Sunday, February 26, 2017

Family Fortune

Church of the Rock pastor Mark Hughes

Adam and Eve had to learn from God on how to make love. 

Eve went behind the bush to have the baby. 

Dave Barry talked about placenta. We are all born the same way. The happiest man in the world has 99 kids in India. 

Malachi 4:4,6

God will restore the family before the end comes. 
We are part of God's global family. There is so much brokenness in the world. 
1. value kids
2. Instill virtues 

There are 10,000 children in foster care in Winnipeg. That's too many. 

The Prodigal was welcomed home. 
What is a family willing to spend to help one of them. Everything. 
1. God
2. Your spouse
3. Kids
4. Work. Church.

Balance things appropriately. What's balance? 
Kathy is a mom. Why are there no children in Paris? Schools start at 9 am and go to 6 pm from age 3.
Someday your kids will be gone and who's turning you on now? 

A friend was pastor's son and he hated his dad because dad was always busy. I never shooed them away. My greatest joy is that all 3 adult children love the Lord. 

Still married after 35 years. 

Kids don't learn values from themselves. Hold On To Your Kids book is an excellent book. Hold onto your family not your peers. The peers are too stupid. 

The Birds and the Bees. Was about Birds and the Bees. Nothing about sex. Blair told me. 
Where do kids come from? 
Eli was a disaster with his sons. 
A child's moral foundation is in place when the kids are 9 years old.

Deuteronomy: teach your kids during all the relaxed times. Prime teaching moments. 

199 school drives with the youngest daughter. So wonderful.

Cherish the moments with your kids. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Faithful leads to Fruitful Maturity

Winston Churchill board chair
A vision is never free. This church was founded 25 years ago with great affliction. 

Virginia and our family started attending here 5 years ago. Started men's group. John 12:24 no one showed up at the 1st meeting. No one came. Till 7:45. One showed up. Prayed together. 

Grandpa preached Watching Joseph Die. His father showed his preference and the brothers became jealous. Hatred became evident. They sold him. Made some money. 

Joseph never regained his freedom. He died to his freedom, to his nationality, family. 

39:9 how can I do this great wickedness? 
He wouldn't do it. He said to his master's wife, "Look, with me here, my master doesn't give a second thought to anything that goes on here—he's put me in charge of everything he owns. He treats me as an equal. The only thing he hasn't turned over to me is you. You're his wife, after all! How could I violate his trust and sin against God?"
Genesis 39:8‭-‬9 MSG

Joseph ended up in prison and interpreted dreams. Thought he could get out now. It took 2 more years until he was brought in front of Pharoah. Joseph gave all credit to God. 
He was 30 when he became the 2nd in command. 

He named his children putting God first again. 

Eventually he met his brothers and asked about his father. 

"Come closer to me," Joseph said to his brothers. They came closer. "I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into Egypt. But don't feel badly, don't blame yourselves for selling me. God was behind it. God sent me here ahead of you to save lives. There has been a famine in the land now for two years; the famine will continue for five more years—neither plowing nor harvesting. God sent me on ahead to pave the way and make sure there was a remnant in the land, to save your lives in an amazing act of deliverance. So you see, it wasn't you who sent me here but God. He set me in place as a father to Pharaoh, put me in charge of his personal affairs, and made me ruler of all Egypt.
Genesis 45:4‭-‬8 

He gave God the credit. The brothers had difficulty accepting forgiveness. 20 years later they thought Joseph was going to kill them. 

Joseph replied, "Don't be afraid. Do I act for God? Don't you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people. Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I'll take care of you and your children." He reassured them, speaking with them heart-to-heart.
Genesis 50:19‭-‬21 MSG

Hating our life is putting our life always 2nd to God. Follow me Jesus said. 

There is always a continuing cost. Leading people to Christ and on to maturity in Him.

Do you understand the cost? Financing. God has blessed. Where are Financing coming from?

Trends show a shortfall this year.

