Sunday, January 14, 2018

Own The Vision live hard or die

Phil 1.21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
Philippians 1:21 NET
Who likes TedTalks?
Too many choices paralyze us. How do you choose your salad dressing? Then you question your choice. 
FOMO Fear Of Missing Out
Go you one party and wish you were at another? 
Christ gave us true freedom. You have to receive it to make it your own.
Freedom is not autonomy. Not do what you want. 

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. - Bob Dylan 

God wants us to have real freedom. That requires structure. You are a slave to the world or to Christ. 
The 10 Commandments ARE written in stone. They are not do it yourself. 
God gives us a lot of freedom to choose. Your partner etc

A woman was worried about what others thought of her and wanted to get back at that. 
He told her to rest in God's love and value and not worry about what others say. God loves you more. That was life changing for her. 

God wants you to be free. Don't listen to the enemy. 

God sets his people free. Then we complain. Isn't this what we told you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone so that we can serve the Egyptians, because it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!'"
Exodus 14:12 NET

We speak lies into our life. God created us to be free. Lies that degrade us should be exposed. 
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. But all things being exposed by the light are made evident.
Ephesians 5:11‭-‬13 NET

Bad dreams need to be shared with each other. Impart truth. Love love love each other to loose the grip of evil. 
Don't share with everybody. Only the appropriate people or only with God. 

Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.  They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Romans 1:24‭-‬25 NET
We sometimes think that freedom means no accountability. Not true. Letting your feelings lead you produces chaos. 

We are multidimensional. We tend to discount the whole person because they are not perfect. Don't short yourself. Sanctification is to set it apart to be holy. Transformed. 
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
Glory to glory. 
How many of us are sinners? If we are saved by grace we are NOT sinners. 

We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.)
Romans 6:6‭-‬7 NET

Moses said to the people, "Do not fear! Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord that he will provide for you today; for the Egyptians that you see today you will never, ever see again.  The Lord will fight for you, and you can be still."
Exodus 14:13‭-‬14 NET
That's what God says to you today. Live in God's freedom. 

He paid the price. 
He who the son sets free is free indeed. 
If you have never accepted that freedom pray this prayer this morning:
I confess I'm a sinner walking in my own way. I want you to be my Lord and take away my bondage. 

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Jesus Are you?

John Plantz guest speaker at Austin Fellowship Church
Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail? The kings of the earth form a united front; the rulers collaborate against the Lord and his anointed king. The king says, "I will announce the Lord's decree. He said to me: 'You are my son! This very day I have become your father! Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your personal property.
Psalms 2:1‭-‬2‭, ‬7‭-‬8 NET

Nations are raging against the Christ. 
There is no greater joy than to be with Jesus. Can you imagine spending eternity in fire when you could have chosen eternal life. 
The greatest thing all my life is knowing you. 
The greatest song ever written is Jesus Loves Me this I know. 

The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed him, saying, "He saved others. Let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, his chosen one!" One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
Luke 23:35‭, ‬39 NET
Only by the grace of God can we be saved.
Pilate said to them, "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?" They all said, "Crucify him!"
Matthew 27:22 NET
You can be saved of you accept Jesus.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10‭-‬11 NET
He has always been the Messiah. And always will be. He will choose you and me if we allow him to. As Christ works in you there is nothing greater.
A lot of people doubt whether they can be saved. To trust Jesus is to surrender. 
and saying, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!"
Luke 23:37 NET
They were calling him God. 
He has all power.

Nothing good came out of Nazareth except Jesus.

For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His dominion will be vast and he will bring immeasurable prosperity. He will rule on David's throne and over David's kingdom, establishing it and strengthening it by promoting justice and fairness, from this time forward and forevermore. The Lord 's intense devotion to his people will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6‭-‬7 NET

Jesus is the Almighty God. 
The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God.
Luke 1:35 NET

"They cry, 'Harvest time has come and gone, and the summer is over, and still we have not been delivered.'
Jeremiah 8:20 NET
Today where will you spend eternity? 

