FGBMF in Canada 2014 National Convention in Toronto
Inside this issue: Vision & Mission Statement 2
Chapter Elections 3
Our President’s Message 4
National Convention 5
Nick Szkiler’s testimony 6-7
Winnipeg, Man. 8-11
Oshawa, Ont. 12
Sherwood Park, Alta 13
Camrose, Alta 14-15
Calgary, Alta 15
Bob Bignold’s report 16-17
FGBMF in Canada Teaching 19
Six Steps to Salvation 20
FGBMF in CANADA MISSION STATEMENT Reaching people at all levels of society, calling them to God and encouraging them in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Our Working Statement
Presenting testimony of salvation in such a manner that, through the Holy Spirit, people accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and establish a personal relationship with him.
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To call men to God and into the church by witnessing to God's presence and power in the world today.
To provide a basis for Christian fellowship among men everywhere under the single banner of their experiences in Jesus Christ and to strengthen them so that they can go back to their respective churches refreshed and renewed.
To bring about a greater measure of unity among all Christians.
Fall elections are to be held by the end of October 2014. You need a nominating committee for that. The chairman of the nominating committee should be the chapter secretary. All nominations should be submitted in writing to any one of the members of the nominating committee two weeks before the elections meeting. The nominating committee chairman may use the following model letter to send out to your members.
To the members of the FGBMF in Canada _________ Chapter:
Our annual elections meeting will take place ___________________. Please detach the lower portion of this letter, complete that portion, put it in the enclosed addressed envelope, add a postage stamp, and mail it by ____________, 2014. You can also give the completed lower portion in person to any of the nominating committee members. Please do not contact the people you are nominating. They will be contacted by the members of the nominating committee. The members of the nominating committee are:
As per our bylaws, all chapters of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in Canada are to hold elections for officers each year. We encourage your participation as members in these elections and look forward to meeting and working with you in the Lord’s work.
Please prayerfully consider these elections. Pray over your members and let the Holy Spirit lead you. Pray for our Lord to guide you and give you discernment in the nomination of your executive, that many may be brought to the Lord and receive his wonderful grace and gifts through all our work.
Please come on ___________, 2014 to vote or, if unable to attend, complete your proxy form and give it to a member of your choice. Nominating Committee
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For the following chapter positions, I nominate:
President ___________________________ Secretary ____________________________
1st Vice-president _____________________ 2nd Vice-president _____________________
Treasurer ___________________________ Membership chair _____________________
It's a privilege to be able to come give God glory.
A Message from our FGBMF in Canada President, Ron Hutzal
Our National Convention in November 2014 will be held in Toronto, Ontario. We are anticipating a good turnout, the presence of the Holy Spirit in our individual lives and meetings at the Convention, direction for our Canadian Fellowship, and spiritual and numerical growth.
As we look forward to what God will do in 2015, let’s ask the Lord how we can be more effective in reaching those around who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. I pray for the wisdom of God for each chapter and its members, as they strategize to invite and reach out to the unsaved in their community. God’s heart is for the lost; may we also have the same desire within us.
FGBMF in Canada 2014 National Convention Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8 in Toronto
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My father came from Poland. At the age of fifteen, he was taken by the Germans to work as a slave labourer on a farm. When the Germans were short of troops, he was even conscripted into the German Army to fight against the allies of his country. Providentially however, he was able to escape, and join the allied army. After the war he settled in Huddersfield, where he was employed in the textile industry.
When I grew up, after a spell as a disc jockey, I joined the motor trade and became a Director of a Jaguar dealership before I launched out in 1992 to indulge my passion for vintage cars. Liz and I married in 1978, and in 1979 we went through the painful experience of losing twins late in her first pregnancy. Our first child, Victoria, was born in 1981 with Down's Syndrome. So there we were, a couple of heartbroken kids who had lost their precious babies and then had a disabled child. Little did I know that Victoria was to become one of our life's greatest blessings. We had two sons, James and Richard, and adopted our daughter Gabriella whose mother had died very young. Few people understand how bringing up a disabled child places a great strain on a marriage. By 1996 I was heading the way many men go in their forties and we had reached the point where we were ready to split up.
But my brother Paul, who had become a Christian, had been praying for us. I gave my life to the Lord, sitting with Paul in a Range Rover. Almost as soon as I began to read the Bible, I read 'Do not break faith with the wife of your youth' in the book of Malachi. It was as if those words were written for me. They jumped off the page and I knew God was speaking to me. I promised the Lord I would stick with my marriage. It was a miracle. Almost as if I had been given back the wife of my youth. I began to understand how my long hours at work had taken so much from my family, and that I was responsible for the near breakdown of my marriage. In summer 2008 Liz & I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in Krakow. We are as much in love now as we were as teenagers. I am blessed with a beautiful, compassionate wife whose heart is for the disabled, especially these with learning difficulties whom she teaches. I often now say to men, "Whenever you see something in your wife that you don't like, ask yourself what it is about you that caused it."
