We are starting up the CGMF Prayerline daily message program again. After many times going back and forth on the idea. The Shepherd Leaders will be working with Reverend Vossen to post a daily short message of inspiration to the the Body. We will monitor how many call in and make sure this ministry has the support of our community in a positive way. It is our prayer that you will be ministered to by the Lord and encouraged daily in your walk of faith.
To listen in call the CGMF Prayerline at 712-432-8399 and use the Conference number 584684. Then hold to be placed in conference and the message will play.
Our first message is on " Authentic Repentance " by Reverend Vossen for September 7, 2017.
This first unit covers the predictions and births of John the Baptist and Jesus with an added account
This first unit covers the predictions and births of John the Baptist and Jesus with an added account incident in Jesus’ youth. There are some interesting things to ponder before we go further.
Each of the Gospels present us with a “portrait” of Jesus from a different point of view. So it is good to compare common material and references between the Gospels.
In all the Gospels, John the Baptist is present at the beginning of Jesus’s ministry. However, Luke takes care to relate the announcement and birth of John. He also establishes the familial relationship of Jesus and John, (i.e.: Mary and Elizabeth are cousins). Can you see the similarities between the two narratives?
How can Mary and her reply to the angel related to us and our walk?
Note: Her surrender to God’s will knowing full well the dangers involved.
How did Elizabeth greet Mary when she can to visit? (Luke 1:42-45)
Mary’s answering prayer mirrored the prayer of another mother. (Samuel 2:1-10)
NOTE: John was just six months older that Jesus.
NOTE: The birth of Jesus occurred in the spring or early summer. The fact that the shepherds were in the fields with their flocks indicated that the weather was moderate. In winter, shepherds herd their sheep into pens or caves so that they might benefit from group body warmth. Also, with the sheep out in the fields, Mary need not fear that animals would be trying to feed when she laid Jesus in the manger (i.e. their feeding trough).
What did the angels announce to the shepherds? (Luke 2;10-12)
NOTE: Three term are used: Savior, Messiah and Lord. Possible definition and discussion.
We have read about three angelic messengers so far: one to Zechariah, one to Mary and one (or more to the shepherds. In each the first words spoken by the angel(s) are “fear not”. Why? (Look up the description of various angel in the following: Isaiah 6:2; Ezekiel 1:5-11; Revelation 4:6b-8) What reaction would you think appropriate?
Jesus is circumcised according to the law.
Verse 2:22 mentions purification. Who is being purified? (Mary: See Lev 12:6,8)
At the purification, who blessed and prophesied over Jesus? (Luke 2:25-35)
What do you think was meant by the Simeon’s prophecy in verses 34-35?
Who else testified about Jesus? (Luke 2:36-38)
Jesus as a boy in the Temple.
How do Mary’s definition of Father and Jesus’s definition differ? (Luke 2;48-50)
What was Jesus’s age when this occurred?
What further information is recorded for Jesus between this incident and the start of His ministry?
A message about Hope. Hope that has its confidence in Him.
In reviewing items at both our CGMF and FBC websites, it has become apparent that the forums are inactive. We have had very few people sign up and get involved in the past few months. This being the case we have chosen to cancel the payments to Tal.ki and look afresh at this concept. I believe folks participation in Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.. has seen the forum become a once in awhile occasional thought. Maybe with better promotion we can have greater involvement in the future, but for now those pages are being deleted.
Thanks to those who did participate and were involved in its endeavor. We will see how the Lord might lead us in a future with such a concept as this.
August 20th, 2017
With so many folks on vacation the past few weeks, it has been difficult to keep things organized. LOL. Nevertheless, here is the latest from the Ministry and Fellowship of CGMF.
We have combined are Authentic Men and Authentic Women classes into one Neighborhood Group each. Now men and women meet together separately, but at the same location now in smaller groups. Our goal here is that families can stay together and there will be less disruption. We also will be starting in September our Thru The Bible series on Luke. What will be new is that we will have prep study beforehand available for each class. This way you get the most out of each class. Reverend Vossen has designated one of our bible teachers to prepare these prep reviews for us.
Gathering meetings for August were exciting. We had them in two locations. One in Kearney and the other in Omaha. The worship was lively and the Holy Spirit ministered in a wonderful way in each. Seven folks repented and were baptized so far this month, and many filled with His Spirit as God moved in these meetings in a tremendous way. Next month Reverend Vossen will be preaching at the Omaha meeting, and Pastor Jim Harris from Kansas City in our Gathering in Grand Island.
Please be in prayer for the ministry as are Shepherd Leaders gather next month to map out what God has on the agenda for the months to come. Also, changes in Reverend Vossen's involvement in the ministry will be discussed. Reverend Vossen and the Shepherd leaders appointed Skip, Mary and Jeff to handle most of the every day tasks a year or so ago. Yet, leadership senses a change in direction and we are wanting to see how best to proceed in the year to come.
Grace and Peace to all. Enjoy the remainder of your summer.
David and Laurie McNeil
Omaha Shepherd Leaders
Our last segment in our study of the Song of Songs with our founding Pastor Dr. Patrick Vossen.
Our new Covenant Minute short message is on Standing Fast, or Firm in the Midst of Trials. It comes from 1 Peter 4.
Belated Updates Continued, LOL.
July 4th, 2017
Well, happy fourth of July! Shocked how we have continued our trend of not posting on the website our monthly Covenant Notes that we share with each Neighborhood Fellowship Group as we organize our studies, worship and fellowship. Oh well, here is hoping we can become more consistent. I know we send off those emails or flyers in the mail, but we have become lazy on those website features. We will try to correct that behavior in the days ahead.
In our Adult Through the Bible study series we have been studying on the Minor Prophets. It has led to some intriguing lessons to say the least. I personally enjoyed our study in Joel a great deal. Exploring past to consider today's Pentecost, or the Latter Rain. It was enjoyable, and the other books are just as good as they offer us so many nuggets of truth.
Our Authentic Men and Authentic Women classes are consistently drawing praise from those who attend. I know the materials are good, but I think the examples and relational aspects have drawn the most praise. I appreciate the Godly examples we have within our fellowship for the young and the old.
Our Foundations for Faith Classes continue to offer a firm bedrock for new believers, and we find more and more old timers ( LOL ) coming back for a refresher as well. That is awesome, but also quite helpful for the new believers, as those of us who have come along in our faith, can address some of their questions in a more personal way.
The Shepherd's Trilogy and Study on Intimacy With God continues to see the most people wanting to be a part, or going back to be a part of it again. This series we designed based off the Philip Keller Trilogy on the Good Shepherd and the Lamb of God, has certainly touched more lives than I can dare say. So many folks have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit during those classes. It is amazing.
Well, enjoy your picnics today. Oh by the way, I hope to have some fun news soon. For I have discussed with Bishop Boer the possibility of doing some street Evangelism here in Omaha, He has offered to come here and bring his equipment, and we can then have meetings on the green. I think it would be fantastic, and I hope to bring the idea to the Shepherd Leader this week, then make it happen. Glory to God!
God bless and keep you all, don't eat too much today okay.
In His Mercy,
Reverend Patrick Vossen,