There are those who become Christians to escape the Lake of Fire but never share the gospel. 
But here is why I was treated with mercy: so that in me as the worst, Christ Jesus could demonstrate his utmost patience, as an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. Now to the eternal king, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.
1 Timothy 1:16‭-‬17 NET

What will you do with Jesus? What will Jesus do with you? 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Understand the big picture

When we Understand the big picture the victim mentality goes away. 
Keith Eberhard
Matt 16.18
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
Matthew 16:18 NET

I will build my church
I will build my church
I will build my church

1. Draw near
2. Pick fruit
3. Share
Seek to be near to God and listen. Live to see God's love living powerful. In the Philippines they had typhoon damage. Missionaries Lost everything. Had rats in the ceiling. Termites. So discouraged. Got nothing. No energy. Nothing left to give. Only the shell of self. 
Got a rundown hotel for free and a sizeable donation to start an upscale church to reach the rick. 
2. Good fruit. Every situation has an opportunity to grow fruit. Have patience. Love kindness gentleness mercy.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NET
The NDP candidate defamed and twisted what he said about abortion. 
I responded in anger. Not fruit of the Spirit.
Always choose fruit. Embrace it. 
3. Share with others
2 Corinthians 4.15 
Every detail works to your advantage
Acts 4 the disciples were beaten but they asked for more boldness. 
Touch lives. 
Elijah had to live off roadkill and then mooch off a widow. God said to Elijah what are you doing? You are not the only one. 
Start ministering. 
Build my church. 
Where is your opportunity?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

God's Potential Affirmation

We met with Loni and Rodney and family at

I preach week to week. Whatever comes into my head on Thursday. 

Luke 1 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,  The angel came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one, the Lord is with you!"  So the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God! Listen: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.
Luke 1:26‭, ‬28‭-‬28‭, ‬30‭-‬31 NET
The angel talked to her. At age 12 the parents would arrange a marriage. They would get married at age 16 or 18.
Who says Greetings, favored one to a teenage girl?

Gideon was a hiding coward. 
The Lord's messenger appeared and said to him, "The Lord is with you, courageous warrior!"
Judges 6:12 NET

God speaks into these people with honor and hope and potential. 
God sees the potential and calls it out. 
God calls into existence things that are not. 

God corrects us with hope. Guilt is feeling bad and I make it right. Unconditional sorry. Condemnation is depressing and can't say sorry. It makes you feel bad. There is sorry. 
God doesn't condemn. We need to hear God speaking affirmation to us. God loves you. It starts there.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.
Romans 8:26 NET

This is who you are. You are God's child. If you think you are feeling worthless get God's DNA with his Spirit. 

The first step is to hear God's affirmation. He is speaking affirmation to you right now. Why do some people not hear it? 
Unbelief is the main problem. We are not open to hear God. We think the affirmation can't be true. 
Mary had a tough time hearing the affirmation. She was greatly troubled. Why? That bothered her. She couldn't take the compliment. She tried to discern. She can't accept it. 
At some point we need to learn to make the choice to accept affirmation. When is the last time you heard affirmation from God. 
From your spouse? Affirmation is a language of love. Kids need to hear affirmation regularly. 
Is God our father? He is much better father and gives affirmation regularly. 
I asked son Charlie if I could tell this story. Calling out the good. We say stop don't smarten up. We should compliment. 
Only and at all times we should encourage the good. The kids were bickering and fighting badly at breakfast. Yelling. How can you encourage a mad kid? Sit down beside him and talk. As he calms down he feels shame. Charlie what's amazing is you didn't hit your brother. I'm proud of you. 

Thankful that God is changing me. He's like that all the time. He says I don't see a failure. 
Affirmation leads to Assignment. Act. You will conceive. 

You are an encourager. He wants to change you. 
Affirmation leads to adoration.
Allow God to speak affirmation into your life. Do it to other people. Quit nagging. It doesn't make people better. 
Speak affirmation to others. Find out what Jesus thinks about your spouse or kid. That will change them and you. 
Fast from nagging and pray over people close to you. Write down the affirmation you want to give them. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Stand Out dare to be different