After five years of being a Christian business man I felt dissatisfied that business took up so much of my time that I had little time for God. So I decided to give God two days of each week. I had a sense of excitement as I surrendered to God unconditionally in a way I had never done before. Amazing things began to happen. The Lord brought into my life a stream of people, who were either sick, terminally ill, or recently widowed. I had many opportunities to talk to them about Jesus, and to pray with them with marvellous results. A man called to ask me to lay hands on him as he had cancer. He had heard I had prayed for a man from Beverley with cancer, who had subsequently been healed. I explained that it was Jesus, continuing his ministry today through those who know him. Later I sold two cars over the telephone; the Lord was looking after the business!
So now I find myself as a business man evangelist, mentor, teacher called to serve those God brings to me. At the end of 2007 my brother Paul and I handed over the running of the vintage car business to my eldest son, James. I am now working with John Gaughan, a Christian singer and song-writer who has worked with some top bands. We have formed Gilead Music. We work with musicians whose lives have almost been destroyed by alcohol. We make beautiful music and, in the process, God heals their lives and sets them free. All that matters is to live the life that God has planned for me.
The source for this testimony is the UK website (www.fgbmfi.org.uk ), used with permission from Stuart Cripps National Executive OfficerFull Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International (UK and Ireland)
It's not about us; it's not about what we do; it's not about what we say. It's about bringing glory and honour to the King of kings and Lord of lords. My story, my testimony, is my story. It's real; it's a life experience that I've encountered - thus far. I was born in 1977, so I'm still a young gaffer. And, I heard Peter Letkeman talking about '83, and I was thinking, like, I was only six years old then. So, I've got a lot of life ahead of me yet. But, everyone has a story, and not all of our stories are alike. Each one is unique, and it's unique in its own way. We all come from different walks of life. But some of our stories have had lots of drama, some have had lots of sorrow and tragedy, some are so full that we wonder how a person ever came through it all, and overcome it all. But as we see in Scripture, we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us. My story is a story of redemption, it's a story of the saving loving grace of God that He gave me, when He sent His Son to die upon the cross, so that I may have life, and have life more abundantly - life overflowing. I grew up in a Christian home, with two parents, which is a rare thing today, in a little small out-port community on the Northern side of Newfoundland in a community of about 200 people, very small where everybody knows everybody. I became a Christian when I was ten years old in my dad's Sunday school class, as he was teaching us boys about the ways of God and the ways of life. There were seven of us that day. Today I'm the only one that still stands. All the rest went their own way. So I began playing my guitar at the age of twelve in church services. I got my first guitar when I was eight or nine years old. But in 1990 I got a little guitar. I started playing it, and it was great. I got to sit up in front of everybody and play my guitar and it was wonderful. And I committed my life to God and His ways. And up until I was seventeen years old, I served God with all my heart and I followed what He had for me. And in my teenage years I knew that God had a call upon my life. I recognized that call, to preach the gospel and to reach lives and to see lives transformed and to see bondages broken in people’s lives, to see people set free and hearts mended, captives set free. But at the age of seventeen I ran into a blunder, and I was hurt by one of my leaders, and it did damage me for a long time. And instead of running to God, I turned my back on God, and I walked away. I took my guitar, and out of immaturity, not really knowing what to do as a kid, I decided to turn away. For a long time, life for me was difficult, for the next four years. Four years went by, and I grew angry, I grew bitter. I had walls built up in my heart that nobody could get through. And I turned to the world. I turned to the world's ways for my comfort. I know, I know now that was wrong, but back then, that was the way I went, and it took me on a downward spiral, where every day I got more and more angry, every day I got more and more bitter. I became ignorant toward the gospel, toward the man of God. I was a loudmouth, and I didn't care what I said to anybody or how it hurt them. I just spoke what I thought was right, according to my mind. I turned to booze, and I'm going to tell you that he who finds a wife finds a good thing, and finds favour with the Lord. You hang on to her. In the beginning stages of my downward spiral, I met my wife . We started dating, and she walked through all this with me. I made a vow to her when we were dating, that if we ever got married, I would raise my children in the ways of God, the same way I was raised. I made that vow even though I wasn't a Christian. So time went on, and I got deeper and deeper into things, and it got to the place where it started overtaking me. But I knew it was wrong; I knew there were greater things for me. I knew what it was to sense the presence of the Holy Spirit. I knew what it was to be in the presence of the Holy Spirit. I received my baptism when I was 13 years old, with baptism of tongues. So I knew what it was to experience God. As the time went by, we got married in 1998, 16 years this fall, and six weeks after we were first married, my wife was expecting with our first child. We have two boys today, 14 and 11, and they keep us active and busy. But they're a blessing, a blessing from God, and it's an honour to be able to raise them, and train them in the ways of God. So in that conception, God reminded me of that vow I made, that I would raise my children in