Abiding in Christ

abiding in ChristJohn 15 was a good read recently. We should strive to abide in Christ daily, seek God’s presence and peace, and allow His love to flow through us to others. God bless all as we worship on the Lord’s Day, today, whether it be at church, in fish camp, in a fishing boat, where-ever.

Happy Father’s Day

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May Father’s Day be a blessing, especially for all the Christian father’s out there! I Chronicles 29:17 speaks of our Heavenly Father – “I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willing and joyously.” Some of our father’s are already in their eternal home. We certainly remember them for their faithfulness and integrity!

Fishermen Dinner in Dillingham

Note: During Pastor Nicholson’s summer leave, June and July, annually, he goes from Anchorage to Dillingham in Bristol Bay, Alaska, the southwestern region to commercial fish. As a minister of the gospel, one must always be available for service. The following is his comments at a special fishermen’s dinner:

Peter Pan Seafoods Fishermen Dinner
Comments and Prayer by William Nicholson
June 11, 2016

Thank you Tom Winihan for this opportunity to share a brief prayer! For those that don’t know, I began my fishing career for this company 51 years ago in an open 22 foot Seamore wooden skiff. What a wet, dampy, cold and windy season it was! If I was a lesser person, I would not be here, today. Actually I missed one season in 2005 when I served a stint in Iraq for an Idaho Field Artillery unit. Missing out on a commercial fishing season didn’t feel right.

Certainly we all have a rich heritage! We honor one another here, today! It is my prayer that all the hard work we are all doing preparing for this season will be rewarded. The way is not easy for us as fishers. For the fish buyer there are big challenges. Remarkably I think Peter Pan’s leaders have brought us together; Tom Winihan, Jeff Skrady, the staff, its tendermen and countless other workers should be commended. What we have together is unusual. In this partnership – fishermen/processor, processor/fishermen, together we will again make it.

This morning, I found myself asking a question. Why do we do what we do? Through the bad times, bad seasons, especially, why do we keep moving forward? My great grandfather John W. Clark with energy built a fishing saltry off Nushagak in the late 1800s. My father, John W. Nicholson born in 1906 fished an unmotorized sailboat like the one just outside of this mess hall. These men and your own fathers, had to have learned something to survive all those years!

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the years in order to catch fish and make a living off them is to work closely with others in the fishing group and to maintain positive relationships with the fish company. In my position as a minister of the gospel, certainly success for anyone is also based upon faith in God that pulls us through the good and the bad.

Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, today we glorify thy name. Through your son, you have redeemed us. We are thankful that you have given us dominion in every place we go. No one can keep us from our calling, our success, or our inheritance. But let us be mindful that every perfect gift comes from you. We seek your blessing upon Peter Pan Seafoods, It’s workers, all its fishermen and their family members. We are thankful that you watch over us all. Grant us safety in our boats, a bountiful harvest with great quality, and a good price. Bless the food and fellowship we will enjoy. In Christ name, we pray. Amen.

PS: The picture of man pulling in fish by hand is my father, John W. Nicholson back in the late 1960s when motorized propulsion was allowed. Shown is his conversion with a 60 Hp Chris Craft gas engine. If you notice, the rudder and tiller is there.

We Need Jesus Now More Than Ever

A brief commentary from Pastor William Nicholson: Are you sailing in story weather? These are difficult days for the church and ourselves individually. Times will come when – “We must take heed, when you think you stand, lest you fall” (I Corinthians 10:12). Even though we are living in Christ, totally committed to Christ, if we are not careful, we may be drifting towards the edge and fall.

We should all be seeking the Lord as to the revelation of His Will! I am crying out to God to show me more of what He wants me to do. I hope you can join me as we all shout to God to move and bless us!!! So we can do more for Him!!!

What can we do to bring increased demonstration and revelation of God’s Kingdom? Especially when because of so much relative peace, security, and for many prosperity, we do not know the Lord or His power as fully as we should. We do not want to be overcome by the philosophies of today, the humanism, secularism, and traditionalism. Or maybe because of the business of work, constant struggle, and losing bible study and real intimate prayer time, without knowing it, you can become a victim of the enemy who wants to “steal, kill, and destory” (John 10:10).

More of Christ; more of relationship in Christ and one another should be our aim, daily! More of His Spirit; more prevailing prayer that God will reveal His Will for us, and that we move forward obediently to do His Will.

We’ve heard others admonish us prophetically. As believers in Christ, we must remain unified and overcome spiritual darkness by the blood of the Lamb. God is indeed talking to us, today! “These are critical times and it’s going to get worse!” The enemy is rising. Our unity is wonderful and will help us win. When one falls, thank God there are those willing to lift you up!!!

The song, “We Need Jesus Now More Than Ever” has been on my heart. It is very special song. May it encourage you today. Amen!!!

Sunday Evening Non-denominational Singspiration, May 22, 2016

Pastor Nicholson is gone to the commercial fishing grounds. A good number of families have left and are beginning to subsistence hunt, fish and later gathering berries for the long winter. The Anchorage Moravian Church remains in good hands. Praise the Lord, even though the enemy is rising, Moravians who know the Word of God and the Way of the Spirit, are united. Rev. 12:10-12….They overcome by “the blood of the Lamb!”

Living Waters Singspiration with Moravian Pastor’s from Honduras

Tonight, May 17, 2016, 6:30 pm, The Rev. Isai Granwell and The Rev. Harlan Maclin, President from the Honduras Moravian Province led us in worship and praise.  Offerings will go for scholarships and medical supplies for the Moravian Church in Honduras.  If you did not make the worship, feel free to make a donation to UAMM with memo – scholarship or medical supplies.  God will bless you for your gifts. As the Holy Spirit lays it upon your heart do it obediently!  Thank you.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's DayHAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of our Mother’s in the Anchorage Moravian Church, United Alaska Moravian Ministry group and Alaska Moravian Province family! We pray today is very special to all of you. We honor you, the living, and we do not forget our wonderful mothers who brought us into the world, who nourished us, physically and spiritually, and who wait for us in gloryland!

Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life

Here is a glimpse into a recent spontaneous worship at a non-denominational evening Singspiration, Sunday night, 6 pm, at the Anchorage Moravian Church.  No one told the folks to stand and worship; it was prompted by a move of the Holy Spirit.  Such freedom of worship in “Spirit & Truth!”  The familiar Moravian liturgical service is at 11:30 am, Sunday.  Everyone welcome!

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