Four Points

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Do you long for God to move in your life, in your church and in our nation? I believe that God is still in the business of hearing and answering prayer for revival. Some may scoff at the notion of revival, yet time and time again throughout history God has a revived His people as the cried out to Him in contrition. God is looking for believers to be desperate for His reviving presence. As you pray for revival here are some helpful points to personally consider.

  1. You must put away any unconfessed sin. Isaiah 57:15 “For thus saith the high and lofty One
    That inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, With him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” The heart of our Lord is to revive. We must do our part and He will do His. 
  2. You must put away any doubtful habit. There is plenty that dazzles and distracts. Some we see as outright sin and we avoid it. However, some habits are like weights that hold us back from all that God desires to do in and through our lives. What is your weight? Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” No earthly habit is worth the substitution of God’s reviving presence.
  3. You must obey the Holy Spirit promptly.  John 16:13  “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:” The role of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to guide into the truths that we are to be living. We cannot please God if we choose not to listen and respond.
  4. You must confess Christ publicly. Psalm 51:13 “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”  The revived believer will have no problem speaking out for Christ. It will be the desire of his heart. 

Revival is still possible and God’s Word gives us guidance in how to experience it. May God cause my generation to have a passion to see God move.  Remember, with God all things are possible.

In this post I expanded on  Robert Evans’ Four Points concerning revival. 

The Good Husband

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This year at Couples Retreat we were delighted to have Pastor Jeff Hargraves from Chapmanville, West Virginia with us. He and his wife, Ginger, were a real blessing to our couples. My wife and I really enjoyed the time to pause and invest in our relationship. In one of the sessions Pastor Hargraves went through a list of verses that describes a good husband and the good wife. Take sometime to read these verses and let them direct you to be a husband that pleases God.

  1. Dedicated to his wife’s happinessWhen a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business:but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken. (Deuteronomy 24:5)
  2. Satisfied with his own wife—Drink waters out of thine own cistern,and running waters out of thine own well.Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. (Proverbs 5:15-16)
  3. Makes preparation—Prepare thy work without,and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house. (Proverbs 24:27)
  4. Sees his wife as God’s reward—Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:9)  House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord. (Proverbs 19:14)
  5. Guards his spirit—And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. (Malachi 2:15)
  6. Submits his body to his wife—Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence:and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. (1 Corinthians 7:3-5)
  7. Understands his headship—But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3)
  8. Communicates openly with his wife—Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not:let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more:but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 5:25-32)
  9. Loves his wife as Christ loves the Church—Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:and he is the saviour of the body. (Ephesians 5:22-23)
  10. Not bitter toward his wife—Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected:for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. (Hebrews 12:14-17)  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. (Colossians 3:18-19)
  11. Provides for his home—But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. (1 Timothy 5:8)
  12. Understands his wife and honors her—Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)

Part 2—The Good Wife will be posted later this week. 

Things Have Changed

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I am so thankful for the older generation. Their perspective and wisdom is priceless! How I wish that my generation would not throw out their counsel and teaching. I recently heard a message entitled Things Have Changed by Wayne Snyder, a Furlough Replacement Missionary with Baptist World Mission. I was blessed and motivated by his passion as he preached. I asked him to write out his perspective on the rise of liberalism in America.  This is a long post but I believe it will be helpful. Furthermore, let it motivate you to stand for Jesus and follow the instruction of Paul to Timothy in 2 Timthty 3:14, “…But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of…

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” ― Edmund Burke

From the middle of the 1800s and early 1900s theological liberalism spread from Europe to the U.S. Liberalism was the result of the acceptance of reason over revelation. It took supernaturalism from Scripture. Here is a short list of the features of historic Biblical Christianity that were rejected:

1. Creation by the direct act of God, creation ex nihlo, or creation out of nothing.

2. The inspiration of the Scriptures, and with it its inerrancy and authority.

3. The historicity of

  • Adam and Eve
  • Noah and the Flood
  • The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
  • The story of Jonah
  • The authorship of the Pentateuch by Moses
  • The authorship of all of Isaiah by Isaiah
  • The authorship of Daniel by Daniel
  • All miracles including predictive prophecy

4. The Fall of Man into sin; people did evil only because of their environment

5. The Deity of Jesus Christ

6. The Virgin birth of Jesus Christ

7. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the Cross

8. The necessity of the new birth for every person

9. The Bodily resurrection of Christ from the Dead.

10. The existence of Hell and the eternal Lake of Fire for all unbelievers

11. The return of Christ

12. The Deity and personality of the Holy Spirit

13. The existence of Satan

Liberalism spread from Germany to England and from both to the United States. When liberalism came to the Baptist Union of England, Spurgeon vigorously opposed it in what came to known as the Downgrade Controversy.  The Baptist Union censured Spurgeon voting 2000 against to only 6 for him. He paid a terrible price and left the Baptist Union because of its toleration of liberalism, but he was right. The Baptist Union had no doctrinal statement. Theological liberalism has infected every denomination in the U.S.

