Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hymn Sing Kingdom Ventures

Our church was packed. I didn't get a bulletin. Hymn Sing by Kingdom Ventures featured a 50 year old choir from the Ukraine, and a fabulous Mennonite Men's Choir. A soloist that won the Rosebowl this year. Fabulous singing and a great dessert. Started at 6pm ended at 9 pm. A good evening was had by all.
We had intended to go see The Browns in performance. By the time we got to the downtown Grace Church, it was too late to go to the Grace church on the Perimeter where they were actually performing. This turned out to be a good choice. The Ukrainian Choir sang in Ukrainian. Their 1st set of songs was liturgical including The Lord's Prayer, and their second set traditional Ukrainian folk and dance songs.

Practical Atheist: Not Sufficient Funds?
Wonderful worship music.
Choir: Silently, silently, speak and we will hear.

Pastor Delbert Enns.
How do you prepare for your faith to be tested?
Will spring ever come? Do you have faith that it will come?
Mark 9:14-27 the healing of the deaf and dumb epileptic boy.
Is this like the exorcist movie? Jesus used this event to teach about faith. Jesus asked the disciples to follow him to the valley. Jesus' glory is manifest on the mountain top but his power is shown in the valley. Where everything is going wrong Jesus can show us his power.
In 1517 Rapheal's painting of the transfiguration was commissioned. It does a wonderful job of illustrating the story.
The 9 disciples that stayed in the valley were trying to follow Jesus by osmosis. The religious Truth Squad criticized everything.
We live in a relative world. We live between faith and reason. The father says, have mercy. We forget the urgency. We forget to help the needy. We freeze. I do believe. Help me with my unbelief. That's an honest cry. Without faith you can't please God. Faith is something you have to work on. Worries don't solve our problems.
Unbelief will cause you to lose focus. It will put you into the dark part of the picture. Jesus could do few miracles in Nazareth because of their unbelief.

How do you overcome unbelief? Learn to unlearn some things from the past. Believe even if you can't see it. Work at unlearning. Jesus' desire was to turn the world upside down. Get rid of fear and guilt. Self-sufficiency.
Read God's word daily. Stop arguing about the law and pay attention to the hurting. To those who don't know Jesus. As we wade into the valley of life remember Jesus is Lord. We have the word of God. Jesus can do miracles today.
The Lord's Table is where we celebrate Jesus' overcoming the valley of death. Jesus came to give hope. Life. Some things require more prayer. Father I want to confess that you are Lord of my life. If you believe Jesus we invite you to participate in this communion.
Song; I will bless the Lord.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bahama Breeze

This is the 3rd time we've gone to for a meal. The place is always packed, but we've always found a table on the deck. With live music people stay around and chat. The music is Carribean Island flavour with fun and faith mixed.
The soup is very good and so is the Tilapia with cinamon sweet potatoes. I had coconut shrimp today. Good. The main act is "Be happy" music and say day-o
Today is our last day in Florida. We met with Scott for lunch, and did some shopping in Orlando.
We are finally relaxing and should stay at least one more week. Oh well!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

McGregor Baptist Welcomes Dr Gary Frazier - End Times

This is the church Irv & Lil attend when they are in FL. We went for lunch with them after church.
Dr Gary Frazier is an adjunct Professor of LaHaye Prophecy school at Liberty University
Baptism. Meghan. Jeff.
Song: Since Jesus Came into my heart.
Dr Richard Powell is suffering for Christ on the high seas.
Dr Frazier does Left Behind Conferences and Discovery Worldwide Tours.
Song: One day Jesus Came. Living he loved me. One day he's coming Oh glorious day.
Join Dr Powell on a trip to the Holy Land in May or Greece in September.
Big discordant choir. No idea what they sang.

