Blog 85 for 11-10-2018

 

IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN!


This past Lord’s day Bess and I were blessed with the heart-warming reception of great and loving people. It was the first Sunday of our six month interim pastor term. We really are excited about the season ahead, and are asking our dear Lord to use us for His glory and honor. The unity and harmony of the people at Restoration Fellowship Church in Lakeland is a wonderful thing to experience!

 

During November we are winding our way through chapter 2 of the book of Acts, using as the title of the series “God’s Blueprint For A Powerful Church.” The keys to a dynamic and successful church are recorded here by Luke the disciple of Christ.

 

On Thursday, November 8, I attended my first staff meeting as the interim pastor of Restoration Fellowship. My heart was thrilled to listen to the progress reports since the official beginning on May 6. The first six-month journey of the new church has been incredible! I agree with Jay Ahlemann who says, “This pattern of growth is a miracle of God,” and I fully agree. Jay has started two churches, and says neither one of these had this record of growth in the beginning. One of these churches grew to over 3,000 in average attendance during his 25 years as the senior pastor. I will just keep believing that the best is yet to come!

 

It really is great to be back home again!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 


 

Blog 85 for 11-10-2018

 

POLITICS, UGH!  ELECTIONS, NECESSARY!

 

A lot of Christians were praying diligently for the Nov. 6 elections.  And the evidence is clear; God heard our prayers. Thank You, Jesus!

 

Some of those voted in, were not our choice; but, we can’t deny that God helped us in other big ways.  It’s time to say “Thanks.” Again, thank You, Jesus!  We are blessed. Teach us Your truths, Your lessons, Your ways.  May we work together where we can; and, may we strongly stand against evil, where it rears its ugly head. Amen.

 

I do believe that God has a message for us all.  And, that is, we are entering into a time of war, the forces of evil against the forces of God.  We will need the full armor of God to stand.

 

Paul viewed the Christian life as a kind of warfare, in Ephesians 6:10-18; and wanted his readers to prepare for combat with a dangerous opponent. 
 

Vs.10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Vs.11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Vs.12 For your struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Vs.13 Therefore, put on the full armor of God, SO THAT when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Vs. 14 Stand firm, then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place;

Vs. 15 And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Vs. 16 In addition, to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Vs. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

Vs. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

 

Can God count on me to STAND?  Can He count on you to STAND?

My answer is YES.  Remember that little chorus,
 

“I’ll say yes, Lord, yes to Your will and to Your way.  I’ll say yes, Lord, yes, I will trust You and obey. When Your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I’ll agree.  And my answer will be yes, Lord, yes.”

 

Ok, let’s put on His full armor, the belt, the breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet, and Sword.  

Bess