Sunday, December 28, 2014


A miracle happened. Mark was healed of prostate cancer. He is willing to pray for you. Prayer for Morgan who is going on DTS in Maui.

2015 is just around the corner. Spent 3 days in Ottawa. Prayed with the politicians. Met with the Prime Minister. Asked him about the shooting. Spiritual epiphany? Leave or be concealed. 8 hours of waiting hiding. Am I at peace with God? Yes. Prayed for him.

Delbert wished for tinker toys. Got pajamas. Disappointed.

What I want and wish for I want soon or it becomes an ordeal.

The Jewish nation waited thousands of years for liberation.

Diedrich Bonnhoffer waited for his door of freedom to be opened from the outside. He could not open the door himself.
Jesus came into the world and opened the door for us.

Nelson Mandela knew he had to leave his bitterness behind if he wanted to be free.

Simeon in Luke 2:25 was waiting and did not get edgy.

Marianne went to Calgary to visit her dad. So Delbert was all alone on Christmas day. He got edgy.

Simeon waited expectantly. Patiently.  You have to work at waiting. When God steps into our waiting things happen differently than we expect. Anna spent all day every day praying expectantly.

If astonishment and wonder don't overcome you, you missed the point.

You are invited to join us at the place of wonder at the Lord's table. He released me with his broken body and shed blood.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas eve service

Go Tell it on the Mountain
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Angels from the realms of Glory
We Three Kings of Orient
Star of Wonder
Recitation. I left John at the nursing home. He isn't worried about anything. I choose to be happy that he has good care.

Oh come all ye faithful

Recitation: What pump are you at? Got busted a few years ago. Alone in my cell. Went to the eve service. The story included Mary saying she was blessed being pregnant and unwed. Now God has blessed me. Merry. Christmas.

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know That your baby boy has come to make you new? This child that you've delivered Will soon deliver you
Mary, did you know That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know That your baby boy will calm a storm with His hand? Did you know That your baby boy has walked where angels trod? And when you kiss your little baby You've kissed the face of God
Mary, did you know? The blind will see The deaf will hear And the dead will live again The lame will leap The dumb will speakThe praises of the Lamb
Mary, did you know That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know That your baby boy will one day rule the nations? Did you know That your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb? This sleeping child you're holding Is the Great I Am
Oh Mary did you know?

Recitation about the mess in the house.

Song, What hope we hold? Rejoice in the hallowed manger ground. Emanuel praise his name

Pastor Delbert
Since God did not spare his only son he will give us much more.
Russian nesting doll. Another gift inside the next. 10 in total.
Accept the greatest gift. Receive it and you can give. When you accept Jesus you can accept many more gifts from Him!
Has your identity been taken away? Jesus wants to give a new identity. A new person. God's gift will not disappoint us.
Christmas. Profoundly quiet.
A new family.
Mom, did you want me? Yes, you became part of us. 3 kids in 2.5 years.

Christmas. The story of destiny. Nothing lasted at our house. We took it all apart.

Years ago a man had a collection of art. His son died in the war. Christmas day there was a knock on the door. A soldier friend delivered a portrait of his son. He really appreciated that painting.

When his estate was auctioned no one wanted that painting. Finally a neighbour bid $10. The auction was over. He got the whole estate.

Receive the gift of Jesus.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The gift of carrying joy

Dave Ens
A simple gift. Enjoy. Revel in music and food. Be filled with love and wonder. Enjoy what God has given. Carry joy with you.

Psalm 16:1-11 NIV

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord , "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." I say of the holy people who are in the land, "They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight." Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. Lord , you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord , who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord . With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Luke 2:8-20 NIV

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."   Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,   "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."   When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."   So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

They exuded joy when they got the good news of great joy. The shepherds help us understand joy.

The least often carry the most joy. They have nothing to lose.

King Herod was not happy. Responds with fear! With a new king born he responded with horrible cruelty.
If we want joy we need wonder and hope.
Adults tend to be sceptical and cautious and lose wonder and joy.
Faith in the resurrection God brings joy.
Paul and Silas are tortured in Acts 16. They were praying and singing praise to God when all the doors were opened and chains fell off.

Philippians 4:4-8 NIV

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Carry Joy with faith. Enjoy God's gifts.

Come thou fount of every blessing!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The gift of hungering. 3rd advent

Christmas eve services Tuesday Dec 23 6:30 Dec 24 5 & 6:30 at

Dave Ens
We want to unwrap the gift that is being offered. We all have a trait of being nosey or compassionately interested. Capable of interjection of wisdom into other's conversations. Grandma's mind was so curious to the end wanting to know everything that was going on. The gift of wanting to know more. The gift of longing.

The story of the Magi. They were curious. Hungering for knowledge. They were willing to travel for 2 years to find the new born king.

WWJD was a 1990s fad. What would Jesus do in this situation? When are you going to do what Jesus would do?
Are we in an ivory tower? Stagnant and unsatisfied?
Do we want something we know we shouldn't want? Do we arrange our lives to satisfy our wants?
Jesus said blessed are you when you hunger and thirst for righteousness.

What are you hungry for?

The Wisemen worshipped Jesus. They were overwhelmed. That's the most important. They were prepared with good gifts.
Without hunger worship makes no sense. What you see is not what it is.
Not just information but an encounter with the living God. When you are flat on your face in front of the Living God it makes no difference whether you are singing a hymn or a corus!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The gift of being free

Choir Christmas presentation at at 7pm tonight.

Dave Ens
One of the gifts of Christmas is freedom! What does that look like?
The freedom Jesus offers?

The Ragman by
Walter Wangerin, Jr.

I saw a strange sight. I stumbled upon a story most strange, like nothing my life, my street sense, my sly tongue had ever prepared me for.

Hush, child. Hush, now, and I will tell it to you.

Even before the dawn one Friday morning I noticed a young man, handsome and strong, walking the alleys of our City. He was pulling an old cart filled with clothes both bright and new, and he was calling in a clear, tenor voice: "Rags!" Ah, the air was foul and the first light filthy to be crossed by such sweet music.

"Rags! New rags for old! I take your tired rags! Rags!"

"Now, this is a wonder," I thought to myself, for the man stood six-feet-four, and his arms were like tree limbs, hard and muscular, and his eyes flashed intelligence. Could he find no better job than this, to be a ragman in the inner city?

I followed him. My curiosity drove me. And I wasn't disappointed.

Soon the Ragman saw a woman sitting on her back porch. She was sobbing into a handkerchief, sighing, and shedding a thousand tears. Her knees and elbows made a sad X. Her shoulders shook. Her heart was breaking.

The Ragman stopped his cart. Quietly, he walked to the woman, stepping round tin cans, dead toys, and Pampers.

"Give me your rag," he said so gently, "and I'll give you another."

He slipped the handkerchief from her eyes. She looked up, and he laid across her palm a linen cloth so clean and new that it shined. She blinked from the gift to the giver.

Then, as he began to pull his cart again, the Ragman did a strange thing: he put her stained handkerchief to his own face; and then HE began to weep, to sob as grievously as she had done, his shoulders shaking. Yet she was left without a tear."This IS a wonder," I breathed to myself, and I followed the sobbing Ragman like a child who cannot turn away from mystery.

"Rags! Rags! New rags for old!"

In a little while, when the sky showed grey behind the rooftops and I could see the shredded curtains hanging out black windows, the Ragman came upon a girl whose head was wrapped in a bandage, whose eyes were empty. Blood soaked her bandage. A single line of blood ran down her cheek.Now the tall Ragman looked upon this child with pity, and he drew a lovely yellow bonnet from his cart."Give me your rag," he said, tracing his own line on her cheek, "and I'll give you mine."

The child could only gaze at him while he loosened the bandage, removed it, and tied it to his own head. The bonnet he set on hers. And I gasped at what I saw: for with the bandage went the wound! Against his brow it ran a darker, more substantial blood – his own!

"Rags! Rags! I take old rags!" cried the sobbing, bleeding, strong, intelligent Ragman.The sun hurt both the sky, now, and my eyes; the Ragman seemed more and more to hurry."Are you going to work?" he asked a man who leaned against a telephone pole. The man shook his head.The Ragman pressed him: "Do you have a job?"

