One Monday April morning
almost a decade ago, 29 coal miners died deep underground in West Virginia following
an explosion of coal dust and methane gas. For a while there was hope that four
of the men had survived in a special chamber 1300 feet below the ground. Had
they survived however, their calls for help would likely not have been heard
without very special equipment designed to detect the faint sounds of tapping
deep under the earth in response to the detonation of a prescribed number of charges
of dynamite on the surface.
Sometimes we are tempted to
feel that calling out to God in the day of overwhelming trouble is about like
that, almost totally ineffective. But I want to encourage you, because I
believe that as never before, now is the time to call on God to bring spiritual
renewal and healing to our lives, and to breathe fresh life into the churches
of our nation.
Three thousand years ago, a
great king who had faced the hostility of enemy forces, and betrayal by trusted
friends and members of his own family, found God to be as close as the mention
of His name. He put it this way:
“The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who
call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears
their cry and saves them.” Psalm 145:18-19 NIV
Whatever we face, there is
never a worry that God will not hear us, if we call on Him. There is but one
condition however. We must call on Him in truth. Jesus said:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes
to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NIV
The door of access to the Father’s throne is narrow, but that door is open to anyone and everyone who seeks it. The arms of Christ are opened wide to welcome all who come to Him in faith, and those who come to Him will have His ear!
Ed presently serves as the Lead Pastor of Leesburg Alliance Church, Leesburg, FL. He has had over 30 years of ministry experience, sixteen of them at Greenwoods Community Church in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. More recently he has fulfilled transitional interim assignments for the Alliance Southeast of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Englewood and Spring Hill, Florida. In addition, Ed has had nearly 13 years of experience in the field of geriatric healthcare.
His wife, Lynn, is a true partner in ministry, having served Greenwoods Community Church as its Children's Ministry Coordinator for over ten years. She is a decorator, colorist, instructor in furniture painting, and an artist in her own right. For over 20 years she had her own business, Whimsical Brushes, teaching and traveling throughout the Northeast.
Ed’s passion and heartfelt prayer remains for genuine revival and awakening in our nation. One of the keys to past workings of God especially in New England has been related to pastors mentoring pastors. God has given Ed a burden to be a mentor pastor, developing leaders for the church in the 21st Century. One way in which he is fulfilling that calling is through Rockbridge Seminary, where he serves as an adjunct professor of Spiritual Formation.
Ed has earned degrees from Cairn University (B.S. 1971), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M. 1979), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min. 2007). He has published several articles on the Spiritual Heritage of Litchfield County, Connecticut, and led several tours of sites associated with the Village Revivals that spawned the Second Great Awakening in New England. In his spare time, you are likely to find Ed at the piano or pecking out a blog on his blog page https://hiddenarrows.blog
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