Sunday, August 31, 2014

Continue Steadfast In Prayer (Part 2)

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Pastor (Coach) Chris Green teaches from Acts 2: 42-44 >
 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I Live for You Alone (Part 2)

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY


Chris Green speaks from his heart about the price one 
must be willing to pay to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.



The Goal of the True Disciple of Jesus Christ

CHURCH, FAITH & FAMILY



 We BELIEVE the goal of the true disciple of Jesus Christ is to live his/her life
 to the glory of God and the good pleasure of His will. 

(Ephesians 1, 1 Timothy 1).


Getting the Prison Out of Me

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



Chris Green talks about the necessary journey through the wilderness season. 

The entire session is available at 
http://www.urbanlife-church.org/videos/Sundays_2011/Sunday-03-06-11.html






Adding Virtue

UNLOCKING THE DREAM WITHIN


Right is still right, even if no one is doing it.




Restricted Access

100 NUGGETS OF WISDOM



This week's clip is nugget #81 of 100




Fires of Revival or Fires of Riots?

MIDWEEK CONNECTION



Almost two weeks ago, during the Unite to Restore Prayer Gathering, a gentleman who is known as a prophet in this region asked me if I was from St. Louis. I told him, “Yes” and he proceeded to speak a word into my life.

He said, “Since you are a son of St. Louis, God has given you authority to speak into the situation there.”

The next morning, I awakened with a strong anointing weighing heavily upon me and a prophetic word for St. Louis. I made a video recording and posted it for our spiritual sons and daughters to share with others. Six days later, the video had been shared 59 times and seen by over 2,800 people.

I was not trying to address if whether the young man, who had been killed, was innocent or guilty. I was not trying to defend or condemn the policeman that shot him. My total focus was the response of the church at that critical moment.

Many churches had already been responding to the growing crisis. I was not trying to say that no one had been doing anything. My main focus was simply what God had placed in my spirit and that was a call for the church to get out of the four walls and go to the streets with praise and worship. I told them it was time for the church to get out of the four walls and go to the apartment complex where the teen was killed and pray for a traumatized community. I told them God was bringing forth a new spirit of St. Louis.

One church family, in direct response to that word, went to that apartment complex and walked the streets praising God and praying for people along the way. They even got a chance to pray for some police officers and for the police captain who was in charge of everything. It was a divinely orchestrated and profoundly important night. See their video from that night at http://youtu.be/9O-vwKODF8U

We may never know how important it was for them to do that, especially if the accused officer is declared innocent. There are forces in play that are ready to take over that city if there is a massive riotous response.

Now that this has become a national and international issue, an innocent verdict could spark riots all over the United States. So it basically comes down to this: Will we see the fires of revival or the fire of riots? We might see both. Right now we’re seeing revival and we want Urban Life to be a part of that revival.

Six months ago we sent you an email about perilous times. We wrote that we feel intense persecution is coming against churches and Christian leaders. We also warned that we will no longer see these events taking place only in foreign countries.

My exact quote was, “We can see a lot of trouble on the horizon for America, Pennsylvania and Harrisburg. The trouble will no longer be in the news, in some country far away. It will be knocking down your door or a neighbor’s door.”

We know we keep repeating this like a broken CD, but, it’s time to pray and get ready to minister to our families, friends, neighbors and co-workers as these trials and tribulations come upon our nation.

Very soon, the only way you and I will be able to even hear a sermon or any other type of Biblical message will be via internet postings. Eventually, this will go away, too. We’ve been sharing these things with you guys for several years now and you are watching it unfold right in our home city of St. Louis.

Three weeks ago, hardly anyone had even heard of Ferguson. As a young couple, we actually lived in that very apartment complex, 29 years ago. We don’t think it’s merely coincidence that your pastors are THIS close to a situation that has become a central focus in our nation.

As we watched our family, friends, and spiritual children take a bold stand in evangelism in our hometown, we hope it gives you a clear picture of what we desire for Urban Life and Harrisburg. We desire to see a new spirit in Harrisburg, too. But like most cities, it may take a similar crisis to wake up this community as well.

