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Day 25:The Power of Testimony

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 25, 2011

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

Admirable – or “good report” (literally) is only used here in Scripture, but the word for report (“fame” in the KJV) was attributed to Jesus when he started his ministry (Luke 4:14).  The idea of a “good report” means that you looking to find things that are positive about people and things and not rumors, gossip or slanderous.

Quite frankly, there are plenty of bad reports out there in the world; as believers, we need to seek out the positive things and exalt them.  We can do this through testimony.

The Power of Testimony

Testimonies are positive reports of what God is doing and the results that come from the events.  They can be miraculous events like healings and deliverance to simple things like provisions and general blessings.

Testimonies don’t just have to be about what God is doing, but can also include what other believers have done.  People are blessed and encouraged when they are told how they bless somebody.  A person that blesses from the heart is not looking for reward or public recognition, but certainly a kind word given to them brings great encouragement to their lives.

When I was growing up, I remember services where people would stand and testify to what God was doing.  These testimonies were powerful moments that had a tendency to replicate in the lives of others.  In fact, the Scriptures tell us that in the end, we will overcome the devil by the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus) and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11)

So look for the good report and testify to it.  By keeping the good reports in the mind, we keep the enemy’s reports at bay, which help us to keep all things in perspective.



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The Time is Short

Posted by undergroundchurch on October 5, 2009

Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. – Isaiah 55:6

The Biblegateway scripture of the day rings a resounding alarm – there will be a day that God will be too far away.  That day approaches quickly, are you in with Him yet?

God doesn’t just throw around threats; His desire is to show you His bountiful goodness, so the Isaiah 55 starts off with –

Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Give ear and come to me;
hear me, that your soul may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.

What God has is free, but it has to be received.  He did all the work, but you still need to acknowledge your need for Him and your inability to make it to Him on your own.  Jesus is the only way to God; He is the truth and He is the only hope of eternal life you have.  This is immutable, and the offer only lasts for a short time before it is too late.

Come to the fountain today and drink freely of eternal life. Don’t let it slip away.

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Some Thoughts on the End Times – Part 2

Posted by undergroundchurch on October 3, 2009

Prophecy is a finicky thing.  On the one hand, God uses it to reveal his plan, however cloaked it may appear.  On the other hand, when it comes to pass, you find out that the most sincere people got it wrong, and the people that shouldn’t have figured it out – did.

Take Jesus’ birth for example.  From Daniel’s prophecies and many others, the Jews knew the time period Jesus would be born, yet the only ones who actually figured it out were the people that didn’t even have the scriptures to go by. They were men from the East.  Those who were waiting, were looking for a king to be born in a castle, but those that weren’t supposed to know God very well, didn’t care where he was born, only that he was born.

This is a recurring theme in prophecy throughout the Bible.  The Jewish leaders were looking for a conquering king, but it was the fishermen in Galilee that found him because he came the first time as a suffering servant.

The interesting thing about God’s prophecies is that no matter the speculation before hand, when they do come to pass, little doubt is left.  This will be the case in the end times too.

I am always asking the question… “Why?”  I start with, “Why do I believe what I believe?” and end up with “Why does the Scripture say it this way or that?”  The Scriptures have shaken a lot of the beliefs I held to because when taken at face value, they tend to challenge my preconceived notions.

For example, when people interpret a scripture, they tend to drive it one way or another and usually build their interpretation on what they have heard others say.  This practice tends to breed a sense of dogma that can’t be broken, no matter how much scriptural proof is shown. The byproduct of having an exclusionary or extreme interpretation is that it alienates those that don’t believe as you do.

Basically, what I am saying here is that when it comes to end time prophecy, avoid the temptation to be dogmatic.  That’s what the first century Jews did and they ended up killing their own Messiah because he didn’t fit that preconceived mold.  They simple wouldn’t believe any other way.

When it comes to prophecy, expect the unexpected.

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Some Thoughts on the End Times – Part 1

Posted by undergroundchurch on October 1, 2009

I might as well do what everybody else seems to do and give a quick thought [teaching] on the End Times.

However, you probably won’t find this quite is comfortable sounding as the Sunday morning version.

Most End Time teaching basically follow this format.

  • The End Comes
  • The Church is Raptured
  • All chaos errupts
  • Jesus comes with all the believers and reigns a 1000 years
  • Final judgement
  • Everyone designated for Hell go there, those designated for Heaven, go there

I may have left out some detail, but you get the gist.

