Imagine Saul’s anguish when Christ confronted him near Damascus with a painful reality. The Lord told Saul, “I am Jesus. And you are persecuting Me” (see Acts 9:4-5). Saul had thought he was simply dealing with individuals, doing God’s work to root out Jewish heretics.
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“Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany” (John 11:1). Most Christians know the story of Lazarus. He lived with his two sisters, Mary and Martha, in the town of Bethany. Their home was a favorite resting place for Jesus. Christ knew that this close-knit family loved him, and he loved them dearly in return. He even made their home his spiritual retreat.
There are times in the life of a Christian when we need to bring Christ and His cross back to the forefront. Pastor Gary Wilkerson exhorts the church to clear the stage of worship that is more about image and entertainment than it is about awe and reverence for God. It’s time to clear the stage of pastors who merely give pep talks and spend very little time in prayerful preparation.
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