Greetings from Nashville! We are so excited to spend Thanksgiving with our children and all be together. We cherish these times as they don't happen as often as we'd like.

 

It is hard to believe that we are already in November 2016, the eleventh month of this year. Meaning only one month left in the year. It has been an incredible, wonderful, exciting year of ministry with hundreds of decisions made for Christ. It has been thrilling, and we are so thankful.

 

Having said that, it has also been a year of challenges, loss of loved ones, disappointments, heartbreaks and health issues. I am sure if I questioned you about your past year, you, too, would probably use many of the same adjectives to describe 2016. Gloria always tells people and drills home the line, "If you are always grateful and thankful for something, you will have something to be grateful and thankful for." Every day when we have our morning devotions, the first words out of her mouth in prayer are, "Thank you, Lord, for the MOMENT You came into my life. Thank you, Lord, for the MOMENT my eternal destination was changed to heaven." Amidst the struggles and trials we encounter, she continues to thank God for His unfailing love and faithfulness. Needless to say, her statement, "Thank you for the MOMENT," has been etched in my heart and memory.

 

Often we complain about the things going wrong in our lives, or that have gone wrong or will go wrong, but to be thankful while going through the fire is quite a bit more challenging. I am reminded of the life of Paul and the picture He painted of His life (his diary) through the various letters he wrote in the Bible.

 

It surely didn't sound like a picnic to me. 2 Corinthians 11:22-30 paraphrased says he was beaten with rods, imprisoned, stoned, shipwrecked, endured storms, faced perils by robbers, weary, hungry, thirsty and more. After he openly shares the downside of His ministry, He says, "If I must glory, I will glory in the things which concern my infirmities." KJV 21. Paul's chronicle sure made my life seem like a day on the beach. Paul was saved and called into missions to "GO" and "WIN THE LOST AT ANY AND ALL COST."

 

While going through his trials, there were three things that Paul never forgot, which I also want to encourage you to remember and practice:

 

• He never forgot the moment of his conversion. When he remembered the change in his life and the presence of peace in his life when he experienced Jesus, it encouraged him.

• He never forgot the fact that "Life is tough, but God is faithful." It encouraged him.

• He never forgot God's presence. When he felt all alone and forsaken, he was reminded that God's presence was continually with him and that God's grace would be sufficient for him. He knew that Christ was his hope, joy and peace. It encouraged him.

 

May those keys also encourage you and me! If you are struggling with life at this moment, look back and recall God's faithfulness. Lastly, Gloria and I want to express our gratefulness and thankfulness to you, our family, friends and partners who continue to encourage us with your letters, calls, emails and financial support. YOU KEEP US GOING!

 

May your homes and the homes you visit be filled with love, peace and joy this week!

 

Gloria

 


 

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As Election Day nears, I thought it was fitting to share our thoughts from our current newsletter:

 

I know, I know—I share much of the same feeling you do about the upcoming election! I'm tired of the rhetoric, name calling, slander, lies, accusations and screaming between the candidates, news media and supporters. I often feel like I am watching a boxing match or ugly court case. To be perfectly honest, I'm not 100% sold on either candidate—BUT—we have to understand and realize that America is at the most dangerous crossroads of its existence. I've encountered too many people who have shrugged their shoulders and announced, "I don't like or trust either one so I'm not going to vote!"

 

In all honesty that, too, is dangerous! I certainly don't completely agree with Trump nor Clinton, but we still have to seriously look at the issues at hand. We know how we feel personally and are sure that there are millions who feel the same way…uneasy, frustrated, troubled. Yet, if those same people  choose to NOT go to the polls to vote, we will have CHOSEN to "throw America under the bus." We have too much to lose to not care and to not vote.

 

Here is the bottom line—we are in an intense battle between good and evil. There is, as you know, a ferocious battle waging. One front of the battle is for the protection of religious rights. I'm weary of Bible-believing Christians being mocked and belittled in the public square. We are loudly accused as being "hateful, mean, bigoted, narrow-minded" plus a myriad of other terms. The secularists in our society seek to redefine the First Amendment, which guarantees that none shall impede the free exercise of religion, as a mere right of worship. In plain speaking, what is being argued is, "If you are going to be single-minded in your pro-life views, your views that marriage is between a man and woman and that fornication (both heterosexual and homosexual) is morally wrong, than you must confine them between the four walls of your sanctuary." Then we are warned, "Don't bring your intolerance into the public square."

