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

Email sermons@EasTview.org
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. 

Give to www.Prov.ca Harvest Festival

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Re: Big Gap - CBMC Leader Passes Away

Memorial Service notes
Pastor Ken Stoesz
Nick was a sharp debater. I enjoyed meeting with him
Marlene Stoesz song Great is Thy Faithfulness
Come O Fount
Obituary Jeff Bell
Tribute
Dad was eccentric and happy
His last 7 years were hard for him as he battled cancer
1972 he married mom and they served as youth leaders. Became CA in 78
He paid attention to detail and was a good negotiator. He put us to us work. 
He loved games. He never let us win. He taught us how to play. 
He loved movies. He loved fishing. 
Taught us to be enterprising. 
Did a lot of travelling. 
Europe and Africa. Camping and Tanzania. He took us on trips Heidi couldn't afford.  
He played jokes on us. 
He loved to eat. Including McDonald's.
Went fishing often. 
He loved to tell stories with purpose. 
Dad had a heart for Jesus and the gospel. Never too busy to pray. 
CoLed CBMC and gave away 100s of LifeLight's How to Find God New Treatments 
Slide show with lots of family pictures. 
Solo There is a Balm in Gilead by Marni Enns
Scripture reading Len DeFehr 
Visited Nick in hospital. Was an experience. He should have been a professor. He had so many answers. Proverbs 3.5 Trust God from the bottom of the heart
Romans 8 Nothing will ever separate us from God 

Song How Great Thou Art

Meditation Pastor Ken Stoesz
He celebrated the joys of life. 
Trust in the Lord. The word trust is a tricky word. Hard to attain easy to lose. 
A mountain is hard to climb but one small slip and it's all over. 
Trust with the whole heart. Put all your chips with God. 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NLT
The world tells us to put your trust in yourself. Your friends. Your job. That will fail us. 
The Lord is the name of God. He hears our prayers. Remember who He is. He is faithful. He is so for you that he died to save you. Nick wasn't perfect. Romans 8 Jesus reconciled us to the Father. We forgive because we have been forgiven. Nothing can separate us from the Love of God. 
Why are some church goers so sad? Trusting Jesus brings joy. 
We moved to a new home and our dog Sidney insisted in coming in because the master was in the house. He wanted to sleep where the master slept. 
Jesus will walk the valley with us. 

Song It Is Well with my Soul written by Horatio a business man. Lost his business in the Chicago fire. Lost his toddler. His daughters died in a crash on the ocean. The bottom of his life fell out. Though trials come it is well with my Soul. 
Trust the Lord 

Refreshments down stairs

Shalom
Raymond Dueck

www.TripleGreenEnergy.com

The wisdom of many is better than the wisdom of one.


On Tue, Aug 28, 2018, 10:22 AM CMG- L.Hoeppner wrote:

When a leader passes from this earth into glory, a vacancy is created.  The role of CBMC is important and requires successive leadership. Further to yesterday's CBMC Invitation announcement, below is the obituary published in the Winnipeg Free Press.  You are hereby notified that a Memorial Service in Nick's honour will be held at Elmwood Memmonite Brethren Church commencing at 10:00 a.m.  (details below).

Gerald Reimer further invites you to attend the regularly-scheduled CBMC meeting at 12 Noon at Perkins on Ness Ave. between King Edward & St. James Street, near Polo Park.

NICHOLAS AUGUST HILDEBRAND On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Nicholas (Nick) A. Hildebrand, aged 66, went to be with his Saviour. He was a father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Nick was born in Winnipeg on February 8, 1952, the eldest of all his siblings. He was a Chartered Accountant for 43 years, and worked in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Northern Manitoba. He loved Jesus, his family, hunting and fishing, travelling, and story-telling. He leaves behind his children, Kathryn Labiuk (Darryl), J. Matthew Hildebrand; and grandchildren, Mason and Addison Labiuk. He will also be missed by his brothers, Jack (Lynne), Peter, Glenn (Lynn); and his nephew Julien. He was predeceased by his mother Lena (1964) and his father Jack (1989). A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church, 145 Henderson Hwy. Notice of interment to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Arnes, where Dad first decided to follow Jesus. We are grateful to everyone who visited with our dad, and the staff at St. Boniface Hospital.
Publish Date: Aug 28, 2018

B. Hoeppner

CBMC Provincial Director

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wise Counsel

Steve Dyck www.EasTview.org
Genesis 20
Abraham 12-25
Old habits die hard. Abraham had that problem. He did not ask for advice. God did not tell him to move. 
Why did he move? The fire from Sodom burned all the fields. 

