Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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Do not Fear 8/10/2014
Dear friend,

After feeding a huge multitude of people, Jesus sent His disciples away in a boat and He went up on a mountain to pray/commune with His Father. While He was there, He was mindful of the storm that His disciples had encountered, with the roaring waves of the sea and the wind blowing against them. It was not until the early hours of the morning (3 am) that He came to them, walking on the water, and would have passed by them......But when they saw Him walking upon they sea, they, thinking He was a spirit, all cried out to Him, being troubled.

Immediately Jesus talked with them and said to them: Be of good cheer, It is I, be not afraid.

Has it been our experience that as we are in the storms of life that we wonder where the Lord is? Do we wonder if He is aware of the difficulties in our life? Do we fear our circumstances so much that we forget that He is the Master of the wind and the Maker of the rain? Have we forgotten that He has promised to take care of our every need?

Let us be reminded through this message that He sees us in our circumstances, He will come to us precisely when He chooses to and when He does come to us, He will immediately answer our call for help with the beautiful words: Be of good cheer, It is I, be not afraid.

Around thirty years ago, a brother in the Lord, myself and my two oldest sons who were around 10 and 12 years old started out on a 20' boat from Houghton MI to go to Isle Royale, an island about 50 miles north of the Keweenaw Peninsula. My brother had checked the Lake Superior weather, all looked good so we started out. We got into the middle of Lake Superior and soon we were in a bad storm, with waves a lot higher than our boat. At times all we could see around us was water as our boat was tossed up and down in the water. It was very fearful until we got out of the storm and arrived at the Isle Royale boat landing.

Are we in a storm of life today? When we left the shore, mighty Lake Superior was calm, but that soon changed. In life as the waves increase, as the wind increases, we say, we will get through this, we are experienced in life, we have friends, we will stick together and so on, but we at times forget to call upon Him.

A crisis is something that there is no solution to. If we owe money, and have money to pay it, it is not a crisis.. If we are sick, and there is a cure, it is not a crisis. All things that come into our lives for which there is no forseeable solution, we could say that it is an invitation from God to trust Him.

Problems build slowly, but often times the solution comes quickly. Life's problems sneak up on us, the waves and the wind build up slowly and before we know it we are in a raging storm. We are in the middle of it, we do not know when He will come to calm it, but He sees, He knows and He will come when it is time.

He fed the five thousand, He stilled the storm and now when they are in the middle of the sea struggling, He sees them in their struggles, He comes to them, would have passed them by, but then they heard the beautiful words: Be of good cheer, It is I, Do not fear.

Are you in a storm? Are you fearful? Has He come to you yet? For many, a point has come in which He has come and said, I am here, Do not fear, I have your back. Some are battling against the waves, wondering if they are going to sink..........

I have asked and received the okay to share the followings testimonies of their struggles in the time of their storm and I now will share them with you.

"Early mornings is a time for me to read God's Word before all the "demands" and "noises" of the day find their way into our minds. One particular quiet morning, I was stopped by a clear voice saying, "Do not be afraid." Puzzled, I sat wondering, then put it in the back of my mind. Sometime later, a week, maybe, I discovered a foreign mass in my body. After all the tests, it was revealed to be cancer. The words resurfaced, "Do not be afraid."......Lord, I am afraid! Fear came in waves over me, but above it was the Voice: "Do not be afraid."
How often in God's Word are we reminded of this. God always goes before us and holds us in the palm of His hand. Sickness, diseases, and trials are no surprise to Him. They all work to bring us closer to work out His will in our lives.
Come to Me, you are are weary and afraid, I will give you strength and courage to face this, too. He lifts the gloom and sends rays of hope and peace to our hearts. One day we will exchange these earthly bodies to glorified ones where no aches or diseases will touch us. We will praise Him with new tongues and sing with all the saints in glory: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come. Praise be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Ghost".
Louise Kilpela

It was in Sept. 2001 when I suffered a grand mal siezure that changed my life as I knew it. One minute putting my shoes on about to head off to work, the next minute waking up in an ambulance and being asked by the attendant: Do you know what happened to you? I did not. Another minute later I woke up in a room at the hospital and Sue and Ike were there with me. Then I think an E.R. Doc came in to tell about the different tests they had done. I remember none of what they did. Anyway, that was the beginning of many changes in my life.

