125 Singers Observe 50 Years of the Lancaster church of Christ 1965-2015

Sunday August 30, 2015 marked the 50th recorded year of the church meeting in this location. The building is a hundred years old and there are some historical sources that say the church met here in the 1880's, but we only have pictures and church bulletins, letters and newspaper articles for the last 50 years.  Here is what one of the songs sounded like 

In the picture above, Stan Sherman leads the last song: When We All Get to Heaven.

One hundred twenty five singers from approximately 10 other small congregations  came to share this 5th Sunday singing which included the 50 year commemoration. 10 song leaders lead the songs listed on the old chalkboard, and there were 10 preachers  attending from various places in Oregon.

If you had never heard all age groups from one to ninety-one singing four part acapella harmony, you were in for a real treat.  The building seemed to rumble with the intense vibration of the enthusiastic voices, and of course the acoustics of the old meeting place helped us all hear each other.

Above on the lower left is John Sherman, younger brother of Preacher Stan Sherman, who was one of the preachers who came in 1966. In his late teens, John was attending the University of Oregon and working at a sawmill in 1965 and preaching at Lancaster on Sunday's. Stanley Sherman also came to preach in 1967.  

These 5th Sunday singings are a great encouragement to small congregarious because they can assemble together to see and hear what it is like to have their churches full.  They get to meet new people and visit old friends.

One of our members, Ernest Coburn, who was the first preacher here at its inception in 1965, opened the meeting with a short speech about how the church came to be planted here 50 years agp. The details are in this little history brochure. Contact stansherman@comcast.net for more information.

Lancaster takes its turn to host the 5th Sunday singing next May, 2016.

Above: the history brochure that was given to everyone who came.
Below: one of the articles in the brochure about the value and might of small churches.

Several memory historical display boards were carefully prepared.

Here is the list of songs that were put on the chalkboard, and each songleader that volunteered led two of them:

They That Wait Upon the Lord
It is Well With My Soul
Let Me Live Close to Thee
Sing On aye Joyful Pilgrims
There is Coming a Day
All Hail the Power
How Shall the Young Secure Their Hearts
Victory in Jesus
Have a Little Talk With Jesus
Sing and Be Happy
He Gave Me A Song
When We All Get to Heaven
Angry Words
I'll Fly Away

Anniversary Song:

Happy anniversary to You
To Jesus Be True
May Gods Richest Blessings
Fall Ever on You!

Preachers and Song Leaders present

Ernest Coburn
John Sherman
Stanley Sherman
Mark Tremarche
David Hetrick
John Banks
Lee Wright
Aiden Humphrey
Johnpaul Humphrey
John Dean 
Jim Vise

For the current sermon, click here http://faithfulmessenger.blogspot.com

Church of Christ in Lancaster (Junction City, Oregon)

The church of Christ meets in Lancaster at the following times.

Bible Study Sunday Morning: 9:45
Worship Sunday Morning:  10:45
Bible Study Sunday Evening in fellowship room 4 p.m. winters and 5 p.m all other seasons
Bible Study Wednesday  4 p.m. winters and 5 p.m. all other seasons.

Weekly Gospel Radio Program: Each Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on KORE 10.50 on the dial, Springfield, Oregon.  This is one of the oldest running Christian radio broadcasts in the area.

Click here for information about the weekly Ladies Bible Class and fellowship.

Call 541-998-1944  for information,  or Stan Sherman  541-998-8989 for directions, personal Bible Study, or other inquiries.
email: stansherman@comcast.net 

Click here to read the preacher's Web-Log.

To study about the gospel and the Lord's church, go to World Bible School, This study is recommended for local people in the Lancaster, and Tri-County area. If, after going through a World Bible School online study you are interested in further information on obeying the gospel, please contact us. 



