The scriptures encourage us to “Be Berean”, that is, to hold Scripture in such a high regard that it becomes your daily pursuit, your source of truth and the only reference book or material you would read in search of what is true.
You probably already know the perceived condition of America in our current day, as well as the state of the world. Some are saying we are in a state of political and social chaos. New diseases, wars, political intrigue and poverty, to name a few things that are holding our attention and draining our treasury.
Despite the fact that the Pew Research Center, which tracks “trust in the media“, shows that less than half of Americans trust the news, and 72% of U.S. adults say news organizations do an insufficient job revealing their funding sources, many people are still turning to News Media outlets, (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, etc.) for information and to find direction. Approximately 31 million people watched one of the three national network evening news broadcasts between March 16, 2021, and April 7 , 2021. That’s a 42% increase from a year ago.
Many more people, however, are turning to God and the Church for answers. Approximately 52 million “attend church” in one of the 300,000 plus churches in America, at least once a week each month.
The Answer? Follow the pattern and method established by Jesus. Nothing more, nothing less. In fact, why not try starting with something simple but profound: “John 3:16″, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” Say it often. Say it with both, passion and compassion.
Still, I can hear some people and pastors saying, “But, all the things we are already doing are the necessary parts of our ministry.” And I say, “Yes? But Jesus did not say to do it your way, and He did not do it your way. Everything else you might say about Jesus, and those things which flow from Him, may be “Necessary, but they are Secondary”. Jesus, alone, is the MAIN THING!
I have prepared a lengthy, 19-part series, on “Effective Spiritual Warfare” on how we can resist and fight back. It is the only way, according to the Bible, you and I can endure to the end and overcome this evil, as we await the return of Jesus and the day when He will completely conquer and destroy the works of the enemy. Click on this text or the image below to go to this dynamic and instructional Tutorial on Effective Spiritual Warfare.
I toured the Revolutionary Museum and some American Revolutionary War battlefield sites in Yorktown, Virginia. The tour guides and docents were well-informed and helpful. The postings and literature at the various sites, which was written by experts on the Revolutionary war, was also helpful and informative. This information was written by highly educated and informed people. But, as expert as these sources seemed to be, none of them could actually wage a war. They could not implement the tactics of Revolutionary warfare, nor could they establish an effective government in the aftermath of such a war – despite their extensive knowledge. It was then that I realized, it is not what you know, but what you DO with what you know.
And now, may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. And may God give you His peace in your going out and in your coming in, in your lying down and in your rising up, in your labor and in your leisure, in your laughter and in your tears, until you come to stand before Jesus in that day in which there is no sunset and no dawning. Amen.
Your Brother and Friend,
Michael J. Young, Sr.
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I am a practicing Christian, a disciple of Jesus, a husband of over 50 years, a father and a grandfather, a businessman, a veteran and a friend to all who will have me. I have served, or I am serving, at various times, as an Evangelist, a Pulpit fill pastor, an Associate Pastor of Evangelism and as Senior Pastor of a church plant. My passion is for practicing and teaching the Bible, building small groups, reaching the lost with the message of the Gospel of Jesus, recovering the straying Sheep of God and the gathering together the Called of God, in neighborhoods, business settings and in churches by equipping other Christians. I have authored a few small books and I have a background in professional business management, finance and investments. I am glad to meet you, even if it is virtually. Write me at any time and let’s become friends. Whitestonefellowship1@protonmail.com