Abraham moved south to the Negev and lived for a while between Kadesh and Shur, and then he moved on to Gerar. While living there as a foreigner,
Genesis 20:1 NLT

The city meant conflict. Later Isaac did the same thing. 

Who are you dating? Quitting your job? Did you search for good advice? 
Humbly seek help. Most people want to help. Russia show where the audience was asked for the right answer they misled the contestant.

Chris Pratt speech 9 points. Generation Award. God is real. God  loves you. He was bold. 

Abraham lied to protect his butt. 
Kiwi looks ugly but tastes good. Donuts can surprise you. 

I invited a friend to church. He refused because we had too many rich people. What's inside is hurting people. Don't judge by appearance. 

Abraham made a mess and judged wrongly. 
Then Abimelech called for Abraham. "What have you done to us?" he demanded. "What crime have I committed that deserves treatment like this, making me and my kingdom guilty of this great sin? No one should ever do what you have done! Whatever possessed you to do such a thing?"
Genesis 20:9‭-‬10 NLT

The grace of God. 
Have you judged others? 
Make it right. 

Grew up in a judging family until I got judged and discovered Grace. God's love is never ending. 



Sunday, August 12, 2018

Prophesies Jesus fulfilled

What do we do while we wait?

Many will come and claim to be me. They will say they are the Messiah, and they will fool many people.  Nations and kingdoms will go to war against each other. People will starve to death, and in some places there will be earthquakes.
Matthew 24:5‭, ‬7 CEV

When the Bible repeats pay attention. 
What are the signs? 
Earthquakes, hatred killings
Gospel preached around the world. Joshua Project 6b people unreached  Wycliffe
Great distress
False Prophets
Signs in the heavens stars falling

Don't be alarmed  this is just the start. When the gospel is preached all over the world he'll come. 

Don't lose the truth. Beware of false prophets. 

The kingdom of heaven is like what happened one night when ten young women took their oil lamps and went to a wedding to meet the groom.  But the groom replied, "I don't even know you!"
Matthew 25:1‭, ‬12 CEV

The parable of the gold. Good guy got rewarded the lazy one: You are a worthless servant, and you will be thrown out into the dark where people will cry and grit their teeth in pain."
Matthew 25:30 CEV

Sheep and goats

When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, he will sit on his royal throne. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. The king will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me."  

Then the king will say to those on his left, "Get away from me! You are under God's curse. Go into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels! The king will say to them, "Whenever you failed to help any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do it for me."   

Then Jesus said, "Those people will be punished forever. But the ones who pleased God will have eternal life."
Matthew 25:31‭, ‬33‭-‬33‭, ‬40‭-‬41‭, ‬45‭-‬46 CEV

Take care of the hungry thirsty stranger naked

Isaiah 58 says the same thing. 
Then you will truly enjoy knowing the Lord . He will let you rule from the highest mountains and bless you with the land of your ancestor Jacob. The Lord has spoken!
Isaiah 58:14 CEV

Who is your neighbour? Be prepared for ministry. Help at the thrift store. 
Who can you help in 3-1/2 minutes? 

Donwood Manor people want visitors. Go visit. 

There is a heaven and a hell. What does God want you to do this week? 

Jesus is coming back and it will be epic. 

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Samuel Isaac Brandt

July 21, 1981 - July 28, 2018

Tributes
Samuel loved traveling. When in China he went to English corner. 
Go! Was one word to describe Samuel. Go into the world and share the faith. He moved bravely and with courage. Go! Samuel go with Jesus. 

