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Remember Who You Are

Maranatha Ministries UPC

00:00 sec | 5 months ago

Remember Who You Are

"Welcome to the PODCAST, Marinov ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov, and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot, m., church, dot, com, or an all social media by searching at church, and now be blessed by listening to today's message. Welcome bear. God bless all of you. It is so good to be with you here today and virtual. Church hopefully not too much longer. We're looking I'm looking at the first Sunday in July at this point. I'm hoping that things play out that way and possibly sooner. Let's pray sooner. But we'll see we're GONNA hold out try to hold out until the first of July and move forward from there. I have good news. The Barber shops are open. I'm going to get a real haircut. I have an appointment for Tuesday so I'm glad about that all right enough said about those things. I want to turn to the word of God today. As you know, there's a lot going on in our nation and our country in our hearts, and I want to. Talk to you about some of the things that the Lord is laid upon my heart. I want to read from John Chapter Eighteen I'm beginning with verse number thirty five reading through thirty six. This is where Jesus is. been turned over to the authorities he is being. He is prepared now to be crucified. And he has this interaction with pilot. Verse Thirty Five says the pilot answered am I ju-. Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you to me. What have you done? What have you done? That you deserve. This treatment. Jesus answered. My Kingdom is not of this world. I want to say that again. All of us to consider which kingdom we desire to belong to. Because Jesus said his kingdom and I quote. Is Not of this world. He went on to say if my kingdom were of this world. Then, my servants would fight. So that I should not be delivered to the Jews. But, now my kingdom is not from here. I want us to pray together that the Lord will. Not only anoint my lips at this Troublesome time that we live in, but anoint our ears. Are Understanding. That we could seek the Lord and find him in. No, his will. Jesus, I'm asking and I'm praying right now by your spirit. I know the feelings that I have and I know the spirit that you've put upon me and I. Know The thoughts you've put in my mind. Did I pray that you will help me? By your anointing to deliver these thoughts to your people to your church. That we might begin to see things through your eyes, not through the eyes of man. Not Through our own eyes, nor the eyes of those who would like to influence and direct our opinions, and our thoughts, and our actions pray for your peace, your understanding to come upon us this day, and to lead us forward through very troubling times in Jesus. Wonderful name I pray, and if you would right now where you're setting, just say. Amen. I have gone through. This past week so many. Different I've gone through a plethora. Of Emotions. I. Had a wonderful conversation with brother Stephen McCoy this past Wednesday on our. Marinov ally that was that was aired on both facebook and Youtube. Videos are still up there. If you if you did not get a chance to see that I, encourage you to listen to that and to listen to brother Stephen McCoy and I talk about. What's going on in our world? All of that said. I am fearful as a pastor today. And as a shepherd of your soul. I am fearful lest we as Christians. Forget who we are. And we get caught up too much in this world affairs. By turning around and using this world weapons and I want to talk to you about a message. That I'm entitling today. Remember who you are. I think we need to remember who we are? The travesty of George Floyd of course has produced even greater travesty. I believe in in my own heart, my mind from the way I see things. In that at least so far at the time of my research, possibly more by now God forbid. But at least eleven, more people have died. Several of them black people. Have also died at the hands of rioting. Over, the death of one man and I'm not trying to be little or downplay the seriousness of his death. I do think it's a travesty. Though that, so many others have now died as a result. Of a desire to justify his death. Many of those being of the same race. And not only that, but the destruction of. Livelihoods the destruction of lives. Many of those. Black businesses run by black men. Black Women. Who are trying to make honest living for the family? And so, we've taken a travesty and I. I fear. We've made a greater travesty. I am all for peaceful protesting and that needs to be done Martin Luther King changed the world. By peaceful protesting. So as Christians today I am asking us not to forget who we are. What. Our role is what our job is. Because it's so easy to become emotional and to become emotionally invested in what's going on all around us even in the little city of Schenectady I wanNA thank. The city of Schenectady and the people of Schenectady. Because we have not seen the destruction that other cities have seen Schenectady Etienne's have for the most part peacefully protested. Honorable, that's right. That's good and I want to say how thankful I am to live in this little city here. Where people took the right route, they may be angry. They may be hurt. Many of them devastated. To the same thing that they are protesting against. And so I'm glad I'm happy about that. But it's so easy to become emotional. Especially when it hits so close to home for so many. It does not hit his whole as close to home for me, it does for some of you some of the members of our congregation, but took place in Minnesota. Hit, so close to home. But? I do want to say that we must not allow ourselves to resort to this world's mindset. If for no other reason, but because we are from. Another kingdom. We sing that Old Song I love it so beautiful. Anyone the sings at better than Jameson. His music crew. This world is not my home. I'm just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. So we are not of this kingdom, we truly are from another kingdom. We need to remember that not forget that. Because if you look around and you see the fighting, that is now going on all over this country. The kind of fighting that goes on. Pretty much. Reveals to us. What kingdom! Scribe to. What. Kingdom we ascribe to now I'm not saying we should not peacefully protests I'm not saying we should not stand up against injustices I'm not trying to say we should not try to make this world a better place, but when we're resort to this world's tactics, and to the evil heart of man and his tactics to make a point. We are have to be careful because we are lining ourselves with a mindset, an attitude and actions or the justification of actions that do not line up with Jesus Christ and the way he handled injustices. Jesus said if my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight. And therefore we can conclude that those who have chosen to physically take it upon themselves to bring destruction to their man I'm not talking about an enemy that is trying to break into our country or into our home to attack our family. I'm talking about a right a wrong. That needs to be righted. But you cannot write that wrong. By doing more wrong. So I. Don't want us to forget who we are. And what kingdom we are of! This is a time for all of us. Especially those. To whom this hits so close? And so close to home to. To determine which kingdom we're going to stand with an how we're gonNA handle what's going on in this world if we are of this world and the Kingdoms of this world? And that gets demonstrated by how we choose to fight this kind of travesty, but if we are of the Kingdom of Heaven. We're GONNA fight it, but we're GONNA. Fight it in a different way. I'm not saying to sit down and be passive. I'm saying we are going to fight this. We're GONNA. Fight it in different way because behind the evil heart of four policemen. Who committed this travesty? There is a spirit. There is a spirit. Because we can take those four men and lock them up, but that spirit will elevate or or or reveal itself in four others, and if those four down, that spirit will reveal itself in yet for others. And so we as the saints of God I've got a job to do that. Goes beyond what our world is doing what our world is going to do, and how our world is handling the individuals who took part in such a grotesque action you and I? Got To pull down the spiritual strongholds. The still have. Such a hold in our in our nation. And he schefter five. The Apostle Paul talked to us. US He wrote the book to Fijian's, but God saw fit that that book would be preserved so that it could go out to the masses of his church throughout all generations. He said this be angry. But do not sin. Be Angry Do not send. I fear. We are seeing anger result in more sin. In Our nation today? Do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil I'm reading. Chapter Five beginning with Verse Twenty Six. Him who stole steel no more. And yet we see thievery. GOING ON RAMP PANTS which is anti Christian Anti Bible it cannot be justified. Let Him who stole steer low more. But rather let him labor working with his hands. What is good and that's what's so sad. Is that so many have to do that? So many from oppressed race tried to do that, and that's being taken away from them now by those who are angry and are sinning. Working with his hands, what is good that he may have something to give him who has need? Let no corrupt word! Proceed out of your mouth. But what is good for necessary edification. That may impart grace to the here's. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. By whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Verse! Thirty one. You Ready, let all bitterness. All Wrath. All anger. All Clamor. All Evil, speaking. Be Put away from you. We are the church. We are the Church of Jesus Christ. We cannot partake of the language. We cannot partake of the of the anger. We cannot express the anger in our actions, unless it is to peacefully a we can be angry, but we cannot send, and we can peacefully protest. We can peacefully discuss. We can peacefully debate, but we cannot allow ourselves to partake of what the world is doing around us. We cannot do that, not scripturally. We need to remember who we are. Who We are who we represent. Be kind one to another. TENDERHEARTED! Forgiving, one another just as God in Christ forgave you. In chapter six of the same book. Written by the Apostle, Paul. Chapter six verse ten. He said finally my brethren. The strong in the Lord and the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, you see this is our job. The world may think it's their job to go into the streets to break into stores to destroy lives to destroy livelihoods to tear down to break down to break families to break livelihoods. The world thinks like that. Here's our job. We're the church. Don't forget who you are. We're the church. The church's job is not to be out on the streets doing what they're doing. The church's job is to as the Bible said be strong in the Lord and the power of his might, and to put on the whole armor of God what is the armor of God. That you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood. We're not wrestling against four police officers. We're not even wrestling against a mindset of. What I don't believe all police officers I believe it is a strong minority of I've met. Most of our law enforcement are honorable men. We've got a man in our church WHO's part of law enforcement, great honorable man, good man. We're not wrestling against flesh and blood, he said. But. Here's what we are wrestling against, and this is what we must remember church. Listen to me, please. We must remember what is really going on here. We have to remember this. We are wrestling against principalities. He's talking spiritually speaking principalities, we are wrestling against power spiritual powers. We are wrestling against the rulers of the darkness of this age Oh, that I could pull down the spirit behind the attitude of those four police officers if I can pull down that spirit I. Don't have to worry about the next four police officers. We are wrestling against principalities, powers, the rulers of darkness of this age against the spiritual hokey host of wickedness in heavenly places. Therefore, this is your job. This is my job. We're the church. Therefore take up the whole armor of God not of this world God that you may be able to stand withstand the evil day. Is, this an evil day. This Day. You may be able to withstand in the Evil Day Paul knew there was an evil day coming on like any he'd ever seen before. We're seeing. We're seeing it. Take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil date. Having done all to stand Stan therefore. Here's your job church. Here's my job. Have girded your waist with truth. With truth. Having put on the breastplate of righteousness. Having shot your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace I've got a quote a little bit further down here in my notes that I want to bring to you when it talks about the preparation of the gospel of peace, above all take the shield of faith, which with you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, and put on the helmet of salvation, and take the sword of the spirit, not the sort of the world, the sword of the spirit. Which is the word of God? That's the sort of the spirit. It's the word of God is the sort of the spirit praying all ways. Always praying, For Supplication. Prayer and supplication in the spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the Saints and again I remind you'd be angry and sin. I WanNa ask you today. I WanNa ask you today when ask Mironov the ministries I want to ask the church. I WANNA. Ask Anybody who's listening to me right now. I WanNa ask you today. Many of us have had a lot to say about what's going on in a world, some force some against some understanding it while not justifying understand at some condoning it some trying to be merciful. All these things. How many of you have gotten on your knees? And prayed? About it. How many of us have gotten down and saw the Lord. For the proper attitude. The proper mindset. For the people who are lost and losing their souls, as they partake in the activities, they are now doing you cannot sin and justify sin. You can't do it. And Sin will cost you your eternal soul. How many of us have gotten down and cried and sought God. For the lost and dying humanity that is reacting the way the devil would have them react because he knows it's going to cost them their soul. We're the church. Don't forget who you are. Don't forget who you are. Always praying with all prayer supplication in the spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for the Saints Being Angry. Do not send. DO NOT SEND! In Romans Chapter Twelve and a lot of scripture point, it's amazing how much apostle Paul to two millennia ago. was able to instruct us in our day. I beseech you brethren by the mercies of God this chapter, twelve of Romans versus one, and to present your bodies, a living sacrifice, not make others. The sacrifice makes someone else's business. The sacrifice present your body as a living sacrifice holy, that's H., O., l., Y., not who holy that means god-like. Acceptable God. You may not partake of the actions. But, if you justify the actions, is that acceptable with God? Holy and acceptable to God which is your reasonable service? And verse to. Do not be conformed to this world. please. Don't do that. Please don't do that. Please don't do that. If we spent more time trying to get people saved. We'd spent listen. They're not the ministries is a small part of what the world could be like. We're blacks. Whites in every color in between sits down together and love one another and worship God together. Why because our focus is not on each other? It's on the Lord Jesus Christ and we see each other as his children. As brothers and sisters, in Christ regardless of what our skin color is, we see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. This is what we need to bring out into the world. This is what we need to pray for. For people to have that understanding. Do not be conformed to this world. Don't let them change how you think it's our job to change how they think the understand. Don't let what's going on in the world. Change your thinking. Don't let what's happening in the world. Change your opinions. It's our job to have an opinion that changes. There's and the only way to do that is for us to stay in true and stand firm on the foundation of truth. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind versus fifteen to the same chapter rejoice with those who rejoice in weep with those who weep. Yes, that's weep with. Let's put the family. Let's rejoice with those that are that have found victory. Seventeen repeat. Pay. Repay no one. No one I'm having a hard time right now. Folks from this church were filled with people I'd be out of this pulpit. Talking to people look at a P, not you because you're the problem or the are, but I'm just getting stirred up right now. Repay no read it for yourself. Romans chapter twelve verse Seventeen Repay, no one evil for evil, no one. Do not repay for evil, no one yet. But what about he did this? No one what about this one? That did no. Don't repay evil. The kill him. That's right. They did at God will judge their souls. Then, my friend don't forget unless they repent of their sins. Their destination is hell. Farm Brimstone for eternity. Is that not enough of a payment? But we gotta go wild with nations going out and retain evil. For Evil. The Bible said. Don't do that. And? Don't you justify either? Don't you justify? Verse Twenty One same Shane Chapter. Verse Twenty One do not become over. Do not be overcome by evil. Don't be overcome evil. Instead. Over Com. Evil with good. Pray for one another. Pray for the family that lost their loved ones. Pray for all the other families that have lost their loved ones sense then. While evil has been being returned for evil black white one of color. They were when you lose somebody. It hurts just the same. Peaceful protesting is good. Murder, destruction is not. It is not. So. What can we do to really make a difference? What can we do? Because even peaceful protesting, let's be honest. Martin Luther, King. I believe was a great man. Gr I'm not just saying that. To appease anybody I've always held since before. Even came to church I've held Martin Luther King. In high esteem remember as as a teenager. A young man, hearing him hearing him some of his speeches. You you could feel God. He was he was sent by God to to help this to help this country. Sent by God. His peaceful demonstrations peaceful demonstrations were. They changed the world. The change the world. One of the greatest statements and I don't know all of the statements I don't remember all of statements, but I remember the one. That upon which all the rest hanging in my opinion. When he said he looked forward to the day when we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character. Church. We need to judge people by the content of their character. And just because you're angry, don't justify wrong actions. Don't do that. Because that's the content of character. The Bible does not hold. I don't believe America. Is a racist nation. I do believe there are racist that live in America. I don't believe that every White Cop Is a racist. I do believe there are white racist cops. So what do we do? Do we fight fire with fire. Because that's what people are trying to do right now. You Destroy George. Floyd's life. We're going to destroy yours. We're GONNA. Destroy your businesses. Destroy Your family's. I duNNo. That's how those who are of this kingdom. Fight their battles, but let's not forget. We're not of this kingdom. I said at the beginning that Jesus said. My Kingdom is not of this world. I want to read you get ready to wrap this up. I want to read you a statement that was posted by. Good friend, neighboring pastor and Syracuse. Brother Ryan Ds. I have a lot of respect for the DS. There are good family. He's a good pastor. And I have never in the past. Said anything. Concerning what color skin he had he neighboring pastor. He has come to mirror, not the ministries. His Church has partaken of our Bible. Quizzing challenges we've had fellowship. and. Never once. Have I ever even thought of. Bringing up the color of his skin. But today I'm going to. The Ryan Dis is a black man. And I'm sure as every other black person is affected in a way. That me as a white person may not be able to feel. Completely the way you do. This is a black band, and this is what he wrote on his facebook post and I. Don't I'm not big on facebook. I on it more now. Because of our church being involved with it. I very rare a glance through some things. Sometimes I see some things that piqued my interest I never leave comments I. Just don't have the time and all I. don't care that much, but when I read this I left a comment to brother. Ds because this is brother. D. said. On his facebook page. He said God is revealing the wickedness. Front the size corruption, evil sinfulness. This is, he's a black man. God is revealing the wickedness. Of this worldly system. And the message is. He saying this is the message from us. Be Saved. Out of et. Be Saved. Out of it. And then he went on to say in Jesus. Be saved out of it. In Jesus. He said there is good news today. God bless you brother Dis. God, bless you for being bold enough as a black man to put this on your facebook page. He said there is good news today you can turn from the evil of this world and follow Jesus. Be fully immersed in what I'm reading his his post. I'm not making I'm not. Telling you what I think of it I'm reading his post. You can turn from the evil of this world and follow Jesus. How about this way quote and reading his words until I say unquote. There is quote there is good news today you can turn from the evil of this world and follow Jesus by being fully immersed in water. Parentheses Baptism in Jesus name for your sins to be washed away, and then the God of Heaven will fill you with his holy spirit of love, a piece of joy and power youth. You have not done this yet, or you don't know what I'm talking about. I'm begging you. Please contact me. Immediately. Time is running out on this world unquote. God bless you brother, dis. For reminding us, A who we are. We are the church. Of the Living God. In this world around us is in turmoil. With corruption and evil and sinfulness preach a message from that statement. And then he said this. Please, contact me if you don't know what I'm talking about, please, I'm telling you if you're not part of Marinov already. Someone shared this message with you and you don't know what we're talking about about the peace, the love and the joy in the Holy Ghost having your sins washed away, and and being filled with the holy. Please contact us. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but through God. To the pulling down of strongholds, so what are weapons and I close with this? Second Chronicles seven fourteen says if my people. Who are called by my name? Will humble themselves and pray and seek my face. Church we need to be praying. And turn from their wicked ways. Then I will hear from heaven. And will forgive their sin. And heal their land, I. Don't have it in my notes, but there's a scripture tells us. Why don't you look it up? Find it Rita. tells us that. Is this not the fast that I have chosen to break the chains? Fasting and PRAYER OUR WEAPONS CHURCH Not Looting and murdering. Our weapons are fasting and prayer. And, so I'm calling on everyone who considers themselves part of God's kingdom, and in relationship to Maratha ministries here in the capital region to come with me as I go before the Lord this week with fasting and prayer. I'm calling on you to join me. Join me in fasting and prayer would like to see. I would like to see mirror. Not The ministries be in prayer and fasting every day this week beginning with tomorrow Monday. I would like to see mayor. Not The ministries as a body going on a week long fast that goes from Monday. To Saturday. Next Sunday we'll be back in church, not physically, but back in virtual church. I personally am going too fast on Monday. And I am going to fast again on Thursday. Now I have no way of getting a show of hands here today. WHO's GONNA fast Tuesday. Who's going to WHO's going fast? When but what we are going to do is already talked to my daughter Shoshana going to put a post up on our facebook page probably already there. If you check, she's GonNa put a post up on our facebook page. That will allow you in the comments section to tell us. US What Day you're fasting, you can also in the comment section of this of this youtube video. Just down the comments put what day you're fasting. I'd like to see every day filled in Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday. Friday and Saturday a I really like to see at least two people fasting on each day. Why do people because one can put a thousand of flight, but to can put ten thousand flight. I'd like to see some joining together. I've already got Monday and Thursday I'd love to have someone join me, but I need somebody on Tuesday too fast. I need somebody I need some on Tuesday too fast. I need some on Wednesday too fast. I need some on Friday too fast, and I need some on Saturday the I put it in the comments. Come on, let's pray and fast. Let's let's use our weapons. The world's US there's. WHERE THE CHURCH! Let's use ours. Let's do it for Jesus. Let the church being example. A light to the world to black people to white people to every colored people in between of how things are in God's kingdom. And how we stand arm in arm to fight together with one another, not against one another, but we fight together with one another using the weapons of our warfare. which are mighty through God? To the pulling down. Of strongholds. Don't forget who you. Are. God bless you and. Thank you for listening to the mayor of ministries podcast. 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419: Petty Tyrant

