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Pastors Key to Church Evangelism

Posted by thelamp on February 11, 2007

A new study by LifeWay Research, a research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), found that churches excelling in evangelism have pastors who emphasize winning souls. Researchers interviewed staff from several SBC churches and determined that the senior pastor’s involvement was the most important determiner of a church’s success at evangelistic outreach.

Click here to download and listen to the report.

In the study, LifeWay Research focused on churches that had baptized at least 26 people each year for 10 consecutive years; had overall worship attendance growth during the same 10 years; and had a membership to baptism ratio of no more than 20-to-1.

In interviews conducted with staff members from those churches, LifeWay’s researchers found the involvement of a senior pastor to be the most critical factor when it came to winning souls.

According to the study’s findings, in every case senior pastors set the tone for the whole church, leading not only in terms of preaching and encouraging people but also by example. This underscores the importance of God calling out leaders who set the pace.

LifeWay Research’s findings indicated that many churches simply are not intentional when it comes to evangelism. However, among those congregations that lead the denomination in evangelism and baptism, senior pastors were shown again and again to be the most outstanding feature.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

Posted in Born Again, Center for Moral Clarity, Christianity, CMC, Evangelicals, Evangelism, God, heaven, Recent News & Events, Religion, Rod Parsley | 1 Comment »

Fight for Freedom Continues

Posted by thelamp on February 11, 2007

At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, there is a magnificent memorial dedicated to the courageous men and women who helped to bring freedom to all people in America.

More than 40,000 Americans of African descent found freedom through the surreptitious network of save heavens and daring advocates of liberty who defied the social norm of their generation. They didn’t just believe in freedom; they took action to help the enslaved secure it.

Sadly, as the nation observes Black History Month and the struggle race has endured in search of human and civil rights, there are 27 million people worldwide living in slavery. There is no place this horror is more widespread than in the African nation of Sudan, where slavery is compounded by mass murder.

Click here to send an e-mail to Congress asking your representatives to pass House Resolution 7, denouncing the genocide in Darfur.

Click here to send an e-mail to Congress asking your representatives to pass H.R. 180, the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act.

During the past two decades of civil war, Sudanese government-sponsored Arab militias have captured men and women and sold them into bondage. They have been subjected to beatings, racial and religious insults, forced labor and denial of the freedom to practice any religion other than Islam. Most of the girls and women had also been sexually abused.

“Today, multiplied tens of thousands of enslaved black African Christians in Sudan have no voice. For nearly a decade I’ve made my voice heard in our nation’s capital on their behalf,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Together with concerned citizens, we literally flooded Congress with our petitions demanding passage of the Sudan Peace Act, condemning the many violations of human rights, including Sudan’s slave trade.”

President George W. Bush signed that important piece of legislation into law Oct. 2, 2002. Yet the violence and brutality continue.

Darfur, an impoverished region roughly the size of France, is becoming one of the most dangerous areas in the world even for United Nations’ aid workers. In many places roads are deemed either “no go” or extremely insecure, making it difficult to reach those in need, especially in North and West Darfur.

The situation deteriorates daily: more than 2 million people are internally displaced, with another 25,000 added to that total last month alone. The Center for Moral Clarity supports passage of two pieces of legislation aimed at bringing peace to this war-torn nation – and freedom to the victims of the violence.

House Resolution 7 denounces the genocide click here to read the resolution, and H.R. 180 click here to read the bill would withhold U.S. funding and university contracts from companies conducting business with Sudan until there is hard evidence that Sudan’s government is not still supporting the travesty taking place there.

This is a time when Christians must not be silent. You can lend your voice to the thousands of concerned Americans who are want to help end the violence, the slavery and the suffering in Sudan.

Click here to send an e-mail to Congress asking your representatives to pass House Resolution 7, denouncing the genocide in Darfur.

Click here to send an e-mail to Congress asking your representatives to pass H. R. 180, the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act.

Together Bible believers can be a mighty force to help bring an end to the violence and slavery in Sudan. Do your part today!

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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While there is rejoicing, there is mourning

Posted by thelamp on December 31, 2006

Word Press members, Internet users, Americans, and citizens of the world,

Today marks a very memorable moment in history.  As a chapter is closing on 2006, moments in history are being made.  Recently, we had the passing of several men.  Forgive me if I happen to not name them all. 

We had our 38th President of the United States of America, Gerald R. Ford, pass from this life to eternal life.  Today began the services for this great gentleman who brought healing to this nation.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Earlier today, we had the execution of another man, Saddam Hussein.  Although hated by many, despised by many others, I only had love towards him (especially in these final days) and have for his family.  I ask that in this time of “rejoicing” and healing for Iraq, that Christians from around the world pray and some may even share the Light and Love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I only hope that Saddam had the privelege I had to ask God to forgive him and accept Jesus Christ into his life.

During this past week and slightly longer, we had the musician James Brown.  We had a couple of other gentlemen as well.  Again, our thoughts and prayers to those family members and again hopefully Christians will share the Light and Love of Jesus Christ.  While I am typing this on Saturday, today perhaps 140,000 people also stepped into eternity.

Word Press members, users of the Internet, Americans, and citizens of this world, I ask that we all realize that our physical life is not eternal.  A man once said that there are only two constants in this universe: death and taxes.  I cannot speak about taxes, but I will speak about death.  The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27 that it is appointed unto man once to die, and after this the judgement.  Whether we believe in this or not, it doesn’t matter.  We will all die and we will all face God. 

It is at this point that millions, perhaps even billions, are in err to their destination.  God will not bring out a scale and weigh the good versus the bad.  He will not see whether enough good deeds and intentions earned your way into Heaven.  No dollar amount can buy your way into Heaven.  I was speaking to a man this afternoon that the ONLY way to Heaven is to become born again.  Born again, forgiven of our sins only comes through Jesus Christ.  Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man shall come unto the Father except through Me.  My Muslim friends, you consider Jesus as a Prophet.  Yet a Prophet is one who does not tell a lie.  If Jesus was a Prophet, then He spoke truth when He made that statement that is recorded in John’s Gospel account in chapter 14 verse 6.  There is one way to Heaven.  The requirement is to become born again.  How do I do that?  1 John 1:8-10 says this, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves (meaning we lie to ourselves) and the truth (Jesus) is not in us.  But if we confess our sins (to Christ), He is faithful and just to forigve us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make God a liar and His word is not in us.”  There is only one mediator between God and man.  It is not the Pope, it is not a priest, it is not a tree, it is Jesus Christ.  I ask that each one of us consider our lives for a moment and consider exchanging it for the life Jesus Christ has to offer. 

Despite what false preachers say, Jesus does promise trials and tribulations…but He also promised peace, joy, love, and strength.  Why continue to settle for something that “tastes great but less filling” when you can have the One who can give you a forgiven life and life everlasting in Heaven.

I do not write this to praise myself or think myself better, but as one commanded by God to sound the trumpet as mentioned in the book of Ezekiel.

God bless America and God bless you all.  Good evening and good night.

Robert Williams
The Lamp

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I will be silent no more! – Quote 3

Posted by thelamp on December 30, 2006

“When the Eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.” — Winston Churchill

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I will be silent no more! – Quote 2

Posted by thelamp on December 30, 2006

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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