Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Overcoming Offense, Accusation and Condemnation

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY



Chris and Carol Green expose the satanic strategy that sends thoughts of offense, accusation and condemnation to scatter, divide and discourage the church community of Harrisburg, PA.

Then they describe how maintaining covenant hearts and connections 
defeats the satanic ploys and changes the mindset of Believers in their expectations of the church and the purpose for their weekly gatherings.



WE BELIEVE in the 'firstfruits' expression of giving

CHURCH, FAITH AND FAMILY



 WE BELIEVE in the 'firstfruits' expression of giving as encouraged in Proverbs 3: 9: Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase.





Leading Us Through the Wilderness

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



This week's video is from March 6, 2011.
Chris Green talks about how we are learning the walk of faith 
as we go through tough times in life.


Moral Excellence and the Dream

UNLOCKING THE DREAM WITHIN




When the majority agree to a certain belief or deed, 
it doesn't automatically make it right.




Fault Lines

100 NUGGETS OF WISDOM


This week's clip is nugget # 76 of 100



Take the Pledge

MIDWEEK CONNECTION


As we approach the month of August, we are coming upon another one of our designated prayer-watch months.

During each prayer-watch, we ask you to join us in a 31-day prayer pledge.

What is a 31-Day prayer pledge, you ask?

It is 31 days of committing to seek God in a very specific and united way. 
As you already know, we’re going to be part of a national prayer gathering at the Hershey Giant Center on Saturday, August 16th, but for Urban Life, it’s more than just one day. We are dedicating the entire month of August to prayer.

We want to invite you to join us on a 31-Day Prayer Pledge. Take the challenge and let's anticipate God's intervention in our hearts and homes. 
We want you to take the prayer guide that we gave you last week, called ‘For Such a Time As This’ and starting with Day-One of the guide, let’s get united in prayer.

The prayer guide provides a daily scripture and prayer for our country’s government leaders, businesses, educators, media, churches, military, and families. We're asking you to take some time each day to read the prayer for that day. Then spend a few minutes in prayer about what you read.

On Wednesdays, we're asking you to fast at least one meal that day. During that meal time, please read the prayer guide, spend some time in prayer or log onto our Urban Life Weekly Post Blog page to receive encouraging words from the video clips that we will post throughout the day. Every Wednesday we will fill the Blog site with encouraging video clips from special teaching moments at Urban Life.

If you take the pledge you are declaring that:

1. You will daily read and follow the 'For Such a Time As This' prayer guide.

2.  You will kneel in prayer daily, reminding yourself that you are under authority.

3.  You will commit to fasting, every Wednesday in August, for the healing of our city, state and nation.

4.  You will daily worship the Lord Jesus who saved you.

5.  You will daily recommit your life to God and His Kingdom assignment for your life.

The reason we are asking you to join us in this prayer pledge is simply because we believe that this is the best thing we can do for our community, state, region and country.

The state of our nation is so desperate that there is nothing humanly possible that can be done to save us. Kids are romping through the streets, randomly attacking people. Shootings and violence are out of the control of law enforcers. Efforts are being made to make America a police state. Strong efforts are being made to subjugate and convert this nation by very powerful social, religious and political groups. Our economy’s total collapse is a matter of WHEN and not IF it will happen. Disease, plagues, famine, and pestilence are now in the news, right here in America.

We will either sink into chaos and anarchy or some powerful movement will sweep in to take over this nation. We are praying for a move of God because if it’s anything else that takes over, we believe we are in for one of the darkest periods in the history of the United States.

What can one small band of Believers do in the face of all of this? We can pray. We can unite with other Believers and pray. And we will pray.

Starting this Friday, August 1st, we will begin praying together using our prayer guide and our Weekly Blog to keep us united.

Are you ready? Let’s answer the call to pray!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Unforgiveness: The Blessing Terminator (Part 4)

URBAN LIFE LINE WEBCAST


Pastor (Coach) Chris Green explains how unforgiveness and holding grudges
causes hearts or homes to become open to evil and demonic influences.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Midweek Online Connections

Announcing a NEW Weekly Format

Cyber Wednesdays

***We're doing our best to stay connected 
and provide something special for you and your family!



Watch for these postings every week ----

SUNDAY: The Urban Life Line Webcast - 7:00AM

Cyber Wednesday: 
Midweek Connection Newsletter (eNewsletter) - 7:00AM
Nuggets of Wisdom (video clip) - 9:00AM
Unlocking the Dream Within (video clip) - 11:00AM
In Case You Missed It (video clip) - 1:00PM
Church, Faith and Family (video clip) - 3:00PM
Midweek Bible Study (Online Class) - 6:00PM





Friday, July 25, 2014

WE BELIEVE... The Church

CHURCH, FAITH AND FAMILY



 We Believe THE CHURCH is the massive group of individuals world-wide, who have been “called-out” of satanic dominion and birthed by the Holy Spirit into the Kingdom of His (God’s) Dear Son!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Why Did Jesus Curse the Fig Tree?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



In this week's THROWBACK THURSDAY video is from February 20, 2011.
Chris Green presents an answer to one of the tough questions in the Bible.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Covenant Hearts (Part 2)

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY



Chris and Carol Green provide descriptions of how to recognize people, in particularly leaders, who have covenant hearts. These type of leaders are more committed to the success of others over their own personal success.





