Monday, August 28, 2017

Grow Older

As we grow older and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a 300 or a $30 watch they both tell same time..

 whether we carry a $300 or a $30 wallet or handbag the money inside is the same..

 whether you drink a bottle of $300 or $10 wine the hangover is the same..

 whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 ft² loneliness is the same..

 you will realize your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world...

 whether you fly 1st class business or economy class if the plane goes down you go down with it..

  therefore I hope you realize that when you of mates buddies and old friends brothers and sisters to chat with laugh with talk with have sing songs with talk about North South East West or heaven and Earth that is true happiness..

 5 undeniable facts of life 

1. don't educate your children to be rich.. educate them to be happy so when they grow up they will know the value of things not the price..

2. best awarded words in London  eat your food as your medicine otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food..

 3. the one who loves you will never leave you because even if there are 100 reasons to give up he or she will find 1 reason to hold on..

 4. there's a big difference between a human being and being human. only a few really understand it..

5.  You are loved when you're born you will be loved when you die.. in between you have to manage!

If you just want to walk fast walk alone but if you want to walk far walk together! .... 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

I am The Resurrection

When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. Jesus told her, "Your brother will rise again." Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.  Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?"
John 11:17‭, ‬20‭-‬21‭, ‬23‭, ‬25‭-‬26 NLT

Jesus became the Centre of attention. Real power of Jesus is displayed here. Lazarus was dead. Jesus raised him back to life. 

There is the obvious story. Then there is the other story. Jesus did nothing. For 2 days. He was 50km away. When he finally arrived he was blamed for Lazarus's death. 
Why didn't he come quickly? The hardest thing is when God does not answer our prayers. Is that the way life is? 
There are 2 parallel realities happening at the same time. We need eyes to see God's purposes. 
Jesus agenda was to teach 1. the disciples and for 2. God's glory. 3. And for Mary and Martha. V41 4th the crowd. 5. Many Jews put their faith in Jesus. 6. Lazarus. 

It's not about us. It's about God's agenda. Phil 1.20 Christ to be exalted.

Healing would have been wonderful. This miracle was more. 

If only you had been here. We often say that. We can't rewrite history. It only makes us bitter. Then we look to the future. Jesus was in the present "I AM" God. He's what we need now. He's the Resurrection Now. He offers nothing but himself.

She said I believe. Take away the stone. What? He stinks.

Lazarus come. Jesus is the Christ the Son of God.

If only. Jesus will be the light the life in you. 

Quartet. There is coming a day. What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Uncle Ronald's funeral

Songs: When my life work is ended and I cross the swelling tide I shall know my Redeemer by the print of the nails in His hand. 

Abide with me fast falls the eventide. Through cloud and sunshine oh abide with me.
In life in death abide with me. 

I'm living by faith and feel no alarm. I'm safe in his sheltering arms. 

Don Brandt: this is a solemn occasion but we rejoice that Ronald has been released from his pain. Don't panic, trust in God. Isaiah 41 God will uphold you with his RIGHT hand. That's what God is telling us. His strongest hand. 

Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, 'Don't be afraid. I am here to help you. Though you are a lowly worm, O Jacob, don't be afraid, people of Israel, for I will help you. I am the Lord , your Redeemer. I am the Holy One of Israel.' You will be a new threshing instrument with many sharp teeth. You will tear your enemies apart, making chaff of mountains. You will toss them into the air, and the wind will blow them all away; a whirlwind will scatter them. Then you will rejoice in the Lord . You will glory in the Holy One of Israel. "When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord , will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them. I will open up rivers for them on the high plateaus. I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. I will fill the desert with pools of water. Rivers fed by springs will flow across the parched ground. I will plant trees in the barren desert— cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, fir, and pine. I am doing this so all who see this miracle will understand what it means— that it is the Lord who has done this, the Holy One of Israel who created it.
Isaiah 41:10‭, ‬13‭-‬20 NLT

The 7 trees have their own healing balm and strength for us to carry on. 

God holds my hand. He'll not let go. Thank you Father for your loving shepherd care. 

Obituary read by son Llewellyn. Born in 43. Married 53 years with Tina. 46 grandchildren.

Randall Plett: 
Greetings in the name of Jesus. He and the Holy Spirit are here. This is a victory celebration because another pilgrim staggered through the gates of heaven and escaped the clutches of the evil one. 

Uncle Ronald would insist that we need to focus on Jesus and his work. Not on him. 

His steps were getting weaker. He kept coming to church. He loved his church family. I visited him and asked him about health. He said a few things and then said let's talk about more important things. 

What are the more important things? 
2 Corinthians 4.5 we don't preach ourselves but Jesus Christ. 

You see, we don't go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:5‭-‬6 NLT

The universal cry is for value and worth. 

This earthen vessel is minor. The glory that comes through Jesus. 

Uncle Ronald recently read: 
You see, we don't go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:5‭-‬6‭, ‬17‭-‬18 NLT

Am I committed to fix my eyes on Jesus? He was honest about his failures.

It is more important to be holy than healthy. We have an eternal soul that never dies. 

Why do people spend so much time and money trying to beautify their bodies? And neglect the eternal? 

Rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Your earthly name goes away. Ronald chose to secure his eternal destiny. Do you think he ever regretted that decision? He chose to have his name written in the book of life.

Except a man is born again he can't see the Kingdom of Heaven. Choose Jesus today.

You can safely go to Jesus and confess your sin and be born again. This is for everyone.

Grandfather Ronald taught his grandson to drive the tractor and then went away to pray? 

