Connecting the Dots in an Unconnected World

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Enamored with Celebrity

America has become a nation enamored with celebrity. Both the celebrities and their lifestyles are venerated by the culture in which we live. Television shows like American Idol and many others, professional athletes and Hollywood stars and starlets have been given a role of influence that has jaded the future of our nation. I will not address the multiple negative influences this celebrity has created.

Sadly, this same celebrity has found its way into the work of Christ. National television preachers and personalities who preach and practice a wealth theology that leads to extravagance that would shame even the most pagan. Rock star pastors who travel with an entourage in private jets. Ministry that is defined by a "set" on Sunday morning rather than involvement in the lives of individuals. Preachers who have more time to attend their next church growth conference than they have to minister in their community.

What happened to the model of Jesus who denied and humbled Himself to do the will of His heavenly Father? It is time to trade our celebrity for a cross and the growth at any cost mentality for a full surrender to the will of God that will most probably include great sacrifice on our part. The work of God is not about our personal promotion it is about our Savior who loved us and gave himself for us.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Revival Begins

The people of West Charlotte Baptist Church in Englewood, Fl have done an amazing job in preparing for revival. They have prayed, visited, invited, publicized and worked amazingly hard believing God for a visit from heaven.

Last night (Wednesday) we had our first service with 42 present, 18 saved and 8 rededications. West Charlotte's fine pastor Joe Pauliks indicated he is planning to baptize 10 tonight. A fresh wind from heaven is blowing at West Charlotte.

I will be preaching through the Sunday morning service. Ask God to move powerfully each evening and Sunday morning.
"Prayer is power,
much prayer is much power,
little prayer is little power
and no prayer at all is no power at all."

Praise God for His blessing upon the efforts of these dear people.

Zechariah 4:6
...Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Let the Church Be the Church

Modern Christianity is struggling with her role in the 21st century. It seems as if the church is trying to find a place in this day. I believe the church must answer the question: "Will we be a pacifying voice or a prophetic voice?" Allow me to address the question and make a few observations.

When the church becomes a pacifying voice relevance trumps righteousness. In this mind set the church is constantly finding a way to accommodate the desires and perceived needs of a culture that is clearly identified by it's narcissism. A culture of consumerism defines our generation and this consumerism has infected the church. There is an ongoing attempt to fashion the message of the gospel in such a way as to be appealing to the target audience of the church. Doctrinal integrity is played down and sadly often sacrificed. Performance replaces participation in worship. Many church growth methodologies are simply an attempt to mark out a niche for the church. Here success is defined by "getting the job done" which is equated with bigger crowds and bigger budgets.

When the church is a prophetic voice her measure of success becomes faithfulness. Here the desire is the clear and complete presentation of the gospel. Discipling and spiritual growth are not buzz words but the evidence of a Biblical approach to church life. The work of the Great Commission is not a validation for our activity but the driving force of all that we say and do. Obedience to the Lord and faithful proclamation both publicly and personally are the most highly valued actions. Participation of the members of the body is valued more than quality of performance. Instead of being a reflection of the culture the church sets a standard of accountability for the culture. This role for the church is typically not well received by the culture.

A few observations:

1.  God set the role for the church 2000 years ago. We have no business, because of a perceived cultural demand, changing that role.
2.  When the church lives with a prophetic voice the culture not only experiences positive change, it experiences the blessing of God.
3.  When the church fails to live with a prophetic voice there is an obvious cultural decay. This can be seen today and throughout history.
4.  God's role for the church is unique. We are to be salt in a decaying society. We are to be light in a dark world.

Let the Church Be the Church!

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