This American Life

1:02:41 hr | 1 year ago

419: Petty Tyrant

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But we I heard reports of people's electric cords being just caught, you know, at the source of that they couldn't be used again, just you know, physically snipped at half. So you know, we didn't we didn't want to cause trouble. So he just tried to live reasonably at one point Richard Agnello, the special education teacher was working in the middle school. And I had this little office with no heat. None in winter will be fifty six degrees in there. He bought a thermometer from science classroom to check Yasser heat repeatedly nothing happened. So he broke the rules Bryden with space heater. Would you would hide in the file cabinet night? So one went to morning it gets to work, and he turns on the space heater hangs up his coat. Suddenly Steve Rossi walks in sees the heater is bowl djing and veins on his head. You know, throbbing started yelling you mean, saying what do you do with that space heater here? You're not supposed to have that here that's against district policy, and by kind of taken a pack that can someone get this upset over a little heat in the room. And I said, you know, what you're right, and I'm not trying to be a scofflaw, but look at my thermometer. It's fifty seven degrees in here. And he didn't have much to say he's sputtered in few and said we've got to get rid of that next day Agnello is walking up flight of stairs. And sees a maintenance worker coming down the stairs. He's carrying my space heater in an arm cradle football. And he's running down the stairs. And I saw him from about half a fly away innocent aim. What are you doing with my space heater niece? I don't talk to me. Talk to me, talk to my boss, and he ran out the front door ran past me jumped into the district van that was parked outside and tore away from the building just spewing rocks as he went, I got to think, tucked under my arm. I'm going down the stairs. That's John the point junior the district Trish in who'd been sent to remedy this very very serious space heater infraction. And this guy goes right at right at the bottom of the stairs. I'm heading out to my truck. That's my space heater. Where are you going with that I go, you gotta talk facilities, you know, see Rossi facilities, and I just kept going. The people who worked under Steve Rossi the stories a diamond dozen, and it's got all the hallmarks of Rossy style. The temper the fanatical control over every single detail around him the pettiness comic strip antics, even the fact that workers were forbidden to talk to teachers when they were out on a job. It's going to school district has a good reputation democray and the people in town knew the usual things about their schools. The test scores good teachers the budget fights. But they didn't know was it a huge scandal was slowly coming to a boil in one of the least likely places down Norwood avenue along the side of Mont pleasant middle school behind the high chain link fence riding a parking lot filled with trucks and vans and area called the pan alongside the pen. There's a big rise where they strove on mowers and tons of supplies. That's where the workers hang out the custodians. And the maintenance guys they were Steve Rossi subjects who only half jokingly called Steve the king or the doctor or sometimes even just God. Everybody who worked for him as an example of something that he did something just off enough. They've never forgotten it while I was in the when I was in the restroom he slid newspapers on fire underneath the door. He had eggs right chickens. So I bring in for the gas and he saw him in the fridge or something. He goes. Oh here. He makes the gal is secretary pick. Who he throws the again, she didn't wanna pick anybody. I was on my way home one day. And I see some smoking in the in the middle of the road as I'm approaching it when my van. And all the sudden this thing goes Bob bone scared to live in daylights outta me. You know what? I mean. I mean, it was this thing when it went off it shook the whole area. So I come to work the next morning Steve sitting there, he starts asking me. So anything exciting happening or anything unusual happen. And I'm like. It was you. WBZ Chicago. It's this American life America class today program at one guy came to be on touchable. I regret power dominated everybody around him. So it's fear sedans cruelty playing by rules that he invented and people all around it couldn't be but with the power to stop him. What had happened what so interesting about this is that all the intrigue and drama did not happen in setting like national, politics or big business is guy wasn't Harvey Weinstein with power to make somebody a movie star. This is a study interior any writ small Machiavellian scheming in the maintenance office of school district. At one of today's show is about what it was like at the height of Steve Rossi's power to his bed. How he fell? Reverse broadcast today show years ago when all this happened this week is the tenth anniversary of Rossi's arrest. And he just did an interview with a reporter about what happened. We system thinks. He's never said some details of that at the end of the program. The report for our story, Sarah panic who had it begin the host of the podcast cereal. And let's get to it. Here's your Kannik. Of course there. Tarango manipulative bullies everywhere. But Steve Rossi was special for Chuo. So Schenectady county district attorney, Bob Kearney? Something of an expert on tough characters of all kinds since he's been DA. He's overseen the convictions of more than eighty murderers in some of them did unspeakably bad things. But you know, in terms of a person who bullies people and studies the art of intimidation and coercion. I don't think there's anybody that compares with him because he he made it the theme in the phone. Of his life. What also makes the Rossi affair unusual is that he got away with it quietly for decades. So that when he was finally arrested in February of two thousand nine charged with twenty-six felonies from weapons possession to arson to terrorism. The citizens of Schenectady were incredulous Carl struck a writer for this connected Daily Gazette wrote dozens of columns about the case, he's not someone who ever thought the school district. Could yield interesting news, not only Schenectady school district, but any school district around here that I've heard of these are boring boring places for journalist. I mean, if a clerk sometimes embezzles twenty dollars from the petty cash drawer, you know, that would be a big event in in a school district school districts attract in this kind of noble minded, people in so my first reaction, and I think everybody's was wild. How could this happen? How can you have a mid level employees in the school district? Being sort of a terrorist. Really, you know, vandalizing people's houses threatening them bodily, you know, in grabbing them physically, you know, humiliating them in all this that had been going on for years. How could this? How could this have happened? Steve Rossi grew up in Schenectady. It's a small mostly working class middle class city about three hours north of Manhattan. He started working in the district in nineteen Seventy-three making three dollars and twelve cents an hour as a laborer. He worked his way up to groundskeeper than maintenance guy. And by the time his career ended thirty six years later. He was in charge of all twenty one of the district's school buildings. He was sixty years old married to his third wife. Shelly no children living in a modest condo. The stories people tell about Steve's behaviour, and they're probably hundreds of stories fall into a few categories first humiliating hijinks second insatiable control and third retribution reserved for those who didn't react well to the first and second categories, I talk to John the point junior the electricity in Allen, Frederick, Steve's former secretary Brian Schaefer district carpenter and a few other people who didn't want their names used. They all said that humiliation was a daily event and often Qripoli sexual here's Ellen Frederick. He walked around my desk and walked behind me pretended to grab my hair pretending to drag me in his office and bend me over his desk. And. Proceeded to. He's simulated we got it. We knew exactly what he was doing. And then there was the so-called man game. He would like he'd put his hand on a guy sti-. Why? And kind of jokingly wait for any sort of reaction from the person to sit because you know, if you enjoyed that perhaps you'd be gay. Once he has two young employees to show him a picture of his girlfriend who was beautiful. So the guy did the picture was on his phone and Steve asked him to E mail it to him and the guy said no Steve best again, the kid said, no. And then Steve suggested that if he still wanted that raised they'd talked about he would send the photo. So the guy did the next morning big blown up copy of it was taped to the office whiteboard along with a caption to disgusting to repeat the kid was horrified. Steve's ants was I didn't know you were coming in today. I thought you were off if you were out to breakfast with Steve. And a core group of employees was compelled to attend these breakfasts, you might poor shaker of salt in your coffee when your back was turned or sneak up on you in the bathroom and steal your glasses. Stephen open your paycheck and write something embarrassing on the back or even the front at morning, meaning sometimes our long affairs at which Steve would read aggressive prepared remarks Soviet style to the twenty or so guys gathered you might bring up your personal problems higher. Marriage was on the rocks. Your wife cheating on you apropos of nothing an older guy who's since retired from the. Told me you can say a lot of it was funny. But it was funny. Like this. We're at a restaurant, and he took his beer bottle and put the base of it halfway across the table. So as teetering at any moment crash, and then it was a disaster. He said. You don't do stuff? Like this slide flaming newsprint under a door pretend to have sex with your secretary, unless you're sure you can get away with it Steve ashore, he was methodical and utterly and charge. For one thing. He controlled work assignments for the hundred ten people he managed and treated his department like a combination of an army unit and a fourth grade classroom. If you messed up one of his many rules, even in small way, he'd make you right? I will not do such and such over and over on that whiteboard. Every day you're supposed to arrive at six fifty five AM if he came in seven the official start of the work day, he make you sign in late at the Adleman office in a different building a few streets away. Alan Frederick has secretary was a favorite of Steve's for while. She was the fade his King Kong, except that he's actually small trim chiseled guy who were Brown, we even his gray hair until you had to shave it for prison, Ellen was such a favorite that even talk back to him sometimes at meal, she always had to be at aside. Pete assign everyone else eats as well. He tell her how he likes to look hair long and curly skirt short leggings. Sometimes the staff was told they weren't allowed to talk to her. She was his alone. But eventually even she crossed him. And if you cross Steve you were done she and a couple of other people in the office for having a casual conversation one day about romantic types, Steve Estella what she meant. So she explained you know, what I mean. Like you like Susan Lucci. He was obsessed with Susan Lucci. He loved her, you know, he had pictures of her underneath his little desk. His bladder. You know, and I said, well, you know, like like like, you're not my type I like Matthew, mcconaughey. Hey, you know, he's like, my type, you know, whatever you thought that. I just told him I put the knife right in his heart. His face turned beet red his veins popped out of his neck. I mean, he couldn't even talk. He was just like, okay that's enough or done here. So that was it two weeks later. I was in a different office own was moved to a different building different department. No questions asked. It wasn't a demotion. But it wasn't what she wanted other than steph's. She really liked her job in the maintenance department on a lot of friends there and ministers told her they were moving for her own protection. Didn't explain what they meant. She told me she later heard Stephen threatened her at a meeting with ministers saying if she doesn't go quietly she knows what's going to happen. Her her house and her family. And all this time. No one said anything because if they did they knew they'd face the same sort of retribution from Steve people said they were frayed to talk sometimes for fear. They'd accidentally say the wrong thing. Someone would report it back to Steve he openly encouraged reporting back rewarding gossip with time off or overtime pay a district carpenter even made a wooden wedge of cheese, which would end up in your mailbox if you'd been what Steve called a good rep Steve flaunted his vengeance. His mastery of it at a union holiday party in two thousand seven everyone dressed up. Having a nice time he stood up and ask for their attention. So he could read a speech instead of toast, while they're hard work and the fun times to come. He issued a yuletide warning. If you criticise me behind my back, you will be very very sorry. Doesn't matter if you say while you're in a drugstore a mall or one of our schools unless you're talking to yourself. There's always a good chance of leaking back to me. Please found the text of the speech. Steve's computer when they seized it. That's Bob Kearney. Reading the district attorney. Any who personally prosecuted? Steve. So you understand how important it is for me to protect myself with my responsibility. I will mention the names of several people in our department that I have eliminated because they find out just how protective I can be some of you may remember them. If you're noticing a certain embattled tone for Rossi, the maintenance department is an operatic drama of endless threats and intrigue he can't trust. Anyone constantly undermined by disloyal minions. You're either with Steve or you're against eve he'd tell people there is no on the fence. Fence writers get hurt it. Recite lines from goodfellas and other tough guy movies without irony in conversations about routine office business in his Christmas speech. He went on to denounce the bunch of people he'd eliminated including these guys. Bob Newnham Oscar who was a plumber in this department who thought he was better than the people. He worked with including me, even attempted to fight my decision to get rid of him by going to our union officials at the local on the region took me one day to eliminate him and his partner who said he had who said to me he had. Allegiance to him. Not me two days later. They were both gone. This holiday message. That's like a really fun party. Oh, yeah. I think it was probably probably, you know, up the alcohol intake for the evening. The story of the plumbers was a classic case. There were two plumbers on staff, the senior plumber was giving Steve lip but to get rid of him. Steve would have to get rid of the junior plumber. I because of seniority roles so he tried to get the junior plumber to take another position to make way for Steve defines partner guy didn't wanna do it when longtime employee who didn't want his name us told me about it. It disgusted him to see how easy it was for Steve to can the junior plumber. So we read them just easy. And it was no challenge. There was no question. You know, either from the administration school board or anything when it came across the table. There was just no questions the union didn't question like this guy's got a year and a half. Why why are you getting rid of them? All of a sudden, you know, nothing Steve justified the firings as. Cost cutting measure to the administration saying the district didn't need any plumbers month later. Of course, they heard another plumber, but anyone who stuck up for the enemy plumbers was punished this guy whose retired now had taken that risk questioning the firings. Deceives face. Well, I told him I said, I didn't think it was. Right. So after you said, I don't think it's the right thing. Then what happened to you? I went to the high school. What did it mean to be sent over to the ice school was just to humiliate the employees that was involved in that? I mean, you you would have to take out the trash she would have to you would get the worst part of the building to clean up after the kids. The one part of the building that was kind of isolated that. We're the milk was spelt in the chips were thrown and food was all over the windows and things, you know, and there's nothing wrong with doing an honest day's work. But it wasn't. I I spent my whole life getting into this position. And now I'm demoted back to where I. Was thirty years ago. You're exiled there. Yes. How long did your exhau- last seven weeks the length of time was until he felt you learned your lesson? Did you learn your lesson? In other words, did you speak up about things after that? No. I did not because his his big threat to me was that. I was at the time. I was fifty one years old I thirty plus years in the school district. Where was I going to go and get a job? What was I going to do start over? How was I gonna Ford child support? How was I going to support my children? How was I going to do things with my sons that I enjoy doing without a job? And he used that those things you were saying to yourself inside your head or things he was saying he was saying that to me those requests I heard this over and over I needed my job, which I did I have had no one to complain to. I had nowhere to go for help. Steve convinced his workers that he was responsible for any pleasure. Any benefit that came their way, which meant he could also take it away without warning the oldest trick in the tyrant playbook. Steve knew the only way he could maintain the kind of absolute control. He wanted over the people below him was to be in the excellent good graces of the many bosses above him and the union school board the district ministration, arguably his chief talent was figuring out how to make himself indispensable to them Stephen worked in the school system so long he knew exactly which levers to poll and in what her. He started with the union in the nineteen nineties. The district's maintenance department was in bad shape. It was unruly and supervisors weren't lasting very long. The district was getting lots of grievances about working conditions and pay. It got so bad that the district considered getting rid of the maintenance department altogether. Hiring an outside company to do the work back in those days. Steve Rossi was just a regular utility worker with a reputation for strangely aggressive pranks. We decided to run for president of his unit in the union, which is the C S E, a civil service employees association. He promised to help settle the workers problems himself. Anyone John the point the electricity from the space heater incident voted for Steve even campaign for him John's is slim dark haired guy with goatee and stylish glasses. He's in his fifties. And a son also works in the maintenance department, John's a deeply nice and gentleman and yet he became one of Steve's inner circle, John and his wife would go to dinner with Steve and his wife and few other couples you couldn't refuse. These dinners at the time two thousand one John was impressed with Steve in the beginning. He was very effective jumping on issues immediately resolving immediately. And you know, he he seemed like wow. This guy's a pit bull. You know, what I mean, he's grabbing growl in and getting stuff done. And you don't be surprised to learn that under his administration number of grievances. From that unit. Went from an average of twenty to twenty five year down to zero. That's Carl Strock again, the columnist there were no union grievances. So this, of course is a big advantage to the administration. You know, it's time consuming to deal with these grievances. He was he was a wonderful asset as head of the union. Steve had the opportunity to gain entrance to the inner workings of the entire school district all from his perch in the maintenance office, he became friendly with a guy named Jeff Genesis sqi. They had breakfast meetings at a local. Chain restaurant. Genesis was school board president. But even when he wasn't on the board Janicki was widely known around town as the boards kingmaker. He chose candidates and got him elected. That's where St. Rossi came in their whole electioneering effort was pretty much undertaken by Owen m unit. Let's DA. Bob kearney? Oh, an M is the operations and maintenance department, the one Rossi ran if they had phone banks at night, you know, the he would bring twenty of his guys the teachers would bring maybe to they would pass out flyers. You know, they would do phone banking of voters and overwhelmingly was his people. I do believe from what I know about electioneering in politics in school board elections that that kind of level of effort would be affective to to turn election because you're only dealing with for five hundred people that vote in for many years that faction was very successful in controlling the. The school district, and and one consistently one school board elections in Rossi took credit for that in memos on emails that he said to them several people who worked for Rossi Tomi, if they refuse to do all this campaign. Grunt work, they'd most certainly be punished for it. They also told me they'd had to pass out election. Flyers endorsing candidates or urging passage of the budget door to door on district time, which is a legal in New York. Steve's influence earned him yet. More influence two years after becoming union president. He was promoted to director of buildings and grounds for the district. His salary jumped from thirty seven and a half thousand to sixty seven and a half thousand but he wasn't called the director because if he officially became a director or manager of anything that men he couldn't also be in the union much less run his unit position very much wanted to keep so on paper. He finagled the underwhelming title of quote, head utility worker that way he could keep his union control. An addition he wouldn't have to take the civil service exam required to qualify for manager's job. And importantly, he could still get overtime pay which managers don't I asked a former district official didn't want to be named about all this. Why he allowed Rossy to cut all these corners in terms of his title in his pay. Why he promoted him at all considering history in the past Rossy been disciplined for take. Work trucks, home or disappearing on the job. And there were rumors about explosives and administrators card been set on fire, for instance. And there was talk that Rossi was involved. The former official sorrowfully defended his decisions I believed in Steve Rossi. He told me the maintenance department was tough unit troubled unit. And I thought he was someone who cared about the district who do good job. I'm sorry now. But it's hard to say publicly that I believed in him at the time. It's like saying Hitler was a good guy. As for the personnel. File the former officials said he didn't know about all the complaints in suspicions about Steve at the time because he never looked at the file. This part of Steve story is the most confounding to me how it could have happened that a boss of a hundred and ten people was also their union president, which seascapes men he could threaten their jobs. Prevent them from going over his head cut off all avenues of complaint. How was such a blatant conflict of interest allowed to stand? Some people had brought it up, and it was squelched pretty quick Steve dealt with that very quickly. John the point again, we actually had a meeting at headquarters and Leith them, and it was explained to us that it was actually quite common for a boss doll. So be union president. In fact, it's not that strange for so called straw boss to be a union president someone who's supervising maybe four or five people. What is unheard of at sea SEA? However, and probably at any union is a union president who's an actual boss over one hundred ten people capable of hiring and firing at will. It seems only a couple of people try to do anything about this. One of them was Michele tobacco co chair of the Union's grievance committee for Schenectady county. She tried hard to boot him, but she was blocked at every turn. I was part of three meetings trying to get Steve Rossi. I'll I knew that would the position he was in was a conflict of interest. And then he should have judicial charges filed against him. I knew that. So I had a meeting with Kathy Garesson, Kathy garrison is the region for president of CSE. A I know Steve Rossi was there, and I told him I wanted him out of the union. I thought we had all evidence in the world to prove that he was part of management more grievous thing. Can you have as the union present to be imbed? What the school board with the facility supervisor what the attorneys with the are you kidding me? That's who represents our members. Just one of those things he should have been. You're working me all up. Sorry. Tobacco took up this fight. When she started getting phone calls to three six, maybe eight total people who worked for Steve. And it was always the same complaint. Bullying belittling, people embarrassing people threatening to fire them if they didn't do what he said. And I told them that we could file grievances. But I needed them to give me their name, and we could talk about it. So, but nobody ever would. And then I you know that wouldn't hear from them. Again. They said they were afraid of the repercussions. The reason they were calling her is because they couldn't use the normal chain of command worker had a problem refers supposed to go to their supervisor Steve then their complaint when go up a level to the district's director of human resources, Mike streak, Ohs pal. Steve's wants presented him with a framed picture of Marlon Brando as the godfather at a morning staff meeting after that, there was a unions labor relations specialist guy guiding Mike camp on who was good friends with school. President Jefferson zoo sqi another Steve supporter and the head of the union local also friends with Steve was a spider's web of good old boys since Debenham couldn't get workers to go public. She tried to Steve on a technicality. He was clearly making too much money for his title of head utility worker, which therefore had to be a phony she filed official requests twice with the school district demanding that they disclosed financial information about Steve. And how did the school district respond to these official requests for transparency regarding Steve's position request? They're required to respond to according to labor law. They never answered me. They never answered me tobacco. Couldn't prove anything. And none of her union superiors care to press it the higher ups at SEA light. Steve he helped them with their campaigns. You know, I the union I think broke down at every level. I blame myself for a lot of these things. I wish I could have fought more to get him out of there. CSC blue this one big time. We blew it. One of the main ways Stephen grey shaded himself with his bosses was also the most traditional when used by any manager in any workplace to get in good with the people in charge. He saved the money lots of it. And the way he did that was pretty ingenious in two thousand four year after he takes over the maintenance department, Steve also becomes the defacto energy manager for the district, hence the space heater incident. Another guy had had the job, but he wasn't meeting his energy reduction goals. What happened was that? The district had invested in energy tracking software that if us probably was supposed to reduce its energy consumption by twenty percent. I'm big savings guy named Lou Simione was put in charge of the program seventy something thousand dollar year job Steve decided he wanted it. So began to sabotage Lou John the point knew what was going on. Steve would make it very difficult for Lou to have any access on the computer to make any changes to the heating system lighting. And so on. So lose in charge of getting the numbers down. But he doesn't actually have his hands on the buttons to make that happen. You got it. Right. There's a computer that you access you could see all the buildings through it and make your changes. And he Steve would let Lucy it. But not change anything. He's somebody else would make the changes. So you can kinda take it from there. What kind of changes were being made? And it wasn't in lose favor. Okay. Steve, for instance, left the heat and lights on in every building over the three day. Columbus Day holiday, he wants pretended. The school's football lights were broken and John had to pretend to fix them. Football field lights is got I'm thinking about one hundred and twenty these lights, and they draw a lot of power. So we. We Adam them turned on during the day, and they stayed on for a few hours to eat up some energy. You know what I mean? And in fact, they weren't being worked on they were just being left on. And did you know why? Well, you can. Yeah. I mean, Steve didn't really hide the fact that he was growing low. You know what I mean? Well, how did you? How did you feel that? He was asking you to do this thing, which you knew was totally baloney and also unfair to this other guy again, you know, just did with the guy wanted to do. Did it make you mad? Of course. Well. It is upsetting. You know that you're doing this type of stuff? But again, I I'm just I'm I keep telling myself. I'm just doing my boss asked me to do is your union, president your boss. With Steve again, you're either with against them. It's the way was. So lose energy savings numbers were bad. Maybe single digits. Steve persuaded the administration to give him the job instead. But again, not the title of energy manager since that would jeopardize his union situation. He said he'd do the job for half loose salary, which he'd collect in overtime in this way. Steve salary nearly doubled. So that by the time he is arrested in two thousand nine he was making about one hundred and twenty five thousand dollars a year the superintendent by contrast was making about one hundred ninety four thousand. As energies are Steve was fearless. He would openly do battle with anyone who tried to turn on a switch. He didn't they needed turning on didn't matter if you're a teacher or administrator one time priest who wanted weekend heat in a classroom being leased from church in an Email, Steve call the clergyman quote joker and a crook with a collar and Foued to fight him. Because of all this Steve's energy reduction numbers were great. He got consumption down by studying thirty percent. Save the district. Millions and bills was publicly praised by the administration and in particular superintendent, Eric Ellie for whom Rossi at a soft spot judging from their Email exchanges, the two became pretty cozy. It's an Email from Rossi to Eric Lee superintendent schools. Dated September fourth two thousand eight. That's the Bob Kearney by often told you that you, and I are alike in many ways, we just have different backgrounds. We both like to win. And we do not care how we do it as long as we went you both tell it like it is. And if someone doesn't like what we say, that's too damn bad. If we've not like someone we let them know about it. And usually do something about it there. We may differ a little according to rumors when I don't like someone I force them to go away or make them disappear. When you don't like someone you have to wait until they die of old age unless you give me their name. The columnist Carl Strock has favorite from these emails. Here's one from the superintendent, Eric Lee to Steve Rossi dated of February sixteenth two thousand nine which was just a couple of days before Rossi was arrested when he had done everything he was going to do it committed all crimes and all the complaints that we're gonna go to ili had gone to him. He had been told in. Rossi had written him a sort of a flattering of flattering Email. Eric Lee responded, there aren't many I trust you are one. Thank you. Eric. And then came the incident known simply as the letter which eventually would lead to Steve's downfall. On that at minute. Steve Rossi finally goes too far. But he can't be brought down until his fork is stolen from a diner. Sara canning story about him continues which public radio when our program continues. Support for this American. Life comes from ZipRecruiter, some job boards, overwhelm you with tons of the wrong resumes. But ZipRecruiter finds the right people for your job and actively invites them to apply. 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We've ran today show back in twenty ten shortly. After all this happened. We have arrived at the fall part of his rise and fall zehr. Canning picks up the story in early two thousand five someone sent an anonymous letter to the Union's regional see SEA president Kathy garrison complaining about Steve saying he was running his unit like a mafia boss that he wasn't qualified for his job that it should be kicked out of. SEA the letter immediately got back to Steve John the point again, he he'd called me off a job in had me come into his office. I quite agitated and he's shoving this letter at me. And he's saying read it read it, and it was unbelievable. I mean, he he was out of control. He was so angry, and we're trying to calm him down and spits flying out of his mouth veins were bulging out of his neck, his head looked like it was going to pop off his shoulders. I mean, this is how to heart. He took this letter. I started reading getting halfway through. He's pressure me. Who did who wrote this, you know, wrote this in in? Finally, it just. I heard it out, Debbie. Debbie was Debbie grey wife of how gray who worked in the maintenance department alongside John the point Jala gun to high school with Steve known him forever. And how w we're both active in the union for the record Debbie says, she didn't write that notorious letter that she's not the type to do anything like that anonymously. But Steve was convinced he and how hadn't been getting along. Steve confronted Hal about the letter called him a rat forbid him to come to morning meetings. Banished him to the high school. A few months later in may of two thousand five the grace discovered rat spray painted and huge capital letters across their tans. Suburban two story house. Steve arranged caravan from work to go check it out. He made all the guys pile into four district. Vehicles drive about ten miles away to the town of burnt hills or the grays lived. We saw the side aisles the front of house in any other side as you go passed it a rat. And I believe it was red paint vehicles were splashed paint. The front door. I mean, this house was devastated. John the point was in the passenger seat in the lead car next to Steve he was very amused on the way up and on the way back and you had to put on you had to put on the face to. I mean, you're riding in the vehicle with him. You have to show him the approval so to speak. He wanted to see you happy about this because he was reveling in the glory of what he? Supposedly done. I saw pictures of the damage. Steve's Emma with paint was to hit every surface every fixture every window to make really expensive to fix. He was a professional after all there were more attacks vandalism on the grave over the years. Maybe six all together and threats to burn down their house to move out of town or else they complained to the union about it school district officials knew about it. But there was no evidence linking Rossy to the crimes. Nothing happened. Finally after two and a half years. How Debbie gray called the district attorney's office in Schenectady day. Bob kearney? Didn't think much would come of it? My secretary scheduled meeting for me with some people from the local CA. They wanna talk about a problem. They were having in the union. So I assumed it was something to do with control of the union or union fighting, and I wasn't expecting what I what I got Carney had never heard of Steve Rossi. He says he was blown away by their story. They were very angry. And they were very scared. How gray was a decorated helicopter pilot from Vietnam us, very tough guy. But the fact that their home was under attack in the middle of the night in it's one thing to say in hindsight, well, spray paint, you can deal with spray paint. But the problem is you don't have to deal with. And if you're somebody is capable of spray painting. Your house is also capable of setting it on fire. And so they lived in fear that their house the property and maybe their lives would be in danger at anytime. I know he told me that they ended up secreting arms around the house run rifles guns to protect themselves in case, you need it. And at that point on. They also told me about other victims that Rossi had had accrued over the years. And so we started making quarries in got some police agencies involved. Turns at Roissy was suspected in all kinds of other stuff. Dangerous stuff. The case of Gary Danila, for instance, to Nola was the district's well respected athletics director an award winning teacher. He fought with Steve for a year and a half about getting access to sports facilities which Steve denied. So finally denote complain to superintendent Eric Healey Steve instantly found out and sent to Noah menacing Email Danila woke up the next morning to find his tire slashed and an explosive big one tucked under his windshield wiper. There were old cases to the most serious was from two thousand one in the nearby town of Rotterdam when a man was woken up in the middle of the night to metal front door being blown by bomb. Steve got the wrong address in that case bomb had been meant for COPD on the street. And there was a case of Laura blog. Laura worked at the union had been romantically involved with the unions local president when the relationship broke up. Steve went to her house at night spray. Painted cheater read letters on her house and Skoda and planted an explosive on her doorstep. Which never detonated that was investigators first big break Rossi had used a cigarette. But as a fuse the homemade bomb, but Rossi wasn't a smoker, and he didn't know about New York safety paper regulations that about we'll go out on its own if it's left lit from the stub the police got a DNA sample, but since Rossi had no criminal record. He wasn't in their system. And they couldn't make a match until they got another sample. They knew to be from Rossy Ellen Frederick Rossi's. Former secretary is married to a former cop and that former cop knew the state police investigator in charge of Rossi's case this investigator approached my husband at a gathering and said, you know, I understand that your wife knows quite a bit about this Steve Rossi and my husband said, yeah. You know, she does. I mean, she was his secretary whatever, and he sub United really like to sit and talk with her will in that got the ball rolling. The came up with a plan Steve breakfast out at local diners Sally's. Peter pause blue ribbon Ellen would discreetly find out from one of. Roll colleagues where see was headed that morning. And then tell the investigator were to go investigator would try to secure dirty utensil from Steve's place setting after weeks of trying investigator finally nabbed a fork off Steve's plate before the waitress could cleared away the cops had their match that enough evidence to link Steve to the crimes that Laura blogs house, and they could have stopped there. But they wanted to try to get him for the other crimes too. So they enlisted Keith McKenna. Another former cop who'd recently been busted on a drug charge. And was in trouble many years before Keith Stephen been close friends, they powder out after hours messed with explosives together as it happened DA. Bob Kearney had grown up across the street. From Keith McKenna suggested he might help out with the case Keith hadn't spent time with Steve for decade. But it goes to see him at the school on the pretense of needing help some kind of job Steve is warm and welcoming and remarkably forthcoming. I could say a quarter wall. Never say. Yeah, I've move a window. Just never know wire that of course, with Steve doesn't know is that Keith is wired. I wrote to St. Rossi in prison asking for an interview, but never heard back. So these tapes are all we've got listening to them. It's like hearing a grainy homemade version of those mobster movies Steve lake so much Steve talks about punks and broads wiseguys street Justice. Only wide of. It's almost as if sees been waiting all his life to lay out his worldview on tape. If only someone would ask Keith McKenna doesn't even have to. He says relatively little in these recordings which are from three separate meetings and Steve's office over the course of two months in answer to the most generic questions. What have you been up to lately? House work have you seen? So. And so Steve let's loose like a champion for the cops. The tapes are gold mine, Steve essentially confesses by name to almost all of the bombings and vandalism and bad acts. The cops already suspect him of Jalan, Debbie gray, the two thousand one Rotterdam bombing. How he didn't know the cigarette butts would late as explosives. Cool. What I don't why taking revenge on someone at home is his method of choice while we wonder worsening. We think of is not feeling say in your own. Okay. So I guess we're willing to keep the debt. Some of the things I do. I I never. His acquitting. Can do allow property damage? You can do a lot with that. A big fem- with Stephen these recordings is how there's nothing he can't get away with in the district. Nobody dares him to make cuts in his department. You can hire who likes fiery likes. No one could complain. Well. One last or live with the other. He gestures to the photo of the godfather, Don Corleone, that's hanging on his wall. People out there had been facing office. That's the way they gave me. I'm raw I never thought that whole fewer. I'm what he he'll. And they know it they kind of I think they in a way of Meyer that bombing. When I talk about sometimes, you know, that's the only Joseph there. And I will tell ereck would avoid guys. You gotta St.. When I when it falls on me, I'll have to go, I got fix it. Of the alleged year in there. I when I'm dead and gone. Don't never be about. He didn't wait could do. And that's have interest alone says two weeks ago in believe on guys have come to depend on me. What do you do around? Because the superintendent certainly never tell me. What do he listens? If I tell them this to go. I mean. I mean, that's how far comb boy president. They'll be hooking in the unionized. Somebody. You're not in union, right? You are saying I could there's nothing like here though. Yeah. So president by union hall. Again, it's all I can tell you go out. He 'cause I can striking about these tapes. Is that Steve sees himself on the side of good? He only does bad things to bullies. He says he hates bullies. And anyway, most of what he does like planting a bomb at the has of lower Ballade when he broke up with his local union, president aren't behalf a friends against people. He doesn't even know he'll do anything for friend. He says he's loyal that way. Even the guys who work for him. He says he lives for them all the time. Let's leave early or Bill for overtime. They don't deserve. Take your guy gone up three months. No time to book cave. I can go jail the things I do. I don't benefit one fit for me monetary oil or I benefit at knowing. What's and still they don't love him enough for he complains to keep that. He doesn't have any real friends at work tomorrow. Roll here that would. I don't like all going over copy of didn't say at anywhere. That's why would I can't stand plate. Keith he says is one of the two people in the world. He considers a true friend someone who live for him. If need be at their last meeting Keith ask, Steve if he can give him some explosives called quarter, sticks is a guy he wants to teach a lesson to Steve is so casually generous about it as if Keith is just asked him for a piece of gum. We really. No, I my last one comes out for road night, Steve Keith explosive he'd been storing behind a fake plant on top of his filing cabinet. And remember Steve's offices in a middle school. So through the wall. There are kids ten twelve thirteen years old. And the thing is just sitting there packed with more than seventeen grams of incredibly volatile flash powder. Three hundred times more powerful than the strongest commercially available firework that was on a Wednesday on Friday morning, cops warm the pen and arrested. Steve they had to along with Schenectady city school district is in jail without bail tonight. The facilities director is accused of setting off an explosion outside a house. Police say they also found explosives in his office on school grounds. Superintendent Eric ille- called a news conference the following Monday saying he was shocked shocked to find out Steve Rossi was. My reaction is shock certainly concern for the safety of our employees as well as our students many people I talked to said this enrage them that claimed ignorance about Steve's behaviour ille- politely declined to talk to me for the story. He's still facing lawsuits from former employees but gave an extended interview to the local CBS reporter Marsin atoll. He said he thought workers complaints have Rossi's tyranny were overblown. This have sexual problem with your really afraid of somebody. Why do you why do you work with him in his home? Why do you you know, riding the party's? Why do you ask him to get your your son job? You know, why do you ask favors of him? If you're frayed of him as for the people who came to for help like Adenola said, it wasn't his role to solve these problems in some people say that you didn't do anything. But you. You know, people are just lying. I won't be the scapegoat for somebody else was Stephen Rossy, your friend know, this is the same man who wrote there aren't many that. I trust you are one. Thank you. Elliot's now superintendent of district in south bridge, Massachusetts. Proc- was tried on twenty two felony counts. The prosecution had DNA evidence wire recordings called sixty two witnesses the defense had two and one of them was cross examined so affectively that ultimately did Ross his case more harm than good Rossi's lawyer Rondi Angeles didn't want to be interviewed on tape. But he said Rossi was very peaceful. Very quiet. Not at all how they were making him out to be practically maniac. His argument trial was essentially the Rossi was grand exaggerate or who like to take credit for things. He didn't do closing DeAngelis place brightly colored plastic eggs into a basket one by one and explain that each egg represented reasonable doubt and a chance to redeem it was Easter time he reasoned time of hope a time of renewal time that if you're a Christian and dead, you're gonna come back to life. Rossi was convicted on eighteen counts and acquitted for at the sentencing hearing Ross victims got a chance to speak to the court, Laura blog, Debbie, how gray and maintenance supervisor Ron Chris who'd had his car vandalized several times after filing sexual harassment lawsuit against eve the hadn't been physically hurt. But they're paying was pretty raw. Years my family, and I were terrorized are Stephen Ross, just imagine. If you will I will be for you to live in fear few south family, and you property twenty four hours a day seven days a week for five years at night. I don't walk past a window without thinking someone is looking at or open my windows to experience fresh air. I tried everything that I could to help those employees at the school district who were being tormented by him. But no one would help me Ned anyone in the union and on the school board. And then there is my son. This day. Will not sleep in his bed alone. Talks almost every day since the tech, and how could stopped it. From happening. Would violent actions. He would have been taken or could now take given the chance terrorism has had a dramatic impact on my relationship with my wife, it both have changed relationship strained easily. My wife's emotions have significant swings. And she's not the woman as I knew we developed our own plan for survival. When the alarm would go off. To the floor his bed, and he'd grabbed a loaded rifle from under the bed can eat. Go down scares. I would make the nine one one call from the cellphone. I never knew whether or not my husband would return because thoughts went through my mind of him bombing the front door or sitting our house on fire as we slept. Something he said he would do it was. For me. In front of his court. God. No forgiveness for this. It was it was really moving Carl struck the Daily Gazette columnist watched the trial to see how they went through this experience. It was fascinating you like to think you'd be different. You like to think that you know, that I would have done something different. If I'd been in that position. I would have stood up. I would have been righteous. But you know, you don't know until you're in that position. You sure some of the people who worked for Steve Rossi also thought they'd be different. They're were good people. They knew right from wrong. But they told me you had to be in it to understand Ellen Frederick said it was almost like being in a cult being brainwashed. Sentenced to spend twenty three years at the Clinton correctional facility a prison so far north so forbidding so antiquated. The journalists who visited there told me he expected Boris Karloff to walk in any minute Ross. He's working as a clerk in the prison. Commissary. He'll be up for parole in twenty thirty two when he's in his eighties Rossi's own father died in prison, and in the past Rossi had warned darkly that he'd never let that happen to him. See was never technically fired by the way. So he still entitled to his school pension eighty thousand dollars a year. Meanwhile, Schenectady cleaned house, the top per Rossi administrators are gone superintendent, Erkki Lee, Massachusetts, human resources director. Mike streak owes to Vegas. Mississippi tenant for business. Mike, San Angelo, still nearby, but his contract wasn't renewed. There's an interim superintendent now well liked educator and father of six from another district whose minivan incidentally, was set on fire in his driveway one night in nineteen Ninety-six Rossi wasn't questioned in that case. But Carney said he wouldn't be surprised if see had been involved. School board president Jeff gen zoo ski with shouted down by audience members at a couple of meetings and almost all the old board members, including Genesee ski or gone, either retired voted out replaced by self-described reformers, finally management of all CSEE union, locals in Schenectady county has been taken over by the region until further notice and at least six people have lawsuits, pending. When you see pictures of Rossi from the trial sitting there quietly at the defendant's table, it's hard to imagine that he caused this mayhem by himself. Then of course, he didn't he was surrounded above and below by people who look the other way, even Carl struck the newspaper columnist told me regretfully that he too had gotten complaints about Steve Rossi for maintenance workers in the past. But didn't really follow up. And it's understandable. Why their stories seem to small and bureaucratic not something? The rest of us would be interested in. Is now the host of cereal. He haven't heard season three is back to the criminal Justice system like season one, but goes so much further at serial podcast dot com. Wherever you get your podcasts in the into verse broadcast this story the SEA union locals in Schenectady county of all been restructured. All the officers were placed superintendent of schools there. Eric ily as a reported in her story got another job as a superintendent south bridge, Massachusetts. But since then since you did the story just three years into the job. He resigned after allegations of misconduct. One of the allegations against him that he trained to middle high school. Principal to be a bully not teaches math at high school in North Carolina. Several lawsuits filed by people who say they were victimized by Rossi. Some of the begins Steve Rossi, some of the begins the school district several of those settled and finally as I mentioned at the beginning of the show ten years after his arrest. Steve Rossi gave an interview. To a newspaper reporter Paul Nelson from the times union in Albany linked to his article at times union dot com at our website. And the interview apparently for the first time Rossi admitted guilt for some of his crimes, though, not the worst one. Laurels house. Yes. Did I'm put an eighty on somebody when she'll it Dr Gary Nolan. Yes. Okay. Yes. Okay. He said he and his wife talked a lot about whether he's a psychopath said he thought he wasn't because even when he gets all wound up. He said he doesn't think he loses control of himself doesn't snap across the line though. Of course, that's not the definition of psychopath. Rush had several times during the interview that he always knew that what he was doing was wrong. I will. I knew what of. And I knew I could get arrested for but. Swear gun with a give me a lightning -tective visit evident I thought the worst that could happen. Oh, yeah. I know I'm going to get arrested. But you don't go to prison property damage. That's what's going through undefended this property graffiti in the house don't paint on the car. I didn't think those prison senses. I didn't think that I could end up in a place like this over that. I mean, a met stupid. I wouldn't have done it. If I thought that was I actually chose the method. I drove because I got I could've for out that it was somewhat premeditated. I thought that was never heard anybody that was a dancer why was a car driveway while house. 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Where are you right now geographically in the world eight, practically I am in Schenectady New York I'm about to direct an episode of modern love for Amazon that I roads that I adapted based on a an essay that I wrote for modern love a few years ago and they asked me to adapt it and then John Army executive producer said, would you like to direct it as well which is really cool and now here we are in Schenectady. Quite while questions. Yeah. Yeah. It's about two and a half hours. North the city near Albany. Actually yeah, yeah it's really cute. Roy is up here doing all over in this in this area so I mean it feels. Very exciting to get back to work but also kind of nerve racking to get back. Right. That was the first place I was GonNa go is heavy started any are you seeing other humans yet? They're seeing humans Amazon has you know some very strict protocol in place as to how all of that you know will work and. More shows are coming back in New York and in Los Angeles, they're more productions you know geared backup and I think people are disfiguring out what's the safest way to get back to work involves? A. Lot of masks in a Lotta goggles and a lot of periodic testing and You know it's obviously not the same experience that we might have had a year ago but. But it is exciting to. Figure out how do we move forward in time? So I think they're being very cautious which makes everybody feel sort of extra safe about it because they really do have a lot of procedures in place. So it feels on. Yeah. FEELS GONNA. Feel really good. You know I I know that you're not the person setting the protocols and So I, don't expect you to like speak on behalf does Amazon brand curious about because you're nick because you're an actor I would imagine that the people who can't were masks and goggles are the. Actors themselves. Because you're directing us. Yeah Feels like an extra even if even if so safety precautions are being taken I, think rental, you would I would be. Like that moment of I've walked out of my house and like taking the trash out without son and then forgotten and been like, oh no, you know. So I I wonder how you are planning to navigate that from like from a direct Tori. Standpoint will luckily. For the actors and being an actor myself that was one of my first. Questions and concerns about how we're GONNA do that. and. You know it's a lot of quarantining. It's a lot of testing. It's It's also making sure that we have You Know Wardrobe folks who are who are there to take those masks like the second say actions of they'll have their masks on up until the very last moment and the actors that we hire you know were under they're all under the You know they understand what the protocol is, which was you know re quarantining ends. Making sure that they're being safest possible in a personal ads, and that's another reason that we're away from the city. You know everybody's can be sort of quarantined in their their hotel rooms and then we'll just leave to go to work and then come back into the day. So I think they're printed minimize as much exposure. The outside is possible and we're trying to create one of those kind of bubbles or pods that we all know that everybody's on the same page. Yeah I. I'm asking more like about the emotional like how emotionally taxing it is to then the. I've thought about this for myself a lot at at some point Sunday. Like this won't be happening. And, then we will. Potentially be interacting with each other. What we don't know what that will feel like to go from. That's what I was asking about is like the idea that okay. The Masks Rick whisked away but then they have to actually be in front of each other's faces which we just haven't banned. Yeah. You know I don't know I don't know. I'm I'll let you now. I'm going to be visiting there. There's a the first episode is arvy filming right now. And I'm going to go. Directors a friend of my just Ericsson sort of seen what it's like. So yeah, unless you now firsthand A. Vignette, we've just been doing sort of pre-production down but it will be interesting and I think that's a good point. So like habit on and then to drop into, you know character immediately after like ripping it off being like what is this thing Yeah it's a whole new whole new setup. For, all going to have to do that eventually like we're going to have to do that thing where we take off eventually and that just it's So hard to get into the mindset of. Being here, and then also I think equally as hard to the mindset of not. Yeah that's a good point. Berg. What is your say about that? You're acting the essay that I wrote became sort of I wrote a book that came out last year and it sort of it was larger chapter in the book. But for for modern loves specifically this one it's about the night Sh Two thousand and one and my dad I was on a I sky and had ended up sort of. While now I know it was a one night stand but we sort of with this guy for the first time, and while that was happening, my family kept calling me because my dad like at heart attack in a coma. And I got that information while with this person that I didn't really know. and even though we had just been very intimate together, I was all of a sudden just not prepared to find that out about my father and also like make the right plans but also take care of what I felt like he needed and I was twenty two and it was just like this really crazy evening. So the fun part about getting to revisit it is that obviously with a lot of distance with nineteen years of hopefully maturity on enough I got any better but but you know thinking about how hard it was for that guy is well, you know it was of course in the moment I was thinking about myself I was thinking about. You know basically how quickly can I get this guy out of my house and he wanted to be helpful and he wanted to stick around and I Just needed him to leave so I could figure out what the next steps for and also being young and you know not that experienced. It was a it was a whole lot of things but now I kinda get to go back and at least try to put myself in his shoes and realize how difficult that was for him as well as I'm sure he was like this is not what I find more So yeah. So it's been really fun to it's been really fun to revisit and and also nice to i. mean you know as much as it's like my character. John Carney the executive producer gave me like a lot of leeway to sort of. You know change as much as I needed and not get too tied down with that actual story is an unarmed seeing the first season of of modern love. But they did a really great job of sort reimagining leathers is so. I'm excited to get. Yeah. That's I mean that actually sounds. A. Healing. Yeah, it isn't a lot of ways and I think that I had a lot of Judgment for myself about the way that I acted that evening in a Lotta ways like even the sex part lake I had only really had like one boyfriend it up to that point. So the fact that I had this kind of off with this person and then had to share personal. I think I. Am I think I. weirdly judged myself for some reason for being in that position but. It was just you know as part of being young was part of sort of exploring that. So looking back I was like, why did I feel so badly? That aspect of it like my behavior could have been different in terms of how I spoke to that guy how I you know was maybe a little Brisk with asking him to leave but You know who could have foreseen. That was going to happen that evening. So you're right it is. Well, what we're near, you said you had had just one boyfriend before that and we're we're new in the process of. I'm just GonNa read a whole lot into this but I can imagine you know being like a young gay man there's a there's a there's like an archetype reunion deliver new rep at the time I did leave New York. Yeah. So there's clearly like an archetype that. Comes set of expectations for you. Some of those expectations may may be may have been that this is somebody who enjoys when stands and so I just think it to. Be, culturally like part of the I mean certainly in New York especially like what's exported it's like on the t shirt. Couldn't you? What you feel like you're supposed to do I mean, should we really get into this? Do you really want to join? With this is yeah. So I talked about this in my book, which was also Very Cathartic to get to talk to this. But when I was sixteen in Omaha Nebraska. I started a relationship with this guy who was you know in retrospect. Really taking advantage of me he was. Forty years old and he was a community theater director and I was you know a kid doing community theatre and ended up having that relationship be you know how I lost my virginity and it turns this really sort of toxic in difficult cycles it away from him and was really rough but a couple of years later. I was in New York City and kind of just looked at that as like. I'm going to restart at sort of reclaimed my virginity in some way that makes sense to be. Terrible experience. So I'm going to start over. So I got myself a really cute liberal arts boyfriends and we were together for you know all of. A school year and just kind of thought as like a fresh start. But when that ended than sort of figuring out as you were saying like, what am I supposed to do? This is out people. Out Sort of. weirdly swear going on these dates and like looking for boyfriends I was like I should just try. Having sex now like is that once was to do so you're right. It was all very. It was wrapped up in a lot of sort of confusion about certified is this feel right or where you're like what does feel right? You just have to go through those things I guess figure it out. Yes. Yes. Yeah. I mean that's been my experience I think though it is also. I actually can I can kind of relate to this I have a You know went through a divorce. And the first person I dated post divorce had a medical emergency while we were. On Like weekend eight together. And it ended up that actually is. She's currently my partner so like. It ended up working out clutter were yeah. Well I mean. And terrified. You know I guess I. Think for like the reason I say that in relationship to what you're talking about especially when it's when the context personally is like. I'm GONNA like like. So my wild oats, which is like a really like a young person or young twenties or somebody like just leaving a serious relationship. Those things kind of have that in common with like. He was out there man. Give it a shot and to have that collide with. Like we don't get to control now. how our intentions match with events in our lives like the intention to have a cash on romantic weekend suddenly turned into medical crises. Friday one is a noble thing that's a lot to handle not I mean. I have had similar timing and relationships where I've eaten relationship like you know five years, I'm going to be single for awhile and of course, next person you need you end up with like another five years. And it just that's the way that it's mostly worked for me as well as that. Despite my best efforts I can't I just can't seem to. So that well. That's true for me too. I think I've not actually the chill person that I would. Like to be you know like like my my imagining of myself as like she just goes around now. That's not. Ever Been. I. Once described myself to a friend of mine is easy going to what? Housing nominated of easy going through the. Not. No that's not you. Yeah. When did you know that about yourself? Like obvious. That friend but last year no How does it around time terms thirty and I realized that I was lake. Kind of Like plans for myself and I had never really thought it was just being sort of goal oriented and then I. Around the time I turned thirty that I realized I was like. Oh. You're kind of a I mean it's a bit Tracy Flick Situation I think I've got her. At that time I was really dislike white knuckling everything else I've got to have this and so I did that for awhile and then I think in the past hopefully in the past few years that's kind of settled down a little bit as I'd like turn forty than it was then I could try to relax but I remember around my thirtieth birthday just having that realization like I grind my teeth when I sleep I, wonder why? That comes from for you. Do you have any thoughts on on why that is? The adaptation you took into the world I think some of it is that best little boy in the world's thing as is a you know as a queer person that you feel like you have to work. Ardor ends show up more and be the best at everything because you feel like. You're working with some sort of detriment when you're a kid or you're hiding from something or you don't want to be found out. So I think that's probably where it came from most likely not my own therapist but I think. That's probably a lot of work comes from. Yeah. Yeah I. Mean I often think about that as like the. Deneen. It's so making take anything Roy seriously, but I think about that sometimes. or it's like it could even be as as far as a means of violence reduction against myself like like literally just like how can I make sure I'm safe interesting by achieving like I, don't know that those things necessarily go together but I think that I think that you're right. It's people like you know we can make. Any personal solutions, the answer to stomach problems I think that's A possibility. Yeah. Yeah you're right. That's a good point. That's a very good point. So. You were talking a little bit and do you mind you couple of questions but that that? Teenage relationship you can say okay. At the time when you were like a sixteen year old. With. A forty year. Old Man how did you? How did you think about that at the time like when you were in it? It was a two things one was. very practically speaking. I didn't want to be a Virgin College. I wanted to get it out of the way. It's it's crazy but like I. Just didn't I didn't want to move to New York like a virgin. So I knew all boys Catholic school and there was no nothing felt safe nothing felt like an option I'm. Here I was doing this community theater Hurson presented. himself. And I thought maybe that's the best way to do it because alternate get what I need. He'll get out whatever you know get out of it whatever he wants. But like this is a grown man and this is actually a legal estate so like he's not going to tell anybody what I didn't account for was that he was going to start having some sort of feelings or some sort of reaction to it and. That's when it got really messy and that's when it got really hard because then it was like this whole idea I felt tracks I felt like he was really taking advantage of the situation because as much as. You know in retrospect I could have spun that around on him and be like, do you really want me to tell people about this because that was spent for rape Butts I didn't do that. Instead I just played into whatever he was telling me about how you know people out as a site while your parents to find out wonder schools find out. Again, being buried Catholic in going to annoy school I that was terrifying. So there was. and that was I think the biggest part but I think. I also felt like at sixteen I was mature enough to make the decision and it wasn't until I got much that I looked back kid and I was like you were. Still. Basically a trial like you are not positioned to make that what you felt like it was a very practical choice for yourself and that guy should not have. Put you in that position like as an adult, he should have said like nothing. But. But I felt like I was mature enough and I think a lot of young people do and then you look back at it life. I was very young eat. Right I mean that's it's. Because you're, you're now essentially how? Have Perspective the age fact I was and so I'm. Two years older than that guy was like, oh no no now like. Yeah when I anyone in that position nor what I want to. Right I hear you I mean, that's something that. Because he be. A stand up. The last. Cyclical. Always always comes up but the most recent dudes who outed as being predatory in the stand up world are. Again Super Young folks that people are meeting on the road specifically. Which just tells me so much about Those connex like like the the the combination of the. Extreme years within also. Be less interested in like appear situation if you're setting up for yourself. Yes it very quickly shows you like where their heads are I think Yeah Yeah So when now that you're this age and you back on that does that is I feel painful or is this just feel I mean you sound pragmatic must a little bit when you talk about it and and it was on pain pills painful or not? It was painful. It was painful for a long time I think I didn't. took me a long time to figure out sort of POW reverberated through my other adult relationships Unlike even seeing it there. I knew that it was weirdly something that I never wanted to dive into and. As late in in the process as it was like writing that book was actually really helpful because I had never had to actually like right out or really tell someone I'd like this was the situation i. think the thing that I took away most from it was just to like. was to forgive that kit because I. Think I was really in my mind I was really hard on myself as teenager to be like. What are you an idiot that you got yourself involved in this thing and this was your choice and I think you know from that from what I learned from writing it was just like take it easy Mac. He was. Not in a place to he didn't know any better. He was. He thought he was doing his best in link just just be kinder to him be kinder to yourself in this process thinking about it. So that was really helpful. I'm so glad to hear that you have compassion for younger human because. When Social Isolation Is such a factor in And I notice relationships worth like there's extreme age difference and the person is a teen also exist like in the Like lesbian or non barrier queer side of things. But I feel like I hear that I hear about them a lot more often in the game male. Version of things. Just like her that store from many dudes who were similarly that you're talking about there in high school and like no option to meet, and maybe they're also at noon irs similar age. So I don't know if this is currently what you know young men are dealing with but I I will say that like I went to Catholic school and. Could. Not Have our no options for me I. think that for me that just meant I dated do because it was like so that's how you deal with that. You know and I and that's part of Patriarchy affecting culture and all that. But but I had heard this story before and I'll definitely not you like you're definitely not the. We go through who is at fault it's definitely not you not yet but a lot of my friends who are around my age. Specifically men have had had the same experience. Yeah, and that was it was interesting. Is You know as you go on the road and you're traveling and people also you know share stories with you or say like that same thing happens me and I did a very small book to a couple of years ago and I was really shocked and saddened by the number of men around my age came up like that's how I was virginity. That's how you know my first time was like that I was in a relationship like that. It's really I mean down to like the story that I was plenty of this modern love is based on. I had at least one person in every city say I was on a first date but Alad. It's still. A specific story, but it turns out now. Okay. That wasn't unique. Did you move directly from high school? New York City or did you have a sort of bridge college experience? No. So I lived in Boston. For College and that was actually terrible. I like. I was at a Catholic University so I couldn't come out. but also I liked the city and then I moved back from Chicago, which is where I started as a comic. And then now I live in Los Angeles so I had never lived in New York. Address. But I've been there you know. Constantly how is how is where you are in Los Angeles right now it sounds. I'M GONNA be very honest with. It is I've never seen anything like this like just the air is son. Is. Red and the air is orange. That's what my Hell. What's going on outside and then he'd like A. Flash Gordon. All of a sudden was taking place Frightening Yeah. I. Hope you're in a safe area. I am in a safe area that's the other thing that Is a little wild about moving to la elections. You can sue the fires like. That's just something I didn't. I didn't like Chicago. The hills are never on fire and you can see them like but that's that's sort of like. I feel like I've seen that for years. But I don't think I've ever seen this which yields very different than like you can see the you can usually see the actual flames and the smoke, but this just feels like. atmospheric bills like being on Mars and Anyway it is. So I I took us on sort of the ten. No I was just GONNA say exclude this Topi in here like the vibrant masks with the. Like what is it like in Schenectady because I feel like the one thing that's very complicated also that we'd since we don't have national leadership. Is honest about anything like I have no idea what things are like anywhere. I can't drive or don't have friends I can ask my friends. I feel like because I was in Manhattan for weeks before I came up here and New York City. Seems like everybody is more or less on the same page there is a I think. Trauma sort of reverberates through New York in a in a very specific way that. You can go anywhere in the five boroughs and you'll feel version of some sort of tension be in know September eleventh or You know for weeks after the blackout happened into attitude were you know? With this right now, you can go anywhere. You can sort of there's just like a different kind of. Tension but I think it comes from the fact that everybody is at least the majority of people that I can contact with were all pretty much on the same page about like we gotta wear the masks we got socially distance you didn't see. People. Just kinda living their lives like you do on the news and I was curious to come up here. You know almost three hours north of the city without is going to be like. I think to your point about having some sort of. UNIFIED, leadership people are still listening to Governor Cuomo of here. So you do see a lot masks and you do I, mean it. You see people social distancing all of that is an ice appear in a really great way. I thought like I. Wonder if this is if this is not going to be the case up there since it is a little more rural and maybe people are not as concerned spread out but no, I would say what I've witnessed far as. Everybody's got their masks on and everybody's being responsible. So it's very nice see. Yeah Sure. Like you know that rally in. Wisconsin. Last night and you see this folks dislike hanging out with no masks you like Oh, God what is that can amount to? Right I. Mean it's also not the An hour outside of Los Angeles in any direction also pillsbury different, which is a Super interesting thing. Yup I was three hours from La a couple weeks ago and. Was the only person on your mass. So. Anyway. Shamed at all was anyone like. Nobody was a jerk to me, but people were looking at me. I mean. Nebraska, my sister has said like. She'll go into a target people roll their eyes at Irvine. 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Yeah and also we pick the super bad ass Latina Patty Delgado who has a Latina company called. That's right and we were also feature amazing poet Jessica go and some other very exciting ATC yeah. All of that and more on Spanish IQ present. So big things. Big thing starting September fifteen dollars. I want to ask you about directing. Specifically. Because you know you've had success as an actor and also I don't know for me a lot of the reason I chose the job that I chose is because I enjoy being seen and I also have had jobs behind the wake behind the scenes. You know I've like every team show for a while. So so I've had. I've had the other side of things. And? What do you like better or how where are you in? That understanding of yourself. This is a very new I've I've never I've never directed for. So this is a very new experience I mean while I've been lucky enough to work on television for a number of years it's never really something that I thought about and then. After writing that book and then. The idea came up that like, Oh, maybe I should try to adapt one of those essays for that second season and then that. Together, rather quickly and perfectly happy with that was really I was like that's all I was after and then John Carney is the suggested. Thank you should direct it should be the one to tell the story and you it's your story you you've not only experienced it, but you also wrote a script for it. So I think you should do it. So I talked to you know a few directors that I worked with. Mostly, not in Jesse Parrots and and Richard Shepherd And I had witnessed so many people do over the at of so many great directors girls and we have great directors on black minded that we work with that. I was able to sort of talk through it and and they sort of demystified some of it i. mean it's still really terrifying and I still am very nervous and it's you know we start next Wednesday. So until then I think I'm just going have like. Just, a ball of anxiety in me and actually begins but I'm excited. Now I'm excited to get started but it'll be Yeah. It's a new challenge. It's that Mike thing about doing things that scare you. No, you're supposed to do things scare you. So I was like this seems jared buying. Let's try that. Let's see there. The terrifying purchase starting something that you. Don't know how to do. Yeah as much as I like, you know I understand you know certain aspects of what this is but you know there's a lot that I don't know I. Think I got some really good advice You know from several people just to say, don't be afraid to say. What does that mean or how does that or or What was that facie disused what that is, but it's also been interesting. I'm working with a really great deep in your own or Bach, and I think that he was also deserted from top he was like. Few need help if you don't, if you have questions about what this means. Don't don't hesitate to ask which was Nice 'cause sometimes I feel like you know one or me will sort of like tighten up and pretend I mean I do about stupid things I don't know if you ever do this in Los. Angeles. But sometimes, I'll to actors that I know and they'll be like I'm on Blah, Blah Blah and you're like, Oh yeah. So good never wear the seat. And, all I needed to say instead was like that's great. Congratulations but instead all weirdly lie and be like, no, I saw that movie totally and then it's like yourself in this weird situation where like now do I have to watch it or how can I get out of this? Do what if they ask me a question? His chair. I mean that's cool. I I. The whole by I also think it's a I also get his A. The older I get I mean first of all, I, never I never felt comfortable asking for help. That's not my mo just like do it. You know but I think that that actually gets. The good news is I'm aware of it more I'm aware that I don't ask for help more so than I can make the conscious choice, but it's not ever coming workplace of comfort and I do think that. s something I've been working out in the last couple of years or like how many times limited myself because. It literally was the barrier to entry was if you try to do this new thing, you'll have to ask some questions and I was just like. That sense that's impossible I guess I'll never. Know and. I I just I have been like I've been really challenging myself. To just do. Shit I don't know. I'm automatically good at. Because I think a lot of years ago. It goes back. You know what we're talking about earlier but I think a lot of years ago I just decided, but it's like. No you do stuff that you. Seem to have a natural inclination for and you start it when you're young. And and that's what you're doing forever. Anything new and don't ever try anything just to be bad at it like. Hobbies you know anything goes like stay in the lane of things you can crush. Die. After that. And that's it. Yeah. It's hard to break yourself of that. Idea though. And then to also accept it like I'm not good at it. I just told somebody this. Recently like a period of time where I tried to swim laps. Just as like a form of exercise turns out on bad at it, but I just had to like give it a shot against to see by could do it. Next, time I tackled tennis but I feel like I'm also going to be banned at that. So that's going to be a whole. Anew learning situation that try it's going to be bad. But I'M GONNA try. I think that's my. That's my new As my new way of operating is that it's okay to do shit that you're bad at repeatedly. detriot realize you're better and do it again or I like I tried roller skating with some friends this year and actually I straight up very good at rollerskating. rollerblading back in the day. But then like I can always get, I can always find a way to. Create the situation where like if I wanted to bail because when I when I got when I run out Roller Skating started showboating around. It was like truly like ours zipping in and I was getting I. Mean I was doing all this stuff, but then I fell and then I was just like well. So do I go home now or like Jesus Happen Yeah where were you? Can Venice be you like? Doing it and there's a roller rink that is. On the east side of La but that I think it's called Moonlight Roller Way. But like people go there and it's the place where you know there are those things that. Everybody's like Oh. We're all willing to this thing I'm like enjoy yourself. Yeah. I. Will Not Be doing that. Finally. Yeah. Yeah. Well You know your secret skill nine I'm good at it and that I. Can Get up off the floor when I? Pull down, which is an exco because some people need to have. A referee. SHIRT COME OUT AND HELP THEM UP Gary hard to stand up from the floor. Area. It really didn't years ago I remember auditioning for the musical Xanadu on brought rain Oh sure. So that's a lot of heavy rollerskating if and I made the mistake for as an actor I got to the callback and they're like any after relatives eight and I just assume. knows. How to Roller Skate? Is GonNa Online and like I couldn't do they were having do like choreography and roller skates and people were doing it left and rates they were just like roller skating around I was like. Knows how to do this? But turns Edmundsbury finding that job. Not, a drug that I got but. That's right. Yeah it is. All right. Yeah. You said that your boyfriend here in La he's. Of the time or are. Bicoastal, we met doing boys in the band in New York on Broadway, and then we were sort of you know apart for awhile and then. Year later. while we're doing the film of boys in the band Things kind of kicked backup in a more serious way But then I was out there for all boys in the band and then I did season of black Monday which chuck was also armed. He was also on black Monday. and. Then I films this movie, the Prom for net flex It comes out later this year that were all in Los Angeles so that was really the longest I've been out there, which is like nine months and then I came back to start this modern love job, but then everything got shut down. So I went back to La it's so not while as much as I had said that like I've lived in Los Angeles I. Think of myself living in. New. York but this year is I was I was there for. Almost, a full year just trying to. Eat Kale and go on hikes. For That's you don't have to live here because that's already you've already done it so you can. Yeah. But talk is still the right now so he's yeah. And y'all, Live together when you're here. We do not. We do not Now I sort of. You know maybe if I was younger would have been like sure but we we had only. Really been dating for predicting for local year and he has two children. He has two twins and that was just sort of a lot to Kinda. Drop into for everybody I think for all of a sudden for them just because he had those. Kids on his own with the surrogate and but now with with a partner. So they've only really known having one parents or one adult in the house. So despite you know felt like a lot to ask them to be like and now this. SHOWS UP This guy. Walking in and being like. Do the dishes I. Don't know whatever it was like that. To do it. So it is interesting. Potentially. Unusual. Situation. In the community I mean the. Not. For. I know a lot of lake, lesbian or Queer identified folks who do that who like have the kid and then are working for the partner but I don't know that many gay due to have done that. I don't really either although. I mean I guess I have a couple of friends who've done it recently Yeah who've who've decided you know like successful fellas who are like now seems like the right time and I'm disconnect not wait anymore Yeah. So I mean a lot of them end up in relationships, but not all of them do so right interesting and how to date with with children and yet it's Something that I never thought out of the doing. It just was so not on my radar. In up for a long time, this didn't think it was an option either I was like I think maybe that door closed. So it's been interesting to sort of be able to experience a piece of it. It's not I'm not a fulltime parent, any means, but to get to be around those kids a lot and also get to sort of. You know do some home schooling. I did a lot of that last spring. Turns out also not good at that. I think that's a whole. I'm not sure who magically slipped into that being there perfect calling, but don't think you're alone. But you know maybe they're lying or exaggerating but I feel like there was some people who like you know what we love it. It turned out to be a real gift Mike well, walk you because it's really hard how. I don't know any of those people I I mean well. So my sister has a three year old and my mom is a preschool teacher and. Had to retire this year because she's at an age where. It's like how do you socially distance three year olds? So she's been short-term helping out my sister who lives in a different state than she does and the fact that like that's where we're at that the easiest thing to do would be someone to retire and drive several states to go like that's just. Life is complicated right now. I. Want I want to ask a question about you know. Because it's certainly this is part of. The queer community the idea of like kids from a previous relationship or kids that were had on one's only part. But it is. I, think proportionally like way less apart of dating and relationships for us than straight folks these divorces so common that like statistically if so many people are straight. Mueller. Reforming families all the time or you know or adding to families But for you would imagine that there are a lot of people listening who. Might, be situation that you're talking about. But who I haven't heard it spoken about a lot. So. When you know when you like found out this information as you were evaluating the beginning of this relationship, where what was that like for you? I was really nervous. was very nervous. Because said, it wasn't something that I saw about doing for myself but I think another another heart of it is that it you know forty at the time I was forty one. If I look at other contemporaries around my age, they're all going to have for hopefully they will have had a past relationship at some point and along the out and it's so I think that has become an as you said, like that's more common. I think for for heterosexuals to have that experience like well, if I'm dating a guy who's fifty, they've probably got an ex wife and probably they had children. So now we're dealing with that. and. I. Think that when I looked around at some other guys, my age was like, oh. That is actually more common than I. Think it is that like that couple of did break up they do have baby. You're a kids that maybe they weren't married or. Maybe they had. A child with a friend that they're now the co-parenting like that does serve come into play more often feel like I still didn't feel. Fully. Equipped to. Jump In. But that's kind of the only thing you can do with kids is like show up D- president and try to be consistent is what I'm finding and. Yeah, and it's it's certainly hard and it's certainly hard You know. This sounds like some sort of like. Erma bombeck things, but they don't come with an instruction manual. Even things that like Oh. Will this will work because when I was a kid. Was You know I would have responded to this, and then you do it their lights now. That's not funny I. Don't like that story I don't. Talk, none of my tricks are working none of Matrix or working. Yeah. I mean that's that's holy Holler kids. Do Seventy. God Yeah Yes. Bowl personalities and can absolutely as you if that's. What Phase where his daughter would say things like we'd be in the middle of dinner actually say things like, when are you leaving? God. When are you leaving? Later by or be the morning, I would have spent the night chill. Say You sleep here? But even like all ASSOC shady seven-year-old lives don't feel your own place to. You, slide how how did you manage that? I mean it's hard. It's hard I don't know I watched that movie be stepmom with Julia Roberts was like. Let's see what I can walk. I. Guess. It'd be real. So at least not dealing. Yeah. Yeah. Rate I don't know I mean. I mean very slowly bears lowly that's what I'm dealing. Yeah. So. What else is? Sort of. Next things that new. Would like to do i. mean it sounds like it's just an it's been interesting. It's interesting conversation because covered like. Have written the book have written. The modern love piece was adapted for the show you know I knew. Are Continuing to work as an actor, and now you're directing and dating someone who has seven year old kids. It feels like this sort of life. Well like. It feels like many if feels like this has been a milestone heavy conversation or maybe a milestone heavy few years screw. Yeah Thanks for about you know sometimes these conversations are you know? I know I'm supposed to be promoting a movie right now but sometimes, you know these things will veer off course to like. Questions about big bang or white collar and I'm not really equipped to speak about those things so. been to get to chat with you about this it has been a really but I feel it sort of coincided with me turning forty feel like that's sort of a new chapter and should be a new phase of my life. So I'm just trying to stay as open as possible to. Things as they present themselves and You know certainly always WanNa keep acting but but writing and I've been working on a couple other adaptation projects and things like that. That some original three place that I'M GONNA try to do much of that is as possible and then in the and in the meantime, I'm very fortunate that I still got set act a bunch this year and got to back to the problem like it was was I've never done a musical on film before so that felt was very exciting as. Sort of found love with musicals was movie musical so to get to be a part of one. Large. Scale like that was really exciting. And felt like such a a gift to get to do it so. So. It's been Yeah. It's been good. It's been good. I always have guests shadow Queiro, which is a person place or thing and made them feel they be who they are today. Her new. Shout out a Queiro yeah with other shutter bureau. And I've been thinking about him a lot and it's Mark Crowley who wrote the boys in the band and I you passed away this year. And I in thinking about him and talking about him recently I realized that he really did he was so generous. He was so kind to us when we're doing that Broadway Ron and he really did become. Just a part of that cast in would hang out with us in like you'd go to Sardis on Thursday nights like mart was always there and mart was always gained talk about. All of his career and all of the the highs and lows pitfalls in his personal life and. I just found him so. Inspiring particularly as A. As. A queer person living in New York City living anywhere really. But like just how how sort of full and content he was is life and how we could look back on it in his eighties and even though there were some some things that you know he probably wish we're not of his history Professional or personal, whatever he could look at it as a whole and still be really grateful for the entire experience and I was just so moved by that and it's something that I. Really. I'm going to try to remember moving forward that you can have a lot of different experiences in your life but just to look back and hopefully be proud of what it, how it all came together and be proud of how. You behave and how you showed up and. and I think that he he really taught me that in the time that I knew so so that's my Queiro is mark. Also strikes me that. After you said you you grow up on within musicals and just. Thinking of us many getting to do live performance and I don't know how how relatable did you find the poison abandoned content wise I very relatable. The particularly like by character and and tucks characters hank like you know what they wrote fifty years ago about struggling with monogamy and struggling with this idea sort of more hetero normative example of relationships like. Larry's whole thing is like should we even be chasing like is that even a thing we should aspire to an hank is coming at it from side of just having left his wife and two kids to be with this guy. So that's where he wants and but that's a conversation that mart was having fifty years ago and I thought that was so. Relevant and also the idea and I'd. Queer people don't have a patent on. Shame. I think that there's like a lot of people are very judgmental of themselves and I think that you know Jim's character. Through at the end of this film and then the way that the play ends in the film ends is. Saying like if we could only just not hate ourselves so much and he's obviously unwanted extreme of that situation but it really is a It's a good reminder sort of what we were talking about earlier about like nothing. So hard yourself particular right now is time like. We should all be taken care of ourselves a little bit more and being a little more lenient a thanks. Yeah absolutely and also distracts me with it's a rare moment to. I mean it's Always. A rare moment to get to play queer character on stage. He's I. Would you know like? A little kid only in lowers the theater wanting to be on Broadway that could look like. You know as a lion or like. Your it can look like so many things agreed like. Cabaret, but for some reason, this particular production is like. Pretty straight you know like, what? Like what? What is? It, it just doesn't make sense to me. Also that Huby, you're queer because Yeah, there's something specifically in live performance especially of getting to. See and and sometimes being the thing that. Tad that Metro identity wise is pretty special. I mean, I had this moment when I was a kid I saw falsettoes the Tony Awards when it was first nominated ends for the original production and seeing that say two men on stage. And being about. Twelve years old and thinking. Like Oh my God is that. Is that something that's possible at possible that that could be? For me and then years later getting to do the revival of that show and flame not exact part that I fixated on. So much was Razi which is a crazy experience Yeah I that's a there's no. To that it's just was. Very exciting a young gay kid and then Moco a gay man to get to actually by arcus was pretty nuts. Total, pleasure to talk with you sound like I'm going to leave it there because we got a really good spot and. It was really fun. It was really. In a in a the strange Thomas Arenas to connect with somebody you've never met for I feel very. Strange kinship to you. Now, the Mid West and Catholic and all that. So it's been really great. It's really good to laugh zoom although people are laughing at the same time it. Automatically Cancels out your laughter. This is something that zoom needs to fix because I do not seem as funny and one of their biggest problems is that I don't seem funny and then there's just like weird hawes exact. Well. Did Not go over with the early you've been a dream and I. Wish you so much luck. In your doctoral debut, it's GonNa. Be Great. If you WANNA come to Schenectady, I'll be here for a couple of weeks. So okay, I'm on my way. I think. Walking away from Los Angeles as it burns behind me I'm GonNa, Fill Matt up and release it. It's GonNa. Be You know people are fourth? Avenue.

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"Are you looking to reach your full potential and achieve success in business and in life want only tried and tested guides from people who have truly made an impact. You have come to the right place. Welcome to five questions with Dan Chevelle. New, York Times bestselling author, Dan Bell distills the most actionable tangible advice from a variety of world-class humans, including entrepreneurs authors Olympians, politicians, billionaires Nobel Prize winners Ted, speakers, celebrities, astronauts, and more inspirational guidance, practical advice and concrete solutions our our chat. Welcome to the eighty fifth episode of the five questions. Podcast I'm your host. The End Shop Al Michaels create the best advice from the world's smartest aim was interesting people by asking them just five questions. My guest today is former US presidential candidate Andrea. In Schenectady New York young was bully growing up as one of the few agents in his hometown of West Chester. He was a gifted child, skipping a grade, attending the center for talented youth at Johns Hopkins University, and then going to an elite boarding school Yang majored in economics and political science at Brown University and has a law degree from Columbia. His first job was as A. A corporate attorney, but eventually quit to launch his first startup star, giving that eventually bail during the dot com bubble from there. He became the CEO of Manhattan Prep a test. Prep Company, which was acquired in two thousand nine Yang then started the nonprofit fellowship program venture for America in two thousand seventeen. He launched his presidential campaign, but later dropped out to endorse Joe. Biden gangs. Profit has called humanity forward, which is dedicated to continuing his UPI and data security movements were recently he launched his podcast. Yang speaks in a few bi experiments since I focus on employment topics and issues I was excited to hear Yang's perspective on the future of work and careers you start off as a political unknown, but you were able to create and sustain a movement with legions of fans as the Yang Gang. What do you think were the key elements in your ability to start the movement rapidly scale it and then sustained for such a long time we'll start. A new movement was a lot of work at it happened the same way that would happen for anyone listening to this right now, which is you're going to call people? You know friends and family colleagues. People have worked with you and say hey I've got this plan now. In my case, the plan was I'm going to run for president. And then you for help. And then some of them say would love to help, and then some say. Let me get back to you. That's the way anything get started as the way might, presidential campaign started. If it seems like it's enormous, everything starts with the same per steps, so the ways get started is the same as any enterprise organization idea, book club whatever it is, he's got to reach out to some people and try and. Get them on board. The way it scaled was that I had a consistent vision for the future of the country that I just kept hitting over and over again. And I thought that if people could see that vision would improve their lives that eventually we would catch fire it seemed to. Observers that that happened really quickly or are naturally, but I was grinding away. Hitting same message for months and months before it really took off, so just know that that's the way things Gal in many cases that you just have to be persistent. Keep hitting the same points. If you think that your value is there. If you're not there, then hitting the same points is not gonNa work, but in my case I was very confident that universal basic income was the future of our country, and I knew it would break through, and now's a sustaining it. Now, my organization humanity for it is still distributing. Relief to people were working as hard as ever trying to. Implement our vision even now. Even though I'm not in office, obviously other still ways that we can get resources into people's hands humanize the economy. Start, trying to do things differently so that that's the way we manage to continue our growth, and you've been credited widely with raising awareness for universal basic income ub I are now suggesting that Americans get paid two thousand dollars per month. One of the things that doesn't get talked hidden benefit of you bi is the fact that it gives workers more leverage in the employer employee relationship such that for example. If you have a toxic manager, you're more likely to leave because you have the security net. If you wanted to start a freelance career sort of business, you're more likely to pursue those pass because you have a safety net How do you think you'd be? I is a game changer. Borough citizens career prospects. It makes us much harder to push around. Because you know right now, there are these. People that would leave their job in a heartbeat. Meet their basic needs and I'm talking about everyone from the waitress in the diner. WHO's boss is harassing them to someone who just isn't being presented with the opportunity is. That they want or have another dream that they like to pursue one of the things I'm deeply motivated by that. Entrepreneurship is collapsed in this country, and this crisis has made it much much worse, so the question is. How are we going to rebuild small businesses? Are we going to rebuild entrepreneurship and risk? Taking and we all know that if you had two thousand dollars a month coming in that you didn't have to worry about then you would start to think bigger about the kind of work that you WANNA. Do we also need to recognize the work? That's being done in our homes right now? A stay at home moms like my wife Evelyn. Get paid zero and they're working as hard or harder than anybody particularly if you're a single mom redoing. least so we need to put money into people's hands to also brought what we think of as work. Yeah, and you talk a lot about automation in while many people think that. Companies are less likely to invest in automation. It's actually not true. Because revenue declined profits, decline and Labour has gone up in cost, so companies are investing more in automation, Iran study that said over forty percent companies are accelerating their plans for automation, and you say that the economy is going to become more inhuman which I agree. What can people do right now to prepare for the jobs of the future The best thing we can do is invest in ourselves our relationships and our ability to project what we do digitally, and I feel very very bad for so many people who rely upon being physically next to you in order to make a living all the personal trainers and stylists and. Yoga teachers and on and on the economy's not going to bounce back in the same shape that it was. Yeah I WANNA. Go back to your campaign again and talk about your decision. Making these I'm very curious. Because during the campaign you have to make a lot of different evaluations ride. You have advisers, but at the end of the day you as a leader have to make that call because your names on the line. How did you know when to keep pushing forward? When to chains pass, and eventually went to quit, and and still maintain and motivate your supporters in the process, so dropping out was very very difficult. I thought I was never going to drop. Drop out I thought I'd just be like I'm going to be in this forever like she arisen, read our drop out because I can keep on making the case. And it really took my adviser sitting me down in New Hampshire, and saying look We think that you're going to have a more powerful message and better platform to keep fighting for universal basic income in a human centered economy, and these other things, if you suspend earlier and here's why and they landed out the case, and the case made sense to me, and it was really surprising. When I saw it because I thought I was just GONNA be. There, forever I was going to be like the Kennedy. No one can get rid house. Because I also thought my entire campaign was built around being politically independent and being scrappy entrepreneur. What's scrappy entrepreneur would get it out disguised as. They had a couple of. Bad! Results but when my advisor sat me down and said look, here's path eight years. Tabby and pathway is better for the movement and we recommend path any. Real facts behind it a logic behind it I was like okay, and what's your best piece of career advice? My best piece of career advice is to find someone who's career that you want for yourself and then try to support them worked for them. emulate them. If you can find that person and you can add value to that person's organization. You're going to be great shape on the flip side. If you look around and you can't find anyone, whose life incur you want? Then you should probably. Appeal is out there destroy. Something, because if there's no one in organization whose career you want, then it's highly improbable to lead you there. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom Andrew to follow this journey, listen to his podcast. Gang speaks and find him on twitter, facebook and instagram where he shares his conversations, quarantine, adventures, announcements and political commentary. We hope you enjoyed today's show and the amazing advice. Our guest provided remember that you can only benefit from advice. If you packed on it before you do, we would appreciate your feedback. In the form of review, you can leave a review on I tunes stitcher for a pot catcher of your choice. Your feedback would be very much appreciated. Head over to Dan Shaw fell dot com slash review. Now.

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Elijah and You - Part 5

Maranatha Ministries UPC

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Elijah and You - Part 5

"Welcome to the PODCAST Maranatha ministries I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov, and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot M. church, dot com, or an all social media by searching at and then church, and now be blessed by listening to today's message. And welcome everyone to. Our Nafa Service today. And I. Obviously everybody already knows that we had to cancel our service this morning both services this morning actually. Because there was a water main break in Schenectady and. It ends up, we had no water in the building and I certainly wouldn't want to have a service where none of us could use the bathrooms or None of us could wash our hands especially during Cova, we want to be able to wash our hands. So all of that was taken away from us this morning so we are well adapted. Coming in and having church nobody here and doing it live online. This is one of the good things that's come out of Covid is that we're able to do things like this and just roll with the punches and a certainly doesn't have the effect on us that'd once had. And we appreciate all of you and I just want to remind everyone this be good opportunity for you. If you've still been bringing your offerings to church on Sunday several of you are still to take advantage of our tidily. APP Ti the dot L. Y. on your on your smartphones. You can log in there and give your tithe and offering online you can use pay pal. And just send it to. What are we send it to a pay PAL Senate to? Call me up and ask I forget what we said. We. Marinov I forget I'm sorry it's not in front of me, and I forget what we said it to on pay pal but. Give us a call and are just bring your tithe and offering next week. That's fine. But we are going to continue on with our. With our messages that we've been preaching on Elijah and you leave it or not on par five already and all of these parts that I've been that I've been dealing with and preaching from. are stretching into other parts to this series. But today's message. I'm going to draw from it's not going nearly as far as I as I wanted to go. To, talk about some of the things I wanted to talk about because as I began to Penn my notes. And take thoughts that God was giving to me. The spirit of the Lord began to really move on me about going in a direction that I no intention of going in. but I feel as from God, and so I just feel like I need to I, need to go ahead and preach. Things that we're going to talk about today I want to begin reading from James Chapter five or seventeen, and eighteen, which is what we've been reading from all through our series so far and is simply says here that Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. And he prayed earnestly that it would not rain. It did not rain on the land for three years and six months and he prayed again and the heaven gave rain and the earth produced it's fruit and so the whole point of this series of messages is that these men in the Bible were not unlike you and I they experienced. Feelings we experience they experienced some of the same fears, some of the same. Some of the same concerns we sometimes put them on a level above us and they were very much like us and we need to understand that when we're talking about these men in the Bible and so we're talking today about Elijah and you this is par-five I've subtitled today's message. Are you up for the challenge? Last week is subtitled it are you ready to Live for God? This week I'm subtitling are you up for the challenge and I want to talk about the challenge that's before us If you have a Bible and want to turn with me we are in. A little bit of a different situation and that I don't have the scriptures on the screen before me I don't even have the opportunity right now because of my set up. To put versus of scripture up like I do on our Wednesday night session. This was we had to slap this together quickly this morning but. Turning your bibles with me to I kings chapter eighteen I'm reading I number twenty one here. The. Bible says here that he lied you came to all the people. This was after the three and a half years that he prophesied. There'd be no rain. He said there'd be no rain for three and a half years until I say so and It is about it's about getting ready to rain. He's about to pronounce, let it rain where we get into the story of the I see the cloud, the size of a man's hand. We're familiar with that story I'll be preaching about that. That'd be coming up for today. He said this in Verse Twenty One to I kings chapter eighteen he said he lied you came to all the people and he said how long and this is the question I'm asking you and I'm asking me a masking Marinov ministries. Asking the city of Schenectady I'm asking. The churches everywhere I'm asking the world this question that he lied Je Post us, and that is this how long. Will you falter? Between two opinions how long before you make up your mind? What's right? What's wrong? What's good? What's evil? How long? Before how long will you fault or between two opinions and this is what he said. If the Lord is God. Follow him. If he's God follow him. He didn't say if God. Take issue with him. Bargained, with him reason with him, he said if he's odd follow him. And if bail is God follow him. Choose I. Joshua, said this way choose you this day who you're going to serve. That's what Josh was. Choose you this day who you're going to serve. You said, why how long are you gonNA fault or between how long you gonNA take you to make up your mind. If. The Lord is God follow him. If Bail is God, then follow him follow somebody make up your mind and follow somebody but listen to what the end of that verse says. It's mind-boggling. Ends by saying, but the people answered him not a word. They were not willing to make a choice. They were not willing to choose this day who they were going to serve. Saint of God friend. Fo. Whoever it is this listening to me right now. Choose. Choose who you're going to serve and serve them serve them if bail is God if the gods of this world are God, then serve them if Jesus Christ is God, then serve him and Elijah, it's interesting because when you read through this story, you will find. That he lied you came on the scene and he introduced us by prophesying that there's not going to be rain. Until he says so. This is what God told him to say alleged. Didn't dream this up Elijah didn't decide. Just hold back the rain. Elijah felt from God God spoke to him and he lied to turn to the people and he said thus saith the Lord not going to rain three and a half years until I say. So because God's going to tell me when it's GonNa rain and I'll tell you So he just simply. Told everybody what God set, but I glider gets blamed for the drought doesn't that sound the Christianity today doesn't it sound like the more you try to live for God, the more you get blamed for having the wrong attitude for being judgmental for being for being that you dare say something sin how Judgmental Awo made you what do you think your perfect? Christianity is simply being blamed for what God told us to proclaim. It's not US I have I didn't create hell. I didn't create heaven. God did that. He created the heavens you created hell. I'm not the one going to be sitting at the white throne judgement deciding who goes to heaven and who goes. That's not going to be my choice. That's God's. And so all we can do right now is tell you what he said and how he said you have to live and what he says is wrong and what he says good we're just telling you what he says now if you reject it. You can blame us. In fact, look through history and see the number of martyrs that gave their life for this message. The we're sinners actually put them to death. Put them to death because of the message they were preaching and the message didn't change got rid of the Messenger. But the message didn't change and God just puts the message on someone else and he brings them up onto the scene so that they can begin to preach the message. So we find ourselves in the same situation today. God is determined what things are going to be like and what? What they will be like we don't serve the. Lord. We're seeing in our world today prime example of what humanity is like when it doesn't serve the Lord and humanity as a whole. Has Chosen not to serve the Lord as a whole now, there are many people in humanity that are serving the Lord I'm not trying to take that away from us, but the world is a whole has rejected. The Council of the word of God has has rejected God. And they've chosen not to serve the Lord much the same way that King Ahab and his wicked wife. Jazz Abell also chose not to serve the Lord a wicked world. Does not like anyone. A wicked world does not like anyone. WHO SHEDS A light? On their wickedness. They loved darkness. They the Bible says they loved darkness rather than light. And when this wicked world has someone like you, if you if you if you dare to take the challenge. This is my message today. Are you up for the challenge? This wicked world does not like someone like you or someone like me telling them what they're doing is sinful. They don't like that they don't want you shine in that light on them and they will hate you for doing it. They don't understand that the light has nothing to do with us. It's the way it is we're telling me how it is, and so they blame us a wicked world does not like anyone who would cast a light on their wickedness. In fact, you take a look at first king's chapter eighteen for seventeen. Look what the Bible says here. Then it happened when a had saw Elijah's story, they can read through this long story they're of how a had had been looking for logic God protected. Elijah from a AB and finally sees Elijah, and this is what he says and they have said to him. Is that you he couldn't believe he was he what he was shocked and and pleasantly surprised that he that he actually had found allies. This is what he says. It happened when they have Elijah that he had said to him is that you? Owe trouble earlier of Israel. Look at that is that you you trouble or of Israel? Trouble, of Israel Elijah was a larger didn't have the power to stop the rain. He only had the power to stop the rain as God gave him that power. God is the source God is the authority. Lied you wasn't troubling. Israel God was doing that alike, it was just minding his own business when God spoke to him and said, this is what I wanted to do. This is what I want you to proclaim. This is what I want you to say because this is what I'm going to do. So Elijah says, this is what God's GonNa do. There's going be no more rain God will tell me when it's going to be rain and when I say so it'll rain but he lied you was not free afraid to stand with God and he got blamed for what God was doing. So it is with you and me isn't it don't we get blamed. Don't people hate Christian Christianity troopers they true Christianity. Because of what we stand for. I didn't make up the I didn't make up the Ten Commandments. I didn't make up the words of Jesus. I'm just telling you what they say. And they hate us because we do those things listen. The world hates true Christianity simply because we preach against those things that will send you to hell. Are you listening to me? The. World. Hates true. Christianity. For. No other reason than that we stand up and we preach against the things that will send your soul to hell. We preach against the modern acceptances of the world today we preach against homosexuality we preach against the daltry preach against worn occasion we do not stand with the black lives matter movement. We're take all we stand. Why don't we stand with black lives matter because black lives matter is not about black lives mattering. Care about all black matter. All black lives matter to us don't get me wrong. I'm not saying we don't love black lives all the young black lives that are being shot down in the inner city streets we care about them. They'll young the unborn black lives that are being murdered in their mothers. Was We care about them? But the black lives matter group they care about something totally different. They did they're just using the situation and. Most. Importantly. You know. Listen. We have black lives right here in our church with us and I love every single one of our black people I love every one of our of our Latino people I love every one of our white people. I don't have a group of people that that I and neither does God by the way neither does Jesus and any group of people that he loves more video he loves he loves those that she came with all their heart. That's what Jesus loves. He loves those that love him. He loves if you seek him, you will find him. He doesn't care what color your skin is and listen I can I can. I can give you advice as as black or Latino or a minority. I can give you advice on how to how to conduct yourself so that so that you nothing bad will happen to you. If you get pulled over by the police but one thing I can't guarantee you I can't guarantee you won't get pulled over by an unrighteous. Police officer I can't guarantee that I can I we can. We can have training sessions and how to act what to do and I god bless you people some of you people that have to live with that mindset. What do I do when I get pulled over? How do I act to protect myself? I, feel bad. That's the world we live in and I can't promise you that some corrupt police officer Walpole pull you over no matter what you do it's He's he's corrupt. There's no way to stop that. You cannot legislate sin in this world people are sinners, but I will tell you this. I can tell you what to do so that when you come before the righteous king of kings. I can guarantee you if you serve God and you repent of your sins, the way the Bible says and are baptized the way. The Bible says that are filled with the Holy Ghost where the Bible says I can guarantee you that when you get pulled over by the king of Kings, you will not meet an unjust unrighteous. God. You will meet a righteous God who will treat you just like he treats everyone else because he sees the value of soul and not the color of skin. Aren't you? Glad you serve a God like that don't let this world corrupt our mindset and divide us against one another. We Are Saints of the Most High God before we are any nationality or any skin color we are saints and brothers and sisters in Christ. So let's remember that. but the thing is we stand in opposition to most of the positions of this world we as the church black white, whatever color we together opposed most of the positions of this world. If for no other reason than that, we choose to stand with Jesus Christ. Instead of the ways of this world, we choose to stand with Jesus Christ, and because of the so-called, because the so-called Christian shirt, the so-called Christian church in America has really submitted to the spirit of our world. I, drive around just. Right here in Schenectady this, it's not even as bad here is other bigger cities. I see churches with the with the gay pride flag hanging in other words you're well, you're welcome here you see your lifestyle condone here I see black matter lives flags hanging listen. I. I've already said all black lives matter to us all white lives matter to us we love the souls but I see all these things because what they're trying to do is trying to tell this world we are in unity with you. We are not in unity with this world but listen to me we love homosexuals here smirnoff. The minute homosexuals are welcome at mare nothing ministries. Hear me out before you cut the cut the message they're black lives. Matter proponents are welcome. Not The ministers adulterers are welcome at. Mironov Marinov administers drug addicts are welcome at mayor nothing ministries. Drunkards are are welcome at Mironov, the ministries and anything else. You can think of you are welcome at Maranatha ministries, but you need to understand something. When you come to mayor, not the ministries you're going to be loved by us. And we are going to love you enough. To, tell you. The eternal cost. Of your choices. Did you hear me. True Love doesn't let you live in a manner, a lifestyle that will send your soda. Hell. True Love True. Love doesn't let a child play in the middle of a four lane highway because that's what he wants to do knowing that he's GonNa get run over by by car. True love disciplines a child's and says the next time you go in that road, you're gonNA get a spanking. Why because you truly love child true love doesn't welcome in centers and say you're okay in your send true. Love welcomes in centers and then says. You need to seek the Lord and find the strength to overcome your sin. Because that's sin will cost you your soul true You are welcome mayor not ministries, but I promise you this. When you come here, we will love you enough to tell you the the turtle cost your sin. That's what you need to know about. You need to know the eternal cost of your an article. Written for the Thomas Ville. Times enterprise is said this there are righteous voices in our land trying to call the Church back to the Lord and much of what they have spoken has gone unheeded. Ignored or even mocked just as when the children of Israel remained. Silent Bible says they answer not a World Word Elijah said choose you who if bail is God serve him if the Lord has got served him says they answered him not a word as so it says just as the children of Israel remained silent by answering non not a word when he lied, you ask them who is God many in the church are so compromised in their walk that they too have remained silent when the opportunity arose to Choose Truth and righteousness over the evil that is being promoted. Throughout our land, we need to stand up and preach righteousness we need to stand up and preach the love of God and we need to not feel like we have to condone wrong attitudes, wrong lifestyles, sinful ways to get people to like us because this isn't about getting people to like us. It's about getting people to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ. So I asked you again today. Are you up for the challenge. Are you up for the challenge that he lied you took on when he faced. Ahab. And four hundred and fifty bail profits and all of the people of Israel and he said to them. If? God is God served him and if bail is God serve him. Who which one you're going to serve you you laid the question about how long he said will you falter between two opinions? How long are you going to waver how long before you stand up and say wait a second? This is not. Right in the eyes of God this is not how we should be living if the Lord is God follow him. But a bail is right God follow him. We need to either serve Lord or we need to serve this world. We can't try mixing them both together either serve the Lord or serve the world, but we can't do both because this world and the Lord Jesus Christ are not in one mind and one accord there not in one mind one accord. So we got to choose. Who we're going to serve now Jesus said this way in. Luke Chapter Sixteen bursts thirteen he said no servant can serve two masters. He's either going to hate the one and love the other or he'll be loyal to the one and despise the other. My question today is which one are we gonNA, love and which one are we going to despise because you can't like them both? I said you can't like them both you love one and despise the other or you despise that one in love this one, which one are we going to choose? I'm going to choose to serve the Lord but listen while the Bible said possible Paul Second Corinthians chapter six come out from among them. Be. Separate. Say at the Lord do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you. I will be a father to you should be my sons and my daughters Sayeth the Lord Joshua already mentioned this earlier but Joshua seems evil to you to serve below then choose for yourself who you will. Whether the gods that your father served that run the other side of the river or the Gods of the Emirates in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we're going to serve the Lord and hope you'll take that challenge and say I'm in. I'm going to serve the Lord so to standing against this world of sin. Seem able to you. Standing against the sin of this world. Does that seem evil to you. Than follow bail. Go Bail. But as for me and my house. We're going to serve the Lord. And I'm going to serve the Lord. Here's the challenge to you today because I'm going to serve the Lord even if it means that I'm misunderstood. Even if it means that I- mischaracterized. Even if it means that I am misquoted. And even if it means I am miss treated. I'm a serve the Lord. Choose who you're going to serve if it means I'm misunderstood, mischaracterized, misquoted or mistreated. So be it. But I am going to serve the Lord now listen Jesus, said it this way? In John, Chapter Fifteen, all of these things are here. Jesus warned us of all this in John Chapter Fifteen. He said if the world hates you. Know this it hated me before it hated you. Think about that Jesus, said, the world hates you. It hated me before it hated you and if you were of the world, the world would love as its own. But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world therefore, the world hates you. Let's not live a life trying to be accepted by this world. Remember the word that I said to you. A servant is not greater than his master remember that Jesus said if they persecuted me, they're going to persecute you and if they kept my word, they'll keep your word also but all these things they will do to you WanNa count of my name because they do not know him who sent me. Here that. They're doing this because of our stand with God in Luke Chapter six Jesus said blessed are you when people hate you? And when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil. Are we living at a time when they are referring to the church being the evil ones the hard hearted unforgiving the the self righteous are we not accused of all these things? When people hate you and when they exclude, you revile you and spurn your name as evil on account of the son of man Jesus warned us this. In chapter seventeen of John he said I have given them your word and the world has hated them. This is where Jesus prayed for us. Praying. He said, I've given them us your word, the word of God. And the world is hated them because they are not the world just as I am not of the world I am not of this world. I. Am of my Father in heaven I want to live breed think I wanNA talk like him? I, WANNA walk like him. I want to act like him and I am not by any stretch of. The imagination trying to tell you that I'm a perfect man but I am open to correction I. AM open to rebuke I am open to being told I am wrong and when he is right and my ways contradict is bring me to an altered repentance. So I can get it straightened out because his way is right and if my way disagrees with his way I am the one that is wrong. Not Him. That's how we need to live. You up for that challenge. Do not be surprised brothers. The Apostle John told us in his first epistle. Do not be surprised that the world hates you. We're not going to be loved by the world. We're not going to be accepted by the world, but the hungry and the thirsty will come. That's who we're trying to reach the hunger. We're trying to get the sinful world to love and accept this. We're trying to get the hunger in the thirsty to come out of this sinful world. So they can be saved in Matthew Chapter Five. This is what he said. I'm get ready to close here. Jesus said this blessed are those who are persecuted for Righteousness Sake For. Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you and others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely for my account rejoice and be glad. For Your reward is Great in heaven for this. So they persecuted the prophets that were before you. We're not the first to be shunned by the world. We're the first to be hated by the world. Let's not live a life China be accepted by this world and let's not be afraid to call Simpson. I'm not saying we've got to be obnoxious and go out there and just tell everybody their loss dining going to l. but we cannot go around like we condone certain things. So last week. I asked you this. I asked you are you ready to Live for God? This week I'm asking you are you up for the challenge of living for God? Are you ready to live for. God. Are you up for the challenge living for God. Are you up for the challenge to live. Right. In an `unright world. Are you up to the challenge to live righteously an unrighteous world? Are you up for the challenge to stand against but the world stands for are up for that challenge Are you up for the challenge to stand up for Jesus when Jesus is considered the traveler of the nation's. They called Elijah. One that troubles the nation. Jesus is the one that troubles the nation are you up for the challenge to stand up for Jesus and say I belong to him. If he's the trouble of the nation. So am I are you up for that challenge? Are you up for the challenge to stand with Jesus and be accused along with him? Being the trouble of the nation because not only gonNA kick accused Jesus of being in trouble of the nation. If you stand with them, they're gonNA accuse you. To. Q. Two. I up for that challenge. I'm not talking listen to me. An close I'm not talking about being mean spirited I'm not talking about being blunt or uncaring I'm not talking about being unwilling to help I'm not talking about being crude and rude I'm not talking about that at all I'm not talking about not helping the needy I'm not talking about not giving to the poor I'm not talking about not doing any of those things that's not what we're talking about here but in all of these attitudes of love and giving and helping and wanting to bless people. Listen, the one thing we cannot partake in. Is condoning the lifestyles. We cannot partake in the condoning of sinfulness. Will help people I'm not afraid to bend down low I'm not afraid to get down into the muck and mire in the mud of this world to reach and touch a hungry soul and pull them out I'm not even afraid of being burned in the fires of hell as I reached down into hell to pull lawshall out I'm not I'm not talking about being mean Crude rude. Uncaring not talking about that at all. Talking about not condoning. Sinful lifestyles. So that this world will accept us are you up for the challenge to live? For God. Are you up for the challenged stand against sin? And I closed by saying as for me and my house. We will serve the Lord. Whatever that cost Whatever it takes. I'm going to serve the Lord. Would you join me? And tell the Lord Right now. As for me and my house. I'm going to serve the Lord. God. Bless you all. We look forward to seeing you back in the House of God. Next. Sunday. You didn't he I've obvious you've heard already there was a more water main break in our city and we lost water. We got water back just prior to when the ten thirty service would have started, but it would have been too late by then to try to get everybody gathered together. So we just left to canceled. But we're looking forward to being back next week. But between now next week, why don't you get down and seek the Lord and make a determination? I`Ma serve the Lord. I'm going to serve the Lord. I'm going to take on the attitudes and the mindset of God and I'm going to shun the attitude and the mindsets of this world. God bless you all I'm praying for you and I hope I'll see you next Sunday God. Bless you. and. Thank you for listening to the Mayor Nafa Ministries podcast. If this message touched, you please make sure to subscribe for more sermons from Pastor Frank in the ministry team here at Mironov. As well as follow us on our social media platforms. We are located in Schenectady New York and if you are in the area, we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service starting at ten thirty a M. We look forward to joining us again next week for another anointed message. Thank you and God bless.

