Sunday, November 03, 2019

The Sermon from Jesus

"Do not judge so that you will not be judged.  For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive.  In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets.
Matthew 7:1‭-‬2‭, ‬12 NET

Had to challenge some exams at Providence. Got a job in BC but not pastoral position. Felt judged. 
We don't like to be judged. If you've been caught for speeding there is a sinking feeling of being judged. 
Accountability. Wouldn't it be nice not to have rules to follow? Judgement is God's job. To call someone a jerk is to be judging just like God. The standard is Christ. We'll never meet that standard. Jesus says don't be a hypocrite. Look at yourself to make sure you don't have Beam in your eye. 
We'll see face to face in eternity. 
Ray Friesen is a mountaineer and should be dead by now. They slid down a mountain chute and almost crashed into a crevice. A rope team helps mountaineers survive in difficult terrain. 
Repent for calling someone a jerk. 
Be in a rope team in church. 
Pigs and pearls? What's that all about? 
2 ways to miss the point. 
1. Judge to control the truth to you. U B U?
2. Take the splinter out of your neighbor's eye without regard for what I do

Jesus invites us to a better way. Look at fruit. Who's on your rope team? It starts with your relationship with Jesus. 

In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets.

Jesus replied, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 NET

Accountability comes:
Prayer
Community Life Group
Obedience. Walk with Jesus in the rope team.
Rob was my coach to becoming a pastor. Delbert is my accountability. Matt is also part of my rope team. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Randy Friesen Multiply

Randy Friesen President https://multiply.net/
True Security 
"Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:19‭-‬21‭, ‬34 NET
Real privilege to be here. We live in Abbotsford with 2 kids.
Took youth to park to distribute food. Met an engineer reading the Bible. Rich millionaire Christian investing his money in church planting in 3rd world. 
Where is your focus? Where is your heart? 
Multiply started a coffe plantation in Thailand. Want to produce 200 tonne of coffee. Dave offered the angry man a watermelon and a job. That man Isaiah is now a pastor. Baptized 10 people last Sunday. They have a meeting in Rangoon today. They are asking 100 people to come to the Lord today.
1. Focus
Where is your treasure? 
Where are your eyes? Lust?
Panama Christians. 
Business man had a model of a jet he meant to buy. What he was worshipping. Will you allow God to refocus your life? He lost everything including his marriage. Things would have been different if he had surrendered his heart. 

Jesus invites us to give him our time. What's your focus? Focus is worship. 
Self focus leads to anxiety. Worry. 
Is your smart phone giving you worries. Narcissism is self absorbed and destructive. 

Told investment advisor he wanted eternal returns.
Algeria has Christians volunteering to follow Jesus even in the face of persecution. 
Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. Millions of people have been killed there. A refugee from there started 6 churches in NA
MB missions sent a missionary there 100 years ago. Now those descendants are planting churches in NA.
One refugee now has 400 people in a new church plant. 
Is your life focused?

Lord deliver us from evil. Father help us not to get distracted from your work. Thank you for calling us today. 
Lord what I have is yours. Tell Jesus 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Scientists against climate alarmists

The climate alarmist chickens twist everything. The actual text 30,000 B.Sc and Ph.D.s signed was:

We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Falcon Lake People's Church

180,000 people a day will accept Jesus today. Went to a conference of missionaries in Cambodia. 
India is making a law preventing conversions. 
Pastor Brian Hamilton
Prayer requests
Election
Health
Travel
Rom 12
Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good.
Romans 12:1‭-‬2‭, ‬9 NET
Dehee Haust was a missionary in China. Everyone has forgotten him. 
Others are sacrificing time and effort to reach others. 
Live to be forgotten. For the joy of serving Jesus. 
Be in a healthy relationship with Jesus. Highlight the word therefore. 
Chapter 12 begins with therefore referring back to the chapters before it. 
Our body is not ours anymore. Sacrifices were the killing of animals. Christians need to consider themselves sacrificed. Living sacrifices. 
Reasonable service. Reasonable logical spiritual. 
Your Mind Matters by John Stott if it's spiritual it's also logical. 
Worship = service. True worship cannot exist outside of active service to God for the benefit of others.
Worship often means a good musical time. If that's all your worship is it's not worship. 
Give yourself away in service to others. 
Present your physical body to God. 
Pavle would lead people to sing a simple song in their own language. Then all nations sing together. His people his body. 
Some of us think that God is lucky to have me in his followers. None of us are self sufficient spiritually. The River church was teaching self sufficiency. No gospel. 
What's our task? Go and reach the world with the gospel. That the world may know Jesus is Lord. Live to be forgotten. Find your life. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Menno B Dueck

