No Weird Stuff

Last night at prayer someone brought to me a church’s advertisement and in the headlines this statement was found, “No Weird Stuff.”  We just finished our Spiritual Life Conference where the Holy Spirit ministered in such a special way. People were revived and refreshed; there were salvations, healing, speaking in tongues with interpretation and several were baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of speaking in tongues. What a blessing to still be in a church where the Holy Spirit is allowed to have His way. I recently read this by Jim Cymbala;

“I’ve noticed that church services and conference gatherings are increasingly (and proudly) governed by ‘tight timelines’ as we try to imitate corporate America. A song here, announcements there, move on to this, and keep with the timeline, please. Above all, let’s avoid downtime with no one at the mike. Heaven forbid that we’d ever dare to entrust the service or conference to the wind of the Spirit and not know what we’re going to do next! The Bible cautions us not to grieve the Holy Spirit-offend, distress, vex, or sadden Him.”

For those who think that this postmodern age is not changing the Pentecostal church in its core beliefs, this should be an eye opener. Listen to Thomas Trask;

A Pentecostal church that does not have what we call altar services, does not lay hands on the sick, or does not listen to the voice of the Lord in messages in prophecy or tongues and interpretation really isn’t committed to being Pentecostal.  We may fear that such things will drive people away, but experience has shown us over and over again that live Pentecostal churches grow, and dull churches fade away.”

This is the “NO WEIRD STUFF” the church above is talking about. Healing lines, altar calls, singing and speaking in tongues, prophecies, and interpretation of tongues; these are now considered WEIRD STUFF by the postmodern church.

I was lectured to not long ago by an Assemblies of God minister who told me, “Young people are not going to accept this anymore. We have moved into a new age where these things are no longer acceptable.” There is this idea that Pentecostal expression is going to be different in the Twenty-First Century. My response to that is, really?

Did God not have the ability to look forward in the Twenty-First Century and know enough to give us what we needed to have expression that would see a world impacted and changed for Him?

 1 Cor 14:22-28

 22 Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. 23 Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. 25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you. 26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.

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 “All of these must be done,” speaks volumes to me and tells me that God’s plan for strengthening and equipping His church is the same as it was in the First Century. At Angle Lake Neighborhood Church it is my hope and desire that people will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, that the sick and lonely hearted will find the healing that they need, that those who are bound by life controlling issues will be set free by the power of the Holy Spirit, that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be present as God equips and empowers His people to set the world on fire for Him and that the fruit of the Holy Spirit will help each and every believer to grow to full maturity in Him.  If that is WREID STUFF, then Lord come and mess us up in Your glory and mercy!

 1 Cor 1:18-31

 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.  27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption —  31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

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Discord

Titus 3:9-11

9 But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. 10 Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.

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There is a certain person who is going around talking to people who attend ALNC telling them that I am a false prophet and that I am not preaching the gospel. I have confronted this person several times and have asked them to stop stirring up discord in the church, but they refuse to. 

This is nothing more than the devil trying to destroy the work of God. I may make mistakes and sometimes I say things that may need to be corrected, but the Scriptures are clear; God has appointed me to be the under-shepherd of this body of believers under His divine guidance. 

1 Thess 5:11

And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

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One of the things that we must keep in mind is that God absolutely hates division. Listen to how King Solomon says it;

Prov 6:16-19

16 These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look,

A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

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This is strong language, but we must understand that God hates the one who brings discord to the church. In fact, God calls them a false witness and a liar. Even if a person believes that they are doing the right thing, division is never God’s plan for His people. You can never accomplish God’s plan or His purpose for your life by stirring up dissension.

Stirring up dissension in the church puts us outside of God’s will! The God who is perfect unity cannot accept those who destroy unity within His body; He is opposed to them!  Usually people who stir up trouble set themselves up as the fount of all wisdom and knowledge; they are the one who is always right.  It is a tragic place to be, and frustrating!

The pathology of division is nothing less than sinful selfishness which breeds a large variety of attacks on the body of Christ, and damages the witness of the Gospel itself!  Arguing and quarreling becomes a way of life to the one who encourages dissension among others. Christians should never develop these characteristics; these will quickly separate us from God’s Spirit because they are contrary to God Himself!

God’s plan for His people is that they come together in unity and be bond together with cords that cannot be broken.

Ps 133

1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing — life forevermore.

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There is such great power in unity, such rewards, such refreshment, and such a wonderful witness to a world that is easily prone to disunity and deeply desires to be a part of something that is united.  There is something about unity that attracts people, being a part of something bigger then ourselves is so appealing. God wants His Church to be healthy, loving, and united so we can be all that we can be in Him! It is truly amazing how much we benefit from being part of a united Church, in so many ways we are made strong in this kind of unity.