As I followed up with a neurologist after that siezure He noticed a tremor in my right hand. Eventually I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease which effects me in many different ways. People who see me walking in public might think me to be intoxicated the way I stumble around. As most of you know I am no longer able to work or to drive a car.[Ireally miss driving] Any way that is about where I am today. I don't know what tomorrow holds. None of us do, but if we look to Him who does know it sure helps to remove fear.

I want to share with you what may have been my mom's favorite verses found in proverbs 3 verses 5 and 6. I can still picture her sitting at the kitchen table reading her bible in the early mornings. As Thanksgiving Day aproaches let's give thanks for christian mom's and dad's and other christian witnesses around us for the examples they live out before us. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the lord with all thine heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. Verse 5 tells us to trust in the Lord. We live in uncertain times. On the political scene a lot of grand promises are being made. Who are we to trust? What does it say on our currency? IN GOD WE TRUST. proverbs 3:5 tells us to TRUST IN THE LORD with all our heart.
Doug Saukkola....

(From a mother whose son was born with serious medical problems)

We've never really shared this story before with many others but I got to thinking about it again today after speaking to the surgeon. When Gregory was 2 1/2 weeks old, he was sleeping in his little NICU isolation room at Children's and scheduled to have his closing surgery the next morning. Andrew and I were spending the night in a parent's room down the hall that was reserved for situations like a very ill child or surgery. I remember this enormous sense of helplessness and Andrew and I were both quietly lost in our thoughts for much of the evening. Gregory wasn't eating yet and so I said goodnight to our baby, held his hand and kissed his little head, and went to bed.

I shut off the light in the room and sat in a chair, a single wall separating Gregory's room from the room I was in. I heard the beeps of the hospital machines and could picture him lying in his bassinette with all the tubes and the ventilator helping him breathe and I tried to pray through the fear of not knowing what tomorrow would hold. In the darkness, I turned on the radio and a Christian station tuned in. I sat and listened while I waited, feeling absolutely gutted and insignificant in the scheme of things. The next song came on the radio, one I'd never heard before. The lyrics were these:

I'm down on my knees again tonight,
I'm hoping this prayer will turn out right.
See, there is a boy that needs Your help.
I've done all that I can do myself
His mother is tired,
I'm sure You can understand.
Each night as he sleeps
She goes in to hold his hand,
And she tries
Not to cry
As the tears fill her eyes.

Can You hear me?
Am I getting through tonight?
Can You see him?
Can You make him feel all right?
If You can hear me
Let me take his place some how.
See, he's not just anyone, he's my son.

Sometimes late at night I watch him sleep,
I dream of the boy he'd like to be.
I try to be strong and see him through,
But God, who he needs right now is You.
Let him grow old,
Live life without this fear.
What would I be
Living without him here?
He's so tired,
And he's scared
Let him know that You're there.

Can You hear me?
Am I getting through tonight?
Can You see him?
Can You make him feel all right?
If You can hear me
Let me take his place some how.
See, he's not just anyone, he's my son.

Can You hear me?
Can You see him?
Please don't leave him,
He's my son.

-Mark Schultz

God reached me in that moment of utter despair- I felt Him with me there and also felt the depth of His love and it was unlike anything I'd ever known before. I was unconditionally loved and worthy at my rock bottom... just because. When I left that room, my heart was rejoicing with gratitude and joy.

Julie Manninen

Mark 6: 45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.
48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch (3 am) of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

In the three testimonies of faith, we hear the common theme of a change in circumstances, their struggle to deal with the changed circumstances, and the way in which the Lord broke through in order to increase their faith for deliverance through the circumstance. They were all somewhat different, but they all came to a place of acceptance through faith and trust in God. The way in which He has increased our faith during these troubled times has been different, I am sure. All that have been given the grace to recognize that trials are a call to trust in God and to see them as God's call to them to trust Him have been and will be blessed.

The love and compassion of Christ for His disciples is seen in these miracles: The feeding of the multitude and His coming to them walking on the water and His calming of the sea. He showed His "Godness" in both of them and wanted them to see that He was more than a man like them. He was God, He is God and He will take care of their/our every need.

I pray that you will be encouraged today by the fact that even as He was on the mountain praying and watching His disciples in their troubles, in the same manner today He is on the right hand of God making intercession for you. He first of all always prays for your soul's salvation so that you would know and experience the forgiveness of your sins that He accomplished on the cross of Calvary. That is always our Father's first desire for us, that we would receive the Gift that He has purchased for us with the blood of His Son. Be of good cheer today and believe that your sin has been blotted out through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.