 

Let's take a closer look at that. The society that adopts such a view may be setting the stage for a future day when we, as pastors, evangelists and missionaries, address those issues or other biblical issues, we can be banned from the pulpit and/or risk the punishment (which by the way has already happened in Canada).

 

Another front of the battle is the future of the Supreme Court? Do you realize there are currently no evangelicals residing on the Supreme Court? We are thankful that evangelicals are one of the largest minorities in the United States, but the fact is our pro-life position and our views on things like marriage are not currently socially acceptable and thus would tend to prevent an appointment to the Supreme Court, appellate courts and district courts. On this issue, among the dozen other issues on the plate, we must consider would our choice of candidate be more likely to appoint those who will uphold the protection of free exercise of religion or erode it further? Here's the truth one must really ponder—the next president will most likely shape the Supreme Court, lower court and resulting culture of America should the Lord tarry.

 

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."  1 Timothy 2:1-4

 

 

Gloria and I are not endorsing either candidate. We just ask you to carefully read and study what each candidate believes, as well as, what their plans are and consider what destination or destruction those plans will take us to. Please go to the polls and vote. Neither one has all the answers to solve all the issues America faces, but a "no vote" can and will affect the future of America for us, our children, grandchildren and generations to come. Pray, pray, pray! Your vote can help turn the tide of our future. America needs Christians to bombard heaven with prayer. What happens in this next election will deeply affect your church and evangelists like us who want to keep spreading the truth of the Gospel.

 

"And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace." Jeremiah 29:7

 

Blessings to you as we end October!

 

Gloria

 


 

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month – so as we are showing the clergy in our life thanks, don't forget those behind the scenes who support them every day:

 

There is one person in our church

Who knows our pastor's life,

Who weeps and smiles and prays with him –

And that's the pastor's wife.

 

The crowd has seen him in his strength

When wielding God's sharp sword,

As underneath God's banner's fold

He faced the devil's horde.

 

But deep within her heart she knows

That scarce the hour before,

She helped him pray the glory down

Behind the closet door.

 

She's hear him groaning in his soul

When bitter raged the strife,

As, hand in hand, she knelt with him –

For she's the pastor's wife!

 

You tell your tales of prophets brave

Who marched across the world

And changed the course of history

By burning words they hurled.

 

And I will tell how back of each

Some woman lived her life;

Who wept with him and smiled with him-

She was the pastor's wife!

 

- Author Unknown


 

 

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We love fall and are thoroughly enjoying a beautiful day today. It literally looks like a page ripped out of a magazine...picture perfect! We are celebrating two wonderful weekends of services.

What a beautiful fall day it is in Indiana!  How blessed we are to enjoy God's breathtaking creation and His colored brushstrokes vividly displayed along the way.  We have had two great weekends of services and altar calls.

 

On October 2nd, we held our last official rally celebrating the completion of our 50th year of marriage and ministry tour….and WOW….what a celebration we had at The Father's House in Burnsville, MN, with Pastor Londa Lundstrom Ramsey.  Many partners, friends and family drove in to join in the celebration.  They sent us out with their prayers, honor and love to begin our 51st year on the road! 

 

I never dreamt when we walked down the aisle and repeated our marriage vows that we would still be "on the road" 51 years later!  What a privilege Larry and I have had to have invested (not spent) our lives and all these years together leading thousands to Christ and encouraging thousands of others.  I am so thankful to be married to my "best friend" who is so passionate about evangelism.  He lives and breathes it.  I am blessed!

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were so excited for these master level evangelists who presented a most powerful, beautiful and simple Gospel presentation recently at The Father's House! Thank you Larry and Gloria Lundstrom for being with us! Your amazing love for God and people is contagious and your 50 plus years of non-stop ministry incredible!  What a great Kingdom building day of music, laughter and salvation we had!! Let's do it again soon. 

 

Rev. Londa Lundstrom Ramsey

The Father's House

Burnsville, MN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Sunday, we ministered at Souls Harbor Assembly of God in Auburn, IN, with Pastor David and Linda Snodderly.  What a precious couple who also breathes evangelism….they serve at a great church with a great congregation.  It has been 15 years since we had been with them and they remembered and reminded us while setting up equipment of that precious service….the songs we sang as well as the anointed message and altar call.  There was no disconnect---it was like coming home!  Their love and enthusiasm was delightful and exciting!  This time, too, God anointed the music and message, and in turn, there was a great harvest at the altar.

