Last Generation Christian Edition: October 15, 2012 Monday Tishri 28, 5773

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It is my intention to spend time with you;
Would you make it your direction to spend time with me?

As Obvious as the Sun rises in the sky;

 Today make yourself known to me.
Reveal to me the glory of the day that you have said;


"This is the day the Lord has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it." 





"You are a Missionary"



Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Greg Laurie speaking on the subject of preaching at the Resurgence Conference (R12) at Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012.
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Laurie was invited to be one of eight speakers at the conference held at Mariners Church in Irvine by Resurgence leadership ministry founder Pastor Mark Driscoll. The event is organized and hosted by Driscoll's Seattle-based Mars Hill Church.



"People will develop an appetite for what you feed them. If you build your church on giving, if you build your church on guest artists, if you build your church on razzle-dazzle stuff, that's what they are going to come wanting. But if you teach your people to love the Word of God that's what they will come hungry for and they will come with their Bibles and they will be ready to learn. We are called to do this. This is what our culture needs today," said Laurie, who has been an evangelistic preacher for 40 years.



"All these other things that we utilize in the church have a place, but I believe the main event at every service should be the preaching and teaching of the Word," he said.



Laurie told several stories about becoming a Christian and evangelist, including going to a church gathering at a local beach that includes a small cove that can serve as a sort of natural amphitheater. When he first arrived at the beach, people assumed that he was a pastor and asked him to baptize them.


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After taking a leap of faith and having no experience in baptizing anyone, Laurie performed the baptisms then gave a Gospel message to those watching from the cove. After his sermon, more people asked to be baptized and he submerged them in the water as well.



"I saw right there the power of the Gospel. I was not qualified. I really didn't have any training for it, but I felt like God would honor His word," Laurie said.

In addition to being the lead pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship based in Riverside and Orange counties, Laurie is best known for his Harvest Crusades, large-scale evangelistic outreaches usually held at stadiums and arenas. Since 1990, the events have been put on around the United States and in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. More than 4,744,000 people have attended a Harvest Crusades event in person, and more than 399,300 people have registered decisions of faith in Jesus Christ, according to Harvest officials.



On Aug. 26, Laurie led his ministry's first "Harvest America," perhaps the largest Christian outreach event ever in the U.S. The event was live-streamed to more than 2,200 host locations, broadcast by two Christian TV stations and more than 600 radio stations.



Laurie told those in attendance at the conference that preaching is the primary way that God reaches lost people.


"To preach Jesus we must be culturally relevant because the objective of evangelistic preaching is to build a bridge not to burn one," he said. "I'm going to relate to the nonbelievers as much as I can, but I am not going to lower my standard in order to extend my reach. You have to be very careful in this area because I think sometimes we may trade reverence for relevance."


He added, "When I come to the pulpit I'm not a stand-up comedian, I'm not a social architect, and I'm not a stinking life coach. I'm a preacher of the Gospel and I'm a teacher of the Word. I think the 'coolest' thing you can do is just be yourself.


"I find that as new generations come along and musical styles ebb and flow and change that the Word of God connects and authenticity connects."

Other speakers at the conference on Tuesday were Rick Warren, Nick Vujicic, and Lecrae. Scheduled to speak on Wednesday are Craig Groeschel, Miles McPherson, James MacDonald, and Driscoll.


"I want to help other Christian leaders get more done," said Driscoll, in regards to the conference. "Instead of arguing about what others are doing or complaining what we wish we were doing, it would be nice to get some equipping to get it done. That's the big idea for the team that I've assembled and invited to join us for a first ever Resurgence conference."


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DAY 18 of 40 

God Almighty

Nations Rise and Nations Fall

According to Your Word  

You Hold Them All


Great God In Heaven

Help us Now for we are Sliding

 Turn our Hearts for we have turned our minds

Away from your Truth 

Don't give us answers to our Issues

Give us You



Without a Doubt




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Someone asked me this week what I thought about James MacDonald having T. D. Jakes at the Elephant Room. Well, to put it simply, I think it was great! James took a bold step in reaching out and inviting a man that some Evangelicals don't want to accept. I can understand having genuine questions about Jakes' position on the doctrine of the Trinity considering his longtime involvement with "Oneness Pentecostalism," and his own admission that he at one time held to an anti-trinitarian view of God's nature. But he has also, on several occasions over the past few years, stated that he no longer holds a "Oneness" or "modalistic" view of God and now believes in the doctrine of the Trinity. This he clearly articulated once again at the Elephant Room.