In my travels as a pastor I come accross many who are yet in the blindness of their own sin and continually blame others for the predicament that they are in, not recognizing that they have need of forgiveness themselves. Have we come to Him in our need for forgiveness?

As believers in Christ, sometimes the storms of life have come into our lives because we have through our attitudes and actions brought onto ourselves broken relationships. When this happens it is important to be open the teaching and counsel of the Word and Spirit so that we may clearly see what is our responsibility towards the restoration of the relationship. Storms, changed circumstances, in that way are like a friend to us in as a friend a changed circumstance causes us to reevaluate as to what or Who we are trusting in for our future.

One of my daughters, who is in the midst a big storm, shared with us that through it she has learned that the Lord is always near and is awaiting her cries for help in her time of need.

Lastly, my dear friend, the one who is in the midst of the storm, which may be raging and has been for a long time, know that He is mindful of your circumstance, know that He may be coming toward you now in a way that you cannot even imagine, and know that when you cry out to Him in your need, He will say to you: "Be of good cheer, It is I, Don't be afraid." But know this.....He will come to you!

Let us pray for one another,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 10 Aug 2014 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Fruit of the Holy Spirt 8/3/2014

Dear friend,

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be multiplied unto you now and always, Amen.

Praise the Lord, I am free, the young boy shouted, Christ has won the victory for me, my name is written in heaven, and I with the Psalmist David, praise His Holy name for delivering me from the bondage of sin and death!!! I am free, I am free, I am free, from the condemnation of the law, for it has been fuflilled in Christ's obedience.

I am free, I am free.......then I thought... Now what do I do with my freedom that God has given to me? .

How do I decide what to do with my freedom? Opening the letter of Apostle Paul to the Galatians, I read:

Galatians 5: 13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself

Well, here is my first clue to my search, for it is written that I am not to use my freedom/liberty to serve my self/my flesh but by love to serve my neighbor. I seem to recall how the Apostle wrote another letter in which he explained very clearly as to what it looks like in real life by love serve one another:

Romans 13: 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

So it is clear that to really love my neighbor is to never work any ill towards him/her, but to honor him/her in their station of life. For example, I will not take another's person's wife or husband for sexual gratification, I will not hurt nor harm my neighbor physically, I will not tell lie about them or I will not seek to get something that is theirs that is not mine. I will love my neighbor by seeking to help them in any way that is possible for me to do, for love seeks to serve and never to try to rule over them or to dominate them.

And I can see that to love my neighbor as myself, it would be like that if I was in some kind of crisis, I would be giving all that I had to help change the crisis for the better. In the same way, when I would see my neighbor in need and it was within my means to help him/her, I would do so as if I was helping myself. And this could refer to someone in my own household, in my church or in my neighborhood.

For if I simply use my freedom to serve myself and not seek to help others, it will not work out too well, for....

15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

But rather, I am to live in the dominion and under the good influence of the Holy Spirit, resist the urge to please and to serve myself, for in doing I will not fulfil the lust of the flesh. The urge to serve self is strong, but, Oh Lord, help me to live in your Spirit. I must remember that I am hooked to the vine and all the strength to resist my flesh comes from the Vine. I am not like a branch broken off of an apple tree that is stuck in the ground with the hope the apples will come forth on the tree, for I am connected to the Tree, Jesus Christ.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

For all around me, in the world, from the devil and in my own flesh, (which was crucified on the cross, but does not acknowledge that it is dead), is a war against the new man in the Holy Spirit, trying to gain the power. But thank you, Lord, that you have freed me from the slavish desires to please myself at the expense of everything that is good in my life: my faith, my wife, my family, my congregation, my brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world. It is not that those desires to please myself at the expense of others is not present, but through the indwelling Spirit of God I have better desires that allow me to live in true freedom. I am free to live for the benefit of others, first of all which is my family.....

For I have been delivered from the power of sin, the law, which is given to incite passions in myself to the end that I would be brought to despair of my own efforts and look to Christ. For the evidence of a self serving dominate nature is revealed in the following expressions of self love......which are called the works of the flesh....these sins/works listed here are in the area of sex, of religion, of society and in vices relating to drinking which causes drunkenness.

