First United Pentecostal Church, Ravenswood
Pastor David Johnston
Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: ...
Psalms 150:1 (KJV)
Our Mission: Growth, Spiritually - Individually - Numerically
Our Purpose: To be an end-time Apostolic Church in Passion, Purpose and Practice
We have a variety of ministries to meet every person's need, ministries to aid in the building of families and the changing of lives. We believe God has promised an outpouring of His Spirit in the last days. We invite you to come see for yourself what God is still doing today, for He still heals, saves, and has a profound impact on people's lives.
We love to praise and worship God. If you are tired of the same old thing, please, "Come Join Us!"
"Live in such a way that those who know you but don't know God,
will come to know God, because they know you"
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. — James 1:12
"A Word for the Journey"
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
This past weekend, Sis. Crystal and I spent a couple of days with other ministers and their wives. It was the annual Ministers and Spouses retreat. It was a tremendous time of fellowship and lots of fun. However, traveling there was another story.
What should have been a three and one-half hour trip became a five hour trip. Without warning, we drove into a snow storm that left cars stranded, trucks backing down hills with police escorts, and us driving in four-wheel drive. Once we arrived, it was worth the trip, but the journey was treacherous. That reminded of what Paul said:
2 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
What an encouraging word. God always causes us to triumph in Christ. That little word, always, is so important for us to hold on to. Sometimes that is difficult to believe. It doesn’t always feel like we are going to triumph, but God says, “I will always cause you to triumph.
This means that “when” you conquer, not “if” you conquer. Think about it. There would not be a victory unless there was something that we needed to gain victory over. We wouldn’t need the victory without the struggle.
So don’t despise the struggles. Know that the triumph is coming.