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Medford Special Meetings 

January 14-16, 2022  

The weekend sermons
 are available in the Media section of our website and on our YouTube channel.

Special meetings were held at the Apostolic Faith Church in Medford, Oregon, on January 14-16, 2022. The guest speaker was Olusola Adesope, the pastor in Pullman, Washington, and the theme verse was taken from Isaiah 55:6, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” Visitors came from branch churches in Woodlake and Sacramento, California; Grants Pass, Roseburg, and Portland, Oregon; and Chehalis, Port Angeles, and Pullman, Washington.

On Friday evening, Bro. Olusola sited Luke 19:1-9 to demonstrate that while Zacchaeus sought Jesus, Jesus was also looking for him, revealing the personal nature of God’s call to save and redeem the lost.

Everyone gathered on Saturday morning for a devotional given by Peter Sletmoe, from Grants Pass. He referenced Hosea 10:12, and emphasized that it is time to seek the Lord. He used the illustration of qualifying rounds in a race to determine an athlete’s performance based on his preparation for the race. In a spiritual sense, the preparation of spending earnest time in prayer can demonstrate to God a hunger to receive from Him and fulfill His will.

During the Saturday evening youth service, Pete Sferle, the pastor in Sacramento, read John 6:35 for his text, and using a loaf of bread purchased from a local bakery, he brought out that within days the bread would get stale and unusable. However, Jesus, our spiritual Bread of Life, will endure forever. He encouraged the congregation to feed on the eternal Word of God, which satisfies and nourishes the soul.

Sunday began with Sunday school, followed by the morning service. Brother Olusola took his text from Luke 19:10, bringing and out that to be found in Jesus is the purpose of life. He illustrated that personal concerns can seem enormous, like a large building visible from the car. However, that same building quickly shrinks in scale when viewed from an airplane above. Similarly, our challenges that seem large, can diminish to a mere dot when viewed through the lens of scripture. As the believer seeks the Lord, he or she becomes more focused on Him. Consequently, the obstacles that previously obstructed our path toward God fade away and our vision can align with His promises.

On Sunday evening, Brother Olusola’s wife, Tolu, testified that she was raised in a Christian home, and ever since she committed her life to Jesus, she has found immense joy in being in church, whether cleaning the building or participating in the services. Others testified that although they grew up with little knowledge of the Gospel, God was faithful to enlighten them, and their lives were transformed when they were saved. Brother Olusola read Hebrews 4:1 for his text, bringing out that, even with the best intentions, it is possible to fall short and miss the final boarding call for Heaven. He illustrated the point by reflecting on a business trip. Upon completion of his work, he and colleagues hired a private car to transport them directly to the airport in time for their flight. He made great effort to have the proper size luggage, valid identification, and clear security protocols efficiently. To that point, he had done everything right. However, while waiting at the assigned gate, he learned that his flight had been delayed. He became hungry and watched as fellow travelers left the waiting area to find food. He too decided to leave the gate in a quest to satisfy his hunger. While away from the gate, he became distracted. Because of his distance from the assigned gate, he didn’t hear the agent repeatedly calling his name on the intercom. When he returned to the gate, he was shocked to learn that the plane had departed without him. He missed his flight.
Bro. Olusola encouraged the congregation to remain focused on the Lord and attentive to His voice, lest we become easily distracted and miss the rapture, despite our good works.

Throughout the weekend, saints shared testimonies of victory, sang hymns of salvation, and were encouraged to be together. Many experienced the Lord’s presence during the meetings and around the altars of prayer.

The weekend sermons are available in the Media section of our website and on our YouTube channel.