Incredible pREACHing

This past Thursday night, Saturday afternoon(at our annual spring youth rally)and Sunday morning and evening, our church was blessed to hear the anointed preaching of Pastor Ron Townsley from Princeton, Illinois. Brother Townsley was with us 2 years ago as the speaker at our 2014 youth rally and was greatly used of God to help our church.

Preaching is really amazing to me. I find it incredible that a man of God can earnestly pray, study and deliver a message that can touch people’s lives in so many different ways.

 

1Corinthians 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

 

It’s through the preaching of the Word of God that we can receive the greatest gift, which is the salvation of our souls.

 

There are a host of other things that we need saving from as well.

 

-false doctrine

-bad attitudes

-despair when we’re being tested

-bitterness

-rebellion

-our own carnal nature

 

This is by no means a complete list, but God knows just exactly what we need and when we need it. He knows each person that is going to be in any given meeting and the needs that are represented there. For instance, on Sunday there was a young lady in our morning service that we had not seen for several months. We had no idea that she was going to be there. Having known some of her background and things she has been through recently, I knew that things that were being said by the preacher were speaking to her and her situation. The preacher had no idea who this young lady was, but God knew, and God was reaching for her through an anointed God called preacher. At the same time, the message that was coming across the pulpit was striking a chord with others who were there also. It is so awesome how God uses His Word to reach to us! I’m so thankful for the Word of God and God called men who are not afraid to preach it. I wish I could share all that Pastor Townsley preached, but I know I could not do it justice. I’m just thankful that he allowed God to use him, and many individuals responded to the Word and were strengthened and helped as God was reaching through the preaching.

 

 

 

The Word of God in your ears has been preached.

And by it, for your heart the Lord has reached.

Respond! Respond!

Hark to the Master’s call.

Come to the altar; give to Him your all.

 

The things the man of God has said ring true.

And now it’s time, the choice is up to you.

Submit! Submit!

Your will to God, do give.

He’ll give to you a better way to live.

 

As in His holy presence you do kneel,

And offer up a pure, sincere appeal,

Receive! Receive!

The grace He does impart

To get back up and make a brand new start.

 

And from the church house as you go your way,

Knowing you’ve heard the things God had to say.

Leave changed! Leave changed!

And no more walk alone.

Go in the strength that flows from Heaven’s throne.

 

4/12/16

 

Nevertheless At Thy Word

Luke 5:4-6 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

Have you ever had words just seem to jump off the page while you were reading your Bible? That is what happened to me this morning. Thank God for those 4 words that Peter uttered – “nevertheless at thy word”. When Jesus spoke to him in verse 4 and told him to launch out into the deep and let down his net, at first he raised an objection. He had already been toiling all night and hadn’t caught a single fish. However, Peter was quick to dismiss his reservation and obey the Lord. What a great blessing that came when he obeyed! I want to be quick to obey when the Word of God goes forth and to trust God more than my own human reasoning or feelings.

Nevertheless at thy Word
Although it may seem absurd
I’ll leave it in your hand
And do what you command.

Though naught has yet occurred
Nevertheless at thy Word
My obedience could be
What will bring victory.

When it seems that hope is gone
And I’m feeling all alone
Nevertheless at thy Word
I’ll let my heart be stirred

If you’re bidding me to come
And with fear, I am numb
May this refrain ever be heard
Nevertheless at thy Word!

3/2/16

Bruisin’ #5 – 24 kids, a humble request, eVANgelization & Holy Ghost B.O.

I am so excited about what God is doing in our church! Great things are happening. Yesterday we had 24 kids in children’s church. That is a new record for us. They had a great time too. It is the end of the quarter, and Sis. Kolej prepared a Jeapordy like game to help review the things that they have been taught. This last quarter focused on doctrine and Christian living. Those kids were answering correctly too, which shows that they have been listening.

I mentioned in a previous post how a couple of weeks ago, God filled a lady with the Holy Ghost on a Sunday morning.(That was the same morning when someone from a supposed church of satan left a desecrated Bible in front of our doors.)After service yesterday morning, she came up to my husband and said, “Pastor, I would like to humbly request that you would baptized me in Jesus’ name.” I know this is one of those things that is thrilling to the heart of a pastor. Today Linda will be having a Bible study concerning baptism, and next Sunday we will be baptizing her in that name above all names!

Last night during service, my husband let us know that God had answered a prayer request of ours. In my last post, I mentioned how we had need of a van, because we now have a whole passle(spelling?) of kids that want to come to church. God laid it on the heart of a pastor friend of ours in Georgia to have his church take up an offering for us. The offering that was received will be plenty for us to buy a good used van. Hallelujah! We are going to eVANgelize our community and bring more souls to the house of God!

Finally, we had a glorious service last night. There was just such an atmosphere of faith from the very beginning of service. Pastor preached on Whose Report Will You Believe. We had a tremendous move of the Holy Ghost, chock full of dancing in the Spirit, tongue talking, running the aisles, earnestly seeking God and praying with visitors. So many were truly ministered to and touched by the spirit of God. You know it’s a good service when everybody is commenting afterwards on how much they stink and how a shower is going to feel so good. :lol: LOL If you are not apostolic, you might not understand this, but I assure you, it happens. The best kind of B.O. to have is Holy Ghost B.O. which is brought on by giving our best in praise and worship.

So………………………………..take that, devil!!

