Sunday, January 19, 2020

Trouble with Authorities

Jesus was going through the grain fields on a Sabbath, and his disciples began to pick some heads of wheat as they made their way. For this reason the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
Mark 2:23‭, ‬28 NET

Johnny Dodsworth 

As a kid my dad was the stay at home dad. He loves talking. We were always late. I had to run to keep up with him. 
There are always all kinds of gaps between people. 
The leaders of Jesus's day worked hard to maintain the gaps. Jesus worked hard to close the gap.

Jesus brings forgiveness outside the religious system. 
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."  Now immediately, when Jesus realized in his spirit that they were contemplating such thoughts, he said to them, "Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?  But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins," – he said to the paralytic – "I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher, and go home."
Mark 2:5‭, ‬8‭, ‬10‭-‬11 NET
He associated with traitors and sinners. 
When the experts in the law and the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?"  When Jesus heard this he said to them, "Those who are healthy don't need a physician, but those who are sick do. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Mark 2:16‭-‬17 NET
Those who acknowledge their sin can get help. 
Jesus makes analogies. Wedding. Patching. Wine skins
Fasting. Sabbath. 
Jesus breaks the traditions. Why does he ignore God's sabbath law? 
Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath.
Mark 2:27 NET
Religion had distorted the law. 
When Jesus entered the religion's territory he asked them questions. 
Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath, or evil, to save a life or destroy it?" But they were silent.
Mark 3:4 NET

Jesus closes the gap between God and the people. 

Like parents walking with the little kids. God is all about restoring lost people to himself. 
Are we like the pharisees? Or like Jesus closing the gap.
Look after others at food banks. Fight trafficking. Take the hungry for lunch. Walk with people. 

If you need healing, come to Jesus today. No matter how you feel about your life. 
Jesus cares about your motivations. You can be healed in life. Not just to avoid hell. 
Jesus is inviting you to join him in restoration. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Patrick at Seine River church

The Lord of Hosts will sustain you. 

Break my heart for what breaks you. 
Kevin Janzen introduction of
Patrick Director Founder of Our Father school in Uganda

Speaker for today 
Greetings from Uganda. Arrived at midnight last night. 
Married to one wife and she's a beautiful woman. Have 2 daughters. 

We run the school and medical facility and a clean water well to lift the name of Jesus high. 
The late Pastor Ed was in Uganda to train 300 youth. We were expecting him again in December. Shocked to hear of Pastor Ed's passing. 
Still saying God is faithful. 
Pastor Ed was a friend, pastor, teacher. He spoke at our wedding. Spoke of joy. 
We shall see him again. Comfort Jessie his wife. 

We are trying to charge our spiritual lives. Jesus knows you. 
Pastor Philip has already preached
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.
Luke 19:1‭-‬2 NET

In Africa the president has to consult the chief before he comes to a village. 
The chief tax collector Z had so much but not enough. He needed to see Jesus. He was too short. Pygmies in Africa had big heads and when they fell down they needed help to get up. 
Z had a wall bigger than Trump's. Had a friend that wanted to hate God. Prayed with him and he decided to follow Jesus. 
Jesus had never met Z but called Z by name. God knows you by name. That's enough. Trust Jesus. He knows you. What is Jesus saying about you? He is ready to stay with you. If it wasn't for Christ I might be in the gutter somewhere. 

Now, this is what the Lord says, the one who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: "Don't be afraid, for I will protect you. I call you by name, you are mine.
Isaiah 43:1 NET

Look unto Jesus. He knows what you're going through. God knows you and has better plans. 

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Who do you say I am?

Jesus kept answering the question Who do you say I am? 

That is the most important question in history. Mark answers it. 

Johnny Dodsworth Life Groups Pastor 

Advent has just passed. Anticipation of the second coming is where we live today. 

The people of the NT times had been waiting 400 years. 
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,  " Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way,  the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ' Prepare the way for the Lord, make his paths straight. '"
Mark 1:2‭-‬3 NET

Wake up. The story is continuing. Mark's readers would have known this passage well. A 4 second audio clip from Star Wars immediately brings to mind scenes. 

Mark starts at Jesus's baptism not birth. 

Now in those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River.  And a voice came from heaven: "You are my one dear Son; in you I take great delight."
Mark 1:9‭, ‬11 NET

N T Wright said God sees us the same we he looks at Jesus 
 "You are my dear child; in you I take great delight."

