Sunday, April 22, 2018

Church of the Rock Bronx Community

Pastor Mark Hughes

Our Identity in Christ
Who do you be? 
1st World War shell shocked soldiers forgot who they were. They had a rally where each of a 100 soldiers asked the group, do you know who I am?

Jesus always knew who he was. Peter said you are the Christ the son of the living God. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury got on an mental tour bus and when he said who he was he got counted with the nuts. 

Augustine
1.  No longer ashamed
2.  No longer insecure
3. 

Paul said that. He was the persecuter. He had a reputation to live down. 

Last week met someone who wanted to tell him about his past. That's behind. 
Don't look back. 

2. No longer insecure. Self esteem is the new era. Sin is the biggest problem that leads to low self esteem. One's ability to achieve is directly related to self esteem. 
All Things have become new. 
God why did you make me like this. God has a right to do what he wants. 
We're all of equal value. We are not created equal. All unique. Took I. Q. Test. 21 questions. Tough. Discovered I'm an idiot. We need to remember we are unique. Know thyself. Who you are. Do what God created you for. JFK began to think he was great. Nikita Khrushchev beat him up in negotiations. 

3 times Paul told us to be and 1x to do. If you be what you be you can do. 
Jesus chose 12 uneducated men and entrusted them with the kingdom of God. 

Preached 1st message and messed it all up. Billy Graham messed up his first sermon. 

You are God's masterpiece. If God be for you who can be against you? 

We always desire approval. The most important approval comes from God. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Redeemer Presbyterian East Side

Abraham Cho 
If work is as glorious as Genesis says what's wrong with it?
1. Work becomes rebellion
They began saying to each other, "Let's make bricks and harden them with fire." (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.)
Genesis 11:3 NLT
Come let us make a rival creation 
The materials to be used was a statement of rebellion. 
A tower to show the power of mankind. Set us up as gods to make a name for ourselves. So we don't have to fill the earth. 
A motive in every heart to reject God. Hubris the fatal flaw that leads to failure. 
Desire to scale the walls of heaven is our hubris. 
Our work goes wrong when we get hit with hubris. 
1. Love God 
2. Love your neighbour. All we do is to be driven my motivation of love. 
If not it becomes loving yourself. About winning and being in control. Toil by three sweat of your brow. It goes wrong when it becomes rebellion. 
2. Work becomes salvation.
V3 moving East is going farther away from God 

Then they said, "Come, let's build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world."
Genesis 11:4 NLT
We want our name to be a top hit in Google
The Greatest Showman track is what my family is listening to. 
The love story of creating the greatest show and looking for validation. 
Come back home. I drank champagne with kings and queens. These eyes will not be blinded

We are most godlike when we're working. How am I doing things that only God can give. Only God 

3. Work becomes defeat. 
But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.
Genesis 11:5‭, ‬9 NLT
They are scattered. Babel the gate of the gods comes to mean gibberish. 
Mercy is in God's response of scattering them. God confuses our languages to protect us. 
Abraham was promised a name by God. As a gift of grace. 

Our performances can never reach to heaven. Only God can reach us. Jesus came. The cross of suffering and shame is the human creation that reaches to heaven. Babel couldn't do it. Only the Prince of Peace could seal our salvation. 
He is bearing our hubris to silence our discontent. 
Come too Jesus today. 
Let's pray.  

Sunday, April 08, 2018

The Empty Tomb

http://www.youranchorpoint.com
Armann Jakob Palsson associate pastor. In Winnipeg since June. 
Donavan - church went witnessing yesterday. Lots of good contacts. Next time on the 28th. Some people got on the bus for Good sharing. 

The Empty Tomb for now we see dimly. 

I see dimly. Like going to the ocean for a thimble of water and getting excited about that. 

How can we achieve more? Gratitude and relationships are as important as reading the Bible. 
Growth Gratitude Relationships
Jesus loved stories. 1/3 of his teaching was in parables. 
The disciples came up and asked, "Why do you tell stories?" He replied, "You've been given insight into God's kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn't been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That's why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they're blue in the face and not get it. I don't want Isaiah's forecast repeated all over again: Your ears are open but you don't hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don't see a thing. The people are blockheads! They stick their fingers in their ears so they won't have to listen; They screw their eyes shut so they won't have to look, so they won't have to deal with me face-to-face and let me heal them.
Matthew 13:10‭-‬15 MSG
You will be given more wisdom joy faith. 

He who improves what he has will get more. 
Be faithful, courtiers. Extend love.

