Equip Leadership Podcast, Coaching Isn’t just for Sports


I have loved bein part of these leadership podcasts with some amazing leader.

Thanks to Gateway Assembly of God in Imlay City and Pastor Jeff Krist and Dave Krist, Dr. Bradley Trask, Founding pastor, Michigan Assistant Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Michigan District and National Executive Presbyter, Founding Pastor or Rock Church, Anchor Bay, Angelo Fleece.

These men love Jesus and His church so much. I am thankful for their lives and friendship. I hope these podcast help pastors and leaders.

Pastor Nate Elarton

The more Truth… the more Free!


“The only way not to be overwhelmed by the continual and convincing lies of the Devil is to become an expert in Truth.” Dick Brogden

This is an amazing quote as it is true. As the world becomes more gray, and pluralism is the norm of the day, we will become increasingly challenged when we declare that the Bible is absolute Truth. So many believers become lied to, and embrace lies and deceptions because they do not know Truth. They are listening to so many voices. The voice of media, culture, pluralism, the voices of politics, agenda of other groups, in place of spending, knowing, and being transformed by the Word and words of God.

Jesus says in John, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8.32). Jesus is the Truth. Jesus is the Word (John 1). We cannot continue to neglect learning, knowing, and experiencing the Word of God, and expect our faith and commitment to absolute Truth to stay strong in a society and culture that believes all truth is subjective and they are all correct.

Remember, the more Truth you know the freer you will be. This is why we are taking intensional time and effort to get Compelled Church into the Word of God. We want followers of Christ to know how to study the Bible but also to love the Bible. Then truth will be loved, and we live what we love. And our love for Jesus Christ deepens.

Read and know the Bible and you will know the Lord, you will now Truth and your faith will grow and sustain you. You will not be deceived by the philosophies of this world/culture/media/society.

Pastor Nate Elarton

Thanksgiving “aroma”


I am thinking and rolling around in my heart and soul the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 2.14. I have of late, been reading Scripture differently. Instead of reading to get in several chapters, I am reading to notice, messages from the Holy writings that I gloss over, and given little attention to. I am intentionally looking for lessons and messages I normally do not see. Taking this extra time and slowing down my reading has revealed incredible gems of revelation. I want to share one today.

I am reading Scripture slowly, carefully, rereading, pausing, and thinking. Selah

This thanksgiving morning I was stopped in while reading 2 Corinthians. This verse caused me to pause.

” But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us reveals the fragrance of the knowledge of Him in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2.14

There is nothing much stronger to trigger emotions than smell. Think of all the smells that give you an emotional or mental response. A smell calms your heart, triggers a memory, maybe even brings anxiety or worry. I think that’s why we love the smell of a baby, burning leaves, baking cookies, as they trigger powerful positive memories. On a holiday, we inhale the baking of a turkey, the smell of pumpkin pie and these aromas remind us of family, friends, and faith. Comfort food are mostly comforting because of smell, even more than taste at times.

As I thought about this verse I am thankful this day of Thanksgiving for Christ leading us in triumph and victory. So many things in life can go wrong, but wihtout serving Christ, we can make decisions that make life even harder and more hurtful for us and those around us.

Christ’s triumph included his victory over sin, death, bondage of people, spiritual blindness, and emptiness. We are lead by him into forgiveness, freedom, enlightenment and purpose with the Holy Spirit God in our hearts.

Because of our new standing and life in Christ we have become and are knowing Jesus more and more. I hope you are, every day. That knowledge of knowing him mentally but also relationally gives an aroma. Not just a smell but a “sweet aroma”. in “every place”.

What place are you in today? I don’t mean geographically, although this Scripture does imply that also, but what place are you in? Are you with family, lonely because of Covid restrictions? I know many people are grieving loss, missing loved ones, confused, worried, happy, discouraged, rejoicing, and disappointed. Whatever place we are in today, we have and know the might Victor that is leading us, and knowing Jesus is manifested in us by this “sweet aroma”. Smells can’t be hidden, and they do not change whether we are alone, or in a group.

Please know that even if you are alone today, or your Thanksgiving is not what it used to be, you still have that sweet aroma. You still are being led. You still know Christ. You are His. The wonderful fragrance of Christ is not just from us, but for us, for you today.

