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Sunday, August 31 2014
Send it on down!

James 5:7  (KJV)

7 ""Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth -  -  until he receive the early and  latter rain."

Sept 7th -10th we will have revival  services with Evangelist Daniel Tidmore.  God 's  promise is that HE will send the Latter Rain and It will be poured out on ALL His people.

Let's prepare our hearts for what the Holy Spirit desires to do in our midst in the coming week.   Don't miss a single service of these  special days!  Don’t miss out.   Be here !

If you're truly hungry for more of His Spirit, and the Power you can  have through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, come expecting and asking for more of Him.

Be hungry!   We need a fresh anointing!  The benefit we will receive from Him during these revival services depends on us.  

We must pray now, seek the Baptizer and submit our lives to Him.  He  says that He will fill the hungry until they are overflowing.   

Lord, let the Holy Ghost come on down and meet with us in the coming days! 

Join me in that prayer for a mighty outpouring of His Spirit!

Love ya, 

Pastor Phil  

Posted by: Pastor Phil Illum AT 12:35 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, August 23 2014
Consider the Lilies

These are three words that sum up Jesus’ take on a very important question as the school year begins.

A college student recently posted (tongue-in-cheek) on social media, two great problems facing her and her friends as they prep for school:

  1. Having nothing to wear
  2. Having no room left in her closet

I know the young lady and can verify that she is blessed with a closet full of lovely things to wear. But what she says teasingly, many say very seriously. The subject of costuming for today’s world is a very real concern for young people trying desperately to find their place in a confusing world. And worse; the question of what to wear may be symptomatic of their perceived need for many other things they think they will need to fit in at work or college.

Truth be told, it is not just the younger person who falls prey to the need to dress better than others or live in better surroundings, or drive something cooler than the neighbors. Keeping up with the Jones’ has been going on since time began.

Jesus well-knew that we would always be tempted to participate in the race to be a fashion statement. And He also realized our commitments to Him and the spread of His gospel would preempt our drive to preen our collective feathers on anyone’s runway. His words, “…Consider the lilies”, are tantamount to His own guarantee that our needs would be met. He will bring out our natural attractiveness in ways that do not rely on the latest fashions. Our character and grace will overshadow clothes that may be a bit tired or dated. The personality He has developed in us will render the finest clothing simple window dressing for the sterling qualities of Christlikeness others will see in our lives. And by the way; you WILL have something appropriate to wear. J

Yep…”Consider the lilies”. Now that is a promise we can live with!

Trusting in His goodness,

Richard Orrell, Pastor

Posted by: Pastor Rich Orrell AT 08:09 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, August 09 2014
Spiritual Growth from Spiritual Stress

Ever wonder why we get so sore after hard work or exercise? The best I can tell you is that our muscles build up lactic acid in them as a result of the heavy usage, and the result is pain. It takes time for our bodies to leach out the lactic acid and repair the damage done to our muscles by the unfamiliar motions and heavier-than-usual activities. But when the pain subsides and the repair of the damaged tissue is complete, our bodies put on a bit of extra muscle for potential repetitions of such strenuous activity. So, with regular exercise, more and more muscle is added. And on the other hand, prolonged inactivity results in muscle loss.

I wonder if there may be a similar thing going on in our spiritual lives. Is it possible that the pain brought on by troubled times triggers a time of rebuilding for our inner person? Do you suppose our characters develop added strength from surviving difficulties just as our physical bodies pack on muscle mass due to stressful exercise?

Perhaps I should point out that some of the strongest people I’ve ever known are those who have faced the most challenges. But some of the weakest are the ones always protected from the very stresses that would develop character.

Is it any wonder that the Bible enjoins us to give thanks for all things? (Ephesians 5:20)

Trust God as you walk through the crisis of the day. You’ll find yourself better for having walked with Him through yet another valley.


Pastor Rich Orrell

Posted by: Pastor Rich Orrell AT 03:36 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, August 02 2014
The Lord is Here!

Ezekiel 48:35   NLT

"And from that day the name of the city will be ‘The Lord Is there".  

As followers of Christ we must have His Spirit within us.    If we do, others will sense The Spirit of the Lord  when in our presence.

Let it be said of us:  "We can tell that they've been with Jesus".  Let His love and presence shine through us, as we're often the only 'Jesus' the world may see.

Be His hand extended to a cold and lonely world, make those with whom you come into contact see Jesus in you.

Love ya,  Pastor Phil      

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