A. This is the most important question in a person's life.
  1. It is not a question that is left up for us to invent our own answer, as many people attempt to do today in religion.
    a. JEREMIAH 10:23 says: “...The way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” 
    b. Jesus said, “Not everyone that saith unto me 'Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (MATTHEW 7:21).
  2. To answer the question of salvation, it only makes sense to seek out the answer from the one who originated the plan for salvation.
    a. That of course is God, and He reveals His Will and Answer in His Word— the Bible.
    b. PSALM 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” 
    c. PSALM 119:130 “The entrance of thy words giveth light: it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

B. In God's Word, the Bible, we learn from JOHN 3:16 “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.” 
  1. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (JOHN 14:6)
    a. So if we want to go to heaven, we can't look to Mohammed, or Krishna or Buddha or anyone else.
    b. We can go to heaven only by way of Jesus Christ.
  2. It is by reading and studying the Bible that we learn of Christ and establish our Faith in Him.
    a. ROMANS 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” 
    b. HEBREWS 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." 
      (1) From this passage we learn two important things about Faith: that
        (a) First, that we must be convinced that Jesus is the Christ; believing He died for our sins on the cross, was buried in the tomb, but rose again on the third day. These are the great facts of the gospel.        
        (b) Secondly, that we must establish a commitment of trust in Him.
      (2) This brings us to the third element of true faith in Jesus found in HEBREWS 5:8-­9 “Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; And being made perfect, He became the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.” 
      (3) Obedience implies trust, commitment and action.
      (4) Obedience puts feet under our faith. 
  3. Faithful Obedience logically leads us to want to change from our old life in order to embrace the new life we want to have in Christ. This is repentance.
    a. ACTS 3:19 “Repent, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” 
    b. 2 CORINTHIANS 7:10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” 
  4. Faithful Obedience through repentance naturally leads us to acknowledge our faith in Christ. This is the great confession of faith­­ “Yes, I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 
    a. ROMANS 10:9­-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” 
    b. In MATTHEW 10:32­-33 Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” 

C. If I sincerely believe in Jesus with trusting faith; and repent of my sins, and without any doubt can acknowledge, or confess my faith to others, I am now ready to put on Christ in my life. How does that happen?
  1. GALATIANS 3:27 has the answer: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” 
  2. We know that it is the blood of Christ which He shed on the cross that cleanses us of our sins, because the Bible says:
ROMANS 3:23-­25 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” 
    a. We see everything coming together: God's grace, our faith, the blood of Christ, the remission, or forgiveness, of sins when we are baptized into Christ
    b. When people on the day of Pentecost asked what they had to do to be saved,  Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (ACTS 2:38)
  3. Jesus died for our sins, and we die to sin in likeness of His death through our repentance.
Jesus was buried in a tomb, and our old sinful self is buried with Him in the waters of baptism, in the likeness of His burial.
Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and we are resurrected from Baptism to walk in newness of life—the Christian life.
    a. That is how we obey the gospel.
    b. The Apostle Paul summarizes the transformation very beautifully in ROMANS 6:3­-5 “Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death we shall also be in the likeness of his resurrection:” 

D. How important is it for us to make the decision to obey the gospel as soon as possible? What if I don't obey the gospel?
  1. I PETER 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God?” 
  2. 2 THESSALONIANS l:7-­9 answers this question: “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God: and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.” 
  3. Do you want that to happen to you?
  4. The Holy Spirit, who guided Ananias to speak to Saul His instructions, speaks to you today the very same thing, as we read in ACTS 22:16 “And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” 

E. Once you have by faith repented and been immersed in baptism into Christ, and His blood, in that act of faith, has washed away your sins, Jesus adds you to His body, the church (Acts 2:47).
  1. Now you have work to do.
    a. JAMES 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” 
    b. Jesus said in MATTHEW 7:21 “Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.” 
  2. New Christians are referred to in the Bible as newborn babes. As such, you are expected to grow and mature, just as happens in nature. The Bible helps us to get a successful start...
    a. I PETER 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” 
    b. 2 PETER 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 