the ways of Him. A conviction set in, and I knew what it was. And in February of 1999, we moved to a little place called Ignace, Ontario, where I was truck driving in the bush. Three weeks after we moved there, we went to church on a Sunday morning, my wife and I - both of us found ourselves at the altar that Sunday morning, and committed our lives back to God. But I still had a lot of stuff that I carried, a lot of stuff. I didn't know how in the world I was going to be able to overcome it all, because I walked away from it and never ever dealt with it. All that anger and that bitterness, and the rage: it created problems in the beginning years for us. And it carried into every relationship that I built. Every time I made a new friend or every time I met somebody new and got to know somebody - it carried into that. And you always keep people at an arm’s length, because you don't want to get burnt any more. But it was in the summer of 2001 - I can't go into all the details because it would take me too long to tell you. But in the summer of 2001, I went to a tent meeting in Ignace, and in that tent meeting, God got a hold of me. He really got a hold of me, because I hadn't totally surrendered everything. And it all comes down to a full surrender. Something broke that day, something shifted in the spiritual realm, and I knew it. Never in my life was I ever slain in the spirit, and that day my legs gave out. And I sat down on the floor of that tent, up against a post, and I don't know how long I was there, but I had my boy on my shoulder. He was only two years old, and he never made a move. And he sat there, he sat on my arm there and rested his head on my shoulder, and I sat against that wall and I must have been there - I don't know? It seemed like I wasn't there very long, but it must have been an hour or two. It just seemed like I was there forever. And God did something in my heart, and those walls began to crumble. I knew I was a changed man. When I left that tent, I knew that I was a changed man - I knew that I was different. I began to attend church on a constant basis again. I began to pursue God, and He revealed the things that were in my life that needed to go, and the things that were holding me back from that blessed and prosperous life that he came for me to have. I laid those things on the altar, and I surrendered my life completely and wholly to God and His will for my life. It was no longer about my will; it was about His will and what He had for me. And I knew what that will was, because He told me when I was a teenager. And I began to view life differently. Life started to become a joy. I began to see people differently. I saw the good in people, and I also saw the not so good that I thought was good, before. I began to experience things in the Spirit that I never experienced before. I started to dream again. I started to laugh again, that humour, it came, it came back. And He put a peace inside me, and a joy. I started to enjoy my family, and began to truly love my wife and my children as God had called me to do. I was now beginning to see the creation that God had made me to be, because He created me in His image. And when He created me in His image He said it was good. I don't know what I would be today if it wasn't for God and the transformation He did in my life. I know I wouldn't have the life I have, I know I wouldn't have the marriage we have, and I know I wouldn't have the family that I have. The enemy comes to kill, to steal and to destroy. But He has come that we may have life, and have it more abundantly. And we began to grow spiritually together. We began to grow relationally, and we truly began to live life to its fullest. From that point, after serving in the church for a number of years, we moved to Lloydminster in 2005, and we got connected with a church, and continued to grow and flourish there. I was still driving a truck for the first year and a half that I lived in Alberta. But I knew there was something different in the atmosphere - I knew there was something coming. There was a change, another change. And on the sixteenth of March of 2007, that was my last day I sat in the seat. I drove for ten years; that was all I knew, that was it: grinding gears, and whatever. And I went around the turns leaning a lot of the times. But I decided that it was time for a change, it was time to do something different, it was time to free up my schedule. I couldn't get involved in the things of the church, I couldn't get to church to be involved, because I was always working, always gone, and that was tough for me, coming from the transformation that I just came from. I wanted everything I could get my hands on. So I decided that I would be done with trucking. And after waiting on God and in communication with Him, He gave me the scripture of Deuteronomy 8. And in that scripture I found that if I remember the Lord my God and if I obey all the commands he gives me, then I will lack nothing. That was huge for me. We're a sole-income household, and that was huge for me, to lay down my job and step out into something that I didn't know was going to work. But I had to know that God was watching over me, and He was going to provide for me. And he gave me that scripture, and with that scripture - I took it and I ran with it. Integrity Interiors was started, and God set up divine appointments that we needed to get the business up and running and flourishing. He put me in the right places at the right time. The unmerited favour of God was all over it. And I remember the day I walked into the office of the contractor that lived right in the little community we lived - we lived in a little community outside of Lloydminster called Kitscoty, just 20 clicks (kilometers) west of Lloydminster, right on Highway 16. I walked in the office of that contractor one day and he looked at me with a smile from ear to ear. He was like a little boy on Christmas morning. He was so happy to see me come through the door because he was a contractor that needed a dry-waller and a painter and a taper and whatever else goes along with that. And he had projects sit for months because he had nobody to do them. But when I came in the