Sunday, January 13, 2019

John. Relationships

Delbert Enns www.EasTview.org
Last Sunday justice
The book was written to the gentiles. Logos the Word Jesus was from eternity. 
Because of sin and brokenness we are separated from God. Grace. 

Relationships
The way people interact with each other. 
We live in a culture of democracy individualist. What is in it for me? 

Who was the disciple Jesus loved. The author John 

One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus' side, so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, "Lord, who is it?"
John 13:23‭-‬25 ESV

I'm in love with Jesus John said. 
John and James were brothers. They wanted a special relationship. 
And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory."
Mark 10:37 ESV

Jesus redefines relationship. James died as a martyr. John died of old age in exile. 

John adopted Jesus's mother at the cross. 

John wrote love 25 times. Love to know God. Sacrificial love. That's the essence of God. 

How do we build healthy relationships? We were not in sacrificial love. Now we love more than ever. 

John recorded Jesus prayer for us. Ch17

Jesus loved the world to his very end. Not perish. Jesus loves me. 

He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.
John 21:17 ESV

Follow me, Jesus said. 

Challenge. Love one another. Lay down your life.

Forgive. At the cross. Find healing. 

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The gospel of John

Delbert Enns www.EasTview.org 
The gospel of John was written later to supplement the other gospels. 
John was a fisherman and one of the first disciples. He called himself the disciple whom Jesus loved. 

Greek society
Democracy
Humanism 
Polytheism 
Not much difference from our society
John explains the gospel. Jesus was before all creation.
Logos - The Word among us. Not a far away deity
Unity in the Trinity. 
He is the Greatest. Greater than Abraham 
In him there are no hierarchies
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him, and nothing that was made was made without Him.
John 1:1‭-‬3 CPDV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29 ESV
Jesus is the son of eternal God. 
Justice
Relationships
Spirituality

Crucifixion

Read John 1

How is justice done? 
We have an innate sense of justice and fairness. How do we do justice? 
A child cries when a toy is taken away.
When do we know when to fight for justice? 
Do you make things right? 
Adam and Eve were willfully disobedient. Genesis 3
We want to make things right. 10 Commandments were given as a guide for justice. 
John 12.20,33
Putting things right. Unless a grain of rice dies it can't bear fruit. 
Life is greater out there. We are only here for a minute. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Jesus the Messiah

What does life look like after the Messiah arrived? 
Johnnie Dodsworth www.EasTview.org
Put together a 1000 PC puzzle and one piece was missing. Very disturbing. We want completeness. 
We know the Messiah is Jesus. 
1. Genesis 3.14 he will crush your head you Satan will strike his heel
2. Jeremiah 33.15 a branch will sprout from David 
3. Isaiah 40.3 get ready for John the Baptist to prepare the way for messiah
4. Isaiah 53.5 healed by his wounds. So we can have peace
5. Micah 5.2 Bethlehem from you will come the ruler from ancient times
6. Isaiah 9.6 mighty God comes to restore relationship YWEH is the Lord. 
This is right on the mark for who Jesus was. His kingdom will have no end. He is Emmanuel God with us. 
We are his body as a church. To bring peace. He invites us to participate in life. 
What does life look like with him? 
John 17 a glimpse at the heart of the Messiah. Read the whole chapter. 

I am not praying just for these followers. I am also praying for everyone else who will have faith because of what my followers will say about me. I want all of them to be one with each other, just as I am one with you and you are one with me. I also want them to be one with us. Then the people of this world will believe that you sent me.  I have honored my followers in the same way you honored me, in order that they may be one with each other, just as we are one. I am one with them, and you are one with me, so they may become completely one. Then this world's people will know that you sent me. They will know that you love my followers as much as you love me.
John 17:20‭-‬23 CEV

The truth of the gospel is to be made known. Have unity with one another. Amazing prayer by Jesus! 
Christ is the head of this body. 
The way for restoration is made. 
What have you done with with the invitation. 

Pray as Jesus prayed for oneness. Let our community see the Messiah in us.