"Are you crazy?" sneered the other. He pulled away from the pole, revealing the right sleeve of his jacket – flat, the cuff stuffed into the pocket. He had no arm.

"So," said the Ragman. "Give me your jacket, and I'll give you mine."

Such quiet authority in his voice!

The one-armed man took off his jacket. So did the Ragman – and I trembled at what I saw: for the Ragman's arm stayed in its sleeve, and when the other put it on he had two good arms, thick as tree limbs; but the Ragman had only one."Go to work," he said.

After that he found a drunk, lying unconscious beneath an army blanket, and old man, hunched, wizened, and sick. He took that blanket and wrapped it round himself, but for the drunk he left new clothes.

And now I had to run to keep up with the Ragman. Though he was weeping uncontrollably, and bleeding freely at the forehead, pulling his cart with one arm, stumbling for drunkenness, falling again and again, exhausted, old, old, and sick, yet he went with terrible speed. On spider's legs he skittered through the alleys of the City, this mile and the next, until he came to its limits, and then he rushed beyond.

I wept to see the change in this man. I hurt to see his sorrow. And yet I needed to see where he was going in such haste, perhaps to know what drove him so.The little old Ragman – he came to a landfill. He came to the garbage pits. And then I wanted to help him in what he did, but I hung back, hiding. He climbed a hill. With tormented labor he cleared a little space on that hill. Then he sighed. He lay down. He pillowed his head on a handkerchief and a jacket. He covered his bones with an army blanket. And he died.

Oh, how I cried to witness that death! I slumped in a junked car and wailed and mourned as one who has no hope – because I had come to love the Ragman. Every other face had faded in the wonder of this man, and I cherished him; but he died. I sobbed myself to sleep.

I did not know – how could I know? – that I slept through Friday night and Saturday and its night, too.

But then, on Sunday morning, I was wakened by a violence.

Light – pure, hard, demanding light – slammed against my sour face, and I blinked, and I looked, and I saw the last and the first wonder of all. There was the Ragman, folding the blanket most carefully, a scar on his forehead, but alive! And, besides that, healthy! There was no sign of sorrow nor of age, and all the rags that he had gathered shined for cleanliness.

Well, then I lowered my head and trembling for all that I had seen, I myself walked up to the Ragman. I told him my name with shame, for I was a sorry figure next to him. Then I took off all my clothes in that place, and I said to him with dear yearning in my voice: "Dress me."

He dressed me. My Lord, he put new rags on me, and I am a wonder beside him. The Ragman, the Ragman, the Christ!

At the heart of Christianity we should be falling on our knees. God loves us more than we could ever understand. As long as we live outside God's plan we will never be free. Jesus takes the burden sin from us.
Stop! Focus! He was wounded for our transgressions. Share in the bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance. Fall on your knees. Eat and remember!

Do you have this gift of freedom?
It is trite this say Jesus gave me freedom but I do nothing.
The hope of restoration is for the whole world!
How does that change your celebrations?
When the son sets you free you are free indeed!

I worship Christ the coming King! My life is His alone.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

1st Sunday of advent. Living without fear
Fraser is here from Victoria. Song leader this morning. Concert tonight 7pm at free admission

Search the heavens search the stars there is no one like our God.

Take my world it weighs too much for me.

Dave Ens
1st Sunday of Advent. Preparing for the arrival. Anticipation. Stress. Dread. Excitement. Gifts. Tension. God with us. Salvation. A singular gift with many layers.
Lots of people are filled with fear. God says don't be afraid.
What decisions we make are based on fear? God gives us a gift of life without fear.
Is it worth fearing our fear?
Luke 1 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28Gabriel appeared to her and said, "Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!

We don't want something new. Is the thing you fear really a threat?

Mary was on a normal trajectory of life as a Jewish teenager engaged to be married. She accepted God's interruption.
Mary accepted the new.

Mary had things to fear. Death shame dishonor. She was willing to let God be God.

A God initiated encounter always gets past the fear if we say yes to God. Do good instead of no harm.

Are you afraid of losing something of real importance? Don't be afraid. You are more valuable than MANY sparrows.

Is the thing you fear really powerful? Can it actually hurt you?

God's mercy goes from generation to generation.
There is nothing greater than God's ability to save. Why do I fear anything? God invites us to a life without fear.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dave Toycen World Vision

at pastor Burkholder
Fear tolerance respect
There are some common goals all people. Help the Muslims so they ask why are you here? We are here because Jesus loves you.
Jesus is constantly challenging his disciples to help the disadvantaged.
A religious leader in Afghanistan said 1 of 70 women die in childbirth.
They put on a 17 week course to help. The leader said he would assure the safety of the workers.
In Mauritania they were advised to leave for safety. He called the chief imam and their safety was assured.
A boy was dying of aids. He loved spending time with Dave.
Jesus said bring the children to me. The poor ragged ones too.
Children have a voice that needs to be heard. You have to address their needs. It is transformative for us. Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.
Caring is not easy. 6.3 million children are dying from preventable diseases.
It is emotional. Jesus wept twice. Lazarus died. The community was morning. See how he loved him. God so loved us he gave his son. Tears are not enough. Do something! Do you love me? Go to work!
44 year old daughter in law has cancer. Son says God is good all the time.
By the rules of the universe we all have to die. Jesus broke that rule when he died for us!

Saw exponential growth in helping communities. Access to clean drinking water. 1800 kids are sponsored through World Vision by
See Malawi today!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Baptism Sunday. Outrageous Faith

15 new members joined today. 12 baptisms and 3 transfers!
Each candidate shared their faith journey with the church congregation. A packed building!
Then they were baptised on confession of faith in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Most of the baptismal candidates grew up in evangelical Christian homes. One came from a Catholic home. She was invited to church and youth group by an youth. Corie, the youth pastor did most of the baptisms.

Choir Song: I'm gonna to rise up singing gonna praise my Lord. Gonna praise my Lord on the mountain top until I drop.

The world has yet to see what God can do through a life totally committed to God.

Blessed be the name of the Lord! The name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous run into it and they are saved.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Financial Generosity

Searing loss

How Deep The Father's Love For Us
How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Elton Da Silva video

Money enhances character. We all have banks.  The bank deposit book shows where your heart is.
You are busy making money then you have to get busy spending money.  Then you have to get busy making more money then you have to get busy spending money.

If we don't have money we think God is not blessing us. If we pursued God instead of money, we would be successful. If you pursued God you would achieve significance.
When you pursue what God wants you to be,  you achieve significance.

When you pursue God you will be blessed to be a blessing!

Follow after God and the score card changes. Generosity is a heart issue, not a pocket book issue.

2 Cor 9 you reap what you sow. What have you decided to give. If God has 10% of your heart, you'll give 10%!?

How much of God is in your heart? Generosity is a gospel issue. Not a law.
Generosity is a gospel privilege. God is generous.
Generosity is an act of worship. Prov 3:9-10 your vats will run over with new wine. Give more get more is wrong.
Release to God out of gratefulnes.
Guilting people does not bring money. Thankfulness to God.
Being generous with money is dependant on how much of him is in it.
God does not need your money.

How do we live a generous life?
Heart checkup. How much of God is in you? Willingness to give cheerfully from the heart.
God wants to enjoy your grateful gift.
Don't write another cheque as taxes
Change your view of money. God uses money to spread the gospel. It is not the end goal but the means to reach others.

God has given everything.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Memorial service for Doris Plett (Harms)

Doris was born on September 10, 1951 passed away September 16, 2014.
1957 Leonard passed away. He was Doris's favorite brother.
Doris was a patient caregiver to her mom.
She married Burt in 72. They had 2 children Kelly and Sheree. In 2001 she was diagnosed with lymphoma. She was predeceased by her parents and 5 siblings and in-laws.

All her kids' friends loved her. She was a wonderful grandma. Being a mother isn't easy.
She loved working in the garden and baking lots of goodies. She was a hard working and a very loving mother.
She had a strong faith. She sang The Lord is my Shepherd for her grandchildren every day.
The cousins sang: The Lord is my Shepherd I'll walk with him always. A round song.

Tribute to Doris by Alviera Plett. Friendship that began in the early teens. Shared many previous times together. Ice cream. Spiced peanuts in Granville.

