Encouragement

Sean Kelly — Monday, August 4th, 2008 @ 10:15 am
Filed under: Audio

I personally missed the annual conference, that happens over Memorial Day weekend, this year. However, one of the brothers who was able to be there was particularly encouraged by two of the speakers and wanted share them here so that those we love who are serving abroad could be encouraged too.


My Child

Sean Kelly — Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 @ 11:20 am
Filed under: Encouragment

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. [Psalm 139:1]
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. [Psalm 139:2]
I am familiar with all your ways. [Psalm 139:3]
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. [Matthew 10:29-31]
For you were made in my image. [Genesis 1:27]
In me you live and move and have your being. [Acts 17:28]
For you are my offspring. [Acts 17:28]
I knew you even before you were conceived. [Jeremiah 1:4-5]
I chose you when I planned creation. [Ephesians 1:11-12]
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. [Psalm 139:15-16]
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. [Acts 17:26]
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. [Psalm 139:14]
I knit you together in your mother’s womb. [Psalm 139:13]
And brought you forth on the day you were born. [Psalm 71:6]
I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. [John 8:41-44]
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. [1 John 4:16]
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. [1 John 3:1]
Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. [1 John 3:1]
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. [Matthew 7:11]
For I am the perfect father. [Matthew 5:48]
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. [James 1:17]
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. [Matthew 6:31-33]
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. [Jeremiah 29:11]
Because I love you with an everlasting love. [Jeremiah 31:3]
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. [Psalms 139:17-18]
And I rejoice over you with singing. [Zephaniah 3:17]
I will never stop doing good to you. [Jeremiah 32:40]
For you are my treasured possession. [Exodus 19:5]
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. [Jeremiah 32:41]
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. [Jeremiah 33:3]
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. [Deuteronomy 4:29]
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. [Psalm 37:4]
For it is I who gave you those desires. [Philippians 2:13]
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. [Ephesians 3:20]
For I am your greatest encourager. [2 Thessalonians 2:16-17]
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. [2 Corinthians 1:3-4]
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. [Psalm 34:18]
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. [Isaiah 40:11]
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. [Revelation 21:3-4]
And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. [Revelation 21:3-4]
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. [ John 17:23]
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. [John 17:26]
He is the exact representation of my being. [Hebrews 1:3]
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. [Romans 8:31]
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. [2 Corinthians 5:18-19]
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. [2 Corinthians 5:18-19]
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. [1 John 4:10]
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. [Romans 8:31-32]
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. [1 John 2:23]
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. [Romans 8:38-39]
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. [Luke 15:7]
I have always been Father, and will always be Father. [Ephesians 3:14-15]
My question is…Will you be my child? [John  1:12-13]
I am waiting for you. [Luke 15:11-32]


There is nothing new under the Sun

Sean Kelly — Monday, October 8th, 2007 @ 10:18 pm
Filed under: Encouragment

“That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So, there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages which were before us. There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance among those who will come later still.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9-11

In case you are inclined to think that Solomon didn’t know what he was talking about especaiily when it comes to new things like the Internet, think again. Researchers at the Radboud University have found that certain types of plants form underground network runners that they use for communication with neighboring plants of the same species. You can read the whole article at Science Daily.


True Believers!

Sean Kelly — Monday, September 10th, 2007 @ 2:21 pm
Filed under: Encouragment,Fellowship

As Brian pointed out, while we were at the Deer Lake Believer’s Conference over Labor Day weekend, none of the people getting baptized had made a profession of faith that day. These were believers who decided to own their faith and obey the scriptures and be baptized. In most cases the fathers had the honor of baptizing their children. Levi and Hillary’s parents were celebrating their 25th Anniversary and so Mike offered to baptize Levi and then he and Levi baptized Hillary.

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Huge ‘Ocean’ Discovered Inside Earth

Sean Kelly — Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. – Genesis 7:11

I love it when scientist ‘discover’ what scripture has already told us about. link


VISION!

Sean Kelly — Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 @ 1:46 pm
Filed under: Encouragment

[editor’s note: Timothy shared some great notes with us from a class given by James Lucas. I thought they were so good, I wanted to share them here]

“I have ‘a’ vision.” I want THE vision! What is THE vision? It’s the vision of Christ!

“A” vision is pretty weak. And having “a” vision may distract you from THE vision.

Two indispensable things for spiritual understanding: Regeneration, and *continual* illumination.

