Humanity’s failure to repent at the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ constitutes a rejection of him.. For that reason he summarizes it thus: “He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me”, (Luke 10:16). But the people of Israel, who lived under Pharaoh’s thumb, were able to make themselves ready in the face of God’s judgment by trusting in God’s provision of a Passover lamb. To repent means to make a one-hundred-and-eighty-degree turn. We have made a decision this week to go in a different direction. Two thousand years ago, before the lame walked or the blind received their sight, before Jesus raised the dead or preached to thousands, there was a man named John who lived in the desert, told people that the time was coming, and asked that same question… “Are you ready?”. This year, let us not rush to Christmas and forget what Advent is all about. In Acts 2:38, the apostle Peter tells us to repent of our sins so that we can receive the Holy Spirit. At heart, repentance is simply turning. Do not be deceived, Jesus was not any part of that. The Church, with perfect timing, has it. Some thought that John was a quack, or a menace. 14. The editor wrote today saying. Rioting because one is upset a preferred candidate lost an election – is not a just reason for an insurrection. He has been wrong all along. ( Log Out / Don’t forget to include “standing on a neck” is “standing on a neck”. From Ash Wednesday to evening Mass on Holy Thursday, use a magnifying glass. Yahusha never told us to gain followers, He said to make disciples. Beautiful article. Jesus IS every where. There is stupidity every where. The Lord is the creator of the universe and He brought forth the world by speaking. People in John’s day knew that the Messiah was coming. It is time for the church to repent. America, It’s Time To Repent [PODCAST] < Thoughts? It is past time for those who love God and have supported this president to repent. He isn’t in heaven getting up and down repeatedly, on and off the Cross, each time we sin. Let us return to our first love and put our hope and trust in Him—and in Him alone. Were any of the cities that you speak of the capitol of the nation? As Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” When death comes, it will be too late for repentance. August 21, 2008 / 8 Comments / in The Apostle / by support. But true repentance is more than simply being sorry (2 Corinthians 7:9). So when John came on the scene asking if people were ready, they came flooding out to the desert to hear him preach and to be baptized. Our current President and the people that voted for him has been criticized, demonized, accused of every thing the left could think of every day for four years! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It also has a “we and us” focus. Sometimes the failure to be ready does not come with particularly grave consequences, allowing us to be a little sloppy in using our time. Looking forward to his coming again, let us take up the mantle of the priests that Jesus has made his Church to be, that we may stand in the gap and talk to God about our sin and the sin of our people. Thank you so much. That wasn’t true for everyone, of course. In other words, you have to … It’s acknowledging that we have either reached a dead end, or are moving in the wrong direction. They remain obstinate, trapped, confused, unwilling to repent, and unwilling to change their ways. Roger Viksnes is Pastor at Bethany Lutheran Brethren Church in East Hartland, Connecticut. However, if you think they are equivalent you are sadly mistaken. Repentance is a time that we must look at our heart and see if its following after Christ or if we are doing whatever we feel like. You have been redeemed by that baby in the manger, who years later suffered and died on the cross for your sin. Unfortunately, the people of Noah’s day weren’t ready for the coming of God’s judgment. Lenten retreat talk on repenting & going to confession. As a result, we will no longer be publishing your column. The seat of democracy? Excellent, Becky! Rev. Will Goldstein; Sign in to view the Song Number and Original Key Available Content. Please keep speaking love and truth. Let this Advent season stand apart from Christmas this year, as it always should, as a time for the people of God to repent, and to do so both individually and corporately: But let us also repent of the injustice in our nation and of our shared wickedness: In the Christmas season, we celebrate how God put on flesh to come to be our prophet, priest, and king. He chastises them! It’s time to repent! What is the point of following Jesus and letting the Holy Spirit into your life, if you end up like these insurrectionists? A Good example!. Thank you for writing this. Let us repent as God’s people while there is still time. But ask for Mercy, He’ll give it to you. But that does not do away with the call of repentance in our lives. Was the VP within 100 feet of the rioters? 