Leanness of Soul

MIDWEEK CONNECTION



Part of the tragedy of many Believers today is that they don’t understand they are not living in the will of God. Due to very poor teaching that is pumped through several of today’s Christian television broadcast, podcast and webcast, many have been led to feel validated merely because God has answered their prayers.

Today, we want to show you that answered prayers are not always a validation from God. Did you know that you can insist on having your way with so much intensity and defiance that God will give in to your demands?

Here’s proof!

When the Psalmist recalled a couple of incidents where God’s own people made demands of Him, we clearly see that He met their demands, but He also added something else.

Psalm 106: 13-15 reads: "They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, And tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, But sent leanness into their soul."

Could it be that a huge reason why the Church is so week in America is because God has sent leanness into our souls? A lean soul is a heart, mind and spirit that are never satisfied. They’re never content, never at peace or resting in divine security. A lean soul is always longing for a something new, something special, or something more, but it never obtains what it craves. 

So the lean soul searches beyond the boundaries of God for fulfillment and satisfaction. A lean soul cannot provide help and depth to others in their journey. A lean soul cannot offer wisdom from the word of God. It can offer personal experience and that experience is basically a shallow relationship with God that gets depressed and quits on God when things go wrong. It throws a temper tantrum and quotes scriptures to demand blessings from God. It threatens to leave the faith if he or she does not get their way.

Here’s the worse part, many of today’s preachers teach that this kind of lifestyle is a Godly lifestyle. Lean-souled preachers tell lean-souled Believers that all they have to do is quote scriptures when they are in trouble and demand that God perform His Word. 

Now there are thousands of Believers who have no idea what it means to live under the commands and constraining love of God. They have no depth of wisdom and peace within them and they feel justified in their rebellious and compromising lifestyle simply because every time they get themselves in trouble, God always bails them out. 

They don’t understand that with every bail out, their soul becomes even more lean, even more malnourished, even more dry, even more hardened against the will and purpose of God. That’s why we have thousands and maybe even millions of Believers who have bought into the world system and world’s views on social, economic and political issues.

We don’t claim to have all the answers and we don’t claim to be perfect in our journey. But we do declare that we refuse to teach that every time God answers your prayers, it is a sign of His approval of your lifestyle and choices.

While it remains true that God loves us and will do anything for us, the true mark of a son or daughter of God is that they strive to love God unconditionally, too. They strive to please HIM and not just please themselves. While they realize God will always be there for them, they also start living in such a way as to show God that they will be there for Him, too. True followers of Christ have longing souls instead of lean souls. They have a desire for God that goes beyond their own desires.

So what are we doing to stem the tide?

At Urban Life, we are obeying the strategy the Lord gave us for this ministry. He told us to return to the pattern of the early church in the second chapter of Acts. We are giving ourselves to apostolic teaching and fellowship, to breaking of bread and to prayer.

We’re not avoiding the tough issues of life and we’re making every effort to hold everything, including our personal opinions and views, to the standard of God’s word. We want you to be like the Bereans of Acts 17 and check out the scriptures for yourself to see if what we are teaching is really what the Bible says and if it’s what the Bible really means.

Let’s continue on this journey together. 

Psalm 107:9 assures us, “…He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Do What's Right Because It's Right

UNLOCKING THE DREAM WITHIN



This is about who we are when no one is looking; 
who we are behind the scenes.




Monday, July 21, 2014

Insecurity

100 NUGGETS OF WISDOM



This week's clip is nugget # 76 of 100


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Unforgiveness: The Blessing Terminator (Part 3)

URBAN LIFE LINE WEBCAST


Pastor (Coach) Chris Green explains how unforgiveness and holding grudges
causes hearts or homes to become open to evil and demonic influences.


Friday, July 18, 2014

WE BELIEVE the Christian’s life of Holiness

CHURCH, FAITH & FAMILY



***WE BELIEVE the Christian’s life of Holiness is God’s prescribed and commanded behavior resulting from the new indwelling nature birthed and enabled by the Holy Spirit.







Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lifting Branches

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



This week's THROWBACK THURSDAY video is from February 13, 2011.
Chris Green gives the definition of key words from John 15 to reveal how Jesus was actually presenting a view of encouragement for struggling believers.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Covenant Hearts (Part 1)

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY








The Boiling Frog

MIDWEEK CONNECTION


If you plunge a frog into boiling water, it will try to jump out. But if you place the frog into cool water and slowly heat it to boiling, the frog won’t notice and will slowly cook to death. Even though this is a myth, the thought behind it is what many are attempting to communicate to a nation that is right now boiling in debilitating bliss.

