Tuesday, December 31, 2019

First things first

Mobilize to gospel conversations
Book Tactics by Greg Koukl

Perspectives cards are a great tool for gospel conversation
Met an agnostic who believed in evolution. Morality - would Nazi morality be ok if they had won the war? 
Be prepared for the questions you are asked. Agitated response is ok as long as you are faithful.
Apologetics to make a defense. To show the gospel message is true. 
It's not about
Winning arguments
Showing you are smart
Making others feel dumb
1 Peter 3.15
But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.
1 Peter 3:15 NET

Preparation requires the right tools. Scripture 
Acts 17
Muslim apologetics
Scientific - 
Cultural - how does Christianity
Tailored to the audience

Become lifelong learners to share your faith

Jesus is asked 183 questions and he answered with 307 questions to answer their questions

Columbo is a detective that pretends to be not smart. Socratic irony

Burden of proof
If you make a claim you are responsible to prove
Hold them to gentle scrutiny
What do you mean by that? How can you prove that? 

Lead the way
Start with common ground. 

Innocent as doves
Emphasize the respect that you have for them
Have you considered?

Narrate debate

What do you mean by that?

Arguments that commit suicide
All truth is subjective can't be true

Taking the roof off
Morality that leads to absurd conclusions

Steamroller
Stop and ask to respond. If not possible to stop say goodbye 

Rhodes Scholar
Ask for evidence and merits. 
Science doesn't say anything. 80% of biological studies can't be replicated. 

Just the Facts
Be aware of falsified arguments. There are so many. Be able to say no. The Bible is not a translation. Hebrew Aramaic Greek. 1000s of ancient manuscripts

More sweat. Less blood
Be ready. Keep it simple. Avoid religious language. Focus on Christian truth. Give reasons. Stay calm. If they want to leave let them. Give them something up read. The ultimate questions of life. 

An Australian man gave gospel tracts all the time. Dozens were saved. 

Be faithful in witnessing. The Bible was organically compiled. Not at the Council of Nicea.

People are asking about the problem of evil. Why is the world so broken? We have the answer. 
We chose the reign of sin. Jesus has created the reign of God. The church is making all things new. 

How do you deal with the agnostics that don't care? Ask them to consider if it's true. People are ok with the contradictions.

Someone that's mad at God needs pastoral care. Remind them that God cares. 

Cheryl Bear at P2C+

We are on Treaty 13 territory. 
Always start with prayer to honour the Creator.
Book introduction to First Nations ministry. 
I was part of Broken Walls team at Urbana. 
51 years old. Young people have this openness. 40 years ago Studying Indians in Canada in grade 6. Hurons might be extinct. I felt unseen. It's always about the land. 

Felt God talk to me through the river and the trees. Baptized as a child with indigenous singers singing. 
The spirit of God talks to us through nature. God speaks perfectly through Jesus. 
Read the book The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. As the story unfolds Aslan dies for the naughty kid. That kept me a Christian knowing that God loves me so much. 
Felt like a 2nd class citizens. 

Native Concept of God grandfather. Grandparents are far more tolerant of misbehaving kids. They push away the judgemental voices. God as grandparent looks right past the issues. 
The Ancient of Days do loves you. 

Jon Corbin P2C

Was in a Christian fellowship group in university. 
What would it look like to invest your experience in your campus?
Was in music. Sat in on the radio station. Soon I had my own show playing edifying music. Engage with people. 
Event wise we started hip hop helps. WV famine. Put on a hip hop show to attract the public to support WV.
Found talent for rapping commissioned by my coaches. Went to a lot of new places. Curious about the people there. Social media has created pressure to every one to comment on everything. Read ask questions
Urbana conference Broken Walls singing group was there. Infused with indigenous music. Led in worship with Indigenous drummers. Worship together in heaven will be multi cultural. Including hip hop. My mentor kept encouraging me to translate culture seeking the heart of God. 
What do you think worship in heaven will be like? All presidents and leaders will bow their knees before Jesus. 

What would it look like if you took your passions and in faith let God bring them out. Surrender and pray. 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Ask and you will receive

Vic Neufeld pastor https://nkmb.org/
I was the youngest and that was great. Got away with everything. Dad didn't allow us to ask for ice cream. 
Challenge
Jesus said to them, "When you pray, say this: 'Father: May your holy name be honored; may your Kingdom come.  Give us day by day the food we need.  Forgive us our sins, for we forgive everyone who does us wrong. And do not bring us to hard testing.'"
Luke 11:2‭-‬4 GNT
We live in a fallen world. God's will is not happening in this world. We need to ask him. 
Forgive others.

