It hurts me to see Christian standards pushed aside but all my hero’s live by them and for good reasons. Of course no one like likes being told what to do, growing up we experience this all the time: hating going to bed during nap time, being told to eat your vegetables, or getting spanked for being bad.. No one likes standards and rules but there needed, and without them were in trouble.. God didn’t give us His word to make us stumble and fall, He gave it to us to guide us in the right direction, don’t abuse it..
Twentieth-century Christianity, in general, has failed to reach the human race. Sometimes the church becomes too institutionalized; therefore we cannot relate to the common needs of (…Missing Text…) drowning in the Pacific Ocean is not interested in a gourmet meal. This individual is drowning, and the only thing of any importance to this desperate soul is a life jacket, a rope and someone to save them.
Likewise, our world is in a precarious situation. People are addicted to narcotics and alcohol, are destitute, hungry, depressed, despondent, homeless, guilt-ridden, and many of their marriages are on the rocks. The church of Jesus Christ must reach individuals at the point of their need. We must come out of the clouds and live down on the level of humanity.
For I was hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungered and fed thee? Or thirsty and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger and took thee in? Or naked and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick or in prison and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto thee, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:35-40)
Christ is telling his church that the priority of the Christian life is to minister to those who are in need – those who hunger, thirst, are sick or naked, those in prison. Many modern-day churches lack true compassion and continue on in their beautiful edifices with towering steeples, stained-glass windows, carpeted aisles and padded pews. They are singing songs with lyrics that appeal to a certain element of the church and preaching sermons that meet the criteria of scholarly individuals who sit in the pews. Many times they do not preach messages or sing songs to the hearts of broken and torn men and women.
An example of this is when Jesus related the story of the man who left Jerusalem and journeyed to Jericho. As he traveled, robbers sprang upon him from the side of the road, beat him to a bloody pulp, kicked him, ripped his garments from his body, and took what little substance he carried with him. Christ related how the priest had left his home that morning with the necessary elements to help the poor and the hurting. It was customary for him to carry a horn of oil at his side to put on the wounds of the suffering.
However, as the priest traveled the road and spotted the object lying in the middle of the road, heard the groaning appeals from a broken, torn victim of greed, the priest felt too busy and too rushed for time. His religious activities were more pressing to him than the needs of a broken world. He could not relate to the point of that mans need.
Likewise, the Levite was of devout social standing. His priorities were such that his heart could not hear the groan, so consequently, he did not respond to the need of the man who lay bleeding and destitute on the highway.
Then the good Samaritan came. It is significant to note that he was a Samaritan, who was, by Jewish custom, looked down upon, referred to as a dog, a Gentile, one who had no part in the kingdom of Israel. Yet, he felt compassion for this one who was victimized. When he heard the groan, his compassionate heart reached out to the man. He tenderly lifted him, poured oil in his wounds, bandaged him, placed him upon his own beast and cared for him.
If the church is to reach our world, we must be versatile and caring. We must be sensitive to the needs of the human race.
It is imperative that Christians today change their approach to follow the pattern of Christ, the Anointed One, so they can minister as Jesus ministered.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
There is a period of church history that is referred to as the Dark Ages by historians. During those days, the Bible was chained to the pulpit for the disposition of the theologians of that time. They believed the laypeople were ignorant and incapable of handling the Word of God. They thought the clergy were the only ones with enough knowledge, understanding and education to interpret the Word of God.
It is sad to say, but there exists, in a sense, a Dark Ages mentality in the 20th century among many church groups. All ministries are chained to the pulpit, therefore the body is uninvolved. As a result, the church cannot thrive or grow. These churches are without spirit and life, half-empty, just merely existing as a body of people.
The early church, shortly after the upper-room experience, made the word of God available to all, and it flowed among them freely. These born-again believers were released to minister to their neighbors, to those upon the street and whomever they contacted. They lived with a zeal and a fire burning within them to love, touch, restore and convert the entire world.
In the Old Testament, men of God received revelations through such theophanies as the burning bush. In the New Testament, the early church had a burning-bush experience through the Holy Ghost. He worked in them and through the supernatural by the Holy Spirit. Is God’s power different today than it was in the first-century church? Absolutely not! He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The power to meet humanity at the point of the need is still available today. The bush is still burning. If we are to impact the world as the first-century church, we must witness the burning-bush experience. This experience will bring great results in the body of Christ. Moses was a Hebrew before the burning bush; after the burning bush, he was the mighty leader, and the prophet of God who brought the Hebrews out of Egypt.
