The Contender – A Cry From Jack’s Heart

June 2022

Amos 2:12 “…Prophesy not!”

Amos 5:10 “They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.”

Amos 5:13 “Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.”

Amos 3:2 “You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities…”

Amos 3:7,8 “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?”Amos 3:13-16 “Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves. Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself: Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself. And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.”

The revealed truth and acts of the Lord GOD always come with an intended purpose! The prophet Amos addresses both the pernicious and remedial effects of God’s holy and righteously imposed judgments. (Compare Amos 9:11-15)

John 3:11-19 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world: but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

John 12:31-32 “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

Who Will Speak For God?

Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s simple, repeated words have long stayed with me since the late 1960’s:

God Is There!” To paraphrase his oft’ reflected cry: “God is there and He is not silent; He hath spoken and acted in space and in time.”

Literally, just days ago, when preaching before a supportive church family, I commenced my message with my own sober, heart’s cry that in these days the overwhelming tide of this world’s present, spiritual darkness is tectonic, toxic, and increasingly ‘total’ (pervasive in every realm of ‘space and time.’)

The most repeated questions of my own heart to any who would listen have been:

(1) Has God ever spoken in ‘space and in time?’ and

(2) Has God ever acted in ‘space and in time?’

These two simple questions beg anyone to answer and to confess one way or the other: What has God spoken and what has God actually done in real, evidential history? As I quoted in an earlier correspondence from the ‘Pulpit Commentary’:

“Even while he speaks, the prophet feels his reproof is useless. In that time; at such a time as this, the man who acts wisely holds his peace, because it is a time of moral corruption and of personal danger. But the prophet cannot restrain his call!”

The real question now becomes this: “Who will speak for God?” The wise and carefully observant believer knows that in ‘speaking truth’ there will be hurtful consequences and increased suffering.

While many choose ‘silence in that time,’ the true prophet shall utter wisely and with a rightly broken and contrite heart: “Thus saith the LORD!”

Sunday, June 26

On Sunday Night, June 26th @ 6:00 PM at the Campus at Old Mill (127 Brandamore Road, Brandamore, Pennsylvania 19316), we prayerfully host Byron Paulus (Life Action Ministries) and Michael Faircloth (National Christian Choir) for our first of three Fourth Sunday Night Meetings.

Byron Paulus has spent his entire lifetime with a personal, heart-cry for revival!

The echoing cries of Isaiah 64 seem almost to consume Byron’s life and ministry years. I can assure each of you that any serious consideration of this ‘hour’ in America, no less the world, ought to stir you to come!

Pastor Jordan Thomas and Chaplain Gary Cramer will be our featured preachers in July and August.

Weather permitting we’ll be ‘outdoors’ (bring your own seating) but be ready one way or the other to encourage this messenger of God and to be strengthened in your own walk of faith for such a time as this! (We’ll move into the chapel in case of adverse weather)

Click Here To View Video Recordings by Jack Crans and others

Prayer Points

I especially pray for the supportive presence and encouragement of our County Corrections Gospel Mission supportive churches, families, and friends.

My weary heart will especially be strengthened to see many of Chester County Prison’s Chaplaincy Volunteers. Please plan to attend and present yourself as one who is yet longing for the re-opening of the prison’s doors to the life-giving-hope of the Gospel!

By the time you read this letter, we’ll be so deep and exhausted in hosting precious young lives on the sustained and blessed grounds of the former ‘Old Mill Bible Conference (established 1933).’ God has blessed us with a new ‘sanctuary/pavilion’ (open air) and has continued to draw kindred hearts to this humble space for the serving and embracing of lives reflected in the urgent heart cries of the prisoners, their children, and the myriads of ordained ‘peacekeepers’ whose lives are spent serving them.

I have seen the Lord’s great provision and faithfulness for a lifetime (50 years in the prison) and (30 years at ‘Camp at Old Mill’).

We now face a costly replacement of ‘water-systems’ both old and most recently damaged in a ravaging, electrical surge. The costs are sobering, yet our hearts are fixed on the most important hope of perpetuating the Gospel into the next generations!

Rejoicing in What God Hath Wrought! (Numbers 23:23)

Jack Crans,

Isaiah 64:1-4

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