Sunday, March 29, 2015

Everyone Believes Jesus Existed

Victor Neufeld
Adam and Brittany are engaged to be married!
Sincere sympathies. Mrs Hochheim passed away.
250 church youth are in SOAR inner city ministry this week.

Some time ago I Victor had a serious crisis of faith while still going through the motions in Texarkana.
Wanted to be a good teacher and went to seminary. Had wonderful teachers. Loaded up on courses, became a youth pastor, and renovated the bathroom smashing everything. That's the day I fell off the rails and stopped fellowship with God.
Couldn't wrap his head around some of the issues and became as cold as ice. Couldn't wrap his head around any world view.
Got a good job in business and made a lot of money.

Came to a fork in the road. Is Jesus who he said was? What are you going to do with Jesus? Is Jesus merely a world view? A philosophy? A story like so many others? I understood that Jesus lived. He was historical reality. Thousands met him. We have accurate historical records of his existence. Luke made a detailed account of who he was.

The media often likes to paint his deity as fiction. The stories were written a short time after Jesus was raised from the dead and exalted him above all. The first song of the church composed and published less than 10 years after the resurrection:
Philippians 2:5-11 TLV

Have this attitude in yourselves, which also was in Messiah Yeshua, Who, though existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be grasped. But He emptied Himself— taking on the form of a slave, becoming the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man. He humbled Himself— becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue profess that Yeshua the Messiah is Lord— to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus is the king of kings. Lord of Lords. Hosanna.

Lee Strobel was an atheistic lawyer. He decided to investigate the claims of Jesus. Charles Templeton became an atheist. He told Lee that Billy Graham was the real thing. Templeton spoke nostalgicly about Jesus the most important figure in human history. I adore Jesus. Everything pure comes from Jesus. Everybody should emulate Jesus. I miss Jesus Templeton said with tears. In what way?

Jesus is who he said he is. Do you miss him? Please pray with me and say yes to Jesus today. We are not perfect but forgiven.

Jesus messiah Lord of all. All our hope is in you.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Winnipeg bargains this week

Coop  Marketplace
Turkey $0.88/# w coupon
Skinless ham $1.99/#
Strawberries 2.99/#
Pumpkin pie 2/4.98
Pineapple large 2.99
Sweet potatoes 0.89/#
Old Dutch tortilla 320g chips 2/$6
Broccoli 1.69
Purex bath 15 rl 6.99 =0.466

Turkey $0.99 w coupon
Eggs large 1.97
Chicken $9
Old Dutch tortilla 320g chips 2/$5.98
Purex bath 12 rl 5.99 =0.49
OJ frozen 4/$50
Frozen 750 g veggies 2/$5
Pineapple slices 398  g 0.99
Paska bread 3.49

Pineapple  1.99
Butter $3
Cheese 700/$6.97
Sunlight laundry $9.97
Avocados 5/3.47
Strawberries 2.47/#
Almonds 8.97/#
Apple gala 5#/4.89
Lemons 2#/2.97
Peppers 2.97/#
Potatoes $3.97/10#
Sour cream $2/500
Frozen fruit 600g 3.87
Sweetened condensed milk 2.67
Pickles 2.97
Purex 30/$19.98 =0.366
Tulip $4.48

Turkey $0.99 w 50$
Cucumber 0.99
Pepsi 2l/0.99
Sour cream $1.99/500
Signal potatoe chips $1/150g
Christie crackers 1.99

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Meet the Pharisees

Del Enns
The pastor at Del's church when he was a young man considered everything to be a sin. It was easy to call him a Pharisee.
We all long to do what is right. We are always looking for a better life.
Luke 11 father was Abba a loving relationship. V9-10 ask what is right or wrong. God will tell you. But don't get discouraged. The holy spirit will eventually reveal it to you.
V29 Do we follow man made rules because they are easier than waiting for God?
Who do you want to judge? Your judgement will come back to you?
Jesus reserved his harshest words for the phony religious people. Those are the people that believed very much what we believe.
7 sects of Pharisees always argued about their superior religion.
Jesus went to a Pharisee's home and deliberately did not wash his hands to try to teach him something.
Jesus said to clean your insides by giving gifts to the poor. Take care of the poor.
Don't major on the minors.
V44 Jesus insulted the Pharisees by calling them unmarked graves.
V47 Pharisees killed prophets and built monuments in their honor.
V52 what are we teaching the next generation? Stop being a Pharisee. Allow the spirit of God to lead you.
Read the Psalm of single mindedness.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Eye witness: Zaccheus

God is able he will go before us.
Then sings my soul my Saviour God to you. How great you are.

Dave Ens
Luke 19:1-10 Zaccheus was a rich guy that climbed a tree so he could see Jesus. He gave half his wealth to the poor and refunded over paid taxes.
Our lives are changed through an encounter with Jesus. Change always takes place.
What does that change look like? Zaccheus was a Jewish tax collector. A border tax collector? Charging whatever amount he wanted. He was rich before and able to buy the tax franchise from the Romans. Now he was really rich. Very unpopular traitor helping the Romans. He was short but able to climb a sycamore fig tree.

