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. 

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Hope in the Messiah

The candle of hope reminds us to live in hope for the 2nd coming of Christ. 
Delbert Enns
How do you define authentic hope when things go wrong? How do you look down the road? 
There is no other hope than Jesus. Are you hopeful? Tomorrow will be as good as yesterday. 
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 NLT

Malachi to Matthew is 400 years of silence. This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham :
Matthew 1:1 NLT
Genealogy was everything. Royal descent was so important. Even today we want to know our ancestry. 
Proving to be a descendant of David made you royal. 

I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you."
Genesis 12:2‭-‬3 NLT

God had a plan after the Fall. Redemption through Jesus. God put Abraham to the test. 

Have you placed your faith in Jesus? 
What he says he will provide. 
Jesus is also a descendant of David a man after his own heart. He was a glorious man. But a bloody one. In spite of that God promised his kingdom to last forever.

David was also tested. He had a wicked son and tried to split the kingdom. In the end they were taken into exile. 

Jeremiah said the days are coming when a branch of David will spring up. 
"In those days and at that time I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David's line. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. In that day Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this will be its name: 'The Lord Is Our Righteousness.'
Jeremiah 33:15‭-‬16 NLT

Look down the road? Where are you looking? I will trust in the promises of God. If you have never done that, do it now. 
Wait with great expectations. Today. Confess Jesus as Lord. Pray now. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Lots of Atrocities in this world

Delbert Enns pastor 

Prophesies of the Messiah 
300 Old Testament have been fulfilled. We will look at 6.

How do these relate to us?
Jesus walked with 2 disciples and beginning with Moses he explained. 
Then he carefully unveiled to them the revelation of himself throughout the Scripture. He started from the beginning and explained the writings of Moses and all the prophets, showing how they wrote of him and revealed the truth about himself.
Luke 24:27 TPT
But the Lord God warned him, "You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die."
Genesis 2:16‭-‬17 NLT

Satan planted doubt. How do I know it's true? 
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, "Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?"
Genesis 3:1 NLT

Did god? Not Yahweh Alohim Lord God. 
He slammed God's character. 
When we challenge God we are saying I want to be like him. Then they knew they had sinned and felt shame. God said, where are you? 

God looks for me where I am. Who told you you were naked? 

The Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
Genesis 3:14 ESV

Enmity hostility between satan and the seed of the woman. Noah's generation. 
Judas betrayed Jesus. 
God told satan that he will be crushed. That happened at the cross. Now satan is wildly trying to take over the world. 
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
2 Timothy 3:1 ESV

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Galatians 4:4‭-‬5 ESV
We are the seed. We are now adopted. 
We are now living in God's love. 
Sacrifice. Garments of skin. God takes care of them. He kills an animal to cover them up. Fig leaves were not good enough. Blood had to be shed. 
The ultimate sacrifice is Jesus. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ron Pearce The State Of The Kingdom

What is God doing around the world? The world is changing. Will be sitting in a secure cruise on the Nile river.
The Kingdom was defined by Jesus. China is trying to eradicate the church. Drone surveillance. They are taking kids in school and torture interrogate them. Christians are being kicked out of their homes. They are coming out with a new communist Bible.
We are printing Bibles.
Why do they hate us? Who are the best people in the world? 
They are envious and jealous. They see the kingdom getting built. The oneness a unity a family. Communists want that but can't achieve it. 
We are becoming more unlike the non Christians. 
There are many who want to be Christians but just can't submit. 
One Lord One Baptism.
The Kingdom is growing around the world. Planted churches in Ethiopia and a million Muslims have become Christians. 
They almost all have visions of Jesus. Whole villages are being converted and baptized. 
3 week training sessions. Mats on the floor for sleeping and studying. 
Powerful witch doctor got converted. Burnt all his perphaphanelia and has the gift of healing. 
You led the captives free. 
Kadar was a well known leader. He was witnessed to and prayed for and healed. He is now an evangelist. 1000 people were trained to witness. Jesus told another leader to find Kadar and he was converted and now preaches Jesus in the mosques. 
Israel is coming alive.
Mt Carmel Assembly has 30,000 believers now in 270 congregations.
They are converting Russian tourists. A whole busload of tourists got baptized when the bus stopped at the sea of Galilee. 
People are being converted and healed. 
Laos every house has a demon spirit. One leader a former powerful witch doctor has 45 churches. God delivered him in a dream. Go door to door and heal people. Demon possessed man was chained up. Prayed for him for 20 minutes and he was totally healed. 

Ethiopian man had a vision. Had been witnessed to. Saw the tribulation and his family dying. He also saw Christians in peace worshipping Jesus. He is now busy. He walks to every village 20 hours a day begging people to accept the Lord. 

The Kingdom is based on the Bible. Need 100s of thousands of Bibles. $12 will train an evangelist in China.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Deacons what do they do?

Jonathan Wiebe
God intends to live among us. 
He gave us special instructions on how to build the church. 
How should we live together? 
Diakonos a Greek word Jesus used.
 Jesus told them, "In this world the kings and great men Lord it over their people, yet they are called 'friends of the people.'  But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.
Luke 22:25‭-‬26 NLT
His disciples wondered what Jesus was up to. This was upside down. 
Jesus says I'm among you as one who serves. Diakonos. Servant. Server. To serve you. 
Dulos I do what I'm told
No room for power struggles or ego. 
John 12
The Greeks paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, "Sir, we want to meet Jesus." Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.
John 12:21‭-‬22‭, ‬26 NLT

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea.
Romans 16:1 NLT
She may have delivered Paul's letter and read it to the church. 

Jesus died for us. Serve your heart out. 
Don't dismiss the challenge. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

What Should A Preacher Do?

Winston Churchill Jr
Hope by 10th Avenue song

All preaching must be done under the Holy Spirit. A burden to share the Love of God. The Holy Spirit is your teacher to give you the meat of the message. 
What's the most important? To love the Lord your God with all your strength. 
1 Timothy
Preaching is the power
Teaching is the transmission
Are you defeated? The Power of the Holy Spirit is missing
Biblical Doctrine the Truth of God God's thoughts are not your thoughts
nor did we crave the praises of men, whether you or others. Even though we could have imposed upon you our demands as apostles of Christ, instead we showed you kindness and were gentle among you. We cared for you in the same way a nursing mother cares for her own children. With a mother's love and affectionate attachment to you, we were very happy to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our lives—because you had become so dear to us.
1 Thessalonians 2:6‭-‬8 TPT

Biblical Theology is applying God's Truth to life. It's the only truth there is. 
1 Timothy 4
Jesus started baptizing and John said it's ok. 

So until I come, be diligent in devouring the Word of God, be faithful in prayer, and in teaching the believers. Make all of this your constant meditation and make it real with your life so everyone can see that you are moving forward.
1 Timothy 4:13‭, ‬15 TPT
If I were to speak with eloquence in earth's many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels, yet I didn't express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal. Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all. So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.
1 Corinthians 13:1‭, ‬13 TPT
Search the Scriptures for yourself.
It took 25 years to get the book of John translated into a new language. 

God, do the work in me. In spite of rabbit trails. 

Our world is broken.