During the month of February, we were blessed with two
superb District Conventions. At the
Central Puget Sound District Convention, Bishop Rick Bear ministered under the
unction of the Spirit. My how the Lord
did bless! Likewise in the Southern
Shores District Convention at Brush Prairie, Bishop Frank Smith preached with a
special anointing. The Spirit of God
fell, and there were numerous people saved, sanctified, filled with the Spirit,
healed, and restored. The State Workers
gave pertinent information relative to their ministries and important updates
of future events.
Please note that
the Tri-Cities District Convention will be held at the Kennwick Church
on Saturday, March 16th. The
Northern District Convention will be held in Kirkland on Saturday, March
23. I am sure that Bishops’ Leonard Lord
and Roger Jones will have something special planned for their respective
Conventions. We look forward to seeing
Children’s Ministry Intensive
Also, during the month of February we were blessed to
have Sister Kathy Creasy from the International Offices be with us at New
Horizons for a Children’s Ministry Intensive.
There were approximately 50 in attendance from all over the State. I am so happy to see that our Churches
realize what an important and potent work that the Children’s Ministry is. Sister Creasy spoke on the importance of
calling in ministry. She stressed that
what we need is not volunteers, but those that have a calling for the
work. Overall, it was an outstanding
Intensive. Much thanks to the New
Horizon’s Church for the use of their facility.
And much thanks to our State Children’s Ministry Directors, Brother
Lionel and Sister Andrea Bickham. We
thank them for their work in coordinating and promoting this special event.
Note: Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 10th. Be sure to turn your clocks ahead.
Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
On May 16-19, 2013 at Kirkland Family Church, we will be
offering the course, “World Mission of the Church” as taught by Dr.
Nolivos. For those that are
mission-minded, (and we all should have a mind for reaching those around us),
this class will be instructional and inspirational. If you would like to register, please notify
Bishop Knoblich at email@example.com.
Washington State Convention
It is not too early to begin planning for State Convention. This year,
Convention will be held at the Red Lion in Kennewick, Columbia Center. It will
be on August 23-25, 2013. We are pleased to announce that Sister Kathy
Creasy, International Children’s Ministries Director, will be our special guest
speaker from the International Offices! You will definitely be blessed by
her ministry. Please make plans now to
attend a glorious and spirit-packed Convention. I would encourage you to
call the Red Lion and make reservations as soon as possible, to be assured of a
room. The Red Lion has extended a special rate to us, $86.95/night. When you call the Red Lion (509-783-0611),
please tell them that you are with the Church of God of Prophecy to get the
special group rate. Looking forward to seeing you there!!
Events Calendar for 2013
March 16 District
Convention - Tri-Cities (Leonard Lord, District Overseer)
March 23 District
Convention - Kirkland (Roger Jones, District Overseer)
April 5-7 WA
State Ladies Retreat - (Vancouver Red Lion) (Sherry Johnson, Director
Youth Convention - Kirkland
(Shelly Symonds, Director)
May 16-19 Gordon
Conwell Theological Seminary - Kirkland Family Church (“World Mission of the
Church” - Dr. Nolivos)
May 24-26 Senior
Retreat - Salmon Falls Campground (James Cabales, Director)
May 31-June 2 Men’s
Retreat - Camp Roganunda (Franklin Smith, Director)
August 23-25 Washington
State Convention - Kennewick (Red Lion Hotel)
“Designed For God’s Greatness”
Bishop/Dr. Don Knoblich
In last month’s Lamplighter, I presented a section from
my annual address, “Designed For God’s Greatness,” regarding how He “Designed
us to Grow in Him” through Leadership Development and Spiritual
Formation..” For March’s message, I am
presenting a section on how God “Designed Us To Have Communion With Him.”
God Designed Us
To Have Communion With Him
A. He designed us to talk with Him, to spend time
with Him, for Him to be our Best and Closest Friend. This idea of
communion was evident in the Garden of Eden.
The Bible tells us in Genesis that Adam communed with God in the Garden. Sin separated that communion. But, through Jesus
Christ, the Second Man, Adam, we can find that communion with God again.
Jesus Christ by going to
the Garden of Gethsemane and suffering and then dying for us, has brought us
back into a Garden-Relationship with The Father!!!
1. Jesus was the Prime Example of praying to
the Father. He prayed consistently.
2. He gave us “The Lord’s Prayer,” which is
really our Prayer. He told us how to
Did you know
that God designed you to communicate with Him?
Wouldn’t it be strange to Love Someone, yet not talk with them? What kind of
relationship would that be? In marriage
and family therapy, without doubt, one of the major problems that couples have
is ineffective communication. It is so
tragic when people can be married many years and still really do not know their
God so wants to talk with
us. He endeavors to talk to us. He loves to talk to us. And He wants us to talk with Him! We make what should be so easy, so hard to
3. We were designed
to practice the presence of God.
I would like to recommend
a classic book to you written by a 17th century French monk, Brother
Lawrence. His book is called “The Practice of the Presence of God.” It is small, but just has a deepness and
richness to it.
Lawrence learned to Communicate with God in each and every circumstance. It made no difference if he was working in
the kitchen, whether he was cleaning, whether he was at the monastery, He practiced
the presence of God everywhere. He did
not just “hook up with God” on Sundays.
Let me share a few
excerpts from the Book:
“All bodily mortifications
and other exercises are useless, except as they serve to arrive at the union of
God by love……this is the shortest way to Him, by a continual exercise of love
and doing all things for His sake.”
“It is a
great delusion to think that the times of prayer ought to differ from other
times……The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer,
and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen…I possess God in as great
tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”
“That He might
take away my sin, I renounced, for the love of Him, everything that was not He,
and I began to live as if there was none but He and I in the world.”
“There is not in
the world a kind of life more sweet than that of a continual conversation with
“The Presence of
God is thus the life and nourishment of the soul.”
“We give ourselves a world
of trouble and pursue a multitude of practices to attain to a sense of the
Presence of God. And yet it is so
simple. How very much shorter it is and
easier to do our common business purely for the love of God, to set His consecrating
mark on all we lay our hands to, and thereby foster the sense of His abiding
Presence by communion of our heart with His!”
“Brother Lawrence’s one
method of going to God and abiding in His Presence was to do all for the love
of Him.” (“Whether therefore ye eat, or
drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God!”)
These are a few of the Maxims taken from his book:
way you can find union with God is by Love.
-It is a
great delusion to think that the times of prayer ought to differ from other
motivation for doing anything and everything for God should be from love.
great book is “Intercessory Prayer” by Reese Howell. This giant of
a man changed the course of history through prayer. When you are in a certain place with God,
Shut in with Him, you can ask what you will and it will be done!