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Pastor's Corner - November 2015

posted Oct 30, 2015, 9:21 AM by Linda Dickinson   [ updated Oct 30, 2015, 9:22 AM ]

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

This month we look back fifty years and give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness to the Elmwood congregation.  It was on November 28, 1965 that the new church at 3615 Chelmsford Road was dedicated.  Leaving the little church on 26th and McKinley St. N.E. and relocating to St. Anthony Village was a huge step of faith.  It is certainly right for us to stop, look back, and praise God for all that He has done here on this little hill for the past fifty years. As the well-known hymn, “For All the Saints” proclaims:

 

For all the saints who from their labors rest,

Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,

Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest:

Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might,

Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;

Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light:

Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

May we in this time and in this season fight the good fight and serve our Captain faithfully and well.  How wonderful it is to know that Jesus is our rock, our fortress, and our might.  While there is still opportunity and light, and the fields are white onto harvest, may we too, do all we can from this little hill to proclaim the glorious news of Jesus Christ.

 

Following, on page 2, is a delightful article by Pastor Ernest Dahle who was Elmwood’s pastor for thirty-one years.  May our cups run over as we seek to serve the Lord this day and every day.

 

Ever thankful for each of you,

Pastor Fred

IS YOUR CUP RUNNING OVER?

by Ernst I. Dahle, Pastor                      
“News from Elmwood”, July-August 1970

In the twenty-third Psalm, King David’s heart overflows with his love for God and for his joy in Him.  There is quite a difference between a cup which is full and one which overflows.  The cup which is full can be measured, but the cup which overflows, who can measure its capacity.  It is endless.

And it is this endless, and eternal capacity which is necessary for revival, or which is necessary to get God’s work done.  Jesus said to His disciples, “Ye did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it you.”  The disciples were godly men, but before they could live that overflowing life, they needed more than this simple godly life.  They needed the abundance of the overflowing Spirit which their Master had.

David was a godly man, but when that bear came toward him to tear one of his little lambs apart, David needed more than a godly life.  And when that lion came, David needed more than forgiveness of sin.  When he went forth to meet that giant, David needed more than a godly life.  Joseph was a godly man.  Moses was a godly man, but they needed more than forgiveness of sins to meet the situations in which they found themselves while they were serving God.

Even Jesus laid aside the use of His divine attributes so that He became in all respects like we are, except that He had no sin.  That is why, when Jesus was baptized of John, the heaven opened and the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove and sat on Him.  From that time on, Jesus’ ministry changed.  He received the power of God, through the Holy Spirit to accomplish the works that God assigned Him to do.

“My cup runneth over,” said David.  “Is your cup running over?”  This is the manner in which the natives of Ruanda, Africa greet one another when they meet.

In John 4:14 Jesus says that each of us may have a fountain of living water in us springing up into eternal life.  In John 7:37, He says this fountain may be so great and mighty that it overflows in rivers of blessing.  In other words, we may have revival wherever we go.  We talk a great deal about revival.  Are you having revival?

In John 15:1-16 Jesus speaks of four kinds of fruitful or overflowing lives.  There is “fruit”, “more fruit”, “much fruit” and “abiding fruit.”  If fruit is life, then more fruit is more life, and much fruit is revival.  In verse 5, Jesus says, “He that abideth in Me, the same is bearing much fruit.”  Are you abiding in Christ?  If you are, Jesus says not that you SHALL bear much fruit, He says you ARE bearing much fruit.  Jesus is saying here that if we are properly related to Him, then the Life of Jesus in us is giving life, more life, much life and abiding life.  In other words, we are bringing revival to those around us, no matter what we see.  Is your cup running over?  Then your life is an overflowing well, springing up into eternal life.
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