Challenge
And Jesus said to his disciples, "Suppose one of you should go to a friend's house at midnight and say, 'Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread. A friend of mine who is on a trip has just come to my house, and I don't have any food for him!' And suppose your friend should answer from inside, 'Don't bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' Well, what then? I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you everything you need because you are not ashamed to keep on asking. And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.
Luke 11:5‭-‬9 GNT
This would be a real problem in that world of shame based culture. 
Seek and find. 
What have you stopped praying for in 2019? Have you stopped knocking? There are 2 ditches. 
1 God will do what God will do. No. He expects our prayers and events transpire differently as a result. Our prayers make a difference. 
2. The other ditch is name it and claim it. That is wrong. We're nervous about asking too much. 
Sometimes we ask for a scorpion. I know God will answer my prayer in a way that brings glory to Him. 
As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Luke 11:13 GNT
Ask boldly with shameless audacity. Pour out your hearts over and over. The things we ask for will be ever closer to God's will. 

What have you ceased asking God for? 

Post Christmas

Vic pastor 

Paul Hantz German pastor
As a boy I fell and stopped breathing. Father did CPR but couldn't revive him. Mom came to help and I'm still here

Are we thanking God for life as a gift from God? Are we ready to be called home? 
God's goal for us is to achieve eternal life. 
Hezekiah the king became ill. He cleaned the temple and defeated the philistines.  He got ill and God sent the prophet to tell him to set his affairs in order. 
A member recently was on her deathbed and had prayed that God would give her a disease that would give her time to set her things in order. He did.

We should be constantly busy setting our affairs in order. Forgive others. Forgive to be forgiven. That's not easy. 

2 elderly sisters blamed each others for an accident and have not spoken in 20 years. 

Hezekiah pleaded with God to add 15 years to his life. 

What will 2020 bring? What will I accomplish? 
God is in charge of our lives. Have you thought about what it will be like when your time is up? 
We do many funerals. We ask them on their deathbed. Are you ready? 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

God chose shepherds

Delbert Enns www.EastView.org

God chose shepherds throughout the Old Testament. Moses. David. God called himself a shepherd. 
 
By the time of the Talmut shepherds were the lowest of the low. Outcasts. Ceremoniously unclean. Foul mouthed fighters.

Why did God reveal himself to shepherds? He came for the ones that were NOT IN. 

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way. So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully.  But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!" Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham!  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
Luke 19:1‭, ‬4‭, ‬6‭, ‬8‭-‬10 NET

It's uphill from Jericho to Jerusalem. It was the tax capital of the area. Z was the district manager of the tax thieves. Sinner. Z is wealthy but he knew something was missing. 

Jesus had just healed a blind beggar. The story circulated and Z had to find out what it was all about. Z felt rejected and lonely. Lots of emotions. 

Z had challenges. He didn't want to be seen so he climbed a tree to get close to Jesus. He was wealthy and made a double fool of himself by running and climbing a tree. When Jesus talked to him he was filled with joy. Jesus was seeking him. Jesus finds us. We are nobody. He comes to our house. Hurry. Don't think about what others think. Get off your tree. You don't belong there. 
Let's have dinner now without lots of preparation. Just as you are. Joy forged in the fire of discouragement. The crowd grumbled about Jesus going to dine with sinners. 

When you have joy in your heart others will think you are nuts. 
Joy inspires hope. Transformation. Z became staggeringly generous. Joy is a gift from God. We can receive joy by letting go of our past. 
Albert Schweitzer Quote: "If you own something you cannot give away, then you don't own it, it owns you." 

For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost. 

Is He Savior to you? 
Is He Lord to you? 

May the God of Hope fill you with joy. 

Joy to the world. Joy joy. 

Delbert and Marianne are taking a Sabbatical until end of April. Ministry will continue with help from everyone. 

Monday, December 09, 2019

Celebration of Life for Gerard Scott-Herridge


Pastor Glenn Krobel Centre Point church
Celebrate and rejoice for his life.
He knew the hope and is rejoicing with the angels. 
Justin Penner scripture reading
We will not all die. Those who have died will live forever. 
God gives us victory over death. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. 
Gerard was a worshiper. Now in heaven. 
Jesus loves me this I know
Turn your eyes upon Jesus.
Nathan Penner 
Obituary. Gerard was passionate. 
Gerard Scott-Herridge was a passionate man, whether it be for his wife, family, the church, friends or patients.

