Sojourner in Asia

"Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee…"


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Generational Warfare

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A harmful battle is being waged in many churches today that is violently destructive to our present situation, as well as disruptive to our future effectiveness.  I address the generational front of the war on worship.  It is the battle that pits the senior saint against the millennial “Jesus follower.”  It is the conflict that unnecessarily partitions the local body into age-divided worship styles and preferences.  Its stated goal is to overwhelm the orthodox system with a series of new ideas, emergent principles, and music that resembles the bar stool more than the piano bench.

Within the last week we were made aware of a local church heart-deep in the middle of this said conflict.  The church of which I speak used to be independent Baptist but was moved to a non-denominational identity.   Their music has been drifting liberal for many years.  The organ is gone, and the piano…

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It’s Time for Us to Pray

lanphier copy Joseph Lanphier

At the noon hour on the twenty-third day of September, 1857 Jeremiah Lanphier sat alone in a room on the third floor of the Old Dutch North Church on Fulton Street in New York City.  Hired by the church for the work of visitation, he had spent the last three months in nothing but slow and fruitless visitation.

The bustle of the city’s streets, however, gave him a thought: what if the businessmen of the city would enjoy a short time of prayer at noon?

Lanphier, then, calmly waited.  Noon…ten after…now twenty… finally, at 12:30 six footsteps could be heard climbing the stairs to Lanphier’s Mt. Carmel.

The second week he welcomed twenty; then, the financial collapse of 1857 hit.  Within weeks, Lanphier was welcoming lawyers, bankers, porters and mechanics to the tune of 3,000 in number.  Revival had sprung from the wells of prayer!

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The Heart of the Matter

Thought for the Day:

Proverbs 4:23; Proverbs 14:34; Psalm 33:12a

 

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”

 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58th presidential election in the United States of America.  From what I hear in the news and see in the press many people consider this a pivotal election that will decide the fate of America.

The so called conservatives believe America is headed in the wrong direction and if Hilary Clinton becomes the next president she will destroy what is left of America.  Some of these same people believe Donald Trump is the answer.  

I read a Letter to the Editor by John Grychak, Sebastian in the TC Palm (a subsidiary of USA Today) that stated, “Donald Trump will be the savior of America.”  There was a video on the Internet titled: Donald Trump: the Savior of America.  

If you do a search on the Internet and type in “Savior of America” you will see similar hits ad nauseam.

NO POLITICAL CANDIDATE CAN FIX OR SAVE AMERICA.

America’s problems are NOT political.  America’s problems are spiritual.  What made America great was the LORD.  At one time, America was even known as a Christian nation that sent out missionaries around the world.  She was great because God made her great.  “Righteousness exalteth a nation…

The only thing that can change the current situation in America is prayer and repentance.  God’s people must pray and ask the LORD to forgive them and repent of their wickedness.

God gave a promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Barak Hussein Obama did not create the current situation.  He is not the great mastermind behind the destruction of America.  He is a symptom of a much larger problem.  Barak Obama is president because America as a nation has turned her back on God.

The Bible states in Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”  This means President Obama is president because God made him president.

If you truly wish to see America saved then you as an individual must make the change in your life.  You must seek the LORD (Matt. 6:33; Acts 17:27).  You must pray  (I Thess. 5:17; James 5:16).  You must repent of the wickedness in your life (Matt. 3:2; Matt. 4:17; Mark 1:15; Mark 6:12; Luke 13:3; Luke 13:5).  You must fast (Matthew 6:16-18).  You must forgive your neighbor and mend your broken relationships (Luke 17:4; Matthew 18:35) .  You must stand in the gap (Ezekiel 22:30).

If you think this is not the answer, you are wrong.  One person makes the difference.

God is not a respecter of persons (2 Chronicles 19:7; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; I Peter 1:17).

God does not change (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17).

That means the way the LORD was with Moses, He can be with you.  Moses defeated the most powerful army on earth in his day with a stick (Exodus 14).

The way the LORD was with Elijah, he can be with you.  Through prayer Elijah started and ended a drought, raised the dead, and defeated his enemies even though he was out numbered 450:1 (James 5:17-18; I Kings 17-18).

If you want to look at a long list of people who through faith and obedience changed their world, simply read Hebrews 11.

shutterstock_101942641Today, do not focus on treating the symptoms of America’s problems.  Get to the heart of the matter and deal with the sin in your life.  If you and I truly do our part to obey, worship, and honor the LORD, things will be changed for the better.

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O Troubled Soul

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O troubled soul, beneath the rod,
Thy Father speaks, be still, be still;
Learn to be silent unto God,
And let Him mould thee to His will.
O praying soul, be still, be still,
He cannot break His plighted Word;
Sink down into His blessed will,
And wait in patience on the Lord.
O waiting soul, be still, be strong,
And though He tarry, trust and wait;
Doubt not, He will not wait too long,
Fear not, He will not come too late.

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I and the Lad will Go Yonder & WORSHIP

Matthias_Stom_-_Le_sacrifice_d'AbrahamAnd it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.  Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.  And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go…

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The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures–An Important New Book

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Likely the most important book of its kind for this generation, this massive volume covers the doctrine of Scripture from every conceivable vantage point. Edited by the redoubtable D. A. Carson, this book maintains a consistently high level of scholarship. Though I did not read every page (I wanted to provide somewhat of a timely review),  I read much and was impressed throughout.

The volume begins with a spectacular introductory essay by Carson that was fascinating. He at once laid bare the lines of debate and an outline of the history. Starting a trend that carried through the book, he named names. He was never ugly, but he put people with positions and then evaluated positions in this successful romp through the issues.

Next comes nine chapters on historical topics. There might be more information than you feel the need to know, but in any future historical questions you will…

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10 Hindrances to Answered Prayer

maxresdefaultJohn R. Rice simplified prayer by saying, “Prayer is about two things: asking and receiving.”  There is power in prayer!  Prayer works!  You and I are the products of prayers prayed by us and for us.  “Does God do anything that is not in answer to prayer?”

There are, however, hindrances to asking and receiving.  If the arteries of answers are not flowing, consider ten blockages that might be at work in our hearts and lives.

1  Praying without knowing Jesus Christ through faith as your Savior  

If a man is unsaved, he has not taken Christ and his mediator (I Tim. 2:5, John 14:6).

Romans 5:2 says, By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in…

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