door, he said, “I got one job waiting right now for you.” And he said, "If you do that one, and you do well, I'll have no problem keeping you busy." And God set that up, because it was - it was amazing how it came about. And from that day, that was the twenty-second day of March of 2007, (we have been five years in Alberta) I have never sat one day with no work. I never sat one day with nothing to do. I had more than enough to do, more than enough. Things grew, it flourished. The second year in business we had eight employees. I was running daylight to dark, taking blueprints to bed with me at midnight, trying to keep up, keep up with everything. It was amazing. And to God be the glory, because He opened the doors. A year and a half later, God opened the door for us to build our own home in that little community. While building the house, I was working on it one day, and I went over to the home that we were living in at the time, and I told Sylvia, "God dropped something in my spirit today. He said, 'When this house is done, and all complete, you are going to be required to take a greater step of faith than you have ever taken in your life before,'” and I was like, Man, what else can I do? I knew. I passed it off because I really didn't want to know what that was, because I was getting comfortable now. You know what it's like when you get comfortable. You get in that place and you're all nice and cozy and you just don't want to leave it. You know it's like the eagle in the eagle's nest. They want to stay in the nest, but momma kicks them out, you know. That's like God sometimes. When we get comfortable, he kind of stirs up our spirit a little more, to get us, to keep us going, you know. I knew we weren't doing all that God had for us to do. And I knew there was more, because we hadn't started into our true calling, that true calling that he had for us. But we had life by the tail; we had it all going for us. We had a new home that we built the way we wanted it. We had a successful business, lots of clients. We had toys to enjoy, everyone was happy. Life was good. But we still weren't doing all that we were called to do. Still something was missing. To make a long story short, God called us to Winnipeg in the winter of 2010. He pressed Winnipeg upon our hearts. I didn't know why Winnipeg. He could have picked a much warmer spot. I'm sure, you know that Newfoundland's warmer. But that was a big step of faith. Now we had everything going, man. We were coasting along. But we went to a camp meeting down south of Lloyd one day, in the summer of 2010. And God asked us in that meeting; He said, "Would you be willing to lay everything down for Me, and walk in My ways, My will and My purpose for your life?" I prayed about it; I pondered on it; I tried to talk me way out of it; I did it all. We came here to Winnipeg during the summer to visit. We spent a week here. We looked around, and it was, it was tugging. But our pastors told us a story about when they were out in the community ministering, and about a gang related incident that they came up against in one of those outings. That put fear into Sylvia’s heart. We got out in the vehicle and she said, "Don't say a word about anything. We're going home; we're going to pray about this." In the back of her mind she was saying: We're going home; we're forgetting about this; We aren't coming here. But I never felt any release from it. It didn't go away. The call was still there. I went back to Kitscoty and I continued life, but that gnawing was still at me, all the time. And in February of 2011, after talking with the pastor and sharing what was on our hearts at this point, we decided to come down to Winnipeg to spend a weekend and meet some of the board, and go down to the mission downtown - Lighthouse Mission, down on Main Street. When I walked in that place, we served there that night by offering a meal to those folks that came through the door. I never saw anything like that in my life before. Really I've never experienced that. Growing up in a small town, you don't see that stuff. And the hopelessness, and the destitute that was amongst man, it was heart breaking, heart wrenching, and it caught us. It caught us. It drew us. When I got on the plane here on the 28th to fly back to Alberta, I looked Winnipeg over and I saw the city through the window, and I said, "Sylvia, look." I said, "There's our mission field." I said, "Look how vast it is. It's huge." And I said, "Yes, God, I'll come. I'll come." We went back, we got everything ready and sold the house. I passed over just about a quarter million dollars of confirmed work that I had booked for that year. I passed it over to another contractor, and packed up everything we had, and off to Winnipeg we came, just like the hillbillies. We just had no rocking chair on the trailer. We got here. We lived in our RV for three months while we were trying to find a house. And that was tough. The transition was tough on everybody. It was tough on the kids; they found it tough to leave their friends and to leave life as they knew it, but everything we knew as life we laid down. We said, "Okay, God, we're yours. Have at 'er." When we got here, things didn't go as we anticipated. It was tough. It was tough, for the first year and a half we were here. We've been here three years now come July, and the first year and a half we were here it was tough. Work wasn't plentiful, because we were new to the city, and we were self-employed, and it was tough, it was tough. It drove us in a downward spiral financially, it brought a lot of pressure into our lives, but we knew that God called us. And when he called Abraham, he told Abraham to go. And I went the same way. I just went. When He said go, I went. I had people ask me what I'm going to do. I said, "I don't know." Where are you going to live? "I don't know." What are you going to work at? "I don't know" "Well, are you crazy?" "No! I'm just going in faith, believing." And I went. But as time went on, things got worse and worse. And I couldn't see, I couldn't see where the goodness was in it. I couldn't see what the purpose of it all was. But instead of turning away from God, I turned to God. And I