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GET OUT OF THE STORM

Rev. Kevin Airrington
August 27, 2017

How to know if your “brother” or “sister” is saved or not.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”, Matthew 7:21

Image result for depart from meI believe that there is probably no other Scripture in the entire 66 books of the Bible that is as tragic as this one.

The whole truth of the matter is that there will be people, a good many people, that stand before the Lord, assuming they are about to enter into the Glory of the Lord, the long-awaited reward…HEAVEN. Only these poor tragic souls will be told they’re on their way to hell. This is just reality folks. I am so sorry to tell you this. Can you imagine a worst possible illusion that you can have, one BIG mistake about your everlasting destiny? Can you imagine, for a moment with me, in that moment to be mistaken about your salvation?

I’m often asked the question, “Are Roman Catholics Christians (Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhist, pick one)?” And I will turn it around and ask, “Do you think protestants are just naturally Christians?” What about this one, “Are evangelicals necessarily Christians?” “But more important than any of these questions; Are you a Christian?” Now, believe they will not want to embarrass themselves any more than they have and they will always say, “Yes, yes I am a Christian.”

This tragedy would make a Shakespearean play tragedy of tragedies blush! Sadly, it will occur and it does occur and it will continue to occur that someone would sit in church and end up saying, “But, Lord, but, Lord,” only to hear, “Depart from Me, you workers of iniquity, I never knew you.”
Don’t you know my friend that, Christianity is filled with people in all kinds of religious activities. The church programs, etc. Just think of all the Christian organizations, there’s no end to them. With all of this confusion, with every shingle on every counselors door, every church building and crisis center will say, “Christian or Jesus”, how can weu tell if someone is a Christian? Is it really that important to know if so and so is really saved.

Wouldn’t a better question to ask is if you are saved? Yes, that is a great question. Please see my essay, “How to Know You Are a Christian: Ten Ways To Keep The Devil From Barking.”

For now, how can we tell if someone is a Christian? Because he or she says they are? Because their Pastor says they are? Maybe they have one of them REALLY BIG BIBLES. Or maybe they own Jones & Smith Christian Counseling. Or maybe their Band is a Christian Rock Band called, I AM A ROCK!

Well, let’s get into it and see if we can figure this out.

Jesus tells us that there are two ways to know if someone is saved, that is, if they are going to Heaven when they die. This is important, I will explain why later.

1) They have LOVE FOR EACH OTHER. John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

2) BY THEIR FRUIT (what fruit? I’ll tell you in a second.) Matthew 7:16, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”
What FRUIT? The Fruits of the Spirit (big S…Holy Spirit) ….are these 9 thing evident in their lives?

FRUIT (beneficial results):

Related imageLOVE (Love is the greatest gift God can give. This love is not a feeling, but a choice. It is the choice to be kind, to sacrifice, to consider another’s needs greater than one’s own (Philippians 2:3). Agape is used in all of the “hard” love verses in the New Testament. God’s children are the conduits of His love, as they are empowered by the Holy Spirit.)

JOY (Joy is the natural reaction to the work of God, whether promised or fulfilled. we have joy because of God’s grace. The next step in the progression is to allow our joy to become an action as we express it, although sometimes joy can be so great it is inexpressible (1 Peter 1:8). Possessing joy is a choice. We choose whether to value God’s presence, promises, and work in our lives. When we yield to the Spirit, He opens our eyes to God’s grace around us and fills us with joy (Romans 15:13). Joy is not to be found in a fallen world; it is only fellowship with God that can make our joy complete (1 John 1:4). )

PEACE (God’s methods of warfare are not what we expected. Instead of a battle, He sent us the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus’ goal in coming to earth was more than simply to cease hostilities; He came to bring about a full and abiding relationship of restoration and love. The cost of this peace was His life (Isaiah 53:5). Just as we cannot force another to be at peace with us, even Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross did not ensure that we would accept His terms of peace. The Spirit-filled Christian has a peace that is abundant, available in every situation, and unlike anything that the world has to offer (John 14:27). The alternative to being filled with the Spirit and His peace is to be filled with alarm, filled with doubt, filled with foreboding, or filled with dread. How much better to let the Spirit have control and perform His work of growing fruit to the glory of God!)