In a moment I will go to my carving shop. The familiar smell of peace will greet me. The fragrance of the wood I carve, the incense I burn, the 100 year-old garage, will always be the same, regardless of what “place” I find myself.

Christ is the same (Hebrews 13.8). Whatever “place” you are in today, inhale the sweet aroma that is manifesting through you, as that aroma is a reminder that He is present with us in every “place”. May your “place” today be blessed with the thankfulness of the sweet aroma of the peace and presence of the Lord.

Selah

Pastor Nate

NOTE: “Selah” in the Scriptures (74 times) is a Hebrew note that may mean “forever” or a notation to pause and consider what was just written.

Our Lives for God’s Glory


My wife Wendy, reads daily. One of her devotionals is by an amazing missionary and teacher, Dick Brogden. His devotion is “365 days of Living and Dying with Jesus; Live Dead; Joy.”

She shared one of the devotions from last month that she said she continues to think, pray, and meditate on. It was powerful. Let me share the last paragraph:

“God revives us for His own sake. He heals that He might be glorified. He supplies that He might be worshiped. He forgives that He might be exalted. He delivers that He might be adored. He meets us that we might magnify Him. He acts to bring honor to His divine self, not to exalt man or woman. Let us stop approaching God for answers on behalf our ourselves. Let us learn to approach Him for the defense of His honor, for the glory of His name. Let us seek answered pray for His sake.” (Dick Brogden from his book Live Dead, Joy, page.255, reading for August 12).

We can become so distracted and so easily tripped up. Jesus has to remain at the center. The glory of everything must go to God. Our lives, our talk, our focus, our posting, our giving, our prayers, our families, and our lives.

Be encouraged today to center. Center your life on Christ again. Don’t let the political climate, the pandemic, and all the opinions of everyone and our own move us from wanting all glory to go to our God. I have to remind myself of this and what my wife shared with me is another great reminder. May our lives give God Glory.

Pastor Nate Elarton

Pastor Billy Worland prophetic message addressing Covid, Christians, and the Church


This message was given by Pastor Billy Worland. Pastor Billy and his wife Karen, pastor Linton Assembly of God in Linton, IN.  He is one of the most successful youth pastors I know and also an incredible pastor with a heart that hears from God and he is not afraid to share it. Billy and Karen and their family have been friends of ours for over 25 years.

This message was given after he was quarantined with his family for 2 weeks.  His message starts around the 38:00 minute mark.

I listened to this while working out this morning. I was greatly moved, and I recognized it as being a word for the us all not just Linton Assembly of God.  Listen, pray, share, and listen again.  This is the best message I have heard addressing the church and Christians response to Covid.  Pastor Nate Elarton

Prayer by St. Anselm of Canterbury


Teach me to seek you,

and reveal yourself to me as I see;

for unless you instruct me I cannot see you,

I cannot find you.

Let me see you in desiring you;

let me desire you in seeking You;

Let me find you i loving you;

let me love you in finding you.

St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Less is More


We are always in a hurry and sometimes for no reason. We commit to too much, overplan, set goals that are not reality, and stress ourselves into a state where peace is elusive. We are in a state of perpetual hurry.  Cultivating a relationship with our Father can not be hurried.  That is one of the things God has shown me the last several years.

We need to learn that “less is more” in life.  To not be so busy, so weighted down by commitments, so burdened by trying to be the world’s best mom or dad.  “Less is more” when we come to Scripture.  Sometimes instead of reading a few chapters of the Bible read, and reread a few verses and let our loving Father reveal to you His messages and His truths to your life.  Today I read, reread, prayed and thanked God for Isaiah 43.1-7.  Take a moment

But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth— everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”” (Isaiah 43:1–7, NIV)

  • Read this a couple times
  • Pray over them and ask Father to speak to your heart about them.
  • Ask  Who is God for me?  How does He see me?
  • What promise does God have for you right now in your life? What are forever?
  • Respond in grateful appropriateness.

Keep in the process of spiritual formation, receiving and responding to God’s love.

Pastor Nate Elarton

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