 

 

 

"The minister of Larry and Gloria Lundstrom is what the church of the Lord Jesus Christ needs today.  The songs they sang and the great soulwinning message that Larry preached interspersed with his great sense of humor, is so relevant for today's world.  Our congregation was blessed beyond measure.  Many responded to the altar call, some for the first time.  It is wonderful to see such authentic, true-hearted, genuine love for God's people and the lost. "

Rev. David & Linda Snodderly

Soul's Harbor Assembly of God

Auburn, IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Joann attended our rally 15 years ago in Auburn and has been a faithful monthly partner ever since!  What a joy it was to see her again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Our friend of many years, Joyce Young, from Hillsdale, MI, drove over for the morning service.  Great to see her!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry and I appreciate connecting with you through our website.  We ask you to continue to pray for us.  We are so grateful!  We are heading south through Nashville and then on down to Florida to park our motorhome away from the Midwest frigid winters.

 

Gloria
 
 

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In the New Testament, love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than with feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action.

– R.C. Sproul

 


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MARRIAGE! 

It's rough.  It's tough.  It's work.

Anybody who says it isn't

Has never been married.

Marriage has far bigger problems

Than toothpastes squeezed

From the middle of the tube.

 

MARRIAGE MEANS…

Grappling, aching, struggling.

It means putting up

With personality weaknesses

Accepting criticism

And giving each other freedom to fail.

It means sharing deep feelings

About fear and rejection.

It mean turning self-pity into laughter

And taking a walk to gain control.

 

MARRIAGE MEANS…

Gentleness and joy

Toughness and fortitude

Fairness and forgiveness

And a walloping amount of sacrifice.

 

MARRIAGE MEANS…

Learning when to say nothing

When to keep talking

When to push a little

When to back off.

It means acknowledging

"I can't be God to you-

I need Him, too."

 

MARRIAGE MEANS…

You are the other part of me

I am the other part of you.

We'll work through

With never a thought of walking out.

 

MARRIAGE MEANS…

Two imperfect mates

Building permanently

Giving totally

In partnership with a Perfect God

MARRIAGE, MY LOVE, MEANS US!

 

-By Ruth Harms Calkin

 


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Taco Soup

1/2 lb ground beef

1 1/2 cups water

1 16 oz. can stewed tomatoes

1/2 pkg taco seasoning

1/4 cup onion

1 16oz. can kidney beans

1 8oz. can tomato sauce

4 oz. picante sauce

 

Brown meat with onions, add all the rest of the ingredients and summer 15 minutes.  Top with generous sour cream, grated cheese and taco chips, crushed.

 


{Household Hint}

 

If you are doing some fall cleaning, to suck up hard-to-reach gunk under your fridge, or behind a bookshelf, insert an empty paper towel roll into the end of your vacuum cleaner and bend, or flatten it, to squeeze into these difficult spots.

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It's a beautiful windy fall day here in South Dakota. That last couple of nights you could feel that nip in the air, which tells you it's going to be a colder nip soon! With that in mind, we are getting ready for our fall tour and heading south.

It's a beautiful windy fall day here in South Dakota. That last couple of nights you could feel that nip in the air, which tells you it's going to be a colder nip soon! With that in mind, we are getting ready for our fall tour and heading south. If the birds have a brain to tell them to go where it's warmer, we should take heed to do the same. Ha!

 

We had an exciting evening last Sunday as we held a community Harvest Fest service, and had a great turnout. We were thrilled with all the pastors who took part, from the Presbyterian, Missionary Alliance, Christian Outreach Center, Family Life Assembly of God, a few Lutheran and Catholic churches.

We had special music from each of the churches and then we were the special guests to share the message.

It was a lot of fun, laughter, music, the Word, and then of course, the food…cookies, bars and coffee!  We were thrilled to have people come as far as from McIntosh, Aberdeen, and all across South Dakota and Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of a fall tour, we are leaving this coming Thursday and heading to Burnsville, Minnesota, where we will be at The Father's House Sunday morning at 10:00 am, at Burnsville High School, Mraz Theater, 600 E Hwy 13, Burnsville, MN 55337 (612-405-3777). Then onto Auburn, Indiana and heading to Indianapolis, Nashville, and will end up in about 3 weeks in Florida where we will nest in our motorhome out of the Midwest weather for the winter.

 

Blessings to you as we end September!

 

Gloria

 


 

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As Christians, we have a responsibility to uphold our nation, its leaders and its inhabitants in prayer. If we don't pray……who will? Here are some ways to pray which also include the scriptures they were gleaned from.