Please heed this call. It's not time for fancy sermons, counseling sessions, seminars and workshops. We’re not interested in conferences, conventions and political rallies. Those things have their place, in their time. But that place and time is not now.  Right now, it’s time to seek the Lord. We desire a genuine encounter with the living God.

We’ll see you Sunday! 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Continue Steadfast In Prayer (Part 1)

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Pastor (Coach) Chris Green teaches from Acts 2: 42-44 > 
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.







Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Live for You Alone (Part 1)

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY




Chris Green speaks from his heart about the true walk of faith 
vs. the pursuit of the American dream.



WE BELIEVE faith is a lifestyle

CHURCH, FAITH & FAMILY



WE BELIEVE faith is a lifestyle for Believers.





All You Need Is God

In Case You Missed It


This ICYMI video clip is from 04/03/11:
Chris and Carol Green encourage the Urban Life Church family 
and give one of the stories that inspired this infamous statement.




When God Says No

UNLOCKING THE DREAM WITHIN


When God responds to us out of His sovereignty, we can take it mean that 
He is being cold and insensitive because of our negative experiences with human beings who had authority over us.



Iniquity: I Do whatever I Want To Do

100 NUGGETS OF WISDOM



This week's clip is nugget # 80 of 100




An Open Door for Repentance

MIDWEEK CONNECTION



This has been an incredible week. It's been a very emotional week for us as well. We realize the events in St. Louis may not have a lot of connection for you personally, but we would like to share some things to help you see some prophetic connections.

Over a week ago, a young man was shot and killed by a police officer after he had some type of altercation with that officer. As he ran, he was shot at from behind and eye witnesses say he stopped, turned around and put his hands up to surrender. Instead arresting him and putting him in handcuffs, he was shot 5 more times. Then his body was left in the street for about four hours. 

I was born and raised in St. Louis. Carol and I lived in that apartment complex where this all took place. We are extremely familiar with that area. Several of our friends and spiritual children live in that community. My parents and other family members live only 10 to 15 minutes away. This is very, very personal for us. We admit that we have been a little traumatized by it.

As the community responded with protest by marching down a main street in that area, the police came out in military and full riot gear. They were armed with rubber bullets, tear gas and attack dogs. They came for a showdown and a conflict. However, the protesters stopped and the two sides met in front of the gas station/ convenience store known as Quik Trip. The crowd consisted of parents, children, teenagers, young adults and grandparents.

As the police brought the dogs closer and began to toss the tear gas, the crowd erupted in chaos and the younger people began to fight and riot, having been incited and taunted into that negative response. They burned down the Quik Trip and destroyed several businesses in that immediate area. Unfortunately, that burned out building has become the focal point and symbol to the world. 

However, that is just a media ploy to make you think this was about an out of control, animalistic mob. By painting that picture the masses will assume that just like the teenager who was shot, these people deserved to be treated this way.

This scenario was repeated each night but the people didn't riot. They simply ran away. This also happened a fourth night, but this time, the police roughed up and arrested some national news reporters. When they were released from jail, they immediately reported to the world what was really going on.

Upon that exposure, the Governor finally stepped in and President Obama made a statement. Then the local police were replaced by the Missouri Highway patrol. Things calmed down until another tactic was used and that was to release a video showing the young teen had shoplifted from a convenience store and pushed the owner away when he confronted him. This video release led to another riotous response. 

However, several dynamics are taking place between day and night. In the day time, people march up and down the street carrying signs and chanting. Many churches have come out also, walking up and down the streets lifting praise to God and praying for people. Pastors have been out there praying and preaching.

But at night , the negative elements, most of whom are coming into the area from outside of that community, start making trouble. 

So a curfew has been announced and the military presence has returned. Now the area has been told to prepare for a military-like presence for the entire area. The curfew is the first step toward establishing martial law in an American city. We told you it was coming and now it's here. When martial law is established a curfew is imposed and all civil rights are suspended.

What does all of this have to do with you and Harrisburg? Well, we hate to tell you, but whatever happens in St. Louis will establish a precedence to be implemented in every city in America. Martial law = no civil rights for anybody: Black, White, Latino, Asian, nobody.........

