Saturday, December 10, 2016

Testimony journey

Ken Silk.
Grew up in Christian home. Billy Graham was in town. Sat up on the top level. When he made the alter call he dragged his girlfriend down all those stairs to get to the floor. Someone came to talk and pray. He started preaching on the bus but his parents had no use for what he had done. 
It took years. 
Now involved in business and traveling around the world. Heart in ministry. Youth leader pastor. Doing gospel work in all sorts of ways whatever God has asked for. 
In Ireland they loved the accent. 
At a church meeting met the girl that God told me I would marry. 3 years later got engaged and married. Wonderful wife she was and is now in heaven. Geoblastoma. At age 40. 3 days to surgery. 6 months to live. She ate healthy. She was a stay at home mom.
They cried and committed it to God. People were getting saved. The 12 year old kids became involved. They helped pray and call on Jesus. She lived 25 months. We did the medical trip. Every relative had a cure.
Fasted and prayed and prepared for the memorial. She had a massive seizure and after that she couldn't talk. That was hard. 
What I did for her was sacrificial but nothing compared to Christ. Had respite help. Knew something was happening. There was never any anger. 
God if this is your time then take her quickly. Called her parents. They came she stopped breathing. Took her pulse. When it stopped we prayed and thanked God for who she was. 
We could not have anger about this. She was my precious partner. 700 people showed up for the memorial. She is now in the fullness of Christ.
In 2015 God brought another woman into my life. She's a makeup girl. So different. 
God taught me so much through her. I want to die to self. And learn what God has for me. 
It's about what God has for me. 

Sometimes the only thing we can do is pray. 

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Baptismal Sunday 12 baptisms 4 transfers

See the video at www.EasTview.org/sermons
Jaylene believes and is baptized.

Susan and numbers. She no longer wants to go through the wilderness. Wants to be baptized.

Matthew grew up in non Christian home. Now his family is here. Now believes that Jesus is the son of God and died for him. He accepted and chooses to follow Jesus.

Leoni felt unloved and unworthy. Wanted to end her life and then God intervened. At that moment she knew. Came to a youth event scarred. Found out they were not so scary. I know I've been saved. I want to be Baptised.

Nathan started coming to www.EasTview.org earlier this year. Felt he was not good enough for redemption. Went to a retreat and decided to become a follower of Jesus. Johnny prayed with me. Wanted to be baptized. Is choosing to follow Jesus.

Juanita grew up in a wonderful Christian home. Went to a weekend retreat at Briercrest. Baptised just before wedding. Told that her 2nd baby should be aborted but he was born alive and is now doing fine. Had a third healthy baby.

August was into sports. Went to church as an obligation. Got major injury. Baptised at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church. When our son was about to be born a lady helped our daughter off the play structure. It turned out that she was the head nurse at NICU. My play book now is the Bible. We want to be part of this.

Sing now. Hark the herald angels sing glory to the newborn king.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mission Sunday

Dave F has been fellowshipping at Willowdale Tyndale church for 2 years. They are a small church plant from www.EasTview.org

Stephane S spent a year in Sweden and did outreach to Poland from there. Basketball camp. Now want to be an ongoing witness. To Pray with people.

Dave Sinclair-Peters working with Burmese migrant workers and planted 3 churches among them. Isaiah was trafficked into Thailand and Jesus transformed his life. He is now planting churches in Burma Myanmar. 10 interns were sent to discipleship school.
Louise and a team delivered computers to a school of 300 when they were interrupted by 5 angry monks. After Louise spoke to them they calmed down but forbade them to go to the next village. But they did anyway.

Message by Louise
That encounter was scarry. The Spirit of intimation is what Satan uses to stop Christians from witnessing.
2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of timidity but with power love and a sound mind.
Courage is learned. Try it 50 times. Pastor Isaiah has planted 10 churches among the Burmese migrants. Share your testimony again and again. Pray and pray.
MBMSI prayer team was sent out to be ninja warriors. Isaiah started to teach farmers how to farm. Developed trust and farmers became Christians. At Christmas he put on a party. The monks wrecked the generator. A woman from another village came and was healed of breast cancer and told their neighbours inviting them to the next village.
Isaiah was arrested and released. The doors are wide open now.