Roger. Met him at the Chinese church. Impressed with his energy. I was seeking Christ and Samuel led me to Jesus. He had a firm foundation in Christ. We had a Bible study. He was outgoing and passionate. We lost count of how many friends he had. He wanted to have children. 
He had a passion to lead others to Jesus. Be caring be positive. John 3.16 God loved the world. 
Ephesians 2.8 by Grace you've been saved was one of the last verses we shared. He was a bright star. 

Samuel loved ice coffee long before it was fashionable. We loved trucking. He was Go guy. Entrepreneur. Help people that needed help. Loved his parents and sisters. 
Wanted marriage. Maribel died 4 months later. Samuel came to help while our daughter needed care. Let's walk through your issues. He helped through the challenges. He wrote and published a book. 
Samuel was excited to move back to Manitoba. He cried for joy when his son was born. 
Spoke to him Thursday night. He was asking God how he could share his story to help others. 

The family
Sisters Nieces and nephews
Samuel you were our leader. I kept bugging him. He never got angry. Samuel you were our adventure. Jumping from the top of the roof. You lived for the story. 
Hiking with you was an adventure straight through the bush or the mountain. His little sisters could do everything when he made it a race. 
Samuel believed in us. He loved us.
You inspired us. Your faith
Dominique. Uncle Samuel swam in the river. 
No more earthly restrictions. Samuel you would 

Grema met him in 16. He was a loving husband. He was loved. He was a father that loved his son so much. Lots of wisdom. Captured my heart. He gave my life meaning. He danced like a baby. 
No regrets to marry him 2 years. Love you forever. 

Jeannine Samuel was not relaxed. Crazy wild passionate. He is the comic relief at his funeral. 
Be still and know. 
Video series to have more passion in life. 
Winter fun. Cold water foot dipping. 

Corn roast coming up. He used to grow corn and sell it at the farmer's market. He planted corn this spring. It's ready to enjoy. Come share the joy. Open mic there. 
Remember the vim he had. 

Preacher met Samuel at the Chinese church. He thought English in China. He had 1600 people on his phone. 

If I fought wild beasts but have no hope....
He was grounded in eternal hope. Not human hope. Faith in Christ being sure of what we hope for. 
4 years ago he called. His voice was a whisper when he called to say his new wife had died. 
We do not grieve without hope. This hope is an anchor. Jesus is our anchor. We will see Jesus face to face. He is in heaven now. Revelation. A great multitude standing before the lamb. He loved nations. 
Dubai never a dull moment with Samuel. 

What got him to heaven was inviting Jesus into his life. Do it today. 

Your Blessing of Restriction

Darryl Friesen www.YourAnchorPoint.com
What's the difference between boundaries and rules?
Analogies are limited and finite. How does our relationships with children parallel God's relationship with us. 
Rules have consequences. They are not adjustable.
Boundaries are flexible and personal. Bedtimes are for their good. It's a blessing. It brings joy the next day. She tests the boundaries. 
Boundaries are more complex and harder to understand. 
Heart attitude is harder. 
Jacob's bedside blessings, 

Jacob called his sons together and said: My sons, I am Jacob, your father Israel.  Come, gather around, as I tell your future.  These are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is how Jacob gave each of them their proper blessings.
Genesis 49:1‭-‬2‭, ‬28 CEV

A blessing for days to come. He was prophetic. 
This confronts the concept of blessing across generations. Rarely do we think in prospective of the future. 
V28 everything spoken here is a blessing. 
V1-7 how can these verses be a blessings? Demoting these brothers was a blessing to the nation. Ruben attempted to grab leadership by sleeping with his father's wife. The oldest 2 abused the covenant of circumcision. They killed the people of Sechem. That disqualified them to lead the Israelites. So that made the curses they got into blessings. 
They were likely devastated. 

It's possible they were thinking they had done the right thing. Levi was rewarded and set apart after they killed 3000. They were zealous for the honor of God. 

