Sunday, February 18, 2018

Joy

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Philippians 4:4 NET

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Worthless Riches James 5:1-6

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

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

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

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

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

Being rich is not sinful. Selfishness is. 

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 09, 2018

Eldon Plett Funeral

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

127 Amazing Grace how sweet the sound

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

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

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

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


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

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

Jesus had deep compassion for the sisters of Lazarus. 

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

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

Have you come to this assurance?

Jesus you are all I need. 

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

Every day 500 people get cancer. 

If you believe you will see the glory of God. 

We will see him.

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

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Dr T. V. Thomas

TV Thomas
Totally Victorious
Mission Fest Manitoba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gates implies the protection. 

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

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

Philippians 2

Theology
Theo = God 
Ology = study
Pastor Donavan Friesen www.YourAnchorPoint.com

Theology must be worked out. Like getting to know someone. You have to live with someone to get to know them.
Dating is a good thing to get to know someone. Disassociate the characteristic from the person. 
What are the attributes you are looking for? Characteristics. 
Run after Jesus. Grab the woman running alongside you. She has the same values. 

We think we have to guard the doctrine of God. We need to explore God. 
Calvinists defend Calvinism. Allow me to explore truth. 
Once saved always saved. There will be a great falling away. What does that mean for Calvinists? We need to explore.

Making friends with JWs. They are hungry to know the Truth. We need to meet with truth seekers. 

Give them a modern version of the Bible. 

Evolution can't be discussed in the public square. They say God doesn't exist so therefore evolution must be truth.

PM came. The right to abort is based on a lie that the life does not begin until after birth. The mother's right is considered superior. 

Let's suppose it's just a fetus. If she has a male baby she has 4 legs and arms and a penis. Therefore you could rip any one part off and consider it OK. 

Our constitution has freedom of religion. You have the right to proselytize peacefully. 
Freedom lets the wrong ideas die off. 
It's against the constitution to have a government owned media. The CBC is illegal and unconstitutional. 
Jesus is the transformational God. 
Philippians was written from prison and Paul was filled with joy.
Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy,  complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had,  who though he existed in the form of God  did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped,
Philippians 2:1‭-‬2‭, ‬5‭-‬6 NET

Therefore as you have always obeyed as mature Christians work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Don't be stupid. Work it out.

God I want to do it in Christ. Shine as lights in the world. Live full on. Even if I have to die for you it's worth it. Keep running. 

Close with it. We are creatures of habit. Change the daily default. We like to schedule. 

What adjustment do you have to make? To avoid the midlife crisis?

Song:
The only thing I want in life is to be known for loving Christ to build His church
To love His bride
And make His name known far and wide
For this cause I live
For this cause I'd die
I surrender all
For the cause of Christ
All I once held dear
I will leave behind
For my joy is this
Oh the cause of Christ

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Your Anchor Point

Brother Yan Back to Jerusalem ministry
Wants to mobilize 100,000 missionaries to the 10.40 window

The Heavenly Man at Southland March 10 6pm

Donavan Friesen pastor www.YourAnchorPoint.com

Ontario has passed a law written by 2 deviants and criminals that allows government to remove kids from Christian homes. 

What are we doing in love. Agape love. Not easily angered. 

3 God established institutions
Church
Family
Government

This sermon is recorded. 
Paul lived more evil than what governments do today. There is no authority that God has not instituted. 

Be in subjection to the authorities. 

Love each other. Agape. No condition.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God's appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light.
Romans 13:1‭, ‬7‭-‬8‭, ‬12 NET

How are you going to love? Pray and love. 
Why does God allow evil people to rule? 
The Greater Good? 
Persecution spread the gospel. 
We need righteous anger. 

Government should protect the people by throwing abusers into jail. Christians need to repent and have an internal change. God  deals with the greed. 

Paul Saul was the worst of the worst. Converted. He wrote most of the New Testament. 

Agape love was his theme. Tolerance. Servant. Justice. Have someone's best interest in mind. Sometimes fight. 

Phil 1.9
And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight so that you can decide what is best, and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:9‭-‬11 NET
Is love the actual answer? 

Propelled by what's inside. Pray. 

Had 31 people show up feeling called to ministry. 
We are calling the church to prayer 24/7 forever. 

Agape will always cost. Eventually it will make you pure. 