* Mighty God, we look to You for protection and safe keeping, especially during the days leading up to this fall's elections. Keep the candidates, the conventions, the delegates and the media safe from every kind of harm, O Lord, and deliver us from any evil plots that have been arranged. Let no weapon that is formed against our nation or our leaders prosper. --Psalm 32:7, (You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.) Isaiah 54:17 (no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD.

* Father God, You love truth and are displeased with lies. Grant a spirit of truthfulness in the elections, particularly on the part of all media. Grant a spirit of fairness and honesty in the reports created by all members of the media, and give discernment and wisdom to citizens as they seek information from the media. --Proverbs 12:22 (The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.)

* O God, You are actively involved in every part of Your creation at every moment. Grant to all Americans a willingness to get involved in the upcoming elections, resisting complacency and passivity. Let each one know the value of his or her vote, and let each one exercise their privilege with diligence and faith. --Amos 6:1 ( Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!)

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

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Regardless of the Jelly Belly (circumstances of life) given, choose how you will respond!
As for Larry and I, we are responding with great joy over the service we had during the annual Flekkefest festival in Elbow Lake, Minnesota last Sunday...

Happy August! The months continue to fly by at increasing speed, don't they? 

 

Recently, I was craving something sweet, and just had to satisfy the hunger! I purposely try to hide the sweets in our motorhome for health and weight gain reasons, but there I was on the hunt for anything sweet.

Then…I found it! A small bag of Jelly Bellys I had hidden from Larry as he tends to be a sugar-aholic. I nestled up on the front couch and anxiously opened the little bag and looked on them longingly as if little gold pieces. One by one, I put them in my mouth. Oh…were my taste buds ever happy! First the pineapple, then orange, next came coconut, followed by caramel, onto popcorn— by now, my taste buds were dancing because they were so yummy! I continued to pop another one in. Ugh…it was so bitter, it literally made me shake. That bitter Jelly Belly cancelled out all of the precious scrumptious ones. In fact, it was so offensive, I hesitated to try another "unknown" Jelly Belly as I wasn't sure what the next flavor exploding in my mouth would be. Out of nowhere, I began to chuckle. I told myself, "This is like life—you never know what the next event, good or bad, will be."

 

That bag of Jelly Belly's reminded me of life in general. One day, it seems sweet to the senses, all goes well. The next day, it can turn bitter and painful, discouragement sets in and the devil races to attempt to deplete the joy of the previous day. In desperation, we grab another "Jelly Belly," praying it will be a sweeter day. It is in those distraught times, I have to make a choice—TO GROW BITTER OR BETTER THROUGH THE TRIALS!

1 Peter 1:6 says, "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations (trials)." I don't know about you, but when the bitter days come, I don't feel like rejoicing, I don't like those trials, but I also know I have no choice but to GO and GROW through them. For me, it takes a complete attitude adjustment. Vs 7 continues, "That the trial of your faith, be much more precious than a gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." I have to be willing to go through the fiery trials and look beyond the pain—to the gain—for when it is over. Truthfully, it may go on, possibly even until we meet Jesus, but I must remain faithful. Verse five of the same passage says, "Who (you and I) are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last times." Your faith walk can and will keep you. Be strong…don't let satan steal your faith. I truly believe we are in the end times and that the fires and trials are going to intensify. We will need to lock into Jesus as never before.

 

Let me leave a couple of tips:

 

#1 Keep the Word.

#2 Keep praying and praising.

#3 Keep the right company. (Stay away from negative people).

#4 Keep your mind on Christ. (Not on the problem.)

#5 Keep in fellowship with your church. (You will need a support group.)

#6 Keep encouraging others. (In turn, it will encourage you.)

#7 Keep looking up! He is still on the throne!

 

Regardless of the Jelly Belly (circumstances of life) given, choose how you will respond!

 

 

As for Larry and I, we are responding with great joy over the service we had during the annual Flekkefest festival in Elbow Lake, Minnesota last Sunday. Here are some testimonies:

 

 

"It was great being at the park for your service. My parents used to take me and my sister as children to your services in Duluth, Virginia, and all over. Now that I have my family, I am bringing my children. I had 3 of them with me at Elbow Lake in the Veterans Park for Flekkefest and they wanted to go forward and pray a prayer to ask Jesus into their hearts. I loved the music and the excitement and the message."