The biggest problem I personally have with this format is that

  1. It isn’t exactly a healthy and accurate assessement and
  2. It gives a false sense that the Church is not going to experience trouble

I call this Sunday morning approach the “Escapist Syndrome

Basically, the Book of Revelation is approached as a letter for those who are left behind.  What I find strange about that is that a large portion of the church teaching that I hear around the nation is on a subject that, according to the syndrome, doesn’t even apply to them.

2 Thessalonian 2:3 and 1 Timothy 4:1 along with other scriptures, speak of a “falling away” in the last days. This has to be about believers, because non-believers can’t fall away by definition. I have always thought that apathy would be the culprit, which may still be the case.  But I fear that there is going to be another unintended consequence to current teaching that will cause many to flee the faith.

There is a phobia, I believe, in pulpits to talk about bad things.  Blessings and prosperity, God’s best for your life, God loves you, all have their place, but we are inundated by an unhealthy amount of rose petal teaching. Even roses, though, have thorns, and the teachings of Jesus, Paul, James, and John do a much better job painting reality and have a much more balanced approach to understanding the end times than we American Christians pocesses.

The Right Balance

Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.” – Mark 4:16 and 17

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:35-40

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 24:9-13

Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. – John 15:20

And I could go on and on.

I think that church leaders fear that if the truth of persecution, the reality of hard times, and the fate of being hated as Jesus was hated were preached from a pulpit, they wouldn’t fill the chairs on a Sunday morning, but I think that the greater disservice is not telling followers of Christ the truth.  Tough times are coming! The church in America will be one day like the church in China and North Korea having to hide their $10,000 signs and abandon the $20 million buildings.  It is only a matter of time.

But in it all, no matter what happens, Jesus prepared us for this inevitable outcome.  All the prayer in the world, though it may delay it, will not stop it because it is part of the Plan of God.

I will end this part with what I consider to be the problem facing the future church because of the methodology of church teaching today.

The falling away will most likely come from Christians who have succumbed to the escapism syndrome and when the persecution in American and other “free nations” comes, they will ask the question,

Why? Why didn’t you tell me?  Why did you get my hopes up?  Why didn’t you prepare me?”

And they simply won’t have the strength to stand up under the pressure because they will feel betrayed and misled.  They will think that Jesus is not ever coming back because they never thought they’d be thrown into a prison in America just because they gathered with like believers.  The concerns of their world will outweigh their perceived need for a savior.

They thought is was all about prosperity and glory, but will find that the reality of the coming of the Son of Man will be like the birth of a child.  It will be painful while the child prepares to arrive, but the joy for those that endure to the end will be like holding that little baby in the arms.  All the pain in the birthing process will quickly fade in the joy of a new life with Christ forever.

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The Immanuel Project: Chapter 7: The Immanuel Project Goal

Posted by undergroundchurch on June 27, 2009

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I started out this little book with the notion that it is all about Jesus.  It is very important to always keep in mind that we are not the center of the universe.  The Bible is not about us; it is about God.  Yes, we try to apply its principles to our lives.  We find meaning and purpose within it pages, but the reality is that God existed before man.   God wasn’t created for man’s pleasure; we were created for God’s pleasure.

This basic concept leads us to the goal of the Immanuel Project.  We see at the beginning of Scripture that God wanted to be with man and indeed, He walked with man on earth in a garden. We see the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 that God would come in flesh and that He would be called “Immanuel” which means “God with us”. 

We then find that a virgin girl in the middle of Israel territory became the portal for which God would finally enter our world to walk with man.  For thirty-three years, God could physically reach out and touch His created beings.  His compassion healed them, His love saved them and His power changed them.  Then He left. 

But before He went, He left a deposit… the Holy Spirit.  This part of God now indwells His people.  He gives character, power, boldness, gifts and callings.  He changes lives and enables Christians to live the Christian life.  Once again, the Immanuel is with us.  Only this time, He is not walking beside us, He is living in us.

But as Paul says, He is only a deposit to guarantee a future reward.  There is something greater coming.  One day soon, we will be in the presence of the Almighty.  We will see Him in all His fullness – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

But there is something so special about this reuniting moment that it absolutely blows away my mind. 

One day I was reading Revelation and ran across something that threw me for a loop.  I said to my self, “That can’t be right.”  I began searching the Scriptures to nullify or validate my finding and was shocked to find out it was true.

It starts in Revelation 21:1.  God makes a new Heaven and Earth. 