Was in a place of Agape love. Early in life. At Beaver Creek Bible Camp I was life guard. 75' ft from the shore. Had a kid that wanted to kill him. Agape love propelled me. Told him to bring it on. This kid kept looking and eventually ran away. Later threw a rock. He hated everyone. Chased him. Caught him. Had a conversation about his life of hell. Became my best friend. 

Cell group in Steinbach. Pizza. Agape love. Smokers. Joined them smoking. They quit after that. You may do something bizarre with agape love. 
Kids Egged my house. 
Propelled. To chase them down to show love. 

Pray 
For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for him, since you are encountering the same conflict that you saw me face and now hear that I am facing.
Philippians 1:29‭-‬30 NET

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Jesus gives us value

Roger Hebrews 3:7 Message
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
Hebrews 4:13 NLT
Michael Vanderzwaag Pastor Mennville EMC Church

Prayer for Del & Lou going to Mexico for back surgery. Alvin recommended the doctor. 

God is faithful. Frustrated about health. It's no surprise to the Lord.
There are some brand new things in Hebrews. 

What is rest? A change of pace? Sit in quiet time? Reflect to get away from this fast paced life. 

12 spies. 10 said no.  Joshua and Caleb said We can do this but fear drove the people back. The people forgot God. They had seen him work but they had unbelief. 

Mom had a terrible ear ache and it would take 6 weeks to get to the specialist. We prayed and the next  day they could get in. 

Sin is deceitful. We need each other. In basketball we cried wolf when a player had someone from the other team behind him.

The promise of entering God's rest still stands. 

FAITH
Fantastic Adventures In Trusting Him

Sure and unwavering. Share with those around us. 
Know that God wants to carry your burdens. 
If worry kept the Israelites out of the promised land we should be sure to not worry. Don't just read the Word. Build a relationship. God's word is the ultimate judge.
Jesus is better. He gives us value. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Own The Vision live hard or die

Phil 1.21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
Philippians 1:21 NET
 Freedoms
Who likes TedTalks?
Too many choices paralyze us. How do you choose your salad dressing? Then you question your choice. 
FOMO Fear Of Missing Out
Go you one party and wish you were at another? 
Christ gave us true freedom. You have to receive it to make it your own.
Freedom is not autonomy. Not do what you want. 

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. - Bob Dylan 

God wants us to have real freedom. That requires structure. You are a slave to the world or to Christ. 
The 10 Commandments ARE written in stone. They are not do it yourself. 
God gives us a lot of freedom to choose. Your partner etc

A woman was worried about what others thought of her and wanted to get back at that. 
He told her to rest in God's love and value and not worry about what others say. God loves you more. That was life changing for her. 

God wants you to be free. Don't listen to the enemy. 

God sets his people free. Then we complain. Isn't this what we told you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone so that we can serve the Egyptians, because it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!'"
Exodus 14:12 NET

We speak lies into our life. God created us to be free. Lies that degrade us should be exposed. 
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. But all things being exposed by the light are made evident.
Ephesians 5:11‭-‬13 NET

Bad dreams need to be shared with each other. Impart truth. Love love love each other to loose the grip of evil. 
Don't share with everybody. Only the appropriate people or only with God. 

Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.  They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Romans 1:24‭-‬25 NET
We sometimes think that freedom means no accountability. Not true. Letting your feelings lead you produces chaos. 

We are multidimensional. We tend to discount the whole person because they are not perfect. Don't short yourself. Sanctification is to set it apart to be holy. Transformed. 
And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18 NET
Glory to glory. 
How many of us are sinners? If we are saved by grace we are NOT sinners. 

We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.)
Romans 6:6‭-‬7 NET

Moses said to the people, "Do not fear! Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord that he will provide for you today; for the Egyptians that you see today you will never, ever see again.  The Lord will fight for you, and you can be still."
Exodus 14:13‭-‬14 NET
That's what God says to you today. Live in God's freedom. 

He paid the price. 
He who the son sets free is free indeed. 
If you have never accepted that freedom pray this prayer this morning:
I confess I'm a sinner walking in my own way. I want you to be my Lord and take away my bondage. 

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Jesus Are you?

John Plantz guest speaker at Austin Fellowship Church
Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail? The kings of the earth form a united front; the rulers collaborate against the Lord and his anointed king. The king says, "I will announce the Lord's decree. He said to me: 'You are my son! This very day I have become your father! Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your personal property.
Psalms 2:1‭-‬2‭, ‬7‭-‬8 NET

Nations are raging against the Christ. 
There is no greater joy than to be with Jesus. Can you imagine spending eternity in fire when you could have chosen eternal life. 
The greatest thing all my life is knowing you. 
The greatest song ever written is Jesus Loves Me this I know. 

