Sunday, February 23, 2020

Witness to the Gentiles Mark 7:24 - 8:9

After Jesus left there, he went to the region of Tyre. When he went into a house, he did not want anyone to know, but he was not able to escape notice. People were completely astounded and said, "He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."
Mark 7:24‭, ‬37 NET

Johnny Dodsworth www.EasTview.org 
Who do you say Jesus is?
He's a leader, healer, teacher, trouble maker, disruptor, confusing, shepherd, fence breaker. 
Fence bad. Shepherd good. 
The story is also in Matthew
The woman was a Greek, of Syrophoenician origin. She asked him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
Mark 7:26 NET
Strikes against: woman, gentile, Syrophoenician
So many fences
Syrophoenician from Tyre very non Jewish enemy "that God hates"
Jesus waited for his disciples to engage the situation. They said send her away. They had not yet learned compassion. 
Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, your faith is great! Let what you want be done for you." And her daughter was healed from that hour.
Matthew 15:28 NET

All the peoples of the world are to be blessed. 

Jesus came to reclaim Israel to bring blessing to the world. The woman understood that there is enough bread for everyone. To bring others into the shepherd's fold. 

Read Gospel Unpacked book

Acts 10:34-36 Peter finally got the message. God does not show favoritism. 

We're able to show there is room in the fold. Share with people to bring people into relationship. The spirit will lead. How will the world know Jesus? Share your Jesus relationship with others. 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Witness to Jews Mark 6 & 7

Youth worship team:
I reach out to you
I will rejoice in the simple gospel

Reading through the book of Mark
Then he went around among the villages and taught. And wherever he would go – into villages, towns, or countryside – they would place the sick in the marketplaces, and would ask him if they could just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Mark 6:6‭, ‬56 NET

Johnny Dodsworth pastor www.EasTview.org

Jesus is teaching with authority. Healing people. Sends his disciples out. 
Who do we say Jesus is? 

Jesus had a different leadership style. We're all leaders. Parents. Church. Leadership is influence. Influence is leadership. 

Coaching 3 and 4 year olds in soccer is chaotic. They played ring around the roses any time.
They needed to be contained within the field. 

Herod had a banquet and John's head comes off. 

Jesus teaches the crowd and feeds them miraculously. 
The crowd had religious, regional and Roman leaders but Jesus says they need a shepherd that stays with the sheep at all times. They need someone to take care of them. 

Send them away so that they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something for themselves to eat." But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." And they said, "Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins and give it to them to eat?" They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces and fish that were left over, twelve baskets full.
Mark 6:36‭-‬37‭, ‬42‭-‬43 NET

Jesus is the shepherd by teaching and providing for them. Jesus enters into our lives. Not make more rules. Not legalism. 

Washing hands had nothing to do with cleanliness only rituals. A fence by the religious leaders. 
God wants a shepherd not a fence. 

He said to them, "Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written: ' This people honors me with their lips, but their heart  is far from me . He also said to them, "You neatly reject the commandment of God in order to set up your tradition. There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him."
Mark 7:6‭, ‬9‭, ‬15 NET

We're sheep. I don't want to be a pharisee. 
What ways does Jesus want you to go? Witness to someone. 
How does Jesus want you to lead and shepherd? Take an awkward person for coffee. 

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Jaime Saint

Grandson of Nate Saint Auca martyr
Grew up in a mission family
Business people help missions do what they do. 
Jim Elliot was a missionary friend to his grandfather. The missionaries were fathers. 
The Auca now Huaorani would kill anyone they didn't like and all their family. They killed each other. None if them would be left alive today if not for the missionaries. They were scattered over 6,000 miles. Eventually they found them and did some bucket drops over a period of weeks. They exchanged gifts for a while, including roasted monkey meat. Book END OF THE SPEAR written by Nate's son. 

They built a tree house. Eventually a man and 2 women came out to spend a friendly day with them. A few days later all 5 were dead. 

That wasn't the end of the story. We like stories with a happy ending. Not all have that. 

All who follow Jesus shall suffer. That's normal. 

The man who killed Nate taught Nate's son how to hunt. In 1995 we moved into their community to live. Foreigners come at their convenience to help. They wanted someone to teach them how to care for each other. Started Indigenous People's Technology and Education Centre, a or I-TEC for short, a Christian non-profit agency. https://www.itecusa.org/

In 4x100 race when the first runner makes the lap the next runner takes the baton. Missionaries need to learn to do that. 

90% of missionaries are in countries that are considered reached. We're to make disciples and the disciples to make disciples. 

Is short term missions useful? Churches need to become self supporting and self propagating. I-TEC trains and equips the local church to walk on their own not to be mama mama. Shepherding is for the sheep.

Kids are net takers and become net givers. Churches need to learn to be givers. NA missionaries are always coming to fix the mission church. 