Gerard was born April 13, 1954 in Liverpool England.  He immigrated to Winnipeg with his mother, sister and father in 1958.  Gerard attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, graduating in 1976, the beginning of one of his passions. 

On October 31, 1979 he surrendered his life and heart to Jesus Christ which arguably initiated his greatest passion. A marriage, as an answer to prayer, to Roberta (nee Penner), his queen, followed shortly thereafter in 1981. His family continued to grow with the birth of his children; Crystal in 1982, Joel in 1984 and Evan in 1987. 

Although his biological family may have been complete there was a desire to expand his spiritual family with brothers and sisters in Christ. Gerard would share his faith at the Remand Centre, Headingly Correctional Institution, Stony Mountain Institution, Milner Ridge Correctional Centre, Main Street Project, fostering children and anyone that would call on him for help. In 1991, Gerard left his active Church to start Bride of Christ Ministries. The prime objective of this ministry was to spread the Gospel of Jesus to the downtrodden, imprisoned, homeless and the hurting. He always wanted to help in any way he could, whether it be to feed, clothe or find housing.

Gerard passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2019. He was predeceased by his father, Dennis Scott-Herridge in 2016.  He is survived by; his mother Monica Scott-Herridge, his sister Sandra Bartakovich, his wife Roberta, daughter Crystal (Ben), granddaughters Micah and Amalia, son Joel (Anne), grandchildren Zachary and Elizabeth, and son Evan (Trista), grandson Fletcher. 

Joel son the doctor cardiologist
Celebrate his life. Amazing man. He made you feel loved. 
He helped so many people. 
To love and be loved by Jesus. If we confess our sins he will forgive. 
15 days after meeting they were engaged. Married 3 months later. "I will never hurt you deliberately"
Loving kind joyful and humble. He loved playing Santa. 
He posted for his twin baby girls. Minutes after he died of a heart attack. 
Zach said gramps got an early Christmas gift to be with Jesus.

Life Tribute Evert VanOeveren
Witnessed to him and led him to the Lord. Introduced Roberta to him. Became god parents to their children. 
He was like a brother. Don't give up. Sometimes he had to turn things over to God. 

Met for breakfast every Thursday. He was excited about his family. 
He was one of the busiest people ever. Loved Roberta. 
Traveled with them a lot. He was always reach out to people. He had 100,000 pictures
He called me his best friend. He said often: iron sharpens iron. 
John 3.16 God gave his only son
I'll miss you. Till we meet at jesus feet 
Evan the police man
Letter from aunt. Love is the only thing we can possess and take with us. Gerard loved everyone. 
He loved his grandkids. And nephews. We will miss you. You loved and was loved. 
He loved fun. 

Pastor 
Amazing tributes Gerard would say lighten up. 
Met him here 8 years ago. Loud boisterous and came to pray for me. 
Met for lunch on Wednesday a week before he passed. He was the santa. He always wanted people to know Jesus. 
He was generous. 
He was different. He had so many friends. This place is packed. 
Sincerest condolences.
38 years together with Roberta, loved his family. Evan police man detective. Joel in ministry and chose medicine. Cardiologist. 
Ben and Krista
Sandra and Kirk. On the spectrum. You are loved. 
He was generous. 
He gave spiritual emotional and physical needs to his clients. 
He was generous and supported the preacher and often yelled "Good preaching".
Gerard was very intelligent. The Bible was his favorite. 
Donate today to www.DonateBibles.net 
He knew Jesus. Asked him Wednesday: Are you afraid to die? No. Want to see the grand daughters. 
He wanted everyone to know Jesus. 
God will reconstitute all who know Christ. Encourage one another with this. 
He did lots of good works but he had faith in Jesus. Eternal has a sure anchor. God created the world with a word.
He was a doppelganger for Santa. He used that to lead children to the Lord. 
He walked through significant pain. 
The Pathway to Hope 
Gerard made his decision in 69. Whoever accepts Jesus will have eternal life. 

Roberta 
Thanks for your support. He would do anything for me. He loved his patients. 
Thanks to all who supported us. I need to deal with many things. Joel found 800 candy canes and you all get one. 
Thank you for loving Gerard.

Until we meet again. 

