Author Archives: William Thompson

About William Thompson

47 years as a pastor. 32 years at the last church and an additional 15 years of pastoring. It is this experience I bring with every session we share. I have conducted over 300 revivals and conferences.

Theme: “We are Stronger Together”

1 Corinthians 12:18

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

Value of the Vision

  1. Reach People for the Lord
  2. Teach People about the Lord
  3. Gather People in the name of the Lord
  4. Inspire People in the Lord

Encourage (Urging one another to stay faithful), (Exalt (Overflowing declaration of Christ), Equip (Making disciple with the power of the Spirit) and Evangelize (Fishing for men)

  1. Encourage –Hebrews 3:13
  2. Exalt – Psalm 34:3
  3. Equip – Ephesians 4:11-12
  4. Evangelize – Acts 1:8

The early church was devoted to the Four E’s

 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship (EQUIP), to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

And awe came upon every soul (EXALT), and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.

And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need (ENCOURAGE).

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.

And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (EVANGELIZE)” Acts 2:42-47

YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD FOR A MENTOR


1. All of us will have room for growth until the Lord calls us home. None of us will have “arrived,” no matter how old we get. If we think we have, we’ve just provided another reason to have a mentor who keeps us straight—and who most certainly knows more than we know. 
2. All of us need someone whose faithfulness challenges us. We need someone we can look to who has already walked before us—and who has remained faithful all the way. Watching someone follow God fully “all the way” is both encouraging and convicting. 
3. All of us need someone in our life who’s walked where we’re headed. We still face new things as we age; in fact, we often journey down paths of health problems, retirement issues, etc., that we have not traveled before. Having an older mentor who has already walked these paths is surely beneficial. 
4. All of us need someone in our life who is finishing well. Sadly, even some older church leaders have fallen morally. Apparently, no one is immune from strong temptation. We need to see others who’ve walked before us, fought the fight, and run the race well. 
5. All of us need a veteran believer praying for us. Actually, we need any prayer warriors we can get on our side—but there’s something special about someone older than we are interceding for us to follow the Lord well. Veteran believers usually know how to pray. 
6. It’s good for us to see older believers face death in faith. I realize this reason sounds morbid, but it never hurts us to see undying faith—even in the face of death.  
So, no matter how old you are, ask God to give you an older mentor. Keep looking until you find one, and “pull out of him [or her] all you can.” If you have no one who lives near you, contact someone who lives elsewhere. You can still learn from a mentor via electronic means.
 
By
 Chuck Lawless –
March 31, 2022

How long? (Opening Seal 5)

Revelation 6:10

Elijah said, How long halt ye between two opinions?

William Thompson said, How long before my feeling catches up to my Faith?

Psalm 13:1–2 (NLT)

O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?

How long will you look the other way?

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,

with sorrow in my heart every day?

How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

Sometimes all we need to do is talk over a problem with a friend to help put it in perspective. In this psalm, the phrase “how long” occurs four times in the first two verses, indicating the depth of David’s distress.

David expressed his feelings to God and found strength. By the end of his prayer, he was able to profess hope and trust in God.

Through prayer we can express our feelings and talk our problems out with God. He helps us regain the right perspective, and this gives us peace (Habakkuk 3:17–19).

2 Peter 3:8-9

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered.

But God is not slow; he just is not on our timetable.

Psalm 90:4 (NLT)

For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.

Jesus is waiting so that more sinners will repent and turn to him.

We must not sit and wait for Christ to return, but we should realize that time is short and we have important work to do.

Be ready to meet Christ any time, even today; yet plan your course of service as though he may not return for many years.

  1. Sara had to wait
  2. Hannah had to wait
  3. Job had to wait
  4. The cripple at the pool had to waiting
  5. Elizabeth had to wait

Have you ever been stuck!

  1. A Place
  2. A Problem
  3. A Situation
  4. A Person

Did you cry How Long?

How will this last?

  1. Will the Covid be with us
  2. Will we need to wear mask?
  3. Before thing return to normal
  4. This sickness last
  5. This brokenness last
  6. This Feeling of being Broken
  7. This feeling of Loneliness
  8. This feeling of Feeling Empty
  9. This Feeling of being overwhelmed
  10. This Feeling of Fear
  11. This Feeling of Depression
  12. Before we Return to School
  13. Will my mind slow down
  14. Will my emotion settle in one direction?