We now live in Christ. The beautiful story of the gospel. We can live in Jesus. If you haven't been baptized yet, why not? 
February 9 we will celebrate baptism here. 

When we are defined by God as his children we are free indeed. Participate in his kingdom. 
If Jesus is just your influencer you are alone. You need to be in relationship with God. 

Who do you say Jesus is? 

"As for this temple you are building, if you follow my rules, observe my regulations, and obey all my commandments, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father David.  I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel."
1 Kings 6:12‭-‬13 NET

God's heart desires to dwell with His people. He wants you to live as his child. He wants everyone to walk with him. 

Pause. Reflect. Invite Jesus to speak to you. How are you inviting me to experience life as your child? 

Lord, what is in your heart for me this morning? 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

First things first

Mobilize to gospel conversations
Book Tactics by Greg Koukl

Perspectives cards are a great tool for gospel conversation
Met an agnostic who believed in evolution. Morality - would Nazi morality be ok if they had won the war? 
Be prepared for the questions you are asked. Agitated response is ok as long as you are faithful.
Apologetics to make a defense. To show the gospel message is true. 
It's not about
Winning arguments
Showing you are smart
Making others feel dumb
1 Peter 3.15
But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.
1 Peter 3:15 NET

Preparation requires the right tools. Scripture 
Acts 17
Muslim apologetics
Scientific - 
Cultural - how does Christianity
Tailored to the audience

Become lifelong learners to share your faith

Jesus is asked 183 questions and he answered with 307 questions to answer their questions

Columbo is a detective that pretends to be not smart. Socratic irony

Burden of proof
If you make a claim you are responsible to prove
Hold them to gentle scrutiny
What do you mean by that? How can you prove that? 

Lead the way
Start with common ground. 

Innocent as doves
Emphasize the respect that you have for them
Have you considered?

Narrate debate

What do you mean by that?

Arguments that commit suicide
All truth is subjective can't be true

Taking the roof off
Morality that leads to absurd conclusions

Stop and ask to respond. If not possible to stop say goodbye 

Rhodes Scholar
Ask for evidence and merits. 
Science doesn't say anything. 80% of biological studies can't be replicated. 

Just the Facts
Be aware of falsified arguments. There are so many. Be able to say no. The Bible is not a translation. Hebrew Aramaic Greek. 1000s of ancient manuscripts

More sweat. Less blood
Be ready. Keep it simple. Avoid religious language. Focus on Christian truth. Give reasons. Stay calm. If they want to leave let them. Give them something up read. The ultimate questions of life. 

An Australian man gave gospel tracts all the time. Dozens were saved. 

Be faithful in witnessing. The Bible was organically compiled. Not at the Council of Nicea.

People are asking about the problem of evil. Why is the world so broken? We have the answer. 
We chose the reign of sin. Jesus has created the reign of God. The church is making all things new. 

How do you deal with the agnostics that don't care? Ask them to consider if it's true. People are ok with the contradictions.

Someone that's mad at God needs pastoral care. Remind them that God cares. 

Cheryl Bear at P2C+

We are on Treaty 13 territory. 
Always start with prayer to honour the Creator.
Book introduction to First Nations ministry. 
I was part of Broken Walls team at Urbana. 
51 years old. Young people have this openness. 40 years ago Studying Indians in Canada in grade 6. Hurons might be extinct. I felt unseen. It's always about the land. 

Felt God talk to me through the river and the trees. Baptized as a child with indigenous singers singing. 
The spirit of God talks to us through nature. God speaks perfectly through Jesus. 
Read the book The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. As the story unfolds Aslan dies for the naughty kid. That kept me a Christian knowing that God loves me so much. 
Felt like a 2nd class citizens. 

Native Concept of God grandfather. Grandparents are far more tolerant of misbehaving kids. They push away the judgemental voices. God as grandparent looks right past the issues. 
The Ancient of Days do loves you. 

Jon Corbin P2C

Was in a Christian fellowship group in university. 
What would it look like to invest your experience in your campus?
Was in music. Sat in on the radio station. Soon I had my own show playing edifying music. Engage with people. 
Event wise we started hip hop helps. WV famine. Put on a hip hop show to attract the public to support WV.
Found talent for rapping commissioned by my coaches. Went to a lot of new places. Curious about the people there. Social media has created pressure to every one to comment on everything. Read ask questions
Urbana conference Broken Walls singing group was there. Infused with indigenous music. Led in worship with Indigenous drummers. Worship together in heaven will be multi cultural. Including hip hop. My mentor kept encouraging me to translate culture seeking the heart of God. 
What do you think worship in heaven will be like? All presidents and leaders will bow their knees before Jesus. 

