Monday, December 17, 2012

Pastor Amundson's Christmas Greeting

Linda and I are celebrating our 44th Christmas at Full Gospel Church this year. We must have been just kids when we first started our ministry here. At least it seems like it.

The world has changed so much since our first Christmas service here. There is so much less emphasis on the real meaning of Christmas in our public schools and in our market squares. There is increasing amount of opposition to presenting any Christmas pageants in our public schools that portray the true story of Christ’s birth. Linda and I used to love watching the children’s concerts at the school where the band and choirs would play and sing wonderful Christmas carols that were so inspirational and meaningful because they told about the real meaning of Christmas. That has changed where you now seldom see or hear a concert that present any message of the Christ child.

Well, no matter, with or without public approval we are going to continue to promote the peace, love, and joy that Christ brought into this world when he came as a baby in the cradle at Bethlehem. God has given to this world the most wonderful gift through His love for us. The gift of salvation through His Son has provided for all of us who believe in His Son, the promise of everlasting life. This is the reason why Linda and I moved to Shell Lake these many years ago. We wanted this message to be presented throughout this region unto the ends of the earth. The glory is all the Lords.

We remain grateful to still be able to serve as leaders of the ministry here. The greatest asset to this church body are all of the leaders and workers that God has raised up to facilitate every ministry of the church. It is to their honor that we are humbled to work alongside each of them.

Our prayers remain toward all of you that you may enjoy God’s rich blessings for health and happiness this Christmas and in the New Year!

- Pastor Amundson

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Compassion

As I was reading the words of Jesus in Matthew 25 I was gripped by the compellingness of Christ toward helping the poor and needy. Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me to drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, and I was poorly clothed and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I say to you, insomuch as you did anything for one of these, the least of my brothers, you did it for Me.” This passage gives the real heart of God, “To love your neighbor as yourself.” It takes some action for love to grow. We are told in Scriptures not to “love in words only, but in deed and in truth.” I John 3:18

Love is costly. It takes effort and time, and sometimes it takes money. Love is best expressed by showing compassion. When we show compassion toward others we are compelled to do something to change or improve their circumstances. To pity someone because of their misfortune means only to feel sorry for them and to do nothing to help them. But we are people of compassion!

We have an opportunity to put compassion and love into action next Sunday! We are reaching out to help and bless some people in this area during our Christmas in the Country program at 2:30 p.m..

It will be our opportunity to “feed the hungry, take strangers in, help clothe some people and to pray for people with need.” Many people from the area will come who need our love and compassion. We will provide some warm blankets, hats, gloves, mittens, shampoos, toothpaste and toothbrushes, bar soaps, deodorants, dish soaps etc. These are items that you can make or bring to the church on or before December 16th! Let’s all put on “bowels of mercies and kindness” and offer compassion in a loving way toward those with needs that we can meet. (Colossians 3:12/1 John 3:17)
Bring your donations to the church this week! Thank you!

-Pastor Amundson