The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed him, saying, "He saved others. Let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, his chosen one!" One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
Luke 23:35‭, ‬39 NET
Only by the grace of God can we be saved.
Pilate said to them, "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?" They all said, "Crucify him!"
Matthew 27:22 NET
You can be saved of you accept Jesus.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10‭-‬11 NET
He has always been the Messiah. And always will be. He will choose you and me if we allow him to. As Christ works in you there is nothing greater.
A lot of people doubt whether they can be saved. To trust Jesus is to surrender. 
and saying, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!"
Luke 23:37 NET
They were calling him God. 
He has all power.

Nothing good came out of Nazareth except Jesus.

For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His dominion will be vast and he will bring immeasurable prosperity. He will rule on David's throne and over David's kingdom, establishing it and strengthening it by promoting justice and fairness, from this time forward and forevermore. The Lord 's intense devotion to his people will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6‭-‬7 NET

Jesus is the Almighty God. 
The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God.
Luke 1:35 NET

"They cry, 'Harvest time has come and gone, and the summer is over, and still we have not been delivered.'
Jeremiah 8:20 NET
Today where will you spend eternity? 

There are those who become Christians to escape the Lake of Fire but never share the gospel. 
But here is why I was treated with mercy: so that in me as the worst, Christ Jesus could demonstrate his utmost patience, as an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. Now to the eternal king, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.
1 Timothy 1:16‭-‬17 NET

What will you do with Jesus? What will Jesus do with you? 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Understand the big picture

When we Understand the big picture the victim mentality goes away. 
Keith Eberhard www.ChurchOfTheRock.ca
Matt 16.18
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
Matthew 16:18 NET

I will build my church
I will build my church
I will build my church

1. Draw near
2. Pick fruit
3. Share
Seek to be near to God and listen. Live to see God's love living powerful. In the Philippines they had typhoon damage. Missionaries Lost everything. Had rats in the ceiling. Termites. So discouraged. Got nothing. No energy. Nothing left to give. Only the shell of self. 
Got a rundown hotel for free and a sizeable donation to start an upscale church to reach the rick. 
2. Good fruit. Every situation has an opportunity to grow fruit. Have patience. Love kindness gentleness mercy.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NET
The NDP candidate defamed and twisted what he said about abortion. 
I responded in anger. Not fruit of the Spirit.
Always choose fruit. Embrace it. 
3. Share with others
2 Corinthians 4.15 
Every detail works to your advantage
Acts 4 the disciples were beaten but they asked for more boldness. 
Touch lives. 
Elijah had to live off roadkill and then mooch off a widow. God said to Elijah what are you doing? You are not the only one. 
Start ministering. 
Build my church. 
Where is your opportunity?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

God's Potential Affirmation

We met with Loni and Rodney and family at www.mySouthLand.com

Kris
I preach week to week. Whatever comes into my head on Thursday. 

Luke 1 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,  The angel came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one, the Lord is with you!"  So the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God! Listen: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.
Luke 1:26‭, ‬28‭-‬28‭, ‬30‭-‬31 NET
The angel talked to her. At age 12 the parents would arrange a marriage. They would get married at age 16 or 18.
Who says Greetings, favored one to a teenage girl?

Gideon was a hiding coward. 
The Lord's messenger appeared and said to him, "The Lord is with you, courageous warrior!"
Judges 6:12 NET

God speaks into these people with honor and hope and potential. 
God sees the potential and calls it out. 
God calls into existence things that are not. 

God corrects us with hope. Guilt is feeling bad and I make it right. Unconditional sorry. Condemnation is depressing and can't say sorry. It makes you feel bad. There is sorry. 
God doesn't condemn. We need to hear God speaking affirmation to us. God loves you. It starts there.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.
Romans 8:26 NET

This is who you are. You are God's child. If you think you are feeling worthless get God's DNA with his Spirit. 

The first step is to hear God's affirmation. He is speaking affirmation to you right now. Why do some people not hear it? 
Unbelief is the main problem. We are not open to hear God. We think the affirmation can't be true. 
Mary had a tough time hearing the affirmation. She was greatly troubled. Why? That bothered her. She couldn't take the compliment. She tried to discern. She can't accept it. 
At some point we need to learn to make the choice to accept affirmation. When is the last time you heard affirmation from God. 
From your spouse? Affirmation is a language of love. Kids need to hear affirmation regularly. 
Is God our father? He is much better father and gives affirmation regularly. 
I asked son Charlie if I could tell this story. Calling out the good. We say stop don't smarten up. We should compliment. 
Only and at all times we should encourage the good. The kids were bickering and fighting badly at breakfast. Yelling. How can you encourage a mad kid? Sit down beside him and talk. As he calms down he feels shame. Charlie what's amazing is you didn't hit your brother. I'm proud of you. 