He probably had no intention of inviting Jesus to his house. He just wanted a sneak peek. He had no intention of meeting God face to face.
Are you hiding from God?  Leisure?  Business?  No time. Just climbing a tree.
What's your sycamore tree?  Jesus is looking up your tree asking to have supper with you.
What do I do now? What's my purpose in life? Come down to see Jesus. Say to him: I will!
The son of man came to seek and save the lost!
Zaccheus came down joyfully. Jesus speaks joy into you. No grumpiness allowed.
The world needs to see the transformation. Confession comes easier. To be healthy in relationships we need to confess our faults one to another.
Live a life that reflects the God you worship! The God who got nailed to the cross for us.
God came to seek and save the lost.
3. Zaccheus gave money to the poor. Take care of those who can't help themselves.

Get out of your sycamore tree TODAY!

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Nobody's Perfect

Pastor Bruce

Guest musicians included somebody from Texas and Karl Kohut on spring break from Juilliard NYC
Song Alive
I was lost with a broken heart, you picked me up now i'm set apart
from the ash i am born again
forever saved in the saviors hands
you are more than my words could say
I'll follow you, Lord, for all my days
fix my eyes follow in your ways
forever free in unending grace
 'cause you are, you are, you are my freedom
we lift you higher, lift you higher
your love, your love, your love never ending ~oh wo ah ah oh~you are alive in us, nothing can take your place, you are all we need, your love has set us free ~oh woah ah oh~ ~oh woah ah oh~
in the midst of the darkest nightlet your love be the shining light
breaking chains that were holding me
you sent your son down to set me free
everything of this world will fade
i'm pressing on till i see your face
i will live that your will be done
i won't stop till your kingdom come

Hosanna in the highest let our King be lifted up

I chose this day to surrender to Jesus. I can do this every morning. Jesus lives in me.

Watoto African children's choir 6:00 pm March 29
Forgiveness course March 22 12:45

Nobody's Perfect!
Perfection: Hard to live up to! Lots of people grow up with a message that you are not good enough.
Matthew 5:48 be perfect 1 Peter 1:16 Leviticus 11:44
Some people feel condemned to always do it over and over
Always demanding the impossible

Perfection: Understanding your Destiny
Romans 8:29 chosen to become like Jesus. forgiveness from the older brother
Always begin with the end in mind
God chose us. Teleious Greek.. mature.. you're done. Jesus sees us as the finished perfect person
God's not finished with you yet!
Personal purity: pursue the perfection that is yours. Work at it. Working for Jesus is work
Become now what your are destined to be. Work out your salvation. Live as God's children. Be holy.
Osborne Colson figure skater coach lifted the fallen and made them Olympic stars
Resist the temptation to fatalism. Never say I'm a failure. The Lord is kneeling besides you telling you you can win.
Brace yourself for a battle...
Hockey is a contact sport and there will be crashes. You are in a battle. The enemy of our souls hits us all the time. He doesn't play fair. He's trying to destroy you. Hebrews 10:14 Jesus made perfect those who are being MADE holy. Substitutionary death of Jesus makes us holy.
Rest in your perfection by FAITH... God lifts us up. See yourself as Christ sees you. Talk to yourself every day. .make me more like you Jesus.
Strike the BALANCE: it's an ATTITUDE, a way of LIFE
Become more like Jesus. You can't relax and hope you'll wake up perfect.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Indiscriminate Peace making

Dave Ens
In 2006 the world was shocked at what happened in an Amish community when a gunman killed the school girls. Even more shocking was the forgiveness they offered.
That was just what the Amish do.
That was so right so unrealistic so strange.
Who are people going to find when they come here? Who are we?
Luke has lots to say. Heather read the story of the good Samaritan. What must I do? Love your neighbour. Who is that? The good Samaritan. Why did that man go there by himself? His life was fading. The priest and the religious leader walked by in the other side. That was what they were expected to do. They had to stay ceremonially clean.
The twist in the story is that a despised Samaritan that Jews hated, "came near and pitied him" and took care of him. The neighbour had a very unexpected response. He covered the expenses.
How to bring peace to our world. Peace is the kingdom of God. In living in peace we lead others to God. Go into dangerous places and bring peace. Live in peace. Blessed are the peace makers. That is what a child of God does.
Ephesians 2. In Christ we are brought peace and broken down the wall of hostility.
Peace making is costly. Cost Jesus everything. We can be peace loving and cross the road in the other side. Peace making is costly. Difficult. Get off your ass and show love. Jesus is calling us into a way of life that makes peace. Live peace. It's woven into the fabric of the kingdom.
Jesus's peace is indiscriminate. Friend or foe. Bring them peace and Shalom. How am I going to respond?

Take that indiscriminate peace and share it this week.