We need the Spirit of wisdom! We’ll go bankrupt if we go on our own wisdom.

Without hope we are of all men most miserable. Men without a vision perish! But men with a vision have hope. (Eph 1:15-19, Prov 29:18.)

You have a high calling in Jesus, you have a bright future!

Lack of vision is real serious!

What is on the mind of Christ? The saints! Built up, without blemish spot or wrinkle.

He has the lost on his Mind! What a privilege to preach the gospel to those who have never heard.

We must “increase in knowledge!” ** Can true love ever say, “i have seen enough of Jesus”?! ** We have knowledge! We have libraries full of book about God. But very little true knowledge of God!

We are poor, we have no vision.

You will be what you look at. (1Jn 3:1-3, 2Cor 3:18, 4:18.) What are you taken up with? That is what you will become.

ENTER into the works saints! The vision! It’s worth it. Be able to say, “I have run the race!” “All things that i have heard of my Father i have revealed unto you.”

You can come to Jesus open, naked and unashamed! Tell him, “I have these problems, these thought problems, these anger problems.” And Jesus says, “Yes i know son, but i love you anyway! Lets work on those problems.”

The grace of God is greater than the vision. **We don’t *need* great power, if we have a small vision!**(2Peter 1:2-3.)

The vision today is a bigger church building that is more comfortable. We are out of step.

We need the daily habit of of saying “here i am, how do you want to use me?” You have the power! You have the credentials! BUT sometimes, you don’t show up for work!!!

Why doesn’t the church see miracles? We are not occupied with the work of the Lord. The will and the vision of the believers is not in harmony with the vision of the purpose of God. Do you want to see them healed, loved or taught? We need a God big vision!! Don’t get a vision for a nation, get a vision for *ALL* nations!! *Listen, talk, walk and follow Jesus! We all need a God big vision for the church and for each individual. The church is made up of individuals, each one must be discipled by Jesus himself, then they will stand holy and blameless before him. (Eph 1:4-5.)

Do we see the others failures? That’s a bad habit saints! Do you have the faith that God will change your failures? Can’t you have the same faith for your brothers and sisters? Close up, the blemishes appear. *But, close up the beauty appears! **We need to see each other like Jesus sees us! Do we believe he will finish the work?!**

**So very much depends on our vision** So many know about the victorious christian life, read about it. Like the ten spies, have even gotten a little taste. BUT, the giants are to big, it’s to hard, the demons are to ugly, the land will swallow us up!! We are *in our own site* as grasshoppers! Josh and Caleb didn’t see the giants or the walls! They saw the Lord!! Beloved, don’t look at the enemy, look to the Lord and we will be more than conquerers.

Where did the ten go? They died in the wilderness! That’s where their wisdom and their protection got them. They didn’t choose Gods way!!

Catch a vision of God’s power and wisdom! The Lord has a way to slay the giants! He has a way to bring down the walls! God wants to use us to bless many people. Would you dare to pray for a God big vision? Or are you satisfied with a small vision? No problem is to great, no wall to high! Not man’s programs nor Satan’s programs can hinder our Lord from building his Church! (Num 13:30.)

The *children* are led of the Spirit.


Deer Lake Believer’s Conference Audio

Sean Kelly — Monday, February 12th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm
Filed under: Audio,Fellowship

Today I uploaded the audio to the sessions at last year’s Labor Day Conference. Thanks for your patience. It should not have taken me this long to get these ready. I’ll keep this password protected until I get the OK from Brian Martel. [edit: Got the OK, so here they are.]