I love you Angle Lake Neighborhood Church, you are my family and it causes me great pain and concern when I see a struggle going on and an attack of the enemy upon the work of God. If someone comes to you with a complaint about me or the church, please do not entertain what they are saying. Have them come see me; this is the proper way of handling disputes.

My friends if you ever have a question about something I have said or something I have done, my door is always open. I will make time for you to talk about what may be brothering you.

God Bless You!

Pastor John

 

 

 

 

 

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Be Holy?

“Be holy, for I am holy.” For most people this can be a very intimidating statement. The Lord God says, “Be holy, for I am holy.” The issue with that is, well God is God and I am not. It is easy for Him to say be holy, but John just has way too many faults. However, we love the Lord and we are committed to His word and so we go about trying our very best to be holy, because He is holy.  

We enter into this overwhelming challenge under our own willpower and determination vowing to be holy even if it kills us; unfortunately trying to achieve holiness through our own power will kill us!  This is the reason why so much emphasis is placed on how one dresses and where they go. These things can be measured and judged.  However, is this what God meant by “be holy, for I am holy?” I could spend a great deal of time explaining what I believe is the correct answer, but simply for me it is about the Treasure in this jar of clay that helps me toward that great goal of holiness; the Holy Spirit. 

We put the emphasis on the wrong part of God’s command, we focus on the “Be Holy” part, but the real power is in the “For I Am Holy” part. I can’t be holy without God’s holiness. When I was in the Army I worked as a mechanic. One of the things I loved to do was teach others. (I still believe that my greatest talent is teaching.) If I took a new recruit and told them, “I am the world’s greatest mechanic and because of that you better learn everything I teach you or else.” That guy is going to be a nervous wreck by the end of the training cycle, because I have placed the entire burden on him.

Now let’s look at it another way.  A new recruit comes into my shop ready to learn and I say to him, “Listen, I am the world’s greatest mechanic. Since I am the world’s greatest mechanic all you need to do is pay attention, let me guide you and prepare you, I will give you everything you need to be successful and productive, and if you forget something or make a mistake I will be right there to help you every step of the way.” After listening to that, the recruit now knows that he too can be a great mechanic, because the burden is not on him; but on the teacher. 

Please do not get me wrong, we do have a part in being holy. Our part is to be obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He gives us direction. Our biggest failure, when it comes to holiness, is our disobedience to God’s Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Although holiness may seem out of reach, when we allow the Holy Spirit complete control of our lives we will see God’s holiness. “Be Holy, For I Am Holy.” Yes Lord!

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Happy Thanksgiving

As I reflect on this Thanksgiving it is a little hard considering the break-in we had this last week at the church. Sometimes it is hard to find things to be thankful for. However, even though we live in a fallen world and life can be so very hard; I need to give thanks. I am so very thankful that God loves me, thank you Father for your divine hand that rest upon my life and my family’s lives. I am thankful that you loved me enough to send Jesus Christ all those years ago to pay the penalty for my sins, Thank you Jesus for saving my soul and being Lord over all I do. I am so thankful that you saw the need to leave the earth and return to your place in heaven, but You knew that I would need a helper; and you sent the Holy Spirit to reside in me to enable me to be an over comer in this world. Thank you Holy Spirit for walking with me and showing me the way; for being my counselor, helper, partner, companion, and divine friend; Life without You would be hopeless! I am eternity grateful for The One True God, the Trinity that loves me enough to care and help me in all situations.

I am so very grateful for Han; she is so precious to me. For 38 years she has been my best friend and my companion through this walk we call life. I loved her the very first time that I saw her and my love for her has grown steady through the years; in fact I think I love her now more than ever before. Thank you sweetie for going with me through the years and I look forward to many more together! I am thankful for our daughters Luci Stafford and Tammy Hoover, I am thankful for the women they have turned out to be. I am proud of you both and your many accomplishments and successes. I am thankful for two strong men who I call sons-in-laws; Tom Stafford and Brady Hoover, I love you most guys because I see your love for my daughters and my grandchildren; thank you.  I am most thankful for my four wonderful grandchildren, James, Alex, Sidney and Ketscher. It is hard to explain how my heart swells every time I am with them. They each have their own personalities and I would not change that for anything. Papa loves you guys very much and I am thankful that you are in my life

I am thankful for extended family and friends across this nation and around the world. I am hoping that this Thanksgiving finds you all well and full of hope. Remember to give thanks for what God has done for you and your families. I am grateful for my church family, those whom I share a connection because Jesus is our hope and support. I am thankful for your prayers and your care. Many of you I miss because of distance or business, but I pray and think of you often. May God’s hand always rest upon you and keep you. I am thankful for my mentors and spiritual fathers, thank you so much for taking the time to impart to me those things that have made me a good pastor and shepherd. 

