Friday, February 25, 2011

Revival Begins at Home


It was into the home that sin first came. It is in the home that revival first needs to come. It is the hardest place, the most costly, but the most necessary place to begin. The home is the place before all others where this should be experienced.

But how different is the experience of so many of us professing Christians in our homes—little irritations, frayed tempers, selfishness and resentments; and even where there is nothing very definitely wrong between us, there is just not that complete oneness and fellowship that ought to characterize Christians living together.

All things that come between us and others come between us and God and spoil our fellowship with Him, so that our hearts are not overflowing with divine life.

Revival in my home? I have got to challenge my heart about this. Am I prepared to continue in my present state, or am I really hungry for new life, His life, in my home?

As we bow at the cross, His selfless love for others, His longsuffering and forbearance flow into our hearts. The precious blood cleanses us from an unloving will and the Holy Spirit fills us with the very nature of Jesus. I Cor. 13 is nothing less than the nature of Jesus, and it is all a gift to us, for His nature is ours, if He is ours.

This blessed process can happen every single time the beginnings of sin and lack of love creep in, for the cleansing fountain of blood is available to us all the time! All this will commit us very definitely to walking the way of the cross in our homes. Real oneness conjures up for us the picture of two or more sinners together at Calvary.

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love!” 1 Cor. 13:4



- Pastor Regan Myers

Communion Together


Our recent communion service was an awesome and unusual experience for both the younger and older generation. One of our elders brought to our attention the need for our older generation to encourage the younger ones who may look different, and who worship with a different style of music than we are used to. We need to love and embrace them and appreciate the fact that there is a desire in the hearts of the younger generation to worship the Lord!

The Holy Spirit led us to have an older person ask a young person to join them at the Lord’s table to serve each other. It was a powerful expression of unity between the two generations!

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Favorite Child


Every mother has a favorite child! You don’t believe that? Read on. After all, she is only a human mother. The favorite child is the one for whom she shall feel a special, motherly closeness. It is to this child that a love is offered that nobody else could possibly understand.

Her favorite child is the one who broke his foot while swinging his very first day of Kindergarten; who was sick with mumps during Christmas; who was so sick at his 10th birthday party he couldn’t eat any of his favorite cake and had to watch all his invited friends gorge themselves.

Her favorite child was the one who was passed over and chose last for school games; who happened to see the family dog struck down by a car on the street.

Her favorite child had a teacher who made life miserable for him in the 4th grade; who she held in her arms all the way to the emergency room so more stitches could be set.

Her favorite child is the one who forgot all those carefully learned lines for the church Christmas program; who lost the money so lovingly earned and saved in order to by a favorite toy.

Her favorite child is the one who didn’t make the starting softball team; who failed the most important ritual of passage, a driver’s license exam.

Her favorite child dropped what would have been the winning touchdown pass in the end zone.

Her favorite child slammed doors in frustrated anger because of the way he had been treated by his best friend; who cried when he was ignored by the “in” people in his High School; who withdrew and refused to talk about it.

All mothers everywhere have their favorite child. And it seems to always be the same one. The one who needs you at a critical life moment. That one who needs you at the moment may be frustrated, hurt, happy, depressed, injured, rejected, self-centered, selfish, disappointed, lonely, questioning, hungry, wondering, helpless, in love, misguided - the list is endless.

The favorite child simply needs a mother just to be there! But most of all: the favorite child needs his mother to carry him 9 months and give him a chance to breath the air!



- Pastor Regan Myers

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem


For the past 40+ years Israel’s major military concerns have been her northern and southern borders. Syria to the north, and Hezbollah which has taken over as the military power in Lebanon. On the southern border is Egypt which has never really acted like a neighbor but who wants peace with Israel. Now the Hamas has taken over Gaza. Not to mention the ever increasing threat Saudi Arabia poses with their very strong Air Force supplied by the USA. Over the past two decades Iran has become the predominant player, and is about to become the major military power in the region.

But recently two new and very disturbing factors have come into play. In the past Israel did not have to worry so much about her eastern and western borders - now this has changed. The King of Jordan, like his father, has become worried that this time around the Arab world will be able to destroy Israel. If that happens it would leave him in a terrible position. The rest of the Arab world would surely destroy his Kingdom - which by the way, is 80% Palestinian anyway. So King Abdullah is now making trips to Iran to join the Iranian led coming war against Israel. The small buffer zone of safety Israel thought they had been provided with in the Jordanian peace treaty has evaporated in the past few weeks. This of course makes that 80% Palestinian population happy and gives the Kingdom a little breathing room, or so the King hopes.

Israel’s western border is the Mediterranean, and Israel and Turkey have for many years shared military contracts and agreements - and maintained a good economic relationship - as well as reciprocal tourism. But that has changed because Turkey has now joined the Iranian and Syrian threat to Israel - and that is no small threat. What we are witnessing is Ezekiel 38:5-6 as well as Isaiah 17:1 in the making. What is happening in God’s economy? The weather has changed, and will continue to do so. On the Fox Weather channel they even call it “wicked” weather. For those who don’t believe that God will use the weather to bring correction and punishment should read Job 37:9-13 and Job 28:21-23. These Scriptures give a clear picture, yet many will say that this is not for this day - but they best read them again.


- Pastor Virgil Amundson

With the enemies of Israel closing in on all sides, there is an upside to this situation. Israel will have no choice but to look up to the only salvation they have. The Bible tells us that it is God who will save Israel and destroy her enemies on the mountains of the north. That is not to say that Israel will not fight with everything she has and many will die. Yet it is God who will have the victory for this is HIS LAND and JERUSALEM is HIS CITY. And everyone who comes against it will be destroyed and cut to pieces. For we read in God’s Word: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30 For those of us living in these days need to read again and again But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:13 (This report is from Jerry golden who lives in Jerusalem.)

Welcome


Welcome to The Relevant Pen - a blog from the desks of the pastors and staff at Shell Lake Full Gospel Church in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Here is where you'll find encouraging words, articles and updates on current events, and valuable insight on issues that affect your family and faith.

For more information about Shell Lake Full Gospel Church, click here to visit our website.