Taking Our Worship Back

What sets the church apart from all the other institutions in the world?

The Church has the Presence of God.

Too many churches have forgotten that the number one thing we find at church is God. America defines church as a nice building, warm in the winter, cool in the summer, with soft seats, wonderful music, and a lot of programs. But too many people have forgotten that none of it is church, unless Jesus shows up. Preaching is not the most important part of the service. I’ve heard people preach and no one gets saved, and no one gets healed. But I’ve never seen God show up and someone not get a touch.

The most important thing is not to get the preacher up on the platform, but to get God in His House. If we don’t get God into His House, the lame will not walk the blind will not see, and the sinner won’t be converted.

There are three types of Presences of God: His Omnipresence, His Abiding Presence, and His Manifest Presence.

If it’s really God’s House, then how can we be sure that God shows up?

I am persuaded that the most important part of any service is real, genuine worship. Real worship is not to entertain or draw attention to you, but it is all about God. Real worship will cause Him to stand up for us. We have to take back our worship! It takes everyone. One person can’t do it all. We have to be in one mind and one accord.

Your worship is key.

–Pastor Anthony Wynn

Scriptures

  • Exodus 40:34-36
  • Exodus 25:8
  • 1 Kings 8:10
  • 2 Chronicles 5:14
  • 2 Chronicles 7:1-3
  • John 12:20
  • Psalm 34:1
  • Psalm 86:12
  • Psalm 132:7
  • Psalm 138:2
  • Daniel 3:5
  • Acts 4:24, 31
  • 2 Chronicles 5:13

The Inside Counts First

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

“There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.” –Mark 7:15

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart: and they defile the man.” –Matthew 15:18

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” –Jerimiah 17:9

The heart of man is an evil thing, selfish to the core. It wants nothing but to please itself. It thinks wickedly all hours of the day. It basks in corruption and maliciousness. It is villainous and vile, and to follow it would spell doom for the soul.

A man or woman can do good to others, go to church, and just be one of those good ole’ people. But if they never receive Jesus into their heart, sadly, they die and leave this world for an eternal torture.

What you do matters, but what’s on the inside matters first.

Interesting thought: Who you are on the inside will dictate what you do on the outside. Why do we label drinkers as ‘drinkers’? Think about it. You label a drinker a ‘drinker’ because that’s what they do. They drink. The same goes for a smoker, or a chef, or a farmer. I label myself as a ‘writer’ because that’s what I do. I write. But the thing is, a farmer wouldn’t plant crops all the time if that wasn’t what he wanted to do. A chef wouldn’t cook all the time if that’s not what his heart was drawn to. They are labeled those things because that’s what they do, but they wouldn’t do them if that’s not who they were on the inside.

Now, here’s the thing. The heart of man is evil and that’s what’s inside him. So, he will do what his heart wants. But when God comes in, the story changes.

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them.” –Ezekiel 36:26-27

God gives us a new heart when we accept Him as Savior. We are new creatures in Christ. There’s a label given to people like that. They are called born again Christians because now it’s in their heart to be Christ-like. They have a desire to walk in God’s statutes, keep His judgments, and do them.

So, it matters what you do, but that is dictated by who you are on the inside, or rather, Who is inside you.

Stewardship

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” — 1 Corinthians 4:2

“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” — 1 Peter 4:10

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” — Colossians 3:23

And one more, Matthew 25:14-30.

Stewardship is a word that most Christians are well familiar with. And about everyone understands the word’s meaning. Stewards faithfully take care of what their master places in their management.

So, what has your Master placed in your management?

Look around you. It’s all in your hand. In Genesis, God gave Adam dominion over all living things, but He also gave Adam responsibility to take care of the garden of Eden.

“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” — Genesis 2:15

I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. God blesses us with gifts and talents. They are not ours to keep, but are placed with us to multiply, to bless others with, and fulfill God’s purpose for us. Every human is born with a purpose and talents and gifts to help fulfill that purpose. But if that human doesn’t choose to manage those gifts and nurture those talents, they are wasted. That is not good stewardship.