 

Theresa Fossel, mother to 9 children

Micah, Mary and Rita pictured

Virginia, MN

 

 

 

 

 

"Larry and Gloria we have known you for many, many years - we're so happy we got to come and see you during the Flekkefest in Elbow Lake, MN. We loved the music and were touched by the anointed message. Most special of all was to see my special friend step forward at the altar call."

Connie & Spence Howe

Alexandria, MN

 

 

 

We were thrilled by many first-time commitments to Christ at the altar call!

Altar Call at Elbow Lake, MN

 

 

"Thanks for coming to Elbow Lake! My life was changed when I gave my heart to Christ at your rally at Victory church 4 years ago.  I have so much joy and peace in my life now. You ministered so much to my wife Lois and I at the Veterans Park. We loved your music and your presentation and loved seeing the connection between the two of you. The message was powerful. Thanks again for being faithful to preach the Word."

Lois & Merlin Windom

Alexandria, MN

 

 

 

Here are the services for the rest of August - we'd love to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloria

 


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Rotini Salad

1 lb. rotini noodles, cooked

1 pt. mayonnaise

1 c. water

½ c. vinegar

1 c. sugar

1 med. Onion, chopped fine

1 c. celery, chopped fine

½ tsp. turmeric spice

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Mix all ingredients well in large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir well before serving. Dressing will be thin when made, but fine the next day.

 


{Household Hint}

 

Cook pasta for salads al dente (slightly chewy to the bite). This allows the pasta to absorb some of the dressing and not become mushy. 

 

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"Gloria" just as she addressed me she grabbed my arm, "thank you for coming to Faith, South Dakota tonight."  Her face was aglow and the tears in her eyes looked like sparkling diamonds...

 

"Gloria" just as she addressed me she grabbed my arm, "thank you for coming to Faith, South Dakota tonight."  Her face was aglow and the tears in her eyes looked like sparkling diamonds. "Gloria, I am so thrilled, I am so happy, I have prayed for 38 years for my husband to give his life to Christ…and it happened tonight."

 

Now I was in joyful tears. I responded, "It was worth coming all this way and all these miles, through 50 mile an hour wind gusts and 107 degree heat, to this community hall to see what God did in your husband's life!"

 

This has been the most exciting tour through North Dakota, Montana and back to South Dakota. Every night dozens step forward to surrender their lives to Christ…that is truly what it is all about.

 

Here are the latest photos from our services on the road. The "altar call" is the heartbeat of this ministry. If you are a partner with our ministry, this is your spiritual investment report, whether you pray for us or support us financially:

 

 

Glendive, Montana - 

Friday Night Community Service

Friday night Community Service

Sunday Morning Service

Altar call on Sunday morning

 

Elgin, North Dakota - 

 

 

Beulah, North Dakota -

 

Faith, South Dakota - 

 

 

Hill City, South Dakota  - 

 

 

 

Also, many of you may have seen the update earlier today about Larry's email being hacked into - we want to update you and let you know everything is fixed and workin' fine! Not quite how we wanted to start the day, but we're thankful that it was quickly resolved. Thank you for disregarding any messages that spoke about Larry being in Germany visiting a sick cousin; those hackers have quite the imagination.

 

Have a blessed rest of your July!

 

Gloria

 

 


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"A life without cause is a life without effect."

– Paul Coelho

 


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{Recipe}

 

Orange Slush

1 c. milk

1c. water

1/2 lg. can orange juice (about 6 oz.)

1/2 c. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

12-14 ice cubes

 

Blend all in a blender until ice is chopped, and enjoy!

 


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To cool your punch, float an ice ring made from the punch rather than using ice cubes. It appears more decorative and also inhibits melting and diluting. 

 

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Wow! June is almost gone and we're gearing up for another month full of services and travel! Here are some testimonies from "on the road" as we ministered in North Dakota and Minnesota these last few weeks...

 

 

Wow! June is almost gone and we're gearing up for another month full of services and travel!

 

Here are some testimonies from "on the road" as we ministered in North Dakota and Minnesota these last few weeks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 15, 2016 was a night for me to remember for a long time.  We prayed for God to move and touch many people in that service and he answered our prayers.  Larry and Gloria were used by Him to touch about 25 people and stir the flame within their hearts.  They rededicated their lives and I praise His holy name for that moving of His Spirit.  I personally sensed the Lord's presence throughout the entire service.  I thank Larry and Gloria for the work that God continues to do through them.  Hallelujah!