went deeper into what He had to say. And I went to the Scripture, and I went to His written word, to find out what He had to say about my situation. And I found in Matthew 19: 29 "And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters, their father or mother or lands for My name's sake will receive many, even a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. I found in 2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace (every favour and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]." And in Psalms 115:16 "The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men." (KJV) So as Abraham did, in Romans 4:17, "As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations before Him whom he believed, even God who quickened the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were," I began to call those things that were not as though they were. And I stood on the promises of God. And I began to sow in a greater way than we ever did in our lives before, because I knew, and I had greater understanding and revelation now, of the law of sowing and reaping. And if you give, God promises to reward, according to what he said here. So I put the Word to work, and I found that if we put the Word to work, the Word works. If we put it to work, it works. I found out that it didn't do anything to me just to know it. I had to believe it in my heart, and confess it with my mouth, the same way that I got saved, as Romans 10:9 says. Believe in your heart, confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is raised from the dead, and thou shalt be saved. So I found the same thing, when it come to my finances: That if I speak life into my finances, if I speak abundance and overflow into my finances, and believe what I speak, it shall come to pass. So what I wanted to see in my life, I began to speak, and I went to Mark 11: 23-24, and it says, "For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says. Therefore I say unto you, Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." And we stood on that promise. We stood on that word, and we confessed it. And we spoke to the mountains that were before us. And we listened to the Word, we studied the Word, because faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God. And we spoke the word over our lives, and we continue to do it today. And in 2013, we saw God do an amazing transformation in our finances, and he is still doing it today, and we are still believing that more manifestation is on its way, because we believe those things that we speak shall come to pass. In the spirit, we believe that the transformation is complete. And we're believing that the manifestation is very close. So today when I look back on all that God has done, and where He's brought us from, I can say, to God be the glory, great things He has done. I give Him all glory, and when I look in the mirror today, and I don't say it boastfully, but when I look in the mirror, I like what I see looking back at me, because I know I have been created in the image of Christ. And I know He has developed me and made me, into what He has wanted me to be. And I can stand confident and bold, knowing in Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able. And today I can say with confidence that I will complete my destiny and reach my destination, with all glory and praise given to my God Whom I love and worship and honour with all my heart. Amen
Ian Fitzpatrick was born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. He was saved in 1975 after a serious illness which almost took his life. He married Patricia Spence in September of 1977 and in 1978 they left for Beirut, Lebanon for three years to work as missionaries in an orphanage with Bible land Mission.
He attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs in the early 80s. After graduating, he immigrated to Canada in 1984. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Theology from Ontario Bible Seminary. Since that time he has pastored on the Canada Central District in the Mississauga Bethel church for five years and the Toronto Emmanuel Church for twelve. He was elected as District Superintendent in June, 2004. He serves on the General Board Executive committee and the National Board of Canada.
Fran Smith led the singing. Three people entered the Kingdom of God as new believers on this night.
Harold & Diane Stephan
Prior to 1983 our lives were a mess, mostly due to my addictions that seemed to plague my life. I was a disappointment to everyone. I could not even stand myself. What a failure I had become as a husband, father, friend, and human being. As a business man I was absolutely pathetic. I felt empty and useless inside. As I sat in my office in 1983 I remembered what this guy once said to me: “Harold, if everything around you is falling apart and you can see no hope, just give God a chance.”
Harold and Diane are the directors for Battle River Ranch Camp which is Canada’s first Christ centered trades and life skills ranch located just outside of Lloydminster Alberta. They married as high school sweethearts 38 years ago, have six adult children (four boys and two girls) five of which are married and at this time have thirteen grandchildren. They home schooled some of the children for many years and did community outreach using a semi to travel and share the hope of Jesus Christ.
They ran their own plumbing and heating business for many years and have helped many people get into the trades. Harold trained as a Community Service Chaplain which led to the position of Chaplain for the Gideon’s and currently is the Chaplain and designated speaker for the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He also had the opportunity to volunteer at the Angus Campbell Recovery Center for five years as the spirituality speaker. For ten years the Stephan family were the directors of the Luseland Bible Camp.
Recently Harold and Diane and Battle River Ranch Camp were recognised by the Governor General of Canada and Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for their accomplishments by presenting them with the Queen Elizabeth 2nd Diamond Jubilee Metal for their Contribution to improving the lives of Canadians.
