Saturday, March 29, 2008

What are we Weeping Over?

John 11:35
Jesus Wept

This the shortest verse in the bible but really it is a powerful verse. We really don't know why Jesus wept. Some say it was because his friend was dead. Some say it was because of their unbelief. I really don't know why but Jesus showed his human side before he showed is God side. As I am sitting here thinking. Where has the churches tears went? The church has lost its tears. The reason we know this is look at the world we live in, but not only that look at what is going on in our churches in majority nothing is happening in the church. Why have we lost are tears is the question. WHen was the last time you weep about something spiritual. THe sad thing is I don't know when the last time I actually wept over something spiritual.

Are we weeping over souls? THe bible gives us a wonderful promise in his word that I believe sometimes we don't get. Ps 126:5-6 Why should weep?THey are going to Hell. Are we really broken about people going to Hell? When we weep it shows we are broken over something. When was the last time we got broken about a loved one going to Hell, or a neighbor or a friend going to Hell.

Are we weeping over our Sin?Have we been broken about when we fail the Lord. THe problem with most saved people is they never get broken over their sins. I believe for real repentance to take place in a Christians life we will get broken about are sin. One of the reason why the church is not broken is because they have hardened their hearts. When are heart is not tender we will not be broken. THe holy Spirit deals with us and deals with us and we reject and reject and finally we get used to the dark, or use to living in the flesh and it don't bother us like it use too. WHat we need in America is for the church to get right get broken over their sin, and then we will see GOd do something.In closing I believe we need a revival in tears again. I know I do. I remember when my heart was so tender that I would weep when I messed up. I remember when my heart was so tender that I would weep over souls. WHat has happen is I lost my tenderness and thus I don't weep no more. What we need is to fall back in love with Jesus and he will do the rest. God Bless you till next time.

Monday, March 24, 2008

What will it Take to Persuade Them?

This message I preached this last Sunday morning. People play games with God every Sunday thinking that they will get another chance. It will be late one day. I pray that this will burden you even greater for those that you are waiting to get saved.

Acts26:28 Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

Paul is before King Agrippa here and has just given his testimony of Salvation and told the king what God told him to do. Whenever Paul was brought before someone he always gave his testimony. The King says that Paul almost persuaded him to be a Christian. Today in this world every Sunday people come to the house of God unsaved and leave out the same way. I believe some of the reason's for this are simple the gospel is being waterdowned in so many places however this is happening in many places where the Gospel is preached every week. Sometimes I wonder what will it take to persuade a person to give up their life of sin and turned to a Holy God. I want to give you three things that I hope would persuade someone to be saved.

I. Calvary
The first point is Calvary how some one can hear what God has done for them and turn away from the Lord is beyond me, however then I think of when I turned from Calvary and I understand. When I think of all the Lord did leading to Calvary and on Calvary it just amazes me people will still turn away from him. What a awesome picture of love on the cross was portrayed. When I think of the beaten he took from the Cat of Nine Tails I wonder how someone can turn away from that, when I think of the nails being driven in his hands and feet I wonder how someone can turn away from that. When I think about the agony he took upon himself, and being rejected by his father I wonder how someone can turn away from that.

II. The Consequences

If Calvary don't persuade them I wonder if Hell will persuade them. Hell is a real place that is not preached from our pulpits very often now. The Lord Jesus spoke more on Hell than he ever did on heaven. Their our some things about Hell that Scripture tells us. The first thing is that immediately after someone dies without Christ then they lift their eyes up in Hell. Secondly their is a flame that torments those that occupy Hell, and lastly and probably the saddest is that they will be in Hell until they stand at the great White Throne judgement where they will be cast into the lake of fire will they will burn forever. I believe most people that are lost just don't believe God would allow them to go to these places, but I am here to say it is the just thing for God to do

III. The Coming of the Lord.

The last thing I want to talk that I would hope would persuade people is that Christ is coming back to take us out of this sin sick world. As a child of God we have such a hope that one day we will leave this earth and have a new body with no pain or problems, we will have a new mind where we never think a foolish thought again. We will spend eternity basking in the glories of heaven. As nice as that is for us the person left behind at his coming will be left to believe the lie of the anti-christ and they will.