LONGSUFFERING (Having patience in spite of your troubles. Patience comes from a position of power. A person may have the ability to take revenge or cause trouble, but patience brings self-restraint and careful thinking. Losing patience is a sign of weakness. The opposite of patience is agitation, discouragement, and a desire for revenge. God does not want His children to live in agitation but in peace (John 14:27). He wants to dispel discouragement and replace it with hope and praise (Psalm 42:5). We are not to avenge ourselves; rather, we are to love others (Romans 12:19; Leviticus 19:18).)
Gentleness (Might restrained. Humility and grace, to be gentle is to recognize that God’s ways and thoughts are high above our own. we will correct others with easiness instead of arguing in resentment and anger, knowing that their salvation is far more important than our pride. Quick to forgive.)

GOODNESS (virtue and holiness in action, desire to be a blessing, uprightness of heart and life. It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. It’s a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person. Giving to the poor, providing for one’s children, visiting the sick, volunteering to clean up after a storm, and praying for an enemy. Expressions of goodness are as varied as the Spirit is creative.)

FAITH (strong belief in God, complete trust in God. Faithfulness is believing that God is Who He says He is and continuing in that belief despite the vagaries of life. Functionally, that means we trust what God says in the Bible, and not necessarily what the world or our own eyes tell us. We trust He will work out everything for good. We trust He will work His will in us. And we trust that our situation on earth is nothing compared to our future reward in heaven. We are called to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).)

MEEKNESS (Meekness is a valuable and important fruit and requires much study. Putting God first in all things. Meekness loves to learn. And it counts the corrective blows of a friend as precious (Proverbs 27:6). Meekness begins when we put our trust in God. Then, because we trust him, we commit our way to him. We roll onto him our anxieties, our frustrations, our plans, our relationships, our jobs, our health. James says, in this quiet confidence we are slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:19). We become reasonable and open to correction (James 3:17). James calls this the “meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13). Meekness is so important that it is the third characteristic Jesus mentions in His foundational teaching, the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Obviously, the world’s ideal of the perfect man is very different from His. The meek are among those so favored that they will share in Jesus’ inheritance of the earth. Three people in the Bible are specifically described as being meek: Jesus (Mt 11:29)

Image result for praying man(Mt 21:5), Paul (2 Cor 10:1), and Moses (Num 12:3). Each of these men was amongst the most persecuted men in the Bible. MEEKNESS IS A SIGN TO AN UNBELIEVING WORLD THAT CHRIST IS IN US. Meekness does indeed require much study.
In Matthew 11:29, Jesus links meekness with lowliness: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle [meek, KJV] and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Ephesians 4:1-3 states:
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness [meekness, KJV], with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The King James version is correct, as the Greek text uses prautes. “Gentle” and “gentleness” are incorrect because in this context they are only an aspect of the meekness we should express in our dealings with others.

Godly meekness cannot be divorced from its association with gentleness. However, this gentleness is not usually seen in the situations where the Bible’s writers use meekness. Notice II Corinthians 10:1: “Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.” Here, meekness appears with gentleness, as though a similarity exists alongside a specific difference.

This does not mean the meek will take everything “lying down.” Notice Moses, who as we have seen, was the meekest man of his time. He did not hesitate to order the execution of about three thousand of the idolaters who worshipped the Golden Calf while he was with God on the mountain (Exodus 32:25-28). Against evil, this meek man was as stern as steel.

A meek person will feel the wrong done against him and feel it bitterly. But because he is not thinking of himself, his meekness does not allow his spirit to give vent to a hateful, savage and vindictive anger that seeks to “get even.” He will instead be full of pity for the damaged character, attitudes and blindness of the perpetrator. From the stake, Jesus uttered, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).

A Valuable Fruit

This much misunderstood and maligned virtue is the antidote for most of the nervous anxiety that is greatly intensifying the normal day-to-day stresses of life. God commands us in Zephaniah 2:3:

Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility [meekness, KJV]. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.
How valuable is that blessing?

There is more:
The poor [meek, KJV] shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! (Psalm 22:26)

Further, “The Lord lifts up the humble (meek, KJV); He casts the wicked down to the ground” (Psalm 147:6).

Finally:
The humble [meek, KJV] also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 29:19).

This is not a virtue to ignore because carnal men consider it weakness. It may appear to them as weakness, but the spiritual reality is that it is great strength, an attribute of Almighty God and a fruit of His Spirit we greatly need.)

