Praying for a Movement from Heaven

“Prayer has been so much a part of historic revivals that some writers tend to think of revival as a prayer movement”


An extraordinary work of God in which Christians repent of their sins as they become intensely aware of His presence in their midst, and they manifest a positive response to God in renewed obedience to the known will of God, resulting in both a deepening of their individual and corporate experience with God, and an increased concern to win others to Christ.

Pray for the following:

1. Yourself (Be still and know He is God)

  • Confession of sin
  • That God will have His complete way in your life
  • Request that He work in your life

2. That God will give our speaker what we need to hear

3. That God will stir in the hearts of people to attend our revival services

4. That God will prepare the hearts of those attending to be open to receive
His truth

5. As God’s Word is brought forth that hearts will respond in obedience to the Spirit of God

6. That the lost will see their need and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior

7. That Christians will be convicted of sin, make things right with God, others and experience true revival

8. That satanic influence will be kept from interfering with our meetings

9. For the power and presence of God to be evident during our revival meetings

10. Lasting fruit from life changing commitments


Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening Worship Service May 22, 2016:

Apostasy:  To fall away – The abandoning of the truth, a deliberate rejection of the truth after it is known.

An apostate can acknowledge Christ without accepting Him.  Apostates have received light but not life.

Jesus – Matthew 7:15
Paul – Acts 20:29, 30
Peter – II Peter 2:1, 2

The Apostles informed Christians that Apostasy would come:

  • Acts 20:29, 30
  • I Timothy 4:1
  • II Timothy 3:1, 5, 7, 8
  • II Timothy 4:3
  • I John 2:18, 19
  • II John 7

They may know truth.

They may seem to follow truth enthusiastically for a period of time.

They may identify with a church and become a part of the Christian community.

They may become leaders in a church.

The never believed the truth with an undivided heart.

Tares among the wheat – Matthew 13:24-30 – (An appearance of authenticity for a while)

They are defectors from the truth.

Someone who has known the truth, given some show of affirmation to it, perhaps even proclaimed it for a while – but tragically rejected it in the end.


Taking Care of God’s Business

Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening Worship Service May 15, 2016:

Scripture:  Matthew 18:17-20; Acts 15:22; I Corinthians 5:4

Taking Care of God’s Business is:

  • Biblical
  • A Necessity
  • A Responsibility
  • A Priority
  • A Privilege

God’s Business Should Be Approached:

  • Humbly
  • Prayerfully
  • Biblically
  • Purposefully

Conducting of God’s Business:

  • Biblically
  • With Integrity
  • In Unity

The Resurrection According to the Gospel of Mark

Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening Service March 27, 2016:

Scripture: Mark 16

1. The Women

Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Salome and
Luke (24:10) implies Joanna, and other women also

  • Mary Magdalene went to the tomb prior to the other women, while it was still dark (John 20:1)
  • The other women mentioned here came at the rising of the Sun (Mark 16:2)

Eyewitness Accounts (11 documented accounts)
1st two appearances were to Women
The four gospels name women as the first witnesses to discover the empty tomb – in ancient culture, female testimony in important matters was widely dismissed

2. The Stone Rolled Away – Mark 16:3, 4

The stone would have weighted 1 ½ to 2 tons

  • Mark doesn’t mention that after Jesus was laid in the tomb, a guard had inspected the tomb, the stone had been rolled into place that according to Matthew 27:66 the stone was sealed. This sealing was a cord stretched across the rock and fastened at either end with sealing clay
  • The clay packs were stamped with the official signet of the Roman governor
  • The seal gave warning that the tomb was under Roman protection

3. An Unexpected Visitor – Mark 16:.5-7

A. His Description:

  • A young man
  • Clothed in a long white garment

B. His Message:

  • Don’t be afraid (vs.6a)
  • Confirmation of the crucifixion (vs.6b)
  • Announces – “He is risen” (vs.6c)
  • Invites their inspection (6d)

Verse 7

  • Go tell his disciples, and Peter
  • He is risen
  • You will see Him in Galilee
  • He has said this to you

4. Empty Tomb – Mark 16:6

A. The broken seal and stone rolled away – John 20:1; Matthew 27:65, 66

  • The seal gave warning that the tomb was under Roman protection
  • The stone would have weighted 1 ½ to 2 tons

B. Empty Tomb – John 20:2; Luke 24:3; Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6

C. The Grave Clothes – John 20:6, 7

  • No grave robber would have taken the time to leave behind the grave clothes

D. The Location of the Tomb – John 19:41

  • Walking distance from Jerusalem
  • The apostles began preaching the gospel at Jerusalem – Acts 2:32

