Sunday, March 17, 2019

Funeral notes Martha Kroeker

Les Kroeker. Aunt Martha nudged me to accept Jesus 
"Martha," Jesus said, " You don't have to wait until then.  I am the Resurrection, and I am Life Eternal. Anyone who clings to me in faith, even though he dies, will live forever.  And the one who lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

John 11:25‭-‬26 TPT

Dan Steinhilber song leaning on the everlasting arms 
Trevor Olfert piano
Obituary by Jennifer Kroeker

Afterglow poem 

A short funeral poem by Helen Lowrie Marshall about happy memories living on after a loved one has gone.


I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done

Sisters tribute
She was depressed. 
Can't say goodbye just see you later
Erna traveled together
Scrabble was a challenge
Lots of hiking and walking
2 weeks ago she had a wonderful dream. The angels took you there. We will miss you. 
Yolanda Quirung my aunt loved us. We had her in Mexico as a school teacher
She was a good strict teacher.
Dad Jake teased her on the narrow roads. 
Lived with her for one summer. She decluttered all the time. 
Worked together on newsletters for 
Rose Wiebe 35 years of friendship. Her clients felt safe with her. We went hiking in Pinawa knowing this could be the last time. She read missionary letters. If you have not made that commitment to follow Jesus do it today
Elsie. We are grateful to all the friends that loved her

Solo Dan Steinhilber  

O Praise The Name (AnĂ¡stasis)
I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me.
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet.
My Savior on that cursed tree
His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph's tomb.
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone
O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

Gary Koop pastor it's OK to clap

Martha and I had a special relationship. Proof reading and editing for each other. 1994 she joined SEMC
She wore a bright dress to brighten her environment
Jesus's death was devastating and then the joy of the resurrection followed by I'm going away. 
In 2008 we prayed about macular degeneration. The dark clouds lifted. 
She shared with her SS class that she was depressed. Communication is necessary. 
Where is God? She died at home alone. 
All authority has been given to Jesus He'll be with us to the end of the age. I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS. 
You shall call him God With Us Always
This era will end when Jesus returns. The risen one is alive. 

Jesus is with you whenever. Shopping. Driving. Through all the stages of life.  I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS. 
Be encouraged. Jesus was with Martha. She heard the voice of her shepherd escorting her into eternal joy. 
There are times when we fail. A book is never finished but there is a time to publish. 
Know that Jesus is with you. Jesus made a partnership commitment. 

Dan song 
How Great Thou Art 

Jesus is the way the truth and the life

"Don't worry or surrender to your fear. For you've believed in God, now trust and believe in me also.
John 14:1 TPT

Delbert Enns pastor
Our family was very competitive. Mom was a great cheer leader. 

Jesus challenged Peter. Tradition does not compare to Jesus. You can follow. 
John 8:48
Jesus answered them, "If I were to tell you how great I am, it would mean nothing. But my Father is the One who will prove it and will glorify me. Isn't he the One you claim is your God?  Jesus said to them, "I give you this eternal truth: I have existed long before Abraham was born, for I AM!"
John 8:54‭, ‬58 TPT

Jesus replied, "Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place.
John 14:23 TPT
I got lost in the wilderness of Arizona. Out of water. 7km off track. Finally found a road. 

How do I get to the path. Follow Jesus. 

Jesus explained, "I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through  union with me.  To know me is to know my Father too.
John 14:6 TPT
What map do you need? Jesus is the way. Follow him and you need no map. There is no other way.

You can't reinvent a way. He died for you.

Do you love Jesus as he loves you?

What is God to you? How can I bring more glory to God? 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

In the world but not of the world

Preaching is scary
Bro Ger Reyes
Heart of Worship
Delivering message from God. 

We will all transition to eternity some to heaven some lost in hell for all eternity. 

You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.
Leviticus 20:26 ESV
What's holy? To separate. Set apart. Unique. Which one is more like God? Firefly or fiery angels? Neither

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
John 17:15‭-‬16 ESV

Real joy is for those who follow Jesus and continue in sanctification. 