What would it look like if you took your passions and in faith let God bring them out. Surrender and pray. 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Ask and you will receive

Vic Neufeld pastor
I was the youngest and that was great. Got away with everything. Dad didn't allow us to ask for ice cream. 
Jesus said to them, "When you pray, say this: 'Father: May your holy name be honored; may your Kingdom come.  Give us day by day the food we need.  Forgive us our sins, for we forgive everyone who does us wrong. And do not bring us to hard testing.'"
Luke 11:2‭-‬4 GNT
We live in a fallen world. God's will is not happening in this world. We need to ask him. 
Forgive others.

And Jesus said to his disciples, "Suppose one of you should go to a friend's house at midnight and say, 'Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread. A friend of mine who is on a trip has just come to my house, and I don't have any food for him!' And suppose your friend should answer from inside, 'Don't bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' Well, what then? I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you everything you need because you are not ashamed to keep on asking. And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.
Luke 11:5‭-‬9 GNT
This would be a real problem in that world of shame based culture. 
Seek and find. 
What have you stopped praying for in 2019? Have you stopped knocking? There are 2 ditches. 
1 God will do what God will do. No. He expects our prayers and events transpire differently as a result. Our prayers make a difference. 
2. The other ditch is name it and claim it. That is wrong. We're nervous about asking too much. 
Sometimes we ask for a scorpion. I know God will answer my prayer in a way that brings glory to Him. 
As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Luke 11:13 GNT
Ask boldly with shameless audacity. Pour out your hearts over and over. The things we ask for will be ever closer to God's will. 

What have you ceased asking God for? 

Post Christmas

Vic pastor 

Paul Hantz German pastor
As a boy I fell and stopped breathing. Father did CPR but couldn't revive him. Mom came to help and I'm still here

Are we thanking God for life as a gift from God? Are we ready to be called home? 
God's goal for us is to achieve eternal life. 
Hezekiah the king became ill. He cleaned the temple and defeated the philistines.  He got ill and God sent the prophet to tell him to set his affairs in order. 
A member recently was on her deathbed and had prayed that God would give her a disease that would give her time to set her things in order. He did.

We should be constantly busy setting our affairs in order. Forgive others. Forgive to be forgiven. That's not easy. 

2 elderly sisters blamed each others for an accident and have not spoken in 20 years. 

Hezekiah pleaded with God to add 15 years to his life. 

What will 2020 bring? What will I accomplish? 
God is in charge of our lives. Have you thought about what it will be like when your time is up? 
We do many funerals. We ask them on their deathbed. Are you ready? 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

God chose shepherds

Delbert Enns

God chose shepherds throughout the Old Testament. Moses. David. God called himself a shepherd. 
By the time of the Talmut shepherds were the lowest of the low. Outcasts. Ceremoniously unclean. Foul mouthed fighters.

Why did God reveal himself to shepherds? He came for the ones that were NOT IN. 

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way. So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully.  But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!" Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham!  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
Luke 19:1‭, ‬4‭, ‬6‭, ‬8‭-‬10 NET

It's uphill from Jericho to Jerusalem. It was the tax capital of the area. Z was the district manager of the tax thieves. Sinner. Z is wealthy but he knew something was missing. 

Jesus had just healed a blind beggar. The story circulated and Z had to find out what it was all about. Z felt rejected and lonely. Lots of emotions. 

Z had challenges. He didn't want to be seen so he climbed a tree to get close to Jesus. He was wealthy and made a double fool of himself by running and climbing a tree. When Jesus talked to him he was filled with joy. Jesus was seeking him. Jesus finds us. We are nobody. He comes to our house. Hurry. Don't think about what others think. Get off your tree. You don't belong there. 
Let's have dinner now without lots of preparation. Just as you are. Joy forged in the fire of discouragement. The crowd grumbled about Jesus going to dine with sinners. 

When you have joy in your heart others will think you are nuts. 
Joy inspires hope. Transformation. Z became staggeringly generous. Joy is a gift from God. We can receive joy by letting go of our past. 
Albert Schweitzer Quote: "If you own something you cannot give away, then you don't own it, it owns you." 

For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost. 

