“…through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

The Word Fellowship meets again Tuesday Oct. 27 at Crossroad Church here in Earlham. The Word Fellowship consists of a group of 35-40 pastors and church leaders. If you are either please consider this an open invitation to join us!

There will be 3 messages given with singing, and significant amounts of time allowed for discussion and prayer. Our theme for this Fall’s meeting is “Through Many Tribulations We Must Enter the Kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). Specifically, we will be exploring what the Bible reveals as the relationship between suffering and the Kingdom of God.

Following our normal pattern two messages will be expository sermons with a biographical sketch for the third message.

* Al Lewis will be giving a message entitled “Why Must We Enter the Kingdom Through Suffering?” from Acts 14:22 (former pastor for many years of the E. Free Church in Fort Dodge and now on staff with Reach Global, the International Missions wing of the Evangelical Free Church of America).

* Terry Schoenfeld will be giving a message entitled “How Does Suffering Strengthen and Encourage?” also from Acts 14:22 (Terry is the former pastor of the Atlantic, Iowa Free Church for…oh let’s just call it an even 100 years, who is now the pastor of Cornerstone E. Free Church in St. Louis, MO.)

* Last and least I will be speaking on “A Necessary Suffering” based on 1 Peter 1:6. I will be sharing from a pastor’s perspective what it’s like to be weak, weaker, very nearly die, and then gradually find my way back…to the family…to life and ministry. I will be sharing from our family’s experience over this past year…so I am the (auto?)biographical sketch for this installment of the Word Fellowship. I first came home from Rochester on March 27th, 2009, just four days before we had our last installment of The Word Fellowship… which I had to leave (due to exhaustion) after the first message so that I could return home and sleep for five hours!

Where? Crossroad EFC here in Earlham, just 20 minutes west of Des Moines off of I-80 (exit 104)

Why? We meet together two times yearly, once in the Spring and once in the Fall, to encourage and equip one another as pastors and church leaders to be Word (Bible)-centered in our preaching and teaching of God’s Word.

When? Tuesday October 27, 2009 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Cost? $5.00 for a rib-eye steak lunch. If you think $5.00 is too much for a rib-eye then I don’t know what to tell you.

RSVP to pastormike@crossroadefc.org or call at 515-834-2626.

Looking forward to another edifying day of the Word Fellowship,

Mike (on behalf of “The Word Fellowship” Committee: Randy Anderson, John Mochel, Jeff Whitt, Al Lewis, Jeremy Kidder, and myself)


2 thoughts on ““…through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.””

  1. Yes, indeed….you should write a book. Your blog, regardless if it’s you or Karla writing, is so readable, and so interesting.

    You have greatly blessed me with your constant optimism.

    Love to you both,


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