How Long?

Last week the text was about the opening of the 7 seals of which we open four and today we will open seal five.

Revelation 6:9–14 (NLT):

9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony.

10 They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”

11 Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them.

12 I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood.

13 Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling from a tree shaken by a strong wind.

14 The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places.

These martyrs/victims/witnesses were told that still more would lose their lives for their belief in Christ (6:11).

In the face of warfare, famine, persecution, and death, Christians will be called on to stand firmly for what they believe.

Only those who endure to the end will be rewarded by God (Mark 13:13).

The altar represents the altar of sacrifice in the Temple, where animals were sacrificed to atone for sins.

Instead of the animals’ blood at the base of the altar, John saw the souls of martyrs who had died for preaching the Good News.

These martyrs were told that still more would lose their lives for their belief in Christ (6:11).

Christians will be and are called to stand firmly for what they believe.

Only those who endure to the end will be rewarded by God (Mark 13:13).

I know they are eager for God to bring justice to the earth, but they are told to wait.

I know your situation can be hard to bear but you must wait!

God is not waiting until a certain number is reached, but he is promising that those who suffer and die for their faith will not be forgotten.

Rather, they will be singled out by God for special honor.

We may wish for justice immediately, as these martyrs did, but we must be patient. Wait! Lord How Long?

God works according to his own timetable, and he promises justice.

No suffering for the sake of God’s Kingdom, however, is wasted.

Those under the altar call out to God, “How long will it be before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”

As we see the world’s wickedness, we, too, may cry out to God, “How long?”

We may be distressed and impatient, but God has his plan and his timing, and we must learn to trust him to know what is best.

Judgment is coming—be sure of that.

 Thank God for the time he has given you to turn from sin.

Use the available time to work to help others turn to him.

The bible tells us not to get weary in well doing?

Lord How Long will the wick reign and the righteous suffer?

 Job 14:14 says with all my struggles; I will wait until my change comes!

Ps. 30:5 Weeping may come but joy will come also!

Your struggles are making Room for your Blessing!

In your struggles is the opportunity to show Patience!

If you are struggling right now it is alright to ask the “Lord How Long”

If you are hurting right now it is alright to ask the “Lord How Long”

Giving up is never an option but Calling on the name of the Lord is!

When you are struggling tell yourself, Self I’m Under Construction!

The struggle is Real but not Permanent!

I can bear the struggle because there is a Reward at the End!

You can tell, more about who I am by the scares left from the struggle!

Jesus had nail prints in His hands, His side, and His feet!

But He didn’t get down from the cross!

He didn’t quit nor complain.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NLT)

Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.

I need a Prophetic word today!

1 Corinthians 14:3 (NLT)

But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.

A prophetic word is when God gives someone else who is filled with His Holy Spirit a glimpse into your future or your now to encourage you, and it really should be encouraging. 

 It should be calling you into your destiny.

Your destiny is where God sees you in the future and a prophetic word gives you a sense of what & where that is. 

The prophetic word gives you hope about the future.

It gives you hope that one day you’ll be out of the place you’re currently in and some days that hope is what keeps a person going.

A prophetic word should be speaking what is truth and not what is true.   

What is true is where we are now and it might be an absolute empty hole, what is truth is who and where God is calling us to be and it gives hope to get there. 

Even if a person is in sin, a prophetic word calls them out of that place to aa better place.

As you are reading this, I believe the prophetic is speaking to you about your life and your future.

Your present situation is not defining you but building you for your future and next move.

Ask God to send more encourager into your life.

“Is there a word for the Lord?”

A word about marriage, job, ministry, finances, health, and friends who fill my life in the future.

Are You Really that busy You don’t have Time to Pray?

Prayer is our means of communication with God, and it is only through God that we have the strength, abilities and wisdom we need to face this busy day. But when we’re so busy, when is there time to pray? My answer may surprise you pray now.

Start with

1. Thank you for this day.

“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)

Glad to wake up!

Glad you have give me a mind to pray!

Glad that I am as we as I am!