Is He Savior to you? 
Is He Lord to you? 

May the God of Hope fill you with joy. 

Joy to the world. Joy joy. 

Delbert and Marianne are taking a Sabbatical until end of April. Ministry will continue with help from everyone. 

Monday, December 09, 2019

Celebration of Life for Gerard Scott-Herridge

Pastor Glenn Krobel Centre Point church
Celebrate and rejoice for his life.
He knew the hope and is rejoicing with the angels. 
Justin Penner scripture reading
We will not all die. Those who have died will live forever. 
God gives us victory over death. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. 
Gerard was a worshiper. Now in heaven. 
Jesus loves me this I know
Turn your eyes upon Jesus.
Nathan Penner 
Obituary. Gerard was passionate. 
Gerard Scott-Herridge was a passionate man, whether it be for his wife, family, the church, friends or patients.

Gerard was born April 13, 1954 in Liverpool England.  He immigrated to Winnipeg with his mother, sister and father in 1958.  Gerard attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, graduating in 1976, the beginning of one of his passions. 

On October 31, 1979 he surrendered his life and heart to Jesus Christ which arguably initiated his greatest passion. A marriage, as an answer to prayer, to Roberta (nee Penner), his queen, followed shortly thereafter in 1981. His family continued to grow with the birth of his children; Crystal in 1982, Joel in 1984 and Evan in 1987. 

Although his biological family may have been complete there was a desire to expand his spiritual family with brothers and sisters in Christ. Gerard would share his faith at the Remand Centre, Headingly Correctional Institution, Stony Mountain Institution, Milner Ridge Correctional Centre, Main Street Project, fostering children and anyone that would call on him for help. In 1991, Gerard left his active Church to start Bride of Christ Ministries. The prime objective of this ministry was to spread the Gospel of Jesus to the downtrodden, imprisoned, homeless and the hurting. He always wanted to help in any way he could, whether it be to feed, clothe or find housing.

Gerard passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2019. He was predeceased by his father, Dennis Scott-Herridge in 2016.  He is survived by; his mother Monica Scott-Herridge, his sister Sandra Bartakovich, his wife Roberta, daughter Crystal (Ben), granddaughters Micah and Amalia, son Joel (Anne), grandchildren Zachary and Elizabeth, and son Evan (Trista), grandson Fletcher. 

Joel son the doctor cardiologist
Celebrate his life. Amazing man. He made you feel loved. 
He helped so many people. 
To love and be loved by Jesus. If we confess our sins he will forgive. 
15 days after meeting they were engaged. Married 3 months later. "I will never hurt you deliberately"
Loving kind joyful and humble. He loved playing Santa. 
He posted for his twin baby girls. Minutes after he died of a heart attack. 
Zach said gramps got an early Christmas gift to be with Jesus.

Life Tribute Evert VanOeveren
Witnessed to him and led him to the Lord. Introduced Roberta to him. Became god parents to their children. 
He was like a brother. Don't give up. Sometimes he had to turn things over to God. 

Met for breakfast every Thursday. He was excited about his family. 
He was one of the busiest people ever. Loved Roberta. 
Traveled with them a lot. He was always reach out to people. He had 100,000 pictures
He called me his best friend. He said often: iron sharpens iron. 
John 3.16 God gave his only son
I'll miss you. Till we meet at jesus feet 
Evan the police man
Letter from aunt. Love is the only thing we can possess and take with us. Gerard loved everyone. 
He loved his grandkids. And nephews. We will miss you. You loved and was loved. 
He loved fun. 

Amazing tributes Gerard would say lighten up. 
Met him here 8 years ago. Loud boisterous and came to pray for me. 
Met for lunch on Wednesday a week before he passed. He was the santa. He always wanted people to know Jesus. 
He was generous. 
He was different. He had so many friends. This place is packed. 
Sincerest condolences.
38 years together with Roberta, loved his family. Evan police man detective. Joel in ministry and chose medicine. Cardiologist. 
Ben and Krista
Sandra and Kirk. On the spectrum. You are loved. 
He was generous. 
He gave spiritual emotional and physical needs to his clients. 
He was generous and supported the preacher and often yelled "Good preaching".
Gerard was very intelligent. The Bible was his favorite. 
Donate today to 
He knew Jesus. Asked him Wednesday: Are you afraid to die? No. Want to see the grand daughters. 
He wanted everyone to know Jesus. 
God will reconstitute all who know Christ. Encourage one another with this. 
He did lots of good works but he had faith in Jesus. Eternal has a sure anchor. God created the world with a word.
He was a doppelganger for Santa. He used that to lead children to the Lord. 
He walked through significant pain. 
The Pathway to Hope 
Gerard made his decision in 69. Whoever accepts Jesus will have eternal life. 

