This is a reminder to all preachers, teachers and ministers of CGMF.
In our last Ministers Training session we discussed licensing beyond Covenant's local covering. In that discussion I expressed the importance of many to be in a position to expand and develop their ministry within the fabric of a larger covering. Also, it is my intention that whoever might move on as pastor or Spiritual Administrator for the fellowship to be required to hold such credentials with Full Gospel Restoration of which I, and the ministry are affiliated with. I believe this is both healthy, and vital for our future. Especially after some of the circumstances of which we have dealt with in 2019, which were not easy to deal with.
I expressed to you all in our meeting of my thanksgiving of heart for FGRMC, its ministers and churches. I also related their confidence in your pastor, his ministry and talents. Calling upon me to be a part of the Counsel of Elders, serve as President of FBC, and licensing me as a Bishop. Given all this and more I asked you all to pray concerning applying for license with FGRMC. I want you to know you all will be glad you did.
I have spoken to the Shepherd Leaders and they know I will propose a change in our by-laws that the Pastor, Spiritual Administrator and Minister of Music. Each will be required to receive license with FGRMC in the future after our annual meeting in February. This I believe will help us in the future, and give the church protection from a truly covenant partner in FGRMC.
I trust you will pray with me as we go and grow, and expand this ministry beyond its current structure. Becoming a part of greater umbrella of ministry in the years to come.
Blessings to all of you for your commitment, love and prayers.
We have finally edited the the Gathering Message by Dr. Vossen from the Gideon Series of Messages. Here is Gideon Mighty Man Of Valor.
We have been changing our venue a bit of late for bible studies or Shepherd Group meetings. Also, I have been helping out Reverend Rollerson of late and have enjoyed the fellowship quite a bit.
Here are some photos of fellowship.
Blessings to all,
Students And Friends Of FBC. The 5th Review Exam Is Ready For The Course : " Counsel From The Cross. "
For those studying Counseling From The Cross at Focus Bible College. I have uploaded the current exams for chapter 9-10 of our study. We are getting close to wrapping up this course and working toward the final exam portion. Thanks for your due diligence.
Counsel From The Cross Exam 5
We have added 5 more lessons to our Laying The Foundations Study we started in late 2018 at CGMF. The Shepherd Groups studying the series are in lesson 35, and we have uploaded a total of 31 of the lesson plans thus far. If you would a copy of it, or have not been able to be part of the series. Please feel free to download any of the offerings on our ministry archive page.
Also our Founding Pastor's latest message " The Jesus Movement Of the 70's And How It Affected Me. " Will be edited for posting in the next few days. I know a lot of you have asked for it, as God touched so many through that Word shared.
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Reverend Ted Stevens
Education Director, CGMF
I posted today a new From The Shepherd's Desk Newsletter for the body. I am sorry I missed September's, but I trust this month's offering will minister to you in a profound way.
Keep the ministry in prayer as usual. Your faithfulness in all areas of you lives allows us to be a witness of God's love to many, and minister the Word to so many throughout the state. From North Platte to Omaha we are sharing the gospel in every form we may. However, only through your gifts, grace and devotion can we endeavor to do so. God bless you all for your loving generosity in so many ways. Amen.
In one of our Shepherd Groups I have began to put together a study on " Glimpses Of Gospel Ministers That Changed Our World." We have so far looked at Luther, Whitefield and now Moody. Your enthusiasm seems contagious as we are going to either have to expand our study environment or I will be forced to record the series. LOL. Anyways. Glad you folks are being blest.
Here is an excerpt from last week's Word concerning D. L. Moody's ministry.
In Moody method triumphed over message
This claim takes a variety of forms and most frequently comes from historians who have no particular sympathy with Moody, from critics who feel that in Moody legitimate theological concerns were shortchanged, or from admirers who like the alleged fact that Moody sat very loose to theological issues.
Now before we go any further, it is important to acknowledge one thing. By no stretch of the imagination was Moody a trained theologian; nor did he tend to think systematically about such issues. But at the same time, all of us are theologians, whether or not we like it or acknowledge it. Moody is no exception. So the task with Moody is to go to his sermons to discover his implicit and explicit attitudes toward theology in general and doctrine in particular.
In a 1973 thesis by Stan Nussbaum we find one of the more severe criticisms that, for Moody, ‘theology, as least as a systematic discipline, is superfluous to Christian faith’.