Did double dates. Shared many times together. Baked the best kiwi chocolate cake. One time the pancakes got burned.

She was a friend to older people and younger people. She always sent cards. One card says a true friend is forever.

She was a special friend. We all miss her.

Slideshow. Vibrant young marrieds. Clearly in love.

Outrageous Generosity

C2C promo video is a result of outreach and helping to change the inner city of Winnipeg.
Mark Burch. With C2C:

Ottawa church was a giant urban church who now has 3 church plant couples starting inner city churches.

Our personal lives. 2 Cor 8 the church gave themselves generously. Jesus was rich and gave it up for us.

Generosity is not just about money. Unselfish. Large. Abundant as in slice of pie.
It's about a way of life rooted in the gospel. There is a generous person inside each of us. Genesis 1 we are made in the image of God. The family traits of God are in our DNA.
2. The gospel is a gospel of generosity. There is nothing we can do to help ourselves. We are born sinful. We don't have to teach children to sin. How can I get right with God? Can't be done by us. Jesus has done it for you.
The great exchange. The substitute is Jesus. That's outrageous generosity.

3. If you're not generous you don't get the gospel. Generous living is in Jesus. Generosity is there from cover to cover. God blesses so you can be generous.
The Jewish rules required people to take a lot of time off. So they could be generous. Jesus asked us to lay down our lives. So we can be blessed.
On our own we can't be generous. We need Jesus to make us generous.
Thanks be to God. He gave us the very best.

What are the barriers to release that generosity gene? You think you don't have enough? Check the widow's donation. Too old? Tell the 84 year old widow. Boca Roton church Spanish River Presbyterian planted 100s of new churches including 4 C2Cs in Canada.
If God gave you $37mm how much could you do with that. This church family earns that each year. Based on statistics. If you made more than $50,000 last year you are wealthier than 99% of the world's population.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Holy Spirit

Choir led by Lisa Hamm
Next week at Outrageous Generosity

Delbert Enns pastor:
Maybe your life is uneventful and discouraging. Community hekps you feel good. The life Jesus called us to live is so much more. Bad company corrupts. Find people who can encourage you. Surround yourself with people who build you up spiritually. Desire growth. Ask Jesus to reveal himself to you.
You are made for so much more! Surround yourself with people who care to help you achieve so much more in Jesus.
Let Jesus become greater in your life. We often live in mediocrity. Open your eyes to Jesus. Get a real encounter with Jesus.
2 Kings 6 the king was getting wire tapped. v15 they sent the best troops to capture Elisha. But Elisha said there are more on our side than theirs.

When you see the enemy ask the Lord to open your eyes to see the forces of God on your side.
The glory of God surrounds you.
When the eyes of the enemies were opened they had a feast and saw that there is only one living God in the world.
We need truth tellers in our lives. Eph 1:18 Paul prays for us too. We are children of the heavenly Father.
Elisha followed Elijah. What do you want from me? A double spirit of your power. Elisha struck the river and it parted. The 50 prophets were watching and realized that Elisha was the new prophet. You have loved ones watching you too. They will rejoice with you and your new power.

Share with one another. Pray that God will open your eyes to his love. Hold each other accountable. Celebrate the Lord's supper and invite your friends to come and share in this love.

All to Jesus I surrender. Let me know that I am yours.

Christ has called us to outrageous life.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Leader Impact evening

The Artisan Soul
Erwin Raphael McManus. Author speaker.
Grew up in El Salvador
Raised by grandparents. Mom married again. He earned the right to go to psych ward by age of 12. Learned to live in a dreamworld.
Wrote a new book. Everyone is creative. Innovators are unmanageable.
Fill your life with action.
We all have a concert of voices in our head. They contradict each other.
Some of us have reinforcing voices but most don't.
Psychologists are often confused.

Talked to a group of investors about beauty and truth. The Artisan Soul book has a story about being thrown out of the house naked as a kid. Was ashamed. Why? Who told him to be ashamed? Adam and Eve had that experience.
They had the privilege of eating freely, naked, and unashamed.
God asked who told you that you are naked? What voice are you allowing to define you?

There are people who have their theology right but no relationship with Jesus. Jesus is the voice that speaks life into your soul.

Voices of failure kill you. The story you believe in your life. When you believe you have no value that will kill you.

Everything you do projects meaning. Why do we let the bad voices eat you?

What does God's voice sound like? Is it a parasite in your head?

A woman was caught in adultery. Jesus did not see her nakedness he saw her shame.

2000 years ago when God stepped into human history and offers us a life without shame. Why does Jesus have to die? There is a cure for every disease. Jesus is the cure for shame and death.

In L.A. all kinds of people attend Mosaic. I ask them and you to stand to say I want to give my life to Jesus tonight.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Dave Ens
2 Kings 6 - let's build a bigger school! Everyone cut down a tree. One guy lost his special axe in the river. Elisha threw a stick in the water and the axe floated. He told his student to go pick it up and be more careful. Story done. But he made the student go into the water to retrieve the axe head.
Gal 6:20 everyone helps each other to do what God wants us to do. Empower each other.

3 people in the story
Elisha, student, axe head
Is it worth retrieving?
Community of Jesus is a community of recovery.
Luke 15 the woman found her lost coin and called her community to come celebrate.

God's community is not a community of efficiency. All belong. We support each other.

Eph 1.9, 10 God has revealed the mystery of his will. He wants to recover everyone. In Jesus people encountered the living love and grace of God. V20 God raised Jesus from the dead. The church now is the completeness of Christ. That is now the place of the community of believers, the church.

Do you encounter love and grace in the church? Do you find embrace? That is how we help each other.

Mario from Forward House was baptized here 3 years ago. 188 co founder. Belonging with no judgement has been a blessing. Strengthen my faith. Blessing for all those who come through there.

How has the community help you? Born RC walked away from God. Between Dave and others at I've grown.

Vision is to be more involved at and help others. Never really turned away from God even through incarceration. God can bless the worst people and give the same freedom. Show love and respect.

Jesus conquers the grave!
Savior he can move the mountains.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Big Buts of the Bible

Getting to the But of Love!
Spock and captain Kirk
In a previous episode Spock died to allow others to live.
When Jesus died he died for his enemies and friends.
Rom 5. Go get a Bible.
Left Behind came out and no one went to see it. If you do go leave a set of clothes in the seat.
Almost Normal is a new video about young people committed to serve Jesus.

Distance Group. Oshawa has a house church group.

ISIS ISLAM & JESUS a 3 week series coming up

Rom 5:6-8
Justification just as if I'd never sinned.
Out of the gift of grace God forgives and we want to live a life of love.
Reconciliation - a separation a brokenness that should be bought back together.
Reconciliation is only a Christian concept. The God of the universe wants to be friends with us.
God's love has been poured into our hearts. We often tune that out. Internal and external love.
While we were still sinners (enemies) (bad guys)Christ died for us!
There is no category for this kind of hero in human literature.
The God of the old Testament did a lot of slaying. Jesus said love is the real God.  Jesus shows us who God really is.
1. God has always been about self sacrifice
2. We have always been about self preservation
3. God works with us where we are it. Eg kings of Israel. Accommodation. God is good with a tent. David wanted a temple. God said ok then. God uses what people want. The old Testament should be read with tears. God hates a lot of the old Testament.
Does God love the rebellious child? Yes. God does not force you to attend the party. He invites you to come! He wants to make you his child.
Parents family spouse (former) friends enemy
1. Love is a choice
2. Love is offered to everyone
3. Love is given regardless of emotions
4. Love does not passively tolerate wrongs
5. Love asks How can I help you?

Sunday, October 05, 2014


Delbert Enns

Is it fair for mom to slave away preparing thanksgiving dinner and everyone gobbles it up before she has a chance to sit down? All she gets is left overs.

Sometimes we face setbacks. When 1+1=0

Following Christ is not a straight line. More like a zigzag.
Jesus must become greater and I must become less and less.

Where is God when nothing works? Friends let you down. Kids in trouble?

Elisha was a prophet and one of the students at the school died. The widow got in trouble.
Elisha said: what do you need? What do you have? Just some olive oil. He makes her do something. Borrow jars (become a begger) and pour oil to fill them all. Do something! Pray. NOW!