Thanks for your support. He would do anything for me. He loved his patients. 
Thanks to all who supported us. I need to deal with many things. Joel found 800 candy canes and you all get one. 
Thank you for loving Gerard.

Until we meet again. 

Slide show

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Peace shalom

Pastor Delbert Enns 
The creator of the universe came to earth and suffered for us. 
Shalom to restore peace. God made shalom with humans. Jesus is our shalom. Shalom requires a lot of work. 
Col 1.19
God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.   And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.  You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. But you must stay deeply rooted and firm in your faith. You must not give up the hope you received when you heard the good news. It was preached to everyone on earth, and I myself have become a servant of this message.
Colossians 1:19‭-‬23 CEV

How did Jesus come? Incarnation. God became man. Why? To bring shalom. Reconcile mankind to God. We can make a better world. Live Aid raised millions for Ethiopia. Bob Dillon said we can't save man. 
Jesus wants to make you presentable to God. 
In January we'll go through the gospel of Mark. The unclean woman touched Jesus making him "unclean". She was healed. Go in peace. She received shalom.
Results of shalom. Matthew identified 4 "bad" women in Jesus's genealogy. 
Mission of shalom only if you accept Jesus. He must have your brokenness. Then he can give you shalom. 
As a prisoner of the Lord, I beg you to live in a way that is worthy of the people God has chosen to be his own. Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other. Try your best to let God's Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace.
Ephesians 4:1‭-‬3 CEV

Shake hands and give each other the kiss of peace. 

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Church of the Rock That Old Time Religion

Visit to help Uganda orphans

Pastor Mark Hughes

Canada was deliberately founded as a Christian nation. 
The fastest religion now is atheism with no belief in God. Suicides drugs are killing young people. Teachers are carrying guns. 
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
1. Success is not significant
It's important. It's relative. Success for a 4 year old is not peeing your pants 
25 getting married
35 making money
85 being married
95 not peeing your pants 

High school reunion question So what do you do now? 
Mr Big multiple millions came in a chauffeured limousine
Mr T was a tampon salesman very popular with the women and out of a job but lots of personality. 
Success versus significance a good book for men. Bob Buford change the lives of others. Making money is not very fulfilled. Male mental-pause happens at 50. Father had a beautiful wife 5 wonderful kids one exceptional kid. 
I don't look 60, do I?
How do you measure success in ministry? I don't care about publicity. 
Philip Yancey as a writer interviewed stars and servants. The stars were miserable. The servants had wonderful life to be envied. 
We have successful people in church that are ushers and have a purpose greater than themselves. They are achieving significance. 
Andrew Brash climbs mountains and many die in the death zone when they are left to die. He rescued someone and didn't make it to the top. He achieved significance. 
2. Failure is not fatal 
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:28‭-‬31 ESV
Not just the good things. All things work for good when God weaves it for good. 
God created good from terrible sin. David killed his faithful captain. He didn't get away with it. The child dies. David repented. The next child from Bathsheba was Solomon from where Jesus came. 
God has a purpose for you. A destiny. Embrace God's love. 
3. Purpose all things work

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Anthropogenic Climate change?

I'm an inventor scientist with 20 patents and I have a good grasp of how things work. 
The Climate Alarmist Religion does not like:
Inconvenient Facts
1,300 watts per square meter solar heat
0.028 watts per square meter anthropogenic heat
0.004 parts CO2 in atmosphere.
If GHG reflects heat back to earth it would reflect 46,000 times as much heat into space. The more GHG the cooler the earth would become. 

Research - there is far more than this:

Forest management is the key to preventing wildfires:
Planting more forests is an exercise in futility until we have the will to control wildfires in the forests we have. (In grade 6 we learned that when a tree grows it absorbs CO2. When it dies it releases the CO2 back into the atmosphere)

If a single 220,000# whale can capture the same amount of carbon dioxide as 30,000 trees, and be worth $2,000,000 in carbon credits, then a single 1,200 pound cow can capture the same amount of carbon dioxide as 8,800 trees, and is worth $10,800 in carbon credits!