18 Comments on Georgia: Democrat Senate Candidate Raphael Warnock: America Needs to Repent for Supporting Trump and its “Worship of Whiteness” Jethro January 3, 2021 at 1:06 pm He’s a “little c” “useful idiot” trying to step up to the “big C” rulers platform. It’s Time for Churches Who Shut Down During a Crisis to Repent December 12, 2020 December 12, 2020 Publisher A recent study shows that the only group that hasn’t mentally suffered during COVID-19 has been regular church-goers. In this context, Jesus offers a wonderful form of mercy. Something I have not seen yet but that I believe is absolutely essential if the Charismatic Church is to regain some of it’s relevance and integrity in the eyes of the wider Church and the world. Stream It's Time To Repent To Allaah by SalafiEvents from desktop or your mobile device. They too, are wrong, they too—though loved by God, are sinning. Jesus’ gospel is peace. The simple act of repentance, and give the body of Christ, and the church at whole would not be clear about repentanceand we would be in trouble. In the US, we have just gone through an election season where people were all too willing to point out sin and also point out those who are to blame for it. I would give your words more credibility if you would have written them this summer when federal buildings, police stations, people’s homes and businesses were being destroyed and lives were being lost in cities across our nation. It misses the mark. Jesus preached love, empathy, compassion, equality, peace- certainly not what happened Jan 6, 2021 at the Capitol. It’s Time to Repent The Advent season isn’t Christmas, however much we forget that. Conclusion. Riots are riots. “When the wind blows, sometimes you have to bend, you have to recognize what’s going on in the world in order to keep from breaking. There is nothing of Jesus and nothing pro-life about a politician and his minions who whip-up a crowd in a rally and then point them in the direction of the Capitol where five people lost their lives in the violence, including a police officer. Do you see some sin? But I am so sorry this has happened to you. Georgia Senate hopeful Reverend Raphael Warnock is facing scrutiny over a 2016 sermon in which he called on the US to "repent for its worship of … You have my word I will read every single message (although it might be tough for me to get all of them considering the tens of thousands of people will read and see this). Jesus’ law is love. It is time to repent; it is time for Lent The Church has what the world needs. Those who are not willing to be disciplined are useless for His Kingdom. When will we as the Body of Christ stop looking for every degree of knowledge except for the Commandments of God, seeking every ordination except the Ordinances of King Jesus,… Thank you! Lakeland – It Is Time to Repent! Are you ready to present your proposal?” And there are times when the answer is “yes” and times when the answer is “no.” There are also times when we have taken good advantage of the allotted time to be prepared and times when we have procrastinated far too long. Now, to the Christians reading this article, you would be right to be thinking that you have been forgiven of your sin. The Warnock campaign did not respond to The Washington Free Beacon 's request for comment. Are there recent examples of a president leading his country to national repentance? It is his people that refuse to recognize Him as being here. It's Time To Repent To Allaah by SalafiEvents published on 2014-08-23T21:59:40Z. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought [the blessing] with tears.” – Hebrews 12:15-17 “Not by might and not by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of Hosts”—Zechariah 4:6 (NRSV). We see this modeled for us in Daniel chapter 9, where we find Daniel on his knees confessing not only his own sins but also the sins of his people Israel. Those who participated in Wednesday’s despicable debacle were called “special people” by our President who has curried the favor of racists and bigots and extremists throughout the four years of his term in office. Right now the world—and the Church—need repentance. Serious question. In fact, the opportunity to continue writing a column for The Elgin Review has been revoked. It’s time to address the most overlooked lie of white supremacy which is the tear gas blinding the United State’s eyes to their original sin: anti-Blackness. I agree with you 100%. They felt unready and they desperately wanted to be ready. They are wrong. There is something missing in the aftermath and continuing saga of Todd Bentley and Lakeland, Flordia. Consider changing which “news” sources you watch and read. Lyrics. Truly inspirational. December 11, 2019 | Daily Devotions As this year winds down it is a good time to repent from all of our wrong doings. You see, repentance