Monday, June 27, 2016

The Place of Power

Amos asked the question, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) Or  can men who are not in agreement with each other walk together? The obvious answer is no, they can not.             
King David said: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” He ends with, “for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.”
Agreement is unity. I remember my dear friend Richard Reneau speaking a message here several years ago. His message title was, “the point of agreement is the place of power.” We never empower people with a contentious spirit or a dis-agreeable attitude. We empower people when we come to terms of agreement and have a spirit of unity.
Agreement is a dynamic principle of God. It works between us and God, and it works between us and one another. A church will never have power where brethren are in disagreement with each other. The dynamic event of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was the result of the believers being in one place and in one accord. It was at that point that the power came down. (Acts 2:1-4)
The power of God’s presence can not come into a home until the husband and wife get into agreement. Submitting to each other brings unity in the marriage and agreement brings power to make good decisions.
God wants to release the power of His presence into each of our lives. This will happen when we come into agreement with God and with His word. What is faith? Faith is agreeing with God’s word. Power is released when we come into agreement with God. “The point of agreement is the place of power.”
Sometimes people get angry with God because God has not performed for them in the way they wanted Him to. God didn’t do something. But they won’t express their anger because we all know that if a person is spiritual they won’t blame God. Right? At least not openly. But in our spirit we do. We ask questions like, “Why doesn’t God bless me financially like He blesses other people?” It’s a matter of principles. We are not in agreement with God’s principles for financial blessing, so the power to bless us has been limited.
God’s promises to us will lose their power if we are not in agreement with Him. We must come to the place of agreement with God’s word. God wants to release His power in every aspect of our lives but His power comes where faith is present. The opposite of faith us unbelief, and unbelief is disagreement with God. Faith is agreement with God and agreement with God releases God’s hands to put more of His power into our lives. Unity and agreement bring God’s blessings in greater measure than in an other way that I know!

Pastor Amundson

Monday, June 20, 2016

England - Romania - and GOD!

My trip into England and Romania turned out to be one of the most productive and rewarding experiences of any other mission trip I have taken. I saw first hand the power and strength of God demonstrated through pure brotherly love among the pastors and leaders from ten nations gathered in Brasov, Romania at a leaders conference this past week.

I was overwhelmed with joy to see such spiritual hunger and expectation of what God is preparing to do in Eastern Europe. It’s a new day of renewal and restoration of God’s Kingdom for that part of the world!  It was such a privilege to be one of the speakers for the conference and to join together with our team to lay our hands on all the many leaders there. Our prayers were for God’s empowerment and the release of gifting's and skills needed to expand God’s Kingdom work throughout Eastern Europe.

With the help of some good translators we were able to connect in the Spirit and see some powerful effects from body ministry. The excitement that these European leaders have to see the growth of God’s Kingdom in that part of the world is so refreshing to see.

Ten Nations Represented!

The I.G.O (International Global Outreach) conference was attended by pastors and leaders from Romania, Germany, Hungary, Ukraine, Moldova, Transistria, Syria, Israel, Luxembourg, and United Kingdom. The speakers whom I traveled with were Kelton Black, Kingsley Armstrong, David Price from the U.K. and Doug Pittman from San Antonio, Texas.

God Blesses Unity!

Psalm 133 tells us that God commands His blessing where brethren dwell together in unity. There was absolutely a family type relationship spiritually among those of us who traveled together from England to Romania. We were in spiritual agreement all the way! Even when we were short on financial resources because of some over budget expenses from the Romanian side, a Spirit-led Christian businessman from Romania stepped up to cover all expenses with more than enough to cover some of the costs for another I.G.O Conference next year. God had commanded His blessing!

Kelton Black has made a giant leap for God on an international level since recovering from cancer surgery last year. He is amazingly well and took care of all my accommodations which included speaking at another conference in Cornwell, England and at his church in Sommerset, England. Trevor Krantz joined us for the Romanian trip and will be staying in England to help Kelton for the next few weeks.