The Northern Baptist Convention was founded in 1901, and as far as I know, without a doctrinal statement. This permitted the acceptance of a wide range of beliefs, including the rejection of the tenants of historic Biblical Christianity. In the second decade of the 1900s there was a growing recognition that liberal theology had taken root in the Convention. Between 1910 and 1915, a series of twelve paperback books entitled, The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, containing essays on necessary doctrines of Biblical Christianity, were published. Curtis Laws, editor of the Watchman Examiner is credited with using the word “fundamentalist” to refer to those who held the doctrines of historic Christianity. By 1919 the term “fundamentalist” was used to distinguish Bible believers from liberals. It should be noted that liberals considered themselves Christians. When an attempt was made at the Convention’s meeting in 1922 to adopt the New Hampshire Confession of faith as its doctrinal statement, a liberal, Cornelius Woelfkin, submitted a substitute motion to adopt the New Testament as the Convention’s statement of faith. The motion was fiendishly clever. A vote against it was made to appear as a vote against the New Testament. The problem was that there was no agreement on what the New Testament taught. It was adopted for three reasons. Many believers saw no problem with liberal theology. Some saw the adoption of the proposal as a way to unify the Convention and solve the problem. Others realized that if they were forced to leave the Convention because of their doctrinal differences, they would lose their Convention provided retirement. Kirsopp Lake, a liberal, wrote in 1925 in his book, The Religion of Yesterday and Tomorrow (p.61-62), “It is a mistake, often made by educated persons who happen to have but little knowledge of historical theology, to suppose that Fundamentalism is a new and strange form of thought. It is nothing of the kind: it is the…survival of a theology which was once universally held by all Christians.” He concluded by saying, “The Fundamentalist may be wrong; I think he is. But it is we who have departed from the tradition, not he, and I am sorry for the fate of anyone who tries to argue with a Fundamentalist on the basis of authority. The Bible and the corpus theologicum of the Church are on the Fundamentalist side.” This is quite an admission.

Neo-orthodoxy, another  departure from historical Biblical Christianity, arose out of liberalism. Its deception was cloaked in Bible terms, with non-Biblical definitions. Christ rose from the dead, but not bodily, only spiritually, whatever that means. So a person could sound like a Christian without being a Christian in the historic sense. With such definitions, the bodily resurrection of Christ as an historical event was effectively denied. The Bible was the word of God, but not objectively, only subjectively as Scripture became meaningful to the reader. This approach left the reader of Scripture to decide what was God’s Word was and what was not God’s Word. The same passage could be God’s Word to one person but not to another.

Hermeneutics, the science of Biblical interpretation, also contributed to deviancy from  historic Biblical Christianity. Origin (185-232 AD) brought the allegorical method of interpretation into Christianity. Augustine popularized the allegorical method that has been adopted by the Catholic Church, and many protestant. Walvoord (The Millennial Kingdom pp. 39-43) quotes George N. H Peter as listing advocates of premillennialism in the first and second centuries.

The allegorical method stands in contrast to the literal method which considers the tenses of the verbs, the meanings of the words as they were used at the time Scripture was written, and looks for the exact meaning of the figures of speech as the writers of Scripture a wrote while being carried along by the Holy Spirit (II Peter 1:21-22). The allegorical method of interpretation gave rise to two different views of future events (eschatology), Postmillennialism, and Amillennialism. Christians and liberals hold to postmillennialism. The allegorical method of interpretation is used to support theological liberalism, Catholic theology, and parts of Reformed theology. However, Dr. John Walvoord, former president of Dallas Theological Seminary, pointed out in his book, (The Millennial Kingdom, p. 60), that a method of interpretation which supports three distinct theologies, cannot be a valid method for interpreting Scripture. The same objection can be made in use of allegorical interpretation to construct different views future events in postmillennialism and Amillennialism. The rejection of dispensational eschatology was the direct result of its rejection of the literal approach to interpreting Scripture.

