Friday, October 26, 2012

God Is Speaking: Rise Up!


God is speaking to the church today to “Come Alive!” He is speaking to our nation to ‘Return to Righteousness!’ God is speaking to us personally as believers to prophecy and declare to the nations to “hear what God is saying and RISE UP AND LIVE!”

There is far too much spiritual death and spiritual deafness in the land. Too many Christians have become dry spiritually and have lost hope that revival can come to our land. Times like this is a fertile time for the prophets to speak to us and declare that God will once again raise up His people to another level of holy living and godly thinking which includes Jesus on our minds!

In Ezekiel 37 God called this prophet in a vision to a valley that was full of very dry bones. These bones represented the spiritual condition of the House of Israel. Ezekiel saw himself prophesying to these dry bones declaring that God was going to breathe life into them. God was going to reform them into a nation and bring them out of their bondage of captivity to their oppressors. Verse 14 says “I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land.” God disapproves of dryness and deadness when it pertains to His own people.
My personal opinion is that God will lift the oppressive results of our backslidings both as a nation and as a people of God if we will “be purified as gold, and change our garments of shamefulness for white garments, and allow our eyes to be opened to see where He wants to bring each of us.” Rev. 3:18

This is our time to hear and to declare the Word of the Lord! God is not through with this nation! But we must “Arise and Live,” and heed His call. He is breathing new life into us right now! He is awakening us to become an “exceeding great army throughout the land to declare His great salvation!”

By your hand, I will stand filled with glory,Hold your Word, on the earth all to show your life revealedFrom “Dry Bones” - New Life Worship
- Pastor Virgil Amundson


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Make Your Vote Count!


When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise (2 Sam. 23:3, 4). The living should know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. (2 Tim. 2:1,2)

The 2012 election is apt to be a very close race, much like the 2000 squeaker between George Bush and Al Gore which had to be decided by the Supreme Court. I believe that the number of professing Christians who actually go to the polls, and more importantly—how they vote—will likely determine who wins this the most crucial election in 100 years.

As Christians we have the solemn privilege and duty to vote our enlightened conscience with faith towards God and prayerful discernment. This very exhortation was made by John G. Talcott, Jr. in 1974 in the first election-year newsletter published by Intercessors for America. Here is a condensed version of what he wrote under the heading: Choosing Candidates. “What should one look for in political candidates seeking office? A few words of caution:

1. Don’t choose someone by party affiliation alone, for all parties have both good and corrupt individuals within their ranks.
2. Don’t pick a candidate simply by what he says or promises, for this is often meaningless once he gets into office.
3. Don’t be swayed because the candidate is the smartest person or has the most experience in politics.
4. Don’t be deceived just because a candidate says he is a Christian. Most will profess to be a Christian since they live in a so-called Christian nation. Of course, the best candidate is the committed, qualified, God-fearing believer who is seeking public office not to further his own interests, but to please God and to serve his constituency justly and honestly. In many cases the electorate may not have such a good choice.

What do we do then? First, we have to learn more about the choices and their qualifications. Do they have sterling character? Are they honest? Are they humble? Would they be willing to stand up for what is right even if they might lose? If neither candidate seems fit for public office, you should ask yourself: Which person would the devil want to be elected? Having prayerfully pondered that question, vote for the lesser of two evils! This is timely counsel as we approach the 2012 election.

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Rise Up And Live!


As we prepare with pre-prayer for the upcoming World Missions Conference this month, my mind recalls so many supernatural and miraculous happenings that we have seen together as a result of hosting these conferences through the years. 

From missionaries being sent out as a direct result through provisions received during our conference, to 2000 orphans being supplied with food to survive because of instant funds received during the conference to help them with food for over a year. We have together built a power plant in Pretoria, South Africa to supply power for the Bible Training Institute directed by Ron Kinnear. Also the miracle of sending one-half million dollars through this church for mission works around the world in 2010 when the economy had dipped to its lowest in our nation.

It’s always exciting to see God’s people in our church get involved personally beyond their giving by opening their homes to provide housing and meals for these ambassadors for God to enjoy with you. And they really do enjoy the relationships and friendships they make while they are here!

Our World Missions Conference should include everyone, including young families and children who get to enjoy the artifacts and displays that are set up by our missionaries for everyone to see. What a wonderful opportunity it is for all of us to reach out and serve our guests from around the world in a loving and caring way. It is a time for all of us to set aside our own work and pleasure to “Rise Up and Live” which is the theme set for our conference this year! 

Bring to life a new vision to redeem the lost to God! Bring to life the heart of a servant to become a greater blessing! Bring to life stagnant dreams for God to blow upon and bring to pass! Bring to life new hope and desires for a more prosperous and fulfilling future! Bring to life a fervent zeal for all that God wants you to do!

God is calling for dry bones to live again! He wants to bring back the new again! Our missions conference for 2012 will bring breakthroughs and spiritual victories for many of us this year. I’m excited about that!

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pray!


This year, the most important thing our church can do is pray for our nation! To give an example, during the month of October thousands of churches will be praying for our country. Through an historic initiative called PRAY31, congregations from coast to coast will experience the power of intensive, purposeful prayer. When we call out to God according to His will, He responds and brings His transforming grace!

If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14

This verse reveals in principle a revival prayer applicable to God’s people in any age. The context follows Solomon’s dedicatory prayer for the temple—one that focuses the responsibility of any people to seek God for mercy after sin has brought its desolation, plague, and judgments. This verse summarizes God’s chosen way of restoration, which through the prayers of His people, a guide for prayers for revival in all places:
1. Humble ourselves (rather than God doing it to us.)
2. Pray for a full revelation of God’s glory to His people (seek His face.)
3. Turn from everything that contradicts the spirit and direction of our prayers (true repentance.)

The promised results: God will hear this prayer, will cleanse from sin, and will bring healing where it is needed—for the church, for the nation, and for the people!

- Pastor Regan Myers