Jakes formally held the Oneness doctrine, also known as "Jesus Only," which teaches that Jesus is both the Father and the Son. The term Father refers to His deity, the term Son refers to His humanity. According to the Oneness doctrine, there is no Trinity—one God in three persons; rather there is one God who expresses Himself in different modes, sometimes as Father, sometimes as Son, and sometimes as Spirit. Now this teaching is certainly contrary to the biblical doctrine of the triune nature of God and is therefore "heretical," but to say that those who hold this view are not Christians is in my opinion going too far. Granted, it is an incorrect view regarding the nature of God, but it is not like other anti-trinitarian views that deny the full deity of Christ. I personally do not think you can put those who hold the Oneness doctrine in the same category as a Jehovah's Witness or a Mormon. I might be wrong, but that's the way I see it at this point. Should we seek to correct the view of the Oneness Pentecostals? Yes we should, in the same way we would seek to correct any person or group that has fallen into theological error. What I don't think we should do is spurn them or cast a final eternal judgment on them.

Now back to T. D. Jakes and those Evangelicals who are still refusing to accept him. This is sad! Give the brother a break. What else could he have done to affirm his belief in the Trinity? He's declared publicly that he "now" (showing he's moved away from his former position) believes that God exists in three persons. He even explained that during the process of changing his position he began to see that there were things the Bible says about the Father that couldn't be said about the Son, and things the Bible says about the Son that couldn't be said about the Father, necessitating distinct persons within the divine nature. He did say that he wasn't all that crazy about the use of the term "persons" when speaking about the distinctions within the divine nature, but others have expressed similar things, feeling that sometimes the term person might be too limiting or give the impression that God is a person just like we are. This seems to me to be the kind of theological "hair splitting" that has been the bane of the church from generation to generation, and something that, God help us, we really need to outgrow.

My hat is off to James and to the others who came together with T. D. Jakes for a time of honest dialogue and fellowship in Christ at the Elephant Room. The church desperately needs more of this kind of thing. After all, Jesus didn't say that the world would know we were His disciples by our total agreement on all the finer points of theology; He did say that they would know we were His disciples by our love for one another. The Elephant Room was a beautiful display of Christ's disciples doing just that.




Brian has been involved in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. He has served as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Vista, California, and as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Westminster, London, England. Brian has been extensively involved in missions and church planting work throughout various parts of the world. He now serves at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California. Brian is the featured speaker on the Bible teaching program "Back to Basics." He is known for his clear and challenging exposition of the Scriptures. Brian and his wife Cheryl have four children and four grandsons and reside in Southern California. You can connect with Pastor Brian through his Facebook Page orTwitter




Growing up I watched John Wayne, Errol Flyinn, Classic movies of Good conquering Evil and even greater stories of Dying for your Country.


When I was a child I thought dying for your country was good thing.


Getting older I used to watch Battle Cry, King Arthur, Exodus and many movies that all wanted to tell me to die for and Idea. To give my life fo
r a higher calling, be devoted to the IDEAL even if it meant my death.


When I was a child I thought ideas were a good thing to believe in.


Later in life people told me I needed to solve social issues. I watched SCI FI and fantasy movies telling me I could make a difference, I could change the world, I could save the planet, the hungry, the poor and the unborn.

When I was a young man I thought solving issues were a good thing.

I got Old.


I have seen in retro movies and the same stories being told again to die for your country. And I have seen a generation of people actually think bombing each other and fighting wars for peace actually work....


I am too old for that. Been there, done that.


I have seen the ideal societies again playing push me pull you with everyone saying I have to make a change because it really is up to me stop Abortion, Fix the Debt, Create Jobs, Do healthcare, renew the world....


Sorry, I am too old for that.
Been there, done that.


You know even Christians now are telling me I have to vote Mormon and put away being a Christian because if I don't vote I am not saved or somehow I am not "with them"


So sorry, I have decided to Follow Jesus.
I don't follow men, I don't follow creeds. I don't follow you when you have high idea's or moral dilemmas. I don't worry or fret or act like I can save the World. I can't


I follow Jesus.




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The Religion of Politics


People don't want to admit how Religious they are by practicing  politics. And yert they do the same things in politics they do in religion.


People will put Faith in a candidate. Organizers want you to Believe in a party. Dogmas are campaign promises, made by men but now power in them to be true. Doctrines are party platforms people want everyone to agree on but seldon do. I really don't see any difference between a religious fanatic and poltical junkie. They both go to and use extremes to accomplish one purpose.

As good as religion can be at times and abused at others, I see the same truth in politics. Truth, Honesty, Integrity, Social Justice, Moral righteousness, just like religion I see politics wanting those to be done while in fact doing the opposite, much like religion. Wars, Debates, Agreements, Money, Economics, Health, Commerce, Trade. I do find the RELIGION OF POLITICS often more active in America than relgions of man.

Sadly I see On the Altar of Politcs America crucified of her Soul for the sake of Elections and little Grace or God involved at all

Religion and Politics cannot solve personal relationships, only people can.

Jesud wanted nothing do with Politics or Religion

If it meant giving up God in the Process

Have you?



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