvary. Your church has been brought to you by the blood of Jesus. Nothing can stop God’s plan for His church.

However, the Apostle Paul warned that one of the greatest danger to the church would be the church:

Acts 20:28-31 (NLT) 28 “…Guard yourselves and God’s people… 29I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. 30Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following. 31Watch out…

Perhaps some of the false teachings that negatively impacts the church comes from people that should be in church encouraging others to follow them out of church. May we never forget that Calvary was for the church.

Because of Calvary and on behalf of grateful believers everywhere, thank you Jesus for the church.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Your Church Is Valuable

Acts 20:28 - 31 (KJV) "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears."

In our consumer culture the customer is king. Some people choose churches the way they select restaurants. The food is too spicy; the music is too loud; the wait is too long… I don't like the 'service', I don't like church.

However, the church business is not the same as the restaurant business. The church is NOT about having it your way, the church is about having it God's way. After all, the church was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.

The modern American church is VALUABLE for many reasons; perhaps because there is a Starbucks in the lobby, a jungle gym in the nursery, Wii or Xbox in the Youth class and Clay Aiken in the choir. Once a 'church' has been outfitted with the latest and greatest of consumer friendly amenities, than people promote their church (not for its virtue but for its value). "Oh, I love my church! Oh I never miss church."

The world is filled with many C.E.O. believers. These are the ones that come to church on Christmas, Easter, and Other special occasions. This coming Sunday is NOT Easter Sunday, but your church is still a church. Express your appreciation for Calvary through your involvement and investment in your church.

The church is so valuable to Jesus that He gave His life for the church. Perhaps one simple way to please HIM is to give my life (my time, my talent, my treasure) for His church.

Hebrews 10:24 - 25 (NLT) "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near."

Monday, April 13, 2009

Jesus Is Coming!

Acts 1:10 - 11 (KJV) "And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."

Easter WAS awesome! Not because of baskets and bunnies but because of the bountiful blessings of Jesus Christ upon the people of God EVERYWHERE.

I have already received MANY wonderful testimonies of lives being changed by the wonderful power of the Holy Ghost this past Easter weekend (here are just a couple):

From Nathan and Tanya Harrod (Spain):
We are thankful for the move of God we had during our Regional Convention here in Barcelona this past weekend. During these weekend services we had 92 people filled with the Holy Ghost for the first time.
From Evangelist Tim Downs (El Dorado, Arkansas):
We defeated the enemy with 108 first time guests and baptized a total of 38 people in Jesus Name!
After the resurrection of Jesus Christ the disciples proceeded to "turn their world upside down" by going into the world and preaching the gospel. The appropriate response to the resurrection is not to gaze into heaven wondering what is going to happen next. God's plan for these last days seems fairly easy to grasp: Resurrection, Revival, and Rapture!

Jesus is coming AGAIN! We have enjoyed the celebration of His Resurrection and now we should labor in the harvest field with uncommon expectation. We WILL experience the greatest revival in the History of the Church in OUR generation; And then… JESUS IS COMING!

1 Thessalonians 4:14 - 18 (KJV) "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him…"


"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

Friday, April 10, 2009

Because He Lives

Romans 8:11 "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."

This Sunday many of us will rejoice as we remember the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Calvary is not just history it is a reality! Perhaps the greatest evidence of the power of our risen savior is in the testimony of the lives He is still changing everyday by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Here is April's story:
I was a functional alcoholic for years in the Navy; every afternoon as soon as 'Happy Hour' started, so did I. I would drink one after another, not stopping until I spilled one. That was my cue that I had drank enough that day, because I wouldn't want to waste my alcohol by pouring it on the bar.

I drank as an escape from the severe depression and loneliness I felt. Soon I became suicidal. My depression had become so severe that I wanted to die. I did not want my children to be raised by my abusive spouse so I contemplated murder/suicide, but couldn't bring myself to it.

My mother asked me to a concert at her church. I went just because she wouldn't leave me alone about it. While the singers were singing, God was speaking to my heart. I began to talk to Him, letting Him know that I knew I had made a mess of my life.

I gave my entire mess to Him! He filled me with His Holy Spirit right there on the spot while the concert was still going on. My life has never been the same again! That was over 16 YEARS AGO (January 3, 1993).
This Sunday is Easter Sunday. Don't attend church because it's Sunday or because it's Easter; Attend church BECAUSE HE LIVES.

Jesus lives and because He lives you can have life abundant and everlasting.