Thankful that God is changing me. He's like that all the time. He says I don't see a failure. 
Affirmation leads to Assignment. Act. You will conceive. 

You are an encourager. He wants to change you. 
Affirmation leads to adoration.
Allow God to speak affirmation into your life. Do it to other people. Quit nagging. It doesn't make people better. 
Speak affirmation to others. Find out what Jesus thinks about your spouse or kid. That will change them and you. 
Fast from nagging and pray over people close to you. Write down the affirmation you want to give them. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Stand Out dare to be different

That annoying light won't be there next Sunday
Louise by video. 150 Buddhists were baptized recently. Neighbors came to apologize for mistreatment. 10 mayors recently asked for help. Pastor Isaiah is coming next month. Needs warm jacket and home. 
Pastor Delbert www.EasTview.org
Spent a week in Portugal exploring dead churches. 
Stand Out dare to be different
How? 
Jesus said you are the LIGHT. You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matthew 5:14 NET
What difference do we make? In vocation? Day to day? How do I live it out? 
What is secular and what is sacred? Dichotomy how do we deal with that? 
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 NET
 David and Goliath. Challenge from the giant. The shepherd boy was willing to go. 
But David replied to the Philistine, "You are coming against me with sword and spear and javelin. But I am coming against you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel's armies, whom you have defied!
1 Samuel 17:45 NET
What made it so easy for David to slay this giant? He relied on the God of the Universe?
What are our giants? 
1. Giant of delay. The youngest is a keeper of sheep. Too young. 
2. Discouragement. Demoralized. Where is God? Do you become bitter? 
3. Afraid of rejection and disapproval. Why have you come? 
4. Doubt. Question everything. David went to the king. We want to separate our faith and work. God says you are my beloved all week. He is the same all the time. The insults you get are against God not you. What do you have in your hands? Use your gifts. David faced bitterness. He strengthened himself in God. Yourself what are you doing? 
But David replied to the Philistine, "You are coming against me with sword and spear and javelin. But I am coming against you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel's armies, whom you have defied!
1 Samuel 17:45 NET

What do you expect God to do? Trust God. Expect God to do more. 

Then he touched their eyes saying, "Let it be done for you according to your faith."
Matthew 9:29 NET

Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11 NET
Everything I do is for His glory. 

Be authentic.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tithing

Dwight Bennet www.EasTview.org
How much do you make and how much do you give? 
It's a wonderful life. George built lots of homes. Gave interest free loans. 
He was short money and going to jail until the neighbours give him a pile of money. 

Luke 12 He then told them a parable: "The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop, so he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?'  But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'  So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God."
Luke 12:16‭-‬17‭, ‬20‭-‬21 NET

The guy had the wrong attitude. He failed to acknowledge God. Good stewardship includes retirement plans. 

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 NET

For the love of money is the root of all evils. Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the faith and stabbed themselves with many pains.
1 Timothy 6:10 NET

The love of money is the problem. 
Command those who are rich in this world's goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others.
1 Timothy 6:17‭-‬18 NET

Help others

For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
Matthew 25:29 NET

Always identified with the 3rd servant. A talent is worth $540,000. The 2 servants doubled the money. 

The 3rd servant saw his master as hard. He didn't dare investing it. 
Jesus is coming back. What account will you give for the talents God has given you? What you have has been entrusted to you. 
The Advent Appeal. What are you going to do with what God has entrusted to you? 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Baptismal Sunday

Georgia
Grew up in a Christian home
Kara 
Grade 8 great grandma died the best person in my life. Go say good bye. The most beautiful goodbye. 
One day all my friends rejected me at school.
Gr 11 accident 2.5 years head trauma. Lost freedom. Play no soccer. Go worker said there is nothing in you to love. Got very depressed until a boy came to talk and helped her overcome her depression. Johnnie has been a huge help. Thank you. 
Emily 
never went to church until I got invited to Youth Group. The song Never Alone made a huge impact and changed my life. Turned anxiety time into prayer time.