3 rules of mission is listen listen listen. 

They need us we need them. We need to work together. So many missionaries want to take credit for everything so they can raise more funds.

Not propagating the prosperity gospel. Name it and claim is not what Paul said.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

The sessions will be on youtube shortly. 

Mark 4:35 - 6:6

Carol read the Scripture. 
Brigitta Schuler teacher www.EasTview.org 
She has the gift of teaching.
Open to Mark 5
On my drive I often listen to CHVN. A pastor on the radio always concludes with JESUS CHRIST IS GOD. 
The previous passage focuses on Jesus's teaching by word. Today's passage focuses on Jesus's deeds. 
The possessed man was scary demon possessed. He prostrated himself in homage to Jesus. 5000 soldiers are a legion. That's how many demons he had. Jesus knew that but wanted the disciples to know that. 
Then he cried out with a loud voice, "Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God – do not torment me!" They came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind – the one who had the "Legion" – and they were afraid. But Jesus did not permit him to do so. Instead, he said to him, "Go to your home and to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you, that he had mercy on you." So he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus had done for him, and all were amazed.
Mark 5:7‭, ‬15‭, ‬19‭-‬20 NET
Jesus sent the man out to tell the community about what Jesus had done for him. 

An important leader falls at Jesus's feet:
Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came up, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.
Mark 5:22 NET
With no time to spare, Jesus takes time to heal a perpetually outcast woman. She is immediately healed.
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,  Jesus knew at once that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?"
Mark 5:27‭, ‬30 NET
She fell at Jesus's feet. Completely healed. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
Mark 5:34 NET

Jesus validated her. He showed that he is the one who restores with love and gentleness. 

While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue ruler's house saying, "Your daughter has died. Why trouble the teacher any longer?" But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, "Do not be afraid; just believe."
Mark 5:35‭-‬36 NET

Then, gently taking the child by the hand, he said to her, "Talitha koum," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, get up." The girl got up at once and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). They were completely astonished at this.
Mark 5:41‭-‬42 NET

Completely healed. Nothing is impossible with Jesus. 

In the previous chapter:
But he was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?" And he said to them, "Why are you cowardly? Do you still not have faith?" They were overwhelmed by fear and said to one another, "Who then is this? Even the wind and sea obey him!"
Mark 4:38‭, ‬40‭-‬41 NET

Chaos to calm. Only God can control the storm. See Psalm 107:29 Jesus proves he is God.
They cried out to the Lord in their distress; he delivered them from their troubles. He calmed the storm, and the waves grew silent. The sailors rejoiced because the waves grew quiet, and he led them to the harbor they desired.
Psalms 107:28‭-‬30 NET

Do you display God in your life? We can't follow Jesus well if we don't know who he is. 

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Missions in persecution

Nik Ripken
https://www.nikripken.com/
Nik and his wife Ruth are mission veterans of 34 years with the International Mission Board, SBC, having served in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Ethiopia and the Middle East.

Nik was at a camp of refugees and he asked them if they knew his friend Jesus. Right away there was a crowd scaring him and eventually they said Jesus was at the other camp. 
He ran out of the camp and took a taxi to the airport and flew home. 
You get scars that only heaven can heal. 
Islam was hunting Christians and a lot of friends got shot and their bodies were disposed into the latrine or ocean. The funerals were held without the bodies there. Somalis were hunting them. 
16 year old son died of asthma. We vowed not to waste our pain. We learned how to witness to them. Jesus said I'm sending you sheep among the wolves. I was raised to be a sheep among sheep. 
This says the Lord. There are non negotiables. 
Matthew 10 Jesus pushes the reset button. You will be flogged on my account. The spirit will speak through you. Persecution is normal. We think we need to walk through it. 
30 pastors in FSU are not writing about persecution. It's normal for them. 
An evangelist told a bunch of muslims that they would burn in hell if they didn't accept Jesus. Evangelists are scary. 
You are as likely to be in jail in Muslim countries for being a Christian as for being a criminal. 
Why are we not on our faces asking God what to do? We don't need CNN to tell us what to think. God has defined what to do. 
Persecution is normal. If you have someone who is afraid of suffering for Jesus you need to deal with that. 
The number one cause of persecution is people coming to Christ. Where there is a great harvest there is persecution. Why are we not suffering persecution? There is no such thing as a free church or not. 
Pray for the persecuted Christians. They share Christ on a daily basis. They have given their lives to Jesus and they are giving him away. 
We are not persecuted because we are keeping Jesus to ourselves. Satan wants to keep you quiet. Then you are supporting the persecutors. 
We tend to witness to younger people. We need to witness to our peers. 
We must follow Jesus even when it costs our lives. Their suffering gives them purpose. 
3. Our obedience. We need to say blessed be the name of the Lord. 

