Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

Timothy Keller, Dutton, 2013

Keller does a great job of telling me what I already understood on this subject.  I’m not making light of his work, it is a good book on a subject that we all sooner or later have to deal with in our understanding of God.  He brings together a large amount (nearly 400 footnotes) of references from others on this matter.  There is no shortage of thoughts on this, so it is understandable and appreciated by me. Continue reading “Walking with God through Pain and Suffering”

Eva Nielsen

Eva Nielsen
Eva Nielsen

A poem by Eva for our 125th anniversary.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. – Psalm 90 1,2

O God, our Help in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come
Our Shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal Home!

We thank thee for thy faithfulness
Throughout these many years
For inspiration and for strength
Through laughter and through tears

For vision clear and courage strong
To seek and do Thy will
The presence of the Comforter
Who is abiding Still

Without that power, we would have failed
To follow as you lead
So fill us daily, Lord, we Pray,
For you are all we need.

The vision that our fathers had
Still calls to us today
May we be true to follow as
you lead us all the way

O God, our Help in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come,
Be Thou our Guide while life shall last,
And our eternal Home

Verse 1 and 6 from O God, Our Help in Ages Past, Sing to the Lord, 95

The Gardners



The Gardner Family 2012
Rick, Ruth Anne, Hailey, Emily, and Landon

Greetings to the Lynn Church and Its Members,

 We would like to extend our thankfulness to everyone who supported us while we served here from 2004-2007.  If there is one thing we could say about the people of this church is; Love. The Love that was shown to my family continues to carry us through this life of ministry we have been called to. Thank you so much for that love.

It was during the year of 1888 the Mission church of Lynn (Later to become Lynn First Church) was organized with C. Howard Davis as pastor. Now, 125 years later of spreading the Gospel message; teaching people about holiness and entire sanctification, Lynn First Church is still going strong! What an accomplishment. I hope as you read through the letters of those who have served here, you will be reminded of how valuable you are as a congregation to the Lord and what He has been able to do through those who have been so faithful. I am always excited to share with people how important the Lynn Church has been to the Church of the Nazarene as a whole. How wonderful it would be to hear from those who were part of the church when it was organized? The stories they could share would inspire anyone. A funny thing though: The commitment level, the determination, the desire to spread the Gospel and witness for the Lord, but above all, the faith they had back then is the same attributes that flow through this congregation today! What a heritage to be part of. I am thankful the Lord allowed my family and I to be part of such a great church with a strong history and commitment to serve the Lord.

In closing, pastors may come and go through the doors of this building as the Lord sees fit, but never forget who has called each of you to be part of this wonderful church family and given you the ministry of sharing His message. And while we are apart for now, the day is coming soon when we can all be together again, singing His praises and enjoying the bounties of all that Heaven has to offer us. Until that day, you will be in our prayers as we know we will be in yours. Thank you and God bless each of you in your celebration.

In His Grip,

Pastor Rick, Ruth Anne, Hailey, Emily, and Landon

The Folks


Eric and Family

Dear Lynn congregation,

    Congratulations on 125 years of lifting up Jesus in the City of Firsts. Kimberly and I consider ourselves to be very blessed to have been your parsonage family for such a brief, too short time. The Kingdom of Heaven was advanced, both in Khmer and English during our partnership. Transformed lives are what its all about. Because of you, Kimberly and I will always consider ourselves “honorary New Englanders” regardless of where our journey takes us. You will always be close to our hearts. But please don’t take too much time to reminisce… there are many in your city who need to know about Jesus, regardless of language. So please continue to support your Spanish speaking church and get fully behind Pastor Winn as he leads you onward into God’s mission.

In His Peace,

Eric Folk (John 16:22)