Sunday, October 22, 2017

Successful Christianity

Sean winter pastor Falcon Lake All People's Church 

Guest preacher: Nathan & Nicole
Finding joy
The Christian perspective
What does that mean? 
Grew up with grandparents missionaries around the world

Steinbach has 40 some churches. I ask people why they are going to heaven. They don't know. 

Dear children, you belong to God. So you have won the victory over these people, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. We belong to God. The person who knows God listens to us. Whoever doesn't belong to God doesn't listen to us. That's how we can tell the Spirit of truth from the spirit of lies. Dear friends, we must love each other because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God. We have seen and testify to the fact that the Father sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God lives in those who declare that Jesus is the Son of God, and they live in God. We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God's love live in God, and God lives in them.
1 John 4:4‭, ‬6‭-‬7‭, ‬14‭-‬16 GW

A tree can't find water. All it can do is grow and bear fruit. 
That's how we need to abide in Jesus. We can choose where we want to be. By the water or in the desert. Some of us get a bucket of water in church and live in the desert all week hoping we have enough water. 

God loves me no matter what. He wants a personal relationship with me. God's love is always the same. Get to know him as your father. That's what a successful Christian looks like. 

Fall in love with Jesus more and more. He'll change your heart and you'll bear fruit. 

 Meet with Jesus every morning to get his love to change you.

A fellow came to my house. His dad was an imprisoned murderer. I spent 2 hours with him, he accepted Jesus and he us now a married church leader.

Saul did his best to destroy the church. He became a powerful church leader. 

God brought the walls around Jericho down after the people walked in obedience for 7 days. 

Ask Jesus to show you how to walk with him. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Notes from Renee

The Bards Of Now

Our Directors

Mark is our brave and fearless leader. He is ALWAYS on time for practices and he NEVER forgets. He was the toughest meanest and smelliest giant around. But for all his meanness, Mark does have a soft side. He never once complained when hit by a bomb squeaky toy, even when it was a headshot.

On a more serious note though, we as a drama team really appreciated all the effort you put in, especially for our Aliens production. We'd also like to encourage him to keep up the good leadership job for next year. We couldn't have come this far without you. You stretched us to do our best and forced us out of our comfort zone. Though we may not have appreciated it at the time, we are better actors and better people because of it. Thank you.

Julie is not afraid of the dark, or of the kid faced bug eating Frankenstein monsters hiding under the bed just waiting so they can come out and EAT YOU! She too was always at every practice and never let a little thing like an ambulance call get in the way of her commitment to the team. Even though she is only 6 years old we think she did a great job.

It probably wasn't easy trying to direct us and get stuff done when we just wanted to Goof Off. You were a good motivator though and even when we weren't focused you still were. Thank you for all your hard work and your belief in us that we could do this.

From Renee's drama notebook. 2000-2001

Sunday, October 15, 2017

That power of God

http://www.albertmohler.com/the-briefing/
Brian Hamilton pastor Falcon Lake All People's Church 

After the death of the Lord's servant Moses, the Lord spoke to Moses' helper, Joshua son of Nun. He said, "My servant Moses is dead. Get ready now, you and all the people of Israel, and cross the Jordan River into the land that I am giving them. Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:1‭-‬2‭, ‬8‭-‬9 GNT

The disciples asked Jesus: When are you going to set up your kingdom? God called Israel to bless the nations. Go into all the world.. Jerusalem...

Joshua knew the mantle of leadership would fall on him. 
How can I do this? God provides the resources. God reaffirmed Joshua. He was mourning the loss of his mentor. 
Success would come from
1. The book of the law. Study it continually. At the command of the Lord, Moses wrote down the name of the place each time they set up camp.
Numbers 33:2 GNT
We obey. I try to write notes to my wife. She puts them in a book. It reminds her of love. 
The law reminded Joshua of God's love and guidelines. The church is you be the church. It matters what God says 
1. The Bible is the foundation. The heart of God. On his lips
2. Ponder God's word in your heart
3. Be careful to do everything in the book. Live in obedience. Do it all and the power of God will be released in your life. Growth Works book by John North
Remember God says the Power is mine. We will only make a difference when we rely on God's power. 
We are nothing apart from Christ. 
Joshua was a great leader because he relied on God. 