That annoying light won't be there next Sunday
Louise by video. 150 Buddhists were baptized recently. Neighbors came to apologize for mistreatment. 10 mayors recently asked for help. Pastor Isaiah is coming next month. Needs warm jacket and home. 
Pastor Delbert
Spent a week in Portugal exploring dead churches. 
Stand Out dare to be different
Jesus said you are the LIGHT. You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matthew 5:14 NET
What difference do we make? In vocation? Day to day? How do I live it out? 
What is secular and what is sacred? Dichotomy how do we deal with that? 
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 NET
 David and Goliath. Challenge from the giant. The shepherd boy was willing to go. 
But David replied to the Philistine, "You are coming against me with sword and spear and javelin. But I am coming against you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel's armies, whom you have defied!
1 Samuel 17:45 NET
What made it so easy for David to slay this giant? He relied on the God of the Universe?
What are our giants? 
1. Giant of delay. The youngest is a keeper of sheep. Too young. 
2. Discouragement. Demoralized. Where is God? Do you become bitter? 
3. Afraid of rejection and disapproval. Why have you come? 
4. Doubt. Question everything. David went to the king. We want to separate our faith and work. God says you are my beloved all week. He is the same all the time. The insults you get are against God not you. What do you have in your hands? Use your gifts. David faced bitterness. He strengthened himself in God. Yourself what are you doing? 
But David replied to the Philistine, "You are coming against me with sword and spear and javelin. But I am coming against you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel's armies, whom you have defied!
1 Samuel 17:45 NET

What do you expect God to do? Trust God. Expect God to do more. 

Then he touched their eyes saying, "Let it be done for you according to your faith."
Matthew 9:29 NET

Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11 NET
Everything I do is for His glory. 

Be authentic.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Dwight Bennet
How much do you make and how much do you give? 
It's a wonderful life. George built lots of homes. Gave interest free loans. 
He was short money and going to jail until the neighbours give him a pile of money. 

Luke 12 He then told them a parable: "The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop, so he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?'  But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'  So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God."
Luke 12:16‭-‬17‭, ‬20‭-‬21 NET

The guy had the wrong attitude. He failed to acknowledge God. Good stewardship includes retirement plans. 

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 NET

For the love of money is the root of all evils. Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the faith and stabbed themselves with many pains.
1 Timothy 6:10 NET

The love of money is the problem. 
Command those who are rich in this world's goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others.
1 Timothy 6:17‭-‬18 NET

Help others

For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
Matthew 25:29 NET

Always identified with the 3rd servant. A talent is worth $540,000. The 2 servants doubled the money. 

The 3rd servant saw his master as hard. He didn't dare investing it. 
Jesus is coming back. What account will you give for the talents God has given you? What you have has been entrusted to you. 
The Advent Appeal. What are you going to do with what God has entrusted to you? 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Baptismal Sunday

Grew up in a Christian home
Grade 8 great grandma died the best person in my life. Go say good bye. The most beautiful goodbye. 
One day all my friends rejected me at school.
Gr 11 accident 2.5 years head trauma. Lost freedom. Play no soccer. Go worker said there is nothing in you to love. Got very depressed until a boy came to talk and helped her overcome her depression. Johnnie has been a huge help. Thank you. 
never went to church until I got invited to Youth Group. The song Never Alone made a huge impact and changed my life. Turned anxiety time into prayer time.

grew up in CFS care. After age 18 was homeless,  trafficked and addicted. Saw a Bible and came to God while locked in the trafficked room. We do not belong to the night. Let us be sober. Has 4 daughters. Getting the youngest one back. Want everything to be new. 

was baptised in 82 married in 83. Moved to Canada with 3 children. In 99 rededicated  through an Alpha course. When God calls I obey.
Henry born in Paraguay went to church. Dad prayed with me. Always close to dad. 
Liked the teaching. Steve led with my favorite song.

This is the 1st Sunday of Advent. 
Have you ever been in total darkness? I was in a windowless basement when the power went off. 
John said in Christ we have light. 
We are made into a disciple of Jesus. 
Jesus gave us hope to spend eternity with him. We are on a journey. 
Come to Jesus today. Come sit at the front for prayer. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Renewing The Mind

If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care —then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Philippians 2:1‭-‬4 MSG

The focus of salvation is our eternal soul. A future hope and a present hope. Life here can change. We can live differently. That's a universal desire. 188 crowd is looking for freedom and relationships that work. 

Standing out with Christ. Have the same mind as Jesus. Every day we have the opportunity to confess Jesus. We are critical of people who don't live the talk. Integrity means to carry the intention of being like Jesus. Every day you can live to look more like Jesus. 
Start when you get up before breakfast. Start when you show up for work. Live like Jesus when you meet the begger. Every day you have the opportunity. 

The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had:
Philippians 2:5 GNT

Know your limits. Make real change. Not just intention. 

Why do we not do this with our spiritual life with life changing intentions. 

