Sunday, September 25, 2016

Inspired Abilities

Pastor Delbert Enns www.EasTview.org
http://bible.com/116/1co.12.1-11.nlt
Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don't want you to misunderstand this. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

Mozart wrote at age 4. Some people have exceeded expectations. Most of us are astoundingly average. But all of us have special gifting.

The talents were handed out based on abilities. The one that got only 1 decided that the master undervalued him so he did nothing.

What's a talent what's a gift? Talents are natural gifts. They need to be given to God.
Gifts are inspired and God given. To serve God. Surrendered to Christ.

The Corinthian church was arguing. Paul had to straighten them out. The talented were lording it over others.
Gifts come in 3 groups speaking service
Inspired Abilities are always inspired by the Holy Spirit. Nothing happens unless the Holy Spirit works in the gifted. The focus is on the giver.
Talents lead to competition. Who's the best?

Imagine a perfect church video.
If you feel neglected sorry. Let us know.

It may be a hard thing for an egg to become a bird, it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

The Lord's Table. Jesus said I do this because I love you.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Healthier Growth

What's the first thing you do in the morning? Look in the mirror?
What's the reflection you see?
1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see indistinctly,  as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.
We do what we do because we do what we think.
Do we tell ourselves it sucks to be me. That's a broken mindset.
Jesus is a grace giver. He provides a growth mindset.
Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you  to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,  holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.   Do not be conformed  to this age,  but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,  so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will  of God.

What preceded this?
http://bible.com/72/rom.11.36.hcsb For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
Everything came from him and goes back to him.
We need his mercies every day. We are broken vessels and need transformation.

Stop blaming and ask for a growth mindset. Use a larger mirror to see what needs to be fixed.
Surrender your body to God.
Coffee addicts have tough withdrawal if they decide to quit.
You need the Holy Spirit to have a Growth Mindset.
If I say I am a child of God but.... then I'm not in Growth
If I say I am a child of God therefore... I can have a growth mindset.
Submit and believe. We are beautiful the way we are.
http://bible.com/72/rom.12.3.hcsb
For by the grace  given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think.  Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.
Warped mirrors give warped images. "I can do it myself" is a warped image. Narcissism. We are meant to work together.
We need one another.
http://bible.com/72/rom.12.6.hcsb
According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the standard of one's faith;... do it cheerily
The perfect mirror is the Word of God.
Oct 15 will teach a course on fruitful spiritual life.
GROWTH MINDSET. Pray for it. That will change you.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Astonishing Grace

Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org
Emotions
A picture is worth a 1000 words

We have been forgiven. Grace.
Who wants to grow spiritually this fall? Are you desperate?
2 Corinthians 3.18
http://bible.com/72/2co.3.18.hcsb
We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at   the glory of the Lord  and are being transformed  into the same image  from glory to glory;  this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Grace is a gift that cost God everything.
We need to be loving.
Matthew 20.1-2 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.   After agreeing with the workers on one denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.
A soldier's daily wage.
He kept going back and hiring people all day. At the end everyone got the same pay. Something went wrong. There was no justice and fairness.
http://bible.com/72/mat.20.14-16.hcsb
Take what's yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my business?    Are you jealous because I'm generous? ' "So the last will be first, and the first last."

How many of us would work for this landowner?

To give or to receive grace is always hard. Grace is a gift. This landowner was kind and loving.
Astonishing Grace
- is always a free gift.
- Keeps us living with the right perspective. Do you feel inadequate?
You are called at the 11th hour by a Loving Farmer. God knows your need
- it always works out. Complaining happens. Why? What would it look like if we were more forgiving.
- allows us to start from the beginning. Covered by the grace of God. This does not work for people who operate on results. We get the do-over. Do I consider myself the recipient of grace?

Thank you Father for providing a way out with astonishing Grace.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Mission of God

Pastor Mark Hughes
Mission of God has a church
Intersection of the 1st century church and the 21st century. Harvard was originally a seminary with 70% of graduates becoming pastors.
YMCA was started as a Christian organization and now has abandoned it's mandate. Now the Y. Why not the A?