Abdu Murray

Abdu Murray
 https://www.missionfestmanitoba.org/speakers.html

There is always a barrier to truth. The crooked lawyer went for a walk. Meets a bear that knocks him over. He says oh my God. God responds by what do you want? Make the bear a Christian. Then the bear says thank you Lord for the food you have provided me. 

We don't want to lose our comfort. We hear what we want to hear. Evangelism is the effort to get someone to change their world view. That is hard. You are asking them to change their Sunday. That is painful. Not just good luck but we need to walk with them through the change. Help them. 
C. S. Lewis Quotes. If you look for truthyou may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

Apologetics is the seasoning the handmaid of evangelism. The answers are hard to accept. Took me 9 years accept the truth. 

In the Asian market you bargain for the price. Not what the sticker says but what the market will pay. 

Jesus tells you what the price is. You're a mess and you need someone to save you. You are promised that it will be tough. 

Show the world what it's worth. Jesus said to Pilate:
So Pilate went back into the governor's residence, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"  Jesus replied, "Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about me?" Jesus replied, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here." Then Pilate said, "So you are a king!" Jesus replied, "You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." Pilate asked, "What is truth?" When he had said this he went back outside to the Jewish leaders and announced, "I find no basis for an accusation against him.
John 18:33‭-‬34‭, ‬36‭-‬38 NET

Are you talking to a cynic or a skeptic? Thomas was a skeptic but Jesus accepted him. In the movie THE PASSION Pilate talks about truth a lot. 

Don't hide the radiance of the son from people. Lack of action by Christians is blocking their faith.

When we say God loves you people respond with their experiences. They don't hear what you say. 

Are humans free or predetermined? Is morality real. Atheists don't want there to be a God.

Ask open ended questions. 
What will happen next? 
Aren't those consequences enough to keep you from accepting Jesus.

Went to hospital to talk to sick Muslim. Thoughtful guy. He had no visitors. What would happen if you became a Christian? I would die alone. Gave him a Bible. Can I keep it? He asked. 

Ask the question and shut up and listen. That's the hardest thing. Get rid of your yeahbut syndrome.

A couple was volunteering at church but were not Christians. Went to see them. Asked her why she didn't get the Nobel peace prize? What had she done to deserve it? Why do you think you deserve heaven? 

Listen and
Commit and follow up. Where will you be when I make that commitment? Be there for them. Show them the value of paying the cost. Answer the people with their questions. Make people wish the gospel was true and show them that it's true. 

Joy is fundamental for the Christian. 

Know your value in God's eyes. What are you willing to pay for what you consider valuable? God paid for you with Jesus's death. That tells you your value. 

Because I live you also shall live, sums up everything. 

When we've been there 10,000 years, we've no less days to sing God's praise. Bring others with you. 

It's a privilege to do evangelism. 

Friday, February 07, 2020

Missionfest 2020

Abdu Murray
Featured speaker
SEEING THE SON THROUGH THE FOG OF THE CONFUSION OF CULTURE TODAY

He was a Muslim evangelist. Most muslims are peace loving. God is greater. The greatest. 
Trinity is confusing to them. How could the God of the universe die on a cross? 

Those ideas are what makes so much sense. He did 9 years of searching before finding the truth in Romans 5:8.

Flotilla of ships crossing the Atlantic in the fog. Light up ahead. The captain. Change course. No you change. No You change I'm the lighthouse. 

Sometimes we think we are a tiny light and the flotilla of culture scares us. 

Gene therapy is happening. There are gene hackers changing people. What is life? What is Male and Female? Our society lives in fog. 

Cold war song Superman Where Are You Now? Could be written today. 

Children 8 years old can decide who they will be for the rest of their lives and society is enforcing that decision no matter what it is. Society likes confusion
Heroic
Bigoted
Regressive

What does post truth mean? Elevating feelings above reason. If you don't agree you're a Hitler. 

Post modernism there is no objective truth. Only perspectives. They reason. 

We have a struggle for autonomy. Not freedom. 
Self law. A law to yourself. You decide what's right or wrong. Everyone makes their own rules. Power wins. Your preferences are criminalized and you become a slave to the power brokers. 

Our purpose is to commune with God. Meant to be with God not to be following their own preferences. 

Post Truth bender. Clarity and truth have been sacrificed on human autonomy. Wisdom dies. 

Offer the freedom that truth brings freedom. 10s of thousands are coming together to search truth. Became a Christian because it is truth. T equals Full Truth.

Everyone has equal truth? Hitler Stalin etc. All paths lead to God? Sounds respectful. All paths don't lead to God. Buddha wants oblivion. Hindu says we are gods.

2015 sports team did a protest. A journalist was forcefully removed by the journalism professor. 

Integrity doesn't disappear quickly. Christians often don't follow truth. Posting false stories. Let's provide verified truth in our postings. 

