Gayle Erwin's Newsletter
December 1996 Newsletter
What Can I Say About Christmas?
By Bob Yawberg
Over breakfast I related to a friend my frustration about writing a
Christmas article for the church bulletin. As the waitress poured coffee, he
told of being closer to his wife than ever before. In the later years of
their life, they are truly best friends.
He also explained that they were also experiencing a very different
Christmas. No decorations were put up this year, inside or out. Their
children won't be home this year, but that's not the reason for the lack of
decoration. He and his wife have been too involved helping other people "decorate" their
Time had been spent with an invalid relative whom others had forgotten. A
lengthy taped message of love and testimony was made and sent to a new
friend near death. They were preparing to visit family over Christmas and
would leave in two more days.
My friend ordered a light breakfast. Last week, he underwent a total
physical exam and learned his only problem was being a bit overweight. You
should have heard him thank the Lord for good health.
Ten years ago, he said he would have been talking about himself and his
success. Not so any more. Jesus now dominated the conversation. He told of
learning of stewardship. It all belongs to God, not just ten percent.
He also told about getting the bad news of an insurance company investment
now lost. It would affect plans for retirement.
The thing I noticed most about my friend was that he couldn't stop
smiling--his eyes sparkled and his whole face was aglow. That's what Jesus
can do for you!
I was reminded of our Lord's command and promises in Matthew 6 and read it
to him as we finished eating. "Do not be anxious "But seek first His kingdom
and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you."
I also had my article.
Bob Yawberg, former pastor of Broadway Christian Church
in Ft. Wayne, IN is
now involved in prayer ministry.
All the ladies at the Applegate Christian Fellowship who were fortunate
enough to attend the retreat on "The Jesus Style" are having a hard time
getting the smiles off our faces and the chuckles from our hearts. A dear
friend had a major "breaking" realizing she had made her husband a slave but
now wants to be a "freedom agent" herself. The blessings from this time will
Watching your excellent "Jesus Style" video series the other day, my mother
(who is not saved and can be quite hostile towards Christian things and
particularly preachers) walked in the room and heard you for just a few
minutes. She was almost in tears from laughing so much! She loved it! She
even asked to have the tape rewound so she could watch it from the
To think, I've tried to share the Gospel with her for almost ten years
seemingly without success, yet two minutes of your video and she was hooked.
Thanks for blessing us with the Word in Israel. Every time we open the Bible
now, it is truly three-dimensional and we can see the sights, smell the
smells, feel the air (or the tempest at sea as it were) and most of all
receive His touch more deeply. Thank your wonderful wife for sharing you so
graciously with us all. God has a lovely crown awaiting her.
Brad and Karen Meade
I spent an hour this morning downloading all the humor and parables from
your web page. My sermon machine gun is now freshly loaded! Pray for my aim!
Stone Mountain, GA
Your tapes have been welcomed into our home fellowships. We always look
forward to your refreshingly funny, always memorable style of teaching on
what the Lord Jesus is really like in his Word. The glow on your happy face
has greatly inspired me in my own work.
I have prayed for years for a reconciliation for my husband and the pastor
he once worked with. The situation that arose was sad and heartbreaking and
leaving the church was the hardest thing we've ever done in our Christian
walk, but knowing it was God's will, we moved on.
I love that pastor with all my heart and God had spoken to my heart that a
reconciliation would occur. My husband has not been the same excited
Christian since we left.
When I found out you were coming here, my heart leaped for joy. You are the
one person both men deeply love and respect and you could bring them
together. I knew the Lord was going to heal hurts and hearts. I prayed
earnestly for this and yesterday, I prayed for your safe arrival. God was
gracious and merciful.
Praise God! The reconciliation did occur. We feel such a weight has been
lifted. I am so excited to be able to have fellowship again and filled with
joy over this situation. God has guided us and given us all a time of growth
and learning to trust him to work things out in His time.
My husband and I are enjoying The Father Style so much. We read it aloud to
each other. As we read the "Glory Plus" chapter, I was blessed by the Holy
Spirit with an "inside" picture and understanding of Hebrews 4:14-16. It was
much needed since I come from a legalistic background.
The Lord showed me His Holy of Holies and me standing before Him who was on
the throne with NOTHING separating me from his arms and standing with me was
Jesus holding his cross. The meaning of it all exploded in my soul. My
relationship with the Father was so clear and real. I felt like flying. He
"said" following, "The veil of sinful flesh no longer keeps you from me.
Jesus' death on the cross tore this veil between us and all mankind when He
took man's sin. Don't sew the veil back up with self efforts to be righteous
and gain acceptance and access to my presence. Jesus did it once for
all--once for you!"
So, when I read your words on page 95 in The Father Style, they leaped off
the page confirming what God had revealed to me. Thank you!
My wife has been out of town the last few days and I have had quite a bit of
quiet time to spend alone with the Lord, well, and with you. In a short
period of time, I have been able to watch the two Nature of the Father
videos and the two Nature of the Spirit videos and have read The Spirit
Style. As always, the Lord has given me much to think about. I have needed
the refreshment so much. What a consistent blessing!
Too Much Fun
I have a new "official" Calorie Chapel T-shirt designed (on his own) by Ben
Ortize of Spokane, WA. It is skillfully designed. Thanks, Ben I think.
We also have an official metal sign that graces our office wall and
announces "Calorie Chapel." It was made for us by Dan Grinder of Hood
Communications in Grand Terrace, CA. Thanks again.
Frank Pena, resident slave of Servant Quarters, married Karen on August 3 in
Albuquerque. Karen is teaching the first grade here in our valley.
Rejoice, another slave joins us: Dave Bjur. Dave and his wife Audrey arrived
Pray for all of us.
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Joy (CUBED) To YOU!
Gayle and Ada Erwin
Frank and Karen Pena
Dave and Audrey Bjur