God didn’t have to let you wake up this morning, but here you are. Time is something else God has placed with you today. And there are so many ways we can spend it. You could spend all day roaming on social media. You could use the time to call a distant relative and let them know you’re praying for them. I could go on forever. But the thing to remember is that we are given time. As good stewards,  we need to manage our time in a way that glorifies God.

God has given us so much. The promises and blessings are overflowing. The love and mercy is never-ending. There should be nothing we aren’t willing to do for Him. Granted, we get scared sometimes when what He commands us to do gets us out of our comfort zone. And yes, sometimes we flat-out don’t want to do it. And sometimes, we can’t see how He could provide the means for us to do it.

So, you can hide it in the dirt, or use it for His glory.

When He gives us something, time, energy, talents, whatever it may be, we are to faithfully take care of what He’s given. Remember, the good and faithful servant entered into the joy of his Lord.

–Faith Cross

The Gift Card

Have you ever received a gift card?

Nothing is free. Someone somewhere had to pay a price for that gift card. The same goes for the gift card Jesus paid for with His blood.

The One who knows all your secrets, gave His blood to hide all your sins. The One who created you for His Glory, gave His life’s blood to buy you back. He became like you, so you could become like Him. He left heaven and came to earth, so you could leave earth and go to heaven. That is the gift card God has given to you.

It is a gift card of promises of healing, peace, and joy. But, you also have a gift card of spiritual gifts to help others with. Maybe it’s a gift of prophecy, maybe a gift of preaching, or maybe a gift of helping.

Don’t set it aside. Don’t sell it for momentary pleasure.

You have to  be careful when you’re on the receiving end of a gift card because many of them have expiration dates. You can’t use your gifts in the grave. They will expire when you breathe your last breath.

Your gift card only has value when it is redeemed. But, you can’t love the gift more than the Giver. It cost Jesus His breath to give you that gift. Fall in love with Jesus, not the gift.

Remember it’s not like a debit card.

A debit card is like when Adam realized he messed up and tried to hide it with fig leaves. A debit card is like when you try to make it your own way. But a gift card is just that, a gift.

Listen to the full sermon on “The Gift Card” below.

–Pastor Anthony Wynn

Scriptures

  • Romans 6:23
  • Ephesians 2:8
  • 2 Timothy 1:6
  • Ecclesiastes 5:19
  • Ephesians 4:8
  • 1 Corinthians 14:1
  • 1 Corinthians 12:28
  • Acts 20:28
  • Joshua 24:15
  • Romans 5:15
  • 1 Kings 18:21
  • Revelations 5:9-10
  • Acts 11:17
  • Acts 10:44-45
  • 2 Corinthians 9:15
  • John 4:10
  • Ephesians 2:8
  • 2 Timothy 1:6-8
  • Isaiah 53:5
  • 1 Peter 2:24
  • Revelations 22:2
  • Acts 2:38

A Peer’s Pressure

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

Before we get started, I want you to take a look at Proverbs 1:10-19 and James 1:12-18.

I wanted to talk today about something that everyone goes through. Adults, teens, and children alike, go through this and sometimes it’s hard to turn away.

What I’m talking about is peer pressure.

The internet defines peer pressure as “influence from members of one’s peer group.”

You can have a child tempting another with stealing a cookie when their mother told them specifically no dessert before dinner. You can have a teen offering one of his non-smoking friends a cigarette, promising not to tell a soul. I heard a story about a man presenting another who did not drink with an alcoholic drink multiple times, but at each time he refused. These are examples of bad peer pressure.

Temptation is a nasty thing. Lying in wait around street corners, patiently awaiting your arrival so it can say, “Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause.” And it doesn’t even have to be necessarily huge bad things. It can be little things, too.

But here’s what you have to remember.

God has the ability to look at each and every person as if no one else in the world exists. He can look at us all as individuals, and wants us to have an individual relationship with Him.

