Pastor's Corner - July 21st
Finally, Jonah reaches the city of Nineveh and preaches a call to repentance. Then the power of God’s great love sweeps through the streets and fills every alley. This message begins to steep in every soul. Every citizen (including the king and the cattle) cover themselves in sackcloths to fast to the Lord. The power of our grace is in full swing. This is revival.
I can’t help but wonder what a revival would look like in the greater Marion County. Just imagine the Spirit sweeping down the Main Streets of Pella, Knoxville and etc. Hymns being song of God’s great rescue in every shop on the corner. Stories of broken homes being restored and lost souls being found. Light shining in every dark space in our communities. This is revival.
But it must be noted that repentance plays a quintessential role in every revival. We know repentance requires turning away from all that holds us back (i.e. idols, addiction, abuse, and materialism etc.) and turning to God’s great love. Revivals often begin with one person. Like Jonah, one person receives a message from God, repents and turns their lives over to God. Which can cause the surrounding people to sit up and take notice. Then like a mighty flame, others catch fire and the good news spreads. This is revival.
Maybe you are like me and you dream about a revival swelling in our city and beyond. If so, what does the God of Nineveh need to revive in our own hearts? Let’s turn away from all that hinders us and run with abandon towards God’s love! Perhaps others will take notice and follow us. This is revival!
~Pastor Chris Allen
My Last Update...
Sooo, yeah… my last update as your interim pastor. What do I say?
I am going to share my Grace highlights this weekend, so I hope you can make it. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and want to look you in the eye as I share about the ways you have inspired and blessed me over these last 18 months.
If for some reason you can make the service, please consider joining us for the pot luck after the service. For those who may be out of town over the weekend, I will be in the office for my last day on Monday January 7. I will be moving the final boxes out of the office, but I plan on making some time available in the middle of the day from 11:00-2:00, should you want to say a personal good-bye.
I will leave you with a prayer that will be on my heart with every remembrance of you…
Dearest Lord Jesus, I thank you for the people of Grace Fellowship. They were birthed out of a passion to reach those whom others would not have been able (willing?) to reach. They have been called to the ‘bleeding edge’ of evangelistic creativity.
Although that has always been their aspiration, these last seasons have taken their toll on the full expression of that vision. But it has not been lost in their hearts. It still lives as a fire within them. Bring it to full fruition Lord. May the hopes and dreams of living ‘out there’ stir their hearts with great regularity. Energize their gifts and give them a courageous responsiveness to your Spirit. May they not walk in fear. May they not be distracted by petty things but be in unity about all that matters.
Grant Pastor Chris your anointing and favor in this community. Establish his leadership in a way that allows him great liberty to be used mightily by you for the sake of your kingdom’s expansion in this city. Bless him and his family, and may they know many fruitful years in this place.
In the powerful name of Jesus!
With great joy and love for you all…