Canyon Chapel

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Canyon Chapel
720 W. Sheridan Ave
Williams, AZ.  86046
928-625-4688
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Service Time:

Sunday 10:00 a.m.

 

Weekly Schedule:

Sunday Service- 10:00 a.m.

Kid's Church- Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Multiple Pulpit

     Hispanic / English Bible Study-

     Tuesday 6:00 p.m.

 

 
Ministers:  The People
Sr. Pastors: Ken and Lori Edes
Associate Pastors:                   Dave and Gwen Nenne
Worship Pastor: Mark Pixley
Assisting Ministers: Marlene Cole Dr. Art and Wilma Cole

Youth Minister: Greg Cole

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

                                 

back to prayer

Gateway to the Kingdom 

     The City of Williams is known through out the world as "The Gateway to the Grand Canyon".  Recently, the Lord asked, "What are you doing to become the Gateway to My Kingdom?"  There are four roads (Gates) entering the City of Williams  and we have been praying at these four gates for almost two years now.  Our prayers have mainly been defensive in nature.  We have been proclaiming the Kingdom of God over Williams and telling the enemy that he is no longer welcome in Williams and has no authority past these gates.  In effect, we have been closing the gates and barring the doors to the influence of Satan and his kingdom just as a walled city would close and bar their gates to protect themselves from an invading enemy.  As Spring has come and we have moved back out to the gates for prayer, the Lord began to speak something different.  Instead of closing the gates in defense against the enemy, He told us to open the gates and become a Gateway into the Kingdom of God!

     Isaiah 61:1-4 reads, "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.  And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations."
(NKJ)

     As we considered how to become a Gateway into the Kingdom of God, we were led to anoint  the roads into the city at the four Gates.  We began at the South Gate by pouring a bottle of oil across the road.  (I believe that it is very symbolic that the first vehicle to drive across the oil was a City of Williams vehicle!)  The oil serves a twofold purpose.  First, like the blood of a lamb the Children of Israel spread on their doorposts in Egypt, it serves as a warning sign.  Death and the destruction of peoples lives are not allowed past this point.  Secondly, the oil serves as an instrument of anointing and healing.  In the Scriptures, oil was used to anoint people for service and it was also poured over wounds as a healing agent.

     There are many methods of leading people to the Lord and bringing them into God's Kingdom. Often, we share a word that convicts them of their sin and they repent in order to spend an eternity in heaven rather than the fires of hell.  We share the message of salvation using  "Fire and Brimstone".  The Lord spoke to us that we are not to speak words of  fire and brimstone, but rather words of healing and comfort, and that as people are healed of their hurts and wounds, they will be drawn into God's Kingdom.

     When I was very young, I was swinging on the swing set in our back yard.  After I swung as high as I could go, I jumped from the swing to "parachute" down.  I promptly fell and broke my arm.  My mother scooped me up and took me to the Doctor.  When he came in to look at me, he didn't lecture me on the evils of my actions and tell me that if I didn't change my ways, I would be in for a life of pain and suffering.  Instead, he soothed my pain, set my broken bones and wrapped me tightly so I could heal.  Afterwards, my mother and I gently agreed that swinging like that was not a good idea!

     There are many lives in Williams that are just like the ruined and desolate cities described in Isaiah 61.  Our prayer is that the Lord would send us the tired, the broken, the captive, those in mourning and those whose lives have become desolate.  We pray that we become instruments of rest, healing, freedom and comfort, and that we would be able to rebuild the ruined lives and the desolations of many generations.

     "Lord, make us a Gateway into Your Kingdom." amen!

 

Pastor Dave anoints the South Gate

 

The view into Williams from the South Gate of 4th Street