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Summary: Pencil Principles are traditions/methods that help in our understanding/response to the Lord at a given moment in time. (Not doctrine . . . but a principle.)

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Manifest Presence Series

“His Presence—Our Only Hope” Part 2

(Inspired by Don Nori Sr.’s Manifest Presence: You Can Live Within The Veil)

January 18, 2015 CFBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

E Pencil Principles are traditions/methods that help in our understanding/response to the Lord at a given moment in time. (Not doctrine . . . but a principle.)

1 For example, I remember hearing sermons about the evils of dancing growing up. (I’ve never preached against dancing . . . not after watching “Footloose.”)

a Many churches get LCD projectors to display the words of songs and think hymn books are not of God. (Thank God for hymn books! They served a purpose for their season.)

aa Training Union/Discipleship Training was something many of us grew up on & now many modern Baptist churches have no idea what these are. (Not bad, wrong . . . they’re still churches even without these two.)

bb Sunday School is on Sunday (Cell Groups/Care Groups).

b There are some things that existed for the need of the moment and that moment may never come again.

2 There are “Pencil Principles” we follow in our worship/other areas of our lives that when the Manifest Presence of God comes, we erase them.

a When God comes we must be able to move, sway, and change rhythm as He sets the pace.

b When God comes to us, changes the order of things we should be able to whip out our erasers, remove our “pencil principles” and move with/in Him.

F We’re living in a time when nearly half of all Christians believe God is about to move upon His Church. (Huffington Post, go figure.)

1 Isaiah 60:1 (NASB) 1 "Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

a When the glory of the Lord arises in His church it will be visable; people will know that Lord is in our midst.

b People will come to the light!

Isaiah 60:2-3 (NKJV) 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.

2 The days of counterfeiting religion are about to come to a screeching halt . . . saying you believe something and yet live like you don’t are fast coming to a close.

a The only way we’ll be able to survive is to find the true living God, discover the true/living tabernacle (His Presence) and abide in Him.

b When that day comes it will not matter if you’re a church member, choir member, pastor, SS teacher, pew warmer, possessor of great talent . . . . only God can help, give shelter & strength.

3 We won’t just believe in miracles/power of God . . . we’ll need them/Him to live from moment to moment.

a Our only hope for revival/restoration is a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, for God to establish His glory among His people.

b God is moving forward with His plan as scheduled irregardless of what the world thinks, says, believes.

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