Communion is a symbol to remind us of the what Christ did for us. 
Unity and community are part of this. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

God with us

One day God did become one of us. Emmanuel God With Us. God manifest in the flesh. Sometimes we miss the magnificence of this truth. That God has come down to be one of us.
Not some spiritual personality but a real person. Like the one that you just looked in the eye. God becoming flesh.
Writer after writer has come to the importance of this truth.
The God Who created everything became a man of particular height. Before that he was a baby and before that he was a fetus.
The coming of Jesus Christ into this world represents truth more profound than any philosophy. All the great philosophers of this world could not have produced a story like this. 
All mankind has been sitting in darkness and has been visited by the light of the world. The father of all Mercies has come to be at the mercy of the created.
God has become one of his own creatures. The God of the universe imploded to become a peasant baby. Like every infant that has ever learned to talk and walk then dress himself.
Men's maker was made man. That the ruler of the Stars might nurse at his mother's breast. That the bread might hunger and the fountain be thirsty. God the light might sleep and get tired on his journey.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Carol Quiz

Delbert Enns www.EasTview.org 
Oh little town of Bethlehem
You want a large gift or small gift? 
Big and Better go hand in hand. Small gifts create more lasting joy. 
Micah gave us a small details prophesy of Jesus. The micro. 

Bethlehem Ephrath, you are one of the smallest towns in the nation of Judah. But the Lord will choose one of your people to rule the nation— someone whose family goes back to ancient times.  Like a shepherd taking care of his sheep, this ruler will lead and care for his people by the power and glorious name of the Lord his God. His people will live securely, and the whole earth will know his true greatness,  because he will bring peace. 
Micah 5:2‭, ‬4‭-‬5 CEV

Micah said to summon the troops. The mother of battles was coming. For 700 years Israel was a battle ground for various armies. 

1. Place of origin. What good can come from Bethlehem? It's too small. It means house of bread. Boaz story was in Bethlehem. Gen 49.10
2. promised gift. They wanted an earthly king. They need a Saviour. A gift that existed before eternity. Shalom
3. Nazareth is where Mary lived. 
So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David's hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David's family.  Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby,
Luke 2:4‭-‬5 CEV
God knows the details. 
4. The right place for delivery. 
Be in the right place. Herod and the religious leaders knew it but didn't go there. 
You are here listening to this sermon because God brought you here. Do you want the truth to change your heart? Now is the time. 
Emmanuel God with us. 

Rejoice rejoice

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Messiah Prophesies

Love without boundaries
Love driving motorcycles
There is a wild side. May 1976 brother broke his leg. Fixed the bike. Took brother's tutor home and had a serious accident. Lungs punctured. It was everyone else's fault. Age 16. Lost perspective of God. 
Clarity of mind is important in life. 

If you are thirsty, come and drink water! If you don't have any money, come, eat what you want! Drink wine and milk without paying a cent.   Why waste your money on what really isn't food? Why work hard for something that doesn't satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will enjoy the very best foods.   Pay close attention! Come to me and live. I will promise you the eternal love and loyalty that I promised David.  Turn to the Lord ! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.  The Lord says: "My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.
Isaiah 55:1‭-‬3‭, ‬6‭, ‬8 CEV

He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God.    He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well.
Isaiah 53:4‭-‬5 CEV
When we encounter our brokenness we know there is a loving God.
If uncle Joe leaves everything to you, it may end up in court to test whether it really is what he wanted. 

God's will was recorded 100s of years before it came to pass. 

The Lord says: My servant will succeed! He will be given great praise and the highest honors.  Many were horrified at what happened to him. But everyone who saw him was even more horrified because he suffered until he no longer looked human.   My servant will make nations worthy to worship me; kings will be silent as they bow in wonder. They will see and think about things they have never seen or thought about before.
Isaiah 52:13‭-‬15 CEV

Jesus is a servant and shepherd. 

Has anyone believed us or seen the mighty power of the Lord in action?  Like a young plant or a root that sprouts in dry ground, the servant grew up obeying the Lord . He wasn't some handsome king. Nothing about the way he looked made him attractive to us.  He was hated and rejected; his life was filled with sorrow and terrible suffering. No one wanted to look at him. We despised him and said, "He is a nobody!"  He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God.    He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well.   All of us were like sheep that had wandered off. We had each gone our own way, but the Lord gave him the punishment we deserved.     He was painfully abused, but he did not complain. He was silent like a lamb being led to the butcher, as quiet as a sheep having its wool cut off.  He was condemned to death without a fair trial. Who could have imagined what would happen to him? His life was taken away because of the sinful things my people had done.
Isaiah 53:1‭-‬8 CEV

He was born into poverty. He carried our sorrows. He was crushed. 
Substitutionary death. 
Carried our sorrows. 