Knock and the door will be open. God wants us to beg.

The widow poured oil until all the jars were full. Now she had to go sell door to door.

The woman of Shunam has a son that died. She asked Elisha to come back. The boy comes back to life when Elisha does mouth to mouth.

Jesus come upon me and warm me up!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Essentials. Faith

Dave Ens
Obedience helps our faith to grow. We need faith for obedience.
Humans live by faith. We have faith that people will stop at the red light. If we buy a can of tuna we have faith that there will be tuna in that can.
A life of faith is fundamentally opposed to comfort. It is a journey without maps.
Heb 11:1-3 The substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. A substantial reality. Drives Action. Changes lives. Conviction. A substantial vision. Engages your mind. A course of action.

Build your way off this faith. Rom 5 justified by faith we have peace and friendship with God. The glory of God changes everything. God's act of grace makes peace with God. The substantial vision of grace changes our lives. God is asking us to move closer.

Look at Abraham. He is a good example to us. God wants to make us a blessing. He followed God. His father was supposed to go to Canaan. He stopped his journey before he got there. He was comfortable in Hiram. Then God called Abraham and he did obey. He went all the way God asked him to go to.

Take another step and follow. The next step will be even better. A bigger better vision.

God has more for you. Not just good enough but so much more.

Paul talks in Rom 14 about Abraham. The promise was to all nations. God calls into existence things that don't exist. Abraham became the father of many nations. He was fully convinced that God was going to do it. Perseverance.

70% of people who said they were Christians said their faith made no difference to their actions. James said that faith without action is dead. Lots of people believe in God but are stuck in mediocre mud.

God give me a vision to love the unlovable. Busines is no excuse. Jesus took the cross to show his love.

The bread and the wine demonstrate Jesus love

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Oh precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Pastor Collin Bell
Eph 6:13-18
A young boy went fishing picked up a red worm and got bitten. He cought lots of big cat fish. Each time he put new worm on his hook he got bitten.  Eventually he didn't feel so good. He died before he got to the hospital. Like Satan these baby rattle snakes gave a small bit poison each time.
Paul looked at the Roman soldier putting on his breastplate for protection. Righteousness is the important part of a Christian's armour. If you lose that you lose your life. You shall be holy God says.

Righteousness comes at amazing costs. God is holy. He can't stand sin. That's the mark to strive for. I can't do this. I need help to put us in right standing. David said purge me. I can't do it myself. God needs to wash us.
Rom 3.21, 23 the righteousness of God through faith. No matter who you are we share "for all have sinned" We all need Jesus's righteousness imputed. When God looks at us he sees Jesus righteousness. Rom 8:1 there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.

Amazing love how can it be that you my God would die for me?

Rom 5:20-6:2 how can we who died to sin still live in it complacently. We are called to holiness. We need to walk in newness of life. Not enslaved to sin. Not playing with rattlers.

2 Cor 6:2, 7 Paul reminds us that now is the day of salvation.

God works in us to righteousness and holiness. Righteousness protects us from ourselves.

Hosaiah 10:12-13 time to seek the Lord. Time to allow holiness in us.

Our righteousness will not get us to heaven.

Are we honoring God? Nothing is more important than a right relationship to with God.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Discipleship & Learning

Pastor Bruxy at
Exists to make disciples of Jesus.
To say "Jesus is Lord" is to say...
1. Jesus is the center of everything
2. Jesus shows us what God is like
3. I choose to be an apprentice of Jesus (250 times the NT calls us that)

To be a physical mentor. Being mentored by our leader. Who is not visible. We need The Book

We are saying follow me as I follow Christ.
Rom 10:8-9
Matt 28:18-20
2 Tim 2:2 I have taught Timothy to teach others who will teach others
1 Cor 4:14-17
Jesus is Lord is a challenge for western Christians.
Follow me and I will make you fishers of people.
If you ever say I have it all figured out you have pride and you go back to the beginning.
When we teach we learn. Seneca.
FROSH your homework is to teach one person what you learn each week.
Are you coming back next week? We want to grow the Christian. Home church should be a safe place. Sunday mornings are the invitation for everyone to explore Christ.
Hospitality says join us in our environment. No need to prepare a big entertainment dinner.
Be friendly. Initiate conversation. Practice hospitality.
The protege effect. Find one person who is alone and be their friend.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Essential by design. God's

Del Enns pastor
Excitement confusion happens in life. Health challenges family uncertainty.
Unleashed the book Perry wrote.
Sometimes we get stuck in life. Waiting for someone to notice us. God what's for me? Following Jesus one step at a time.
One day Jesus walked along the shore and called his disciples: Follow me!
He calls us to action. Put down your fishing net.
We want to know what the end steps are. Some of us become complacent.
Romans oh how great are God's riches
It's not about me. There is a next step for you. A divine creator purpose. Touch someone. Elisha is the colour orange lived on conviction.

Ahab Jezebell Elijah

God called Elijah to anoint Elisha. He was plowing with 1 of 12 yoke of oxen in the field.
After the fire on the alter Elijah is stuck in depression. He wants to quit.
Take courage with the next step. Surrender your pet peeves. Let God speak to you in the gentle whispers.

Wear the Orange Wave
Take account of your life
Face the consequences
Take action
Move upward and onwards
Jesus must become greater and I must become less and less.
7 week journey on the Orange Wave. Wear Orange next Sunday!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

EFree Church Falcon Lake

Prayer by opening leader in Kansas:
We have ridiculed the time honoured values and called it enlightenment.

Pastor Brian Hamilton @afccanada

Music by Olympic champion Michelle Sawatsky and sisters: Jesus you are the one to make my day bright and guide my life.

Michelle and her dad: At the river of Jordan you are all alone. You'll leave it all behind. Friends can't help you then.

Michelle and her dad, nieces and nephews: Amen see him in the garden bearing all my sorrows Amen amen

Michelle and youngest sister: Remember me. In a Bible cracked and faded in the years. When the cover of the sunset fills the sky. When the children leave the Sunday school. Child of wonder. Child of God.

Pray for our nation's leaders. Blessed are the peace makers. Jenna and her husband are going to Jordan. Pray for Christians everywhere.
We stand in awe of God's greatness.
We pray for freedom to proclaim the gospel.

Jonah's journey. The next chapter.
The world's worst missionary.
Jonah 2:17 The whale swallowed him. Snatched from the jaws of death. What swallowed Jonah? Big Fish.
Jonah thought he was geographical God. He thought he could run from God. But the hound of heaven chased him. Sperm whale feeds on giant squid. James Bartley survived being swallowed by a whale. If God wanted a special fish to protect Jonah, that's no problem. When Jonah woke up he dealt with the underlying issues. The belly of the fish is not a great place to live but a great place to learn. It bothered him now to be separated from God.
Commence prayer now. When he was at the end of his rope he prayed and repented. He prayed back the word of God. He quoted the psalms. Thanksgiving. Why was he thankful? God had turned him from rebellion. Then he prayed in contrition. He confessed the Lord. I turn to you Lord. About face. Go in the right direction. Say God I'm sorry.

Lady read her Bible on the airplane. Man next to her questioned her about Jonah. How did he survive? When I get to heaven I'll ask him. What if Jonah isn't there? Then you ask him.

Lord fill me with your grace so I can praise you.

Michelle on piano: From the love of my own comfort help me God.  Deliver me oh God. When I taste your goodness I shall not want.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Movie: God is NOT Dead

Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
"Don't imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword."

Josh's girlfriend tells him to sign the God is dead statement. He feels he needs to defend God. The professor will fail him if he can't convince the students.
After three lectures Josh convinced all the students that God is alive.

The Newsboys have a concert in town and everyone gets saved.

Text all your friends now: God's not dead.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Calvin Joel Dueck 1995 - 2014

Calvin was a strong swimmer having fun at Lake St Malo when he got caught by the weeds. He fought them but was unable to kick the weeds off his legs. Even though he was with a life guard and an off duty policeman, his short time on earth was over last Saturday at age 19.

Left to mourn are his parents,  one sister, 3 brothers and countless friends and relatives.

He loved sports and won a string of medals including MVP and the golden glove.