We took over a company some years ago. Some things the customer wanted were unethical. Found it hard to die to the profits. 55 people millions of dollars at stake. God took away the contract. Laid off 30. Now he brought life. 18 people left. 

12 or 15 years ago dad told me to change what God wants you to change. Life will come. 

He will increase when I decrease. 

Together we count the cost. 

Hebrews 4 don't let a heart of unbelief get in the way. Philippians 3:7 know Christ and the power of his resurrection. Move forward in Christ. 

Celebrate with Soup for Soar. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love on Kaanapali beach

VDP very difficult people
VDP are Draining rude 
Demanding people self centered demeaning pushy
Disappointing people disloyal
Destructive hateful people harm you
How to respond in love 
1 Corinthians 13 
Love is patient and kind, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn't selfish or quick tempered. It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do.  Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.  Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
1 Corinthians 13:4‭-‬7 

10 pet peeves of rudeness
4 junk mail send it back
3 people who leave church during the offering
1 steal my parking

4 marks of love
1 love is not rude
Respond in love
We often interrupt before listening

It's stupid and embarrassing to give an answer before you listen.
Proverbs 18:13 

Telling out like it is destroys people. Telling it like it might be builds them up. 
Never persuasive when I'm abrasive. 
Good judgment proves that you are wise, and if you speak kindly, you can teach others.
Proverbs 16:21 

Tone changes meaning

2. Love does not demand it's own way
Be nice to the waiters and flight attendants. Do not demand. 
Treat people with respect. 

Be understanding and not demanding
Watch Fireproof movie a low budget

Do not say cruel things or argue. They should be gentle and kind to everyone.

Be contagiously grateful. Understand other's 3 Bs background burdens battles

Be encouraged. If you say Can or Can't you are right. 

How far have they come? What are their 3Bs?

Overlook offenses. Do to others as you would have them do to you. Be tender without surrender. 
Everyone will disappoint you because they are not perfect

3. Gentle not judgemental
Christians sometimes get judgemental. Pray before you speak. 
My friends, you are spiritual. So if someone is trapped in sin, you should gently lead that person back to the right path. But watch out, and don't be tempted yourself.
Galatians 6:1 
We must stop judging others. We must also make up our minds not to upset anyone's faith.
Romans 14:13 

4. How to deal with Destructive people
Don't repeat it. Delete it. 
Don't keep bringing it up. That puts you in prison. Repeating only hurts you. Let go here and now. 
Resentment is self destructive. You hurt yourself. 
In your mind. To gossip to others. 
Rehearse it you resemble it
Arguments nagging does not work
Love forgives 
Unloving people gossip
Why are you doing it? What's the source of your information. May I quote you? That stops gossip. 

God will settle the score. God is not expecting you to gloss it over. Not fake it. Face it. Forgive it. Let it go. 
Baptism is a symbol of forgiveness. Confess your sins. Ask him to come into your heart. 

True love is action.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Church in Hawaii

Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. God has done it all! He sent Christ to make peace between himself and us, and he has given us the work of making peace between himself and others.  What we mean is that God was in Christ, offering peace and forgiveness to the people of this world. And he has given us the work of sharing his message about peace. We were sent to speak for Christ, and God is begging you to listen to our message. We speak for Christ and sincerely ask you to make peace with God. Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so Christ could make us acceptable to God.

Missionary to Thailand speaker 
Lord's Team Ministries

Works in the Golden Triangle
Pristine wilderness awesome beautiful.  
Lots of people that need to be saved. 
Live in poverty sleep on a mat. Gather food from the forest. They can live on not much. Pastor Morris. 15 baptized. Things are getting better. I'm the postman bringing them spiritual food. 
Walk in righteousness. And love and minister. God protects. 
Ps 37:5 God saves.
Follow the Holy Ghost. 
Go forth God says. Pastor Masee. Thankful that we can go. Pray with me. Jesus died for my sins. We lift up the food and call it blessed. 

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Business by the Book lunch at Law Courts Building Vancouver
Presention by Shannon from Deloitte Toronto talking about and the life change
This event happens every 1st Wednesday of the month.