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"It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 1:3 

May 2018

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Micah 6:1-8 “Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice. Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD’s controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel. O my people, what have I done unto thee? And wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against me. For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of thy servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron and Miriam. O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him; from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed me O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, But to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  (* Hebrews 12 is a complimentary passage)

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I Don't Believe In Holiness

The old revivalist and preacher, G. Campbell Morgan, gives definition and clarity to two Christian buzzwords: holiness and righteousness. May our lives be doused in both!

These two words, holiness and righteousness, mark two aspects of one condition. Holiness has to do with character: righteousness with conduct. They cannot possibly be separated from each other. They are as intimately related as are root and fruit. There can be no fruit unless there be a root. If there be living root it must issue in fruit. There can be no righteousness unless there is holiness: holiness must issue in righteousness. Holiness describes being; righteousness describes doing.

Let us, then, consider this subject of holiness according to New Testament teaching. It is a very remarkable fact that thousands of the saints of God are a little afraid of the word “holiness.” I believe a great many Christian people keep away from all sorts of conventions and conferences because of this fear. It is not very long since a very dear friend of mine, a Christian man, said to me, ‘you know, I don’t believe in holiness.’ I told him how very sorry I was to hear it, because the Bible says (in Hebrews 12:4) that without holiness no man can see the Lord , of course, he did not mean quite what he said. I have quoted it only to indicate the attitude toward this great word and this great subject, which is alarmingly prevalent in the Christian Church. I recognize the reason of this fear. A great many unholy things have been said and done by those who perhaps have been loudest in their attempt to explain, and in their claim to the experience of holiness.”

A careful reading of the Micah passage above and the insights of Pastor G. Campbell Morgan will help all of us to focus more seriously on the holiness and righteousness of God and what He expects of us.

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National Prayer Breakfast

It is in the soberness of the abovementioned theme that I am going to Washington, DC on February 7 and 8 to host the Prayer Room for the National Prayer Breakfast.

I’ve often invited our supporters to this 30-hour vigil, yet few have ever joined me. We gather from 10 am on Wednesday, February 7 and pray through until Thursday, February 8 (2:00 pm). While 4500 guests fill the Washington Hilton Banquet Hall, we shall pray with soberness and great waiting upon God in another room.

Can you tell me whether there is any greater need for our lives, no less, our Republic ‘for such a time as this?’ I’d welcome you to come! (Use the Contact Information below)

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Fourth Sunday Night Solemn Assembly

I rejoice to share with you that our 2018 Fourth Sunday Night Solemn Assembly Series for June, July and August are taking shape and our first speaker will be Pastor Jordan Thomas of Grace Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

He is one of the precious teachers of the Behold Your God Study currently impacting scores of lives in the Chester County Prison and around the globe. Pastor Thomas already asked to visit our prisoners during his time with us in June. Use the YouTube link to watch him speak about “Our Great God”.

Please mark your calendars now for 6pm on the 4th Sundays of June, July and August 2018 and anticipate three great ‘solemn assemblies’.

Click here to learn more about the annual Fourth Sunday Solemn Assembly Series. 

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Pointman Leadership Institute Summit

Pray as we are already preparing for the hosting of the 2018 Leadership Summit of Pointman Leadership Institute at the Camp at Camp at Old Mill from May 5 -10. Police and other leaders are coming to us from all over the world which creates many opportunities for service.

My wife, Sue, is already preparing menus while housing will be a challenge, for sure. Transport to and from the Philadelphia Airport is going to be needed. Every bit of help you are willing to consider is going to be appreciated. You can visit some of the work of PLI by visiting: www.pliglobal.org.

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Your Local Prison

I highly suggest that you as an individual and as congregations pray for and serve your local prison. Contact me if you have questions on how to get started. 

Specifically pray for Chester County Prison and the emerging opportunities that are very real for us and local churches in Pennsylvania. A very needy mission field is right in front of us and the urgent cry of the prophets still echo God’s mandates to care for the very lives reflected in our criminal justice system and what it reflects.

Pray for Warden Ed McFadden, Deputy Wardens Walter Reed (Security) and Ron Phillips (Treatment), Major Eugene Farina, the Director of Inmate Services, George Roberts and the Director of the Correctional (Reentry) Center, Tim Mulrooney. Imagine what God will do when we begin to seek His glory and His working in such a time as this!

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Prayer Requests

Under the Weather

The ‘polar express’ of weather has been costly for each one of us. While the Camp At Old Mill is a blessing to so many, the costs of maintaining it are heartbreaking from time-to-time. Any ‘extra’ blessing in the months of winter will be greatly appreciated.

A New Flock

The church plant: ‘Providence/Coatesville’ (Pastor Joshua Crans) is well underway and gathers each Lord’s Day. You can write directly to him (josh.crans@gmail.com) to encourage him and to discover more how you can become part of a local, Bible- believing fellowship in the midst of so much need. It’s one place you will find yourself very aware of living out your professed faith in Jesus Christ. It’s a place where you will serve and focus less on being served.

Longing to See You, To Thank You Face-to-Face

Jack Crans, Director    

Proverbs 24:11,12

“All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down…Brethren, Pray, And Holy Manna Shall Be Scattered All Around.”

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