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it's God's order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you're irresponsible to the state, then you're irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you're trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear. Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you'll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you're breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren't there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That's why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it's the right way to live.
Romans 13:1‭-‬3 MSG

We may throw the dice but God controls how they fall. 

Honour God and others.

Let's make a rule to avoid distractions for certain hours each week. 

Mom was born in a barn with a drunk doctor that threw her away. 

Listen on line. 

Susan Pinker Ted Talk personal close relationships helps people live to 100 on an island in Italy.

How can I bless the people around you. Think of others before yourself. JOY - Jesus first Others next Yourself last.

We need each other. Live long by being with others. Live long spiritually by being with others in church. Get pumped to be with others.

Let's not tear each other down. Keep meeting and encouraging one another. 

Contact the missing. Keep an eye out for one another. 

Think about this song, 
 In the morning, when I rise,
in the morning, when I rise,
in the morning, when I rise,
give me Jesus.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Happy Resurrection Day

Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus' body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus' body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth. The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
John 19:38‭-‬42 NLT

www.EasTview. org chor: Hear the bells ringing Jesus is risen

They sealed the tomb

Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, "They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!" while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. for until then they still hadn't understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they went home.
John 20:1‭-‬2‭, ‬7‭, ‬9‭-‬10 NLT

Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin. Your grace was so free washes over me
When death was arrested and my life began
Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You
It's your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You
Christ is risen indeed
500 eye witnesses proved Jesus had risen. It took a miracle to convince the disciples that he was alive. Remember the empty tomb. 

Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. "Dear woman, why are you crying?" Jesus asked her. "Who are you looking for?" She thought he was the gardener. "Sir," she said, "if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him." "Mary!" Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, "Rabboni!" (which is Hebrew for "Teacher"). Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, "I have seen the Lord!" Then she gave them his message.
John 20:11‭-‬12‭, ‬15‭-‬16‭, ‬18 NLT

The doors were locked. Jesus did not need to open doors. Just to be where no one else could go. 
Jesus can help when no one else can. He'll give you victory. He can reach in to you. He simply shows up. Would you allow Jesus to find you today? 

There are so many nice resurrection songs why do we need to listen to noise? 

Doors were locked in the evening when loneliness and fear is at the highest. Jesus stepped into it. 
Behind locked doors we feel safe. 
Satan tries to mess you up. To leave you hanging there. 

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he replied, "I won't believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don't be faithless any longer. Believe!" "My Lord and my God!" Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me."
John 20:24‭-‬25‭, ‬27‭-‬29 NLT

Filled with wonder awestruck wonder

Jesus's death was difficult. Thomas was agitated. The sceptic in him screamed that he had to touch the wounds.

It happened. Jesus showed up in person. My Lord and my God! Those who believed he gave the right to be children of God. Surrender to Jesus today. Get the peace He offers. Pray now. 

Jesus Messiah name above all names

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness? The King of Glory. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

GOOD FRIDAY

Freedom in the Promised Land. The Passover in Jerusalem was special. His time had come. 
Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, "Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together." "Where do you want us to prepare it?" they asked him. He replied, "As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters,  say to the owner, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?'  He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal."  They went off to the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there. When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.  Jesus said, "I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.  For I tell you now that I won't eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, "Take this and share it among yourselves.  For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come." He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." After supper he took another cup of wine and said, "This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. "But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me.  For it has been determined that the Son of Man must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him."
Luke 22:7‭-‬22 NLT


Communion

On the way, Jesus told them, "Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, 'God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there." Peter declared, "Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you." Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me." "No!" Peter insisted. "Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!" And all the other disciples vowed the same. Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, "Sit here while I go over there to pray."  And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people. Jesus said, "My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for." Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. "Put away your sword," Jesus told him. "Those who use the sword will die by the sword.  Don't you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?  But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures." At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.
Matthew 26:31‭-‬36‭, ‬47‭, ‬50‭-‬50‭, ‬52‭-‬53‭, ‬56 NLT

Each of us will make decisions. Jesus is standing on trial still. What will you do with Jesus? 

Jesus is standing in Pilate's hall,
friendless, forsaken, betrayed by all;
hearken! what meaneth the sudden call?
What will you do with Jesus?

Refrain:
What will you do with Jesus?
Neutral you cannot be;
Some day your heart will be asking,
"What will he do with me?"

Jesus is standing on trial still,
you can be false to him if you will,
you can be faithful through good or ill.
What will you do with Jesus? Refrain


That's just wrong. There are many things in that category. Lust. Unforgiveness. Jesus's crucifixion. 