Good gifts come from the father of lights. What do we do when our wings have been clipped? 
God decision to disallow us to fill roles that we are unsuited for are a blessing. 
God is good all the time. He restores forgives. 
Isaiah 55.8
The Lord says: "My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.   "Rain and snow fall from the sky. But they don't return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to eat.  That's how it is with my words. They don't return to me without doing everything I send them to do."
Isaiah 55:8‭, ‬10‭-‬11 CEV

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Why I'm Not a Christian

In his book, Why I am not a Christian, skeptic Bertrand Russell admitted that the primary reason he could not be a Christian was that Jesus believed in hell and taught about it in one verse after another again and again. Russell called Christ belief in the wrath of God the one serious defect in Christ's moral character. 

I cannot tell you how many people I have read about who have said they could not be Christians because of the doctrine of God's Wrath.

But let me give you the other side of the story. 

Croatian theologian Miroslav Volf wrote in his book Free of Charge:

I used to think that wrath was unworthy of God. Isn't God love? Shouldn't divine love be beyond wrath? God is love, and God loves every person and every creature. That's exactly why God is wrathful against some of them. My last resistance to the idea of God's wrath was a casualty of the war in the former Yugoslavia, the region from which I come. According to some estimates, 200,000 people were killed and over 3,000,000 were displaced. My villages and cities were destroyed, my people shelled day in and day out, some of them brutalized beyond imagination, and I could not imagine God not being angry. Or think of Rwanda in the last decade of the past century, where 800,000 people were hacked to death in one hundred days! How did God react to the carnage? By doting on the perpetrators in a grandparently fashion? By refusing to condemn the bloodbath but instead affirming the perpetrators' basic goodness? Wasn't God fiercely angry with them? Though I used to complain about the indecency of the idea of God's wrath, I came to think that I would have to rebel against a God who wasn't wrathful at the sight of the world's evil. God isn't wrathful in spite of being love. God is wrathful because God is love.

He went on to say that when you watch families and Friends murdered in front of you the only way to keep from going insane his to know there is a God who is angry and he will one day restore justice.  If your God doesn't possess the ability to feel wrath you will seek with insatiable desire to seek Vengeance yourself. Only when you believe that God has a sword in his hand can you lay it down from your hand.

That is what Paul was saying when he wrote to the Romans beloved do not avenge yourselves but give place to God for it is written vengeance is mine I will repay.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

First Presbyterian Church of Far Rockaway

Rest A While
Pastor Rev. Aqueelah Ligonde 
The apostles returned and met with Jesus, and told him all they had done and taught. There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn't even have time to eat. So he said to them, "Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest for a while."  When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw this large crowd, and his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things.
Mark 6:30‭-‬31‭, ‬34 GNBDC

Jesus said let's rest. Before you do more. Chill out. 
Martha is busy. Mary keeps asking Jesus to tell another story. Martha you are distracted. Chill out girl. It's better to rest. 
Are you frazzled? Rest. Take care of yourself. Resting and doing needs balance. Do and Are. Chill out. Time away with Jesus. Be. Be with your spouse. 
Take a nap. Did it the next day. Woke up refreshed. Things went well after that. Jesus took a nap. Just be. 
Our devices tell us to slow down. Quiet doesn't mean silent. Take a walk on the board walk. Take out the jump rope. Jump. 
Breathe once in a while. 

When Peace Like A River
It is well with my soul

Sunday, July 15, 2018

There is power in the Name of Jesus

2 Samuel 6
Aqueelah Ligonde Far Rockaway Presbyterian
The Ark of the Covenant had been at Abinadab's house for 20 years. David decided it needed to be in Jerusalem. 
Uzzah had died. 
He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.  Now King David was told, "The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God." So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.
2 Samuel 6:10‭-‬12 NIV
The power of the presence of God was there. Dangerous. We love joy and dancing. 2 years ago Sandra died in a jail cell. Thousands of children have been separated from their parents. So much injustice. 
Saw the presence of God all week at Vacation Bible School. 
We saw God's presence in the celebration of homegoing. Joy comes in the morning. We get tired in life but there is hope and rejoicing on the other side. 
David had to recalculate his next move but he danced for God. 
Don't be the miserable person. Dance a little. Even when it hurts. Joy comes in the morning. Don't stop dancing. The presence of the Lord is here. 
Here my cry oh Lord song the rock  that is higher than I 
Hear My Cry Oh Lord https://g.co/kgs/oT3Bv4