Glad to be your child!

2. You are so good.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)

3. Protect me.

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19)

You gave me Wisdom!

You gave me Strength!

You gave me Authority over my enemies!

Stop right now and take time to pray!

Who is this Jesus?

Hebrews 1:3

3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

The author of Hebrews informs the readers that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, and the Son of God.

The Apostle John speaks of Jesus in his writings….

John 1:1 (KJV)
1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:3 (KJV)
3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:14 (KJV)
14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Apostle Paul speaks of Jesus this way…

Colossians 1:16 (KJV)
16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

All three describe Jesus as being at the beginning of all that was created.

Therefore, he makes all that was made, keep all together what was made, while ruling all that was made, he could save mankind from sin, sickness, and eternal death.

Well, this Jesus was the brightness of God’s glory.

Where does the brightness of the moon come from?

Unlike a lamp or our sun, the moon doesn’t produce its own light. Moonlight is actually sunlight that shines on the moon and bounces off. The light reflects off old volcanoes, craters, and lava flows on the moon’s surface.

Where does the brightness of the son come from?

The Sun produces light by a nuclear reaction called fusion. As atoms of hydrogen combine to form helium, they produce vast amounts of heat and light.

Fusion occurs in the sun’s innermost core, when two atoms merge, releasing energy and light in the process. Photons of light are first created in the sun’s center. Over tens of thousands of years, the photons travel a “drunken walk,” zigzagging their way from atom to atom until they reach the surface.

The moon does have a true brightness for it is a reflection of light from the sun.

The produce reflection by it very creation.

What does the Bible mean by the glory of God?

Glory (from the Latin gloria, “fame, renown”) is used to describe the manifestation of God’s presence as perceived by humans according to the Abrahamic religions.

The Glory of God The glory of God can be described in two senses: (1) as  attribute,

 (2) referring to particular historical manifestations of his presence.

The glory of God is proclaimed by the Creation.

It is revealed by his mighty acts of salvation and deliverance.

His glory is the theme of the praise.

The glory of God was with Israel in the pillar of fire or the cloud that followed them.

John 17:4

I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do.

God’s glory is displayed in Christ. If God’s glory is the sense of his awesome presence, the more we understand of Jesus’ mission and work on earth, the more we will be aware of God’s glory. For in Christ, God was physically present in this world.

God’s glory is reflected in the lives of his people. What did Jesus mean when he said in verse 10, “They are my glory”? God’s glory is the revelation of his character and presence. The lives of Jesus’ disciples reveal his character, and he is present to the world through them.

Does your life reveal Jesus’ character and presence?

Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

1 Peter 2:12 (KJV)
12  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Matthew 1:23 (KJV)
23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

We must not attempt to produce glory but allow the glory of God to come forth just as Jesus did.

Too God be the glory and the honor, and the praise!

HAVING YOUR PRAYERS PERSONALIZED

1 Samuel 1:9–10 (NLT)

9 Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle. 10 Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord.

This was no ordinary prayer!

This was a prayer of pain!

This prayer was personal!

Understanding Poverty

Author Ruby Payne: Understanding the Framework of Poverty

If an individual cannot plan, he or she cannot
predict.
If an individual cannot predict, he or she cannot
identify cause and effect.
If an individual cannot identify cause and effect, he
or she cannot identify consequences.
If an individual cannot identify consequences, he or
she cannot control impulsivity.
If an individual cannot control impulsivity, he or she
is inclined toward criminal behavior.

Sound Doctrine

Titus 2:1–8

1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

Sound doctrine is not always what a person wants to hear.

When a church or person is growing in the faith they need sound doctrine.

They will have new people, new problems, new pains, and diversity of ages.

There will be people from everywhere trying to educate you in the faith and sound doctrine can make a difference if you will be able to hold out or give out!

Be careful with your advice to young believers!

Remember they don’t have a faith background.

They come from the street with a totally different understanding of what is right.

Having people of all ages in a church can strengthen it, but it also can bring problems.

Paul gave Titus counsel on how to help various groups of people.

The older people should teach the younger by words and by example.

This is how values are passed on from generation to generation.

Titus was to teach all the new converts to become “sound in the faith” (1:13).