Mr. Menno B. Dueck age 91, went home to his eternal rest on Saturday, October 12. The funeral is planned for Wednesday, October 16 at 2:00 pm at Ebenfeld Church in Quellen Colony, Jagueyes, Chihuahua, Mexico. It will be simulcast from the church. 

Menno was born in Morris Manitoba on October 20, 1927, moved to Mexico in 1948, and married Liesbeth P Loewen on January 16, 1955. They had 6 children. 
Menno was predeceased by his parents, his wife Liesbeth, a daughter in law, and a grandson. 
Left to mourn are his children and grand children and his one remaining brother Willie B Dueck, 96, of Arborg, Manitoba. 

Appreciation Pieces of Eight

Pastor Mark Hughes
https://www.churchoftherock.ca/
Thanksgiving
10 lepers were healed
The Samaritan was thankful
The Jews hated them. They hated the Jews
Lepers were cursed and ostracized. They stood afar off. A heart breaking situation.
They knew who Jesus was. As they went to the priest they were healed. Why did only one come back to say thanks?
1. Appreciate small things
2. Others
3. Greatness of God 
1. We miss the blessings of small things. The opposite of gratitude is grumbling complaining. God hates grumbling. Do things without complaining. Who was grumbling when it started snowing? 
Children of Israel were champions in grumbling. 
They ate angel food cake every day and then they complained. God gave them quail until they vomited it out. 
How many of you did your business and hugged your toilet? 
Had clean drinking water? Food to choose? 
Has an 18 year old van. Being thankful for what you have is very liberating. My dream car is a red Tesla S. My wood said do it. The good life only exists if we're happy with what you have. 
2. Appreciate others. Don't feel sorry for the people who are not sorry for themselves. Went to a village of stick homes. Outlaw town everybody steals. Learn to love their neighbors sermon. They stole the gas. They did not appreciate others. 
What are the magic words? Please and you. Now abracadabra and no thank yous. 
Create a culture of appreciation. That's what we do. 
Norman Vincent Peele said find one person to show appreciation. The guy wrote a letter to his teacher. By the end of his life he had written 500 thank you letters and lived a happy life. 
3. God's greatness. Young girl could hardly walk. Prayed for her told her to run around the room. She's completely healed and thankful. 
Attitude of gratitude. Will change your life! 

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Sermon

God has designed us to be a family. 
Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org 
To live with others in heaven will be wonderful but on earth it's a different story. 
We can't allow indifference to poison our hearts. We all have people we don't like.
Jesus will help you. 
This series is hard. Lust divorce etc. Are hard to talk about. It's hard to pattern after Jesus. He's an upside down kingdom. None of us can do the Sermon. We need a Savior. 
How to be a witness? How well do you handle your emotions? 
We don't say revenge retaliation. We just say I have my rights to get even. 

"You have heard that it was said, ' An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth .'  But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. But whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well. And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic, give him your coat also. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to the one who asks you, and do not reject the one who wants to borrow from you.
Matthew 5:38‭-‬42 NET

The OT said there is a financial penalty for doing evil. The Jews made more laws. Jesus declared himself an authority to change the law. Do good to those who wronged you. 
They liked to slap people on the right cheek with the back of the right hand. 
Jesus said give them what's yours. Offer 2 miles when the soldier asks for the 1 mile of help. 
Show unrestricted love to others. Don't be so demanding. Avoid narcissism. 
Revenge will be canceled through prayer. Matt 26:38, 39
Not my will. Jesus knows how to forgive. He prayed. 
Time to pray. God I want to let go. 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

