Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Newness of Life


Romans 6:5: “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.”

 

How is it possible for Christ to communicate his resurrection life to me? How do I receive this new life? Paul gives a very good illustration with these words: “PLANTED TOGETHER.” These two words carry with them in the Greek the sense of “being grafted,” and it gives us a very beautiful picture of the life of Christ which is imparted to us through resurrection.


A Chinese woman burned her arm badly and was taken to the hospital. In order to prevent serious scarring, it was found necessary to graft some new skin over the burned area. But the doctor attempted in vain to graft a piece of the woman’s own skin onto the arm. Due to her age and ill-nourishment, the skin graft was too poor and wouldn’t take. Then an American nurse offered a piece of skin and the operation was carried out successfully. The new skin knit with the old and the woman left the hospital with her arm perfectly healed; but there remained a patch of white American skin on her yellow arm to tell the tale of the past. If an earthly surgeon can take a piece of skin from one human body and graft it on another, can not a sovereign surgeon implant the life of His Son into me?

I don’t know how it is done. “The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 We cannot tell how God has done His work in us, but it is done. We can do nothing and need to do nothing to bring it about, for by the resurrection God has already done it. There is only one fruitful life in the world and that has been grafted into millions of other lives. God has cut off the old creation by the cross of His Son in order to bring in a new creation in Christ by resurrection. My glorying is in the fact it has been done—that through the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, that old world has “been crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Galatians 6:14 



- Pastor Regan Myers

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It's Just Around the Corner!

Here at Shell Lake Full Gospel, practices are in full swing for our Easter Alive drama production. We love to tell this story over and over! It's a great way for all of us to share the Easter story with our friends and loved ones, and an amazing reminder of Christ and His love.

Enjoy this taste of Easter Alive from our last play, "A Father's Heart"

For more information about this year's performances "How He Loves" visit  http://www.easteralive.com/


Sunday, March 20, 2011

No Other Lamb! No Other Name!



“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings, and He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”



Psalms 40:2-3


Isn’t it marvelous that these words were written 1000 years before our Lord ever came to earth, yet they outline so clearly and so accurately the course that He would follow when He came. And today, 2000 years this side of the cross, we are faced with the marvel of the infinite God becoming a finite man.



The Word that was with God, and was God, became flesh and dwelt among us in order to reveal what God was like. And the message of that revelation is unquestionable and clear today. There is no other hope for mankind. But in Him! You and I are living in a day when men are afraid of what is coming to pass. The greatest thinkers of our time are looking forward, faced with problems that cannot be overcome, and they are giving us little hope. They are saying “If we don’t find a way out of this mess soon, it’s hopeless! We’ll never solve the problems that are facing us now!” They are telling us the problems that face the individual are beyond his ability to solve on his own—the bitterness, the boredom, the emptiness, the meaninglessness of life.

 
All of this simply bears confirmation in our day and to our hearts personally that this Psalm is telling the truth! There is no other hope for mankind than the Gospel of Jesus Christ! No way out of darkness. There is no way to break the power and the grip of this evil sickness over the human race. The Gospel has no rivals; it is absolutely without equal! It is the one way by which we can find what God intended man to have. “You are my help and my deliverer.” Psalms 40:17





- Pastor Regan Myers

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Revival In The Home


Thousands of years ago, in the most beautiful garden the world has ever known, lived a man and a woman.

Formed in the likeness of their Creator, they lived solely to reveal Him to His creation and to each other and so to glorify Him every moment of the day. Humbly they accepted the position of a creature with the Creator - in complete submission. Because they always submitted their wills to His, because they lived for Him and not for themselves, they were also completely submitted to each other. So in that first home in that beautiful garden, there was absolutely harmony, peace, love, and oneness, not only with God but with each other.

Then one day the harmony was shattered, for the serpent entered the God-centered home, and with him, sin. And now because they had lost their peace and fellowship with God, they lost it with each other. No longer did they live for God - each lived for himself. They were each their own god now, and because they no longer lived for God they no longer lived for each other. Instead of peace, harmony, love, and oneness, there was now discord and hate. In other words...sin!

