It has been our custom to have a weekend revival at the Church of the Nazarene in Chandler every fall, usually near the beginning of November. Some years they have also had me come for a spring revival, beginning on Palm Sunday, and this was one of those years. I was blessed to stay at a beautiful location this time, out in a cabin on Bell Cow Lake, just outside of Chandler. It was a quiet and refreshing place that allowed me to teach my regularly scheduled online classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. I am currently teaching five different ninety-minute Bible classes to students around the world through The Potter’s School, with a total of 57 students. I teach all my classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays because those are usually my non-travel days.
It is amazing to think that we have been friends with Keith and Nancy Cole for almost a quarter of a century (24 years) after our first time at their church in Minnesota in 1992 before coming to Chandler, OK in 1993 when they moved there. So, it is always like being with family: talking about what God is doing in our lives and ministry, our families, the Chicago Cubs, or just Keith giving Trina a hard time about something. But we have also come to know the church people as family. This has been one of the joys of this “running together” over the years, and it is has been a special blessing to see my son included in that also. He asks about the people by name, even when he is not there, and they ask about him. That is the body of Christ! I am encouraged to see what is happening in the church. The attendance at these revival services was tremendous. Even more, it really seemed that Jesus was speaking and moving in a very powerful way in these times. I saw a new level of response in the people, and there was just the sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit. I mentioned last time that Pastor Keith is leading a new emphasis on prayer in the life of the church, and I cannot help but feel that God is moving through this. How encouraging!