188 Princess

Dave Ens pastor One88.org
2,600 years ago the Babylonians demanded taxes and Israel refused so Nebuchadnezzar conquered and enslaved Israel. 
Daniel was one of the slaves.
By the rivers of Babylon — there we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion.
Psalms 137:1 CSB
For I know the plans I have for you"  — this is the Lord 's declaration — "plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 CSB
God wants the best for us. His plans trip us up. We want our own plans to comfort us in knowing what's happening or going to happen. Control of the future. 
We make plans for a good day and good results. We think we know what plans God should make for us. Can we hear what God is saying? Even if we are busy? 
Do we accept God's plan? He knows the plans he has for us.
Mahahshala metachnen
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways." This is the Lord's declaration.  "For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9 CSB

plan
לְתַכְנֵן
plandesigndevise,
God can only work with you in the place you are. We need to take each other's well being into account.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sermon Matthew 5

Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org
For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter  or one stroke of a letter will pass away from the law until all things are accomplished.
Matthew 5:18 CSB

Jesus is our hero. To be blessed we need to follow Jesus. We need to pour ourselves into Jesus. 
Jesus does not shy away from hard sayings. 
1. The Bible is true
2. It's about Jesus 
3. How will it change your life? 

1. Not a dot will pass away. How to read this book? V18 refers to v17. Jesus came to fulfill the law. It's supernatural book. Not just a book. It's divine. From God. Inspired. Every part of every character. It's authoritative. It has to be followed. 
Who can do it? There is a broken world. Jesus has to fulfill it. He died an unjust death on the cross. Father forgive them for they don't know what they are doing. 
Jesus redeems fallen world. He has fulfilled scripture. 
2. The Bible is about Jesus not about you. Christocentric mindset is what you need to understand the Bible.
Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. 
A cup is just a cup. If your pour something in it. Jesus fills the cup. He's the ultimate prophet. He rewrites it all. He is the hero of the story. We're now walking into his presence directly. 
When Jesus broke the bread they recognized him. He had explained how he is the fulfillment. 
3. Change your life. If you understand what Christ did, it changes your life. Jesus did it. He helps you understand the Bible. The focal point of the story. 
Your identity in Christ. Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated.
1 Peter 1:10 CSB

You are blessed if you allow Jesus in or you are an empty cup.
I'm no longer a slave to fear 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sermon

What does it mean that Jesus is Lord? 
Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org

What does it look like when we empty our self glory? 
Blessed. Happy.
Embrace Jesus. Blessed life. 
Chuck Swindle 
A man was lost in the desert and found a shack. Found a rusty pump. Nothing came. He found a bottle of water with a note to pour it into the pump. He could choose to drink the old water or risk all for fresh cold water. 
You must make choices. SALT. LIGHT. HURT. 
1. Beauty
Matt 5:13 salt was a preservative. Prosciutto.
People want to jump in to help to show they are needed. You are not the savior. Are you stopping the decay.
2. You are the light to be seen to give glory to God. 
We live in a fighting age. Grey Matter book. A church that is different will attract. 
3. Countercultural Family
Not just you and me
4. Mission
Not just selfies
Do we live an easy life? Not

2. Terror. 
Hurt. Salt Light will hurt. You'll be persecuted. You'll get a reward. A blessing. 
Blessed are you when...
2 Tim 3:12 you will suffer persecution for Jesus's sake.
Jesus is the most hated human in history. Both grandfathers died in Russian prison for being pastors. They died for Jesus. 

3. The Hero
There is a special spirit in us. Did your camp counselor tell you you would be persecuted? 
Phil 2:5-11 Jesus set aside divinity and lived a selfless life and died a terrible death. 
Every year 100,000 believers lose their lives for Jesus. 

The guy at the pump poured the water into the pump. You have to give it all away to get anything back. 

Sunday, September 08, 2019

The Law Reveals God's Character

Paster Brian 
https://www.facebook.com/allpeopleschurchfalconlake/

Father we thank you that you know all about us. You count the hair on our heads. We bring our needs to you. Minister to us. Help those who are struggling, need healing, forgiveness, encouragement. Speak deeply to our hearts. 
We pray for those impacted by hurricane Dorian. Halifax and Nova Scotia. 
We pray for those who have not heard the gospel. Help us all to impact others for the gospel. 
We pray for our country and leaders to serve our country. May your will be done in these elections. Grant that those who have ethics be elected. 

Matthew 5
When Jesus was preaching about sin it makes us feel hopeless. 