You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God. Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!
Colossians 3:1‭, ‬4 GNT
Your intention to follow Jesus and believing he wants to transform you will change you. 

Jesus tells the story of 10,000 talents. More than the servant could ever repay.  
He had just begun to do so when one of them was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. The servant did not have enough to pay his debt, so the king ordered him to be sold as a slave, with his wife and his children and all that he had, in order to pay the debt.
Matthew 18:24‭-‬25 GNT

God offers enormous forgiveness. He gives grace beyond measure. New lease on life. 

"Then the man went out and met one of his fellow servants who owed him a few dollars. He grabbed him and started choking him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he said. His fellow servant fell down and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back!' But he refused; instead, he had him thrown into jail until he should pay the debt.
Matthew 18:28‭-‬30 GNT

The man had no intention to change his ways. 

You should have had mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you.'
Matthew 18:28‭, ‬33 GNT

God frees us to be different. Reflect Jesus every day. Dare to be different. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Uncle Edward Friesen age 97

Kelly Friesen Loved his grandpa.
He was charismatic. Loved Jesus. Sang a lot. Witnessed. 
Loved to play with grandkids. Hugs. Had a big tractor sized garden. Had lots of potatoes. 
Great grandpa lived with them. He made spinners.
Harold Berg was so tall he did not fit in the bed. Worked at NDL. Imperial Metal provided lots of buildings up north. 
He put the sheets on the 8/12 roof by himself when he was 80.
We went to old dumps to scrounge for treasures. 
Built Bethal Bible Camp. 
He butchered his own meat. 
He loved snowmobiling in SandiLands
I am very much like grandpa. Sing for Jesus anytime.
I made a clamp for him to help him make coat hangers. 

This is Hard
Ruth's daughters from Alberta. 
Grandpa was unorthodox.
He built stuff stuff and wired without turning the power off. Sparks were flying.
His driving was legendary. He had childlike traffic tickets. 
He was 97. Always liked to test food and poison. Paint ball tasting. 

Ralph Unger
Passing the torch. God has no grandchildren. In his last weeks he could not communicate. Pray for God to take him home. 
He talked about Jesus all the time. 
How is faith transferred? Timothy got it from his mother's side. 2 Tim 
4 points
1. Bless the child. Grace mercy and peace to you. Grandma did not hold bad stuff against the grandkids
2. Praying for the child. Thank God remember them in prayer. Tearful partings. We want to see him again. 
3. Encourage the child. Fan the flame. Power comes from God. Your dad was committed to God.
He was a good husband for 77 years and a good father.

The Torch has been passed. Let's run with it. 

Sing How Great Thou Art

Sunday, November 05, 2017

What is true freedom?

Mark Hughes pastor
Most North Americans have 4 Bibles gathering dust. 
So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." They replied to Jesus, "We are Abraham's descendants, and we've never been anyone's slaves. So how can you say that we will be set free?" Jesus answered them, "I can guarantee this truth: Whoever lives a sinful life is a slave to sin. A slave doesn't live in the home forever, but a son does. So if the Son sets you free, you will be absolutely free.
John 8:31‭-‬36 GW

What is true freedom? If you sin you are a slave to sin.
When you do something stupid you say it's a free country. 
Czech Republic claims to be very free. A young woman rode the bus naked every day. Lots of men wanted to be on that bus. 
Satan uses the enticement of pleasure. 
Adam and Eve disobeyed. The fruit was good. 
Not everything that the world offers—physical gratification, greed, and extravagant lifestyles—comes from the Father. It comes from the world, and the world and its evil desires are passing away. But the person who does what God wants lives forever.
1 John 2:16‭-‬17 GW
Sin is something good overdone. Too much of a good thing makes you sick. Sin. 
Sex. God created it. It's good. It's beautiful. 
God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the sea, and let there be many birds on the earth." So God created humans in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth."
Genesis 1:22‭, ‬27‭-‬28 GW
The original intent was sex between a married man and woman. 