This Sunday don't just enjoy the history of Easter, experience the reality of resurrection power. In the songs you sing, in the message you hear, seek to be filled with the power of the Holy Ghost. It will change YOUR LIFE forever, just because He lives.
Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives

When the eggs are eaten and the bunnies have bounced - Easter will be history for many, including a lot of Christians.

But because He lives, you and I can live in the reality of the resurrection everyday.

2 Corinthians 5:14 - 15 (NLT) "Either way, Christ's love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them."

Thursday, April 9, 2009

It Cost To Be Lost

Ok! Cut me some slack; based on my blog entry today and yesterday I am obviously a little too fixated on finances at the moment… but hear me out:

Luke 15:13 - 15 (KJV) "And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want."


Maybe we should think a little bit more about the economic ramifications of being disconnected from our Heavenly Father. The prodigal son was not the last lost boy to blow-off the blessings of living at daddy's house for the illusive enchantments of riotous living.

Recently a friend of mine shared this testimony with me:
I tried to quit smoking for 3 months, but one day, I had to have a cigarette. I went to the store and bought a pack. Even though my family knew I was trying to quit, I knew I couldn't. So I went behind the house, and squatted down behind a barrow trying to hide from everybody.

But when I lid the cigarette and started smoking, I heard Gods voice. It was just as if someone was standing there talking to me. God said, "why are you hiding? I can see you."

Needless to say, I immediately put the cigarette out. This happened on a Friday. That Sunday, I went to church. There was guest preacher. After the first few songs, the preacher said, God told him, "He wanted to deliver someone from nicotine TODAY!" In my heart and mind I knew with out reservations, He was talking to me. I immediately got out of my pew and went up. The preacher laid hands on me, God took the DESIRE away from me and 2 days later I got the Holy Ghost… THAT WAS 18 YEARS AGO!
(Thanks Edith for sharing… YOU GO GIRL)!

One writer of a popular business journal put it this way:
The costs add up: Cigarettes, dry cleaning, and insurance - you can even lose your job. A 40-year-old who quits and puts the savings into a 401(k) could save almost $250,000 by age 70.
I AM NOT condemning people who struggle with addictions. I am just saying it cost too much! The far out journeys, the wasted substance on substances that leave us wasted… IT ALL ADDS UP. Much money could be saved if people could find their way BACK to their "father's house."

It cost to be lost, but it pays to be saved! There is nothing quite as satisfying as a right relationship with Jesus Christ. There is NO HIGH like the MOST HIGH.

If you find this opportunity even remotely enticing check out my blog from yesterday: Now that you know it cost to be lost, you might be glad to discover that the COST was in the CROSS!

John 10:10 - 11 (KJV) "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep."

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Cost Was In The Cross

Isa 53:3-5 "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

The cost of being lost is great, but the cost has been covered by the cross.

Rom 6:23
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Col 2:14
"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;"

John 19:30
"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."

NT:5055 teleo (tel-eh'-o); from NT:5056; to end, ie. complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt):
There was a time on earth, When in the book of heaven
An old account was standing for sins yet unforgiven
My name was at the top, And many things below
I went unto the keeper, And settled long ago.
Long ago (down on my knees), Long ago (I settled it all)
Yes, the old account was settled long ago (Hallelujah)
And the record's clear today, For He washed my sins away
When the old account was settled long ago.

2 Cor 8:9
"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."

Let's celebrate Calvary today and EVERY day.

Let's live as though our lives have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus.

Welcome to Harold Linder's Blog

Rev. Harold Linder is a graduate of Kent Christian College where he earned his B. A. in Biblical Studies. Upon graduating, he returned home to serve seven years as Youth Pastor of Bethel Pentecostal Church, Long Island, New York (Bishop D.D. Davis, Pastor Doug Davis). While residing in New York he also served six years as the Youth President of the New York Metro District, UPCI.

Bro. Linder's ministry has included missions work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has also traveled extensively throughout North America speaking at revivals, rallies, conventions, and camps. He has ministered at the North American Youth Congress and the North American Youth Workers Convention. He has also served the General Youth Division of the United Pentecostal Church as a member of the Executive Planning Committee.

Pastor Linder currently teaches Youth Ministry as an adjunct instructor at Northeast Christian College in Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada. He serves as the Foreign Missions Director of the North Carolina District and he is also a member of the Foreign Missions Board of the United Pentecostal Church International.

Since 2001, Harold Linder has faithfully served as pastor of Heavenview United Pentecostal Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He is very blessed to enjoy the capable support of his wife Lisa, their daughter Abigail (born on November 20, 2003), and Harrison (born May 13, 2007).