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Breaking Up Your Fallow Ground

Maranatha Ministries UPC

00:00 sec | 6 months ago

Breaking Up Your Fallow Ground

"Welcome to the PODCAST Marinov ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot. M. Church DOT COM or an all social media by searching at church and now be blessed by listening to today's message. Amen God bless you we are going to get into the word of the Lord. Today I am reading from the Book of Jose Chapter Number Ten in Verse Number Twelve. The Bible says here so for Yourselves. Righteousness reaping mercy. This is this break up your foul ground for it is time to seek the Lord till he comes in rains righteousness on you. WanNa talk to you today about something. That's been on my heart now for a while with Easter and building up to Easter. I haven't been able to talk about it but it is on my heart and I wanNA make mention of it today. Talk about it a little bit. I WANNA talk about breaking up your fellow ground breaking up your foul ground and I believe today that we all have fallow ground that needs to be broken up so let me read you again. From the words of Jesus himself in Matthew Chapter Thirteen beginning with verse one. Jesus said this that same day Jesus went out of the House and sat beside the sea and great crowds gathered about him so that he got into a boat and sat down and the whole crowd stood on the beach and he told them many things in parable saying a sewer went out to so and as he sowed some seeds fell along the path and the birds came and devoured them other seeds fell in rocky ground where they did not have much soil and immediately they sprang up says had no depth of soil but when the sun rose they were scorched and since they had no route withered away. Other SEEDS FELL AMONG THORNS. The thorns grew up. Choke them and other. Seeds fell on good soil and produce grain. Some one hundred. Fold some sixty some thirty. He who has ears to hear let him hear little further in the chapter. If you look down in verse number Eighteen Jesus explained exactly what this parable represented said this here. The parable of the sower when anyone hears the word of the Kingdom and does not understand it the evil one comes a snatches away what has been sown in his heart and this is what was sewn along the path as for what was sown on Rocky Ground. This is the one who hears the word immediately receives it with joy yet. He has no ruin himself but endorsed for a while. And when tribulation persecution arises on account of the word immediately he falls away as for what was someone among thorns. This is the one who hears the word. But the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and it proves unfruitful and as for what was sewn on good soil. This is the one who hears the word understands it and indeed bears fruit and yields in one case one hundred. Fold in another sixty and another thirty. I want you to know today that somewhere in this story. You are represented. You are in this story. Every person that breathes or has ever breathed or ever will breathe is represented in the story. You might be the represented by the path by the path of hardness you might be represented by what Jesus called Rocky ground you might be represented by what he referred to as thorny ground or you might be represented by what he called good ground and even in that good ground you might be thirty fold sixty fold or one hundred volts. No matter who you are or what you believe or don't believe today's messages for you what you understand that. Today's message is for you so I wanNA talk about the pathway soil. I the pathway soil. What anyone hears the word of the Kingdom and does not understand it the evil when comes and snatches away what has been sown in his art? This is what sewn along the path. I want you to know something today. It is the will of God for everyone to be saved. It is God's will that everyone that lives everyone that breathes be same. That's God's will and God will design. God's desire is to somehow reach you with his Gospel no matter who you are no matter what you believe today or don't believe today. I want you to know what is God's will that you allow your heart to be touched now. It's a shame that there are people who are so hardened towards the Lord that they are represented by what Jesus called the pathway and the path is the hardened dirt that's packed from all of the people there walking on it and you've walked along a dirt path. I'm sure in your life as you go through a field and there's the pathway that you walk on and if you drop something on it it would just lay there on top of the dirt because the dirt is hard packed and it can't get in it. Jesus said that there are people's hearts that are like that hard packed dirt and the seed of truth. The seat of God's word cannot get into the dirt so the seed just lays there. The birds come the devour. They take it away and nothing ever grows. And it's a shame and I'm saddened to think that there are some people that the seed of God's Word is just wasted on them it is wasted on them because their hearts are hard. I pray you're not one of them. I pray you allow yourself to be one of them. Because I'm saddened to think that there are people whose whose heart is so hard that when the word of God it reaches them they just brush it off and it does not affect them in any way because it just can't get into their hearts. I think of people like that. I think of atheist. I think of atheists agnostics and I'm so saddened to think there would be people that consider themselves atheists and atheist of course is the person who does not believe in the existence of God or any gods at all they just don't believe in the existence of any an agnostic person holds the view that a any ultimate reality like a god or gods anything like that is unknown and unknowable. How sad that is to think. That A god who created the universe and put us in. It is unknowable. That is that's sad to me that someone would feel that way or worse yet that someone would believe that there is no god at all. Trust me there is a God and I'm going to hopefully reveal him to you today and help you understand him now. I don't know why atheist or agnostic person would even be listening to me today. Maybe you are maybe just curious and I hope you are because I want to talk to you for just a minute and I WANNA sure you that. Jesus Christ is real. I'm GonNa sure you that God is real. I want to assure you that there is a God that cares about you. He cares about your existence. He cares about your situation. He cares about what your facing today at this minute. This God cares about you as though you were the only person in the entire universe. That's how much he cares about you. It's wonderful when you can if you can possibly come to understand this now. How how do I know that? How do I know that Jesus is real the same way? I know that my wife is real the same way. I know that my children are real and my grandchildren and my newest grandchild the same way. I know they're real. That's how I know Jesus is real. How do you mean what do you mean by that? I see them. I see him. I talk to them. I talked to him. They talked to me. He talks to me. I interact with them. I interact with him. I'm telling you you can too. I see God. I talked to him. He talks with me. I interact with him. The problem is that people sometimes want God to be like a man that they can reach out and touch they can see with their. They can touch with their hands and the truth is he wasn't man. He wrote himself in flesh and he became like us so that we could touch him and see him and then he sacrificed his life. So that you could commune with God is a spirit but unfortunately too many people have rejected him for some reason. I don't understand it. I don't claim to understand it. I don't have an answer. I wish I did but I am appealing to you to take a moment and just think for a second. Give me an opportunity to talk to you about this. God See the problem is is that you want God to be like us but you know the Bible says something. That's very interesting in Hebrews chapter eleven verse Summer Six. The Bible says this without faith. It's impossible to please him for he. That comes to God. Must believe that he is and that is he is every water of those who diligently seek him he will reward you if you diligently seek. I teach a Bible study which. I'll be glad to teach the Bible study to any of you and we have a a Bible study program that goes on here and you. Can you can enroll in that or I'll teach you personally. If you're an atheist or agnostic person I will personally teach you a Bible study if you are open to it and I will show you things about God that you never saw before you never understood. Before but one of the things I teach. In this Bible study is the Old Testament Tabernacle plan and the Old Testament Tabernacle plan was a physical building. And it didn't look like anything from the outside. It was just covered with an old badger. Skin it was just like an old ratty old tent. Animals being sacrificed stunk. It just looked like a mess somewhat. What Christianity some people think? Christianity looks like but you know as you went inside the tent. Suddenly inside was lined with gold and candlesticks. Burning Incense burning and it was beautiful smelled beautiful. Everything inside was beautiful but to tell someone out here as they looked at that how beautiful was on the inside. You had to believe it. You had to believe what they were telling you is true. And in order to make the process take the steps to get on the inside and see for yourself. That's what I'm appealing to you to take it upon yourself to believe that for a moment and by faith believe in Almighty God and make your approach and you will find him and you will know him and you will be able to have a relationship with him and your life can be transformed. I wish I could explain the joy. I wish I could splaine the piece. I wish I could explain the satisfaction. I wish I could tell you what it's like to talk to him. In prayer and to know that his strength is a nothing that is grace is sufficient and the no matter what I'm facing what I'm going through. He will see me through. I wish I could express to you. That feeling is like faith. You gotta come by faith and so I I feel bad for those who say there is no god. They don't believe in a God if there is a god we can't know him. I feel bad because the believer doesn't follow the God. He or she believes in for that. But I I feel bad for the believer also. Who doesn't follow the God? They believe in because you're missing out on some of the greatest promises of God the only Wise God. The only one who can do anything. Excuse me about the issues that you face in chapter forty three. Listen to what he said if you could just come to him he said this when you pass through the Water. I'll be with you. And when you go through the rivers they will not overflow you and when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned nor shall the flames scorch you for I am the Lord your God the Holy One of Israel your savior. That's who he is. That's what he'll be to you. I guess what I'm trying to say is this. Why don't you try breaking up that fallow ground? Why don't you try breaking up the hardness of your heart? Why don't you turn towards God just a little bit and allow just one little seed to get down into your heart and let faith take you to new heights to new levels? It's unfortunate that there is hard ground and it's unfortunate that some hard ground. The seat is just not going to enter in and the birds of the air are going to take it away before it can grow roots. But I pray it's not you in fact I don't believe it is you or you wouldn't be watching this. I don't believe it's you if I or anyone who has faith in God can help you in any way. We're here for you. We're here for you because I serve a great God and it's not by blind faith that I serve him. I see him I touch him. I feel him amen. All right. Let's move onto the stony ground or Jesus call it the Rocky Ground Verse Twenty. He said for what was sown on Rocky Ground. This is the one who hears the word immediately. Receives it with joy yet? He has no room in himself but endures for a little while and when tribulation and persecution arises on account of the word immediately he falls away. I've seen so many people like that. It's such a sad scenario. They love God they come rejoice and as soon as things get tough they walk away and go someplace else. And it's so unfortunate that what Jesus referred to here as as a stony heart a stony heart. Now it's not hard to imagine what a stony heart is like. It's a heart that's made up of good ground. Keep in mind a stony heart. A stony ground does not mean. There's no good ground. There's good ground it's just got a. Lotta stones in it. And Stony hearts of people are rocky hearted people they have got good ground in them and I want to appeal to that good ground. The problem is there's too many stones in the good ground so when the word of God tries to grow hits these stones and it stops its growth and the plant grow and it withers and dies and that's the sad thing because what are the stones that are in this ground that Jesus referred to as as as as a rocky soil that keeps the word of God from being able to grow what stones might be in your heart today. I think it'd be good for all of us to look because all of us whatever ground we have there might be some stones that are that are that are turning up. We want aren't even aware of and we need to be aware of them. We need to make sure that we can take care of them. So what are some of the stones that we have in our hearts? I think hurts. I think that causes hurts our stone. That's anger bitterness. These are all stones that get into our hearts and they stopped the word of God from being able to grow. And what are we bitter bitter about life where bitter about how life turned out. We're bitter about how life treated us. We're we're bitter by how others treated us. We're were bitter about feelings of rejection. Feelings of failure feelings of hopelessness anger. Fill in the blank. What is it in you? That's happened in life? That's hurt you that you harbor that you hold onto and the word of God can't grow because it's there one of the stones in your heart that hinder God from bringing you to the place that he wants you to be and I'm asking you. Why don't you ask him to help you dig up those stones says you can pull them out. Why don't you seek counsel as somebody? Can you talk to them can can? Can you help me? I've got so many hurts so many feelings so many so much. Anger disappointments all of these things in my life. Is there any way I can talk to somebody? Help get these things out of here. Why don't you take it to the Lord in Prayer and verbalize it? Many times we come to God in prayer and we're so ashamed or so hurt or whatever it is that we can't even verbalize how we feel. Verbalize it my friend say it speak it to the Lord just between you and him because you can talk to Jesus like a good friend and tell them exactly how you feel and why you feel that way and he will help you overcome it you know. There's an old song I won't sing it. I won't sing it. But there's an old song says reach out and touch the Lord as he walks by you will find. He's not too busy to hear your Heart's cry. He's passing by this moment. Your needs to supply so reach out and touch the Lord as he walks by. Why don't you reach out and touch? The Lord will all the stones that are being harboured in your heart so that he can begin to stir them up. Pull them out so that the root of God's word can dig deep down into your soul. Jesus wants you to be whole. He wants you to be well. He wants you to be at peace to be at one with him. That's what Jesus once he's got to get rid of those stones and you gotta get rid of those stones. Jesus said this Matthew Chapter Eleven Verse Twenty Eight. Come to me all of you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens. And I will give you rest. That's what he said. Come to me all of you that are carrying heavy burdens carrying these heavy stones in your heart from things that took place in life. That hurt you that devastated you that wounded you and now. You can't seem just carry that anger around that bitterness her give it to. Jesus. Why don't you bring it to Jesus you can talk to him about it all? Let's talk about the thorny. Ground the thorny ground is a little bit different than the rocky ground because Jesus said in verse twenty two he said as for what was sown among thorns. This is the one who hears the word but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and it proves unfruitful not believe there are many people in America especially that fit description of having thorns in there in the ground of their heart because up until this pandemic that we're in right now we in America had so much and we have been so blessed in America we have been blessed by God with with so many things in fact they say that the poor people in America live better than many of the rich people. Some of these other countries the poor people the ones we look at it and say how do they survive like that are living better than some some of the rich people do and some of these other countries that's America America is a blessed nation and we're blessed to live in America. Don't ever forget that we are blessed to live in America. There's so much available to us in this country. If we're willing to work for it so much that's available to us. Someone said well. How hard should I work and the answer is you should work as hard as you can. And someone said well. How successful should I try to be? You should try to be as successful as you can't well. How much money should I make? You should try to make as much money as you can. You should put a one hundred percent effort into whatever you're doing whatsoever your hands find to do the. Bible says do it with your might. I believe without getting it here in this into it too much in this message but the book of proverbs teaches a great deal about the value of hard work and about the the the rewards of hard work and so all of that is in the Bible. We should work hard. We should labor. We should try to make the best living week and make and make the best of ourselves as we can make. That said listen carefully because there is a fine line when it comes not to work necessarily but when it comes to priorities. There's a fine line when it comes to our priorities because as much as I believe. We should work as hard as we can. We need to do with the correct proper priorities. We need to have the proper priorities because here in America this is the land of plenty the land of plenty and too many of us have our priorities out of order. Too many of us are priorities are out of order. What do you mean by that? Well too many of us have bought into the lie that it is things that will make us happy. Things that will make us happy. We want Nice Houses. We wanted th that. Nice House to be in a Nice neighborhood with a nice car in the driveway with a Nice family with a nice vacation with a nice retirement fund. All of these things are what we focus on and all of these things are what we put the majority of our effort into to make sure that we have all of these things because we want them. We have this belief that we'll be happy if I just had that bigger house if I just nicer carpet just had that better job if I just had a more secure retirement I just had a bigger bank account if I just had this nicer clothes. Whatever it is. We think that these things are what's GonNa make us happy and we fall into the trap of believing that life consists in the abundance of things possessed and it is a lie. Life does not consist in the abundance of things possessed. In fact Jesus and Luke Chapter Twelve Verse Fifteen Take Heed and beware of covetousness. For one's life does not consist in the abundance of things. He possesses. That's what that's what Jesus said. It does not consist in the abundance of the things that he possesses and Jesus does not promote any kind of laziness by any stretch of the imagination. He's not saying life since life is not consistent earthly possessions don't bother working for. Don't bother striving for no no. No He's not saying that at all because there's word declares we should work as hard as we can but how many of us especially in America have gotten our priorities mixed up how many of us have bought into seeking the things of this life even more so than we seek the things of that life. How many of us have focused our attention on the things here? Rather than on the things there. The Apostle Paul said in Romans fourteen verse seventeen for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking but it is righteousness peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Take care of the things this life but Jesus said don't leave that other stuff undone. Don't put that other stuff ahead of this. Don't put that other stuff ahead of your walk with God. I believe the biggest revival the Church of Jesus Christ is going to experience it might just be this pandemic that starts bringing it to pass is among those who have allowed the soil of their hearts to become thorny with the cares of this life to the cares of this life have superseded the cares of their church and their eternal destiny and it has begun to choke out the word. That's what people don't come to church because they're satisfied with life. People come into church when their life is broken down but as long as you're satisfied with this life people don't come to church but listen we're finding out through this pandemic life may not always be what we think it's going to be. We need to put God. First Bible said this Jesus said what does it profit a man? It's time to do some pruning in our hearts. I think pruning remained by Peru. It's time to take a look at our hearts what we living for. What are we striving? For what really matters to us because Jesus said what does it. Profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul. What does it matter? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? I preached a message awhile back and talked about the value of your soul and I asked people in the congregation. Church back in those days and I asked people I said how much how much how much would you give me your pinkie finger for by gave one thousand dollars? Would you give me your pinky? How much for an index finger and I would throw dollar signs out dollar amounts out into people's Yeah I'll give you my index finger for a million bucks or whatever whatever the body part was we finally got to a dollar amount that would be sold for some of it was quite high quite high and then I thought what we sell your soul for how about your soul will sell it for little or nothing will walk away from for little or nothing for a little bit of convenience will walk away from God. What does it profit to gain the whole world and lose your soul so I want to encourage you to take inventory today? Check on your heart determine honestly where you are. Which description do you fit into the hard packed soil the stony ground the thorny ground? Where do you fit be honest before God and yourself and then do what are opening text said to do? Break up your fallow ground. Stir it up. I'm going to get into the good ground next week. Gone Long enough today. We'll talk next week about the thirty. The sixty fold the hundredfold so I'm going to stop here for today and just close by asking us to look at our hearts. Break up the fallow ground. It's time to seek the Lord. The Bible tells us till he comes and Raines righteousness upon us. It's time to seek the Lord Church it's time to seek the Lord Agnostic Atheist Stony ground thorny ground. It's time to seek the Lord seek him. The Bible said you will find him so I'll stop now. I'll stop here but let me close by telling you the words of another old saw. Sorry it's what happens. Been around as long as I've got a lot of old songs going through your head. This old one is a beautiful one and I'd like to close with these words softly and tenderly. Jesus is calling calling for you and for me patiently. Jesus is waiting and watching watching for you and for me. Come home come home. You who are weary come home earnestly tenderly. Jesus calling calling. Oh Center come home. God bless you all. I'll be praying for you. Thank you for listening to the Mironov Ministries podcast. If this message touched you please. Make sure to subscribe for more sermons from Pastor Frank in the ministry team here at Mayor Nafa as well as follow us on our social media platforms. We are located in Schenectady New York. If you are in the area we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service starting at ten thirty. Am We look forward to joining us again? Next week for another anointed message. Thank you and God bless.

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Elijah and You - Part 6  Do You Know the Source of the Trouble?

Maranatha Ministries UPC

00:00 sec | Last month

Elijah and You - Part 6 Do You Know the Source of the Trouble?

"Welcome to the podcast of. Mironov. Ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov, and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot an church dot com, or an all social media by searching at church, and now be blessed by listening to today's message. You're ready for preaching. To hear the word of the Lord. Louis. I am reading from the Book of James Chapter Number five and this is I seventeen and eighteen. And I have been reading from this for the past five weeks. This week number six Elijah was a man with the nature like ours and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain at. It did not rain on the land for three years and six months and he prayed again and the heavens gave rain and the earth produced. It's fruit from that we are preaching about Elijah and you this part six I have subtitled this message today the you know the source. Of the trouble. Do, you know the source of the trouble it's prayed together Lord Jesus. We do love you and we thank you for your blessings in your goodness. We pray today that you'll open our hearts and our ears. Our understanding I pray that you'll anoint my lips, my mind and my heart. To be able to speak today which laid upon my heart I, pray in. Jesus name that you will bless this congregation. All that are listening online I, pray God that the spirit of the Lord will come upon us. And give us a revelation by your spirit. We pray in Jesus name everyone said Amen. All. Right. I'm going to get into the word of the Lord today and I am reading from I kings chapter eighteen and our story here about Elijah. while. Verse Seventeen of Chapter Eighteen I king says, then it happened when Ahab saw Elijah that a said to him is this is that you owe trouble or of Israel we did preach about this a couple of weeks back reading last week forget which week was. How that the the the trouble always gets blamed on God's people. Because we resist the changes that are in the world and so we get blamed for not partaking in. It's like it's all our fault. Elijah answered verse Eighteen I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have. In, that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the bales that. My friend is the problem in America today. Is that America as a whole has forsaken the commandments of the Lord and followed not necessarily the bales but their own false Scott's. Be They, what they may be. America has turned from serving the Lord and has followed false gods. It was never God's intention during the days of Elijah. To. Punish his own people. It was never his intention to harm them with a drought. His intention to hurt them with the lack of rain. But he sent the drought simply to get their attention. And oftentimes problems in our life that turn us towards God and begin to cause us to seek his face afresh and anew. and. So it is that many times. The result of our doings produced poor results and our poor results caused us to seek the Lord. You are never. Wrong. For seeking the Lord. And, don't ever let your flesh or your adversary the devil make you feel so bad about your doings or your deeds that you do not seek God. He is near answer. He is your Jesus is the answer the songwriter wrote and said core the world today above him there's no other Jesus is the way in you say meant. He wanted these people to see that it was he that was God and he was the only God and that they should turn away from the false gods of bail that they were following. And to choose to follow him, it's interesting though and I've preached about this I'm not going to elaborate on this too much but it is interesting how that God always gets blamed. Or the trouble I should say always gets blamed on those who preach God's message like the Christians are the problem because we won't go with the flow we will buy into societies mindset and so as a result of that, we get blamed as being the bad guy we get blamed as being the instigators we're the ones that won't go with the flow and like it's our fault, it's not our fault. The wrath of God is not the result of Christian standing against in preaching against sin the wrath of God, is simply because of the nation's rejection of God's weights. And you say ma'am. And the trouble we're seeing our nation today. The riots in the hardships and the broke edness and the hatred, and the evil is not because of Christians preaching against sin and it is not because Christians are pointing out sin and it is not because Christians are exposing sent the troubles we're seeing in our world today is because this nation as a whole has rejected the truth of God's Word and is now experiencing the result of that, which is God's wrath being poured out against. It is time for people everywhere to repent. And turn back to the one. True. God. If every true Christian. America this is a worldwide issue. If every true Christian in America. Who is purposefully standing against the sinful ways of this nation. Were at this moment in time taken out of the way. The Nation would still be in turmoil. It's not you and I, that's the problem. SIN IS THE PROBLEM It's not us. It's because of the rejection of God in Job Chapter Twenty, three the Bible said if you'll return to the Almighty, you'll be restored. If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent Isaiah Chapter Fifty five or seven tells us that the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return to the Lord and he will have compassion on him to our God or he will abundantly part in James, Chapter Four Verse Eight tells us draw near to God and he will draw near to you cleanse your hands, you centers and purify your hearts you double minded listen to me for a moment killing the Messenger does not kill the message. I thought so much shout Hallelujah over that statement. Killing the Messenger does not kill the message. The message is still true whether you and I are here preaching it or not. There is one lord his name is one. He is the only way of Salvation Jesus is the answer for the World Today? Raise God. Now. The Bible says in I kings chapter eighteen continuing on with our story. Now therefore allied just said sending gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel. The four hundred and fifty prophets a bail on the four hundred prophets of Ashra who e Jess abell stable. Now I don't really know what happened to the four hundred prophets of Asher of they're not mentioned going forward. They may have been there. Maybe they stayed out of that maybe they knew better than to than to. Stand in God. I don't know but we do know the four, hundred, fifty prophets of bail showed up. To the showdown. I wonder if we as Christians shouldn't get ourselves ready for a showdown. Get ready for a showdown whose God is. God. I'm telling you Jesus is God. Jesus has got. So they get together the four, hundred, fifty prophets and this is what happened. I'll leave this verse up. Well, let me just blank this out for Matt. Honestly if I do this right Arrigo. Got My buttons right up here. This chapter eighteen and I am reading from Verse Number Twenty. Two. Just said to the people I alone and let 'em left Prophet of the Lord. But bales profits are forty or fifty minutes. Let me just stop here real quick and throw this out. This is actually my notes, but it POPs in my mind when I read this. Don't. We oftentimes feel like we are all alone. Especially when we leave church and we're on our jobs or were in school, we can feel like it's just us were the only ones trying to live like this. We're the only ones trying to hang on like this. We're the only ones trying to hold under righteousness and sometimes you can feel so all alone listened to me my friend you are not alone because even if nobody else on this planet believes this message are serve this God. If you've got Jesus by your side, you have all you need. Was Somebody along the way said me and Jesus is a majority. All right. So I lied you felt like he was all alone. incidently, he wasn't all along. We've found out there another four hundred or there was a I've got many wander prophets four hundred prophets I think there were four in a prophet in the in the being hidden. So he was not alone even though he felt like was was and neither are you but he said this. which. Is another interesting thing even though he felt like he was alone, he still stood up for what was right. If I stand alone. I'm GONNA stand for what's right? And then. He said, I alone left Prophet of the Lord but Bales profits are four hundred and fifty men therefore then give us two bowls. Let them choose one bull for themselves. Cut in pieces, lay it on the would put no fire under and I will prepare the other bull you can. You can choose the first bowl choose the best one you do that you get the first bull, you get the first pick late on the fire dope, but late on the would but don't put any fire under. The other bowl late on the would and I will put no fire under Ben you call him the name of your Gods I'll call on the name of the Lord and the God who answers by fire he has got. Boy. Could I preach from that today? The God I'll on the name of the Lord, you call on the name of your God. We'll look at what the name of their God is producing in this world around us and look at what the name of our God is producing here in our midst. Can I get a little secular here and tell you out there. There are wars and riots and destruction and criminalization but in here, blacks, whites, Hispanics anybody else's sitting together. Loving one another now some got who's God works are. You calling the name of your God they'll call on the name of our God, my God and the God who answered by fire. He's got all the people said good enough. Let's do it. He lied you. Let the Prophets of bail pick the first bull. They prepared that bowl they place an altar for bail they prayed to bail. And they asked bail to send down fire. How many of you know what happened? How many had never even read the story, but you know what happened? Bail. An answer. Bales No God at all. There's No God at all. You lied just start having a little fun with this. Larger must've been must have been character. because. Instead of sitting back and relaxing wait until they were done are you done now? He sat in the back and Holler out. Maybe Shot Little Louder. I they surely bales of God, but he must be maybe he went out maybe running some Eros. Especially, what he said. He. Actually at one point said, I'll put it politely but he said at one point maybe he's in the bathroom. Taking care of business on style, leave it at that. Wage, flushes and goes back out. And he said, maybe he's gone away on a trip. And you got to wait until he gets back in town. Aren't you. Glad Jesus is everywhere at every moment at every time. He's near as the mention of his name. He said, hey, maybe he's asleep and you gotTA. Wake them up. My God never. Sleeps. And he abdomen and they shouted louder louder they actually begin to cut themselves. They figured if you're not going to shed blood, maybe we should. Aren't you glad Jesus did the blood-shedding for you and me? Praise, God. They shouted with all their might chill evening time and there was no reply. Just tell you today that this world around us can shout until the sun goes down and there will be no peace. There will be no unity there will be there'll be no they'll. They'll never see a day where there was no injustice they will not erotic the world of racism they will not stop any of it. Because only Jesus brings that kind of peace and that kind of answer until you call upon him, you will not you can cry you can you can. You can beat the streets you can break into stores you can riot you can do it everything you want, and you will not find your answer because Jesus is the answer for the world today above and there's no other Jesus is the way. Now Allied you got to got they were done. He said, okay. Now it's my turn I want to let you know first thing he did when he said it was his turn is that he? Rebuilt the altar that had been destroyed. Church it's time we go back to the old fashioned way of living for God. It's time we go back. We can't do it right now because a Cova Dacoven isn't Echarte, one day we're going to have these altars back open and it is time we bring our families to the House of God and we come to the altars repentance. It is time we cry out to God and lift our hands at his time. We seek his face it is time we get back to the old tried and true proven ways of reaching God and having revival. It is time we get back to music and dancing and shouting rejoicing in the presence of the Lord it is time to rejoice. In God's presence and God's House. It's time we rebuilt the altars in our home. It's time we sat down with our children at the breakfast table and we sat down with our children at the dinner table, and we talked to them them about the ways of God and the truth of God's word. It's time we explained to them the difference of what the Church stands for and what they're learning in the schools. It's time we taught them the difference between what's right and what's wrong and what works and what does it, and which way this world is going, and which way the church is going. It's time we rebuilding altars of the most I got. Time. We created our player alters and built them back up and make sure they were strong. It's not. We got back into the word studied that word and understood that were and apply that word to our lives. Excuse me for getting riled up. But. The first thing he did was rebuild bells alters the altar of the Lord with twelve stones one for each. Of Israel every tribe of Israel. He, dug a ditch around the altar. He was going to prove a point. He prepared the bull. And he placed the bull on top of the altar. And then he did something. Really Amazing. He kind of threw salt on the wound. and. He said, get me some water fill four large jars with water. Now remember to three and a half years. Remember that water scarcity. Is it give me four large jars water. So they brought in the water. And he dumped the water out onto the sacrifice he said dig a trench around this altar to gather the water that I'm going to be dumped. Dumped the four jars water. He's go get me four more. So they went and got him four more. He dumped those on his alter. He said now go get four more. And he dumped those four on the elder so that the bull was soaking wet, the altar was soaking wet. The rocks at the author was built out of a soaking wet and the trench that was around the author was filled with water scarcity. Elijah was not afraid of wasting water because he knew who the source of his power was. If he needed water, he would get water. And so the Bible says that he lied just step back. And he called upon the name of his God. And he did not have to beat his chest. He did not have to cut himself. He did not have to draw blood. He's simply called upon the name of the Lord can I tell you today that if you will call upon the name of Jesus, Your Life can be transformed. Call upon the name of Jesus. The Bible says, now listen carefully that the fire fell from heaven when he lied you cold for walk for for for the Lord. And it devoured the sacrifice. Now. That's good. Except that God's fire doesn't just stop at what it needs to do it always. God's got more than you could ever dreamed. Possible. The abundance of the Lord is greater than any need you could ever have. Because the Bible says the Fire Bell from heaven and devoured the sacrifice when it was done with the sacrifice, it devoured the wooden altar when a devoured the wooden altar and then devoured the stones when a devoured the stones and then devoured the dirt. Read it. It's in there when it did our the dirt and then looked up the water. I'm here to tell you that God's power can conquer any problem you have. Because fighter does not normally consume rocks. and. It does not normally consume stones, and in fact, we usually take dirt and throw it on fire to put it out. But the dirt didn't put. God's Fire Out God's fire devoured the dirt. God's fire devour any problem you have. We take water and throw it on a fire put the fire out. But when God's fires in Bob, it put the water out. Want you to know something. God and his word. Can Take Care of any problem you have. All pastor what about this one that to Yeah but you don't know how bad it is. He's bigger than that. You don't know how hard this is. He can devour Iraq. You don't understand how pressing this is he licks up sand. Don't understand the the the the storms of of a storms that are coming into my life he devoured the water. God can take care of anything. You are facing today. This nation needed to do anything. It needs to turn back to God. The piece, the justice we're looking for. In. America. Is Found in Jesus Christ. And I want to leave you with three points today before I wrap this up. The first point I. Want To. Leave you with today is this. Christianity is exclusive. Is unlike any other religion on the planet? And I've taught this in my Bible Studies and I've said it from time to time and sermons and I'm GonNa say it one more time here today. There is no other way to Heaven Accept Jesus Christ. Aw. There are other religions and there are other philosophies that may be good for this life. They may teach love your neighbor. You should love your neighbor, it will get you into heaven. They teach thou shalt not steal you should not steel, but it will not get you into heaven not stealing. Why because all have sin come short of the glory all have set everybody everybody. And why is Christianity exclusive because I asked this simple question whatever religion you choose to follow whichever direction you choose to go. You have to answer this question in this movement in this religion in this philosophy who died for my sense. because. When you ask that question, there is only one religion that steps front and center and says Jesus did. That's why Christianity is exclusive. God. And you've heard people say people say that many roads lead to heaven? No, they do not. There is one Lord one, faith one baptism one way his name is Jesus and that's the message we preach. I. I WanNa tell you this. Activity go to church churches good. Teaching Bible Studies is good. All of these things are good activity and enthusiast suzy. Azam are good but they are not always signs of spiritual maturity nor are they always signs of being correct? because. I've seen a Lotta Bible Studies. taught. and. They leave out baptism in Jesus name. I've seen a lot of Bible studies taught and they leave out receiving the holy. Ghost. Or they leave out a changed lifestyle. At tiffany enthusiast and enthusiasm are not always enough. Remember the bail worshipers were as enthusiastic as anybody has ever been about anything. To the point that they spent the entire day crying out to bail, even cutting themselves to try to get his attention. On and on and on they went with great enthusiasm and great. Activity and yet it brought them nothing you can be sincere. Also. Be sincerely wrong. and. It is good to be sincere. But let's be sincerely right about what the Bible says. So. Number one all religions are not the same Christianity is exclusive and this brand of Christianity that preaches repentance baptisms in Jesus name and the in filling of the Holy Ghost speaking with other tongues as exclusive because that's what the apostles preached. Enthusiasm is not the answer unless you're enthusiastic about the right thing. And lastly. I want to say something that I hope you'll not. If you're listening to this online, do not shut it off yet. Click Stop Do not hockey out to some other sermon. Let me finish. When I say this. Is Not the most important thing. What do you mean by that? Thought without faith? The Bible says it's impossible to please. God. Doesn't that make it quite important? Faith is not the most important thing. I'll tell you what the most important thing is. Jesus. Jesus is the most important thing. Because without him. It is impossible to have proper faith. Some people have more faith in the problem than that they have in their God. So faith is not the most important thing. The object of our faith is the most important thing. His name is Jesus. was brother. Passed away just a short time ago great man of God who made who penned who coined the phrase the main thing enough of from wrong about that correct me after the sermon. But I believe it was said, the main thing is that we keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing. Is Jesus. Clap. Your hands for Jesus. Raise got sola closing these three points. All religions are not the same. Number two activity enthused and enthusiasm are not always true signs of spirituality or being correct. and. Lastly, faith can indeed be misplaced. We need to make sure of two things as I close. Number one, we need to make sure that we live by faith. Not by sight. Because if you live by site and you look around at what's going on in our world, you can become discouraged quickly. But if you'll take your eyes off of the world for a moment and put them back on Jesus, you can be encouraged just as quickly. So. We need to make sure that we live by faith number two. We need to make sure that our faith is in Jesus Christ. And Not in this world. Nor. In this world's ways. Listen. I've said this over and over again that we are not an activist church, that's why I don't promote one party over another. I encourage you to vote. And to vote according to your conscience before God. I, believe I know who I'm going to vote for. That's none of your business. That's why into a private booth. Cast my vote. But my faith is not an whoever I vote for. My faith is not an whoever. Takes, Office January. My faith is not in the mayor of Schenectady nor the governor of New York. State. My faith? Is In, Jesus Christ. So that no matter who's voted in. No matter what they do. No matter what they stand for? The real job of saving America is not voting the right man and office. The. Real. Job. In. Saving, America. is to have a revived. We need to be preaching Jesus Christ and him crucified. We need to be reaching out to friends and family. And inviting them to the House of God with us to begin to see Jesus as Archaic. Because if this nation saw Jesus as their king. It would not matter who sitting in the White House. Nor wouldn't matter who's sitting in the governor's office because they would be forced to do the will of the people who are desiring to do the will of God. Let's put Jesus back on his throat and you say man. Thank you for listening to the Mironov Ministries podcast. 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Gideon and You - Part 3

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Gideon and You - Part 3

"Welcome to the podcast of Maranatha ministries I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov and I pray. You'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot, m., church, dot, com, or an all social media by searching at church, and now be blessed by listening to today's message. A man, it is so good to see everyone back in the House of God and we're going to continue on with our messages that I have been preaching virtually online. Talking about Giddy and you. This is going to be part three I'm reading from judges chapter six. I'm reading verse Seven Eight. The Bible says here that when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord on account of the media nights. it's interesting that it's oftentimes difficult. Times get us to cry out to the Lord the. Lord sent a profit to the people of Israel, and he said to them thus says the Lord the God of Israel I led you up from Egypt and I brought you out of the House of Bondage. Aren't you glad God brought us out of the House of Bondage. Praise the Lord. Our God is good. I WanNa talk again about Gideon and you. This is going to be part three. If you have not seen any of the other parts because you for one reason or other aware all of our. Services have been online. They will continue to be online. You can find those on Youtube again by searching not the ministries UPC bring you to our youtube page. All of our sermons were there and the previous sermons on this series that I'm teaching in preaching from our. They're also. If you want to get yourself caught up. Amen Praise God. Let's are has more time for Jesus, and then you can be seated. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus all right, God, bless you, i. do want to just quickly recap a couple of things. We talked about the fact that God uses terrible times to get us to do our job. Sometimes, let's face it sometimes when the when the times are easy. We kind of let things slide, and we know that we should be praying every day. We should be fasting weekly and we should be attending church and we should. Should be worshipping, and we should be reading our bibles, and sometimes those things slip, but when tough times come we get to business? Don't we and we need to understand that we need to get to business and that's we talked about that. We talked about the fact that we can't just sit back and pray for change or demand others to change. We must be the change that we want to see in our world. Amen and I will try not to forget those of you sitting up in the balcony. To, look up every once in a while. This is this is new to me so God. Bless all of you up in the balcony. They man praise God so. We need to be the change that we want to be. We also talked about the fact that God sees a lot more than what we see. We don't always see the whole picture. We just see our little piece of it, and sometimes it doesn't always make sense, but God wants us to know who we are, and why he put us where we are and the job he gave us to do, and my question in one of my sermons previously was this. Do you know who you are? Do. You know what you're supposed to be doing. You've been washed in the blood. You've been sanctified in the spirit. You've been filled with the Holy Ghost. You've got an inroads with Almighty God. You know the power of Jesus name. Never forget who you are. Don't ever forget that. We've talked about the fact that our weapons are not carnal, but they are mighty through God to the pulling down strongholds. That's our job. Our job is to pull down spiritual strongholds in our community so that we can fight a spiritual fight and do the job we've been called on to do. The Bible says that we are his own special people. Can you men? So today. I WanNa talk about the fact. That God Confirms His. Priorities and his promises is with his presence felt the presence of God. When you come into this place today. Let me tell you something. We have done some wonderful changes. Physical changes in the building and I know and one of the first things someone said to me when they walked in, they looked around, said well. This building looks phenomenal ninety need to replace the lights. Everything looks new and fresh. The lights are old school, but they give me some some cheap ways of making it look modernizing. Let me! Get off the point here. God Confirms His priorities with his presence, and we have made a lot of changes in the physical building. It is high time we make changes in the spiritual world around us. What good does it do to fix up the physical building? If we do not fix up the spiritual building, can someone say Amen So God? Confirms His priorities with his presence and I felt the presence of God when I walked into this place this morning at eight thirty service, I feel him again when I walk in here at ten thirty with you and I do not feel him because. Because there's new carpet on the platform I do not feel him because there's new walls behind me. I. Do not fear. Feel him because there's a new welcome center back there. I do not feel him because the balconies cleaned up and ready for us I feel him because he said wherever two or three of you are gathered in my name. That's where I'll be. That's why I feel him. Praise God hey men. We don't. We don't Pactolus. We just two or three. Piece here everything's GonNa be okay now Gideon. Said when the when the Prophet spoke and referred him as a mighty man of valor, and told them what he was going to do. This is what Gideon said. In verse thirteen. Gideon said to him Oh my Lord! If the Lord is with us, how many believe the Lord is with us? Gideon didn't. He said if the Lord is with us. Then, why is all this happened? If the Lord is with us. Why has all that's been going on in the world been going on? If the Lord's will is being done in the Earth Day. While the clarity while the trouble while the hardship, all my Lord if the Lord is with us, why is all this happened? Have you ever wondered forget about society? Have you ever wondered your personal life? If God is with me, why are so many things going wrong? Why did this happen? Why did that happen? Why is this breaking down? Why is my body breaking down? Why is my wife sick? Why is this? Why have you ever wondered if God's with us? Why so much trouble? He said this. Why all this happened to us and. Where all the miracles! That our fathers told us about. Where are the miracles that were wrought at the hands of the Apostle Paul where all the miracles I read about when Peter walked buying a shadow, he'll be wearing those miracles. Where's all this supernatural stuff? Where are all the miracles? which are father told us about saying. Did the Lord bring us up from Egypt? What did our fathers tell us about? The father's told us about that God would pour out spirit upon all flesh. Our fathers told us that we'd be baptized in his name, he will fill us with that spirit. That's what our fathers told us about. Where is all the promises of God and he said this now. The Lord is per se can us and delivered us into the hands of the media, nights. They felt that's Gideon fell. That's how we feel sometimes. So I feel sometimes. We're just human. Feel sometimes. I like the way one version of. Didn't put the version here, but but but Gideon said. A pardon me my Lord. If the horse with US while calamity. The Lord is excuse me. That's what he's. That's what he's saying. Excuse me. The Lord has abandoned us. But. Verse Fourteen of this Chapter Records something that probably blew Gideon's mind just like it would blow your mind if God were to say this to you. The Lord turned to him and he said and I quote. Go in this might of yours. Going this might of yours. How many of you feel like a mighty man or a mighty woman of Valor? How many of you would stand jump to your feet? Today's that's me. I'm a mighty man of God a mighty woman of the Almighty. Ask You when you say that you're talking about me. None of us. Let's be honest, none of us and yet God spoke to him, and he said you Gideon go in this Mike Eight of yours. What might do I have? I'm going to explain that to you. In just a moment. The might have because God said it to him. Go in this might of yours. You just save Israel from the hand of the media nights. How about I just change worth from it and say you shall changed? How Deliver Schenectady from the hands of the devil. And me will save Schenectady from the hands of our adversary. And then he said that you know how you're going to do it. He said have I not sent you. You, see the power of God is not in my ability or your ability, the power in our work is not in our intelligence. It is not in our talents, the power and the ability to do the work we have is into the one who sent us. If I could not do the job, he would not have sent me. I would not ask somebody to do something that I know they cannot do. Neither? Would you so the very fact that goddess ask Mirror Nafa ministries to do anything at all means that he knows we have the ability because he has put the ability in US I go not on my power I. Go on his power I am sent not by my own strength, but by the strength of the one who told me to go. Can you say man? During the service today. Because I'm not used to doing to services I left all of my headset up here on my on my. Pulpit Song Service was going on I think. I wish my headset I looked down. It's on the pulpit. I could come down and God. I could've walked down here, but here's the problem. What would have happened if I walked down this aisle up while he's still doing worship I, walked up on. What would you? What would he do? What would our musicians do it all stop playing. They think I'm taking back over here. They would say okay. What's supposed to be done now, wouldn't you? All back off, okay. So I didn't do it. You know what I did. I sent someone. To do a job. That I, myself could not have done. I sent I know how many of you when how many didn't notice Isaac Walk up here? And how many cared that Isaac was walking up here? How many of you thought? He's taking over the service. What's going on? You didn't think a thing. He walked up to the pulpit. He grabs something he walked. You know why because Isaacs nobody? No wait, wait wait a minute. Wait a minute. He was able to do a job in powered by me. While he was not. In your minds anything of importance. Listen to me friend. You might think you're insignificant. That's exactly why God needs you. You might think you're worth. You don't matter. That's what would happen. If Jesus Christ in the flesh walked down here. We'd all stop everything. But I I can't even do that job. There is a job a you can do that. No one else can do that. God wants to send you to do and the power for I I. Don't want anybody just walking up in this platform whenever you feel like it. In the middle of a song service. The Power Isaac had to come up here was from the one who sent him and the power. You have to go out into this world and work. Miraculous DIS is not in your ability or who you are. It is in the one who sent you. What strike to have the strength? Who told you to go? That's the strength you. Bible said next chapter one verse eight you shall receive power after the holy. Ghost has come upon you, and if you don't have the holy goes evidenced by speaking other tongues, as the spirit gives the transit according to the word of God, my friend, you can be filled with the Holy Ghost. Virtually online and you're not sure what I'm talking about. And you think this speaking in tongues. Thing is some weird. Faction off on the side somewhere, my friend, you are wrong. And we're getting ready to Bible Studies Online. We're getting ready to put teachings online. We're getting ready to put discipleship classes online, and we will explain to you. How that the day of Pentecost? The Holy Ghost was out poured and began to speak in tongues. It still happens, and when you are filled with the holy goes. You are the sent one. You become the sent one. You shall be witnesses of me. He said in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, and to the outermost parts of the world. You will be witnesses of me. Why because you've got the Holy Ghost. God we serve. And I'm going to wrap it up right now with this. You're not used to preach in this short you. Get used to it, my friend. I told you how many of you are watching, Wednesday Nights Mironov the live on youtube or facebook. I told you this past Wednesday night. Things are going to be different. The building's going to be different. Everything's that'd be different. We are appealing to people who are watching US online continually. Sermons can't go an hour long anymore. People will get ten minutes into and shut it off. Wrap this up right now. When you? Understand that the power of God is not in you. It is in the one who sent you to do the work. And you are filled with the Holy Ghost and baptize in Jesus name, and that's another subject. We're going to be teaching on brother. McCoy is our life studies. Administrator, and we're. Going to be sitting down and going over all the curriculum. We're going to start putting online. People are gonNA. Learn people are going to know the doctor and people are GonNa understand what they need. When you are baptize in the name of Jesus. Christ of you've never been baptized in Jesus name. If you've been baptized by sprinkling, you need to be immersed. If you were baptized in the titles, Father, son and Holy Ghost. You need to do it again in Jesus name. And I'll prove to you scripturally why you need to do it. I'm not gonNA take the time now I will prove you scripturally. Call me up. Call me up. Our phone number Lou search mayor, not the ministries UPC. Care where you live in the world, call me up. Checkout I get my phone number. Call me up and I'll explain to you. Why in the Bible they rebaptized, people who were not baptized in Jesus name. I'll explain to you why baptism by immersion and not by sprinkling. I'll explain to you I receiving the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking in tongues, and not just because you felt a warm feeling. And my friend. When the Holy Ghost comes on you. And you've been washed. The blood baptized in the name. Psalm twenty three takes on a whole new meaning. The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. I have wanted nothing because I have Jesus I have everything. Makes me. Lie Down in Green, pastures. While the world is in turmoil and burning around me, I lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul, and he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his namesake. How many of you have ever experienced the holy ghost leading you in a different direction than where you thought you wanted to go? Listen to this. Alleged me in the plaza righteousness. Even though. I walk. Through the Valley of the shadow of death. I'm not afraid. Fear No evil. Why? Because you're with me. Because Jesus with me. Think about that. Wherever, you are no matter how bad it is. No matter what storms are raging around you. You are not alone. Thou art with me your. Rod, not my ability. Your staff, not my knowledge. You're Rodney Staff Comfort me. You prepare a table. Me In the presence of My Enemies, while everyone else is trying to figure out what arms they have, and how they're going to battle, and what? They're gonNA. Do how they're going to you and I are sitting down to eat. Joy Meal. But there's a war right out there. I'm enclosed. In the presence. Of the king of kings. The rate no war touching me. WITHOUT HIS APPROVAL I. And nephew approves it. He's also give me the ability to win it. You anoint my head with oil, and my cup is flowing. Anybody's Cup overflowing here this morning with joy and happiness and peace that passes understanding. My Cup is running over. Surely, goodness and mercy, not who, outside of Jesus, Christ can make this claim. Goodness and mercy will follow me. The days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. I close with this. Take Heart. Maranatha. Friends of mirror and Autho. Take Heart. Why. Because God. Is Still. On? His. Throne. Can we stand. CLAP OUR HANDS FOR JESUS Thank you for listening to the mayor? Author Ministries podcast? If this message touched you, please make sure to subscribe for more sermons from Pastor Frank in the ministry team here at Mayor Nafa as well as follow us on our social media platforms. We are located in Schenectady New York. If you are in the area, we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service starting at ten thirty A M We look forward to joining us again next week for another anointed message. Thank you and God, bless.

