Sunday, August 28, 2016

David in Hall of Faith

1 Samuel 24
David was on the edge of the Dead Sea hiding in a wilderness cave trying to survive. That's where his faith was formed encountering God. Psalm 57 is his wilderness song.
Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me, for I take refuge in You. I will seek refuge in the shadow of Your wings until danger passes.
After that, David got up, went out of the cave, and called to Saul, "My lord the king! " When Saul looked behind him, David bowed to the ground in homage.   David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to the words of people who say, 'Look, David intends to harm you'? You can see with your own eyes that the Lord handed you over to me today in the cave.  Someone advised me to kill you,  but I   took pity on you and said: I won't lift my hand against my lord, since he is the Lord 's anointed.

Saul has ruined David's life. David should have killed Saul but David's faith kept him from murder.
How do we define beautiful? Do I see things through the eyes of God?
It takes a long time to shift our eyes from society's perspective to God's. It requires an active response. Let go of things that blind me. We grow up seeing people in certain kinds of ways. Love your neighbour and your enemy. is an outreach to inner city. A hard to deal with fellow is disrupting things. Should he be banned? Chase him away? Can we see the image of God in him? Can we look at him with a different lens?
When we encounter such a person what should we do? Who are you following? Is my god agreeing with all my responses? Jesus changes things. When you lose yourselves you can find yourself in Jesus.
Allow the Spirit to give you a new vision.
Jesus went to the cross so we can find love and grace in him. Jesus died on the cross to healed us. Isaiah says But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment  for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished Him for  the iniquity  of us all.

Communion. Participate in the Lord's Supper as a reminder of what Jesus did.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Samson in the Hall of Faith

Children's feature. What's your favorite game?
Baseball. Pokémon Go? All kinds of distractions keep us from God. Samson had distractions. A pretty girl cut his hair. He broke his promise. He ended up in prison where he turned back to God. God gave him back his strength.

Global Leadership Summit October 20-21

Tragically Hip national broadcast. Gord Downey received a lot of love yesterday. Do we as a church show that much love?

Youth Pastor Johnnie

Hebrews 12.1 spent 8 weeks so far this summer.
Idol worship
Cry for help
This kept repeating itself. Under the Philistines the Israelites seemed to be OK. But God sent Samson.
We are a world of impulsiveness on Facebook.
Friends had a son with problems. They found out that at best Jacob had cerebral palsy. That was devastating.
Judges 13 "Why do you ask My name," the Angel of the Lord asked him, "since it is wonderful." Manoah took a young goat and a grain offering and offered them on a rock to the Lord , and He did a wonderful thing  while Manoah and his wife were watching. When the flame went up from the altar to the sky, the Angel of the Lord went up in its flame. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell facedown on the ground. So Samson's wife came to him, weeping, and said, "You hate me and don't love me!  You told my people the riddle, but haven't explained it to me." "Look," he said,  "I haven't even explained it to my father or mother, so why should I explain it to you? " She wept the whole seven days of the feast, and at last, on the seventh day, he explained it to her, because she had nagged him so much. Then she explained it to her people. The Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes. They brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles, and he was forced to grind grain in the prison. But his hair began to grow back after it had been shaved. Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines." He pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the leaders and all the people in it. And the dead he killed at his death were more than those he had killed in his life.

There is great power in Christ. Be faithful.

The life group prayed for Jacob before the next scan. Now they saw nothing. Jacob is perfectly fine. This was healing from God. Now he is 5 and completely healed.

In social media am I posting things that build the kingdom? "I assure you: The one who believes in Me  will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these,  because I am going to the Father.

Song. Be my Everything

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Annie Brandt memorial

Mom had 11 children I was the middle. Now I'm an orphan.
52 years of memories. How she did this?
She expressed her appreciation
Monday was laundry day.
Tuesday mending and ironing
Friday bake day
Saturday cleaning day
Sunday was church day and rest. And prayer. She prayed faithfully. God heard her prayers.
All 11 children are Jesus followers.
She built trust.
She sent birthday cards to all. She made gifts with 25 pennies from the year of birth for each of her grandchildren when they turned 25.
On their 16th birthday
1949 Plymouth car they rode to the wedding and to their 25th and 50th
She worked at the Thrift Shop a lot.
She and aunt Minna had a special relationship
3 times dad built her a new house. She was a perfectionist. Each house had some imperfections.  Now she has a perfect house in heaven. May her family circle be unbroken.

Grandkids: love you grandma.
Always enjoyed grandma's house her smile hugs and sweets
Joel 2 decades ago got a call about who dug holes in the garden. Wild boars had dug holes in the garden.
Krista and I loved to comb her hair.
She loved to play games with the grandchildren.
Rej loved her cooking
Andre. Loved the cookies
Never thought this day will come. Will cherish your smile. Hug grandpa now.
I will miss your gentle smile and "Come in"

Walter Hamm. Musical tribute. I'm just going over Jordan.

Vic Neufeld. NKMB pastor
She had a Bible at every station in her home.
Got to know mom.
Isaiah spoke words of healing. The sun will never set.
Darkness can be scary.
11 children is like a small nation. Her hospital room was often crowded.

Mom had lots of humor. She'd say things in the negative.

Monday 2 pm at Mennville EMC Church Abe's shiny old car
Rock of Ages cleft for me
Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus
When we all get to heaven

Grandma's wedding song
Hold to God's Unchanging Hands
Build your hopes on things eternal.

I can only imagine what it will be like

Pastor Dave Thiessen
We come together to share
1969 memory about Abe and Annie Brandt the cutest family in Mennville. Well dressed and combed. Dad Brandt sat with the boys. All well prepped. Prepared and well behaved. Mom sat with the girls.
Thank God.

