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Boy, Does it end with a bang! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Pratt   

Like many of you, my Bible reading plan goes through the history of mankind chronologically.  We start in Genesis with the creation of our universe and end in the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ with the end of human history and the transition to a new heaven and a new earth.

So today I read a large part of the book of Revelations (actually The Revelation).  The drama that is to unfold is incomprehensible.  No movie or book about the end of the world has ever dared attempt such a broad, amazing, and stunning story. 

A couple of things jumped out at me, first was the surprising reaction of wicked men to the revelation of the pure power of God.  In Rev. 16:10 & 11, as the wrath of God is being poured out on the earth upon wickedness, men are actually gnawing their tongues because of the pain.  They then begin cursing God, blaspheming His great name.  They know that it is God that is sending this powerful judgment.  Do they then turn to God, do they bow their pride, do they acknowledge that God is the true power of the universe?  NO!  They curse God and say, "we will not turn to you."  That is so shocking, sad and grievious.

Well then, what is happening with the righteous.  Surprisingly, many of them are losing their lives for their stand for Christ.  Time after time the story refers to those that have had their heads chopped off for the sake of Christ.  In Rev. 17, Babylon, the harlotrous spirit of immorality and greed that has dominated the spirit of our age is described in verse 6 as being drunk with the blood of the holy ones, the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. 

 When all of this is culminated in the wedding feast of the lamb, the slaying of the wicked by Jesus, the binding of satan and the coming down of the new Jerusalem, the bride of Christ...  words cannot satisfy.

We cry out with the Spirit of God, "Come."  The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come."  Jesus responds to us (unbelieveable is His love for us),  "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

 
It's within you... Wow. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Pratt   

Luke 17:20 & 21.  Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingom of God was coming, He (Jesus) answered them and said, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, 'Look here!' or, 'There it is!' For behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

 Here is a truth so startling, that we may immediately want to draw back from the power of it.  The kingdom of God is within you.  Believers of Jesus Christ, the same spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead dwells in you. 

How often have I looked here and there for some external group, some other person, some other teacher, something else to help me, to lead me, to heal me.  But I am learning, the King of all kings is as near as my innermost thoughts.  If I have my bible and a few moments of quiet, I can come boldly before the Creator of heaven and earth and know that He is longing to be with me.  Yes, the creative power of the universe is focused on the prayers of my heart.  Wow.

 
What did they think? Luke 6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Pratt   

Today, I was reading in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 6.  Jesus is teaching.  We call this the beatitudes, and normally most people refer to the telling of it in Matthews gospel.  Here it's a little abbreviated.

 As I was reading this I was arrested by the very first point that Jesus made.  Blessed are you that are poor, yours is the kingdom of God.  Now, we read the rest, take it in context, and think we know what Jesus meant, but sometimes I try to read the gospels and think about what it would have been like to be there and hear this for the first time.

 I can imagine many poor, financially poor, emotionally poor, listening to this amazing new teacher, and hearing Him say, "Yours is the kingdom of God."  What does he mean?  The kingdom of God belongs to me?  The religious leaders don't think I'm anything; a nobody.  What does He mean, the kindgom of God belongs to me?"

Jesus, we praise and love You.  No one lifts up and values people like You!

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 August 2011 )
 
What is going on in our city? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Pratt   

Today on KMOX radio, I heard the following news story, worded something like this, “today the Mayor of St. Louis, Mayor Slay, proposed a marriage between St. LouisCity and St. Louis County.”  I could not have been more shocked.  Now this is a very complicated issue that I don’t want to try to unravel here is this blog, but I’d like to make two points…

1.  Most people would agree that the separation between St. Louis City and County has been a great disservice to the entire area for many years, and is a large part of the reason for the huge problems the city is facing now.

2.  When Rivers of Life and Victory Fellowship became Southgate Church in 2008, we strongly felt that we should describe this as a “marriage,” and that we should do all we could to make it work as a marriage.

I was very encouraged by what I heard today.  I believe that God is up to something.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 April 2009 )
 
Song of Solomon 4-19-09 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Pratt   

Song of Solomon.

Last night as I was working on the steps at my house (putting up an oak rail and balusters), I listened to a CD of Tammy Riddering giving a brief one hour summary of the Song of Solomon.  This was recorded at GHOP in preparation for a longer teaching that she was going to do.

It was fantastic.  Tammy describes the believers journey to maturity in such a way that every lover of Christ is both encouraged and challenged.  Encouraged that the Lord deeply loves us and challenged at the call to run with Him.  I was so encouraged by it that I asked Tammy if we could put it up on Southgate’s website.  Here’s a link to it, it’s on our Sermons page.

http://www.southgatechurchstl.org/podcasts/sermons/

 
Consider it all joy . . . by Angela Sipe PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Pratt   

Not too long ago I was in a pretty bad funk.  You may have noticed me blubbering uncontrollably during worship (sitting at the piano, on the stage).  I was just down, feeling like a failure in so many ways.  And this really great lady I know who just had her 9th baby was sending me these really wonderful e-mails full of scriptures.  And I was so encouraged by them, they were just the breath of God to me.  Till one day she sent me this verse:  Consider it all joy brethren when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith brings about perseverance . . . James 1:2-3  And she challenged me to stop and say thanks to God when things got hard.  And I got irritated.  Because I AM thankful!  And I felt like I’d been scolded.  And it took me a whole day of stewing to get around to humbly receiving what she had to say.  The next day (the very next day) we read that passage during our group school time (please don’t be impressed, we’ve spent a couple days recently comparing and contrasting Samson with the Incredible Hulk).  And my kids and I talked about being thankful for things that build perseverance.  And do you know what examples they came up with?  House keeping.  School work.  The very things I’ve been hammering them with.  And then, I really was thankful.  I’m thankful for God changing me and them, thankful for His mercy, thankful for so much.  So I’m going to annoy you here:  Are you thankful in the midst of your trials? 

 

 

 
Grief and Horror PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Pratt   

It is with great sadness that I’ve watched the story that has been unfolding from Maryville, Illinois.  A Pastor gunned down in the middle of the church service, unthinkable.

Maryville is just outside of the 255 loop in Illinois, not too far from our members Bruce and Lea York.  It’s a part of our community, the greater St. Louis area.

A friend of mine that is a Baptist Pastor here in South County went to the memorial prayer service yesterday and consoled with some of the members.  The entire Baptist community, a world wide community will be reeling from this tragic event.

If I could make the Lord talk to me (on my terms), it would be to say, “Father, why? And Lord, how could it be that one of the bullets hits Pastor Fred’s heart with deadly accuracy, why couldn’t it have missed his heart and hit his arm?”

But Lord, more than we trust our own understanding, we say, “You are good.  You are loving.  You are kind.  We will trust in Your unfailing love.”

Lord, please help this grieving wife and the two daughters.  Please help the church members whose minds are filled with horrible images that they will want to forget.  Please help the community.  And Lord, please save the shooter, and save many others through this event.  Let Your Kingdom be advanced through this painful event.  Let this event that our enemy, the devil, means for harm, be used for good!  Let Jesus Christ be magnified through Pastor Fred’s death, just as it was through his life!

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 March 2009 )
 
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