You may recall that we have warned and prophesied about these things happening. Back on November 13, 2013 we sent an email titled:  2014-The New America? and wrote these words of prophecy:

As we watch the suffocating grip of a new system of government slowly coming upon our nation, all of us are left to wonder, how the church can continue in such an environment. Freedom of speech is essentially nullified. Gay Rights and Pro-Choice activist have vilified all religious organization. Muslims, within America, are now being called upon to start a holy jihad against Jews and Christians, and even Homeland Security has now classified many Christian groups as domestic terrorist.

Believers all over America are having dreams about soldiers invading their homes through the initiation of martial law; stripping away all citizen rights. Like us, many pastors and Christian leaders are beginning to implement plans and strategies to launch home church and underground church gatherings, right here in America.

As I share these things, please don’t panic. The Church has survived all kinds of cruel and harsh governments and movements. It’s just that in America, now it’s our turn to face the real struggle that has been going on, all along, all over the world.

Today we are watching it come to pass. As much as we enjoyed the powerful prophetic utterances during our all-day prayer gathering at the Giant Center in Hershey last Saturday, I know that prophecy about revival is conditional. If the conditions of repentance, reconciliation and humility are met, we will see revival. But if the people of God do not repent and if St. Louis erupts in a major race and class war, and if the race riots break out in other cities, we will eventually see the tanks roll into Harrisburg, too. We will experience our daily lives being dictated by America's new military police force.

So what are saying? We're saying we've got ONE MORE CHANCE to turn and repent. We've got one last time to get it right.  

Meet us at the Urban Life Family Center Sunday morning at 11:00AM. The waters are stirring. The last two weeks, the Spirit of God has completely taken over. We don't know what will happen from week to week. We don't know how much time we have left and we need to face each day as if though it will be our last.

The Lord told us to declare this to be the year of the open door and many doors are opening. Even on a personal level, doors are opening as God made many connections for us at the prayer gathering. Several people have asked us to help them in their ministries in areas ranging from web site design to preaching in their church. God is opening doors for us, but we still see it as end-times ministry.

So come on Urban Life Family. God has opened a door for repentance that can lead to revival.

Will you take the invitations?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Regarding Iniquity (Part 3)

URBAN LIFE LINE WEBCAST


Pastor (Coach) Chris Green presents another door Believers must close 
to evil influences as he explains another one of the reasons why Believers 
fail to see the promises of God come forth in their hearts and homes.




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Testing of Our Faith (Part 2)

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY



Chris and Carol Green talk about the more mature understanding 
of what it means to live by faith.



WE BELIEVE the Kingdom of God

CHURCH, FAITH AND FAMILY


WE BELIEVE the Kingdom of God is the righteous rule and reign of God established and operative in the hearts and affairs of men.





You Bring the Light

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



This week's ICYMI video is from 03/20/11. 
Chris Green answers online and church family questions. 


An Unhealthy View of Prayer

UNLOCKING THE DREAM WITHIN


Prayer is about getting myself in the position to hear what God wants.



Spots, Wrinkles and Blemishes

100 NUGGETS OF WISDOM



This week's clip is nugget # 79 of 100




We're On the Brink

MIDWEEK CONNECTION




In about three days we will unite with Believers from all over the state, nation and world to pray for America. There are so many dark forces that are already within this country that it is amazing that we aren’t in the midst of civil war right now.

Please understand that our nation is on the brink today. We’re stepping forward into either the greatest revival our nation has ever known, or we’re stepping into the collapse of the nation as we have known it.

In my hometown, there has been rioting following the shooting of a Black teen by a White policeman. Our world is falling apart even now.

Many years ago, when Carol I traveled to Africa, we became aware of how chaotic and barbaric the world really is. We became of aware of how unpredictable and unsafe the world really is. We became aware of just how blessed we have been to be born in the United States. While most of the world hates America, they have also envied us. Many have been driven to overthrow our country. That's why our military and many others have worked so hard to protect our freedom.

There has been a constant and persistent effort to infiltrate our country on every level and sadly enough, the efforts have been successful and we are now closed in on every side in nearly every aspect of society.
We've been here before. That's where America was when it was forced into World War II.