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Love one another. Avoid apathy

Song: Jesus Messiah Lord of all
You're a Good Good Father that's who you are
Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org

We are here for a purpose. Apathy is a serious distraction in following Jesus. We are not told to be good parents. He asks to follow. 
Jesus said to them, "Come, follow me! I will teach you how to catch people instead of fish."
Matthew 4:19 GW

Do likewise. Share the love. Not just to be good. "I'm giving you a new commandment: Love each other in the same way that I have loved you.
John 13:34 GW
I struggle to love people all the time even when I am disappointed in people. That decision has to be made every day. 
When I go to the loveseat I need to be replenished with love. 
Apathy. What happens when there is a cranky kid?
 Feelings? Sympathy. Diplomatic. Factual. Apathetic. Other. 
How do people react to adversity?
Most people are indifferent. Why? Laugh. AFV makes us laugh when others hurt. We are apathetic. 
We can't feel the pain. 
Don't be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.
Romans 12:11 GW
Don't be lazy in enthusiasm. Whose job is it to care? 
I know what you have done, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. But since you are lukewarm and not hot or cold, I'm going to spit you out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:15‭-‬16 GW
That church had become apathetic. That makes God sick to his stomach. God is a loving Father and he won't do that. He is self giving. Self sacrificing. Personally focused. Ferociously in love with you and me. 
The Israelites had to choose their best lamb. 
"You say, 'Oh what a nuisance it is,' and you sniff at it in disgust," says the Lord of Armies. "You bring stolen, lame, and sick animals. When you bring such offerings, should I accept them from you?" asks the Lord . "Cheaters are under a curse. They have male animals in their flocks that they vow to give ⌊as a sacrifice⌋. But they sacrifice second-rate ones to the Lord instead. I am a great king," says the Lord of Armies. "Among the nations my name is respected.
Malachi 1:13‭-‬14 GW
God is holy. He is not impressed with second rate commitment. He has promised us peace. We are invited to love Him. 
Do we give only left overs to our kids? Or are we apathetic? 
Apathy makes God sick. 
Give your best. 
Jude Dear friends, use your most holy faith to grow. Pray with the Holy Spirit's help. Remain in God's love as you look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life.
Jude 1:20‭-‬21 GW
Nurture your faith. 
Apathy says it doesn't matter whether I come to church or get baptised. 
I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 GW
It's time to give up slothful apathy. 
10,000 Reasons why I should do my best. Be done with apathy. Fall in love with Jesus. Bless the Lord O my soul. 

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Love One Another through Confusion

Adelia Wiebe saw a vision of perfect art made from shards of glass. 
Delbert Enns www.EasTview.org 
It is not fun to be confused. 
What does that mean for you? Fear of losing control or emotion of anger.
How is your relationship going? OK? Confused? Not in control. 
We trust our feelings too much. So many voices. 
I want Clarity. Give my head a shake. I'm Confused. 
What are your standards? Are you a Christ follower? 
26 years ago 150 people decided that they wanted to be "Leading people to Christ and on to maturity in Him". If you don't understand that go to another church.

The 5 Gs
Clarity
1. Grace - not just to be a good person to climb the ladder to God. What if I can't make it all the way to the top? Confusion. We have a God came down to us. That's Grace. That's hard to accept but we have accept it. So we can't boast. Is this clear to you? 
My 10 year old sister asked us whether we had the certainty of God's forgiveness? I prayed that night to accept Jesus.
When you do that you become more gratuitous. 
2. Growth. Walk in forgiveness. If you don't you'll miss out on the good things. I'm a doer and I want to climb the ladder by nature. I have to depend on the Holy Spirit. I had a recent God experience. I'm not a slave to God. I'm his son and He loves me. 
Our Tuesday night concert of prayer. 
3. Groups. Growing in community. Even with the ones we don't like in a church that needs fixing. Living in harmony and unity. The disciples were devoted to the teachings of the apostles, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.
Acts 2:42 GW
We are the church as a group of people. Know and be known. Love. Serve. 
Everyone needs to belong to s small group. 
4. Gifts. Become part of the story. God in his kindness gave each of us different gifts. If your gift is speaking what God has revealed, make sure what you say agrees with the Christian faith. If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. 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 12:6‭-‬8 GW
Do you know God's gift to you? If not, talk to me. 80 people came out to a parents' lunch.
5. Good Stewardship. Zachaus needed reconciliation.  
All I have comes from God. Joyfully. Give. 

Have you accepted God's grace? Life Group? Are you using your Gifts? Give Joyfully. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

40 Days of Praise Worship Warship

Pastor Mark Hughes www.churchoftherock.ca 
Worship versus Praise
The Great One versus Jonathan Toews 
Worship is recognizing we are not worthy. Falling face down to God. Moses Joshua Isaiah
Sensing the greatness of God. 

Jehoshapht was a good king. He was attacked. Stand still and see God's deliverance. The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.
2 Chronicles 17:3‭-‬4 NIV

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.' "
2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV
King Leopold the King of Kings humbled himself and bowed his knee to the Lord of Lords and the plague in Vienna was stopped. 
There is a statue that celebrated that. 