5. Jesus 1st Resurrection Appearance – Mary Magdalene – Mark 16:9; John 20:14-17

6. Unbelieving Disciples – Mark 16:10-13

A. Mary Magdalene – vs. 10, 11
B. Two on the road to Emmaus – vs. 12, 13; Luke 24: 13-33

7. Jesus Appears to the Eleven Disciples – Mark 16:14

He addresses:

  • Their unbelief
  • Their hardness of heart

8. Missions Mandate – Mark 16:15-20

Verse 15

  • The mandate – “Go”
  • The who – “You”
  • The where – “All the world” – World-wide focus
  • The what – “Preach”
  • The message – “The gospel”

Verse 16

  • “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”
  • “He that believeth not shall be damned”

Verses 17, 18

  • “Signs”

Verse 19

  • The Lord’s Departure
  • “Sat at the right hand of God”

Verse 20

  • “Preached everywhere, the Lord working with them”
  • “Confirming the Word with signs following”

Hanging of the Greens Service – December 6, 2015

Our annual Hanging of the Greens service for 2015 was held on Sunday evening, December 6th.  It was a wonderful time to come together as a church family and lift praise to God for sending His Son Jesus Christ to be born those many years ago in Bethlehem.  We sang hymns and decorated the church sanctuary while Pastor Peyton described the Biblical significance to each decoration or ornament displayed.  Afterwards, we all gathered in the Family Life Center for a time of fellowship and delicious food!  Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this such a wonderful time.

Hanging of the Greens Logo

Hanging of the Greens Order of Service

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King;
peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come,
offspring of the virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail the incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with us to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild, he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

-Charles Wesley, 1739

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Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting Light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary,
and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the King,
and peace to all on earth.

How silently, how silently
the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to man hearts
the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him still
the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray.
Cast out our sin and enter in;
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel.

-Phillips Brooks, 1868

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O Come All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold him, born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Sing, alleluia, All ye choirs of angels,
sing, all ye blissful ones of heaven above:
“Glory to God, all glory in the highest!”

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

-John Frances Wade (Translated by Frederick Oakeley), 1841

Contemplating God

Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening Service November 29, 2015:

Scripture: Psalm 46:10

Contemplating God

1.Contemplating God begins with considering His Person – Who He is in all His attributes

“O God, who is like unto Thee!” -Psalm 71:19b

  • Triune – One true and living God existing in three distinct persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all of one essence with the same nature and attributes (Matthew 28:19)
  • Holy – Separate, set-apart, absolute purity (Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 1:16)
  • True – What is real or genuine (Titus 1:2; John 14:6)
  • Self-existent – Self-caused, no origin (Exodus 3:14)
  • Infinite – Limitless (Jeremiah 23:24; 1 Kings 8:27)
  • Eternal – Everlasting, always was, always is, always will be (Deuteronomy 33:27)
  • Spirit – A spiritual being (John 4:24)
  • Person – A personal being, has intellect, emotions, will (Ex. 3:14; Job 23:13; Gen. 6:6)
  • Good – Pleasant, agreeable. Beneficial (Psalm 34:8; 86:5; 107:8)
  • Righteous / Just – Always does what is just and right (Deuteronomy 32:4)
  • Incomprehensible – No one can remotely understand and comprehend God (Isaiah 55:8)
  • Wise – The ability to rightly apply knowledge (1 Timothy 1:17; Jude 25)
  • Faithful – Firm, certain, trustworthy, dependable (Deuteronomy 7:9)
  • Mercy – Compassion, pity, not getting what we deserve (Ephesians 2:4)
  • Grace – Unmerited favor, getting what we don’t deserve (Ephesians 2:7, 8)
  • Immutable – Unchanging (Malachi 3:6)
  • Omniscient – All knowing (Psalm 139:3)
  • Omnipresent – Everywhere present (Psalm 139:7)
  • Omnipotent – All powerful (Revelation 19:6)
  • Sovereign – Absolute control, supreme authority and sole ruler (Psalm 135:6)
  • Love – Seeks the highest good of the one loved, unconditional, sacrificial (1 John 4:8)
  • Wrath -Righteous indignation at all evil, execution of judgment on unrighteousness (Romans 1:18)
  • Jealous – Zeal to preserve something that is supremely precious (Exodus 20:5)
  • Glorious – Weighted down with brilliance, brightness, radiance, shining (Psalm 8:1)

2.Contemplating God needs to be intentional

3.Contemplating God is the trigger that leads to worship

4.Contemplating God helps us know Him

5.Contemplating God enables us to trust Him in difficult circumstances

6.Contemplating God reinforces in our mind how incredibly blessed we are to have the privilege of a relationship with Him

7.Contemplating God is enhanced by spending time in the Scriptures

Strengthening the Home-Front for a Strong Missions Outreach

Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening Service November 15, 2015:

Scripture: Acts 1:8-11; Revelation 5:9

It could be said, if we want a stronger missions outreach. We have to strengthen the home-front which is the local church and to strengthen the home-front we have to strengthen and challenge individual believers.