The prayers are effective. 2 Moravian Christians sold themselves for Christ knowing they would never come back. Are you prepared to do that?

Dave and Louise have been missionaries since 2000 and are now moving to Burma and learning the language.

Eastview has a mission budget of $140,000 to be raised December 23 & 24

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Share Your Story

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty gain,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org
Begin your day with prayer

Pastor Dave Ens
Stories - Exodus the story of Moses
Moses is redeemed from the Egyptian curse. He became a ruler over his own people. He killed an Egyptian and was found out and had to run.
Your story is the most effective witness the church has. About a life that is lived. Your way of life. Not just theory and ideas. Your life is a witness.

Micah 6:8 walk humbly with your God
We love embracing love but not so much to walk with Him. We don't like conflict. We are uncomfortably doing what God wants.
Moses ran from conflict. To do the right thing. The only way to avoid conflict is to do nothing. He went to the wilderness. Herding sheep. Moses's story is not about him but about God. A new chapter in life. God called Moses to act 3:7-10
This was God's plan. Save your people. God will do this. Moses said BUT 5 times. Send someone else. He knew he would have a lot of conflict if he did this. Pharoah doesn't like me. I hear you God BUT
Don't let the negatives get you down. Accept and embrace what God has for you. John 10:10 the Sheep have to do their part to survive.

What's your story? What drives you?

Nobody likes conflict. Focus on God. 4:14 God was getting angry at Moses. But God was patient with him and the story becomes a story of God's grace.

What's your story? Face your fears. Tell it.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Wedding ceremony for Elizabeth and Adam

Wedding ceremony for Elizabeth and Adam
http://bible.com/111/jhn.17.20-23.NIV "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—  I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

True unity is only available in Jesus. The cross is also the way to restore unity through prayer.

As a doctor Elizabeth knows about unity. As a doctor Adam knows the importance of reduced resistance in the wind tunnel. Prayer sustains and reduces the resistance. God holds the universe together. God loves you just like he loves his Son.

Help the world believe.

Will you be faithful to her alone as long as you both shall live?

I give you this ring as a sign of the covenant

Living: For Others

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

Dec 4 Baptism Sunday

Dave Ens www.EasTview.org
Others
What is the church? What would the world look like if God were in charge?
Meeting the needs of others is foundational in reflecting God. Do we develop donor fatigue?

If our motivation is in the wrong place it can be damaging. 7 sons of the priest thought they could drive out a demon but the demon overpowered them. Acts 17

Jesus said invite the poor. Don't just consider them a project.

Genesis 12:1-3 you will be a blessing
Matthew http://bible.com/111/mat.6.25.NIV "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
It's hard to be a blessing when we worry.
Trust God to meet your needs and God will bless you and make you a blessing.

We help others and expect recognition. That's wrong. We need to do it because of what God has given us.

The love of Christ motivates us. Even when people are ungrateful.

When we meet needs the way God wants us to there are going to be people that will pick up the desire to help others.

God wants to pour into others like Jesus did for us.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Evening Service Teen Challenge

Cory Rettaler Program Director at:
https://www.facebook.com/New-Hope-Fellowship-Church-201130143247053/

Music: Sweet Holy Spirit
There's a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place
And I know that it's the Spirit of the Lord
There are sweet expressions on each face
And I know they feel the presence of the Lord

Sweet Holy Spirit... sweet heavenly dove...
Stay right here with us
Filling us with Your love

And for these blessings
We lift our hearts in praise
Without a doubt we know
That we'll have been revived
When we shall leave this place

One of our favorite Pat Boone songs after our first born son Kris died.

Message:
We each need a personal revelation from God.