Larry Eidse devotional
Music song of hope
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness
Mervin obituary
Born Jan 3, 95
Became a Christian at an early age. A gentleman. Bible student. Baseball and hockey player.
Thanks to the friends that tried to help him.

Brothers' tribute
Hard worker cared deeply. He led the team in prayer. He always wanted to help everyone. He was a born leader and a positive

Worked at Dueck's rafter shop. Cared about his brothers.

Cal supported all his brothers in sports. He'd be there for them. Training partner. miss you bro.

Larry Eidse
Spread the gospel and if necessary use words - that was Calvin

Calvin left an imprint. Strong work ethic. An example to all.

God is not a druggist but gives us himself and his love to be with us.

If you and I have accepted Christ as your Saviour you can rest in his comfort and peace.

Picture "Safe At Home" in the background of the memorial card. Calvin is now safe at home.

Open mic
Tyler Dueck manager of Valley Enterprise. Cal was the man who could be relied on. Did everything he was asked to do without complaining. Poem by Tyler's dad.

Music by local artist
"Enjoy This Moment"
We don't know how many moments we'll have.

9 friends
He had a very contagious laugh. He made others laugh getting them in trouble. He had more timeouts than classtime.
Watching Blue Jays baseball.
Beachtime was our last time together for a very long time.

Who do you play with? Calvin Dueck. Everyone knew him. This is Calvin Town. Looking forward to playing ball with him in heaven.

Cal was the perfect player, always the captain of the team. Playing fair. We'll miss him.

Stood behind him. Calvin took umpire clinic and worked with him.

Memory of being in the Skydome and watching practice when he caught a homerun. He still had all his teeth. He was smiling

Cam Cornelsen was his coach for a while. Got to the finals. Going for provincial title. Calvin had that winner's smile at half time. He led the team and they had 3 - 0 lead to win the championship.

Youth leader
Talented humble strong funny determined caring

AWANA ring leader but serious Bible student.
He'll be missed.

Larry. Daughter had been visiting the bank teller. Her son had been blessed by Calvin.

Lord may you sustain the family.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weird Animals

Weird Animals vacation Bible school starts today at

Interview Amanda Dacombe,  a nurse. She tries to let people see her as a beacon of light in the cardiac department. When prompted by God she shares her care, planting seeds and listening.

The Hidden Treasure
What are our treasures? House, car, jewelry, money, traditions?

Jesus came to tear down the wall of separation.
Jesus is the treasure
Treasure that is what you are Jesus you're my shining star nothing else compares to you Jesus I will treasure you. You are my treasure Lord. I will treasure you!

Pastor Del:
Our needs are so different. Thousands or hundreds of dollars. Is it worth it? We have different values. Do I want it or really need it?

In grade 5 I wanted a donkey. It was free! Very disappointed when he couldn't get it.

Is it worth it?
The game of worth risk reward happens every day. Father was a soldier hoping for liberation. When the allies came they were happy to surrender.

Jesus wanted us to know that there is a cost to follow him. To be his disciple we must carry the cross. Luke 14

Matthew 13 the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure. Legal property? The Jewish law says finders keepers. Roman law says owners own. So he needed to buy the property. The treasurer is hidden in plain sight. Difficult to find because we are born blind. Jesus needs to open our eyes to see.

If all you want is something that's "good for me" you'll never find the hidden treasure.

The man was working the land digging deep enough to find the treasure. Everyday work. Christ is there. Right in front of you. Wherever you are.

Brother Lawrence wrote the practice of the presence of God.

Ancient words ever true

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Worship Service in the Old Colony Church

Men sit on the left women on the right

Mennonite Heritage Village
Traditional German service
Aeltester: Rev Dan Warkentin
Deacon: Cornie Ginter
Songs Willkommen, liebste Freunde hier
Ringe recht, wenn Gottes Gnade
1 Peter 2:11, 12
Beloved brethren and sisters in the Lord. God draws his people to salvation. Jesus teaches us not to serve 2 masters. Give up every form of evil. Those who give up everything will get the everlasting rewards and eternal life. Love as brothers bless everyone. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

Kneel for prayer

11Dear friends, I warn you as "temporary residents and foreigners" to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

Beloved.  Our text says we should have faith and abstain from fleshly lust. They war against the soul. I am a stranger and sojourner. Consider King David. He was humble and prayed for forgiveness when he sinned. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Saul was disobedient and did not surrender to God and his word or seek forgiveness. Abstain from all lusts. Overcome evil with the spirit of God.
Deny the lusts of fancy clothes and furniture. Live simple lifestyle.
He that does the word of God will live forever. Cut off your right hand if it causes you to sin,  our loving saviour said.  Don't give sin any room. Avoid fortification and lusting after other women.
The old man is irrevocably bad. As you live for Christ you will suffer persecution. Walk circumspectly. Always be ready to give an answer for your faith. Live peaceably with all men. Overcome evil with good. Let the light of Christ shine. Christ was rejected by the world. Be the light of the world.
By this shall all men know that you love Jesus if you love one another. Abel suffered. Many were killed for righteousness. Daniel was cast into the lion's den. The anti-Christ is doing everything he can to destroy us. Run with patience the race set before us.

Kneel for silent prayer.

May the Lord hear our prayer and be merciful to us.
Hymn #242 Kommt Kinder, lasst uns gehen, der Abend kommt herbei

I ask that you accept the word of exhortation. Let us thank him for his forgiveness

This sermon was preached by Peter R Reimer in 1888 in the Blumenort Kleingemeinde Church

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kenya Africa John

CBMC luncheon meeting:
Speaker John the missionary.
42 tribes in Kenya were always fighting so God impressed on him the need to teach forgiveness. People were healed. Sight. Pastor Mary the Lady with AIDS was dying. She was a powerful preacher. She was healed.

Forgive the enemy that killed relatives. Shortly after that they were attacked at their house. When he was beaten he prayed: Jesus help me! When the pain went up he heard the still small voice and the pain went away.

When did we decide to forgive? Didn't know what to say. 16 years before after 27 years my wife said I'm leaving. That was his bottom. He prayed for healing and a heart of compassion. Needed to learn to forgive his dad. For beating him and his mom. Needed to forgive his betrayers. Kept praying for forgiveness. Now he learned to be kind. His wife learned to love him again.

He forgave 16 years before the attack. He was partly scalped and had lots of broken bones. Then they went and attacked his wife and raped and beat her for 45 minutes. She spoke the name of Jesus. She was warm. When she finally got out she lifted him into the car. Matthew 5 Scriptures came out of him while he was unconscious.

4.5 hours later Louise was operated on. When he recovered consciousness 4 days later he praised God.

Know the call of God on your life. Still goes back to Kenya every year and builds schools and orchards every year.

Answer the call of God on your life. Now.

Make your decision today. Ask the Lord to forgive your sins.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Falcon Lake Church

Special music by Jamie Giesbrecht
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place
Glory to the Lamb Oh for a 1000 tongues to sing praise in honour to the king

Frances Funk called. Said to sing familiar songs.  Jamie hosts a radio program on Radio Southern Manitoba
I never shall forget the day when Jesus took all the burdens from my soul and they were rolled away.  I'll sing and shout.

Singing since she was 11. His eye is on the sparrow. When Jesus is my portion my constant friend.  He watches me. Let not your hearts be troubled. I sing because I'm free!

Pastor Brian
The hymns were written to provide easy understanding of the theology of the church.
God's eye is on us. In Jesus as we throw ourselves on His mercy we are forgiven. We come for refreshment.
We pray for government and continued freedom to worship.
Decorate the church next Saturday
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Linda asked why don't you preach on silence.
Silence is golden!? The silent treatment. There are problems with that.

A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

Someone said he zoned out too much. Wise people know that they are not the centre of the universe. Some people want to be noticed and interrupt to be heard. It is good to keep silent when you have nothing to say. When words aggravate the situation. Learn. When words don't help shut up.  Do you always have to have the last word. When we disrespect others we disrespect ourselves. Let the toxic people have the last word.
When you can't say good things about others don't say anything.
We have all inherited the same fallen nature. The more you talk the more you sin. Don't talk to the police. They want you to talk so they can convict you with your own words.
Two trouble makers were called into the pastor's office. Where is God? The pastor asked. The little boy ran home and told his brother that God is missing and it's our fault.
Talking too much cuts our ability to listen. People want to be understood. We often listen just to be able to reply.
We live in the presence of God. In the silence of the heart God speaks. Mother Teresa.
Replace blessing for cursing. Love always trusts.
Solitude. Silence. Freed from business we can hear God. Silence in heaven for half an hour in the presence of God.
When was the last time you were completely silent for half an hour? Are you experiencing the awesome presence of God? In quietness is strength.