The early church grew with the Mission of God. Took care of the poor. The real mission is to add more deciples 2,000 3,000 and multiplied numbers. The numbers are not important. Growth is.

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. That's our mission. Become relentless in reaching the world. We are on a mission from God.
1. A burden
Nothing stops Paul Romans 9.1
To bring the Israelites to Christ. Even of he lost his life.
What a contract with today. So many don't want new people in the church.
Tony Compollo said 30,000 children died last night of malnutrition but you don't give a ___ (Mennonite word for manure)

Went to remote Sable islands and took a bush road and ended up at the bottom of a giant gravel pit. No one stopped us before we got there. The people on the way just stood by and let us go to the pit. It is our responsibly to keep people from going to the pit of hell. It was never prepared for people. God does not want people to go to hell.
Grandma was so excited about Dwight L Moody she sponsored him to come to Brandon. He saw godless people going to hell without Christ. He led a 1,000,000 people to Christ without TV and radio.
Do you have a burden for the lost with the love of Christ.
The Great Commission is to go to ALL the world.
The Great Commandment is to love God and your neighbor. To love your neighbour is to bring them to Jesus.
Jesus told parables. The lost sheep. The lost coin of the wedding necklace. She got excited about finding it and threw a party.
The Lost son. When he came back to the father he celebrated.

The porn pastor said the porn star is not going hell because he's a porn star but because he has not accepted Christ. The pastor is potentially loving him into the kingdom.
Always give the invitation for people to come to a personal relationship with Christ.
God loves you.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

David in Hall of Faith

1 Samuel 24
David was on the edge of the Dead Sea hiding in a wilderness cave trying to survive. That's where his faith was formed encountering God. Psalm 57 is his wilderness song.
http://bible.com/72/psa.57.1.hcsb
Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me, for I take refuge in You. I will seek refuge in the shadow of Your wings until danger passes.

http://bible.com/72/1sa.24.8-10.hcsb
After that, David got up, went out of the cave, and called to Saul, "My lord the king! " When Saul looked behind him, David bowed to the ground in homage.   David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to the words of people who say, 'Look, David intends to harm you'? You can see with your own eyes that the Lord handed you over to me today in the cave.  Someone advised me to kill you,  but I   took pity on you and said: I won't lift my hand against my lord, since he is the Lord 's anointed.

Saul has ruined David's life. David should have killed Saul but David's faith kept him from murder.
How do we define beautiful? Do I see things through the eyes of God?
It takes a long time to shift our eyes from society's perspective to God's. It requires an active response. Let go of things that blind me. We grow up seeing people in certain kinds of ways. Love your neighbour and your enemy.
www.One88.org is an outreach to inner city. A hard to deal with fellow is disrupting things. Should he be banned? Chase him away? Can we see the image of God in him? Can we look at him with a different lens?
When we encounter such a person what should we do? Who are you following? Is my god agreeing with all my responses? Jesus changes things. When you lose yourselves you can find yourself in Jesus.
Allow the Spirit to give you a new vision.
Jesus went to the cross so we can find love and grace in him. Jesus died on the cross to healed us. Isaiah says http://bible.com/72/isa.53.5-6.hcsb But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment  for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished Him for  the iniquity  of us all.

Communion. Participate in the Lord's Supper as a reminder of what Jesus did.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Samson in the Hall of Faith

Children's feature. What's your favorite game?
Baseball. Pokémon Go? All kinds of distractions keep us from God. Samson had distractions. A pretty girl cut his hair. He broke his promise. He ended up in prison where he turned back to God. God gave him back his strength.

Global Leadership Summit October 20-21
http://2scan.it/2bxNaqM

Tragically Hip national broadcast. Gord Downey received a lot of love yesterday. Do we as a church show that much love?