The reason the allegorical method of interpretation gives such diverse results is that it makes the reader decide what the Author of Scripture says. There is no objective standard by which to determine what Scripture exactly says. An illustration will suffice. Suppose someone writes you a check for $10. Do you have the right to interpret the check was written for $100? The Bible likely has more figures of speech and varieties of literature than any other book ever written, its message must be interpreted literally. There are at least two ways in which the Bible verifies a literal interpretation. First, Jesus supported the historicity of Adam’s and Eve’s creation (Matt. 19:4-5), Noah and the Flood (Matt. 24:37-38), Sodom and Gomorrah (Matt. 10:15), Jonah in the fish’s stomach (Matt. 12:40), and Daniel as the author of Daniel (Matt. 24:15). These people and events are among the most denied contents of the Bible. Second, for prophecy to be fulfilled there must be a specific literal fulfillment for the supernatural origin of the prophecy to be seen. When Herod asked the chief priest and scribes where the King of the Jews was to be born, they understood Micah 5:2 literally (Matt. 2:5). Isaiah named the Persian King Cyrus as the one who would order the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple (Isa. 44:28 If this prophecy was given in 700 BC just after Assyria failed to conquer Jerusalem in 701 BC, then its fulfillment is after the fall of the Assyrian Empire, and after the fall of the Babylonian Empire (Dan. 5) in 539 BC. The decree by Cyrus was given a year later. Thus Isaiah announced, by name, the monarch who  would  order  the  rebuilding of  Jerusalem  and  the  Temple  at  least 114  years before they were destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and at least 162 years before Cyrus made his decree in 538 BC.

In 1942 the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) was founded with Harold John Ockenga as its first president. The movement was facilitated by the magazine, Christianity Today, the founding of Fuller Theological Seminary, and the inclusive evangelism of the Billy Graham crusades.  In the next few years those associated with the movement came to be known as neo-evangelicals or new evangelicals. Today neo is dropped; they are now evangelicals. At first fundamentalism, and neo- evangelicalism were virtually synonymous and were associated with the NAE, but gradually fundamentalists left as the movement evolved and articulated its distinctive differences from fundamentalism. The March, 1956, edition of Christian Life magazine carried an article entitled, “Is Evangelical Theology Changing?”  Among the differences that neo-evangelicals articulated were:

A friendlier attitude toward science, meaning; we must be able to accommodate the Bible when it speaks about the origins of man to the findings of science, that is, evolution. To counter Origin of the Species published in 1859, and the subsequent claims of science, Christians sought to make the Bible fit science rather than science fit the Bible, thus the gap theory, age-day theory, and theistic evolution were offered to make the Bible conform to Science. God must have made a mistake as He superintended the writing of Scripture! It was not until the rise of men like Whitcomb, Morris, Gish, and Ham beginning in the 1950’s that science was made to fit the Bible.

A willingness to reexamine beliefs concerning the work of the Holy Spirit, meaning; perhaps spiritual gifts are for today. The Charismatic Movement did not become accepted as mainstream Christianity until Billy Graham invited Oral Roberts to the Berlin Congress on World Evangelism in 1966, 65 years after the Charismatic movement began.

A more tolerant view attitude toward varying views on eschatology, meaning; Amillennialism and postmillennialism are as acceptable as the pretribulation-premillennial view of future events. Thus it is just as good to allegorize Scripture as it is to understand the Bible literally. When I served as a missionary in Cambodia, I found that the evangelicals in Phnom Penh were strongly opposed to Israel’s presence in Palestine, a reflection of Amillennialism.

A shift away from so called extreme dispensationalism, meaning; it is just as good to allegorize Scripture as it is to understand the Bible literally because dispensationalism and premillennialism result when the Bible is interpreted literally. In 1988 evangelicals met at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and could not decide if hell was literal or figurative!

An increased emphasis on scholarship, meaning; fundamentalists were not scholars because they received scorn from the secular world. Many early fundamentalist were scholars of the first rank. Robert Dick Wilson was fluent in 45 languages. J. Greshem Machen, a Presbyterian wrote Christianity Verses Liberalism, perhaps the best apology for historic biblical Christianity in the first half of the 20th century. The neo-evangelicals wanted recognition from unbelieving liberals and the secular academic world. Oil and water will never mix and neither will the secular and the inspired Word.

A more definite recognition of social responsibility, meaning; churches should be engaged united efforts to oppose and resolve all social ills such as poverty, racism, abortion, and others. Today much of what is called missions does not involve the preaching the gospel, but rather digging wells to provide clean water, shelters for women in prostitution, orphanages, food for the hungry, and medical care for those who have none. How many schools and hospitals did the Apostle Paul found? Were not social problems rampant when the Lord commanded to preach the gospel to the entire world?