Time to be silent
1 nothing to say
2 get in trouble
3 to listen
4 to worship God

Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder consider all you have made
Then sings my soul my Savior God to thee
How great you are!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Sower

Elton DeSilva
Matthew 13:1-2
You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. That is why I use these parables,

Parables are good stories for children.
He told us stories that his hearers could understand.
1. Generosity.  Farmers were very selective about where they scattered their seed. God is generous
2. The seed was willing to produce. It was fertile.
3. The story is about types of soil.
Path. Farmers left a 3 ft path that got packed. The word cannot sprout in those hearts. We may have been stepped on. We may have had horrible family situations. We have experiences of hurt.
Knowledge understanding wisdom, Brings fruit.
All of us get knowledge but not all get understanding. We need to recognize that the fault is not the seed. The hearts.
Shallow soil. Lives that are unwilling to go deep. It takes energy. We may be unwilling to go deep. What do you do about this message today? Shallow relationships lead to one step forward two steps back. Are you sick of being sick? Dig deeper. God says seek me with all your hearts and you'll find me.
Sow with tears to reap with Joy. You must wait to reap with joy.
Busy soil. We are often too busy. The seed dies. If you had a slightly bigger house I would be happy? I'm okay with a dirty car.
We fill our lives with so many things. FB Twitter and all kinds of things fill our lives and we take no time for God.
Good Soil. How do we get there? It might hurt. The soil has to be turned. Clean up the rocks. Get rid of bitterness and unforgiveness. The sower wants to clean up your heart
Let him.
If we've been hurt and abused and stepped on, surrender everything to God. Stop and let God to help you grow.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It is well with my soul

When peace like a river comes my way,  It is well with my soul
In Christ alone my hope is found I am his and he is mine
From life's first cry to final breath I am his. Till he calls me home.
Ron Burkholder site leader

Bruxy Cavey @bruxy
Soteriology Salvation Received

Salvation through the cross
Objective and Subjective
We respond differently. If we only believe and receive.
Wesley wrote his heart was warmed
Calvin had an intellectual conversion
Rom 8 the golden chain of redemption receive or one way love. Predestination versus foreknowledge and predestined to be glorified.
Eph 2 8-10 by grace through faith you have been saved.
We are God's handiwork to do the things he wants us to do.

God offers the gift of salvation. Options
We take his gift
We take his gift if he helps us
Grace enabled choice
We are dead God chooses some to life and leaves the majority to die. (Calvinism)

Justification to be declared not guilty. Just-as-if-I'd never sinned
Sanctification free from the power of sin
This is a delight
Glorified free from the presence of sin
To want to do what we should do
Stare into the grace of God and be filled with gratitude
Quietly stare into the grace. The trial is over. Are you sorry about how you abused your relationship with God?
Accept the you are accepted by God.
Thank you Father for your grace.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Tracy SOAP Scripture Observe Apply Pray journal it to soak it in
Grey Owls baseball July 23
Grey Owls breakfast July 30

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Children's story Andrea: the enemy planted weeds. Hens and Chicks looks like a weed.
Some plants are good some are bad. Weeds are plants that steal moisture and sunlight. How do you get rid of them? pull them? You might destroy them? Why did Jesus tell this story? Teach us gardening? No. He told us about people. Sometimes people hurt us over and over. Do we want them to move away? Learn to love them. John 13:34
It's God's job to look after the weeds.

Dave Ens: soccer is violent. So is gardening. Hacking etc chemical warfare. Villagers use the gardening tools as weapons.
Jesus told parables to shock us in life.
Invasive Grace of God
We are shocked that the master says don't pull out the weeds. We don't always know what the weeds are. Collateral damage. Weed killer can kill flowers.
Do you trust God enough to let him do the weeding? We think we have to hack them out. No,  forgive them for being there. Trust me, Jesus said.
Mustard seed was seen as a weed. There was a law they passed prohibiting the planting of mustard in gardens.
The kingdom of heaven is like a weed? Unclean. Offensive.
The kingdom is where the king's will rules.
Not my will but Yours! I need to fit into God's story.
We build our sense of justice based on our perspective. God's perspective is so much bigger than ours. It can't be controlled. It grows. And grows. Jesus says I'm the judge. Leave it in God's hands. Rom 12:18-21
Do not think you have to be the judge. While we were still weeds Christ died for us. We didn't transplant ourselves. Gal 3:28 we are all one in Christ Jesus.
The son shines on everyone. God is the expert. He can turn the weeds into wheat. That's transformation! Leave it with him. Cover every weed with prayer.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Calvary Baptist Church Sioux Lookout ON

50th Anniversary coming!
Pastor Daryl, Pastor Carter
Message bt Cal Vazina. He works for NavCanada from Timmons ON
7 minute coffee break

LOTS of bugs. Keep your mouth closed. Need lots of dental floss.

Daryl was his mentor. 1st message he gave was from Jonah 1:1

Matt 28:16 Jesus is alive. "Surely I am with you to the end of the age"
Robert Wier wrote Oh Canada. 30% of our national anthem repeats the phrase Stand on guard. How well do we stand on guard?
Daniel prayed for the people. They had been exiled for 68 years. He knew that he needed to pray fervently for his people. His people needed grace.
If we want to stand on guard for our country we need to pray for our nation.
Paul wrote to the Ephesians from prison. It is a lot of fun serving God in Canada. It was no fun being in prison.
A dark dungeon. A hole in the ground.
If we don't stand for the gospel, who will?
Paul asked people to pray for him to have the right words. So others will find Christ.
Canada is the 5th richest country in the world.
Paul was rotting in prison yet he felt blessed.
We are blessed when we are strong in the Lord. How is your devotion time with God? Next time you walk by your gaming centre kneel in front of it and worship it.
The people who worship God are blessed. Then you become a blessing to others. Pray that God will make you a blessing to others today.
Jeremiah says that God knew me before I was born. Our job is to spread the good news and to be a blessing to others.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Once upon a Parable: Shrewd

Elton Da Silva
The despised Samaritan helped the beat up man.
We all want to be more like Jesus. Disciple.
Jesus was despised. He wants us to be helpful like he is. Self sacrificing.
What is grace?
Reaching out to undeserving individuals. A Jewish man was beat up. He had taken the roundabout road to avoid Samaritans. The priest refused to help the beat up Jew. We need to pay attention to the least deserving.
2 Grace interrupts our plans. The good Samaritan was a merchant with plans to sell his goods but grace interrupted his plans. Life is so scheduled.
3 Grace is not afraid of messy situations. This man was dirty beaten bloody. He poured oil and wine on the dirty bloody man.  And then he got himself dirty by loading this man.
4 Grace comforts while making someone else comfortable. We like our donkeys too much.  Get off your ass. Grace calls you to help someone. Grace says surrender. Let someone else shine
5 Grace is costly. Money time space. $200? Finance The need. I will pray for you is often a copout. The churches created scools and hospitals at huge cost by the church.
Grace never demands the end of the story. We don't know what happened. Did the Jewish man survive? Did he still hate Samaritans?
God invites you to participate in his story.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Annie Koop has gone home

She was almost 89. Her husband Daniel is a spry 100+ years old. They flirted to the end. Very much in love.
She had a family of 10. Survived by a family of 149. She prayed for each of them daily.

She was born in Crimea and the men of her family were "disappeared" during the war. She and her mom escaped to Canada.

Donations in her memory may be made to MB Missions or Square One Media

Mom loved to describe her life in Russia. At age 16 they had to flee. Make dresses of old library books. Stood up to her employer and refused to make moonshine.

Had to work to pay for passage to Canada.

She married Dan, a father of 8 in 1960. They had 2 more.

She was always helping everyone unselfishly. She was the best teacher.

