Stand in the Gap Minute Archives

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 - America's Greatest Needs Series: The Need for Endurance

December 1, 2022

Transcript: What does every Christian need? Endurance! It’s been said the Christian life’s not a sprint. but a marathon. And it’s true! But how do you run the race with endurance? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. Hebrews 12 teaches us to “run with endurance the race set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith.” These powerful words of Scripture remind us our victory is found in our relentless pursuit of Christ. We live in a culture that values speed. We cook food in a microwave, and find ourselves frustrated if our internet connection’s too slow. This attitude though often creeps into our spiritual lives, as we find ourselves ready to give up when God doesn’t answer right away. Yet Scripture’s filled with examples of those who made a great impact by not giving up. Let’s run with endurance and focus on Jesus today.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 - America's Greatest Needs Series: The Need for Truth

November 30, 2022

Transcript: What does every person in America need? The Truth. In Hosea 4:6, God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. The people of Israel had rejected knowledge substituting personal pleasure for Truth. Hosea 4:9 notes, “And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways.” You see, when we abandon truth, we invite judgment upon our lives and upon our churches. Instead, III John 4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” So, if we truly seek to glorify God, and walk in power in this life,  we must build our lives on His truth. God’s Word is truth.  Jesus is the Way and the Truth. Let’s intentionally follow our Lord, obey His Word, and grow in truth.  Discover more encouraging resources at American Pastors Network dot net.  

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 - America's Greatest Needs Series: The Need for a Revived Church

November 29, 2022

Transcript: What does the Church in America need most today? More than money, it needs revived! What will it take to awaken the Church of today? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. The Apostle James served as leader of the First Christian Church of Jerusalem. When he wrote about  revival, he said, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” You see, God goes where he is welcomed. As individuals and churches, we must make Christ and obedience to Him our top priority. James goes on, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Even as believers, we regularly stand in need of confession and cleansing. Our actions reflect our hands. Our hearts represent our thoughts. So as the True Church, let’s lead the way by, confessing our sins, and drawing near to God praying for a Revived Church in America.

Monday, Nov. 28, 2022 - America's Greatest Needs Series: The Need for Repentance

November 28, 2022

The needs facing America today are daunting. From lingering pandemic related sicknesses to runaway inflation to a collapsing economy. From failing schools to silent churches.  Yet there is one need and solution never mentioned in our news: and that’s the need for repentance and a return to God. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. The Lord warned King Solomon how to respond when his nation stood in need. The words of II Chronicles 7:14 remain true for America today: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven.” Repentance is not easy. Humbling is hard. But from God’s perspective, only repentance with a genuine return to God can extend the mercy of God. Let’s do our part now – humbling, repenting and interceding in prayer for our nation.

Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 - Thanksgiving Series: Redeeming Black Friday

November 25, 2022

Transcript: Black Friday marks the traditional first day of the Christmas shopping season, yet it has also become a concerning symbol of our nation’s materialism. How can we redeem Black Friday? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. The term Black Friday has been used since the 1960s. However, recent years have seen the day expand into traffic jams and even fighting. Some retailers now employ armed guards to maintain order among tense shoppers. As we watch the chaos of Black Friday, it reminds us of two important biblical concepts. First, God calls us to be content with what we have. Second, we are not to love the things of this world. As He looks at us today, may we seek to live content with the amazing blessings He has already provided and seek to genuinely bless the lives of others this holiday season. Join us for more Biblical resources at American Pastors Network dot net.

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022 - Thanksgiving Series: Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2022

Transcript: Thanksgiving is more than a day of feasting. What are we really celebrating on this special day? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. In the classic “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” television special, Marcie reminds Charlie Brown, “Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. We should just be thankful for being together.” Can you relate? We often find ourselves focused on food, watching football, or other plans, yet the real joy of the holiday is extended time together with loved ones, including our children and grandchildren. Scripture reminds us to make the most of every moment. Instead of overemphasizing food or other activities, remember the importance of time with those you love. This life passes so quickly. Let’s make sure we focus our lives on God and showing love to those around us. These special times will result in memories we will never regret. Join us for more encouraging resources at American Pastors Network dot net.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 - Thanksgiving Series: Thanks in All Circumstances

November 23, 2022

Transcript: How can we follow the Bible’s teaching to give thanks in all circumstances? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. 1 Thessalonians five eighteen instructs us it is God’s will to thank God in all circumstances. No matter our situation, we know God works for our good. Why? Romans eight twenty-eight reminds us “for those who love God all things work together for good.” For example, Joseph was sold as a slave and a prisoner for thirteen years before the Lord made him a leader in Egypt. Yet Joseph would later recognize these tragic circumstances served as part of God’s plan to save the lives of many. We may not understand the trials we face, but we can be thankful through the storms of life. God is with us and is for us despite our most difficult situations. Let’s remember to thank Him in all circumstances today. Join us for more Biblical resources at American Pastors Network dot net.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 - Thanksgiving Series: The First Thanksgiving Prayer

November 22, 2022

Transcript: How did the first Pilgrims celebrate Thanksgiving? A look at the first Thanksgiving prayer provides a great reminder of the holiday. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. History records Governor Bradford recorded the first Thanksgiving proclamation three years after the Pilgrims settled in Plymouth. One key phrase of his prayer records that God “has granted us freedom to worship Him according to the dictates of our own conscience.” While many today view Thanksgiving as a holiday to eat turkey and watch football, its origin celebrated our nation’s freedom to worship God. Let me encourage you to reconnect with this original Thanksgiving prayer. As you gather for the holiday with loved ones, remember to express appreciation for America’s religious liberties. More than ever, we need to remember our religious freedoms—and express them! May God continue to bless America as we seek to worship Him. Join us for more Biblical resources at American Pastors Network dot net.

Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 - Thanksgiving Series: An Attitude of Gratitude

November 21, 2022

Transcript: What does it mean to be thankful? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. As we approach Thanksgiving, we consider the importance of living with gratitude for God’s blessings. Psalm one hundred urges us to, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!” The Israelites praised God as they first entered the temple gates in Jerusalem, continuing as they walked through the courtyard. Gratitude extended throughout their journey. The principle of thankful living impacts us still today. We don’t need to wait until a holiday. We can reflect on God’s goodness to us throughout our daily actions. Even when we are stuck in traffic or standing in a line at a store, we can turn from impatience to counting God’s blessings. From our salvation, to our family members, to the little ways God shows up throughout our day, our hurried moments can become holy moments as we cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.

Friday, November 18, 2022 - God's Prayer Requirements: Pray with the Right Motive

November 18, 2022

Prayer can be powerful – and God wants us to pray, but, He demands that it be done His way or He won’t answer. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer, President of the American Pastors Network where we place great value on prayer because God does. For the last several programs I’ve been talking about God’s Prayer Requirements? Did you know that another reason God won’t hear us is if we pray for selfish reasons? James 4:3 says, “You ask and receive not, because you ask that you may consume it upon your lusts.” While God wants to answer our requests, James clearly warns us that when we ask God for things because we want an elevated status in the eyes of the world more than in God’s eyes, or so we can have favor with our friends more than favor with God, or for any reason other than that God will be honored, God will not answer our prayers. Our motivation for prayer makes an enormous difference. Are you praying selfishly or for God’s glory? 

Thursday, November 17, 2022 - God's Prayer Requirements: Pray with Faith-Believing

November 17, 2022

Prayer can be powerful – and God wants us to pray, but, He demands that it be done His way – a clean heart, according to God’s will and praying with faith believing! How often do we come to God in prayer but don’t really expect Him to answer? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer, President of the American Pastors Network. At APN, we place great value on prayer – because God does. Christ said in Matt 21: 22, “..whatsoever you ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”. Christ told His disciples, when you pray in faith – truly believing God that can answer, you can do great things -- even move mountains! The opposite is also true. Little faith, little power. Sometimes we don’t see answers to prayer because we don’t really believe God can or will answer. From now on, let’s pray in power, clean, obedient and in faith believing because God can and will answer according to His will just like He promised – even move the mountains.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - God's Prayer Requirements: Pray for God’s Will

November 16, 2022

Prayer can be powerful. It can move mountains, or it can move nothing. Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer, President of the American Pastors Network. The Pastors network places great emphasis on prayer- because God does. Unfortunately, too many people just go through the motions with no power, no answers, no results because their heart is unclean. Psalms 66:18 says, “If I harbor sin in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Unconfessed sin is fatal to powerful prayer. The Psalmist goes on to say that even if we sacrifice and cry out with great passion but have sin in our heart, not only will God not answer, but He won’t even listen! Living in disobedience to God’s commands, living in sin or harboring unconfessed sin in our hearts guarantees that our prayers won’t be answered. In these perilous days in our nation’s history when more people seem to be praying, shouldn’t we look into our hearts first? Can God answer your prayers or is your sin preventing Him from even hearing you? 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - God's Prayer Requirements: Pray with a Clean Heart

November 15, 2022

Ever hear the phrase, “Prayer changes things.” Do you believe it? The Apostle Paul said, ‘Pray without ceasing. James says, ‘the effectual prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much.” Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with the American Pastors Network. At the Pastors Network, we place great value on prayer – because God does. Prayer’s a command. It’s worship. It’s also a privilege. Ever wonder then why more people don’t pray and why we don’t see more answers to prayer? Most Christians know in their head that prayer’s important and many faithfully pray– particularly for our nation in these critical days yet - we see little visible impact. Perhaps there’s a reason God’s not answering our prayers! For the next several days, I’ll identify 3 primary reasons why God says He won’t answer some prayers. While praying is good. Praying in obedience to God and according to His will with faith believing is essential. 

Monday, November 14, 2022 - God’s Prayer Requirements: Does God Answer all Prayers?”

November 14, 2022

James 5 talks about the power of prayer and that’s good because our nation’s needs are immense. Sadly, most people only look to God as a last resort. Where’re you looking? Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with the American Pastor’s Network. Until God’s people start and finish on their knees there’ll be no power. There’ll be no help. Power in prayer must be marked with a commitment to the obedience of God’s Word, a genuine attitude of humility and repentance, and a singular dependence on God alone. When people depend on organizations, they get what organizations can do. When people depend on people, they get what people can do. When people depend on education, they get what education can do. When people depend on government they get what government can do. But only when people depend on God alone and come to Him in prayer on His terms will they get what all and only God can do. Are you praying? Are you praying on His terms?   

Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 - Rumors of War Series: Matthew 24:6 - Living Ready

November 11, 2022

Transcript: One growing trend in our society is an entire industry developed around emergency preparedness. Ads warn viewers to stockpile food and prepare a plan for a time of future disaster. While physical preparation is wise but temporary. Spiritual preparation is essential and eternal! Hello, I’m Sam Rohrer with another Stand in the Gap Minute. This week, we’ve looked at what Jesus said about future wars, rumors of war and other end times warnings. Jesus told us not to be alarmed, that these conflicts must take place, and that these wars are not the end. In Matthew 24:45, Jesus used a parable to highlight our response. He asked, “Who then is the faithful and wise servant?” Our response to conflict is not fear; it’s faithfulness. We must serve and not swerve. We must stand in faith not fall in fear. Observing Christs warnings should drive us to clarity and holiness, not confusion and paralysis.