Humanity is the measure of all things? Can we reach a rough agreement concerning values? No.

We have reached agreement to be rough.

We're becoming phone zombies. With information machines more powerful than all the computers that took man to the moon. 
We've humanized objects to dehumanizing humans. 

The Bible stands against autonomy but not against freedom. Freedom has boundaries. A picture has a frame. 

Freedom. Bought a house. Big back yard but a road required a boundary. We need moral law. Only God knows what that boundary is. 
Know the truth and the truth will set you free. Jesus. Our desire for autonomy blinds us. The SON sets you free. Preferences don't set you free. Jesus said I'll die and I'll rise in 3 days. That's truth. 

Global hope. Applies everywhere. Africa needs Christianity. Christians served the pagans. The Christians make the world a better place. There are no hospitals of the blessed nothingness. 

Christians change people's hearts. Liberty freedom brotherhood are from the gospels.

Truth leads to freedom. Does the resurrection have anything to do with it? We are made in God's image and meant to have a relationship with God. He died and rose to prove he was right.

I need someone to make me alive. Jesus. The truth is a person. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Am I Following Jesus?

Submitted to our Master 
Andrea Toews Children's Pastor www.EasTview.org 
Just back from 4 month Sabbatical
Mark 3:13 Carol read the Scriptures
In Mark there is a lot of hurry up.
Twitter or Instagram define your value by followers. 
We follow people with our brand. Who do you follow? I follow Survivor. 40th season coming up. Love Disney World. 
Our world gives us lots of opportunity to be led. 
We declare ourselves as followers of Jesus. What does that mean? 

Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him. These are the twelve he chose: Simon (whom he named Peter),
Mark 3:13‭, ‬16 NLT

Disciples believe and follow Jesus. Apostles were the 12 that he selected. 
Jesus calls. They had a choice. We have a choice to repent of our sin. 
Being with him building a relationship. 
Abide Always Being in Embrace
She's a wonderful singer. 
Went for a walk and there was ice in above freezing creek. 
Sitting with Jesus to have his embrace. 
You might feel closest to God when you sing or serve. V20 Jesus's mother wanted to interrupt him. Was he embarrassing them? The leaders thought he was possessed by Satan. 
Who is my brother? Anyone who does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."
Mark 3:35 NLT
Following is building relationships
Following is active. Not turn away. Pay attention to the beggar. 
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.
Mark 8:34 NLT
Read and abide in the message of the seed parable.
"Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed.  And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God's word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!"
Mark 4:3‭, ‬20 NLT
In a not abiding season we might forget the message and be distracted. 
Respond available to Jesus. Building relationship. 
Following is choice 
Dave & Louise decided to follow Jesus into Thailand. 
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.
John 8:31 NLT
Not just a fan. 
Blessing 
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,  the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.  I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Ephesians 3:14‭-‬16‭, ‬20 NLT

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Trouble with Authorities

Jesus was going through the grain fields on a Sabbath, and his disciples began to pick some heads of wheat as they made their way. For this reason the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
Mark 2:23‭, ‬28 NET

Johnny Dodsworth www.EasTview.org 

As a kid my dad was the stay at home dad. He loves talking. We were always late. I had to run to keep up with him. 
There are always all kinds of gaps between people. 
The leaders of Jesus's day worked hard to maintain the gaps. Jesus worked hard to close the gap.

Jesus brings forgiveness outside the religious system. 
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."  Now immediately, when Jesus realized in his spirit that they were contemplating such thoughts, he said to them, "Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?  But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins," – he said to the paralytic – "I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher, and go home."
Mark 2:5‭, ‬8‭, ‬10‭-‬11 NET
He associated with traitors and sinners. 
When the experts in the law and the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?"  When Jesus heard this he said to them, "Those who are healthy don't need a physician, but those who are sick do. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Mark 2:16‭-‬17 NET
Those who acknowledge their sin can get help. 
Jesus makes analogies. Wedding. Patching. Wine skins
Fasting. Sabbath. 
Jesus breaks the traditions. Why does he ignore God's sabbath law? 
Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath.
Mark 2:27 NET
Religion had distorted the law. 
When Jesus entered the religion's territory he asked them questions. 
Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath, or evil, to save a life or destroy it?" But they were silent.
Mark 3:4 NET

Jesus closes the gap between God and the people. 

Like parents walking with the little kids. God is all about restoring lost people to himself. 
Are we like the pharisees? Or like Jesus closing the gap.
Look after others at food banks. Fight trafficking. Take the hungry for lunch. Walk with people. 

If you need healing, come to Jesus today. No matter how you feel about your life. 
Jesus cares about your motivations. You can be healed in life. Not just to avoid hell. 
Jesus is inviting you to join him in restoration. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Patrick at Seine River church

The Lord of Hosts will sustain you. 

Break my heart for what breaks you. 
Kevin Janzen introduction of
Patrick Director Founder of Our Father school in Uganda

Speaker for today 
Greetings from Uganda. Arrived at midnight last night. 
Married to one wife and she's a beautiful woman. Have 2 daughters. 

We run the school and medical facility and a clean water well to lift the name of Jesus high. 
The late Pastor Ed was in Uganda to train 300 youth. We were expecting him again in December. Shocked to hear of Pastor Ed's passing. 
Still saying God is faithful. 
Pastor Ed was a friend, pastor, teacher. He spoke at our wedding. Spoke of joy. 
We shall see him again. Comfort Jessie his wife. 

We are trying to charge our spiritual lives. Jesus knows you. 
Pastor Philip has already preached
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.
Luke 19:1‭-‬2 NET

In Africa the president has to consult the chief before he comes to a village. 
The chief tax collector Z had so much but not enough. He needed to see Jesus. He was too short. Pygmies in Africa had big heads and when they fell down they needed help to get up. 
Z had a wall bigger than Trump's. Had a friend that wanted to hate God. Prayed with him and he decided to follow Jesus. 
Jesus had never met Z but called Z by name. God knows you by name. That's enough. Trust Jesus. He knows you. What is Jesus saying about you? He is ready to stay with you. If it wasn't for Christ I might be in the gutter somewhere. 

Now, this is what the Lord says, the one who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: "Don't be afraid, for I will protect you. I call you by name, you are mine.
Isaiah 43:1 NET

Look unto Jesus. He knows what you're going through. God knows you and has better plans. 

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Who do you say I am?

Jesus kept answering the question Who do you say I am? 

That is the most important question in history. Mark answers it. 

Johnny Dodsworth Life Groups Pastor www.EasTview.org 

Advent has just passed. Anticipation of the second coming is where we live today. 

The people of the NT times had been waiting 400 years. 
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,  " Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way,  the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ' Prepare the way for the Lord, make his paths straight. '"
Mark 1:2‭-‬3 NET

Wake up. The story is continuing. Mark's readers would have known this passage well. A 4 second audio clip from Star Wars immediately brings to mind scenes. 

Mark starts at Jesus's baptism not birth. 

Now in those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River.  And a voice came from heaven: "You are my one dear Son; in you I take great delight."
Mark 1:9‭, ‬11 NET

N T Wright said God sees us the same we he looks at Jesus 
 "You are my dear child; in you I take great delight."

We now live in Christ. The beautiful story of the gospel. We can live in Jesus. If you haven't been baptized yet, why not? 
February 9 we will celebrate baptism here. 

When we are defined by God as his children we are free indeed. Participate in his kingdom. 
If Jesus is just your influencer you are alone. You need to be in relationship with God. 

Who do you say Jesus is? 

"As for this temple you are building, if you follow my rules, observe my regulations, and obey all my commandments, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father David.  I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel."
1 Kings 6:12‭-‬13 NET

God's heart desires to dwell with His people. He wants you to live as his child. He wants everyone to walk with him. 

Pause. Reflect. Invite Jesus to speak to you. How are you inviting me to experience life as your child? 

Lord, what is in your heart for me this morning? 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

First things first

Mobilize to gospel conversations
Book Tactics by Greg Koukl

Perspectives cards are a great tool for gospel conversation
Met an agnostic who believed in evolution. Morality - would Nazi morality be ok if they had won the war? 
Be prepared for the questions you are asked. Agitated response is ok as long as you are faithful.
Apologetics to make a defense. To show the gospel message is true. 
It's not about
Winning arguments
Showing you are smart
Making others feel dumb
1 Peter 3.15
But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.
1 Peter 3:15 NET

Preparation requires the right tools. Scripture 
Acts 17
Muslim apologetics
Scientific - 
Cultural - how does Christianity
Tailored to the audience

Become lifelong learners to share your faith

Jesus is asked 183 questions and he answered with 307 questions to answer their questions

Columbo is a detective that pretends to be not smart. Socratic irony

Burden of proof
If you make a claim you are responsible to prove
Hold them to gentle scrutiny
What do you mean by that? How can you prove that? 

Lead the way
Start with common ground. 

Innocent as doves
Emphasize the respect that you have for them
Have you considered?

Narrate debate

What do you mean by that?

Arguments that commit suicide
All truth is subjective can't be true

Taking the roof off
Morality that leads to absurd conclusions

Steamroller
Stop and ask to respond. If not possible to stop say goodbye 

Rhodes Scholar
Ask for evidence and merits. 
Science doesn't say anything. 80% of biological studies can't be replicated. 