David Wilkerson asked: whatever happened to repentance?
http://www.tscpulpitseries.org/english/1990s/ts990802.html

Real change comes after real repentance. Jesus preached repentance all the time. Get ready now for Jesus's coming again.
Woo woop!
What are you holding on to? Repent. Get in the right place! You might look good on the outside but be full of dead man's bones. You can't fool God.
Acts

Repentance is more than walking in the opposite direction. The Bible tells us it's more. To feel remorse and to WANT to change direction. Do what it takes. Get good mind food. Train yourself to want it for yourself. Change comes when I realized that I was hurting my Father and his creation. When I'm hurting me I'm hurting everyone. Need to Want real change.
Godly sorrow produces Repentance. Need to get sick of the sinful life. Not having fun. Homeless. In a crack shack. Not Fun.
Do you think just believing in Jesus is enough?
Are masses of unrepentant people thinking they'll get to heaven on easy street?
TC has impacted 100s of 1000s over the years. You need true repentance.
Jesus died on the cross for you. Repeat after me. My wife had a huge collection of horror movies. Now she has repented and can't stand them any more.
Real repentance can lead to a pile of tears. Overwhelmed about what God is doing. Peter cried when he realized that he had denied his Lord Jesus. God is greater than anything.

Keep repenting. Sorrow for sin should be our constant teacher. Deep sorrow is good. 7 churches of Revelation are given a view of themselves. 2:4 lost love.
We are here to dedicate our lives to Jesus. Love God with all your heart.
Repent. Not enough time?

Become best friends with the Holy Spirit. Say yes to Jesus.

SUMMIT CHURCH Thunder Bay

Pastor Giuseppe 807.622.1030 www.summitchurchtbay.ca
Christmas Child deadline next week Nov 13 aim to pack 300
This is transformational

Starting point class starts in a few weeks.

Christmas day and New Year's falls on Sunday this year. We will have normal church service times.

Spirit Empowered Living
1. Passionate. Be Christ centered.

2. The Word of God is living and active

3. Passionately Spirit Empowered

God wants to birth something new and timely. To be Spirit led.
Focus on the Supernatural God. The Holy Spirit is the doorway providing the right equipment. Jesus rules.
Make disciples of all nations. We cannot fulfill the Great Commission without the filling of the Holy Spirit. Wait for the Power.

How he equips us
1. Clothes
2. Gifts 1 Corinthians 12:3
http://bible.com/111/1co.12.3-5.NIV Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.  There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.

Without it we can't be witnesses. There is confusion about supernatural gifts. Satan can do it to. Through people. Acts 8:9 Phillip is traveling through Samaria and there was a man who had been doing magic.

You can tell a tree by its fruit and God's spirit will not scare you. Satan has experience in heaven and can imitate Christ. Quit messing around with things that are not of the Spirit of God.

Gifts here means charisma - grace endowment. Undeserved. This charismatic church has been endowed. The phone has to be plugged in and it comes alive when it's charged.

Last week Mel spoke in tongues for the 1st time.

Practice the gifts - prophecy and all other gifts. Pursue them. Make room for the gifts. 1 Corinthians. They are for the purpose of God. Ephesians 4. Build in love.

3. He guides us into all truth. Let him lead you. It is something to grow into. Worship in Spirit and in Truth. John 4:

4. He speaks to us what he hears. I recognize my wife's voice from across the noisy room.

5. He HELPS us. Paracletos - someone alongside. A legal advocate.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Are you listening?

Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org

We tend to be busy preparing to respond before we're finished listening.

Jesus prayed all night before appointing his disciples.
Listen with our ears eyes and heart.
God spoke to Abraham. Genesis 12.1

The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.

Listening is the bedrock of community. 'I love you' can be said with at least 3 different emphasis. Body language changes the meaning as well.

Luke 18.35
http://bible.com/116/luk.18.35-42.nlt As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. So he began shouting, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, And Jesus said, "All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you."

The rich man wanted money and Jesus's blessings. This man wanted mercy.

Jesus heard and responded. He healed. But first he asked an obvious question. What are you looking for?

Last Sunday's assignment was to get to know someone. This week's assignment is to learn to listen.

5 of 11 grandchildren are handicapped in one of our church families. What can we do for you? Let me listen to you and do what will benefit you. What can I do for you today?

Listen to what you know that needs to be done. Can you hear the whimper?

The Father is always at work in each one of us.