The everlasting God loves you so much.
After the crash called dad to come and take him to hospital. His dad hugged him said it's ok. 
He's 92 today. 
Embrace the Father's Love today. 

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Prepare the Way

Johnny Dodsworth www.EasTview.org 
Have you ever been unprepared?
Was a goalie and forgot the jock. Lost the game. Forgot the 1st piece of equipment. 
Dora the Explorer has a song that was not planned. I'm the map. It's brutal. 
Prepare the Way of the Lord
This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: "Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way.
Mark 1:1‭-‬2 NLT

I, the Lord All-Powerful, will send my messenger to prepare the way for me. Then suddenly the Lord you are looking for will appear in his temple. The messenger you desire is coming with my promise, and he is on his way.
Malachi 3:1 CEV

People would go ahead of the king fixing the road in preparation. 
I am sending an angel to protect you and to lead you into the land I have ready for you.
Exodus 23:20 CEV

Jews that heard Mark's gospel would have connected the dots. The Torah, major and minor prophets all forecast the coming of ther Messenger. 
So John the Baptist showed up in the desert and told everyone, "Turn back to God and be baptized! Then your sins will be forgiven."
Mark 1:4 CEV

You can't fix the cracks by yourself. God in human form needs to fix the sin issue. PEACE is not a lack of war. It's Shalom peace. 
Are you prepared for the shalom of Jesus? The Way of the Lord? Daily take the posture of Jesus. 

An I prepared? Lord I need you today. 
Make disciples. That is hard. 
Posture of repentance. 
Respond. Ask the Lord what do I need to repent of? 

Prayer from MB website. Gracious God help us prepare. Lord hear our prayer. 

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Hope in the Messiah

The candle of hope reminds us to live in hope for the 2nd coming of Christ. 
Delbert Enns www.EasTview.org
How do you define authentic hope when things go wrong? How do you look down the road? 
There is no other hope than Jesus. Are you hopeful? Tomorrow will be as good as yesterday. 
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 NLT

Malachi to Matthew is 400 years of silence. This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham :
Matthew 1:1 NLT
Genealogy was everything. Royal descent was so important. Even today we want to know our ancestry. 
Proving to be a descendant of David made you royal. 

I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you."
Genesis 12:2‭-‬3 NLT

God had a plan after the Fall. Redemption through Jesus. God put Abraham to the test. 

Have you placed your faith in Jesus? 
What he says he will provide. 
Jesus is also a descendant of David a man after his own heart. He was a glorious man. But a bloody one. In spite of that God promised his kingdom to last forever.

David was also tested. He had a wicked son and tried to split the kingdom. In the end they were taken into exile. 

Jeremiah said the days are coming when a branch of David will spring up. 
"In those days and at that time I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David's line. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. In that day Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this will be its name: 'The Lord Is Our Righteousness.'
Jeremiah 33:15‭-‬16 NLT

Look down the road? Where are you looking? I will trust in the promises of God. If you have never done that, do it now. 
Wait with great expectations. Today. Confess Jesus as Lord. Pray now. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Lots of Atrocities in this world

Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org 


Prophesies of the Messiah 
300 Old Testament have been fulfilled. We will look at 6.

How do these relate to us?
Jesus walked with 2 disciples and beginning with Moses he explained. 
Then he carefully unveiled to them the revelation of himself throughout the Scripture. He started from the beginning and explained the writings of Moses and all the prophets, showing how they wrote of him and revealed the truth about himself.
Luke 24:27 TPT
But the Lord God warned him, "You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die."
Genesis 2:16‭-‬17 NLT

Satan planted doubt. How do I know it's true? 
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, "Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?"
Genesis 3:1 NLT

Did god? Not Yahweh Alohim Lord God. 
He slammed God's character. 
When we challenge God we are saying I want to be like him. Then they knew they had sinned and felt shame. God said, where are you? 

