31 October 2009

Well, unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Tonight was the last night of our church's revival meetings, but I don't believe that it is the end for the changes. I ask anyone who stumbles upon this to pray for me; I, sadly, have a problem reading my Bible. As much as I love to read other books, I don't have as strong of a desire to read my Bible as I should. I'm ashamed to even have to say this, for I know how important it is. When I think of all the martyrs who died for my faith, as well as the soldiers who gave their all for my country, I am saddened my lack of enthusiasm for reading God's Holy Word. I hope that you will pray with me on this subject.
All of the messages have been so amazing this week, and I wish that they could continue. I beleive that the message that spoke to me the most was Thursday Night's service, entitled "Our Condition Before God." The key verses were Nehemiah 1:1-11. One thing Bro. Knickerbocker said was "We as Christians have become extremly corrupted. Why aren't we devestated when we do what we KNOW is wrong? The Difference between a corrupted city (Jerusalem, in this case) and a corrupted life is that, unlike a human, a city can be rebuilt." So many people either never get back with God or they end up committing suicide because of their extreme depression.
1) The Sad Condition of Jerusalem
-It had become a laughing stock. How often do people say, "I remember when ..... Church had the power of God."
- The walls of protection had fallen down. Everything around us will lead us into temptation. We are faced with a society that could care less of God or His Word.
-The gate had been burned.
2) The Spiritual Concern of Nehemiah (Neh. 1:4)
-We need to become so consumed in God that we ignore everything else, including time.
-God will not speak to us until He knows that we are ready and willing to listen to Him.
3) The Sacred Commissioning (Neh. 1:9)
-Before one can be commissioned, they must first be revived.
4) The Stately Cooperation (Neh. 2:6)
-The king noticed a change in Nehemiah's countenance. Sadly, lost souls do not notice any change in the countenance of Christians today. They need to see our care, our love, and our concern for them. (Neh. 2:2)
-In the Christian life, the words "Building" and "Fighting" always co-incide.
5) The Saintly Cooperation (Neh. 2:8)
-Anything I touch that God wants me to touch will prosper.
6) The Skeptic's Criticism (Neh. 4:3)
-Someone will always vote "No" just in case that something goes wrong. Bro. Knickerbocker told us of how a man in a church he once pastored was the only person to vote against a new building project. The man honestly told Bro. Knickerbocker, "Well, I voted "No" just in case it fell through. I didn't want to be disappointed." Sadly, many people, including Christians, are like this today.
7) The Substatial Completion
-If we could see what God had in store, we wouldn't be able to get enough of His Word. (This is my desire.)

Please continue to pray for Bro. Knickerbocker, his wife, and all of the students at Crown Southwest and Norris Seminary.

28 October 2009

Wednesday Update

I have a few minutes before I have to leave for church, so I decided to update my blog. Well, last night's message was so amazing! Bro. Knickerbocker was feeling a whole lot better. He has been taking Tamiflu, which is what I took a few weeks ago when I got the Swine Flue. (And, yep, I didn't die! lol) I pray that the Lord will bless him with the right words to say tonight. Oh, how we truly need a revival.

26 October 2009

Camp Meeting Update

Well, I just got home from our church. Unfortuantly, Bro. Knickerbocker is still very sick, but praise the Lord, we have men in our church who are always ready to preach. Bro. Ken Moore, one of our deacons, preached a very powerful message on how we need a revival. It was a great blessing to me.
I hope that everyone is doing well.

Who has a job for me???

At the beginning of my last school year, my family and I decided to homeschool. Not only would this let me have a good, Christian education, it would allow me to graduate a whole year early. What did not occur to us is that NO ONE hires people under the age of 18. It is next to impossible to find a job when you are only seventeen years old. No matter where I look, I can not find a single place that will hire me. Do you have any suggestions? Please continue praying for me to find a good job!

Welcome, Fall!

I know that it has been officially Autumn since mid September, but today it actually feels like it. It is 52 degrees where I live and it is lightly drizzling. Rain always makes a chilly day feel a lot colder. I absolutley LOVE this weather. All I really want to do is curl up by the fire (yes, we have one going) with a good book. Maybe I'll finish the Chronicles of Narnia series! I simply adore those books.
What will this day be like? Well, tonight, our church's revival meetings continue. I pray that the Lord will open our ears and soften our hearts. The problem our nation is facing, no matter what our government officials (you know who I mean) want you to beleive, is not one of the economy. The problems in our nation are all directly caused by our spiritual needs. Sadly, we as Christians are not doing our part, and our whole world is suffering for it. 2 Chro. 7:14 says, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." A lot of the time, we Christians (and by that I mean, blood-bought, born again) forget that this only begins with us. We expect everyone else to change, and yet we don't want to work hard and pray. We don't want to "waste our time" witnessing. Until we Christians change, the world is going to stay the same. Pray for a revival. The great Welsh Revival was started by a young girl who stood up to testify. Who knows what our great generation can accomplish with God on our side!

25 October 2009

Random Update

Hello, people with computers!
I haven't been on my blog in QUITE some time now, but I am here now to speak my mind. (Yes, this can be an extremly dangerous thing.) This week, Bro. Dan Knickerbocker, the head of The Crown College Southwest and Norris Seminary, is holding a camp meeting at our church. (I understand that many people call this a revival, but we must realize that revival is not a meeting or even a group of meetings. Revival only occurs when a revival is sparked in the hearts of individuals and then spread throughout a church or community.) Tonight, he was not able to make it because he is very sick. It seems that he has a sort of stomach flu. Remember to keep him and the revival in your prayers. Also, his lovely wife, RoseMarie, will be going in a few weeks for some medical treatments.
So far, I have still not found a job. I am still searching and praying for patience. Unfortunatly, most establishments will not hire people under the age of eighteen. Since I do not turn eighteen until the end of May, this causes a large problem for me. Please pray for me to find a good job soon.
Like I have said in previous posts, I will begin goin to The Crown College of the Bible in Powell, Tennessee next fall (or maybe this spring). I can hardly contain my excitement about going to this amazing school. Many of my friends are currently attending school there and I can not wait to join them there. Not only do I adore the school and everyone that goes there, I truly LOVE the area. I was raised in Georgia, and Tennessee is the closest thing to home that I can get. This summer when our church's youth group went to the Youth Congress at Crown, I did not want to come back to Texas. It truly feels more like home to me. The week we were in Tennessee this summer, I felt as if I were home, but after three years in Texas, it still feels like a strange place that I simply live. Thankfully, God has blessed my family with a wonderful church here, and I love everyone there to pieces! (Shoutout to TayTay and Mrs. Jonna, my blogging buddies!) I simply wish that this year would be an extremly quick one! lol