Youth Pastor Johnnie www.EasTview.org

Hebrews 12.1 spent 8 weeks so far this summer.
Idol worship
Oppression
Cry for help
Freedom
This kept repeating itself. Under the Philistines the Israelites seemed to be OK. But God sent Samson.
We are a world of impulsiveness on Facebook.
Friends had a son with problems. They found out that at best Jacob had cerebral palsy. That was devastating.
Judges 13
http://bible.com/72/jdg.13.18-20.hcsb "Why do you ask My name," the Angel of the Lord asked him, "since it is wonderful." Manoah took a young goat and a grain offering and offered them on a rock to the Lord , and He did a wonderful thing  while Manoah and his wife were watching. When the flame went up from the altar to the sky, the Angel of the Lord went up in its flame. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell facedown on the ground.

http://bible.com/72/jdg.14.16-17.hcsb So Samson's wife came to him, weeping, and said, "You hate me and don't love me!  You told my people the riddle, but haven't explained it to me." "Look," he said,  "I haven't even explained it to my father or mother, so why should I explain it to you? " She wept the whole seven days of the feast, and at last, on the seventh day, he explained it to her, because she had nagged him so much. Then she explained it to her people.

http://bible.com/72/jdg.16.21-30.hcsb The Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes. They brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles, and he was forced to grind grain in the prison. But his hair began to grow back after it had been shaved. Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines." He pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the leaders and all the people in it. And the dead he killed at his death were more than those he had killed in his life.

There is great power in Christ. Be faithful.

The life group prayed for Jacob before the next scan. Now they saw nothing. Jacob is perfectly fine. This was healing from God. Now he is 5 and completely healed.

In social media am I posting things that build the kingdom?

http://bible.com/72/jhn.14.12.hcsb "I assure you: The one who believes in Me  will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these,  because I am going to the Father.

Song. Be my Everything

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Annie Brandt memorial

Anita:
Mom had 11 children I was the middle. Now I'm an orphan.
52 years of memories. How she did this?
She expressed her appreciation
Monday was laundry day.
Tuesday mending and ironing
Friday bake day
Saturday cleaning day
Sunday was church day and rest. And prayer. She prayed faithfully. God heard her prayers.
All 11 children are Jesus followers.
She built trust.
She sent birthday cards to all. She made gifts with 25 pennies from the year of birth for each of her grandchildren when they turned 25.
On their 16th birthday
1949 Plymouth car they rode to the wedding and to their 25th and 50th
She worked at the Thrift Shop a lot.
She and aunt Minna had a special relationship
3 times dad built her a new house. She was a perfectionist. Each house had some imperfections.  Now she has a perfect house in heaven. May her family circle be unbroken.

Grandkids: love you grandma.
Always enjoyed grandma's house her smile hugs and sweets
Joel 2 decades ago got a call about who dug holes in the garden. Wild boars had dug holes in the garden.
Krista and I loved to comb her hair.
She loved to play games with the grandchildren.
Rej loved her cooking
Andre. Loved the cookies
Never thought this day will come. Will cherish your smile. Hug grandpa now.
I will miss your gentle smile and "Come in"

Walter Hamm. Musical tribute. I'm just going over Jordan.

Vic Neufeld. NKMB pastor
She had a Bible at every station in her home.
Got to know mom.
Isaiah spoke words of healing. The sun will never set.
Darkness can be scary.
11 children is like a small nation. Her hospital room was often crowded.

Mom had lots of humor. She'd say things in the negative.

Monday 2 pm at Mennville EMC Church Abe's shiny old car
Rock of Ages cleft for me
Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus
When we all get to heaven

Grandma's wedding song
Hold to God's Unchanging Hands
Build your hopes on things eternal.

I can only imagine what it will be like

Pastor Dave Thiessen
We come together to share
1969 memory about Abe and Annie Brandt the cutest family in Mennville. Well dressed and combed. Dad Brandt sat with the boys. All well prepped. Prepared and well behaved. Mom sat with the girls.
Thank God.

Grief
Memories
Hope
Today is a time to mourn and weep. A time to dance.
Grief is the emotional response to loss of the loved one.
Physical spiritual loneliness.
Grief is healthy and normal response to loss.
Jesus grieved. Prophets grieved. Read Psalms and Lamantations
Grief is a journey. Sometimes a long one
Grief is the inevitable result of having loved.
Evidently the Brandt has loved. Tell your stories and laugh and cry. Tears and laughter are first cousins.
Talk it out. Write it out. Take counseling. Experience God and let it grow.
Practice good memories. Celebrate the God who cares. Don't forget your history with God. God will not forget us. Please remember God.
Remember your mom who she was
3. Hope is looking into the future expecting good things.
Jesus went through suffering FOR us. Annie followed Jesus. He is our first fruit. 1 Corinthians 15
Christ the first fruit.
Grief and loss is not the last word.  We will follow.
Following Jesus means he is first and we follow. All wrongs will be made right.

