A Missionary, an Evangelist, and a Preacher

What does a missionary, an evangelist, and a preacher have in common? That's easy! They all spoke at The Great American Fast observance at Lifegate Baptist Church on July 3rd. As so many from across the United Stated gathered privately or with others to call upon their God for His mercy, so did those in Bellefonte, PA.

The weekend actually began on Saturday morning as Evangelist Michael Adams carried his cross through the streets of Bellefonte to Tallyrand Park where we experienced the clear gospel message in the open air. The cross brought many questions and curiosity seekers as we traveled the streets en-route to the park. Once there, there were many more questions and peaked curiosity. Michael had the answers, and a Gospel witness clearly rang out from the gazebo in the center of the park.

Later that evening the speakers gathered at the church for a meal and time of fellowship on the Eve of The Great American Fast. Oh, and did I forget to mention that we took time to pray and give the services of the next day to the Lord?

For me Sunday morning began as I sat on the edge of my bed watching the big, red numbers on my alarm clock tick away. 5:58...5:59...6:00am. As the number hit the 6:00 o'clock hour I could sense a feeling of anticipation and excitement as I realize The Great American fast was underway. I went for an early morning walk with my Lord as I realized there so many other people meeting with Him across the country at the same time.

About 9:00am, we headed to the church to begin preparing for the day. It wasn't long until Michael and his wife Tammy arrived. Close behind was a missionary by the name of Sam Snyder. The Snyders are planning on taking the Gospel to the island of Kiribati. Sam presented their ministry and challenged us from Isaiah chapter six. He spoke of the holiness and purity of God and the urgency of serving Him.

Following Sam's message, we had a time of prayer. After all, a fast is nothing without prayer. Some went into the streets to pray. Others prayed at the church as as we sought the face of God.

Well, we have the missionary and the evangelist. What about the preacher? That's where Pastor Ken Codner of Grace Baptist Church in Spring Mills, PA comes in. He went to passages in II Chronicles 7 and Daniel 9. Everyone was challenged as we began to see the full picture. The Pennsylvania pastor meshed his message perfectly with the Virginia missionary.

But we're not done with that evangelist from Ohio. Michael Adams tied it all together with a message based on Acts 17 "...turning the world upside down". After all, that is the goal of TGAF! He kept the challenges coming, and it was becoming clear that we needed God more than we realized. His message collided beautifully with the other men.

5:00pm brought the closing service, and I think it's safe to say, God met with us throughout the day. Tired and hungry, we broke fast at 6:00pm with spaghetti, salad, and bread prepared by the ladies of the church.

So what does a missionary, an evangelist, and a preacher have in common? They were all used by God to get the attention of His people during The Great American Fast


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Sounds lovely, like a retreat away from the world to focus on your Lord. Blessings to you, my friend.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Paradise,

Yes, it really was. Thanks for the visit!


mikeq107 5 years ago

A missionary an Evangelist and a preacher walked into a a church and .....:0)

Great hub william....At 6:30 am as I stated before I trully felt Gods Blessings fill my room...actually that would be 9:30 my time....Glad everything went off so well...So glad you listened to the holy spirit and followed through with the first of many Fasts to come...Great hub and God trully bless you this week as you continue on from the great starting line last sunday morning...

Love In Jesus Your Brother Mike :0)

Ps Love the Tie!!!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Mike,

Isn't it great that the same God can meet with both of us at the same time on opposite shores. Sunday truly was a blessing--love it if you could join us here in PA next year for the Fast!

The tie?--that's a whole other story!


His daughter 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing the events of this day. Another thing the three all have in common is that they share the Gospel of Christ. A common thread we all have.

God bless.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

HD,

You're absolutely right, and that's the main thing. There's nothing more important! Hope your day went well!


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada

Hi Lifegate, Voted up and interesting. God Bless


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Sky,

Thanks for visiting and for the vote!


Eddie-Perkins 5 years ago

Thank God we can all be used of God to get the attention of the people. God Bless you ~ eddie


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Yep Eddie,

God wants to use all of us. Praying that all of us would let Him.


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samowhamo 4 years ago

Hi lifegate

I have so questions and a link at the bottom and also I do believe in God and Jesus (although that is not what I write about on my page). Is satan really a female who wants people to think she is male and was satan the queen of heaven. There is a link here that I think you should see and is anything on it biblical.

http://itstimenow4u.com/satan_lucifer_is_a_woman_t...


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

samowhamo,

Thanks for stopping by. It's good to hear from you. To answer your question, I do agree that satan is not a man, but neither is he a woman. satan is a spirit which is neither man nor woman. These are human terms. God does refer to satan in the masculine, but that does not mean that he is a man, but rather he has masculine tendencies. You may have noticed that I refer to satan as he/him as well.

If you really want my opinion, I think that website you mentioned in your comment is really "off the wall" and is not Biblical at all. I hope that helps!


