Sunday, May 29, 2016

Graduation day for children's ministry

Jesus made mud and put it on the blind man's eyes.
John 9 His parents said, "We know he is our son, and we know he was born blind. But we don't know how he came to see—haven't a clue about who opened his eyes. Why don't you ask him? He's a grown man and can speak for himself." (His parents were talking like this because they were intimidated by the Jewish leaders, who had already decided that anyone who took a stand that this was the Messiah would be kicked out of the meeting place. That's why his parents said, "Ask him. He's a grown man.") They called the man back a second time—the man who had been blind—and told him, "Give credit to God. We know this man is an impostor." He replied, "I know nothing about that one way or the other. But I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see." With that they jumped all over him. " You might be a disciple of that man, but we're disciples of Moses. We know for sure that God spoke to Moses, but we have no idea where this man even comes from." The man replied, "This is amazing! You claim to know nothing about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes! It's well known that God isn't at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of—ever. If this man didn't come from God, he wouldn't be able to do anything."

What now? Who is the host of the Survivor show? Jeff. Time to vote. Those kicked out have to surrender the torch and it gets snuffed out. They must leave.
Jesus said you are the light of the world whoever follows me will have the light of the life.
Don't follow for the miracles. Let your light shine.
Old church had windows with pictures of saints. They are the people the light shines through.

What you are doing speaks dip loud I can't hear what you are saying.
The fruit of the Spirit.....
Philippians 4. Whatever is... practice... light shines.

You are the only one that can prevent the light from getting snuffed out.

How are we being light bearers?

Gr4 students get a Bible to read from their parents. There is a note from the leader and the parents.
Laura prayed a blessing on them.

Gr6 students are graduating from children's to youth Ministries. They get Bible covers for the Bibles they got a few years ago. Brad prayed a prayer of blessing.

Grade 12 graduates slide show.
Johnny pastor of youth group. Prayer of blessing. Deut Moses said the Lord goes before you.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Falcon Lake Church
Pastor Brian Hamilton:
What farmer would tear down the existing barns without knowing whether he has resources
Ephesians 2.1-10 - the most important passage in the Bible?
This is our identity. In Christ now.
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God's anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

People who live for pleasure are spiritually dead.
Body Soul and Spirit are 3 parts to human life.
We are physical and we take care of it. When the soul is separated the relatives plan the funeral. The soul is uniquely human.

Animals do not explore the questions of life. Humans explore. Our spirit gives us that capacity.

God created 3 kinds of life. Animals have instinct. Plants don't.

Humans have the Spirit of God in them. When they separate themselves from God they are lost. The root cause of evil is the separation from God. We do not have the capacity to live how we were intended to live when separated from God. Sin separates us from God. Without Christ we are dead and doomed.
BUT God's mercy is so great that while we were separated Christ died for us to bring us to life in Christ.

We are God's masterpiece. God prepared what we are to do in His kingdom.

Let's pray Lord accomplish what you want to accomplish through me.
We celebrate that we have moved from death to life. We can't do it by ourselves. Live in Christ. With hope and future.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Growing with Joy

Church of the Rock 100 attendees Bronx Park
Graham Hunt
Growth takes time and effort.
Work smarter not harder. Why do people go to the gym? Went to try one of the machines. A muscle man came by and said he was doing it all wrong.
How can we make sure we are doing the Christian life right.
Jesus said I'm the vine you're the branches. "I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. The branch cannot itself produce fruit, unless it abides on the vine. Likewise, you cannot produce fruit unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and is dried up. Such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned.