Temperance (abstinence from alcoholic drink, or self-control, self-restraint in all things. Temperance is the ability to control oneself. It involves moderation, constraint, and the ability to say “no” to our baser desires and fleshly lusts. Believers need self-control because the outside world and internal forces still attack (Romans 7:21-25). Like a vulnerable city, we must have defenses. A wall around an ancient city was designed to keep out the enemy.)

I BELIEVE THAT GOD DIDN’T JUST PUT WORDS IN HIS WORD TO FILL UP SPACE. EACH WORD, UNLIKE MY RAMBLINSG 😊, EACH WORD HAS SPECIFIC MEANING AND VALUE. Jesus taught us how to separate the sheep from the goats…the sinner bound for hell and the Christian saved by Grace on his way to Glory because of Christ’s finished work upon the cross.
Why is it so important that Jesus made sure we knew how to tell if someone was a Christian? I believe that answer is simple and to the point.

Ephesians 4:14, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”

In order to protect us. It is one thing to be a Christian and yet and entirely different thing to say we are a Christian. If someone says they are a Christian…and they preach a gospel…and they are not saved, you will be blown to and fro…confused with the knowledge of the true gospel. Remember, GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION, 1 Corinthians 14:33, BUT THE AUTHOR OF PEACE.

Colossians 2:8, Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

I have seen the face of mental illness. I have seen what it is like when people are unable to hear God because their minds are broken and cannot seem to connect to God even when they want to connect to God. And I know whatever gets your mind gets you. So one of the most important things we need to learn and teach others is how to guard, strengthen, and renew our minds, because the battle for sin always starts in the mind.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

It is important to know God’s Word, be in prayer. The Bible says that if any man lack wisdom to ask for it. James 1:5 We must know we are saved and we must have confidence in our salvation. See my essay, “How to Know You Are a Christian: Ten Ways To Keep The Devil From Barking.”

Even though they are in church many people are uncertain of their salvation. Some denominations teach that you can lose your salvation. Some Christians believe they can lose their salvation. Some teach and others believe you can’t lose your salvation. Which is it and if it be so, how to keep from losing your salvation.

Image result for How can you be sure that you are a Christian?How can you be sure that you are a Christian? Here are 10 true Christian values that will keep the devil from barking and you can rest assured that you have the Holy Spirit inside of you, working in you, which provide solid, biblical evidence that you are a Christian and that you can know that you are saved. On the other hand, we may prove that even though you think you are saved, that you are not, even though you truly desire to be saved.

Let’s get to the truth and at the end I promise that either way, if you want to be saved, you will be and you will have confidence that you are. On the other hand, if you read my thesis and decide, nahhh, I’m fine, who cares, you will not be saved and you will know why. Why in the world would you want to read my poorly written essay if you had no desire to be saved? 😊

See you next time, may God bless you and yours,

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Keeping the Sabbath

Rev. Kevin R Airrington
October 22, 2010

The 4th commandment tells us to keep the Sabbath Holy.  All through scripture we see this command.  Many Christians who love God, sort of hang their hat on this commandment.  And, there is nothing wrong with this, in fact, God bless them.  Jesus said if we love Him we would keep His commandments.  Although, He probably was not just speaking about the 10 commandments found in Exodus.   (John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”)  Christians that try and truly “keep the Sabbath” as we understand it, are really saying, “I LOVE YOU JESUS.”  Who can argue with that?

No Sabbath Day holder would ever disagree with the following statement, “The primary purpose of the Sabbath is for us to rest from our worldly labors and to seek God.”  As an avid student of the Creation account and the Bible in general, I can assure that God was not tired after is creation work was complete.   *God set aside a special time for His people.  We will discuss the last sentence in more depth later.  God blessed the Sabbath and sanctified it or set it aside for a holy purpose.  We are commanded to set aside time for a holy purpose.

In this essay, I would like to discuss why I chose to not go to church on Saturday and I do not honor some of the traditions surrounding the Sabbath.