Just the Facts
Be aware of falsified arguments. There are so many. Be able to say no. The Bible is not a translation. Hebrew Aramaic Greek. 1000s of ancient manuscripts

More sweat. Less blood
Be ready. Keep it simple. Avoid religious language. Focus on Christian truth. Give reasons. Stay calm. If they want to leave let them. Give them something up read. The ultimate questions of life. 

An Australian man gave gospel tracts all the time. Dozens were saved. 

Be faithful in witnessing. The Bible was organically compiled. Not at the Council of Nicea.

People are asking about the problem of evil. Why is the world so broken? We have the answer. 
We chose the reign of sin. Jesus has created the reign of God. The church is making all things new. 

How do you deal with the agnostics that don't care? Ask them to consider if it's true. People are ok with the contradictions.

Someone that's mad at God needs pastoral care. Remind them that God cares. 

Cheryl Bear at P2C+

We are on Treaty 13 territory. 
Always start with prayer to honour the Creator.
Book introduction to First Nations ministry. 
I was part of Broken Walls team at Urbana. 
51 years old. Young people have this openness. 40 years ago Studying Indians in Canada in grade 6. Hurons might be extinct. I felt unseen. It's always about the land. 

Felt God talk to me through the river and the trees. Baptized as a child with indigenous singers singing. 
The spirit of God talks to us through nature. God speaks perfectly through Jesus. 
Read the book The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. As the story unfolds Aslan dies for the naughty kid. That kept me a Christian knowing that God loves me so much. 
Felt like a 2nd class citizens. 

Native Concept of God grandfather. Grandparents are far more tolerant of misbehaving kids. They push away the judgemental voices. God as grandparent looks right past the issues. 
The Ancient of Days do loves you. 

Jon Corbin P2C

Was in a Christian fellowship group in university. 
What would it look like to invest your experience in your campus?
Was in music. Sat in on the radio station. Soon I had my own show playing edifying music. Engage with people. 
Event wise we started hip hop helps. WV famine. Put on a hip hop show to attract the public to support WV.
Found talent for rapping commissioned by my coaches. Went to a lot of new places. Curious about the people there. Social media has created pressure to every one to comment on everything. Read ask questions
Urbana conference Broken Walls singing group was there. Infused with indigenous music. Led in worship with Indigenous drummers. Worship together in heaven will be multi cultural. Including hip hop. My mentor kept encouraging me to translate culture seeking the heart of God. 
What do you think worship in heaven will be like? All presidents and leaders will bow their knees before Jesus. 

What would it look like if you took your passions and in faith let God bring them out. Surrender and pray. 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Ask and you will receive

Vic Neufeld pastor https://nkmb.org/
I was the youngest and that was great. Got away with everything. Dad didn't allow us to ask for ice cream. 
Challenge
Jesus said to them, "When you pray, say this: 'Father: May your holy name be honored; may your Kingdom come.  Give us day by day the food we need.  Forgive us our sins, for we forgive everyone who does us wrong. And do not bring us to hard testing.'"
Luke 11:2‭-‬4 GNT
We live in a fallen world. God's will is not happening in this world. We need to ask him. 
Forgive others.

Challenge
And Jesus said to his disciples, "Suppose one of you should go to a friend's house at midnight and say, 'Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread. A friend of mine who is on a trip has just come to my house, and I don't have any food for him!' And suppose your friend should answer from inside, 'Don't bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' Well, what then? I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you everything you need because you are not ashamed to keep on asking. And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.
Luke 11:5‭-‬9 GNT
This would be a real problem in that world of shame based culture. 
Seek and find. 
What have you stopped praying for in 2019? Have you stopped knocking? There are 2 ditches. 
1 God will do what God will do. No. He expects our prayers and events transpire differently as a result. Our prayers make a difference. 
2. The other ditch is name it and claim it. That is wrong. We're nervous about asking too much. 
Sometimes we ask for a scorpion. I know God will answer my prayer in a way that brings glory to Him. 
As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Luke 11:13 GNT
Ask boldly with shameless audacity. Pour out your hearts over and over. The things we ask for will be ever closer to God's will. 

What have you ceased asking God for? 

Post Christmas

Vic pastor 

Paul Hantz German pastor
As a boy I fell and stopped breathing. Father did CPR but couldn't revive him. Mom came to help and I'm still here

Are we thanking God for life as a gift from God? Are we ready to be called home? 
God's goal for us is to achieve eternal life. 
Hezekiah the king became ill. He cleaned the temple and defeated the philistines.  He got ill and God sent the prophet to tell him to set his affairs in order. 
A member recently was on her deathbed and had prayed that God would give her a disease that would give her time to set her things in order. He did.

We should be constantly busy setting our affairs in order. Forgive others. Forgive to be forgiven. That's not easy. 

2 elderly sisters blamed each others for an accident and have not spoken in 20 years. 

Hezekiah pleaded with God to add 15 years to his life. 