Friday Evening

1 – Dick York

2 – Jose Luis & Larry Gallegos

3 – Bill Newkirk

4 – Randy Vannoy

5 – Brian Martel

Saturday Morning

1 – Richard McDaniel

2 – Jose Luis & Larry Gallegos

3 – Dick York

4 – Brian Martel

Saturday Evening

1 – Brian Martell

2 – Ed Drysdale

3 – Peter Warren

4 – Daniel Gillogly

5 – Larry Gallegos

6 – Mike Mauck

7 – Roy Gillette

8 – Nathaniel Chapman

Sunday Morning

1 – Richard McDaniels

2 – Jim Lucas

3 – Dick York

Sunday Evening

1 – Brian Martel

2 – Jim Lucas

3 – Dick York introduces Dave Woodward

4 – Dave Woodward

5 – Bill Newkirk & Friends

6 – Luke, Caleb & Andrew Ingles

7 – Brian Martel

8 – Taylor Lee

9 – Randy Vannoy

10 – Nathanial Chapman

11 – Sean Currans

Monday Morning

1- Bill Newkirk

2- Jim Lucas

3 – Chad Hansen

4 – Levi Currans

5 – Jack Webster

6 – Andrew Ingles

7 – NathanWeathers

8 – Ed Drysdale introduces Abby Drysdale

9 – Abby Drysdale

10 – Brendan Booher

11 – Gerhard Friesen

12 – Brian Martel

13 – Steve & Susanna Hickman & Squeeky

14 – Jim Lucas

15 – Dave Woodward


Reaching the Culture

Sean Kelly — Friday, January 26th, 2007 @ 3:19 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

There is nothing new under the sun. I just mentioned recently to Wes that if we wanted to reach today’s culture we’d probably need to do it on YouTube. We what do you know. Someone is already doing that. Maybe not a targeted effort, but here are some videos from the same poster that I found particular interesting.

MAC vs PC parody (part 1)

MAC vs PC parody (part 2)

MAC vs PC parody (part 3)

MAC vs PC Parody (part 4)

DaVinci Code parody

Very creative

Waiting (by far my favorite, though I agree with Janet that it needs a different ending)


A Word From John Milton For Your Consideration

Sean Kelly — Monday, January 1st, 2007 @ 10:54 pm
Filed under: Quote

And this all Christians ought to know, that the title of clergy St. Peter gave to all God’s people, till Pope Higinus and the succeeding prelates took it from them, appropriating that name to themselves and their priests only; and condemning the rest of God’s inheritance to an injurious and alienate condition of laity, they separated from them by local partitions in churches, through their gross ignorance and pride imitating the old temple, and excluded the members of Christ…

For we have learned that the scornful term of laic, the consecrating of temples, carpets, and tablecloths, the railing in of a repugnant and contradictive mount Sinai in the gospel, as if the touch of a lay Christian, who is nevertheless God’s living temple, could profane dead Judaisms, the exclusion of Christ’s people from the offices of holy discipline through the pride of a usurping clergy causes the rest to have an unworthy and abject opinion of themselves, to approach to holy duties with a slavish fear and to unholy doings with a familiar boldness. For seeing such a wide and terrible distance between religious things and themselves, and that in respect of a wooden table and the perimeter of holy ground about it, a flagon pot and a linen corporal, the priest esteems their layships unhallowed and unclean, they fear religion with such a fear as loves not, and think the purity of the gospel too pure for them, and that any uncleanness is more suitable to their unconsecrated estate.

BUT when every good Christian, thoroughly acquainted with all those glorious privileges of sanctification and adoption which render him more sacred than any dedicated altar or element, shall be restored to his right in the church, and not excluded from such place of spiritual governments his Christian abilities and his approved good life in the eye and testimony of the church shall prefer him to, this and nothing sooner will open his eyes to a wise and true valuation of himself, which is so requisite and high a point of Christianity, and will stir him up to walk worthy the honorable and grave employment wherewith God and the church hath dignified him; not fearing lest he should meet with some outward holy thing in religion which his lay touch or presence might profane, but lest something unholy from within his own heart should dishonor and profane in himself that priestly unction and clergy-right whereto Christ hath entitled him.

Then would the congregation of the Lord soon recover the true likeness and visage of what she is indeed, a holy generation, a royal priesthood, a saintly communion, the household and city of God. And this I hold to be another considerable reason why the functions of church government ought to be free and open to any Christian man, though never so laic, if his capacity, his faith, and prudent demeanor commend him. And this the apostles warrant us to do. But the prelates object that this will bring profaneness into the church; to whom may be replied that none have brought that in more than their own irreligious courses, nor more driven holiness out of living into lifeless things.

– John Milton, “The Reason of Church Government,” 1642
Milton was an English poet and scholar who is best known for the epic poem Paradise Lost (1667).


Cider Press

Sean Kelly — Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 @ 5:39 pm
Filed under: Audio,Fellowship

A couple of weeks ago the saints were invited to gather down in Centrailia for the annual Cider Press.

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A Cider Press is more a time of fellowship than work. Definitely not like a barn raising, or chicken cooping for that matter. :-) In the evening we came together (ekklesia) at a local grange to minister the Word and share a meal.

Cider Press (mp3 audio file)


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