He took all the wrongs. He sees our brokenness. Our pain. 
We must allow him to make things right. 
All to Jesus I surrender. 

Then they bound him, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor. When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. The leading priests picked up the coins. "It wouldn't be right to put this money in the Temple treasury," they said, "since it was payment for murder."  After some discussion they finally decided to buy the potter's field, and they made it into a cemetery for foreigners. That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood. This fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah that says, "They took the thirty pieces of silver— the price at which he was valued by the people of Israel, and purchased the potter's field, as the Lord directed. "
Matthew 27:2‭-‬3‭, ‬6‭-‬10 NLT

Falling into the water does not drown people staying under does. 
You may have sinned and suffer the consequences but you don't have to stay there. Peter repented. Judas was sorry but not willing to repent and walk in truth. 
Jesus changes everything. You don't want to miss him. 

In Pilate's hall He stands betrayed

The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. "Hail! King of the Jews!" they mocked, as they slapped him across the face. Pilate went outside again and said to the people, "I am going to bring him out to you now, but understand clearly that I find him not guilty." Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said, "Look, here is the man!" When they saw him, the leading priests and Temple guards began shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" "Take him yourselves and crucify him," Pilate said. "I find him not guilty." The Jewish leaders replied, "By our law he ought to die because he called himself the Son of God." When Pilate heard this, he was more frightened than ever. Then Jesus said, "You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin." Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted, "If you release this man, you are no 'friend of Caesar.' Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar." "Away with him," they yelled. "Away with him! Crucify him!" "What? Crucify your king?" Pilate asked. "We have no king but Caesar," the leading priests shouted back. Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus away.
John 19:2‭-‬8‭, ‬11‭-‬12‭, ‬15‭-‬16 NLT

The man sentenced for crucifiction would have to drag his cross. If he did not die from his injuries he would die of suffocation. 
Every sin has to be paid. Jesus took our place. 

Your blood ran down
From Your head down Your face
From Your hands to Your feet
Your blood ran down for me
From Your head down Your face
From Your hands to Your feet
Your blood ran down
Your blood ran down
Your blood ran down for me

Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha ). And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. So they said, "Rather than tearing it apart, let's throw dice for it." This fulfilled the Scripture that says, "They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing." So that is what they did. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, "Dear woman, here is your son."  And he said to this disciple, "Here is your mother." And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
John 19:17‭, ‬19‭-‬19‭, ‬23‭-‬24‭, ‬26‭-‬27 NLT

Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, "I am thirsty."  When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:28‭, ‬30 NLT

Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow. Jesus paid it all. 

The rest of the story Sunday at 9:15 & 11:15

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday

Good Friday services 9:15 & 11:15
Easter services 9:15 & 11:15
Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org 
The owner sent his servants to collect the rent. They got beat up or killed. Then he sent his son and he got killed. 
Our sin distorts the picture of a loving God.

Breathe in the grace of God and breathe out the praise of God.
It's there in the newborn cry
It's there in the light of every sunrise
It's there in the shadows of this light
Your great grace
It's there on the mountaintop
It's there in the everyday and the mundane
There in the sorrow and the dancing
Your great grace
Oh, such grace
From the creation to the cross
Then from the cross into eternity
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me
It's there on a wedding day
There in the weeping by the graveside
There in the very breath we breathe
Your great grace
Same for the rich and poor
Same for the saint and for the sinner
Enough for this whole wide world
Your great grace
Oh, such grace
From the creation to the cross
Then from the cross into eternity
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me
There in the darkest night of the soul
There in the sweetest songs of victory
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me
Your great grace
Oh, such grace
Your great grace
Oh, such grace
So I'm breathing in Your grace
And I'm breathing out Your praise
I'm breathing in Your grace
Forever I'll be
Breathing in Your grace
And I'm breathing out Your praise
I'm breathing in Your grace
And I'm breathing out Your praise
Breathing in Your grace
For our God, for our God
Yes, Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me

Duct tape has thousands of uses. The Holy Week has all the repair qualities. But Jesus is not duct tape. Jesus died for us. You must love the Lord your God and your neighbour. Jesus gave us new life with purpose. 

Jesus prophesied the destruction of the temple. You'll be arrested and hated. Endure to the end. There will be anguish. If someone tells you there is the Messiah don't bother looking. When the Messiah comes again everyone will see him. No one knows when this will be. 

