A monthly communiqué of C hris tian Life F ellows hip
Volume 13, Issue 10
Inside this issue: Pastor’s Column
Men in Action
Senior Pastor’s Column end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun. Fortunately for the woman no charges were filed.
You and I live in a very interesting time. We are surrounded by a culture in which many people are very open to spiritual discussions. Many people see themselves as spiritual, and indeed they are---it’s just that their “spirituality” may be quite different from your spiritual reality. I am always amazed at the different responses you may get when you have the opportunity to have a spiritual discussion. One of the frequent responses is our relativistic age is this: “Well, it doesn’t really matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere in your belief. If it’s right for you, believe it sincerely.” Now, that sounds nice, but it doesn’t take a whole lot of logic to dismantle that idea. You can be absolutely sincere in what you believe, but if it isn’t the truth, you are going to be in a heap of trouble. Let me illustrate that truth with a story that someone sent me recently. This is reported to be a true story that is recorded in the police log in Sarasota, Florida. An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs, “I have a gun and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!” The four men didn’t wait for a second threat. They got out of the car and ran like mad.
You may be extremely sincere, and certain that you are right, but if you are basing your actions and decisions on a faulty premise, you are sincerely wrong, as that lady discovered, much to her chagrin. All the sincerity in the world won’t help you if you are basing your life on that which is not true. This is why it is so important that you and I know what the truth is, first of all, and then we must share that truth with those around us. The mission of the church---and remember, the church is us!---is to “go into all the world and make disciples.” We are to point people to Jesus, who declared Himself to be not only the Truth, but also the Way and the Life. The first Sunday of November we are privileged to have with us a man who has much knowledge of how the disciple-making process is working in Asia and northern Africa, and particularly the areas that formerly comprised the U.S.S.R. His name is Omar Beiler, and he oversees all the Assemblies of God missionaries in that region of the world. You will really enjoy hearing the stories of how the truth of Jesus Christ is impacting those countries, many of which are highly populated with Muslims. Remember, we do not have a Saturday night service on Oct. 31, on account of the Kid’s Candy Carnival that so many of us will be involved in. So, in order to hear Omar Beiler, you will need to be in either the two services on Sunday in Port Edwards, or the Sunday service that meets in Wisconsin Rapids at Grove Elementary School.
The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back seat of the car and got into the driver’s seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, and then she realized why. It was for the same reason she had wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat.
We are beginning a new series of weekend messages in November. I am really excited about the subject and the speakers who will be team-teaching this endeavor. Our series title is this: Should Marriage Matter to Me? Multiple perspectives on this critical cultural issue.
A few minutes later she found her own car parked about four or five spaces further down. She loaded her bags into her car and drove to the police station to report her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn’t stop laughing. He pointed to the other
It is no secret that the issue of marriage is a hot button in our culture. Some are suggesting that it has run its course, and that we need to create a new way of doing life. More and more couples are foregoing the institution of marriage and simply co-habitating. Divorce is
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so prevalent that half of all children will go through this traumatic experience. But I believe, as followers of Christ, we need to know what God says about marriage, and how that plays out in our culture. Interestingly, there are many academic and social studies that have been done, and the conclusions so often point to the necessity of healthy marriages in order to have healthy people. Some of what you hear may surprise you. You will have the opportunity to hear several speakers coming from a variety of backgrounds who will share on many different facets of marriage and home and kids and life. Many of our small groups will be studying along with the topics being shared in the weekend services. This is a series that everyone needs to hear, whether you are young or old, married or single, divorced or widowed, kids at home or empty nesters. The material that will be shared will impact all of our lives, and give us helpful answers to deal with the culture in which we live. For all of you who have teenagers or young adults in your family, do your best to get them there every weekend. I can promise you that you will have some great discussion material to generate some meaningful conversations.
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Stuff the School Bus Was A Success! With over 1,200 children served, the 2009 Stuff the School Bus event was truly a success! Stuff the School Bus was held August 13th, 2009 at Veteran’s memorial Park. Then on August 21, 2009 during the Stuff the Desk Event, over 1,200 local needy children received the school supplies they need for the school year. The event was held at Lincoln High School. Consider these statistics:
In 2009 we served over 1,200 students; in 2008 we served over 700.
In 2009 we stuffed two school busses; in 2008 we stuffed one.
plies 92% stated they qualify for the Free Reduced Lunch Program; 10% considered themselves homeless. The Stuff the School Bus Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make this possible; the volunteers, the organizations who held school supply drives, the individuals who donated school supplies, our local media who created and aired free public service announcements, and the organizations who made monetary/gift donations. Thanks to everyone working together, we made an incredible impact on the lives of local needy children. Thank you!
Overall, 32 schools from five different communities were impacted.
Because each child was asked to bring a canned food donation to Stuff the Desk, two dozen boxes of food donations were taken to South Wood County Emergency Pantry Shelf.
Over 50 volunteers gave of their time during both events.
Over 30 businesses, churches and service organizations either; held a school supply drive, made a cash donation or gave/did something to benefit the drive.
Of the 1,200 children who received donations of school sup-
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Laughter Is Really Good Medicine!! “A Cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 Reporter interviewing a 104‐year‐old woman: “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104” the reporter asked. She simply re‐ plied, “No peer pressure.”
“I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape so I got my doctors permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for
N.L.T. Acts 1:8 “When the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Isn’t it interesting that Jesus makes one singular reason for the out pouring of the Spirit, power for witnessing. He says nothing about the good feeling that accompanies the infilling of the Spirit. Yes, other scriptures speak of (as in Cor.) the personal blessing of the Spirit ministry of other tongues, which of course is a great personal blessed ministry. However, Jesus is here introducing the main reason and purpose of God’s Holy Spirit out pouring is for endowment of Power for Witnessing. Notice the apostles were far more interested and concerned that Jesus was here to restore (Continued on page 9)
seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down and perspired for a hour. But by the time I got my leotard on, the class was over.”
“My Memory is not as sharp as it used to be, also, my memory is not as sharp as it used to be!!” “I’ve sure gotten old! I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees. Fought cancer and diabetes. I’m half blind and can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine. I take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded and subject to blackouts. I have bouts with dementia and have poor circulation. I can hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. I can’t remember if I am 85 or 92. I have lost all my friends but thank God, I still have my driver’s license!!
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their kingdom. Acts 1:6-7 when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him “Lord, are you going to free Israel now and restore our kingdom.” Watch His answer. “The Father sets those dates” He replied “and they are not for you to know.” Really people are still no different today, we’re more concerned about the personal blessing, rather than to be a Blessing. The real dynamics of Holy Spirit Baptism is supernatural power for ministry. Such as only God knows what goes on in the mind and heart of the person or persons He is directing us to speak to. I don’t know and you don’t know, therefore it’s vital that we get information, supernaturally from the only one who knows. Concerning their openness and willingness to respond, we who are ministering also must be responsive to the Spirit. Let me illustrate – I was pastor of a church in Minnesota, sat in my study, when suddenly God spoke to me to go to visit a family I hardly knew. They lived far out in the country. I responded, yes, as soon as I get done with this, so I finished what I was doing and prepared to leave. When I arrived out at the farm place, there was neither car nor person anywhere. I fretted with the Lord, “I know you told me to go out here, here I am and no one is here. The VOLUM E 1 3, I SSUE 10
Lord said, “yes, I told you, but you didn’t go when I told you.” WOW! What a lesson that has helped me greatly. Sometimes we will be asked to go minister when it’s not convenient. Why? Remember the Holy Spirit is the only one who knows when the time and place is right.
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