Titus 2:1 (12TT): But as for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine. 

Whereas the false teachers were deceivers (1:10), Titus was to teach sound doctrine, the “trustworthy message” of the gospel (1:9).

Believers must be grounded in the truths of the Bible, then they won’t be swayed by the powerful rhetoric of false teachers and heresy, the possible devastation of tragic circumstances, or the pull of emotions.

Knowledge and acceptance ofsound doctrine” should lead to righteous living.

Behavior should match belief; thus, in the following verses, Paul gave Titus examples of the right behavior expected of several types of people in the churches.

SOUND DOCTRINE

Sound doctrine rings true. It combines correct knowledge and understanding with consistent practice.

How do we know if our Christian doctrine is sound?

  1. It is found in the Bible.
  2. It keeps Jesus Christ central.
  3. It results in consistently good behavior and actions.
  4. It promotes spiritual health in ourselves and others.

Those responsible for preaching and teaching must challenge people to understand sound doctrine.

We may become so caught up in relating to felt needs that we ignore their connection to sound biblical knowledge.

Reaching out to people where they are should not result in scriptural ignorance. Most important is what does the bible say about this situation.

1.    Living by faith and not lead by emotions. 

2.    Don’t believe everything you feel.

3.    Feelings are not facts.

Just because I feel useless, hopeless, unlovable, and worthless, doesn’t mean you am. This might seem obvious to some but emotions can be convincing and the evidence seems to abound to confirm said subjective experience.

Recognize feelings for what they are: feelings; not facts, not the Truth, not edicts.

What Does the Bible say about emotions? 

Living by faith and not allowing our emotions to lead us can be complicated to tackle. 

Our feelings can change at the drop of a hat, the tune of a song, or the embrace of a friend.

Can we trust our own feelings, allowing them to guide our decisions if they are so quickly changing?

Are they something to rule our lives? Are they something that should guide our decisions?

Scripture On Managing Our Emotions

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. -Proverbs 16:32

Why did God give us our emotions?

In Proverbs 28:26 it tells us if we trust in our hearts, we are fools. 

Proverbs 12:15 says the way of the fool is right in his own eyes.

God gave us our feelings and emotions for a reason.

Living by faith doesn’t mean we ignore them.

They are not evil by themselves, but what we allow our thoughts to dwell on may be negative and causing an unhealthy overload of negative emotions

Our Emotions are a Gauge, Not a Guide

It will be in our best interest if we learn how to handle our feelings by responding well. Let’s try to remember 

2 Corinthians 10:5 when dealing with my feelings and thought process. 

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV 

Sometimes I can’t help the way I feel, but I can help how I react to those feelings.

I can submit them to God and His will for my life.

Choosing to respond in a way that is based on God’s truth for my life and the situation.

By doing that I’m honoring God. Intentionally putting faith over my feelings.

Ephesians 4:26 (AV)

26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Just like handling our business we often have to handle our faith with Sound Doctrine!!!

Living By Faith Not Feelings

Our thoughts are what trigger our feelings.

Our feelings are very real but can be based or triggered by a negative, overthinking, thought process instead of the truth.  

When we find ourselves going through a hard time and the walls are closing in with no light at the end of the tunnel. Anxiety. Fear. Grief. Anger.

All those emotions can be overwhelming.

Crashing in on us.

Those are the moments when God reminds us to not be afraid, focus on His truth, and rest in Him. Sound Doctrine!

Living By Faith

Jesus, God in the flesh, experienced a wide range of emotions during his 33 years on this earth

Scripture tells us what He felt and experienced, specifically, during his three-year public ministry.

And while we might tend to think that being unemotional means being more spiritual or Spirit-controlled, Scripture clearly shows that Jesus exercised a healthy amount of emotion and self-control. –Crosswalk

We know that He is “near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Ps. 34:18). We can cast all our anxieties on Him because we are assured that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 

Isaiah 41:10

Standing in the Truth of God as broken and emotional people, remembering that God made our emotions and gives us a time to mourn and laugh. Recognizing them and submitting them one by one to Christ is the moving forward in a way that honors God.

Living by Faith and truly believing what the Bible says is what will transform our thought process and therefore help to keep our feelings in check and standing firm in our faith.