We live in a sex crazed world. Can't tell right from wrong. 
All sin has consequences. Samson was the Judge of Israel. 
The Spirit of God gave him strength. 
Samson went to Gaza. There he saw a prostitute and slept with her. After ⌊leaving Gaza⌋, he fell in love with a woman in the Sorek Valley. Her name was Delilah. The Philistine rulers came to her and said, "Trick him, and find out what makes him so strong. Find out how we can overpower him. We want to tie him up in order to torture him. Each of us will give you 1,100 pieces of silver."
Judges 16:1‭, ‬4‭-‬5 GW
He spent the night with a prostitute but God didn't leave him. 
God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we've done wrong.
1 John 1:9 GW
Delilah worked him. Fool me once 4x before they got him. He was addicted to her. 
He thought there were no consequences. Eventually he got caught. 
1984 book Orwell
Brave New World said the rulers would enslave the world with pleasure. Huxley was Orwell's teacher. 
SOMA was a drug to keep people happy. Why do governments fall over each other approving dope? Marihuana. Marijuana. Pot.
4.5b prescriptions last year in NA. Have we taken it too far? 

 Mark was losing his voice and went to an ENT ear nose throat specialist.  He prescribed a Proton Pump Inhibitor drug. Acid reflux.  Daughter told him to Stop the talking. Stopped talking and never took one pill. Make lifestyle choices.
Look at the word of God. The Truth shall set you free. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

EasTview vision

Terrance Wiebe board member

1. Pray. Attend the Tuesday Concert of Prayer

2. Shared life. All the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other.
Acts 2:44 GW
Love one another

3. Gospel Living. Good News. What is it? In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning. He was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity. The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it. He was in the world, and the world came into existence through him. Yet, the world didn't recognize him. Laws were given through Moses, but kindness and truth came into existence through Jesus Christ.
John 1:1‭-‬2‭, ‬4‭-‬5‭, ‬10‭, ‬17 GW
Receive the Creator of the Universe. 95% devotion to God is 5% short.
As holy people whom God has chosen and loved, be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Put up with each other, and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Above all, be loving. This ties everything together perfectly. Also, let Christ's peace control you. God has called you into this peace by bringing you into one body. Be thankful.
Colossians 3:12‭-‬15 GW
All the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other. At the same time, they praised God and had the good will of all the people. Every day the Lord saved people, and they were added to the group.
Acts 2:44‭, ‬47 GW
We have a testimony to deliver. 
So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 GW
John 3:16
"Suppose a man has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the 99 sheep grazing in the pasture and look for the lost sheep until he finds it?
Luke 15:4 GW
Know. Share. Live. 

4. Family. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She will be named woman because she was taken from man." That is why a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Genesis 2:23‭-‬24 GW
Family of families. God uses families. I'm reminded of how sincere your faith is. That faith first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I'm convinced that it also lives in you.
2 Timothy 1:5 GW
The jailer and his family.
We pray for the children. 
Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you're at home or away, when you lie down or get up.
Deuteronomy 6:7 GW

5. Equipping Disciples. 
If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching.
Romans 12:7 GW
Speak the Truth in Love. 

Grow and develop your gifts. 
Come to the meeting Friday. 

What do you want to experience when you walk out those doors.

Communion. Walk in covenant. 

When you take the cup remember Jesus. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Successful Christianity

Sean winter pastor Falcon Lake All People's Church 

Guest preacher: Nathan & Nicole
Finding joy
The Christian perspective
What does that mean? 
Grew up with grandparents missionaries around the world

Steinbach has 40 some churches. I ask people why they are going to heaven. They don't know. 

Dear children, you belong to God. So you have won the victory over these people, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. We belong to God. The person who knows God listens to us. Whoever doesn't belong to God doesn't listen to us. That's how we can tell the Spirit of truth from the spirit of lies. Dear friends, we must love each other because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God. We have seen and testify to the fact that the Father sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God lives in those who declare that Jesus is the Son of God, and they live in God. We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God's love live in God, and God lives in them.
1 John 4:4‭, ‬6‭-‬7‭, ‬14‭-‬16 GW

A tree can't find water. All it can do is grow and bear fruit. 
That's how we need to abide in Jesus. We can choose where we want to be. By the water or in the desert. Some of us get a bucket of water in church and live in the desert all week hoping we have enough water. 

God loves me no matter what. He wants a personal relationship with me. God's love is always the same. Get to know him as your father. That's what a successful Christian looks like. 

Fall in love with Jesus more and more. He'll change your heart and you'll bear fruit. 

 Meet with Jesus every morning to get his love to change you.

A fellow came to my house. His dad was an imprisoned murderer. I spent 2 hours with him, he accepted Jesus and he us now a married church leader.