doesn’t just have a “me, myself and I” focus. True repentance is sorrow that leads to a change in heart. Jul. What I write in my columns, and what I preach from those pulpits may be views that are not fully shared by all the members of those congregations. There was nothing of Jesus in what took place at the US Capitol on Epiphany. Turn away. May Allah reward you. It is past time for those who love God and have supported this president to repent. The White Throne judgment. God Gives Time To Repent One of the most incredible attributes of God is the nature of His longsuffering, patience and love allowing men to find themselves and salvation. We are asked that question plenty of times in our lives: “Are you ready to leave for school? In amongst the “don’t tread on me” banners and Confederate and Trump flags, there were also crosses and banners and signs carrying Jesus’ name, but he was not there. But did we see people stand up (or kneel down) to confess that sin as their own before the holy God and to ask for his forgiveness? Metanoia, a transliteration of the Greek μετάνοια, means after-thought or beyond-thought, with meta meaning "after" or "beyond" (as in the modern word "metaphysics") and nous meaning "mind" (as in the modern world "paranoia"). Christmas causes us to look back in awe and wonder at the greatness of our Lord, who made himself nothing. None of these acts of violence are acceptable. All the best to you from a Canadian reader. Inspect your life! Thank you & God bless. May you rest well tonight. Yes, we all have a whole host of things we need to do to prepare for Christmas parties and Christmas services, but none of those hold a candle to the need for us to be ready for the return of Christ. >>if I was the enemy, and I’m not, that would be the first place that I would go after. Rather they were called peaceful protests or freedom of speech rallies. “Not by might and not by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of Hosts”—Zechariah 4:6 (NRSV). I’d greatly appreciate any and all feedback by leaving a comment at the bottom of the post. Hate speech is hate speech. SoundCloud. There is absolutely forgiveness of sins for all who confess and believe, for all who repent of their sin and trust in the Lord. Are you ready to eat? We don’t live in despair or in doubt of God’s ability or desire to forgive us. But God is also just. Christmas causes us to look back in awe and wonder at the greatness of our Lord, who made himself nothing. They are certainly loved by God, but they are wrong, and what they did was sin. It's commonly understood as "a transformative change of heart; especially: a spiritual conversion." Bob, thank you for your kind response to my words. But let us not rush so fast to get there that we miss the season of Advent. The first time that I received the … America needs to repent for its worship of whiteness, on full display this season." ZERO DISCERNMENT. We CAN do better! They are not special. Making sure we spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and truth to all creatures alike. Very wise thoughtful words Becky! To repent means to make a one-hundred-and-eighty-degree turn. All of us have areas in our lives that we need God to forgive us. ( Log Out / The majority of voters in our state voted in November in support of President Trump. You should feel shame at what you’ve posted here. My Column for The Elgin Review was rejected this week by the paper. To repent of how we have individually and collectively fallen short of the glory of God and have grieved the heart of God. Beautiful thoughts – thank you for your courage in expressing them. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Not with the zealots who stormed our Citadel of Democracy equipped with zip ties for restraining our elected representatives, not with the hooligans who smeared feces and peed in its historic hallways, not with the mob chanting to hang the Vice President and not with the deluded dopes who have been so brain-washed by years of Breitbart and Fox and church leaders who long ago climbed into bed with crooked politicians, that they mistakenly and naively believed they were being “patriots” promoting a righteous cause that day. And it must begin from the leadership in 2019. Whatever the case, in our day Christmas has swallowed up Advent, and we need to again hear John say, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is near.” In fact, the concepts of readiness and repentance are at the core of the Advent season, and they are an imperative of the Christian life. Change ). God is patient. Destruction is destruction. But the Advent season looks ahead to the fact that the manger baby is coming back—this time … This is also hate speech. (19) Repent ye therefore, and be converted.