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Gideon and You - Part 5

Maranatha Ministries UPC

00:00 sec | 3 months ago

Gideon and You - Part 5

"Welcome to the PODCAST Mironov Ministries I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot, m., church, dot, com, or an all social media by searching at church, and now be blessed by listening to today's message. We are on part five of preaching about Giddy and and you. I want you to know that when I started five weeks ago, preaching on Gideon I expected to preach on him for one Sunday. And it is now. Five parts and I cannot finish it all today. It's going to be at least six possibly seven parts, but that's how the Lord moves as I started putting my messages together. More and more stuff came. I've preached on Gideon before probably said a lot of these things over the years. Who knows, but it doesn't hurt to hear it again. Can you say men? And I'm not the only one that's preached on Gideon Gideon Very Popular topic preach on. So. Maybe we heard all of these things before, but hey there's there's there's scriptures in the Bible. Are there more than once? They meant so. He's talked about in part one and all of these messages are online. If you search the ministries UPC on Youtube, you will find all of these sermons there we preach part one. We talked about God using the terrible times to raise up the church which he is doing. We've talked about how the fact that God sees more than we see. He understands things that we don't understand why we need to trust him. We talked in part three about the fact that God confirms his priorities with his presence. Aren't you glad for the presence of the Lord and to feel as it feels touch, and then we. Preached last week on how important it is to have a private walk with God, not just public one. When I mean by that is how it's important that we pray when no one's looking. And we worshiped when no one's looking. And we read our bibles when no one's looking, and we live a holy life when no one's looking and we serve, God whether people are watching us or not watching us because it's what we do behind the scenes that often affects what we do in public. You say men. And so a lot has happened. In this story as we build up to where we are today, Gideon and all of Israel had failed God and the Lore, and as a result they were under midnight oppression there under the oppression of the immediate media nights because of their failure and Gideon got a visit from angel, reiterating a couple of things here he got a he got a visit from an angel who referred to him as a mighty man of valor. He did not see himself that way. How many of you see yourself as a mighty or a mighty woman of Valor here this morning? Anybody anybody besides me. Me Neither. I'm just joking. But the angel called Gideon a mighty man of valor, and Gideon was shocked by that salutation any question God. He said if we're so mighty. How come so many bad things happen to us? You ever feel that way. We don't need to reprieve it. That's in sermon number somewhere three or four. Listen to all of them if you haven't heard him. But God confirms with. Gideon that he has sent him to do the work. And last week I believe. It was last week that we talked about the fact that Gideon tore down that alter. That was built to bail. And with the material from that alter, he built an altar to God, and that's what we need to do. We need to tear down the altars. We have built to this world and use that energy and use that knowledge and use that talent to build up the Kingdom of God. Can you say? All right so today. I WANNA. Look at judges chapter six in Verse Number Thirty Three. The Bible says here that all the midnights and the kites, the people of the East gathered together, and they crossed over, and they encamped in the Valley of Jezreel. Historians and Bible Scholars Tell us that this was army of approximately one hundred and thirty five thousand people, hundred thirty five thousand people in this army, not just the millionaires, but just the army of the media nights, and the allocates approximately one hundred and thirty five thousand people. The Bible tells us that the spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon. Gideon of realized that God was beginning to move here in our midst again and we've got this army. Bill Gathering to commend they would do is they would come in and they would. The Israelites would work together. Their harvests and the arms would come to steal at all. And, so that's why Gideon was in hiding actually. Doing all his work because he didn't want the million. Nice to see it and find it and steal it. So Gideon because God has spoken to him. Call them a mighty man of valor. Already. He was brave in the Bible tells us that he blew the trumpet, and the Abbot Abbas Aba Abe's rights. They gathered behind him, which for some of his people he sent messengers throughout Manasseh who also gathered behind him. He sent messengers to Asher Zevulun. These are some of the tribes of Israel to Neptune. And the Bible says that they came all. They all came out to meet him. They were going to go to war against these media nights, problem is. When Gideon looked at they midnights, and there was a hundred and thirty five thousand of them. And, then he looked at his followers who game to join him. There was only about twenty thirty, two thousand of them about thirty, two thousand against one, hundred, thirty, five thousand, so it was about four to one. Every every soldier had to beat four other soldiers for this to work. I don't know about you, but I think me and God is enough to handle anything. Right! Say in. So Gideon Colon everyone to go to battle, and not enough showed up and Gideon's mind. He'd like to at least meet. Fire with fire. Now listen. Put yourself in Gideon shoes for a moment. All right here's Gideon looking at one hundred army of one hundred thirty five thousand people. Soldiers. He calls his people together. Thirty. Two thousand of them show up, he's. Four to one. He's concerned about this and he thinks back to the days. When think about think about when Joshua I came into the land I mean he was that there was a general. Joshua was a general of generals that guy. He walked into the Promised Land. He didn't care who you were. He was going to tear you down. He didn't care how big your army was. He was going to. He was going to flatten it. He didn't care how tall your walls were. He would walk around them and cause them to crumble. Joshua new how to win a battle. If only Joshua were there then. Joshua is dead my friend. He lived a generations ago. What he did happen generations ago Josh. Show is not here. He is not coming guests. Who is here? Get in here and it has fallen upon your shoulders to do this work. How many times have we thought to ourselves? Oh, if only the Apostle Paul was here today. Could you imagine if the apostles were still walking around in America? To? Could you imagine the miracles? They'd be doing and the move of God. They'd have they would be in Washington. They would shake the very foundations of what our country has found. They'd be calling down the power of God. They'd be doing demonstrations of miraculous deeds, if only the apostles were here well guess what Josh was dead, and so are the apostles. Guess. WHO's there Gideon's there and we are here? And the NFL upon Gideon shoulders to do the job. God wanted done and I'm here to tell you. It's on our shoulders to get the job done in this day. God is not raising up the Apostle Paul. He's not going to bring the Apostle Peter back to life. He's put us here to do the work. He's put you and me here. To get this work done. What a great and mighty! God! We serve, so let's take a look here now at At. Judges Chapter. Number six verse thirty six. What I'm way ahead of my notes here. What's going on here? We go Gideon said to God if you will save Israel. By my hands as you have said. If you're going to save Israel the way you said through me. That's a mighty undertaking. Because nobody knows me like I. Know Me. You're going to save Israel through my hand as you said. And you've given me thirty two thousand men to do it with a one hundred and thirty five thousand I need a little bit of reassurance here. Maybe feel like you need some reassurance. Some reassurance here. So he said look I'm going to put fleece wall on the threshing floor. And when the do settles at night, if the do settles on the fleece only, and all around on the ground is Dr and I will know that you will say visual by my hand just as you've said, and it was so that you would think Gaba. Get frustrated with him. Come on, get in. It wasn't enough that I. had you pulled down the altar? The miracle I worked in there now you're questioning me. God didn't feel that way towards Gideon. He understood Gideon's frame of mind. He understood Gideon's mindset. He understood Gideon's frame. He understood giddy and spheres as a set of reprimanding Gideon when Gideon was was struggling with his relationship with God God says okay. Is that where you need me to do. Okay, no problem. And sure enough, the Bible says as it. He rose early the next morning, and he picked up the fleas, and he squeezed fleece any wrung out. The do out of the fleas, a bowl full of water. And the ground was dry. Draws what God will do for you. because. He wants you to know. That he has called you to the kingdom for such a time as this. You. Ever say me. He's called us to the kingdom for such a time as this, but we have a hard time with that because getting Gideon here is finding out. Just, how difficult it is to live for God by faith alone. By faith. Alone. Gideon's finding out of. It's tough to do things. God wants us to do simply by faith because we'd like to have a little bit of reassurance. When I'm getting ready to do something for God I'd like to. See an angel. Next to me, I'd like to feel them. If I can't see Jesus walking with me. I I'd like I'd like to have an overwhelming feeling. How many of you ever felt like? Where is God? Whereas got. You know the Bible says in Hebrews Chapter Eleven verse one now faith, everyone say faith faith. Is the substance of the things that are hoped for. Faith is not the feeling, not the site, not the experience faith alone is the substance of things hoped for, and it is the ever dance. Of things that are not seen. Faith. Faith is the evidence of things that are not seen now herein lies our problem. This is our problem. This is your problem. This is my problem is every one of ours problem this? Is it right here, you ready? We in our flesh. Have learned from the time we were infants to depend upon our five senses to figure things out. Right from the. Right from Babyhood, we have learned to depend upon our five senses. If we hear somebody walking in the other room. We know somebody's in the other room. If we don't hear anything we don't know. If. We see mama walk through the door. We know Mamas home. If we don't see Mama, we're not sure. We have learned and rightly so I. Mean I'm not saying that anything wrong with that God gave us five cents is for reason, but there is a sixth sense, and I'm not talking about ESPN and all that stuff I'm talking about faith. Talking about faith, because faith is different than touch, hearing, sight, smell or taste. You can't taste Jesus except by faith. You can't see Geez except by faith. You can't feel Jesus except by faith. You can't hear Jesus except by faith, and you can't taste him except by faith, O taste and see the Bible says that the Lord is good. Remember the statement they. Always defies fact. Someone walked in here and said it is a fact that there are i. don't know how many people are here. I would say by faith. There's one more. His name is Jesus. Just because you can't point at the chair he's sitting in. Faith tells me there's more more here than what I what my eyes are seeing. And I gotta feeling. There's more than just Jesus here. I got a feeling. Some of his angels are here. Faith tells me that I don't see when eyes. I can't hear when my ears, but by faith I believe that wherever two or three gathered together in his name. He's in our MITTS. Can you say man? Faith always defies facts and if it didn't. Then who needs faith? It didn't. We would not need faith now. The Bible tells us. That, it is by faith that we come to repentance. Why do we repent of our sins because we believe? That the Bible says? Except we repent. We'll all likewise perish. We believe that my faith. We have not seen anybody. I mean we've seen. People died in the flesh, but we haven't seen them perish in eternity. We haven't seen but by faith. We believe that we must repentance. It's by faith that we are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ when you come up out of the water. Do you see filth and Sin Floating in the in the tank behind you? You don't see anything you don't see any dirt either because you took a bath before we got baptists. Baptism is a spiritual cleansing. But it's my faith. It's my faith. We go down in the water, ladened with Shin, and it's my faith that we come up out of the water. Feeling like our sins have been washed away. It is my faith that we reach out to God. We're filled with the Holy Ghost, and we begin to speak in other tongues as the spirit gives us the entrance. It's my faith that we expect that to happen, and it does happen. It is all done by faith. The Bible says without faith. It is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to God. Must I believe that he exists? And that he will reward you if you diligently seek him, I'm here to tell everyone of you today. I'm here to tell every one of you that are listening to me on a broadcast somewhere whenever it may be I'm here to tell you that God will reward you if you see Kim. Here's a reward of those who diligently and earnestly seek him now. Here's our problem. How many of you? Would say an agree with me that I do not consider myself a person of great faith. Anybody else feel that way. Nobody are two people over here, okay? I do not consider myself. Someone of great faith I struggled with things. I have doubted God on many occasions. I have come over here late at night because he was unable to sleep because of burdens and worries that I must bring before the Lord, because I don't have the faith to just sit back and God will take care of it. I'm not sure I should do that. I think we do need to bring everything to. God and prayer. There was a man in chapter nine of Mark. I'm not going to go through the Scriptures I'm GonNa, tell you the story. Look it up yourself. It's a beautiful story. In Chapter Nine the gospel of Mark. And this man had a son that was possessed by a spirit and the spirit. The man brought this boy to Jesus and He said there's a problem here. The your disciples weren't able to help you said. My boy is in serious trouble. He said that He. He has been. The spirit has robbed him of his speech. It causes us to to go into seizures. It throws them onto the ground. Sometimes throw them into the fire. He foams at the mouth. He nashes teeth together. His body becomes rigid, and he said he said I need you to help me. and Jesus bring the boy, so he brings the boy over to them and areas. And Jesus says before he heals the boy he says this. He says anything. s possible. Anything. Is Possible if you believe. You're always saying. Anything is possible if you have the faith. Now all of you that are here today or any of you that are watching today. You're here today or you're watching. Because you have a measure of faith. You wouldn't bother with any of this stuff if it weren't for faith. But how many of you feel like? You have enough faith. How many have you feel like if God, said Hey I'm GONNA to form a line over here. Jesus steps forward. I'm a former line. Right down here any of you that needs some more faith Santa. Line I'll give it to you. You're going. Just sit back. There's out anymore. Good Anybody. Know we'd be running to see if we can be the first in Lyon, so he has run out by the time it gets to me. This is what the man said when Jesus said bring the boy. He said anything is possible. If you believe know, the father said. He, said Lord, I believe. But he didn't end there. He said I believe, and then he said help my own belief. I thought you said you believe. How can I help your unbelievable? You already believed what he was saying was I've got a measure of faith. What helped me have more of it I've got some faith, but I want more of it I've got a measure of faith, but give me more faith help my belief I wanNa have a prayer life that choirs out to God. Help on belief. We all believe or we wouldn't be here right now, but we also struggle with UNBELIEV. We'd be doing more than we do right now. In you same in. But God thank God. Understands our lack of faith. You realize that he's not angry at you. He's not disappointed with you. He understands your lack of faith. He understands your inability sometimes to do the things he wants you to do. He understands your failures. He understands that you struggle. He understands that you've failed. He understands all of these things and he's not angry. He's not angry. Gideon does. Lord. I've got thirty two thousand men here. There's one hundred thirty five thousand of them over there. I gotta go fight. That story goes right. He. He ain't fighting with one hundred fighting with thirty two thousand. We'll talk about that next week. He's I got twenty, thirty, two, thousand, one, hundred, thirty, five thousand face. If you if it's true, make the police and the ground dry. So God doesn't sure I understand. You're struggling with your faith here. I'll make the fleece horrible water. Getting looks at that and he says well. He says. Okay don't be angry with me. Angry with you. Because, you have failed. Or because of your lack of faith. Or because you haven't been faithful. And you think God must be angry with me? Don't be angry with me. Let me speak one more time. Let Me Test I. Pray just once more with the fleece. Still struggling, you worked a miracle form I'm still struggling here. I'm still looking at the. Massive job ahead of me. And I'm still looking at the meagre means that I had to do the job whether you ain't seen nothing yet. You Ain't going with thirty two thousand people just see you know. Lord I pray just one more time with the fleece. Let it now be dry on the fleas, but let the ground be all wet. And God did so that night he did not reprimand gin. He did not become angry with Gideon. He said okay. And, so he did so that night, and it was dry on the fleece only and there was due on. The ground. I, WANNA. Wrap this up right now by asking you this. How many of you? Think that your fear. Your inaction due to your lack of faith. has separated you from God. How many of you think that your failure? Has Caused God to withdraw this. Call on your life. How many of you feel like a failure? Because you're not doing all that you know God has for you to do. He. understands. Your frame. He remembers that you are dust. And he is long suffering. Toward us. And he will lead US and guide us. Until we believe. That we are the ones that he called to Schenectady to this capital region for such a time as this very day. He could have. Had anybody live in this generation. But he chose you. Chose you? Chose me. And by faith. We are going to keep pressing on. And I close by saying this never. Never! Never? Never. Ever. Stop. Trying. Ever. Do not ever. Walk away from God. And say he's done with me. Ever. Because he understands your struggles. He understands your lack of faith. And he has brought you to the kingdom. For just such a time as this. Can we stand together? We are not coming to the altar again today. Because we have to practice social distancing. But let us stand in our seats and lift our hands to heaven. And ask God to help our unbe leaf. Lord Jesus. I believe. Help my on belief. I trust you. Helped me to trust you more. I want to serve you. Helped me to serve. You better molded me. And make me. What I need to be. Your namesake. Jesus. Thank you for listening to the mayor. Nafa ministries podcast. If this masters touched you, please make sure to subscribe for more sermons from Pastor Frank in the ministry team here at Mironov. As well as follow us on our social media platforms, we are located in Schenectady. New York, and if you are in the area, we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service, starting at ten thirty a M. We. Look forward to joining us again next week for another anointed message. Thank you and God bless.

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Gideon and You - Part 2

Maranatha Ministries UPC

00:00 sec | 4 months ago

Gideon and You - Part 2

"Welcome to the podcast of Maranatha. Ministries I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov and I pray, you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot, m., church, dot, com, or an all social media by searching at church, and now be blessed by listening to today's message. And Greetings Maranatha. Our final virtual service. Can you believe it? Finally starting to get used to this, and now it's all over, not that I'm complaining. I'm looking so forward to being here next week. I will be continuing on with my sermon because I thought I was going to preach. A message started last week. Finish this week. I haven't even gotten through what I wanted to do last week. This is definitely going to go into next week, so it's GonNa be fun getting together and seeing all of you here and we're looking forward to a great time. I'll be talking a little bit this. Wednesday night and our at our alive live about some of the things you can expect when you get back into church on Sunday and how we're going to operate what things are going to be going on? So I hope, you can tune into that at any rate, let's get on with the sermon, shall we? Let's continue on here. God is so good Lord Jesus. I, pray right now that you'll not only touch my lips, my heart and my understanding. But that you will touch the hearts, the minds and the understanding of every listener today whether they're member of Maranatha or not Lord, Jesus, I pray this message is for all people and I pray that you'll touch. Our hearts are understanding leadis guide US and encourage us in Jesus name all right? We were talking about Gideon. I had been reading through the book of Judges and my daily Bible reading and I started reading about Gideon and as I was reading about him, I felt the Holy Ghost. Move on me and I began to realize. and see how much of the story really relates to a lot of what we're going through today from Covid, nineteen to the upheavals in our streets, and in our cities, and so I just thought that I would talk about this a little bit because Gideon also lived in very difficult times, and we can learn about the about the Lord and one thing I understand about the Lord Old Testament New Testament. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today forever. Bible tells us that God changes. Not what was true for God in the days of Gideon is true for God in the days of you and me, we need to remember that and we need to be able to trust God and have faith in God that. None of this is catching Jesus Guard. None of this is to. Let's read what the Scripture Sam. Reading from judges chapter six. I'm GonNa just read Verse Seven and eight here. The Bible says when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord on account of the media nights I think I can preach a message from that statement when the people of Israel right out to the Lord on account of the middle of the media nights, worthy oppressors immidiate nights were the ones causing all of the trouble for the nation of Israel and they cried out to God i WanNa. Ask you today. Have you been crying out to God? I WANNA know. Have you been seeking the face of the Lord? As anything that's going on in our day whether it be pestilence or wars, rumors of wars, trouble and upheaval in our city streets, as anything caused you, or driven you to your knees to seek God we are all over the Internet were all over facebook, and we're all over social media, and we're listening to this person's viewpoint, and that person's viewpoint, and how this person feels about it, and how that person feels about how many of us have spent that kind of time on our knees, asking Almighty God how he feels about it and how he wants us to react to it. That's the question to ask. The Bible says here that the people of Israel pride out. Out to the Lord on account of the MIDNIGHTS, and I'm calling on Maranatha. I'm calling you calling on me. I'm calling on all of our friends that are listening to these broadcasts that are hearing us whether it's on facebook youtube wherever you're connecting with us. I'm calling on you. Will you cry out to the Lord with me? I'm going to tell you something that's happened to me this past week and a half maybe two weeks now something that God is laid upon my heart, and I've been over here in this building praying seeking the face of God over some of these things so I'll. Hopefully I'll get to that right right today, but let me go on here. They cried out to the Lord on account of the Media Nights, and the Lord sent a Prophet to the people of Israel, and he said to them thus saith the Lord. The God of Israel. I let you up from Egypt and brought you out of the House of Bondage. We need to remember what God has done for us. We need to remember that we were one of the world, but we have been taken out of the world. We need to remember that we once were children of this life. Now children of that life. We need to remember what Jesus did for us. Do you remember the day you were baptize? In Jesus name, do you remember the joy you felt in your soul when you come up out of the water and realized your sins were washed away. Do you remember how it felt when you got filled? With the Holy Spirit, and you begin to speak with other tongues as the spirit gave you. The utterance can I just pause here for a moment and tell you what I remember I remember coming out of the water I remember coming to church drunk. That's what I remember so much a part of this world with drugs and alcohol, and I came to the House of God drunk and the Lord don't with me and my drunken condition during the service, you could say all the only reason he responded was because you were. Let me, tell you something. The drunkenness lifted from me and the presence of the Lord came upon me and the preacher gave an alter call and I came running to the altar, and I fell to my knees. All I could say. Was I love you Jesus I love you and they came to me and said. Do you want to be baptized? I said. Said Oh yes, I do and I got down in the water in Jesus name. I came up out of the water baptize in that precious name. I was overcome with joy, overcome with happiness I gotta remember what it was like when I I found Jesus, or should I say when Jesus I found me I remember receiving the Holy Spirit praying in an alter. The Smith came to me and said you want to receive the holy goes. I see yes I do. He. Prayed with me. Nothing happened note. You get discouraged when nothing happens when you pray. God's timing is perfect. He prayed with me. Nothing happened, he said come on the altar call was winding down. People were beginning to me, mingle and leave, and used to come over here into this prayer room, and pray with this more he down with me, and he continued to pray with me and I remember speaking in tongues in that prayer room, and I spoke to words in tongues to were all. It was two words. All the came out. and. I went home that day. Knowing that I had said a couple of words. In another language, but the next morning I was working nights back then and the next morning I got up. It was a Monday morning and I got up. I didn't have to go to work. Until three thirty in the afternoon I got up and I everybody went to where my younger brother was still in school, he went to school. My mother was out. My father was wherever I was home alone back. Then I was I was back home by that time left home when I was six. Fifteen was back home for short period of time, and it was during that Short period of time that I started coming to church, everybody was gone out of the House and I was there by myself and I got to thinking about it and I said you know they said you can pray and speak in tongues and the Holy Ghost. Move on you wherever you are and so I just started crying and worshiping all by myself, lifting my hands, worshipping Gods, saying how Luhya and the spirit of the. Lord filled that room where I. I was and I began to speak in tongues Lewin. Louis like it was a language I had known since my childhood, it was fluently pouring out of me and I went on hour after hour after hour, walking through the House speaking in tongues, praising God I remember I was upset when my brother at three o'clock in the up to thirty NAFTA noon came home from school I was frustrated, because now he was in the House and stop doing what I was doing. Because Jesus said filled me with a spirit. Do you remember? When it happened for you. Or have we forgotten. What a transformation! It was asking you to go back I'm asking you. Lord God of Israel said to them. I am the God of Israel. I lead you out of Egypt I brought you out of the House of Bondage. He's telling Gideon in this I. Don't you forget what I did? I I I defeated the entire Egyptian nation and set you free I. brought you to this land I brought you out of the House of Bondage. Don't forget what I'm able to do. Don't you forget what Jesus is able to do? You forget what he is able. He's able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask her thing. I'm sorry I haven't even started on my notes yet. I'm trying I'm trying, but the Holy Ghost is just moving on me. Appealing to me to appeal to you to seek his face, the coal upon his name to not forget what he's able and capable of doing through the likes of you and. God is getting ready. The tell Gideon. Don't you forget number one what I did? And now you need to listen to me. Because I'm getting ready to do it again. Don't you forget what I did? And better listen to me. Because I'm getting ready to do it again. Listen my friend. Gideon was not alive when God led them out of Egypt. He was not around then he knows what happened by hearsay by word of mouth by preachers. That's how he knew what happened. He knew they were led out of Egypt because it was recorded in the history, it was recorded in the history books. It was passed down from mouth to mouth from father to son to son to passed on from generation to generation, and I tried to stick to my nose. I'm here to tell you man of God woman of God. You need to put this into the hearts of your children. You need to revive in their hearts. What God did for you? You need to let them know how great this God is that we serve our children getting. Their minds filled with from the school houses to the to the to the courthouses. They're getting filled with all of this world's information. Somebody's gotTA. Tell them what God is able to do. Would you be that somebody that will tell your children at remind them what happened on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost was poor, and they all begin to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave in the transit, and they preached repentance that'd be baptized one of you in the name of Jesus Christ. And you shall be filled with the gift of the Holy. Ghost will you preach that to your children? Please tell them what God has done. So, sorry, I'm riled up. God help us. God is getting ready to tell Gideon. Did it then. I'm getting ready to do it again and I. Believe God is getting ready to do again what he did some two thousand years ago. With all of my heart. I believe dot is getting ready to pour out his spirit afresh and anew to raise up men. Apostolic Preachers Apostolic Men Apostolic Women, prophets and Prophesies who are able to go around touching blessing speaking life encouraging hearts, not the law of the land will be changed, but that the law of eternity can be changed for you, my friend, what good does it do for the law of the land to change, and we still die in our sins? Somebody's got preach, but the Bible says I'm here to tell you. The day of revival is not over. The day of Apostolic Revival is not over not by a long shot, not as long as they're still somebody baptize in Jesus, name and filled with the Holy Ghost. The days of Apostolic Revival are not over. God is getting ready to do it again and I want to be on board when he does, it can shout amen wherever. You are right now. Darker the night. Darker. It isn't society. The brighter the light. Supposed, to shine. You understand how that works. It's it's daylight and if I lit a match, you hardly even notice it. But if this this building were pitch black and I lit a match, every I would be drawn to it. The darker gets out there. The more you and I should be shining. Darker Society becomes the more you and I should stand, don't. Jesus helped me. Don't you? Be embarrassed that you don't fit in. With an ungodly society. Don't you be ashamed that you don't Mesh with an ungodly mindset of this world. Don't chew. Be In, Paris tx that you're different that you think different that you act different that you look different. Let your light shine. Let it shine. Let. People look at you and say something different about him or her. I wonder what that is, and let them be drawn to you. Because of what they're seeing. Revival is not over. It's time to let our light shine to this dark and and dreadful world, and not to be intimidated now God's plan here's what's interesting. Because are you realistic? Who are and who am I? Who Am I. It's one thing for me to bear my soul. To just this congregation, but now that we're in. Now that we're online. We're out there. In the General Public you might be you might. You might take a second thought as to what you're going to tell people about yourself. No, I'm just gonNa tell you about myself. The tell you about me. High School dropout. That's right. I dropped out of high school. Went back to. Get my a high school diploma sure years several years later, I went to Bible School. Did all of those things that that was after Jesus changed me. If Jesus had not gotten a hold of me. I'd be if I was still alive. I'd be one of the ones walken. Staggering down the street. Looking for my next fix looking for the next drug dealer looking for the next bottle. That's who I would be. He's gotten hold of me. That's who I was. Too I was my dear friend Mark Weather Wax. He and I were talking about it. He as much of the same background as I. Majored in and drinking and he and I were talking while he's in my life group and he and I were talking was what life group is so important. You're not in a life group, my friends. Talk US get in a life group. We were talking a life group one night. He was talking about how he used to be. He said you know the truth of the matter is that's who I still am I look back I thought. I'm changed. All things become new. He said that's who I still am without Jesus. I said man. How. PRU Is that I am a new creation as long as I am. In Christ the moment I walk away from Christ. Who am I I'm not this? I'm that without Jesus I'm that God? Bless you mark for reminding me who I am without God. Who we are without God? How often all this? Here's how I did it. Because God's plan. To deliver. The Nation of Israel. From the media midnights the massive overwhelming. Fire of the media nights. God's plan was not to go in among Israel. and find the strongest buying the smartest find the leadership find the one who everybody else follows. That wasn't God's plan God's shows up starts talking to Giddy now tell us Gideon, was a great man. He just he'd lead. He led that army in and defeated the midnights. Man, what a man! He must have been not as far as he was concerned. Gideon. Didn't think much of himself. Because the Bible says that God shows up. Cries out to Gideon, and he calls him a mighty man of valor. That's how God saw guests. Not a Gideon saw game. That's a God saw Gideon. I wonder how God sees you. Wonder if you realize how God sees you. I wonder if we act the way we act sometimes get involved of the things we get involved with sometimes and do the things we do sometimes think the things we think, sometimes because we forget how God sees us. God doesn't see us as the ignorant. Foolish. Insignificant person that we sometimes think we are. He sees this says mighty people that he has put his spirit upon and in and has. Has A. Beckoned us to do his bidding. He shows up to get. He says Oh mighty men of valor. And, he says. He looked around. Very nobody here but me. Who's he talking to? What do you mean my demand, Valor Gideon said you don't understand. I'm a wrap this up I. Don't know how how Mahatma going now. All right I'M GONNA get this wrapped up here. You're mighty Manta Valor. He said No. You don't understand. Here's here's the truth of the matter is. I am from the smallest tribe in Israel I am from the smallest family in the smallest tribe of Israel and I am the least in the smallest family of the smallest tribe of Israel I'm at the bottom of the barrel. That's who I am. That's how we see ourselves sometimes, isn't it? We've pentecostals or at the bottom of the barrel. There are big huge charismatic churches with massive. Musical Professional Musicians and and educated speakers and beautiful facilities, and here we are little pentecostals and God's call upon you and me and we saw who are we? Are we we got nothing together, but I shouldn't say that. Let me speak for myself because our musicians are phenomenal. This building is beautiful. You haven't been to mayor nothing ministries. In this bill, you need to come on out the church and see the facility. That God has blessed us with some of the changes. We've made since covert hit even. Let me, just say sometimes. We personally feel like we are the least of the least. Insignificant? What do I matter I got no education. I got no sense. I got no knowledge I. DON'T UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES I. I I'm no good at this I'm no good at that. He called Gideon a mighty man Valla. Let me ask you something. You know who you are. Preached about this a while back. Look it up. Look the sermon. Listen to it again if you need to. I want to ask you the question. Do you know who you are? We know. We are. To tell you who we are. Paul said it this way in my flesh. There's no good thing. No good thing in my flesh. But I don't live according to the flesh. I tell you who I am I am wash in the blood of Jesus. I am sanctified in the spirit of all mighty God I've been born again and as a result, my weapons of warfare are not the weapons of this world. Weapons are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. That's who you are child of God. You've been washed in the blood sanctified the spirit born again filled with the Holy Ghost. Been Changed, transform. You are born again. That's who you are. Don't ever forget who you are. Oh let this world intimidate you. Now want to close with. This has got his really late this on my heart last two weeks. Maybe since I started preaching this I don't. It's not. It's not that I started preaching this and started doing this, but maybe the all working together. Maybe it's just what God's doing in my mind, and so on preaching it. I've actually been coming over to this building for awhile all through COVID. I come over this building at night to God. Walk through this building praying. Last couple of weeks. I've been doing that. And I've been feeling the spirit of the Lord move on me and I like coming over here because there's no phones nothing to distract me, no people. Nobody knows I'm here. And I can just be alone with God for a little while. It's one of the benefits I. Get being the pastor. You have to do it in your room or your bedroom or your house or wait till your weight your families I. Don't know how you'll do it, but this is what I've what I've done gotten alone with God and as I've gotten alone. With God God began to really move on me these past two weeks. Because I've been preaching about this I think it's God because I can't seem to get away from. I've been preaching about this. That are warfare is not this world's warfare. That, we have we have a greater calling. We have a greater job to do our our warfare is a spiritual warfare were to love one another word of show the world. How how how God wants us to be. We're not to get caught up with all the stuff. This world's caught up with me. Tell you something. It does not matter what kind of peace agreements. Races come together or political parties put an put in in motion. It does not they'll be some other upheaval because the world is filled with trouble, Jesus said it in the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world. We need to understand that we have to overcome the world. The world does not dictate how I feel in my heart. Know what's going on out. There is not going to dictate whether I'm in upheaval in my spirit or not or I'm concerned about I'll tell you what I'm concerned about. I'm concerned about doing the work of God I'm concerned about loving everybody I. don't care what color of their skin is and I don't care what part of town they come from. What I've been saying it over, and over since I met Nicola sitting out here, shooting up heroin. Invited our church. It doesn't matter. World have her arrested. The world will ever taken away. Illegal Drugs! I wonder saved. A close with this versus scripture is this what God's been dealing with me with? Taking croon these ten verse, four, six, four through six. The weapons of our warfare. Weapons of the World World War fare well. We've seen picketing the peaceful weapon. Thank God for that. There's nothing wrong with that. About, we pick it against the against sin. How about we pick it against planned parenthood? Weapons of this world. Destroying City streets destroying businesses destroying stores destroying each other. Weapons of our wear for our warfare are different. They are not carnal. Our weapons of warfare are not carnal. You understand. Listen to me now. Listen to me. Telling you as an anointed man of God, I'm telling you. The weapons of our warfare are not arnel. And much of what we see, Golan around us is based in carnally. The weapons of our warfare. But. They are mighty. In God for pulling down strongholds. Pulling down strongholds. You're ready verse five. I'm Reading Second, Corinthians, Chapter Ten beginning with Verse Forum now in Verse Five Casting Down Arguments. And every high thing that exulted itself against the knowledge of God. Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ is your worldly as your worldview. In Obedience with Christ. Is Your worldview. In obedience with Christ because if it's not, you are wrong. Not The Bible you. Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled, you know that means that means. We're not here to punish today. God's going to take that. When our reward is fulfilled at the white throne, judgement God takes care of the disobedience to punish the disobedience. Our job is to make sure fewer and fewer people are being punished on that day. Our job. is to bring people in. The Flock The fold! To make sure. That when our obedience is fulfilled on that day. Many are with us. Many are with us. Bible says we will come rejoicing. Bringing our, she's with US bringing those with us that we helped escape the coming judgment. What we need to be worried about is the coming judgment. One of the biggest lies. We tell ourselves. Is that God only uses special people. Use, a, special people. Well Maybe, you're right. Maybe got only use a special people. and. That's why he doesn't use your me. WRONG ANSWER He only uses special people. And the Apostle Peter told us in his first official chapter two verse nine. You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, his own special people gone only use a special people and you happen to be one of them. God can and will use you if you will let him. And what does he use you for to proclaim? His praises of you who are called out of darkness into his marvelous light. He uses you to proclaim that we can come out of this darkness. And into his marvelous. So I close by telling you what I've been doing and I'm GonNa Courage to it with me, and once we get back in this building. I think I'm GONNA have I can't wait for prayer meetings. Start up again. We are going to really promote prayer fasting, seeking the face of God I. Hope if you're not already doing your fasting at least one day a week, many people meet myself included fast two days a week and seeking God but listen to me. I realized something the last couple of weeks in prayer. I realized that the entire world is not on my shoulders. I realized that the entire nation. Although I care about it and concerned about. What's happening in the other side of the country? That's not on my shoulders. I realize that the entire state. Things are happening in New York City that are not happening in new in upstate new. York, but that's not on my shoulders. And I really begin to realize something. And I've really been seeking God about this and I've been really trying to do my part God put me. And he put you. He put us in this city. In Schenectady. Do our part. To hold down this line. You know when the armies are out there fighting their battles, this platoon might have just one job. Hold that line. Don't worry about what's going on over there. Don't you worry about well how they're doing over here? Hold your line. This is your job our job. is to pray for this city. And I have spent my time over here. Seeking God and I have been doing one thing I'm praying about a lot of things, but one thing that comes to spiritual warfare. This is what I'm talking this calling on you to pray for me about also. I said God. WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE KARNAL I'm not going to pick up a gun and go out in the streets I'm not going to pick up a club and go break windows. Weapons of are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Wrestling against the guy down the street. WHO has a different worldview than I have? He's not my enemy. that. Wrestling guy over here has got different skin color than I do and sees things differently I. He's not my enemy. My enemy's are principalities and powers in the spiritual wickedness in high places. That's my enemy, and I'm here to tell you that I now believe more than I've ever believed in my life. The in Schenectady there is a spiritual authority authority. There is a spiritual hierarchy, dark and light. There is darkness on our city who has taken up residence in our city in his your job and my job to bind together to pray against not mayor, not the mayor, not the police chief, not the. Council women and councilmen. That's our job. Our job is to pray against the principalities. The spiritual wickedness that is in high places taken up their seat of authority in the city of Schenectady I've been spending my time praying against the rulers of the darkness of this city, the rulers of darkness that influence the mindsets of people I'm not praying against the people praying against the spirits that influence them. My friend. That's our job. Or the church. We're. Not GonNa take up. Clubs go out and start breaking things. We're GonNa hit our knees in prayer. And encourage you to start this week. Star saying God, and you might not live in Schenectady proper in the city limits. That's okay churches in Schenectady. It's the capital district area. My friend you need to pray. You need to see God God. Help us I pray against the the the rulers of darkness that have taken up residence I. Pray against the local spiritual governments that exist in the heavens right above us I pray against the rulers of the darkness and the seats of authority. Authority we wrestle not against flesh and blood. The Bible said, but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places, and I've been praying. God helped me to pray against these high spiritual places where the adversary the devil has taken up his seat of authority over our city helped me to pray down to break it down to resist it in Jesus name not so that Schenectady will be wonderful place to live, but so that the souls who live here can be saved. For you and me. Close to you and me. Gideon was a nobody. You're nobody. I'm a nobody. Nobody knows our name. Nobody knows Maranatha ministries. Nobody knows Richard Frank. I've got great reputation and Schenectady I've got no name recognition. I could walk downtown of walk up. The People's Hey I'm rick frank. How are Ya? Ya! Get away from you Weirdo. There's nobody knows me. But the devil knows me. He knows you. And I purpose in my heart. Take my b-battle. Spiritual Heights. Will you join me? We're going to get into this next week again. Talk a little bit next week about the fact. That God confirms his priorities with his presence. I'm just not getting as far as I want to, but I'm getting as far as I can right now. Let's do this for Jesus. Let's remember the nature of our battle. That's bind together fast at least a day a week. If you've been fasting a day week, why don't you add on a day here or there? If you can't do two days a week and fast and seek the face of God, why don't you spend time praying against the principalities and the rulers of the darkness of? Of this world and the seat of spiritual darkness that is in this Schenectady area. Let's bind together. Let's let's fast against. Let's pray guest, and let's see if we can't bring revolve. We're never going to straighten out the world's problems. We can pull people out of it into the Kingdom of Heaven. That's our goal God. Bless you I can't wait to see you in church next week Jesus. Thank you for listening to the Mayor Nafa Ministries podcast. If this message touched you, please make sure to subscribe for more sermons from Pastor. Frank in the ministry team here at Mironov. As well as follow us on our social media platforms, we are located in Schenectady. New York and if you are in the area, we invite you to join us during our weekly. Sunday service starting at ten thirty a M. We look forward to you joining us again next week for another anointed message. Thank you and God bless.

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Elijah and You - Part 10  From the Midst of the Whirlwind

Maranatha Ministries UPC

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Elijah and You - Part 10 From the Midst of the Whirlwind

"Welcome to the podcast of Maranatha Ministries. I'm Rick Frank senior pastor of Maranatha, and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www.ge.com or an all social media by searching at and then church and now be blessed by listening to today's message. I guess I won't ask you to stand because I am just reading one verse of scripture here found in James chapter 5 verse 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours off now I just thought why not make it an even ten. Elijah and you part number 10 rounded on I just couldn't stop on number nine and I decided to subtitle this one from the midst of the Whirlwind. I want to talk about the Whirlwind for just a few moments today off and about these things where Elijah was concerned. Let's pray together Jesus. We love you. And we thank you for your blessings your goodness and the spirit of God that we feel today in this house. I pray that God will touch every heart every life that you will use the Lord God to take the words of the message that you've laid upon my heart for this morning apply them to our lives and make a difference not only in our lives within the lives of those that are around us. I asked this all in Jesus Wonderful Name. Everyone said, amen, praise the Lord. Okay. I want to begin by going back to the story. Of second Kings chapter 2 and I want to read to you from verse number 1 it came to pass when the Lord was about to take up Elijah into Heaven by a whirlwind that Elijah went with Elijah from gilgun. I want you to notice what verse that is that is chapter 2 of Second Kings. It is the very first verse off in the very first verse the Bible tells us that the Lord was about to take up Elijah into Heaven by a whirlwind. Amen. Everybody got that now. I want to look down to verse number 11. We are ten more verses into this chapter when the Bible tells us that it finally happened ten verses later. It happened as they continued on and talked that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire and separated the two of them and Elijah went up by birth. Whirlwind into heaven now, I want to point out a couple of interesting things here. Number one we have my cellphone included have always pictured and believed that I Elijah was taken up to heaven in a chariot of Fire. Amen Chariot of fire. That's not really what the Bible says though. When you take a look at this verse as they this is the day is Elijah and Elisha as they continue to talk a chariot of fire did indeed appear with horses of fire. But the Chariot of fire did not come to carry Elijah into heaven The Chariot of fire came to separate Elijah from a a shot. Huh and what took Elijah up into heaven was a whirlwind. What it says the world went took him to Heaven The Chariot of fire cut him off from Elijah Elijah cut him off and I want to talk to you today about being caught up in the Whirlwind. That's what I want to talk about being caught up in the world with it because we all want to think that we're supposed to be in The Chariot of fire as we go through this life as we Face obstacles as we Face hardships as we Face difficulties, we all want to believe that we're supposed to be in this Chariot of fire that is being protected by God that is God us are being wrapped up in raptured up into glory and that would be great except that's not what the Bible tells us takes place. The Bible says the Chariots of Fire actually Cuts us off from those things. We want to hold on to and the Whirlwind is what raptures us up to be close to God, huh? Interesting. Isn't it Sherry to fire kept Elijah separated from everything else while he was caught up to God in the Whirlwind and I want to talk Do today about what to do when you are caught up in the Whirlwind of life because we all get caught up in the Whirlwind of life. Don't we all of us get caught up in the Whirlwind of life and the question to ask this morning is not if you will be caught up in a whirlwind of life. It's when and the reason I point that out is because verse one tells us what is going to happen with verse eleven tells us that it happened. I'm here to tell you what is going to happen in your life. And what is going to happen in my life and that is sooner or later whether I've been off already in the past. I will be again caught up in the Whirlwind and there are certain things I need to do when I am in the Whirlwind to survive the Whirlwind Pac-Man So what's interesting about the Texas that the writer of Second Kings starts the story by telling us what's going to happen? My little newest grandson Richard constant Roush is in the house this morning. I can tell him today what's going to happen in his life? Until the day the Lord takes us home. He is going to face trouble. He is going to I don't mean to be a prophet of Doom. I'm just talking about life. It is filled with obstacles filled with hardships and filled with difficulties. Same question is not will he faced difficulties? The question is, when's the first one coming? I got a feeling of the first ones already arrived because I've heard him now, do you and I am a mean nothing may seem like nothing but to him it's a big deal and don't forget that about each other when someone's going through something. Well, that's no big deal. Well to them it might be off and you say man, so it's not if We get caught up in a whirlwind. It's when we get caught up in a whirlwind. So I want to go back to verse number one here and point out a couple of things. First of all, it came to pass when the Lord about to take up Elijah into Heaven by a whirlwind that Elijah went with Elisha from gilgal gilgil. Everybody knows what is going to happen, but they don't know when it's going to happen now at Whirlwind is a weather phenomenon. And what it is it is a the technical description of a whirlwind is a vortex of wind vertically-oriented rotating column of air we refer to them often as tornadoes. A tornado now, we're getting down to something. We can relate to the tornadoes of Life. Yes. Amen, that's what a whirlwind is. It is formed due to the instabilities and the turbulence created by the heating and the flowing gradients, which we took air currents. And so all of these stuffs all of these things are happening at different times and once in a while, it starts rotating and it becomes a tornado and just tears up everything in its path. I wonder today without the showing of hands how many of us have experienced spiritual emotional and often times physical tornadoes in our lives off tornadoes. That's just got a spinning in circles and destroying everything in its path and we don't know where it's going. We don't know how it's going to affect us and we don't know what damage is going to be Thursday when it's all said and done everybody knows it's going to happen. We just don't always know when but when we are caught in the Whirlwind of life and if you're not in one you will be in one you've Been in them. You may not have handle it that well, I'm going to teach you how to handle it better in the future. When we're caught up in the Whirlwind of life, we often times feel like we're out of control. The situation is out of our ability to contain. It's bigger than us. We can't stop it. We can't change it and we sometimes struggle with that. Don't way we end up feeling hopeless sometimes helpless. I wonder how many of you have ever been in the midst of your tornado and cried out. Where is God or or even worse yet? Why is this happening? We feel hopeless we feel helpless so much is going wrong. We are apt to cry out in the midst of our Whirlwind wage. Where is God in all of this? Can you say Amen? So there's two things from this story that I want to close this series of messages out with Parton of Elijah in you. I want to close it out by pointing out two things off you need to do when the Whirlwind when you are caught up in the Whirlwind of Life two things two things Elijah did two things you need to do number one. You need to take your eyes off of what is swirling around you and Turn Your Eyes on to God. You need to look for a job. God because he is in the midst of your whirlwind. If you're not careful, you will look at all of the things swirling around you like Dorothy of Wizard of Oz seeing the house fly by you will see all of the stuff being torn up in your life and you'll be focused on their goals that and there goes this and something else just got destroyed. What you need to be looking for is almighty God because God is dead in your Whirlwind. You gotta find him their praise God. It was the Whirlwind that God was using to bring Elijah off Eminem. I said it was the Whirlwind that God used to bring Elijah to Heavenly places off in verse eleven. I want to re-read that verse it happened as they continued on and talked that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses and separated the two of them and Elijah. Was being went up in a whirlwind into heaven not in a chariot of fire. He went up to heaven in a whirlwind, but let's be honest, isn't it? The world wins that drive us to our knees? Or should you see the problem with some people is the whirlwinds cause them to complain and moan and groan. What it should do is drive us to our knees and find God the next time you find yourself complaining about anything stop and think what world wins making me complain right now and let me rather look to find God in this. It was out of a spiritual Whirlwind that the Apostle Paul spoke. It was out of a spiritual Whirlwind that God spoke to job wasn't it off doesn't the Bible tell us after all Joe went through that a whirlwind came and God spoke to him out of this Whirlwind the Apostle Paul experience World wins and the Apostle Paul's Whirlwind am in a position to make statements like this. We are hard pressed on every side. That's a whirlwind, but we're not crushed. Why because I find God in this life are perplexed. But we're not in despair. We are persecuted but we are not forsaken. We are struck down but we are not destroyed Thursday. We are always caring about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus Christ the dying. Not the death how many of you know that dying was the hardest part of calvary? Huh the diag what was the dying? That was the whipping that was the nails? That was the crown of thorns. That was the suffering Paul didn't say we carry about the death notice that wage said we carry about the dying part of this. We carry about the dying of our Lord Jesus Christ so that the life of Jesus might be manifested in our bodies. Talking about whirlwinds of Life the Apostle Paul faced whirl winds. In fact in second Corinthians chapter eleven, he wrote and said this I am in laborers more abundant than I am in Stripes above measure. I am in prisons more frequently. I am in deaths often from the Jews of times. I received 40 Stripes minus one how many of you know why it's always forty Stripes minus one, but you know why I'll tell you why it's because the Roman law allowed forty Stripes one time. So what they would do is give you 40 Stripes less one which is 39 so that they could do it again if they wanted to. They found the loophole set a 40 will give him $39 and he said that happened to me five times. Now if he had received forward, he could only happen one time, but he received it 5 times. I took 40 Stripes minus one three times. I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned three times. I was Shipwrecked anybody here would have given up yet. Cuz all you have to do is shut up and quit living for God and all this would have ended. This wasn't because the Apostle Paul wasn't Jew this was because the Apostle Paul was a Christian. Right, right. The only had to do is give up how many people have given up because of the Whirlwind was too strong when the truth of the matter is if they had looked they'd have found God in that Whirlwind what kept Paul going. He looked for something other than what this world could offer when he was in his Whirlwind. I'm not even done yet three times. I was Shipwrecked a night and a day. I spent in the Deep some people believe he was dead. Injured beings often in Perils of water in Perils of robbers in Perils of my own countrymen in Perils of the Gentiles and Perils of the city in Perils of the Wilderness pack Perils of the sea in Perils of false Brethren. Come on now who's got that testimony Talk about a whirlwind and we moan and groan about the few things we deal with. Weariness and toy I'm not even done yet. I'm not making this up. I'm reading the scriptures look for yourself detecting Corinthians chapter 11. We're innocent oil sleeplessness often hunger and thirst. Things often in cold and nakedness and beside all this what comes upon me daily. Which is going to be my second part, so bear with me for a minute what comes upon me daily. Basically, it was worrying about others. Care of the church aside from all of this. I'm worrying about other people. Paul understood how to find God in his Whirlwind he understood that no matter what was going on in his life. No matter what kind of world winds were blowing in his world Paul understood one key thing that we must all attain to if we are going to successfully serve the Lord and that is known know how to find God in the midst of our world wins. We have to know how to find God 1st Peter chapter 4 verse 12 the Apostle wrote to us and he said beloved. Think it not strange. Yes. Yes the fiery trial which is to try you as though some strange thing has happened. The fiery trial is not a strange thing. The only thing you need to learn how to do is find God in it. You're looking for the wrong thing. You're asking the wrong thing. You're wanting to get rid of the fiery trial and I'm here to tell you it is in that fiery trial stands Jesus Christ, if you look for him and he will give you Grace to endure anything else. Anything that's number one. In the Whirlwind look for God number to the second thing you need to do and really these are the only two things you just get to that make you I don't know if you can remember two things. Just two years living for God is really simple people think it's as complex thing. I gotta do this a study. There's and figure this out another know, you know, you just gotta do to Thursday. You gotta find God in your Whirlwind know he's there and number two. You gotta look to help somebody else. And it's right if you spend your time looking for God and looking to help someone life would be a completely different story for you too. Many times. We are going through hurricanes are tornadoes and our whirlwinds looking for how to help me. Why do I have to go through? Why is this happening to me? What should I quit should you know, how do I get out of this? What what? Why do I have to keep going? How many times do we go through troubles in life and we end up focusing on how I feel. Good. How this is making me feel. When the truth of the matter is the second thing you need to be doing and there's only two things. It's very simple for God. I said very simple to look for God you only remember need you only need to remember to do two things number one choice. Look for God number to look for somebody else to help. Sometimes we don't do more because we're too self-focused. people with needs walked by us every day and we don't even see him because we're focused on how we feel He also took up the mantle this is back to 2nd Kings chapter 2. I'm reading verse thirteen and verse fourteen. He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him. He life was in the Whirlwind and Elijah did two things when he was in the Whirlwind. He looked for God and then he looked down and saw Elijah and made sure he threw him off his mantle I'm in the midst of the Whirlwind Elijah bombing to help you be successful in your life. Here's the mantle that has brought blessing to my life back and looks at this. This is what God wants from us. The devil wants us to sell Focus. What's happening in this Whirlwind? Why am I in this world with how am I am out of this world with when is this world when going to end when we should be doing this? Where is God in this Whirlwind? And where does he live just so I can help him. Chuck the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and then Elijah turned around and struck the water and said well the Lord God of Elijah and when he had also struck the water was divided this way and that just like it happened for Elijah. It happened for Elijah and he crossed over how many people have you thrown your massachu that can turn around and say what would he do if he were in my shoes? What would she do if she were in my shoes and gave you they you gave them the encouragement to press on Thursday? Because you helped them when you were going through your Whirlwind go ahead and clap your hands and I just bought I just told you what the Apostle Paul wrote about what he had been through. the imprisonments the beatings the shipwrecks being in the Deep many believe being dead from being stoned. and this is what he said in Romans chapter 8 verse 36 and verse 37 he said this for your sake for your sake we are killed all the day long. I'm not doing this just so I can get to heaven. I'm doing this for your sex. You can get to heaven how many of us will live our lives like that how many of us live our lives in such a way that someone else can make it to heaven cuz they're watching us. Or how many of us are going through life wondering why me? For your sake, you said? For your sake I was in labor is more abundant Stripes above measure prisons more frequently deaths often five times receiving forty strikes -1 three times beaten with rods one stone. Three times shipwreck many of us have given up by now A Night in the day I spent in the Deep learning is often Perils of water Perils of robbers Perils of my own countrymen Perils of the Gentiles perils in the city perils in the wilderness perils in the Sea Shack a false Brethren perils in the wilderness and Toil and sleeplessness often and hunger and thirst and fast things and cold and naked for your sake. And I was in my world when I was watching out for you. How can I help you? What can I do for you? It was for your sake. We are killed all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter and then he said yet in all these things. We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. I'm here to tell you that it was from the middle of the world when that Elijah took the time as he realized his world was swirling around him. He took the time to look down and see a man that needed what he had a hold of and passed it on to him so that he could be effective in the world. Also my friend it's time for us to stop looking Inward and start looking outward, praise God hallelujah and so in the midst of your whirlwind Look for God because he's there and then look for somebody else to bless. Do you hear me? Just two things living for God is very simple look for God cuz he's in your storm. And look for someone to help while you're in your storm. And I close with this. There's a certain amount of self-love that the Bible presupposes. in fact, Jesus himself said to love your neighbors how how's yourself? So there is a certain amount of self-love we should have and that self-love causes us to do what's right to rather than what's wrong people who abused themselves people on drugs alcohol and whatever kind of sin you can imagine it's because they don't really love themselves. If you love yourself you're going to take care of yourself. You're going to make sure yourself gets to Heaven off, but Jesus didn't just say love yourself. You said you need to love others as you love yourself. Love your neighbor. As yourself and so a follower of Jesus is not self-focused. He or she is doing two things. The follower of Jesus is looking for God and looking to help someone looking for God looking to minister to someone. Looking for God looking for a way to bless. Someone else's life. The follower of Jesus isn't walking around looking what everybody can do for me. That's what babies doing. baby starting this life wanting to be comfortable when they're not they cry when they're hungry. They cry when they're tired. They cry. That's okay for a baby. But my friend we need to mature and one of the things this new mother. I know every one of us are thinking of Rich sitting over there. Well, I'm saying this cuz I am off but everybody knows that that mother and that father are there going to be teaching rents how to stop looking Inward and to begin to look outward Thursday. It's not all about you is it It's about pleasing God and helping someone else my friend. If we can figure that out in our world Winds of life. We will be much much further ahead. So in life seems like you are in the midst of a whirlwind when it seems like your world is crashing around you you need to just remember two things. Look for God is there you're not alone? Look to help someone else. You'll be blessed by it. Thank you for listening to the Maranatha Ministries podcast. If this mess has touched you please make sure to subscribe for more sermons from Pastor Frank in the ministry team here at Maranatha as well as follow us on our social media platforms. We are located in Schenectady, New York, and if you are in the area, we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service starting at 10:30 a.m. We look forward to joining again next week for another anointed message. Thank you and God bless.