F. In REVELATION 2:10 Jesus says to Christians, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” 
  1. Again, the Apostle Peter tells us how we can walk the Christian life faithfully and successfully on the narrow road to Heaven:
2 PETER 1:2­-11 (NASV) “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted unto us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply 
MORAL EXCELLENCE, and in your moral excellence, 
KNOWLEDGE, and in your knowledge, 
SELF CONTROL, and in your self control, 
PERSEVERANCE, and in your perseverance, 
    a. And let me interrupt this list to comment on Godliness.
      (1) This word includes all that we do in WORSHIP.
      (2) As the Lord's church, we assemble each week on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7), to pour out from our hearts our worship to God through PRAYER (1 Timothy 2:1-­3); BIBLE TEACHING AND PREACHING (2 Timothy 2:15; 4:2); SINGING (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16­-17); THE LORD'S SUPPER ( Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26); and GIVING (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9-7).
    b. JOHN 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” 
    c. Now let's return to the list of Christian duties:
“and in your godliness BROTHERLY KINDNESS; and in your brotherly kindness, CHRISTIAN LOVE
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things are blind or short­sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” 
  2. Jesus sums it all up in REVELATION 22:14 in these words: “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” 
  3. Have a great journey! 
Stanley Sherman 

The Lancaster Church of Christ in Lancaster, Oregon

These antique cars paused for a photo at the historic building of the Lancaster Church of Christ in 2014.

Please click on the picture on the upper left of this blog to listen to the playlist of church hymns in congregational singing, which are placed here for your edification.

See also the Bible Study link on the left which connects to the World Bible School study course. Local church members can have their Bible knowledge increased and their faith strengthened by taking this free course. If you do not know much about the Bible, this is the perfect course to take.

The Lancaster church of Christ in Oregon meets at this building on Lingo Lane in Lancaster, between Junction City and Harrisburg. (Mailing Address: 29285 Lingo Lane, Junction City, Oregon 97448)

We look forward to seeing you in Sunday morning Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. Worship services are at 10:45 a.m.  A church bulletin is published each week.

Sunday evening services in the fellowship room at 4 p.m. during winter months and 5 p.m.  during summer months.

Ladies Bible Class and lunch is at 10: a.m in the preacher's home  during winter months, and the 
fellowship room in the spring, summer and fall.  Call 541-998-1944 or email ladylydiaspeaks@comcast.net 

Call Stan Sherman for Bible Study or any questions: 541-998-8989,  email stansherman@comcast.net or, if you prefer to take an online Bible Study course, click this link to take you to World Bible School. which also serves the local area.

For your edification and to reach the lost with the gospel:
Radio Broadcast each Sunday at 3:30 on KORE in Springfield, Oregon, 10:50 on the dial. 

If you live in Lancaster or the Tri-County area we also offer the opportunity to participate in online Bible Study at World Bible School.  Just click on this link to get in contact with World Bible School. Members at the Lancaster church of Christ are also encouraged to take the online Bible Study at World Bible School to strengthen their faith and Bible knowledge, and to become a World Bible School Teacher.

The Lancaster Church of Christ, In Lancaster, Oregon

The Lancaster church of Christ meets on Lingo Lane, a county road between Hiway 99 E and 99W, two miles between Junction City and Harrisburg, in Oregon. Get a map here http://www.dexonline.com/servlet/ActionServlet?pid=singlemappingresults&mq=Y&primaryBusinessRecordID=2kdk47totsfhom25iqnn0302t3&primaryHeadingID=933&primaryProductID=1136

A brief history of this church can be found here http://ncbible.org/nwh/OrLaneWest.html#lancaster

This group follows the New Testament Doctrine; its salvation pattern is from Acts 2 and the rest of the New Testament.

