"WHOLENESS IN GOD OR A WHOLE IN YOUR HEAD"
(Notes taken from a sermon by Rev. Kevin Teachey on Feb. 4th.)
Are you a work of God? If you are, what an amazing thing! A large part of being made whole is realizing that you are a work of God. Do you want to be made whole, normal, and complete? In Mark 5, Jesus brought a man from insanity to wholeness. Even though we still have these kinds of problems today, Jesus CAN make us whole.
“Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee;
Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought, and hoped, or known;
Yet, how rich is my condition! God and heaven are still my own.”
“Go then, earthly fame and treasure! Come disaster, scorn, and pain!
In Thy service pain is pleasure; with Thy favor loss is gain.
I have called Thee, Abba, Father. I have stayed my heart on Thee.
Storms may howl and clouds may gather; all must work for good to me.”
This is TRUE wholeness.
When things don’t make sense it is often the Lord trying to get at your self-life. Is Jesus the #1 priority in your life? Being made whole happens in ways that we can’t imagine. If you were one of the 99 sheep would you be critical of that one sheep that got lost? Would you be critical of the Shepherd? The man who was healed in Mark 5 wanted to follow Jesus after he was healed, but Jesus told him no. Sometimes, His no’s are more precious than His yes’s. Wholeness in Jesus IS your destiny. Here are five things you’ll have to fight: 1. Slothfulness; 2. A sleepy spirit; 3. Criticalness; 4. Apathy, coasting, or indifference; 5. Confusion. "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:16-17 DOING these things will make you whole!
On Saturday, March 10th, we were blessed to witness the marriage of EC graduate, Joel Huebner to Rosette Shannis. They were married in Viroqua, WI, at Living Faith Church, a kind of sister-church to Evergreen Center. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Doug Detert. Jesus’ presence was there as these two young people took their vows before God, guests, and family. The joy of the event was slightly overshadowed by the unexpected death of Rosette’s father from a heart attack just ten days before the wedding. Rosette is from the country of Jordan, and was unable to attend the funeral, but was comforted that her mother was able to attend even while grieving the loss of her husband. Please keep Joel and Rosette, and her family in your prayers during this wonderful, yet difficult time.
NEWS FROM THE CLASSROOM
What do the interns really learn here? What really happens in the classroom? Well, it’s not all academic. Yes, content is important, but the teachers are unselfishly pouring out their lives by sharing their personal testimonies. For example, in the Inward Life Class, the Lord is helping the students carefully go through the book, The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence, which is a classic among Christian Literature. Lisa Stout, who has been serving here almost six years, is teaching this class, and the response from the interns has been one of great appreciation! Christ is in the classroom, as each soul is slowly (that is, often, the best way) being transformed by God's amazing grace. All glory to JESUS!!!
TERM 20 / 10 YEARS OF MINISTRY
As we mentioned in last month's newsletter, we are right in the middle of Term 20, and we are grateful to God for allowing us to minister to young people consistently for the last 20 terms –two terms equal one year, so really for the last 10 years! When we consider how the Lord has helped us reach those He has been faithful to send us, we bow before our King in deep reverence. The eternal significance of what God is doing here cannot be overstated. This little fledgling ministry, which is located on 105 acres out in the woods of central Wisconsin, has sent out laborers in the vineyard; and we continue to focus on Christ and His Cross! Again, ALL glory to God! Great things HE is doing, as we prepare for His soon return!
EC CHURCH SERVICES
We are very grateful for all your prayers and support!
Elizabeth Metz on behalf of the Evergreen Center Staff