  • *The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.
    1. Mark 2:23-28 “… The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
    2. Isaiah 58:13-14 The Sabbath was intended to be a delight, not a burden. The focus of the Sabbath should be on what we can do and not what we cannot do. (More on this later)  The Sabbath is a time we put down our own desires and spend time with God.
  • When is the Sabbath?
    1. Leviticus 23:32, “It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.” This scripture is clear that on the 9th day of the month from evening to evening we should celebrate our Sabbath.   Is this every Saturday?  According to this passage it may not even be on Saturday to begin with.
    2. Saturday in Hebrew is Shabbat, which means rest.
      1. Except for the Sabbath day, the individual days of the week have no names, just numbers.
    3. When God created the heaven and the earth, there were no calendars. Thus, no way to tell us when the first day of the week was.  Perhaps He may have begun on a Wednesday and ended the following Monday.
    4. It is only from our tradition that we assume that God started His creation process on Sunday and ended on Friday.
    5. Rabbi Yose ben Halafta (Died in 160AD) changed the Jewish calendar. So even the Jewish calendar cannot be relied upon.
    6. Exodus 20:8-11 “remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.” “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO NOT LET THE “DAY” BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE “INTENT”.  Don’t let the “day” become more important than the “intent”.

From Scripture there is no way we can tell when the Sabbath was.   Even from outside evidence all we know is in the Hebrew it means “rest” not specifically what day of the week it is.    We cannot simply compare it to our weekly calendar and say, “well, we are not complying”.

  • In today’s modern society it is impossible to keep the Sabbath.
    1. I am sure that, “Sabbath Holders have run into this before and have their answer. Which is fine, but I cannot get away from what the scripture says.
    2. Exodus 20:10, “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:”
      1. If you use lights, gas, eat food or do anything that causes anyone else to work then you are not keeping the Sabbath.
      2. If your dog fetches your paper or your slippers you are not keeping the Sabbath.
  • There are other activities that the Bible tells us to refrain from in order to keep the Sabbath.
  • Going to Church…Worship on the Sabbath.
    1. Luke 4:16 is an example and Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves.
    2. We should go to church on the Sabbath and we need fellowship, uniting in worship and prayer.
    3. Today, it takes electricity to run the lights…causing people at the light company to work. If we flush the toilet then we cause the person at the water company to work.
  • What did Jesus do with the Sabbath day?
    1. While nowhere in scripture can we find an example of Jesus preaching on the 4th commandment, given He preached on the other 9, we do find examples example as in Luke 4:16 where Jesus entered into the Tabernacle on the Sabbath.
      1. This is different that “Keeping the Sabbath”. He did go to “Church”, showing us as in number 4 above that we need to be in church on the Sabbath.  Nothing more could or should be read into this.
      2. JESUS PREACHED ON ALL 10 OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS EXCEPT THE 4TH COMMANDMENT, THERE IS NO PREACHING ON THE SABBATH BY JESUS.
        1. Jesus was clear in His teaching of the Sabbath, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath!”  He also proclaimed that HE WAS LORD OF THE SABBATH.  Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:28, Luke 6:5
        2. Isn’t someone who created something the owner of it?  Can’t they do whatsoever they please with it?  In this way, Jesus, being the Creator (John 1:3; Colossians 1:6), has every right to do whatever He pleases on the Sabbath, just as anyone of the disciples had when they were with Him.  That’s why Jesus said that He was Lord of the Sabbath.  The word Lord denotes sovereign rights and ownership so who can tell Jesus what He can and what He cannot do on the Sabbath?  Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of the day because they were making the Sabbath something that no one could possibly
    2. Matthew 12:5-6, “Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?…” Jesus was saying that even though the priests violated the Sabbath it was okay because there was something more important than the Sabbath.  The temple and the sacrificial rites were more important.
      1. Jesus, however, is more important than the temple and its sacrifices. The logical conclusion is that he is also more important than the Sabbath. Even before his death and resurrection, he was more important than the Sabbath.
      2. Although Christianity tends to reject the temple and the rites…the principle is still the same…”Some things are more important than the Sabbath.
  • The Pharisees needed to worry more about Jesus (The Holy One) instead of a holy activity on a holy day.
  1. Jesus then summarized his argument about the Sabbath and about his own identity: “If you had known what these words mean, `I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (verses 7-8).
  2. Jesus is telling the Pharisees that love for humans is more important than sticking to worship rituals.
  3. The Sabbath was holy only because God had designated it so, and here was God himself telling them He was Lord of the Sabbath.
  • Then they tried to set Jesus up in (V9-11). Healing on the Sabbath was work that was for forbidden.  Jesus replied, “If your sheep fell in a hole would you not get him out?”  Meaning, sometimes we have to do things even if on the Sabbath.  If your child drank a bottle of bleach…would you take him to the emergency room on the Sabbath?
  • There are other examples of Jesus healing on the Sabbath in the Gospels.
    1. John 5:1-18 — The Gospel of John has some additional stories about Jesus’ Sabbath activities, and they reinforce the emphases we have already seen. On the Sabbath, Jesus healed a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. And he told the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” (verse 8). The Jews accused the man of breaking the Sabbath because he was carrying his mat.
      1. I think accusing a man of breaking the Sabbath by carrying his mat his mat is an example from God’s Word of how we can get carried away with (no pun intended) our keeping of the Sabbath.
    2. Jesus risked His life by His activities on the Sabbath.
      1. Jesus never broke the Sabbath, nor did he teach others to break the Sabbath. But neither did he teach against circumcision and sacrifices. He could point out administrative problems, and present himself as the Lord, but it was not yet time to publicly reject any particular law (see John 16:12-13). But the implications are there.  When John describes Jesus as working on the Sabbath, he does not feel compelled to explain that Christians cannot. When Luke says that people are freed on the Sabbath, he does not feel compelled to qualify what he said. Jesus’ example regarding the Sabbath is liberty, not rules.
      2. If Sabbath work actually dishonored God, then the Sabbath would have priority over humans in need and sheep in pits, since correct worship of God is more important than human lives and sheep. If absolute rest were essential to worship, then Sabbath-keepers should let houses burn down, since that would only be a monetary loss, and God’s honor is far more important than our material goods. This indicates that the command to rest on a specific day is a ceremonial matter rather than a moral one. God’s spiritual law does not have any exceptions.