Finally to my immediate church family, Angle Lake Neighborhood Church, Han and I wish to thank you all for loving us and making us feel like we are the best pastor in the world. I would like to thank my staff for all you do. Guys I could not do this without you, you are very important to me, please thank your staffs on my behalf for all the hard work they do. I am thankful for a great group of guys the Board Members of Angle Lake Neighborhood Church, thank you guys for your sacrifice and care. I am thankful for every person who calls ALNC home and please know that Han and I love you all very much. May God’s hand rest upon you, may His countenance shine upon you, may His peace be with you, may His grace give you strength, may His power flow through you, may His providence keep you and may His presence always be with you.

Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!  
Pastor John & Han

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Your Ego is not your Amigo

Recently Han and I took a trip to Tucson Arizona to speak at a conference and to spend time with friends. As we were getting off the plane in Tucson, I saw this guy with a tee-shirt that had this printed on it, “Your Ego Is Not Your Amigo.” I thought to myself, “The world and the church world need to hear that message.”

You see we live in a world that is desperately looking for true happiness and blessing in their lives. The problem is that people have abandoned the only true way to happiness and blessing by turning their backs on the only hope they have and that hope is God! For the church it becomes even a great concern, because God has chosen to show Himself through Christ in us, the hope of glory!

Now if we are going to be prepared to show God’s glory to a lost and dying world then we must be prepared to seek God with all our hearts, minds and souls. If we will seek after God then I believe the things of this world will grow very dim and we will find that the enemy’s temptations will not be very successful. So here is my question you seekers after God, where is your heart? What is it that you have appetite for? What do you long, desire, hunger, and thirst after? You see, this is what determines who, or even Whose you are.

Your Ego Is Not Your Amigo

Failing to crave after God is disobedience to God and my friends disobedience is sin and leads to shame. If you are embarrassed over your failure, be encouraged, this means that your heart is tender and that the Holy Spirit is still working in your life.

We need God’s glory! If you have convinced yourself that true happiness and blessing can only come through this world system, stop looking to yourself for the answers.

Your Ego Is Not Your Amigo

If we are going to be successful in the twenty-first century in seeing this world turned upside down for Jesus then we need Holy Ground. But oh how we need to be careful; by entering Holy Ground you risk losing your life. You will never find purpose in activities, families, careers, education, or worldly living. Your purpose is to be used of God in seeing the world full of the glory of God.

In Isaiah chapter six verse 1-8 we find a great example of how to overcome an inflated ego, let’s take a look.

Woe Is Me! 

The first step in our transformation to Holy ground is an overwhelming sense of insufficiency, of sin, of unworthiness.

By entering into the place of Holy Ground we begin to see just how dirty we are, we begin to say, “I don’t belong here, I don’t fit here, nothing I know or can do is appropriate, please get me out of here.” This is the very reason why so many will get to this point in their spiritual walk and then slam on the brakes and refuse to go any further.

Now please pay attention because this is where we have gotten off track. If you are judging yourselves by the standards of those around you then you have your sights on the wrong thing. If you are here tonight in the presence of almighty God and you feel you are doing just fine, then you might want to take another step towards Holy Ground. The Pentecostal church must stop comparing itself in light of what it sees going on in this day and age and get back to, “Thus saith the Word of God!”

Revival, Revival, if we are going to see revival fall on this house, on this community, on our families and in our lives; then we must enter into Holy Ground and cry out Woe is me!

Okay right about now some of you are saying, “This guy is just nuts. Why would he make me feel shame?” Listen my friends, God does not desire to shame anyone. It is His desire to love you and take care of you. It is the enemy of our soul who causes shame in us, but it is our chose to stay there and not enter in to a close relationship with God. God does not shame, but He does convict us of the sin in our lives and He calls us to repentance!

Now the great things about that my friends is when we do we will find;

Mercy and Forgiveness 

When we cry out to the living God we will find that in His glory is mercy and forgiveness. There is purification. Our lips are touched with purifying fire. This is what the post-modern church needs today more than anything else. This is what the universal church needs today. This is what Angle Lake Neighborhood Church needs today. The purifying fire of mercy and forgiveness!

We must stop thinking that somehow we can improve our lives simply by progressing-getting a little more of this and that. When we try and find happiness and blessing through some program or self-improvement method we are like a badly aimed arrow; and the further we follow after that the greater we miss the mark!

