14 Jan 2018

Return from Lo Debar

At Sunday service in “Philadelphia” church in Izhevsk pastor Dmitry Vladykin preached on flaming ministry in Spirit. As someone who fell in love performs unexpected actions; as a person whose job was appreciated feels burst of energy; as a poet is overwhelmed with the feeling of levitation when the muse comes to him, so feels a person filled with the Holy Spirit. This fullness is definitely in deep and personal relationships with God. Apostle Paul speaks about it as of “the most excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). In another verse he encourages: “Keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11). What does it mean to keep spiritual fervor, to burn for God? The answer to this question was in this sermon.

Pastor Alexey Obukhov preached on the covenant relationships with God. Very often we see the covenant with God just as a gift and fulfillment of our desires. If God gives me a car – I am blessed, if He does not give a car – I am not blessed. But the covenant has two parties, and God expects mutuality. He expects loving relationships. He expects liveliness, as it was in the covenant of David and Jonathan.

Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan, was lame in both feet, because he escaped in a hurry, and hid from his pursuers in a place called Lo Debar, which means “a land without pastures”. Lame, almost unable to perform simple work, unfit for cattle breeding and farming, Mephibosheth lived in the land without pastures. From this place David called him and surrounded with care in memory of his friend Jonathan and in memory of the covenant with him. Pastor made a conclusion that it often depends on us, whether we stay in Lo Debar or trust the covenant, which was made between us and God.

At the service Sunday school showed a presentation video about their ministry with testimonies of children and parents. Anna Zhelnovakova, the leader of the ministry, asked to support Sunday school in prayer and answer the inner calling to serve kids.

The congregation also blessed Galina Permyakova, who turned 65. She came up to the stage surrounded by a great number of relatives, and it was a vivid example of how the church brings up people from baby to adult, an example that one can love and glorify God at any age. We congratulate Galina on her Jubilee and wish her health and God’s mercy and grace in every day!

Egor Gvozdikov


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