Thought of the Week:

         As I set down to write my last thought of the week for Newton Falls Church of the Nazarene. I ponder and pray for what my parting words will be. As I am, I am drawn to a post earlier in the week by my cousin Kristen. 

            Kristen posted about the division, in the church; especially those caused by the political season we are in. This is not a post about separation of church and state. Nor is a post about who you should vote for. What I do say, is between now and Election Day; pray. Pray like you have never prayed before. If you are 18 or older and can vote; do so. What this post is about is striking our tents and moving into the Promised Land.

            Right now the church in America is on the wrong side of the Jordan. We are camping when God is calling us to move and take possession of the land. We have become comfortable and have allowed the world to cause us to focus on pettiness and division which has destroyed many of our congregations. As well as caused non-believers to want to have nothing to do with us.

            Sure we bemoan the good old days. But we often do nothing more than camp and look over or shoulders separating us from those that need us most.  But instead of bemoaning we need to be seeking God, confessing our sins as the church and begging Him to heal our land. Then He will hear from heaven and heal our land. This has happened many times in the history of humanity. We see it countless times in the Bible and even in our own country; i.e. the countless revivals of the 18th, 19th and 20th century. 

            God longs for every man and woman to be saved but this cannot happen if the church is camping when it should be moving. Ok Travis what are you saying?  I am saying we need to ask God to evaluate our lives to see if we are in the harvest field or in the pews. If we are found to be camping and dividing, we need to ask God’s forgiveness, ask Him to heal us. So we can be a healing balm to a hurting nation.

            So as I close this final thought of the week. Let me end with this, “Pass through the camp and command the people. ‘Prepare your provisions for within three days you are to pass over the Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess” (Joshua 1:11).  Strike your tents, pray and fast and then get out in the harvest field. Washing the feet of the least of these. If we will do this I have no doubt we will see God move in a mighty way that not even Satan himself can stop us.

Pastor Travis






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