Ezekiel 38 is about Israel, Iran, and Islam Terrorism
I have lots of Arab friends. I don't hate Muslims
We need to have righteous indignation against anyone who denies Jesus is the Saviour.
The Living Word the Bible.
NIV reading of the whole chapter Ezekiel 38 BT = Bible Truth not WF Warm Fuzzy Joel O
Ez 39:9 They will use military arms for heat.
Gog Magog what is it? Diligence in research is required. It deals with an event in the near horizon. Why what where when
1. What? War not Armageddon. Jesus fights Armageddon with a word from the King of Kings.
Rev 20 war is another one.
2. Where? Israel. May 14, 48 was the birth of Israel. Islamic Russia and her allies will attack Israel.
3. Who? Gog = ruler. Magog= Persia according to Genesis 10. Table of nations. Heroditus identified Russia as Magog. The Great wall of China is called magog to keep Russia out. The Israel Defense Force is the 2nd best military force in the world. v5 Persia = Iran. Russia is making deals with the Islamic world and recently signed a military deal with Iran. Cush= Sudan Libya Turkey Russia are all in the same military pact. "Israel's Time" book is erroneous. Ezekiel's prophecies are falling into place.
4. Why? That they will know the Lord.
5. When? Near future. Right after the Rapture. It's on our doorstep. The Satanic Religion of Islam is going to take over the world. Every religion that does not acknowledge Christ is Satanic. 1 in 5 people in the world are Islamic. It has always been a religion of violence. They languished for several hundred years until 9/11 when we discovered Islam is not Loving, Forgiving, Tolerant.
There is no Love in Islam. Sharia law cuts off the hand of a thief. It should never apply here in the USA. American Muslim mosques have doubled since 9/11. Contrary to what Obama said, there were no Muslims involved in the founding of America.
In the eyes of a Muslim, you are either a Muslim or an infidel. If you are an infidel you deserve to die. There are 120 million Islamic terrorists that are determined to kill you.
The Twelvers. The 12th descendant of Mohammed is expected to return to establish a world wide Muslim government. They will use the A bomb. The 9/11 men were deeply religious.
Jihad = bombings terrorism that's what they do.
Population Domination. We are not reproducing enough. Come on, Christian young people, it's time to get married and have a lot of children if you want our society to survive. The Muslim birth rate it 4x our rate. By 2025 1/3 of all babies born in Europe will be Muslim. They train their kids to slit Jewish throats at age 5. They train them to become suicide bombers.
Yemen has 47% of the population under 15
65% Egyptians are under 30. 75% of them want Sharia law because they don't know how terrible it is.

What are we to do? Make sure we are right with God.
God knows the future. Do you know who holds your future? If you are what you were you ain't.
Something happens when Jesus comes into your life. Be the salt that exposes evil. Stop being afraid of the consequences. Most people do NOT go to heaven. That's a Satanic lie.
Live your life in such a way that the preacher doesn't have to lie at your funeral.
The Truth is the Truth. If Jesus has touched you today, make that commitment to him today. Come talk to the pastoral staff now

Sunday, March 13, 2011

No Longer a Victim

1st Presbyterian Church Bonita Springs FL
Pastor Doug Pratt

This is the church Herb & Erna attend while in FL

Changes in course come to us from time to time.
Paul was arrested and sent to trial in front of Caesar for treason of not worshipping Caesar. Paul might have considered himself a victim. Phil 1:12-18 Paul says his imprisonment has advanced the gospel. He decided to cheer on all preachers.

We can't choose what happens, but we can choose how we respond to what happens.

''Unbroken" is a new bestseller book about a B24 bomber pilot. Louise Zamborini had an iron will. Tortured by the Japanese, he controlled how he responded.
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: 1. Be Proactive. Not re-active. Not a victim. We don't have to go there. The Bible offers us profound hope. 1. The past does not hold us because Jesus died for us. He made all things new. 2. Christ himself lives in us and guides and empowers as.
We can choose our language. I can choose. I can control my feelings. I will.
This is not just positive thinking. It is Christ's thinking.
Communion becomes part of us. Christ becomes part of us. We are not alone. We can open up to the power of Christ so he can fill us and live in us.
Jesus Christ invites you to a banquet in His honour. He paid the price. If you are a Christian we welcome you to share in this meal. Jesus says: "Take and eat. This is my body broken for you."

Monday, March 07, 2011

Florida 2011

Justin joined us for a week of sun on the beaches of Marco Island. We arrived in Orlando this evening. Will stay in Kissimee for the night, and then drive to Naples and Marco tomorrow.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Hidden in Plain Sight: Renewed

SOAR heartland inner city mission outreach March 24- April 2. If you want to be part of that - email

Song: When l Survey the Wondrous Cross (it) bids come and die so that I may truly live.
All to Jesus I surrender make me Saviour truly yours.
Delbert Enns Pastor

Sin is humans rejecting God's way. All of God's creation has fallen from God's intent.
Do you know the names of the first Community that ever existed? Father Son & Holy Spirit. Col 1:16 Everything was created for Jesus but Jesus wanted someone to relate to. God "we" "us" created male & female humans in God's image.
How did Jesus describe the God one-ness? What does it mean to follow Christ & belong to his community?
Jesus addressed that in Mark 7:1
In Chapter 6 Jesus walked on water and fed 1,000s
In Chapter 7 the religious leaders sent out a truth squad. The question they asked was so left corner it took the air out of everyone. Tradition: handing down ideas without written instruction and without a heart commitment.
They had 613 rules regulated and defined Jewish life. The complicated hand-washing ceremony had to be performed every time before eating.
When they asked why his disciples did not follow the rules, Jesus called them hypocrites and white washed tombs. The problem was in their hearts. They needed heart renewal. It's not what goes in, but what comes out of your heart that defiles. Your heart defines you.
Jeremiah 32:39 one heart to worship
Jesus defines us by grace. For fellowship. What makes you want to be part of God's community?

Next Sunday: The Practical Atheist.
The grace of Jesus sets us free.

We plan to report to you from Marco Island Florida.

Friday, March 04, 2011

An Orange Rose on Renee's Grave

March 2, the 3rd anniversary of the funeral, Martha trod through the deep snow to place a rose on Renee's grave. Oh the never ending pain.