Homeowners never know when a thief is coming, and they are always on guard to keep one from breaking in. Always be ready! You don't know when the Son of Man will come.
Matthew 24:43‭-‬44 CEV

Today we can experience the hope and joy of Jesus. Without Jesus you will face judgement. A warning. 
This is written so you may believe. 
O come to the alter. 
Are you hurting and broken within?
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?
Jesus is calling
Have you come to the end of yourself
Do you thirst for a drink from the well?
Jesus is calling
O come to the altar
The Father's arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ
Leave behind your regrets and mistakes
Come today there's no reason to wait
Jesus is calling
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy
From the ashes a new life is born
Jesus is calling
O come to the altar
The Father's arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ
O come to the altar
The Father's arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ
Oh what a savior
Isn't He wonderful?
Sing hallelujah,

Jesus is calling
When Jesus had finished teaching, he told his disciples, "You know two days from now will be Passover. This is when the Son of Man will be handed over to his enemies and nailed to a cross."
Matthew 26:1‭-‬2 CEV

Have you seen common sense fail? We could have sold this perfume for a lot of money and given it to the poor."
Matthew 26:9 CEV

Sunday, March 18, 2018

EasTview the Mission of the Church is not a Chair

Desert Song

[Verse 1:]
This is my prayer in the desert
When all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

[Verse 2:]
And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me, Lord, through the flame

[Chorus:]
And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

[Verse 3:]
And this is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

[Chorus:]
And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

[Bridge 4x:]
All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

[Chorus 2x:]
And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

[Verse 4:]
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've received I will sow

I believe in the resurrection in the name of Jesus. 

This I Believeby Hillsong Worship

Our Father, everlasting
The all creating One
God Almighty

Through Your Holy Spirit
Conceiving Christ the Son
Jesus our Saviour

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

Our judge and our defender
Suffered and crucified
Forgiveness is in You

Descended into darkness
You rose in glorious light
Forever seated high

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God it three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

Yes, I believe in You
I believe You rose again
I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord

I believe in Life Eternal
I believe virgin birth
I believe in the saints' communion
And in Your holy church
I believe in the resurrection
When Jesus comes again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God it three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus
For I believe in the name of Jesus
For I believe in the name of Jesus

Copyright 2014 – Hillsong Worship


25 teens are going on inner city ministry www.EasTview-SOAR.webs.com

Johnnie Dodsworth
The Church is not a Chair
Movie clip How to Find a Church

Mission key word witness 
Acts 1.8
What's a witness? Someone who says I know this to be true. 

 But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power.[k] And you will be my messengers[l] to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces[m]even to the remotest places on earth!"[n]

Witness here is martyr. 

Love is God's divine DNA. Bruxy Cavey.


Jesus says all authority. Make disciples who make disciples. Teach them to obey. 

Leading people to Christ and on to maturity in Christ. 

Called to oneness

John 17

That they would be one. 

While I was with these that you have given me,[k]
    I have kept them safe by your name that you have given me.
    Not one of them is lost,
    except the one that was destined to be lost,[l]
    so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 "But now I am returning to you so Father,
    I pray[m] that they will experience
    and enter into my joyous delight in you[n]
    so that it is fulfilled in them and overflows.
14 I have given them your message
    and that is why the unbelieving world hates them.
    For their allegiance is no longer to this world
    because I am not of this world.
15 I am not asking that you remove them from the world,
    but I ask that you guard their hearts from evil,[o]

That the world would know they are in me. That's where the Mission starts. 

Be a witness. Reflect. Are you in oneness? 

Move from belief to life in the resurrection. Participate in the body. 

Can we be a Church to make disciples? In love with Jesus?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Not a chair.

Video Church Hunters. 

John Dodsworth www.EasTview.org
The nature of the church
The disciples were devoted to the teachings of the apostles, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. All the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other. At the same time, they praised God and had the good will of all the people. Every day the Lord saved people, and they were added to the group.
Acts 2:42‭, ‬44‭-‬44‭, ‬47 GW
The church membered want the church to serve me. 

Because of the kindness that God has shown me, I ask you not to think of yourselves more highly than you should. Instead, your thoughts should lead you to use good judgment based on what God has given each of you as believers. Our bodies have many parts, but these parts don't all do the same thing. If it is encouraging others, devote yourself to giving encouragement. If it is sharing, be generous. If it is leadership, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping people in need, help them cheerfully.
Romans 12:3‭-‬4‭, ‬8 GW

Paul is calling the church to share again. 

