Archive for the ‘General Musings’ Category

A Time to Advance

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

We’re recording the preaching every week, now.  Here’s Sunday’s message — “A Time to Advance” — which coincides with the theme for our upcoming Fall Conference.

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A Time to Advance (MP3 Audio), Sunday, July 19, 2009 AM, Pastor Meldrum.

Update from Maine

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

It’s been a while since I have posted here, so it’s time for a quick update on what’s going on.

1. We have the curriculum nearly complete for the new Bible Institute, which we hope to launch this fall.

2. Our September preaching meetings  are now scheduled for the second week of September.  Bro. Mike Patterson will be here, and it is looks like the Hafelin family will be here again, too.

3. Once the snow melts, we plan to begin knocking on doors over in New Portland, to evaluate the need  for planting a church there.

4. We have a new minivan — a 2001 Pontiac Montana.  The other one was totaled by the insurance company after an encounter with a deer.  We didn’t get for it what it was worth, but God was gracious in providing nother vehicle.

5. We are close to being able to videotape, and post on the Internet, every  Sunday service.  There is a possibility that we will be able to broadcast live over the Internet in the near future.  I’ll post updates on this here at the blog.

6. God continues to provide for every need.  He is a wonderful, gracious, and merciful God.

Thank you,
Ron

God is our Refuge

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.  The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.  Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” Psalms 46

How appropriate this Psalm is in America today, as we watch the heathen rage.  Remember that n o matter how bad it gets, we have a refuge in God.  Now is the time to renew and refresh our relationship with Him in order to prepare for whatever lies ahead for our nation.

Seek God.  He will not fail.  Politicians will fail.  Leaders will fail.  Big Media will fail.  But the Living God rises above it all.

Preaching meetings a great success!

Monday, September 15th, 2008

I have never seen so much challenge or testing leading up to our annual preaching meetings here at the church, and I have never seen such results.

Folks were praying for these meetings more than ever, and it showed.

Leading up to the meetings, we went through an incredible set of circumstances.  Six weeks before our meetings we found that the evangelist whom we usually have up here was unable to come because of complications from a heart attack.  He recommended a fellow evangelist and even contacted him to see if he were available.

This started off a mind-boggling series of tests and challenges leading up to the September 7-11 meetings.  For example, just two days before the evangelist arrived, the server on which I planned to post all of the video and audio from the meetings (the same server this blog is on) crashed.  I was able to recover it in just 90 minutes with no loss of data, but the error message suggested a bad hard drive in the server.

Later that morning, the power supply died on the computer which I use for all my accounting and for printing worksheets for the kids’ home school classes.  It was a non-standard power supply, so I had to order and wait for a replacement (which arrived during the meetings, so it was another several days before I had time to get the computer running again).

That evening, my primary computer crashed, taking with it about 18 months of e-mail archives.  It took about an hour to get it to where it would boot up again, and another couple days to get e-mail accounts set back up.  Much of the old e-mail was recovered during the following day.  I still have not got all of my e-mail accounts set back up, but the important ones are.

That Friday, the audio-video cables that were being sent FedEx were inexplicable delayed a day (for delivery the following Monday), so I had to make an emergency run to Farmington to buy shorter cables and piece them together with couplers.

That Saturday, as we were at the church awaiting the evangelist’s arrival and getting things set up, the video camera (for taping the services)  broke.  I took it home that evening and was able to fix it and have it back by the time we needed it the next day.

Within five minutes of the camera breaking, the CD player used by our singers to play accompaniment music broke.  They had to use cassette tapes for accompaniment throughout the meetings.

The evangelist arrived on-time, but had begun to have trouble with his truck (pulling their trailer) coughing and sputtering, and not started easily.

This is just a summary or all that went on.  There was much more, combined with some of the most acute personal financial scarcity we’ve seen in years.

But, what a glorious result it all had!  We kept right on moving ahead through it, and was granted, by God’s grace, the privilege of seeing people saved and seeing people surrender to evangelism and missions during the meetings.  What a wonderful time!

Below you’ll find audio of all of the meetings, as well as a growing amount of video.  I can also send you the whole thing on CD (six CDs) or DVD (6 DVDs).  Things are really tight right now, so if you could help on postage, that would be appreciated.  If you can’t help on shipping, I’m happy to send them anyway.

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement!  It was a wonderful, wonderful week.

Bro. Ron.

Music & Preaching, Thursday, September 11, 2008

Monday, September 15th, 2008

MP3 Audio is below. Video is forthcoming.

Music & Preaching, Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monday, September 15th, 2008

1 surrenders to missions!

MP3 Audio is below. Video is forthcoming.

Music & Preaching, Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Monday, September 15th, 2008

MP3 Audio is below. Video is forthcoming.

Music & Preaching, Monday, September 8, 2008

Monday, September 15th, 2008

MP3 Audio is below. Video is forthcoming.