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Monday, September 24, 2018
You can't miss this mailbox at the Stoltzfus Pumpkin Farm! The pumpkins gourds and squash make for an exquisite fall barn decor below our message.
"The Blessing Of Conviction Of Sin"
Message summary: "One of the greatest downfalls of the Modern Church is we’ve replaced 'that convicts me' with 'that offends me'."
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"When He [the Holy Spirit] comes, He will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment" (John 16:8).
About ten years ago I served as an interim pastor of a small country church. One Sunday I preached a sermon and the next week was informed that a college student who had come with a friend was very upset with me and would not be returning to the church. She told her mom, a regular attendee, that my subject matter had offended her and a friend she had brought, both of whom attended a "Christian" college in our area that is severely compromised.
The offensive point was on marriage and sexual morality and both had bought in to Satan's lies regarding the subject. A message proclaiming Biblical truth was offensive to them. Amazingly, illustrating the hastening departure from a Biblical worldview and standards that follow, this message would not have even been controversial ten years earlier!*
I just read an interesting quote that describes this well: "One of the greatest downfalls of the Modern Church is we’ve replaced 'that convicts me' with 'that offends me'."
We tend to use the word conviction in a theological context in two ways:
When confronted with sin we have two choices:
Jesus, in His final teaching before He went to the cross, spoke of the coming Holy Spirit. "When He comes, He will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment" (John 16:8).
Conviction of sin is a blessing. It may be uncomfortable, it may be politically incorrect, it may cost us, and it will humble us. But when we acknowledge sin we place ourselves on a path of blessing.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, in the Scriptures we know that obedience brings blessing and disobedience bring discipline and eventual judgment. The writer of Hebrews tells us that You are treating us as Your children when we undergo discipline, that You are showing Your love to us. You want to bless us and make us a blessing as we live out our lives here on earth. Therefore You convict us of that which dishonors You and the kingdom of God. Your desire is that we enter the eternal dwelling place You are preparing for those who walk in Your ways. With the help of the Holy Spirit we will not turn away from conviction of sin, but instead we will turn away from that which is sin. Enable us to do so in the powerful name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
* It occurs to me that sadly, now some ten years later after I preached that message, that it would be rare to hear this type of message in many churches since so many preachers have been muzzled in fear of offending someone. Furthermore at the direction we're heading in ten more years (or likely sooner) such a message will be "hate speech" and will subject the preacher to a different type of conviction. (See 2 Timothy 3)
Yesterday afternoon we went to a volunteer picnic hosted by WJTL, one of our local Christian radio stations. Brooksyne and Ester volunteer at various concerts WJTL sponsors such as the Jason Crabb concert they served at last week. Lancaster County has two Christian radio stations each serving a different audience. WJTL is the contemporary station while WDAC tends to be more traditional.
After the picnic we passed through the Lancaster County countryside.
Yesterday we passed the Stoltzfus Gourd and Pumpkin Farm along Landisville road. It was Sunday so they roped off the produce market with a sign that posts "Closed Sunday" with smaller letters stating "please respect this".
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Another display at the Stoltzfus Gourd and Pumpkin Farm
Autumn officially arrived this last weekend and this Amish family was bundled up as they traveled home from church yesterday afternoon. Since it's still early in the season why not put on extra wraps and still enjoy the open buggy. There are many beautiful views throughout Lancaster County, even after the fall harvest.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Asleep in the Light" Video Keith Green
"Search Me, Oh God" Video Steve Green
"Refiner's Fire" Video
"What is the conviction of sin?" From gotquestions.org
"The State of Our Hearts" Article by Alex Mastrolonardo "If we’re not careful, we can tune out God’s voice in Scripture with the white noise of a hardened, unrepentant heart. Repeatedly ignoring God’s warnings and failing to turn from disobedience will slowly numb the Spirit’s conviction like white noise until you can sin and feel nothing at all."
The Stoltzfus Gourd and Pumpkin Farm is located here (Google map)
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