The current preacher is Stanley Sherman
Phone: 541-998-1944 (home) and 541-998-8989 (Stanley's Office phone-leave a message.) For Ladies Bible Class information phone 541-998-1944

Email Stan: StanSherman@comcast.net

Worship begins is from 10:45 til noon on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon Bible study meets in the fellowship hall at 4 PM, and Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM.

For those interested in Bible study, there are Bible Classes at 9:45 am Sunday, and parents are welcome to attend along with their children. The adult Bible class is in the auditorium.

The Lancaster church of Christ warmly and heartily welcomes visitors.

The Ladies Bible Class meets here every Thursday morning from 10-11 am, and also has a long history. Good fellowship and refreshments are enjoyed after the study.

If you are buying an R.V. in Junction City, or getting your vehicle serviced there (Country Coach or any other company), be sure to visit us.

Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Stanley Sherman broadcasts on KORE 10.50 AM on the radio in Springfield/Eugene.

How The Church Can Help The Nation

                                                          Stanley Sherman
A. EPHESIANS 6:10-12 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His
    might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of
    the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
    powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
    high places."
   1. Even though it may sound erroneous, the fact is that everyone in the world has a reli-
        gion that they follow, even though they may not even know it, much less admit it.
        a. Everyone has a belief system--even if it is belief only in themselves.
        b. Even atheists believe in the philosophy of atheism, although I have never met a
            true atheist.
            (1) To be a true atheist, one would have to possess all the knowledge of the universe
                  in order to confidently assert that "there is no God...that God doesn't exist."
            (2) No human possesses such knowledge, so we understand the truth of PSALM 14:1
                  which says, "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."
    2. The philosophy that is behind the SECULAR PROGRESSIVE movement in our country,
        that has been increasing its speed in trying to discredit and marginalize the influence and
        public presence of Christianity in this country, --this philosophy, is SECULAR
        a. John Dewey, who is called "the Father of American Education", penned the
            HUMAN MANIFESTO in 1933, along with Roy Wood Sellers and Raymond Bragg,
            which is the "bible" of the SECULAR HUMANISM PHILOSOPHY.
            (1) John Dewey described Humanism as our "common faith."
            (2) Julian Huxley, a famous atheist author, called it "Religion without Revelation".
            (3) The first HUMISIST MANIFESTO spoke openly of Humanism as a religion.
            (4) And the U.S. Supreme Court citied Secular Humanism as a religion if the l961
                 case of Torcaso vs. Watkins.
        b. Even though now secular humanists have completely reversed their strategy, claiming
            that Humanism is not at all religious, but is "scientific"--the facts of history and official
            declarations remain--it is a religious philosophy.
    3. Simply put, SECULAR HUMANISM denies God's existence, and rather considers MAN
        to be the ultimate authority on all matters of life.
    4. We can look all around us and see the influence and advancement of secular humanism
        upon our society and culture--upon our nation:
        a. the explosion of pornography;
        b. the increase of profanity--harder and more diabolical in the arts;
        c. the killing of babies through abortion;
        d. the acceptance and promotion of homosexuality in the media, entertainment, in the
                                                                                                            Stanley Sherman--2
           public schools--even at the kindergarten level;
       e. the successful legal attacks by the ACLU against communities, schools, public
           organizations--in their attempts to force the idea on the American judicial system that
           any expressions of religious faith (and especially Christianity) at any place other than
           on private property is unconstitutional;
       It's influence is further seen in the decline of church attendance, and the fact that we
       lose 95% of our children from church after they graduate and leave home;
       f. It is seen in the social mockery of anyone who promotes sexual restraint or
          abstinence among our young people;
      g. the mockery of those who choose to dress modestly and with good taste;
      h. the rise of sacrilegious humor and blasphemy being acceptable in our society;
       i. the rise of "diversity" acceptance, which teaches that all ideas are morally equal,
          and that to judge another's religion or lifestyle as better or worse, is intolerant and
          therefore "sin" in the eyes of secular humanists.
B. ISAIAH 5:20-21 warned, "Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put dark-
    ness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe
    unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"