We commit Annie into God's care and keeping. May she rest in peace.

We all depend on God's grace. Food next door.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Victor Engbrecht

People's Church Falcon Lake special music by Victor Engbrecht

https://steinbachonline.com/mix-96-7-fm/victor-engbrecht-shares-his-cancer-story

4 grandchildren in 20 months.
When I consider the work of your fingers the sun and the Stars

1.
When I consider the work of Your fingers The sun and the stars, the land and the sea I start to wonder, Almighty Creator Just why You would ever take thought of me

Chorus:    For You have called me by name You are acquainted with all of my ways Bought  by Your blood, drawn by Your love I am Your dwelling place For You have called me Your friend Showing me favor, again and again I'm set apart, dear to Your heart You call me by name

All of creation was made for Your pleasure The sun and  the stars, the land and the sea But, by  Your grace,  You  have given  me favor With  You I will reign for eternity

2.
Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:

Refrain

Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.

When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near,
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call,
Hold my hand lest I fall:

Refrain

When the darkness appears
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand,
Guide my feet, hold my hand:

Focus on the one who has redeemed us

I know that my Redeemer lives.

What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

3.
I know that my Redeemer liveth,
And on the earth again shall stand;
I know eternal life He giveth,
That grace and power are in His hand.

Refrain

I know, I know, that Jesus liveth,
And on the earth again shall stand;
I know, I know, that life He giveth,
That grace and power are in His hand.

I know His promise never faileth,
The Word He speaks, it cannot die;
Though cruel death my flesh assaileth,
Yet I shall see Him by and by.

Refrain

I know my mansion He prepareth,
That where He is there I may be;
O wondrous thought, for me He careth,
And He at last will come for me.

http://bible.com/116/exo.20.1-17.nlt
Then God gave the people all these instructions : "I am the lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. "You must not testify falsely against your neighbor. "You must not covet your neighbor's house. You must not covet your neighbor's wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor."

There is a company that delivers lies and alibis.
You must not give false testimony. That damages relationships. It is an assault.
There are references elsewhere. Colossians. 1 Peter 2.1 get rid of slander. God wants to protect his people.
Politicians now employ spin doctors. We tell white lies to deceive.
False testimony. Happens when we deflect blame and incriminate others to put ourselves in a better position. We all become masters of shifting blame. Accuse and excuse. Adam did that.
Isaiah says the human heart is desperately wicked.
We become unable to take correction. Blaming others kills your conscience.
Deception is what we do.
We think truth is relative. My truth or yours? But God says there is TRUTH. Airplanes are built to true spec. What if your doctor asked you what truth do you want to hear today? God wants us to be true because he is true to his Word. He is totally trustworthy. The Holy Spirit is to be our guide. David confessed his lack of truth in Psalm 51. Jesus said don't be angry. Don't lust.
False testimony is character assassination. Twisting truth. Slander. Gossip. Jesus calls it murder.
Proverbs decries gossip. Prayer concerns are often the worst kind of gossip. Brood of vipers.
Be kind and compassionate.
Think = true helpful inspiring necessary kind?
Change the heart if you want to clean up your mouth.

Victor

"Sing The Wondrous Love Of Jesus"

4.
Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace.
In the mansions bright and blessed
He'll prepare for us a place.

[Refrain]

When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We'll sing and shout the victory!

While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when traveling days are over,
Not a shadow, not a sigh.

[Refrain]

Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory
Will the toils of life repay.