What leads to self assurance of salvation? Those who think they are Christians because their parents are. 
Reduced the gospel with no Christ in their life. 
The alter call, the prayer, raised hand
Conversion requires sanctification. Conviction of sin. 
We think we have a plan for our lives. God's plan may be worse.
Put your faith alone in Jesus. 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.

At Paul's time Christians lost their lives of they wouldn't Hail Caesar. 

We announce in front the church how many were saved today when they raised their hands. We should start coaching them. 

Repentance and faith is what it takes to be saved. 
Doctrine of Regeneration.
Paul Washert said God changes a heart of stone to a living heart.

God goes deeper into your heart. 
A pig enjoys the bucket of slop. When he becomes a Christian he vomits at the slop.

Christianity is a love God relationship not hate God. 

Married men have a NO relationship with all other women.

Sin is serious 

3. Go through sanctification so God can conform you to Jesus. Take on his shape. 
4. You will bear fruit. Recognized by Jesus fruit. If not you should tremble. Are you truthful? Lifetime of good fruit. 
5. You are disciplined. Only the parent disciplines their children and so does God. 

God hates Esau and loves Jacob. 

Your assurance lies in Jesus and his finished work. 

The gospel. Open the Bible and get saved and get a sense of joy.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

The Prayer of Jabez

Living Word Church in San Pedro Belize pastor Ian Zaldivar

Outreach in San Pedro every month until the rainy season starts

The Beatitudes part 8
V3 and verse 10 - for theirs in the kingdom of heaven. Be born again and be persecuted. 
To be harassed consistently. 
Blessed are you when you are persecuted falsely. You will have your reward in heaven

2 Timothy 3:10-12
The doctrine will produce a new life style when living in Christ Jesus. 
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be treated badly.
2 Timothy 3:12 NIRV
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem. I went there to get to know Peter. I stayed with him for 15 days.
Galatians 1:18 NIRV

Expect persecution 
Paul had 3 years of revelation from Jesus. Not from a Bible school.

Rejoice and be glad. 

Some were laughed at. Some were whipped. Still others were held by chains. They were put in prison. Some were killed with stones. They were sawed in two. They were put to death by the sword. They went around wearing the skins of sheep and goats. They were poor. They were attacked. They were treated badly.
Hebrews 11:36‭-‬37 NIRV

We need to put Jesus first. 
Persecution is a sign that we are effectively living for Jesus.
The result of the gospel is peace. The immediate result is conflict. 

"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. Anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And anyone who does not pick up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. If anyone finds his life, he will lose it. If anyone loses his life because of me, he will find it.
Matthew 10:37‭-‬39 NIRV

His parents disowned him 29 years ago when he got saved. 9 months later they blessed him.

Everyone in the Roman Catholic church was good with immortality but rejected following Jesus.

God rewards the faithful persecuted. 
If we are having trouble, it is so that you will be comforted and renewed. If we are comforted, it is so that you will be comforted. Then you will be able to put up with the same suffering we have gone through.
2 Corinthians 1:6 NIRV

Jesus stuck it out and said "It is Finished"

But suppose you suffer for being a Christian. Then don't be ashamed. Instead, praise God because you are known by that name.
1 Peter 4:16 NIRV

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be treated badly.
2 Timothy 3:12 NIRV

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Who would you like to meet

Spanish Lookout EMMC
Patrick Friesen SBC

"Our father Jacob gave us the well. He drank from it himself. So did his sons and his flocks and herds. Are you more important than he is?"  Jesus answered, "All who drink this water will be thirsty again. But anyone who drinks the water I give him will never be thirsty. In fact, the water I give him will become a spring of water in him. It will flow up into eternal life."  The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water. Then I will never be thirsty. And I won't have to keep coming here to get water."
John 4:12‭-‬15 NIRV

For a Jewish man to ask a Samaritan woman was all wrong. Do you think you are better than ancestor Jacob?
Look at this adulterous woman. 5 husbands might have died. 

A woman was not left single. She might have been living with her brother. 