Summary

The only time Paul mentions the Sabbath by name is when he exhorts us not to judge one another concerning the Sabbath days (Colossians 2:16-17).  Respectfully, asking if I keep the Sabbath or I conform to the Sabbath is the wrong question.  I wonder how Jesus would have responded to that?  His answer may have got Him stoned.

The Sabbath was made for man and not the other way around is perhaps the most profound statement in this whole discussion.  God created the Sabbath for man…and God healed on the Sabbath and partook in other activities on the Sabbath.   Jesus’ example regarding the Sabbath is liberty, not rules.  What a blessing the Sabbath is.

There is also no way we can determine the exact day or days (sometimes it is plural) of the Sabbath.  There was no calendar when the Sabbath was created by God.  Even the scriptures seem unclear; calling it day, days and the 9th of the month.  My thinking is the “day” is not so important as is the “intent”.

The Bible says that we are not to cause others to work, not even strangers on the Sabbath.  There is no one…not one who can “keep the Sabbath”.  If this is all there is to the Sabbath.  There has to be more to the intent than a day or whether we do some work.

We see from the Apostles, the early church and Jesus (God) that the Sabbath is going to Church.  We also see in the same breath this is for fellowship, worship and prayer…not forsaking the assembling of one another.

Finally, we have Jesus’ own actions concerning the Sabbath.  Jesus did not (and this is not meant to be a mockery) hide in his house from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.  He worked on the Sabbath and he went to Church on the Sabbath.  He even rebuked the Pharisees over the Sabbath telling them there were more important things like the Temple and people than the Sabbath.  Jesus is Lord over the Sabbath!

The Sabbath is very important to me as a Christian.  We need to just as the scriptures demand; keep the Sabbath Holy.   We need to set aside time for God.  Sundown to sundown…frankly, I don’t think this is enough.   The intent has got to be more important than the day.   I have joked with my Seventh-day Adventist friends saying, “I am a seven day Adventist” meaning, I try to keep every day holy.   However, I am like Paul; I am not judgmental on how anyone cho oses to honor the Sabbath.  If it is sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday…God bless them.  If they do this Wednesday…God bless them.  If it is Sunday morning in Church…God bless them.

I think we should be in worship and in church.  The point is we need to give God or time and that time needs to be holy and hollowed.  After all, He took the time to come down from Heaven, was beaten, tortured and murdered for us.  He deserves our worship; more worship than we can humanly give.   God wants more than our Saturdays.  He wants our Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays too!

Copyright © 2010 Kevin R. Airrington, Airrington Ministries

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PRAYER ROOM

Pastor Kevin Airrington
January 23, 2016

Pastor C.H. Spurgeon regarded the prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church.

I was saved in a small store front church in Medford, Oregon. Even as a young convert I was amazed at the physical real estate that the church devoted to a prayer room.

