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 Pastor's Pen 
Saturday, March 25 2017
Doing your own thing affects others.

Our second trip to Israel had begun well. The tour group had gathered to JFK in NYC from many quadrants of the compass. All flights had been on time. Each had found their way through the labyrinth of concourses. Soon all thirty seven of us were in the long line wrestling our carryons toward the door of our overseas chariot.

Seat backs were upright, trays were raised and fastened, luggage bins were closed, the seatbelt light was on, the flight crew was seated as the captain announced our departure.

At that moment, several passengers thought of something in their overhead luggage that they "just couldn't live without". In spite of pointed and tersely worded commands for them to be seated we waited approximately 45 minutes while passenger after passenger stood to retrieve the indispensable from the overhead luggage bins.

Finally! We pulled back from the gate and soared out over the North Atlantic toward our spiritual homeland.

But alas; due to the refusal of a few to listen to the voice of wisdom we missed our window of opportunity during which we would have benefited from a powerful tail wind saving tons of fuel. Many of us on that flight missed our first few itinerary stops because the captain was forced to stop for fuel in Athens, Greece.

There are some valuable life lessons contained in that flight:

1. Listen to the voice of authority.

2. There is often a very good reason for rules.

3. One's actions may be detrimental to many others.

4.  Difficult times in your life may not be your fault. It may be that you are being adversely affected by unwise or self-centered actions of others.

Makes me think of Jesus' words: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.


Richard Orrell, Pastor

Posted by: Pastor Rich Orrell AT 06:08 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, March 18 2017
What the world needs is Jesus

"What the world needs is Jesus"

Friends - often we are overwhealmed by the hustle and bustle of the busy lives we live.

We face financial challenges, physical emergencies, family unrest and yes, then there are the politics and world events.

The Scriptures say that in the last days we will have these items and even that men's hearts would fail them for fear.  Yes - we're in the last days, I do belive.  The signs are everywhere, just as the Scripture has foretold.

The 'experts' on TV tell us their solution to everything - - - but they're only flailing in the dark.   What the world needs is Jesus - nothing else will satisfy.

Join us this Sunday at Battlefield Assembly - where you'll hear anointed ministry from the World - the old-time gospel shared.   

You'll also hear encouraging and uplifting hymns and choruses, the way you remember them from the past.    If you're looking for a church that is similar to what you grew up with - you'll find a home at Battlefield Assembly.

What the world needs is Jesus my friend - come join us as we worship Him this Sunday.   A little talk with Jesus makes it all right!

See you Sunday :-) 

Posted by: Pastor Phil Illum AT 06:04 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, March 11 2017
Not perfect, just forgiven

As though it had happened yesterday, I remember the thrill of hearing my name called in the foyer of the church building. We had only been in the church for a few months. How could the pastor of such a large congregation know a little boy well enough to call him by name and express genuine interest in things a kid would like?

You see, our minister was a “people person” who specialized in making each of us feel we were his favorite. He made it his business to know what made our eyes light up. He could shoot marbles with the best and play softball with the rag tag crowd after “dinner-on-the-grounds”. And he it was who prayed for me and washed my face with cold water when I got hit in the eye by a fast-pitch softball.

Hugh Hawkins may never have been pastor of a megachurch but he walked on the water as far as that bunch of rowdy kids was concerned.

His care for us and his interest in us reminds me of the interest God must have in His kids. Jesus mentioned that God knows the number of hairs we have. How beautiful that our Father would be so focused on us and that He would send people like Pastor Hawkins into our lives to role-model His love.

I sincerely hope you have had someone like that to telegraph God’s love for you. If not, look around. There are any number of genuine Christians waiting to interact with you wanting nothing in return.

If you have had a bad experience somewhere along the way, let Jesus and His gentle people help with the hurts of the past. Remember; there are no perfect people…just forgiven!

Lovingly, Rich Orrell, Lead Pastor

Posted by: Pastor Rich Orrell AT 06:00 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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