There is power in the name of Jesus

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Far Rockaway Namaste


Mark 6:1-13 Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith. 
Pastor Rev Aqueelah Ligonde
 Namaste is said to respect each other. I bow to the light in you. 
In Jesus's home town they did not see the light in him. 
Some folks refuse to recognize the light in you. It really hurts when your family turns their back on you. We want our family to be our cheer leaders. 
Jesus kept serving even when they didn't like him. 
He sent his boys into the community. If they don't see the light in you SHAKE IT OFF! 
We've got work to do. This community needs some Namaste moments. There is a reason you are here today. God saw this moment. 
I'm preaching at myself today. When you pour light into somebody it pours back into you. 
What we have is the answer to Far Rockaway. To change the world. Recognize the light in somebody today. 

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Sunder Krishnan prayer


Gesalt story
Amusement is the opposite of muse to think
Moses felt called to rescue his the. He had lots of vision passion and purpose. Not the right kind. 
He fled. 
Became a shepherd. 
Saw a burning bush that was not consumed. The fire did not need the bush for fuel. 
Rexdale Alliance was to become a beacon to the world. The excellence of the human soul
The horrifying prospect of success without God. 
The Emotionally Healthy Leader. Larry had a growing church but failed miserably.

The LORD said to Moses, "Leave this place, you and the people you brought out of Egypt, and go to the land that I promised to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and to their descendants. You are going to a rich and fertile land. But I will not go with you myself, because you are a stubborn people, and I might destroy you on the way."  When the people heard this, they began to mourn and did not wear jewellery any more. So after they left Mount Sinai, the people of Israel no longer wore jewellery.
Exodus 33:1‭, ‬3‭-‬4‭, ‬6 GNB

When Moses went into the tent the Israelites stood and worshipped. 

Moses said to the LORD , "It is true that you have told me to lead these people to that land, but you did not tell me whom you would send with me. You have said that you know me well and are pleased with me. Now if you are, tell me your plans, so that I may serve you and continue to please you. Remember also that you have chosen this nation to be your own."  The LORD said, "I will go with you, and I will give you victory."  Moses replied, "If you do not go with us, don't make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you are pleased with your people and with me if you do not go with us? Your presence with us will distinguish us from any other people on earth."
Exodus 33:12‭-‬16 GNB

Egypt knew how to build pyramids on the bodies of slaves. Moses was trained in that wisdom. 

We need to get deeper and deeper in debt to God. Apart from me you can do nothing. Teach me your ways so I may know you more. 

36 years of preaching has changed me. Still learning. God is more concerned with how we do, not what. 

God you started this and now you finish it. These are your people. 
3 words 
Teach me
We want your presence to go with us. Everybody needs to know who you are. Unique.
Any time of prayer can be an adventure. 
Show me your glory. This is the foundational prayer. Revelation mission accomplished. It's the fuel that keeps us going.  
 The joy is complete when others see it too. 
God says v23 you can see my hind quarter
We are not like Moses. We don't need the veil. 
You will be touched and transformed. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Andrea Wiebe


Tim works with Skip The Dishes. An old man paid $100 for $40 pizza. 
Mephibosheth was lame. 

There was a servant of Saul's family named Ziba, and he was told to go to David. "Are you Ziba?" the king asked. "At your service, sir," he answered.   The king asked him, "Is there anyone left of Saul's family to whom I can show loyalty and kindness, as I promised God I would?" Ziba answered, "There is still one of Jonathan's sons. He is crippled."  When Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul, arrived, he bowed down before David in respect. David said, "Mephibosheth," and he answered, "At your service, sir."  "Don't be afraid," David replied. "I will be kind to you for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will give you back all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always be welcome at my table."  Ziba answered, "I will do everything Your Majesty commands." So Mephibosheth ate at the king's table, just like one of the king's sons.
2 Samuel 9:2‭-‬3‭, ‬6‭-‬7‭, ‬11 GNB

When we do kind things the people experience God's mercy and kindness. 

With God's help we can find opportunities all the time. 

We have kids at all levels in kid's church. We need more volunteers. Jayden is the leader for the grade 4 kids that each get an autographed Bible. 
Grade 6 kids are moving to student ministries. Andy teaches them.