While millions of Christian Believers remain focused on the latest reality TV shows and the personal pursuit of prosperity, the world is falling apart around them. Like the clueless frog, they don’t seem to notice or care. They live under the delusion that none of these things will affect them.

When they see the 12 seconds video bytes on the news, they conclude that they are observing the problems of THOSE people, in THOSE countries and none of that will have any effect on them.

However, the reality is that the Islamic Jihads are already taking place right here in America. Numerous cases have already been buried as attacks on Christians by Muslims are hidden away by the police and the media.

The gay agenda has done a great job of masking their agenda behind human rights and acceptance, but even the people who have escaped from the gay lifestyle have come out and spoken boldly that the gay agenda is not about civil rights or acceptance. Their goal is to completely take over and the best way to do that is to take over media, education and politics. They have done all three. 

Did you know they have a manifesto? It was written and published back in the late 1980’s.

Before someone assumes your pastors might be homophobic, here’s a direct quote from their published agenda: 

“We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lives. We shall seduce him in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, sports arenas, seminaries, truck stops, male clubs, and in your Houses of Congress.

Wherever men are with men together, your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding.They will be re-cast in OUR image. They will come to crave and adore us.

All laws banning homosexuality will be revoked. If you dare cry "homo", "fairy", or "queer" at us, we will stab you in your cowardly hearts.

All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men.

We shall be victorious because we are fueled with the ferocious bitterness of the oppressed.

We too, are capable of firing guns and manning the barricades of ultimate revolution.”

Wow! If a church came out with a threat to even take up guns to advance their cause, the pastor would be jailed immediately.

However, the one person they won’t confront is the Muslim. Even though they know Islamic law condemns homosexuality and even penalizes it with death, they won’t dare speak out against Islamic nations are people. Why? Well, because the people behind the radical gay agenda are bullies. Everyone knows that bullies pick on the people they feel are the easiest ones to intimidate. They obviously think Christians are an easy target. 

So as more Christians are moved out of power and influence and as more Muslims and Gays are moved into power and influence, these two sides are headed for a major collision. 

This is just one aspect of why the waters are boiling in America and why God is awakening His true Church.

So what is the response from Urban Life today? We won’t be like the boiling frog, that’s for sure.

God has given us an assignment to rebuild, restore and renew hearts and homes. In the midst of these ideological, philosophical and moral wars, there will be casualties of war and we must be ready, like today’s first-responders, to go into the fire and rescue the wounded.

So let’s stay on course, stay united in prayer, and stay united in purpose.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dream Killers: Consequences of Sin

UNLOCKING THE DREAM WITHIN




We can lose certain rewards, promotions and blessings 
when we give in to sin and temptations.




Monday, July 14, 2014

Breaking Points

100 NUGGETS OF WISDOM



This week's clip is nugget # 75 of 100

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Unforgiveness: The Blessing Terminator (Part 2)

URBAN LIFE LINE WEBCAST




Pastor (Coach) Chris Green explains how unforgiveness and holding grudges
causes hearts or homes to become open to evil and demonic influences.



Friday, July 11, 2014

WE BELIEVE water baptism and communion

CHURCH, FAITH & FAMILY



***WE BELIEVE water baptism and communion are ordinances which fulfill righteousness during this present age. However, they are not to be viewed as the means of grace to gain or preserve salvation.




Thursday, July 10, 2014

We Don't HATE Gays

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



This week's THROWBACK THURSDAY video is from November 28, 2010.
Chris and Carol Green respond to the controversy surrounding a TV interview 
of a famous TV preacher and his stance on homosexuality. 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Covenant Calling

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY



Chris and Carol Green open their hearts before the church family 
regarding the true value of covenant relationships.





Joined and Knit Together

MIDWEEK CONNECTION



We’re coming up on another Equipping Our Families Sunday Gathering and we’re already waiting and anticipating a brand new move of God. The last time we met for Equipping Our Families, God moved upon Pastor Carol in a heavy travail. Since then we’ve learned of many things that are coming against our nation and world. Something is happening in the Spirit realm and we are on the cutting edge of it.

That’s why we believe our gatherings are so important right now. It’s about much more than just assembling to hear an inspirational message. We are gathering to receive instruction and impartation that will prepare us for perilous times.

Do you ever wonder why God has united us? We don’t think it is a coincidence that God has brought YOU to this ministry.

If you get an opportunity, please go back and look at the vision the Lord gave us as a practical way to restore, renew and rebuild hearts and homes. You will see that the Urban Life Family Center is much more than a local church assembly. 

