Podcast 237:  How Can God Show Such Mercy?

Podcast 237: How Can God Show Such Mercy?

In the fourth of Zechariah’s eight visions we see the following prophetic words about Jesus:

For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the Branch. For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes.
Behold, I will engrave its inscription.

I think I’ve got the part about the Branch and the stone and the seven eyes. But what inscription is engraved on the stone?

The answer to this question will alter your view of Jesus… forever.

The following is a study on Zechariah 3:1-10.

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Podcast 236:  Aslan is on the Move!

Podcast 236: Aslan is on the Move!

In the last verse of the second chapter of Zechariah we find the chilling statement that God will no longer stay silent while His people, the apple of His eye, are mistreated by others.  The sleeping Giant has awakened.  Momma bear is ready to protect her cubs.  The time for the great awakening is upon us.

“Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused (or, awakened) from His holy habitation!”

In other words, Aslan in on the move!  And you’d better be ready.

This following is a study on Zechariah 2:1-13.

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Footsteps on the Stairs

Footsteps on the Stairs

It is possible that something like this could happen today?  I think so.  How about you?

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Jeremiah sat alone in the empty meeting room feeling a growing sense of despair.  The meeting had been announced to begin at noon— with lots of advertising and many people contacted.  But not a single person had showed up.  It was now nearly 12:30 and his growing sense of failure was almost overwhelming.  Why had this meeting with such a noble purpose turned out to be such a dismal and depressing disappointment?

The U. S. was in dire straits.  The economy was crashing; banks were failing; factories were closing; railroad companies were going bankrupt; unemployment was skyrocketing; and the nation was being divided largely along lines of politics and justice.  Added to the bleak economic picture, the American church was losing attendance almost weekly and the general spiritual condition of the country was extremely apathetic.

jeremiahlanphierBurdened by the terrible spiritual and economic condition of the nation, Jeremiah Lanphier, a Christian businessman, decided to invite others to join him in a noonday prayer meeting on Wednesday, September 23, 1857.  The meeting was to be held on the third floor of the Dutch Reformed Church on Fulton Street in downtown New York City.  Jeremiah worked hard to get the word around so that as many as possible would know of the gathering where they could come and pray about the economic and spiritual condition of the nation.

At 12:30 all seemed lost; the prayer meeting would not happen.  Apparently no one cared or believed that prayer could make a difference.  Sitting alone in the empty meeting room, Lanphier was surprised to hear the welcome noise of footsteps on the stairs and a moment later one person arrived.  In the next few minutes several more arrived and a total of six were present for the first prayer meeting that became known as The Laymen’s Prayer Revival or the Revival on Fulton Street.

Those at that first meeting were encouraged and they came back a week later— joined by others for a total of forty-two who gathered for prayer.  A few weeks later it was decided to have a prayer meeting every day at noon, and within six months over ten thousand men were gathering for prayer each midday in New York City.

The prayer revival that began on Fulton Street burst out of New York and flooded across the country.  From the tiny town of Hell Corner, New Hampshire, came reports that a prayer revival was born and hardened sinners were repenting.  In Chicago two thousand men met daily for prayer in a downtown auditorium.  Four thousand men were praying daily in Philadelphia and in other cities such as Waco, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky, thousands more were gathering daily for prayer.

In Charleston, South Carolina, a Presbyterian pastor called for and led an evening of prayer for the nation.  At the appropriate time, the pastor rose to dismiss the crowd— but no one would leave— and the prayer gathering continued until after midnight.  Two months of nightly meetings followed with the crowds numbering 1500 to 2000, with hundreds of people turning to the Lord.

fultonstreetrevivalNot only were prayer gatherings being held throughout the nation, with large numbers of people coming into relationship with Christ, but God’s presence was being felt throughout the land.  Ships coming into New York harbor reported that when they neared the dock they were suddenly aware of the presence of God.  On one ship the captain and thirty of the sailors were converted right before the ship docked.  On the battleship North Carolina, anchored in New York harbor, four sailors knelt for prayer deep in the bowels of the ship.  Other sailors noticed them and began to mock what they were doing when suddenly they were gripped by the presence of the Lord and they too knelt to ask for forgiveness.

It is estimated that between October of 1857 and October of 1859, the churches in America received two million new converts as a direct result of the Prayer Revival.

The similarities between the conditions in America in 1857 and today are strikingly clear.  The nation then was in all kinds of economic and financial difficulty, as it is today.  The nation was deeply divided in 1857 over the injustice of slavery, and today our nation is just as divided, just as bitter and vitriolic, over politics and justice.

And then we have to compare the state of the church in 1857 to that of the church today.  If we are honest about the general spiritual condition of our nation, we have to conclude that it is at a low ebb.  Put aside the hyperventilating of a few telling us that, “Everything is okay!”  Yes, the number of megachurches is rising but at the same time, church attendance across the nation is dwindling and more churches are closing than are being opened.  Recognize that the Christian media have not done what they said they could and would do— evangelize America— and have largely isolated themselves in the “ghetto” of cable T.V.  There is no great move of God in our nation!

Will you join me in praying for revival in our land?

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This is from David Patterson.  You can read more about him at his blog, For Family and Friends.

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When the Church Imitates the World

When the Church Imitates the World

The following warning from AW Tozer was made almost 50 years ago and still rings true today.  Lord, bring us back to true “spirit and truth” worship and not let us be satisfied any longer with imitating the world and its fallen, carnal, pagan form of entertainment disguised worship.

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From AW Tozer:

tozerFor centuries the Church stood solidly against every form of worldly entertainment, recognizing it for what it was.  For this she was abused roundly by the sons of this world.  But of late she has become tired of the abuse and has given over the struggle.  If she cannot conquer the great god Entertainment, she may as well join forces with him and make whatever use she can of his powers.

So today we have the astonishing spectacle of millions of dollars being poured into the unholy job of providing earthly entertainment for the so-called sons of heaven. Religious persons now carry on “services” so carnal, so pagan that they can hardly be distinguished from the old vaudeville shows of earlier days.  And for a preacher or writer to challenge this heresy is to invite ridicule and abuse from every quarter.

When the Church joins up with the world, it is no longer the true church but a pitiful hybrid thing, an object of contempt to the world, and an abomination to the Lord.  We must have a new reformation.  There must come a violent break with that irresponsible, amusement-mad, paganized, pseudo-religion which passes today for the faith of Christ and which is being spread all over the world by unspiritual men employing unscriptural methods to achieve their ends.

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Podcast 235:  The Man and the Myrtle Trees

Podcast 235: The Man and the Myrtle Trees

The first of the eight visions revealed to Zechariah tell a harrowing tale of disappointment and disillusionment to those who are waiting for God to keep His promise. But as you dig deeper into the vision of the Man and the Myrtle trees, you find that God has not failed them but gives them incredible promises and declarations of what their future will be like.

In fact, according to Zechariah 1:13 the Lord answered the questions with “good and comforting words.”

I don’t know about you, but I could use some good and comforting words from the Lord. Listen and be encouraged from a prophecy to Zechariah that is just as relevant today as it was 2,500 years ago.

This following is a study of Zechariah 1:7-17.

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