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Saturday, October 29 2016
God is in control

Have NO Fear:  God has this!

Isaiah 26:3  (NLT)

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

Later this month I’m scheduled to have some major surgery.  

On November 8th we have what I believe is the most important election in USA history.

Human nature would say I should be fearful and worried about both  of these.

However, the Scriptures are true:  God has NOT given us a spirit of fear.

HE is keeping me in PERFECT PEACE,  because I am trusting in Him.

God has my future and the future of the USA under control, part of His Divine plan.

Join me in trusting Him today.

Love ya,  Pastor Phil      

Posted by: Pastor Phil Illum AT 04:56 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 22 2016
Take my hand

The lyrics to Thomas A. Dorsey's old gospel song say, "Precious Lord take my hand. Lead me on help me stand". Written at a crisis point in his own life, Mr. Dorsey's thinking has helped shape the feelings of many who are troubled by events out of their control.

Each time I hear that dear old song I'm reminded of the security I felt as a child crossing the busy downtown street of our home town with my hand in daddy's calloused hand. To use his colorful turn of phrase, the boulevard was often "running bank-full". In those days US 17 highway was routed right through the middle of our small town and carried much of the North/South traffic as the cold sensitive populace ebbed and flowed across the Mason-Dixon Line with the change of seasons.

There were only two kinds of pedestrians; the quick and the dead. But the dangers of crossing the street were of little concern to me. The capabilities of my stubby little legs were superseded by the length of Daddy's adult strides. My hand in his guaranteed he would lift me above my own inadequacies. And should I fall, he would pick me up and carry me to safety. 

So it is for us as believers. There is so much of life that eludes our control; so many challenges able to crush the life out of our dreams. But we have placed our hand in God's great hand. His compassionate heart senses our every concern. His capabilities tower over all our fears. His power fills in the blanks for our inadequacies. His strength shores us up at our weak points.

Tommy Dorsey's great lyrics become our daily prayer: "Precious Lord, take my hand. Lead me on, help me stand. I am tired. I am weak. I am worn. Through the storm, through the night. Lead me on to the Light. Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home."

Let God pick you up, then try again!


Pastor Richard Orrell

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Saturday, October 15 2016
God's Self Defense Plan

God's Self Defense Plan

John 14:27  (NLT)

2“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

As we approach November 8th elections, many in our country are stressed and face uncertainty.   Today’s scripture tells us that God has left us a GIFT— His PEACE.

Our responsibility is to PRAY and VOTE.  The results are up to the Lord.    The WORD says that He raises up and lets down those in   power.   All power and authority comes from God. 

Men may strive, but God ultimately is in    control of our country and our futures.

Let’s all be sure to vote, but not worry and fret, for our Father is in control.  Do your part:  PRAY and VOTE. Then relax in the knowledge that God does all things well.

Love ya,   Pastor Phil      

Posted by: Pastor Phil Illum AT 07:10 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2016

If My People

2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT

“Then if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

Friends: We have just 38 days until possibly the most important election in our Nation’s history.

According to this Scripture, if we call on His name and turn from our wicked ways He will restore our land.

However, as Christians, we have a God-given right and a command from Him to vote and be active in the decisions that affect our land.

If we don’t vote we are making the wrong choice.     Due to my not being able to vote on election day, we cast our absentee ballot last Tuesday for whom we pray is our next President.  I  encourage each of you to PRAY and VOTE!

Love ya,   Pastor Phil      

Posted by: Pastor Phil Illum AT 07:05 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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