When she had a chance to ask a stumper question she asked about where to worship. It was the biggest question you could ask. Gord Penner says focus on the who or why. 

What does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth? Focus on The Messiah Jesus. I AM  Jesus said. That's the first time he revealed himself. 

Is our worship a response to God who he is? 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Menno & Leona Loewen wedding

Milton Loewen message
The house is full. Lots of friends. 
I'm happy for my brother and pleased to be here. 
Let your faith guide your life. 
Be joined as one as you pray. 
God ordained the marriage. It is very good. 
Rejoice when you trust God. Let them always shout for joy. God's promise is for those who trust him. 
Revelation 19.7 rejoice at the marriage supper of the lamb. 
It's the blessing of God's creation to have a wedding. 
Be patient in tribulation. 
Isaac was comforted when he married Rebekah. 
Boaz was friendly to Ruth and Ruth was comforted.
I'm happy for Menno and for Leona. 
We are close brothers. 
Menno was joyful when he announced he had a girlfriend.
Let's pray. 
We thank you Lord that they want to follow you and we ask that you bless them. 

We have all prayed for them and we trust that this is God's leading. 

Will you in the sight of God promise to... as long as God gives you life. 
Will you accept his children and grand children as your own?

Will you his children and grand children accept Leona as your own mother and grand mother?

Please stand to affirm. 

145. Song. Welch ein segen

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Baptism and Membership Celebration

Membership is a weird word
Johnny Dodsworth

Does church membership give you a discount? Do you get an ID card?

As a hockey player I lost control. Everything stopped working. Couldn't communicate for a while. Brain scan showed a stroke at age 14. 

Listen with new ears:
For just as the body is one but has many parts; and all the parts of the body, though many, constitute one body; so it is with the Messiah. For indeed the body is not one part but many. If the foot says, "I'm not a hand, so I'm not part of the body," that doesn't make it stop being part of the body. So the eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you"; or the head to the feet, "I don't need you." Now you together constitute the body of the Messiah, and individually you are parts of it.
1 Corinthians (1 Co) 12:12‭, ‬14‭-‬15‭, ‬21‭, ‬27 CJB

A group of people connected to Jesus. Participate in the life of Christ.
The pastor is no more important than any other member. Encourage one another. Connected with one another.
We ask membership candidates to share their testimony. That changes our DNA. Become a member today. 

Jesus said:
I united with them and you with me, so that they may be completely one, and the world thus realize that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you have loved me.
Yochanan (Jhn) 17:23 CJB

Alithia Slavik grew up going to church. At age 7 we were baptized. In Alberta we were in a spiritual desert. 
Now 20 years old. Feel at home in 

Lyubov from Russia
Oleg at age 32 was baptized

Brittany Dueck. Grew up in a Christian home. Baptized in 2005 married 2008
Brian moved to Canada. Shallow faith. NKMB. 2012 first child. Baptized. Now have 4 children. Wanted a new church. 
Libby a senior at REC. Rejected Jesus in private school. Now more open with Jesus. Parents are patient and kind. Want to be baptized today. 

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Who are the people in your neighborhood?

Rev. Dr. Lennett Anderson
EBC, The MEETing Place)

And David said, "Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, "Mephibosheth!" And he answered, "Behold, I am your servant." And David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always."
2 Samuel 9:1‭, ‬6‭-‬7 ESV

Who's missing? Why am I here? God must a reason for leaving us here? 

Jesus leaves us with departing  instructions.
He did not call us to feel good. Go MAKE DISCIPLES. Walk with people. We can do a lot of stuff and miss out on Jesus's command to us. 