Tens of thousands of scientists deny Anthropogenic climate change. The media likes to call them ignorant. (So they can ignore them?) 
Estimated 40 Percent of Scientists Doubt Manmade Global Warming

Climate Science's Myth-Buster
It's time to be scientific about global warming, says climatologist Judith Curry

From Turku University in Finland

The list goes on and on. Media likes to ignore the facts and blame every weather event on climate change. Venice is flooding because of it. No mention that the flood was higher 60 years ago.

Is there hope that we will get impartial reporting in the foreseeable future? 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Movie Credits?

Pastor Todd Petkau
Who checks movie credits? The Psalms list credits. 
They are 5 ancient hymnals. David wrote 73 Psalms. 
Korah family wrote 11. 
Korah and his sons wanted leadership. 
Then Moses said to Korah, "You and all your company present yourselves before the Lord – you and they, and Aaron – tomorrow. When he had finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, along with their households, and all Korah's men, and all their goods. They and all that they had went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed over them. So they perished from among the community.
Numbers 16:16‭, ‬31‭-‬33 NET

Those guys were crazy. But then their descendants wrote songs. The Hitler line is dying out. No one wants to carry that name. Why would anyone want to be associated with crazy Korah?

God does not define you with your past. God does not consult your past to determine your future. That's what satan does. 
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, "The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the ruling authority of his Christ, have now come, because the accuser of our brothers and sisters,  the one who accuses them day and night before our God, has been thrown down.
Revelation 12:10 NET

God is greater than any accusation. We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians.
1 John 3:16 NET

Are we handcuffed by our past? The sons of Korah wrote:
As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God! I thirst for God, for the living God. I say, "When will I be able to go and appear in God's presence?"
Psalms 42:1‭-‬2 NET

So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17 NET

The sons of Korah decided to follow God. 
God gives us peace when we surrender even in the face of death. 
Acknowledge God.
Why are you depressed, O my soul? Why are you upset? Wait for God! For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention.
Psalms 42:11 NET

Deal with your troubles by worshipping God. 
One deep stream calls out to another at the sound of your waterfalls; all your billows and waves overwhelm me.
Psalms 42:7 NET

Trust God regardless. We can't do better job of running the universe

Regardless of what happens Praise the Lord no matter what.

Sing it no matter what. Responsive readings should be a joyful declaration.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Jonathan Friesen funeral

A life well lived
Terry Dueck pastor
Layton and Glenda 
Song To God be the Glory
Pastor Norman Wiebe Manigitagan 

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She replied, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who comes into the world."
John 11:25‭-‬27 NET

Jon's fellow pilot friend shared: Jon always showed love and concern to everyone with kindness and honour. He did not suffer fools. He would educate others. Bite me I work here. 
He would fly us to remote lakes. Making life better. Jon did an air drop for him. Son Wyatt always talked to Jon his hero. I'll miss you Jon.

Sisters Julie and Lois:
On behalf of the family thank you for coming. 
That we are Brokenhearted is an understatement. 
The shy brother brought a beautiful young lady home once, they got married and they had cute kids.
He lived with purpose and common sense.
Jonathon loved his nieces and nephews. We had quality times together.
Nieces and nephews shared:
I loved going on plane rides with him. 
Uncle was caring. Fun. He was Mischievous compassionate. Included everyone.

Our family has learned that thankfulness and grief are not exclusive. We are thankful for the wonderful son,  brother, uncle, & friend Jon was.

Diana Halverson, Doug McPherson ambulance service: Jon was a great guy to go on calls with. He said we were "Saving lives one blister at a time."

Terry: I have known Jonathan all his life. Was his youth leader. He flew us up north on a camping trip in his Otter (airplane).
Have met his friends and family. Tanya asked me to speak. 
He was raised well and had a wonderful life
He chose to have a relationship with Jesus. His heart was right with God. His life was modeled after Jesus. He is in God's presence now. 
Micah 6:8 was their favorite verse.
He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful,  and to live obediently before your God.
Micah 6:8 NET

Walk humbly. Make it personal. Walk with God. You too, can have the joy and peace Jonathan had. 

Song: Amazing Grace
The Lord has promised life to me. Unending love amazing grace. 

Song tribute to Jon: 
I don't need a lot of money. Lived a good life with a good wife. 

Song: How Great Thou Art
The Hall was packed with 100s standing along the walls. 

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:
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
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
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.