Margarete 
grew up in CFS care. After age 18 was homeless,  trafficked and addicted. Saw a Bible and came to God while locked in the trafficked room. We do not belong to the night. Let us be sober. Has 4 daughters. Getting the youngest one back. Want everything to be new. 

Bertha 
was baptised in 82 married in 83. Moved to Canada with 3 children. In 99 rededicated  through an Alpha course. When God calls I obey.
Henry born in Paraguay went to church. Dad prayed with me. Always close to dad. 
Liked the teaching. Steve led with my favorite song.

Johnnie
This is the 1st Sunday of Advent. 
Light
Have you ever been in total darkness? I was in a windowless basement when the power went off. 
John said in Christ we have light. 
We are made into a disciple of Jesus. 
Jesus gave us hope to spend eternity with him. We are on a journey. 
Come to Jesus today. Come sit at the front for prayer. 
Covenant

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Renewing The Mind

If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care —then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Philippians 2:1‭-‬4 MSG

The focus of salvation is our eternal soul. A future hope and a present hope. Life here can change. We can live differently. That's a universal desire. 188 crowd is looking for freedom and relationships that work. 

Standing out with Christ. Have the same mind as Jesus. Every day we have the opportunity to confess Jesus. We are critical of people who don't live the talk. Integrity means to carry the intention of being like Jesus. Every day you can live to look more like Jesus. 
Start when you get up before breakfast. Start when you show up for work. Live like Jesus when you meet the begger. Every day you have the opportunity. 

The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had:
Philippians 2:5 GNT

Know your limits. Make real change. Not just intention. 

Why do we not do this with our spiritual life with life changing intentions. 

You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God. Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!
Colossians 3:1‭, ‬4 GNT
Your intention to follow Jesus and believing he wants to transform you will change you. 

Jesus tells the story of 10,000 talents. More than the servant could ever repay.  
He had just begun to do so when one of them was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. The servant did not have enough to pay his debt, so the king ordered him to be sold as a slave, with his wife and his children and all that he had, in order to pay the debt.
Matthew 18:24‭-‬25 GNT

God offers enormous forgiveness. He gives grace beyond measure. New lease on life. 

"Then the man went out and met one of his fellow servants who owed him a few dollars. He grabbed him and started choking him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he said. His fellow servant fell down and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back!' But he refused; instead, he had him thrown into jail until he should pay the debt.
Matthew 18:28‭-‬30 GNT

The man had no intention to change his ways. 

You should have had mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you.'
Matthew 18:28‭, ‬33 GNT

God frees us to be different. Reflect Jesus every day. Dare to be different. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Uncle Edward Friesen age 97


Kelly Friesen Loved his grandpa.
He was charismatic. Loved Jesus. Sang a lot. Witnessed. 
Loved to play with grandkids. Hugs. Had a big tractor sized garden. Had lots of potatoes. 
Great grandpa lived with them. He made spinners.
Harold Berg was so tall he did not fit in the bed. Worked at NDL. Imperial Metal provided lots of buildings up north. 
He put the sheets on the 8/12 roof by himself when he was 80.
We went to old dumps to scrounge for treasures. 
Built Bethal Bible Camp. 
He butchered his own meat. 
He loved snowmobiling in SandiLands
I am very much like grandpa. Sing for Jesus anytime.
I made a clamp for him to help him make coat hangers. 

This is Hard
Ruth's daughters from Alberta. 
Grandpa was unorthodox.
He built stuff stuff and wired without turning the power off. Sparks were flying.
His driving was legendary. He had childlike traffic tickets. 
He was 97. Always liked to test food and poison. Paint ball tasting. 

Ralph Unger
Passing the torch. God has no grandchildren. In his last weeks he could not communicate. Pray for God to take him home. 
He talked about Jesus all the time. 
How is faith transferred? Timothy got it from his mother's side. 2 Tim 
4 points
1. Bless the child. Grace mercy and peace to you. Grandma did not hold bad stuff against the grandkids
2. Praying for the child. Thank God remember them in prayer. Tearful partings. We want to see him again. 
3. Encourage the child. Fan the flame. Power comes from God. Your dad was committed to God.
He was a good husband for 77 years and a good father.

The Torch has been passed. Let's run with it. 

Sing How Great Thou Art

Sunday, November 05, 2017

What is true freedom?