When we moved to a larger building…priority one was setting up the prayer room. Sometimes we would go to help other churches and they had no prayer room. We would say, “that’s okay we will just meet in their sanctuary”. In one building we used the men’s shower room for prayer!

Many times…we would have no preaching…no song service…no offing plate “Oh my goodness…no offering”…for 90 minutes we PRAYED!!! We had prayer meetings in people’s homes on a regular bases…and some small apartments…with 30…40…50 people praying. People pray in the kitchen…in the laundry room…all the way up the stairs…WE PRAYED!!!

Today, sadly, churches donate much real estate to Sunday school rooms, bathrooms and their Holy Book Stores. But zero space for a prayer room. What’s worse is they do not teach their people to pray.

We knew how to pray…why because the Pastor’s and the church leaders were in those prayer rooms praying with us…they quoted scripture…they lifted their families up…their church up…and we saw revival.

So Pastor…if you have been lacking in your teaching of prayer…if you have not dedicated a place for prayer then it’s ok…you can repent and start this Sunday!

Christian’s if your church does not have a prayer room…and your church does not teach prayer…then go to church this Sunday and encourage your Pastor and your leaders.

Come on Pastor…you know that I am right! Come on church…LET’S PRAY!!!

i agree with Charles Spurgeon regarded the prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church. Is your church HOT or ice cold???

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” Isaiah 56:7

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Change Of Heart

Here I am, your loving Savior, Jesus the Christ
Just like I promised I would be
I will never forsake nor leave you iced
I’m your best friend
Just like you want me to be
I loved you so much that I died for you in the end
Did you think that your Savior would stand here and lie to you
As your moment begins passing you by
Oh I am here daughter of mine just say the words, say I do

I am waiting for your change of heart
It just takes a single beat
To turn your heart around to make a fresh start
Yes I’m waiting for your change of heart
At the edge of my seat, holding my breath
Please turn around and you will see the Son of Man with His arms wide apart
I will embrace you and forgive every transgression, I will

You are leaving me with a hunger for that special closeness we once shared
The clock ticks and then days go by
The pain I feel is driving the nails back in, I thought you cared
Don’t you see, I want you to fly
Back to when you were in love with me
When tender moments bring you back to my Word and you’ll never ask why.
And then the world lied to you and is still deceiving you
While your Savior stands here waiting for you
Waiting for your change of heart…that will be my queue

As long as you hear the world
You cannot hear my voice
All of your thoughts will be twirled
You may wonder who you will disappoint
It is me that you have already disappointed
What you need is a turning point.

The blind leading the blind
Never hear my laughter…never feel my touch
Searching through eternity you are going to lose your mind

Nothing reveals the answer, I have always been the answer
If its truth that you’re looking to find
It is nowhere other than in me and the whole world is a cancer
I will wait for you my daughter
Although with each breath you take your heart grows harder
Waiting for your change of heart…I will give you water.

Your King and Your God… I love you, Jesus

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Love, Jesus

“I’ve created a place for you to go daily, no one can take it away from you IF you’ll seek and love this place with all your heart. That place is Me. My desire is to hold you, comfort you, to give you peace, to be your complete serenity and strength you need. My will is to mold you and shape you into My masterpiece, to begin and to finish a good work within. Cling to Me and let not My word depart. You were with Me in the beginning, I created you from My heart to love you and to be loved by you. I created the galaxies, the sun, the moon, all creatures, flowers, the trees, the clouds, the earth and all it’s beauty for you and Me to enjoy together! There is an eternal gift of life that I’m offering you. I laid down My life as the perfect sacrifice that I may be yours forever, IF you’ll apply My counsel and turn from your wicked life. Take My hand, walk down this narrow path with Me daily, pick up your cross and follow Me, seek Me with your whole heart that you may one day be My beloved, spotless bride. I love you more than you can comprehend, I have so much more to share with you IF you’ll call upon Me to be your friend!” – LOVE, JESUS

 

 

 Jesus Loves You
By Paul Millar / Xulon Press

Jesus Lover Of My Soul [Music Download] - By: Hillsong  

Jesus Lover Of My Soul [Music Download]
By Hillsong / Daywind

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JESUS WAS A MAN OF PRAYER

No disciple ever asked Jesus to teach them to walk on water. No disciple ever asked Jesus to teach them to fast. No disciple ever asked Jesus to teach them to preach. No disciple ever asked Jesus to teach them how to work with wood.