Wait a minute.  What was wrong with the old Heaven?  I can understand destroying the earth and rebuilding it, but Heaven?  What’s God doing? 

As we read on, we begin to discover some unique features of these new worlds.  Earth has no oceans.  I always thought that without water, you couldn’t have life.  Why did God vanquish the oceans?

God has basically rewritten all the laws again.  We won’t need water to live.

Verse three has a series of interesting statements, “[God] shall dwell among men, He shall dwell among them, they shall be His people and God himself with be with them.”

Three times in this verse we see Immanuel again. This time we see Immanuel in all His fullness.  When I saw this verse I was taken back because this is on earth.

Yes there is a new heaven and earth, but God isn’t going to stay in heaven.  He is coming back to earth to be with men.  The entire last two chapters of Revelation describe this moving party.  God is moving from heaven to earth.  The New Jerusalem is going to be our eternal home, and it’s not in heaven any longer. 

When Jesus tells His disciples that He is going to prepare a place for us so that we could be where He is, I don’t think anyone had in mind that it would be on earth, but God did.

This is huge!  What about all those songs, “When we all get to heaven…”, “If heavens not my home, oh Lord what will I do…”  Heaven is at best, transitional housing.  It was created for God’s angels.  One thing you don’t see in the New Jerusalem is angels.  Why?  Because they are in Heaven.

If I asked you to describe heaven to me, you would probably do what 99% of the Christians do, “Heaven has streets of gold, pearly gates and Peter is just outside of it with a list of people that can get in.”

Well, you might not add that last one, but you would still be wrong on the first two points.  The Bible only describes heaven a couple times.  One time we see God’s throne.  The second time we see a Temple. 

Hebrews tells us that this Temple is the real temple. The ones Moses and Solomon built on earth were copies of this original. 

Revelation 21:22 said there is no Temple in the New Jerusalem.  The Lamb would be the Temple.  Also, there is no sun because God’s glory would be its light.

Revelation 22 tells us that the New Jerusalem is the place that has the streets of gold, pearly gates, etc.

God has always been after living with His people.  God starts out walking in the garden of Eden with Adam; He later promises He will come as Emanuel.  After this He comes as a baby to grow up and live with man. Once He leaves, He send the Holy Spirit to live inside of us. And finally at the end, He prepares a huge 2000 cubic mile city in which He could call home.  He placed that mammoth city on the floor of earth and invited us to join Him.  This is what Immanuel is all about.

Whatever God has in store for us is right back here on a new earth.  He wants to do it with us.  He wants dwell with us.  Why? I don’t know.  But if it is truly all about God, this event more than any other should make you feel more passionate about your salvation than anything else you could possibly imagine.  God is with us; God wants to dwell in and with us. God is Awesome!

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December 21, 2012 – a day that will live in infamy

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 28, 2009

I watched a History Channel special called Decoding the Past: Doomsday 2012. What I found interesting was the number of societies that had an oracle that spoke of the end times time-frame and the problems that will occur then.

I don’t put much value into oracles speaking of end time prophecy; that said, I do place complete trust in the Biblical teachings. 

Every society in the world has a historic occurrence of a global flood in their histories.  Even though God has provided only one way to him through Jesus Christ, he has in the past communicated with other cultures and spoken oracles to other societies concerning things he was doing.  These oracles or prophecies harmonized with Biblical prophecy and therefore were not outside God’s revelation in the Bible.

An example of this is the famous story of the Magi that came to visit Jesus at his birth.  These were not Israelite men, but they somehow got special revelation to look to stars and seasons to discover where the messiah would be born.  The fact the Jesus would be born in Bethlehem is a well documented Biblical prophecy, but the special revelation given to these men along with the method they should use to find Jesus was extra-biblical.  To limit God’s utterances to only that which is written in the Bible is somewhat narrow minded.  But to trust any oracle not in line with the Bible is foolish.

When reading the Revelation of Jesus given to John in the Bible, you can see great detail of events that will happen. Many of these events are planet related events that affect seas, rivers, mountains, the mantle, tectonic plates and the like.  Asteroids plummet to earth and ships, people and fresh water are destroyed because of it.  All these things can be explain, not simply because of their miraculous nature, but the fact that God is in charge of nature and can use nature to accomplish his purpose.

Jesus told us that many things would happen leading up to the end – wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines. (Matthew 24:5-12) He then says that these are just the “beginnings of birth pains”.  Just today there was another earthquake in Mexico and a new plague of swine flu broke out last week quickly spreading around the world.