Loved outdoors. Camping. Travel. Volunteered. Supported charities. Read many books.

Faith in Jesus Christ was her anchor in life.

Alan Labun:
Ps 97 delight yourself in the Lord saying yes to God.
Ps 121 help prayer
World war 2 her mom and sisters had to flee. She was featured in a movie "And When They Shall Ask"

She managed to fit into the Koop family. She hosted large parties on short notice.
The journey of life is a one way trip.  Rom 8 in all things God works... for those who love him.

There are a thousand ways to get lost only one way home with Jesus. The Lord watches over you.

To became like Jesus. That was her life.
"I'm walking through the door "The Door"", were her last words.  She had a very deep peace.
Lasst die Herzen immer Froehlich
She was a person of prayer. LET'S PRAY!

Pray with persistence

Happy Father's Day!
Greg Armstrong
Pray for our families in pain. Annie Koop memorial service 3pm today.
Old grey owls meeting Tuesday 7pm at Klassen's

Police killed in eastern Canada. Their kids are without fathers today.

Shootings in the U.S. - the President of the U.S. says he's frightened for his daughter.

A father's job is a hard. Many are grieving.

Kelly Cochrane
Our Father in heaven
Not all of us have had godly fathers.

Listened to a podcast a few days ago. Jerry told his story of waiting for the subway in NYC. A man came and started calling people in or out.
Jesus has called us in! Hallelujah!

At the Tuesday prayer meeting we have been talking about the Lord's prayer.
The youth have prayer stations. Adoration is one. Focus audaciously and shamelessly. There is no condemnation in Jesus.
The midnight conversations are the most meaningful.

Jesus said this is how you should pray. A model of how to pray:
Father may your name be kept holy,  set aside, number one.
May your kingdom come soon. Totally focused. The kingdom is in us. The kingdom come in my life. Intentional people have more of Jesus now than 30 seconds ago. The already not yet.  When you kiss your wife you are more like Jesus.
Give us the food we need to live out what Jesus has done in us. The desires of our hearts will be like Jesus.
Father give me what I need to do your work. In Jesus name.
Forgive us our sins make me holy to live for you. Make me an agent of your forgiveness.
Don't let me yield to temptations.
Last week during the baptisms we heard people say: watch me now. I have decided to follow Jesus. I want God's kingdom in me.
Lord continue to forgive me.

We would love to pray for you.
Don't quit praying. It's God's desire to give you what you need in your work of expanding the kingdom.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Transforming Communities

2 years from now will I care that I played CandyCrush and beat level 250?

Transforming Communities
Is opening up 2 more sites in Toronto. Lead pastor positions available
Luke 4.42 Jesus spent time alone with God.  If that was important to him, it should be important to us. What if we started the day with Bible time how different would our day be?

How do we make choices to concentrate on God?
"I must spread the message in other towns too"

He brings healing to the blind. Jesus sets everyone free. Share the news with everyone.

God Enters Staged Left book
Tee shirt time. $10

Attend Home Church

Simple choices party time invite your neighbors.

Ch5 let down the nets and catch some fish.
Jesus collected ordinary people as his followers.

Jesus the carpenter asked the professional fisherman to do things differently. Peter listened to the carpenter and great things happened.

Jesus called those people.

Stop and talk to people. Invest in others
What are the small choices you need to make to change and invest in your own and community growth?

Our exceptions are excuses that lead to regrets.

Mostly our choices are about choosing the good things instead of the best.

What are 1 or 2 choices you need to make today?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Celebration Sunday 2014

Baby dedication
Andrea Toews children's ministry pastor
Children's promotion to Junior Kid's Program
Kid's choir - GOD you made me
KG graduation

Pastor Dave Ens
Why do we do children's ministry?
We hope that we will learn together to live producive and meaningful lives. We learn to walk alongside God. After we have committed to serve God.
Psalm 127:1-2 Unless the Lord builds the house... life is wasted. (President Kennedy chose this passage for a speech the day he died)
The Israelites sang this song on the way to Jerusalem. They risked their livelihoods when they went to Jerusalem for a few weeks each year.

We are all called to be completed.

How great Thou art.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Lake

A place to relax!

All Peoples Dinosaurs

Guest speaker. Gordon Gilbie. Got married recently. I did not kiss my wife until after we got married.

In the beginning there was nothing. Then there was light. There was still nothing.

A day to God is as long as he chooses it to be. Millions of years or 24 hours.
It's a problem when the church gets hung up. The Bible does not require one form or another. We can't make it an absolute truth one way or another. Our belief should not be anything other than a question.

When someone brings up evolution, don't argue about 24 hours but as God is creator. Atheists know they can argue from the arguments of the church.
Romans 1.18, 20
Eternal power has been revealed in nature. There is plenty of evidence for God. Admit that already.
How to Confront without being confrontational.

The Bible is not a book about science but science is at home in the Bible.

An atheist science told God he could create anything. Make life. Okay I'll take some dirt. No make your own dirt.

Where did it all begin? Big bang? Where did that come from? There is a point of creation. There has to be a designer.

The first law of thermodynamics.  Energy cannot be created or destroyed. Lord William Kelvin defined the laws of thermodynamics.

2nd law of entropy. From order to disorder. Not from disorder to order. Not from simple to complex. Evolution - That's against the law of nature.

Chinese checkers. Set it up in order and then through it up 10 times and you will get more and more disorder. Evolution cannot be science.

The only explanation evolutionists have is that what we see is all by chance. That's impossible.

The probability of 10 to the 50th is impossible. All the atoms in the universe total 10 to the 84th. What are the chances of pulling 10 cards out of a bag in numerical sequence? It would be a chance of one in 10 to the 10th.

Would an infinite number of monkeys be able to produce the works of Shakespeare?

Book. Dismantling Evolution. What is the probability to produce one small protein by chance? 10 to the 150th. That's 3x impossible.

The fossil record. Darwin said fossils will prove evolution. Not one fossil proof has been found. There are no missing links. There is no record of a 1/2 evolved bird.

There is not one true fact to prove evolution. Only fools believe in evolution.

Do it with gentleness and respect. Point people to God's creation.

Hank Hanegraaff
Fatal Flaws book

Sunday, May 18, 2014

All People's Church Falcon

Fabulous service! The choir from Emanuel Free Church Steinbach sang a half dozen hymns. 

Neil Rempel (his favorite song is Kneel (Neil) at the Cross!) from Greater European Mission was the guest speaker.
He spoke passionately about the need for Christians to speak to everyone about the Good News of Jesus's death and resurrection based on Acts 19 where Paul enters the synagogue and has daily dialogue with the Jews about the good news. When they get tired of him he rents a hall and teaches there for 2 more years and great glory came to Jesus's name.

He used an example of a humble believer in Austria that was faithful in witnessing to a highly intelligent avowed atheist and brought him to Neil who challenged him to read the Bible and pray that God would reveal himself. 

He did and became a Christian and now is a pastor in Austria.

Neil's family including grandkids are going to Poland this summer to teach English. They use in their ministry.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day 2014 REFUEL

The splendor of the King Clothed in majesty Let all the earth rejoice All the earth rejoice He wraps Himself in light And darkness tries to hide It trembles at His voice  How great is our God, sing with me How great is our God and all will see How great, how great is our God
Mother video
Delbert Enns
50 days between Jesus resurrection and ascension
Refuel series.  When our load is too heavy we might burn out.
The load can get too heavy when you don't have anyone to help you. Feeling fatigued? Overload can be hard to understand.
10 overload indicators:
Diet,  do it yourself, blow up,
Ancient Egyptians weighed the hearts and brains of people after they died.
What are we doing by putting our kids through all that stress.
Job had issues. Stress. John asked questions from prison. Mathew 11. Jesus said God will bless you where you are. Come to me if you have burdens. I will give you rest.
Come to me. 3 words to healing. Advice.  Rest.
Have you heard Jesus's call?
Men's breakfast 7am you are invited.
Shoot the hamster and sell the wheel spinning in your head.  Problem is there will be another one tomorrow.
Shut the door and pray.
Come to me, Jesus says. Give up control. Take Jesus's yoke. Share the load. Team up with Jesus to share the load.
Let's walk together. With Jesus. Too often we take up other yokes. Let the Holy Spirit come on you.
Be teachable. Avoid aggression and arrogance.
Come to me today. Get some rest. Listen. Have a relationship with Jesus.
Beautiful one I love you.
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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Love, Sex & Relationships
Check out the latest message from our current series, Love, Sex & Relationships. All messages are made available to watch, listen to, or download on your mobile device.