Saul did his best to destroy the church. He became a powerful church leader. 

God brought the walls around Jericho down after the people walked in obedience for 7 days. 

Ask Jesus to show you how to walk with him. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Notes from Renee

The Bards Of Now

Our Directors

Mark is our brave and fearless leader. He is ALWAYS on time for practices and he NEVER forgets. He was the toughest meanest and smelliest giant around. But for all his meanness, Mark does have a soft side. He never once complained when hit by a bomb squeaky toy, even when it was a headshot.

On a more serious note though, we as a drama team really appreciated all the effort you put in, especially for our Aliens production. We'd also like to encourage him to keep up the good leadership job for next year. We couldn't have come this far without you. You stretched us to do our best and forced us out of our comfort zone. Though we may not have appreciated it at the time, we are better actors and better people because of it. Thank you.

Julie is not afraid of the dark, or of the kid faced bug eating Frankenstein monsters hiding under the bed just waiting so they can come out and EAT YOU! She too was always at every practice and never let a little thing like an ambulance call get in the way of her commitment to the team. Even though she is only 6 years old we think she did a great job.

It probably wasn't easy trying to direct us and get stuff done when we just wanted to Goof Off. You were a good motivator though and even when we weren't focused you still were. Thank you for all your hard work and your belief in us that we could do this.

From Renee's drama notebook. 2000-2001

Sunday, October 15, 2017

That power of God
Brian Hamilton pastor Falcon Lake All People's Church 

After the death of the Lord's servant Moses, the Lord spoke to Moses' helper, Joshua son of Nun. He said, "My servant Moses is dead. Get ready now, you and all the people of Israel, and cross the Jordan River into the land that I am giving them. Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:1‭-‬2‭, ‬8‭-‬9 GNT

The disciples asked Jesus: When are you going to set up your kingdom? God called Israel to bless the nations. Go into all the world.. Jerusalem...

Joshua knew the mantle of leadership would fall on him. 
How can I do this? God provides the resources. God reaffirmed Joshua. He was mourning the loss of his mentor. 
Success would come from
1. The book of the law. Study it continually. At the command of the Lord, Moses wrote down the name of the place each time they set up camp.
Numbers 33:2 GNT
We obey. I try to write notes to my wife. She puts them in a book. It reminds her of love. 
The law reminded Joshua of God's love and guidelines. The church is you be the church. It matters what God says 
1. The Bible is the foundation. The heart of God. On his lips
2. Ponder God's word in your heart
3. Be careful to do everything in the book. Live in obedience. Do it all and the power of God will be released in your life. Growth Works book by John North
Remember God says the Power is mine. We will only make a difference when we rely on God's power. 
We are nothing apart from Christ. 
Joshua was a great leader because he relied on God. 

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Love one another. Avoid apathy

Song: Jesus Messiah Lord of all
You're a Good Good Father that's who you are
Delbert Enns pastor

We are here for a purpose. Apathy is a serious distraction in following Jesus. We are not told to be good parents. He asks to follow. 
Jesus said to them, "Come, follow me! I will teach you how to catch people instead of fish."
Matthew 4:19 GW

Do likewise. Share the love. Not just to be good. "I'm giving you a new commandment: Love each other in the same way that I have loved you.
John 13:34 GW
I struggle to love people all the time even when I am disappointed in people. That decision has to be made every day. 
When I go to the loveseat I need to be replenished with love. 
Apathy. What happens when there is a cranky kid?
 Feelings? Sympathy. Diplomatic. Factual. Apathetic. Other. 
How do people react to adversity?
Most people are indifferent. Why? Laugh. AFV makes us laugh when others hurt. We are apathetic. 
We can't feel the pain. 
Don't be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.
Romans 12:11 GW
Don't be lazy in enthusiasm. Whose job is it to care? 
I know what you have done, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. But since you are lukewarm and not hot or cold, I'm going to spit you out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:15‭-‬16 GW
That church had become apathetic. That makes God sick to his stomach. God is a loving Father and he won't do that. He is self giving. Self sacrificing. Personally focused. Ferociously in love with you and me. 
The Israelites had to choose their best lamb. 
"You say, 'Oh what a nuisance it is,' and you sniff at it in disgust," says the Lord of Armies. "You bring stolen, lame, and sick animals. When you bring such offerings, should I accept them from you?" asks the Lord . "Cheaters are under a curse. They have male animals in their flocks that they vow to give ⌊as a sacrifice⌋. But they sacrifice second-rate ones to the Lord instead. I am a great king," says the Lord of Armies. "Among the nations my name is respected.
Malachi 1:13‭-‬14 GW
God is holy. He is not impressed with second rate commitment. He has promised us peace. We are invited to love Him. 
Do we give only left overs to our kids? Or are we apathetic? 
Apathy makes God sick. 
Give your best. 
Jude Dear friends, use your most holy faith to grow. Pray with the Holy Spirit's help. Remain in God's love as you look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life.
Jude 1:20‭-‬21 GW
Nurture your faith. 
Apathy says it doesn't matter whether I come to church or get baptised. 
I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 GW
It's time to give up slothful apathy. 
10,000 Reasons why I should do my best. Be done with apathy. Fall in love with Jesus. Bless the Lord O my soul. 