There are human engineered events, societal events and planetary events.  He tells us that, like birth pains, these events will come on gradually, rhythmically and more frequently.  Eventually, the events will climax in the events described in Revelation.  I want to look at just a couple of the recent scientific observations that are rather interesting to note in view of biblical, extra-biblical and scientific revelation.

First, Revelation 9 speaks of a star that falls to earth opening the abyss and letting out some plagues. The angel of the abyss is Abaddon (which means destroyer).

In early March this year, a 40 yard wide asteroid DD45 passed 38,000 miles from earth. It was so close, it actually passed between earth and our geosynchronous satellites.

In 2004, astronomers discovered an asteroid that will pass by earth twice in the near future once in 2029 and again 7 years later in 2036.  At first, they thought the asteroid had a very good chance of hitting the earth; that fear has dropped slightly, but it is still in the real realm of possibility.  What makes this one unique is that they named it Apophis (which means destroyer) the same name as the destroyer released by the star which falls to earth opening the abyss. An asteroid impact on the earth would cause much destruction and could do much of what is in Revelation 9.

Even a small impact from the 40 yard wide asteroid that passed by last month would be equivalent to several atomic bombs. There are thousands of these asteroids floating around. In fact, the one that passed by in March was accidentally discovered four weeks before it passed by. 

Second, on December 21, 2012, the Mayan Calendar predicts a cataclysmic event.  This is based on the earth passing through the Milky Way’s galactic equator. Many scientific theories abound, but one rather prominent one is that the earth’s magnetic fields could reverse. 

This would not be a real concern if it hadn’t happened before, but there is physical evidence that this has happened before [check out NASA’s research]

The magnetic field is the primary defense against the solar winds and the power of the sun’s radiation. Without this field, life would not exist on earth.  If it shifts, which could take hours, days, months, or many years the earth could be exposed to the full brunt of the sun during that shift. 

Revelation 16 documents the final wrath of God – the bowl judgements.  These judgements happen quickly and everyone of them could easily describe what would happen just from the shifting of the magnetic fields.  If you want to look at one complete site dedicated to December 21, 2012 information, go to http://www.december212012.com/. I am not foolish enough to call this a done deal, what it does is that it give good food for thought.  Many dooms day predictions of the past were poorly researched hypothesis that worked primarily on emotion, but do not let the bad prophets of the past drop your vigilance.

I’ve listened to a lot of sermons on Revelation, but very few times do I ever hear anyone try to analyze how it might unfold.  It’s a totally different feel when you study end times prophecy with the view that it is totally plausible with scientific verification verses studying it like it’s only theoretical. 

And for those of you that want to believe that you won’t be here when it all happens, just keep in mind that you will still go through the birth pains.  These birth pains will get worse and some of the things that happen during the seven years of tribulation will probably have precursors similar to the real events.

Footnote: Just a point that needs to be made, the web sites mentioned in this article are not endorsed by me, but are just given for starting points and reference.  It is good to study, but everything must be judged.  A prophet is proved by whether or not his prophecies come true. Many false prophets have come and gone, but the Word of God – the Bible is the only sure thing.

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Church! the Tax Man a Cometh!

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 15, 2009

In my previous article, we looked at the reality that the government is going to come looking for new money because it is spending huge amounts of money it doesn’t have, and the church is in its sights.

I ended with two points, the tax man will come looking at the money coming in.  They will tax the church on its income and diminish or remove the tax deductible gift to the non-profit thereby reducing the amount coming in.

There are so many false promises coming out of Washington that it is really hard to keep up.  The one most applicable to this article has to do with not raising taxes on 95% of Americans.  This is simply a lie.  5% of America’s popluation, no matter how rich they seem to be, cannot possibly foot an extra 4 trillion plus dollars over the next 10 years on top of what they already spend in taxes.

What will most likely happen is that they will raise taxes on the rich and then look to other areas like non-profits to raise more.  This will delay them raising taxes on everyone else just long enough to get re-elected.

So how are they going to do this? 

They will use the same method they used to tax corporate executives of the bailed out financial firms when they took bonuses.  They will redirect public opinion to look to “waste” in the non-profit sector – specifically churches, and then they will begin taxing them or removing their non-profit status or reducing the deductible amount given to these organizations.

What will happen to the churches?

