Tuesday evening our opening worship was led by Dr. Phillip Phelps. Then our Youth brought us some music with help from the group from Kentucky Mountain Bible College. Isaiah Reid asks the question “After you are no longer a Slave to Sin – What is Next?” Our Evangelist Rev. Del Rittgers‘ message was from 2 Peter chapter 1 verse 3 And examine why “Being Good Isn't Good Enough”
Singing “The Comforter Abides With Me” is how the Monday evening service of the 2016 Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meeting started. WGM's missionary in Japan, Zach Motts led the opening prayer and our founding President Rev. Isaiah Reid was back to give us more insight as how things were in the 1800's. Tonight our Evangelist Rev. Del Rittgers looks to Genesis Chapter 26verses 12-15 for more answers in a continuation of the question we looked into last night of “Why we are here?”
As in years past we open the 2016 Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meetings with the singing of “There is a Fountain” followed by greeting and opening prayer by Iowa Holiness Association president Brady Hunter. We also had a visit from IHA's Founding President Isaiah Reid as portrayed by Rev. Jim Kerwin. And then our evening message by our Evangelist Rev. Del Rittgers
Rev. Del Rittgers is a past IHA Board Member and was the camp Youth Evangelist for several years. He is currently the Pastor at the Buffalo Kentucky Church of the Nazarene
On the final evening of the 2015 Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meeting the children showed us what they had been working on this week under the leadership of the Children's Evangelists the Rev. Cyril McKay family. This was followed by the weeks final message by Dr. Jim Diehl. His message starts out on the Greek island of Patmos where John the Apostle received his Revelation. He then ended with a healing service.
In 1993 Dr. Diehl was elected to the Church of the Nazarene Board of General Superintendents 16 years later in 2009 they bestowed the honor of General Superintendent Emeritus status on him.
On Thursday evening Rev. Hal Daigre's message titled “Perfect Love” comes from 1 John Chapter 4 Verses 7-12 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God : and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God……….
Our Evangelist this year was Pastor Hal Daigrefrom Decatur Alabama where he is the Pastor at The First Independant Methodist Church.
The Word of the Lord in Ezekiel 22:30,31 continues to bear strongly on my mind and heart as I think about our ministry of prayer.
The text reads “‘I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall; and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with My fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done,' declares the Sovereign Lord.”
The mystery of prayer suggested by this passage is this: Why would our all-powerful, all-knowing triune God include us, His finite creatures, in His great plan of redeeming rebellious man? But this is exactly what He does as He reaches out in His love and compassion to save all men, and desires that not one be lost and perish eternally.
He calls us to “stand in the gap,” the gap between Him and rebellious man, that He might extend His mercy to each one. What a privilege and power our prayers of intercession will make as God's redeeming grace reaches out to lost and darkened mankind! And to think His grace will meet the need of mankind to be delivered from ALL sin, not only wrong and destructive deeds in thought, word and action, but also to be delivered from the cause and source of these manifestations — the carnal mind, and inherited sinfulness, which is the main problem of sin in our lives!
This makes the ministry of prayer even more significant than ever. Let us as holiness people be the ones God is looking for, those who will stand in the gap and build that wall of His mercy around the lost and dying in our world today!