A reopening of the subject of Biblical inspiration, meaning; the inerrancy of Scripture in matters of history, science, and apparent contradictions need to be challenged. Harold Lindsell’s book, Battle for the Bible, exposed Fuller’s Seminary’s rejection of complete inerrancy in 1975. This “reopening” has led to the currently acceptance of the belief that there are no absolutes among many “evangelicals”

A growing willingness of neo-evangelical theologians to converse and dialogue with liberal theologians, meaning; truth is not absolute. How can the virgin birth of Christ be negotiated? How much of a virgin was Mary, 50% or 75%?

The complete break between fundamentalists and evangelicals came after Billy Graham’s New York City crusade in May, 1957, when Graham formally established an inclusivist policy in the sponsorship of the crusade that united evangelicals with liberals, neo-orthodox, and catholic churchman in the sponsorship and active conducting of his crusades. That policy remained Graham’s policy for the remainder of his ministry.  By his cooperation with these above groups he has given unbelief and heresy the status as valid expressions of historic Biblical Christianity. This carried with it a depreciation of the necessity of the new birth.

In the book, Decision Points, (Crown Publishers, p. 31, 2010), the younger  George W. Bush relates the following comment by Billy Graham when he was invited to the family home in Maine. “The first question was from Dad. He said, ‘Billy, some people say you have to have a born-again experience to go to heaven. Mother [my grandmother] here is the most religious, kind person I know, yet she has had no born-again experience. Will she go to heaven?’ Wow, pretty profound question from the old man. We all looked at Billy. In his quiet, strong voice, he replied, ‘George, some of us require a born-again experience to understand God, and some of us are born Christians. It sounds as if your mom was just born a Christian.’”

The doctrines of Scripture are absolute. Just as Israel was forbidden to intermarry with the nations around them so Scripture is clear that truth cannot be mixed with deviant doctrine. Historic fundamentalism was first of all a revolt against, disconnection from, and rejection of cooperation with unbelief in ministry according to II Cor. 6:14-7:1. Without an emphasis on doctrine Christian conduct  has changed in American evangelicalism and fundamentalism. What Christian would sit for two hours to listen to an expositor of the Scriptures as I did more than 50 years ago. What Christian family uses a week’s vacation to go to a Bible Conference? Where are the Bible Conferences that existed 60 years ago? Why have schools such as Moody Bible Institute and Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary changed their policies to allow moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages? Has the Scriptural command for holiness (I Peter 1:15) been rescinded? I remember when  Elvis and the Beatles came on the scene. Their music was universally denounced in Bible preaching churches. Now the rhythms they brought to our culture have found their way into the churches as contemporary Christian music. The gateway into rock, the noise of rebellion, drugs, immorality, idolatry (of bands and performers) and demonism parades as worship in nearly a majority of church. Things have changed, but not for the better. I ask myself, “Am I a soldier of the cross, a follower of the Lamb?”

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Wayne & Dee Snyder

Fellowship with the Believers

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I was blessed this past Sunday night to see all the people who attended the Lifestage Home Fellowships. There was a great spirit and I could see that believers were encouraged from time spent together. I believe fellowship is one of the most important components of strong churches. Here are some reasons.

  1. It was practiced by the early church. Acts 2:42 says, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles ‘doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” It says they continued steadfastly. This was not just something casually attempted but rather a key component to the church. Note that in the order fellowship come second after doctrine—the preaching and teaching of the Word. It is important!
  2. It is vital to spiritual strength. 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” Believers are inundated with world through the radio, podcasts, TV, Facebook, Twitter, internet and secular agendas. Everywhere you turn it seems the world is communicating with you. How badly we need good communication to build up our spirits, encourage us to guard our hearts and motivate us to serve our Lord. For the sake of your Christian walk, be sure to prioritize fellowship with the believers.
  3. It is an outflow of love. 1 John 4:21 “And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” God has commanded believers to love each other. Think about it, you spend time with the people you love. Fellowshipping with believers shows your love for them. Sometimes believers will look at fellowshipping based on personal need. Fellowship is not about us getting our needs met, but meeting the needs of others. According to 1 Corinthians 13:5 love “...seeketh not her own…” True love causes us to fellowship with other believers even if there is nothing in it for us. Consider the well known verse found in Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” The whole point of attending church and engaging believers in fellowship is to motivate fellow believers to love and good works in the time remaining before the rapture. Make sure intentional fellowship with the believers has place in your life. You can be sure you will be blessed in the process.