[Refrain]

Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we'll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

The Family of God

Graham Hunt pastor Church of the Rock http://www.churchoftherock.ca
Church on the corner
Family
Evokes emotions. Fun pain regret disfunction. All families are dysfunctional.
Day after Halloween sister decided to put fake blood on my bed and dance around with kitchen knives.
The Bible has all dysfunctional families but God used them anyway.
Acts everyone shared everything so they could feast all the time.
1. Believing leads to relationships
2. Actions
3. Unity
Power of vulnerability
https://youtu.be/iCvmsMzlF7o
People found value with courage and vulnerability. Courage is to tell the story the way you are. Be vulnerable.
Be willing to say I love you first. To develop connection. Courage. Relationships. Fellowship. Fun and food.
Koinenia. The 2 most inexperienced canoists went white water canoeing and tipped. They lived working together.
1. Spiritual gifts. Use them to serve one another. God has given each one a gift. Do it together build one another up
2. Accountability. Get baptized. Die to self rise up in Jesus
2. Relationships lead to Actions
Rub shoulders with others in church. Richard can hardly walk. He's old and committed volunteer Christian that needs a ride.
If you have something share it. Love for Jesus equals love for the church.
3. Actions lead to Unity. Jesus prayed for you. John 17. Be one as Jesus and the Father are one. So close.
I messed up as a kid. Got called the anti Christ. It took years to overcome hatred and forgive that church. Jesus calls us his bride and wants us to love.
If you were to die tonight would you go to heaven? Ask Jesus to become Lord of your life.

Shalom

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Christian Conscience

All Peoples Church
Brian Hamilton@AFCcanada
His eye is on the Sparrow and I know he watches me. I sing because I'm free.
Special music by Jamie from Winkler Mennonite Church
Clap clap clap
Come and join me at the river
Exodus 20 The Ten Commandments are not so much commands. They give us a picture of the essence of God.

You shall not steal. Malachi
A personal offense to our person. Barcelona is a place of thieves.
Canada has a black scam book. The Cat Burgler. Oscar.

Possessions. Ours. Others. God's.
1. Right of personal Possessions. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of it. Acts 2 & 4 they had everything in common. That was not universally applied. Work gift steal. Don't steal. Work and share.  Everything we have is only ours in Christ. God's gift to us.
2. Possessions in relation to others. Me and others. Stealing is always a crime. 8 ways to steal. Pay wages. Do not use false measures. Don't steal land. Revivals lead to restitution. In England there were lineups of people buying money orders to repay.
Nowadays a lot of I.P. gets stolen.

Everything you have is given to God. You are bought with a price. The sacrifice of Christ.
Make sure your relationships are right. Your time belongs to Christ. So much more could be done to spread the gospel.
Is our home God's? To bless others. You will never get poverty stricken by sharing.

Precious Lord take my hand lead me home.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mrs. Turpin is grateful

Mennville EMC church
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1404685653104446/

"How Deep The Father's Love For Us"

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Dwight Plett
Pray for Paul Friesen and his family. He is very sick.

Will read the story of "Revelation" by Flannery O'Conner

http://producer.csi.edu/cdraney/archive-courses/summer06/engl278/e-texts/oconner_revelation.pdf

The  poor  mother  blushed  again.  "Mary  Grace  goes  to  Wellesley College,"  she  explained.  She  twisted  one  of  the  buttons  on  her  dress. "In  Massachusetts,  she  added  with  a  grimace.  "And  in  the  summer  she just  keeps  right  on  studying.  Just  reads  all  the  time,  a  real  book  worm. She's  done  real  well  at  Wellesley;  she's  taking  English  and  Math  and History  and  Psychology  and  Social  Studies,"  she  rattled  on  "and  I  think it's  too  much.  I  think  she  ought  to  get  out  and  have  fun."

"I  think  people  with  bad  dispositions  are  more  to  be  pitied  than anyone  on  earth,"  the  pleasant  lady  said  in  a  voice  that  was  decidedly thin.

"I  thank  the  Lord  he  has  blessed  me  with  a  good  one,"  Mrs.  Turpin said.  "The  day  has  never  dawned  that  I  couldn't  find  something  to laugh  at."

"Not  since  she  married  me  anyways,"  Claud  said  with  a  comical straight  face.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Honor Roll of Faith, Moses

Hebrews 11:23-26 Hebrews 3-12
God protected baby Moses in the basket. God will protect us in scary situations. 30 children.

Dwight@EasTview.org youth leader.

Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org
Let's pray for the people in terror around the world.