Quit treating love like a noun... make it a verb. Love starts as an engine and becomes a caboose. 

Go home and make love....
a verb.
What does that mean? Eph 5.21 submit to one another.   submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. In our relationship you are the priority, no you are, no you first, no you first, no you first
That's the foundation. Submit submit by choice,  decision,  I am choosing to place myself under you. That's how you stay in love.

Go to God to learn how to love. You need a new heart. God is there to forgive. To teach and empower. Where are you on this journey?

This church had asked and received a box full of LifeLight Scriptures to distribute in their inner-city neighbourhood.

Check out for an update on that project.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Good Friday

I just found: 'Good Friday: This Man Named Jesus' from the The Meeting House Android App and thought you would enjoy it.
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

SOAR Sunday

Cory Bell:
MB Mission organized this for the MB churches of Winnipeg for the last number of years during spring break.
Start off at NKMB church.
Worked at Keenleyside. Interacted with the kids.
Stayed at 188 Princess.
How did God call you? Took the forms decided not. Soon all the spots were full. At the last minute got in anyways.
Katie. The youngest. Volleyball was a problem. Worked around it. Well worth it.
Found new friends. Matured.
Went on learning tours. Got to know inner city life situations. Learned to be less judgemental. These people have powerful stories.

What are we learning through this experience? How does it impact our faith? Learn to trust God. Changed everything.

Many stories of God working. Jenna went on SOAR last year. The kids were so open to interacting with the team and willing to open up to God.

Jessica was the program leader and the social staff in the community were really impressed with this Christian group.

A big peace came over the team. They did international prayer walks.

God has shown me that everyday is my Missionfield. Give it to God. Grow in faith.

4 team great leaders. The youth grow so much. Encourage each other. Affirm each others talents.

Jodi was the first one to sign up. She sacrificed her studies.

Faith Community. Living and building each other up. Foot washing. Encouraging one another. Become part of

It's easy to have faith when you are with 300 other Christian youth on mission. Home and school witnessing is harder.
Peter sees Jesus and took the step of faith.  He sank but kept following Jesus.

Fun fact.  Got to know Ryan in grade 2. Now he is in SOAR!  Jolene helped him share his testimony with his peers.

What energized Peter to step on the water in faith? God calls us in faith. Step out.

What energizes you? How often do you get refueled?

God gives us lots of different things to re-energize us. Netflix games exercise church time-off God's spirit in us.
Focus on God. Vertical and horizontal focus.  Horizontal focus only will disappoint.

Keenleyside told us we were not welcome to witness there. Cory went in person to meet with the social workers. Now the doors are wide open to more witnessing.

Have you ever been prompted to step out in faith? Giving away Bibles. Encouraging others.

We have a promise that the Holy Spirit will work in us. Walk in boldness. Expectation that God will prompt you to step out of the boat.

God you make everything glorious. You made me. What does that make me? I am yours.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Going Back. .. or Pressing Forward
Rev Robert Campbell:

Mary Magdalene got up early.  You would expect her to try to get away from it all. No. She went back to be close to her friend.
But the body was gone. She wept.
The beloved disciple finds the clothes.  The body has just disappeared. The disciples went home. She stayed there weeping. She didn't see the angels as angels. She turned around and didn't recognize Jesus.  Was Jesus wearing the gardner's clothes?
He spoke her name. All the shock of the last few days was eclipsed by the shock of seeing Jesus is alive!
Her despair turns to joy. The next she hears words that were even more shocking. Don't hold on to me! Surely he loved hugs. She called him master. Expecting that things should be as the were before. But this is a new day.  New life is frightening. Death and grief are natural. Resurrection is not natural. We like to be where we are rather than allowing him to take us into the future.
Greg Glatz is an associate pastor

God has had the last laugh and devil has been defeated.
So now we need to laugh.
There is a new hand gun produced in honour of the Canadian Senate. It doesn't work and you can't fire it!

Jesus Christ is risen today
Let everything that has breath - he is greatly to be praised. Let's praise the Lord! Fabulous rendition
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
All creatures of our God and king
Hallelujah chorus
Carillonic Bells

Friday, April 18, 2014

Up From the Grave

Is there a church in Winnipeg that will sing "Up from the grave" as part of their inspirational Easter program this Sunday?
If you know of one please comment below.  That's where we want to go.

Low in the grave He lay —  Jesus my Savior!
Waiting the coming day —  Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!  Hallelujah! Christ arose!
Vainly they watch His bed —  Jesus, my Savior!
Vainly they seal the dead —  Jesus my Lord!

Death cannot keep his prey —  Jesus, my Savior!
He tore the bars away —  Jesus my Lord!

Good Friday choir at EasTview

I love you - written in red
It is finished! Hear the dying Saviour cry. Hallelujah glory to the Lamb!
Who has believed it. He was despised and carried our sorrows. Our failure was laid on Him.
What wondrous love is this? When I was sinking down God's grace was reaching down. I will sing through eternity.
The soldiers mocked him and crucified him.
O sacred head now wounded.
John 1. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The unblemished Lamb. The best you have. In O.T. times they managed the sin by continuously sacrificing the best lambs. Shuffled and deflected.
God placed on Jesus all our sin. We come face to face with our darkness.
Behold the Lamb of God who TAKES AWAY the sin of the world. He did it once and FOR ALL. He removed the power of sin to control us. 

We are now FRIENDS of God. Forgiveness on the cross.

Jesus instituted a symbol. We want to participate in this ancient symbol today. Embrace the forgiveness Jesus offers.
May you be blessed as you partake.

This is His body broken for you. He listens gently dries the tears from their eyes. Poured out and broken for you.

The cup signifies a new covenant. A new promise. Jesus steps in to take our burden. Open up your hands come to me. I will wash you clean. You are no longer slaves.

Take a cup drink it. Embrace what Jesus offers. Drink my blood and be forgiven.

My Jesus I love thee,  you purchased my pardon on Calvary's. Tree. If ever loved you my Jesus it's now.

Jesus cried out with a loud voice.
This was God' s son.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

I am the vine... Jesus said

Check out my friend Carlin Weinhauer's blog at He's expecting God's chariot to come for him soon.

The Zoo Crew is coming for VBS. EasTview needs 100+ volunteers for the week of August 10-14.

Songs today
For all you've done
Nothing but the blood
Hallelujah to my King what a Savior

Dave Ens
Happy Palm Sunday to you!
What are we asking of God?
Mark 11 brilliantly gives us a daily journal of Jesus's last week.

In Mark 10 Jesus asked twice, "What do you want me to do for you?"
Jesus entered Jerusalem triumphantly not on a war horse but on a donkey.
We can't ignore the cross. Who is Jesus? He, the son of God, came to die for us.
Being the least is to be the greatest.
I want to see what you, Jesus, are doing for me. Jesus died for me because he loves me so.
No one has greater love than the one who lays down his life for us. What more can we ask?
Jesus is inviting us into something bigger than all you can imagine.
Jesus asked us to be connected, to stay connected to the vine.

The vine is used to describe the people of God. Gen 12:1-3. I will bless you and all nations through you.

You brought a vine... Psalm 80:8-9
God wants to make the world right.
God wants the fruit of justice. Jesus speaks to that. Israel is the vine - Jesus is the true vine.
Not just for us.  It's bigger than that.
Often we don't want God to be good. Is Aslan safe? No but he's good!
Good wants to remedy the pain. A best friend will tell you when you are dumb and ignorant. He tells us when it's time to change.  Change is hard. He doesn't want things to go to hell.

He wants things to change. For the better. He prunes us to make us better.
We had a fruit tree that gave us lots of small apples. Mother in law pruned it. She cared. She cut most of the branches and that year the tree had large delicious apples.
Pruning hurts but brings luscious fruit.

Embrace the pruning. That's love in action.

What does that look like to bear fruit that blesses the people you interact with? Are you part of the work of redemption?

God bless you.