10 Fellowship Ideas

  1. Encourage someone after church
  2. Invite a person or family to your home for lunch/dinner
  3. Interact in the Adult Bible Studies
  4. Go to coffee during the week
  5. Go for Ice Cream after a service
  6. Go out soul winning
  7. Get together for prayer
  8. Share a testimony
  9. Write an encouraging note
  10. Include another person on a church work project

What God Always Blesses

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Recently the Lord has blessed our church with growth in our children’s ministries especially in our  Wednesday night Masterclub program. We have been running our 15 passenger van on Wednesdays and have been filling it. For some time now have been in need of additional transportation. We have had to use personal minivans to get all the kids in to church. What a blessing! Because of this great problem, we as a church began to pray that God would bless us with a church bus. We began to look and God led us to a person who would get us a retired school bus from a state auction. The church voted, gave and by faith moved ahead with purchasing a bus. I cannot tell you the joy it was to see this big yellow bus pull into our church parking lot. It was a such an answer to prayer and I believe a huge step in our church growing in our heart for souls.

No doubt this new ministry tool is a blessing from God and with that said, I believe that in our own lives as Christians and in our churches that there are attitudes and actions that God always blesses. I trust these will be  a blessing to you.

God Always Blesses Faith

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The believer who will choose to live by faith will undoubtedly experience God’s blessing. Living by faith is trusting God when it seems circumstantially impossible. God has always rewarded people and churches who will live by faith, not by what the experts say, the critics scream or the economy demands.

God Always Blesses Faithfulness

Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

When you live by faith that will result in a life of faithfulness to the Lord. Sometimes we think when we have more we will serve God faithfully. That fact is that God want you and I to serve Him faithfully with what we have. You see, If you will not serve God with $10 in your pocket, you will not serve him with $1,000. If you will not serve God with a 15 passenger van, you will not serve him with a bus. God wants us to be faithfully labor with what we have and we we do He will bless.

God Always Blesses a Heart for Souls

Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

God blesses a heart for souls because it is His heart. He wants all men to be saved. He wants your neighbors, those bus kids to be saved. He blesses this kind of heart because it is an obedient heart that has decided to be a witness and make a difference for Christ. It is a sacrificial heart that has determined that no matter the affliction people must hear about Jesus. I believe God has blessed our church because of its heart for souls and Oh that God would help us continue to grow in it.

My desire is to have the blessing of the Lord on my life. I hope it is your desire too! May God bless you as you live by faith, serve faithfully and have a heart for souls.

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Men’s Retreat 2014

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Without reservation I can say that Men’s Retreat 2014 was the best retreat I have seen at Grace Baptist Church. There was an excellent spirit in the men and a desire for God’s Word. Despite the winter temperatures and weather, the attendance was fabulous. Here are some of the reasons for a great retreat this past weekend.

  1. God’s Presence—We prayed and prepared for this retreat and God blessed us with His unmistakable presence. As the Word was preached I sensed that God was deeply working in our hearts as men. He helped us identify the challenges that we as men face in these days and how to overcome them. He showed us that we can live holy lives in an unholy world. He taught us how to walk in victory day by day. He led us to prayer for strength to be the men, husbands and fathers that we ought to be. It was awesome to see God work in my heart and in the hearts of our men in specific areas.
  2. Great Preaching—God promises to bless and use the preaching of the Word. We were blessed to have Pastor Dan Mawson, Senior Pastor at Victory Baptist Church in West Chester, PA, as our retreat speaker. His heart for God and enthusiastic preaching was a blessing.
  3. Good Music—There is nothing like a group of men singing praises to God. It is bold, heart felt and glorious. I love singing and was certainly moved by this year’s music. It was a blessing to sing songs of salvation, heaven, victory and praise. We sang that encouraging song I’m on the Winning Side reminding us that the Devil is a defeated foe and we stand with our God on the winning side. The men sang this song for the Sunday Morning Service as a testimony to our Lord.
  4. Godly Fellowship—Men are bombarded with the influence of the world on a daily basis and are often wearied with its temptations. The godly fellowship found at Men’s Retreat was refreshing and encouraging.

If you missed Men’s Retreat 2014, I would encourage your to listen to the messages here and then make plans to attend next year, January 30-31 with Pastor Marc Monte. You will be glad you did! Until then, seek to be faithful to the Lord, to your wife, your family, and your church. The Devil is not playing games and neither should we. Let’s be men for God that make a difference by being different.