It was into the home that sin first came. It is in the home that revival first needs to come! Lord Jesus, revive our homes!



- Pastor Regan Myers 





Standing With Israel



Last week, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul called for ending all US foreign aid—including our military aid to Israel - in order to help balance the budget. We think cutting our aid to Israel would be a tragic error!


This report from Rapid Response Action Alert says that “cutting our aid to Israel would betray our highest principles, jeopardize our security, and end up costing us far more money in the long run.” We believe that the day we abandon Israel will be the day that America begins its own deep decline.


The fact is that our annual military aid to Israel is among the best investments we make in American security. Israel is on the front line of the battle against America’s enemies. When Israel is fighting against Hezbollah and Hamas, it is fighting terrorists who have the US in their sights. When Israel confronts Iran, it is confronting a nation that seeks to destroy both Israel and the United States. If these enemies ever conquered Israel, they would turn it into yet another anti-American terrorist base.


The US needs Israel - and Israel needs support by the US. Pastor John Hagee speaks of a “biblical mandate to bless the Jews” and of a Christian “debt of gratitude” to the Jewish people. Hagee notes that “The Jewish people gave to us the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the prophets Elijah, Daniel, Zechariah etc. Every word in your Bible was written by Jewish hands. The first family of Christianity, Mary, Joseph and Jesus, were Jewish. Jesus Christ, a Jewish rabbi from Nazareth, made this statement: “Salvation is of the Jews.” The point is this: If you take away the Jewish contribution to Christianity, there would be no Christianity!”


As Christians who stand for Israel please send an urgent email to Senator Rand Paul asking him to abandon his push to cut aid to Israel. Make it clear to him and the country that when he calls for this cut, he’s not speaking for you!


Go to this link for the Rapid Response Action Alert

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Are You Ready?

As this school year winds to a close, high school juniors and seniors are facing the ever-pressing question of what to do after they graduate.

TheBURN discipleship program is a great opportunity for young adults to strengthen their relationship with God, learn skills to live life successfully, build friendships that will last a lifetime, and experience the world with new eyes. It is open to single high school graduates ages 17-25.

Remember to be praying for the students in your life - that they will make wise and godly decisions about their future. And please pray for theBURN directors, staff, and teachers as we make preparations for more amazing students and another great year!




For more information visit http://www.discovertheburn.com/

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Heart of Stewardship: The Grace of Giving


Larry Burkett once stated: “Giving should be an outward, material expression of a deep, spiritual commitment...an indication of a willing and obedient heart.”
Martin Luther said, “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all. But whatever I placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”

A Starting Place for Giving: Under the Old Covenant with His children, giving started with a tithe. The meaning of the word “tithe” is a “tenth part.” Ten percent was to be given back to God. There were freewill offerings too, but the 10 percent was mandatory. “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30.
Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.” God’s children were to give to Him first, not last. Jesus validated the tithe in Matthew 13:23, but there is no mention of tithing after the Gospels. It wasn’t commanded nor was it rescinded. Tithing should never be viewed as a form of legalism. Every New Testament example of giving goes far beyond the tithe. However, none falls short of it. There is a timeless truth behind the concept of giving God our first fruits. Whether the tithe is still the minimal measure of those first fruits, I ask myself, does God expect His New Covenant children to give less or more? Jesus raised the spiritual bar; He never lowered it. I see the tithe as God’s historical method to get us on the path of giving. It serves as a gateway to the joy of grace giving. Tithing is not the finish line of giving; its just the starting blocks. Tithes can be the training wheels to launch us into the mindset, skills, and habits of grace giving. Tithing is like a toddlers first steps: they aren’t his last or best steps, but they’re a good start.

I have had the privilege to interview several givers. Most of them will mention tithing as the practice that first stretched them to give more. They tithed and then watched God provide. God Himself said, “Test me in this (tithe)...and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” Malachi 3:10 God withholds no good thing from those who love and honor Him.



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 Pastor Virgil Amundson