Today is a time to mourn and weep. A time to dance.
Grief is the emotional response to loss of the loved one.
Physical spiritual loneliness.
Grief is healthy and normal response to loss.
Jesus grieved. Prophets grieved. Read Psalms and Lamantations
Grief is a journey. Sometimes a long one
Grief is the inevitable result of having loved.
Evidently the Brandt has loved. Tell your stories and laugh and cry. Tears and laughter are first cousins.
Talk it out. Write it out. Take counseling. Experience God and let it grow.
Practice good memories. Celebrate the God who cares. Don't forget your history with God. God will not forget us. Please remember God.
Remember your mom who she was
3. Hope is looking into the future expecting good things.
Jesus went through suffering FOR us. Annie followed Jesus. He is our first fruit. 1 Corinthians 15
Christ the first fruit.
Grief and loss is not the last word.  We will follow.
Following Jesus means he is first and we follow. All wrongs will be made right.

We commit Annie into God's care and keeping. May she rest in peace.

We all depend on God's grace. Food next door.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Victor Engbrecht

People's Church Falcon Lake special music by Victor Engbrecht

4 grandchildren in 20 months.
When I consider the work of your fingers the sun and the Stars

When I consider the work of Your fingers The sun and the stars, the land and the sea I start to wonder, Almighty Creator Just why You would ever take thought of me

Chorus:    For You have called me by name You are acquainted with all of my ways Bought  by Your blood, drawn by Your love I am Your dwelling place For You have called me Your friend Showing me favor, again and again I'm set apart, dear to Your heart You call me by name

All of creation was made for Your pleasure The sun and  the stars, the land and the sea But, by  Your grace,  You  have given  me favor With  You I will reign for eternity

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:


Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.

When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near,
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call,
Hold my hand lest I fall:


When the darkness appears
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand,
Guide my feet, hold my hand:

Focus on the one who has redeemed us

I know that my Redeemer lives.

What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

I know that my Redeemer liveth,
And on the earth again shall stand;
I know eternal life He giveth,
That grace and power are in His hand.


I know, I know, that Jesus liveth,
And on the earth again shall stand;
I know, I know, that life He giveth,
That grace and power are in His hand.

I know His promise never faileth,
The Word He speaks, it cannot die;
Though cruel death my flesh assaileth,
Yet I shall see Him by and by.


I know my mansion He prepareth,
That where He is there I may be;
O wondrous thought, for me He careth,
And He at last will come for me.
Then God gave the people all these instructions : "I am the lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. "You must not testify falsely against your neighbor. "You must not covet your neighbor's house. You must not covet your neighbor's wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor."

There is a company that delivers lies and alibis.
You must not give false testimony. That damages relationships. It is an assault.
There are references elsewhere. Colossians. 1 Peter 2.1 get rid of slander. God wants to protect his people.
Politicians now employ spin doctors. We tell white lies to deceive.
False testimony. Happens when we deflect blame and incriminate others to put ourselves in a better position. We all become masters of shifting blame. Accuse and excuse. Adam did that.
Isaiah says the human heart is desperately wicked.
We become unable to take correction. Blaming others kills your conscience.
Deception is what we do.
We think truth is relative. My truth or yours? But God says there is TRUTH. Airplanes are built to true spec. What if your doctor asked you what truth do you want to hear today? God wants us to be true because he is true to his Word. He is totally trustworthy. The Holy Spirit is to be our guide. David confessed his lack of truth in Psalm 51. Jesus said don't be angry. Don't lust.
False testimony is character assassination. Twisting truth. Slander. Gossip. Jesus calls it murder.
Proverbs decries gossip. Prayer concerns are often the worst kind of gossip. Brood of vipers.
Be kind and compassionate.
Think = true helpful inspiring necessary kind?
Change the heart if you want to clean up your mouth.


"Sing The Wondrous Love Of Jesus"

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace.
In the mansions bright and blessed
He'll prepare for us a place.


When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We'll sing and shout the victory!

While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when traveling days are over,
Not a shadow, not a sigh.


Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory
Will the toils of life repay.


Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we'll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

The Family of God

Graham Hunt pastor Church of the Rock
Church on the corner
Evokes emotions. Fun pain regret disfunction. All families are dysfunctional.
Day after Halloween sister decided to put fake blood on my bed and dance around with kitchen knives.
The Bible has all dysfunctional families but God used them anyway.
Acts everyone shared everything so they could feast all the time.
1. Believing leads to relationships
2. Actions
3. Unity
Power of vulnerability
People found value with courage and vulnerability. Courage is to tell the story the way you are. Be vulnerable.
Be willing to say I love you first. To develop connection. Courage. Relationships. Fellowship. Fun and food.
Koinenia. The 2 most inexperienced canoists went white water canoeing and tipped. They lived working together.
1. Spiritual gifts. Use them to serve one another. God has given each one a gift. Do it together build one another up
2. Accountability. Get baptized. Die to self rise up in Jesus
2. Relationships lead to Actions
Rub shoulders with others in church. Richard can hardly walk. He's old and committed volunteer Christian that needs a ride.
If you have something share it. Love for Jesus equals love for the church.
3. Actions lead to Unity. Jesus prayed for you. John 17. Be one as Jesus and the Father are one. So close.
I messed up as a kid. Got called the anti Christ. It took years to overcome hatred and forgive that church. Jesus calls us his bride and wants us to love.
If you were to die tonight would you go to heaven? Ask Jesus to become Lord of your life.