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Following Pentecost Sunday Pastor Young taught us in a series, "The Results of Pentecost". Acts 2 reveals 7 results to the Apostle Peter's Pentecost Preaching in the development of the early church.…Continue


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Comment by Richard A. Young on November 28, 2011 at 11:10am

Monday Morning Ministry Minute                                                                                           November 28, 2011

Pastor Young says…

“In the vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37: 1-3) God causes the prophet to see the nation of Israel in a destroyed, seemingly hopeless spiritual state. They are not only lifeless, but broken, brittle, dry and disconnected. God then asks the prophet, “Can these bones live?” In your broken, brittle, dry and disconnected state, God is asking you this same question, “can your bones live?” Though it looks impossible and hopeless, you possess the power to overcome adversity and hopeless destruction. Your heart may be broken, pockets may be empty, and friends may have turned away. Your life seems dark, desolate and depressing. As your enemy closes in and towers over you, your doom seems eminent. But there is a glimmer of hope: it is in Him that we live, move and have our being; and you shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you! Prophecy to your bones, and command them, in Jesus’ name, to live!”

Comment by Richard A. Young on October 24, 2011 at 7:34pm

WORDStudy Discussion Forum                                                                                         Friday, October 21, 2011

Pastor Young says…


“Don’t Look Out, Look In!”

1 Corinthians 11: 27-29


Examine v. to inspect or scrutinize with care; investigate critically; inquire into. To subject (a person, organ, etc.) to medical scrutiny and testing. To test by questions or exercises as to qualifications, fitness, etc. to question formally in order to elicit facts, etc.

Dokimazo {dok-im-ad-zo} to test, discern, prove, try.


For many of us, this text serves as our Communion litany. The Apostle Paul writes back to the church at Corinth after receiving word of some irreconcilable differences the church has encountered. Here Paul speaks to the importance and sanctity of the Lord’s table. I imagine that after Paul left them to continue in his apostolic work, they didn’t hold fast to his instructions, and began to allow all manner of behaviors to be acceptable in God’s house and at His table. The Communion table is for believers to commemorate the suffering and sacrifice of our Lord and savior. This is the way in which He commanded us to remember Him. He didn’t say only to do this on the first Sunday, but “as often…”, then we show forth His death, ‘til He comes. The church at Corinth, I imagine, allowed the sacred ritual to become a block party. Sinners and saints alike were eating the Lord’s body like vultures, mindless of His struggle, sacrifice and suffering. Approach the Lord’s table with reverence and humility. Don’t come to the table to party or just because you’re hungry. Paul said, “if any man hunger, let him eat at home…” Communion is not a celebration feast, but a commemorative feast for those who have confessed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Many Christians rush to the table, the church, and into prayer because they’re hungry for a blessing. We treat the Lord as a cosmic ATM, always looking to make a convenient withdrawal, but have made no deposits. Come to the table humbly and reverently.

The Apostle Paul admonishes us to scrutinize our spiritual disposition before coming to the table. If we are guilty of trespass or and transgression of the Lord’s law, we are to ask His forgiveness. We should also prepare our hearts to better represent Him and His kingdom in our daily walk and witness. It seems today that we have lost sight of the purpose of this commemoration. We should remember His struggle, suffering and sacrifice to inspire us to walk worthy of the cross. Those who eat and drink of the Lord unworthily are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. If we don’t pause and inquire into our state of mind and being before we come to the table, we eat and drink damnation unto ourselves because we have not properly reverenced the Lord, nor evaluated our fitness for the table.

Why instruct on the purpose of Communion? I believe the Holy Spirit lead us here to this passage of Scripture because it is this one element of our Christian walk that we avoid and neglect. Introspection is no easy task. We examine and admonish others on how to conduct their lives, raise their children, and spend their money, yet have not taken time to look critically at ourselves. What is it that governs your behavior, perspective, and disposition? Just because you do not acknowledge your hang ups, hurt, fears, and shortcomings doesn’t mean they aren’t there. In fact, they are given greater authority to govern your behavior when left unattended. Take the time, make the investment, into your own well-being, spiritually and personally. At New Christian we are Overcomers! To be an overcomer, you must confront (face) your issues and master them.

Here are some suggestions to help you begin to examine yourself:

First, slow down. In my previous sermon I admonished New Christian to slow down and wait on God, for they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like an eagle; they shall run and not get weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Second, humble yourself. Look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and now is set at the right hand of the Throne of God. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Third, submit to the process. You didn’t get all messed up overnight, so you’re not going to be healed overnight. For whole and complete deliverance and healing allow the process to work. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He will strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord. Seek ye first, the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all else will be added unto you.