--The latter word, though occurring both in the Gospels and Epistles, is yet pre-eminently characteristic of the Acts, in which it occurs eleven times, and, with one exception, always in its higher spiritual sense. There is nothing of Jesus in the frenzied waving of flags bearing one man’s name. But when this readiness question is asked during Advent, we should not overlook it or take it lightly. His eye is on the sparrow so you can be SURE the lord is mighty pissed off at your cruel and satanic reply. This would be the only way continual forgiveness could happen. In these past twelve months, we have fallen short in ways too numerous to verbalize. As devastating as the loss of such things on earth can be, the weightiest application here is that one day it will be too late for repentance of our sins and saving faith in Christ. Yes, again, we should repent–metanoia–each time we sin but never to be forgiven. Secondly, protesting the reality that black people are significantly more likely to be physically harmed by police than white people doing the same things is a just and righteous reason for protest. If you cannot see the flaws you are not looking. Thank you. This president has spewed hate & divided the country. And you would also be right to claim that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). ( Log Out / Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. These are the true and perfect promises for all who believe. That sense of urgency John’s listeners felt is all too often missing today. So many forget that Jesus is love. 2014-11-23T20:24:44Z. But perhaps the most obvious place that we find this readiness question is from the mouth of John the Baptist. Turn away. God is gracious. Thank you for standing up and spey the truth. Enough is enough of the sins of dereliction of duty, embezzlement, misappropriation, deception, envy, pride, unforgiveness, hatred, murder, sexual immorality, crude joking, cursing, exploitation, manipulation, distortion of truth, covetousness, greed and all other wicked acts we commit against God and humanity. The question of readiness runs through the whole Bible, from the people living before the Flood to the nation of Israel in Egypt. To be forgiven again would mean Jesus would have to die again. I have no followers but I will carry your flame and circulate your words to some loving people I know. But also, let us joyfully remember that Christmas does come after Advent. We may not know anything about the right way forward, not yet, but we at least know this isn’t going to get us there. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. You are right on. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress, To repent of our inherited sin and our actual sin, To repent of our sinful thoughts as well as our immoral acts, To repent of our hard-heartedness and our lack of faith, To repent of the things that we have done that we shouldn’t have. And that leads to one important question… “Are you ready?” It is a question we each need to ask ourselves and a question that is not new. God is merciful. It’s Lent, Lent, it’s time to repent, because it’s Lent, Lent, our wills they get bent, By what we’ve done and failed to do. Like the wise men from the east who turned their backs against Herod and went home by a different way after paying homage to the baby Jesus, it is past time for those who love Jesus to turn away from this madness and seek a more excellent way. But many were cut to the heart and they wanted to make sure that when the King of kings came, they were indeed ready. When Jesus said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand,” he was simply saying, “Turn. To repent for how life over and over again has been devalued in all sorts of ways, To repent of the walls of division that we have built up. Tonite I will sleep well, thanks to you. His name has been desecrated just as clearly as our nation’s Capitol has been desecrated. I appreciate that they grant me freedom of the pulpit to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I, through years of study and faithful service, understand it. When He said, “Let there be light,” light was formed. 50 years ago, I came home from a war, to a very cold self-absorbed society of fantasy. But the Advent season looks ahead to the fact that the manger baby is coming back—this time as a mighty warrior king. Sandee Foster. Do you realize the vast majority of Black Lives Matter protests – VAST – were peaceful with no looting? Know there are a lot of Christians that agree with you and are unwilling to step all over Jesus Christ’s teachings for their own agenda. I am the Pastor of Park Congregational United Church of Christ west of Elgin and First Congregational Church in Neligh. There is nothing of Jesus in what has become of this man’s presidency. It’s Time To Repent. Jesus was not part of the mob last Wednesday. I couldn’t have put it better myself. Let us repent as one nation under God. To repent of the things that we have not done that we should have. 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