Greetings in the mighty and matchless name of Jesus! At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11
This past Sunday Jackie and I joined with the Charlevoix Church of the Nazarene to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of that precious congregation. Charlevoix Church has had a significant impact in the kingdom. From their midst several pastors, missionaries, and other kingdom leaders have emerged. We looked at the text in Joshua 4 were the standing stones (Ebenezers) were erected to commemorate God’s faithfulness. As with then, so the purpose of this celebration was not solely to look back at what God has done. But primarily to look forward in faith to what God will do as we step out in obedience to His call. Joshua declared: 7...these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. ... 24That all the people of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is mighty: and that you might fear the LORD your God forever (Joshua 4:7&24). The precious promise recorded in Lamentations 3:22-23 came to mind: It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.
Please be in prayer for two of our pastoral families who have recently lost loved ones. Rev. Tim and Lori Hall’s daughter-in-law, Sarah, was killed in a tragic accident a couple of weeks ago. Also, Jamie Carpenter’s father passed away this Monday morning. Both of these families are dealing with some special grief right now. Please hold them up with love and prayers.
My Scripture prayer for you: May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. May the eyes of your understanding be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. And may you know the exceeding greatness of His power in us who believe, according to the working of His mighty grace (Ephesians 1:17-19)!
In Our Savior’s Service Together!
Rev. Dan Gilmore