By faith, after Moses was born, he was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn't fear the king's edict.   By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin.   For he considered the reproach because of the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since his attention was on the reward.

Persecuted but not afraid. 780 verses mention Moses. He came to see Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.

Little kids in sports are cheered on by the parents. When they become successful they thank their moms.

http://bible.com/116/exo.1.6-7.nlt In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land.

That struck fear in Pharoah.
You are an image bearer of Christ and need not fear.

If you want to be an image bearer of Christ:

1. Tell faith stories to your family.
What has God done for you.
2. Tell the story of freedom in Jesus.
God told Abraham that his descendants would be slaves for 400 years.

God will set you free. In the difficult moments in life. God will lead you into freedom. Can you wait for him?
God's word is true.

Jochabad had faith that God would keep her son safe. She released in faith.

Moses wrote the 5 books of the Bible. She told Moses the story of Genesis. He rose up to demand that Pharaoh let his people go.

We are image bearers of a faithful God. You can tell the story. Do you want to?

Do you have a spiritual mentor in your life?  If not get one. Who are you telling the story?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Abraham and Isaac

Cathy children's feature at www.EasTview.org
Hebrews 11.20 Isaac blessed his sons. What's a blessing? Good that comes from God. A friend. A child. A gift. Give blessings to others. Pieces of paper?
In Bible times people spoke blessings to others. May God give you rain and good soil. May you be served by other nations.
It took a long time for Jacob to recognize the Blessing. Bless you to be a Blessing today.

One88 is hosting Winnipeg Fringe Festival this week for 10 days.
Mark Enns is going to Shamattawa to preach this week.
VBS is 6 weeks away. Pray for the 24 small group leaders and helpers needed.

Del Enns pastor
Great Cloud
Hebrews 11:13-22
http://bible.com/116/heb.11.13-22.nlt All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau. It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

In the Hall of Faith we find blessings passed on from generation to generation. Not wants and needs but blessings that God wants to give us. Relationships. Career. Hobbies. Stuff. What's important to you? Some guys hang out with their stuff. What were Abraham and Isaac looking for?
What blesses you? Air? Another morning?
God said to Abraham give away your blessing Isaac. God was to be his blessing.
Recognize the tree by its fruit. Be attached to Jesus and you'll bear good fruit.
Family trees are complicated. There are voids in the tree. Complex structure in the Hall of Faith. Unlikely People that fail but move by faith. Broken people.

It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

Genesis 50:24
They embalmed him. 25% of Genesis is about Joseph. Why did his bones qualify him to be in the Hall? Why do people hold on to stuff? Memories. Individualism is considered to be the highest-rated right.
Pleasing God is of greatest importance. Abraham did that. God promised him a great nation and freedom 400 years later. Do we wait 400 years for a return on the stock market? Abraham believed God. Joseph believed what his grandfather said.
Habakkuk 2.3 wait for the appointed time. The promise will come.
God will give peace while waiting. Not the kind the world gives. Wait. Don't give up. Fight for your marriage. God heals. Addictions.

Isaac would have asked for a lamb to take his place. Isaac's willingness to be sacrificed was the litmus test of blessing. Jesus was the real Lamb.
A million people were ready to exit but not leaving till we have the bones of Joseph.
You matter.

Shalom

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Abraham

Cloud of Witnesses at www.EasTview.org

Youth Feature:
Andrea in the Trophy Room
Have you had to change something in your life?  1st day of school, was it scary? Was your mom there for you?
Trusting is part of the Bible.
Abraham. Hebrews 11.9 he obeyed God.
If you can't see a step in front of you, you must trust your guide. Abraham couldn't see where he was going. He trusted God. God knew the plan. Now his descendants are a nation. Trust God to guide you.