Give me eyes to see. Who do you not see? Locally. Who are the people in your neighborhood? The people that you meet when you walking down the street! 
Who's missing from the party? A 40 year celebration. Father was missing. A tissue for my issue of tears. 
Daddy invested in me. Showed kindness. That's still the kindness sunshine in our world.
Our DNA must be kindness. The Samaritan showed kindness. Local missionaries need a heart beat. 
David heard Jonathan's last instruction. He kept his promise. Became a man after God's own heart. 
We should not forget where we come from. Jesus's promise is still alive. GO. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE LOCALLY. Charity begins at..... David looked for an opportunity. Give me an eye to see the people on the street. 
My identity does not depend on someone's inability to see. He was broken as a child and still broken as a man. 
God does not change depending on your location. That's not your final destination.
God needs to do something on the inside so people will see the change on the outside. 
In the king's eyes we are valuable. 
Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so. Shut up! It's simple. Your condition is not your conclusion. 
My condition is not my conclusion. 

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound. When you come to the table of the Lord your condition is behind you. 

Is there someone to bring to the party? 

The people that you meet when you walking down the street!


John - Truth

He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—

Delbert Enns 
Democracy depends on truth.  Knowledge. 
Is our ability to know truth. Truth is drifting because everyone has their own truth. Everything is relative. Is that a true $20 bill? 
Truth needs authority. Relative truth is my own experience. 
Fake news is becoming truth. We have become a cynical society. We don't trust anyone.
Is there such as stealing? I'm just borrowing it without asking. 
Jesus said I am the Way. That was a revolting statement in Greek world view. 
Are we truth tellers when we believe that? Live truth in a cynical world. 

Pilate then took Yeshua and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted thorn-branches into a crown and placed it on his head, put a purple robe on him, and went up to him, saying over and over, "Hail, 'king of the Jews'!" and hitting him in the face. Yeshua answered, "You would have no power over me if it hadn't been given to you from above; this is why the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin." On hearing this, Pilate tried to find a way to set him free; but the Judeans shouted, "If you set this man free, it means you're not a 'Friend of the Emperor'! Everyone who claims to be a king is opposing the Emperor!" Then Pilate handed Yeshua over to them to have him put to death on the stake. So they took charge of Yeshua.
Yochanan (Jhn) 19:1‭-‬3‭, ‬11‭-‬12‭, ‬16 CJB

How does truth become compromised? The Jews invented sub laws. Pilate had power because Cesar gave it to him. 

The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh'khinah , the Sh'khinah of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth.
Yochanan (Jhn) 1:14 CJB

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.  I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  I and the Father are one."
John 10:1‭, ‬9‭-‬9‭, ‬11‭, ‬17‭-‬17‭, ‬27‭-‬28‭, ‬30 ESV

THE GOOD SHEPHERD knows His sheep. Willing to lay down his life. He knows the TRUTH. 
1. We're called to believe in the crucifixion and resurrection. Read Lee Strobel's book The Case For Christ
2. Believe in miracles
3. Pray for grace and truth in your life. Live with faith. Read the Book. 
Know how to articulate your faith. 
4. Let the generous love of God flow through you.
Ask God to take over 
Look at Jesus. He's the only non counterfeit. Genuine Truth. 

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Sent by God Matthew 28 Let's Go

Dr. Lennett Anderson

The Great Commission
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 NLT

Shame on us if we send missionaries to Africa but can't witness next door. 

Thank you God for sending us. 
Let's go. 

Very little is said about GO. 
Keep moving forward. Reaching forward to the goal. 
He'll say Well DONE! 
Achieve the goal. 
Run well. Follow him. His last is our first. We have been twiddling our thumbs. 
We act like the frozen frozen. We need to be the scattered church.

Many of our churches are museums.
We build monuments not movements. 
For such a time as this? Are you a seat warmer?
If I perish I perish but I'm moving. 
The Commission is still our Mission. You need permission to stay. 
Go is still the LAST WORD.

There is no one like you God.
Change is not optional. It's necessary. 
Too many are existing not living. Get a life. He died so we could have life. 
It's wrong to have buildings and not life. 

