Sunday, November 25, 2012

Intact Insurance

Don't ever deal with [Intact] Insurance. They run when you need them.  Now you have lawyers to pay out of your own pocket.

Baptism Sunday

20,000 Christmas Child boxes will leave Winnipeg this week.

Baptismal Sunday
Julia 18 is a pastor's daughter. She knew God but did a lot of bad stuff. She got away with telling a lot of lies until she got caught. That night she recommited her life and her parents became her best friends.

Vanessa 17 is in grade 11 at MBCI. She grew up in a Christian home. She attends youth group here at Eastview. Going on SOAR inner city ministry has drawn her so much closer to God. We are God's masterpiece.

Guest pianist Trevor Olfert
Song: You choose the humble and the weak. The same love that set the captives free has set me free and is calling me by name.

Baptized by youth pastor Cory Bell in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus our hope living for all who receive.

There is no one else for me none but Jesus crucified to set me free. Now I live to bring him praise.

Eastview is a family. We renew our covenant to care for one another.

Elton Dasilva:
Baptism is not about changing religion. It's from the Greek word for dying the cloth. Taking on the color ( character) of Christ. Being immersed in Christ. This morning we've had people baptized that grew up in Christian homes and people who lived evil lives and were changed by the love of Christ.

Going under the water and coming out as someone in Christ. If you are tired, Christ is inviting you to be washed and cleaned by Jesus. We can't deal with our issues on our own. There is One who loves you the way you are.
There is a language of belonging. You now belong to the community of Christ.
We are so connected by technology we don't have time to really get to know one another. But now you BELONG to this fellowship.
You have begun this journey.
If anyone here wants to join this blessed fellowship talk to one of our pastors.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Elizabeth Siemens (Eidse) 88

Fondly remembered by her family of 14 children 69 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren. She and Ben (my oldest? cousin) were married 66 years.
Elaine David Minna Alvina Mary John Julia Elizabeth Menno Linda Vernon Becky Christine Reg
Lots of tears and love. Everyone will miss her so much.
She sang a lot. Loved chocolate coffee and real cream. She was an expert at knipsbrat. Now mom is teaching the angels how to sing.
Julia. She loved her kids unconditionally. Never condemned them.
Menno. Wasn't always obedient. One time he went to ask for forgiveness and she said she had forgiven a long time ago.
Linda. Looks like her mom. What gives it at your house? She always cared about each one of her grandkids.
Bill. Her driving habits were something else. She liked to drive fast.
She would tell lots of stories. She had the best crab apple juice.
She gave me a candy I choked and she saved my life.
Becky Bruce. She said things in funny English. Vegitaebl. She was very accepting of the in-laws. Lots of laughter.
Mom laughed she couldn't stop.
Reg. The youngest. I am bound for the promised land was her life's motto. She did not worry about time. She had time to show love to everyone.
Ben Eidse. Betty was a real encourager to him in his Christian life. She was a real mission supporter.
Song by grandchildren: do never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

When God is God: Yet I Will Rejoice
Delbert Enns
This week is Operation Christmas Child. Bring your boxes of gifts now.

Are you emotionally exhausted? If God is good and powerful why is there so much evil in the world?
God has given us permission to help rebuild the broken pieces. He knew we could not repair or reconcile it on our own so he sent his son to show us the way.

Deon the policeman does a tour of skid row Los Angelos. Lots of problems. When you say you care they hold you up to it.

The prophet tries to deal with the injustices being dealt to his people. He chooses to rejoice in the Lord. It all begins with an unconditional response of faith. Be filled with amazement of what God has done. Habakkuk sang praises.
Sing now:
Give thanks to the Lord our king and sing praise. His love endures forever.

God is firmly established in history. God rewrote the words of my life. Psalm 18

Those who trust in the Lord soar like an eagle. Fly above the circumstances.
Know who you are in Christ and fly with him. We need to recognize who we are in Christ. 'What' depletes you. Who you are in Christ energizes you. You are precious to God.
What makes Stomachs turn and flip on the inside.

Sometimes we must isolate and then regroup. Wait be still and know that I am God. God will be honored. To wait means to weave. God is preparing you for an incredible assignment. Who God is starts to shape us.

There is an assignment God has while we wait. Even though everything I love dies I will rejoice in the Lord.
Though I'm losing income property health I WILL REJOICE NO MATTER WHAT! God will help me fly like an eagle. Learn to be content with whatever I have. No matter where you are you are not alone. We are scattered glass. But God has showered his kindness on us. I will rejoice!
God is weaving something beautiful in you. For your growth.

Never doubt in the dark what God has told you in the light.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

When God is God: Why?

