Your First Fruits And Your Inheritance Of Faith Expressed.
Deuteronomy 26 1-10 CEB
26 Once you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you take possession of it and are settled there, 2 take some of the early produce of the fertile ground that you have harvested from the land the Lord your God is giving you, and put it in a basket. Then go to the location the Lord your God selects for his name to reside. 3 Go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him: “I am declaring right now before the Lord my God that I have indeed arrived in the land the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” 4 The priest will then take the basket from you and place it before the Lord your God’s altar. 5 Then you should solemnly state before the Lord your God: “My father was a starving Aramean. He went down to Egypt, living as an immigrant there with few family members, but that is where he became a great nation, mighty and numerous. 6 The Egyptians treated us terribly, oppressing us and forcing hard labor on us. 7 So we cried out for help to the Lord, our ancestors’ God. The Lord heard our call. God saw our misery, our trouble, and our oppression. 8 The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with awesome power, and with signs and wonders. 9 He brought us to this place and gave us this land—a land full of milk and honey. 10 So now I am bringing the early produce of the fertile ground that you, Lord, have given me.”
When the people of God entered into the promised land or place of divine inheritance. God wanted His people to put aside the firstfruits and take it to the priest, then declare a statement of proclamation. Recognizing what God had done for them, and the deliverance He had procured through His divine grace.
When you give and plant your seed of time, talent and treasure. Remember to give thanks to God, and proclaim His goodness with a thankful heart. Put aside your first fruits and prioritize your life in such a way, that it honors Him. Make the Lord and His Kingdom priority, and in doing so God will honor your investment of time, talent and treasure into His treasury of Grace.
The leadership here at CGMF really do appreciate your sacrifice and love for His Kingdom. Your witness of God's love in all you do is always a reflection of His Grace.
Thank you for all those who have given to help those in need through our Benevolence Fund the past few months, and your gifts of groceries to many families in need. It has been an extravagant expression of love to our needy church members, and those in our communities struggling in these trying times.
God bless you all. Keep on sharing your faith such lavish expressions of love. It must bless the Father so much to see such faith in demonstration. Amen.
In His Grace,
Reverend Patrick Vossen
PS. Remember you can always donate through our PayPal Donate button on most our CGMF pages. We are thankful we have had that available, as it has not been very conducive for many to give otherwise the past few months.
Our founding pastor has shared his first message with us since surgery over a month ago. It is entitled, Faith And Wisdom. Twin Towers To Understanding. This will be part of a year long series of lessons he will endeavor to share with us in the year to come.
John 17:12 CEB
12 When I was with them, I watched over them in your name, the name you gave to me, and I kept them safe. None of them were lost, except the one who was destined for destruction, so that scripture would be fulfilled.
In the Shepherd's Desk report yesterday, I spoke of my appreciation of many during the past few months challenges I have faced health wise, but was very generic in my post. I want to add an addendum to that if I may. Recognizing Debbie, who in so many ways has helped me so much the past few months. She has been amazing. Making ministry, life, etc... a forward progression rather than a retreat into obscurity. Thank you Deb, it has meant a lot to me.
Keep those prayers coming guys. They are working. LOL.
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It seems some of our pages needed some editorial touchup, as they weren't saved properly or our recent software upgrades with Logos 8 changed some font packages.
Appreciate your patience with it all.
CGMF Interim Spiritual Coordinator
Pastor Vossen goes in for surgery tomorrow at 7am. Please keep him in our prayers. Trust God for Grace and swift recovery in Jesus Name. We appreciate all our shepherd has done for this ministry, and the time he has invested in all our lives. Keep him in your thoughts.
Remember All Gatherings have been temporarily suspended due to Covid increases. We still have small groups in many locations operating as always. Please touch base with your Shepherd leader for details.
CGMF Current Interim Spiritual Coordinator
We have limited our groups and made sure to stay within state parameters in our Neighborhood Fellowship Meetings the past few months. June was our first time to host Gathering Meetings, but they have been limited with social distancing, masks and a variety of precautions when we enter the door. No communion unfortunately for now, which I certainly hope to change soon.
Here are some photos I gathered the last two weeks in church and at home.
Be blest, be safe, encourage one another in love. Amen.
CGMF Friends and Family,
I trust you are all well, given the past few months of challenges facing us with the Covid virus, and the financial challenges many have faced in the Fellowship.
We have no reports of anyone in the Fellowship having Covid. We have met in groups no larger than 20 in any group, and that seems to have worked quite well. Thanks for your cooperation and patience.
Reverend Ted Stevens our education director has done a fine job keeping us on course during these times, and Jan has hooked up everyone needing to see or view groups they are a part of through Google Meet, which the ministry has been using quite a bit.
Our current study group curriculum remains basically the same. Here are the current offerings available for you at this.
Foundational Studies ( Foundations of Truth, The Shepherd Series, Relationship With God, Christian Worldview, Authentic Man Series, Authentic Woman Series )
Through The Bible Series ( Each quarter we study a different book, Jeremiah and Lamentations currently is the books we are in )
Charismatic Truths & Lifestyle ( Spirit Filled living and adventures in the Holy Spirit )
The Prophetical Word
Each and every one who is a part of CGMF is encouraged to participate in a discipleship program, and these courses are a part of it.
I have been asked by Shaun our Treasurer to remember our Benevolence Fund in your offerings to the ministry. They have been quite exhausted with so many people needing assistance of late. Remember you can always give through PayPal on the ministry website or at your Neighborhood Meetings.
On a personal note your pastor will be having surgery and unavailable from June 28th thru July 3rd. Please keep me in your prayers. My doctor believes this surgery will rectify what has been going on with my body, and end the perpetual recurring issues I have been having.
Next month we hope to have our Gathering Meetings returning. Please stay tuned for information concerning these upcoming events, as we try to get back to as normal as we can within reason.
Blessings in His Name,
Reverend Patrick Vossen
I trust your plans for the Holiday weekend are coming together CGMF Family & Friends. It will be like no other Memorial Weekend you have had I believe, however it gives you a great deal of opportunity for introspection.
Our nation and our world have great challenges ahead. No certain course is ahead for us all. Nevertheless, if we allow the Holy Spirit to look into our hearts and lives. Our Lord can give us some insight into our personal needs, or remove from us those things that are causing us the greatest discomfort in our lives. Giving God the chance to dress the wounds that are hidden deep within. He can also do the same with our nation or the world we live in, but we must allow the Holy Spirit's probe to find the problem, and we must be willing to accept the solution to our dilemma as well. Howbeit, painful, or as non traditional as it might be.
In these times of distress upon loved ones, friends, ministers and churches. I believe God is revealing in us things that are hidden and wanting to send His Holy Spirit to work within us all. Giving Him the opportunity to attend to the real needs we have, and find the solutions for those battle wounds of life, that have been inflicted us in a variety of ways in our lives.
Search out the wisdom and input of His Spirit this weekend. Let this weekend become a memorial where you built your altar of prayer. Then see how God might work in your life in a profound way. Laying yourself, the nation and this world on that altar of prayer. Trusting the Great Physician to attend to the needs that are present, and resolving the issues most necessary to be addressed in our lives and this world.
Be blest and safe.
Dr. Patrick Vossen
Founding Pastor of CGMF
Reverend Patrick Vossen,