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Love One Another through Confusion

Adelia Wiebe saw a vision of perfect art made from shards of glass. 
Delbert Enns 
It is not fun to be confused. 
What does that mean for you? Fear of losing control or emotion of anger.
How is your relationship going? OK? Confused? Not in control. 
We trust our feelings too much. So many voices. 
I want Clarity. Give my head a shake. I'm Confused. 
What are your standards? Are you a Christ follower? 
26 years ago 150 people decided that they wanted to be "Leading people to Christ and on to maturity in Him". If you don't understand that go to another church.

The 5 Gs
1. Grace - not just to be a good person to climb the ladder to God. What if I can't make it all the way to the top? Confusion. We have a God came down to us. That's Grace. That's hard to accept but we have accept it. So we can't boast. Is this clear to you? 
My 10 year old sister asked us whether we had the certainty of God's forgiveness? I prayed that night to accept Jesus.
When you do that you become more gratuitous. 
2. Growth. Walk in forgiveness. If you don't you'll miss out on the good things. I'm a doer and I want to climb the ladder by nature. I have to depend on the Holy Spirit. I had a recent God experience. I'm not a slave to God. I'm his son and He loves me. 
Our Tuesday night concert of prayer. 
3. Groups. Growing in community. Even with the ones we don't like in a church that needs fixing. Living in harmony and unity. The disciples were devoted to the teachings of the apostles, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.
Acts 2:42 GW
We are the church as a group of people. Know and be known. Love. Serve. 
Everyone needs to belong to s small group. 
4. Gifts. Become part of the story. God in his kindness gave each of us different gifts. If your gift is speaking what God has revealed, make sure what you say agrees with the Christian faith. If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If it is encouraging others, devote yourself to giving encouragement. If it is sharing, be generous. If it is leadership, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping people in need, help them cheerfully.
Romans 12:6‭-‬8 GW
Do you know God's gift to you? If not, talk to me. 80 people came out to a parents' lunch.
5. Good Stewardship. Zachaus needed reconciliation.  
All I have comes from God. Joyfully. Give. 

Have you accepted God's grace? Life Group? Are you using your Gifts? Give Joyfully. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

40 Days of Praise Worship Warship

Pastor Mark Hughes 
Worship versus Praise
The Great One versus Jonathan Toews 
Worship is recognizing we are not worthy. Falling face down to God. Moses Joshua Isaiah
Sensing the greatness of God. 

Jehoshapht was a good king. He was attacked. Stand still and see God's deliverance. The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.
2 Chronicles 17:3‭-‬4 NIV

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.' "
2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV
King Leopold the King of Kings humbled himself and bowed his knee to the Lord of Lords and the plague in Vienna was stopped. 
There is a statue that celebrated that. 

The Samaritan woman and Jesus chatted. John 4.19
"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."   "Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.  Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."
John 4:19‭-‬24 NIV

Spirit and truth is to worship with heart and head. Who do we need to worship? Everyone worships something. God created mankind to worship. The Harley or something. Safeway in Kenora has a dock and fancy boat owner came with a hot babe but kept looking at his fancy boat. 
1. Draws us Closer to God. Kiss his hand. Dog that licks his master's hand. Devoted. What's the difference if you lock someone in the trunk or a dog? The dog will be happy to see you. 
When will you the bridegroom bow down to touch dad's feet? He has done it many times. He bowed down to his pastor's feet.