Nov 25 baptism please come for that - call the church if you are interested in baptism
Be thou my vision
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
Lead me to the cross

1. Exists
2. Is Good
3. Is All powerful
Evil exists
Which statement is NOT true?
We want to make things right. That desire comes from God. Without God we have no hope. Our suffering just gets worse. We now have a living hope kept in heaven for us. 1Peter 1 we rejoice while we suffer.
God exists. We see hope. We are more convinced than ever. We can't avoid suffering but with God in the picture we can take the evil that comes our way.
John 9:1-3 Who sinned, the man or his parents? Neither, Jesus said, but God will be honored. Blindness is nothing but the absence of sight. A pothole is the absence of road.
God restores to the intended use. He sometimes chooses to limit his power.
God created us with a will to choose whether we accept God's will. We have the choice. God had to let go of power so we would have the power to choose. We can choose to do things on our own. God changes human hearts. Jesus proved God's love for us. Jesus changes everything in order to help restore us. Phil 2:6-8 The Jesus hymn - he took our suffering to restore things as they are supposed to be. What is our role in this? God entrusted us to be ambassadors to the world. God is now making his appeal through us. He wants us to fill the potholes of this world to be involved in reconciliation and restoration. We build relational connections.
How am I part of bringing God's will on earth as it is in heaven? God says, I want you to be part of God's answer to your prayer.
I don't know what you do about suffering and lack of healing.
It is a mystery. God joins us in the midst of our suffering.
Increase our faith.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

First Storm of the Season

Adrenaline rush - driving in new snow ruts at 100 km/hr. The van has become my substitute snow mobile!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Christmas Child Party

Care group dinner and shoe box packing party.
Fun and sadness. Rick's friend's funeral is tomorrow. Audrey found out today that her cancer is terminal in a few months. Pray for her and her family.
Pray for LifeLight leadership unity and respect. get your free NT

Thursday, November 08, 2012

iDE Gala Banquet

Ted Paetkau chair
Norm & Jean Fiske Ambassador Award - they have travelled all over the world with iDE
Bill & Margaret Fast have been involved for twenty years.
Al Doerksen has been involved for many years. He has been with MCC, The Foodgrains Bank, and many businesses.
iDE has 5 million clients.

Al's Journey
Started 20 years ago. Thought leader. Met Mother Theresa in India. Met Mennonite leaders in India.
Investment scenarios. 5 talents to 1, 2 to another, 1 to a third.
The 3 richest people in the world today have more money than the 48 poorest countries of the world.
Invest in iDE. GOVERNMENT promise law and order. Break the rules go to jail.
Bill Gates did a good job. Created value. Has given 28 billion to charity. He has encouraged 92 families to donate their wealth. Gates spent 16 m$ with iDE and that has generated $200,000,000.
Bill & Margaret, Frank & Agnes, and others invested in iDE to get it started. Dollah Bill makes the money grow.
iDE uses simple machines to help Dollah Bill earn some money.

Ron Enns is the executive director with several degrees.

Margaret and Agnes did the centre pieces.

60 projects in 15 countries. CIDA invests $3 for every donor $.
Well digging in Ethiopia now costs $100 per well.
In Ghana there are millions of bucket farmers. Converting them to treadle pumps helps them earn more.
Cambodia executed all their educated people.
iDE helps people help themselves.
Farmers earn $3.60 for every dollar invested. CIDA triples it.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Jake Kornelsen Memorial

Was married to Lena Dueck for 52 years.
They had 10 children. They had a welding shop and 100 chickens when they started life together.
Moved to Canada.
Worked at Vidir Machine for many years.
Song by the girls: They loved to sing and he would join them. God leads his children sometimes through tough times. Water flood fire but all through the blood. Some through great sorrow but God gives a song, through the night season and all the day long.

Grandpa was a special person and loved us and prayed for us. He said: God's will be done. So glad to know he's singing with the angels. He will be greatly missed. He always thought grandma was so beautiful.
He was always positive and gave us lots of hugs.
He never judged anyone.
Grandpa came to help change my tire. He readily confessed mistakes.

Art the oldest brother says pray for Lena. He worked a lot with Jake.

John's daughters read John's tribute. Jake could say lots with a few words. Rejoicing with you.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Dam Beavers

At Hunt Lake
Beavers sure have very little brain

When God is God: Waiting

The sovereignty of God
We struggle with that. Are we dealing with God or with a vending machine?
Why would God allow hurricane Sandy? How do we deal with that?
Scripture tells us that God is sovereign.
Habakkuk wrestled with God. Do we trust God outside of our control?
Jesus told the paralytic that he had control over physical changes and he healed him.
You change the world by changing the human heart. God is not in the problem. He's in the resilience of his people. Wait and see what God will do. Praying and waiting go hand in hand. Ps 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord;:; patiently. how do we live in the semicolon? He inclined his ear to me.
I will stand at the post and wait. What do we do in the meantime?
God has plans for you for good. Not to harm you but to give you a future. That promise is not invalidated when things don't go our way.
Look at those who rely on themselves. There is discontent. The spirit is not right.
A plumber was not available. I thought I could fix it myself. Thought I fixed it. Turned the water back on. Then the pail floated across the room when the water gushed out. I was too impatient to wait for a plumber or plumber friends to come and help.
The righteous live by faith. Live in trust. Rest & wait. God is good. A quiet faith that trusts. What is your semicolon? Can you stand and wait?