The Samaritan woman and Jesus chatted. John 4.19
"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."   "Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.  Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."
John 4:19‭-‬24 NIV

Spirit and truth is to worship with heart and head. Who do we need to worship? Everyone worships something. God created mankind to worship. The Harley or something. Safeway in Kenora has a dock and fancy boat owner came with a hot babe but kept looking at his fancy boat. 
Worship
1. Draws us Closer to God. Kiss his hand. Dog that licks his master's hand. Devoted. What's the difference if you lock someone in the trunk or a dog? The dog will be happy to see you. 
When will you the bridegroom bow down to touch dad's feet? He has done it many times. He bowed down to his pastor's feet.

2. Draw near and God will draw near to you. He'll meet you where you are. Brother had cancer. Got healed. Broke his neck. Got healed. Got cancer and died. Had to keep preaching powerful messages through it all. 

3. He drives our enemies away. Tuesday we prayed for legs. Prayed for Pastor Keith. Couldn't run. Now he ran for the 1st time in 9 months. He prayed for 30 people and they all went for a run. One lady had not run for 7 years.
God defeats our enemies. 

Raise your hand if you want to follow Jesus. 
Thunder sticks to bang to the music. God is fighting for us. God is on our side carrying our burdens. 

Bow down. Our God is alive. Every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb. Who can stop the Lord Almighty?

10s of Thousands before the throne cry day and night bowing before the Throne. Surrender it all. 
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain 
Activation to transform the church. 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CBMC John Bergen speech

80% of negative life experience is mental emotional. 20% physical. 
Cast out the Spirit of blindness from 2 people in Haiti

Dr Carolyn Leaf knows it all. 
Attitudes are everything. Live healthy. Rebuke the pain. Don't receive it. 
Thoughts can make structural changes to your cells. 120 trillion cells with DNA molecules. All coded to work together. 
The power of your thoughts is everything. Don't tolerate negative thought. 
Change to positive thought patterns. The immune system will get rid of cancer. The digestive system will work better. Cardiovascular system will work better. The heart has a brain of its own. It needs positive brain. 
Thinking is feeling. Negative thoughts destroy memory and mental health. 

Renew your mind in 4 days. 3 weeks to build new thought patterns. 

She connects Scripture with brain health. Give thanks in everything. You'll get peace. Health. 
Seek God's attitudes. 

Be encouraged to go after attitudes. 

Let's not be the sickest class of people.

Q&A no unforgiveness toward the perpetrators. Was healed of unforgiveness when he forgave his dad as a young man. 63 years ago. 
Jesus Help Me was the prayer. 
They weren't part of the equation. 

Wife was restored 3 years after the event. 

Does God use suffering to improve us? Yes. Count it all joy. "My strength is made perfect in weakness."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Frosh

Are we basically good or bad? Both. We are broken. Good to begin with. Sin = Not together. We are infected with sin. Created in God's image. A worm is a worm. It's OK for it to live in the mud. 
We have imputed righteousness. Justified = just as if I'd never sinned. Luther called it Snow covered dung
Imparted righteousness. A new heart. 
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
Romans 3:28 NIV
God Rightousified Abraham 
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? What does Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
Romans 4:1‭, ‬3 NIV
A financial metaphor. Credited. Your account has been credited. A gift. Not earned. Gratuities. God doesn't owe you. Thank God for the gift. 

However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
Romans 4:5 NIV

God is putting the broken pieces together. This is good news for the broken. Not so much for the "good". Jesus calls the sinners. 
Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Luke 5:31‭-‬32 NIV

How come we are so often monsters? Leaches are sucking.

What's the cosmic time-line for justification of Christ? 2000+ years before and after.

Examples 
Can God save a sociopath? A serial killer? Cannibal? Yes. https://www.biography.com/people/jeffrey-dahmer-9264755

He's gone to heaven. If that makes you blue. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I AM of Jesus the TRUE grapevine

Brian Hamilton Pastor www.AllPeoplesChurch.weebly.com
"I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.  When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
John 15:1‭-‬2‭, ‬4‭-‬5‭, ‬8 NLT

3 functions
1.True vine
2. Father is the gardener that prunes the branches
3. You are the branches to bring fruit

I AM the True vine. The Vine is the symbol of Israel. Psalm 80 God planted a vine. Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven's Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself. For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown. Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice.
Psalms 80:14‭-‬17 NLT

A vine's only function is to grow grapes. Bear much fruit. That's the evidence of your connection to Jesus the source of your life. 

There are branches that look like Christians but bear no fruit. They may say the right things but not know Jesus. We had apple trees that bore no apples. They had not been pruned.

