This is from our Sunday Night Online Gathering Message by Dr. Vossen, which comes from a series he has been teaching on the Minor Prophets.
We trust you will be ministered to by the Word.
Jan Welch, Administrative Assistant
Mark 3:28-30 CEB
28 I assure you that human beings will be forgiven for everything, for all sins and insults of every kind. 29 But whoever insults the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. That person is guilty of a sin with consequences that last forever.” 30 He said this because the legal experts were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”
Jack Hayford on The Blasphemy of The Holy Ghost ( New Spirit Filled Bible Notes )
I preached outside the normal lesson plan from the Minor Prophets ministering from the book of Judges. I was reminded of a lesson series I taught at our Campmeeting on the Plains a couple of years ago. On the final night of Campmeeting I preached as well, I preached from Judges 6. The Lord reminded me of the message, and we have been able to edit it, and get all the background noise out of it. I believe it will encourage your soul.
Beginning Our New Thru The Bible Series on The Minor Prophets. Lesson 1 Nahum: The Lord's Case Against Ninevah.
We have begun our journey into the Book of Nahum, and Reverend Vossen's first audio lesson is made available for us today. He is planning to try to record each lesson for our personal study. Those in the class will have the benefit of hearing it live, or checking out its audio file. Trust you are blest in your study of His Word.
May 22nd & 23rd Virtual Gathering Meetings will be held on Saturday night and Sunday night. Reverend Lamar Harris from Austin, TX. will be speaking on Saturday night. Then our own Founding Pastor Reverend Vossen on Sunday night. We will have a local services each night in the Omaha area, but the services will carry virtually so all our Neighborhood Groups can enjoy them throughout the state.
August Bible Conference forthcoming for Focus Bible College. There will be classes, communion, fellowship and exciting evening services as well. The services will be held at Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Dates are set for August 18h Thru the 21st.
Martin Luther one day was walking up the steps of the cathedral on his hands and knees over broken glass, endeavoring to do penance, thereby seeking to atone for his sins. As he was toiling painfully and laboriously up the steps in this manner, blood trickling from his hands and knees, cut by the broken glass, he heard a voice from heaven saying:
“Martin Luther, the Just shall live by Faith.”
At the words, a great light fell from Heaven. It banished the darkness and doubts, it illuminated the soul of Martin Luther, and revealed the finished work of Calvary and the blood that alone can atone for sin.
“For nothing good have I,
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb.”
The days that followed were eventful days, epoch-making days, fraught with self-sacrifice and suffering. The Lord had spoken, and promised that all the years that had been eaten should be restored, and out of the seas of travail and suffering that followed the preaching of Justification by Faith there was born a little body of blood-washed fire-tried pilgrims, willing to suffer persecution for His Name’s sake.
( From the book, This Is That. Personal experiences of Aimee Semple McPherson )
Happy Monday morning folks. We had a great Easter Celebration service Sunday night via YouTube ( with technical glitches, LOL ) Thank you for being patient with us as we had audio problems before we got started. However, the music, the testimonies of what God had done this previous year, and the Word of God I trust gave us more than enough to be thankful for.
I preached on " After The Resurrection WHAT? " Which hopefully we will have edited and made available to all of you on our ministry website soon. I believe it was a challenging message that gave us all hope for the future. The music Brother Martinez and others presented was fantastic, and everything else was like gravy. Just so good in so many ways.
Keep on being faithful to you Neighborhood Groups and thank you all for your faithful love.
The Golden Calf: A Lesson In Grace And Judgement.
How to Pray for Rebels.
1 The people saw that Moses was shamefully long about coming down from the mountain. So the people assembled against Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who will go ahead of us, because this Moses, the man who brought us up from Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him.” 2 So Aaron said to them, “Tear off the rings of gold on the ears of your wives, sons, and daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So the entire people tore off the rings of gold in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took [the gold] from their hand and shaped it with a tool and made it into the figurine of a calf. They said, “Israel, these are your gods who brought you up from Egypt.” 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of it. Aaron proclaimed, “Tomorrow is a festival for Yahweh!” 6 So early next day they offered up burnt offerings and brought fellowship sacrifices. The people settled down eating and drinking, and set about enjoying themselves.