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:17‭, ‬20 NET

What Jesus said was radically different. He had good news. Will he take away some of the commandments? 
No. Any one who breaks the smallest bit of the law has broken it all. 
Jesus came to fulfill the law. 

What did Jesus mean? 
Sin is missing the mark. Archery. Missed by an inch or a mile. Sin.
Not how good. How good we are not.
Missed the flight by a minute. Fall short. 
We miss the target and the glory of God. The moral character of God. 
In Jesus we see the glory of God. We were created in the moral image of God. We're supposed to reflect the glory. 

People should see Jesus in me. The reason God says don't steal is because God doesn't steal. We are to reflect the character of God. The law tells us what God's character is. 
We miss the mark. 

Jesus ramped it up. Just look at a woman lustfully and commit adultery.
Be holy perfect as God. 
They were amazed. What do you mean you should be perfect? You were created perfect. 

Only when we know the depth of despair can we really come to God. Christ in you the hope of glory. We've all come short of it. 
Christ living in you is your hope of glory. 
God's Spirit helps us convert the law into a promise. We say thank you Lord. 

Exciting. Putting the life of God back into the human experience. God sent his son to fulfill the law so that the law can be fulfilled in us. We don't tell lies. The law is written in your hearts because your sufficiency is in Christ. When you live by the Spirit you will not commit adultery. 

Fulfillment of the law is to allow the Spirit in you. 

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Michelle Sawatzky at Falcon Lake

All Peoples church 
Terry & Erna Wiebe chair
Bolivia friends
Andy Partington Warren
NOVO is focused on empowering people to reach their community
Bolivia center for recovery. Helping people who struggle

NOVO has some businesses to help support the ministry. Motorcycle tours and painting

Michelle Sawatzky 45 years of camping at Falcon Lake sings 5 songs. 
You are everything you are https://youtu.be/b6gfrK-WCbI
God is the maker of the moon and stars Lord of All

Erica the librarian bought a few new books
Jews that sing
Seeing Allah finding Jesus
Unplanned
I was once an Arafat man

Potluck in 2 weeks
Need an audio man Jonathan says

Michelle
It is well with my soul
The Lord transforms lives

He hideth my soul
Why do people talk so much about songs when the songs speak for themselves
Broken Lives Never asked to be rich

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them.  I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter will pass from the law until everything takes place. For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:17‭-‬18‭, ‬20 NET

These were the most discouraging words from Jesus. The Old Testament was all about recording failure. 

What's good news? A grandfather god with 6 commandments. 
Jesus said he is not here to apologize for God's law. Jesus fulfills. 
1. What's the purpose of the law? Why does Jesus raise the bar? We have all broken the law of God. Why did God make rules people can't keep? Was he having a bad day? 
1 John 3.4 to miss the target is to sin whether it's a cm or km
If you miss your plane by one minute you still missed it. God is not so concerned about by how much we miss the mark. 
The law is a target. Romans 3.23 everyone falls short of the glory of God. 
What is the glory of God? The character of God. 
John said we've seen the glory in Jesus. We saw what God was like. 
Loved the kids. Sat next to an embarrassing woman. 
Gentle, patient, understanding, loving, is to see God. 
Understand what God is like. We were created in God's image. God is not a thief, adulterer, 
The law was not arbitrary but to clarify what God's character is. 

2. The effect of the law
To show us our failures. Moses was shocked at the golden calf. God was not. Romans 3.20 For no one is declared righteous before him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:20 NET
Look at a woman and you commit adultery. 
Be perfect
They were amazed at his teaching. 

3. How does Jesus fulfill the law? Christ in you the hope of glory. My Spirit in you. 
Hit the target in Jesus. Live the life of the Spirit. 
Can we be perfect? No. 
And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18 NET

We've been given a ticket to heaven and the Spirit to live in us. Restore 
You are living in me. 

Song In the morning when I rise to meet Him

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Elijah

Dave Ens pastor One88.org http://www.one88.org/

Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord , the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word." And the word of the Lord came to him: "Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there."
1 Kings 17:1‭-‬4 ESV

Who's in charge? The rain god or the God of the universe? 

What we trust influences guides our life. When following Jesus we find peace. 

Trusting God can be hard. 