First, reducing the tax deductible nature of gifts to non-profits will unfortunately reduce giving. We are blessed in this nation to have our gifts deducted from taxes.  However, most other nations do not have this luxury.  Since our government wants to become more like those nations (e.g. nationalized healthcare), it won’t take much to implement this strategy.

In fact, this has already been tried in the first 100 daysof the present administration. Once the government connects to a new source of income, they will never give it up. This is why tobacco is not outlawed.  They have too many taxes depending on it.

Second, they will look at the “wasteful spending” of churches.  To be honest here, churches are not the best managers of money.  Most of their income goes to non-eternal things (e.g. buildings, heating, lighting, sound systems), and all it will take is swaying public opinion against the “waste”.  Something will happen, hit the news and the talk will never cease until something is done to “fix” this problem. What will follow is taxation on church income.

This will then spread locally.  Those churches that still exist will have their properties taxed in areas where property taxes are collected.  The preceding will hit all charities, not just churches and most will fail. 

Now you’re probably asking why I think this would happen. 

It goes far beyond just taxes to power.  The government is not just on a money binge, but a power grab.  Things are being set up in this administration to install a one party system.  For example, bringing the 2010 Census into the Whitehouse control gives the Whitehousecontrol over redistricting.  Whoever draws those lines, can virtually ensure their candidate gets elected. There was not other reason from bring it into the Whitehouse since it has never been part of the executive powers.

Churches and other non-profits are competition to a socialist style government.  The socialist style government needs to make you (the lowly citizen) completely dependent on them.  If you depend on someone else like the church would be a dilemma.  Look at every socialist and communist government over the past century. The first two things they get rid of are guns and churches.

I heard the president say today that he is going to build a “New Foundation“. He said,

We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand. We must build our house upon a rock. We must lay a new foundation for growth and prosperity – a foundation that will move us from an era of borrow and spend to one where we save and invest; where we consume less at home and send more exports abroad.

The foundation he speaks of is the capitalist system that made this country great. (But that is for another article in another place.)

But no matter what happens, the core church will remain.  Don’t fret! Our buildings, sound systems and theater seating is going to burn up on the day of Jesus’ return anyway, but when need to be aware that these things are coming. It is a good thing to lose the world and gain your soul.

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Political Challenges for the Church: Introduction

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 11, 2009

The church today is going to quickly find themselves in a new world.

Fifty years ago, the church mattered.  Society actually listened to what came from churches.  There was a fear of God (albeit not very grand), but it was evidenced in the way society looked at the church.

Pastors were respected in society.  In fact, I remember only 30 years ago pastors getting free rounds of golf on golf courses so that they could use the opportunity to minister to people they invited.  It was good for golf courses and good for the poorly paid pastor.

People even considered what they said in front of pastors.  They would instinctively ask forgiveness when they’d swear in a pastor’s presence. There was a respect even from people that weren’t believers.

The influence of the church began a downward trend about 40 years ago when the Bible was taken out of schools.  The church, which up to the fifties, was a huge help to society through homeless shelters, pantries, medical, and other social needs as well as a spiritual help to people, began to lose sight of it’s social ministry in lieu of the easier spiritual ministry.  The spiritual arena is what mattered, and they left the newly created “New Deal” of the Roosevelt administration to meet the physical needs of society.

While there are smatterings of social ministries through local churches, most focus exclusively on spiritual ministry.  While there is nothing wrong with that at all, they should not have neglected the social while building the spiritual.

Today, many churches make no physical impact to society.  In fact, if they wanted to they couldn’t do it because they have adopted worldly manners of building businesses to build the local church.

The local church began taking on debt… huge debt. I know of small churches with a 100 people and a half-million dollar loan for a building.  When you have a huge monthy building payment (mostly interest), how are you supposed to meet needs of people when you only have a few hundred dollars a month to left over play with.  We have for quite a long time not been the picture of efficiency with our financial resources as we should be. We fork over huge amounts of money into things that will burn up and very little in people, they only thing we can take with us.

Very few churches live fiscally by the principles they try to teach their people.  Actually, come to think of it, very few churches actually teach people the Godly principles of managing money. 

I remember going to Bible college for 5 years without one class, one teaching, one Bible study on how to scriptually manage money. I heard over a thousand sermons in college. Bible college was about spiritual things. Those other matters would take care of themselves if you just got right spiritually.  It took me almost twenty years to discover that the way I was managing my money was not Biblical at all and that I was not honoring God with my money. Yes, I gave, but giving and managing are two different things.