We confess with our mouths because we have Life. Examine our hearts. Are we bearing much fruit?

We often measure success by the dollars earned. 

3. You are the branches. Abide. Remain. In Jesus. Bear much fruit. You can be a pastor but not bear fruit. Peter denied Jesus. 

Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. "People of Israel," he said, "what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate's decision to release him.
Acts of the Apostles 3:12‭-‬13 NLT
What is so surprising? Abide in Jesus. 
Read your Bible every day. 
Fruit always comes when we abide in the vine. 
What does it mean to bear fruit?

Friday, September 08, 2017

Conservative Breakfast

Cathy Cox
Guests
Harold Albrecht Kitchener-Waterloo Conestoga 
Karen Veccio Elgin London
John Brassard Barrie
James Bezan Interlake MP 5X

Harold EDA is so important. Constituency work is so what we do every day
Human life. Suicide prevention. Palliative care. Pro life

Karen. Worked for MP Joe. Understand personal life issues
Shadow minister Family Services
Walked in pride parades. Inclusive party. Mother of 5. Cut the bull. 

John. Barrie ON. Son at Vancouver Canucks knows lots of hockey players. Worked at Brandon. 
Deputy Whip in Parliament
Andrew is doing a great job. Unified. Focused. Share the message with your friends. Canadians are starting to smell the rats. Be a good team player. 

James Bezan buddy MP
We have a complete disaster MP that was unceremoniously dumped from cabinet. She called Chief Peguis an immigrant. 
Facebook is the news media. Use it. 
JT is sliding all kinds of bad stuff. Payment to terrorists. Stop the evil tax grab. 
Opposition sucks. We need 15 seats. We need your teams to go door to door. 
Halifax policy convention is coming up.

Q&A tax argument
There is a record tax flow. Class warfare. Fair taxation for everyone. Reduce government costs. 
Money is portable. 
JT is committed to force this. Working with the Senators. We have all kinds of tools. We filed a dissenting report on suicide. 
Carbon tax? How do we compete? We produce 1% of world carbon. Stop it. It's a regressive tax grab. We'll stand against it against the bullies. 

Phoenix payroll is still a problem. Government employees are having problems. 

Rick Doerksen supply management? It does not increase cost of food. USA milk and cheese is more expensive than Canadian. They have boom and bust cycles where the government buys cows and makes hamburger with tax money. 

Sunday, September 03, 2017

The I AMs of Jesus

Michelle Sawatsky sister and sister in law 
https://www.facebook.com/msawatzkykoop
Sometimes I'm all alone with no one to share.
My problems and heart aches that I cannot bear.
Then Jesus comes whisp'ring love in my ear. 
Fills me with sweet joy and holds me so near. 

Jesus, You are the one 
to make my day bright when I can't see the sun. 
Jesus, I need only You 
To lead me and guide 'til my life here is through. 
Sometimes I look around, and sad feelings flow
To see what has happened in this world here below.
Then I remember there's coming a day 
when Jesus will take all His children away.

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Written by Liz Story • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group
Pastor Bryan Hamilton www.AllPeoplesChurch.weebly.com 
School starts this week. 
5 people were baptized last Sunday on the shores of Falcon Lake. Thank you for being so exuberant 
Hymn 352 Blessed Be the Name
80 year old Johnny Sawatsky and grandson singing with Michelle: keep me safe till the storm passes by.
What a beautiful name it is! 
Pastor Bryan
"Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.  Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.  Don't you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.  Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
John 14:1‭, ‬6‭-‬6‭, ‬10‭-‬11 NLT
Jesus said I AM THE WAY. That's emphatic and exclusive. This is the most controversial statement of Jesus. If this is true that changes everything. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH JESUS. 
I AM is the Centre of the gospel and becomes non negotiable. Truth is Truth no matter what. Not consensus. If a religion is false you can make it compatible with another religion. 
Inter path dialogue is the fashionable discussion. Invent your own truth and follow it while you dialogue and take a different route to get to the top. Be sincere to your own truth. If Jesus is to be believed there is only one truth. You will be sincerely wrong if you believe anything else. 
The Foundation of the Gospel is this exclusive claim in 3 parts. Way. Truth. Life. 
Way means origin and destination. Jesus's journey is to the FATHER. Reconciliation is the key. 
What makes heaven so special is to be in the presence of God forever. Not just fire insurance. A relationship not a destination. God has brought us to himself. 
Heaven is not the reason for becoming a Christian. God brought us to himself. 
Truth. Anyone who had seen Jesus has seen the Father. 4 times Genesis says we are in the image of God. Jesus is God in action. 
Life. To live in truth we need Jesus's life. Adam and Eve lost their spiritual life. We need to be equipped to be Jesus's life in the world. 
If we live in relationship with Him we will have Life and Truth to walk in the Way. Born again with power. 
Michelle:

I'm so confused
I know I heard you loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here
I don't wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart is a part of your plan
When I try to pray
All I've got is hurt and these four words

Thy will be done

I'm so confused. My broken heart is part of your plan. Thy will be done

Monday, August 28, 2017

Grow Older

As we grow older and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a 300 or a $30 watch they both tell same time..

 whether we carry a $300 or a $30 wallet or handbag the money inside is the same..

 whether you drink a bottle of $300 or $10 wine the hangover is the same..

 whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 ft² loneliness is the same..

 you will realize your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world...

 whether you fly 1st class business or economy class if the plane goes down you go down with it..

  therefore I hope you realize that when you of mates buddies and old friends brothers and sisters to chat with laugh with talk with have sing songs with talk about North South East West or heaven and Earth that is true happiness..

 5 undeniable facts of life 

1. don't educate your children to be rich.. educate them to be happy so when they grow up they will know the value of things not the price..

2. best awarded words in London  eat your food as your medicine otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food..

 3. the one who loves you will never leave you because even if there are 100 reasons to give up he or she will find 1 reason to hold on..

 4. there's a big difference between a human being and being human. only a few really understand it..

5.  You are loved when you're born you will be loved when you die.. in between you have to manage!

If you just want to walk fast walk alone but if you want to walk far walk together! .... 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

I am The Resurrection

When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. Jesus told her, "Your brother will rise again." Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.  Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?"
John 11:17‭, ‬20‭-‬21‭, ‬23‭, ‬25‭-‬26 NLT

Jesus became the Centre of attention. Real power of Jesus is displayed here. Lazarus was dead. Jesus raised him back to life. 

There is the obvious story. Then there is the other story. Jesus did nothing. For 2 days. He was 50km away. When he finally arrived he was blamed for Lazarus's death. 
Why didn't he come quickly? The hardest thing is when God does not answer our prayers. Is that the way life is? 
There are 2 parallel realities happening at the same time. We need eyes to see God's purposes. 
Jesus agenda was to teach 1. the disciples and for 2. God's glory. 3. And for Mary and Martha. V41 4th the crowd. 5. Many Jews put their faith in Jesus. 6. Lazarus. 

It's not about us. It's about God's agenda. Phil 1.20 Christ to be exalted.

Healing would have been wonderful. This miracle was more. 

If only you had been here. We often say that. We can't rewrite history. It only makes us bitter. Then we look to the future. Jesus was in the present "I AM" God. He's what we need now. He's the Resurrection Now. He offers nothing but himself.

She said I believe. Take away the stone. What? He stinks.
Jesus said trust me I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. 

Lazarus come. Jesus is the Christ the Son of God.

If only. Jesus will be the light the life in you. 

Quartet. There is coming a day. What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Uncle Ronald's funeral

Songs: When my life work is ended and I cross the swelling tide I shall know my Redeemer by the print of the nails in His hand. 

Abide with me fast falls the eventide. Through cloud and sunshine oh abide with me.
In life in death abide with me. 

I'm living by faith and feel no alarm. I'm safe in his sheltering arms. 

Don Brandt: this is a solemn occasion but we rejoice that Ronald has been released from his pain. Don't panic, trust in God. Isaiah 41 God will uphold you with his RIGHT hand. That's what God is telling us. His strongest hand. 

Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, 'Don't be afraid. I am here to help you. Though you are a lowly worm, O Jacob, don't be afraid, people of Israel, for I will help you. I am the Lord , your Redeemer. I am the Holy One of Israel.' You will be a new threshing instrument with many sharp teeth. You will tear your enemies apart, making chaff of mountains. You will toss them into the air, and the wind will blow them all away; a whirlwind will scatter them. Then you will rejoice in the Lord . You will glory in the Holy One of Israel. "When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord , will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them. I will open up rivers for them on the high plateaus. I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. I will fill the desert with pools of water. Rivers fed by springs will flow across the parched ground. I will plant trees in the barren desert— cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, fir, and pine. I am doing this so all who see this miracle will understand what it means— that it is the Lord who has done this, the Holy One of Israel who created it.
Isaiah 41:10‭, ‬13‭-‬20 NLT

The 7 trees have their own healing balm and strength for us to carry on. 

God holds my hand. He'll not let go. Thank you Father for your loving shepherd care. 

Obituary read by son Llewellyn. Born in 43. Married 53 years with Tina. 46 grandchildren.