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

I understand that we are not talking of myself being free of temptations and sins of weakness, but we are talking about being given to live in these things in denial that they are against the law of God which is called sin. It is one things to struggle with an inclination to a particular weakness to sin, but quite another to cast off the truth of God as revealed in His Word to live in any sin.
I can see now how living in these sins is really serving self, for they are all against the Ten Commandments. For they are either violation of the first three which call us to love God or the last seven which call for our love to our neighbor. All sin basically ends up serving oneself and one's own selfish desires, rights and needs.
Paul is clear in saying that one lliving in the flesh and not in the Spirit will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Wow, that is scary......Oh, Lord, help me to live in your Spirit, protect me, keep me and guard me with your power, to have concern for those who are boldly and defiantly living in sin and to pray for them and when appropriate to speak to them in love and in truth.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. {affections: or, passions}
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Now, Lord, after hearing about the warnings of the flesh and how it wants to take control by cutting me off of the Vine, I am gratified to hear about the fruit that comes out of the Vine, through the Spirit. Thank you, Lord, that you have given me love for you, you have given me joy in the forgiveness of my sins, and as a result I have peace. And it is all because you have loved me, it is all because of the joy that was set before you in redeeming me and it is all because of your going to the cross that you are at peace with me.

And, Lord, thank you, that you have also given me patience, kindness and goodness, imperfect for sure on my part, but yet you have downloaded the fruit of your Spirit into my being so that through me would flow the fruit that flows from heaven's endless supply of grace toward us through Christ Jesus. Just as the sap flows through the branches of a tree into the branches, in the same manner, your fruit flows into me and through me in order to demonstrate your patience, your kindness and your goodness to those around me. Dear Father, please help me to be patient, help me to be kind in my approach to my family, to my congregation, to my neighbors everywhere. Help me to look upon people not in their flesh, but in their redeemed state through Christ. Help me to demonstrate your patience, your kindness and your goodness, remembering that it is your kindness that leads them to repentance.

Dear Father, thank you for laying the fruit of your Spirit out so plainly and in a systematic manner. For you first taught me of yours and mine relationship in love, joy and peace, then you taught me of the relationship between my neighbor and I and now you wish to help me to consider my own heart in the last three aspects of the fruit of your Spirit.

For your faithfulness never fails, you were the meekest of all men in that you came to serve us and you had tremendous self control. Again, Lord, thank you for downloading the fruit of the Spirit into my heart and being, so that whatever faithfulness, meekness/gentleness and self control that is in me is of you and not of myself. I am all of the opposites, for of myself I am unfaithful, not gentle and out of control. Help me to draw strength from You, the Vine, Jesus Christ.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (no conflict with the law)
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Now I understand, Lord, what it means that there is not any conflict with the law, in the sense that love is the
fulfilling of the law. Perhaps it will take some explaining here, but in essence if I go back to what Paul said in verse 13 about not using my liberty to serve myself, but by love to serve my neighbor, it all makes very good sense. For in the fruit of the Spirit I see my relationship to You, Lord my relationship with my neighbor and my relationship with myself. I first am in right standing with You, Lord, then with my neighbor and then my ongoing work of grace in myself is explained in verses 22b and 23. He then goes on to remind me of the importance of the affections and lusts of our flesh being crucified, in other words, put to death. I recall again other places in the scripture which can help me understand hthe meaning of verse 24..

KJV Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
ESV Romans 6:11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus
KJV Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

I have always struggled with this concept, of what is said in verse 24. But yet according to the scripture I/we are dead to sin (Romans 6:2) and I/we are to reckon/consider ourselves dead to sin. (Romans 6:11) and I/we are to not let sin reign in our mortal bodies, that I/we should obey in in the lusts (6:12)

An illustration from a brother has helped me understand this over the years in that our flesh is like a big snake that has been shut up in a house with the door locked. He cannot get out to roam freely but while in the house he uses his tail to wreck a lot of things in the house.

So it is a mixed bag here considering the thought of our flesh being crucified with Christ and our ongoing battle with it wanting to rise up and get the upper hand. I understand, and I hope you do to, that your flesh died on the cross with Christ, but yet when we feel the motions of sin stirring and wanting to rise up, we think: "How can it be dead with what I feel?" Think of it as a bee which has had its venom removed. It can sting you and I all it wants but it has no power to harm us for its power behind the sting is gone.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Since I live in the Spirit, in other words, that is who I am in Christ, I am to walk in the Spirit, wanting to esteem my neigbhor better than myself, to consider her/his needs before mine rather than seeking my ways and in so doing provoking her/him. Living in the Spirit I am satisfied with who God has made me, appreciate my fellow believers and help them in their giftedness so that collectively we will serve all neighbors for the glory of God in the salvation of their souls.

Well, friend, thanks for listening this morning.

a friend in Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 03 Aug 2014 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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