|11/8/2017 9:15:00 AM|
Revival returns to Windom Friday, Saturday evenings
There are few men more passionate about their hometown than Pastor Dewey Moede.
I'm quite sure that he constantly keeps the Windom community in his prayers. That alone should be reason enough to meet Dewey this weekend when he returns to his hometown to lead a second revival in as many years.
This year's revival is titled "Blessed are the Peacemakers," from Matthew 5:9, the Sermon on the Mount.
Dewey heads up For God's Glory Alone Ministries in Albuquerque, N.M. It was a ministry that Dewey felt called by God to start five years ago and it has continued to thrive and bring the Good News of Jesus to people not only in New Mexico, but across the country and even around the world - most certainly to Windom.
Dewey is a down-to-earth kind of guy, a Southwest Minnesota kind of guy - a Windom guy. This weekend he's simply going to share about Jesus and has lined up a local group of speakers who also will tell you about what Jesus has done in their lives.
This revival is a non-denominational event and is open to everyone. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings.
Now, if four hours seems like a long time to you, no problem, come and go as you like. Come for a time, slip out the back to get a break or a breath of fresh air, then come back in. Or, if you can't make the 5 p.m. start time, come at 7 p.m. If you can't come both nights, come just one night or the other. Whenever you come, I guarantee you will be uplifted by the people who are speaking.
Dewey has been known to break out in tears "at the drop of a hat," he always chortles, but he has some good old-fashioned humor, too.
But more than anything else, Dewey is a Godly man, a man who has a close relationship with Jesus. Why, you may ask, has he returned again this year to organize a second revival in Windom? First and foremost, he knows there are many in the Windom area who have not heard about Jesus. Secondly, he has a deep passion for his hometown and he wants to give every individual an opportunity to meet Jesus through these revivals.
Bring a friend, stay for an hour or two, or for the whole evening.Put the "Blessed are the Peacemakers Revival" high on your priority list.
'It Is The Veteran'
Former Windom Elementary Principal Aubrey Fillbrandt will return Friday to emcee the annual Veterans Day program in the Blue Gym at Windom Area Middle High School.
Aubrey always sends me something he shares during the program and asks that I share it with you, should you want to slip the tidbit for your refrigerator or scrapbook.
This piece, by an unknown author, is titled, "It Is The Veteran."
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to demonstrate.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, who salutes the flag, who served under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
All gave some, some gave all.
Remember, if you value your freedom, thank the veterans.
They paid for it!
They don't make 'em like that
I have to share a little story about my mom.
Whenever I see a call from my mom on my cell phone while I'm at work, I always fear the worst. On this particular day, it came near the end of the work day as I was about to head home.
I answered bracing for some bad news.
After apologizing for interrupting me at work - I assured her she wasn't and that I was about to go home - she said, "Well, I have some good news!"
I quietly gave a huge sigh of relief.
"My application was accepted and I'm getting a new furnace. I just had to call and tell somebody," she said excitedly, adding that it was being given at no charge.
Now, I'm not totally familiar with the program to which she applied, but her HVAC person in Primghar informed her that he had been installing several furnaces for people whose application into this program had been accepted. He suggested that my mom do the same. He thought she would have a pretty good chance of also being accepted.
Now, getting a new furnace at no cost is certainly a big deal, but you're probably wondering why I'm sharing this.
My mom and dad moved into the house in which she lives in 1957 (Dad died in 2010), three years before I was born. When they moved in, the previous homeowner informed them that the furnace in the house had been installed five years earlier.
No, my mom and dad had not replaced the furnace since then. And, yes, the furnace is a whopping 65 years old.
When Donna and I moved into our house in 1990, the furnace was just a couple of years old. We replaced it this summer. I thought getting 29 years out of a furnace was doing pretty good, but it would have had to last another 36 years to match the one my mom has.
Truly, they don't make furnaces like that any more.
My suspicions are that this new one will run a little more efficiently.