Meanwhile, many Christian Believers continue to mindlessly and aimlessly pursue wealth, fame, and security. Personal dreams and fantasies have blinded their vision to the reality of what’s going on in our world.

For instance, did you know that crowds of Islamic protesters have recently marched in Chicago and in New York, calling for the elimination of Israel as a nation? Do you understand that they are following the same pattern that they implement in the countries from which they have come? Their next steps have usually been acts of violence: car bombings, building bombings, and suicide bombings. One group has already talked about a plan to release anthrax, to kill millions of Americans.

Jihadi websites were lighting up last Friday saying that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is calling on Muslims around the world to attack the U.S. homeland!

Just like they have done in various countries around the world, they plan to bomb churches, target Christians and kill anyone who embraces any other belief other than theirs. It’s coming, everyone.
Please heed the warning. It’s coming.

The people who HATE Christians and Jews are right here in America; in Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg, in our schools, and in our neighborhoods. They are standing ready, right now, to carry out that call to attack us. They’re screaming in our streets. They’ve completely taken over one city in Michigan. They openly carry banners that say "NO Democracy. We want just Islam!" They’re crossing the borders in the southwestern section of America, pretending to be Mexicans coming into America seeking a better life.

We’re praying that it won’t take a rash of church bombings to wake us up. Christians all over the world are already going through this right now. It’s time for us to get prepared in America. It’s time to pray. Our biggest concern is that most of our people (meaning African Americans) seem to have no clue or concern about what is happening. We can't possibly believe that we will be exempt from what is coming.

We don’t know what the next few weeks and months may hold so let me write this to you today:

Carol and I have been honored to serve and do our small part in this massive effort to rally Believers in these calls to prayer. I find myself crying in my cubicle at work, weeping in my pillow at night, and interceding in my vehicle as I drive the streets of Harrisburg.

I am fully confident that I can stand before my Lord and savior and say I have done, to the best of my ability, with what HE gave me, all that I could do to prepare His people for this great and terrible day of the Lord.

We have invested in our congregation by purchasing 20 tickets for the ‘Unite to Restore America’ prayer event so that anyone who desires to go can attend for FREE. We have done all that we could do to help our people clearly see the vision and not miss the day of the Lord’s visitation.

We are leading our church family in a 31-day prayer vigil of consecration and fasting. Over the last five years we have written and released several books to instruct and encourage God’s people. We have given the books freely to those who attend our weekly gatherings. We’ve made them available online for people outside of this community who desire to obtain them. We have produced well over 800 videos and video clips to keep the word going forth long after we have completed our Kingdom assignment in Harrisburg.

In other words, we’ve done everything we could do to help our church family become a part of history and not just merely read about it. The last thing I ever want to have to say is that I wish I had done…

In these past 25 years, we’ve come across a ton of people who SAY they want a new move of God.
They SAY they want something more. Yet, when the moment comes, they always drop off and miss the God-given opportunities to break the endless cycles of defeat and depression.

We know we’re not the first or only pastors sent to this region to give God’s people a chance to get out of their bondage. Many pastors have come and gone through the years. Now the moment has come for Harrisburg and all of us in Urban Life. We now stand on this brink together.

After this weekend, we will have crossed the threshold into a mind-blowing triumph in God or into the catastrophic collapse of hearts and homes built on sand. The choice is up to each and every one of us.

We’re praying that we're stepping into a nation-sweeping revival in the church. Don’t miss it. You’ve been waiting all of your life for this moment.


*****


But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!   2 Timothy 3: 1-5

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.   Matthew 24: 2-14

And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.

“But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.     Mark 13: 5-10


And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”

Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.    Luke 21: 8-17

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Regarding Iniquity (Part 2)

URBAN LIFE LINE WEBCAST


Pastor (Coach) Chris Green presents another door Believers must close 
to evil influences as he explains another one of the reasons why Believers 
fail to see the promises of God come forth in their hearts and homes.




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Testing of Our Faith (Part 1)

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY



Chris Green explains the extent of God's commitment to us,
which is revealed in the way God takes His people through 
a certain process to reach fruitfulness and maturity.