Strengthening the Home-front:

1. Passionate about our personal relationship with Christ

This is driving force behind what we do!

2. Pursue personal holiness – 1 Peter 1:15, 16

  • Sin in the lives of believers – Example of Achan’s sin (Joshua 7)
  • Israel had sin in the camp which led to their defeat at Ai
  • God’s commentary on sin in the church – See 1 Corinthians 5:1-7

3. Keep our focus upon our purpose for existing as a local church

Corner Stone Baptist Church exists to glorify God
by bringing people into a relationship with Him through
the Lord Jesus Christ, to unite them with the local church,
to develop them to Christ-like maturity, and to equip them
for their ministry in the home, the church, and the world.

4. Remain doctrinally sound and keep the Word of God a priority

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine” – 2 Timothy 4:3
We cannot compromise God’s truth for a feel good, easy life, don’t upset anyone Christianity

5. Extend outside of our personal comfort zones

Are you living a comfortable Christianity?

6. Evaluate our priorities in view of the following:

A. Men, women, boys and girls are dying every day and entering a Christless eternity – John 3:18
B. A life is a terrible thing to waste – Mark 5:1-20 (See verse 2 “a man”)
C. Our Lord’s command – Matthew 28:18-20
D. The missions appeal from hell – Luke 16:27, 28

Missionary Martyr, Jim Elliot – “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he can not lose”

The Manifestation of Ingratitude

Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening Service November 8, 2015:

Scripture:  Luke 17 / Leviticus 13:5

6 Thought Provoking Questions for Consideration:

  1. When you give thanks is it routine or heartfelt gratitude to God?
  2. Are you consistent and intentional about giving specific thanks to God?
  3. Is your glass half full or half empty?
  4. If you lost everything today that you haven’t thanked God for in the past week how substantial of a loss would you suffer?
  5. Do you pause to consider daily God’s hand in your life?
  6. How often do you find yourself complaining?

Other Notes to Consider:

  • Acts 17:25 – He gives to all life, breath, and all things
  • Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks for all things ALWAYS
  • Romans 1:21 – Failure to give God the thanks due Him is sin
  • I Thessalonians 5:18 – in everything give thanks
  • In all circumstances give thanks – even those we would not feel thankful about
  • Romans 8:28

Thanksgiving Preparation

Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening service November 1, 2015:

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Philippians 4:6

  1. Don’t be distracted by the things you see.
  2. Learn to be content
  3. Give
  4. Note what you are incredibly grateful for daily – then thank God for it!
  5. Share with others what you are thankful for

Prayerlessness – Independence from God

A Challenge:  For each day of the month of November, write down and praise God for something you are thankful for.



Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening Service October 11, 2015:

Scripture: Matthew 8

Review – Defining a Miracle:

  • A Supernatural Intervention – God, who is continuously active in the world, breaks His usual pattern and does something extraordinary
  • A Miracle Transcends Natural Laws (but doesn’t break natural laws) – A miracle overpowers the law of nature – it is an exception to a natural law
  • A Miracle has a special purpose

Authentic Miracles are part of the means of establishing the true religion.

What about the Other Religions that Claim Miracles?

Are miracle claims the same for all faiths?

  • Muhammad is said to have healed the sore eyes of men
  • Some Hindus and Buddhists claim they can levitate themselves or others
  • Joseph Smith said he could translate “reformed Egyptian” even through he couldn’t read Egyptian
  • People in the occult claim they can predict the future by looking into crystal balls or reading cards or tea leaves

According to C.S. Lewis – “All the essentials of Hinduism would, I think, remain unimpaired if you subtracted the miraculous, and the same is almost true of Islam, but you cannot do that with Christianity.  It is precisely the story of a great miracle.  A naturalistic Christianity leaves out all that is specifically Christian.”

Are all miracle claims alike?  Or are Biblical miracles different?

6 Reasons Biblical Miracles are Different from other Miracle Claims:

  1. There are hundreds of Biblical Miracles (250+ mentioned in Scripture, 60 in the Gospels alone)
  2. Biblical Miracles are immediate and permanent
  3. Biblical Miracles fit reality (unlike legends and fables)
  4. Biblical Miracles involve no ritual or formula
  5. Biblical Miracles were recorded while the eye witnesses were still alive
  6. Christianity makes unique miracle claims for its founder

Miracle Workers:

  • The consistency and authentication of Biblical Miracles can become the standard by which we judge all other so-called miracles and alleged healings of our time.