That being the case, He doesn’t compare us to anyone else. Likewise we don’t need to compare with others either. “Jake only fasts once a week. I don’t think I need to fast three times a week.” “Carol doesn’t pray five times a day. I don’t think I need to.”

Don’t give in to the temptations of life, or enticements of the devil. 

You should look at yourself and say, “What do I need to do to get closer to God? What can I do to strengthen my walk with Him.”

It’s just you and God in this instance. What other people do doesn’t matter. It’s what you do that helps or hinders your relationship with your Heavenly Father.

–Faith Cross

Every Choice Matters

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” — Deuteronomy 30:19

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” — Galatians 6:7-10

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” — 2 Corinthians 5:10

Every choice matters

Everything you do matters. God put you on this earth to fulfill a purpose. Everything you do should be to forward that purpose. Granted, there are times when we feel like our purpose is unclear, or the steps are uncertain. And yes, there are times when we don’t know what we are doing or we don’t know what our purpose is. And sometimes, choices have many options and it is hard to determine the perfect right answer.

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” — Philippians 2:12-13

God has given us this beautiful, yet terrifying thing called freedom of choice. We can choose to do whatever we want. We can choose to live as a giver of nourishment to the hungry, or we can choose to be a mugger that slinks in alleyways. We can choose to live as the head of a multibillion-dollar business, or we can choose to live life on the streets as a beggar. Every day is filled with choices. The world runs on choices.

Think about that.

Are you choosing life or death? Are you choosing to be joyful or sorrowful? Good or bad? Godliness or ungodliness? Are you choosing to follow God or turn from the righteous path?

Every choice matters. Every choice counts. What are you choosing?

–Faith Cross

It Only Takes One

Have you ever realized the power of one?

Sin abounds in this world and people are trying to take God out of everything. And the devil hasn’t been doing it all at once. He’s been getting us used to the dark little by little until it’s everywhere now.

But, you can do something about it.

You may not be able to touch the whole world. But, if you stand up and let your light shine, you can keep the darkness from taking over in your corner of the world.

God is looking for somebody that’s available, somebody who isn’t afraid to stand up. Back in the Bible, Pharaoh was closing in on Israel. But one man decided to stand up and God brought deliverance to His people.

Trouble is standing in America right now.

It’s time for the children of God to stand up. Keep worshipping, keep praying, and keep on driving back the darkness in the corner of your world.

It’s not enough to fight battles where others can see you. You have to fight bears and lions when nobody is watching. You have to make up in your mind that you won’t let the devil intimidate you. You are God’s child. It’s you and God, and with God all things are possible. You have authority over the  devil. The only power he has is what you allow him.

God is looking for someone to stand and drive back the darkness. Will you be that one?

–Pastor Anthony Wynn

Scriptures

  • Isaiah 1:6-8
  • Ezekiel 22:30
  • Matthew 5:14, 16

The antichrist

In this message, I decided to talk about three different christs.

1- Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.

2- The false christ

3- The antichrist

Now, many people will tie those last two together, but I think they are two separate things.

You have the false christ, like Jim Jones for example, who started out right. Yet, something inside him desired money and power, desired the glory of man, more than Jesus Christ.

There is a huge difference between a false christ and the antichrist.

There is the spirit of the antichrist that I believe has been on earth for years and years. But, there is the person of the antichrist, who will be a human totally surrendered to the devil, coming as a man of peace, magnifying himself. But he will be broken!

So, don’t spend 100% of your time studying the negative in the Bible. Before you do that, work on finding everything you can about the real thing. Study Jesus and His life and what He did. Study the truth so much that you will immediately be able to recognize a lie when it shows its ugly face.

In this message, I talk about Revelation, and how it’s a book revealing Jesus in the end time. Jesus conquered in the beginning, in the middle, and he will conquer in the end.