- Paul Brannan from Linton, ND

 

 

It was so much fun having you here in Bismarck.  We enjoyed the service so much and it brought back so many great memories.  Our dad, Daniel Vetter, brought us six kids to a Lundstrom crusade for years where we, as children,  gave our lives to Christ in Rugby, ND.  Now we have the joy and the legacy to pass onto our children. 

- Lisa Wetch from Bismarck, ND

 

 

We had the pleasure of having the Lundstroms minister at Capital Christian Center on Father's Day. After sharing their beautiful music and a bit of humor, Gloria took time to honor the fathers in the service and Larry delivered a clear message of our inheritance and need for a Savior. Hearts were touched and several people, young and old, responded to the altar call and renewed their commitments to Christ.

- Mike & Colleen Parker

Children's Pastor at Capital Christian Center or Children's Evangelists, Affect Eternity Ministries

 

What a whirlwind of life-changing moments! I wanted to give you a  quick recap of the last couple of weeks, but with Independence Day just around the corner, I also want to share Larry's newsletter article, which is incredible:

 

What Will You Do With Freedom?

I don't know if you saw the 1995 movie, Braveheart. It is the story of a Scottish patriot.

Mel Gibson starred in and directed the movie about the Scottish revolt which took place in the 1400's. William Wallace, the Scottish patriot, at one point in the movie prepares a red tag band of rebels for battle. They must face a larger, better armed, and feared English army. He says to his men, "I am William Wallace, and I see before me an army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny. You have come to fight as free men, and free men you are. You are free, free from badges, free from flesh and free to love.

What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?"

A tall soldier near the front eyed the opposing forces ready to cross the valley and answers, "Fight against that? No, we will run, and we will live."

Wallace responds, "Ay, fight and you may die, run and you will live. At least for a while! And dying in your bed, many years from now, you would be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom."

I feel that question is for us today. What will you do with your freedom? We make a tragic mistake when we separate God from our freedom. Without God, our concept of freedom can easily degenerate into selfishness. Wise men have always known that real freedom can only exist hand-in-hand with responsibility. William Wallace asked the right question, what will you do with your freedom?

July 4th is the day that is celebrated as the day of National Freedom, and we should celebrate it. That's the great legacy of our founding fathers. We still live in a land blessed with freedom, but for how long? Will we step up or will we give in? Few nations have ever known such liberty. How blessed we are to still be free to gather and worship. No government official yet can tell us when, how, or what to worship. We can still speak our mind. We still are able to choose where we live and what we do to make a living. We are still able to select our own leaders, from the dog catcher to the president. The world around us could only dream of such privileges.

Galatians 5:1 exhorts and challenges us, "Stand fast (not sit, back off or give up) therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

 

"If we would be free, if we mean to preserve inviolate inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest should be obtained, then we must fight! I repeat, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us." – Patrick Henry

We need to pray, pray, pray as never before. Use your knees and your heart to wage war through your prayers and appeal to Almighty God to see this Nation maintain its freedom as our freedoms are on the gallows and we must fight to keep them! We must humble ourselves that we might see our beloved country honoring God once again!

Larry

 

So, planning ahead… Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota... if you're traveling, hop over to our Events section to see the communities we'll be doing services at. We'd love to see you! (http://www.larrylundstromministries.org/Events)

 
Gloria
 
 

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"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

– Patrick Henry

 


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Chewy-O-Bars

1 stick butter

1 box yellow cake mix

 

Melt butter in jellyroll pan. Sprinkle cake mix over this. Next, spread:

 

1 (6 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips

3 c. Cheerios

3 c. mini marshmallows

1 c. salted peanuts

 

Pour 1 can sweetened condensed milk over top of all, and bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until browned.

 


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The freshness of eggs can be tested by placing them in a large bowl of cold water; if they float, do not use them.

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Happy Father's Day!


June is in full-force and we continue to enjoy a full schedule of services that remind us of the goodness of God as precious hearts and lives are changed by Him. With Father's Day approaching, I wanted to share Larry's article from our June newsletter - enjoy!

 

Father's Day always stirs up a pool of memories. My dad was a great man! He loved

his wife. He loved his three sons. He worked hard. He was kind. He was generous (although he didn't have much). He was loved by everyone. He was a good dad.

 

The tragedy in this story is that Dad and Mom never spoke the words, "I love you" to us three boys causing me to "lock up," and in return I wasn't able to say "I love you" to them either. Oh, I knew they loved us. It wasn't even a question in my mind, but I always carried a painful emptiness in my life because I so wanted to hear the words from them to affirm their love for me. I guess when I think back, the beauty that came from the ashes, is that I vowed if I ever was married, I would speak those three precious words to my wife and children so they wouldn't feel the ache I did. I tell Gloria morning, noon and night that I love her and I say those valuable words in every phone call I have with my children and grandchildren.