2. Draw near and God will draw near to you. He'll meet you where you are. Brother had cancer. Got healed. Broke his neck. Got healed. Got cancer and died. Had to keep preaching powerful messages through it all. 

3. He drives our enemies away. Tuesday we prayed for legs. Prayed for Pastor Keith. Couldn't run. Now he ran for the 1st time in 9 months. He prayed for 30 people and they all went for a run. One lady had not run for 7 years.
God defeats our enemies. 

Raise your hand if you want to follow Jesus. 
Thunder sticks to bang to the music. God is fighting for us. God is on our side carrying our burdens. 

Bow down. Our God is alive. Every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb. Who can stop the Lord Almighty?

10s of Thousands before the throne cry day and night bowing before the Throne. Surrender it all. 
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain 
Activation to transform the church. 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CBMC John Bergen speech

80% of negative life experience is mental emotional. 20% physical. 
Cast out the Spirit of blindness from 2 people in Haiti

Dr Carolyn Leaf knows it all. 
Attitudes are everything. Live healthy. Rebuke the pain. Don't receive it. 
Thoughts can make structural changes to your cells. 120 trillion cells with DNA molecules. All coded to work together. 
The power of your thoughts is everything. Don't tolerate negative thought. 
Change to positive thought patterns. The immune system will get rid of cancer. The digestive system will work better. Cardiovascular system will work better. The heart has a brain of its own. It needs positive brain. 
Thinking is feeling. Negative thoughts destroy memory and mental health. 

Renew your mind in 4 days. 3 weeks to build new thought patterns. 

She connects Scripture with brain health. Give thanks in everything. You'll get peace. Health. 
Seek God's attitudes. 

Be encouraged to go after attitudes. 

Let's not be the sickest class of people.

Q&A no unforgiveness toward the perpetrators. Was healed of unforgiveness when he forgave his dad as a young man. 63 years ago. 
Jesus Help Me was the prayer. 
They weren't part of the equation. 

Wife was restored 3 years after the event. 

Does God use suffering to improve us? Yes. Count it all joy. "My strength is made perfect in weakness."

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Are we basically good or bad? Both. We are broken. Good to begin with. Sin = Not together. We are infected with sin. Created in God's image. A worm is a worm. It's OK for it to live in the mud. 
We have imputed righteousness. Justified = just as if I'd never sinned. Luther called it Snow covered dung
Imparted righteousness. A new heart. 
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
Romans 3:28 NIV
God Rightousified Abraham 
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? What does Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
Romans 4:1‭, ‬3 NIV
A financial metaphor. Credited. Your account has been credited. A gift. Not earned. Gratuities. God doesn't owe you. Thank God for the gift. 

However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
Romans 4:5 NIV

God is putting the broken pieces together. This is good news for the broken. Not so much for the "good". Jesus calls the sinners. 
Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Luke 5:31‭-‬32 NIV

How come we are so often monsters? Leaches are sucking.

What's the cosmic time-line for justification of Christ? 2000+ years before and after.

Can God save a sociopath? A serial killer? Cannibal? Yes.

He's gone to heaven. If that makes you blue. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I AM of Jesus the TRUE grapevine

Brian Hamilton Pastor
"I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.  When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
John 15:1‭-‬2‭, ‬4‭-‬5‭, ‬8 NLT

3 functions
1.True vine
2. Father is the gardener that prunes the branches
3. You are the branches to bring fruit

I AM the True vine. The Vine is the symbol of Israel. Psalm 80 God planted a vine. Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven's Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself. For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown. Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice.
Psalms 80:14‭-‬17 NLT

A vine's only function is to grow grapes. Bear much fruit. That's the evidence of your connection to Jesus the source of your life. 

There are branches that look like Christians but bear no fruit. They may say the right things but not know Jesus. We had apple trees that bore no apples. They had not been pruned.

We confess with our mouths because we have Life. Examine our hearts. Are we bearing much fruit?

We often measure success by the dollars earned. 

3. You are the branches. Abide. Remain. In Jesus. Bear much fruit. You can be a pastor but not bear fruit. Peter denied Jesus. 

Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. "People of Israel," he said, "what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate's decision to release him.
Acts of the Apostles 3:12‭-‬13 NLT
What is so surprising? Abide in Jesus. 
Read your Bible every day. 
Fruit always comes when we abide in the vine. 
What does it mean to bear fruit?