Teach us to Pray LORD Luke 11:1

Isn’t it amazing how the Son of Man would slip away to pray to the Father?
Some have asked me, If Jesus is God why did he have to pray to the Father? Don’t you think…maybe He just wanted to be alone with Abba Father?

When Jesus got off His knees the battle was over the war had been won!

Oh God…TEACH ME…TEACH ME TO PRAY! It’s your boy, Kevin…I need you God…my soul crieth out to You Lord. I NEED YOU! Teach me to be on bended knee coming to You with humble heart. When the Son of man cometh will He find faith on the earth (Luke 18:8) Oh my God…You will Lord…your boy Kevin will be faithful. Would it to You my God…that you not catch me sleeping when you return. Not in church with the hypocrites and Pharisees…but on my knees in prayer. SHOW ME LORD…show me how to TRUST in You 100%. Trusting that You know best. Trusting that I am your son and you delight in me (Psalm 18:19) and you will never leave me nor forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:6). My sustenance, the very reason I live is to do the will of you LORD. Lord make me like Christ…I don’t care what you have to do…I don’t care if you have to take everything from me…I don’t care if you have to utterly destroy me…MAKE ME LIKE CHRIST! I can do nothing on my own initiative (John 5:30). Lead me in this difficult mountain before me. Your will…not my will and THAT is what I am first called to…submitting myself to your will. let those that would ask me why I did this or I did that that I say and know that I did it because it is Your will. We marvel at the Declaration of Independence…let me Lord…your son Kevin MARVEL at my Declaration of DEPENDENCE on thee. Make me dependent on the POWER of the HOLY GHOST. Your will…Your will…Your will. Reveal Your will in my life. I love you Lord. Amen

“And when he [JESUS] had sent them away, he [JESUS] departed into a mountain to pray” (Mark 6:46).

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Memorial Day

Rev. Kevin Airrington

Memorial Day
May 26, 2014
Siskiyou Memorial Park, Medford,Oregon

Star Spangled Banner

 

It is an honor to come before you on this special day and offer these words honoring our veterans who are with us, and those fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. It is also a privilege to remember with you our loved ones who have left this world before us.

The first Memorial Day was not called Memorial Day. It is believed to have been celebrated with a parade of freed slaves and Union soldiers marching through Charleston, South Carolina in 1865.

Waterloo, New York, is considered the official birthplace of Memorial Day because after it was observed there on May 5, 1866, General John Murray and General John A. Logan called on all communities to honor the war dead every year.

Memorial Day….What do you think of when you think of Memorial Day – the beginning of summer vacation, barbecues in the back yard, family get-togethers, maybe you are looking forward to the Indy 500? It hasn’t always been this way.
In most churches Memorial Day is ignored because it is not one of the holy days on the church calendar. But I believe that it would be good for us today, May 26th, 2014 to consider what Memorial Day really represents, for its very name calls us to remember.

The ability to remember is a wonderful gift God has given us. In a flash we can be a child again, skipping rocks across a pond, or walking in a meadow. Through memory we can fall in love, get married, & enjoy our children all over again. All this is possible through the blessing of memory.

Some of our memories are happy as we recall wonderful experiences. But some are sad, & we may weep as we remember them.

Memories are also very practical. If we couldn’t remember that a red light means “stop” we’d be in trouble. If you weren’t able to remember what day it is, or your anniversary or wife’s birthday – you’d be in big trouble. So yes, memories are practical too.

The Gospel of John, chapter 15, verses 13 & 14 paint a perfect picture of what Memorial Day is:

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

Memorial Day grew out of the human need to remember where we have been. Only then can we figure out where we are going. The cherished memories of a nation, a town, a church, or a family provide the values and dream that one generation passes on to the next. Forgetting means dropping the torch.

All of this was on the mind of President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863 as he made his way to the Pennsylvania battlefield. He feared that he might be the last president of the United States. After a three day Battle in the fields of Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War; the country teetered on the brink of self-destruction. The ceremony that afternoon would dedicate the site of the cemetery for the over forty thousand soldiers killed at Gettysburg in the three-day battle the previous July. Lincoln’s remarks provided the seedbed for what would become Memorial Day.

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” he began. Less than two minutes later, he concluded, “The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here (this of course he was referring to the sacrifice of the soldiers). It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

The speaker before Lincoln, Edward Everett, was one of the most popular public speakers of his day. He spoke for two hours. Yet Everett admitted to Lincoln, “I wish that I could flatter myself that I had come as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.” Lincoln’s own words would not fall true…he said, “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,” however his 2 minute speech continues to echo in the American memory. Even I as I began sharing portions of Lincoln’s speech — the Gettysburg Address with you…you were recalling it and perhaps were saying it with me.