Randall Plett: 
Greetings in the name of Jesus. He and the Holy Spirit are here. This is a victory celebration because another pilgrim staggered through the gates of heaven and escaped the clutches of the evil one. 

Uncle Ronald would insist that we need to focus on Jesus and his work. Not on him. 

His steps were getting weaker. He kept coming to church. He loved his church family. I visited him and asked him about health. He said a few things and then said let's talk about more important things. 

What are the more important things? 
2 Corinthians 4.5 we don't preach ourselves but Jesus Christ. 

You see, we don't go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:5‭-‬6 NLT

The universal cry is for value and worth. 

This earthen vessel is minor. The glory that comes through Jesus. 

Uncle Ronald recently read: 
You see, we don't go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:5‭-‬6‭, ‬17‭-‬18 NLT

Am I committed to fix my eyes on Jesus? He was honest about his failures.

It is more important to be holy than healthy. We have an eternal soul that never dies. 

Why do people spend so much time and money trying to beautify their bodies? And neglect the eternal? 

Rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Your earthly name goes away. Ronald chose to secure his eternal destiny. Do you think he ever regretted that decision? He chose to have his name written in the book of life.

Except a man is born again he can't see the Kingdom of Heaven. Choose Jesus today.

You can safely go to Jesus and confess your sin and be born again. This is for everyone.

Grandfather Ronald taught his grandson to drive the tractor and then went away to pray? 

He chose his citizenship to be in heaven.

In '94 Uncle Ronald came to visit us in the Phillipines to see how we could get Scriptures to hard to reach places.

He knew what it meant to prepare the ground. He knew what the issues of farming were and the crops are not always what we hope for. Start a new crop. It's never too late to clean up a life. 

Will you follow Jesus Christ? Weep in joy! He has arrived. He kept the faith. Weep in joy! His pain is gone. Weep in faith! We will meet again. 

Song: 
Because He Lives God sent his son. Because He Lives I can face tomorrow. One day I'll fight life's final war with pain. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Big God - He is Sovereign - over ALL

Mark Hughes www.churchoftherock.ca pastor

Our God reigns. Not our God resigns. 

The universe is not a giant clock that God made and now watches from afar. 

Yago the angry bird said large and in charge. 
God does not play dice with the universe. He charts the path of the lightening bolt. There are no accidents. 

God is Sovereign over every outcome 
Ephesians 1.11 predestined
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
Ephesians 1:11 NLT
Do you have free will? Look at the mistakes you made. 
When you had children you had sovereign control. No longer. They think they own everything. 

We are like that. We take charge of our lives. 

Can we be predestined and have free will? 

God says he is 3 people. We don't know how. Dynamic tension. Justice and love. That's how it works. 

Romans 8:29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Romans 8:29 NLT

God knows what we will choose. Are we elected? Whosoever will is over the entrance of heaven. On the inside it says Chosen.

Ron McLean Gateway church is a great prayer warrior. He said: I will take a big dose of the sovereignty of God. 

God moves in mysterious way

24 year old graduate in agricultural. Phoned all the presidents of ag companies. Got an appointment. Sent to apply in the basement to apply for a job. Spent every day looking for a job all day every day. Ended up listening to a Bible School class. God says here is where I want you.

God is Sovereign over every evil. 

How could a good God alow evil. He does. He could flick it off. He allows it. He uses evil for His ends. Nebuchadnezzer was evil.
During the third year of King Jehoiakim's reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
Daniel 1:1 NLT

He was a servant of God. 

In 1742 Voltaire said there would be no Bibles in the future. When he died his house was bought by the Bible Society. 

God is Sovereign over every blunder. 

Whistler's Mother painting. 

There are no mistakes just happy little accidents. Happy trees. 

The accidents are all parts of God's plan. David took another man's wife and killed the husband. He then married her and Jesus descended from that adulterous evil.

God is LARGE AND IN CHARGE! 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bronx Park Church of the Rock

Pastor Keith Eberhard www.ChurchOfTheRock.ca

God has a plan for you.
40 Days of Praise coming up. Join a small group to get more of it. 

From This to That

This is where we are at. That is where we want to be. 
Acts 2 the power came down and it was instant. Sometimes it's a long process. 
2 Timothy 2:20
In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you (useful) for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:20‭-‬21 NLT
Sometimes you just have to cleanse yourself. Get rid of....
Useful is only used 3 times. Onesimus was useful. He stole from his boss then got saved through Paul who sent him back. 

