Passover Worship Seder - Friday, April 19, 6:30pm

Passover - Crossroads Community Church

Issachar Community's Worship Seder
Friday, April 19, 2019

NOTICE: The event is full and we are no longer taking reservations. Please consider joining us next year! 

What is REAL Revival?

Here is an EXCELLENT piece I received via email today. It speaks for itself. May we hold the vision and goal of true revival in front of us and pursue it earnestly. (Bold - mine.)

by Don Harkins

What is revival?  We all supposedly long for and pray for revival.  We constantly hear both preachers and even sometimes politicians make statements to the effect that what America needs is revival.  A look at Webster reveals that revival is "restoration, religious awakening, meeting, being made alive or refreshed".

What is true revival?  Is God interested in revival?  Has America gone too far down the wrong track to witness another great revival? Thank God there is revival sweeping many of the third world countries but how desperate are we for revival in America? Remember this definition of revival as given by one of the early revivalists, "nothing more than God finding a dwelling place on earth, nothing more or less than the abiding presence of Jesus Christ".

Let´s let an early revivalist, named Owen Murphy answer the question as to what is true revival. The following are quotes from his article 'This is Revival': "When men in the streets are afraid to open their mouths and utter godless words lest the judgments of God should fall; when sinners, overawed by the Presence of God tremble in the streets and cry for mercy; when, without special meetings and sensational advertising, the Holy Ghost sweeps across cities and towns in Supernatural Power and holds men in the grip of terrifying Conviction; when every shop becomes a pulpit; every heart an altar; every home a sanctuary and people walk softly before God, this is Revival".

"Today the word Revival has largely lost its real meaning. Our present generation, never having witnessed the mighty movings of God in nationwide spiritual awakening such as has taken place in past generations, has little conception of the magnitude of such a "visitation". "Heaven-sent revival is not religious entertainment, where crowds gather to hear outstanding preachers and musical programs: neither is it the result of sensational advertising - in a God-sent revival you don´t spend money on advertising; people come because Revival is there. Revival is an "awareness of God" that grips the whole community, and the roadside. The tavern, as well as the church, become the places where men find Christ.  Here is the vast difference between our modern evangelistic campaigns and true revival.  In the former, hundreds may be brought to a knowledge of Christ and churches experience seasons of blessings, but as far as the community is concerned little impact is made...  In revival, the Spirit of God, like a cleansing flame, sweeps through the community, divine conviction grips people everywhere; the strongholds of the devil tremble, and many close their doors, while multitudes turn to Christ."

This is true revival and the church must be first follow the mandates of 2 Chronicles 7:14. How disturbing are the words of some of our leaders who estimate that only 25% - 30% of church members will actually go up in the rapture and how alarming it is to see the news reports that the social ills of our society such as divorce, adultery, homosexuality, unforgiveness, strife, jealousy, disputes and factions are as prevalent inside the church as they are outside the church.  The church must have revival.  How do we get there?  In 2 Chronicles 7:14, we are told very explicitly how to experience revival and we are all familiar with these words. In this verse there are four conditions that must take place in order for revival to become a reality in our world today. "My people" must...humble themselves, must pray, must turn from their wicked way and must "seek My face" - four conditions to meet for revival. The sins of pride, unrighteousness and prayerlessness and all of the carnality within the churches must be dealt with before we see revival.  

However, the question at hand is this, "IF", are we willing to pay the price for revival or will we be content for business as usual and witness an occasional time of refreshing in our midst while our families, communities, churches and nation slide further into anarchy, apostasy and apathy.  It´s up to you and me. God will uphold His end of the challenge if we meet the conditions as outlined in His Word.   

"IF" my people will: (1) Humble themselves, (2) Pray, (3) Turn from their wicked ways, and (4) Seek my face.