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Afraid of the Will of God

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Afraid of the Will of God

"Welcome to the podcast cast of Maranatha ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Maranatha and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website website at. WWW dot M. church dot com or an all social media by searching at church and now be blessed by listening to today's message inch you are not already standing but are able to why don't you do that. We'll turn in the word of the Lord this morning. I am reading from Jeremiah Chapter Thirty eight doing some a little bit different. I'M GONNA use the new living translation today so I'm sure most of you don't and have that but for clarity of what I want to talk about today. I've chosen to use this version and so we will take a look here and see see what the Bible has to say in Jeremiah Chapter Number Thirty eight beginning with Verse Fifteen. The Bible says Jeremiah said if I tell you the truth I'll maybe have you want to know the truth. If I tell you the truth you will kill me. How many realize sometimes you tell people the Truth and they WANNA kill you. I tell you the truth you will kill me. If I give you advice. You won't listen to to me anyway so kings. Kaya secretly promised him as surely as the Lord our Creator lives. I will not kill you or hand you over to the men who want you dead. There were people that wanted him. Dead already Jeremiah said to Zaka this is what the Lord God of Heaven's armies says the Lord of Israel if you surrender render to the Babylonian officers now listen to me for a moment because that is contrary to what we would thank God would want us to do we would think that God would want to destroy the Babylonian Empire and officers so that we could be free but here goddess telling Zedekiah to surrender to the Babylonian officers if you do you and your family will live live in the city will not be burned down back in the day when they conquered nation they would burn the cities down tear the walls down at the city and then burn everything destroy completely and if you surrender to the Babylonian officers you and your family will live and the city will not be burned down butts. What's preached a message many years ago. Maybe I'll pull out of the archives and preach it again someday. The Bible says I say the Bible. Has It in there that there's an if there's an end and there's a lot in the Bible for you we on all the blessings don't way you can have the blessings if what we want to do this what he will do this but if you refused used to surrender you will not escape the city will be handed over to the Babylonians. They will burn to the ground. Let me just help everyone understand. Dan that Zedekiah and his army were no match for the Babylonian Empire. The Babylonian Empire at the time was ruling the world. They were coming in to take the city. Also there was no chance that Zedekiah with his little group of warriors would stand a chance against the Babylonians and so the Prophet said surrender to him and if you do God will keep you in your surrender but if if you don't the city is going to be handed over to the Babylonians they're going to burn it to the ground. What are you gonNa do those two choices. What are you going to do. I'd like to think I'll surrender. I'd like to think that a guy would surrender. Let's see what the Bible. Oh says Zedekiah speaking said I am afraid to surrender. I know it's the will of God but I'm mm afraid to do it. I know it's the will of God but I'm afraid to surrender the king said it because the Babylonians my hand me over to the Danes who have defected to them. You see there are other. Jews who already already defected to the Babylonians was that a Kaya was trying to hold pulled out. He didn't know what they would do to him and so the will of God was fearful to him to do what God wanted him to do was a fearful thing and he was afraid to surrender and from that I want to preach. Do I have a title no title today okay. We'll just blank. Length this out then okay. I'll tell you what the title. Lis- my title is afraid of the will of God afraid of the will of God a med. Let's pray together Jesus. We love you. We thank thank you for the blessings of the lower the wonderful spirit of God that we feel here in this house today and I'm asking by your spirit. We're all here for reason. Everyone's come today for reason. Speak to US Lord touch our hearts transform our lives and help us not to be afraid of what you might ask us to do in in Jesus wonderful and precious name. I pray everyone said Amen God bless. You can be seated. Would you clap your hands one more time for Jesus the raise the Lord I'm. I'm going to try to get through this whole lesson today. It is late already so if I don't I'll pick it up next week. If you're visiting from out of town we are podcasting Oliver Sermons Men's. You'll be able to hear as part two if I don't get to today but I do want to say to open this message today something. I want to say something about something that I believe all of us struggle with in one measure or another and it is this statement partial obedience to God is the greatest enemy to obedience install. God understand what I'm saying. Partial obedience is the greatest enemy to complete obedience because because we sometimes we sometimes console ourselves that we are partially obeying while we're not fully holy obey partial obedience will not get us into heaven full obedience will get us into heaven the Lord Instructs US gives us instructions and he expects us to do exactly as he says the importance of doing what the Lord says was demonstrated in the very I story in the Bible between God's interaction with the first human pair Adam and Eve. I want you to notice something. If you want to read through chapters chapters two and three of genesis you'll see something very clearly that takes place between God and Adam and then including eve through Adam God did not talk to Adam about having faith he did not talk to Adam about humility military. He did not talk to Adam about love and brotherhood. He didn't talk to Adam about acceptance. He didn't talk to Adam about anything other than this one thing he spoke to Adam about obedience. It's obedience ever tree in the garden. You may freely eat but the tree that is in the midst of the garden. You shall not eat of it. We're in the day that you eat it. You shall surely die. There was no explanation as to why there was no diatribe about what all the various reasons. I just don't eat it. Everything else is yours not that one and God expected obedience. It was not lack of humility. Eh 'cause Adam and his fall. It was not lack of love. It was lack of compassion what caused out of an eaves fall was a lack of obedience so must say men praise God. We wanted some upbeat message sedated. It'll get up but I wanNA take a few moments and just read through some scriptures you mind if I just read the Bible to you for a little bit today. This is the easiest sermon ever preached opened the the Bible and read it. Let me read to you from Jeremiah Chapter. Forty choose also the new living translation. All the captains are the forces including Johann Son Correa and jazz jazz son of Hasha and all the people from the Lisa the greatest approach Jeremiah the Prophet Jeremiah had a lot of problems jeremiah the weeping prophet for a reason back in vert chapter thirty eight thirty eight he's being challenged and rejected by Zedekiah and now here. He is a couple chapters later and he's got the same problem Jeremiah the prophet they said please pray to the Lord your God for us as you can see. We're only a tiny remnant compared to what we were before that the larger God will show us what to do and where to go all right said Jeremy I will. I'll all praise the Lord your God is. US asked of us as you have asked and I will tell you everything he says I will hide nothing from you and then they said to Jeremiah listen carefully to what they said said to Jeremiah may the Lord your God be faithful witness against us if we refused to obey whatever he tells us to do. That's what we all say when we think we're going to hear what we we WANNA hear. I'm going to do anything you tell me then you go to a counselor for some reason or whatever you parents and you're in trouble. I'll do whatever you say and then they tell and what to do now. I'm not sure about that. Unfortunately that's often how we reproach how we approach God. I'm do whatever God wants me to do what he wants to do. I'm not sure about that. May The Lord Your God be faithful witness against us. If we refuse to obey whatever well he tells us remember. They said this remember they said this if we refused to obey whatever he tells us to do whether we like it or not not we will obey the Lord our God remember. They said that to whom we are sending their play for if we obey him everything everything will turn out well for us. I want you to know something. I don't care how difficult it seems. How confusing this seems how hard it seems difficult the life style that God wants you to live seems it all turned out well for you? If you will do whatever God tells you to do. It'll turn out well so the story goes on. I'm trying to skim through it but Jeremiah erm. I basically said stay here. I'm GonNa go see the Lord. I'm going to go pray and he said You sent me to the Lord the God of Israel with your request quest and this is his his his reply. This was ten days later now ten days later so usually go to the prophet. You want an answer right now. How many it how many of you want what you want you want to right now. God I need this. I need now said Jeremiah. Ask The Lord what he wants us to do and we will do it every says okay ten days later. Jeremiah comes back. He says you sent me to the Lord the God of Israel with your request question. This is his reply. Stay here in this land. Oh we're always wanting to get up and go aren't we told John I'm going to finish this today. Because I got to preach for a minute we're living for God when things are good but the moment things turned south. We are gone the moment something happens in the church. We don't like we're off looking for another one the moment somebody says something we'd all like we're looking for another friend the moment the preacher preaches something. We don't like we're off looking for another preacher and the moment God tells us something. We don't like. We're looking for another God. We're looking for the gods of this world. That will tell us whatever we want to hear. Jeremiah said stay stay here in this land. Don't leave now. Let me tell you about the land there were in it was tough. It was hard. It was beaten down from wars already. There was only a few of them left. The story started with them saying it's not many of us left just trying to fight through and struggled through. We're trying to make it and it's just it's just hard and they knew this and you're gonNA find this out through the story. They knew the down in Egypt. There was plenty. They knew the down in Egypt. Things were we're good. They knew that down there that land was fertile crop for growing people were happy they had two houses. They had led everything looked. Good down there in Egypt but the Lord replied back and said stay here in this land. You need you just stay where God puts you and you need to do. What God has for you to do you sent me to the Lord the God of Israel. We the request and here's his replies. Stay here in this land and if you do I will build you up and not tear you down. I will plant you not up route. You do not fear the king of Babylon Anymore says the Lord for I am with you and I will save you and rescue from his power sure I will be merciful to you by making him kind. He will let you stay here in your land. This is sounded. Good isn't it but here's the but there's a for you be. Ut But if you refuse I to obey the Lord your God and if you say we will not stay here instead. We're going to go down to Egypt where we will be free from war free from the call to arms. There's a free from hunger. I'm GonNa want a better life than what you got. How many have you tired of struggling tired of the hardship trying to the difficulty. How many do you want to get somewhere. Do there's something that the blessings that this world can fall upon you. I'm telling to serve the Lord and don't walk away from him. Whatever it costs you serve the Lord. If you are determined this is what the Lord of hosts says if you are determined harming to go to Egypt and live there the very war and famine you fear is going to catch up to you and you'll die. They're very thing you think is out there waiting for you. When you get there there it'll dry up. That is the fate awaiting every one of you who insist on going to live in Egypt. Yes you will die from war famine disease Aziz. None of you will escape the disaster. Bring upon you there. This is what the Lord of host the God of Israel says just as my anger and fury been poured out on the people of Jerusalem so they will be out on you when you enter Egypt. This world is reserved for the judgment of God. You don't want to be part of it. When that happens. Stay in the church. Sh stay in the church listen. I'm skipping along here. Listen you remnant of Judah. The Laura's Florida's told you do not go to Egypt. Don't forget this warning. I've given you today and diverse chapter forty three forty two end of chapter forty forty two beginning of chapter forty three when Jeremiah had finished giving this message from the Lord Lord Their God to all the people as Araya son of Hosea Johannesson of Korea and all the other proud men said to Jeremiah. You're a liar the Lord our God hasn't forbidden us to go to Egypt by route son of neurology has convinced you to say this because he wants us to stay here and be killed by the Babylonians or to be carried off into exile so Johann and and the other leaders and all the the people refused to obey the Lord's command listen to me for a moment listen carefully to what I want to tell you. Sometimes we are afraid to be obedient to God's will because the alternative looks easier. God has a will for you for every one of you individually Julie and every one of US collectively God has a will for you and sometimes that will doesn't look so oh good as compared to what else is being offered. Now I WANNA talk to you for a moment few moments today about stop being afraid of God's will because in this story maybe I'll talk about just the story today and I'll pick up the next story next week. Maybe we'll we'll see if that works out better but in this story it was very clear what the will of God was for these people very clear they knew what to do. There are times in our life when it is very clear what we need to do very clear clear listen. There are some things that are just clearly spelled out in the Bible. One of them is the salvation message baptism in Jesus name repentance baptisms the filling of the Holy Ghost. Those are things clearly spelled out in the word of God. Are there easier ways sure there are is that the will of God no it is not Jesus never sent anyone to preach a message other than this message and every Apostle astle preached it soda we and so if you haven't repented encourage you to do that. You haven't been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to to do that if you haven't been filled with the Holy Ghost stand back and watch what God's going to do but how we walk and decisions we make when the way is clear is a matter of obedience and trust all right when the way is clear. Don't eat from that tree. Don't go to Egypt very clear what the will of God was and so it demands ends on our part. When the way is clear maybe next week we'll talk about when the way is not clear. How many have you ever wondered what the Will of God was for you. Sometimes it's not clear and we'll talk about that next week. I'll get to that. I was going to get to today but we're already late so maybe that'll be next week's subject matter this week. Subject matter is when the way he is clear all right and I'll just give you my personal testimony because I'm best at that because I'm only I'm i. I'm a authority on me. I remember when I first came into the PENTECOSTAL church. The way was clear but I didn't like it. This is back in the seventies indies when this kind of pentecostal worship was unheard of it. Was You folks were though you were like devil worshippers to the Christian world you were the holy rollers holy rollers doll. This stammering lips mm speaking in tongues and all this craziness. That's going on while we're singing songs. Let me tell you something. It may look like craziness to the outside observer but let me tell you what happens when your worship goes through the blood and hits the throne of God it comes through in such a beautiful way to Almighty God that he can do nothing but to pour out his blessing upon it before you judge before you start looking down your nose at somebody's sitting next to view and louder than you think. They should just hang on a second now if they're out of control. I'll handle it I got. I got to keep on the notes but there's just so many things we could talk about right now. I'll just throw this out okay. Some people's personalities are big and loud and boisterous and when they come into the House of God. They fell wow now. This is the place for me. I can just act however I want. No you can't is worship. A good thing sure it is but what if I was trying appreciate you decide is a good time right now to start really worshiping God what would happen what would happen what would happen if Jamie just jumped up started shouting Hallelujah. N- raising his hands clapping his hands James was song. He's got going on in his head. It would cause confusion was supposed to be listening to preaching supposed to join in with worship so don't just use this as a gauge stay within the body meant stay within the but what I mean by that when everybody's worship and worship you might be a little louder and everybody the else that's okay stay within. Don't draw attention to you away from what the body is doing for Jesus because ultimately it's to give him glory not have the people look at us. Em in all right. That's all that was all free now. I don't even I know where I was. What do we do when it is a clear matter. As to what the will of God is sometimes. It's clear sometimes it's not when it's clear what are we going to do about that. I'm GonNa tell you. This is what I'm going to try to wrap this up right now. I'll give you this in a nutshell. I think I'm going to have to pick it up next week because this is a deep topic but I do want to throw it out there. Do you know why it is. How many of you believe God is God of everything how many of you believe that how many of you believe that God can do anything how many they believe that there is no army in heaven or hell or on this earth that can conquer God and pulled him off. His throne how many of you to believe that he is omnipotent. Omnipotent that means all powerful omniscient it means he knows everything he knows the hearts and the thoughts of man there isn't how have you believe there isn't anything he can't do. How many of us struggle with his will this guy that knows everything can do anything can handle anything can overcome anything can keep me through anything wants me to do. This and I'm not sure about that back. What do we do when the way is clear. I'm GonNa tell you why we struggle with God's will here's why we struggle with. God's Will God's say this way. We are not in our current condition the way we were created to be you understand that this is not what I was not created to be this you you know what I was created to be. I was created to be an eternal being in eternal being when God breathed the breath of of life into Adam and eve he breathed the breath of life into them for them to live forever like that not only that but it is also God's house will for his kingdom to have everything in it be perfect now. Let me see the show of hands of everybody in the building whose life is perfect right now the first lady putting living with me. You're not putting your hand. I WanNa read your scripture. This is found ecclesiastes chapter three listen carefully because might give you a revelation as to why things are the way they are ecclesiastes three verse eleven he has made everything beautiful in its time also he has put eternity in their hearts eternity in their hearts except that no one you can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. That's our problem. That's our problem. I mean ever heard the statement. The said everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody is in a hurry to get their. You know why that is. You want to know yeah well. We all want to go to heaven but none of us want to get there right now. We keep people like this and business just because a nurse nurse good nurse to Bob's life's in Norwood thank God for nurses nurses. I'd say I don't know if you're nursing today besides her but there's some of the most phenomenal it'll people ever nurses. You know why there are nurses because nobody wants to die. We you get a sickness or disease. We're not sure what they were run off to the doctor and usually the nurses the one that helps us. We run up to the doctor. Why because we WANNA live why. Why do we wanna live because he turned to us in our hearts. Death is contrary to how we were made. We were not made to die. We were made to live forever and sin entered in took away a return life and so what we're a living in this life we are longing for eternity and death the spacing us we shy away from it shun it turn a cold shoulder to it. Resisted resisted push it away because death is contrary to how we were made. That's why we don't want to die the way it is right. Now I tell you something else about the way we were made. We were made to live forever and we were made to live in luxury. Oh yeah read it for yourself. Genesis chapter three it was not until after sit in and turn it in did God say going forward. It's going to be by the sweater. What are your brow that you're gonNA live. You WanNa eat is going to be by the Swat it before we would have to sweat to eat. It was luxurious. Maybe look all the dreams they put out there retiring on a boat somewhere on the Caribbean dream people have have you wanna be rich rich so you have to get up and go to work every day so you could just relax you would be miserable if that ever happened and I'm GonNa tell you why be miserable because you're not there yet. That's in heaven in this world. It is stained by sin and there was trouble everywhere so God's will for us here is different than God's. Odds will for us over there. God's will for us here. oftentimes causes hardship and struggle oftentimes. It does oftentimes it causes pain. We tell you something about pain and I've said this before. It's the pain that drives us to our knees. It's the lack of it drives us to our ease Jameson Senate beautiful beautiful last week. If you didn't hear that sermon I urge you to get on the podcast and listen to a powerful sermon. He said you know what it's hard to live for. God when you have enough money you want to know when it's really hard to live for God when you have your health and your family's doing good in your car works and there's no issues. Here's no heart that's one. It's hard to live for God. You know when it's easy live for God when you've got problems. It'll drive you to your knees. Tell you gotta understand this. It's unfortunate orch in it but it is true for you and me and every single person that is alive. This is true. The only thing God has to use to get us to pray is pain. Here's nothing else to use to get us to pray. Whether it be emotional pain physical pain spiritual pain mental pain the only thing God the only weapon God has to get you to seek his face is to bring a little pain into your life and boy. Don't we pray then. We pray then. Why do we pray because we want to get rid of that. Why do we want to get rid of that because it is contrary we to how we're made. We were made to live forever. We were made to live in perfect peace perfect luxury perfect contentment perfect happiness. Everything is perfect effect and we live in a life that has nothing but imperfection and so we struggle with it and we don't want to die because we've got a turgeon our hearts and we know deep inside. We're supposed to live forever. We're supposed to live in luxury. We're supposed to and preachers made their millions off the backs of people who think that God wants them to have all of this piece in this life. Let me tell you something if God wants you to suffer and that'll get you to heaven. You'RE GONNA suffer my friend. If you make it to heaven that's greater so then any light you can have here any light you can have here the Luhya and so we have the tendency to crave luxury crepe piece crave comfort because that's what he turns his lake. Adam and Eve weren't cursed with making a living by the sweat of their brow to laughter centered it so we have a natural craving ving for how things are going to be in heaven but it is that natural craving that fights against our current condition and it is what takes it takes that to live for God so that we can eventually get back to the place from whence we fell he see our goal is to get back to the place adamant. He fell from Amen so don't let your troubles pull you away from God. Don't let your hardships think that there's a better way out there because the very thing. Do you think you're running from is going to be we go to Egypt Egypt's. Everything's good in Egypt. Everything's good in this world. You can get this world was just like the door. Do what the world everybody will accept us. This world world is reserved for judgement. It looks good today. It's not GonNa look good on Judgment Day so live for God so our default position. I'M GONNA I'M GONNA wrap it up right now James Company wrap it up right now. I'M GONNA pick this up next week next week. I'm going to talk about what the possible Paul said about our condition and then I wanna talk about next week. I want to talk about today. I'm talking about when the way as clough hard is it for us to do the will of God we know what to do. What what do we do when we're not sure what the will of God is ever been there. I may have been unsure what the we'll have got is. We're going to talk about that next week all right what to do when we're not sure what the will of got is our default position is to resist the will of God. You realize that your default position the the thing you will immediately do. I is resist. God's will for you because God's will is always contrary to what we are seeking in our hearts luxury piece health. I'm not saying you can't have health and you can't have peace. I'm not saying we'll see that. We have all of that but it's not in. This world doesn't come from this world. Storms can be raging around you. You can have peace inside. That's what you really want. Money won't bring peace. Lack of sickness won't bring peace. Our default position is to resist God's will because the will of God does not bring the comfort and peace to fall in flesh are natural default position is to resist the life that God wants us us to live here because we crave the life he promises us. They're in a stand that our default position is to resist the life that Dodd's asking us to live here because as we are on the inside craving the life. We know he's promised us this life is so different from that so different from them but if I stay he tells me his blessings as we begin to flow in one day we will walk and streets gold. We stand with me today. Jesus when I know the will of God helped me to do it because even when I know what to do. There are some things I'm afraid of doing some things I I know is the will of God but I'm afraid my family will reject me. I know it's the will of God but my coworkers will laugh at them. I know it's the will of God but my friends won't understand why I'm doing. This and I'm afraid that I know how you want me to live but I'm afraid I won't be able to accomplish. It might grace's sufficient for you. My strength rank this made perfect in your weakness. I'm afraid to do what you want because in my heart I really liked doing this other thing and I'll give you a new heart. I'll take out your heart is stone. I put in a heart of flesh. I don't think that would be a very fun lifestyle. Change the way you think and I don't think I can make that kind of commitment. If you ever get to know Jesus so you'll be able to make that kind of don't be afraid to do God's will in your saulters open. Thank you for listening to the Marinov Ministries podcast. 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Shake the Dust Off Your Feet

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Shake the Dust Off Your Feet

"Welcome to the podcast cast of Maranatha ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Maranatha and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message you can access all of our church information by going to our website website at www dot M. church dot com or an all social media by searching at church and now be blessed by listening to today's message inch praise. God I am reading from Matthew Chapter Ten verse fourteen. The Bible able says who so ever will not hear your words when you depart from that house or city shake off the dust from your feats I- looted to this versus scripture last week and I mentioned we ought to preach about that sometime and sometime has arrived. Doc whoever will not receive you nor hear your words when you depart from that house or that city shake off the dust from your feet. I WanNa ask you something. Honestly how many view first of all how many of you are familiar with that versus scripture. We're familiar with it all right. If you're not familiar with it and hearing it for the first time how many of you that are familiar with with it feel this way. And how many of you that are hearing it for the first time. Feel this way this sounds very hard and negative like you no good rotten. You don't WanNa hear me. I'm not scrape the dirt off my feet. Leave at your doorstep. See if I ever come back. It's about how we feel about it right. Okay we're going to look at it from a different angle as I preach to you today. Shake the dust off your feet amen. Let's pray together. Jesus we love you and we thank you for your goodness and your blessings. We pray that you will bless this time of preaching your word that you will touch every heart open our ears and our understanding. Let us hear the word of God in Jesus. He's is wonderful and precious name. I pray to God the all of the glory and all of the honor and all of the praise and everyone said Amen. Would you clap your hands one more time for Jesus is this. Let's prays together in this place. Louisa thank you Jesus. He says okay. I want to talk about this from a little different perspective and I want to obviously emphasize this part here. Shake the dust off your feet because it does sound very negative and it does sound very hard. It sounds almost cruel is sounds like we're washing our hands of some people some people you do need to wash your hands of some people are are who who will not repent does not mean we need to keep bringing them back into our lives but I want to look at it from a little bit of a different angle because this versus scripture I don't think is necessarily being vengeful title or revengeful all right. I don't necessarily think that and I want to just take a few moments and talk to you about it today. Picking up from basically what we talked about last week but today I want to point out this verse scripture here. I think there's three areas in every life. We talked last week about the ability to minister to one another. The ability to recognize is the needs in another life. The ability to recognize hurts people that are hurting our our desire to reach out. We talked about the new people coming in and sitting by themselves and us being able to recognize that and and invite someone to sit with us. Nobody should sit alone in the house of God awed and feel ostracized or separated or like they don't belong. Everybody needs to feel like they belong in the House of God. Can you say men. Everybody needs to feel that way and yet I know because unlike this and I'm sure you're like this. Our lives are such that we sometimes become so self-focused because so much is going on that we forget to look outside of ourselves to see where somebody else might be and to recognize the expression expression on their face and to desire to reach out and help out and there are three areas. I've prayed about this and I thought Lord helped me to to understand what might be the biggest three areas that we struggle with that prevent us from being able to be used the way we want to be used by God God and I believe there are three areas that every one of us are affected by in the course of our life and the first one is guilt the second one is grief life and the third one is grudge. We deal with guilt. We deal with grief. And and we deal with grudges. How have you ever had a grudge held against you? How many ever held a grudge sometimes quicker to admit that they're held against us that we are the grudge holder ourselves but anyway let's talk about guilt? I shall we because we all deal with guilt. How I know that because the Bible says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God all have sinned and so all are guilty and you say you are guilty of sin saying I am guilty? Can't deny hi it I am guilty. The psalmist wrote in Psalm. Thirty eight hundred this my iniquities have gone over my head. You ever feel shamed yourself. Did you ever do something you just feel ashamed. The psalmist said by iniquities have gone over my head like a heavy burden to heavy for me. My wounds are foul and festering because because of my foolishness I am troubled. I am bowed down greatly. I go morning all the day a long. How many have you ever felt like that about yourself? Come on now hope you do at one time or another. We need to feel this way away now. There are two issues or problems with this subject of guilt that I want to just go over quickly. The first is we all have plenty of things to be guilty about three or four of us doing anyway. We all have we all have plenty thanks to be guilty about. Yeah we do and the second problem is we cannot seem to get away from guilt on our own. We can't make things we did. Go Away so what we do in life unless we come to the law what we do in life. Is We try to deny our guilt. We tried to deny we try to pretend ended that it doesn't exist. We try to berry push it down not think about it not talk about it just Harbert. Close it in. But it's still there are it affects every aspect of our life because denying guilt does not solve the problem they met denying guilt does not solve the problem. We also try to minimize our guilt and we say things like it's no big deal. It doesn't really matter if it was no big deal. Why you even thinking about it? We can't forget it and we shouldn't forget it one way to get rid of it. It's at the alter bring it to Jesus but we'll get to that in a moment we we can't forget it. We can't get beyond minimizing. It doesn't work and so then. Our last step is to rationalize it. We rationalize optional. Is it and one of the ways to of the ways we rationalize it is number one. Everybody does it when the truth is not everybody does it. And secondly even if everybody does do it that doesn't make it right so everybody that does it doesn't relieve guilt and the second thing we try to do is while it's not not as bad as what they did. Not as bad as them. James said if you offended any area of the law you're just as the person that found it another part of the law doesn't matter what law you break your all lawbreakers. It doesn't matter what send you commit. We're all centers and we all suffer with the guilt and the shame of sin. Can you say that so. We need to get rid of the guilt and one of the ways. We need to get rid of the guilt of it really. The only way to get rid of the guilt is to come to the Lord and I'm not going to preach a message right now. I'm baptism and Jesus name but the Bible says if you you will repent of your sin in other words acknowledged it and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of those sins they are washed washed away. Your sins are washed away and oftentimes although the sins are washed away from our soul. They don't always get washed away from our our brain and so what we need to do is begin to seek the Lord so that he can help us to see me as he sees me and not as I see me. We'd all we'd all be a lot better off. We'd all be a lot better off if we could see ourselves as God sees us us rather than as people see us or as we see us we need to be able to see ourselves as God sees us so. If you're suffering fring guilt for what is still wrong in your life. What about the things you are doing wrong? What about those because how many of view here are perfect? Now I'm pretty close to it. Just got to be honest with you. That's the first lady she'll tell you I'm the perfect one in this household we just be quiet. WHO's here's WHO's perfect? Who has nothing ever feel guilty about? So what do you to do about that. Well I'll tell you what we often do. Is We let one area of our life where we struggle struggle in an area of your life. I don't we don't even know what it is. Everybody's struggle somewhere could be anger could be. Let's not name all the sense. All right you know what it is what we do is we allow one area of our life that we struggle in to destroy every other area of our life I four. We don't struggle because I'm not good here. I might as well not try to do this because I'm not good here. I'm just totally. We know good. I'm here to tell you we all have got issues. God is working on everyone of us. I am not what I am going to be yet. I'm better than I was but I'm not what I'm going to be but I'm not GonNa let what's wrong. Stopped me from being able to be used by God. Anyway the Luhya. And that's what we do. We let one area affect all the other areas us. Shake that guilt dust off your feet shake the dust off your feet. Jesus said when they're not receiving you shake the dust off off your feet when you have walked away from something. Don't carry the dust drought. Jose name this sermon. What are you walking around? What dirty feet for a stuck with shake the dust off your feet? We walk around in life with dirty feet. Leave the guilt the dust of guilt on our feet as we go around trying to you know when Jesus said shake the dust off your feet it was so that you could go to the next town and minister to somebody buddy but how can you go to the next town and minister somebody when you're covered with the dust of guilt. Shake that dust off your feet so that you can effectively affectively minister to the next person you run into the the second area that stops us from being able to reach out and touch other lives is grief we grieve we grieve over many things some grieve over bad things that have happened in our lives rather raise grieving right now because his grandson down in Florida was taken to the hospital for surgery is going to be flying down there. Just take a pause in this service right now. Pray for your grandson's name Jewelry Kayla. Let's pray for Kayla. He has taken taken to the hospital when in for emergency surgery. Let's pray for Caleb right now Jesus we asked by Your Spirit that you will send your angel. And I know I know L. The grandfather's going down Lord but what we need really is for you to be there to you to send your angel to touch that baby that child Lord God i Pray and Minister Health in Jesus Wonderful Name I pray your spirit amen but grieving grieving stops us from being able to see other needs we grieve and become focus on. What's wrong we grieve? And we become we grieve about In this case a sick grandchild how sure that makes I'm not saying don't grieve. I'm saying we understand a learn how to grieve and still be able to reach out is what we've gotta learn how to do because there are plenty things to grieve over and listen to me for a moment if you'd look around this world and you realize very quickly. This world's got a lot of things. We could be grieving over a lot of things. Grieving thing that calls us to grieve discouragment of what's going on in the world around us. I read a statement the other day from one of our one of our presidential candidates. Thank you Elizabeth Warren. Who stated that Black Trans Women? I don't know what that is assists a CIS not. SIS Not a sister it's black and and six women gender non conforming and non binary people are the backbone of our democracy. She said and I looked at that. I say first of all that's only four out of the one hundred different transgender genders. There are in our day. They say that's the only four of them. What about the other ninety six? And then when I thought the backbone of our democracy I became grieved in my spirit because I always thought Christianity was the backbone of our democracy and if you want to you want to denounce Christianity then how about we just say the American soldier is the backbone of our democracy pursue that fights that we say that. When did when did transgenders non-conforming a non binary become the backbone of America? You're grieving to me. How do I handle all the grief you on how to handle the grief? I'll tell you how you handle it. You gotTA understand this. Ain't heaven this. Here's earth and accursed one at that this curse world. That's why we grow old. That's that's why we get sick. That's why things happen. You know about you. I'm GonNa tell you something about this. This world don't grieve too much. Because here's here's the bottom line. Okay this is a sin cursed I earth things go wrong and sometimes they go wrong for no reason I. I don't know what I don't think Caleb did something wrong. And that's why he's had to go to the hospital for emergency sir. It's not like that things go wrong. And if we allow ourselves to we could become grieved over how many things are some people do their so grieved over how bad a condition condition. Everything is in and how bad the world is that they they no longer can look at the needs of the world because there to grieve over. What's wrong with the world? Listen to me innocent. People Suffer Evil people succeed. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. That's life life and if we allow ourselves to get grieved suddenly. We don't WanNA help anybody because we're discouraged with the way the world around us and then you can bring it down personal and you become so discouraged the way your little world is that you can't see beyond your little world to see someone else needs to be lifted out of the doldrums. The seventy three the psalmist wrote and he said this behold these are the ungodly who are always at ease it just seemed like the ungodly ones are always skipping through life. Like everything's great and all of us trying to be honest. We're just struggling away. The guy that stole the thousand thousand dollars. He's out taking his to dinner and we're struggling because we wouldn't steal the thousand dollars so we're trying to scrape together fifty cents for a hot dog. And what makes matters worse as he sits there eaten at looking at us with a big smile on his face as service come around because he was going to give them a big tip because he's got all this money johnny that he's your the way. Where's the fairness my friend? There's no fairness in this life. quit looking for fairness fairness. There's going to be in that life we don't live for this life. We live for that life. Said this look at these people. The ungodly godly always at ease. They increase enriches. Surely I've cleansed my Har- in vain. I wonder if anybody's ever felt felt that way. Surely I live this life in vain. The larger I try to live for God the more honest I try to be the more the more righteous. Yes I tried to be the worse it is surely this is all in vain because those people over there don't care about the things that I'm trying to care about and they're just being blessed. I got the promotion and they got this and they got the nice car. David said I'd cleanse my heart in Advain. I've washed my hands in innocence for all day long I have been plagued and chase into every morning if I had said I will speak thus behold I would have been untrue to the generation of your children. He said when I thought how to understand this. It was too painful for me when I try to figure. You're out why this world works the way it does. It was too painful for me. And then he said this until I went into the sanctuary of God and then I understood there in my friend. We're not living for today. We're living for that day. Don't ever forget what you're living for. Don't ever forget what you're living for. Four we get so grieved with the way things are that we lose our ability to look out around us and see hurting suffering people. Lonely people discourage people and we can't minister to them because we are trying to minister to ourselves. Get your your eyes off of this world understand where your reward is so that you can look here and pull somebody else out to take them with you. The praise God praise God so don't be grieved with the condition of this world to the point that you stop trying to help just one person we want to reach the whole city of Schenectady. Don't we and then we want to reach the whole capital region don't we we can't look at the whole capital region. We gotta look at one person that comes into our life. You ever hear the story of the little boy with the starfish rush your that story. Some of you haven't ta Ta. I was hoping somebody was saying no there was. It's terrible storm in the ocean. Wash thousands of starfish up onto the beach. These thousands of starfish could not get themselves back into to the water and they would certainly die less. They were in the water and this little boy came along and he saw the beach covered starfish everywhere and he got an down he started picking one one at a time up and throwing them back into the ocean and some guy stood up there and watch them for a little bit and he said hey you see because what are you doing saving these starfish fish. He said what does it matter. Look at them all. What does it matter? Little boy looked at the man he thought for a second he reached back down he picked up up another starfish and he threw it in the ocean and he said it mattered to that one the whole capital regions and mess. What does it matter? It'll matter to the one that got brought into my life. I'm not focused on the whole thing. I'm focused on that one. The we've become so grieved with the condition of the world that we forget. There's one sole that needs you touch them and they walk by us. They walk into church. I sit down and say hi to them and we never welcome to welcome them to sit with us because otherwise you'd be sitting back there by yourself and we never find out what their name is and they come and they go and they never come back because nobody embraced them when they were here. Why because we're too caught up and and all of the things that were grieving over and all the problems in our own life? Let's understand we need to focus on somebody else and minister to other people whether it's here in the House of God whether it's at the gas station station the laundromat the grocery store your job wherever it is. Let's remember. It will matter to that one. And let's start focusing out so shake that grief dust off your feet and then lastly this is probably in my opinion. I'm no psychologist bunny. Stretch of the imagination. But I would dare say this is one of the hardest and biggest reasons that we are more open and sensitive to the needs of others and that is grudges. Because I don't need to ask the question I can tell you. Anyone who is born has been offended when I say born. It's because by the time that baby that's born is a couple of minutes old. It's been offended. It starts crying. That's how we start life. Some of US never stopped. It starts uncomfortable comfortable. It starts people doing things with us. We don't want done it starts. We're not getting fed when we want to be fed. Ed It starts with not getting this when I want A. That's how we start and then we grow up and then it gets worse because the people that we thought were offending us. Who are really trying to help us? We grow up. We find out people who are hurting US really really do want to hurt us. And it's like revelation. Wait a second. Mom used to tell me I got to shut up and go to bed. That was because she loved me. But this person's doing this to me because they really do want to hurt me. I may ever been hurt by somebody who intended to hurt you. Everyone of us. All the kids are off off Sunday school so maybe some of the smaller ones might not understand that question. The rest of what's that are in this auditorium. Understand what I'm talking about when I say how many of us have had someone hurt us and they meant to do it because they you weren't thinking about your feelings. They were thinking about their own feelings. And so the sad thing is is when someone hurts hurts us and we now close ourselves off to them and hold a grudge and explain this in a minute. Some of your looking at me like wait a second. I've been I've been telling me I gotta go back into that. No no no just bear with me. Don't get up and walk out on a podcast. Let it go to the end here now. The problem with holding a grudge is that it doesn't hurt the other person. They're really hate you. They're already don't want anything to do with you. They're happy now that they've told you what they really think. And that they've misused. You abused you and they walk away. They feel good about it. And you're the one left hurting and wrapping yourself up in your grudge and now tomorrow. They're off doing who knows what they're not even thinking about you and you're wrapped up in your garage and a year from I'm now they've gone on and left. Who knows how many people in their wake of hurts and tearing lives apart? And you're still holding holding on to your grudge. They don't even remember your name some of them. And you're still holding on to your grudge and while you're holding on to your grudge unable to reach reach out to other people because you're so self absorbed with all the hurts that you've experienced in life. I'm you've all experienced hurts. I'm not saying you shouldn't you shouldn't be hurt. You'll never be her. You will be her but how you deal with it as what we've got to come to terms with because we've got a choice we can either be better or we can be bitter bitter. We can either be better or we can be bitter because the only one a grudge hurts is you. You're the only one to hurts. So how you handle handle your garage is GonNa either make you a better person or a bitter person and the difference in the two words. Is that letter I by the letter. I now here's what the letter I represents dents and the moment we confront it we can change that letter into an e and become better because when wrong has been done to you the question is how am I going to handle that. What am I going to do about that? Never can it be they. AOL Me an apology. When are they going to make it? Refers you focus on day that I just stays in I but as soon as you focus focus on I. What am I going to do now? How am I going to handle this? How am I going to get over this that I start turning owning into an e and you become better you become a better person? I want to wrap this up by reading versus scripture here because unfortunately it is easier to choose bitter than it is better. There's a different kind of preaching today. I know but I'm hoping to help us be administering church I want mirror ministries to be a ministry church to be focused on other people the able to see something to walk through the door and immediately recognized. There's somebody I might be able to minister to. We can't do that if we're just focused on I. Sometimes we walk into the House of God focused on i. Sometimes we walk out of the House of God focus on. What did I get out of it? How did I feel when we really should be wondering how somebody else feels? And what what can we do for them. And so we've got to handle the I part of it so we can change it into an e. Let's look at this versus scripture. Here this is Romans chapter twelve or seventeen through nineteen repay no one evil for evil. That's what the Apostle Paul said. Do Not Repay Evil for evil. which is what we WANNA do saying? I don't get mad. I get even. That's Anti Bible. It sounds really cool. You sound really tough saying it but it's Anti Bible because the Bible says says do not get even is says pay repay non one evil for evil is says have regard for a good things in the sight of all men. Now look at this right here. Look at this portion of it. If possible as much as depends uh-huh on you. This Bible teaching isn't preaching as all right today as much as depends on you. Now what depends on you when when when wrong happens to people come along and one abuses the other and the other other is her and wounded. What is what part of that depends on you now to fix this Talia once you get mad and walk out on me? What depends on you after you've been wronged is forgiveness? Give nece forgiveness. I don't get mad. I get even forgiveness forgiveness. Understand what forgiveness is. I think sometimes we don't necessarily comprehend. What forgiveness really is forgiveness? Number one does not mean reconciliation. Not what means reconciliation takes two parts. Reconciliation takes forgiveness one part but it takes true repentance on another part. That's why Jesus could hang on the cross father. Forgive them. They know not what they do. Just because they're forgiven does not mean their sins washed away that takes to repentance. That's why Jesus had he that repents and this baptized shall be saved so we need to. We need to repentance so when the other party is not repenting does that negate you from having to forgive. It didn't didn't negate Jesus from forgiving when he was hanging on the Cross and look down at his crucifiers said father. Forgive them what was he saying as much as lies within me. I'm going to do my part as much as lies within me. You See. Here's a relationship now that is broken and it is forever broken until there is true repentance and true forgiveness but what part of that lives with me while I'm the one that's been done the wrong too so my part is to forgive so I must forgive. That's the part that depends hands on me as much as depends on you live peaceably with all men. Some people you can't live peaceably with with with. And so so as if it's possible if it's possible. But you see sometimes grudges keep us from living peaceably with people we could live peaceably ably with if we didn't hold the grudge. I'm gonNA tell you how to determine if you're holding a grudge or not just a moment but let's go to the. Let's go the second part of this diverse here live peaceably with all men as much as depends on you beloved. Do not avenge yourselves. I don't get get mad. I get even. That's Anti Bible because the Bible says don't avenge yourself don't get even don't think about getting even. Don't worry about getting even don't worry about Can't wait for the day. When they get their just dues rather give place to wrath for? It is written. Vengeance is mine. I I will repay saith the Lord don't take over the vengeance part because you can't possibly be as bad as what God's going to be on Judgment Day you're letting them get off easy if you take. I don't know if that's preaching vengeance or Nabet. You're letting them get off easy if all they gotta do suffer your wrath but wait a second now because listen to this moment think about thus because we don't always think about these things and I'll be done in just a minute. We don't always think about these things. One day. There is going to be a judgment of every soul that has ever lived or that will ever live one day every soul is going to walk up and stand before the Lord of Glory and they are going to hear one of two phrases. They are going to hear. Well done thou good. And Faithful Servant and turn into my joy or the only other alternative is depart from me you worker of Iniquity now for those that here the depart from iniquity they will leave the white throne judgement of Almighty God to enter in to an eternity of hell fire and Brimstone Ternate. We go through troubles in life and the thing that keeps us going is recognizing soon. This'll be the over Shirley. This is going to figure this out surely raise going down to Florida. Surely He's going down with the hope that he's going to continue to pray in the child's GonNa come out of this when when you get to hell there's no coming out of it. One of the greatest struggles of hell is the hopelessness. Most of it never ending. Now settle that to say this the person who has sinned against you and will not repent and goes through life leaving wounded people hurting people in their wake if we could see them on judgement day we might not be so angry angry with them today. Perhaps we'd even begin to feel bad and pray that they might come to the light of truth before that day the if we see them on that day we might not harbor such hatred towards them today today and so I will repay say at the Lord and when I read that I think there's some people that have cut themselves off from me and I've had to cut myself off from and I wanNa make sure I have forgiven them in my heart because I don't want to be part of the problem and I'll tell you how you can determine if you have forgiving someone whether they have repented yet or not you know how you can tell. I'll tell you how you can tell would be okay if they told you they were sorry. I mean really meant it. Some people are sorry today. Do same thing tomorrow. Sorry again the next day and do the same. I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about someone that truly repents and they have changed. Is Everything. Okay with you or you're GONNA make them pay a little bit I. Yeah you're going to earn your way back. You're GONNA prove it. I'm not ready yet. Well you still holding something there my friend you must be still holding some. And aren't you glad Jesus who had every right to hold a grudge against you and me the moment I said I was sorry he took me in. There was no. Let's earn. Put you through some tests here. There was none of that. There was come on home. That's what Jesus did to me to this day. I thank him for loving me taking me. An and not holding a grudge shake that grudge dust off your feet. Let me close by Reading One more story Matthew Chapter Five. Jesus said this. You have heard that it was said an eye for an eye and a tooth tooth but I tell you do not resist an evil able person. Whoever slaps you on the right cheek turn the other? Also they'll slap back whoever compels you to go one mile. Go to give him to ask ask from him and wants to borrow from you. Don't turn them away. You have heard that it was said you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy but I say that you love your enemies. Bless those curse you do good to those who hate you pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you that you may be the sons of your father in heaven for. He makes his son rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the Justin on the unjust. I told you good things happen to bad people or if you love those who love you what reward have you even the tax collectors do the same if you greet your brethren only what do you more than others do not even the tax collectors do so therefore you shall be perfect it just as your father in heaven is perfect. This story that Jesus just hold here is about your attitude when they sue. Oh you are you going to harbor bitterness. Are you going to say so. Be It a pray for you. These are the things that hinder us from being able to love someone else and being being able to minister to someone else because of that person hurt me. It's hindered me from helping that person. We must not let that happen. We must shake off the dust of guilt. We must shake off the dust of grief. We must shake off the dust of grudges so that the next door we knock on and we can minister to them if they're open to it and if we get bogged down in the dust we become ineffective ministers I want Mironov ministries to have a culture of ministering to have a culture of loving think they have a culture of reaching out to having a culture of noticing. Someone else seeing an expression someone else's face trying to help someone else us and we can't do that if we're burdening ourselves with all of these other things that's what Jesus have his way. Would you stand How's this for a little saying be a minister said of being so sinister? Let's be a minister. Preacher you're the minister. I may minister. I'm not the only administer. Everyone of us should be a minister. Can you say men who can you minister. Let's come Let's call thank you for listening to the Marinov Ministries podcast. If this message touched you please make sure to subscribe for more servants from Pastor Frank in the ministry team here at Mironov as well as follow us on our social media platforms. We are located in Schenectady New York. And if you're you're in the area we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service starting at ten thirty A._M.. We look forward to joining us again next week for another anointed message. Thank you and God bless.

