The Focus Bible College Bible Conference scheduled for the 19th to the 21st has been postponed. We have had a variety of logistical prohibitions and difficulties we could not have foreseen. Our leadership is looking to find a date in October which would be deemed more suitable for the meetings in future.
The 15th of August we will still be having our Monthly Gatherings, but under strict observance to Covid restrictions, and limited numbers. We will be using Google Meet sessions as we always do to stream the meetings in both North Platte and the Omaha area. Jeffrey Stewart from Tulsa, Oklahoma will be ministering in the North Platte meetings, and our Pastor Dr. Patrick Vossen will be ministering to the Omaha-Lincoln area groups.
Dr. Patrick Vossen,
Founding Pastor CGMF
To the CGMF family,
I appreciate those who have studied through the years in our Thru The Bible Study series. Did you know we are now on our fifth cycle of study? This means some of you have studied through the Bible over four times. I am excited for you, and I have enjoyed being a part of your journey through the Word. Each time we have done this study I have always interjected 2 months of consideration concerning the Non-Canonical books, which gives you some background knowledge or understanding of these early works. You have learned that some of these books came very close to becoming part of canon, and were quoted and respected by many early Church Fathers or historical figures.
Our journey in Word has been fabulous in so many ways in this study, and the others we have made available at Covenant of Grace Ministry as well. Such as; The Foundations Series, Covenant Worldview, The Shepherd Trilogy ( understanding our intimate relationship with God ), and a variety of others. We have tried to give you a complete and balanced spiritual diet with a preference toward moderation in all things, but above all wisdom. Amen.
In closing I share with you one of those little nuggets from our recent study of readings from The Shepherd Of Hermas. God bless you all so much in your relationship to Christ and fellowship one with another.
"An Early Christian Excerpt From The Shepherd Of Hermas, A Book Some Early Church Fathers Considered canonical ( Iraneaus ), Which I Find Quite Lucid, And Or Insightful.
The author of The Shepherd of Hermas apparently saw himself as a prophet as well. He made repeated claims to be the recipient of divine visions. He also indicated that there were tests that should be administered to evaluate the trustworthiness of a prophet. “By his life you test the man that has the divine Spirit.… You have before you the life of both kinds of prophets. By his deeds and life test, then, the man who says he is inspired.” He further said of the function of the prophet, “So whenever the man who has the divine Spirit comes into an assembly of righteous men … and a prayer is made … then the angel of the prophetic spirit which is assigned to him fills the man, and that man, having been filled by the holy Spirit, speaks to the group as the Lord wills.”
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.
Reverend Patrick Vossen,