We were unable because of technical issues to post Reverend Vossen's Easter Message yesterday for all to hear. However, we have it available now and trust that you will be touched by this eternal message of hope.
We have confirmed a second visit to the ER for Pastor Vossen, with the same or other symptoms as previous. A team of doctors worked to find the answer to his predicament, and it was determined that Pastor will have a visit at Dr. Feloney's at CHI for further exams to find a permanent solution to the problems at hand. That is the status as of now. Pastor is getting up and about, is trying to keep a somewhat consistent schedule, and has no pain. Please continue to have him in your prayers.
We hope this alienates many of your fears, as our office has received numerous phone calls concerning his health status. Pastor Vossen has had some time in his office, but has not been answering all correspondence. If this has led to any confusion we do apologize.
Assistant Spiritual Coordinator CGMF
Covenant Minutes has returned! Reverend Vossen started awhile ago recording a series of lessons, and others and we will begin to post them on the website after editing is finished.
Here is the first in the series for the year on " Building A Strong Faith ".
I want to put to rest any fears about Reverend Vossen. There seems to be a lot of rumors of his ill health or sickness, and much of it is out of order.
Reverend Vossen did go to the ER Monday with severe pain, as he was not able to clear his bladder, etc... After his arrival the nurse and doctor present assessed that he had to have his bladder cleared, then they would have tests to see if his kidney or bladder had been damaged ( as pastor had almost waited too long to go to the emergency room ). Thankfully they took care of him and the tests came back negative. He does have to be out of work, and will not be unavailable for ministry for two weeks. He has some devices he will have to use to help him with his bladder. Other tests might be necessary later I am told.
Keep him in your prayers as he recovers. He is quite limited in his functionality right now, and we trust he will be himself in the days to come.
Be safe during these challenging times that are upon us saints of God. Pray one for another, Amen.
In His Name,
Shepherd Neighborhood Leader
8 The Lord is his people’s strength;
he is a fortress of protection
for his anointed one.
9 Save your people, God!
Bless your possession!
and carry them for all time!
I am trusting God to put a fortress of protection around His anointed ones in this hour. I know there are troubling signs around about us, and fear considering so many unstable things in life. As sickness and other maladies seem rampant upon the earth. However, the Lord's steadfast love is sure, and I am praying His hedge of protection about you, and that if there is any sickness that has befallen you, that the Lord will lift you up with His right hand of power. Giving you strength and great joy.
Grace to all the CGMF Family.
I Want To See His Glory.
February 23rd, 2020
15 Then Moses went up the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The Lord’s glorious presence settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from the cloud. 17 To the Israelites, the Lord’s glorious presence looked like a blazing fire on top of the mountain. 18 Moses entered the cloud and went up the mountain. Moses stayed on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.
After much prayer and contemplation at our Annual Business and Prayer Meeting. Pastor Vossen and the Shepherd Leaders were directed by the Holy Spirit to consider our theme for the year as, " Beholding His Glory In The Midst Of The Church. "
In our gathering together we truly felt led that this was the Lord's desire for us at this time, and that we needed to abide in the presence of God and truly devote ourselves to prayer one for another. It is going to be a year of intercession and pressing to reach the mountaintop to behold the Glory of God in a special way. We trust you will make that journey with us in 2020.
Will be giving more details of our gathering and goals for 2020 in the days to come.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Should I fear anyone?
The Lord is a fortress
protecting my life.
Should I be frightened of anything?
2 When evildoers come at me
trying to eat me up--
it’s they, my foes and my enemies,
who stumble and fall!
3 If an army camps against me,
my heart won’t be afraid.
If war comes up against me,
I will continue to trust in this:
4 I have asked one thing
from the Lord--
it’s all I seek:
to live in the Lord’s house
all the days of my life,
seeing the Lord’s beauty
and constantly adoring his temple.
5 Because he will shelter me
in his own dwelling
during troubling times;
he will hide me in a secret place
in his own tent;
he will set me up high, safe on a rock.
6 Now my head is higher
than the enemies surrounding me,
and I will offer sacrifices in God’s tent--
sacrifices with shouts of joy!
I will sing and praise the Lord.
We had a nice discussion in one of our latest Shepherd Groups where we are studying on Great Historical Preachers and Leaders. In one session we had some wonderful conversations concerning this passage from one of the books we are using as a reference.
Moody was an incipient theological liberal, or a fundamentalist.
In the last quarter of the nineteenth century a number of trends converged to challenge the traditional doctrines of the Christian faith. The umbrella term commonly used to cover this convergence is ‘liberalism’. The streams that converged to produce liberalism were Unitarianism, transcendentalism, the evolutionary worldview, radical higher criticism, and philosophical idealism. The full-blown result of this convergence was a liberalism that viewed the Bible as essentially a human book; accepted a moral influence theory of the atonement; emphasized the immanence of God nearly to the point of pantheism; insisted on the essential worth of human nature; and preached the universal Fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man and the Social Gospel.
This convergence was pretty well completed in the first two decades of the twentieth century, and with that came a polarization between the liberals and those who soon came to be known as the fundamentalists. And with that came the question, ‘Where would Mr Moody stand?’, a question asked in no less a liberal journal than The Christian Century in its issue of 12 July 1923. This editorial brought to public attention a debate that had been brewing for some time: Who were the true heirs of Moody? Was it the YMCA in which Moody had early on been such a formative influence and the Northfield schools he had founded, both of which were steadily moving down the road toward liberalism? Or was it Moody Bible Institute? Would Moody have stood with the liberals or the fundamentalists?
The Christian Century’s answer was unmistakable: not with what it perceived to be the fundamentalist stance of the Institute. Even Moody’s younger son Paul argued within the pages of this same liberal voice that his father was for his day a liberal and that if ‘he were living today  … he would be … more in sympathy with the men who, like Fosdick, are preaching what he loved to spread—the love of God and the power of Christ—than with those who are attempting to persecute them because they will not substitute certain shibboleths’.
That such a question should even be asked, let alone require an answer, might seem strange in light of what we have seen about the conservative evangelical theology implicit in Moody’s preaching. Still, there was some justification for the question. Moody was a man of broad spirit. Lyman Abbott rightly lauded him for his catholicity of spirit. Within a few days of Moody’s death, liberal Old Testament scholar, George Adam Smith, bemoaned the fact that ‘we have lost not only one of the strongest personalities of our time, but a man who was more able than any other to act as a reconciler of our present divisions’. Moody’s close personal relationship with Henry Drummond and his invitations to higher critics such as Smith and William Rainey Harper to speak at Northfield were further reasons why these questions emerged.
( From " Mr. Moody and the Evangelical Tradition ". By Timothy George )
Reverend Patrick Vossen,