Mike Andrews joined us in Brasov, Romania and we visited his work in the gypsy community where he will be this week. Thanks for everyone’s prayers for us! We all felt the impact of them.
Pastor Amundson

Friday, June 10, 2016

Author and Finisher of our Faith

Author and Finisher of our Faith
As Christians we all have our times when things around us are anything but perfect. It is easy to get caught up in the circumstances around us and become discouraged and even begin to grumble a little. Of course when we do this, it is displeasing to the Lord. Especially those of us who have been walking with the Lord for some time, for we know better. Fixing our eyes on our circumstances rather than the author and finisher of our faith.
I have known those who have lost loved ones and in the process not felt the assurance that their salvation was secure. It is a very hard thing to go through, the closer the person is to the individual, the harder it is.
So how can we know? Or I should say, can we know? To my knowledge we can’t for sure but the Bible has some encouraging news. Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42,43)  As this man was about to die, he turned to Christ for forgiveness and Christ accepted him. This shows that our works don’t save us - our faith in Christ does. It is never too late to turn to God. Even in his misery, Jesus had mercy on this criminal who decided to believe in Him. Our lives are much more useful and fulfilling if we turn to God early, but even those who repent at the very last moment will be with God in His kingdom. The dying criminal had more faith than the rest of Jesus’ followers put together. Although the disciples continued to love Jesus, their hopes for the kingdom were shattered. Most of them had gone into hiding. By contrast, the criminal looked at the man dying next to him and said “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” By  all appearances, the kingdom was finished. How awe-inspiring is the faith of this man who alone saw beyond the present shame to the coming glory! What a motivation to those of us long time believers to look beyond the troubling circumstances in our lives to the author and finisher of our faith!
~Pastor Reg

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

My Life Helps Paint My Neighbors Picture of God

My Life Helps Paint
My Neighbor’s Picture of God!

“After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” John 13:5

Albert Einstein once remarked, “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another; it is the only means!”

In washing the disciples feet, Jesus shocked His followers. This was not to show off - Jesus was not some water-basin wonder. With a towel around His waist, Jesus washed soiled feet, but He was more interested in dirty people than dusty toes. The disciples had been vying for leadership positions, and Jesus played chief foot washer to clean their hearts rather than their feet. Knowing that He would be going away, Jesus acted as a servant to combat the hot shot attitudes of the disciples. He hoped they would recall and imitate His humility.

The Old Testament writers described Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, and Daniel as servants. Humble and caring leaders before God and others, they led without service charges.

In coming to this earth, Jesus became part of a long-running play, but He was not acting. HE took the servant part for some 33 years to show people how to live. Those who follow Him lead by example. They never make a grand entrance; they come in the service door, and others soon come after them. Jesus Christ visibly demonstrated the love of God when He was on earth. In stooping to wash His disciples feet, HE mirrored the submissive step HE had taken when HE left heaven to become a man. He lived with limitations of humanity, yet HE healed the sick, reached out to the despised, and endured bitter hatred as His reward. HE died like a criminal on a Roman cross. All of these things reflected God’s love, for Jesus said, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) Jesus is no longer with us in His physical body - HE now sits at God’s right hand in heaven. Therefore, if God’s love is to be embodied on earth today, it must be done through those of us who are Christians.

Not long ago, 16 women from Rockford, Illinois, my home town, beautifully demonstrated God’s love by rearranging their schedules to give round-the-clock nursing care to Martha, a 26 year old women with ALS. They bathed her, fed her, talked with her, prayed for her, and witnessed to her. Martha, who had not accepted Christ as her Savior and couldn’t understand how a loving God could let her get ALS, saw His love in these women and eventually became a Christian. Although feeble and unable to speak clearly, she gave a testimony of her faith and was baptized in a local church. A short time later, she died. She is with the Lord today because 16 women, following Jesus’ example, personified God’s Love!