Encouragement. We took 25 on a weekend retreat to encourage them. They have a heart for God.

Pastor Dwight grade 12 graduations. Pray for them.

We are blessed. 
Inspired by song
Christ has no body here but ours


This song is composed by Brian Mclaren, from "songs for a revolution of hope." 

Christ has no body here but ours
No hands, no feet here on earth but ours
Ours the eyes through which he looks
On this world with kindness

Ours are the hands through which he works
Ours are the feet on which he moves
Ours the voices through which he speaks
To this world with kindness


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Baptism Sunday Father's Day

Bruce Dyck transfer from Presbyterian
Miqdalia Daniels from non Christian home. Jesus changed my life through the youth group.
Braidy Waschuk grew up in a Christian home. Camp Arnes changed my life. Went to Soar Heartland this year. That changed my life. Want to show I'm a Christ follower. Luke 17.6 faith like a mustard seed. 

Reckless Love song. Is God's love reckless? God just puts himself out there no matter what. Luke 15.3-7
The shepherd looks for his sheep. 

Reckless Love
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it,
Shalom Grateful Unique
Do you believe Jesus  is the son of God and he died for you? 
Do you choose to follow Him? Yes! 

It is my pleasure to baptize you in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit. 

Delbert Enns
Christ my Anchor
Anyone can be a father but it takes somebody special to be a daddy. 

Our society has little respect for Fatherhood. Too few fathers have been good examples. Family anchor. 
When we have crisis do we have a solid anchor? 
God allows us to walk through crisis from time to time. When it's your own fault it's one thing. 
What if the crisis is caused by others? How do we deal with that? 
Paul Acts 27.10
saying, "Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives." But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
Acts 27:10‭-‬12 ESV

When you face a crisis do you allow experts or circumstances to direct you? Do you go by feelings? Do you follow the crowd? V15 driven along by the wind. V18 storm tossed and threw every thing including the ship's tackle. Everything. Hope was abandoned. 
V29 let down the anchors and prayed. Paul rises up and tells them to take heart. No lives will be lost. God's presence will go with you. Do not be afraid. God's purpose will be established in you. 
3. God's promise will prevail. 
Be encouraged. 
4. God answers prayer. God is close to the broken hearted. Paul's bay in Malta is where they landed.
Do not give up. 

We need one another. Covenant together. We have a great hope. 
Baptism is a picture of what Jesus has done for us. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Book: A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser

Book: A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser

I wondered if my family had been cursed. I entertained the idea that the accident was a demonic attack. I looked with cynicism on the absurdity of Life. Maybe, I thought, there really is no God and no meaning to life. I resigned myself to misery and thereby yielding to its inexorability. These machinations of the Mind tormented me because I could not discover any explanation that made sense of the tragedy. An answer to the "Why?" question alluded me.

Life in this world is an accident waiting to happen and there is not much we can do about it. Common sense, of course, tells us to wear seatbelts and make wise decisions. These good habits will minimize accidents but not eliminate them. Did I really want to know what was going to happen in the future so that I could protect myself from the accidents that inevitably and randomly occur every person's life? And if I knew what accidents were looming ahead and could change the course of my life but wouldn't  I want to know what accidents would befall me as a result of the new course I had set for myself? What I really wanted was to be God - an option obviously closed to me. So if I really wanted to protect myself from accidents I should lock myself inside an antiseptic bubble and live there for the rest of my life. But who would want that? Better to brace myself for accidents and injury as best I can. Better to give up my quest for control and live in Hope.

Maybe that is why most people seem to weather loss so well. They learn to live in hope. It is a Wonder, considering the suffering that awaits us all, how few of us live in constant dread, utterley immobilized about what may happen to us. Somehow we manage to live reasonably well, expecting the best, and when the time comes to face the worst, accepting it as part of the bargain of living in a fallen world. We are remarkably resilient creatures. When knocked down, most of us get up, like weeds bouncing back after being trampled. We love again, work again, and hope again. We think it is worth the risk and trouble to live in the world, though terrors surely await us, and we take our chances., All Things Considered, life is still worth living.