Pastor Harvey Deater was ordained in 1970 from Concordia Seminary, Springfield, IL. He is presently serving his 5th congregation. His ministry is patterned after the scriptural designation from II Corinthians 5:18-19, a ministry of reconciliation.
What the Lord intends to do in my messages is to demonstrate that the Kingdom of God is indeed “not of this world.” As a matter of fact, the scriptures will demonstrate that we are not of this world. And we will be challenged to take a stand against the world by not only believing in God but also to believe God.
Most of the citizens of the kingdom of God do not know the meaning of living by faith. The Seven Letters from the book of Revelations reveal this truth. These letters were not written to the churches but to the pastors. You should know that not all of the pastors lived by faith. In the letters, Christ confronts those who do not.
Christianity is most often equated with the concept of "church"; meaning either the denominational church or the local church. Christianity, however, finds its true meaning from the place where our citizenship is held; namely, the kingdom of God. Remember, there are goats and tares in the church. These do not exist in the kingdom of God.
"It is finished." These three words are a declaration that speaks to the end of the work that the Father had given Jesus Christ to do during His ministry on earth. For us, the message is a fulfillment of God's grace. Although God has prepared in advance, works for the saints to do, these works have nothing to do to ensure our salvation. Salvation is and will remain a gift from God.