Over the next few years, many communities set aside special days to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Some services were held with little fan fare. Others involved marching bands and speeches. All included decorating soldier’s graves with flowers and flags. Most towns referred to the event as Decoration Day. After World War I the day expanded to honor the American heroes of all wars. Gradually the custom of decorating the graves of relatives and friends became a part of the day.

Eventually the official name was changed to Memorial Day. Originally, the day always fell on May 30. In 1971 congress moved the date to the last Monday in May.

Why Memorial Day? Because we don’t want to forget. What do we remember?

Today is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a holiday set aside to remember certain events and certain people in history. We especially remember those who have died—those close to us: parents, grandparents, children and loved ones. We also remember those who have been taken in war or other tragic events.

We remember the death of the 3,000 men and women, boys and girls, who died on September 11, as evil men flew two airplanes into the Twin Towers in New York City. We remember the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust; we remember the faithful Texans who fought against Santa Ana and his Mexican army. Their rallying cry was “Remember the Alamo.”

I was watching the history channel one night, as they told the story of the Titanic and the tragic death of

1, 500 passengers. In 1986, Dr. Robert Ballard, who was responsible for locating the Titanic, placed a memorial plaque on the stern of the ship. It reads: “In memory of those souls who perished with the “Titanic” April 14 & 15, 1912. Dedicated to William H. Tantum, IV whose dream to find “Titanic” has been realized by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. The officers and members of the Titanic Historical Society Inc. 1986″

 

And so, today we remember—we remember our loved ones, we remember our soldier heroes—those who have fought for freedom, and we remember the saints, those Christians who fought for spiritual freedom. I have just three final points to my message—three things we must never forget:

  1. REMEMBER THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS

The freedoms you and I enjoy today have come to us through tremendous sacrifice. The right to keep and bear arms, the right to own property, the right to come and goes as we please, the right to speak our mind without fear of being arrested…the right to worship God or not to worship God in any manner we choose…all of the privileges and rights we enjoy today have been made possible by men & women who gave a sacrifice beyond measure.

Robert E. Lee, at Fredericksburg said,
“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”—.

Let me emphasize these words to you “freedom isn’t free.” Every freedom we enjoy as American’s was purchased and has been preserved by many who paid a sacrifice beyond measure. The freedoms we enjoy were not free!

  1. REMEMBER OUR LOVED ONES

Remember, our family and our friends who have left this world for a better world. Remember, how they impacted your life. As I speak these words I can find no better way to articulate what I need to say than to quote my daughter, Rosebud Airrington…she was just 10 years old when she wrote these words:

“A person may be dead and buried, but if we are lucky they will never be forgotten.” I thought it was interesting that she said, “IF WE WERE LUCKY.” If WE are lucky…shouldn’t it be if THEY are lucky? I wasn’t exactly sure what she meant. Then she went on…”it was her 72nd birthday, on March 3rd, 1012 when my Nana took her last breath on earth and her very next breath she took in Heaven. A grave marker or a tombstone is not my Nana and it is not your loved one. I watched my brothers and my cousins carry the box that held the body that once held the life of my Nana to the place where she would be buried.   Her marker will serve as a memory of her. It is important to me and I know that your loved one’s marker is important to you. But remember, nothing lasts forever and these markers will not be here forever either…I will never forget my Nana…” WOW! I should have just repeated my daughter at the beginning of my message and I would have been done!

 

 

Lastly…

  1. REMEMBER THAT NO BETTER FRIEND THAN A FRIEND WHO LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS

I want us to remember the words found in the Gospel of John, the 15th chapter, versus 13-14.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

Those were the very Words of Jesus Christ. I want us to remember, who gave His life for His friends…gave His life out of love. Please, this Memorial Day, as you lay flowers and wreaths on the graves of soldiers, family members and friends…as you partake in family BBQs…the Hamburgers, Hotdogs and the watermelon: Please remember the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE that took place 2,000 years ago just outside the City walls of Jerusalem on a hill called Calvary. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the most significant event in all history!

 

God Bless all of you…thank you so much for having me…enjoy the rest of your Memorial Celebration.

 

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