Look at what God is doing in you.  We are members of one another. A living body. 
Many parts. 

Recently had loss of vision  in onr until someone prayed for me and the eye was instantly healed.

CHARISMATA = gifts of the Holy Spirit. We have a role to play. 

You may have a gift to do something but you have to get more training to develop the gift. 

We are gifted with something that is to be used in the body. Are you aware of the gifts God has given you? Get out of your chair joyfully not because of guilt.

Join a Life Group. You are not meant to do it alone. 
Ryan is putting a maintenance team together. Consider joining him. There are all kinds of volunteer positions you can fill. Bring unity in diversity in the church. We will never be perfect but the church has the Holy Spirit to be witnesses to the wider community. 
 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Church

Lakeside Mennonite Church
Checotah, OK 74426, USA
Fancy new church building. 
Scalding hot water in bathroom. 
10 adult men. Some of them guests. 10 boys. Women and girls sit on the right side of the auditorium. Women wear black kerchiefs.


I'll live for Him #408 Christian Hymnal
1. Christ gave his life for us and if we follow him we'll have happiness and peace. 
Jesus is Lord of All. 
399 A Full Surrender
1. Surrender
2. What do we with our hands? Lift them up to the Lord? Our transportation, is it surrendered to Christ? 
Your head? Humble? Ladies have long hair and a veil?

3. If persecution would arise and we were killed we need not fear. Only Christ. Are we following him? 

God has a place prepared for us. 

4. Money.  For how much are we willing to lose a friend? $1,000.
A clerk put a dollar in her own pocket. 
Labors are we employed by Christ? In a good place? 
Voice. Tone. Are we seasoned with grace. Are our electronic things surrendered? 
5. Surrender your life. What are we living for? What are we loving? Family. Jesus's disciples were his family. 
We want to follow Christ.
393 I Would Not Have My Way

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Joy

Nero was called the anti Christ. He murdered his family the apostle Paul and Christians. He burned Christians in his garden as torches. He killed his wife and mother castrated a boy and married him before he killed himself. 

Philippians the book of joy was written in that environment. Paul had the joy of Christ. 

But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves.
James 1:22 NET

Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6 NET
Hearing versus doing.
If you do you will have peace. 


Joy. Love. Peace. Self control.
Quit worrying. Live in Christ. That's too simple. Live him 24/7. It takes time to learn that. 

We should sing I surrender all not I surrender some. We have trouble with that. 

Paul got 5x39 lashes. Three times I was beaten with a rod. Once I received a stoning. Three times I suffered shipwreck. A night and a day I spent adrift in the open sea.
2 Corinthians 11:25 NET

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.
Philippians 4:8 NET

Get rid of what hurts you. Alcohol? Porn?
It takes time to improve. Don't be too hard on yourself when you fail. Choose your thought stream. Take every thought captive. Every thought. 
Live what you read in the Bible. You are the gardener and reap what you sow. Sow depression and reap depression. 

We can't Google God or the Apple woman. 
Shake it off and run to Christ. Don't sow crap.
I was circumcised at 8 Paul said. Was the purebred Hebrew of Hebrews. Counted that all garbage for the infinite value of knowing Christ. 
Be content in God's will. His plan. 
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4 NET

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Worthless Riches James 5:1-6

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How much money do you need to be wealthy? 
A million. Nothing. It's relative. Enough food and shelter. What matters is that you think about it all the time. Said a wealth planner. 
Most of us don't say I want to be rich. 
Pay attention to this if you're rich. Cry and moan about the misery that is coming to you. Your riches have decayed, and your clothes have been eaten by moths. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be used as evidence against you. Like fire, it will destroy your body. You have stored up riches in these last days. The wages you refused to pay the people who harvested your fields shout ⌊to God⌋ against you. The Lord of Armies has heard the cries of those who gather the crops. You have lived in luxury and pleasure here on earth. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered people who have God's approval, even though they didn't resist you.
James 5:1‭-‬6 GW

40-60 years after Jesus died the church had issues with financials. 
People were not paid properly.

James spent many hours in prayer. He had camel knees. 

Left home at 15 to go to university and got his inheritance of $100 before he came to Canada. Pray for what you need. Had nothing to pay for tuition. An anonymous donor sent a cheque for tuition.

He tithed and at the end of the year he had $200.

Being rich is not sinful. Selfishness is. 

How did you get it? Fraud? Holding back wages? Pay daily. 

FLN job to raise millions. Pray for the people that owe you money and give more. 