God looks for me where I am. Who told you you were naked? 

The Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
Genesis 3:14 ESV

Enmity hostility between satan and the seed of the woman. Noah's generation. 
Judas betrayed Jesus. 
God told satan that he will be crushed. That happened at the cross. Now satan is wildly trying to take over the world. 
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
2 Timothy 3:1 ESV

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Galatians 4:4‭-‬5 ESV
We are the seed. We are now adopted. 
We are now living in God's love. 
Sacrifice. Garments of skin. God takes care of them. He kills an animal to cover them up. Fig leaves were not good enough. Blood had to be shed. 
The ultimate sacrifice is Jesus. 
Communion

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ron Pearce The State Of The Kingdom

What is God doing around the world? The world is changing. Will be sitting in a secure cruise on the Nile river.
www.MySouthLand.com
The Kingdom was defined by Jesus. China is trying to eradicate the church. Drone surveillance. They are taking kids in school and torture interrogate them. Christians are being kicked out of their homes. They are coming out with a new communist Bible.
We are printing Bibles.
Why do they hate us? Who are the best people in the world? 
They are envious and jealous. They see the kingdom getting built. The oneness a unity a family. Communists want that but can't achieve it. 
We are becoming more unlike the non Christians. 
There are many who want to be Christians but just can't submit. 
One Lord One Baptism.
The Kingdom is growing around the world. Planted churches in Ethiopia and a million Muslims have become Christians. 
They almost all have visions of Jesus. Whole villages are being converted and baptized. 
3 week training sessions. Mats on the floor for sleeping and studying. 
Powerful witch doctor got converted. Burnt all his perphaphanelia and has the gift of healing. 
You led the captives free. 
Kadar was a well known leader. He was witnessed to and prayed for and healed. He is now an evangelist. 1000 people were trained to witness. Jesus told another leader to find Kadar and he was converted and now preaches Jesus in the mosques. 
Israel is coming alive. www.RonPearce.org
Mt Carmel Assembly has 30,000 believers now in 270 congregations.
They are converting Russian tourists. A whole busload of tourists got baptized when the bus stopped at the sea of Galilee. 
People are being converted and healed. 
Laos every house has a demon spirit. One leader a former powerful witch doctor has 45 churches. God delivered him in a dream. Go door to door and heal people. Demon possessed man was chained up. Prayed for him for 20 minutes and he was totally healed. 

Ethiopian man had a vision. Had been witnessed to. Saw the tribulation and his family dying. He also saw Christians in peace worshipping Jesus. He is now busy. He walks to every village 20 hours a day begging people to accept the Lord. 

The Kingdom is based on the Bible. Need 100s of thousands of Bibles. $12 will train an evangelist in China.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Deacons what do they do?

Jonathan Wiebe www.EasTview.org
EKKLESIA / / CHURCH
God intends to live among us. 
He gave us special instructions on how to build the church. 
How should we live together? 
Diakonos a Greek word Jesus used.
 Jesus told them, "In this world the kings and great men Lord it over their people, yet they are called 'friends of the people.'  But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.
Luke 22:25‭-‬26 NLT
His disciples wondered what Jesus was up to. This was upside down. 
Jesus says I'm among you as one who serves. Diakonos. Servant. Server. To serve you. 
Dulos I do what I'm told
No room for power struggles or ego. 
John 12
The Greeks paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, "Sir, we want to meet Jesus." Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.
John 12:21‭-‬22‭, ‬26 NLT

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea.
Romans 16:1 NLT
She may have delivered Paul's letter and read it to the church. 

Jesus died for us. Serve your heart out. 
Don't dismiss the challenge. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

What Should A Preacher Do?

Winston Churchill Jr
www.EasTview.org
Hope by 10th Avenue song

All preaching must be done under the Holy Spirit. A burden to share the Love of God. The Holy Spirit is your teacher to give you the meat of the message. 
What's the most important? To love the Lord your God with all your strength. 
1 Timothy
Preaching is the power
Teaching is the transmission
Are you defeated? The Power of the Holy Spirit is missing
Biblical Doctrine the Truth of God God's thoughts are not your thoughts
nor did we crave the praises of men, whether you or others. Even though we could have imposed upon you our demands as apostles of Christ, instead we showed you kindness and were gentle among you. We cared for you in the same way a nursing mother cares for her own children. With a mother's love and affectionate attachment to you, we were very happy to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our lives—because you had become so dear to us.
1 Thessalonians 2:6‭-‬8 TPT

Biblical Theology is applying God's Truth to life. It's the only truth there is. 
1 Timothy 4
Jesus started baptizing and John said it's ok. 