Our annual family picnic was held at the community hall in the Village of Donalda. Donalda is home to the “World’s Largest Lamp. This quaint little village has a few shops to browse in and enjoy the traditional lamp theme of the village.
This year we were blessed to have Kim Douglas from Psalms 100 Ministries with us. Kim is the Country Gospel Music Associations (CGMA), Mid-west Region’s 2013 New Female Artist & Female Vocalist Silver Heart Award winner. During our afternoon with Kim she sang songs from her new gospel solo CD, Keep Me In Your Will along with sharing her testimony.
We had a good crowd out to spend a lovely warm Sunday afternoon with us. A beef on a bun supper followed the concert. Once again the Ladies of the Fellowship didn’t disappoint with their delicious salads & desserts. Many visited Kim at her CD table and were thrilled how she took the time to answer questions & be an encouragement as well.
We look forward to this annual event as it’s another way for us to get out into our community & spread the love of Jesus through music & testimony.
The power of Prayer
by Chapter President Brian Wolbeck
Throughout the entire year our chapter meets the first Saturday of every month at the Norsemen Inn, in Camrose for the purpose of prayer, fellowship and to give opportunity for potential speakers. Our Chapter has found prayer to be the most powerful force on the face of the earth. It has conquered nations, saved lives, cured diseases, liberated the prisoners and changed the course of history.
Our Chapter prayers may not have changed the course of history yet; however, we find these times that we men gather to be times of real effective, and a simple process of learning how to communicate with God on behalf of our fellowship and each other.
As we stand on the threshold of a new season in our Chapter we are believing God to go before us and do great things in & through us because of Him. This is our prayer for each chapter across our great nation Canada.
I’m sure all of our Alberta Chapters are feeling the loss of one our great mentors, Bob Vanderwell. This man with the big heat who had words of encouragement for all of us is now in glory cheering us on to do greater things for our Lord through this great organization, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship. Those of us who had a close connection with Bob find it stressful at times, but we know that God is in control and He will continue to guide us as we look to Him for our power and understanding through the wonderful gift of prayers.
May you all be blessed as you start up for another season of ministry. Let’s all join hands across Canada and start up our fall season on our knees and then stand back and see what God will do, after all we are HIS men and we have the FULL GOSPEL as our power pack.
Guest Speaker: Dwayne Wigemyr, Cowboy, Businessman and Author
Dwayne was born in Brooks, Alberta and was raised on a working ranch. Throughout his high school and younger years he competed in many rodeos, riding bareback horses and bulls, and in team roping events with members of his immediate family. While living the cowboy dream, he got caught up in all the wrong things, and at a very young age he became addicted to alcohol, drugs and other vices. In 1986 a Christian from Australia led his father to the Lord in his western store in Brooks. In less than a year Dwayne, his mother, four siblings and a brother-in-law followed. Dwayne gave all of his addictions to Christ and began his walk with God. He has had an excavation business, been a self-employed auctioneer, and now is the author of a book. His greatest joy is to tell others about Jesus.
Guest Speaker: Sandy DeWaal, East-West Express Inc - Company Founder
Sandy was born and raised in Holland, coming to Canada as a young, single man in 1952. After failing to find satisfaction working on a farm, he moved to Calgary to become a driver for a moving company. There he met his wife Annette, and married her in February 1954. He then moved to Whitehorse, Yukon to drive for the White Pass railroad, but after about a year, he came back to Calgary to drive across Canada for major transport companies, one of which hauled whiskey and other spirits. Sandy started his first transport company in 1968. Although Sandy had been raised in a Christian home, the easy access to alcohol started him down the path of drinking and partying to the point it was adversely affecting his business and family life. In 1978 Sandy chose to enter a rehab centre in Phoenix, AZ where he met the Lord Jesus, and he has never been the same.
WE CAME TOGETHER IN "UNITY AND ONE ACCORD" IN DALLAS
When we came together in "unity and one accord" in Dallas - Ft. Worth Texas in our Eighth National FGBMFA Convention earlier this month, there was a sweet fragrance of the Spirit of God wafting through the Hotel. Dennis Martin, a twenty-three year old Joshua Chapter President from our St. Paul, Minnesota chapter expressed it this way: "There was an atmosphere of love and joy that overwhelmed the entire building. I believe there was a release of Blessing for everyone that had the opportunity to be in the hotel that weekend... I left the weekend changed and everyone back home has noticed it, too. The question is "What happened in Texas? My answer is 'The Glory of God happened.'" Bob Bignold
Dennis was right: when the men and Women of FGBMFA came together in Dallas - Ft. Worth "in unity and in one accord..." that atmosphere of the love and joy overwhelmed the entire building...and "THE GLORY OF GOD HAPPENED". This is the same Spirit that descended on the early church in the book of Acts. In fact "unity and one accord" was the theme of the early church. The meaning of the term "one accord" as expressed in the book of acts is "being one in spirit, and one in purpose."
