Celebrating Women’s Ministry

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Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

Joel 2:28-29 (NLT)
28 “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. 29 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.

This Sunday we are celebrating National Women’s Ministries Sunday in the Assemblies of God. Women have played a great role in the history of the Assemblies of God. Particularly in the early days of the Pentecostal movement women such as Alice Reynolds Fowler played a significant role in our growth in those early days. While there are a number of denominations that are frowned on, or even forbid women in ministry, we have always encouraged women to follow their calling in Christ. This is an appropriate aspect of our fellowship since there were a number of women in Scripture that have played significant roles in Salvation history. There is the prostitute Rahab who hid the Israelite spies in the Book of Joshua, the Judge Deborah from the Book of Judges, Ruth the Moabite women who became the Great Grandmother of King David, the Prophet Anna from the Gospel of Luke, Mary the mother of our Lord, Lydia the church planter in Acts, and the list goes on and on. Furthermore, women involved in ministry can be seen as a fulfillment of the prophecy about the Pentecostal age as foretold by the Prophet Joel. As Joel proclaimed, “In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.” While there have been women throughout our history that have been in the forefront, there has also been countless women, servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, who have given of their time, resources, talent, and effort to further the Kingdom here on earth. To all the women at New Life, I thank you for your ministry, service, and faithfulness that you have given to us over and over. We certainly could not function, let alone strive forward, without your faithfulness. May God continue to richly bless you and our church family as you continue your ministry among us.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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Katelyn Ruckman

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Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

This week for my Pastor’s Corner/Blog, I would like to share with you a portion of the message that I shared at my friend Katelyn Ruckman’s going home celebration this week.  This you incredible young woman touched my life in a very real way.  For those of you who have not heard me speak of her before, she was one of my Aflac customers who, at the age of 19 was diagnosed with Leukemia. The way that Katelyn lived her life was an example of what it means to keep pressing on.  What follows is an excerpt from my message that I preached at her memorial service.  “Faced with the biggest challenge of her life, faced with incredible obstacles, she kept pressing on.  She endured overwhelming physical and emotional pain, but she kept pressing on.  She was poked a prodded, and injected with chemicals that no human being should have to endure.  But she kept pressing on.  Furthermore, even though she was going through living hell, she dedicated her efforts to finding a cure for Leukemia so that no one would have to go through what she was going through.  She kept pressing on!  There maybe some here today ready to give up.  However, if Katelyn could speak to us today she would say, “Keep pressing on!”  As Paul said, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  Keep pressing on to the higher calling of our Lord!  If you are facing what seems like impossible odds in your life, keep pressing on.  If you feel like you cannot take another step, keep pressing on. If you feel like there is no hope, keep pressing on.  If you feel like giving up, keep pressing on.  On, and on, and on.  Keep pressing on to the higher calling of our Lord!”  Rest in peace Katelyn, I will never forget you!

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

Valentine’s Day Ten Commandments

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Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

Since this week we are celebrating Valentine’s Day I thought I would share this tongue-in- cheek piece I found this week. Enjoy!

THE VALENTINE’S DAY TEN COMMANDMENTS

  1. I am thy Main Squeeze; thou shalt have no other squeeze before me.
  2. Thou shalt not take the name of thy Squeeze in vain, nor badmouth him/her behind his/her back.
  3. Remember our Anniversary, and keep it holy–or else.
  4. Honor MY mother and father. THINE are just too weird.
  5. Thou shalt not kill my love by behaving tackily or cause undo embarrassment when I am with thee.
  6. Thou shalt not commit adultery, nor shalt thou even THINK about it least you be smitten from the earth.
  7. Thou shalt not steal from my wallet/purse while I am at my bath, nor use my credit cards.
  8. Thou shalt not talk about our personal problems to our friends.
  9. Thou shalt not covet the higher market price of thy neighbor’s house without first puttin’ down the remote and learnin’ how to use a paintbrush!
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s main Squeeze, nor his son, nor his daughter, nor his stereo, nor his BMW, nor anything else that belongs to thy neighbor.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark