Persecution is real and alive around the world for Christians and it has been for over 2000 years. We in America have never experienced persecution at this level seen in the middle east, Africa, and Asia before, but persecution is coming to our shores. How intense and how frequent only God knows- but suffering and trials are promised to every true believer of Jesus Christ and Americans are not immune. If we are to practice authentic biblical Christianity as opposed to western style Churchianity, we will experience resistance and conflict. In fact, anytime you begin to shine light in darkness it will be met with opposition. However we are now in the United States, slowing seeing a rising hostility to evangelicals that has never been seen before and this been escalating rapidly in the last twenty years and will continue. Christians must begin to arm themselves with the gospel of Jesus Christ, shrouded in prayer and be drenched in the word of God to adequately fight against the coming onslaught of the cultural war that will be waged against those who claim the name of Christ. Politics and Social morality crusades are not the weapons of our warfare because our battle is spiritual not carnal. (2 Corinthians 10:3)
Thursday, May 15, 2014
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Friday, April 4, 2014
Abortion is sin and the church needs to get the message out on an evil that society thinks is acceptable, but that God sees as an abomination. We cannot overlook the sins of people as we reach out with the love of Christ through the gospel. Those who have suffered with abortions must know that God's love is for them in the person of Jesus Christ and He has paid the price for those sins. And like all sins they must be addressed, confessed and repented of.
Posted by Pastor Paul Starks at 11:22 AM
Friday, March 14, 2014
The church is in pretty sad shape when an atheist has to tell Christians how and what it means to be a Christian. This video is quite sobering, and at the same time challenging to today's nominal Christian who is reluctant to see the seriousness of following Jesus Christ. As you watch this hopefully it will bring you into conviction and repentance.... it did for me. Enjoy.
Posted by Pastor Paul Starks at 4:27 PM
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
One of the big myths as Christians is that: life is to be merry and feel good all of the time just because we are believers however, nothing could be further from the truth. The Christian life is to be a process of growth that at times is very difficult and that includes our marriages. As followers of Christ we must "endure hardship like a good soldier" (2 Tim. 2:3),and the life of matrimony is at times a hardship just like other areas of our life. But if we are to be light to a world of darkness, then we as the church, must carry the model of Christ and His bride and commit our lives to the goal of His glory for all to see. Here is a video that makes a great case for that idea...enjoy!
Posted by Pastor Paul Starks at 2:44 PM
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Hollywood hates Christianity and Jesus Christ. In fact more than 2000 years ago Christ stated:"If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you." So it should surprise no one that if a movie has any form of connection with the Christian faith, it is either ostracized, mocked or rejected by the cultural elite. I believe we will soon see the rise of more hate and persecution of authentic believers who take a stand for the gospel.
Posted by Pastor Paul Starks at 9:06 PM
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
A lot of the worship in the modern church is basically man-centered. That is, it is centered around what people like or what is comfortable or what sounds and feels good to other human beings. Even the preaching is centered around what the parishoners like and what soothes their needs. However as Conrad Mbewe explains, worship is about God and God alone. Worship is to be what is pleasing to Him and it is what He wants and accepts. Listen and watch as he explains biblical worship for the church today.
Posted by Pastor Paul Starks at 10:53 PM