Martha welcomed Jesus into her house. Mary sat down to listen. Sit at Jesus's feet. Many of us are Marthas. Listen to the small voice. Share the Lord's Supper and say YES to Jesus!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Begin with Prayer

Mark Enns report on Shamattawa.
They had tent meetings and touched many people.
The new church is free to go on for hours singing loudly.
We did a barbeque and 2 kids helped and gave their burgers to someone that was more hungry.
Greg started this whirlwind and MB MISSION happily got sucked into it.

What can the future look like for Shamattawa? God has invited everyone to come alongside.

We went to a wake. Daniel Redhead and Eli were leading the singing in Cree. They asked us to join them in Cree. We are no longer outsiders.

Greg. Thankful for the monetary support to make banana muffins. Perimeter Aviation takes the muffins up there at no charge. Contact Greg@eastview.org if you want to help.
Met a man at Remand that wanted help.
2 teachers started a volleyball and basketball teams. Need jerseys and other supplies. Check out his Facebook page.

Camp Arnes youth leader's convention this coming weekend.

Pastor Delbert Enns www.EasTview.org
I begin each day with a blessing prayer. Send someone in to bless and be blessed.
Had a call from someone wanting him officiating at a funeral. Missed 2 opportunities recently. My plate is so full.

I am a child of God and a benefactor of the grace of Jesus. I'm an official child of God first. God leads us to bless others.

Genesis 12.1 God said I will make you a blessing.
Blessing people is your mission. It begins with prayer. Jesus takes us from our comfort zone. I might love being a do gooder but not build relationships.

Luke 6.12
http://bible.com/1275/luk.6.12-13.CJB It was around that time that Yeshua went out to the hill country to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. When day came, he called his talmidim and chose from among them twelve to be known as emissaries:

Jesus spent all night in prayer before selection of his key followers. Away from everyone to keep from being side tracked. Do you begin the day with prayer?

Would you go to the top of the mountain to pray for guidance? Or Google to solve your problems?

Do you too need to pray all night?

2. Prayer impacts people and events. You need the Holy Spirit
Luke 11.11
http://bible.com/1275/luk.11.11-13.CJB "Is there any father here who, if his son asked him for a fish, would instead of a fish give him a snake? So if you, even though you are bad, know how to give your children gifts that are good, how much more will the Father keep giving the Ruach HaKodesh from heaven to those who keep asking him!"

God grant me a miracle. I was praying and weeping because of a sciatic nerve problem. Someone came up to be blessed that night.

3. Prayer changes your perspective. Change me first. What was the first thing that came out of your mouth? Peace or frustration.

5 minute drill assignment: reach out to someone today.
Build community: how can I pray for you today? I want to bless you. If this is difficult you need of Jesus.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Discover your mission

Who likes Monday?
Del Enns www.EasTview.org pastor
C. S. Lewis quote

Do you have the same old same old? Face the fear of the unknown and do something else.
What do we HAVE to do?

Why am I here?  John 4.1
http://bible.com/1275/jhn.4.1-4.CJB
When Yeshua learned that the P'rushim had heard he was making and immersing more talmidim than Yochanan (although it was not Yeshua himself who immersed but his talmidim ), Yeshua left Y'hudah and set out again for the Galil. This meant that he had to pass through Shomron.

Samaritans believed they had the original books of Moses. Jews thought Satan had defiled that version.
Jesus decided he should go there because he had to meet the woman at the well.

Jesus changed her life.

Jesus mission is about reaching the lost. She wanted the water Jesus offered. She was spiritual.

A Paraguayan fellow responded to a radio program and eventually he was baptized and he now lives a different life.

The Father's love is for everyone. Jesus reinstated people into God's love.

She was never happy. Never had enough.

1990 some people left the River East MB to establish EasTview with a mission to lead people to Jesus and on to maturity with him.

Genesis 12
I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed."

Introduce yourself to someone today.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Summit Church

In Thunder Bay with Justin at http://www.summitchurchtbay.ca
Pastor Giuseppe. Approx 60 attendees. Room for 200
Open up the heavens we want to see you
Come now is the time to worship x10
Some other unending noises
I called you answered you came to my rescue and I want to be where you are. slowly x10
I long for your embrace every single day I fall down on my knees I can feel your presence here. I surrender to your grace I surrender to the One caught up in the wonder of your touch I surrender to your love.
Teen Challenge will have the service next week with leading in worship and testimonies.
The kingdom advances with prayer. God hears our prayers. Thursday at 10am.
Pro Life speaker Oct 21-22 how to change society. Lia Mills pro woman pro choice pro Life
Operation Christmas Child change the world. Goal 300.