7 Yahweh spoke to Moses: “Get yourself down, because your people have ruined things. 8 They have quickly turned aside from the way I commanded them. They have made themselves the figurine of a calf and bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and said, ‘Israel, these are your gods who brought you up from Egypt.’ ” 9 Yahweh said to Moses, “I have looked at this people. There: it is a stiff-necked people. 10 So now, let me be, so that my anger may burn against them and I may consume them, and make you into a great nation.” 11 Moses sought to calm Yahweh his God: 12 “Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was to bring disaster that he brought them out, to slay them in the mountains and finish them off from upon the face of the ground’? Turn from your angry fury. Relent of bringing disaster on your people. 13 Be mindful of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars in the heavens, and this entire country of which I spoke I will give to your offspring, and they will possess it in perpetuity.’ ” 14 So Yahweh relented of the disaster he said he would do to his people.
[In verses 15–29 Moses goes down the mountain with the tablets, sees the calf and the dancing, smashes the tablets, and destroys the calf. He challenges Aaron about what he has done and challenges people to take God’s side. The clan of Levi respond, and he urges them to kill people who are involved in the calf celebration, which they do.]
You could say I came to the United States to avoid the responsibility of leadership. I was the head of a seminary and got paid more than my colleagues because it was my job to lie awake worrying about its future. Metaphorically speaking, on my desk sat that notice saying “The buck stops here.” When I arrived in my new post to resume being just an ordinary professor, for the first term I would go to my office and look for the stacks of paper to deal with and find there were none; so I would go off to the library. Occasionally I would be aware that the dean or provost had to deal with some problem, and I would think, “That used to be me, and now it isn’t,” and then I would go off to the library again. In England I remember especially clearly one spring when the number of students applying to begin ordination training was low and our seminary was affected by this. The faculty got concerned about the seminary’s future and their own future and their jobs, and one or two came to confront me in my office. Didn’t I realize there was a terrible crisis? Why wasn’t I doing something about it? I didn’t sleep that night. (Everything sorted itself out okay in the end.)
So I sympathize with Aaron. Against the background of that idyllic scene on the top of the mountain, with Moses memorizing the instructions for the sanctuary that the people are to construct so that God can come to dwell among them, at the bottom of the mountain the people are engaged in something close to the opposite, point by point, to what God has in mind. Moses seems to have gotten lost in his wonderful spiritual experience with God; here they are stuck in the wilderness with nothing to do and no idea what is supposed to happen now. They need to take responsibility for themselves. Previously, they had a God who was concerned about them and a leader who mediated that God’s guidance. Now they have neither. So they turn to the leader’s apparent next-in-command and urge him to take action, and Aaron tries to find some action that will satisfy them without compromising their faithfulness too much.
The Hebrew word for “God” and “gods” is the same. Usually there is no ambiguity because the context makes clear which meaning applies, but the built-in ambiguity enables the people and Aaron to have different views of what is going on in this story. The people talk about “gods,” but Aaron makes only one figurine and subsequently proclaims a festival “for Yahweh.” Maybe the people do not see themselves as giving up on Yahweh, the God of Israel. Maybe they see these other “gods” as representatives or subordinates of the real God. Much later in Israel’s history, when other gods are worshiped in the temple, that will likely be the way people see it (remember again that these are the people for whom the story is written and by whom it is read). Certainly Aaron doesn’t see himself as abandoning Yahweh. Yet the people are conveniently putting out of mind the first commandment, about not having other gods over against Yahweh, and Aaron is conveniently putting out of mind the second commandment, about not making a statue or anything to help people in worship, whether it is a statue of Yahweh or of another “god.”
