The last publication I sent you was on October 9th, right after the honor of serving as keynote speaker at the Teen Challenge Gala in Duluth, Minnesota. As previously disclosed, the event was heavenly…on earth! Praise Jesus. However, Susan and I – both – experienced an excruciating sense of something very heavy “of God” left undone upon our return to North Dakota. Turns out that we were sharing in Jesus’ suffering; what we humans call…patience.
After a few days of languishing, circumstances “called” us back to Duluth. Having followed Love, a curious series of events then provided a phone call from the Senior Pastor of Great Lakes Church, Pastor John Halvorsen. He invited me to preach for his Sunday service! Here is a link to photos of our second visit (after clicking on any individual picture through this link, you can click on the little “i” for commentary that explains the aforementioned circumstances). We are very glad to deliver to you what was first given to us, a double portion!
Embrace the Flames (streaming audio), October 15th
(Pastor John speaks for the first and last
4 minutes of the 67-minute audio file.)
The Presence of the LORD is very pronounced within Great Lakes Church!
The Apostle Paul said to the Church, “…you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God…” (Gal. 4:14); likewise, this assembly received us as heaven-sent, honoring our King. Pastor John even voiced interest in recommending us to other assemblies. This harmonizes with what we believe God spoke to us before the October 5th Gala. Could it be the “heavy of God” thing we sensed that needed to be accomplished?
We believe so, but the anguish we felt before has changed to a blissful rest. After leaving Duluth a second time we heard God saying, “Wait, Daughter of Zion, for Your Kinsman-Redeemer will not rest until this matter has been settled.” Now the burden of our long-suffering (patience) has become easy, “Thank You, Jesus!”
Hand back to the plow in North Dakota, not looking back but up – our Help comes from the LORD!
Sunday’s message, October 22nd, relays some heavy-duty, heavenly business too. I just can’t even begin to relay it here…except to say that without a radical revival your whole world is about to be turned upside down. God has sent His flame; you might as well embrace the fire.
Your Double Portion, the Second Message:
Deeper Still, 48 minutes
This has been an excerpt from the full post.