Brian preach on The Book of Truth
Hockey sermon illustration
The Amazing Race
Thank you Lord for wives that put up with silly husbands.
Passion Purpose People Committed to Biblical Truth
What's so great about the Bible?
No one challenges other ancient texts. There is something different and all universities try to discredit it.
Isaiah 41.21 God of the Universe challenges us
http://bible.com/116/isa.42.8-9.nlt "I am the lord ; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols. Everything I prophesied has come true, and now I will prophesy again. I will tell you the future before it happens."
Predictive prophesy is the best indicator of God is God.
40 authors over 1400 years are all declaring the same truth. 17-20% is predictive. The rest is contemporary. Some predictions are 2000 years into the future.
Predictions of Jesus to be born in Bethlehem and coming from Nazareth. The Ruler of all. With a forerunner. The odds are multiplied. 300 verses Predict Jesus. The odds are astronomical for this to just happen. Isaiah named Sirus 800 years before he showed up.
Daniel predicted 490 years from the decree to the time of the Messiah.
Isaiah 53 points to Jesus. 1947 the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered including all of Isaiah. That same Lord is here right now.
John 5
http://bible.com/116/jhn.5.2-17.nlt Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.  One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, "Would you like to get well?" Jesus told him, "Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!" Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, "You can't work on the Sabbath! The law doesn't allow you to carry that sleeping mat!" But Jesus replied, "My Father is always working, and so am I."

Jesus called God Father. He said He has authority.

How you treat the son is how you treat the father. He is also the judge of the universe.
He had witnesses. John. Father. The Works. I am the unmarked son of God. The 4th witness is the the Word of God.
Have you ever been there? You could know the map but not know the Truth. John 5:40 they refuse to come to the source. Lord have mercy on us.

Pharisees - we say thank you God I'm not a Pharisee and I become one.
We must come to the Living Word devotionally. Learn it well.

Facebook is about seeking praise.  People cherry pick and proof text the Bible. We need to come to Jesus to have life.
Beware of the confirmation bias. When we meet the Living Word we will constantly be challenged. It will cut off the bad stuff. It will change us.
It will transform us.
The only affirmation Jesus needed was from the Father. Can we get to that point?

http://bible.com/116/jhn.5.44.nlt No wonder you can't believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don't care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.

Has Bible reading become dull? Now is the time to meet the Living Word.
http://bible.com/116/jhn.5.44-46.nlt
No wonder you can't believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don't care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God. If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.

If John's baptism was the washing away of sin why did Jesus get Baptised? Sermon on the Mount.
Jesus was re-enacting the exodus of Isreal and Moses. He was the real Moses the real Isreal
V28 Jesus said we will hear his voice. If you've heard his voice on this side of the grave you'll hear it on the other side.
Have you heard?
John has the story of Lazarus. Jesus wept. I am the resurrection Jesus said. Martha do you believe? Lord have mercy.
Please diligently read the scriptures. It will come alive.
John 4:23 for next time

Service started at 10am concluded at 12:30
Doing the works or worship the truth. Scriptures are infused with the supernatural Holy Spirit and will change you.

Rooted in Scripture

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Oakville MeetingHouse

Special presentation
https://capcanada.org starting a new course on financial management this Tuesday. Choose to live simply and help the less fortunate.

Bruxy Cavey http://www.themeetinghouse.com
Soldiers for the Jesus Nation
The Victoria Cross is given most often for falling on a grenade. Osborne grabbed grenades and threw them back until there was one that he couldn't throw back and he was killed.
Jesus died forgiving his enemies. We practice enemy love because Jesus did.
2 Timothy 2 http://bible.com/100/2ti.2.1-11.nasb
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;

The war we fight requires us to be committed.
The War and the Way and the Why we Fight
The war against argument

Jesus's kingdom is not of this world. We don't fight.
We are rooted in enemy love.

Enlist in Jesus training. Get baptized.

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