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samowhamo 4 years ago

Thank you very much lifegate. I dont think that site is biblical either there are just too many things on it that dont add up biblicaly. Well thank you for your help and you can call me Sam if you want that is my real name.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Glad I could help, Sam!


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Hi lifegate I have another question that I would like to ask. Can toys and other inanimate objects have spirits. The reason why I ask this is because I collect certain kinds of toys (it's a hobby of mine). Well there was this woman who says that toys (and also models, statues, etc) have spirits and demons because they are graven images and they should be burned because of spiritual fantasy and curses and deceit and the satanic occult or something like that she even says that her son got sick and did not get better until they burned all of his toys because they read that one of the definitions of doll is an object used or once used in spiritual practices she even says that God told her this and God showed her that and that she saw strange things around toys. I have a number of problems with this first I looked up on gotquestions.com and it says that toys and other objects cant have spirits that is called animism which is actually an occultic, satanic, and pagan belief second the second commandment no graven images refers to the first commandment no worship of false gods and besides a graven image is carved hence the term graven third it is true that certain kinds of dolls were once and still are used in pagan practices but most toys these days are not and fourth she could have imagined all of that stuff either psychologically or through demonic oppression and it is also possible that God never really told her or showed her those things there have bben examples in the past where satan and demons have tricked people into thinking it was God. So if this woman really is being haunted by spirits and demons it is probably not because of certian objects they have but because they are basically mixing Christian beliefs with occultic, satanic and pagan beliefs (animism as I mentioned earlier). What do you say lifegate am I right and she wrong.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Wow Sam!

That;s a lot to consider,but I'll do my best. First of all let me say that I do believe inanimate objects can have spirits and I'll give an example later, but not because they are graven images. A toy is just that - a toy. Unless someone is deliberately using it to worship another god and as long as it doesn't replace the true God, they're just toys - something that bring pleasure and happiness when looked upon with the right attitude.

Certainly dolls have been used in pagan worship for different purposes, but that doesn't mean all have. You are correct that graven images refers to the first commandment of having no other gods before the true God - Jehovah. I think you are also quite possibly correct when you say she imagined these things. God only speaks to us through His Word. There is no new revelation. So if she doesn't have a Bible verse or principle to back up her belief, it is not from God.

I also agree with your conclusion where you say, "So if this woman really is being haunted by spirits and demons it is probably not because of certian objects they have but because they are basically mixing Christian beliefs with occultic, satanic and pagan beliefs (animism as I mentioned earlier)."

That being said, I once live in a "haunted" house with my sister and her family. My niece had a favorite toy dog that would bark when batteries were connected. One day the toy disappeared. We didn't think much of it until about six months later. We heard the dog barking, and traced the bark to the toy dog at the bottom of my niece's toy box. No big deal, but the dog kept barking so we decided to take the batteries out. When we went to remove the batteries, we discovered they had already been removed. Something else was causing that toy to bark - so we got rid of it. Of course the spirit was not that of the toy dog, but of a demon.

Anyway thanks for the question. I hope my answer helps a little.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Thank you Lifegate. The only verse that she really used to try and prove what she said was the verse in the book of Exodus where it says Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them. But as I said that refers to the first commandment. Her story just did not make sense to me I mean how can these people and maybe a few others out of the millions of other people in the world that have toys be affected in that way and no one else I have had toys all my life and I have never had such experiences this woman even claims other objects in her house had spirits too she even claims that there were these men who put a curse on her and her business (I dont think humans have the power to do that). It is true that toys can become idol things if they are used for worship or if they take too much of our time away from God. It is also true that there were magicians in the bible who burned there magic books when they became Christians but that is only because there books contained evil information. She is right about one thing though Jesus said all people have demons but he said only people not objects. Well thank you lifegate God bless and have a Merry Christmas


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Hi Lifegate I have another question to ask. There are some people who believe that dinosaur bones were planted here by God or by Satan to test our faith on whether we believe in religion or evolution or something like that and they even say that's its ignorance to believe in dinosaurs and you will go to hell for it because dinosaurs are a lie. Is there anything in the Bible that supports that belief I love dinosaurs but I don't want to risk my faith in God and I have found nothing in the Bible that supports or even hints at that belief does the Bible even support that belief.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Sam,

I don't believe God or satan planted those bones. they're from real dinosaurs. Job 41:1, Psalm 74:14, Psalm 104:26, and Isaiah 27:1 talk of Leviathan. This would appear to be a a sea monster of sorts. Job also speaks of behomoth (not sure about the spelling). this would seem to be a creature similar to a Brontosaurus. Hopes that helps a little..


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Thank you for responding lifegate. I have actually written an article that goes into more detail on the subject. Click on the link below if you are interested.

http://samowhamo.hubpages.com/hub/Dinosaurs-And-Ch...

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