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.

Brokenhearted 0

After the tragedy yesterday in Orlando I sit at my computer truly brokenhearted that 49 America citizens were murdered at the hands of terrorism. As a Christ follower we should be praying for the families who lost their love ones to this cowardly act. My greatest grief is over the fact that since this terrible act happened at a gay nightclub; there are lost souls in hell today.

I made this comment last night at our Sunday night service and a person who was attending took exception that just because a person is homosexual they would not make heaven. I tried to explain that a practicing homosexual cannot go to heaven.

The easy thing to do in this postmodern age, where biblical doctrine and concepts are watered down, is to side step the difficult issues instead of facing them head on. Yet, as Christ followers the Bible was given to us so that we would have the biblical foundation to live righteous and holy lives in order to show God’s glory to the whole earth. We must confront sin with the truth of Scripture and the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

So the question is, “can a person who says they are a gay Christian get into heaven while practicing this lifestyle?” The simple answer to this question is no.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.


I do not make this statement with glee or some kind of satisfaction, I say it completely brokenhearted and with great sadness. No true Christian hates the homosexual or any other person who is separated from God because of their sinful lifestyle. A Christ follower is not a hater, or bigoted, but desires to see the perishing rescued from the pits of hell.

I believe any person who claims to be saved, but is unrepentant, unregenerate, rebellious, and continues to live a willful sinful lifestyle is not saved; but lost. Now if a person says they are saved, but struggles with sin in their lives, is convicted by their sin, comes before God with a repentant heart and desires to walk in the spirit; God is faithful and just to forgive them of their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness!

So here is the Good News, God has provided a way of escape for all sinners. God desires that everyone make heaven and so He sent Jesus Christ.  Will you receive Him today and turn from your wicked ways?

Admit you are a sinner. “There is no one righteous, not even one … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10,23. (See Romans 5:8; 6:23.)

Ask God’s forgiveness. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

Believe in Jesus. (put your trust in Him) as your only hope of salvation. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (See John 14:6.)

Become a child of God by receiving Christ. “To all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 (See Revelation 3:20.)

Confess that Jesus is your Lord. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (See verse 10.)

Traditional Church 0

Recently I went to a conference for pastors and on day one I was having lunch with my Associate Pastor when two other pastors approached our table. One of the pastors said to me, “Oh you are the guy that pastors the more traditional church.” He did not mean it as a compliment. In this postmodern age, where relativism and pluralism are the dominate beliefs in most churches, to be called traditional is really an insult. Since we are a church that still allows the moving of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are present at every meeting we have, what he really was saying is, “Oh you are the pastor of that Pentecostal church.”

Angle Lake Neighborhood Church is such a great church and deserves more than an off handed comment. I find it interesting that a church with significant demographic diversity, with over 15 different ethnic and language groups represented on any given Sunday would be called traditional. I find it interesting that as I look across the congregation, every skin tone and shade the world has to offer can be found; is that traditional?  I find it interesting that a church that has every age group represented and they are involved in leadership and service; can be identified as traditional.

Angle Lake Neighborhood Church is not ashamed of its Pentecostal heritage and we are sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are in operation, as they should be, in every gathering that we have. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is the indicator of spiritual growth and disciples are being made as commanded by our Lord, Jesus Christ. Every person is encouraged to seek the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as soon as they have received Jesus Christ as their Savior. We believe the initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues.

On Sunday mornings we still pray for healing, for deliverance, for guidance, for direction, and for help by the laying on of hands and anointing with oil; as called for by the Scriptures. We have very modern music, contemporary music, and hymns when we sing praises to our Lord. Worship is very important at Angle Lake Neighborhood Church and we desire to see the manifold presence of God in our building.  

We believe anointed, Biblical teaching is the catalyst for transformation in individual’s lives and in the church. Preaching the Word of God is the method that God has given to proclaim His truth to a lost and dying world. We are committed to preaching the whole truth and proclaiming the gospel so that people will be saved by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Angle Lake Neighborhood Church believes in evangelism, but the key to evangelism is discipleship; not postmodernism. The postmodern world does not need a postmodern church, but a Pentecostal church; full of the miracle working power of the Holy Spirit. To tell people they must be the culture to win the culture is foolishness; nowhere in the Bible is this commanded or even implied. However, the people of God are commanded to wait for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to enable them to turn a world upside for Jesus. We promote being God Focused, Spirit Empowered in order to be Evangelically Effective.

Angle Lake Neighborhood Church a Traditional Church? I do not think that is an accurate description for this body of believers. Angle Lake Neighborhood Church are an exceptional people who love God very much and desire to move from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We are a Bible-believing, Christ-centered, Spirit-driven church where we desire all the fullness of Christ. Believing that the breath of God’s Spirit will fill us, empowering us to move forward into His destiny.