Finally, examine yourself. Look within and see the potential and promise you yield. Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you. Get in touch with your Godness, your inner invisible essence and begin the process of self discovery and self recovery. What do you like and dislike about yourself, and why?

Comment by Richard A. Young on October 8, 2011 at 1:55am

WORDStudy Discussion Forum                                                                                         Friday, October 07, 2011

Pastor Young Says…


From Prodigal To Prodigy

Luke 15: 11-24


Prodigal: adj Addicted to wasteful expenditure, as of money, time, or strength; extravagant. One who is wasteful or profligate; a spendthrift.

Prodigy: n A person having remarkable qualities or powers so extraordinary as to excite wonder or admiration. Something out of the ordinary course of nature; a monstrosity.


In this parable there are three principle characters: The father; a certain man, an older son, and a younger son. The father typifies God the Father; the older son, a son by creation, typifies the scribes and Pharisees; the younger son, a son by redemption typifies a repentant sinner, or one adopted into God’s family.

The younger son, anxious to live by his own rule, grows weary in his father’s house and asks for his portion of inheritance prematurely. The father gives him his portion and he left his father’s home to a far country and wasted his substance on riotous living. One who is prodigal is excessively wasteful. Wasteful means to take misuse substance in such a way that it bears you no profit. In Jeremiah’s lament for the Children of Israel in Gilead, he states that the harvest is over, and the summer has ended, yet we are not saved. God has grown upset with His people because they have done all manner of evil in His House! They have offered to unknown gods, lied on one another, bore false witness against each other, committed adultery, fornicated, and had stolen from one another in God’s house! They felt they were safe, because no matter how wretched their lives were, they attended the Temple regularly. Jeremiah notes that the harvest has passed. The Children of Israel have already reaped of God’s abundant blessings, yet, they are still in loss. They have wasted God’s abundant harvest on self-gratification and Godless amusement. Extreme waste of abundant substance is prodigal! At least the younger son in our parable was respectful enough to leave his father’s house and tried to find his own way.

He was lost because he journeyed so far from his father that he forgot him. In his father he was constantly reminded of his true self and marvelous potential. He had all of his father’s resources at his disposal. In this distant land this young son squandered his substance and then got caught in a famine. He found himself feeding swine. This was a detestable occupation for a Jew. Yet in this low-moment he came to himself and remembered his father.

He remembered how his father’s servants had food enough to eat, and then some, yet, he perishes with hunger. He remembered how, with his father, he was never in want for anything. He then made a decision to return to his father and beg his forgiveness, and to be hired as a servant because he no longer deserved to be called his son. The younger son resolved to rebuke and turned from his spirit of entitlement, and turn to his father’s way no matter what the cost, whether it be discomfort, embarrassment, etc. As he ran back to his father’s house, the father saw him a far off and ran toward him. When he reached his son, he wrapped his arms around him and hugged and kissed him. He called for a robe and his ring for his son. He instructed his servants to kill the fatted calf for a feast in his son’s honor, for his son who had lost the way was home again. And they began to be merry.

This parable, often used in reference to instruction on evangelism and salvation, appropriately so, also serves the body of Christ as an instruction in stewardship. From the perspective of “The Lost Son” it is an evangelism and salvation piece. From the point-of-view of the prodigal, it is a lesson in stewardship. Our goal is to go from prodigal to prodigy; from extravagantly wasteful to extremely resourceful and productive.

Comment by Richard A. Young on September 23, 2011 at 6:36pm
WORDStudy Discussion Forum begins in 30 minutes! Pastor Young takes us Back To Basics: The Balm In Gilead. Don't miss it!
Comment by Richard A. Young on September 23, 2011 at 6:28pm

Be not dismayed, there is a solution to the character flaws we possess, turning inward to our Godness, our inner invisible essence. –Richard A. Young

Comment by Richard A. Young on September 23, 2011 at 6:26pm

The rising atmosphere of immediate, self gratification has evaporated the milk of human kindness and common decency. –Richard A. Young

Comment by Richard A. Young on September 23, 2011 at 2:52pm
Gratitude is a character trait that is so scarce today. It has been embrued by the cancer of entitlement. -Richard A. Young
Comment by Sandy Jones on September 3, 2011 at 5:39pm





Comment by Richard A. Young on July 9, 2011 at 2:38pm
"Take time with your family every weekend and cherish it! Before God built the church He made the family." -Richard A. Young, II
Comment by Richard A. Young on July 8, 2011 at 10:24am

Stir up the gift, and fear not! {Read: 2 Timothy 1: 3-12}


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