So until I come, be diligent in devouring the Word of God, be faithful in prayer, and in teaching the believers. Make all of this your constant meditation and make it real with your life so everyone can see that you are moving forward.
1 Timothy 4:13‭, ‬15 TPT
If I were to speak with eloquence in earth's many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels, yet I didn't express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal. Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all. So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.
1 Corinthians 13:1‭, ‬13 TPT
Search the Scriptures for yourself.
It took 25 years to get the book of John translated into a new language. 

God, do the work in me. In spite of rabbit trails. 

Our world is broken. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Ekklesia Baptism

Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 TPT

When they heard this they were crushed and realized what they had done to Jesus. Deeply moved, they said to Peter and the other apostles, "What do we need to do, brothers?" Peter replied, "Repent and return to God, and each one of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus, the Anointed One, to have your sins removed. Then you may take hold of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:37‭-‬38 TPT

3000 people gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized. The baptism of the Holy Spirit saves us. Why do we have a tank? An outward sign of an inward change. 

Just as the human body is one, though it has many parts that together form one body, so too is Christ. For by one Spirit we all were immersed and mingled into one single body. And no matter our status—whether we are Jews or non-Jews, oppressed or free—we are all privileged to drink deeply of the same Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:12‭-‬13 TPT

Communion
God designed communion to be an intimate a.ct with him and with one another. 

Glynis & Michael Ringham
From homeless to teacher. Halifax art student went to church. Faith Academy teacher. Let Him lead.

Wendy Slavik got divorced. Baptized. Forgetting what's behind. Remarried. 

Shanelle Lea Rempel. Bereaved headaches. God took the headaches. Felt Overwhelming love. Joined a life group. Baptism. Applause. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Church the Called out ones

Terrance Wiebe www.EasTview.org
Who is in charge? Jesus and the elders. 
Elders appears 26 times in the New Testament. Elders lead together. 
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don't Lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
1 Peter 5:1‭-‬5 NLT
Peter was the superstar of the Church but he called himself an elder. A fellow employee?
Accept that you bless others in humility.
Peter was not a shepherd but the shepherd theme is all over the NT.
David was a shepherd. Ps 23 the Lord is my shepherd. Sometimes he has to MAKE us lie down. Sometimes he has to make a quiet pool. Sometimes he has to pull the sheep back up when it falls. 
Luke 15 the shepherd finds the lost sheep. 1 Samuel 17 David rescued sheep and killed the bear. Jesus reached into the mouth of death and saved us. Jesus wants us. 
James 5 cover a multitude of sins
1 Timothy 3.1 want to be a leader. 
John 10 the Good Shepherd lays down his life. He doesn't run away. 

The methods of the corporate world can't be applied to the church. The elder is part of the flock. 
John 13 Jesus washed feet even though he was Lord. Do as he did. 

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Discipleship part 4: GO

Bruxy Cavey
Home church is how we grow. Starting Over
We connect with people who have fallen away from the gospel. How do we connect with the people who have no church background?
Acts 1 the resurrected Jesus hangs out with the disciples teaching them about the kingdom of God. 40 days intensive. 
V6 stop asking about the kingdom of Israel. 
The Holy Spirit will bring the dynamite into you. Wait for it. Become gaga for Jesus. A witness is not the lawyer but to share what they know. 
Talking to people about what you are learning. Share. 
Expert testimony comes from those who become experts on a subject. You can be an eye witness. That's a great question but here is what I know. 
Learning after the fact is helpful for a repeated activity. God's first miracle is changing you and you learn to share. 

1. Start gospel conversations. 
A. Review your cheat sheet.
B. Be genuinely spiritually curious find out what others think
C. Ask lots of questions

2. Use social media
A. Follow us on social media
B. Comment on posts
C. Repost 

3. (re)union study for sinners saints and
B. As a home church
C. Share the video inviting your friends 
There is no more influential person than Jesus.