Wonderful things happened in the book of Acts, and wonderful things are happening in the "Full Gospel Business Men in America". Jimmy Rogers a Director in Georgia and long-time member of the Fellowship says, "The growth we are experiencing in our convention is not only from America, but also from other nations as they come to observe and participate in this great spiritual out-pouring." It is like a dream come true... Our future is as bright as the promises of God." Another Director from Georgia, David Turner says "I have not seen this much unity, excitement and anointing in the Fellowship since about 1985.
In Acts chapter 1, we see the New Testament believers continuing "in one accord" in prayer and supplication. In Acts chapter 2, we find them worshipping daily "in one accord" in the temple and eating their meals with gladness and "singleness of heart." In Acts chapter 3, we see Peter and John healing a crippled man at the Gate Beautiful. "The people rejoiced, but the religious leaders got upset and threw Peter and John in prison and called them before the entire Sanhedrin court.
When the rulers of the people and elders of Israel heard Peter and John, they marveled: "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13). (I have often thought that the above description of Peter and John by the religious leaders sounds like they could have been Full Gospel Business Men). The fourth chapter of Acts records a mighty prayer meeting that the believers called, in response to the religious leaders threats to Peter and John. ACTS 4:23, 24, and 29-32.
23. And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24. So when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to GodWITH ONE ACCORD, and said, "Lord, you are God, who made heaven, and earth, and the sea and all that is in them...
29. Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants, that with all boldness they may speak your word, 30. "by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus." 31. And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken;and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.32. Now the multitude of those that believed were of one heart and of one soul...
33. And with great power the Apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
When the believers came together in "one accord" and asked God to grant them boldness to speak His Word, the place was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God with boldness.
Unity: Was the Key to the early church's Power
I believe that as we in the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship America continue to move in one accord, and in the unity of the Spirit, the power of the Spirit will increase in our conventions and we will see our nation shaken, and "the Vision" that God gave our Fellowship through "Demos Shakarian" fulfilled by the power of His Spirit. The "unity of the Spirit" among our convention attendees is the key that has released God's spirit in the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in America. And many of the "Testimonies from the Eighth National FGBMFA Convention," which were emailed to you several weeks ago on July 15, 2014 highlighted "unity" as the predominant character of the convention.
The "unity of the Spirit" is developing not only in America, but globally as well. A remnant of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship from around the world has met annually (2012, 2013, 2014) in London, humbled themselves before the Lord in prayer and fasting, and repented of the strife and division that has been allowed to separate our nations. I believe that our heart for unity has been pleasing to the Lord. And now in 2015, because of the "unity of the spirit" which has developed among these nations, "the Vision" that God gave to our Fellowship through His servant Demos Shakarian is once again becoming the primary focus of our Global Fellowship.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in America, it is time to rehang "His Banner over us of Love".
Those who would like to view and hear the messages presented by various Eighth National FGBMFAmerica Convention speakers may do so by clicking on the link below.
In Jesus' Name,
Robert W. Bignold
Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in America
Prayer O most blessed God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, let our prayer come before thee like incense, and the lifting up of our hands as the evening sacrifice. When the shades of evening draw close around us, by thy blessed Spirit, draw near and make thine abode with us, for the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. Deal bountifully with thy servants, that we may live and keep thy word. Open our eyes, that we may see wondrous things out of thy law. How truly thy word which we have read, describes the condition of every one of us as we are in ourselves.
O Lord, thou knowest what is in man. O Lord, convince us of sin; may we never open our mouth to defend ourselves any more. May we stand guilty before thee, for in thy sight there shall no flesh living be justified. If thou wert to deal with us as we are in ourselves, thou wouldst destroy us for ever; thou wouldst root us out of the land of the living, thou wouldst cut us off in thy truth. But thou hast not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities; we flee to the refuge which thou hast provided for the ungodly, we would lay our hands upon the head of the divine Lamb, we would take him as our surety.
Lord, increase our faith. To us who believe, make Christ still more precious. May he be the desire of our hearts, fairer to us than the children of men, the chief among ten thousand, and altogether lovely. Enable us to cleave to him with full purpose of heart. May we be filled this night with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. We pray to be made holy. Into thy hand we commend our spirits; thou hast redeemed us, Lord God of truth. Purify us unto thyself a peculiar family, zealous of good works. Make our heart like a well-watered garden. Take out every root of bitterness. Implant every grace in us; make us like a green olive tree in the house of God. May thy Spirit dwell in us, and may we be filled with all the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, unto thy praise and glory.
