Rock Solid Covenant Life Group Coming Soon To FAC!

Covenant Life Group Begins September 23rd 9:15-10:15
First Alliance Church of Lakeland
1919 E. Edgewood Drive
Lakeland Florida, 33813


Below are  faces of some of the Children of God … sadly I couldn’t get all of all of the pictures on this blog .. who are about to grow in grace together at Lakeland First Alliance Church. FAC is located 1919 East Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33813.  Each one of these plus, plus some others, are about to begin on a journey together in a Koinonia fellowship. This Covenant Life Group will be a larger class — with smaller groups set up within the group —  seated together around round tables (as opposed to long rectangular tables.) This Koinonia Structure of learning, from the Creator,  blessed the first century church immensely, and it enhanced spiritual renewal and growth; furthermore, this fellowship learning really can help facilitate the Holy Spirit being our teacher as we grow together.

Some of Our Covenant Life Group … But Not All.


Meanwhile, retired USAFR and VA Mental Health Chaplain, And an “Old School” United Methodist Clergy, Alfred M. McGowen, will do all in his power to get out of the way of what the Holy Spirit wishes to accomplish. He will use modern audio visual equipment, small group interaction and larger group assimilation of ideas, to prayerfully enhance spiritual vitality in all who gather together to hear from God what HE is saying through The Holy Spirit. Jesus really has something to say to us today. For HE teaches us 21st century and Ancient Wisdom that is straight from the Holy Scriptures! If applied, Jesus teachings will put our lives on a rock solid foundation for present day living that will makes us eligible for eternal life living. We will learn more about this in the group sessions.

Save Someone From Storms of Life

The Cross Saves Us
Save Someone From Shipwrecking Their Souls

There is still time to sign up! I hope you will tell a Friend, Relative, Associate or Neighbor about Rock Solid Living In A Quicksand World-Rewind. I hope you will tell them about this Koinonia Group … this Covenant Life Group. The early church grew by leaps and bounds when Gods authentic Koinonia entered into the mix, and when Friends invited friends, Relatives invited Relatives, Associates invited Associates and Neighbors invited neighbors, and they did so consistently. I call this “FRANgelism.” I personally observed how powerful FRANgelism can be for any church. You may hear more about this during orientation. Who knows what God will do?

So get ready for something special to happen in your life, if you listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church, especially if you are listening for your personal message that God wants you to apply. Remember that God really does want us to “Hear What The Spirit Is Saying To the Churches” which clearly includes you and me.

God Bless You.

Respectfully Shared By

Chaplain Al McGowen


Sunday: Book Signing Class Sign Up @ First Alliance Church, Lakeland

While I am waiting for my publishers to get some publishing issues resolved, and while I am waiting for the E-book to come out. I am wondering if you will go ahead and check out either Apple I-tunes, Google Play, Books a Million, Ingram, Spring Arbor, Amazon or Barnes and Noble for Rock-Solid Living in a Quicksand World Rewind.

Or You Can Come By First Alliance Church of Lakeland, Florida

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Or you can come by First Alliance Church in Lakeland, Florida to sign up for the class that is coming this fall.  Get your own personal signed copy. The class has the same name as the book, and this is your last chance to sign up and get this discount.  If you sign up for the class this next Sunday, August 12th, 9:30 AM or 12 Noon, you will get the book a a significantly reduced price. Supplies are limited, and it is first come, first serve; therefore, you may want to get there first.  Also, join us for worship at 10:30 AM.

This book is indeed great read, and with 73 people being shot and 11 murdered on the streets of Chicago just this past weekend (August 4 & 5,) the need for this books message is even more timely. Jesus really does point us back in order for us to have a life giving future.

Check out this video.

God Bless You.

