Delivered! 0

We recently had a young woman who attended our church for two Sundays while she went through training here in the area. She sent an email to two of our ladies and I wanted to share what she said.

To the first lady she emailed,

“I do know that being able to spend two Sundays at Angle Lake Neighborhood Assemblies of God was such a blessing, it is truly a special place. I miss it. Pastor John is obedient to God, the congregation is obedient and I saw and felt proof of the Holy Spirit alive there. I wish so bad I could attend regularly. It’s not pushed or an act, but so natural and uplifting at Angle Lake Neighborhood Church. I’ve never seen or felt that ‘Alive Spirit’ at a church before. Angle Lake is on fire for God. Doing the right thing.”

To the second lady she emailed,

“I came to Angle Lake Neighborhood Church on February 1, 2015 and the Lord delivered me from alcohol that morning. Pastor John’s message opened my eyes to how hard the enemy was attacking me. I’m so blessed and thankful for being delivered. Problems will always exist, but God sends blessings. I have such hope and joy through Jesus.”

Col 2:8-10

8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Transformed! 0

When I was a young man we attended a Church of God Cleveland Tennessee church in Pasadena Texas. There was a lady who attended church there and every Sunday she brought her two teenage sons to church with her. They were about my age and there was no doubt they hated church and resented her for making them come.

Her husband was a terrible man who was very abusive. He loved to run the bars and chase after other women. His two sons loved him and they desired to be just like him.

One Sunday we were very surprised to see this woman come to church and her husband was with her. He sat and listened to every word that came out of the preacher’s mouth and before the preacher was even through with the sermon, this man ran down to the altar and gave his life to Jesus Christ and then within just a few minutes began to speak in tongues as he was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

The next Sunday this man was standing at the front door of the church passing out bulletins, radically transformed by the hand of God.  He become a strong man of God and an example of what God can do for his sons.  Look what the Lord has done. Look what the Lord has done. He healed my body, He touched my mind, He saved me just in time!

We still need this in our churches today. Come Holy Spirit we need Thee!

A Co-Worker 0

The following was written by a friend of mine who is a great encouragement and inspiration to me.

“I have committed my life to my wife and children, and from this I receive unspeakable joy, love, happiness, purpose and fulfillment. And no one judges me about this. But my commitment to the Lord God, which also brings me unspeakable joy, love, happiness, purpose and fulfillment…for this I am constantly judged by others. I’m not telling you that the things you may do will lead to death and destruction to be judgmental, but out of compassion to warn you, as Jesus did for me.

 A coworker told me recently, with other coworkers present, that he was tired of God being shoved down his throat, that Christians are hypocritical and insensitive to his way of life. I asked him if there was someone in particular he was speaking of. His look towards me immediately sentenced me as guilty. Inside, as fear tried to grip my heart, knowing my coworkers would bully me, I began to praise God.

I asked him to elaborate. He said quickly that it was how I would weave God into my conversations and how my actions and attitudes are so “Christian-like”. He said that who I am is no different than a politician shoving their agenda and affiliation down people’s throats. He waged on for several minutes. During his rant I am in earnest prayer as I know I lack the words to debate with him and the others.

The pause that followed seemed to stop the world around me as they looked at me for my reply.

I then asked him, “When did I threaten you to listen to me?” “When did I make you examine and wonder why I act the way I do?” “How can I force food down the mouth of an angry lion who isn’t even hungry?”

I apologized to them if I ever acted hypocritical or insensitive in any way. You see, they want me to be the scapegoat for them. The world wants the attention on someone else. The world wants you to think that others actions and words don’t affect one another. Yet this story proves that wrong. Every day, in every person that has ever lived, others continuously affect the people around them with their words and actions.

Another coworker then started speaking of a Pastor he heard one time…
I thanked His Spirit for leading and guiding me.

And I smiled, knowing that God Almighty, the Creator of the universe, had my back.”

Michael Wind