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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

That power of God

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Love one another. Avoid apathy

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

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

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

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Love One Another through Confusion

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

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

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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

40 Days of Praise Worship Warship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CBMC John Bergen speech

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

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

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

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

Be encouraged to go after attitudes. 

Let's not be the sickest class of people.

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

Wife was restored 3 years after the event. 

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Frosh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I AM of Jesus the TRUE grapevine

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

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

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

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

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

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

We often measure success by the dollars earned. 

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

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

Friday, September 08, 2017

Conservative Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 03, 2017

The I AMs of Jesus

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

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

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thy will be done

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

Grow Older

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 5 undeniable facts of life 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 27, 2017

I am The Resurrection

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

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

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

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

Healing would have been wonderful. This miracle was more. 

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Uncle Ronald's funeral

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The universal cry is for value and worth. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He chose his citizenship to be in heaven.

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

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

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

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