1. Theology is basically superfluous to salvation and therefore wastes precious time.
2. Theology will not stand against the devil because it is based on human reason.
3. Theology tends to divide Christian forces because it obscures the mission of the Church.… Perhaps in heaven we will be theologians, but on earth we are called to be evangelists.
Lyman Abbott, a noted contemporary who was friendly to Moody, wrote that Moody was ‘indifferent to theological theories’.
Moody clearly regarded it as his mission to preach the Gospel, and his refusal to preach ‘this or that doctrine’ he regarded as debatable and on the periphery of the ‘whosoever’, does lend itself to the interpretation that he was indifferent to or opposed to doctrine.
A strong case can be built for this position. In London in 1875 an interrogator asked him for his creed. As reporters held their notebooks at the ready, Moody replied, ‘It is already in print in the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah.’
I trust all our families & friends of CGMF have a great holiday weekend. Be safe in your traveling journey's
We studied a great passage of scripture in our CGMF Leadership Meetings Conference Call. The passage came from Jeremiah 2:1-8, and it got to the heart of who we value, or listen to. Where our true counsel is coming from, and the importance of our listening to the Lord and cherishing the proper things of life. It gave us all a lot to think, or pray about.
Looking forward to our next quarter's study from the Book of Matthew. Its going on the fourth time in ten years we've gone through the book. We will have a lot of wonderful nuggets to study there. Those in the Thru The Bible Study series of study will have a blast, and I look forward to teaching some of those classes.
Remember one another in prayer. Have a spendid week.
In His Grace,
Late summer greetings to all our friends and family at CGMF.
We are currently making plans for transition into the fall with a new rotation of courses in our Mid-Week Neighborhood Bible Study groups. You might want to contact your Shepherd Leader or call the ministry's main number at 402-305-5345 for information. Also we daily check the email at email@example.com for any correspondence as well, so keep in touch & informed.
Reverend Vossen is working toward recording, and reworking some of the current archives. With some new features and some of the latest sermons from this past summer recorded at our Gathering services. We have not had our regular team together for recording at Gatherings, and the software has changed. Its been a bit of a learning curve. Reverend Vossen is trying to step into help with its processing, believing we can learn how to use this new audio editing software to our advantage. Otherwise, we will go back using Audacity as we did for years.
This past summer we had 33 folks repent and come to Christ, 21 baptized and many folks receiving the Holy Spirit baptism. It has been an exciting summer, in the midst of what has been a time of retraction, then re-establishing of the structure of the ministry. We are grateful for those who have stepped in on a interim basis to meet various ministry needs.
We will have a Shepherd Leaders planning session on Saturday evening September 14th. Various new appointments, and business related information will be discussed.
Location and details will be forthcoming.
Please keep Reverend Vossen and the ministry in prayer. We certainly have gone through five months of change, but structurally it was necessary. We are working toward re-establishing more consistent fluidity in the months ahead.
Remember your weekly or monthly gifts to the ministry, they are always appreciated, and keep this ministry functioning in its vision & purpose.
In His Grace,
Shepherd Leaders Communication Director
Well, I hope this post finds everyone in the CGMF family enjoying their summer thoroughly. Even though it seems to be going way too fast. The winter was so long, and the summer is speeding along, I personally just want to put the brakes to it if I could. LOL.
A couple items of note. First, we have been having temporary teachers in various Neighborhood Groups as various Shepherd Leaders are out on vacation. Wade and I, have tried to help out those we can, but thankfully a lot of fine folks have pitched in to teach. A big thank you for your great efforts. I have heard of some wonderful reports of God's touching many of these groups in a special way during this time. The Holy Spirit has been at work in so many ways from what has been reported. I can't tell you how good that makes me feel guys, keep up the great work.
Next, this past weekend I worked at least 7 hours on the main server of CGMF to fix the coding errors that persisted with a seemingly bad install, or change of sources list. Anyways, it has been resolved. I also put on each drive partition a new restoration program called Timeshift, which should eliminate such a hassle in the future, and is an excellent restore point software for any Linux system. It is complete in how it covers the system, so you don't miss certain files, or restoration in your backing up of your computer.
Finally, please remember the ministry in your tithes and offerings. Your gifts and grace keep this ministry functioning and blest. Thankfully, I hardly ever in 10 years have had to ask for big fund raising of any kind. Just remember CGMF if you can, and I trust God your summer will be a blest one. If you are traveling quite a bit, you can always donate online in various places where you see the donate button on our ministry website.
Continue to pray for the ministry and thank you guys for all you do.
Reverend Patrick Vossen
Founding Pastor, CGMF
Reverend Patrick Vossen,