 

Now back to my original story…in the early 80s, Gloria observed from our marriage conversations that I had a big hole in my heart due to the absence of my parents' spoken affirmation. Wanting to see this situation remedied, she said, "Larry, you are 33 years old, and if they haven't said the words 'I love you' in 33 years, the chances are they won't in the next 33 years. We need to change that!"

The next thing I knew, Gloria was on the move. She called my parents and told them we were driving out to have coffee with them. What she didn't convey to them was that the express purpose of this visit was for me to tell them the words, "I love you" to break the padlock on this barrier of our relationship. We drove to the farm, walked into the house and had coffee. It became apparent quickly I wasn't going anywhere fast! I was nervous, I was scared and I was avoiding what I came out to do. Gloria was very aware of what was taking place so she piped up and said, "Well, Larry, it is getting late. We better go home and get the kids to bed…Larry, why don't you just go over, give your Dad and Mom a kiss (we never did that) and tell them that you love them!"

 

BOOM! There we stood! My dad, my mom and I were like three instant pillars of salt. Speechless and emotionless, my dad finally broke the silence and gently but quietly spoke up, "We've never used those words in our home, but it doesn't mean that we don't love each other." To which Gloria replied softly filled with love and compassion, "Don't you think it is about time though that we start using the words?" In that moment, the three of us thawed. I reached out to my dad, hugged him and spoke those three priceless words, "I love you", and I did the same to my mother. My parents then extended their arms, embraced me and said, 'We love you, too." What a defining moment that was for our relationship and our lives. I was set free. My parents were set free. From that instant on, we were able to express those three treasured words, "I love you."

 

This Father's Day, maybe you are reading this and you, too, have a hole in your heart. Take the risk like I did (with Gloria's aggressive but loving shove) to break the bondage and tell your parents that you love them. Speak the words to your children every day (even when they are acting unlovable) and be sincere, not just making them empty words but loving words spoken with action behind them so they, too, will express those invaluable words to their children someday. Don't wait. Don't have regrets. I am so glad I finally made the move! "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8

 

Happy Father's Day!

 

Gloria


June Schedule: 

 

June 15th, 7:00 pm:

First Baptist Church

320 N Broadway

Linton, ND

 

June 19th, 10:00 am:

Capital Christian Center

3838 Jericho Rd

Bismarck, ND

 

June 25-26

Eagle Bend A/G

201 Central Ave S

Eagle Bend, MN

 


 


 

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On the road – off the road – on the road! I am trying to catch my breath! The tires haven't had time to even cool off, ha! We zoomed down to Nashville, Tennessee to attend our...


 

On the road – off the road – on the road! I am trying to catch my breath! The tires haven't had time to even cool off, ha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We zoomed down to Nashville, Tennessee to attend our granddaughter, Myanna's,  High School graduation…and oh how fun that was! We only have two grandchildren and now both of them are graduated. Myanna is almost 18 and Dante 23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were able to spend time with most of our family to celebrate – we made precious memories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We asked our granddaughter, Myanna, what she would like to do as something special to celebrate her graduation and she respond, "I want to go to grandma and grandpa's house in South Dakota." So…we packed up and did a road trip en route to Sisseton.  We stopped the first day in St. Louis to show her the landmark of the Gateway Arch.  Day 2 brought us to Kansas City for sightseeing and the Crown Plaza, then on the third day we were in Sisseton. Larry and I were so happy to have LaDawn and Myanna both with us for that time.

 

 

 

 

We packed up again and headed to Elk River, Minnesota for our annual Larry Lundstrom board meeting. We are so blessed with a great, godly board: Pastor Percy Kallevig, Pastor Doug Jones, Advisor Debbie Jones, and Carolyn Johnson.

Pastor Percy KallevigPastor Doug & Debbie Jones Carolyn Johnson

 

And then, we continually thank God for our staff in Sisseton, which includes Office Manager, Marne, Accounting Administrator, Barb and Scheduling Coordinator, Tricia. Without them we simply couldn't go. We deeply appreciate them. They are so efficient at keeping the office running  and thriving while we are on the road.

