Influence & Association

A powerful line up of questions to spur your thoughts for the day. It DOES MATTER who you spend time with! There is a reason the old saying has stuck around long enough to be an old saying… “Birds of a feather flock together!” It’s because it is TRUE!

Take a moment to think carefully over these questions… you may be amazed at the answers!

“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay?”
~ Jim Rohn

Family Devotions

Because of the post regarding Blake receiving the Holy Ghost in Family Altar, this article regarding family devotions that I found on a Pentecostal Website seems to be a timely addition. It is an interview that was given by Rev. Arlo Moehlenpah to the IBC Perspective writers. Enjoy…

You have long promoted the importance of Family Devotions. Why?
There is an old adage that says if you give a man a fish you have fed him for a day but if you teach a man to fish you have fed him for a lifetime. Likewise, in church if you give a family a lesson or sermon you have fed them for a short time but if you teach them to read and study their Bible you have fed them for a lifetime. The Israelites were to teach the Word diligently to their children when they sat, walked, lay down and rose up. Families will not get enough of the Word in church alone.

In your opinion, why don’t more families spend time together in prayer and Bible reading?
They simply do not make it a high priority.

How often should a family have devotions together?
It depends on how the devotions are structured. If it is prayer and Bible reading it should be daily. “Give us this day our daily bread”. For younger children you may read to them from Bible storybooks.

Does (or should) this change much as the children grow older?
For smaller children the sessions would be shorter but still daily.

What curriculum do you recommend for this prayer and devotion time?
I would recommend the following items which are on my websites:
www.DoingGood.org and www.BibleChallengeGame.com

A. A translation of the Bible such as the New King James version: Many children and young people are not used to “thee”, “thou” and words ending in “est.” There are also some audio versions, where you can listen to the Bible being read.
B. Bible Reading Schedules: There are two Bible reading schedules which are for reading the entire Bible in one year. One contains daily readings consisting of scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments (recommended for those who may get bogged down in the Old Testament and thus give up). The other has daily reading in order of the books of the Bible starting with Genesis.
There are also reading schedules that cover the Bible in three years. I would recommend this for families that have never read the Bible through before:
First year – New Testament
Second year – Genesis through Esther
Third year – Job through Malachi
C. Study Questions for each chapter of the Bible: Only, after reading the complete passage for the day, should they try to answer the questions. If they are unable to answer a question, the verse(s) where the answer is found is in the parenthesis after the question. An alternate to these study questions would be to ask questions like “What did you learn from the passage” or “How will you apply it to your life?
D. Quizzes for each book of the Bible and on character qualities, people, places and numerals of the Bible. It is important for the parents to find out how much their children are learning.
E. Bible Games: Occasionally add some fun to your devotion by playing a game.

What approach did you and your wife use for devotion time within your own family?
Most of the materials above were not available when our children were home. Before they went to elementary school we read to them Bible storybooks. Even the neighbor kids would come early to hear the stories. We would then pray for them before they left for school. As they got older we formed a circle and read directly from the Bible with each one reading a verse. For the last two years my wife and I have been reading the Bible aloud to each other with each one reading two verses at a time.

Do you have any closing thoughts?
Promoting family Bible reading is probably the most important thing that I have done in my life. Think of the difference it would make in our churches, our nation and our world if every family read the Bible and prayed together.

Blake Edgar Receives the Holy Ghost

The Sunday before this occurred, Blake, who was the last child in Sis. Darci’s Sunday School class in need of the Holy Ghost, became the subject of the prayers of his classmates. They agreed to pray extra for Blake that he would receive the Holy Ghost soon. If you don’t think their faith was increased by this news, you can think again! They are excited… and so are we!

The following is from an email received from Blake’s mom after he received the Holy Ghost during family altar on Thursday Morning! You know what they say… “Family Altar can really alter a Family.” Here’s the proof…

We were having Family altar and the story was on “The Beginning Ministry of Jesus” and how He went into a town that GLADLY received Him. The thing about this story was that John the Baptist had already been there and prepared the way of the Lord so that when Jesus came, the work that he had to accomplish was able to be done because the way had been already prepared.

So I talked to the children about how important it is for us to keep our hearts cleaned so when we pray or worship and Jesus comes by he can fill us with his Holy Ghost, meet needs, heal, etc.

Then it was time for prayer. We usually all pray together but this time I decided to let each one individually pray. I do this to make sure they ARE praying or they do understand HOW to pray.

Colleen was the first to pray. I could hear she was really getting in the Spirit of prayer so I whispered to the other two to pray quietly until she was done. We were all praying and Kayla ‘hooked on’. I have never heard a child pray in this fashion before. She sounded like an adult praying. Praying for souls, lost sheep, and then she began to commit her life to Jesus, telling Him He gave her the breath she breathed and so He can use her or even take her home to heaven — she just wanted to please Him. She began to weep under the burden of prayer and began to pray for Blake who, when I looked up, was PLAYING!! LOL

I told him to pray and continued on myself. The Holy Ghost was so strong in the room. I looked up the second time and Blake had his head on his arm fighting the tears. I put my arm around him and he began to pray. Then he stood up and raised his hands in the air and said, “Jesus, I want to be baptized in Jesus name and I cant ’til I get the Holy Ghost. Please save me.”

At first I thought, “Oh this is just a child’s way,” but he continued on praying. He then got on my knee and began to cry, “Jesus, fill me with the Holy Ghost!”

He began to speak in tongues again so I turned him to face me and the girls beside me and the Lord opened his mouth and he began to speak fluently in tongues. I said, “Girls, your brother is getting the Holy Ghost!”

Blake danced all over the living room and prayed for about two hours worshipping Jesus talking in tongues! After everyone stopped he told me he still wanted to pray and get the HOLY GHOST!! We began to sing and he started worshipping again.

All day after that he kept talking about it and told his father when he got home from work that he was going to get the Holy Ghost in devotion the next day.

When he got up yesterday, the first thing he said was, “Mom, I’m gonna get the Holy Ghost again today, ain’t I?” THANK YOU, Jesus!

It always makes a difference when we PREPARE the Way of the LORD!!!

Sis. Brenda

On Forgiveness…

There will be some new posts coming in the next few hours. There is lots of good news to report and announcements to make! But, until then, here is a thought for us to give heed to.

“Forgive somebody right now. Let go of your arrogance and just forgive them. The greater the wrong they’ve done you, the greater your joy!”
~ From a Twitter update

Is She Talking About Us?

I have been reading a book recently (I’ve already shared much of it with you over the last few weeks) and it has got me thinking about our attitudes toward church. Are we taking too much for granted? Are we running a risk of becoming attached to forms and trappings of Pentecost, with no real consideration for the power that we are capable of accessing in the Holy Ghost?

READ MORE…

Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to the MPC family! Hope your day was filled with happy times and that you were surrounded by your families and friends!

Can you believe that it was 10 years ago today that we unloaded scores of boxes at the Parsonage here in Middlesex! Hard to believe!! But, it’s true…

Thanks to the MPC family for making us one of you! We love you more than you can imagine! Let’s just keep having revival and make the next ten years even more memorable! Jesus knows how to do that…

Tuesday Night, June 30

We were blessed to be able to travel with our evangelist to Alberton, PEI, for a service with Pastor Bobby Ikerd and his congregation.

Bro. Channell preached a tremendous message and we got to share a good time of fellowship (over lasagna, spaghetti and lobster) with Bro. Ikerd and some of his church folks who knew Bro. & Sis. Channell from years ago when they attended church in Brewer.

It was yet another 3 o’clock morning but… going to church is NEVER boring and always pays the greatest dividends!