The More Things Change…

Just today, one of the godly woman in our fellowship was going through some old files, and ran across a few very meaningful  and spiritually deep historical pieces. One of these artifacts was a church bulletin from the spring of 1949, when A.W. Tozer spoke to our congregation over the course of many meetings during that week (for a missions convention). Another piece of history was an article printed in the Rochester local news paper, entitled “Spiritual Dilemma”, written by the pastor of our fellowship at that time.

The pastor’s name was Rev. William Allen. Pastor Allen was a powerful man of God, whom later moved onto Medina Ohio, where God worked through him to open the door for revival in the not only Medina, but Regina Saskatchewan Canada.

Below I have posted Rev. Allen’s original published article. What the article reveals is that the more things change, from the writers 1940’s and 1950’s culture to our own, the more they stay the same. The church has generally been asleep in the light of Christ, from then till now.


(Ephesians 5:14-21)  14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Walk in Wisdom 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

About Michael J Erdel

Mike is a pastor with The Assembly of God Fellowship. He is the lead pastor at Encounter Church in Fostoria Ohio. His desire is to encourage the Church of Jesus Christ, and declare God's hope through His Son Jesus, to a world which is long on excuses and short on hope. Mike has experienced the truth that when we kneel before Christ, surrendering to Him as Savior and LORD, being led and empowered by His Spirit. To Jesus Christ be all glory and honor.
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