Upcoming series STILL. HERE. Mindfulness and meditation. And Jesus 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Ekklesia the church

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Delbert Enns
Jesus was a revolutionary upside down Matthew 16.24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.  If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.  And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
Matthew 16:24‭-‬26 NLT
He touched lepers. Talked to women. Tax collectors. He challenged everyone. Christians gathered in homes and studied God's word. They changed the Roman empire without a single mega church. They were fearless. Trust God not the Roman empire. 
1. Common truth Jesus is God
2. Uncommon joy
3. Fearless not passive
4. Known as people of love
5. Gave sacrificially
They brought glory to the Father because Jesus 
Acts 2.42 fellowship and teaching
By 20 years later there were 5,000
300 A.D. there were 60,000,000 Christians.
Their love for Jesus caused the church to grow. 
They had strife between the ethnic groups. 
The church has made man made boundaries. 
The world hates you if you really want to follow Jesus. 
There were lots of issues in the church. Immorality. Lazy people. 
Gnosticism was all about human knowledge. Just know more. 

Jesus asked us to live by the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote to the Roman church telling them that all have sinned. Doing good won't save you. 
Without faith it's impossible to please God. 
2 Timothy 3.2 people have the appearance of godliness. 
Are we trying to be good? Jesus you are the son of the living God. Jesus died for the church and he is the head of the church. 
Ephesians 1.15 enlightened by the hope of Jesus. All things under him. Live it out! 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Dr. Tremper Longman III

The whole Bible is God's word to us. 
Proverbs talks about wisdom. We think it teaches us how to navigate life. Emotional intelligence is more important than high IQ. READ the book of Proverbs. Ethical people are righteous. 1.3 
To be wise you need the fear of the Lord at the beginning. 
Why fear? Love? 
This fear does not make you run. It is meant to make you humble in the sight of God the Creator. 
Phil worship the Lord with fear and trembling. 
Money and generosity. 
We tend to cherry pick the proverbs for what we like. 
7 themes
1. God blesses the righteous wise with wealth
2. Foolish behavior leads to poverty. Best route defined not guaranteed
3. Wealth of fools is temporal
4. Sometimes people are poor because of injustice
5. Wisdom is better than wealth
6. Wealth has limited value. 
7. Those who are wealthy must be generous. Ps 112.5 supports that. None of us here are poor. Many of us are fabulously wealthy. 
Too much money is no good. Daily bread is all we need. Let me not be too rich or too poor. 
Hoarding money is no good. 

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

One88 launch

Grant Barkman chair
http://www.one88.org

Listen without judgement. Stay relevant work with other agencies to provide a safe living room. Welcome the people with bondage and help them. 

Dave Fulawka who's coming alongside?  Independent and interdependence. Find a sweet spot for ministry and stay there to be successful. Continue to donate. 
Gerald Dyck MBCMB C2C this is a unique church. Available and obedient to help people on the margins. We should all be like that. 

Dave Ens
The church is a sending body. Moving sending going reconciling.
Matthew 28 assumes you are going and proclaiming. Moving. Leaving behind. 

The Lord said go for blessings. Even when not all the pieces are in place. God will help us even through the fear we have. 

Jonah 1.1,3 he fled from God. But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord . He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.
Jonah 1:3 NLT
The call makes you more complete if you follow it. There's a call to move. It's hard to untangle ourselves. 
Too often we tell people but we don't go with them. We sit in one place. We don't know what it means to follow Jesus. We see it modeled by the people who come from Eastview. 
Tuesday lunch and learn makes a real difference to these people. 
Commissioning. Read:

Lord's Supper we are one in Christ 

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Ekklesia // Church

In 1978 we decided to hitchhike to Thompson and made 50 phone calls to find someone that would take us in for the night. They ended up in the Loyal Church of Thompson where they served wine for lunch. 

What is church? Video Pastoral malpractice. Francis Chan
What if we all pull out a piece of paper and wrote down what the church should be. 

Ekklesia what does it mean? The gathering of those who serve the Lord. Tyndale lost his life over that translation. 

What is the function? We do what we do because of habit? 