Your Ego Is Not Your Amigo

It is time that we stop the misdirection and start back on the correct course in Christ Jesus. If your sin and life-style give evidence against you every time you open your mouth, if sin and impurity are killing you spiritually, then know this my friends; God desires to heal you today through the power of the Holy Spirit.

In these jars of clay God deposits the precious gift of the Holy Spirit to be our companion. Through the Holy Spirit we can live a holy life if we but surrender to Him. Mercy and forgiveness will always lead us to;

The Word of God 

Holiness always involves the Word of God. God said, “Whom shall I send?”

Our sins have been identified, we understand that before God we are dirty, in His presence my righteousness is as dirty rags. I am undone and I am in desperate need of healing. God’s mercy and forgiveness on Holy Ground pour over me and begin to heal me and set me free. It is in this context that God speaks to us.

God spoke to Moses at the burning bush; God spoke to John on the island of Patmos, God speaks to Isaiah in the temple, my friends God speaks to us as well. If you enter into Holy Ground you will hear the Word of God.

The Word of God will always propel us to do something. The overflow of holiness is not something we can hide or put under a bowl. The holiness of God is something that must be delivered, spread around, spoken, and acted on. Holiness is not an emotional feeling, spiritual experience that we can sit and vegetate on. Holiness demands that we do the work of God. Holiness is an invitation to enter into what God is doing and to see His glory fill the earth. Now here is the key, He desires to do that through you and me. That’s why His cry is “Whom shall I send?”

It is so popular today to ask, “What is my purpose?” Your purpose is to be used of God to see His glory fill the earth. Period! Anything else is self-centered foolishness that keeps us in a state of defeat under the influence of Satan.

Your Ego Is Not Your Amigo

When we enter into Holy Ground we recognize our sins, mercy and forgiveness are poured out, the Word of God calls us to action and we must;

Accept the Invitation

One of the greatest things about God is that God never forces us to do anything. You see He gives us commands and my friends we must be prepared to obey them, but He always gives us the choice to say yes or no.

I have had people ask me, “Pastor John, why doesn’t God just make us obey Him?” That would make things easy wouldn’t it, but then that would not be true worship? Would our hearts crave after God for love that goes beyond understanding or would it be mechanical? No God invites us, but it is up to us to accept the invitation. Are you ready to say to God;

Here am I Send me!

Here we go, we can enter into the place where God desires for us to be and receive the healing He has for us; or we can go back to living the life of just getting by. Wishing somehow that I had happiness and blessing in my life. Wondering why things in my life seem to be going badly. When we enter into Holy Ground the things of this world will grow dim and the light of Christ shines brightly.

If you recognize that you have come just so far and no more and you would like to enter in to a new level of relationship with God than call out to Him right now. Are you ready to lose your life for God’s glory? Then let the Holy Spirit give you what you need and enter into Holy Ground and experience all that God has for you.

 

 

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We Are Pentecostal!

For a decade or longer we have been told that in order to reach the postmodern generation we needed to become a postmodern church. Lately we have been told that we need to be conservative in theology, but progressive in ministry. For years we read articles and we were encouraged to read books that informed us that we needed to be more relevant, more intentional, more missional and less Pentecostal. The cry became that the message must never change, but the method must change if the church was going to survive in the twenty-first century.

All of this has brought us to the point where Pentecostal doctrine is no longer seen as relevant for today. The growth of the emergent church and its popularity with younger ministers has seen many of its leaders proclaiming that the Bible is an outdated ancient manuscript that no longer applies; they have outgrown it.

Recently I was told that many scholars and leaders in the AG believe that tongues and interpretation is not a message from God, but is prayer, praise, and intercession from man to God. Yesterday I quoted Stanley Horton, “Tongues when interpreted may bring insight into spiritual truths (a ‘revelation’); ‘knowledge,’ including spiritual understanding; a message to strengthen, encourage, and comfort (‘prophecy’); or a ‘word of instruction’ (not in the sense of establishing new doctrine but clarifying spiritual truth and helping the hearers to apply it).” To say it is anything else is to water down the Word of God.

A friend of mine who is a chaplain in the federal prison system, told his co-worker (A Catholic Priest) about this issue of tongues and interpretation and the Priest replied, “If that’s so then you Pentecostals have no reason for even being!” If a Catholic Priest gets it how come our scholars and leaders don’t?

Thomas Trask once said, “The Assemblies of God was raised up to be a Pentecostal voice. I have great respect and love for evangelical churches, but we are more than evangelical; we are Pentecostal!”

