In passing the lead pastoral baton to Kevin Kringel Sunday, Ed Garvin likened Calvary Orlando’s journey into the future with Joshua leading the Israelites to cross the Jordan River into the land God had promised them for 40 years.
As God did with Joshua, Garvin implored Kringel and Calvary to move into their next season of ministry with courage and to trust God to fulfill the promises He has given them. The Assemblies of God of church where Charisma magazine first started has persevered through many challenges, trials and tribulations in its 57 years of existence.
“You must choose to be strong and courageous,” Garvin told Kringel and the congregation Sunday. “God says in his Word that I will be with you wherever you go, and evidence of that was the miracles that followed. If you want to know where God is, follow the miracles.
“But, as Joshua knew, there will still be giants in the land. The blessings are there; the promised land is there, but giants are still there. But God says, ‘Make a conscious decision to lean into Me and trust in Me. Position yourself from a place of courage and faith.'”
Kringel, who has served as executive pastor of ministries at Calvary Orlando for the past seven months, was confirmed as the new lead pastor after a vote of its members Sunday. Garvin recently accepted a position as vice president of church relations at Convoy of Hope in Springfield, Missouri, after serving as Calvary’s lead pastor since January 2014.
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SOURCE: Charisma News