“What is the future going to hold for our children? For our families? Are we going to plunge into ever deepening crisis? And if there is confidence, where can that confidence in these days be found?”
This Christmas, let the light of Christ come into your heart and give you courage to live in a world that at times can feel dark. This is a message of hope and light in a time of darkness. Remember this holiday season that nothing is ordinary if Christ is in it. Every promise He made will be fulfilled. It all started, two thousand years ago, with the birth of a child.
If ever there was a time in America’s history that we desperately needed the people of God to stand up and cry out in prayer, the time is now! In this National Day of Prayer special, Pastor Carter Conlon suggests that there is no better time than the present to examine the posture of our hearts and our prayers.
As always, Pastor Carter speaks candidly and asks some hard questions. Questions like: “Are we willing to consider our ways, what we’ve done, and how we’ve turned from the truth and embraced lies? Have our prayers become mechanical in nature or are we having honest face-to-face conversations with God on a daily basis?”
The God of the Bible is characterized as the God who speaks. Pastor Carter reads from Isaiah chapter 30, where God is trying to speak to the rebellious people of Judah, but they didn’t want to hear what He had to say. When we run away from doing things His way, calamity will befall us but, “Only in returning to Me and resting in Me will you be saved”(verse 15).
The Good News is that God is always available to hear our cries for help. Hebrews 4:16 reminds us that we can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” It’s time to pray.
In this special, Pastor Carter Conlon of Times Square Church suggests that in these tumultuous days the Lord is saying to us, “You are my church and you have been divided too long and I am calling you to the place where you start to recognize and appreciate one another and start to understand that none of us can do this alone. We need each other.”
Carter makes a clarion call for unity among the Body of Christ. Though we’re all very different from each other, we’re all empowered by the same Spirit. If we remain divided we are not going to have the power to stand against the darkness of these times. We must pray!
“God, would you help us learn what it means to be part of the Resurrected Body of Christ?” —Carter Conlon
Pastor Carter Conlon has created a special consideration at the beginning of a new year—one that ought to be anchored by the truths of Scripture if we are to manage anticipated upheaval continuing. Scripture focus is Ecclesiastes 1:9 and the reminder that we can learn from the lessons of King Solomon and others, leaning on His truth. Open your heart to Jesus and it will truly be a happy New Year!
“America, may I say it clearly and simply. We have to turn back to God. There is no other solution for everything we’re facing today.” — Carter Conlon
In a unique consideration of the familiar Luke 2 Christmas story, Pastor Carter Conlon calls attention to the closed door at the inn juxtaposed with the open manger where Jesus received society’s “least of these”—the shepherds. He’s joined on-air with daughter, Kate Hughes, as they share personal holiday memories with Scripture in view.
“The beauty as I see it is that there’s a place where God is where there’s no door. You can come if you want too.” — Carter Conlon