God Bless America Magazine – August 2015
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od Himself has been teaching and challenging me through the precious Word. Each day as I read it, it is fresh and
exciting!The Lord has burdened my heart for souls around the world. Since I was a teenager, I have asked God to put a love in my heart for everyone for whom Christ died. God answers prayer! The Lord has put a giant love in my heart for everyone. I long to see people get saved!
The Lord used a phrase in the book of Matthew to put a particular group of people in my heart. It is the people of the cities. It says in Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities The pioneer work today for American Christians is found in the heartland of our major cities. One of the greatest tragedies in the past 50 years has been the surrender of our cities.
Many of our city churches have folded. The cities have massive populations, yet there is little evangelistic work. In the major cities the work is hard, it is difficult. Sin is big in the cities of America. In the cities, pleasure is big, worldliness is big, immorality is big, alcoholic beverage is big. In fact, Satan thinks he is big in the cities.
The Devil wants every gospel church in the cities to close. Never forget that God is greater than all! The most powerful thing on this earth is the gospel of Jesus Christ! Every sin problem in the city can be cured! The answer is the gospel, and the great truths of the Bible!
The Lord has raised up the God Bless America Crusades! We are working to reach the major cities of America with the precious gospel of Jesus Christ! We are currently working on Richmond, Virginia.
by BYRON FOXX
GOD BLESS AMERICA Volume 1, Number 2editor: byron foxx | assistant editor: t. kevan bartlett | managing editor: tim cruse | production assistant: caleb cruse
Gods people must rise up right now to magnificently support this gospel work! We must all pray, give and work! Reaching Richmond, Virginia with the gospel can be done, it should be done, and it must be done! What does God want you to do to help reach Richmond with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Get into the presence of the Lord, and listen to Him. He will give you direction!
byron foxxis an evangelist, music publisher, songwriter, and the founder and president of Bible Truth Music.
AND JESUS WENTABOUT ALL THE CITIES
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THANK GOD!WE CAN HAVE
by BRUCE MILLER
In the last issue we saw from the Bible that we can have revival now personally, church-wide, community-wide, and nationally!
When do we know that we need revival? What are the Biblical signs? Since Christ said that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (Matthew 22:37), anything less than first place love signifies the need for revival.
REVIVAL IS NEEDED WHEN:
God is NOT getting first place in all decisions. (Matthew 6:33) Christ rebuked the church at Ephesus for this. (Revelation 2:4)
The Christian is devoted more to the things of the world than the things of God in which case the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)
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The Christian is lukewarm towards God and His commands, which makes God sick. (Revelation 3:16)
The Christian lacks a desire to study Gods Word daily and attend church services. Contrast Psalm 119:131(b), I longed for thy commandments.
The Christian spends little time in personal prayer and prayer meeting. Jesus said, My house shall be called a house of prayer. (Matthew 21:13)
The Christian spends little time witnessing. Jesus said if we are following Him we will be fishers of men. (Matthew 6:19)
Oh, how we need revival! God said in II Chronicles 7:14 that His people are to seek Him and seek revival. The ball is in our court. Lets seek God and revival to bring us into a right relationship with Him!
In the next two issues we will see Gods sure prescription for revival and the wonderful product of revival.
bruce miller is the president of Atlantic Coast Baptist College in Laurel, Delaware.
Charlotte, NC, God Bless America Crusade, 2013
THE SECRET FORMULAFOR A GOOD HARVESTby JOSHUA LANCASTER
E verybody loves a secret formula and there is a secret formula in the Scriptures detailing how to have a good harvest! Today, I want to share that formula with you! Are you ready?
Here is the secret formula:1. Sow2. Water3. Reap
Every Christian should know this formula and be implementing it in their witness!
In II Corinthians 9:6, Paul shares a portion of this formula: But this I say,
He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
If you do not sow the Gospel, you cannot hope to win souls! Conversely, if you faithfully sow the Gospel, God promises fruit - and God has built it into Creation that how much fruit will be in relation to how much seed you have sown!
This formula is not new, and certainly is not really any secret! Yet, if we would get ahold of it, we might be more faithful at sowing and watering, and trust God to give the increase! You see, Paul also said, I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. (I Corinthians 3:6)
We dont always know the effect we are having as we witness. We might:
Be sowing for the first time Be watering a seed that was planted
by another Not get to SEE the fruit of our labors
In any case, God honors His Word!So, be encouraged, and be decided to
faithfully implement the secret formula for a good harvest: Sow, water, and reap!
joshua lancasteris an evangelist from El Vista Baptist Churchin Peoria, Illinois.
THE FOUNDATION OF BIBLE READINGby F. J. WEEMS III
E verything that has a superstructure has to have a solid foundation. None of us would want to live in house without the footing and foundation being properly laid. The same thing applies to our Christian life. Without the right foundation, we will never be stable and able to stand faithful. The simple truth is that reading our Bible is a major part of our foundation as a growing Christian.
Reading the Word of God, we are thinking Gods thoughts after Him, and that cannot but impact us in a very positive manner. The objections I hear most often from Christians of all ages is the difficulty of understanding the Bible and being consistent in prayer. It is my considered positon that reading the Bible
gives us both food for prayer and teaches us how to pray. The language of prayer is found in the Bible. If we are reading our Bibles little, it is almost a certainty that we are likewise praying very little. The foundation is not set properly.
I would encourage those who are experiencing difficulty reading the Bible to start by reading the sections that give them comfort and growth. Mix in a chapter or two a day of the harder sections, but do not get bogged down there. When I was first saved, reading Leviticus nearly made me stop reading the Bible. If you get stuck, come back to it later! It will still be there when you are able to handle it.
Make a plan to read the Bible through. Without a plan, it is likely that you will
never read the Bible through. I never ceased to be amazed at the number of professing Christians who have never read the Bible through. If you do not think you can do it in one year, make a two year plan. Once you have accomplished that goal, set it again. Familiarity with the Scriptures will make the sermons you hear be more meaningful. The Bible is full of treasures and handfuls of purpose. Lay your foundation well.
f. j . weems ii iis the senior pastor of First Baptist Churchin Atoka, Tennessee.
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For more information about the God Bless America Crusades, please visit GodBlessAmericaCrusade.com
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God Bless America CrusadeANNOUNCEMENTSThe 40 Days of SoulwinningAugust 1September 10
Mandatory Workers TrainingAugust 10, 11, 13, 14, 15Go to GodBlessAmericaCrusade.com for a schedule of locations and times.*Every GBAC worker must attend one night of training at the location of their choosing
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COTTAGE PRAYER MEETINGS FOR ANOTHER GENERATIONby SCOTT PAULEY
O n a Thursday night in June of 1997 God called me to preach. An old mountain preacher met me in the lobby of the church when the service was over. He seemed as excited as anyone that the Lord had led me into the ministry. I will never forget the enthusiasm with which he said, Get your first sermon together! You are going to preach in a cottage prayer meeting next week.
Wait a minute! Lets talk about this. I was a scared, twelve year old boy. What the wise man said next is fixed in my memory forever, Son, if you dont start serving God now, you probably never will.
He was right. And so I prepared my first Bible message from John 14 on the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. It was not much of a sermon, but it was a start. And the Holy Spirit helped me.
On a hot summer night I delivered my first message in the living room of a precious elderly couple. Mr. Logan was dying and confined to his bed. His dear wife was by his side night and day. In that place a group of faithful Christian