Jesus brought a new standard. Jesus is doing what we can't do ourselves. We keep falling.
It's about relationship not results.
Some people think that they should have an easy Christian love. But we have not perfected God's love in us. Jesus said we'll get pruned. Not just blessed.
We love entertainment. We get tangled with technology. Netflix lost the rights to the show. God is saying be pruned and grow. Abide in the vine. Let Jesus cut away. Grow fruit love joy peace.
Got caught cheating in math class. Then that made you show the process to get the answer.
Jesus wants us to bear fruit that lasts. Not just stapled to the branch.
You don't want Jesus to say I never knew you.
Body Soul Spirit
Eternal versus temporal realm. We waver between bad and good. We try to nail ourselves to the good side. Or do we live by the Spirit?
God does not send us to hell because of our mistakes. We need to go to Jesus and ask him to hold us so we can abide with him.
We run away from God. We tend to avoid him. We isolate ourselves from God instead of running to him.
God calls us his sons and daughters.
The apostle Peter always stuck his foot in his mouth.
He denied Jesus 3 times.
They went fishing but caught nothing. We get nothing when we do things in our own strength.
When they recognized Jesus on shore Peter pursued him right away.
We need to pursue him and abide with Jesus in relationship.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Mother's Day

Mark Church of the Rock
Seeds of Motherhood
S steer them carefully Cradles of Eminence book written by the 700 children of famous people
E educate morally
E embrace them frequently Isaiah 66
D discipline them lovingly

King Lemuel THE WORDS of Lemuel king of Massa, which his mother taught him:

Cradles of Eminence
Dwight Eisenhower the most loved President ever got baptised in office. The greatest person he ever met was his mother. She taught him that life will deal you bad hands.
Who knows you better than your mother. Steer them carefully.
Mother knows best.
Mom told the story Mark never obeyed. Behind every successful man is a good mother. THE WORDS of Lemuel king of Massa, which his mother taught him: Give not your strength to [loose] women, nor your ways to those who and that which ruin and destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink, [Eccl. 10:17; Hos. 4:11.] Lest they drink and forget the law and what it decrees, and pervert the justice due any of the afflicted.
E it takes a village to raise a child no longer. Our community is drawing them off course. 70% leave church but 2/3 are convicted and come back. Why do some not leave? 1. Parents stayed married and 2. the pastor was relevant and 3. some adult mentored them.

E mothering is part of God. He is male and female. Embrace. Romania had 1000s of babies that died without human affection. Mothers want to embrace their baby. Hugged her and it's better. If you need a hug call my mother.

D discipline we have lost the ability. You enjoy your children but does any one else love them?
Parents went on strike. Obviously the parents need some help. He who loves his son disciplines him. Disciplined people get rewarded in life. So many parents reward kids to get them to behave.
When a woman brings a child into the world she mostly knows what is the right thing to do.
Dolphin mothers instinctively bring their pups to the surface for air.
A woman will sacrifice her life for her child.
Discipline lovingly.
Jesus gave up his life for us. Embrace Jesus this morning.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

EasTview missions day

EasTview sent a team to,_Manitoba

Building relationships.
They have school staffing issues. They have a breakfast for the kids every day. Met with the pastors. The Hills are on fire for Jesus. Want to do more. We were a good team.

David Thiessen MB Mission is arranging Action trip up to Shamattawa this summer for 6 weeks. Talk about the options. Get to know the people.
Maybe you want to help out. Reconciliation by being there in July and August. We need people to pray. Share the stories. Andrea Adam and Dave. Bless them.

Mark. Declare today is a day for breakthrough.

Henry Dyck AIM my perspective changed when our son died. Decided to go on a memory trip to Europe and Africa. Got involved in African missions as a maintenance man. It took 5 hours to treat enough water for a staff at the hospital. There is lots of work to do.
God opened doors. There are opportunities to get involved.
Shona Steward Dignity House. Now has 2 homes and a ministry centre helping trafficked and  exploited women.
You are the mercy seat for these people.
Buy Red Lake Coffee to support the organization. Come to the fund raising dinner at the Delta this Friday.

Mark Enns:
Heaven went bankrupt to purchase our freedom. Isaiah 53 The Great Transaction is described. Your job is to bring life to others.
Matthew - you are a light
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
The golden lamp stand lit up the tabernacle day and night.
The Holy Spirit spoke to me. Daniel prayed 3 times a day and fasted. The Lord said I will teach you. I had a series of dreams and saw Jesus heal people. We are the light on the hill.

Word of knowledge. Gifts of the Spirit. I feel lower back pain in someone. I declare healing over the back pain.

If there is a miracle you want what is it? Speak words of blessing over each other.