 

Bruisin’ #4 – Blessings in spite of death

Last month, we had a good man from our church who was hit by a car while riding on his bike. He was on life support for a few days with no evidence of brain activity. His family made the decision to take him off life support, and he passed away a short time later. About a week later, we had a memorial service for Bro. Mike at our church. Among his family members that attended were his niece, Rebecca and her children. Rebecca talked to my daughter afterwards about her daughters coming to our children’s church, and arrangements were made to bring them to church the next Sunday. They have been coming every Sunday since that time! The 2nd or 3rd week they came, it was my turn to teach, and the lesson had to do with being a witness for Jesus. I gave all of the kids some invitations to pass out to their friends. These 2 girls were so excited about inviting people to church. The following Sunday, my daughter picked them up along with 2 of their friends. The 2 friends have been coming for the past 3 weeks. Last Sunday morning when they came, there was also a 19 year old young lady that wanted to come to church as well. God touched her in children’s church and she was crying and praying. The 19 year old girl wanted to come back for the evening service, so my daughter went to pick her up. I got a call from my daughter asking me if I could come by too, because there were more kids that wanted to come, and she didn’t have enough room in her car. I was on my way, but then I got a text saying that I did not need to come because transportation had been worked out. One of the girls that wanted to come actually came with her dad who stayed with her through the service. It just seems like the apartment complex where Bro. Mike’s great nieces live is a mission field.

We have a problem now, but I know it is not too big for God to solve. We need a van. Many of us are already using our cars to transport people, but a van would be ideal for bring kids to children’s church. Our church is praying and believing God to supply the need.

One of my favorite Scriptures is found in the book of Romans.

Romans 8:28

 

  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

One of my prayers(and I know there were others that prayed this way too)concerning Bro. Mike’s passing is that God would bring something good from his death. Indeed He is! It is a good thing to have these new souls coming to the house of God, who otherwise, would not have been exposed to our church.(which preaches the truth!) So, take that devil!!

Bruisin’ #3 – Holy Ghost Ho Down!

First of all, if you don’t know what I am talking about when I say “bruisin'”, click here to get up to speed.

Usually the first person that arrives at church on Sunday mornings, is Sis. Kolej, our kid’s church coordinator. When she pulled up to church this morning, she found a beat up Bible propped up against the front door. Somebody had crossed out “Holy” on the front of it and wrote “satans”. There was writing throughout this Bible in black marker, and a lot of it was bad language. There was also some note attached to the Bible about whoever did this being from a church of satan down the street past the book store and something about them wanting to have a showdown with us. Later during the worship service, my husband told the church about this Bible that was found this morning and started talking about how the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church and how the Lord said he would give us power to tread upon serpents.(Luke 10:19 We prayed, praised and worshipped and went on to have a wonderful service.

We had a second time visitor named Linda that was in service with us. During testimony time, she talked about how the Lord had directed her to come back to our church. She lives about 40 minutes away but feels like God has spoken to her and told her that this is where she needs to come. The preaching of the Word of God was powerful this morning, and when the altar call was given, many came forward, including Linda. I was at the altar praying with another lady that was near Linda. After a season of prayer, I paused and looked over to where Linda was. I could hear her praying, and it definitely was not in English. She was speaking in tongues! She sounded so fluent that I thought perhaps she had already received the Holy Ghost and was just getting a fresh touch. However, as some folks were talking with her after service, she told us that she had never spoken in tongues before. Hallelujah!!! So take that, satan. Your kingdom is coming down!!

We also had 2 new visitors in kid’s church. Thank you, Jesus, for what you are doing at Cornerstone Pentecostal Church!!:-)

Bruisin’ #1

 

  “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Romans 16:20 

 

This past Sunday night we had a very powerful service. The presence of God among us was so strong. There was also a tongues and interpetation given. The basic gist of the message was that God was telling us that He had heard our prayers and that satan would be bruised under our feet shortly.(just like this verse in Romans says).

A little over a month ago, a young mother began attending our church. Due to some allegations made against her by a relative, her 3 children were taken from her and put into foster care. With this going on, she has still been coming to church, and her, her mom and her dad have been in a home Bible study with my husband and I. This past Monday she had a court date to determine what would happen to her children. I am happy to report that her children are now back at home! Tonight is our weekly Bible study with the mom and her parents. While my husband teaches a Bible study to the adults, I will be teaching these 3 precious children. Thank you, Jesus!!

 

There you have bruising #1. I am believing God for more bruisings to follow. God has good things in store for His people!

I’m Expecting!

I’m expecting…………….

but probably not as you supposed.

I’m expecting that the 9 year old girl who received the Holy Ghost last night will be baptized in Jesus’ name on Sunday!

I’m expecting her parents to come and feel the touch of God in the service!

I’m expecting to have a good crowd in church on Sunday, some of them also being filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues!

I’m expecting that we will see even more baptized in Jesus’ name very soon!

I’m expecting God to work things out concerning our housing situation and my husband’s employment. I don’t know how He will do it, but I know that He will!

Doesn’t a woman in the natural have expectations for the child she is carrying before it is delivered? Nobody faults her for decorating the nursery, buying those cute little outfits and making arrangements for that new arrival.

So in the spiritual realm, I will prepare……………………

through praying

through fasting

through witnessing

through faithfulness

and through speaking my faith.

Yes, I’m expecting,

and I’m looking forward to seeing the birth of His promises!