Snakes or Gold 0

A number of years ago the Lord gave me a dream.

In my dream I saw myself standing in front of many garbage cans.  The cans were full of snakes——-stuffed to the brim with snakes!

Some of the snakes were cut in half and should have been dead but somehow kept coming back to life again.  I was working very hard to push them back in the garbage cans and get the lids on, but somehow they kept getting out, and there was no END to all these snakes…… matter how many I crammed in the cans, there were still more and more of them.  Consequently, I was very frustrated and becoming tired of this disgusting activity.  It was a seemingly hopeless endeavor…….I could never get rid of them or contain them!  Then my attention was diverted in another direction.

I looked off into the distance and saw some people down at a beautiful river, which was glowing in the sunlight.  They were  standing in the pure, lovely water panning for gold and having a truly enjoyable time.  They held up pieces of gold and called to me:  “Hey, come down and join us;  we’re panning for gold!”  I thought to myself, “Oh, that sounds wonderful——much better than dealing with all these snakes!!”  Soon I left the garbage cans behind and went down to the river, stepped into the water and started panning for gold with the others and found it to be a joyful, life-giving experience.

Lately the Lord has been bringing this dream to my attention at various times and I know He is saying to me again, “Forget the SNAKES! COME AND GET INTO MY RIVER!!!  This is where I want you to be!”

It is so easy to see all the evils in the world, the problems, the inequities, the injustices and get riled up and frustrated and worried and angry about them.  For instance, just lately my daughter-in-law told about their car getting broken into, and I was upset and angry that they had been robbed.  My husband told about problems at work and I was frustrated with the unfairness and greediness there.  The news media (as usual) tore down people’s reputations and ignored the wrongdoing of people they are trying to promote.  “Unfair!” my thoughts scream in my head. 

All of a sudden I see I have once again been tricked by the enemy to focus on the SNAKES (his evil deeds)!!  Evil and sin and all the works of the devil will continue until  Jesus comes and rules on this earth.  I can become bogged down and heavy-hearted from now until eternity.  This is exactly what the devil wants for my life and yours!

BUT GOD IS CALLING TO US:    “Come and get in the river!!  Come to the Waters of Life!!!  You will find gold, rare jewels and treasures in abundance!”

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God”.  (Psalms 46:4)    “And HE  showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal coming from the throne of God.”   (Rev. 22:1) “And it will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes will live.”  (Ez. 47:9)  “I will make them walk by streams of water, on a straight path in which they whall not stumble.”  (Jer. 31:9)  “Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters!”   (Isa. 55:1)   “Whoso drinks of the waters that I shall give him shall never thirst.”  (John 4:14)

God wants His people (you and I) to LIVE in the waters of life that are ever flowing out of His throne.  Let’s seek to be there, to LIVE in those waters, beginning today!  Tell the Lord, “Jesus, I desire to live in YOUR  RIVER and I will seek YOU with all of my heart so I can fully experience that abundant life you have for me.  Lead me to the river, and as I am in Your river, I will discover the eternal gold, the jewels and  treasures and the beauty of YOU  LORD!!     Amen!!

 Ruth Strokel



A Mist in the Pulpit 0

It has been said, “If there is a mist in the pulpit, there will be a fog in the pew.” One of the primary teachings in the postmodern church is that Scripture is fluid and must be interpreted in accordance with current culture. The influence of the postmodern pastor and writer over the last twenty years has caused many to question doctrine. Inerrancy of Scripture is taking a hit in the church today.

The implications of this attack on doctrine is staggering. If Scripture is unreliable or changes with the times, can we offer the world a reliable gospel? If Scripture is wrong on even one point, then the confidence of the entire Word of God is destroyed. If the Bible is unreliable, then how can we have a reliable Savior? If preachers no longer have confidence in the reliability of Scripture, then they will turn to humanistic principles to guide them. If Scripture is inaccurate, then our Bible schools will have to rely on the cold, dead, stinking-thinking of theological liberalism to teach future generations. If Scripture is God’s revelation to man, then to question its inerrancy is to imply that God has allowed His people to be deceived for centuries.

If we allow a mist in the pulpit, then we bring about our own destruction as a church. To allow liberal minded people a place in our educational institutions will destroy young minds. If we allow the attacks on doctrine and the inerrancy of Scripture to continue then we risk losing the anointing of the Holy Spirit and protection of God’s hand.

God has given us His inspired, inerrant and infallible Word. We must now stand with a prophetic voice and speak with authority and boldness His truth.

1 Peter 4:11
11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone serves, let him serve with the strength that God supplies, so that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Hello From The Wind Family 0

Hi Pastor John and ALNC family,

Well, it’s been six months since we said goodbye and headed east over the mountains to Quincy, WA. Where’s Quincy? Get a map of Washington State and put your finger dead center. There we are. And talk about a culture shock, no traffic, less people, strangers saying hello and more sunshine. All of this was very foreign to us. But, knowing that God has our back and is guiding us forward, we are having a good time out here in the high desert.

Ya’ll have been heavy on our hearts the past few weeks so I believed it, in our Lord’s perfect timing, to be a good opportunity to drop you a line of encouragement. Even though we miss each and every one of you, it is always heart warming to see you all on Facebook and see the things God is doing in your lives and at the church. And what makes the missing subside? Is knowing we will all be together one beautiful day, playing in the streets of gold. Just the other day Ben and I were discussing recently how fun it would be jumping from golden rooftop to golden rooftop, with gold Nerf guns, shooting gold bullets that can’t hurt you, at each other. Oh, the wonderful mind of a young man. What a glorious time that will be!

Back to the encouragement.

God is doing amazing things over here in Quincy. Though the congregation is small, the heart of this church is big. And like you, a family. Doing events around the community, helping each other out, studying the Word together and fellowshipping with one another. Sounds familiar doesn’t it!?

Cathie and the kids are great. We are settling into a new house which is keeping us busy. Caitlyn is attending college and starting to drive. Really! Benjamin is loving the warmer temperatures, you should see his tan. Our cat, Simba, is loving the heat as well, even with all that fur. Cathie and I are attending adult groups as well as Bible studies at the church. and, as many of you know I took over as a manager of a data center out here. 259 people that I take care, that I have targeted for Jesus! LOL. God is amazing people. What an opportunity to reap a harvest for His glory. I am thankful to Him daily that I have such a great chance to be a light where there is so much darkness. God, give me Your wisdom and strength.

Times are changing folks. The enemy is pressing hard to get, not only the world but fellow Christians, to believe this great deception that if we approve our sinful actions that God will approve. Remember the Garden in Genesis 3. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and not only did God cast them out of the Garden, but He cursed them as well. God can’t be around sin. God is good. This past year our nations culture has made a dramatic shift of acceptance, and not for the good. At least in the short term. You see, each one of us serves a God, who I like to describe, is “to big!” God has everything in control, and we must stay faithful to Him, as He remains faithful to us. Remember Romans 8:28 – God causes all things to work for the good. For Your Glory Lord!

And lastly, we want to thank you. The time we were privileged to be a part of your family is forever branded on our minds and our hearts. We appreciate each one of you who was there to mentor us, to disciple us, to learn from us, to cry with us, to laugh with us, to play with us , to study with us, to worship with us, to pray with us, to fellowship with us and to be a family with us. Thank you so much. Don’t you ever think that you are not impacting others, if you are at church, you are impacting others, this I know from experience. Keep loving each other, we all need it now more than ever. And if you could spare a few minutes, drop a quick prayer for us.

As we love and miss you, giving each of you hugs,

Michael, Cathie, Caitlyn and Ben

P.S. We have an extra room if anyone ever wants to stop in and say hello.