Between them they have put out of mind the most basic requirements of their faith. God has to be incensed. Moses knows God is right. He destroys the tablets inscribed with those commands because the people have destroyed the relationship they embody. He encourages people who are on God’s side to exact terrible punishment of the people involved in the apostasy. But first he confronts God. God’s inclination is simply to abandon the people and start again with Moses, as God had once abandoned the world as a whole and started again with Noah. Moses says, “You can’t do that. What will the Egyptians say? What about the promises you have bound yourself by?” And God relents.
This exchange is another exercise in doing theology by telling a story, like the account of the conflict between Moses and Pharaoh (which thinks its way around the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility). The theological question here is, How is God to respond to the rebelliousness and failure of the people of God? It would be appropriate to abandon the people, but God cannot do that. God faces two conflicting obligations. God is torn between the obligation to cast off and the obligation to be merciful. (When such conflicts happen to us, we can at least comfort ourselves with the fact that it happens to God, too. Being God does not make everything straightforward.)
At the same time, this exchange suggests something significant about prayer. In prayer we are like children begging our parents to do what we want. Sometimes children fail in such attempts, but sometimes they succeed. Significantly, however, Moses is not praying for himself but for the people, and he is praying about God’s own honor. Significantly, he is not praying that the God who is inclined to be merciful should be tough but that the God who is inclined to be tough should be merciful. Is prayer about conforming our will to God’s will? Moses thinks prayer is about conforming God’s will to our will; or rather, Moses knows that God’s will is not always inexorably fixed, that God has to wrestle with conflicting obligations, and that God makes the decision about which obligation has priority only on a 51 to 49 basis. It might be easy to push the figures the other way. When God announces a determination to bless us, there is no way you can get God to have a change of mind about that, as Balaam points out to Balak in Numbers 23. But when God announces a determination to punish, it is always worth a try, as Abraham assumed about Sodom, and as prophets such as Amos and Jeremiah will assume.
( From Exodus To Leviticus for Everyone, John Goldingay )
Christ Established the Church. Caesarius of Arles: Therefore Isaac took Rebekah “and led her into the tent of his mother.” Christ also took the church and established it in place of the synagogue.… As the apostle says, by pride “the branches” of the olive tree “have been broken off,” in order that the lowly wild olive may be engrafted. For this reason Isaac took Rebekah, “and because he loved her he was consoled for the loss of his mother.” Christ took the church and loved it so much that by this very love he tempered the grief that was occasioned by the death of his mother, the synagogue. Indeed, just as the synagogue’s lack of faith caused Christ sorrow, so the church’s faith produced joy in him. Sermon 85.5.
This past week we filed our Bi-Annual report with the State of Nebraska. Amazing how time flies. In 2008 we started this ministry & fellowship with the intent to assist those who are needy with assistance with Medical Bills and an attorney's network for those who could not afford it, along with a Shepherd Neighborhood ministry as well. Now 13 years later it has spread from North Platte, Nebraska to Omaha, Nebraska with over 35 Neighborhood Groups throughout the state. 15 of which that have now merged with other churches or started their own home missions works. 300 miles separates some of the groups, but in faith and prayer we have all united for the cause of Christ. Amen.
Thanks friends and CGMF family members for your love and prayers through the years.
With no full time ministry we have endeavored to put Christ first, share God's love and give ourselves selflessly for the Lord. Thanks for everyone's sacrifice and love. In addition to that, this ministry has allowed me to minister at St. Martin's of Tours Episcopal Church, Greater New Hope Baptist and other ministries through the years. Trying to encourage and strengthen ministry wherever I can. I thank you for allowing me such flexibility, and for the wonderful men and woman who have developed into fine ministers of the Gospel work. I am forever thankful for your faithfulness and understanding heart.
In His Grace,
Reverend Patrick Vossen
Founding Pastor, CGMF
Reverend Patrick Vossen,