We have also let society govern the way we do ministry.  I remember 20 years ago that no public school would dream of having any sports on a Wednesday night because that was when churches had mid-week services.

Fifteen years ago, they wouldn’t dream of having events on a Sunday at all; now they have meetings and banquets on Sunday evening.  Ten years ago they wouldn’t dream of having sports on Sunday morning, but I know now of soccer, baseball and softball leagues that meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning.  People in the churches joined these leagues and thus began missing more and more services. It crept up on us as a church and took us by surprise.  Now we wonder why we can’t get people to come out consistently.

Today, most churches have gone to one service per week – maybe two.  People have managed their lives in the way the world dictated and they struggle to find enough free time to eat dinner at home let alone go to church on Sunday.

The scripturalprinciple of rest is gone from the vocabulary so much so that pe0ple don’t go to our Sunday morning services because it is the one day they don’t have to get up at 5 or 6 a.m. to do something.

These things I have written about in this blog have been on the increase lately.  They are coming faster and more furious.  God is not even on the top ten list of important things for Americans to be concerned about.

We have gone from a nation under God to a un-godly nation. We have states left and right passing ungodly and immoral laws under the guise of “tolerance”. What little the church says about it is usually shot down by the world with the ammo of “intolerance”.  We have become anemic in our societal impact, and when we have no impact on society, society will see no need for what we stand for and for the God we serve.

We are coming to a crossroads.  We are going to have to make some critical decisions and choices that will transform the way we do things.  We are going to have to step outside of our walls and walk the streets as Jesus did and become relevant to our society. 

They need to see the miracles God promised.  They need to see the hope in our eyes.  They need to feel the touch of God’s concern through the hands of His people.  We need to get the train back on track with the proper balance of the Spiritual and the Social. This will be the call of the last days church.

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How to Pray in these Days

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 11, 2009

With so many things to pray about in these last days, it is important to concentrate on what’s truly important and eternal.

Prayers come in a variety of shapes and colors.  Some are of the bedtime variety where we ask God for blessing and protection.  Where God honors all prayer, these aren’t usually the most intimate and passionate.

Other more popular prayers usually fall in the personal request category. We want God to do something for us whether it is for relief from a headache or a better job.  Again, God honors all prayer, but remember, he doesn’t always grant us our desires because we don’t really know what’s best. 

God has three answers to prayer requests, “Yes, No and Wait”.  But I find that we get better answers when we pray, “Your will be done”.  These usually have a greater variety of answers and prove to be much more rewarding.

Still other prayers are directed for the benefit of others.  These are good prayers that are less “self-centered”.  Always remember when praying for others that God loves them more than you ever can.  Don’t underestimate His desire to work in people’s lives.

These are all good prayers, and they have their place, but won’t really get you anywhere with regards to the days to come.  So how do you pray?

You need to pray “according to God’s will” for it to be a guarantee (1 John 5:14).  This is the prayer Jesus prayed in the garden, “if it be your will, take this cup. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) If you notice, Jesus has two prayer requests here – only the one that was in line with God’s will was answered.

So what is His will in the last days? 

Pray for Revival

First, we know God is going to pour out his spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28,29; Acts 2:17,18).  Remember that the last days are not over. Greater things are still to come.  Even greater things than the early church saw (John 1:50, 5:20).  To get there, we must pray for revival.  The church must step up and step out in the power of the Holy Spirit.  We must have a heart the earnestly seeks the Lord.  This will take sacrifice, time and lots of prayer.

Pray for Repentance

Second, and probably more important is prayer for repentance.  You can’t pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit without praying for repentence first.  God isn’t going to fill dirty vessels, just empty and broken vessels.

Prayer for Results

Finally, pray for results.  What results is God looking for?

  • Growth in numbers of people being saved- God is wanting all that are willing to come to Him. 
  • Growth in spiritual power – the church needs to have the power to walk the walk in the world that will be out to destroy them.  It is not going to get easier, and it will be more important than ever for us to walk daily in the power of the Holy Spirit.  “Sunday morning power” won’t be enough. It will need to be a daily infusion.
  • Increase in righteousness.  This sort of goes with repentence, but has more to do with making right choices.  There will be a falling away, and it will be crucial for us to make good choices under tough pressure.
  • Soon return.  Revelation ends with a prayer, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20) He promises to return, and he encourages us to pray that he come soon.  Our greatest day will be when we see Jesus face to face.

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