Author Archives: Michael J Erdel

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.

The Danger of “THE LIE” (#1)

We are warned in the word of God that Satan is a liar and truth is not in Him. In rebuking religious Jews in Jerusalem, our Lord declared… John 8:44 (NKJV) You are of your father the devil, and the … Continue reading

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Losing Sight of Jesus; How to Avoid Sinking (Matthew 14:22-33)

Matthew 14:22-33 (NKJV) Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain … Continue reading

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Another Step in the Direction of Abomination… May God Strengthen His Church!

This an abomination. We knew it would eventually come. No nation with the reach of the United States, worldwide, has broached so many historically accepted moral boundaries held by most nations, as the United States has. We are reminded of … Continue reading

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The Modern Christian Crucible: Covid-19

1 Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV) In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though … Continue reading

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Without REPENTANCE

In this teaching we examine the necessity of repentance in a person receiving salvation through Christ’s finished work. We also examine how neglecting to preach and lead others to true repentance, hampers a person walking in faith in Christ. PART … Continue reading

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FALL-O-SHIP (Walking in Darkness)

1 John 1:5-7 (NKJV) This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and … Continue reading

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Utter Abuse of the Power of a Ministry Platform

In recent days, many of the same celebrity Christian voices, have begun to suggest to their followers that taking a vaccine for Covid-19 is not only good, but biblical. One of these Christian superstars is Franklin Graham, son of Billy … Continue reading

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Getting Caught Looking Around the Corner of “What Ifs” Street #3

As we have been looking into the poor state of faith and practice in those who first received James 5:1-11, we have discovered that recovering from a fall into carnal and un-Christlike behavior takes obedience to God’s commands. To combat … Continue reading

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Getting Caught Looking Around the Corner of “What Ifs” Street #2

In part #1 of this blog series (click to read part I), we began to examine James 5:1-11. In the first 6 verses we discovered a church falling into extreme carnality; they were walking in partiality with respect to how … Continue reading

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Getting Caught Looking Around the Corner of “What Ifs” Street

The epistle of James is at times one of the more scathing letters written to the Church of Jesus Christ. There are several rebukes and admonitions, which are germane to Christians living in the United States and other westernized nations. … Continue reading

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