John Mark fled from Jesus's arrest scene. Acts 15 he became a problem again. 
He became useful. Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me in my ministry.
2 Timothy 4:11 NLT

John Mark was called an under-rower (servant) who served no matter what. Not just for recognition. Only doing what was required. Our Father in heaven shines on the just and unjust. Are we prepared to serve because it's the right thing to do? If you don't serve in love you are nothing. 

Some years ago my bosses were living in luxury while I had barely enough. Parents taught me to tithe 20%. Not immoral. Did extra jobs and still did not have enough. Gave the bosses the gears. Felt so sorry. A week later he apologized. Nothing changed except in his heart. 

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
Colossians 3:23‭-‬24 NLT

The victim mentality ruins us. Your life is hid in Christ
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:3 NLT

The under-rower had to trust the captain and the drum beater. 

God is greater than any thing else. Our God is loving and personal. The Muslims have no assurance of love and salvation. 

How much more should we have confidence in God. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Philippians 1:6 NLT

"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 NLT

I need God's help. John Mark was Peter's translator and recorded the Gospel as presented by Peter in the book of Mark. He started the Church of Egypt. He was martyred. 

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The I AMs of Jesus

Reg Penner, Penner Farm Supplies chair
Psalm 8 Oh Lord how majestic is your name
Special music by Lynne and Willie Wiebe and family
Thou my everlasting portion 
Maker Fun Factory kids camp next week needs more station leaders and other volunteers.

Pastor Brian Hamilton Falcon Lake Church 

John 8 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life." Jesus told them, "These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don't know this about me.
John 8:1‭-‬2‭, ‬12‭, ‬14 NLT

1 John 1. God is Light

Key verse for the day

I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life

There is a muzzle loading rifle competition https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Muzzle_Loading_Rifle_Association - there is a giant festival like there was in Jesus's day. 

In Jesus's day they brought a woman caught in adultery. They wanted to trap him. He was a forgiver. How would he be able to condemn her? Moses made 6 statements to place the onus of adultery on the man. The Pharisees switched onus. 

Jesus said I AM. They were trying to trap him. Jesus wrote on the ground. What? We don't know. It had a very interesting effect. Maybe he wrote: living water truth. Did he write names? Jeremiah 17
The older ones walked away first. 
The pious self righteous accusers had been laid bare. 

Met Miss Paraguay 2012 in Spain. Mom went with her daughter to all the meetings. She met a deviant at a meeting. He brought his friends to hear mom praying for them week after week. People got saved from their sins. 

Jesus is the Light of the world! We need to open our hearts to the light and confess our sins to be purified from sin's snares. Purified.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

People's Church Falcon Lake

Pastor Brian is in Spain coming back to Canada. He was training missionaries. He is passionate about missions. Next Sunday is mission Sunday and barbeque day.

Pastor Bill Ehlers of Bethesda Church is preaching today. Shannon Sawatsky is on the piano. Back to the 80s music. There is a Redeemer, Jesus God's own son.

I pray that God will speak to you. 

Onesimus decided to go back to slavery. 

David decided to cover up his sin. That did not work. God knows what happened. Nathan knew what happened. Everyone now knows the story. 

Nathan told David a story. About the rich man who stole a poor man's sheep and cooked it. Psalm 51 is his confession. Psalm 32 is his response to forgiveness: what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the Lord ." And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. 
Psalms 32:1‭-‬3‭, ‬5 NLT

Was in Kansas this week. So very hot. Just felt wasted with the heat. Sapped. David was like that. Because of the burden of guilt. Many people get sick because of guilt. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.
Psalms 51:3 NLT
80% of some people's efforts are spent on feeling guilty. During Billy Graham's crusade in England a psychiatrist said 80% of mental patients could be released if they could accept forgiveness. 
Like a snowball rolling downhill guilt gets bigger and bigger. 
An addict said I feel so bad about what I've done so I'm trying to kill myself slowly. The cycle of the dammed. I deserve hell. 
There will be no drugs in hell. Only the agony of guilt. 
Time does not cause it to go away. The stain does not wash away. 
Psalm 32 helps. Millionaires will gladly pay. Money will not buy forgiveness. 
How to get to the blessing of forgiveness? Hiding makes the bones ache. Confession clears the wound. Cover up is deceiving. You have to be a good liar if you want to deceive. 

Confession is agreeing with God about your sin, to get on the same page. Confess your sins that you may be healed. Cleansed. 

V6, 7 pray to God for songs of deliverance. 

Jesus's sacrifice paid for the sins of all people who believe in him. Past present and future sins. 
That was a marvelous transaction. The righteous of Jesus was transferred to us. 

When the accuser comes to us we can embrace God's forgiveness. 

David had to learn a lesson. Not to be like a mule. David is a good example to us. Be responsive to God. Confess. Don't become defensive. Be soft to the things of God. The Holy Spirit will draw near to you. 

