Technology is a tool that can either be used for God or Satan.
And while the war started in heaven it has continued down here on earth and it is raging all over the internet. How many websites contain things that lead people away from God, but how many people would never heard the message if it wasn't for these online platforms.
Yesterday I called one of the pastors I work with in order to pray together for the series. I was convicted to pray specifically for the technological side of things. Anything can happen when you are streaming. Glitches, loss of signal, getting blocked, and trolls.
I find it interesting that yesterday the live stream froze. Its a good thing it was already basically at the end of the program. It could just have been a technical difficulty, but I don't count out spiritual warfare.
I have asked my churches to all pray 10 minutes before the service starts. Just call one person and say a prayer together. That what I did with my fellow pastor.
Believe me the devil is mad.
I have experienced my own technological difficulties for my sermons. Praise God not during my Sabbath messages, but in two of the Wednesday messages.
This past Friday, I couldn’t find my camera equipment. I was searching everywhere in my house, my car, and eventually I found out that I left it in my parent’s house 50 minutes away. I brought it there for Mother’s Day. Fortunately my parents were leaving the house as so they dropped it off before they visited my sister.
While I was preaching for my Sabbath message the week before, my microphone got messed up. Fortunately I had a backup mic. The audio quality went bad at the end of the message but at least people were able to still hear it.
Yesterday one of the people I was meant to be interviewing during the Afterglow had technological difficulties so he couldn’t be heard.
I have a good laptop, but lately while I have been editing videos my computer has been crashing. So now I have been saving my videos while I have been editing every two seconds.
It seems like every week something is up. It has been crazy, but God has been leading even before the crisis.
There has been a lot of sleepless nights. I mean up all Friday night and then hop right into Sabbath School. A number of you have been so nice to message me encouraging words. Many of you have been so supportive and I appreciate it.
This past Friday night I got 2 hours of sleep then got on to one of the Sabbath Schools,
after my message I had to get onto another churches online service to explain to them how to get access to the NY Healing Hope series.
Then I took another nap (I think I took a nap. Everything was kind of a blurr). Then I got onto Wingdale’s Children’s Sabbath School.
Then I got onto the Yonkers AY.
Then I got onto the Bedford Park Power Hour.
(Remember I have 3 churches)
Oh yeah and I threw a little support to the education Live stream.
All this while still preparing for the evening meeting. So much goes on behind the scenes technologically. I will not bore you with the details of how all that works.
Then evening meetings started and I have to start running tech support for other churches that call me. I guess they figured that I know about these stuff.
While the message is going on I am paying attention to it so that I can write the discussion questions for the Conference Afterglow that goes live after the session. Then I send the questions to the pastors who requested them so that they can run their local church Afterglows.
Meanwhile during the live stream the phone calls and text messages are going back and forth with the team just trying to make sure everything runs smoothly.
There have been a number of weeks where my work hours have been in the 60s and 70s. (I keep a work hour log) The highest week during this pandemic was 76.5 hours.
I’m not complaining. I am sharing, because not many people realize what pastors be up to.
It’s a joy and a privilege to work with God. God works a million times harder for my salvation.
I am so proud of my members, because I see so many of them working so hard as well. It seems to me that my churches are more active now than before the church buildings closed. Many of you were very active back then too.
I love hearing reports of how people have been calling each other; people have be using my discussion questions in their WhatsApp groups; people calling the elderly; people working in the food pantry; people sharing the videos from this website; People doing Bible studies. I love it. It warms my heart.
But the battle is raging. We do have an enemy, but he cannot destroy God’s church no matter how much he tries.
So I am appealing to you to pray. Pray for God’s church. Pray for this series. Call one person each day this week to pray with them.
And please make sure to watch live at 7pm each day this week, and also make sure to hop into the zoom meeting right after at 8pm. I know it’s a lot. I know many of you are working hard and are tired by the end of the day, but it’s just one week.
One week that can transform New York.
See you then.