The church is not about one person the pastor prefect not the only place to hear from God. 

1 Peter

In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God's Word . For this "milk" will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life— especially now that you have had a taste of the goodness of the Lord Jehovah and have experienced his kindness. So keep coming to him who is the Living Stone—though he was rejected and discarded by men but chosen by God and is priceless in God's sight. Come and be his "living stones" who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God. For now you serve as holy priests, offering up spiritual sacrifices that he readily accepts through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:2‭-‬5 TPT

https://bible.com/bible/1849/1pe.2.2-5.TPT

Matthew 16.18 the church should prevail. What do you say? Peter said you are the Christ the Son of the living God. 

Go to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit. Then you'll become witnesses. In Jerusalem https://youtu.be/bgQ2wiTefmQ

By the 3rd century you needed to punish yourself when you sinned. Middle age you paid for forgiveness. 

The last 800 years we have seen reforms reforms but still have problems.

What are we called to be. To bring greater glory.

If someone asked you who is Jesus? What would you say? 

Isolated stones do not make a building. 

But you are God's chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual "nation" set apart as God's devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world .

1 Peter 2:9 TPT https://bible.com/bible/1849/1pe.2.9.TPT

Jesus is Lord of all. 

We exist to spread the passion for the supremacy of God. John Piper

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Encouragement in tough times

Rock of Ages Cleft for Me was a favorite song of Queen Victoria and her prince. 

Michelle Redekopp Olympian and radio personality. Special music. 

You were the Word at the beginning. What a beautiful Name it is the name of Jesus Christ my King. 

  • There You Are
  • Carolyn Arends
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    I was hoping You would write to me a message in the stars
    As if the stars themselves were not enough
    And I awaited Your arrival here from some place very far
    As if I couldn't feel Your constant touch
    Why did I think that You'd send thunder
    To wake me from my slumber
    When anytime I open up my eyes

    There You are loving me like crazy
    There You are, I am unaware
    There You are when my heart is doubting
    Even there You are

    Well, I was wishing for a miracle and waiting for a sign
    As if each breath I take is not a gift
    And I was acting just as if the way You gave your life for mine
    Didn't have my foolish heart convinced
    What did I think could 'cause this hunger
    Did I ever stop to wonder
    Why anytime I open my eyes

    There You are loving me like crazy
    There You are, I am unaware
    There You are when my heart is doubting
    Even there

    There You are loving me like crazy
    There You are, I am unaware
    There You are when my heart is doubting
    Even there You are

    I was hoping You would write to me a message in the stars
    As if the stars themselves were not enough              
  • Written by Carolyn Arends 
 
Welcome to the long weekend service. This is the final weekend for many of you. 30 congregations represented here. 

Michelle
You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don't belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What You say of me
I believe

Pastoral prayer

Acts 18
After this Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.  There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to depart from Rome. Paul approached them, and because he worked at the same trade, he stayed with them and worked with them (for they were tentmakers by trade).  He addressed both Jews and Greeks in the synagogue every Sabbath, attempting to persuade them.
Acts 18:1‭-‬4 NET

Encouragement in tough times
2 boys wanted to shovel a driveway because the owner had started and they got most of their business from people that were worn out and ready to quit. 
Paul was ready to quit. This was the most corrupt city. There were 1000 temple prostitutes.  Having sex with them was part of worship. Lots of perversion. homosexuals

The Lord said to Paul by a vision in the night, "Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent, because I am with you, and no one will assault you to harm you, because I have many people in this city." So he stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
Acts 18:9‭-‬11 NET

Now a days 11m$ is being spent on pornography every hour. Our society is so like the Corinthians. No morality. 

God said don't be discouraged. Even when he was by himself. He tried teaching the Jews but they rejected him. He slammed the door because he was tired. So he went to the gentiles.
He was often homeless. He worked to support himself when necessary. 

The city was discouraging
The church was discouraging. He wrote 29 chapters to help and rebuke them about immorality and greed. 
The amazing thing is that a church that gets messy still learns to serve the Lord. 
Since Constantine the church has been the foundation of society. In the last generation our society is falling apart. But the gospel can still change hearts. 
Do not be afraid. "Because I have many people in this city."

Duet 
You are Lord of All