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When Troubles Come

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When Troubles Come

"Welcome to the podcast cast of Maranatha ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message you can access all of our church information by going to our website website at www dot M. church dot com or an all social media by searching at church and now be blessed by listening to today's message judge. Oh thank you Jesus. God is so good as it is so good to see all of you here today. And what a wonderful what a wonderful feeling it is to be in the presence of the Lord. Can you say amen to feel his touch to feel his presence here here. Today is just a wonderful thing. I'M GONNA not already standing in. You're able to do so in honor of the reading of God's Word today I'm going to turn in our bibles to Matthew Chapter number fourteen. Matthew Chapter Fourteen a very familiar story. I'm sure many of us. I do WanNa talk about it a little bit today in Chapter Fourteen of Matthew and beginning with verse number twenty two the Bible says immediately Jesus made his disciples get into into the boat and go before him to the other side while he sent the multitudes away this was just after he fed five thousand men remember. I talked about about that. We talk about Jesus feeding the five thousand. He did not feed five thousand. He Fed five thousand men plus the Women Children Upwards to twelve to fifteen thousand thousand people probably all right but this was just after that and he sent his apostles off and had them in the boat and sent them away and then any sent the multitudes away after that verse twenty three says and when he had sent the multitudes away he went up on a mountain by himself to pray now in evening came he was. I was alone there but the boat was now in the middle of the see. This is the body told his apostles to get into in the middle of the you see it was tossed by the waves for the wind was contrary and now in the fourth watch of the night. I'll explain that as we go on here here. In the Fourth Watch of the night Jesus went to them walking on the sea and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were troubled saying it is a ghost. Remember summer. Now it's in the middle of the night early very actually very early in the morning. Probably sometime between three and six. AM and the storm is raging. And they see this figure it probably had a white garment on and they see this figure out walking on the sea the thought it was a ghost and they cried out for fear which is understandable. Oh Bible says but immediately Jesus spoke to them saying be of good cheer. That's the message. Jesus has for all of us be of good cheer. You're been situations that there was no cheer. How many of you might be going through a situation right now? Where there's no cheer and Jesus says in the midst of that trouble be of good cheer? He said be of good cheer. Let's see where was I. Be of good. Cheer it is I do not be afraid and Peter answered him and said Lord if it is you command me to come to you on the water so he said come on come and when Peter had come down out of the boat he walked on the water to go to Jesus But when he saw that the wind was boisterous he was afraid and he began to sink and he cried out saying Lord Save me and immediately Jesus Jesus stretched out his hand caught him and said to him. o You of little faith. Why did you doubt and when he got into the the win ceased? I WanNa talk to you today about this Subject that I haven't idled from these verses of scripture when troubles come when troubles come I I may have never experienced trouble. I hate to be throw a blanket of depression on you but how many of you expect not to have any trouble in the future we are going to have troubles. Troubles come and troubles will continue to come and I'm GonNa talk talks about what we should do when those troubles come on. Let's pray together. Jesus we love you today we thank you for your goodness and your blessings and I am praying that you will touch my lip's might on my voice and let us here today. Something from you. Lord Jesus I pray Your Spirit that you will be glorified today in this message that every heart will be turned towards you every life will be strengthened by you. I pray this in Jesus wonderful name everyone the city men. God bless. You may be seated. Can we give Jesus one more hand. Clap of praise together the Luhya praise God praise. God I just want to take a few moments today. Talk to you about several things that jumped out at me as I was studying these verses and felt impressed to talk about them for a little bit. I mentioned this already. I WANNA point out again that just this this happened just after Jesus Fed upwards to fifteen thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish interesting to note. It was at that time that the Apostle Peter argued with Jesus when and he said we need to send these people away. It's getting late in the day and they have no food. They need to go eat. and Jesus said you feed 'em and Peter was one of the ones that said we don't have the food to feed fifteen fifteen thousand people he said we've got five loaves of bread and two fish. What is that among? So many and then Jesus began to work his miraculous this power and he began to say take the bread. Take the fish and start handing it out. Listen this is not in my notes but trust trust me on this if we will reach out and help people the strength will continuously come. You're not gonNA have more bread till you start breaking what you already have and handing ending it out. A man and Peter watched as he began to break his pieces of bread and it just never ran out and he ended up feeding. Probably realistically a thousand people. Peter Himself Fed if you figure twelve apostles that each probably fed somewhere around a thousand people and he just kept breaking his bread and passing it out and it just multiplying and multiplying and pulling pieces of fish off in the fish just kept multiplying and multiplying so Peter Firsthand saw Jesus worked the supernatural before his very eyes. And now once that's over and it's starting to get late in the day. Jesus says alright you you twelve getting the go to the other side. I'm going to stay here. I'm going to send the people home. And then he probably didn't tell them this but he said I'm going to go. Oh pray a little bit. That's a good thing for us to do is to pray. Jesus oftentimes found time to pry. We pray we need to find time to pray and I'm going to be talking about that when the new year hits about some of these things but Peter saw this miracle he saw God do what he did and now he was told to get in a boat and go to the other side and wait for him there and he got in the boat and he started going out to the aside. When everything went wrong I mean you've ever felt like you do a God wanted you to do and nothing's working out amen? So they got got into the boat and the storm hit and there they are in their in trouble so the first thing I want to point out is you will see God's miraculous hand hand in your life. Don't think that means nothing will ever go wrong going forward and then you see some and people come to God and they want God to fix everything. They want their life fixed. They want their houses fix. They want their jobs fix they. They want their children fixed. They want everything about that. They come to God so that he will fix everything. God works the supernatural. But don't think just because you're walking away from one miracle that you are walking into another one sometimes when you walk away from that miracle you are walking into trouble ball because troubles come troubles. Come people want to be fixed. They want Jesus to fix everyone and not not only did he not fix their circumstances but he said then into those circumstances alone alone they left the miraculous got into a boat. He did not go with them. I wonder how many of us sometimes ask the question. Where is God? Have you ever wondered where goddess in this in your life. Me Tell you something he knows where you are. That's what's important. He knows where you are. You may not know where he is. You may not understand why he didn't come with me and getting this boat but he knows where you you are and he will come when his time is right point number one just because things went well doesn't mean they will continue to go. Oh well and sometimes you will wonder where is God and then point number two. Their troubles didn't just come and go. It was evening time. Let me explain to you. The four watches of the night. Because this was the fourth th- Watch of the night. The Jewish clock had two periods of time twelve hours a day twelve hours of night six. Am to six. PM was the daytime six PM under six am was the night day night. The nighttime had four watches in at six PM to nine pm nine to twelve twelve to three. Am Three Am am to six am. Those are the four watches of night. Jesus sent them away either late in the day or in the I watch of the night somewhere at the end of the day probably in the last part of the day before six. PM He sent them into the boat told them to go to the other side and wait for him. We also know from the story. Sorry that it wasn't until the Fourth Watch of the night somewhere between three and six a m before Jesus shows up on the scene and so oh for the entire night they were alone for the entire night they had been in trouble all night long. Let me read you. You a portion of this story from Mark's Account Shoshana could deter me down just a bit and my monitors from Mark's account chapter number six. He said this immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side to Beth. Say say it while he dismissed the crowd and after he had taken leave of them he went up on the mountain to pray and when evening evening came now evening starts at six. PM So they're already gone already in the boat Jesus starting his prayer meeting a six PM and the bowl was out on the sea and he was alone on land. Jesus is on land safe insecure. His people are in the boat in the midst of a storm norm. The Bible says in Verse Forty Eight of Mark's version that he saw aw that they were making headway painfully painfully. They were trying signed to be obedient to God and it was causing great pain in their life as they fought against the obstacles and the wind was blowing against them and he was not with them he left them on their own to figure it out and to do the best they could do but the Bible says he saw them now he was not on a mountainside looking king law on the mountain he was nowhere near but he sees everything he sees. Everything you know how I know. That's what the Bible means. When it says that he saw them he saw them super? Naturally I'll tell you why because the same thing happened. When Jesus saw Nathaniel coming the Bible says Jesus on the thanks coming toward him this is when the FANEUIL was I called to be one of his disciples and he said of him behold Israelite indeed in whom there is no deceit right? And if you'll said to him how do you know me Jesus Nathaniel had never met here. Jesus is telling Nathaniel about himself and says how do you know me. and Jesus said to 'em before Philip called you while you were under the fig tree. I saw you there. He sees you. Oh he doesn't have to be on site to see where you are. He doesn't need to be right next to you to see what you're going going through. He always sees. He's an all seeing eye. He knows everything that's going on. He knows everything that's taking place he knows where you lar- he knows the storms that are going on in your life and though you can't see him and you might not be able to feel him and you may feel all alone. He sees you. Aw and he knows where you are but obviously obviously from this story. He doesn't always come at the first hint of trouble does he. That's when we want them to show up the moment we recognize the problem. The moment we see something wrong the moment something is wrong in our life if we want him here and we want him now and he didn't come he sent them out at probably five ish in the afternoon and off they went into a storm that hit them in the middle of the sea. And I want to point one other thing. That's very important understand. These men were fishermen by trade. They had been on the sea. They had been through storms. This one had him shook up. This one had them shook up. This one had him worried about what was going to happen. And if they were GONNA make it Jesus does not always come at the first hint of trouble. The bottom line mine is when you find yourself in trouble. He expects you to do you can do before he takes over. Expects you to do what you can do before he steps in and does what he can do because sometimes sometimes it's only when we can do no more that the miraculous steps forward and takes over. I don't believe God will do what he wants me to do. I I think I said it this way. Once stop sitting around waiting for God to do what God sitting around waiting for you to do the sometimes we are waiting for God to do the thing that God is waiting waiting for us to do. Can you say men you see. There would be no story at all. There'd be no sermon today. We don't have that beautiful worship service and Jameson his worship team. What a great job? They did today. Beautiful singing beautiful spirit of God. That's all you'd have have today. We'd all go home. We'd all be home right now. Something that'd be that's all right some of you want to hear some preaching. We'd all be home. Today there would be no L. Sermon today because this story would not have happened if Jesus protected them from never going through a storm the very fact that they went through a store here we are two thousand years years later still being encouraged by what God did through his apostles because of trouble trouble. There would be no story of Peter Walking on the water. If Peter was still sitting on the shoreline. Waiting for Peter are waiting for Jesus to translate him over to the other side of the. You see God the other side wait for me. I'll just wait right here when we're ready to go. We just translate US over. I wonder if sometimes that's what we're waiting for Jesus to do. Just translate me to the other side. Don't make me get in the boat and row without you being in the boat with me. Just translate me. Let me get a bow. Sure I'll get into bow but you stop all the storms give. Let me clear sailing. We want clear. Sailing in the bottom line is troubles come troubles it come. Listen also to what Mark says here about this story. I WanNa read this to you. I'M GONNA put it up here on the screen so you can see it. Bible says in Mark Mark Chapter Six marks version mark says that when he saw them straining at rowing he saw them straining at rowing for the wind was against them so mark said he saw them and he saw them straining and struggling because the wind was contrary contrary and it was against them and it was about the fourth watch of the night somewhere between three and six. Am He came to them. Walking on the sea notice this the last part and would have passed them by just picture this for a moment here are these twelve apostles fearful for their lives. They were fishermen by trade. They had been on the see. This one was ready to take. This was the end this one. They weren't going to survive and here comes Jesus. He's not running to them he's just walking and by and would have just passed right on by and gone about his business getting to the other side of the lake which is what he's supposed has to be and where they're supposed to be just passing right on by seem strange to you that they're in trouble. Aw Jesus sees him in trouble knows where they are knows the storm and starts walking over to the other side because that's where he told them to go and while he's walking to the other side he sees them struggling and fighting and fearful and just passes right on by interesting isn't it. That comes from a common phrase. The common common phrase throughout the bobble use use often in the old testament in fact often in the Old Testament. God would say to people I will pass by. I will pass by said that to Moses them which are in the cleft of the Rock. I'm GonNa pass by and what he was expecting people to do by letting them know. Mona pass passed by was to reach out. And grab me reach out. Lay hold on me call upon me. I'm GONNA pass by and as I'm passing by it's your or job to reach out and get for me what you need you know. Sometimes we just need to get down and pray. Sometimes we just get D to get down and call upon his name. Sometimes we need to spend some time seeking his face and don't let them just pass by. Why the Bible said in Matthew Chapter Seven you ask and it will be given to you seek and you'll find knock and it'll be opened unto you for everyone who asked they receive an and everyone who seeks they find and everyone who knocks it gets open to them? Jesus is going to pass by. Don't let them just pass by. Lay hold of him. We don't want to lay hold of him. We want him to lay hold of us. Know my friends. You got it backwards. He's passing asked by every one of your storms. He's walking by and every one of your difficulties it everyone of your hardships every time. Something's going wrong. Look around because Jesus is going to be passing using by and when he passes by you need to reach out and claim him and call upon his name. When you're in trouble when you're in trouble he expects you to cry out to him? Not sit around complaining Monin bellyaching Boohoo expects you to call upon his name. When you're in trouble fourthly when they do see him was interesting to me? They didn't know who he was. They see him and they don't know who he is. They look out onto the sea. Now listen he had already come to see by this time they had already been in a storm. He was on the books sleeping. This had already happened this story. He was on a boat sleeping and they woke them up and they said master. Don't you care that we're perishing. You said of course I care that you're perishing I figure when it got bad enough you'd wake me up. Some of you need to wake Jesus up you you just sitting around thinking where is he. He's right there sleeping. You need to shake him. You need to get on your knees. Wake him up. They see him walking on the seashore or on the sea waves not the shore but the waves and they're not sure who he is. You know why they weren't expecting him to be there. They weren't expecting that to be. Jesus they were still thinking a natural terms Jesus's over there not the God I serve the God I serve can be anywhere and be everywhere and the moment I need him. He'll be there my friend you need to be able to see God in the midst of your trouble and he may not look like you think he looks sometimes he looks like getting up earlier and getting to work on time so you don't get fired. Sometimes he looks like you telling the truth instead of being known as a liar so people can trust you. Sometimes he looks like fill in the black. Sometimes he looks like you put your hand to the plow and going to work we want to. Jesus that does everything for us. Sometimes sometimes he looks like getting up early really so you can get the church on time. Sometimes he looks like getting up a little early. So you can get on your knees before you start your day see. We don't want that. We want the kind that doesn't cost US anything. We want the kind of Jesus that does everything for us. Sometimes he looks like you doing something for yourself. Praise God the Bible says that when they disciple saw him walking on the sea were troubled saying it is a ghost and it was ause. It's a Holy Ghost. Jesus is a Holy Ghost. Aren't you glad you got the Holy Ghost the let's face it sometimes. The Holy Ghost scares people. Some people don't like a church like like this one. Some people like a church where they can commit. Keep everything under control. Keep everything together. They don't WanNa come into a church where they feel something that's bigger than they are. I need somebody bigger than me because when I was in control I just about destroyed my life. Somebody who's bigger than me. Teach me how to live right. There's been some things God is asked me that are scaring but if he asked me to do it would give me the grace to get done. Fifthly Matthew Fourteen twenty-seven says when they cried out it's a ghost he said on. I'll be a good share to me. I'm telling you to be a good cheer. Jesus is here. Somebody might be feeling conviction right now. The of good cheer Jesus here being good shared as I do not be afraid. Frade I'm GonNa ask you something today. I want you to ponder it in your heart. What are you afraid of? What scares you got ask you to do or something? You don't think you can do God asking you to live a lifestyle. You don't think you can live got got asking you to work in a manner. You don't think you can work. Got Asking you to reach out to somebody you think's going to reject you. What is it that you're afraid of? What is it the scares you? What's scaring you in life right now? Unknown future trouble you created in your past that's now been extended on into your future and you don't know what it's going to bring to you. What's scaring you? What are you afraid of in life? What's to hopeless for you to continue on with? I encourage you to take that to the Lord take it to the Lord. There are things that you're afraid of right now. That seem overwhelming to you. A future that seems so uncertain. Take it to Jesus. Don't take it to your heart and worry about it present it before the Lord and say this is what I'm worried about. I'm afraid because in Luke Chapter Twelve Jesus said do not fear little flock. It's your father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom your father's good pleasure to give to you the kingdom. So what are you afraid of if my father if his good pleasure to give me the kingdom what is it about my future that I'm afraid of. I need to bring it to him. I need to take it to him and talk to him about it because he doesn't just give me whatever I want. He does expect me to do my part I. Those apostles had to row and fight and resist wind and wave an entire night before Jesus showed up to calm the storm. And sometimes it's through the troubles that we gain strength spiritual strength. Sometimes we can face trials because we can look back and see trials we've conquered. Can you say amen. Sometimes we can face an uncertain future because we've seen uncertainty in our past that God brought us through. So what are you afraid of. Sometimes he doesn't just give us what we want but it's are struggling for it. That gives us the faith and we can make it in the future. Can you say amen. Now I WANNA talk to you for a moment before I wrap this up about a very strange sean request. A strange request. Keep in mind. What's going on here? Peter and the other eleven eleven apostles have been told by Jesus who just multiple just miraculously fed upwards to fifteen thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish and then he said now you get into that boat and go to the other side and I'll meet you over there. I'm GONNA stay here. And disperse the people and pray for a bit. While they went they ran into trouble. I'm not going to reiterate the whole store. You know it but they were very fearful of their lives. Hi This is how bad the storm was. They were fearful that they were not going to make it. I wonder if there's somebody listening to me today. That wonders if they're gonNa make it through the things they're facing. They did not know if they were GONNA make it. The Lord showed up. They weren't sure who he was. They thought he was a ghost. She said. Don't worry it's me everything's GonNa be alright. Peter who had a tendency to blurt things out I think sometimes before he thought it through for said. Jesus if it's you command me to come to you on the water. I don't know how you are if I was in that bowl and I was afraid for my life and and I saw something walking on the water and Jesus said don't be afraid it's me I would not ask to go out there. I would ask him to come in here. Lord of it's you get in this boat and do what you did before com storm. Because he had already come to store get in a boat. Calm the store but Peter did not do that. Peter said Lord if you tell me to come to you walking on the water why would he say such a thing. And we'll tell you why he said such a thing because Peter questioned the voice of God just yesterday when Jesus Leases said we've got all these people and Peterson send them away now while they still have a chance to go home get dinner and Jesus said it's too late in the day and they'll never they'll they'll faint on the way. We need to feed them and Peterson. We only got five loaves of bread to fish who can't feed them. All and Jesus said bring the bread bring the fish start. Feeding them and Peter watched watched as Jesus gave the command feed the multitude and Peter began to be able to do what Jesus commanded. Because Peter now understood how powerful the Voice of God is he understood when. Jesus says something. It's going to happen. He understood there's nothing impossible passable impossible for this. God I serve and I got a feeling when g when Peter saw Jesus seizes his his spirit lifted a little bit he got a little bit emboldened he remembered just yesterday how he kept breaking that loaf of bread at a never ran ran out. Eddie grabbed a fish. Any Fed a thousand people with it. They looked out there and he said man. I know one thing. I couldn't have done that on my own but when you told me to do it I was able to do it. I can't feed five thousand but you could buy telling me to do it. So if that's you tell me to walk to you on the water. Aw Miraculously and then Jesus said come. You want to be used by God God to use you. Want God the work the miraculous your life. You want God supernatural things you want Jesus to fix what's wrong and your home your marriage. I mean look at anybody when I say that in your heart I can look at everybody when I say that Jesus fix these things come on get out of the boat. That's really Lord work a miracle in my life it. Let me walk on top of this very storm that I have been afraid of you. Tell me because if you command me to. I'll be able to do anything you say happens. Command me to come on the water. Jesus said come. It's a beautiful beautiful story isn't it. Peter knew that Jesus said somethin'. Then it would come to pass. Peter knew that of Jesus gave the command. Anything can be accomplished anything anything. But I'M GONNA wrap it up by telling you this when Jesus said come. The storm didn't stop. The storm raged on and Peter got got himself out of the boat. Let me explain something to all of you today that just because Jesus uses tells you to do something does not mean everything goes smooth Jeremy just because you are following. The leading of God's spirit does not mean everything works out it does not mean there are no bumps in the road it does not mean there are no troubles and it does not mean you will never fail does not mean that at all because Peter got out of the boat and he started doing what God asked him to I do and he was walking on top of the waves of the sea. That was still in the midst of a storm waves. That scared him just a moment ago. He has now stepped out of the boat and as walking on those waves. Now you would think every step he took would embolden him wouldn't you. You would think the first step he took off that boat and realized this water is like cement. You would think his faith would be so increase. There'd be no stopping him but that's not what happened is it. The Bible Says S. He started walking towards Jesus he started looking around and and as he looked around he realized I can't do it I'm doing. He began to trust in himself again. He began to lean to his own understanding. He begin to try to figure things out himself himself and what happened to him. He started to think to sink. Listen to me folks. Listen carefully just because you are doing what God asks you to do. Who does not mean you will always be successful? We don't like this kind of preaching doing this awful quiet in here. Don't tell me I want something that makes me jump up and say can do anything God will ask and expect and get out of you the miraculous but don't you won't struggle along the way. Don't think you won't sink. Don't look around and realize what is going on I'm sinking being I'm being I'm being overrun. I'm being over. The waves are crashing against me. I thought I thought this was going to be a piece of cake. I thought when God outset go everything was gonNA work out. I thought they were GONNA be any more problems. I thought the waves would stop. I thought the sea would become. I stepped out on the sea. I expected a sidewalk to lead me to. But no I've got waves all around me and they're crashing against me and now that I look around I realize something is wrong here and now I'm starting to sink. You ever been there. You went over by the happens Matteo it happens. It happens because we do what the Bible says not to do. Reprimanding us. The Apostle Peter had this happened to him. The story is written in the word of God so that we can know that it happens and what what happens. We lean to our own understanding. Don't we we lean to our own understanding. We start reasoning things out. We start developing our own. Ideas is how things should be. We start wondering okay. God's asked me to do this. I think I'll do it this way. God's called me to do something I think I'll we'll do it like this. We always as long as we're hearing this flesh. Go back to leaning to our own understanding that was the original sin you know eve leaned to of her own understanding she listened to God she listened to Lucifer. She leaned to her own understanding and said that sounds better and her own understanding took her away from God. And my friend. Don't ever think you will ever ever get to the place in this life. Were you will stop leaning to your own understanding. That's never going to happen. Never I don't mean to be preaching doom and gloom but you will never reach the place where you know longer. Lean to your understanding and I'm sure there's been preachers that have stood up instead. Lead not to your own understanding all ways acknowledge. God that's what the Bible says but how many of us do everything. The Bible says perfectly everyday twenty four hours a day. Anybody shouting man. If you're the one twenty four seven you do everything the Bible says. I'm just being honest preacher Richard Today. Okay we lean to our own understanding and no matter how much the Bible says not to we do and when we recognize the fact that we have failed. What do we do? Then what do we do. Then when we're starting wanting to sink because we're leading to our own understanding what. Now what do I do now. You do what Peter did. Jesus save me. That's what Peter did. He realize I'm trusting in my flesh and I'm not I trump. You're still right there but I've taken my eyes off of you and I'm looking at all the message going on around me and shaking my faith. Save me that's what you need to do. You come back it admit it saved me. I'm making a mess. Out of things. Untrusting amount flesh. I thought I had all the answers and look at what the Bible says happened. When he said save me? The Bible says immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him and said to him. o You of little faith. Why did you doubt why did you doubt you think Jesus is mad at you down? You think he's angry. You'd doubter. He was right. There took your eyes off of him. He started looking around started started sink. You cried out to him and he immediately helped you any says. Why did you doubt why did you doubt because that's what we do? And what do we do when we cry out to him now. The Devil's job is to it. Gets you to believe you can't cry out to him because you leaned to your own understanding and the devil's job is to get you to believe that you have to figure out now what you're going to do about this and how you're GonNa fix it and how you're going to take and you just you just keep sinking further and further. Got To come a time when you say Jesus seizes help me I'm drowning. I'm drowning in this now. He could have just come the storm. I'm going to wrap this up Jameson. If you'll come please he could have just calm the storm. He could have sat on. The cease sat sat on the seashore and miraculous. You saw what they were doing and said storm come back another day and let them set clear clear sailing to the other side but he didn't and could have just walked right up to the said. Don't worry guys I'm here. Peace be still have the storms. But he didn't he came walking by he would have walked right on by until Vic took a nice not acknowledge him. So Hey who's that you. I said it's me. Don't don't worry it's me and he could have said to Peter. Yeah Peter Okay you can walk. You can come to me but before you come. Let me calm the storm for you. But he didn't do that either. He called him out. I'm GonNa tell you why he does that. I'm going to close. He does that because we learned valuable lessons in the storms of our life we learned valuable lessons in our sufferings our mistakes in our lifestyles that have produced trouble. We learned valuable lessons through that. And so Jesus just doesn't always step in and calm the storm because more than calming the storm. He wants you to learn your valuable lessons that you need to know about in Assam Chapter Forty six verses one through three the Bible says God is our refuge and our strength and he's very present help in time of trouble that's what he is. It's therefore we will not fear. Now listen to listen to what the psalmist rates and says that we will not fear he says we we will not fear because the Lord solve our problems nope we will not fear because Jesus makes every every wave and every C com now he said we will not fear. Even though the earth gives gives way I could be an earthquake now. Not Be afraid. I'm going to feel like you're in an earthquake right right now in your life being swallowed up though the earth gives way though the mountains tins be moved into the heart of the sea. We will not fear the water waters roar and Thuom we will not fear and though the mountains tremble at its swelling we will not fear. Why will we not fear because Jesus knows where I am? Oh Jesus knows about the storms in my life. Jesus knows that I put myself into some of these circumstances Jesus. Jesus knows that he's allowing things to happen so that I can learn valuable lessons so I don't keep doing the same stupid things over over and over and over again so I will not fear because I will learn I will grow. I will make it. He will come the store when the time is right. He'll bring me through this. I will get to the other side. I will preach his Gospel. I will be an apostle for him because Jesus is now in my boat so I don't know where you are today. Maybe you're in the midst of a storm all alone. Jesus sees you. Maybe you can see him walking on the troubled. Save Your Life and you're afraid of him and what he might ask you to do. So he's waiting for you to call upon his name maybe you've called on him and now you're actually out of the boat and now you're sinking into the waves of the sea. Uh maybe you're leaning your own understanding and you're drowning. Ah I assure you there is a savior. Who did you come? Hello unto me. Except that in another story he said all you who labor. They're heavy lated. I'll give you rest. Because when he put Peter Back in the boat calm the storm the next thing they knew they were on the other side. Do you need a savior like that. Come to the PSALTER so I need savior like that thank you for listening to the mayor off ministries podcast. If this message touched you please. Make sure to subscribe for more sermons from Pastor Frank in the ministry team here at Mayor Nafa as well as follow us on our social media platforms. Yes we are located in Schenectady New York and if you are in the area we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service starting at ten thirty. AM We look forward over to joining us again next week for another anointed message. Thank you and God bless.

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A Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken

Maranatha Ministries UPC

00:00 sec | 7 months ago

A Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken

"Welcome to the podcast of Maranatha ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot. M. Church DOT COM or an all social media by searching at church and now be blessed by listening to today's message. All right we are ready to get into the word of the Lord. I want to tell you that My plan was as we were going forward here. I was building up to Easter. I thought to myself that while back that I would preach about some of the things that Jesus went through while building up to his crucifixion and ultimately preach about his resurrection on Easter Sunday. And I have tried to stay true to that format and the past few weeks as notice. I have been preaching about some of the events that were taking place building up to the crucifixion and then ultimately the resurrection as I prepared for this message. Today I couldn't have notes. I have ideas. I have things written down and I couldn't what I call connect with it. I couldn't connect with it when I'm being connect with it is as I'm preparing for my messages. And seeking the Lord. There's a there's a connection that I feel with God that is on the right track. I'm putting things together. I'm feeling the anointing. I'm feeling the direction putting it together. A feel good about it. I had an idea a while back and I'm working towards that when I was started working on those notes I couldn't connect with it and I began to think you know what there's something else here. God's doing something wants me to do something else and so I began to seek the Lord and and ask him. You know why. Why am I so disheveled with these messages that I have here? And what what what am I supposed to do and I felt God speak to me and take me down a different road and I may get back to the Easter stuff by. I've been saying all along. That mayor not the ministries is going to have an Easter service whether it's on April twelfth or not. I don't know but when we get back to the house of we're going to promote an Easter service and we're going to celebrate the resurrection. But I come over here last night actually. Last night I was seeking the Lord and praying and I felt like the spirit of the Lord spoke to me and I said this is what I need to talk about. Today's message so I'm GONNA ask you if you're not already standing go ahead and stand up in your living room office. You're wherever you happen to be watching this right now. I'm GonNa read from Hebrews Chapter Number Twelve and I want to read Verse Number Twenty Eight and I just WanNa talk to us a little bit about this scripture and about what God spoke to me last night in this sanctuary while I was here by myself seeking the Lord and praying he chapter twelve hours. Twenty eight says this therefore since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken. Let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. We are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken. And that's the title of my message this morning. A kingdom that cannot be shaken. I want to start by saying this telling US something that we all already know. Our entire world is being shaken right now. Our entire world is being shaken. It's not just an earthquake that hit another part of the country that we hear about from time to time that doesn't affect us directly. It's not a Sonam e in some other country or some other catastrophe that happens somewhere. It's not government oppression in another country on another continent where Christians are being persecuted and Muslim countries being martyred for the name of Jesus we hear about all of these things and all this stuff that's going on in our world but it's oftentimes some place else to another people at another place but this that we are facing now is a plague that is affecting the entire world. There's not an area on this planet maybe some worse than others but it's affecting everyone everywhere and the entire world is being shaken. Your world is being shaken. Your world is that you were here right now. Someone would be shouting Amen. I know it you'd be shout. Nay Man if you were in this place but your world is being shaken the entire world is being shaken and there's no place you can go to escape this plague in fact the more you move around the more at risk you are so we're forced that's why we're not your today. That's why we're all home in our living room watching this in the privacy of our own homes because the more we move around the more at risk we are and so people have been gripped with fear as a result of this great fear. Fear in Orlando great fear in the world you can hear it in the news a cast and you can listen to it on the news. You can read it. You feel the feel and see the fear that people are dealing with because for many. Let's be honest for many. The actual thought of death has hit us for the very first time. Hit us for the very first time. The actual thought that we could die. This could touch us. We could pick this up unknowingly. We could be the next one. That's in a hospital bed on a ventilator fighting for our lives because in the past death from sickness is always something that happens to somebody else but this time it truly can happen to you and me right here in Schenectady. It truly can happen to you and me and the reports coming out of New York City are devastating. That's just a few hours south of here. The reports coming out of those. That city are devastating. The death toll is is sad beyond measure of what's taking place in our world around us in New York City right near by us. The death toll is is astounding and a amazing what's happening. The elderly are being forced to die alone in a hospital bed while their families are forbidden to be by their bedside. How sad is that that an elderly person contracting this? This corona virus is being taken to an emergency room and put into a into a room where no one can be in there. No one can visit them and they're dying alone and families aren't getting the opportunity to say goodbye to them. It's terrible time we're living in. It's a it's a perilous times that we're living in and the entire world around us is being shaken to its very core. The freedom we once had is gone. Even though it's temporary the freedom we once had is gone. It's already being forewarned. Even though we think this is gonNA last three more weeks four more weeks maybe I may. I may be my may will be back to normal. But they're already warning that there may be another wave of this. Come this fall. We don't know we don't know but for the first time we're seeing that our our freedoms are are gone and the world around us as being shaken to its very core. And it's not like these other diseases that affect the centers. You know the cancers that guy has because he smoked us all life or the the liver disease or the kidney disease that the that the alcoholic gets you some of these. Things are the fruits of our Labor. But this is a virus that can affect any one of us. There is no lifestyle causes us to get sick of this deadly virus and so the kingdom's in this world are being shaken today. They're being shaken. People are being shaken. Fear has gripped us. But I want you to know today in the midst of all of this there is a kingdom that cannot be shaken there is a kingdom that cannot be shaken cannot be oh that we were having church today because this place would be erupting right now. There is a kingdom that cannot be shaken and I want to be part of that kingdom and I want to bring as many people with me into that kingdom to be part of that kingdom because that kingdom cannot be shake in the Bible tells us therefore I read it already since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken. Let us have grace. By which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear that godly fear is not being afraid. Godly fear is respect for the Almighty and so we want to serve God acceptably and with reverence and with godly fear now reverence and godly. Fear means that in a time like this we are not shaken. I'm not shaking. I'm going to be honest with you. I was shaken me up coming to church. This has been my life this is. This is my job I come to church. I do everything for the Church and now I come to church on Sunday. There's nobody here. My world has been has been shaken. This everything is different now but godly. Fear means that a time like this. We ARE NOT SHAKEN. Not Shaken but we are stirred. I realized I realized that as I thought about these things pondered these things and prayed about these things. That what I'm thinking is I'm being shaken. My life is different. Everything around us as different. Can't even go to the store without this feeling without this feeling of did I catch something that I breathe something that I touch doorknob. That's got a disease on it. You everywhere we go. There's this there's this feeling going on but I realized something we as the Saints of Almighty God cannot be shaken but we must be stirred. We must allow this to stir us up. We must allow this to allow God to take us and stir us up until we begin to understand what this is really all about. You see I am stirred in my desire that Jesus be lifted up but I am not shaking. I want to see Jesus lifted up. I am stirred in my desire to see the Church of God lifted up. But I'm not shaking. Im stirred in my desire to see the back. Slider come back to God. But I'm not shaking. I am stirred in my desire to see the church set ablaze with revival but I am not shaking and I am stirred and my desire to see what good is going to come out of this. But I'm not shaken stirred I'm stirred. I've mentioned several times during this several times. I've mentioned how I believe. One of the things that's going to happen is the parable that Jesus gave of the sewer who sowed the seed. Some of the seat fell on the hard ground. That's a waste that'll never grow some of the fell on the stony ground. And that's a waste. There's no place for those routes. Some people are like that sees just not going to get in their art and then there were sown in the ground produce fruit some thirty some sixty some one hundred fold but there's the seed that I believe we're GonNa see a great revival and coming out of this. That's happening right now. And that is the seed that fell into ground but in that ground were weeds thorns that grew up in choked the sea. Jesus said those were the cares of his life. And I've been saying it over and over again and I feel it's so true that people are realizing the things of this life really don't matter and there is a harvest of people out there a harvest of people who have the seed and the word of God but the cares of this world have choked it out and the cares of this world are being ripped out and pulled out and goddess plucking all of these weeds out of the garden. And we're going to see souls come in as a result of this. Joseph said this to his brothers when they sold into Egypt and finally found out what happened. Joseph said you meant it for Evil God meant it for good. This may seem like evil. The devil may try to do this out of evil the world and all the all the sin in this world may produce with the intent of evil and stopping the churches from having Church and stopping people from getting together. You may have meant it for evil but God meant it for good because there's coming day when the House of God will be filled to overflowing packed out with people that are so glad to realize in a moment like this all that matters is Jesus so I'm forty six says this God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble and therefore we will not fear even though the earth be removed this kind of scripture making sense like never never did before and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the C- though its waters roar and be troubled though the mountains shake with the Sallai. There is a river whose streams. Shum glad the city of God the Holy Place of the Tabernacle of the most High God is in the midst of her. She shall not be moved. The church will not be moved. The church will not crumble. The church will not be devoured. It will not be destroyed. The Bible went on to say be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the Earth. The Lord of host is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Salot let us exalt him at its. I'm like this not walking fear. Let's praise him at a time like this. Let's rejoice in him at a time like this now last night we get ready to close here in just a moment but last night. I come over to this church as I do. Oftentimes in the evening sometimes late at night come over here and just walk through the sanctuary and pray. I oftentimes pray for these empty chairs that the people that sit in these chairs we'll be we'll be blessed but I came last night and I was praying and I was concerned about things and as we all are hearing hearing reports of sometimes people we. Upc ministers brother brother Merle. Dry Fifty five years old already passed away from Corona virus. Now he had underlying physical circumstances of course but ally Hernandez our prayers. He's a HE'S A. Upc Minister he's been on. He's been. He's on his fifth day of sedation and they need prayer for his lungs to be able to start breathing on their own. So this is affecting us. This is touching US touching all of us and I came here. I came here last night. I was praying and realizing that these things and realizing that. I'm nobody special this. These kinds of things always happen to other people but maybe this will happen to me. Maybe I'll be the next one. The next prayer requests going out to the United Pentecostal Church pray for pastor frank of Schenectady. Who's WHO's fighting for his life. I don't know I don't know and neither do. I don't know but as I prayed last night you had these feelings and these concerns and was thinking about it and bring up before the Lord all of a sudden I felt God come into this place and he started talking to me and it affected me as such a powerful way because as I prayed I felt God speak to me and say this he said I am not affected by this. This plague in the world does not affect my kingdom. It doesn't affect what I'm doing doesn't change. My plans doesn't change my purpose and I began to realize something begin to realize that the work of God is so powerful and so important and so great and my home is in. Heaven is not here if he takes me home he takes me home and guess what the work and. Schenectady will go because it's his will for there to be a working. He is not shaking. His Kingdom is not shaking and what we need to do is get people connected to his kingdom so that they also will not be shaken. Listen whether it's corona virus today or at something twenty or thirty years from now sooner or later I'm going to face a time when I leave this planet and I don't want to be shaken and I don't want my family to be shaken. I don't want my children to be shaken. Because God is still on the throne. He said to me. I am not shaken by this. My I am still on my throne. Mike Kingdom was still unshaken. My will will be accomplished. And all the sudden I began to rejoice and said to myself. It matters not what happens. The Lord is on the throne and his will will be done as long as the head is above the water. Everything is okay. You can be underwater but as long as the head is above water and are head is Jesus Christ. He's always above water now. They say that in Switzerland Swiss climbers. They have a rope and as you know. Ropes are made up of many different strands bound together. Because that's what makes us strong. That's why it's so important. We do come together because alone. We're nothing but when wrapped together we're strong but the role of the Swiss climbers has strands where the center strands are the absolute strongest. And then they're all wrapped up all these other strands to make that rope and the reason for that is this because as they're climbing these ropes scrape against the rocks and cliffs and scrape against the rocks and the cliffs. These outside strands begin to break and sooner or later it gets down to the center strands but the center strands are the strongest of all and they don't break and I'm asking you here today. I'm asking you. What are your inner strands made of? Where are your inner strands? Attached to because in our lives. The strands of our lives depend. We depend on for our security. They're being broken one by one. All of these strands that we trust in our being broken. Where does your trust lie? Deep down inside I ask you as the strands of our lives that we depend on for our security are being broken. What are the innermost strands? Made of are they made of the word of God are they made of prayer? Are they made of worship? Are they made of praise is worshipped something? We only do on Sunday morning when we come to church or is it something we do every day. It's got to be something we do every day. Is it in worship. Is it Impreza? Is that in giving. Is it in reaching out to others with this Glorious Gospel? What good is it for people to gain the whole world and lose their soul? What good is it? There is no good. Let's use this shaking. That's going on in our world to stir us up so that we will be concerned and praying for the right things because there is a kingdom while this world is being shaken. There is a kingdom that cannot be shaken. And that's where I want my feet planted. Can you say amen? Let's lift our hands and let's magnify the Lord and Praise today and make sure we are firmly planted in a kingdom. That cannot be shake. Thank you for listening to the Mayor Nafa Ministries podcast. If this message touched you please. Make sure to subscribe for more sermons from Pastor Frank in ministry team here at Mayor Nafa as well as follow us on our social media platforms. We are located in Schenectady New York. And if you are in the area we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service starting at ten thirty. Am We look forward to you joining us again next week for another anointed message? Thank you and God bless.