Acts 1:8 You will be my witnesses. 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Acts of the Apostles 1:8 NLT
Start fishing in our ponds. How you gonna catch men if you don't go fishing.
YOU WILL BE. Not a choice. You will go. What kind of witness will you be? Lay, expert, hostile?
I'm just a nobody that can tell everybody there is someone who can save everybody. 
Hostile witnesses refuse to tell anybody. 
There is someone to catch. 
Be on the DREAM TEAM. 
Jesus preached on a mountain so we could live in the valley. 
Make disciples. 
He came from heaven to earth. Is your heart beating for the lost?
All power all authority. Waves obey. You are authorized to Go! 
We can't clean a fish until we catch it.
The process. Feed them. 
The Promise. God is with us.
I'm with you always to the end of the age. Diluted gospel will kill the church.
You go to mission because you know the Promise Keeper. 
You are a carrier of the BEST NEWS! 
Speak truth in love. 
I have GOOD NEWS. Spread it.

Friday, February 01, 2019

John North at Mission Fest

Ambassadors For Christ International

Sent By God
What are God's 3 greatest purposes for the church in the world? Know God Live Free Share

Make disciples. Teaching. The Greatest Commandment. Love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself. 

What is God's purpose for me? 
We are all unique. 4 kids none are the same. Life experiences change you. 

I need to understand my own sentness. Jesus is with me personally to interact with others. 

The Father sent his son into the world. Gospel of John SENT appears many times. There was a man or woman Sent From God whose name was ___________

There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan.
Yochanan (Jhn) 1:6 CJB

Yeshua said to them, "My food is to do what the one who sent me wants and to bring his work to completion.
Yochanan (Jhn) 4:34 CJB

Jesus said what energizes me is to make a difference in this woman's life. 

Just as you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
Yochanan (Jhn) 17:18 CJB

Jesus saw everything and everyone through the lens of his sentness. 

Father and Son sent the Holy Spirit. 
"When the Counselor comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of Truth, who keeps going out from the Father — he will testify on my behalf.
Yochanan (Jhn) 15:26 CJB

You will be my witnesses. Move with His Purposes. 
The Father Son and Holy Spirit are sending YOU. 

John 17 the commissioning

Just as you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
Yochanan (Jhn) 17:18 CJB

Everytime you encounter anyone How do you Lord want me to minister to them?

Are you spending all of your time in ther church or into the world. 
You have been sent into every encounter with anyone by Christ. 

You must respond to God.
Moses had to flee. 40 years later God sent him to Pharoah. He said who am I?
God said I will go with you? Who are you? I AM. 
What if they won't believe? That's not your job to make them believe. Say yes no. 
I can't speak. God said I'll send someone with you. I can't speak. Stutter. 
Everyone will know it's God that does things. 
I'm choosing you. Lots of encouragement. 
I'm not available. God's anger was the response. Don't ever say NO to God. 
Say Lord I hear what you're saying to me. YES LORD. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Freedom. John 19:25

Delbert Enns
Been here 24 years and never left. We are challenged to hold unto our faith. Jesus died for all of us. All are called to serve and love one another. 
We make Christ known. Leadership needs prayer. 
Sometimes I feel trapped enslaved bound by chains. I want to be free. 

Freedom is a good word. When I'm free I'm good. 
Free from what? How? 
Freedom stands for equal opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. 
I'm not an island. Freedom is not drive anywhere do anything. 
Freedom is the right to worship as long as I'm not infringing on others. 
The Jesus way is freedom. Humility and sacrificial love.
Chains keep us from freedom. How do we get there. 
Freedom versus equality. Adam and Eve wanted to be equal to God.
The song leader has freedom but not equality.
Free from something. Jesus does what the Father wants. Spirit of submission. 
Bear witness to the truth. We all want to be equal to God. 
Jesus spoke up and said, "You are all from the earth; I am from above. I am not from this world like you are.
John 8:23 TPT
Then an argument broke out among the Pharisees over the healing of the blind man on the Sabbath. Some said, "This man who performed this healing is clearly not from God! He doesn't even observe the Sabbath!" Others said, "If Jesus is just an ordinary sinner, how could he perform a miracle like that?"
John 9:16 TPT

This story is tucked into the story of the Passover. Celebration of freedom. 
Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "When you continue to embrace all that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers.
John 8:31 TPT

So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free!
John 8:36 TPT
We worship tradition, wealth, etc.
Jesus said, "Then if God were really your father, you would love me, for I've come from his presence. I didn't come here on my own, but God sent me to you.
John 8:42 TPT
When we worship what's not of God you are in unbelief.