As I close this post first I want to asked those that may read this and play church will thou be persuaded, and for those that have love ones that are still lost I wonder sometimes what it will take to persuade them to be saved.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Why the Browns have not been posting.

I don't know how many come to my site and read my posts that go to Mrs Julie blog. I just talked to them this afternoon and they are find. ON Friday they had a storm come through where they lived and it fried their motem so they have no internet access. It fried more than that also.

Now I have a prayer request to all those that read my blog. Please pray for Andrew Stringer. He is a pastor that I went to school with over 10 years ago. He is only 33 and had a massive heart attack on last Tuesday. The Lord has been blessing over the last week but he still needs more prayers. The next couple of hours and days will tell a lot. The doctors said that they were amazed when he walked in alive. Just keep his family in your prayers he has 3 kids and a fourth on the way. His wifes name is Andrea. Thank You for praying. I will be back to regular posts sometime this week.

Bro Tim

Thursday, March 13, 2008

An Update on Our Revival

I am not going to post this week except what I am going to post today. I will Lord willing post again on Monday. The truly blessed during our revival. We had the Walkers from Toledo, Ohio singing for us each service and my pastor Ron Brown preaching. Each night had a different spirit but I do believe are people got some help. Monday Night the message was on We ain't seen it like this Before talking about when Jesus came on the scence the people had not seen it like that before and how we need some churches to get back to God's Word and get his power where people will come and say we haven't seen it like this before. Tuesday Night the message was on the ship was safe. Talking about when the disciples were in the ship in the storm and Jesus came walking on the sea. The message basically wherever God has us right not it is the safest place to be. Then last night he message was on Go. Why we should reach a lost and dying world. I believe the LOrd did some wonderful work in our people's lives. I asked for all those that read this please pray for Johnstown Baptist Church that God would truly send Revival and that you would pray for me the Pastor that God would give me the wisdom in Pastoring these great people. Thank You for all those that have prayed for us this week and only heaven will reveal the lasting effect his revival will have on people. God bless you till next time.

Bro Tim

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Revival: Now or Never

This is a post I put up a couple of years ago. This coming week March 10-12 we are having our first Revival with me as the Pastor of Johnstown Baptist Church. I asked my Pastor Bro Ron Brown to preach it. I believe that our church mostly wants revival. The Lord has let me preach several messages that would I hope prepare our heart for revival. Please pray for our church this coming week that God would revive his people.

Our church is going to have revival next week. I believe our church really does need revival. We have to be able to affect our community and the only way that is going to happen is if we get a revival started in the community. It starts with each member of our church. Our country also needs revival however in my opinion our country may have gone to far with us telling Israel they had divide the land that God gave them. However in this post I want to get it down to a personal level. We need revival. We need a shot in the arm to keep going until Jesus comes. We go through many trials some from the Lord, and some from our own doing. I believe we are in the end of end times look at what is going on. I believe most of the body of Christ don't want revival they just want to keep living the way they are without God getting in their business. How sad but true with most saved people. I personally have been a many of good meetings, but I have never seen God get a hold of a person for any length of time and start a fire of revival with that person. The post title is for a reason. We don't know how much more time we are going to live as matter of fact we are not promised tomorrow. So we either have revival now or we may never have revival. The Word of GOd says are life is like a vapor. We know the Lord wants us in close fellowship with him. When was the last time you talked to the Lord and it seem like he was in the room with you? Why do we always wait for Revival meeting to have revival? I was talking to someone and they said the greatest revivals are the ones not plan by man but when God sweeps in without a revival meeting. THis is what we must see in our personal lives. He wants us to love him so much that he can use us mightily. The only thing that stops God from using us in us. For those that may not go to our church that reads this you can have revival. We turn from our will, way, and turn to God's will, and God's ways. In closing how long will God give out the call to revival and we keep turning it down before he moves on and finds someone who really wants revival. I pray that he gives me this chance and that for the first time I would experience a holy ghost sent revival in my heart. God bless you till next time.