What will 2020 bring? What will I accomplish? 
God is in charge of our lives. Have you thought about what it will be like when your time is up? 
We do many funerals. We ask them on their deathbed. Are you ready? 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

God chose shepherds

Delbert Enns www.EastView.org

God chose shepherds throughout the Old Testament. Moses. David. God called himself a shepherd. 
 
By the time of the Talmut shepherds were the lowest of the low. Outcasts. Ceremoniously unclean. Foul mouthed fighters.

Why did God reveal himself to shepherds? He came for the ones that were NOT IN. 

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way. So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully.  But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!" Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham!  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
Luke 19:1‭, ‬4‭, ‬6‭, ‬8‭-‬10 NET

It's uphill from Jericho to Jerusalem. It was the tax capital of the area. Z was the district manager of the tax thieves. Sinner. Z is wealthy but he knew something was missing. 

Jesus had just healed a blind beggar. The story circulated and Z had to find out what it was all about. Z felt rejected and lonely. Lots of emotions. 

Z had challenges. He didn't want to be seen so he climbed a tree to get close to Jesus. He was wealthy and made a double fool of himself by running and climbing a tree. When Jesus talked to him he was filled with joy. Jesus was seeking him. Jesus finds us. We are nobody. He comes to our house. Hurry. Don't think about what others think. Get off your tree. You don't belong there. 
Let's have dinner now without lots of preparation. Just as you are. Joy forged in the fire of discouragement. The crowd grumbled about Jesus going to dine with sinners. 

When you have joy in your heart others will think you are nuts. 
Joy inspires hope. Transformation. Z became staggeringly generous. Joy is a gift from God. We can receive joy by letting go of our past. 
Albert Schweitzer Quote: "If you own something you cannot give away, then you don't own it, it owns you." 

For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost. 

Is He Savior to you? 
Is He Lord to you? 

May the God of Hope fill you with joy. 

Joy to the world. Joy joy. 

Delbert and Marianne are taking a Sabbatical until end of April. Ministry will continue with help from everyone. 

Monday, December 09, 2019

Celebration of Life for Gerard Scott-Herridge


Pastor Glenn Krobel Centre Point church
Celebrate and rejoice for his life.
He knew the hope and is rejoicing with the angels. 
Justin Penner scripture reading
We will not all die. Those who have died will live forever. 
God gives us victory over death. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. 
Gerard was a worshiper. Now in heaven. 
Jesus loves me this I know
Turn your eyes upon Jesus.
Nathan Penner 
Obituary. Gerard was passionate. 
Gerard Scott-Herridge was a passionate man, whether it be for his wife, family, the church, friends or patients.

Gerard was born April 13, 1954 in Liverpool England.  He immigrated to Winnipeg with his mother, sister and father in 1958.  Gerard attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, graduating in 1976, the beginning of one of his passions. 

On October 31, 1979 he surrendered his life and heart to Jesus Christ which arguably initiated his greatest passion. A marriage, as an answer to prayer, to Roberta (nee Penner), his queen, followed shortly thereafter in 1981. His family continued to grow with the birth of his children; Crystal in 1982, Joel in 1984 and Evan in 1987. 

Although his biological family may have been complete there was a desire to expand his spiritual family with brothers and sisters in Christ. Gerard would share his faith at the Remand Centre, Headingly Correctional Institution, Stony Mountain Institution, Milner Ridge Correctional Centre, Main Street Project, fostering children and anyone that would call on him for help. In 1991, Gerard left his active Church to start Bride of Christ Ministries. The prime objective of this ministry was to spread the Gospel of Jesus to the downtrodden, imprisoned, homeless and the hurting. He always wanted to help in any way he could, whether it be to feed, clothe or find housing.

Gerard passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2019. He was predeceased by his father, Dennis Scott-Herridge in 2016.  He is survived by; his mother Monica Scott-Herridge, his sister Sandra Bartakovich, his wife Roberta, daughter Crystal (Ben), granddaughters Micah and Amalia, son Joel (Anne), grandchildren Zachary and Elizabeth, and son Evan (Trista), grandson Fletcher. 

Joel son the doctor cardiologist
Celebrate his life. Amazing man. He made you feel loved. 
He helped so many people. 
To love and be loved by Jesus. If we confess our sins he will forgive. 
15 days after meeting they were engaged. Married 3 months later. "I will never hurt you deliberately"
Loving kind joyful and humble. He loved playing Santa. 
He posted for his twin baby girls. Minutes after he died of a heart attack. 
Zach said gramps got an early Christmas gift to be with Jesus.

Life Tribute Evert VanOeveren
Witnessed to him and led him to the Lord. Introduced Roberta to him. Became god parents to their children. 
He was like a brother. Don't give up. Sometimes he had to turn things over to God. 