Let me make this clear: A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat—all because one grain died. So believe and cling to the light while I am with you, so that you will become children of light." After saying this, Jesus then entered into the crowd and hid himself from them. Jesus shouted out passionately, "To believe in me is to also believe in God who sent me.  For when you look at me you are seeing the One who sent me.  I have come as a light to shine in this dark world so that all who trust in me will no longer wander in darkness.
John 12:24‭, ‬36‭-‬36‭, ‬44‭-‬46 TPT

The Lord's supper is an expression of freedom. Leave your chains at the cross. Be free in love.

The bread and the cup are a celebration of what Jesus did for me.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

John sermon 3

Delbert Enns 
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
John 13:34‭-‬35 ESV

Loving the enemy is difficult because we live in tension. 
Am I living for me or for God? 
200,000 people would gather in Jerusalem for a week each year. Remember there is only one God.
Jesus said destroy this temple and I will rebuild in 3 days. 
What does it take to live in the intersection between heaven and earth?
Greeks made gods to meet everyone's faith. Spirituality. Mystical god and churches we like. But not a demanding God. 
Following Jesus has nothing to do with spirituality. 

The woman at the well 

The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 
John 4:11 

Jesus, full of grace and truth. Live counter cultural. 

Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, "What are you seeking?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and you will see." So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
John 1:38‭-‬39 ESV

The way we live the Jesus way. Abide in him. 
Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."  Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
John 3:3‭, ‬5‭-‬5‭, ‬8 ESV

This Jewish leader comes by night to ask questions of the good teacher. 

Thomas says are you the messiah? Come touch my wounds. 
Jesus will meet us in our brokenness. Christ in us. You can't understand this without being born again. 

We are called to live it out. I invite you Jesus to come into my life. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

John. Relationships

Delbert Enns
Last Sunday justice
The book was written to the gentiles. Logos the Word Jesus was from eternity. 
Because of sin and brokenness we are separated from God. Grace. 

The way people interact with each other. 
We live in a culture of democracy individualist. What is in it for me? 

Who was the disciple Jesus loved. The author John 

One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus' side, so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, "Lord, who is it?"
John 13:23‭-‬25 ESV

I'm in love with Jesus John said. 
John and James were brothers. They wanted a special relationship. 
And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory."
Mark 10:37 ESV

Jesus redefines relationship. James died as a martyr. John died of old age in exile. 

John adopted Jesus's mother at the cross. 

John wrote love 25 times. Love to know God. Sacrificial love. That's the essence of God. 

How do we build healthy relationships? We were not in sacrificial love. Now we love more than ever. 

John recorded Jesus prayer for us. Ch17

Jesus loved the world to his very end. Not perish. Jesus loves me. 

He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.
John 21:17 ESV

Follow me, Jesus said. 

Challenge. Love one another. Lay down your life.

Forgive. At the cross. Find healing. 

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The gospel of John

Delbert Enns 
The gospel of John was written later to supplement the other gospels. 
John was a fisherman and one of the first disciples. He called himself the disciple whom Jesus loved. 

Greek society
Not much difference from our society
John explains the gospel. Jesus was before all creation.
Logos - The Word among us. Not a far away deity
Unity in the Trinity. 
He is the Greatest. Greater than Abraham 
In him there are no hierarchies
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him, and nothing that was made was made without Him.
John 1:1‭-‬3 CPDV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29 ESV
Jesus is the son of eternal God. 