He chose his citizenship to be in heaven.

In '94 Uncle Ronald came to visit us in the Phillipines to see how we could get Scriptures to hard to reach places.

He knew what it meant to prepare the ground. He knew what the issues of farming were and the crops are not always what we hope for. Start a new crop. It's never too late to clean up a life. 

Will you follow Jesus Christ? Weep in joy! He has arrived. He kept the faith. Weep in joy! His pain is gone. Weep in faith! We will meet again. 

Because He Lives God sent his son. Because He Lives I can face tomorrow. One day I'll fight life's final war with pain. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Big God - He is Sovereign - over ALL

Mark Hughes pastor

Our God reigns. Not our God resigns. 

The universe is not a giant clock that God made and now watches from afar. 

Yago the angry bird said large and in charge. 
God does not play dice with the universe. He charts the path of the lightening bolt. There are no accidents. 

God is Sovereign over every outcome 
Ephesians 1.11 predestined
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
Ephesians 1:11 NLT
Do you have free will? Look at the mistakes you made. 
When you had children you had sovereign control. No longer. They think they own everything. 

We are like that. We take charge of our lives. 

Can we be predestined and have free will? 

God says he is 3 people. We don't know how. Dynamic tension. Justice and love. That's how it works. 

Romans 8:29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Romans 8:29 NLT

God knows what we will choose. Are we elected? Whosoever will is over the entrance of heaven. On the inside it says Chosen.

Ron McLean Gateway church is a great prayer warrior. He said: I will take a big dose of the sovereignty of God. 

God moves in mysterious way

24 year old graduate in agricultural. Phoned all the presidents of ag companies. Got an appointment. Sent to apply in the basement to apply for a job. Spent every day looking for a job all day every day. Ended up listening to a Bible School class. God says here is where I want you.

God is Sovereign over every evil. 

How could a good God alow evil. He does. He could flick it off. He allows it. He uses evil for His ends. Nebuchadnezzer was evil.
During the third year of King Jehoiakim's reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
Daniel 1:1 NLT

He was a servant of God. 

In 1742 Voltaire said there would be no Bibles in the future. When he died his house was bought by the Bible Society. 

God is Sovereign over every blunder. 

Whistler's Mother painting. 

There are no mistakes just happy little accidents. Happy trees. 

The accidents are all parts of God's plan. David took another man's wife and killed the husband. He then married her and Jesus descended from that adulterous evil.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bronx Park Church of the Rock

Pastor Keith Eberhard

God has a plan for you.
40 Days of Praise coming up. Join a small group to get more of it. 

From This to That

This is where we are at. That is where we want to be. 
Acts 2 the power came down and it was instant. Sometimes it's a long process. 
2 Timothy 2:20
In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you (useful) for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:20‭-‬21 NLT
Sometimes you just have to cleanse yourself. Get rid of....
Useful is only used 3 times. Onesimus was useful. He stole from his boss then got saved through Paul who sent him back. 

John Mark fled from Jesus's arrest scene. Acts 15 he became a problem again. 
He became useful. Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me in my ministry.
2 Timothy 4:11 NLT

John Mark was called an under-rower (servant) who served no matter what. Not just for recognition. Only doing what was required. Our Father in heaven shines on the just and unjust. Are we prepared to serve because it's the right thing to do? If you don't serve in love you are nothing. 

Some years ago my bosses were living in luxury while I had barely enough. Parents taught me to tithe 20%. Not immoral. Did extra jobs and still did not have enough. Gave the bosses the gears. Felt so sorry. A week later he apologized. Nothing changed except in his heart. 

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
Colossians 3:23‭-‬24 NLT

The victim mentality ruins us. Your life is hid in Christ
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:3 NLT

The under-rower had to trust the captain and the drum beater. 

God is greater than any thing else. Our God is loving and personal. The Muslims have no assurance of love and salvation. 

How much more should we have confidence in God. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Philippians 1:6 NLT

"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 NLT

I need God's help. John Mark was Peter's translator and recorded the Gospel as presented by Peter in the book of Mark. He started the Church of Egypt. He was martyred. 

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The I AMs of Jesus

Reg Penner, Penner Farm Supplies chair
Psalm 8 Oh Lord how majestic is your name
Special music by Lynne and Willie Wiebe and family
Thou my everlasting portion 
Maker Fun Factory kids camp next week needs more station leaders and other volunteers.

Pastor Brian Hamilton Falcon Lake Church 

John 8 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life." Jesus told them, "These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don't know this about me.
John 8:1‭-‬2‭, ‬12‭, ‬14 NLT

1 John 1. God is Light

Key verse for the day

I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life

There is a muzzle loading rifle competition - there is a giant festival like there was in Jesus's day. 

In Jesus's day they brought a woman caught in adultery. They wanted to trap him. He was a forgiver. How would he be able to condemn her? Moses made 6 statements to place the onus of adultery on the man. The Pharisees switched onus. 

Jesus said I AM. They were trying to trap him. Jesus wrote on the ground. What? We don't know. It had a very interesting effect. Maybe he wrote: living water truth. Did he write names? Jeremiah 17
The older ones walked away first. 
The pious self righteous accusers had been laid bare. 

Met Miss Paraguay 2012 in Spain. Mom went with her daughter to all the meetings. She met a deviant at a meeting. He brought his friends to hear mom praying for them week after week. People got saved from their sins. 

Jesus is the Light of the world! We need to open our hearts to the light and confess our sins to be purified from sin's snares. Purified.