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AXE TO GRIND PODCAST

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A2G132 - 1.6 Fans

"Welcome. To axe to grind. The hardcore podcast. I'm one of three hosts. My name is Patrick. Welcome to axe to grind. The hardcore podcast these like. I'm one of three hosts. My Name's Bob. I'm Tom. There is hoping you were going to do to. All right. Took me and My Patrick, cost? Plan. Tom was just fucking with us right there I was like I was waiting. NAUSEAM with it. I'm with it. What's up guys how you doing? Doing. Good. Doing good. I I I watched a very affecting movie that we can talk about later. Okay I had A. Traumatic but not great experience with Indian food. takeout last night not related to the food. It was quite good but I'll share that as well. Before we get into anything. Let's Let's support those who support us. And give thanks and praise to our sponsors. Close Casket Activities Run for cover records. To live a lie records. Thank you all. Go to their respective websites Tom. There's a Promo Code. Ax to grind. And Patrick, would he got to do with it? Spell it out. Get a little discount. Consider that a thank you from us to you. In a great way to support us. We left out one. Because we're spending this month. Putting a little extra shine on one per episode, which is to say, Tom. Who are we gonNA talk about today we're GonNa talk about our friends. In Santa Massachusetts. Death wish. They still say I think the beverly now beverly I, you know what? If it's not Boston I don't really know where anything else. I know we're Boston and Springfield. Everything else is behind me they call where The big. Here's a question. You fellas is Boston still hell a Gooney or can I be honest about it? You probably get your. Honest. Okay. Afflict movies if the movies are any indication of going on. In Boston and the surrounding towns. Yeah. I would hold off. Have we been through this that the town is so divisive for people there's people that really want to hate on it and I just don't understand. That's a wonderful movie Louis, I wouldn't be stoked if I was from Charlestown. Know Yeah maybe. The statistics apparently are like completely made up. Thank you bill. That's the point that out. A. Assumed that movies are not drew things like I. I'm I'm in Schenectady at the moment and I. It's not very much like the place beyond the beyond the Pines, the the movie that people only. For the for the Image Ryan Gosling is. Coming looking dude. Yeah. Shirt Comey looking dude, I. Am I'm the gasoline of twenty. Twenty. What are you doing Schenectady this relive. Town. It is a matter of contention because. It, my father refuses to accept the Schenectady Area Code. That zip you refused he refused he'd. Like. Mentoring he's like January zone Chet exactly and. So the deal it it's either technically Albany are technically Schenectady but it always defaults to the other so. I think it's technically Albany, but it's got connected. No, it's gotTA. Schenectady mailing address right. I don't remember. Sunny side, but my zip code is Woodside Right when I put my mail says Woodside but I live in Sunnyside it's that circumstance where it says Schenectady. Albany so you got is big mad to be tethered to. So. Schenectady is actually worse than Albany is what you're saying. Oh. Yeah. Oh, it's Not. Close. It's already Schenectady Troy, but it's Albany. Troy Schenectady. My. Schenectady Story. No tell us more at the one. A month there will now get we played a show in Schenectady on the silent majority tour. And no one told us that like every big band in Albany was playing at the Qa to night become. So we literally have like eighteen people in vfw Hall in Schenectady. So we had everyone write their names down for some fucking reason we took it. And people putting like fake names and pretty good. Both no it was literally Lake Oh shit like. Like who like sigma a section eight and Whoever the? WHO's the other big band from there at the time? One King Down Dams. It was standing there was who was the play people maybe skinless or something? Yes. This is like nineteen ninety. There was nobody at our show. So there was a car outside. So we were like fucking like it was in a band the car. So like we're bored, WE'RE ON TOUR FI shake in the fucking thing people putting. Firecrackers in fucking blowing shit up all the stuff. As relieving we had. Yeah. What the fuck it was his car. And so we all jump into man we all fucking peeling wherever fucking street the the VFW was on. Like all right. All right. We turn around the motherfucker was still running after us. Yeah. He probably still is you probably. Like somebody who's on majority of his going for his belt a gun. Which? Yeah none of this would shock me you. Know. Some really. Rough Times. Ninety seven it was pretty pretty tough. Albany going through a rough time right now. If any of the Albany Gang Banger community is listening to this. Let me be a peacemaker put put the guns down. It's getting a little. I think there was like A. Four year old shot in the chest the other day there's just it's it's it's an unpleasant vibe at the moment. Not For me I'm in a garage, but for for people that are in harm's way. So Anyway, point is Beverly Massachusetts. This is Beverley not Salem Beverly, Massachusetts home should be the new comp. So if you want Schenectady right here in Schenectady. You'RE GONNA west. True. You'RE GONNA take I ninety once you cross over that New York State Massachusetts border I ninety. What's the name? I ninety? The. Mass Pike Mass Pie even closer. You put a little he a little curveball and I appreciate he did he did So yeah we are short showing love to death which wall. So talking about Schenectady but yeah sorry if death wish was one of the. The gems in the crown jewel of the Empire State, it would certainly be Albany. It's not as connected Detroit's top Tier Label who? One of things things I want to give them a big props for is. The way they've maintained and establish these long term relationships and you might go Bob what the hell are you talking about? What I would say is one of the things that you can order from them right now is the new. Touche. Amore a record. They aren't releasing. But because they've maintained or relationship too shy, they've been close with them. They save. Good. They're like Oh, let's do an exclusive. If you were late on the Gulch order, which means you weren't up at midnight to order it. Death, which was the last place. You could have gotten a copy of the first press why they got a great relationship with our buddies at close casket. If if you've never checked out the stores for the labels they distribute. You're missing out because they've got unique stores for a Lotta, these labels, some of them exclusive. You know if you're trying to order something from painkiller records or Radio Raheem or react or fifteen other labels. You're going to death wishing dot com and making those orders. So I think that's one of the most like people and like cool things you can see I'm pretty sure they did a exclusive color on that self defense record is that correct Patrick? I. Honestly don't recall because I don't manage my own business very well that's right. That's right. But I think they did. So that's cool. It apparently, it's sold out. So that's good to. Know that now if not at all, that's exclusive half white half bone. Yep. So so that stuff is really cool. Does, which is one of the earliest supporters of this podcast. What you guys got cy. I mean are label like I said before we very early on I wish I was on yeah. Looking looking through. Stuff like. I didn't realize some of that early stuff. Like I didn't like like that. Jesus. Jesus eater record is the fifth release. Yes. Or like like the promise like my true love like the seven inch. That's number seven. Most. Underrated hardcore record ever that record that seven is fucking fantastic. BANGS allnight is good. Now we've we've been over this as bad gone. It's not bad. It's not bad. It's definitely good. I'd like our listeners. I. Like our listeners to listen to listen to it. Not Go on your emotions from seventy five years ago everybody listened to it and tell me that it's not a stepped on Comeback Kit. It's definitely bosque is going to beat the shit out of you and I look forward to it. I just thought about that. Yeah. So enjoy that I really like the record. But I think that's evidence shows to songs. I remember like when that first were they at first. They were all my true love much we love. Yeah. fucking demo came at one of the healthiest. But the one I'm going for two to discuss today which is death. Wish forty five. Was the studio album named witnessed by modern life is war. This was legit. This came out two, thousand five. This is one of my by far one of my favorite records of that time period. I think this is like the zenith of this. Of the band and of the sound. That they kind of brought about. Because I feel like we talked about that a lot like I feel like. Them. And to. Suicide file kind of created a new, not a new necessarily but like a new lane of. That type of hardcore. I think didn't really exist before. I think this record like seeing his band around this time. Some of the best shows ever seen. I always talk about we saw them mad. They played a show at five thirty, eight Johnson in like the biggest room. which still probably three hundred people but like it was packed to the gills literally one of the best shows have still to this day I've ever seen. But I think this is great like it's I always call it. I always grew up a Marshall town because it's all about like kind of March on. Which I had never heard of before this band. But I think just like such a great record, the lyrics great An all time. Great. Opening Song. Yeah I think Jeff writes a lot of great layers. The Music is And I think they kind of created their own lane. Because it was so sort of. It was palatable very melodic. It wasn't too fast for people that are like what the fuck is going on and like I think bands, defeat her and stuff like that that came out of this and even like to a point like I think. or or a lot of I think a lot of those bands. Oh. You know some kind of debt to to what they would. My wife is warranted on this record. In. My humble opinion. Not. That they were rip offs or anything but I think I definitely think this kind of carved out this like sort of. Just music it's. It's it was like. I know what's what's the? What's the term you guys always used? Amazing core. This. Amazing core yeah we no. No it it is. It is. Yeah. But that's like that's using a derogatory and I don't think that's kind to do tomorrow. OUTTA. All out taking it. Yeah, let's jump out on that that's been reappropriated because in the same way medical. was totally like a a wack label back in the day. Now, there's kids that don't even identify hardcore. They just see themselves medicore kids. Separate, line of that. Yeah. Sure. And amazing core. I. Think a thing meant to should on people. Has the list listen that stuff? All had an fans that it had your. People who made fun of it. It's This is amazing. Yes, and the thing is that when you step in the way of these like. It's interesting whenever you try to step in the way of something and say, this shit is lame. You are gambling with the future. because. There's an excellent chance that you are going to be remembered as the archaic fuck who who was who I mean. There's certain things that like listen dub step like big room dub step was you guys remember when it was like in a unavoidable and it was just the thing and Blah Blah and then looks I, get it right and then it just sort of went away unless you're like a really big fan of that and it's so people that were. Just, happened to be right that time. But in a different reality, we we're we're doing A. podcast because it's just the. You know what I'm saying like it just. There's there's times streams there's doctor doom. This can there's a there's all sorts of shit you got to. It's a new. You can't account for you must account for the multiversity. Yeah. Sure. Let's go back. Up I'll diversity no no. So. What do you know about Peter Milligan? About? One of the greats. All right. Well, he so he has an a graphic novel named skin. Did. You know one life as or has a song about the main character? No. Martin Atchison. Arthur skin. Yeah that that is The skin had the is also A. Everybody this is I'd sure this is insensitive in in twenty twenty I'm sure it's insensitive. This they used to be called. There was a worse word much worse much worse term but solidified babies. And I believe in the character in that book is a skinhead who is also solidified baby. Yes. That's correct. And that's about. Tight until you know. Bring it in bringing altogether PK Nice. Things can you say about death wish. I can say that their selection of long sleeves is very extensive as I went and looked today, and if you want to be ready for the fall, you need go nowhere else they've got like armageddon shop is selling like six different siege long sleeves. You're good. Whatever you need and if I could recommend, it's either nick or Nikki pile. Sprints are great. Though. So they sell the glee. Ziegler Z. League-leading. SHAPE BUT G. Go G. But The long sleeve shirts are Dope Shit Oh so I almost bought today and then couldn't remember the Promo Code, which is what? Ax to grind. I was supposed to do with it to spell it out. Led the charge on that one, I am Pat. And as I'm sitting here, someone just bought these self defense family Garfield e Black long-sleeved, which l.? That was me. Good for you. Would you did you get the last medium? Where are you up to a large ed or what is your tall? I. Dead Set. Like I am a rash guard on Pat I'm a problem shirt guy now and I never thought I would be but I'm a problem shirt guy where I medium is just slightly too small. Oh, YOU'RE MARCH Yeah. Well. Welcome to my world. I was a Large extra for a long time and Then you decide is up to the accident you feel real good about it So big shout out to death was huge supporters. Let's get into the normal nonsense that we're GONNA get into. Your can tell you guys my story about the Indian. Food. Wroclaw's plans. So. In my area there is One Indian food restaurant that is fifteen minute drive from me. It's good but they don't. They. Don't have a lot of the stuff I like on the menu. They'll make me by Mbarga but I have to ask. They don't do doses. So. Yeah, right. So there's a Indian food place thirty minute drive from me so I'm like. Yeah. Exactly. It's Tom it is. It's. It's like five or ten minutes past the. WEGMANS on thirty five. Then close that's far but I'm like Yo di Fort Dying for it I want to try. Place my order. I got BOMBARDA got. Gobi? Got Some Non Skip Papa John this time got a man. A Masala Dosa. That's her favorite. Cool. Got The. Mango Chutney. Go thirty minute drive. Get they're like, oh, even though it said we're done it's going to be another twenty minutes. Okay. Yeah. Yeah bomber, but it is what it is. The food is good I'm I'm I don't care if at all get the food. Khana do a light check. Just it looks like everything's there. Good to drive home thirty minutes. Get home all the foods there. I'll. And opens the Masada Masala Dosa Tom if you don't know. It's like a giant rolled up pancake. Pancake flipped over. You know an and filled. So it's supposed to have like potatoes, onions, etc. that kind of stuff. Maybe just those things. The the bread is empty. There's nothing in the DOSA. That's not a drive thirty minutes offense now now it's not. Just using a tip from their out. It worked out well as dipper, but it was it was disappointing. So it was about the worst offensive could have been now the food was good. I called and they're like, yeah, you know, sorry we can. We can hit you with something when you come back and I'm like man. I don't know. But it was good. So we'll say we'll say I doubt I'll catch the free Dosa but That's what I'm saying like people put in a weird position because now if it's going to be like three months until you go back, you're gonNa feel like a total her going not. Exactly yeah I'm not going. Empty Dosa remember me empty Dosa. Early. Yeah I should I should just give it off as a Freebie to someone like you know now. Now. That's right. We looked the same so. y'All. So here's my question for both. What do you do in that situation? Do you even make the call? I made the call you don't make the call now I just got sucks and then just fucking forget about it. Yeah I stomp around like a toddler. Maybe Punch a hole in the wall was hoping for was that I was going to get. Oh Yeah. We'll just the whole thing will be free for you. That's fine because it was it was not cheap. Fifty something bucks. So I was like, maybe they'll just company. That's cool. because. Then they'd have my heart then I'm going back this week. down. Do they not deliver? Do you do they not delivery? Could it a grub hub but that's a long delivery to I. Tried Myself. I trusted myself with it. You know. 'cause my thought is like I. This is not me because I don't I don't have it in me like have you ever known people to be like the fuck I forgot the ketchup and make. Make them come back. Oh. I can't. Not Do that that's that's the line like I called. They're like, Oh yes are and I'm like no big deal and they're like we could. You know designing you do they're not really we can give you a free one next All right. No big deal. Thanks. You know appreciate it didn't even take it off the. Didn't take the bill, which is all right. It's all good, but it was like Dale like. Because I didn't want to be on that WHO wants to be the bad customer you know. The name out here and just. With food was good. So people should support it because the other side of it ten door India is the name of the place food was really good and I hope you will support it. It isn't a straight I. Don't know how much you guys have gone out. In suburbia anywhere it's in a strip mall that used to be Colorado's marginal malls kind of strip mall. That's like. You know in good years nine or ten, nine out of ten stores. Like spaces are filled bad years six out of ten. Oh. Yeah. Yo they're on a two out of ten right now. It's looking grim out there. So So. Yeah. You know support support the local businesses when you can that the do good food and this place certainly did good food I'm not gonNA hold the feet to the fire for for missing out my Macedo. So you can tell my sent you next time you go in there anybody who hears US whoever can I say you? You're looking for your free? Yeah. Do that at First I acclaim. Let me know. I'll get you hooked up. PK You had a story for us. Now. I. Just saw movie that I recommend to everybody I saw just get it off now. There's A. People are very forgiving of What they call activists, journalists or idea ideologically motivated journalists if they're on your side and I think that everybody should watch the film Mr Jones came out last year I guess on the film Like the. Festival circuit and Is Now vod. It is firstly an excellent film, but it also it under it underlines in. No uncertain terms why. This old style of of journalism that that never really existed but for people. I would say thirty or older was the model which was that you're supposed to tell the truth now it was never that was never the norm necessarily but the that was the idea chore and. It really hammered home. Why that? Why that is a value and it does so. It's definitely a a didactic films trying to teach you something but I if I can sit through something that's trying to teach me something than anyone can because I have no patience for that whatsoever. So but it's it's about the Do you guys know who it's not about Walter de Durant. That is no not. Awake I said this dude, he interviewed. US Like World War Two guy So durante was. Famously. A Pulitzer. Prize winner for the New York Times and he is now they're they're shame because he covered up in no uncertain terms at basically every historian agrees that he covered up but nobody can agree on why? W- that he covered up the. Word I never have to say. Hallam. How Law Damore Halla Damore which is the the famine in Ukraine Belorussia, and Etcetera. Where they think fifteen to thirty, million people were starved to death. So durant covered it up. And this other guy that is the focus of the film Gareth Jones. Did Not. Covering. Up. And It's It condenses a lot I went and read the actual thing but so it condenses to trips basically but. It there's. Okay. So the starvation in the Ukraine was so severe that cannibalism was not abnormal. And That's horrific enough as it is but imagine if the if you had only heard whispers that things were bad. That you didn't know the the extent of going to a place that is starving. And how and how your money? is now worthless because It. If there's no product to buy your, there's no purpose for money. So I just to me it was almost like a terrifying idea of going someplace. Where food is. Totally, scarce, and you have nothing to offer to get food. So there's a point to the movie and the point is well made, but there's this. There's this weird horror for me at this idea of arriving someplace and not it's not like you don't go wi. It's you don't got food. You know what I mean yes and so. I thought the movie was. Super. well-done. And unlike most movies that I like definitely had a point. And the point was well made. So everybody check out Mr Jones. Rented on Itunes. A code. But. They tried to axe to. Grind Code. We're expanded whatever what else is going on we got got a topic this episode, but we want to do some quick hits. It's probably been about a year since I said quick hit. So why not? The Chili Cheese dog controversy do. First. I. First Thing before we get into that. Yes. Do either of you like Chili Cheese Dogs I've never had one like Vegan talking to like a Vegan version like. I never had. I stood up rather than than almost anything. I was gonna say that sounds like your kind of food PK. Straight up I will make my bands drive an hour out of the way to get a to get even a Ikya Veggie dog I love Veggie. Veggie does but I didn't realize that I never had a chilly chill she's. Oh. Yeah. So I don't like hot dogs at all. But chilli cheese plus settling like it's almost enough to get me to eat eat a dog I don't like. Veggie dogs either it's just I. Don't like like to do that on a sausage. I'd do that in a heartbeat. So so if you got gotta try that if you're a fan of the dog. Here's an interesting segue dogs I listened to a radio broadcast from the week that Michael Vick went to Philadelphia. How People got strong feelings. And I like the sociopaths that called in that would say things like you know I mean. Who Really Cares about dogs? You know have you seen? Mike missile something. People are saying Shit like in other countries they dogs what's a matter as well I don't I don't know if you really selling the position. But it was and then the other perspective was it's Philadelphia. Those people are scumbags who cares which I thought was another fun perspective. Perspective. Yeah. Radiant radio was a different time. Yo All right. Let's get back to the because we're GONNA go on a real deep dive. We start about sports radio by the way the hurricane just hit here. It's common. Common Tropical storms no joke. I'm supposed to be in the city tomorrow. How bad is it going to be? Real bad talk. Yeah. Like like I. got like emergency. Management. Issues. Emerge New York City emergency management issues travel advisory Tuesday morning through Tuesday night from the New York City Department of Health's for Work Right now. It's terrible. What watch wind advisory sustained winds forty to fifty miles an hour gusts up to sixty. So the mind the name of this. I say. Office. I believe is how they're saying it has regained hurricane status. oops. And it's just hitting the Carolinas now. So the the the the nearby of the storm is hitting us now. So something. With the robber dope acted week but came back with the fury domes. By, Tyson. Joe. Art. So tell us about tells about the Chili Cheese. Dog Why are we talking about? Chili, cheese dogs. So. Apparently apparently they're this venue out on long island which will go on name because you know. No need to put them on blast who that has oracle shows usually of the heavier beatdown variety. Had Harsh over the weekend. you were masks were. You're mandated to have them ask. You are mandated to wear said mass, but as long as you're on your person, but if you stay inside you had to buy. A Chili Cheese dog? I I was waiting I couldn't wait for the I'm not mad at it. I'm not mad why maybe they're trying to like follow Cuomo. You can you can stay if you buy a drink and food kind of deal With the issue was, of course, this is dumb because like we we st- after all this time five months, we still don't know what's going on. So like. Having a show right now probably not the smartest idea. No. But. So some dude, not from the island hardcore Jason I from what I can tell. Like started like was like this is ridiculous your people at risk and like started like sending out the like link to where you can make complaints to Cuomo's office to try to get. Guys the police is what you're saying. Yes. So a lot of the people that I know from. Long Island that book shows and stuff that are like, yeah, fuck this like. Beg Me to play with counterparts, and now you're like, fucking you know. The. Like Y-. But then metal injection whatever bullshit fucking website. Like picked it up and because they're bored so they do like these tmz things and now it's like a fucking article on like a you know a website did get some hits. And the venue shows a video it's like. You know like there's not a ton of fuck in places that Harker shows go down. Like down of all. We could give them the fucking. What for all you want? Your I mean like if if anybody did a show somewhere that we're like when I was stupid but I, wouldn't be like and here is the cross section, the cross streets of where it happened like. Okay. Agree that it should've happened but we're not GONNA be like. Know here are the coordinates forty one point S. But. Yeah. So that was a big thing people are like. I get it. It was dumb like. Do. Not Play cop on your own kind of. A So. So I'm not going to justify that shit at all. I got very little, very little patience for for that type of snitching but. It's kind of. Emblematic of of this moment, right like where people are. People are so freaked out that that there's individuals potentially risking the heard that. or at least that's how they see it that they feel justified going to whatever measures you know and that is. That's you gotTa really believe it because otherwise you're acting very very. This dude lives like nowhere near the venue. Yeah but Tom. This is like I've said, this a million times. This whole shit has made me I'm going to get murdered. It's made me very sympathetic to anti vaccine because. Because I saw bullshit again because people who people who take it upon themselves to be. The, the the the the protectors of the community. come out and Bang on you because you are a target, nobody'll defend. And I don't, and like we can talk about like I, think everybody on this podcast would agree that vaccinations are good. But what I will say is that When you put the essentially put the green light on a way of thinking. What you do is you don't bring out the righteous people to go confront those people you bring out people that are looking for reason. and. There's people online who who I would not be convinced that they give Lynn Fuck about anything. About anything, but they will take their day to attack. Some like anti vaccine mom in in. Orange County or whatever we're in Malibu and it's like. We is. Like know Tom might be sympathetic to that because you believe that she's wrong but it's hard for me to be sympathetic because I believe she's wrong but I, don't trust the the motivation or righteousness of the person that is devoting their day to attacking her and in this in this case, we see the same thing where we're all looking at the guy that called. For no of for lack of a better term cops and going, why do you care so much? And that's that's kind of like minds. antitax right. It's my way of coming out. Isn't ANTIBAC- also the so I mean. To Tie this together. To me what you're saying and correct me if I'm wrong. Is that You don't particularly care. If someone's an anti vaccine. You might think they're wrong and stupid and like, Hey, you might be actually putting other people in harm by being an idiot. I think provability. Yes. Right. Right. Right. Right but. But you're also not really looking to spend your time to hold their feet to the flame is that right? Well, here's what I would say is that if I found myself doing that. I would immediately second guess my motivation and say. Oh Do I care about this a lot? or Am I not doing well in my life do you know what I'm saying? Because that's the my my energy on this I'm somebody over like. I. Know Anti Vaccine Parents. Oh. Hell. Yeah. Who you know. But Yo you know what? They don't it's never come up. We haven't talked about it and I would be very happy to talk with them about that if they wanted but. But they've been pretty pleasant and they didn't they aren't wearing a shirt about it and they aren't thrown a billboard in my face. And I'm sure many people who do and it's the people who are throwing the billboard in your face that I got a problem with 'cause. I. Kind of have a problem with that about almost anything. At the same time. My adult solution is to say. Shut off the billboard and get away from me because who cares. Bob Would you like to hear a story about a mutual friend of ours from the other day that? Went to an anti vaccine rally and got beat up. beat. Up. A friend of a mutual friend of ours. Yes. His brother is a legitimate hardcore ANTIBAC- ser. And our friend went. A rally. With his brother just take photos. Sounds about right. and. There was also This was at the Capitol I. WanNa say I think. There was a number of rallies taking place. And Somehow. This hockey player. Saw saw scuffle and grab somebody somebody by their neck in an effort to calm down. That person's partner ran up on this friend of. Apper spray them in the. Face. So. So so which he the unpleasant experience And then? Fast forward a half hour later. Our friend finds that person. While they're giving an interview. Grabbed them? And makes them apologize on camera? That's so good. And What is funny about this is that he then launched into a verbal argument yelling match with one of the. Time what do they call the lawyers that are attending a lot of the black lives matter protests what is legal? Not Advisors but like Soccer I can't think of it I know exactly what you mean they're like. They're almost legal witnesses. Yes. Sure. Yeah. So. and. Then these two people. One of whom is one of my good friends I I regret to say started calling each other. Jer Jer. Girondins drawn. Dunes drains. WHO Are the guys that the Jacobson's cut their heads off during the French Revolution. And here's the thing that struck me. No matter what your politics are at this juncture in American history. We got a purge, the nursery you know what I mean like there's no reason that we should be calling each other girondins or what? What are the book this is you know what I'm saying. This I was like, Oh, I think I reached my limit on my rent I was like, no no, you can't. You can't be in a shouting matches somebody calling them don't ship from from the French. Revolution. namely. This is just like this reflects poorly on everybody I'll give Shit I. Hope that's. Something similar. She got an argument with it wasn't like wasn't any danger, but it's got an argument with another friend of mine. Show. And she literally was like don't speak to me using that Nomenclature Oo? Right. Of that. I. Go you know really I'm sorry time I'm educated. What's that like? because. Shooting even have a masters yet but she says nomenclature. I would probably say it but I expect to get clowned upon not if you're in Lincoln arguments like you know whatever whatever, and you don't speak to me using that nomenclature. I've said when it comes time for the Ellen, it's like the the the worst things are coming out nothing nothing. Dane. That's pretty good. That's pretty good. Be using that nomenclature. So yeah. So I don't get there on we're talking about five. Okay Yeah let's so so I guess it's the real question here. And I'll ask you both. Should people be having hardcore shows right now? Yes or no? Yes. So so I'm the guy that will defend every bad idea and I think it's just a no bright. Should. Be, should as venue be requiring people to buy Chili. Cheese dogs yes or no? I have Tofu dogs. I'd say a strong S. Part of the legality of it. Sure. With it I don't. I have. Yeah. You Seldom Chili cheese dogs. Should people. Mel Bike. All three oreos after fucking tooth out the WAZOO. Awful. Listen Denmark just declined to issue a mask order. Citing that there is no evidence that they do anything. But what's interesting about that is so like let's say that let's say that the people that were attending the show believe that evidence. They also weren't adhering to the reason that Denmark said that. Denmark said that masks may th there's no evidence that they do anything and that there's There's at least. Speculation that they have a counterintuitive negative effect because when people wear masks, they ignore social distancing, which is the actual helpful mechanism in fighting this particular virus. So the the people at that show were neither. Doing the masks which may or may not be helpful put they were not social distancing, which is the thing. Every scientist degrees is helpful. Tavak a hardcore show with social social distancing. There's no way if it's worth it. Yearning mainly watch him like you know been watching a bunch of the NBA again, the bubble. Like these guys are like living together, not going anywhere except for Lou William Shatner. Lou? Williams. Magical only rain. But you know like and they're getting tested constantly about. Going to see fucking beat beat down band number four. There's no like Fuck Thurman like their Momma at the front door you know what I'm saying like now. Yeah. So listen this is not me justifying their behavior although I can say it's not good have hardcore I'd probably play one but I I'm not I'm not justifying the behavior I'm just saying that sit in the green room the whole title of course, you'd fucking don't give. So so I think. That look I don't WanNa be like the guy that is giving our listeners bad ideas. I think there's no walk in this back now, I I think that people are spent and people are not adhering to these rules anymore and like I'm not just so you understand back buddy. What's your job ain't coming back? No My job is fucking. Idiots. Do the twenty five people at a fucking beatdown show. That affects the people that WHO's actually making their livelihood off of this because this is the shift that happens if everyone would just fucking. sopping like. ASSHOLES and being fucking just worried about themselves and just like just like legitimately shut it down as much as you can. It will go away. It's happened everywhere else? No, no, no, but it, but it hasn't though like. The best example Australia, which is panicking right now because over. Because they, they had stepped right on it like they did everything that a country could. They basically made themselves the island that they are and now. So, Tom here's the here's the question like you and I have argued about the shift in the beginning, but he but here's the question now is. Is it too late. To do the things that might have helped win, they would have helped. Yes. Yeah. If we could just like Oh, everyone gets back in. Twelve hundred dollars every two weeks and everyone just stay home for money to pay rent and just fucking ordering or do whatever you gotTa do and Yeah we definitely if there would have been some kind of setup that would've been done already right. But but now I mean, but I I subscribe to the idea that this thing is is going to pop up intermittently until there is heard immunity whether that's the vaccine or whether that's through exposure but the the. There's I think that there's no chance to contain it now and. I don't think I'm alone in that I think that that is kind of the creeping. Consensus among among policymakers. And and I'm really curious. Yeah buckle. Curious how this gets addressed moving forward because? Sort of the defeatist view that I've taken since day one and like we could argue that I probably was not justified that there was probably something to do back. Then I think that maybe I'm right now just by. By maintain. Yeah No. No we're not. We're not out of this till twenty twenty two. At earliest early, like like everyone just got to step back and accept that and realize like there's no touring this year there's no this show to circle back this chili cheese dog show. This is what shows are. Now, they're going to be weird gatherings. That are done sort of clandestine. You choose to do it or not. You risk your health you risk your health, the health of others around you. Because nobody's going to do that and like Tom said the longer we do this Kinda Shit y'all like an here's the thing for me. Call. ME. Fatalist. I know people can't help themselves and there's a part of me that says Yo what's up? I feel I feel like we're not accounting for human know exactly. So here's the part because I had this conversation with mother. Who who to be honest like she's had a hard time with this because she's like a touch of a Germaphobe. And she's all the way out on the end of like I. I. Ain't going anywhere. You know what I mean that's not good for people. So I've tried to have this gentle conversation where it's like look I'm not mad I lived the shore people are coming here. I am sad. But I also understand like there's Some people are being high risk them. Maybe I'm mad at I. Don't know I. Don't know if I have the energy for it but the people who are doing things like like like you look at it and you go okay. What would I rather do? I'm stuck in North Jersey one of the worst places on earth. Do, I shoot myself in the head or do I go down to the shore and like hang out on the beach for a few hours. You know like like that's that's where I'm at with a lot of it. That said adjust what Tom said the longer we don't take it on a real stringent level. The longest is going to be, and that's why I'm like Oh. This could be twenty, twenty, two, twenty, twenty, three people you hear these reports about starbucks getting getting a prophet. Not expecting their profits and return to normal to by twenty twenty four. Well if we're going to have if things were going to get back to normal this fall starbucks profits would be back to normal by next year. Looking like the tech companies and stuff yes. Because like the googles, the Amazons of the world kind of know what the fuck is happening more than. Like schmucks I guess yeah and like someplace like Oh yeah, like my brother-in-law told Lake was told don't don't be expected back in the office for until next year at some point or neck you know what I mean like the company must significant other works for is likely not going to have an office just they're just they're done. They're in midtown the company's still doing well, really well. Already only, we don't need to this office piece and Google announced not till Spring Twenty, twenty one at earliest for for employees coming office Yo- longview everybody. I get the desire to go to show I think a Lotta people are feeling it. We know this is coming out the week. This is hardcore supposed to happen was was supposed abbot who knows what's going on with that I you know not paying that close of attention. Go into it. It's not it's not. Like I get the desire everyone has I get the desire people have to put on shows because it's a major party life right now. Yeah. Yeah. Oh Yeah it's Normal it's a shape and it's your own personal, right? But I don't know. I. Encourage people to to look into what what they can do alternatively. So the people who feel that burning desire to go to the show. Funds. Some, new interests. Etc.. To the people who are really really mad calling the police on these people. Find some new interest in figure out what's going on with you. Because that's that's a different type of human nature that that like the desire, the human nature of wanted to go to show. Yo shows a fun. They can be cool. The desire to tattle. Or hit people on on the Internet or Yeah when we see people throw out and it's like. You're adding people like some sort of Weirdo like, Hey, I hate this thing where do you doing about it? It's like, what are we doing here? Let's let's be better and find. A better way more more. Mature Man I don't know. But it's it's a bit like talking to a religious person that believes that they're saving you from Hell doubts. It's You see you can't reason with that person because in their own mind they're doing the best possible thing that they could ever do and. That's why I'm sure that like I like that's why if I ever come off like a Dick like a Weirdo defending anti vaccine defending like a lot of difficult personalities it's just because it's not because I like like these sentiments is because I don't like the sentiment of of inquisition right? You know what I'm writing because I never think comes from a good place ever no I think that's where we're it's I. It's important for people to try to step back and like Yo the thing I don't believe I don't think antibiotics. Mentality the spread of that not great. I think a lot of these things but but I believe in kind of a radical individuality where I want people to be able to think things without being told they can't. Yom So the other side of all, this is Yeah just just try to be be smart. You know like I it's not it's not easy but it's you know I have no desire to go do things. Like. Go to shower right now you know like. I Love Music I've enjoyed music more recently than I had for a while. Maybe, there's some yearning their longing for. It and I think there's some people doing creative shit out there right now to even in the midst of this nonsense you know. This bod yes you. would. Mac playing. Right next the landing at the Stone Pony doing rumors front to back. Lineup that yes, I don't know. If it's in the basement of Don, does chili dogs. And it's down the street they're playing pass squalls Do you go there playing by Pete now this probably not I mean right now. As much as I like them Pearl Jam could say know, Pearl Jam wants to complain my backyard. You'd watch him inside. No I might watch Dak.. Though like and I'm telling I'm invited five friends over and we can have eight feet apart. You know listen my brother just. My brother just went to a bachelor party. On return his wife made him disrobe in the garage. Go like, throw his clothes clothes into a bag, go mmediately to the shower and has to sleep on the couch and is not allowed to interact with. West or their daughter until he gets that test you. Right you're. The wrong. Joe In. That's right like Yo yo they. Like you said that or you could have said, yeah. Then she met him disrobe and they had some crazy sex on the floor right outside. Cool. Fantastic. Like what goes on in a house I'm with do do your thing. I won't be calling governor. CUOMO regardless right exactly and that's the thing I think. We're here to encourage. We're not here to be police I WANNA I WANNA shout out man brandon, Martinez from from break New Jersey who said Who grew up who when they were a kid was like man I like rule so much when I grow up I want to enforce them. And I ask everyone to think about that when they are. Trying to come down someone in a way that isn't like a Hey, you sure about that for your own health. Like that is more of A. Your bad and I'm telling everybody not great. You're not punk and I'm telling you go. Let's. Do it. Let's. Let's. Let's give one shout out to. One of the cool projects that's happened. Tom You wanted to shout this out and I think all three of us are pro it. You probably haven't heard this yet because you're behind a music. have. Not heard it pillars of ivory. Pillars. With. A boy J. J. Force One. Boy Aaron Knuckles from De. threat. Dudes from age, of Apocalypse And I think that everybody. But IT'S A. It's a wild project by the time you're hearing this. You've probably heard this already because it's it's the only thing people talking about on. Twitter Yoke. Don spotify. It's. Couple of songs, but it's like mixed in. Jay. Did a bunch of beats. Around it a lot of samples and Shit it's It's really really fun good. It's a lot of fun if you like us if you like that threat. Like burn if you like trying to thorns. Drugs if you like. Mobster movies. Mobster. Not Monster like mafia movies like this is. Really up your alley, and if you like some of those things in home, I don't do drugs, but I love this record. And they're coming out with the seven. Days. On Days Yeah. It's you can get that like big cartel comes out and like. I think Tolbert on. PREORDER preorder that shift for share. Everything Tom set well set It's great. So go support that. The crux of today's show guys. We are hidden the record club. Ax to Grind Record Club. Is a thing if you've been paying attention, you've seen it. You've seen it pop in your feed, but it hasn't been on the main line. It hasn't been on an eight G.. A to G. numbered episode. A reason for that, we we weren't sure if it was something we were going to stick with. But I think we really like it. Am I right about that. Like it. Yeah. It's fun I. Also, I was thinking about it because a lot of times people like us to be regular or be you know kind of consistent? We Are we are. Linemen. Of the Free Jazz Union. So we are consistent fucking hard hats on but stuff happens as it happens. You know what I mean we believe in that kind of free flow so we'll do. All we gotta do our our charts. All right. I'M GONNA send those out while we're on this. I'm ready for it still, but but. We'll keep doing these. Advice. For it. Listen to the record has an email or wait till. you hear the episodes comment and we'll try to chat it up. We got a few emails on this because we announce it a while ago Patrick. This is your suggestion. Why don't you roll the Intro from here? Sure. So we're going today to be talking about one point six band. Self titled Record, which I believe is from Nineteen ninety-two. Dicey. And, this is a blank spot. In most of our memories is that right? This is just a thing that we're aware of but was never really a listener is that the fact for all of us know? Just for me but I liked the. Why don't we? Why don't we do the thing we do on this, which is where we give our personal background or experience with this up to this point which for me and I. Guess You Patrick is nil is that correct? That's correct I I. Really. There's a couple beyond songs and there's a relationship there. We'll get into a second. There's a couple beyond songs that I think are really great hardcore songs. But That's that's like the whole of my relationship with one point six so. I I know virtually nothing and for me beyond. Their cool. Not, a band I love but a couple tracks and you know always one of those Vance's like when I listened I was like, God, this is pretty cool. This is pretty cool I like what it's going but when. Of Their family tree they're on the lower side for me it's a one point six man just never really hit my radar other than kind of being a flyer band you know. Right right. I did more homework than we were meant to. Cool because the last time we talked about this, we we're gonNA talk about the entire broke up record which discography, right? Right which is like that that LP with a bunch of other stuff. So I am I don't know where the record starts and ends because I literally listened to the entire discography because I thought. We could talk about it because I did I did a bunch of work like that too. So yeah I mean I I liked. The last crime, which is some of these dudes. That was more contemporary. Shows with them. Really just kind of got into I only got into one point six because that scarf that was on. TUMBLR. Lanston. It was just I always thought it was like super interesting then lake then realize it's the guy from beyond it was it was you know Kevin. Low key around the entire time. Yeah like and I don't think he got the credit or the attention that he deserved. Yeah. That's probably true. From the beyond honestly you know what I mean. Well so Now that we've listened. What do you think? All right. Well so you know real quick for for the uninitiated. Let's start here. It's cool. WHAT'S EXPAND IS A. I will ask this but once points expand is a band from New York City New York's Long Island I should say Long Island I think that Jalis. Singer beyond Kevin Egan started shortly after beyond kind of dissolved I. Guess. Other members as Tom said, went onto last crime a few other things to. Ruin, sixteen yes. Yes. Different different kinds of time that but beyond is the main connection And yeah. They the this is my question for you guys and I do WanNa get right to that your question Pat. Is this a post hardcore band? Yes. Yes. Yes but I don't think necessarily on purpose. No I would be really curious to talk to these dudes about what they were going for because when we get to their actual sound, I have what I I'm curious if it's a left field or if it's GonNa if you guys had the exact arrived at the exact same place I did but. Let's talk about what it was contemporaneous to. Okay. What was going on in New York at the time nineteen ninety-two. Quicksand. Quicksand this came in this LP predates slip by year. That's right which I thought was super important and like when we talk about post hardcore, there's a few milestone points. Along the way, and there's only one record that I would say cliques like this is perhaps something that you would say broadly kind of influence this, but it's not quicksand. These guys were contemporaries peers. Yep. At this point you had. Here's here's what was going on. Largely Stuff like big black, which I have to imagine may is not an immediate influence, but I think that these dudes were. These dues were probably big Myers of the touch and go catalog if I had to guess. And then also. What I think is the single biggest influence on this material fhu. Ghazi was huge. That's it's. At the REGGAE. So. This is my my note. Here was the importance of Fhu, Gazi? And why HCE FU Ghazi? That's what this is to me. So let's melodic well, yes to me really to me. They hit melodic. At several over points, but it's like. They're consistently playing with it, which is to say there's a couple of songs where they lean in that song lollipops. They lead full melodic it's and it's one of my favorite tracks but then other places they're they're playing with melodies in this really angular weird way. That has ago this is the only this is kind of the New York spin on DC because I agree this is the influence. There's a couple other reference points I think are really important but whenever New York City. Especially around this time. Whenever New York. TAKES DC sound it ends up being like very interesting. Not always good always interesting and I think this band at points does both. It's just interesting. Sometimes, it's interesting. Good. I think that this you'd have to check this for me but I but I think this predates. At least the EXPLO- An explosion at least the. Proliferation of kind of the A. Post Revolution Summer. Whatever wave of email that is so we're talking for It certainly does. So it pre dates that. and. It is. I also thought. Were these were these hardcore kids that started. Attending noise shows is that in the DNA, the drumming is very interesting to me because the the the for all the Melodic Guitar bits that appear at regularly. The drumming seems built. To to keep you off kilter. So adding one hundred percent and like Yo so so When I first put on the Discard Frey broken up, broke up rather you which I encourage. Everybody should go listen to it if you haven't for the record club. The first couple of. One I thought the production on the drums sucks on the first reese socks on socks socks to the point where while I was listening to it just in the car I'm like know this this sounds bad and. Dropping marbles right. then. I did headphones listen and wait this dude good. It's just a the recording sucks because he started picking up because by the LP. So I don't I don't know what the order is on that record the discard. Believe, it starts with with actually the most the the last material. Material that yeah the. The pimping AIN'T EASY EP? Right, which which we can get into how this band did not take themselves terribly serious, which which which puts them into that like go bad trip. Frame York City one hundred percent yes bad trip was my notes Basil Thatcher by the way quietly has some good songs and the positivity bad EP is actually just straight up good Yosso here's the notes for me on the drummer. The drummer is good by the way. This is Kevin's band post beyond who is the drummer of beyond Tom. Allocate, yeah. Let me just say I can all-time used all-time Beast Joe I. Don't think you can name five drummers who played a lick of hardcore who you'd say you'd WanNa fill their shoes less than Alan. Cage. Maybe maximum. Maybe and that's that's it. Maybe maybe Jarrod Alexander like Alan Cage is unbelievable. Incredible. This dude whoever's playing drums on our I didn't dig into it too hard has his own style and when you. It's worthy of headphones listen I think when it hits the LP which I believe starts at track five. You can really tell a difference in the production quality you go. Okay. This is this is better you know yes. So at that point, it's war Worton. Who did a lot of the sonic youth stuff as well maybe. All that kind of like. Nineties like early nineties like noisy. Also. On Branka Helmet. Dinosaur. Junior White Zombie quicksand Yup. and. At that point you're right. So my guess is they somebody They. Whoever finance. The first. Record. The first two efforts spent the money during and then some Charleston. Version. That's right. There you go. And then sometimes. Your last effort you see a lot of bad. So we see a lot of bands do this. We see a lot of bands they're breaking up and they know it and they want to get out last material and they don't spend the money to try and. Everybody you know how I feel we've gone over this a million times. There's plenty of types of music that you don't got to spend the money. But then there's some that it would really benefit. Oh, that makes sense because the last seven came out on war dance which she oh yeah. Just as a note Gern Lanston. In were dance. Those Are New York record labels like if you haven't dug through both those catalogs obviously so were dance was Freddie Al.. And he did a bunch of stuff including hell no duress LP. shack needle pack seven-inch he actually did the first. L.. P.. Protestant Oh. That's not the first. That's the second I. Think remains today I but he did a ton of weird stuff. So That's Cool. But. Yeah. The the the production on those songs which are the first four songs on the discography is bad enough that like put me in a space whereas like I don't know if I'm GONNA. Listen to this again than I did with the headphones like, whoa these are good songs. It was that big of a difference. Yep Why would you lead off with that? Jack. Sounds really good. Yeah. But you know how you know how bands are. They always think the last materials the best. What they want you to hear that that was to be my question for both of you. Was, what if you knew neither of US on a discography? But if you were for one of your bands. Would you are you going? Chronologically. Are you GonNa do you WanNa do are you gonNA say selected and make it best of are you going to do reverse chronological? What would be your preference Tom if you will start off? I would probably do it And I think if it's a discography, I probably mix it up. And make it more like a greatest hits. The Best of yeah. then. Have maybe have all the songs on there but not have. Not, put it in any kind of chronological order or something because then it's like if if you want that then go at the Ritz Yeah. Patrick. I. Feel like this is a hell question for you because you're no strangely ordered an orderly mind with some things a chronology. So yeah. But here's the thing I'm I'm never gonNA listen to my own record. So. It's it's a record one record. Is. The. Hits. Record be is pick through it maybe you'll find some hits. And Because both of my bands have the good fortune of. Having an audience that would find it funny that we did it like that. Sure you. There's some audiences that would not necessarily like that approach but. Yeah because why? Songs that people really like and then there's people like less and if you're one of the people that likes the obscure stuff good for you but I I, it's you can. You can frontload your shit make everybody. Happy. So you're you're going the shy elude way. One of the first things I worked on while I worked at Rev. which was the. Who'd a comprehensive retrospective or how long learned to stop worrying and released bad and useless recordings with is a mess which includes like. Oh here's this demo ninety five will start off with. Then here's our live at nyu crucial chaos set. Here's some voicemails. Yours. The Warehouse Practice Years Chad's first demo. Your some solo rhythm tracks at the back just so you can hear it. How about? For the completion, EST yes. So our a fan but I feel like that was like I don't need this. No no I don't think anyone needs that that's at back to one point six percent. DISCOGRAPHY CD is or or release or however it came out. It is nice because they don't have a ton of music. So it was cool to be able to just put it all on one one thing which is kind of the point of discography. Let's talk about that a little more which starts with these giants and ends with. What is A shockingly good song adult Hitler, yet is. I desperately P.. M. A. B. Back in one second while you guys talk about. This asshole. We could just take a piss break I'm gonNA take. Two. So let's just take a piss. Right. All right. Let's get right to it. Then let's talk. Let's talk about this L. P.. First high level. Did you enjoy it or not enjoy it? I really enjoyed it. Surprised at first was. Was Lukewarm think I was pretty warm with it. giving. It a solid like seven point five out of ten. Well. Yes. Seven point five band. I I that's how I felt. I saw my back really hurt today. I carry my tension just for anybody curious in my mid back. Some people carry in their lower back other people carry it in their shoulders I carry a write in this very inconvenient spot my mid back. So if something's on my mind, if there's something out, right my mid back is experiencing some level of distress. And a decided to lay down on the Mat. Aside, and just chill with my face in the in the in the dogs. Like Tummy area. Right. And just have a have a half hour to myself listening to this discography. and. From that space on the on the ground. I thought this discography mostly ripped a it was like way better than I anticipated definitely way better than the lead off. Songs because I agree with you about the the recording is alienating to start and is GonNa push some people away from this discography but Even, though songs I think are good. Yeah I. Once, you. Give them a chance like you actually hear the song. This is good. Great. For, warning, sometimes a recording can kill a song and you can still find that good song here but the recording is doing it no favor. Yeah. But But the LP recording. Good. Yes. Maybe. A touch dry but that was the style of the time. I think that. This. I did not expect Ghazi like were you did you guys go into expect in like a very noisy sort of like on the extremely obnoxious end of ABC because that's what I was. That's what I was bracing myself for. No I was I was bracing myself four boring. Slightly merv metallic box. because. I was thinking that timeframe or yeah I was thinking was going to be more rockin because also as like Yo. Beyond dudes were talented. You know in as a one point, six band, they might have been trying to rock a little more I didn't expect it to be fully honest to be as hardcore as it is. and. There's a lot of weird shit going on but like. My biggest takeaway was that it highlights the importance of who Fu, Ghazi and like we might low rate the importance of Ghazi on post hardcore and specifically New, York Post Hardcore. Specifically this group of bands. Because I was like man and I'm here in DC what Emma hearing am I hearing read? Sprang a hearing like they covered Dag Nasty. This doesn't sound like Dag Nasty as here hearing embraced now no, no Ghazi and it's more specifically. Sort of the weirder keith vocal God's no quiet. You know. At the the those songs weren't as prevalent like when this record was out. For God's hadn't gone for weird yet. Yeah. No. Those are the deep cut tracks. Well this is this is. This isn't thirteen songs either this is like repeater. This is there's there's a lot of comparisons to repeater on this discography but I think it is noisier I still like it's not it's. For me, it's not be like, oh there's going to be elements of unseen in here there weren't but there was There was certainly if we're GONNA say that repeater and and the G. for Ghazi stuff if we're going to go music critic style and say, it's got some angular aspects to this is that but it also gets pointy. Yes. Oh Yo here's a thing. It's got metal leads. It's got heavier parts and then it's got more metal parts. Ghazi. Ever does. The song threads, which I believe is the. it's the second song on this LP. Yoga listen. That could be a wait song. Good Song no question could be one wait song. And I. Mean I think the song keeping me from killing you also is one way to JAS. So the. The. The thing I did see about this band is the guitar player who has thanked his name is Vince. Actually, played in a metal band. Yeah. Vin Novara maybe is that. Yeah I believe it's Vin Novara but whatever it is the guitar player of one point six band who I believe wrote, all the music was in a metal band that predated beyond with Tom Capone, the Tom Capone came up. Learning how to play guitar from? This dude. And that vis vic dicara also kind of came from the same school of dudes and you all sudden go. Okay beyond. Yeah. Inside out quicksand where you just see where beyond goes beyond goes inside out coast quicksand goes to one point six band. Of those bands. In order of popularity it probably goes. Quicksand inside out large. Gap Beyond. GAP ONE POINT SIX PANT and. I actually. I. And you know you you mentioned all the bands who recorded the same spot as this Alpine was recorded. This might be sort of a lost cut in my opinion for people who like any of this stuff it fits in there. Even though it's a little weird I, don't think it's look quicksands. One of my favorite bands it doesn't hit those heights now nothing now in a very little does. But if you're looking for stuff that's like Yo if you want something that. Is Progress Khanna Post hardcore. Post hardcore as John, fide like this ban probably was like yo we're a hardcore band but just like the first wave band minor threat etc evolved into Fu Gazi, we are beyond evolving into one point six band. That's the same thing that you know like Vick was doing like, Hey, we're going to take that sound. We don't gorilla biscuits to quicksand beyond into inside out inside out into one await that progression. was you know like that's that's important. I think. We all we talk about it a lot here we might understated. How important band is to the the trajectory of. Hardcore Punk, at large. Yes, you're our resident discord guy as much as you hate to admit that. Do you hear anything else from that Cadillac because I feel like listening to this I see like. I. Hear That I hear places where refused took ideas. But. I know like they took a lot from like nation Illi- season like like the vs like the makeup and all that sort of stuff what. What let's see what year nation I was I was thinking nation of Ulysses as well Tom but I didn't do I didn't really get myself time 'cause I was like you know I I was struggling like I went and listened to the job stuff has no this is way tuneful like and less? Yes less. Angular. Nation illicit might be a reference. Gazi. And nation he starting eighty-eight new broken up on ninety two. It has that through Ghazi, but it also has this weird kind of shouting thing that some key but I think like. Wherever Dennis refused took it from. The Nation of Ulysses. Yes I thought so. It has vied. Angler like. That that. He didn't get to Angler Angler yet. I think at that point this is like fucking like this prototype like basement heart what I what I came to is this is primal. This is primal incandescent. o-? Not. So okay. Let's put on cancer in my backyard is an incandescent or song straight up. This is that were because I was thinking when Tom Nation of ulysses I was like okay. Maybe you said like nation of Ulysses played by board against that would be about right but but moving forward a incandescent or is not the worst comparison at all if you listen to the song cancer in my backyard. Onto this record. You Throw Sean McCain's voice, which isn't a million miles from Kevin Egan on some tracks. And it's the like there's the like Di di Di di Di di like weird creepy kinda stuff. It's an incandescent and there's other tracks here I think throwing rocks maybe could be one of them to that. Really reminded me that The only other notes musically like because thinking of where to disband get from. I said I think the guitar player. Whoever it is probably the bad brains. A large swath of the SST catalog including like minute men, some of the black flag stuff. But otherwise probably wouldn't site much hardcore as like influential to him. Because I, I think there's like this sounds like a metal guitar player. You know WHO's trying to do more of a punk thing. 'cause there's parts of this that just just rip like there's some riffing here that I think is really solid. And the drummer's like all, it's pretty funny that you said that Bob like doing some research I read the Guardian described the band as surprisingly musical like the minute a very, very bad mood. Bob I think Vin is the is the drummer actually I. Think you're thinking of Mike Yeah there we go. The other, the only other thing musically that I would sight. Was the band? No means no. The wrong L. P. came out in eighty nine. And that route I think is so low rated on how important it was too weird timing in off stuff in I know for a fucking fact that it was sorta big. In the hardcore world. It's clear. It's not a hardcore record. It's a weird record in now. So that's like that's like a record that self defense fans like but I don't run into even though we don't sign anything fucking like that but but I don't run into too many dyed in the wool hardcore kids how Who who like no means? No at all and I also I know we've talked this to death, but very early in the podcast life I i. think. I don't mean any hardcore kids that give fuck about Ghazi in two, thousand, twenty yen no no no I mean. That's why why highlighting the importance. Now we're highlighting the importance on it on abandoned. Two of the three of US admitted like generally know this band at all. Around. But I think like. If you like quicksand and I have a feeling that most people listening this probably like quicksand a little bit. If you like minor threat and you want to know what they did after. Thirteen songs by Gazi is a very interesting lesson. it's a record that might get in your head. It might turn you away forever. But it is. Undeniably memorable. In and you know like when I first heard through Ghazi I, I was not into it but I was also fifteen or sixteen. Tom Is the only one of us. That was open remotely as a kid Tom. Would you start seeing them college age or did you see them when you're? Little Kid. first time I was seventeen. Your tastes are way broader see I. At the time I. Liked fucking breakdown and fucking Marauder and forgotten reason. No, that's all. That's awesome. I mean I think that that lines up with a lot of younger people now to be honest I, think people are understanding it. So if you just for some reason like here, we are talking about the one point six band out be and we're saying this is a pretty cool record. But if for some reason, you haven't heard so Ghazi checkout thirteen songs at least if not expanding through. I know I point this out all the time but. The generation -Ly. Are Older listeners just words out of your mouth and their brains exp- the brains broken half very likely. If. You haven't heard. Ghazi. Is like almost insane thing to say except it's not because a lot of our younger listeners probably haven't, and as we point out all the time everybody is no send do not know shit. Start up. To you never listened to before never know yeah, that'd been. There's no harm in a band, a band whose name I've known for a long long time and just. Never really checked. You know. So and you know here it is. And I'm like Yo there's at least three songs on here that I, want to go back and re listen to it with. you know if if you were going to do. Oh. We don't really do playlists as much as we should considering that people think we're smart Yep. We should do a New York hardcore, post hardcore and. Put put the stuff that doesn't get like. Everybody, does quicksand. But like you know we've been advocate for still suit we've been advocate their stuff. That's I. Think we could do more than just New York I think we can do. York's got a great batch, but I think it's like. Unless we start putting. Let's do it. Well, you know what? Maybe we could put three or four songs per band you know what I mean. It's just I think that there's stuff from New York. Like this. Or even like all, you're right because if we include long island, there's ton Tana stuff. I. I think that their stuff that's getting overlooked by a lot of like okay. I don't see one point six like maybe burn up to hardcore charts tomorrow of like young people ripping off. But I do see like listen like when when when. When like higher power we're like Yasser. These kids are steeped in it is this is their orange nine on like Oh. Yeah. There's smart. And like and I think that. We might not see the for one point six but like. There's a whole bunch of stuff that. It's basically a for fans of with stuff that was. Big As big could be. At one time and is now kind of forgotten by the younger people kind of not not no. Well Yeah. It just it just doesn't get the There's no reason for like to be very to be almost crass in the way we say it. But this band like they did a reunion ten years ago or something. and. There was probably a group of less than three hundred people who who noticed and were excited. Yet ten years ago it was a long time for most people. And if you're young, it's more than half your life you know so. and. That's the say this is a band who is twenty the last thing they actively did as band came out twenty six years ago so. Mad At anyone for not knowing as we've noted here. So it it does it would be cool and I think you're right. There is a whole world of this. Of Hardcore Post hardcore that people could really vibe on and how even. Draw. Influence from that is a little bit overlooked right now. Oh it. Happened Yeah let's. Let's make a mix. It. Questioned no disrespect to those dudes I think one of whom is a listener? Handsome. Two tracks or one track. At least to at least two. They've got some good songs I. Mean there's people who swear by handsome up and down. Here's my Ira Eric. It's good, right here's my question. One point six band isn't even in the same conversation as handsome, who is what a solid three levels below quicksand in conversation. possibly. Yeah it it becomes really muddy after like one point six. Checkout handsome. If anybody's got spotify open sorry everybody this is really weird inside baseball. If if anybody spotify open, tell me how many monthly listeners had. This is the fun part of the game. I'll pull it up. Here we go. Because I. Want what she's. Handsome, are you ready? Yes do guests is Tom COM guess I. AM. Twenty three hundred. Okay contract. that a six, one, three, one, reissue a couple of years ago. I think I'm going to say by virtue of that adept. I'M GONNA say twelve, hundred, four, thousand, thirty, one. Co.. Who are the top two fans also like let's do top three. Definitely Quick Yup, that's number one number two is you've mentioned them are Yup and number three. This will come as no surprise, but you might not get it. Bush nope. Into into another correct art, how many monthly listeners does into another half? Their surprisingly big. Jim Your number. I'm saying twenty, one, hundred, I'm saying. Fifteen thousand Tom. I'm shocked by this. Twenty three hundred monthly listeners tend to another. Who Be like Yo? All right. Maybe we're doing fucking into another after this. Jesus Christ. Might have. How many months there's no decision should have three times as many listeners into. Quicksand how many monthly listeners are. Probably forty. Five thousand. I'm not this year's pretty good. Tom. Your. Tajik. I. I would. I would hope it's in that range. Let's I'll bump it up fifty fifty seven thousand. Let's hear still criminal still criminal how about rival schools? I'M GONNA say less I'm going to say thirty to. Say Twenty two Jesus Patrick's on fire and thirty-three. That's higher than I would expect and here's one that's sorta weird to seaweed. Seaweed is awesome. We talk about the love my love of adjacent stuff like this all day I'm going to say. I'm. GonNa. Say Same Range Thirty thirty-five. I'll say. Nineteen thousand forty, two thousand. How about how about how we need has forty two thousand monthly listeners into another has to. How `Bout I saw seaweed open to into an open for into another at an empty show at every every day all day. It's it's wild. And let me give you the one point six bands. Up On seventy, four, hundred, seventy, three. Literally on the dot so and their their favorite. This is this shows how localized in this is actually leads to my next question. the fans also like for one point, six percent click a TAT Qatawi. Long Island right. I duNNo. New York. Native. Nod. Yup. Jordan variety new. Jersey. Island. Ago And then Tell me if either say, yes or no have you heard of the crown hate ruin. Yes yes. Giants share Oh yeah. Shut out the giants chair. That's one we can talk about though we. Cherish four tight for Angel Hair Still Harris. So good. All right. So we're going to do. We'll. We'll spend a whole episode on this. Anything on this record. My question which I think native not let in. Do any scream. Oh, fans dig the spent. Yes that's the only people that do they should right like. This is this should be almost I saw. I saw a photo from their reunion shows. Yeah. It's those kids okay okay. Sanchez Upfront Pretty. Much Eh. That's go ahead. Sorry. This is New Brunswick meets bad trip you. Need Yo. If you told me that two three of the five members of dagger had one point six band records in new the while I be like, yeah. That makes sense you know. they also have ep that came out in twenty ten did not hear it. was curious because stupid because it's under one point six band if you go to the about for them but the listeners zero followers to and as four songs under one point six band skin flap awful jerk. The pet still think he's coming back and burning coal. Why does why does everybody do the the digital distribution on their return records? So poorly, what is the reason I? I understand the reason your teachers. Now you're fucking parents a giddy. You'd like somebody's got to take the reins and. Under the same name your right. I'm just saying like contact your friend that does this for a living and just be like, Hey, could you help me? I don't care if you take six percent for your time like Freddie albuque-. To figure this out for them right speaking of. How do you guys feel about the album art for the l.? P.. Very much of a time. I'm actually not mad at it I. think there's something very evocative about it but. The the placement of the title is. Terrible bad. And if this was in a different era. Like the stick, this would be best done with a sticker on the on the plastic. For Because As album art. Not Bad with with the title. Bad. Yeah I'm GonNa send you the records I think it looks a lot like it looks like the far side scrap LP. And it looks like the three l. p. on discussing like reopen. Here, hold on Sunday farside scrap. Church. It looks like it's it's these two records Oh, come on What else anything else on this record because like Yo very pleasantly surprised I have to admit I was a little sceptical. Go in and was very happy because I gave it the an and then when you put it on an Oh shit this be great. And I turned out, it turned out to be I i. liked it quite a bit so. You WanNa talk about any of the funny. Names Yeah. So. Before this was the thing. Names Lake. Names, like pushing shit back into my ass. Hungry. I mean whenever you name one of your records pimpernel easy. Firstly, you're alienating people like me that need everything to be serious but then. You're also like very clearly flying a flag that hey. I my idea punk is to not try to live off this. This is something that I do for fun is due to fulfill. Myself. Accu-. And? It's only as an adult that I've come to appreciate that. But songs like adult Hitler are that's a funny title funny, Time Offend Hasek Song and it's odd because like dishonored adults Hitler is Great. Yeah. I write it on my notebooks. Yeah. We do have something emails. We want to get into a couple of emails here I don't WanNa go crazy here come. Yeah. Let's do it. All, right. So Greg emails US and said to G. Pat had has a cool interesting tasted hardcore always makes me revisit and checkout older bands. I've never heard or got into before including one point six. This was a cool listen. I should have experienced it full on instead of in the middle of a discography chose the spotify route took me a while to get through the album. I really liked the lyrics and vocal delivery however, groovy in math riffs are a lot from my adhd and it would of liked this better maybe ten years ago. These giants throwing rocks and Adult Hitler my favorite tracks throat throwing rocks I could have sworn was in a ninety skate video. But when I looked it up I realized I heard this track on the fear of smell comp. It's very interesting comp with investments Bastard Rohrschack etc. That's true. anyways I find myself like better and better the more I listened keep going keep it obscure. Thanks. Greg ps stay safe. Thank you, Greg. Let me see all read. Maybe one more here because Yo here's the thing about these ones. People went in. This is a good one. People gave us long emails, which is great but we're going to try to keep it brief here calling or Ross work as we have here. Hey, guys. It's funny. This became the next album of the month I discovered them via no echoes nineties week on. That's cool. Overall. My immediate reaction were to the Vocals Rhythm Section at times captures the vocals hit me like High Pitch Eddie Leeway ask tone in pitch that also hints of in Mkhize cadence and sing scream transitions. I could easily here this guy yelling you call me up and you tell talk about money Oh. Yeah. Sure I think the rhythm section might be the low key MVP of the is both the bass and drums played very nicely off each other. and not to mention erratic time signatures, interest transitions the only John Zoran or anterior were would love blue below or nonsensical notes for each track. Cheap towed. If you send me track by track breakdowns, I will almost always read them. These. The talking to screaming parts here is what originally gave you the embrace fives. This Calypso typer here is very unique and I dig it I didn't embrace fog, but I'm with you threads funky intro versus that screams less Klay, pool? Cancer in my background where did these botchy guitar squeals come from at thirty second part. Keeping me from killing you. There's a lot of drumming here in the that sounds like the type of stuff you immediately play around with when you first buy double bass battle I e triple Gallup's triplet callups are. Plastic bags it was at this point the album if I question if I was getting bored. Or if this track just didn't hit me the same way, the others was this more of the same of what I just heard. Squelched is this the first track four timing maybe this was a nice change of pace or the previous song was that bad? Throwing rocks. I thought something was wrong with speakers when it started and I liked him, was he screaming at the end of the? Song. One eye open rippling gripping your pillow tight. More of the high sounding vocals here on the beginning guitar harmonica at the forty five seconds mark were fun and and cute. Maybe my favorite song here build up to the two minute mark is entertaining. Yes. When I opened might be. The be my favorite structural song on this record but adult Hitler's really really good. Another good example, rhythm sections display of skills, confined lyrics for this anywhere online. So not really sure what to do to saying. But at the end, if I came across this record store, I'd buy. Ross Wig thank you. So Yo. Record got a lot going on any closing thoughts on this one. Well I just that it is one hundred percent worth listen. And I don't I don't say that in the way that we all thought that even the record was worth a listen. I think that I think that there's people that will connect with this and not every song is going to be. For everyone but I I, do think that there are listeners of ours who are going to think that this rips? Yes. Yes. I agree. And I mean, the longest song is like maybe three minutes. Or three and a half like lollipops three and a half. But they usually in the. You know the one and a half to three minute. So it's not like the record that this six minute songs initial after sludge through. This is a pretty fast listen. I. Think IT'S Like I. Power your way through those first couple shitty recordings. Because after that, it's fucking gold and I would also say give this a headphones listen it. It might it was better on headphones. Yeah. So. Let's do due diligence. Do we want to pick the next thing we listened to do? I do want to pick that? Let's I think that so far. Tom You didn't really pick an I didn't really pick I. Think you kind of had you throughout Vod and we groups elected it we had a friend of the podcast throughout. Bold. And Patrick you gave us one point six band. Tom, do you have anything in mind or do you WanNa you WanNa Kinda group select this one I'm down a group I, feel like the video. Like vod bold end this to a point. I had a hand or a little bit of sure I. Don't WanNa like totally. Let's do this. The only thing that I would say is that Vod's from ninety eight. Right Ninety eight or ninety, nine bowl. Yet ninety oldest eighty-nine, this records ninety two. I say we go on we always either go ought. or we go early. Eighty S. Okay this here's if we're trying to service our audience. This is going to be a reach for some of our audience not in terms of how it sounds I think that they're going to enjoy it but I think it's obscure and from a time period that is not necessarily on everybody's mind. I think if we go off, it's we get a lot of people into the format. So I think that that's a reason to consider August. Okay. Yeah. I agree with that strongly. All right. Then let's let's talk. That's What do we think? Is a record that is either good or overlooked or out of relevance at the time that is just not felt now. And I'd like to go. We don't need to go small I. Don't mind. US doing something. That's a little more known. That that would resonate with people because it's it's nice to pull people in with a few things here. Yeah. That's a fact. have an idea hit us. You guys hate this. So now maybe. Go on. I was talking to a buddy of ours guys know can't. From Ohio I won't give out last government. And we were talking about comeback. Kid. Listen. This would be a very interesting one for me because I have no. Good. Feeling at all. But but it's unearned because I don't think I've heard what's the big record? Is that wake in the day? The debt. Yeah. So so I don't think I've heard I've never heard that in full. So I've been completely unfair to this to this for twenty years and I also don't think I've heard a single track. In a decade. So I would be. Very, willing to do this because this is so many kids. It was entered hardcore entrance and not very big right now no states there's no big in Europe. So I mean we can do I mean, that's just a suggestion just. Because you were saying like it doesn't have to be something smaller. Lost the time I mean, there's a kind of A. Check out. Let's do it like this. How do you guys feel about this bands that were? Very big. Who Don't get talked about nearly as much for whatever reason that would be comeback kid and then the other one which I'm totally willing to do. The other one is outbreak who I don't hear a single living soul talk about despite the fact that they were omnipresent during the time that they they toward. Do either of those appeal to you. I can do either. Where you know but flip a coin will do either. About how you? Only, fair. Blah Blah. I'll pick one next time. I'm down to do either of those I am. I've listened to both and I, and I will give both affair ear and do it but. yeah. Just flip a coin you got. You got you guys got a coin flip a coin. Let's say outbreak heads and comeback kid is tails. You know what I haven't been out of the House enough to get your. National coin shortage. So I'm flipping a coin is heads tails. Do you guys want to do best two out of three or just go with what I got? To go with what you got tails, it's comeback kid wake the dead. Let's do it. We're going to get a ton of strong opinions on this. So I'm with it strong out for us. But but let's happens appreciated. No, I think that's a cool thing. Let's say let's get strong opinions and. People don't take it. Personally if we don't like your music. Know. Never ever. We're not cut anybody any checks the ship we is true. But all right. Thanks everybody's good and this has been a fun activity as part of our ongoing series to encourage people to listen to more music. Everybody patted his pouring in New York City. So. Canceled better get a bigger boat. Darning yeah it's it's GonNa slow but eleven, and then start from three a m literary all the way through at least eight pm tomorrow night. nope. Thank you. Thank you for that weather everybody be good everybody.

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The Germ In You

Maranatha Ministries UPC

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The Germ In You

"Welcome to the podcast of Maranatha ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot. M. Church DOT COM or an all social media by searching at church and now be blessed by listening to today's message. All right. Thank you Michael for those announcements. And I do want to thank everyone for your faithfulness. And you're continuing to give most. Everyone is still continuing to give. And that's a good thing because we're continuing to pay. We keep the building warm but lights Iran. The taxes are paid but most importantly we are still sending all of our missionaries. The full support that we've always sent them and we will continue to do that and we want to be able to continue to do this. I just WanNa say thank you to all of you that have taken it upon yourself to realize that we are the church and we give to the Lord not because of what God will do for us but we give to the Lord because of what he's already done for us and that help support the building and many other things that the church is doing so I want to thank you for your support because it's it is very important. I did mention in the past that we were going to have an Easter Service. Even if it wasn't here today when we got back in the building we're GONNA have an Easter Service. I want you to know I still plan on doing that. that said if we start getting pushed into the middle of the end of. I don't know when we're going to get back into the building and if it's too far removed from Easter we might just scrap the idea if it's close enough. Let's promote a big Easter services. If we can't get some friends and family to come but we'll see we'll play that by ear and then lastly I just want to say I don't know if you can tell looking at me through a camera but I'm in desperate need of a haircut mean a haircut badly and I think I'm starting to look like my old hippy. Days back when I was a teenager had long hair used to wear my hair in a ponytail back in those days when I was a Hippie. And it's not quite there yet but if the barbershops don't open pretty soon. It's going to get to get to the point accepted. I'm going to look pretty foolish. Because nothing's coming off the top so that ponytail. We'll just be coming off the sides now. My wife did volunteer. She did tell me that she'd be willing to cut my hair and she's actually good at it. She's she's she she can cut hair and she She in fact she used to cut my hair when we were younger but she hasn't done it in a while quite a while and she's got a lot of things she could get even with me for so. I'm a little hesitant to let her have a pair of scissors working around my head. So I think I'm GonNa wait for the barber shops to open. I don't know that she'd hold a grudge but who knows God bless her may have to. I may have to. I may have to bite the bullet. Let her do it. And Hope She's merciful all right. Well let's get to the word of the Lord today showy. Let's just worship God if you're in your living room wherever you are. Why don't you just take a moment? Lift your hands and praise the Lord. Jesus we thank you for your goodness today in the blessings of the Lord this Easter Service. That we're celebrating here today. This time of worshiping you and praising you and thanking you for the tremendous sacrifice that you made to purchase our salvation to purchase our souls. We thank you for the death. The burial but today we celebrate that great resurrection that place three days later. And we WANNA thank you for now. Today I'm going to talk to you about something. That may seem like a strange Easter Message. And it is a strange eastern message but it is something that is on my heart and so because it's on my Har. It's what I have to talk about today. And I want to draw my sermon today from John Chapter. Twelve and I'm reading verse number. Twenty Four Gospel John. Chapter twelve verse. Twenty four with the Bible says most assuredly this Jesus speaking and he said most assuredly I say to you unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it remains alone but if it dies it produces much grain so this is going to be an Easter message. Probably unlike many of the other messages that are online today from other churches other ministers and I'm not trying to discredit what they're doing or what they're saying but this is not going to be your standard Easter message. But it is what's on my heart and Ivan titled Today's message the Germ in you. The Germ G. R. M. in you seems appropriate with the Corona Virus. Going AROUND. Everybody worried about germs. But I've entitled this the German you and I wanNA explain to exactly what I mean by that. I'm going to be quick and I'm going to try to get right to the point today so that they don't take up a lot of time but I do want to explain to you what I mean when I say the germ. That's in you and what I want to do today. I want to talk about you just a little bit and me. I WanNa talk about us. I want to talk about what the resurrection of Jesus Christ means where that germ in you is concerned. What do I mean by that? What am I talking about? Well let me first explain what I mean by the germ the germ and we're talking about a we stock right now. A grain of wheat germ is actually what it's called. It's the embryo of the seed and it is a sprouting section of the seed in other words. The germ is where the life is of the seed. And unless the germ gets out of that Shell of the seed it can't grow and so what the germ repr- Represents is potential life and I want to talk about the potential life. That's in you and that's in me. And that's every one of us because each grain or kernel of wheat consist of a wheat plant embryo. Which is the germ. But that germ is within a thick outer coating which is called the brand where we get our brand flakes rum and we put on our on our food because it's a good roughage but it's actually a thick outer coating that encases the germ now the Germans the life. It's the potential of life it will produce a new plant. It will produce more than itself will produce several new grains if it's allowed to grow but it's wrapped up inside of this this brand out this this thick outer outer coating so unless that brand gets buried into the ground and begins to break apart and dissolve and die it will not allow that germ to begin to grow and so we see the meaning of the words that Jesus spoke here when he said unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it remains alone but if it dies if produces much rain and I want to talk to you about the fact that there is indeed a germ. That is inside of you. So let's talk about that for just a moment today because I do believe that within every single one of us there is a germ of something great. That is lying dormant. I believe inside of you. There's something deep down inside that wants to come forth and grow. That is right now. Lying dormant the problem is is that thing or the things whatever it may be that. The germ is surrounded by and at the things we think we need to get the germ to grow It's really just the opposite of what the germ really needs. If if a grain of wheat had a mind the last thing it would want to do is to get put into the ground push down into the dirt and covered with Dir so that it could grow this last thing it would want and many times the last thing we want that would produce the life we crave. We all crave a certain assert and we all have that within us but the very thing that would bring that to pass is the very thing we sometimes resist you see. Sometimes I think we're always looking for the good things in life. We wish we had more money. We wish we only had more time if we only had more friends or less friends. I don't know what the case may be. I did read a mean just the other day it was quite comical and has said even when this virus has passed there are still some of you. I don't want you to come around but so I don't know if it's more friends or less friends but it's all these things that we think we need. Maybe it's a bigger house I need or we want nicer cars longer. Vacations better jobs more money all of these things. We think we need to make us happy and to make us complete and to bring about the things that we're striving for and seeking for and I think we're missing a very important aspect of our lives and that is this inside. Every one of us is a seed. Put there by the hand of Almighty God when you were formed in the womb a seed a germ if you will that was supposed to come forth and bring forth the life. God wants you to have but the problem now is that it's wrapped up in the thick outer coating of the brand of life. And what do I call the brand of life well? Sometimes it's the hurts that we've experienced in life sometimes. It's the rejections. Sometimes the disappointments. Sometimes it's the loss. Sometimes it's failure. It could be anything that has caused us to become enwrapped enclosed wrapped up tight with all of the cares and all of the things of this world preventing that life that is in us from coming forth. And you being able to be the person that God made you to be the how many of us can look at our present condition and think that in our past we didn't really think it was gonNA turn out quite like this and the older you get. Sometimes when you're older you can look back and say boy. I thought I'd be further ahead by now. I thought I'd have more together by now. I thought I'd be better off by now. I didn't think it was going to turn out like this. I had bigger plans. I had higher hopes I had bigger dreams and but the reality is here we are. It's not like I thought it's not. I think I'm talking to somebody today. It's not quite like what I thought person struggling with alcohol person's struggling with drugs the person's struggling with their relationships person's struggling with their possessions or lack thereof. Whatever it may be. They didn't plan on this being where they were going to end up when they were younger they had bigger dreams they saw greater life. They saw more excitement. They saw better things. But it's all being choked out but I'm here to tell you there is still a germ inside of you that wants to come forth and wants to live because. I don't care how old you are and I don't care how young you are. The German side of you is eternal is eternal. It doesn't grow old and die. It's waiting to be able to come out. There's a German side of you. That's waiting to be able to come out and so I'm here to tell you today on this Easter Sunday that it is never too late to be all that God intended for you to be. It's never ever too late. And that's maybe what makes this really a good Easter message because it was the resurrection of Jesus Christ that created a new being for him a new. He did great things while he was a man in the flesh but he did greater things once he died and was resurrected. His life was one thing before cavalry. It was a it was a whole nother world after calvary. The things that happened after calvary are nothing compared or I should say the things that haven't before Calgary are nothing compared to those things that happened after calvary and so maybe this is a good Easter message to let you know that. There's something inside of you that wants to be born again. That wants to begin a new life. That wants to start over again. That wants to live the life. God intended for you to live a and it can happen if we will but go down into the ground like the like the seed and die so that we can be raised to new life. So what does it mean to fall into the ground and die because Jesus said unless a grain of we falls into the ground and dies it remains alone? So what does that mean? If it dies it produces much grain. I think it means giving your life to him. That's what I think. It means. I think it means allowing him to make your plans. I think it means allowing him to direct your steps into the world and into the life that he wants you to love you see. We have to die to ourselves do that. We have to die to ourselves. We have to say not. My will but dined done. I think last week I talked about that. That's what Jesus said just before His crucifixion. While he was then guess seventy I considered I consider these words to be the greatest words. He ever spoke to the greatest. I can never speak. Not My will but dying because we all have a will. We'll have a desire. We'll have our plans. We'll have our wants when we come to the place where we can die to ourselves and say not my will. They will be done. That's dying to yourself and when you do that you begin to grow. You begin to live a life that you never ever thought possible. I don't know if I'm talking to everybody today but I think I'm talking to somebody and it might just be you and I have said this told the congregation. That's in the past. Jesus Christ loves you so much that he would have a man like me preach a message and make everybody else. Just listen to it because he wanted to talk to you and I don't ever mind him talking to one person if this message wasn't for me but somebody else's life is being changed. Let it happen. That person just might be you so don't be afraid today to die to yourself and to say not my will but dying be done so that you can begin to live the life that Jesus Christ died to give you. I WanNa ask you today. What's inside of you waiting to grow? What still down there waiting to come forth. What's inside of you? That's ready to come to life. That's been covered up by hurts buried by rejection broken by disappointments by tragedies by failures by whatever what is still deep down inside of you just waiting to hear you say not my will then be done so that it begin to grow and you can begin to become the person that God intended for you to be so. Why don't you go ahead today? And asked Jesus to take over as Jesus to have his way seek the Lord and say not my will but dine be done. What would you have me do if you're watching this today and some friend called you up and said why don't you listen to today's sermon? You haven't been to church and make plans I'm GonNa come back and serve the Lord and why don't you just come to church? Don't you be the church? Why don't you be somebody that God can move through in touch and bless and begin to mold you and make you and have you come forth with the life that he intended you to have that? I believe is still deep down inside of you waiting to come forth at all song. We used to sing years ago one of my favorites because I love these old songs. Maybe it's because I'm old. The old words just said fine own way. Lord of Brother Jameson. If we were in church right. Now it'd be calling Jameson up to come over here and start playing this for me and I would sing have nine own way. Lower Have Thi- known way as our the PA tower and by the clay mold me and may me after a while. I am wait. He yielded and still be beautiful. Is It'd be music and somebody else singing. But nevertheless the words are what matter have fine own way Lord have vine own way. You are the Potter on the Clay Mold. Me and make me after I will while I'm waiting yielded and still so just before his crucifixion and in the verse just before he talked about the grain of wheat dying in Verse Twenty Three. Jesus said this listen carefully. Just before he said a grain of wheat has to fall into the earth and die. He said this the hour has come. That the son of man should be glorified. He was getting ready to go to calvary and he called it. The son of Man. Getting READY TO BE GLORIFIED. How is it? That cavalry could be the son of man being glorified. I'll tell you how it is. He knew that unless he died he would not have this church unless he died he would not have the masses of people joining him in heaven the way he's now going to have when we get there and when everybody who is already there is there he could not have any of that unless he first died but because he died he was able to produce this church and so he didn't call his death the death he called it being glorified and. I'm here to tell you if we can die to ourselves and allow Jesus to take control of our lives and to begin to live the life that he wants us to live in fallen to the ground and die. We'll also look back and say that's when I was glorified that's when the glory of God came into my life was the day I laid it all down and put it into his hands and so I close today by asking you. Is this the hour for you to be glorified? Is this the time for you to lay down and say have nine own way? How can you be glorified by dying to yourself by surrendering your life to Jesus Christ and by living the life that he had planned from you right from the very beginning? It's never ever too late to give Jesus your life. Why don't you do that right where you're sitting right where you're standing right in your living room wherever you are? Why don't you do that right now? And say Jesus have fine own way and I close by reading. Second Corinthians chapter five or seventeen therefore if anyone is in Christ listen carefully. He is a new creation. Old Things have passed away behold all things have become new and then in John. Chapter ten verse ten. Jesus said this. The thief comes only to steal to kill and destroy. That's what life's tried to do to you. That's what your adversary. The devil is tried to do to you steal kill and destroy but Jesus said I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly more abundantly. Is this the life that Jesus wants you to have? Is the German you free to live? I came to give life and I came to give life more abundantly. Not more things not more disappointment. Not More of what you're already dissatisfied with. But he came to give you more of what really matters and it would be ashamed today to come to the end of this life and to have that germ still locked up inside of you. Let that germ fallen to the ground and die that it might bring forth the life. Jesus wants you to have. Let's pray together. Jesus I pray that everyone. That's heard this message. Today will be touched in their heart to know that you put a germ of life deep down inside of them and that is to grow to bring forth the life that you want us to live and I pray everyone within the sound of my voice today or in the days ahead that might hear this recording that them realize the greatest life they can live is the life that they put into your hands in. Jesus name Amen. God bless you have a very wonderful Easter holiday? Let this be the beginning of a new life for you thank you for listening to the mayor of ministries podcast. If this mess just talked to you please. Make sure to subscribe the more sermons from Pastor Frank in the Ministry team here at Matha as well as follow us on our social media platforms. We are located in Schenectady New York. And if you are in the area we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service starting at ten thirty. Am We look forward to you joining us again next week for another anointed message? Thank you and God bless.