Read John 1

How is justice done? 
We have an innate sense of justice and fairness. How do we do justice? 
A child cries when a toy is taken away.
When do we know when to fight for justice? 
Do you make things right? 
Adam and Eve were willfully disobedient. Genesis 3
We want to make things right. 10 Commandments were given as a guide for justice. 
John 12.20,33
Putting things right. Unless a grain of rice dies it can't bear fruit. 
Life is greater out there. We are only here for a minute. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Jesus the Messiah

What does life look like after the Messiah arrived? 
Johnnie Dodsworth
Put together a 1000 PC puzzle and one piece was missing. Very disturbing. We want completeness. 
We know the Messiah is Jesus. 
1. Genesis 3.14 he will crush your head you Satan will strike his heel
2. Jeremiah 33.15 a branch will sprout from David 
3. Isaiah 40.3 get ready for John the Baptist to prepare the way for messiah
4. Isaiah 53.5 healed by his wounds. So we can have peace
5. Micah 5.2 Bethlehem from you will come the ruler from ancient times
6. Isaiah 9.6 mighty God comes to restore relationship YWEH is the Lord. 
This is right on the mark for who Jesus was. His kingdom will have no end. He is Emmanuel God with us. 
We are his body as a church. To bring peace. He invites us to participate in life. 
What does life look like with him? 
John 17 a glimpse at the heart of the Messiah. Read the whole chapter. 

I am not praying just for these followers. I am also praying for everyone else who will have faith because of what my followers will say about me. I want all of them to be one with each other, just as I am one with you and you are one with me. I also want them to be one with us. Then the people of this world will believe that you sent me.  I have honored my followers in the same way you honored me, in order that they may be one with each other, just as we are one. I am one with them, and you are one with me, so they may become completely one. Then this world's people will know that you sent me. They will know that you love my followers as much as you love me.
John 17:20‭-‬23 CEV

The truth of the gospel is to be made known. Have unity with one another. Amazing prayer by Jesus! 
Christ is the head of this body. 
The way for restoration is made. 
What have you done with with the invitation. 

Pray as Jesus prayed for oneness. Let our community see the Messiah in us.

Communion is a symbol to remind us of the what Christ did for us. 
Unity and community are part of this. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

God with us

One day God did become one of us. Emmanuel God With Us. God manifest in the flesh. Sometimes we miss the magnificence of this truth. That God has come down to be one of us.
Not some spiritual personality but a real person. Like the one that you just looked in the eye. God becoming flesh.
Writer after writer has come to the importance of this truth.
The God Who created everything became a man of particular height. Before that he was a baby and before that he was a fetus.
The coming of Jesus Christ into this world represents truth more profound than any philosophy. All the great philosophers of this world could not have produced a story like this. 
All mankind has been sitting in darkness and has been visited by the light of the world. The father of all Mercies has come to be at the mercy of the created.
God has become one of his own creatures. The God of the universe imploded to become a peasant baby. Like every infant that has ever learned to talk and walk then dress himself.
Men's maker was made man. That the ruler of the Stars might nurse at his mother's breast. That the bread might hunger and the fountain be thirsty. God the light might sleep and get tired on his journey.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Carol Quiz

Delbert Enns 
Oh little town of Bethlehem
You want a large gift or small gift? 
Big and Better go hand in hand. Small gifts create more lasting joy. 
Micah gave us a small details prophesy of Jesus. The micro. 

Bethlehem Ephrath, you are one of the smallest towns in the nation of Judah. But the Lord will choose one of your people to rule the nation— someone whose family goes back to ancient times.  Like a shepherd taking care of his sheep, this ruler will lead and care for his people by the power and glorious name of the Lord his God. His people will live securely, and the whole earth will know his true greatness,  because he will bring peace. 
Micah 5:2‭, ‬4‭-‬5 CEV

Micah said to summon the troops. The mother of battles was coming. For 700 years Israel was a battle ground for various armies. 

1. Place of origin. What good can come from Bethlehem? It's too small. It means house of bread. Boaz story was in Bethlehem. Gen 49.10
2. promised gift. They wanted an earthly king. They need a Saviour. A gift that existed before eternity. Shalom
3. Nazareth is where Mary lived. 
So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David's hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David's family.  Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby,
Luke 2:4‭-‬5 CEV
God knows the details. 
4. The right place for delivery. 
Be in the right place. Herod and the religious leaders knew it but didn't go there. 
You are here listening to this sermon because God brought you here. Do you want the truth to change your heart? Now is the time. 
Emmanuel God with us. 