Met for breakfast every Thursday. He was excited about his family. 
He was one of the busiest people ever. Loved Roberta. 
Traveled with them a lot. He was always reach out to people. He had 100,000 pictures
He called me his best friend. He said often: iron sharpens iron. 
John 3.16 God gave his only son
I'll miss you. Till we meet at jesus feet 
Evan the police man
Letter from aunt. Love is the only thing we can possess and take with us. Gerard loved everyone. 
He loved his grandkids. And nephews. We will miss you. You loved and was loved. 
He loved fun. 

Pastor 
Amazing tributes Gerard would say lighten up. 
Met him here 8 years ago. Loud boisterous and came to pray for me. 
Met for lunch on Wednesday a week before he passed. He was the santa. He always wanted people to know Jesus. 
He was generous. 
He was different. He had so many friends. This place is packed. 
Sincerest condolences.
38 years together with Roberta, loved his family. Evan police man detective. Joel in ministry and chose medicine. Cardiologist. 
Ben and Krista
Sandra and Kirk. On the spectrum. You are loved. 
He was generous. 
He gave spiritual emotional and physical needs to his clients. 
He was generous and supported the preacher and often yelled "Good preaching".
Gerard was very intelligent. The Bible was his favorite. 
Donate today to www.DonateBibles.net 
He knew Jesus. Asked him Wednesday: Are you afraid to die? No. Want to see the grand daughters. 
He wanted everyone to know Jesus. 
God will reconstitute all who know Christ. Encourage one another with this. 
He did lots of good works but he had faith in Jesus. Eternal has a sure anchor. God created the world with a word.
He was a doppelganger for Santa. He used that to lead children to the Lord. 
He walked through significant pain. 
The Pathway to Hope 
Gerard made his decision in 69. Whoever accepts Jesus will have eternal life. 

Roberta 
Thanks for your support. He would do anything for me. He loved his patients. 
Thanks to all who supported us. I need to deal with many things. Joel found 800 candy canes and you all get one. 
Thank you for loving Gerard.

Until we meet again. 

Slide show

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Peace shalom

Pastor Delbert Enns www.EasTview.org 
The creator of the universe came to earth and suffered for us. 
Shalom to restore peace. God made shalom with humans. Jesus is our shalom. Shalom requires a lot of work. 
Col 1.19
God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.   And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.  You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. But you must stay deeply rooted and firm in your faith. You must not give up the hope you received when you heard the good news. It was preached to everyone on earth, and I myself have become a servant of this message.
Colossians 1:19‭-‬23 CEV

How did Jesus come? Incarnation. God became man. Why? To bring shalom. Reconcile mankind to God. We can make a better world. Live Aid raised millions for Ethiopia. Bob Dillon said we can't save man. 
Jesus wants to make you presentable to God. 
In January we'll go through the gospel of Mark. The unclean woman touched Jesus making him "unclean". She was healed. Go in peace. She received shalom.
Results of shalom. Matthew identified 4 "bad" women in Jesus's genealogy. 
Mission of shalom only if you accept Jesus. He must have your brokenness. Then he can give you shalom. 
As a prisoner of the Lord, I beg you to live in a way that is worthy of the people God has chosen to be his own. Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other. Try your best to let God's Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace.
Ephesians 4:1‭-‬3 CEV

Shake hands and give each other the kiss of peace. 

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Church of the Rock That Old Time Religion

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Pastor Mark Hughes

Canada was deliberately founded as a Christian nation. 
The fastest religion now is atheism with no belief in God. Suicides drugs are killing young people. Teachers are carrying guns. 
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
1. Success is not significant
It's important. It's relative. Success for a 4 year old is not peeing your pants 
25 getting married
35 making money
85 being married
95 not peeing your pants 

High school reunion question So what do you do now? 
Mr Big multiple millions came in a chauffeured limousine
Mr T was a tampon salesman very popular with the women and out of a job but lots of personality. 
Success versus significance a good book for men. Bob Buford change the lives of others. Making money is not very fulfilled. Male mental-pause happens at 50. Father had a beautiful wife 5 wonderful kids one exceptional kid. 
I don't look 60, do I?
How do you measure success in ministry? I don't care about publicity. 
Philip Yancey as a writer interviewed stars and servants. The stars were miserable. The servants had wonderful life to be envied. 
We have successful people in church that are ushers and have a purpose greater than themselves. They are achieving significance. 
Andrew Brash climbs mountains and many die in the death zone when they are left to die. He rescued someone and didn't make it to the top. He achieved significance. 
2. Failure is not fatal 
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:28‭-‬31 ESV
Not just the good things. All things work for good when God weaves it for good. 
God created good from terrible sin. David killed his faithful captain. He didn't get away with it. The child dies. David repented. The next child from Bathsheba was Solomon from where Jesus came. 
God has a purpose for you. A destiny. Embrace God's love. 
3. Purpose all things work