Chaplain Al McGowen

The Healing and The Forgiveness

Being kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

Forgiving Sin and Healing The Whole Person

If I have learned anything in my life, it is that forgiveness has a healing power for me, and it is as much for me as it is for the person whom I need to forgive; for example, Jesus once healed a man who couldn’t help himself. His friends had to lower the man through an opening that they had torn in a roof. After doing so, Jesus told the man he was forgiven, and the religious holy Joe types and the holy Jane type s went crazy over Jesus forgiving sin. They believed only God could do this. So,  Jesus then spoke to them and asked  them, “Which is easier to tell someone that their sins are forgiven?” Or is it easier to say get up and be made well. The bed ridden man walked away well that day, and more importantly he walked away forgiven. Yes, healing and forgiveness go hand in hand.

Applying This Principle To Daily Life

Peace During a Storm

In my book Rock Solid Living in a Quicksand World-Rewind, I spend much more time regarding Jesus foundation laying teachings on forgiveness. His teachings on this really do impart R.E.S.T. (Rock-solid Eternal Spirituality Today) from the turmoil caused by unforgiveness. 

Certainly more importantly than anything I would say are the words in our scripture verse above. They come from an ancient man of wisdom, whom we call The Apostle Paul. He was very clear as he shared soul healing, life changing,  broken relationship mending truth; and this freedom giving truth can be practically applied today, as storms roll into our sometimes peaceful relational settings. Much like a storm rolling in over the beauty of a quiet crystal clear lake, problems can arise that are destructive to our our relational well being.

The Remedy

The remedy for this plague of unforgivness, says Paul is, “Be kind and compassionate to one another. Forgiving one another, just as Christ forgave you.” Think about what he just said about forgiveness: Forgiveness is an example of kindness and compassion. These two things alone provide healing to a life; additionally, we are to forgive, just as Christ forgave you and me.  Wow! A real motivator in forgiving others is found in taking time out to think about how Christ forgave and forgives us. It involves giving this some heart moving and thought provoking – prayerful – consideration. After all, healing comes at a price to someone.

The Fee For Our Forgiveness, Healing and R.E.S.T

Healing and Forgiveness

What price did Yeshua pay? What debt did he satisfy? Sadly, all to many have heard this to the point of sheer boredom, but I really hope you can hear this way down deep into the inner recesses of your spirit and your soul: In order for you and me to be forgiven, he was wounded, bruised, punished, whipped, bled, died, and he literally went through hell to conquer Satan. He did this to deliver you and me from bondage to sin and death; therefore, our remedy for our healing and forgiveness, and for overcoming our unforgiving heart, is to really remember the price paid for your forgiveness and mine. And then to forgive the other accordingly. If we really understand the debt we owe, we are more able to at least consider God’s will regarding forgiving others. And when we do, we solidify the benefits of our forgiveness which is healing.We will experience (know) the truth, and the truth will set us free.

God Bless You.




R.E.S.T For Today

Chapel In The Pines of AlabamaHi Everyone,

Welcome, again, to  this new Rock Solid Living Site. I am providing it to help you all enter into the Good Lord’s R.E.S.T.  By rest I mean for you to have a Rock-solid-Eternal Spirituality Today. Jesus offers this to you every single day you draw a breath.  It all comes when you listen to His words, assimilate what He teaches into your heart and life, and then practice precisely what Jesus is preaching.  It’s not just an ideal. It’s a way of life that gives authentic life.

I know this was short and sweet. Isn’t that neat.  Be blessed today as you follow the teaching of the ONE who wants you to have a holy life based on the rock solid teachings of Jesus.

If you want some really good guidance on this, be sure to buy the new book that will guide you in this path of healthy/holy right way living called Rock Solid Living In A Quicksand World-Rewind. This book is much better than edition one because it is designed for any reader to read a chapter and reflect on “Pebbles of Wisdom” regarding Jesus teachings. As a matter of fact, a teacher of a Sunday School, Church School or a small group could lead a weekly study on these life changing words of The Very Son of God, who is ONE with God The Father and The Holy Spirit. It could change everyone’s life for the better.



God Bless You,

Yours IN Christ

PS: The books on the website are hardcover only. Paperback and E-book are coming soon.  If you want a paperback at a reduced price, let me know.