Give a word of encouragement. The rich were suing the poor who had nothing. I want to be in control. We have rights and we chase them. 

Storing wealth at the expense of others is wrong. Share. You won't take it with you. 
Not sharing is worse than being an unbeliever.

Be satisfied and stay where you live. Don't hoard on these last days. 
Make the best use of your time. 

Friday, February 09, 2018

Eldon Plett Funeral

Eldon impacted many. 
Psalm 91
2 Corinthians comfort consolation may God bless you. 

127 Amazing Grace how sweet the sound

Thank you for giving to the Lord. Eldon did that. 
Helmut.

Thank You
I dreamed I went to heaven
You were there with me
We walked along the streets of gold
Beside the crystal sea
We heard the angels singing
Then someone called your name
You turned and saw a young man
He was smiling as he came
He said friend, you may not know me now
But then he said but wait
You used to teach my Sunday school
When I was only eight
Every week you would say a prayer
Before the class would start
One morning when you said that prayer
I asked Jesus in my heart
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave
Kelvin Plett, brother, read the obituary
In my Father's house
Grade 12 graduation with Flora
He enjoyed studies. Enrolled in medical school. 
Got an electrical degree and Red Seal designation. 
Aurora Electrical Solutions he really enjoyed. 
Tuesday he had lunch and got accidentally gassed. 
He produced videos. He helped others in their studies. 
Eldon called Glenn sharing Bible verses with him. 
He taught Adult Sunday School.
LBE appreciated his electrical skills. 
He was a man of prayer. 
Michael Smith of Aurora said he was a hard worker. 
Saturday Eldon came to men's prayer breakfast. He was in the choir on Sunday to sing:

Once a sinner far from Jesus,
I was perishing with cold,
But the bless├Ęd Savior heard me when I cried;
Then He threw His robe around me,
And He led me to His fold,
And I'm living on the hallelujah side.

Refrain
Oh, glory be to Jesus, let the hallelujahs roll;
Help me ring the Savior's praises far and wide,
For I've opened up tow'rd heaven
All the windows of my soul,
And I'm living on the hallelujah side.


In loving memory of Eldon.  How we can we receive comfort?

When Jesus comes in there is unspeakable comfort. The physical presence of Jesus would have prevented Eldon from dying. 

Jesus had deep compassion for the sisters of Lazarus. 

Jesus gave a promise. Brother will rise again. Jesus said I am the resurrection. Everyone who believes in me will never die. 

Jesus is not A Way. He is THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. 

Have you come to this assurance?

Jesus you are all I need. 

Take away the stone said Jesus. If you believe you will see the glory of God. 

Every day 500 people get cancer. 

If you believe you will see the glory of God. 

We will see him.

After she said this, she went back home. She called her sister Mary to one side to talk to her. "The Teacher is here," Martha said. "He is asking for you."
John 11:28 NIRV
Jesus is asking for you. 
We prayed together. That made my day. 
Have you repented? 
Eldon wanted to do things right. 
He was smart. A+ in university in every course except 1 with an A.
We had communion and we hugged. 

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Dr T. V. Thomas

TV Thomas
Totally Victorious
Mission Fest Manitoba

Matt 16
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven!
Matthew 16:16‭-‬17 NET

Instead of going south he went north east to Caesarea Philippi. Why? Greek mythology Pan the God of nature. Jesus was the creator of the universe. 

When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"
Matthew 16:13 NET

for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through him and for him.
Colossians 1:16 NET

What about you? Who do you say I am? This is the most important question that confronts everyone. 

Do you have a biblical answer? Who is Jesus? 
You need to answer that question. 

If you can't explain that you are not a Christian. Are you intentional in answering that question? 

Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven!
Matthew 16:16‭-‬17 NET

The Hebrew Son means same character. Of the living God. 

 The Vision statement of Jesus: I Will build MY church. Jesus has absolute power knowledge 
He can't be overruled. 

Christian have sticky fingers about their church. It belongs to Christ alone alone. 

Gates implies the protection. 

It's a Global statement. 
How does the report card look? More countries are open than ever before. 
USSR is open. Iran. Albania. Very closed a few years ago. There were only 6 believers. Now every village has the gospel. Nepal had 400 believers. Now every village has the witness of the gospel. Jesus Said I will BUILD my church. 295,000 people come to Christ every year. And going up. Christ is on the move. In the Middle East as well. Yeman has huge increase. Need disciplers.

It's not happening here because we are not taking the gospel to the streets.