Andrew Bonar explains, "revivals begin with God´s people, the Holy Spirit touches their heart anew, and gives them new fervor and compassion and zeal, new light and life, and when He has thus come to you, He next goes forth to the valley of dry bones. Oh, what responsibility this lays on the Church of God!  If you grieve Him away from yourselves, or hinder His visit, then the poor perishing world suffers sorely!

We need revival so that we can once again touch this nation and world for Christ. We must have revival, one that touches every segment of our society.

If we want revival, we will cry out to God out of desperation. A place that we know that we can´t survive without His touch and His indwelling presence. Hannah was desperate, so were Ezra, Nehemiah and the other prophets of old.

Evan Roberts of Wales was desperate for revival. In fact, he prayed 11 years for revival. He was a very humble man, a man in his twenties when in 1904, he witnessed the Welsh revival that swept the world.  Will you be the one that perhaps makes the difference? Prayers of desperation and an intense desire for revival will produce groanings, travail, anguish, agony coming from the prayer closet.  Prayers of DESPERATION. 

Repentance or a turning away from the former, according to our scripture, must take place before revival. It's repentance or judgment. All of the sins of the church - pride envy, jealousy and unforgiveness must be repented-of if we want revival. Repentance is Godly sorrow and a turning away from the past.  Ezra and Nehemiah cried out in repentance on behalf of their people.  We must not only repent of our sins and failures, but also for the sinfulness of our church, families, communities and nations. Prayers of REPENTANCE.

Only then will true Revival come.

Sing A Little Louder


Sanctity of Life Sunday was January 15, 2017. But just because it's past doesn't mean that the sanctity of life is any less today or tomorrow or any other day.

The flurry of daily activities oftentimes drowns out what's really important. Please watch this 11:00 video and let the Lord touch your heart once again over what touches His heart. Thank you.

link - "Sing A Little Louder"

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Why the name Issachar Community?

Glad you asked!

According to Jewish tradition, the tribe of Issachar was known for being the Torah (Genesis-Deuteronomy, i.e. the Law) students and scholars of Israel. Our current body grew out of a mutual desire to learn the whole word of God, especially the Torah, through which we gain tremendous insights on how to live in a way pleasing to God.

We've found that studying the Torah has really expanded our understanding of the New Testament since so much of what Jesus taught refers directly to the Torah and the Jewish thinking of His day. Not only that, it has locked in the Old Testament as an integral part of the New Testament in our lives. A key verse showing how this is important is John 5:46 which says,

"If you believed Moses (Torah), you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me." (Jesus)

As we study the Torah we've found over and over how Jesus is revealed in Moses' words. It really is amazing! For us, this has truly welded together the "right and left sides" of the Bible into one Word!

Secondly, according to 1 Chronicles 12:32 the sons of Issachar "understood the times and knew what Israel should do...". This speaks of having insights of current events and having God-led direction on how to plan for what's coming.

This would be a written Word and "living" Word concept.

Pastor Jay once asked an Modern Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem about this. "Was it because the tribe of Issachar were Torah scholars that they could understand current events and could think strategically how the Lord was directing Israel?" Pastor Jay asked. "Yes" Moshe replied. "I'd never thought of that before! That's very likely!"

Hence, the name Issachar Ministries. We strive to know what we should do now and what we can anticipate for the future.

As a growing Body, Issachar Community pursues study of the whole Word of God, both Older and Newer Covenants, with an hebraic mindset to understand as best as we can how the original hearers understood the Lord's Word. We then strive to live the Word in all aspects of our lives. Pastor Jay's tag line is "Study to Learn, Learn to Do".

Our services are an interesting mix of both light synagogues elements and contemporary Christian worship with singing, reading and preaching of the Word, and congregation-led prayer. We're not a Messianic Jewish group. We're a community of Gentile Christian disciples who are excited about the Jewish Roots of our Faith!

As we grow we're adding more home studies for Bible study and personal ministry. Call 651-247-5350 and we'll let you know which group is close to you. New Torah studies are beginning this Fall in September!