Rejoice rejoice

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Messiah Prophesies

Love without boundaries
Love driving motorcycles
There is a wild side. May 1976 brother broke his leg. Fixed the bike. Took brother's tutor home and had a serious accident. Lungs punctured. It was everyone else's fault. Age 16. Lost perspective of God. 
Clarity of mind is important in life. 

If you are thirsty, come and drink water! If you don't have any money, come, eat what you want! Drink wine and milk without paying a cent.   Why waste your money on what really isn't food? Why work hard for something that doesn't satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will enjoy the very best foods.   Pay close attention! Come to me and live. I will promise you the eternal love and loyalty that I promised David.  Turn to the Lord ! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.  The Lord says: "My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.
Isaiah 55:1‭-‬3‭, ‬6‭, ‬8 CEV

He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God.    He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well.
Isaiah 53:4‭-‬5 CEV
When we encounter our brokenness we know there is a loving God.
If uncle Joe leaves everything to you, it may end up in court to test whether it really is what he wanted. 

God's will was recorded 100s of years before it came to pass. 

The Lord says: My servant will succeed! He will be given great praise and the highest honors.  Many were horrified at what happened to him. But everyone who saw him was even more horrified because he suffered until he no longer looked human.   My servant will make nations worthy to worship me; kings will be silent as they bow in wonder. They will see and think about things they have never seen or thought about before.
Isaiah 52:13‭-‬15 CEV

Jesus is a servant and shepherd. 

Has anyone believed us or seen the mighty power of the Lord in action?  Like a young plant or a root that sprouts in dry ground, the servant grew up obeying the Lord . He wasn't some handsome king. Nothing about the way he looked made him attractive to us.  He was hated and rejected; his life was filled with sorrow and terrible suffering. No one wanted to look at him. We despised him and said, "He is a nobody!"  He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God.    He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well.   All of us were like sheep that had wandered off. We had each gone our own way, but the Lord gave him the punishment we deserved.     He was painfully abused, but he did not complain. He was silent like a lamb being led to the butcher, as quiet as a sheep having its wool cut off.  He was condemned to death without a fair trial. Who could have imagined what would happen to him? His life was taken away because of the sinful things my people had done.
Isaiah 53:1‭-‬8 CEV

He was born into poverty. He carried our sorrows. He was crushed. 
Substitutionary death. 
Carried our sorrows. 

The everlasting God loves you so much.
After the crash called dad to come and take him to hospital. His dad hugged him said it's ok. 
He's 92 today. 
Embrace the Father's Love today. 

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Prepare the Way

Johnny Dodsworth 
Have you ever been unprepared?
Was a goalie and forgot the jock. Lost the game. Forgot the 1st piece of equipment. 
Dora the Explorer has a song that was not planned. I'm the map. It's brutal. 
Prepare the Way of the Lord
This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: "Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way.
Mark 1:1‭-‬2 NLT

I, the Lord All-Powerful, will send my messenger to prepare the way for me. Then suddenly the Lord you are looking for will appear in his temple. The messenger you desire is coming with my promise, and he is on his way.
Malachi 3:1 CEV

People would go ahead of the king fixing the road in preparation. 
I am sending an angel to protect you and to lead you into the land I have ready for you.
Exodus 23:20 CEV

Jews that heard Mark's gospel would have connected the dots. The Torah, major and minor prophets all forecast the coming of ther Messenger. 
So John the Baptist showed up in the desert and told everyone, "Turn back to God and be baptized! Then your sins will be forgiven."
Mark 1:4 CEV

You can't fix the cracks by yourself. God in human form needs to fix the sin issue. PEACE is not a lack of war. It's Shalom peace. 
Are you prepared for the shalom of Jesus? The Way of the Lord? Daily take the posture of Jesus. 

An I prepared? Lord I need you today. 
Make disciples. That is hard. 
Posture of repentance. 
Respond. Ask the Lord what do I need to repent of? 

Prayer from MB website. Gracious God help us prepare. Lord hear our prayer.