An American and an English gentleman were viewing the Niagara whirlpool rapids when the American said: “Come, and Ill show you the greatest unused power in the world.”
The American took his friend to the foot of Niagara Falls. “There,” he said, “is the greatest unused power in the world!”
“Ah, no, my brother, not so!” was the reply. “The greatest unused power in the world is the spirit of the living God.”
Only you have the power to activate the power that is readily available to all. With it, you will be empowered to reach hurting humanity. Imbued with his spirit, you can become a flame that will set the world on fire with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can proclaim the same Gospel that Peter preached on the day of Pentecost.
On that day, the people, with great conviction, asked, What shall we do to be saved? Peter answered, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)
This aching world needs a message of everlasting hope and joy. We can meet them at the point of their need, if we will become emblazoned with the fire of Holy Ghost fever. You can unleash Gods power to love, heal, restore and create new life through his spirit.
In the spirit
The Rev. Kenneth F. Haney is minister of Christian Life Center in Stockton. He is also president of Christian Life College and KCJH Radio. He serves as assistant general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church. He is the international host speaker for the daily Hour of Restoration radio program.
NOT WRITTEN BY ME.
Written by Bishop Kenneth F. Haney and published in the Stockton Record on July 27, 1996.
How do you know Pentecost is the right religion for you?
Well, Anon, there is only one answer. Apostolic Pentecostals are one of the few churches that follow the Biblical path of salvation.
If you don’t know what that is, it is what Jesus and the Apostles taught about getting right with God, and keeping your heart right with God.
Belief, baptism in Jesus name, being filled with the Holy Ghost as they were in the Book of Acts, following the teachings on life choices from Jesus and the Apostles, belief that Jesus is returning, Belief that not everyone will find themselves in Heaven (despite the fact that they call themselves Christian), prayer is essential for daily life in the Spirit, Living a victorious life is a commandment - not an option… etc.
Trans people, speaking about our experiences concerning being trans: this is how we feel about being trans and how it affects our lives
Cis people, being the fucking goblins they are: how about me get spotlight instead? i am uncomfortable when we are not about me??? me can speak over transgendereds because freeze peach? i have moar right to speak over transes?
Trans people: please shut up
Cis people: but me be gay??? i am not allowed to speak about something i clearly know very little about aside from issues tailored specifically to be palatable to me????? wut.
Two dead, 11 missing as rescue efforts continue as torrential rains pound Kyushu
Death toll, scale of destruction unclear in once-in-decades storm
Search and rescue operations continued Thursday as torrential rain devastated parts of Kyushu. Two people were confirmed dead and at least 11 others are missing following massive flooding and mudslides.
The government dispatched about 7,800 rescuers, including police officers, firefighters and Self-Defense Forces personnel, as the downpour triggered emergency warnings in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures.
In Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, a body was discovered following heavy rain, while officials in the city of Hita, Oita Prefecture, said a 43-year-old man is believed to have died after being engulfed in a mudslide.
A 67-year-old man in Hiroshima Prefecture remains unaccounted for. He is feared to have been swept away as he checked a water channel near his home every morning to fulfill his duty to the local community, police said.
“The government will do its utmost to save victims and take stock of the damage, placing priority on people’s lives,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Thursday morning, adding that it may consider expanding the scale of the rescue effort depending on the level of devastation.
An additional 5,000 SDF officers are on standby for deployment, he said.
The Meteorological Agency urged “utmost vigilance” in Fukuoka and Oita, saying a once-in-decades disaster is possible as atmospheric conditions remain unstable.
According to the Fukuoka Prefectural Government, the 11 people who remain unaccounted for may have been swept away. Police have confirmed the safety of three prefectural workers in Fukuoka and a man in his 60s in Oita who were reported missing on Wednesday.
As of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, about 450,000 people comprising close to 186,000 households were ordered to evacuate their homes and seek shelter. The rain also disrupted rail traffic and left up to 6,300 homes without power in Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Oita prefectures.
is it true that before you can move churches in the UPCI you need a letter from your current pastor?
I have never heard of that. Traditionally if you are going to change churches for whatever reason then one should let the pastor know just so nothing is taken the wrong way and no bad feelings or bad deeds are down. Probably if someone is changing churches because they’re moving they may ask their current pastor if they know of any churches in the area they’re going to and can put them in touch with them so they can kinda know them before and it’d be a little less stressful. But no ive never heard of anything like what you’re talking about.