Queen Jezebel was not happy so King Ahab was not happy. Elijah had to hide. He had to speak and then trust God. Not worry about what else God has for us. Do what God has called you to do. 

The ravens fed Elijah and then God called him to go to a window in the middle of Baal country. The widow's food did not run out while the famine was in the land. God can be trusted. He is the provider. His jar never runs out. He has abundance. He does not disappoint. He was willing to die for you. 

And she said, "As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die." And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son.
1 Kings 17:12‭-‬13 ESV

Communion table has bread and juice to symbolize Jesus's broken body and blood. 

Come out of the darkness
So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You're not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms

Monday, August 12, 2019

Competent counseling

J Adams 
I went to my psychiatrist to be psychoanalyzed to find out why I kicked the cat and blacked my husband's eyes
And here is what he dredged up from my subconscious mind

When I was one my mummy hid my dolly in a trunk and so it follows naturally that I am always drunk

When I was 2 I saw my daddy kiss the maid one day and that is why I now suffer from kleptomania

At 3 I had feelings of ambivalence to my brothers and so it follows naturally I poison all my lovers

But I am happy now because I've learned that everything I do that's wrong is someone else's fault

Sunday, August 04, 2019

God is Making Things Right

Songs 50 attendees less than 1/2 inner city
Dave Ens http://www.one88.org/
Rwanda genocide no one wanted to help. Why? Why should anyone care? Rwanda has no international value. 
Justice and reconciliation. God loves justice. Criminals don't know what justice means, but all who respect the Lord understand it completely.
Proverbs 28:5 CEV

Ahab was married to Jezebel. Naboth's family had generations of vineyard next to the palace. It was a blessing and gift from God. Ahab wanted it for a vegetable garden. When Naboth refused the king pouted. Jezebel said aren't you the king? I'll get it for you. 
We may think we are doing the right thing, but the Lord always knows what is in our hearts.  Doing what is right and fair pleases the Lord more than an offering.
Proverbs 21:2‭-‬3 CEV

We always think what we do is right. But is it?

How can I find justice for those around us? 
My prayer is that we would respond with vigor to bring justice. Hunger and thirst for righteousness. 
I'm forgiven because you were forsaken. Amazing love. How can it be that my king would die for me?

Saturday, August 03, 2019

There is no such thing as incompatible

There is no such thing as incompatible. It's a term made up by the divorce attorneys. We're all different. No one is going to be completely compatible with you. Because no one is exactly like you. You can get along with anyone you choose to get along with. You can choose to love anybody you choose to love.

Here are the two words you need for your marriage to be a success: "Grow up!" It's immaturity that causes a marriage to die.

Inflexibility is the problem. The first cause of conflict is self-centeredness.

The greater your differences in marriage the greater your potential for growth. The primary purpose of marriage is not to make you happy but to make you holy. It's not a matter of compatibility but am I willing to grow up and learn.

It's always more rewarding to resolve a conflict than to dissolve a relationship.

Our nature is to be self-centered. You're always thinking about you. Not about me. It's my nature to be stubborn. If I want a good relationship I need to think less about me and more about you. 

The second cause of conflict is pride. With pride I get my feelings hurt easily. Humble people don't get their feelings hurt. Pride only leads to arguments. Proverbs 13:10 Too much pride causes trouble. Be sensible and take advice.

Proverbs 13:10 CEV

https://bible.com/bible/392/pro.13.10.CEV

That's the first verse to memorize on your honeymoon.

Here's a secret sentence that will break a log jam in any conflict "I'm sorry I was only thinking of myself."

Memorize that and get over your conflict.

https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/daily-hope/listen/how-to-reconcile-a-relationship-part-two-765482.html?ref=sm #biblestudytools #bst #bible

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Willowdale Fellowship

Dave Falkwa guest minister at 

The trumpet players and singers made music together as if they were only one voice. They praised the Lord. They gave thanks to him. Some of them played their trumpets, cymbals and other instruments. The others raised their voices to praise the Lord. They sang, "He is good. His faithful love continues forever." Then a cloud filled the temple of the Lord.  The priests couldn't do their work because of it. The glory of the Lord filled God's temple.
2 Chronicles 5:13‭-‬14 NIRV