Every Tuesday night we have a concert of prayer. Come if you need prayer.
We are sending a team to Shamattawa. Greg Armstrong has led that ministry. MB Mission Action Team. July 10. http://www.mbmission.org/action

http://bible.com/116/heb.11.8-10.nlt It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

In the Hall of Faith there is more about Abraham than anyone else. He had naked faith. He hears he responds.

http://bible.com/116/gen.13.1-3.nlt So Abram left Egypt and traveled north into the Negev, along with his wife and Lot and all that they owned. (Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.) From the Negev, they continued traveling by stages toward Bethel, and they pitched their tents between Bethel and Ai, where they had camped before.
Faith is living the conviction that God is trustworthy.
http://bible.com/116/jas.2.14.nlt What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?
When we follow the Bible we see faith is an action verb. How does a life without faith differ from a life of faith? We think we have to find faith but God invites us into a life of faith. Abraham did that. When God invites you will you go?
I have to be dislocated to depend on God.
Life gets exciting when we step out with God. It was exciting to step out in marriage. Ask the parents for their blessing. That was so scary and so exciting. We fear stepping out because of the circle of comfort. Hebrews 11:11 Abraham considered God faithful. Sarah's barenness was not a problem for God.
Fear can be a place of apathy and atrophy. Faith moves us into the place where we feel barren and God can work. If this is going to happen God has to work. What are you invited to?

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Cloud of Witnesses

Andrea@EasTview.org
The card over the water cup was held up by air pressure. Can you see the air pressure? No? But now we've seen it we believe. We can't see God except by faith.

Global Leadership Summit coming up October 20.21

Dave Ens www.EasTview.org
Hebrews 12:1-2
http://bible.com/72/heb.12.1-2.hcsb Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses  surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance  the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus,  the source and perfecter  of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him  endured a cross and despised the shame  and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne.

The 1/2 marathon was a challenge.
This passage is a challenge to remember we are not alone. Others have invested in us. Who are the significant people that are part of your cloud of Witnesses? We need to speak into other people's lives.
The honour roll of faith. People who lived with enormous faith. Many of them never saw the fulfillment but still believed that God is faithful.
They are not there to be glorified. These are imperfect people. They believed in something greater than them.
Where is your faith?
Are you inspiring others?
Record the names of the people that inspired you on the church's wall of faith.
http://bible.com/116/heb.11.1-3.nlt
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

This is not about faith in doctrine but based on a faith in God through Jesus. Not about but in Him.
Not about hope in my plans. My faith will be shaken if I don't get my way. It's not about exchange of goods and services.
A friend said I've been doing everything right but what I'm asking for I'm not getting so I'm questioning my faith. Are you trying to manipulate God?
Faith invites us to participate in what God is doing.
Faith is a response to the trustworthiness of God.
Noah is a great example of trusting God. He built an Ark even though he had no idea why.
Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for. Just as Jesus is the very SUBSTANCE of God.
By looking at Jesus we see God. Weakness is my strength. Trusting submission to God like Jesus is our calling. He died for us while we were still sinners.

The Lord Table. The Lord's Supper. Our faith is based on a relationship with the one who was willing to die for us.
Take a moment to reflect on that as we share this bread and the fruit of the vine.
http://bible.com/116/1co.11.23-26.nlt
For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me."  In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it."  For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord's death until he comes again.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Story of Redemption

Men tend not to look at maps. Some do.
The Bible maps the genealogy of people. We matter. We have a Father that loves us.
Mark Enns will talk about the last chapter of Ruth.
Next Sunday we start a new series Great Cloud of Witnesses

Mark
http://bible.com/72/rut.4.13-17.hcsb
Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he was intimate with her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. Then the women said to Naomi, "Praise the Lord , who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name become well known in Israel. The neighbor women said, "A son has been born to Naomi," and they named him Obed.  He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Excited to talk about Ruth. And Jesus. And the perfect Father God.
Jesus talked about seeds. Some of the seeds today are depression as a result of rejecting Jesus.

Ruth the daughter in-law of Naomi. On Father's day we talk about the pagan Moabite woman who chooses faith in God.

