I trust everyone has safe traveling this holiday season. Enjoy your family and friends.
I am praying 2020 will be a year of great changes and wonderful opportunities. With God revealing His hand in so many areas of your life.
I share this with you from a devotional I have been using of late.
He Is Our Refuge
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall and like the heat of the desert. You silenced the uproar of foreigners; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled. (Isaiah 25:4–5)
God is a refuge. He is a shelter, a safe place where we can rest even when things around us are terrifying. God not only understands our circumstances, but he also protects us when we are out of strength. While our lives may feel like they are spinning out of control, “Under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (Psalm 91:4).
When you feel like no one understands you, when you’re afraid, discouraged, anxious, or desperate, when you want to run away or harm yourself, pray with the psalmist, “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed” (Psalm 57:1).
We can bring our mess, our broken pieces, and our out-of-control life to God. He can put us together. We don’t have to fix ourselves before we go to God. We rest—alone and with others—when we read the Bible, when we pour out our heart in prayer, when we talk about God’s promises and great deeds. Our rest comes from God, our refuge.
God says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). How can you be still and rest in God as your refuge today? Try turning off your phone, computer, or any distractions for a while. Find a way to be still. Go for a walk and let your mind be still or find a cozy spot to close your eyes and think about the verses you’ve read. Ask another Christian to tell you about a time God was their refuge. Be still and think about the words in a song or Bible reading during church. Take time to pray and rest so God can calm your fears. Be still and know that he is God. ( Shilo Taylor, A Brand New 40 Day Guide )
I Trust You Will Find Rest And Refuge In Him This Holiday Season. Abiding In His Grace, His Love And Those You Share Your Holiday With This Week.
In His Grace,
I love how he say's ".. he put his hand into the serpent's den, removed the venom and took away sin. "
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.
Reverend Patrick Vossen,