How to Maintain Your Joy, Peace and Confidence in Difficult Times

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In 2020, Tim Dilena became the senior pastor at Times Square Church in New York City. This week, Pastor Dilena joins the Gary Wilkerson Podcast to talk about God’s faithfulness as Times Square Church ministered to a city on edge in a time of global crisis.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Gary Wilkerson and Tim Dilena briefly discuss the history of their fathers, David Wilkerson and Paul Delina, as told in The Cross and the Switchblade.

  • Tim Dilena shares his history in pastoral ministry and the difficult season he went through before becoming the lead pastor of Times Square Church.

  • In some of the most difficult times in the Bible—the cross, persecution, the belly of the great fish—you see people praying words from Psalms.

  • When you are going through difficult times, and you don’t know what to pray, you can find lots of great verses in Psalms that will encourage you and build up your faith.

  • Pastor Tim Dilena shares the challenging season he went through stepping in as the lead pastor of Times Square Church during a global pandemic, racial tensions, civil unrest, and a volatile election.

  • If you want to show how crooked a stick is, place a straight stick next to it.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Acts 4; Psalm 2:1–2; Psalm 22:1; Jonah 2; Jeremiah 16:14–15; Romans 13:8–10; 1 Timothy 1–3

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

About Tim Dilena

Tim Dilena is senior pastor of Times Square Church. He is the third senior pastor since the founding of the church by David Wilkerson in 1987.

Pastor Tim attended Baylor University, Wayne State University and Moody Bible Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Corporate Finance and has taken extended studies in apologetics at Oxford University in England.

He travels extensively with Gary Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz speaking at pastor conferences globally for World Challenge, the ministry founded by David Wilkerson, and sits on its board of directors.

Tim and his wife, Cindy, have four children, Christian, Anna, Grace and Lauryn.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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