Mark Hughes pastor  www.ChurchOfTheRock.ca
Most North Americans have 4 Bibles gathering dust. 
So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." They replied to Jesus, "We are Abraham's descendants, and we've never been anyone's slaves. So how can you say that we will be set free?" Jesus answered them, "I can guarantee this truth: Whoever lives a sinful life is a slave to sin. A slave doesn't live in the home forever, but a son does. So if the Son sets you free, you will be absolutely free.
John 8:31‭-‬36 GW

What is true freedom? If you sin you are a slave to sin.
When you do something stupid you say it's a free country. 
Czech Republic claims to be very free. A young woman rode the bus naked every day. Lots of men wanted to be on that bus. 
Satan uses the enticement of pleasure. 
Adam and Eve disobeyed. The fruit was good. 
Not everything that the world offers—physical gratification, greed, and extravagant lifestyles—comes from the Father. It comes from the world, and the world and its evil desires are passing away. But the person who does what God wants lives forever.
1 John 2:16‭-‬17 GW
Sin is something good overdone. Too much of a good thing makes you sick. Sin. 
Sex. God created it. It's good. It's beautiful. 
God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the sea, and let there be many birds on the earth." So God created humans in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth."
Genesis 1:22‭, ‬27‭-‬28 GW
The original intent was sex between a married man and woman. 

We live in a sex crazed world. Can't tell right from wrong. 
All sin has consequences. Samson was the Judge of Israel. 
The Spirit of God gave him strength. 
Samson went to Gaza. There he saw a prostitute and slept with her. After ⌊leaving Gaza⌋, he fell in love with a woman in the Sorek Valley. Her name was Delilah. The Philistine rulers came to her and said, "Trick him, and find out what makes him so strong. Find out how we can overpower him. We want to tie him up in order to torture him. Each of us will give you 1,100 pieces of silver."
Judges 16:1‭, ‬4‭-‬5 GW
He spent the night with a prostitute but God didn't leave him. 
God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we've done wrong.
1 John 1:9 GW
Delilah worked him. Fool me once 4x before they got him. He was addicted to her. 
He thought there were no consequences. Eventually he got caught. 
1984 book Orwell
Brave New World said the rulers would enslave the world with pleasure. Huxley was Orwell's teacher. 
SOMA was a drug to keep people happy. Why do governments fall over each other approving dope? Marihuana. Marijuana. Pot.
4.5b prescriptions last year in NA. Have we taken it too far? 

 Mark was losing his voice and went to an ENT ear nose throat specialist.  He prescribed a Proton Pump Inhibitor drug. Acid reflux.  Daughter told him to Stop the talking. Stopped talking and never took one pill. Make lifestyle choices.
Look at the word of God. The Truth shall set you free. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

EasTview vision

Terrance Wiebe board member www.EasTview.org

1. Pray. Attend the Tuesday Concert of Prayer

2. Shared life. All the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other.
Acts 2:44 GW
Love one another

3. Gospel Living. Good News. What is it? In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning. He was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity. The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it. He was in the world, and the world came into existence through him. Yet, the world didn't recognize him. Laws were given through Moses, but kindness and truth came into existence through Jesus Christ.
John 1:1‭-‬2‭, ‬4‭-‬5‭, ‬10‭, ‬17 GW
Receive the Creator of the Universe. 95% devotion to God is 5% short.
As holy people whom God has chosen and loved, be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Put up with each other, and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Above all, be loving. This ties everything together perfectly. Also, let Christ's peace control you. God has called you into this peace by bringing you into one body. Be thankful.
Colossians 3:12‭-‬15 GW
All the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other. At the same time, they praised God and had the good will of all the people. Every day the Lord saved people, and they were added to the group.
Acts 2:44‭, ‬47 GW
We have a testimony to deliver. 
So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 GW
John 3:16
"Suppose a man has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the 99 sheep grazing in the pasture and look for the lost sheep until he finds it?
Luke 15:4 GW
Know. Share. Live. 

4. Family. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She will be named woman because she was taken from man." That is why a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Genesis 2:23‭-‬24 GW
Family of families. God uses families. I'm reminded of how sincere your faith is. That faith first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I'm convinced that it also lives in you.
2 Timothy 1:5 GW
The jailer and his family.
We pray for the children. 
Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you're at home or away, when you lie down or get up.
Deuteronomy 6:7 GW

5. Equipping Disciples. 
If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching.
Romans 12:7 GW
Speak the Truth in Love. 

Grow and develop your gifts. 
Come to the meeting Friday. 

What do you want to experience when you walk out those doors.

Communion. Walk in covenant. 

When you take the cup remember Jesus. 

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