 

Marne Snaza Barb Schiltz Tricia Schiltz

 

Last Sunday, we had a service at Elevation North in Owatonna, Minnesota. It's a small church, pastored by Doug and Debbie Jones who have big, compassionate hearts. When Larry gave the alter call, we were blessed by an elderly lady who made a first time decision, and 3 pre-teen children who were truly touched by the message and responded to the altar call. We are so grateful for all of the hearts that are ministered to, but I'm always thrilled to see young people make commitments to Christ, as I was only 8 years old when I knelt at an altar and invited Jesus into my heart. I felt Him then, and I feel Him now. He was real to me that day in 1952, and I feel Him more real now in 2016. It was that "moment" at 8 years of age that charted my course for ministry. Children's hearts are so tender, don't discount them, that's the age to reach them.

We also enjoyed some incredible pie that Debbie made!!

Altar call in Owatonna, MN 

 

This week we travel up to the Bismarck/ Mandan, North Dakota area where we will be based out of for several rallies. We hope you can join us!

 

Gloria


June Schedule: 

 

June 5 at 10:00am

Elevation North

2002 Austin Road

Owatonna, MN

 

June 12th, 7:00 pm:

Cowboy Community Church

211 2nd Ave NW

Mandan, ND

 

June 15th, 7:00 pm:

First Baptist Church

320 N Broadway

Linton, ND

 

June 19th, 10:00 am:

Capital Christian Center

3838 Jericho Rd

Bismarck, ND

 

June 25-26

Eagle Bend A/G

201 Central Ave S

Eagle Bend, MN

 


 


 

 

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As the Nation remembers those who have sacrificed greatly for our freedom, we thought we would share an article on the cost of freedom from those first 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.


As we celebrate Memorial Day this coming weekend, I was reminded of the early days that birthed our country and the many sacrifices that were courageously made then...and now!

 

On July 4, 1776, one of America's historic documents was signed in the city of Philadelphia; the Declaration of Independence.  It marked the birth of this Nation, which under God, was destined for world leadership.  

 

We often forget that in declaring independence from earthly power, our fathers made a forthright declaration of dependence upon Almighty God.  The closing words of this document solemnly declare, "With a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."

 

 

To the 56 courageous men who signed that document, according to Arthur DeMoss in The Rebirth of America, it was not just rhetoric.  They knew that if they succeeded, the best they could expect would be years of hardship in a struggling new nation.  If they lost, they would face a hangman's noose as traitors.  Of the 56, few were long to survive.  Five were captured by the British and tortured before they died.  Twelve had their homes ransacked, looted, occupied by the enemy or burned.  Two lost their sons in the army.  One had two sons captured.  Nine of the 56 died in the war from its hardships or its bullets.  

 

Whatever ideas you have of the men that gathered that hot summer in Philadelphia, it is important that we remember certain facts about the men who made this pledge:

-They were not poor men or wild-eyed pirates. They were men of means; rich men, most of them, had enjoyed much ease and luxury in their personal lives.  

-They were not hungry men but prosperous men; wealthy landowners, substantially secure in their prosperity, and respected in their communities.

 

BUT, they considered liberty much more important than the security they enjoyed.  They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.  They fulfilled their pledge.  They paid freedom's price.  

Little did John Adams know how significant his words would be when he spoke to his wife, Abigail, in the passing of the Declaration of Independence and said, "I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these states; yet, through all the gloom, I can see rays of light and glory.  I can see that the end is worth more than all the means."

 

To those who sacrificed for our freedom and those who are sacrificing their lives for freedom today, we owe a big debt of gratitude.  We honor all our servicemen and women who have selflessly fought so we all could enjoy freedom.  Many heartfelt thanks!

 

Please take the time this Memorial Day to remember.....remember freedom's cost, remember those who have given all, and remember those currently serving praying for their safety and protection.  

 

God bless America!

 

Gloria

 

Someone one said, "To be born free is a privilege,  To die free is an awesome responsibility."  Freedom is never free.  it is always purchased at a great price.

 

 

Planning ahead… if you're traveling, stop in one of these communities!

 

June 5 at 10:00am

Elevation North

2002 Austin Road

Owatonna, MN

 

June 12th, 7:00 pm:

Cowboy Community Church

211 2nd Ave NW

Mandan, ND

 

June 15th, 7:00 pm:

First Baptist Church

320 N Broadway

Linton, ND

 

June 19th, 10:00 am:

Capital Christian Center

3838 Jericho Rd

Bismarck, ND

 

June 25-26

Eagle Bend A/G

201 Central Ave S

Eagle Bend, MN

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