Why Standing Stones?

Why Standing Stones?

In ancient Israel, people stood stones on their end to commemorate a powerful move of God in their lives. It was a memorial to something God spoke or revealed or did. Often these standing stones became reference points in their lives. Today, we can find reference points in the written Word of God. Any scripture or sermon can speak something powerful into our lives, or reveal something of the nature of God. In this blog I offer, what can become a reference point for Christians, taken from God's ancient word and applied to today's world.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Guest Post: Garett King, Libreville, Gabon, W. Africa


Sermon Title:  This Kind

This sermon was presented to the Conference Body at the Tucson International Bible Conference at the Door Christian Fellowship in Tucson Arizona.  The conference is a gathering of pastors and disciples from all over the world who share the vision and ministry of Christian Fellowship Ministries.

Pastor King has been a missionary in Libreville, Gabon in western Africa for a number of years.  A young talented preacher, Pastor King brings a powerful revelation of the Word of God.  If you are interested in learning more about Pastor King, you can follow his Blog, Life in These Parts, at www.gtking.blogspot.com

Sermon Text:  Mark 9:14-29

Mark 9:14-29 (NKJV)
9:14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, "What are you discussing with them?" 17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not." 19 He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. 21 So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." 23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!" 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead." 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" 29 So He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting."




(c) Garett King 2012: used with permission
Photo Credit:  www.thedoorcfc.com

5 comments:

  1. Does this count for school too? It's only my third day and I've felt such an attack. There was an outreach planned in front of my school and the car got a flat and my mom went to the hospital. I went to school the next day and I get so worried because I don't know what to say and when to say it and I feel like such a minority. I came back from boot camp,refreshed and ready to tell the world but I don't know what happened. I feel like I can't see things the way I used to. I feel like Moses with a stuttering problem,Peter that said the wrong things at wrong times and pressed from all sides when I don't witness. Is that "this kind" or is it just my fear? Is God disappointed in me? I can't even pray without feeling condemned so should I pray at all if God is angry at me? I want to live by God's Spirit alone but my lack if witnessing in school is chocking my faith and I don't know how to fix it. My spirit is willing so do I just deny the flesh and how?

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    1. There are times when these kinds of attacks take place in our Christian lives. Many times they are an attack from the pit, but other times it is our own fears or awkwardness that hinders us. We pray to seek help in time of need, that's what God is looking for from us: To come boldly. The devil uses our fears and weaknesses as a way to stop us from being a part of God's will, but we have to overcome. In James 4:7 it says Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Press in and pray.

      Also, I struggled with being afraid to witness. I'm naturally a bit reserved with people and so I had a difficult time with that, as well. But I found that as I confronted that fear it gradually left me. Pray, and then start with a friend or relative to gain confidence, and then move forward. The only way to overcome fear is to confront it. Good luck.

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  2. I repented,denied my flesh and took dominion. Today I witnessed to two girls and one was really open. I couldn't believe how easier it was to trust God than to worry on words. I'm so excited!!! Thank you.

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    1. Praise God...I'm glad you were able to connect with God. I'm sure that you can be a powerhouse for God because I know that he uses overcomers like you to reach other people.

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