This decision is one more evidence that our nation is under the judgment of God and that our churches are being chastened in this matter as it relates to sexual purity, children, and marriage fidelity and integrity. All these are areas where we have weakened in the last 100 years. The celebration of this […]

A challenge to a deeper walk with our Lord.

by Bonnie Rogers

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.”    We continue to experience Booth’s fulfilled prediction today.  Though we can’t know the exact day of the Lord’s return, Jesus did expect us to “discern the time” as the day approaches (Luke 12:56).  

Nehemiah “sat…wept…mourned…fasted…and prayed before the God of heaven.” (Neh. 1:4)    Have we no time to SIT before God?   Are there no serious situations in our homes, churches, nation, and world that cause us to WEEP?  Are solemn gatherings of MOURNING before the Lord a thing of the past?    How has FASTING become so foreign to God’s people?   Do we really PRAY???   (Notice that prayer came after humility was shown.)      Serious living in these last days is no longer an option.   Let’s prepare our hearts to seek the Lord (II Chron. 12:14) and fight the battle to which we’ve been called.

 

Student Evangelism at Stetson University

Joe White a nationally renowned speaker, author and, the current CEO of Kanakuk Ministries along with  Trip Lee an American Southern rapper, singer, poet and author were featured at the beginning of a major weekend evangelistic event on the Stetson University Campus.   Normally this event called “After Dark” is only put on at major college campuses.  This past Thursday a crowd that was estimated to be over one fourth the size of the entire Stetson student body attended this kickoff to a weekend of solid biblical teaching and outreach.  The concert was followed by the “G1”(God First) Conference, which was two days of discipleship meetings.  I am overjoyed to report that this is only part of an outpouring we are seeing at Stetson.  In the past year we have seen an explosion of solid Christian fellowship forming and growing on campus.  Fellowship of Christian Athletes is now meeting weekly with well over 70 students attending.  Another well founded group by the name of Renown is also building in size.   God has answered their prayers and their many hard hours of work with this amazing culmination of events.   Please keep these students in your prayers as well as our Missions Partner FCA that God will continue to use them to reach others for Christ.

Comeback Words

Some words have made a comeback and MORE NEED TO!  Specifically, “Merry Christmas” came back strong this year.  It was very nice to have store clerks and other workers (including the Post Office) to initiate hello and goodbye with this classic greeting.  We were celebrating the birth of CHRIST after all. This, along with the general nicer attitude in public gives me a small glimpse of what revival might be like.

There are some other words and phrases that need to make a comeback in church vocabulary. The word “justification” in any form would be a good start. “Just, justify, justified” are used in the New Testament nearly 80 times. If you add to that the same root word when translated “righteousness” or similar forms the total nearly doubles. This is basically equals the New Testament uses of “saved” or similar words. Yet our common usage does not reflect this balance.

Of course any major word used in our messages needs to have context, meaning, and application. I fear we have almost immunized people with the “saved” words. Worse yet, we have substituted “connected” for it.

Justification by faith was the cry of the reformers and we should not abandon it. “Justified” is a strong word that naturally lends itself to teachings on condemnation and conviction of sin, clear conversion testimonies, the eternal nature of salvation and more. I am working at bringing back “justified” into the mix of church vocabulary. Please join me! We will see more “fruit that remains” when we use and explain the Gospel by a balanced use of the key words from God’s Word.

By Glenn Rogers