Maybe her husband shared the story of the God of Isreal.
Ruth became the ancestor of Jesus.
Some of us ignore the Bible. Leave it hidden. It is the testimony of God. Do again. Read the story and apply it.
The blessing of reading will last till Jesus comes back.
Bless the Lord oh my soul.
Luke 4:18 the book of Isaiah was handed to Jesus. He declared his intentions to proclaim freedom.
God doesn't cause problems, he gave His Son.
Jesus did not come destroy but to give Life.
Greek sozo save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
Matthew. The lamps and bridesmaids. The ready virgins went to the party. The rest were rejected.
Come forward for prayer. Ask someone to go with you.
I couldn't run from His presence.
Jesus Loves Me Chris Tomlin from the album Love Ran Red

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ruth. Investing in redemption

Julia Moldovanenko fabulous singer and pianist led the music team in singing
www.worshiptogether.com/songs/glorious-day-living-he-loved-me/

Dave Ens
Ruth
Matt 13.44
Jesus tells parables that show we will invest into what we value.

May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the household of Israel. May you do worthily and get wealth (power) in Ephratah and be famous in Bethlehem.

God gave up his son for us. He values us wholeheartedly.

Boaz redeemed Ruth and they became grandparents to King David.

Marriages were contracts. Land and rights were very important. Inheritance was part of the deal.

Boaz had a desire for Ruth to be securely established. He acted shrewdly in the opportunity God gave him.

http://bible.com/116/rut.4.9-10.nlt Then Boaz said to the elders and to the crowd standing around, "You are witnesses that today I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon. And with the land I have acquired Ruth, the Moabite widow of Mahlon, to be my wife. This way she can have a son to carry on the family name of her dead husband and to inherit the family property here in his hometown. You are all witnesses today."

We spend a lot of time at the workplace. God's presence is there. Are we redeeming the people we deal with?

God is active in all areas of life.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Worship

Pastor Mark
We were created to worship. The Jews worshipped God and he gave them the victory.
Jesus said that the rocks would cry out.
Sacrifice of praise. What should praise look like?
The Psalms are all whiney. 150 praise him. Let every one praise the Lord. Worship with whatever you have. Croaking cove voice and all.
Colonization brought the gospel but also western culture. A pipe organ in a church in India.
In Nepal each people group had their own style of music. They need to have their songs.
The shamans danced to the Lord and called on Mark to dance with them.
All the members of that church had been Christians for less than 5 years. They came to church early and started to praise the Lord.
Why was it that the choir defeated the enemy? They praised and God came near.
If you have D words in your life start praising. Ps 104.1.3

Step out of your aisle and start praising.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Graduation day for children's ministry

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Jesus made mud and put it on the blind man's eyes.
John 9
http://bible.com/97/jhn.9.20-33.msg His parents said, "We know he is our son, and we know he was born blind. But we don't know how he came to see—haven't a clue about who opened his eyes. Why don't you ask him? He's a grown man and can speak for himself." (His parents were talking like this because they were intimidated by the Jewish leaders, who had already decided that anyone who took a stand that this was the Messiah would be kicked out of the meeting place. That's why his parents said, "Ask him. He's a grown man.") They called the man back a second time—the man who had been blind—and told him, "Give credit to God. We know this man is an impostor." He replied, "I know nothing about that one way or the other. But I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see." With that they jumped all over him. " You might be a disciple of that man, but we're disciples of Moses. We know for sure that God spoke to Moses, but we have no idea where this man even comes from." The man replied, "This is amazing! You claim to know nothing about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes! It's well known that God isn't at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of—ever. If this man didn't come from God, he wouldn't be able to do anything."

What now? Who is the host of the Survivor show? Jeff. Time to vote. Those kicked out have to surrender the torch and it gets snuffed out. They must leave.
Jesus said you are the light of the world whoever follows me will have the light of the life.
Don't follow for the miracles. Let your light shine.
Old church had windows with pictures of saints. They are the people the light shines through.

What you are doing speaks dip loud I can't hear what you are saying.
The fruit of the Spirit.....
Philippians 4. Whatever is... practice... light shines.

You are the only one that can prevent the light from getting snuffed out.

How are we being light bearers?

Gr4 students get a Bible to read from their parents. There is a note from the leader and the parents.
Laura prayed a blessing on them.

Gr6 students are graduating from children's to youth Ministries. They get Bible covers for the Bibles they got a few years ago. Brad prayed a prayer of blessing.

Grade 12 graduates slide show.
Johnny pastor of youth group. Prayer of blessing. Deut Moses said the Lord goes before you.