I was saddened by the recent new of the passing of David Wilkerson, in a tragic car accident. Wilkerson, the founding pastor of Times Square Church, began Teen Challenge a few decades ago, and penned the bestseller, The Cross and The Switchblade.
A modern day prophet, he has deeply challenged me over the years, through his prophetic writing and preaching.
Before my prayer partner, Judy, died, she often sent articles he had written -- and each one exploded like a grenade in my soul. I have been deeply moved by his convicting words on countless occasions.
Sometimes, I thought he was an alarmist -- a bit over the top. But mostly, he was right on target, speaking bold truths that our nation and the American church desperately needed to hear.
The following sermon on anguish, is, perhaps his most gripping. messages on Anguish:
The world needs more men like David Wilkerson, who stand as watchmen on the wall for our nation.
Everyone deals with financial setbacks from time to time. Money doesn't buy happiness - -but the lack of it can sure bring a lot of stress. My father, talking about the lean years of the Great Depression, said they pinched pennies so tight, Abe Lincon hollered! George Washington has hollered in my hands a few times!
When facing hard times financially, it pays to remember these are the only times we have. We need to keep a proper perspective. Here are some important reminders as we face adversity:
1. God is far bigger than the problem. If a financial crisis looms like a mountain, remember -- God is the mountain mover! There's no challenge too great for the Almighty. There is not one situation beyond His ability. Instead of telling God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big God is!
2. Hard times teach us wisdom. Difficult days force us to stop and evaluate where we are, what we're doing, and why we're doing it. Nobody becomes wise with ease. It takes trouble t…
I was ordained July 10, 1987, when General Superintendent, Dr. Earle Wilson, laid hands on me, shook my hand, and thundered, "Take thou authority to preach the Word!"
I was thinking about this a while back, and wondered how far back I could go with the succession of my ordination. So, I did a little research.
* I was ordained by Earle Wilson
* Earle Wilson was ordained by Pilgrim Holiness General Superintendent, William Neff.
* William Neff was ordained by the Pilgrim founder, Seth Rees * Seth Rees was ordained by Nazarene founder, Phineas Bresee (Note -- Rees was initally "recorded" as a Quaker, because they did not ordain their ministers. Later, he moved over to the newly formed Church of the Nazarene, and I am taking a leap by assuming that when he became a Nazarene, they ordained him. Rees was certainly worked beside Bresee as his contemporary.)
* Phineas Bresee was ordained by Methodist Bishop, Levi Scott
* Levi Scott was ordained by Elijah Hedding. …