Help us not to be afraid of our enemies; we know that if we live godly in the world, we must suffer persecution. Enable us to say, “Behold, God is mine helper, the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.” Help us to praise thee for all that thou hast done for our souls.
Follow this holy day with thy blessing, which maketh rich and addeth no sorrow. May the Spirit be given us as on the day of Pentecost. May many be pricked in their hearts, and this night asking the way to Zion, with their face pointed there. May thy children be filled with peace, and with thy Holy Spirit.
Thy kingdom come. Keep us looking for that blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of him, who is the great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. May we be among those that shall be made like him, for we shall see him as he is. Give us this night the sleep of thy beloved, watch over our dwelling, help our dear friends, and comfort all that mourn. May the words of our mouth, and the meditations of our heart, be acceptable with thee, through Jesus Christ our strength and our Redeemer. Amen.
The FGBMF in Canada and The Acts of the Apostles
by Doug Lawson
Acts 1:3-8 After his suffering, Jesus presented himself alive to the apostles by many convincing proofs, speaking about the kingdom of God. He ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. He said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” The apostles asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The book of The Acts of the Apostles is a wonderful testimony of what God wants to do in the world. There is probably no book in the Bible that better describes what the FGBMF in Canada is meant to be about. The Acts of the Apostles proclaims Jesus throughout all 28 chapters and witnesses to the explosive growth of the early church through the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. The apostles and other first century Christians were told they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them and they would, in the power of that Holy Spirit, be Jesus’ witnesses to the ends of the earth.
In The Vision Intensified, Demos Shakarian just before his death reminded the Fellowship of the original FGBMFI vision God gave him. He wrote: “Many have missed or have forgotten the true SPIRITUAL ROOTS of our first successes. It was through the Holy Spirit that God released his POWER, in a miraculous way, to start the FGBMFI VISION in motion. And it is ONLY through that SAME HOLY SPIRIT that God will take us POWERFULLY into the future.
“Our careful planning will not change the world. Our well-structured, worldwide organisation will not save one soul. All of our meetings, conventions, seminars, and money mean nothing…without the power of the Holy Spirit! We must once again become yielded, obedient, PREPARED vessels, willing to seek God in prayer and fasting, and willing to do what he wants us to do (p. 6).”
To understand in the FGBMFI what being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit really means, let’s look carefully at what the Scripture in Acts 1 says to us. “Jesus ordered them to wait for the promise of the Father” (v. 4). In a sense the Holy Spirit has already been poured out, and we are to act now, empowered by God. In another sense, however, we must, every day and before every venture, wait on the Lord for a fresh anointing and a fresh impartation of the Holy Spirit’s power, and not presume on God by running ahead of his leading.
Jesus said, “You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit (v. 5).” John baptized with water; Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8). There is a place for water baptism, namely, in a church, but neither Jesus nor Paul focussed on water baptism in their own ministries, nor should the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship. Our focus is not to debate infant vs. adult baptism, baptism by immersion vs. baptism by sprinkling, and other church-related issues. Jesus’ focus was on preaching the kingdom of God and baptizing followers with the Holy Spirit (Matt 3:11); Paul’s focus was on evangelism. Paul wrote: “Christ did not send me to baptize (with water), but to proclaim the gospel” (1 Cor 1:17), and that, too, is our mandate in the FGBMFI.
“It is not for you to know the times or periods (for the restoration of the kingdom to Israel) that the Father has set by his own authority (v. 7).” This is the last time Jesus’ disciples ever ask about the political restoration of Israel as a State and their place in that theocratic State. Instead, Jesus pointed them to their worldwide spiritual mission. Nor is our mission in the FGBMFI to be a mixture of politics and spirituality. Being fixated on international issues, the Anti-Christ, and date-picking for the End Times may be the hobby of others, but it is not ours. Our calling is to be ambassadors and witnesses of Jesus Christ as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you (v. 8).” The Holy Spirit’s power comes upon us when and as God chooses in his timing. We must pray for it and ask for it, but it is God who determines when and how he imparts his anointing and spiritual power. We aren’t to seek power with religious strivings, but we receive it by grace. It is given by God. This seems to be the focus of the New Testament. We are neither lethargically passive in our seeking of the Holy Spirit’s power, nor presumptuous about already having it without any need to wait on God first. God in everything is the source of the Holy Spirit’s power in our personal lives and in the Fellowship, and we give him all the credit.
A PUBLICATION OF FULL GOSPEL
Six Steps to Salvation
Acknowledge (Romans 3:23): “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Repent (Luke 13:3): “I tell you, except you repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
Confess (1 John 1:9): “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Forsake (Isaiah 55:7): “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him.”
Believe (John 3:16): “For God gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Receive (John 1:12): “As many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God.”
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