Psalms are worship songs with specific details and requests

Is God's will inline with ours? 
He cares about us. 
We tend to rush rush. Take it easier is better. 
Pray for Ben. Lady Jean with COPD has only a short time to live. Funeral of Christian lady was very healing. True healing is spiritual. 
Arthur's mom's brother died. Arthur's doing well. Working full time. Doesn't know what he wants to be. 
SIL has fibromyalgia 

Dave
You created the deepest parts of my being. You put me together inside my mother's body.  How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.  None of my bones was hidden from you when you made me inside my mother's body. That place was as dark as the deepest parts of the earth. When you were putting me together there,  your eyes saw my body even before it was formed. You planned how many days I would live. You wrote down the number of them in your book before I had lived through even one of them.  God, your thoughts about me are priceless. No one can possibly add them all up.  If I could count them, they would be more than the grains of sand. If I were to fall asleep counting and then wake up, you would still be there with me.
Psalm 139:13‭-‬18 NIRV

God's been working on this message for a long time. God wants me to say it. 
Read
"Listen! A farmer went out to plant his seed. He scattered the seed on the ground. Some fell on a path. Birds came and ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky places, where there wasn't much soil. The plants came up quickly, because the soil wasn't deep. Still other seed fell on good soil. It grew up and produced a crop 30, 60, or even 100 times more than the farmer planted."
Mark 4:3‭-‬5‭, ‬8 NIRV
4 types of results based on conditions
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this story? Then how will you understand any stories of this kind? The seed the farmer plants is God's message.
Mark 4:13‭-‬14 NIRV
Don't you understand? 

We think we are executing the seeding. 
Let's look at it the other way. We are the soil. We get locked in on the results and forget the people. Team building is tough. An employee left because I wasn't listening to him. I was the path. Lots of superficial social media posts becomes rocky soil. 
We were too busy for neighbors. They stopped going to church. The thorns destroyed the relationship. 25 life groups. We help them find a group. We sacrifice our time. 

Good soil. Conflict becomes about growing and learning. Pray. Learned about managing conflicts with each other by going to prayer. God is there. If you are fertile soil God gets the glory. His way changes us to produce fruit. No relationship is ever too complicated. 

At 47 Dave was 300 pounds now less than 200. Now taken the time to live healthy. Went on a mud race with Kara to build relationship with her. 

If you're breathing God is not done with you yet. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

All Peoples Church Joshua

Music by Don Doerksen and daughter Shania of St Adolphe. 

Child Dedication is a special time in the life of the Church. Pray a Blessing. A village to raise a child. Holden Unger. Bless you. God's gift of life. Pray God's rich blessing. Everybody touch him and bless him. 

Preaching Joshua be strong and courageous. 

Shania sang the baby boy was king

Is faith more important than truth?

Joshua chose two men as spies and sent them from their camp at Acacia with these instructions: "Go across the river and find out as much as you can about the whole region, especially about the town of Jericho." The two spies left the Israelite camp at Acacia and went to Jericho, where they decided to spend the night at the house of a prostitute named Rahab.  So the king sent soldiers to Rahab's house to arrest the spies. Meanwhile, Rahab had taken the men up to the flat roof of her house and had hidden them under some piles of flax plants that she had put there to dry. The soldiers came to her door and demanded, "Let us have the men who are staying at your house. They are spies." She answered, "Some men did come to my house, but I didn't know where they had come from. They left about sunset, just before it was time to close the town gate. I don't know where they were going, but if you hurry, maybe you can catch them." The guards at the town gate let the soldiers leave Jericho, but they closed the gate again as soon as the soldiers went through. Then the soldiers headed toward the Jordan River to look for the spies at the place where people cross the river.  "Rahab," the spies answered, "if you keep quiet about what we're doing, we promise to be kind to you when the Lord gives us this land. We pray that the Lord will kill us if we don't keep our promise!"
Joshua 2:1‭, ‬3‭-‬7‭, ‬14 CEV

A crumpled or new dollar bill are worth the same. 

Rahab The Prostitute is called The Prostitute in the New Testament. The title sticks.
Joshua sent spies. They went everywhere. 38 years earlier Joshua was a spy. Milk and honey. There are giants in the land. 10 men said we can't do it. Only Joshua and Caleb had faith. Only the 2 entered the Promised Land. 