When you see the vision, you will be surprised to learn that for each area, God is already assembling people who have a passion for that particular outreach. We have those who love to cook and have a heart for hospitality. We have those who are already working with young women. We have one who loves working on cars. We have those who have experience with young people. We have those who can teach sewing. We have those who have a real soft spot for helping us feed hungry students.  We already have those who have a heart for children.  

Could it be that God is supplying the personnel for this vision and as the personnel come together, He will open the door for the facilities?

We no longer try to make things happen. Right now, let’s just see what He does in our own hearts and homes as He prepares us to minister to other hearts and homes. All we know is that He is bringing the right parts to supply this Body with what it needs.

Ephesians 4: 16 ….from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

I was recently talking to another pastor who was expressing his frustration that his church members would not participate in their own ministry’s efforts because they were going out to volunteer and help other ministries in their city that were older and bigger.

He called a meeting and told everyone that they must appreciate and honor the place that God has called them and not become awestruck with what other churches are doing. They must stay focused on the place where God has called them. Otherwise they will be out of order and forcing God to send someone else to take their place or send their leader to another city where the people will rally around him to do the work of the ministry.

When Jesus called the disciples, He called them to BE with Him. He didn’t call them to DO anything at first. So right now, we’re just learning how to BE with Him, get to know each other, and not do a whole lot. Like the disciples and like that pastor’s members, we are called together first.

I saw one pastor post on Facebook that he couldn’t live if he couldn’t preach. Well, we don’t feel that way. We know we can live without preaching and teaching. However, we know couldn’t live if we couldn’t BE with the Lord. We really don’t need a ministry in order to be fulfilled. We no longer need to be busy to have self-worth. All we need is the presence of the Lord and the fellowship of our brothers and sisters. Out of these two things, flows ministry and service. Out of these things, flows the camaraderie for spiritual warfare.

So we wrote all of that to say, let’s keep coming together to get more equipping. Be patient. God is getting us ready for what He has called us to do in this community.

Some of you are so accustomed to being busy that Urban Life’s current strategy might have you feeling like you’re not doing anything. But please recognize that God doesn’t want you busy working. He wants you to get accustomed to waiting and receiving in His presence; learning how to recognize His voice. The life of worship doesn’t begin with serving God. The Life of worship begins by losing your self in the presence, purpose and will of God.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Add To Your Faith

UNLOCKING THE DREAM WITHIN




Some Christians will teach you that your struggle is an indicator that you're not saved yet. However, the Bible teaches that after you commit your life to Christ, you must grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus.







Monday, July 7, 2014

Three Pressures on Every person

100 NUGGETS OF WISDOM



This week's video clip is nugget #74 of 100 and it reveals the tension, compression and shearing that every person is facing every day.


 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Unofrgiveness: The Blessing Terminator (Part 1)

URBAN LIFE LINE WEBCAST



Pastor (Coach) Chris Green explains how unforgiveness and holding grudges
causes hearts or homes to become open to evil and demonic influences.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Unite to Restore America

CHURCH, FAITH & FAMILY



Chris Green shares the vision of several ministries in Pennsylvania that involves uniting in prayer for the state and the nation.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Unity and Agreement

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



In this week's THROWBACK THURSDAY video is from February 6, 2011.
Chris Green explains the importance of a family coming into unity and agreement. 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Covenant Covering (Part 2)

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY



Chris and Carol Green open their hearts before the church family regarding the true value of covenant relationships.


Praise Reports and Prayer Requests

MIDWEEK CONNECTION




We have certainly missed our time together, but we pray that you are rejuvenated and ready to resume our course to our destiny in God’s purpose for us in this community.

We can hardly wait to get together again as we prepare for this Sunday’s corporate prayer time. We hope you’re ready to testify of the goodness of the Lord because that’s what we’re going to do this Sunday. 

This month’s corporate prayer theme is Praise Reports and Prayer Requests! 

Most of you have some incredibly awesome testimonies and we want to give you some time to share your stories. After each testimony, we’re going to pray for everyone who might be in the midst of the same struggle from which you have been set free.

If you know of anyone who is going through a rough season in their life right now, this is the time to invite them.

They don’t have to do anything. They don’t have to say anything. Just tell them your church is praying for people. That’s all. We’re placing all our hope and faith in the authority and ability of the almighty God of the universe.

Tell them they don’t have to give money, make any promises, declare any vows or participate in any spooky chants.

We just want to pray for them.

We’ll also partake of Holy Communion and allow for time to pray for one another. It’s going to be something special to experience and behold.

So spread the word. Prayer is going forth at the Urban Life Family Center THIS Sunday!

We’ll see you there!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wake Up

UNLOCKING THE DREAM WITHIN



 
 This is a new day! Come out of the sleep. Come out of the slumber. Come out of the belief that things will never change because it's always been this way.