I trust all of you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Truly, we have so much to be thankful for. This next month, brings us the Christmas Season, certainly a highlight of the year, for it represents the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Possibly due to this year’s “economic crisis” maybe more focus and attention will be given to what the true meaning and Spirit of Christmas is all about. That Spirit is about giving. It was exemplified when the Father gave His Son for us. Now, all we have to do is receive that gift. This gift comes about by surrendering our lives and asking Jesus to come into our hearts as Lord and Savior. This Christmas Season, may you and your family experience the greatest gift of all time through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
This year, as in past years, Adult Retreat will be held at Pacific Beach. The dates are for February 3-5, 2012. Our Retreat Theme is: “Designed For God’s Greatness.” All of us are part of a wonderfully designed plan of God. We are expecting an awesome time in the Lord! International World Mission’s Director, Bishop David Bryan and his lovely wife, Sister Rosita will be our special guest speakers at this year’s Retreat! They both are so excited to be with us. Applications have been sent to the pastors and have been sent out individually. You can also download an application by going to the State Website at: wacogop.homestead.com
Applications should be sent in no later than November 30th, 2011 (Note: This date has been extended to December 7th, 2011) This is going to be a Great Retreat!!! Please don’t miss it!!! We look forward to seeing you there!!!
Events Calendar for 2012
January Stewardship Month
January 13-15 Winter Teen Retreat - White Pass (Shelly Symonds, Director)
January 26-29 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Salem, OR (Research & Writing)
February 3-5 Adult Retreat - Pacific Beach (Don & Mary Knoblich, Directors)
February 24 District Convention - Tacoma (Rick Bear, District Overseer)
February 25 District Convention - Washougal (Franklin Smith, District Overseer)
March 10 District Convention - Kirkland (Roger Jones, District Overseer)
March 17 District Convention - Tri-Cities (Franklin Smith, District Overseer)
March 22-24 School of Practical and Advanced Studies (SOPAS III) - Washougal, WA
(English and Spanish Tracks)
“Driven By The Spirit”
Bishop/Dr. Don Knoblich
Below is the second installment in the series of my annual address: "Driven By The Spirit." Last month we looked at the example given by Jesus, how He was Driven by the Spirit. For this month's excerpt, we will look at 'How' we can be Driven By The Spirit. It begins by being "Full of the Holy Ghost."
Jesus was Full of the Holy Ghost, and He was Driven By The Spirit. And He left us an example,
“That We Should Follow His Steps.” (I Peter 2:21)
Being “Full of the Holy Ghost: is the Key to be Driven By The Spirit. Let’s look at other New Testament Examples:
Act 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men (deacons) of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Act 7:55 But he (Stephen), being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Act 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Act 11:24 For he (Barnabus) was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
What do these Scriptures teach us?
1. Deacons (the Ministry) are to be Full of the Holy Ghost.
2. Before we are called to go to heaven, like Stephen, it would be a good thing to be Full of the Holy Ghost!
3. If our ministry is to be fruitful, that is people are saved and added unto the Lord, we must be Full of the Holy Ghost.
***Please note that Being Full of the Holy Ghost is not the same thing as being “Filled with the Holy Ghost” when you initially were baptized in His Spirit and spoke in tongues. That is what happened on the Day of Pentecost, those in the upper room were filled with the Holy Spirit. No, Being Full of the Holy Spirit is to live a daily, consecrated life that seeks the will of God. To be Full of the Holy Ghost is to be continually immersed in His Spirit.
Jesus both leads us and drives us. (By implication, the Spirit both leads us and drives us.)
Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
Joh 10:4 And when he putteth (driveth, cast) forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
Jesus both leads His sheep and He drives them. He leads them into green pastures, but He drives them into a safe place from danger. Note, He can only lead them and drive them as they are submissive to Him, as they are Full of the Holy Ghost.
Sensitivity To The Spirit
How Sensitive are you to the Spirit?
Have you ever seen a ring in a bull’s nose? Do you know that a small child can lead a 2,000 lb bull around with a string attached to the bull’s nose? Why is that? Because the bull’s nose is very tender, and when he senses a tug on the string, he quickly moves in the direction the child is leading.
How many of you have a nose ring? (I am not talking about a literal nose ring.) (I am talking about one Placed there by the Holy Spirit?!) And all He has to do is give you a tug, and you’re moving?!
Notice, the bull does not say, “Where are we going?” or “Why are we going there?” He just moves! Abraham did not ask questions, When God told him to journey, he said, “Here I am Lord.” It is obvious that Abraham had a ring in his nose.
Oh, that we can be so sensitive to the Spirit, that we can be lead around by our noses!
May you all have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!