WE BELIEVE the Kingdom of God

CHURCH, FAITH AND FAMILY


***WE BELIEVE the Kingdom of God is the righteous rule and reign of God established and operative in the hearts and affairs of men.







Transition to Promise

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



This week's ICYMI video is from March 13, 2011.
Chris Green describes the transition from the Prison to the Promise.



God Will Give a Seed for the Dream

UNLOCKING THE DREAM WITHIN


God usually answers your prayer by giving you a seed: 
an idea, a thought, or a simple command for you to make a first step.



God Will Make Repairs

100 NUGGETS OF WISDOM



This week's clip is nugget # 78 of 100









It's All About Jesus

MIDWEEK CONNECTION



Last week we came across a CNN article from December of 2010. It was about an extremely successful pastor who resigned from his church because he was getting to be too famous. Yes, you read that correctly. He stopped because he was becoming too famous.

Here’s a brief excerpt from that article:

He pastored a 4,000-member church in California. He was a sought-after speaker at major conferences, wrote two best-sellers and launched a DVD teaching series.

Then he abruptly resigned and left the country.

But in Francis Chan’s unexpected journey there apparently is no hidden scandal, no money trail, and no ‘other’ woman.

“I just want to disappear for a while,” he said in late September as he prepared to leave Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California for an undisclosed location in Asia.

Before selling his house and packing up his wife and three children, Chan was becoming “Christian famous” in Evangelical circles.

“Even in my own church I heard the words, ‘Francis Chan’ more than I heard the words, ‘Holy Spirit’,” he said.

That was a big part of the reason he walked away at the peak of his professional career.

“I think there has been too much emphasis on me. I want to be used by God, but I think we have this desire to make heroes out of people rather than following God and the Holy Spirit.”

He quotes the apostle Paul, who told his followers “I didn’t die for you.”

In his world of big conference crowds, multiple services each week, and instant access to social media, the notion of pastoral care had begun to change. His fame was straining his work as a pastor.

We share this story with you today because THIS is exactly how we feel about our role in Harrisburg.

If people leave our Sunday gatherings and they're only thinking about our singing, our teaching and our wonderful marriage, then we have failed.

If people feel that they MUST talk to Chris and Carol about their problems and they MUST get US to help them, then we have failed. Pastors have ONE job: To lead the sheep to the food and water. And we're not the food (the word) and we’re not the water (the Spirit).

A church or an assembly of Believers is not about the shepherd. It's all about JESUS!!!!!!

Although we are very thankful that the Lord is using our books, DVD’s and our internet outreach to bless many lives, it does not mean that we are to become some type of superstar pastoral celebrities. The whole point of everything we give away and pour out is to make sure that you know how to hear from God and obey His voice in your heart and in your home. It’s not to get people to look to us for the answers.

Already we are noticing that as God starts to elevate our names and our influence in this community, it immediately begins to attract people who want to get something from us that will provide them some kind of extra advantage in their life.

There is nothing we can do to help anybody except to offer them Jesus. If Jesus is not enough, then we certainly can’t do more for anyone than He can.

We have launched into another 31-day prayer watch and we are seeking God concerning our nation. The day will come when Chris and Carol, nor any other pastors and leaders will be able to give people an encouraging word or an extra boost. We won’t be able to give them a word of wisdom or a word of counsel. So now is the time to dedicate and consecrate ourselves before the Lord, fast, pray, seek His face, and obey His voice.

If revival breaks forth upon the land, you’re going to be needed in the trenches to disciple souls. If disaster breaks out upon our land, you can’t be in a mindset of trying to seek out a pastor to try to figure out what to do. You’ll need to have the word of God, already hidden in your own heart, in your own home, so that you won’t sin (or miss) the will of God.

We’re not interested in becoming famous pastors with a famous church filled with famous Christians. Our only desire is that we will all be faithful to Christ.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Regarding Iniquity (Part 1)

URBAN LIFE LINE WEBCAST


Pastor (Coach) Chris Green presents another door Believers must close 
to evil influences as he explains another one of the reasons why Believers 
fail to see the promises of God come forth in their hearts and homes.