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He Remained Silent

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He Remained Silent

"Welcome to the podcast of Maranatha ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot. M. Church DOT COM or an all social media by searching at church and now be blessed by listening to today's message. Man God bless you want we stand together turned to the word of the Lord this morning and I am reading from Isaiah Chapter Number Fifty Three. He was oppressed and he was afflicted yet. He opened not his mouth. He was led as they lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before its shearers is silent so he opened not his mouth. I WanNa talk to you today about this subject that I've entitled. He remained silence. I'M GONNA UP BUILDING UP TO EASTER. I'm going to talk about several of the things that happened on that weekend. Building up eastern sedately. We haven't been announcing it but we are having a Good Friday. Seven o'clock Communion Service here. Good Friday Friday evening. Seven o'clock communion service and I encourage all of you to come. Let's let's be faithful. Let's have communion together but building up between now and Easter which is coming up April twelfth. I want to talk about till you about several things that took place on that weekend as Jesus prepared to be crucified and then rise again that third day so today we're GonNa talk about the fact that he remained silent from the Prophecy. Isaiah fifty three verse seven. He was oppressed and he was afflicted but he did not open his mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before its shearer is a silent so he opened not his mouth. He remained silent. Let's pray together. Jesus we love you. We thank you for your blessings. I thank you for the people that are here today. Lord keep us all safe. Help us to be prudent. Lord God but fearless. I pray in Jesus name that you will bless the remainder of the service and all of our folks Laura. That are listening on this on this podcast today. Blessed them Jesus touch them and let them feel your presence as though they were here today. I'm asking this all in Jesus name and everyone said Amen. God bless you can be seated. How about we give Jesus one more hand? Clap of praise together so we thank you. Jesus thank you. Jesus thank you. Jesus I want you to imagine with me for a moment if you if you can would be like to be accused of something that carries with it a serious penalty being long imprisonment in this case. A life sentence imagine what it would be like to be charged with a crime that carries with it a stiff penalty that you did not do. You did not commit the crime but you're being charged with it. Imagine how you would feel and imagine what you would do about it. I don't remember the story myself. I don't remember the incident. I should say because I was too young but I remember my mother talking about it Many times during my life so it definitely made an impression on her. I was a little boy and I had an older brother. As older brothers do they. They blamed the younger brother for stuff they did. And my older brother had blamed me for something that he did and my mother was accusing me of having done it and I was desperately working at defending myself trying to prove I did not do this and I finally out of a last ditch effort and hopelessness because my mother was not believing me because my older brother was a very good liar and she believed him and I was being accused. She says that what I did with tears in my eyes. I finally just looked at her and said well. God knows I didn't do it. She said at that moment she knew I didn't do it. I appealed to the highest. Judge accused me of what you will. God knows. I didn't do it and it's a cute little story however what about the times in life when that doesn't work and that doesn't work imagine yourself before court officials to a judge in a jury of being accused of something you did not do? I don't think saying God knows I didn't do. It's GonNa get you out of it. They're gonNA want facts. They'RE GONNA want figures they're gonNA want testimonies. Your little sweet little statement of God knows I didn't do it isn't GonNa work and especially imagine what you would do to defend yourself. If you're being accused of something that carried with it a death sentence what would you do? You'd fight. You'd give it your best effort. You'd try to hire the best lawyers mud your money could buy You would do with some of the. Some of these men do themselves. They've got time in prison and so they spend time studying law themselves to defend themselves because they don't even trust putting it into somebody else's hands because they're being accused of a death sentence. How would you feel what would you do? And how would you ever get yourself out of some of these things and back into a normal life? You would do everything you can would you not. That's the situation Jesus faced. I don't think we always realize we talk about a so much. We celebrated every year. We don't realize what exactly took place those days prior to his resurrection. Jesus faced those circumstances. And what's interesting is and again. We don't always recognize or realize this. Jesus did not just face those circumstances once but he faced those circumstances on six different occasions leading up to his death sentence six different occasions. Jesus had an opportunity to speak up and to defend himself and he remained silent six different times number one. The first person they brought him to as they led him out of get seventy was to. Ns who was the former high priest. Now they brought him to this man because if you can picture this year mind and us was a man that the Roman Empire didn't like him and the reason that didn't like him because they couldn't push him around. The Roman Empire wanted to control this Jewish nation and this Jewish territory. And Anna's would have none of it and so they removed him from being the high priest and they put high efficient is place. Who was a son-in-law but Anna's among the Jews still call the shots they still look to him and that's why even though he didn't hold an official position he was the first one they brought Jesus to and they brought him to hand us and they had to go take him to him and he decided he's guilty pre-qualifying trial. They brought him there. He had the opportunity there to defend himself. He had the opportunity there to say on not guilty of these charges. He had the opportunity if he could convince Anas. This thing's done this going. No further by can convince this man. That'd be my opportunity to put my best foot forward right then because if I can handle it now. It's over but he didn't do that. He did not defend himself against false charges. He did not defend himself. What's also interesting is. They went and got him out of death. Semi in the middle of the night and the trial at night was illegal. It was an illegal trial. Now you you and I both know that centers have a way of getting around legalities centers. Have a way of finding loopholes or thinking. They found the loopholes. Oh God help us. All because the loopholes that work here on earth do not work at the white throne judgement over there but it was at night it was an illegal trial and there were really no charges brought against him which was unlawful and so and it's wanted him dead because he didn't like what he was doing to the stirring things up the way he was and so he had to come up with a charge so he sent him over to. Kaya fess who was in his his son-in-law and he was the high priest now here is the the legal high priest and this second trial is taking place at approximately two thirty in the morning. So it still is illegal. What's happening here is still illegal. Jesus has a loophole. My friend you cannot crucify me. 'cause you convicted me at an illegal time. There's a loophole. Jesus didn't take the loophole. He let it go on so the trial is at night. It's an illegal trial and it was during this trial that we read about the Apostle Peter denying that he knows Jesus was during the second trial when Jesus could have defended himself in imagine how Peter Felt because the Bible does say that Jesus was within earshot and he actually looked at Peter. When that cock f-r-o-t-h he looked over at him. Peter just realized that the words came true. I've denied him three times. Baba says he went out and wept bitterly. How would you feel? How many have you ever said? I'm GonNa Live for God no matter what and then the first thing comes up stumbled and fall. Aren't you glad you can get up again? Aren't you glad you can get up again? I don't care how many times you fall and I don't care how bad you fall my friend you can get up again. Don't let the devil or your flesh ever tell you. There's no hope if I'm not at the white throne judgement yet. There's hope in the Bible says Jesus was charged with blasphemy and blasphemy carries with it the death sentence under Jewish law at the time in Mark Chapter Fourteen. The Bible says the chief priests were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death but they could not find any for many. Were giving false testimony against him and his testimonies did not. Their testimonies did not agree. Some stood up and gave false testimony against him stating that we heard him say. I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days I will build up another not made by hands. He's talking about the spirit to church. Get their testimony. Did Not agree even on this the Bible says and then the high priesthood up before them all in question. Jesus don't you have an answer to what these men are testifying against you? He could have very easily explain that. Oh No Temple. I was talking about was physical temple right here. I'm not gonNA destroy that temple that's GonNa get destroyed on his own. I'm not going to have to do that. I'm talking about this temple. This temple is going to be destroyed. I'm going to raise this temple. Backup three days me. I'M GONNA be raising the debt. They might think he's loony but that's not death sentence material what the Bible says. Don't you have an answer to what these men are testifying against you? But he kept silence and did not answer again. The high priest questioned him. Are you the Messiah? The son of the blessed one Jesus did not keep silent this time he said I am. If you want accuse me of that and put to death I'm GonNa give you ammunition. Are you the Messiah? The son of the blessed one I am Jesus said just to make sure we get this right. He went on to say and you will see the son of man seated at the right hand of power coming in the clouds of heaven. That's my God my God you see when it should've spoken up. He didn't when it could have defended themselves when it should've kept silent. He didn't he gave them more. Food for Crucifixion. You're better believe I'm the one and one of these days you're GonNa see me coming at the right hand power area. The high priest tore his robes. And he said why. Don't we still need witnesses? You heard the blasphemy. What is your decision? They all condemned him as deserving death. But it's still at nighttime. We've got that little problem. It's still nighttime. So let's drag it onto daylight number three trial number three. She's he's had two opportunities now to defend themselves one. He didn't say a word the next one he gave him amunition and now comes number three before the sand Hadrian. The San Hadrian was the high council the District Board. It's like it's like the officials all the all. The officials come together. The Jewish High Council and in the gospel of Mark says this as soon as it was morning having held a meeting with the eldest scribes in the whole sand and trying to figure out. How can we get this done? How can we get rid of this guy? Can we get him? Crucified and keep all A- legal. What can we do so they had this big meeting. And as soon as it was morning having held a meeting with the elder scribes the whole Santita and the chief priests tied Jesus Up. They led him away and the handed him over to pilots. Now pilot is the Roman overseer of Judea and it was the Romans that have to give the Jews permission to perform capital punishment. The Jews just K- go round killing over. They want they do need. Roman a permission to carry out their execution of someone who they think needs to die and so now they've got you don't need anymore witnesses. You just heard him playing that he's God in the flesh take crucify him so again. Jesus remained silent when he should have spoke. Up did not remain silent when he should have been silent. Everything he was doing was he was digging his own. All digging yourself deeper. Which is what he wanted to do. He came here to be crucified. So now he's before they send them to pilot pilot. Ashton this policy you the king of the Jews. He could have said yes. You could've said no. But he said you say so you say so you see. It doesn't matter what the Bible says about him. It doesn't matter what I say about him. It doesn't matter what you say about him. I've saying you pointing a particular person if you're listening to you on the podcast pointing at a particular person doesn't matter what you say. What matters is what you say you see. I can call him God. That's great if you don't you've got the issues you understand what I'm saying. It doesn't matter what the Bible says. What do you say? It doesn't matter? What the preacher says. What do you say? That's what matters because what you say is going to determine your eternal destination not what somebody else says. Somebody else can believe. He's God but if you don't someone else can serve him but if you don't are you the Messiah you say you say you say how many here say yes he is the Messiah. Here's my God my savior. That's who he is. Yes that's what I say you say so. He is what you say he is. He is what you say he is. You're sick because he your healer if you're broken is he your mentor of your soul. If you're lost as your savior would you say so? You must say so policy question him again. Aren't you going to answer? Look how many things are cues ing you of the Bible says in Mark Chapter Fifteen but Jesus still did not answer in so pilot was amazed. Here's somebody's got a chance to defend himself and will not do it. He's remaining silent when he's got a chance to plead his case. Pilot was amazed. You never see anything like this. Usually usually the most corrupt sinful person is just telling you how wonderful there while another stuff is true and they're making up lies to get themselves out of trouble. Here's a man that's got. The opportunity who pilot new was not guilty of the crimes. He was being charged and would not defend himself. He remained silent pilot found. Jesus not guilty. He's not guilty. The one who has the Authority to have crucified or not crucified says he's not guilty. He puts them back into the hands of the Jews and sends them over to hair. It now Herod was the Jewish ruler over Galilee. Pilot FOUND OUT. Jesus was from Galilee. Is I'm GonNa say you think it's like the mayor of Schenectady find out all this person's Schenectady sent him over there? Let him be tried connected. I don't want to deal with this over here in Albany found from Galle sent him over Herod. So you're going to hear it now here it is an interesting character because Herod feared God unfortunately he feared God the way a lot of people do what I mean by that a lot of people believe in God but they will not serve God see this. Herod was the one who was having a illegal relationship with his brother's wife the John the Baptist called out and Herod was touched in his heart convicted. Herod was convicted over. What John in fact he found John the Baptist very interesting and John. The Baptist was put in prison inherited. Not Want to keep him in prison. Herod did not want to hurt him and that girl danced and what men will do for sex that girl. Dez before he said Oh man I give you anything up to the half of my kingdom. She went back to her. Mother said what should I get now? The mother was not happy with John. The Baptist preaching had asked for John the Baptist head on a platter so Herod had to keep his word and he said all right. Give her his head so John. The Baptist was put to death by a man who believed his preaching who was convicted by his preaching but because of his own words he had to have her have John the Baptist put to death. So that's Herod was so. He's very interested in. Jesus the Bible tells us he found this very interesting that he got to talk to Jesus himself and started questioning. Jesus bobble says. Her hair was very glad to see Jesus for a long time. He had wanted to see him because he had heard about him and was hoping to see some miracle performed by him so he kept asking him questions but Jesus would not answer the Chief. Priests and the scribes stood by vehemently accusing him then. Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt mocked him dressed him in bright clothing and sent him back to pilot and that very day heroin pilot became friends previously. They had been enemies interesting. How situations like this may make strange. Bedfellows isn't it. Here's a guy that was interested in Jesus but Jesus wouldn't perform a miracle form. Jesus wouldn't talk to Jesus wouldn't give them wouldn't satisfy his interest. Jesus wants more than your interest. He wants your dedication and your life watching the outskirts. He wants to on the inner circle. You want you in the thick of it. My friend be an apostolic. That's in the thick of it worship God when we worship God. Lift your hands when we lift our hands. Clap your hands when we clap our hands. Sing the songs when we sing the songs prey when we pray shout amen during the preaching get into the thick of it. Praise God Hera did want to be in the thick of it. He just wanted to watch him the outskirts so he interviewed. Jesus talked to him a little bit. His curiosity was piqued and Jesus wouldn't perform forum so we ended up treating him with contempt mocking him dressing him in bright clothing. You WanNa be a king. Let stress you up like a king. And then he sent him back to pilot thought he was done with this back to pilot. He goes and this trial number six five times so far. Jesus did before his accusers and had the opportunity to defend himself and get himself out of the predicament. He was in but he remained silent because back to pilot. A pilot is not too happy about this because pilot can see what's going on here pilot knows. Jesus is not guilty of anything except convicting the centers so the Bible says that pilot called together all the chief. This is in Luke Chapter. Twenty three pilot call together. The chief priests the leaders and the people and he said to them. You have brought me. This man is one who misleads the people but in fact after examining him in your presence I find no grounds to charge this man with these things that you accuse him of no charge neither has herod who I just send him over to because he sent him back to me. He couldn't find any charges against him. Clearly he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore I'm GonNa let him go. No he did not say that because you got to appease try to appease the sinful nature of humanity he said therefore I am going to whip him a- and then released him. I'm not going to kill him but I'll at least wham. Will that make you happy? No we want to get your weapon. We'll be back at next week. And he's disrupting our lives. Aren't you glad Jesus disrupted your life? I'm so glad he disrupted my life when I was lost in sin and on my way to hell fire and brimstone. I am so glad Jesus stepped in between me and hell and this ruptured my life. Thank you Jesus. I pray he'll disrupt lives all over this country and around the world keep disrupting lives and use made. It helped get the job done praise. God I'm GonNa Web Woman lenna religion but they all cry together. Take this man away and crucify him. You know it's interesting. The word take away in. Hebrew comes from a Hebrew word as well as Ezell was the word they used to describe the whole situation but in the Old Testament. They had a scapegoat. That's where the word scapegoat comes from. It was an old testament situation where they would symbolically placed the sins of the people on a goat and then there was shoop. Push the go out into the wilderness to go out there and die and it was called the scapegoat all the sins of the nation. We've put on the goat and the scapegoat would be sent out away from the camp and while the scapegoat was walking away they would use the word houses l. Which means take away our sins? And that's what they cried out. Take this man away. Jesus is your scapegoat. Your sins were placed on his back and he took them to calvary. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus. Pilot gave them the opportunity to have Jesus be set free and they said no take him away and they said this rather release Barabbas to us now. Barabbas was a known. Troublemaker murderer rebellious. He was thrown in jail for rebellion. That had taken place in the city and death had taken place. He was a murderer and they would rather have him then. Jesus and as crazy as that sounds. There are people all over this nation. That would rather have that kind of sin then Jesus because we may not physically murder people but people are being murdered all the time in the eyes of other people. False testimonies lying cheating deceiving. Whatever all kinds of sin goes on and people are choosing that over Jesus and they chose Barabbas over Jesus. The Bible tells us he had been thrown into prison for rebellion and for murder and wanting to release Jesus pilot against say. Wait a second. You realize what you people are asking me. I'm giving you an opportunity to release a man who's being falsely accused. You want me to release a man who has been known to cause rebellion and murder. Are you sure about this? And they answered by saying crucify him. Keep in mind now. Let's not forget about the facts that all this is going on. Jesus is just standing remaining silent. You could have pled. His case he could have explained the nature of his actions. He could have brought up all the people that he healed. What about the the lepers that I've cleansed? What about the dead people I raised? What about you SAM here insurrection? What about the lives? I put back together. What about the blind date is he? Could've there's so many things he could have said to defend himself. That would've brought guilt and shame to his accusers but remained silence and wanting the Bible says wanting to release Jesus pilot address them again but they kept shouting crucify him and a third time he said. Why is this man done wrong? I have found in him. No grounds for the Death Penalty. Therefore we'll have him whipped and then release him but they kept up the pressure demanding with loud voices that he'd be crucified and their voices one out. The Bible says so cya. The pilot decided to grant their demand and released the one they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for rebellion and murder. Any handed Jesus over to be crucified all the while. Jesus never said a word. He remained silent. Seven hundred years almost done now seven hundred years before this story happened. The Bible said this it was he was oppressed and he was afflicted yet. He opened not his mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before its shearers is silent so he opened not his mouth seven hundred years before it happened. The Prophet wrote and said it would happen. He isn't going to open up his mouth. Now we have all been in a position at one time or another where someone was accusing us of something we did not do. And what have we done wrong doing it? We've defended ourselves. Sometimes we defend ourselves when we have no defense but when we're falsely accused we still do. We definitely defend ourselves. You lied to me. No no no. I didn't lie to you and so we need to know how powerful it is that Jesus would not defend himself. It doesn't really matter what they said or what they did. But in Jesus case it mattered greatly because his life was staying. If you accused me of lying to you I might defend myself and I would defend myself but at the end of the day the only thing that's broken as a relationship but with Jesus. It mattered greatly because at the end of the day what ended was a life so much at stake here but he did not open his mouth. And my question to you today what I closed. This message is this. Why did he remain silent? Why did he? I'm GonNa tell you. Why Number One? He didn't defend himself precisely because he was innocent he was innocent and so he could have defended himself. He could have proven over and over again that the charge of crucifixion was not justified. It didn't take a smart lawyer to make that point. He could pull back everything that was done in fact his accusers were contradicting each other. He could have brought up the fact that they don't even have their stories straight. One person saying this the other person's saying just the opposite of what they're saying their stories aren't even straight he could have defended himself but didn't and the very reason he didn't was because he was innocent. That's very important because he innocent. He would not defend makes no sense and logic mind but you see. It took an innocent man to die for your lack of innocence. A guilty man can't die for a guilty person. A guilty man can only die for his own guilt because he was innocent he would not defend himself because he had to be innocent to pay the price for your sense and so he remained silent. He didn't defend himself because he could have won in a court of law. But then you'd be lost. You'd be on your way to hell today if he defended himself. He didn't defend himself. Because we couldn't pay the price for our own sense only. He could do that and so he would not stop what was coming and he didn't defend himself because he loved you more. He loved you more and so he kept his mouth. Oh how he loves us. Babo says God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have ever lasting life. Paying for my sins was more important to him than his own life. Think about that for a moment. Paying for my sins was more important to him than saving his own life. And I'm not talking about lethal injection friend. I say it. All the time Jesus shows come into this world during time in history when crucifixion the most gruesome form of capital punishment was the practice of the day. He could've come in two thousand and twenty when we get a lethal injection in. The deaths is is peaceful and painless. Now you chose a time when death was so cruel. Why because that's how cruel sin really is. He remained silent because he loves you more. And I close with this in Romans Chapter Five. The Bible says for when we were still without strength in due time Christ died for the ungodly scarcely for righteous man. One die yet perhaps for good man some would even dare to die but God demonstrates his own love us in that while we were still centers Christ died for us much more than having now been justified by his blood. We shall be saved from wrath through him. Step number one leading us up to that. Great Day of Resurrection was Jesus remaining silence so that he could pay the price for your sins and my sins. The all songwriter wrote and said every drop of blood he shed said. I Love You. And every thorn that pierced his head said. I love you. If you are glad tonight this morning that Jesus loves you. Would you stand to your in your seats. Would you clap your hands for? Jesus would you say thank you? Lord thank you for listening to off ministries podcast. If this message touched you please make sure to subscribe for more servants from Pastor Frank in the ministry team here at Mayor Nafa as well as follow us on our social media platforms. We are located in Schenectady New York. And if you are in the area we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service starting at ten thirty A M. We look forward to you joining us again next week for another anointed message. Thank you and God bless.

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The Mind of Christ

Maranatha Ministries UPC

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The Mind of Christ

"Welcome to the PODCAST Marinov ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot. M. Church DOT COM or an all social media by searching at church and now be blessed by listening to today's message. Amen praise the Lord. God is so good. Isn't he so good to see all of you here today? In the House of the Lord. We'RE GONNA turn to the word of God today and I am reading from the Book of Philippians Chapter Number Two verse five one small versus scripture but an important one. And you know. I've spent a several sermons here over the past several weeks Basically telling us what's wrong with us. Our Flesh Lee nature are karnal minds. And you know what's in fact? I think I preached one message and I talked about what's wrong with us. What's wrong with religion and what's right with God and so I spent a lot of time talking about our fallen. Nature are issues. The things that we struggle with today I wanNA talk about how to overcome being over comer and I'm reading from Philippians chapter two verse five. The Apostle Paul wrote here and he said let this mind be in you. What mind the mind which was also in Christ Jesus? Jesus wants to put his mind. His thoughts his understanding was his feelings about things in us. Can you say men so that it no longer becomes something that we can or cannot do but something we do not or do want to? Do you follow me. Many people try to live. For God's saying I want that but I can't have that when Jesus wants you to not want it understand. So let's pray together as we talk today about this subject that I've entitled simply the mind of Christ. Jesus we love you. Thank you for blessings in your goodness. You are great and great to be praised and I'm asking for your divine anointing to be upon me today. The touch these lips of Clay Lord. I pray that you'll help me to use my faculties and my ability to express accurately the feelings in the ideas that you've put in my mind and heart touch our lives Lord. God this is an awesome awesome place. We're in right now. The of God and so I pray that you will speak to US Open. Our is our understanding to the great treasures that you have for every one of us. I pray in Jesus name and everyone said Amen. God bless you may be seated. How about we give Jesus? One more hand clap appraised together as we love him and honor him thank you. Jesus thank you. Jesus thank you. Jesus raise the Lord. All of us have a calling on our lives. Every person that is born that God puts the breath of life in. He has a purpose for your life is calling upon you. You are called to do a work for God our life in Jesus begins when Jesus directly interfaces with us and that's why it's so important that we are involved in a spirit filled church because religion doesn't cut it and what I mean by that is going through. Motions does not get the transformation job done that. The moving of God's spirit can and does do in us for us and through US and so he interfaces with us and with our minds for the sole purpose of revealing himself to us in a way that we did not know him before and that we cannot know him through books through study. Although all of these things are good God wants to interface with us and reveal himself to us in a supernatural way. That takes a supernatural demonstration of his spirit. And that's why it's so important when we do come to the House of God that we partake of the practice of worship and praise. Because that's what the Bible says his spirit inhabits. We need him. God does not just want to tell you what his ways are. He wants to reveal his ways to you and make them your ways. Also you understand what I'm saying. He doesn't WanNa tell you his ways and have you sit back and say. Let me figure out how I can accomplish that. He wants to reveal his ways to you so that they become your ways and so that as you live for God. You're just living your life because your life is filled with his ways making sense and so he wants his ways his purpose plans his mind his attitude his perspectives his character. His love is powers. Mercy His forgiveness and any other attribute you can think of that belongs to God. He wants those things to not just be revealed to you but become you so that. Deuteronomy chapter thirty can be fulfilled. You'll how many of you know what Deuteronomy Chapter Thirty is all about. I highlight I'm not gonna read them all like I read the whole chapter although I was tempted to but I thought you might get bored zone if I started just reading reading the Bible there are some people who can read and they just captivate you look. I don't think I'm one of them but I do want to point out a few things because Deuteronomy is a very important chapter to us as Christians. Bible tells us that it'll come to pass that blessings and the curse which I have set before you blessing and there's cursing before every one of us that before every one of us is the option of blessings or the options of cursing and the Bible said that God wants us to return to the Lord our God and August voice says that the Lord will bring you back from your captivity. How many of you understood you're captive to sin. Many of you understood. Sin was imprisoning you. He wants to you from that. Goes on to say that the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants to love the Lord with all your heart with all your soul that you may live. How many of you really want to get to the place where you love the Lord with all your heart with all your saw? God help me to love you that way. Listen to this. Listen to this verse nine. And the Lord again will rejoice over you for good as he rejoiced over. Your father's magic rejoicing over us the way he rejoiced over his apostles. If you obey the voice of the larger God keep his commandments. Statutes which are written in this book of the law. And if you turn to the Lord Your Goggle all your heart with all your soul for this commandment which I command you. Today is not too mysterious for you. That's good a lot of people. Think I just I just don't get all this stuff. I read the Bible. I don't understand it at the spear moving. I don't get it. He doesn't want it to be so complicated for you that you don't get it that you don't understand it. He said nor is it far off. It's not up in heaven so that you should say who will ascend to heaven and bring it to us that we may hear it and do it. Jank all I could do you ever have has the thought ever gone through your mind. I just can't live that life. I just don't know if I'm ever going to really get a hold of it. That's not what he wants for you. He wants you to have it to understand it to see it to live it and to love it. He said it's it's not beyond the C. You would say who will go over the sea and bring it to us that we may hear it and do it. I'm reading the Old Testament stuff by the way but the word is very near you in your mouth. It's in your heart so that you can live it in your heart to that you can do it. It's a wonderful understanding. It's an understanding of. I'm not doing it because he said so. I'm doing it because it's in my heart to do it. I don't live like this because someone said I have to. I lived like this because it's in my heart to live like this. Jesus transformed me. He made me a new creature. I don't WanNa do those things anymore. But preached a message years ago. Maybe a reprieve someday. There's an if and in the Bible for you if your heart turns away so that you don't hear your drawn away and you worship other gods serve them. I announced today that you shall perish. You shall not longer days in the land which you cross over to Jordan Gwen and possess I call heaven and earth as a witness against you today that I have set before you life and death blessing and cursing therefore choose life that both you and your descendants may live see people love God so they get to those parts. Those are the parts people have a hard time with. Live it or else they feel like God's doing live this or I'm going to rain down on you so much terror. You won't know what happened to you and so we end up trying to serve. God Out of fear and we're afraid of what he will do us if we don't live right. And that is the farthest thing from what the goddess understand that it is when he says you'll be cursed with a curse he's not saying. I'm GonNa Curse you he's saying here's the problem. Listen to let me put it this way. If my children grow up in my house and they live in my home when they live according to my ways I pay for their meals. I buy their clothes. I take care of him. I bring him to the doctor when they're sick and they say I'm done with new. I'm leaving going out in the streets. I don't think the streets are gonNA treat you the way I treat you. When you're sick I don't think the hoodlums on the street are GonNa make sure you get to the doctor. Bill gets paid. I don't think they're going to do that for you. Daddy won't it's that you chose someone else to trust. And that's what God is. Say we think gotta serve him or he'll curse me no he won't this world will curse you. It's not God sin is what courses you not. God you got problems in your life because a sin not because God said okay. I'M GONNA punish you now. He'll chastise us when we're in his kingdom but that's just to keep a straight but you walk away from God. It's not God causing your life to go up. Turn upside down. It's the world you chose to serve. Choose well shoes. Jesus praise God. God does not curse if we reject them. How often does God get blamed for? What the devil does problem that people find when they try to come to? God and they start reading in the Bible and they feel the spirit of the Lord and the transformation they see the transform lives and they realized that their life isn't necessarily transform. How many of you still struggle with things that you know are not pleasing to God? I'M NOT GONNA ask you to raise your hand. I would dare say we will raise our hand. We struggle with things that we know. We're not pleasing to God. We've talked about that in the past. I'm not wanting to talk about that today as much as I want to. Talk about what we can do about it and how it all works because the problem is is that often or too many times people come into the presence of the Lord and they even get baptized in Jesus name and even get filled with the holy ghost and still they struggled. It's because they're not understanding. What baptism in the Holy Ghost does for us? And I WANNA explain that real quick because the Bible the reason that we struggle sometimes and the reason we fight sometimes is because we are still relying depending upon an old mindset that old mind and what we need to have is a new mind a different mind a transformed mind but this mind that was in. Christ the Bible said being you and sometimes we lean on our own understanding even though we've been baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost. We still tend to try to lean to our own understanding and with the Bible wants us to do is stop leaning to our own understanding and let the mind that was in Christ beaten us to begin to guide US and lead us. Do you understand what I'm saying and I'll give you an example when I first came into this as you know I was. I had a very serious drugs and drinking problem and by the time I was eighteen years old I was an alcoholic. Came to church is an alcoholic. In fact I. I told the man that asked me to come to church. I was drunk when he asked me to come so I said yes when I came I was drunk and when I got baptized drunk. How's that sound? How many of you would wonder what I'm doing if I'm baptize. Some guy showed up as drunk and I'm back there baptize bushes. Think of that. Would you think passion? You GotTa let this Guy. Works and things though we tell you something. I WENT DOWN DRUNK. I came up revived. You've heard me say this many times. I gotta say it one more time because there's people sitting in this auditorium that were in that church that day when I walk through the back door long hair smoking and drinking drugs and alcohol and we're sitting in the pews and I don't know maybe I sat down next to you. Listen to me. I saved all the time. I want to take this opportunity to say it again. When the drunken bomb walks through those back doors and they will come because God loves centers. And they sreak their cigarettes and their drunkenness. And they're having taken a bath in a week and they sit down next to you. You better treat them nicely. Because you don't know God's plans they may be your pastor one day just saying I look out here. I see people sister judy sister Suzanne. They were they were in that. Connie and you guys were in that church when I showed up. And they're still sitting see. They trust the transforming power of God. Because they're sitting here listening to me preach. Now you need a new mind. You don't need a controlled mind. That's what we sometimes try to do. We try to take our mind and control it and you don't need a controlled. Mind your mind to flesh in your heart of flesh is no good. You need a renewed mind. You need the mind of Christ put in you because when I came to church and nobody ever told me that I can't drink anymore. I got baptized. I didn't come out of the water. The preacher say no more drinking. Now you're a Christian you keep drinking God's GonNa Kirsch and tell me that I got baptized. I walked out the door my long hair dripping wet still. I went to work. I carried on as normal. I drank as normal. I did my normal things until one day wasn't too long on Burma. Exactly how long was it wasn't too long? I went down to the Barroom at my lunchtime. And what I would do is go to the bar. I would drink two draft beers with my lunch. I would bring a six pack back with me and I would feel. I worked at a bottling. Your Soda Bottling Plant and I would feel Ginger Ale cans up with beer and I would sit at my machine all after drinking beer. They thought I was drinking ginger Ale every day. That's how bad I was and I remember the last day I regret to this day. 'cause remember the last ship of. Beer I took. I had a new mind now. God pill filled me with his Holy Spirit. He gave me the Holy Ghost he Bapti. I got baptized in Jesus name. He washed my sins away. I did not know what was right and what was wrong but my new mind started telling me what was right and what was wrong and I sat down that day. I can remember as clear as day. I remember the seat I was sitting in a could bring it to the place and show you the SPA at the bar. I was sitting. I would order hamburgers and two draft beers. I would go so the beers my six pack and bring it back to work and Philip said Ginger Ale and I can remember sitting there. I drank the first draft beer. Eight my hamburgers. I got to the second draft beer. It was half gone. I got halfway through it when it dawned on me. I'm not really enjoying this. I am forcing myself to do this out of habit. I don't like this anymore. I put the half glass down and walked away and have not touched a drop of alcohol since that day. And if you're clapping your hands that's great but do it for Jesus put a new mind in me and that's what a new mine does for us. That's why we need a new mind the three sing the song those things I used to do. I don't do anymore. Why because I'm not that person anymore. He put a new mind in me. We need to have a new mind. We need the laws of God in our minds so that they become us and not. We are the old man trying to live a new life. You see the difference. You understand the difference so the most important thing is that God himself does this for us when he miraculously joins his mind into ours. That's his that's his desire. He doesn't want to control. You suppress you so that you live against your will his way. He wants to change you so that his way is your way and your way is his way. You understand the difference. Praise God take a look at Zeke. You'll because this is the prophecy that tells us how this happens. Zeki chapter thirty six as this. I will give you a new heart. Not Awesome and I'M GONNA put a new spirit within you know awesome. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and I'm going to give you a heart of flesh and I'm GonNa put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statues and be careful to obey my rules now. That's not a warning better. Be careful obey my rules. That's not what that saying. It's saying that you will want to be careful to always do things that please him. Because that's who you are now stand you see you go downtown to the to the AA meetings and they will help you control who you are. Jesus wants to change who you are. Does this by putting his spirit in us? I think one of the greatest tragedies in Christianity today in our days the lack of understanding where the Holy Spirit is concerned where the Holy Ghost is. Because people don't understand it they don't comprehend the Holy Ghost they don't know what being filled with the Holy Ghost is they don't even know if they have the holy ghost or not. Some people think they have. They don't some people. I don't know some people. Just don't get it. In fact I did a Google search. Just had a curiosity. I do things like this out of curiosity. I did a Google search and I typed in how to be filled with the Holy Ghost. Now if you want to be confused type that in and read the replies of how to be filled with the Holy Ghost. Google does not have the answers to everything. Here's what I came up with. I wrote down. I just kept going finally. I can't just put all that up. You'll be bored but I found this. These are the prominent ones that I set your mind on spiritual things. That's good to do but I don't know that that makes you filled with the Holy Spirit. One said you must drink of the spirit. Okay does it come in a bottle? How do I drink of the spirit? Would you know how to be filled with the Holy Ghost? If you read that drinking make lead I. I don't know only list. Only our obedience to God's commands allows the spirit freedom to work within us because we are still infected with sin. It is impossible to be filled with the spirit all the time. You the Holy Ghost today and I might not have it tomorrow. It is. This is what they said. It is impossible to be filled with the Holy Spirit all the time. Do I have it now or not? I went to a habit. I must have it now. I feel good. You must have had the Holy Ghost these past couple of weeks that you were struggling there. I'm joking I'm just trying to show you. How much do lack of understanding Christi that Christian world has when it comes to the Holy Ghost? You're not filled with all the time when we sin we should immediately confess to. God? That's true and I've I've preached all that on eatery preach that confess it to God renew our commitment to be filled with the spirit again so every time I do something wrong. The spirit leaves me. God forbid I got a liberal life like that because now I'm depended upon my good works to keep got around number four. Here's another one. I'm going to more just. You can idea how confusing is out there? The filling of the Holy Spirit is only for those Christians who want to be filled although he dwells within all Christians. Fill them just because he's presence you got. I didn't get it either number five and I'm going to end with this one. The crucial question is still how. Yeah so far. That's God's part is clear he will fill us. But what is our part here are some practical aspects to consider we must be Christ centered. That's a good thing to be. We must read the scripture. That's good to do. We must be submissive. That's good to be and we must be confident. Those are all good things so if I'm Christ centered reading scripture submissive incompetent does that mean I'm filled with the Holy Spirit I don't know here's a thought just thought. Why don't we look and see what the Bible says? Just thought of crazy thought. Because here's what the Bible says repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. How do I know I have always spirit? Have you been baptize in? Jesus name yet for the remission of your sense for the promise that you will be filled with the spirit if you're baptize in Jesus name and repented your sands is to you to your children to all that are far off. We're not talking about distance here. We're talking about time because we're going generational you the next generation your children and then all of those that are far of that means you and me my friend. I need to preach repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ author emission of your sins praise. God How many of you gotTa Hurry? I'm running out of time already. But how many of you are familiar with the podcast called stuff? You should know anybody. Listen to the podcast stuff. You should know I listened to it from time to get together and they just research whatever and they talk about it. They did stuff. You should know it's not all stuff you should know some of it. I don't I can look at the title of some things bother but everyone's while glance through see if they've got something that looks interesting being guess what they had as their subject title just a couple of weeks ago you ready for this one and obviously. I had to listen to their subject. Title was stuff you should know podcast and it was. Why are pentecostals growing so rapidly? I thought I thought I've got listeners. Because what they do is they. They're not. They're not pentecostals themselves. At all buddies stretching the imagination they don't claim to be the only one of them claims to be a I think he's a methodist whatever at any rate they don't know anything about pentecost except that statistics say it is the fastest growing segment of Christianity in the world today. And so because of that they thought this was a subject matter that they should discuss on their podcast stuff. You should know so here was some of the things that they brought out. As I said they brought out that it's the fastest growing segment and Christianity. They talked about the star at Zoo's a street if you don't know about US Zoos Street do a. Google search on Zoos Street. There's Zoos Street revival. That's what they see. I was born out of the Mironov part of the United Pentecostal Church International. Who was born in that Zuzu Street revival and they point out that the zoos revival they talked about William Seymour who started it and they brought out and listen to this. Do you realize that? The Zoos Street revival had three services a day seven days a week for years for years. They held three services a day. Seven days there's no excuse for missing church three services seven days a week the buyer not the Bible. The history tells us they began speaking with other tongues as the spirit of God fell upon that work on the stuff. You should know podcast. They talked about pentecost in acts chapter two. They talked about the apostles being filled with the Holy Spirit. Speak this is on a mainstream podcast of stuff you should know. They're talking about pentecost. They talked about speaking in tongues. They talked about non pentecostal Christians thinking that pentecostal Christians who speak in tongues are weird and yet it was completely biblical. It's not weird it's biblical and some of the things that brought out. I thought wow this is. This is phenomenal. In nineteen eighty. Six percent of Christians were pentecostal. Nine thousand nine hundred six percent of everybody that call themselves Christian pentecostal in Twenty fifteen twenty five percent of people who say they're Christians are pentecostals speaking in tongues twenty-five percent that means one out of every four. Christians speaks in tongues that amazing. It's amazing and then. They said this when they added up the numbers of people who are Christians speaking in tongues they. They gave the statistic that not one in four Christians but one in twelve human beings is a pentecostal one in twelve. Human beings worldwide are pentecostal speaking in tongues. Now I'm not saying in Schenectady. Every twelve person you meet as a pentecostal because their pockets in the world in fact they talked about how the the global south and we're not talking about South America southern United States. We're talking about the global. South pentecost is booming in the Global South. It is just after missionaries are having revivals like unbelie- Southern Africa South America. Pentecost is booming. And that's a tr- helps a tribute to the fact that one out of every twelve person and it humid. Human is a stung. Speaking pentecostal. Amazing is that it's a global movement. It's the fastest segment growing in Chris growing faster and Christianity than any other aspect of Christianity. And the reason they find people love it so much is because when you come to a pentecostal church you can personally interact with God's spirit and it does not have to go through another man. I and these guys even said they're not pentecostal. One of them said I went to a pentecostal funeral. And he said how interesting it was. He said because everybody's just doing their own thing worshiping talking to Jesus themselves and they're at a funeral he said. I just sat back in amazement and watch. These people are connecting directly with God not through a man. That's what Jesus wants to do is have a relationship with you. Personally Louis. Praise God and then they quoted an article Listen here's another statistic. I thought was the political center pentecostal. Ism I'm not sure what that is. I haven't researched it. But they called. It estimates that thirty five thousand people are converting to Pentecostal ISM every day. My friend were part of the right movement. Some of us have been doing this a long time when it was frowned. Upon in. If you're wondering whether you should be a pentecostal or not get on board now because the ship is sailing my friend and then there was an article written. They quoted the article title. And I'M GONNA finish this part with this and I'm going to move on quickly here. They finish this by saying the article was titled Think Christianity Is Dying No Christianity shifting to pentecostal. That was the article that was ready. Second Corinthians three eighteen we all with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image. I don't not drink because I can't I don't drink because I've been transformed and the new me doesn't like it anymore and I appreciate the time you need to allow the Holy Ghost to move in you and lead you and guide you whether you start feeling that feeling of don't do this anymore. Don't act like dress like this anymore. Don't talk like that anymore. Who LISTEN TO IT? Because it's inside of you creating the new it's not. It's not a list of do's and don'ts don't know this and this is that's mortal. It's I don't do anymore because I don't WanNa do it anymore. I've got a new mind in a praise. God Romans Chapter Twelve. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed. How by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God you see. He is transferring his thoughts his ideas his concepts his his his feelings about the way this world is he wants to transfer that into you so that you begin to see it the way he sees it and the things that your flesh once loved you no longer love it and the things you crave you no longer crave it because you gotta put a new mind in you this why. It's important that we prayed. Come to church and worship revives that new mind. Second Corinthians five seventeen the Bible says this therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old things aren't under control. The Bible says the old things have passed away but they didn't just pass away and you walk walk through life as an empty vessel. It says the old things pass away and now all things have become knew my friend. If you've never spoken in tongues and you've let this world or the quote unquote religious world. Make you think it's weird? It's it's on the fringe. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was what God gave us. If you'll repent of your sins if you've never been baptized in Jesus name. That's the way the apostles did it. They didn't do it in the titles father son and Holy Ghost. But that's what Jesus said to do. Exactly that's why the apostles did it in Jesus name because Jesus said to baptize them. How in the name of the father of the son and the Holy Ghost. So if you're going to obey that verse you have to know what the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost is and if you're not sure you're right just look at the ones. He told that too and see how they did it. Because you will not find a baptism anywhere in the entirety of the scriptures. That was not administered in the name of Jesus Christ by the Apostle Peter by fill up by Paul every single one of them baptized exclusively in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sense because they knew the name of the father was Jesus. I've come in my father's name. He said the name of the Sun Is Jesus. You call his name. Jesus for say people from their sins and the name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus but comfortable. Come in my name. Jesus said it's Jesus that's why we re baptized people. My good friend. Ken is after Christine over here. Christine Smith come into our life group. He wanted me to come over to fill the tank up the other night after life group. We're going to get her baptize. He said this is why Christine this is. Why because many of us have been baptized? Many of as as infants were baptized. I shouldn't say that we were not baptized if you were an infant if you say you about that you did not get baptized isn't it? Might be just on a little bit longer. They did they baptize me as an infant. No they did not. They sprinkled water on your forehead. That is not baptism that is sprinkling baptism means to plunge. To put under there is no baptizing hoping baptizing infants. Don't get them underwater. Plus the Bible teaches us that if we'RE GOING TO GET BAPTIZED. We need to repent first. How can a child Huck? Infant even repent. And what do they need to repent of? We need to repent first and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for what for the remission of our sins and then you shall everyone say show shall be filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost. It's not a matter of drinking it. It's not a matter of studying art enough. It's it's a matter of obeying the scriptures repent baptize and led. God fill you with the Holy Ghost and put a new mind in you a new heart in you and make you a new creature. Let's stand together. Let's stand together. This altar is open if you want to come to me and said pastor. I've never been baptize in Jesus name. We can get that done. If you WANNA come and say I don't know anything about speaking talks. We can get that done to because Jesus wants you to have his full true say man. The Altar is open. Jesus wants to put his mind in you. Come to the altar and say Lord give me your mind thank you for listening to the MARATHA ministries podcast. If this message talks to you please. Make sure to subscribe for more sermons from Pastor Frank in the ministry team here at Mayor Nafa as well as follow us on our social media platforms. We are located in Schenectady New York. And if you are in the area we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service. Starting at ten thirty A. M. we look forward to joining us again next week for another anointed message. Thank you and God bless.

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Gideon and You - Part 6

Maranatha Ministries UPC

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Gideon and You - Part 6

"Welcome to the PODCAST Maranatha ministries. I'm Rick Frank Senior Pastor Mironov and I pray you'll be blessed by today's message. You can access all of our church information by going to our website at www dot, m., church, dot, com, or an all social media by searching at church, and now be blessed by listening to today's message. All right I'm going to talk to you today for a little while about this subject of. GIDDY and we've been talking about. This is actually part six now and all of the previous lessons are indeed on our face. Youtube page if you want to go back and refresh yourself on any of those sermons, but today. We're GONNA talk about six. I have subtitled. God knows you better than you know yourself. Amen God knows you better than you know yourself now in our story of Gideon. I'm GonNa get to the scriptures, and in a moment or two here, but in our story of Gideon. Gideon is at a at a place where he has had an encounter with God. And without going over what we've already talked about. You already know that he tore down bales alter. He built up God's altar. God miraculously delivered him from the anger of the of the town. People you know that. You know that he had already had experience with God where the Fleece was concerned God a God had. Certainly helped him understand that God was behind him and so God ahead a wonderful Gideon at a wonderful experience with God here that said nothing else had changed yet. Nothing was any different everything around him was still the same, the media nights, and the Malachite were still in the valley. They were still preparing for their attack. Everything was going on exactly as it had before. Gideon had had an experience with God, but life had not changed I watched. It understand that that sometimes we have an experience with God, but things remain the same outside of us. The problems are still there. The people are still there. The issues are still there just because God changes. You does not always mean he changes everybody else. In his amen. But what had changed and what is most important to change? Is that you change? That's what needs to happen. You need to change. Gideon was changed because he listened to the lore, he trusted God he tore down bales alter. He had conversations with God. He talked to God about his fears. God God to honor him for talking to him, told him what to do. He went through the fleece situation where he put the fleas down, and it was wet, and then he the fleas down again it was dry, and he he he did all of those things he had a wonderful experience with God and get. Nothing had changed, but Gideon changed. Gideon was changed, and you will always be ready and prepared to do the impossible if you spend time in the presence of the Lord. If you spend time in the presence of the Lord you also will be able to do the impossible. The problem is for too many people and I'm not talking about us, but for too many people. They come to church on Sunday morning, and they go home, and they spend no more time with God. Their whole life involvement with God is an hour and a church. Church service I'm here to tell you need to pray. You need to worship. You need to seek God on Monday morning. You need to seek them again on Tuesday morning. You need to sing the songs of Zion. You need to be fasting and need to be reading your Bible. You need to spend time in the presence of God, so that God can change you. Before. He changes your circumstances. Go ahead and clap your hands inside. And you will always be able to do the impossible if you have spent time. In the presence of the Lord Moses went from being lull lowly shepherd. To destroying the greatest superpower on the planet, after spending time in the presence of the Lord at a burning, Bush David went from being a lowly shepherd to being the greatest king that ever lived whose throne is still the cornerstone of an entire nation. Peter went from being a lowly fishermen, being the one who possessed the keys to the kingdom, after he had been after he had spent time in the presence of Jesus and Saul of Tarsus went from being a persecutor of Christians to being the one who wrote most of the New Testament of whose writings we still preach from today and are inspired by today some two thousand years later simply because he had been in the presence of the Lord. Songwriter wrote and said in his presence. There is fullness of joy. And at his right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Oh, what fellowship divine I am his? He is mind in the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy. Isn't that the truth? It's in the presence of the Lord, so Gideon was ready to go against the midnight army. We've already established in prior sermons that that army was one hundred, thirty, five, thousand strong. People thirty, five, thousand, strong and Giddy, and blew his trumpet call in his sisters and thirty, two thousand of them came. I'm sure Gideon was disappointed. That only thirty two thousand showed up out of the hundreds of thousands of Israelites that were available, but thirty two thousand is no. Drop in the bucket thirty, two thousand against one hundred and thirty, five thousand is one against four. That's doable. and Ain't easy, but it's still doable. It's doable with our logical thinking. It's doable with our human understanding one against four. If one person beat up four people I'd say wow, he's pretty strong, but I wouldn't think it would i. wouldn't think it was supernatural. And so God knowing this. Determined you're not. GonNa go against them with thirty. Two Thousand Because you are not going to take my glory and apply it to yourself. One thing about God is that he will not share his glory with another and so thirty two thousand was not going to be good enough because God is going to start whittling down his army so that only God can get the credit. The change that needs to occur is in us. The change that needs to occur is in us and that can only happen. When we have been in the presence of Lord, can you say Amen so? God is going to do the impossible. Throw you. Say through me. He's going to do the impossible throw you. Will Not, do. Is Share the glory of doing that impossible with you? Jeremy He's going to do the impossible through you, but he will not share that glory with you. And so he's getting rid of a whole bunch of people just so that Gideon cannot take any glory in fact that Isaiah Chapter Forty two verse eight, the Bible says I am the Lord. That is my name and I will not give my glory to another, nor will I give my praise to idols, and that's right. Gideon would have set himself up as an idol had he delivered the midnights into the hands of these Israelites with his thirty, two thousand, they have been crying out hail Giddy, and what a great and mighty warrior he is! God's not going to let that happen. God's not going to share his glory with another. Judges Chapter Seven. Listen to what he said here. The Lord said to Gideon the people who are with you. There too many. There's only thirty two thousand of them. Too many, it's too many for me to give the many nights into your hands. Less Israel claimed glory for itself against me, saying my own hand has saved me. Because four one is possible. God deals in the realm of impossible. Now therefore proclaiming the here. I'm going to get a long story short. Okay, God said. This is what we're GONNA. Do you take all the thirty two thousand of them down to the river here? We're GONNA. Get a drink of water. All right get him down. There have another sweat I want you to do. The ones that are down their hands and knees face to the water and drink. Get rid of them. The ones they down to put their hand and pull up to the face and lap it up like a dog. Would you keep them so? Gideon watched him go down, and he watched one after another. Stick their face in the water. He No. No. Next thing! He knew there was only three hundred of them left. Three hundred. Of Left at a twenty two. What's at twenty, one thousand seven hundred of them? Got sent home. He had three hundred people left. And that's what he had to go. To fight a hundred and thirty five thousand. Million nights with three hundred of us. SHOOK GIDEON UP. That shook him up, but I want to point something out. You need to understand this. Gideon got shook up over this, but he didn't say anything to God about. To hear me? Gideon I thought I'm not sure I can do this. I need I need need. God. Make sure this is you. Here's the fleas. If the fleas is wet, okay, he run a bowl of water out of the fleet, and the ground was dry. He said okay. That's a miracle, but I'm just I'm still uncertain, could you? Could you make the fleas and the ground wet? Sure enough the next morning. fleeces drives can be in the grounds wet it. Okay, God. You're in on this, I want you to know something. Gideon did not ask for a third sign. When he got knocked down to listen. Thirty. Two thousand against against one, hundred, thirty, five, thousand is four to one. Do you know what three hundred against thirty one, hundred, thirty, five thousand? It's. Four hundred fifty to one. One soldier has to take on four hundred fifty million nights now. If one beat up four, I would say wow, that's he's. He's strong impressive. If one stood against four hundred fifty. I'd say he has no chance I. don't care how strong he is. Four hundred and fifty, and yet we know the end of the story he did it because God is not going to share his glory with another. Let me tell you something about God. God does not seek to build our self confidence God. A seeks to build our dependence upon him. Did you hear me. He's not out to build up your self confidence all these preachers that are talking to us about having self confidence and believe in yourself, and you can do it. That's not scriptural. What is scriptural? Is You need God? God is not about making you feel good about yourself. God is about making you feel good about your relationship with him about the fact that I can do all things through. Christ strengthens me. Not Through me. I can do all things through Christ, so God is not out to help us build ourselves competence. God is out to help us build our dependence upon him. Because if I depend upon him, I can do all things through Christ with strengthens me. Can you say men now? Some people would read that statement. God's not out to build our self confidence, but our dependence upon him, and they would think well. God's Glory Hound. Guy Just doesn't want to let anybody else. Get any credit for anything. That's not at all. Not at all, what God wants you to know is this. You are going to face impossible circumstances in your life. You're going to face odds that are against you. You are going to face situations in your own flesh that you can't overcome on your own God. Wants you to understand that if you can learn to lean on him, you can do anything. This isn't about trying to steal glory from you. This is about helping you understand anything you need. You can find it in God. If you learn to depend upon him, and so he will not share his glory because he's the only one that can give you the strength to get done what you need done. Praise God. And I'm glad he does that, and he brings us into impossible circumstances to teach us that over and over and over again. He brings us to places where we've gotta go to God for answers. But this one time. Gideon go for answers. This one time. thusly my sermon subtitle today. God knows you better than you know yourself. God knew what Gideon needed when Giddy and didn't even ask for it. Sometimes you don't even know what to ask for. Sometimes if you do ask for the wrong thing. Sometimes, we're afraid to ask. I'm not sure exactly what the situation was. We'd get in because the Bible doesn't tell us. But I do know from what Giddy and did. The thought was in his heart. He just never brought up before the Lord. Because had gotten rid of all of these. Israelites soldiers till he was left with three hundred, and he was looking at an army of one, hundred and thirty five thousand. And, he wasn't sure what to do so I'm GonNa read from Genesis. Judges. Chapter Seven verse here's verse. Nine says it happened on the same night that the Lord said to him arise down against the camp delivered it into your hand. You just got rid of all of my soldiers. You left me with three hundred now. You're telling me to rise. and Go. I want to point out. Gideon did not ask for any more help. He didn't ask for any more signs from God. He didn't say. Can I put the fleece out again to make sure you're still in on. Things have changed since the last lease. This look at verse ten. If you are afraid. That's what God said to Gideon. Gideon didn't say I'm afraid God said if you are afraid. I know your heart. God knows your heart. He knows your thoughts. He knows you're my. He knows everything about you. The Bible said he knows you better than you know you. The Bible said if you off raid to go down, then go down to the cap with food. Raw. You're serving is pronounced. I know it's noteworthy the P., but it's food. I'll think. I'm mispronouncing it. Go Down with your servant. And you show here what they say and afterward your hands shabby strengthened to go down against the camp. Do you hear what he said? I know you better than you know you. You think you're GONNA. Figure this out. You think you're going to be of I. Know One thing about you. You're still afraid. You'RE GONNA. Have to tell me you're. Afraid. I've got an answer for you. You're not even asking for Oh. Isn't that wonderful about our God? He's got answers for us that we're not even. Ask The question. So he went down with four. His Servant to the outpost of the are men who are in the camp now the midnights and the Malachite and all the people were the east lying in the valley as numerous as locus. New camels were without number in the sand. The Sand in the sea, shore and multitude. Gideon it come now. He did guy he got up on his offer. Gideon. Come down and he listened. And heard a man dream listening to me from. God gave a midnight dream. Before. Gideon even knew how many men he had to fight with. God is setting this whole thing up, listen. Goddess got your life laid out. If you will just follow him. Has got everything played out exactly how it needs to go if you will just seek his face and follow him. He had a dream given to a midnight before Gideon ever even knew he was going to be fighting with three hundred people. He had everything laid out. He had everything in order, and the Bible said that this dream happened here here. He says if you're afraid, go on down there I, gave somebody a dreamed encourage you and he went down and listen. This is what happened. He said I had a dream to my surprise. A loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of. came to a tent and struck it so that it fell, and it overturned, and the ten collapsed, and then his companion the other night said this is nothing else, but the sword of Gideon, the son, of Joash a man of Israel into his hand God has delivered the millions and the whole care. This is the midnights admitting that God has given us into his hand. Verse Fifteen here so it was when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation. That he worshipped. My friend of you are not one. I encourage you to become one. One, what a worshipper of the one true God. Spend time in his presence like I talked about earlier. And worship him. Give Him the glory that is do his name. When Gideon realized what God was doing for him, and he hadn't even ask for it yet. He stopped everything and worshiped. We have got to be worshipers. We have got to worship him on Monday morning Tuesday morning. Wednesday morning, Thursday morning Friday morning Saudi more Sunday we have got to be worshipers of the one true, God for all of the things that God has done and is doing. He returned to the camp of Israel. He said after he heard the dream and realize what God has done any worship. God and he came back after worshiping, and he said let's go. For the Lord has delivered the camp of million and chew your hands. Let's go. That's what happens after you've worship him. He has delivered. The Midi Nights. into. Our hand. I want to wrap this up by telling you this. God knows you. Knows everything about you. Bible says he knows are down sittings and he knows our uprisings. That means he knows our strengths. And he also knows our weaknesses. And he helps. US gives us strength when we ask for. But his, even even more than that. Because, he knows you. Better than you know you. He knows what you need more than you know what you need. And without even asking God meets our needs. And and we need to trust him. Because when he seems to be stripping our lives of the things we depend upon. It is for his glory. And Hours. God forbid we'd do something and take credit for. God forbid we accomplish anything. And say look what I did. God wants us all to be at the place where we say look what the Lord. Has Done. Just. Look what the Lord. Has Done? God knew would get you need needed. And this time when he was afraid. To ask for. God gave it to him. He didn't even ask for. God gave him. What he needed. Folks. We need to spend time in the presence of the Lord. We need to be worshipers of the one true God. We need to lift him up and we need to praises name every day. We need to understand that from the rising of the sun to the going down to the same. The Lord's name is to be praised. We need to remember that it does not by works of righteousness which we have done, but it's according to His mercy. We must understand that it is not by thousands or tens of thousands. It is by the Lord that. The victory comes. Spend time in the presence of the Lord. And BE A. Worship. Let stand together. Thank you for listening to the Mayor Author Ministries podcast. If this message touched you, please make sure to subscribe for more Sermons Pastor Frank in the ministry team. Here at mayor, NAFA, as well as follow us on our social media platforms, we are located in Schenectady New York, and if you are in the area, we invite you to join us during our weekly Sunday service starting at ten thirty a M. We look forward to you joining us again next week for another anointed message, thank you and God bless.

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