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Monday Night Prayer

I have been promoting our Monday Night Prayer meeting here at Angle Lake Neighborhood Church for over five years. Since I have been here we have  had no more than just a handful of folks coming. The past few months have been really amazing; God has been answering prayers in dramatic fashion. The past few weeks more and more people are coming to the prayer meeting!

Let me give you a testimony from this past week. A young man who comes to the prayer meeting asked us to pray for a friend of his who has been homeless at times over the past several months. His prayer was that she would be able to find shelter and that the Lord would get hold of her life. We prayed for her, believing God would move on her behalf. The next day this young man came into my office to tell me that his friend’s aunt took her home with her on Monday evening. During the night the aunt, who is a believer, prayed for this young woman and she was delivered from demons and the aunt led her to Jesus.

I received this email from one of the folks who attends our Monday Night Prayer Meeting. I asked if I could share the email and the person said yes; listen to what the Lord showed them.

“I remember sitting in church service on Sunday morning and the Lord telling me that He wanted me back on Monday nights. He said this is where it is all going to start. That was when I began coming.

A week after that I had a dream: I was at my apartment complex. There was some war going on. I walked outside and a police officer came up behind me. I asked him if I should go inside. He told me no I want you to watch this. Then I saw enemies coming from every corner trying to be sneaky, but as I was watching the were overtaken by police officers. The enemies couldn’t hide.

The dream had a little more in it but the Lord showed me that Monday nights is where it all it going to start. Enemies are going to be exposed and victories are coming in full force.

I also remember praying a few weeks ago and the Lord told me that miracles were going to take place. I hope this makes sense but He told me to look for the first few raindrops, and then watch because He was going to cause a downpour. We have seen the drops and now I am looking for the downpour:)”

Yes, Amen the windows of heaven are open and God’s blessings are falling. Do you desire to be a part of seeing God’s miracle working hand? Join us on Monday nights and let’s pray for more of God’s presence!

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Set the Standard

The church in America is facing an epidemic of worldliness.

When Christians become worldly, they often start spelling holiness l-e-g-a-l-i-s-m. The cry of “Legalism!” becomes a battering ram against standards of biblical holiness. If you call holiness legalism, you can rationalize almost anything.

In Galatians 5, Paul indeed pointed out that legalism could be “a yoke of bondage” (v. 1, NKJV). But he also said, “Do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh” (v. 13).

Case in point: It is in vogue for some Christians to use coarse language and vulgar slang terms in an attempt to be culturally relevant. Use of certain distasteful words has become common. I do not believe God is pleased with this. Some Christians have become so culturally relevant there is virtually no difference between them and the world.

The Bible says, “Rid yourself of … filthy language” (Colossians 3:8, NIV). “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place” (Ephesians 5:4).

When we tolerate profanity, it seeps into our souls. We should not be surprised when it comes out. “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Luke 6:45).

Hanging out with people who use bad language — including those on television or in movies — is unhealthy spiritually. Yes, God wants us to be witnesses to our nonbelieving friends, and we certainly need to be with them — for the right reasons. If our closest companions are people without Christ, their lifestyle is bound to rub off on us, no matter how strong our faith is. (See Romans 12:2.)

Holiness and legalism are two different things. Freedom should not make you worldly.

Some say you need to talk the language of those to whom you minister. But you don’t need to use gutter language to reach people in the gutter. The point of ministry is to get people out of the gutter. The true disciple’s language becomes more Christlike with nearness to the Lord. We don’t need “culturally sensitive” Christians lowering the standards or the reputation of the church.

Let’s set a standard, not bow to one.

By Ken Horn
Sept. 15, 2013

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Praying in Tongues

My cousin, who is profoundly deaf, once was led of the Lord to pray as a woman knelt at the altar. She just stood behind her and prayed in tongues. That lady was saved that night, and wanted to meet the person who “told me how to be saved.” The pastor explained that the only person other than himself that was near her was a deaf woman who spoke no words in English. The newly-saved woman explained that the woman had spoken in French. And yes, it was my cousin, who have never spoken in English, but had been baptized in the Holy Spirit, and was standing near “praying” and obviously, through the Holy Spirit, explaining salvation to the French woman. Eldon Bryce

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Worship Wars

I talked to a friend of mine the other day and he was telling me that the people in his church just seem to argue over the music that is sung at the church where he is the pastor all the time. I too have experienced the worship wars and it is not fun. I few weeks back I had a friend speak here at Angle Lake Neighborhood Church and he told me that it was so refreshing to hear hymns sung during worship. I asked him, “You guys don’t sing hymns at your church?” He said, “No we just sing choruses.”

I came across a great article about the worship wars that explains it is not about preference or style, but about worshiping God. I hope you enjoy the article.

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/modern-worship-music-wars

Pastor John

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