1. Where they went. 
Check out Jericho. Rahab always had strange men coming and going. The spies went to her house to camouflage them. Someone noticed them. 10,000,000 Israelites were only 10 miles away. Rahab told a huge lie to protect them. She ran a brothel on the city wall. Lying was part of her life. 

Lying cannot ever be justified. 

2. What the spies heard. 
I know God has given this land to you. The inhabitants are petrified of the Israelites. They had heard about the Red Sea. They knew that their days were numbered. Og the giant with the 6'x13' bed was defeated. 

The Lord your God has already given the land to you, she says. The enemy the devil knows he has been defeated. The Lord is God of heaven and earth. The Israelites did not seem to know that. Do we trust God on Monday? 

3. What the spies did
Preserve the house with the scarlet cord. Symbolize the blood of Christ. 
The 2 dollar bills are guaranteed by the government. 
Her faith made her righteous. 
Which is more important? Character or faith? FAITH.
Justification is by faith. Rahab trusted God. 
They rescued her and put her in a separate place. Eventually she became part of the genealogy of Jesus?.

Don & Shania song I see it on the steeple.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Wheat and the Weeds

Johnny Dodsworth Associate Pastor www.EasTview.org 

Jesus told the crowd another story. "Here is what the kingdom of heaven is like," he said. "A man planted good seed in his field. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the workers what to do. Here is what I will say to them. First collect the weeds. Tie them in bundles to be burned. Then gather the wheat. Bring it into my storeroom.' "
Matthew 13:24‭, ‬30 NIRV

Song New Wine Make me vessel 

Good morning. Children's Feature 
Week 3 of Parables

Kingdoms advance by force. 
The kingdom of heaven does not. Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is like a sower.
Get your Sermon guide to journal what Jesus wants to teach us. 
What does Jesus want to teach? 

Then Jesus left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him. They said, "Explain to us the story of the weeds in the field."  They will throw them into the blazing furnace. There people will sob and grind their teeth. Then God's people will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. Those who have ears should listen.
Matthew 13:36‭, ‬42‭-‬43 NIRV

A parable only explains a little bit so we need to be careful not to create theology. 
The Sower Jesus
The Field the world
Good seed Jesus's people
The enemy the devil

Jesus flipped expectations upside down
Jesus was speaking to the Jews with a violent background. 
The church is advancing. Peace and gentleness. 

People from many nations will go there. They will say, "Come. Let us go up to the Lord's mountain. Let's go to the house of Jacob's God. He will teach us how we should live. Then we will live the way he wants us to." The law of the Lord will be taught at Zion. His message will go out from Jerusalem.  He will judge between the nations. He'll settle problems among many of them. They will hammer their swords into plows. They'll hammer their spears into pruning tools. Nations will not go to war against one another. They won't even train to fight anymore.
Isaiah 2:3‭-‬4 NIRV

The Jews thought they should bring God to the world. Jesus will eliminate evil from the world. Pray that the kingdom will come on earth as in heaven. 

Are the weeds condemned to be that way? 
Gentile and Jews can't be identified. Only God can separate. Weeds and wheat. Darnel weed looked very much like wheat. Bring the message of the gospel. Jesus is the judge. 
Gently sow the seed. Imitate Jesus. Ceasar had no control over sowers of peace. 
We don't have to be weeds but proclaim. 
Not ours to judge. Only God can do that. Who is a wheat and who is a weed? 
Jesus hung out with sinners and they became wheat. 
Jesus invites us to partner with him with the good news. There will be persecution. 
The righteous will shine like the sun. Evil eliminated. What a promise! Read the parable again. Meditate on it. 


Sunday, July 07, 2019

1st Presbyterian Church of Southold NY

Dr Rev Peter Kelley
https://www.fpcsouthold.org/

Luke 10:1-11 Psalm 66 Selah
Selah is an important word that appears 3 times in Psalm 66. It appears 3 times in OT. Habakkuk 3 
It's a direction for the singer or reader to rest stop listen. One of the reasons for worship is rest stop listen.

You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
Habakkuk 3:13 ESV

Do a study of the word Selah. How did I get here? It's a good exercise. Stop look and listen. Those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength. Start with 3 minutes. Breathe in, breathe out. How did I get here? Look backward look forward Selah.
Let us pray.
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