    1. that is a good description that matches the SECULAR HUMANIST/SECULAR PRO-
        GRESSIVE MOVEMENT, which is tearing the moral fabric of this nation apart, and
        tearing it to shreds.
    2. Christians cannot tolerate or accept this movement in any form.
    3  Paul says we are at war against such "spiritual wickedness in high places"
A. I love America primarily for what it has been, but its getting harder to love America for
     what it is becoming.
     1. Someone has said, "We are living in times of big wheels, crooked deals, fuel spills,
         endangered seals, pep pills, cheap thrills, unpaid bills, take-our meals, and when
         you can't tell the Jacks from the Jills."
         a. Years ago Vance Havner said that at the rate America is decaying morally, we
             shall have to change our national symbol from the eagle to a vulture!
         b. Axexis de Tocqueville, the French political thinker and histrorian visited America in
             1831 and was greatly impressed.  He said, "America is great because she is good.
             If America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great."
     2. One of three things lies ahead for our nation:
         a. One is RETRIBUTION.
             (1) People ask, "Will God judge America?"
             (2) He has already begun judging America.  The America we once knew is gone.
             (3) PSALM 9:17 "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that for-
                  get God."
                                                                                                            Stanley Sherman--3
         b. The second thing that could happen is that JESUS WILL COME AGAIN.  No one
              knows the day nor the hour.
         c. The third thing that could happen is REVIVAL, such as one that swept across
             America during the 19th Century.
             (l)  Wouldn't it be wonderful to see a "sweeping, weeping, reaping revival" move
                  across America from coast to coast and border to border, before we finish
                  destroying ourselves?
             (2) A sign in the front yard of a church building said, "Either this church will have a
                  revival or a funeral."
             (3) Our SURVIVAL depends on REVIVAL!
             (4) An old preacher said that our greatest need is "a genuine, old fashioned,
                  heaven sent, sin-killing, devil chasing, Christ-exalting, soul-saving, saint-stirring
B. 2 CHRONICLES 7:14 is the ONLY thing that stands between us and revival.
    "If my people* who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray and seek
    my face, and turn from their wicked ways, than I will hear from heaven, and will forgive
    their sin and heal their land."
    * This is not a verse directed to lost people.  It is directed to God's people.  "If MY people,
       who are called by MY name..."   God's people at that time was Israel.   Paul calls the
       church today "The Israel of God" (Gal. 6:l6).  So members of Christ's church are the
       people of God to whom this universal statement applies today.
       (1) God's people are "the people" of revival.
       (2) An old preacher said, "God is not going to bring revival through the Chamber of
            Commerce or the Kiwanis or the masons or the mooses or the Gooses. It is going to
            be through the redeemed, those who have his name, those who know God through
            Jesus Christ...And all the dope dealers, baby butchers, and whiskey runners cannot
            hold back revival."
       (3) People ask, "But what about Hollywood or Washington or Wall Street?"
            No, the people of revival are God's people.  "IF MY PEOPLE..."
       Before revival can ever become a reality, the people of God must meet the four demands
       that God mentions in this verse.
           "If my people who are called by my name shall HUMBLE THEMSELVES..."
           a. This word, HUMILITY, carries the idea of being "under another".
           b. Someone has defined humility as "having to look up to see God".
           c. It is saying to God, "I can't but YOU can!"
           d. When we willingly humble ourselves to the Lord, under His hand, we are acknow-
               ledging His Lordship and headship in our lives.  We are admitting our weaknesses
               and reaching out for His power.
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           e. Satan will try to trip us up with Pride.  Pride is our enemy and the opposite of
               (1) Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." PROV. 16:18
               (2) I am afraid when I see many congregations of the Lord's church being motivated
                     more by the prideful desire to grow by the excitement of denominational ideas,
                     and emotional entertainment, rather than the truth of the gospel being preached
                     to try to win souls to Christ.
               (3) I can't see where Christ is pleased with our multi-million dollar edifices of pride
                     hoping to attract and entice the worldly.  It just doesn't fit with Christ's humility
                     and simplicity.  Far more money is going to the banks for mortgage payments
                     than to supporting mission and missionary efforts.  That is not right.