Remember this:

Anytime that you walk through a storm or satan throws something at you, Jesus is going to stand up because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He protected His children in the Old Testament, He will protect you now.

Listen to this message below to hear more about the antichrist.

Pastor Anthony Wynn

Scriptures

  • Matthew 24:5
  • Matthew 1:1, 16
  • John 1:41
  • Matthew 1:18
  • Matthew 2:4
  • Matthew 11:2
  • Matthew 27:17
  • Mark 14:61
  • Luke 2:26
  • Luke 4:41
  • John 1:17, 41
  • John 4:24, 29
  • John 7:42
  • Isaiah 11:1
  • Micah 5:2
  • Acts 2:36
  • Acts 3:6

  • Acts 16:18
  • Romans 5:6
  • Romans 6:9, 23
  • Romans 8:35
  • 1 Corinthians 11:1
  • 1 Corinthians 15:57
  • Romans 8:9
  • Matthew 24:23
  • 1 John 2:22
  • John 1:9
  • Daniel 8:23
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:3
  • Daniel 11:36-37
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:6
  • 1 Timothy 2:5
  • Revelation 17:12
  • Revelation 13:4, 11

They Are Watching You…

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink or, whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” — 1 Corinthians 10:31

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17

They are watching.

The people around you are all watching. They watch the way you contort your face at the words they say. They watch the way you walk. They see the way you treat others. They view the way you handle situations. They are watching.

What are you showing them?

Do you let them see a smile or a look of disgust? Do you show them how close you walk with the Lord? Do you show them how you would like to be treated? When trials come, do you let them see a wavering, melting Christian or one standing firm and unfaltering? What are you showing them?

No matter how bad the temptation is, don’t give in. Don’t give them an opportunity to justify bad actions, “Well, they are a Christian and they do it so it must be okay, right?”

Do what you do for the glory of God, do what you do so they can see the truth, and do what you do to show them what’s right from wrong. Show them what a true Christian is. Christian means Christ-like.

When they look at you, do they see Christ?

Yes, sometimes we want to lash out in all our fury. Yes, sometimes we want to tell people off. Sometimes it’s really hard to do the right thing. But, Christ first. Jesus goes first. God is first in our lives no matter the circumstances because we love Him and we want to please Him.

They are listening. Are you saying the right things? They are looking. Are you shining the light in your soul? They are watching you. Always watching you.

–Faith Cross

Don’t Stress

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

I have a few verses here for you.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” — James 1:2-4

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” — John 14:27

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” — Matthew 11:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28

So, what is all of this about?

Well, if you haven’t already noticed, there’s a lot of junk going on in the world right now. And the funny thing is, it’s not just wreaking havoc on the world, but it’s wreaking havoc in our individual lives as well. In this time, it’s easy to get stressed out about everything you have to do or everything that’s going on. I know I do.

But realize this:

God is the biggest, strongest, most powerful Being in the Universe, and He has decided to fight for us. He has made the choice to listen to us as we pray. He wants to move on our behalf.

Yes, you can get all stressed out about everything. Yes, it’s human to feel like the world is coming down on you sometimes. And yes, from time to time, every little thing will try its absolute best to break your nerves.

But you are a child of God.

And He will not suffer you to break under the pressure. God is right there with you through it all. And guess what? He’s gone through it, too. The stress of the multitudes coming to be healed. The stress of having his own people hate Him. The constant cries for help rang in His ears, those merciless pleas for aid. He knows what it’s like to be stretched thin by the pulling of life. God came down as a human. He knows all about our struggles.

So, when you feel yourself start to panic at all the politics, the media, your obligations and tasks, and the things you don’t understand, stop. Take a step back and breathe. Evaluate what needs to be done. Write it down if you have to, but look at it. Really study it. Tell yourself, with God all things are possible. Ask Him for His guidance and help. And then, do it. Slowly but surely, step by step, you’ll get through this.

You will because the biggest, strongest, most powerful Being in the Universe has decided to walk with you all the way home.

–Faith Cross