"Have faith in God." Mark 11:22

Brief Sermon For Busy People-”A Preacher’s Dream” | Pat Loftin

Looking through my journal the other day I read something that happened on a mission to Kenya in 1993 with Missionary Herb Cady. My assignment was to teach pastors and each teaching session lasted four hours. After one session my interpreter said the pastors were asking for me to go longer! That is a request never heard in the USA! The Kenya pastors came to the meeting on bicycles or by foot and did not receive any money and they had no church building. I have often thought that in Heaven these godly men will be sitting on the front row! By the way, some godly women in Hill Baptist Church here in West Carroll Parrish (LA) heard of their need and raised money and bought bicycles for these pastors.


At the time I read all this I was a bit down because of a few very minor things that had happened! As I began to think of these pastors, I realized that really I know nothing about sacrifice or suffering compared with many believers though out the world. I feel that you will concur with me that we are blessed and fortunate above all people on planet earth. May we never take it all for granted! May we be able to say with Job in Job 10:12, “Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. (KJV)

Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here

What We Could Learn From the African Church | J. Lee Grady

from Charisma Magazine

Persecution has kept Africa’s church strong. I have interviewed Nigerian Christians whose hands and arms were sliced off by knife-wielding Islamic terrorists. I also know African pastors who have been directly opposed by witchdoctors with occult powers. Christians in Africa today are perhaps better equipped to address the reality of Christ’s power in a world that hates the truth of the gospel. They are my heroes, and I intend to learn as much as possible from them.

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Obama Has ‘Strong Loyalties’ to Islam | Michael Youssef

obama close up photofrom Charisma News:

Let me just say that President Obama is probably not a Muslim, but not a Christian, either. Most likely, he’s agnostic. Politics is his religion.

That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t possess strong loyalties. Many people are afraid to discuss those loyalties, however, lest they be branded some type of crazy “Obama is a Muslim” truther.

But let me throw out twenty “dots” and see if you can connect them into a pattern:

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Praying for the Next Great Awakening | Franklin Graham

from Charisma News

Hardly a day passes that I don’t hear someone say, “We are losing our country; we are losing our churches.”

While doomsday appears to be knocking at our door, let me take you back to the early 1800s. Many think of it as “the good old days,” but history tells us that society, even then, was as bad as it could get at that time. John Marshall, chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, wrote to President James Madison and said, “The church is too far gone ever to be redeemed.” When we examine why, we find that preachers had stopped preaching the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the people were not hearing God’s Word.

What changed? Christians began to diligently pray for revival—and the result was the Second Great Awakening. When people’s prayers stormed the heavens, and when the Bible was opened in the pulpits and the Word of God proclaimed by passionate preachers, the church was awakened from slumber by the Holy Spirit, who moved in hearts, spreading revival throughout the heartland of America.

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It’s Time to Leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) | Dr. Michael Brown

CharismaNews

If you are a Jesus-loving, Bible-based Presbyterian (U.S.A.), unless God has called you to stand as a prophetic voice of rebuke or your ministry commitments make it impossible to leave, now is the time to exit. The PCUSA has made its rejection of the Word of God official.

According to the denomination’s statement, on Thursday, June 19th “the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee allowing for pastoral discretion to perform ‘any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform,’ where legal by state law.”

In other words, regardless of what the Scriptures plainly say, as a PCUSA minister, if you feel called to violate God’s Word and perform a same-sex “marriage,” follow your conscience, not the Bible.

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One Law and the Gentiles | FFOZ

There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you. (Numbers 15:16)

The Torah says there is to be only one law for both Jews and aliens sojourning with the Jewish people. On the surface, this appears to be a simple statement, but when we dig deeper into biblical studies and interpretations, it becomes a complicated issue.

Most Gentile Christians do not keep the Torah’s ritual laws: Sabbaths, festivals, dietary laws, and ritual symbols like wearing tassels, phylacteries, or putting up a mezuzah scroll on the doorpost.

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Brief Sermon For Busy People-”Always Learning” | Pat Loftin

I have always been amazed, even fascinated, with what I have read and heard about Dwight Layman Moody. He was an evangelist from around 1860 to 1895. His education was about equal to a fourth grade education today. But one historian said Moody took America by one hand and Europe by the other and turned them both toward God. Moody was always open to new truth about the Bible and Christian work. He would have conferences and engage highly educated and scholarly men to teach his large convocations. Moody would always be sitting in the front row with his pencil and pad making notes of all that was being taught. Sometimes when new light and better interpretations of Scriptures were given, Moody would be overheard to say, “Oh my, there goes another one of my sermons out the window.”


You know, we never get to old to learn! If we think ourselves to be above the people around us, then it is time to take a deep breath and learn to listen to others. Each and every day we live provides an opportunity to learn something good and profitable. Of course, the best Teacher is Jesus Christ and the way to learn His teaching is to read and study the Bible. Here is a comforting lesson right from His lips found in Matthew 11:28-30 in the good old KJV, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart: and ye shall find rest unto your soul. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here