           d. Now please note that HUMILITY is voluntary.  If we do not humble ourselves, there
               may come a day when God will do it for us.  And, His ways are not pleasant.
       2. Now, while we are on our knees, the next demand is executed. 
           "If my people...shall humble themselves and PRAY..."
           a. Prayer is in essence "humility in action.
           b. Prayer doesn't just make a difference, prayer IS THE DIFFERENCE.
                  c. There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or church or anyone's
               heart that did not start with fervent prayer.
           d. Someone has said, "Revival is not planned out or worked up, but it is PRAYED
      3. The third demand is a call to PASSION AND DEVOTION...making this prayerful
           plea a PRIORITY.  
           "If my people that are called by my name shall HUMBLE themselves, and PRAY
           and SEEK MY FACE.
           a. Revival and national repentance is not about seeking God's hand, that is, His
           b. National repentance is about seeking God's heart--His will, His pleasure, His smile.
               (1) 2 CHRON. 15:2 "If ye seek Him, He will be found of you..."
               (2) 2 CHRON. 20:3 Jehoshaphat "set himself to seek the Lord"
           c. Someone has said, "God is not the 'spare tire' that you pull out when you are in
               trouble.  God is the 'fuel' that makes your life go."
           d. The word SEEK means to desire something.
               (1) The idea here is that we come to the place where God is the number one priority
                     and desire of our heart.
               (2) A.W. Tozer once wrote, "If we yearned after God even as much as a cow yearns
                    for her calf, we would be the worshiping and effective believers God wants us to
                    be.  If we longed for God as a bride looks forward to the return of her husband,
                    we would be a far greater force for God than we are now."
                                                                                                                   Stanley Sherman--5
               (3) Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, who lived between 121 and 180 said, "The true
                    worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues."
           e. God said, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."  God must be top of our list.
           f.  Seeking God means more than just coming to church every week, but it is certainly
               not less than that!
               (1) It is an absolute shame that we have many church members in the area, but as
                    few as 25% attend weekly services.
               (2) Vance Havner has said, "We have a cheap church today because everybody is
                    in it.  Anybody can get in and nobody gets out.  What started as a sheepfold
                    looks more like a zoo!"
           g. Jesus said, in giving His great commission in Matt 18:19-20 "Go therefore and make
               disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
               and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that i have commanded
               (1) We talk about inviting people to church, and we try to design our building and
                     programs and watered down teachings to entice and entertain people into the
                     kingdom, but
               (2) We don't hear much about going out and making disciples who thereby will be
                     motivated to come to worship as committed followers of Jesus.
               (3) Our worship services are for Christians, not for outsiders.  That doesn't mean
                     outsiders cannot come or visit or attend.  Everyone is welcome.  But our focus
                     is to go out and make disciples. "Gather to worship, scatter to preach!"
           h. SEEK GOD'S FACE with the intent of DOING HIS WILL IN HIS WAY.
       4. And, this conditions us to obey the fourth demand of this passage:    
           "If my people will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and TURN FROM
           THIER WICKED WAYS..."
           a. We are sinful, and the only way we can have a relationship with a holy God is by
               having those sins covered by the blood of Christ.
           b. PSALM 66:18 "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me."
          c. So this is a call to purity--repentance.  The phrase "turn from their wicked ways"
               is self-explanatory.  God wants his people to stop sinning.
           d. We don't like to face our sins.
               (1) We have a tendency to take credit for our successes and blame others for our
               (2) We must stop fighting for our sins and start fighting against them.
               (3) As long as we waste time trying to defend or justify ourselves, we will never
                     have a revival.
C. But what if we get serious about our responsibility and HUMBLE ourselves, and PRAY
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      then God says that we will REALIZE the PROMISE OF REVIVAL:
      God will HEAR US...God will HELP US (He'll forgive our sins)...and God will HEAL US.
      `1. Why do we want revival?
           a. For America's sake?  That's not good enough.
           b. For the church's sake?  That's not good enough.
