Clearing Out the Rubbish 0

We have been doing a study on Sunday nights on the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was such a man of God and a true hero. Although he was cupbearer to the king and held no spiritual position during the time of the captivity of Israel, God called him to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls

Nehemiah experienced opposition as the walls were going up, but the opposition that must have carried the greatest pain is found in chapter 4 verse 10 when the tribe of Judah told him the task was impossible because of all the rubbish that was in the way. How that must have been so hard to hear

Neh 4:10

10 Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.”

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Eugene Peterson gives a great word picture in his lecture series “Follow the Leader.” He describes a home with a large picture window that has a wonderful view of mountains in all their majestic glory. One could look out this picture window and see the mountains anytime without obstruction. One day while they are looking out at the mountains a bird comes along and poops on the large picture window. The person runs outside with Windex and a cloth to clean off the window.

The next day while they are watching the mountains, two birds come along and poop on the window. Again the person runs outside and cleans up the window, because they do not desire to have anything obstruct the view of the mountains. Over the course of months and years the person finds that the window is too large to clean very well from the ground, so they begin to find ways to clean the window using tools. Then they discover that if they build a scaffold in front of the window it is really easy to clean. Unfortunately, over time the view of the mountain is lost to the apparatus used to keep the window clean.[1]

The church has had to content with rubbish all through its history and things have not changed in the twenty-first century. In our day we face the onslaught of postmodernism and compromise trying to keep back the building of the walls. We find even our own telling us that we know longer can touch the world unless we too become postmodern and compromised. Our heart stings as we hear and see our leaders and pastors reject time honored and time proven biblical ways to touch the world. Must have felt a little like what Nehemiah felt when he heard Judah say, “Can’t be done, too much rubbish in the way.”

I believe God is raising up, in these last days, a group of men and women who will stand against those who are watering down the Word of God and who will stay true to righteousness. My friends let us know with all certainly that God has matched the rubbish-makers with excavators, and all through church history God has empowered His men who would deal with the rubbish ruthlessly and fearlessly. I hear a triumphant cry that says, “Let’s clear everything out of the way and get through to God!”[2]

[1]Eugene Peterson, “Follow the Leader: Peterson Conference” (lecture, Regent College, Vancouver, BC, 2000).

[2] Alan Redpath, Victorious Christian service: Studies in the book of Nehemiah (Kindel), Location 900.

 

Delivered! 0

We recently had a young woman who attended our church for two Sundays while she went through training here in the area. She sent an email to two of our ladies and I wanted to share what she said.

To the first lady she emailed,

“I do know that being able to spend two Sundays at Angle Lake Neighborhood Assemblies of God was such a blessing, it is truly a special place. I miss it. Pastor John is obedient to God, the congregation is obedient and I saw and felt proof of the Holy Spirit alive there. I wish so bad I could attend regularly. It’s not pushed or an act, but so natural and uplifting at Angle Lake Neighborhood Church. I’ve never seen or felt that ‘Alive Spirit’ at a church before. Angle Lake is on fire for God. Doing the right thing.”

To the second lady she emailed,

“I came to Angle Lake Neighborhood Church on February 1, 2015 and the Lord delivered me from alcohol that morning. Pastor John’s message opened my eyes to how hard the enemy was attacking me. I’m so blessed and thankful for being delivered. Problems will always exist, but God sends blessings. I have such hope and joy through Jesus.”

Col 2:8-10

8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
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Transformed! 0

When I was a young man we attended a Church of God Cleveland Tennessee church in Pasadena Texas. There was a lady who attended church there and every Sunday she brought her two teenage sons to church with her. They were about my age and there was no doubt they hated church and resented her for making them come.

Her husband was a terrible man who was very abusive. He loved to run the bars and chase after other women. His two sons loved him and they desired to be just like him.

One Sunday we were very surprised to see this woman come to church and her husband was with her. He sat and listened to every word that came out of the preacher’s mouth and before the preacher was even through with the sermon, this man ran down to the altar and gave his life to Jesus Christ and then within just a few minutes began to speak in tongues as he was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

The next Sunday this man was standing at the front door of the church passing out bulletins, radically transformed by the hand of God.  He become a strong man of God and an example of what God can do for his sons.  Look what the Lord has done. Look what the Lord has done. He healed my body, He touched my mind, He saved me just in time!

We still need this in our churches today. Come Holy Spirit we need Thee!