The prodigal son's father gladly forgave him. The burden was lifted. You can sing again when you know you've been forgiven. There is power in the blood. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

COTR Abdu Murray former Muslim

Do you want to be healed of pain on your left side under your rib cage? Let's pray for your healing. Check it out. Did you get healed?  Pastor Keith Eberhard www.ChurchOfTheRock.ca
Children's Camp International costs $5 to send a child in India to 1 week Bible camp. 95% of them will accept Jesus. 
I will sing forever of your love forever come down. 


Abdu Murray former Muslim:
From Michigan. Sometimes drive south to Canada. Spoke in Wallaceburg. Took the ferry that took 2 cars at a time. 
Got nausea because I could not get a fixed point of reference. Our society has lost its moorings. 

Are we bringing middle east people in because they need help? 
We are not getting happier. In the 60s we had psychosis about Soviet nuclear attacks. 
We are anxious about the confusion. We want to be a law to ourselves. Who decides between preferences? Some post truth dictator. That elevates preferences over truth. There is no objective truth any more. If confronted by truth people say I don't care. 
Adam and Eve had the same problem. Their preference was more important than God's truth. Confusion is a virtue and truth is a sin. 

How do you combat this confusion. 
Talk about the consequences of Confusion and present the Truth. I didn't leave Islam because it's false but because Jesus is Truth. 
The capital T is objective Truth. Everyone has versions of the truth? As a trial lawyer I beat him. The facts are that

1. When we sacrifice reason we lose truth and reason. That
2. We lose Accountability. Only 40% of scientific studies can be reproduced as truth. They are looking for headlines. 

No one is immune to the Culture of Confusion. Because we want to be God. We think we can deliver a value system. Rough agreement concerning values. We have invented better ways of killing each other. We have agreed to be rough. Charles Murray conservative got attacked at a university. 

Is there any firmament. We invert the laws of nature.

3. We loose our values. That allows people to argue that parents have a right to kill it. It has no value if the parents don't value them. What about the elderly? 

I'm an optimist.
There is s source of Truth in the Gospel. The message of the Bible is all about freedom. 

Freedom. You have the ability to be who God made you to be. 

Truth and Freedom always go together. 

Preferences always leads to oppression and slavery. 

If the Son sets you free you are Free! 

Jesus gave an objective test. Kill me and I will rise again. Guys who rise from the dead have credibility. 

How do you know someone has value? What determines value? What someone is willing to pay. 
God values you and is willing to die to pay for you. 

In Africa Christianity changes everything for the better. 

Sexuality is designed to be beautiful but must have a border. 
God wants us to be valued. 

Crash Parallel talks about our problems. I need someone to believe in. 

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Falcon Lake Church

Guest preacher. Pastor Brian is in Spain teaching. 
A deer longs for streams of water. God, I long for you in the same way.  I am thirsty for God. I am thirsty for the living God. When can I go and meet with him?  My tears have been my food day and night. All day long people say to me, "Where is your God?"  When I remember what has happened, I tell God all of my troubles. I remember how I used to walk along with the crowd of worshipers. I led them to the house of God. We shouted with joy and gave thanks as we went to the holy feast.  My spirit, why are you so sad? Why are you so upset deep down inside me? Put your hope in God. Once again I will have reason to praise him. He is my Savior and my God. 
Psalm 42:1‭-‬6 NIRV

This psalm was directed to be sung by a choir. It's a teaching psalm. V5 why am I depressed? Praise God my Savior and my God and I will feel better.
He was lonely unable to go to the temple. He was fleeing from his attackers and being mocked. 
He was looking for deeper intimacy with God to help him survive. 

Israel was in trouble. Do you sing the blues? Lose people we love? 
If life is a bowl of cherries why do I live in the pits? 
Have we trials and temptations?
  Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
  Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
  Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
  Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Is that realistic? Giants of the faith have often been very depressed and discouraged. 

What steps to take when discouraged? Question emotions. We tend to question God. The Psalmist questions his own emotions. Not follow his feelings. Eject the discouraging tapes. Quit listening to yourself and talk to yourself. We tend to talk to ourselves all the time with words of discouragement. Stop it and put your hope in God. 
We tend to hope things will go well. Biblical hope is confident expectation. God is there. A command to put your hope in God. An imperative. A decision to believe in God in spite of circumstances. 

We all have to go through trials. God has a life jacket for you. He is with you at all times. 

Hope in God right now. Throw your anchor out to God. 

If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest.
I will yet praise him. 
Are you discouraged. Have hope in God. Have faith in God. He will do what he promised to do. 

Let us pray.