           c. For our children and grandchildren's sake? That's not good enough.
           d. For the unsaved?  That's not good enough.
           e. We should want revival for the glory of God!
       2. Moral changes can only come to the hearts and lives of people who have encountered
           a. If there was ever a time when we as a people needed to seek God and cry out to
               Him for mercy that is now.
           b. Now is the time to turn to Him, re-commit our lives wholeheartedly to Him and
               work with Him in rebuilding the spiritual foundations that have been destroyed.
           c. This also involves awakening to our citizenship duty to vote and to vote responsibly.
               (1) Given the increasing threat to our nation by the ungodly,
               (2) And realizing our salt and light ambassadorship we are called to be by our Savior
                     our message is more important than ever.
               (3) If we fail to exercise our responsibility to vote, then a government will develop
                    that is not our government.
        3. The pain America now feels does not have to be the agonizing pangs of death.
             Rather, it can be--no, it MUST be, the REJOICING PAIN of birth--the rebirth of
A. Why not now begin to turn our nation around by turning yourself around, and making your
     peace with God.  How do you do that in God's way?
     1. If you have not yet brought your life to Christ, in order to become a Christian, why not
         right now come to Him in FAITH, believing He is God the Son, that He did die for your
         sins on the cross, was buried in the tomb and rose from the dead for your justification;
         and, because of this, He can save you from all your sins, freeing you from the guilt of
         those sins.
         a. Jesus said, "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall died in your sins: for if ye believe
             not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins."   JOHN 8:24
         b. ROMANS 10:17  "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing from the word of
     2. Let your faith cause you to humble yourself before God by REPENTING OF YOUR
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         SINS, making up your mind to leave off your sins, to change from your old life to
          embrace a new life directed by Jesus Christ as a disciple of His (Matthew 28:18-20).
          a. Jesus said, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
              LUKE 13:3.
          b. ACTS 3:19 "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted
              out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;"
      3. With your belief in Jesus and decision of faith to change your life, be willing to openly
          CONFESS YOU FAITH IN JESUS before others.
          a. Jesus said, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess
              also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men
              him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."   MATTHEW 10:32-33
          b. ROMANS 10:9-10 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and
              shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
              saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
              confession is made unto salvation."
          c. An example of confession is found in ACTS 8:36-38 "...And the eunuch said, See
              here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?  And Philip said, If thou believest
              with all thy heart thou mayest.  And he answered and said, I BELIEVE THAT JESUS
              CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. And he commanded the chariot to stand still; and
              they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch;  and he baptized
      4. Now you are ready to have your sins washed away in Jesus blood through BAPTISM.
          a. Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." MARK 16:16
          b. ACTS 22:16 "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy
              sins, calling on the name of the Lord."
          c. GALATIANS 3:26-27 "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For
              as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."
          d. Your action of faith in BAPTISM ESTABLISHES YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH
               JESUS CHRIST.  (Romans 6:3-8;  Acts 2:36-47; I Peter 3:20-21; Colossians 2:10-
      5. JESUS ADDS YOU TO HIS BODY, THE CHURCH (Acts 2:4l-47; Ephesians 1:22-23)
          and exhorts you to "...be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."
          REVELATION 2:10.
B. If you became a Christian, but you have not been faithful to Jesus and you would like to
     turn to Him again, why not make this day the day of your revival?
     1. Jesus says to Christians who have fallen away, "Remember therefore from whence
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           thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly,
           and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent."  REVELATION 2:           
       2. John wrote to Christians in I JOHN 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
           forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
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