Slide show

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Peace shalom

Pastor Delbert Enns www.EasTview.org 
The creator of the universe came to earth and suffered for us. 
Shalom to restore peace. God made shalom with humans. Jesus is our shalom. Shalom requires a lot of work. 
Col 1.19
God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.   And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.  You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. But you must stay deeply rooted and firm in your faith. You must not give up the hope you received when you heard the good news. It was preached to everyone on earth, and I myself have become a servant of this message.
Colossians 1:19‭-‬23 CEV

How did Jesus come? Incarnation. God became man. Why? To bring shalom. Reconcile mankind to God. We can make a better world. Live Aid raised millions for Ethiopia. Bob Dillon said we can't save man. 
Jesus wants to make you presentable to God. 
In January we'll go through the gospel of Mark. The unclean woman touched Jesus making him "unclean". She was healed. Go in peace. She received shalom.
Results of shalom. Matthew identified 4 "bad" women in Jesus's genealogy. 
Mission of shalom only if you accept Jesus. He must have your brokenness. Then he can give you shalom. 
As a prisoner of the Lord, I beg you to live in a way that is worthy of the people God has chosen to be his own. Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other. Try your best to let God's Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace.
Ephesians 4:1‭-‬3 CEV

Shake hands and give each other the kiss of peace. 

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Church of the Rock That Old Time Religion

Visit www.LifeInternational.ca to help Uganda orphans

Pastor Mark Hughes

Canada was deliberately founded as a Christian nation. 
The fastest religion now is atheism with no belief in God. Suicides drugs are killing young people. Teachers are carrying guns. 
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
1. Success is not significant
It's important. It's relative. Success for a 4 year old is not peeing your pants 
25 getting married
35 making money
85 being married
95 not peeing your pants 

High school reunion question So what do you do now? 
Mr Big multiple millions came in a chauffeured limousine
Mr T was a tampon salesman very popular with the women and out of a job but lots of personality. 
Success versus significance a good book for men. Bob Buford change the lives of others. Making money is not very fulfilled. Male mental-pause happens at 50. Father had a beautiful wife 5 wonderful kids one exceptional kid. 
I don't look 60, do I?
How do you measure success in ministry? I don't care about publicity. 
Philip Yancey as a writer interviewed stars and servants. The stars were miserable. The servants had wonderful life to be envied. 
We have successful people in church that are ushers and have a purpose greater than themselves. They are achieving significance. 
Andrew Brash climbs mountains and many die in the death zone when they are left to die. He rescued someone and didn't make it to the top. He achieved significance. 
2. Failure is not fatal 
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:28‭-‬31 ESV
Not just the good things. All things work for good when God weaves it for good. 
God created good from terrible sin. David killed his faithful captain. He didn't get away with it. The child dies. David repented. The next child from Bathsheba was Solomon from where Jesus came. 
God has a purpose for you. A destiny. Embrace God's love. 
3. Purpose all things work

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Anthropogenic Climate change?

I'm an inventor scientist with 20 patents and I have a good grasp of how things work. 
The Climate Alarmist Religion does not like:
Inconvenient Facts
1,300 watts per square meter solar heat
0.028 watts per square meter anthropogenic heat
0.004 parts CO2 in atmosphere.
If GHG reflects heat back to earth it would reflect 46,000 times as much heat into space. The more GHG the cooler the earth would become. 

Research - there is far more than this:

Forest management is the key to preventing wildfires:
Planting more forests is an exercise in futility until we have the will to control wildfires in the forests we have. (In grade 6 we learned that when a tree grows it absorbs CO2. When it dies it releases the CO2 back into the atmosphere)

If a single 220,000# whale can capture the same amount of carbon dioxide as 30,000 trees, and be worth $2,000,000 in carbon credits, then a single 1,200 pound cow can capture the same amount of carbon dioxide as 8,800 trees, and is worth $10,800 in carbon credits!

Tens of thousands of scientists deny Anthropogenic climate change. The media likes to call them ignorant. (So they can ignore them?) 
Estimated 40 Percent of Scientists Doubt Manmade Global Warming

Climate Science's Myth-Buster
It's time to be scientific about global warming, says climatologist Judith Curry

From Turku University in Finland https://www.utu.fi/en
NO EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE FOR THE SIGNIFICANT ANTHROPOGENIC CLIMATE CHANGE

The list goes on and on. Media likes to ignore the facts and blame every weather event on climate change. Venice is flooding because of it. No mention that the flood was higher 60 years ago.

Is there hope that we will get impartial reporting in the foreseeable future? 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Movie Credits?

Pastor Todd Petkau https://www.riverwood.cc/
Who checks movie credits? The Psalms list credits. 
They are 5 ancient hymnals. David wrote 73 Psalms. 
Korah family wrote 11. 
Korah and his sons wanted leadership. 
Then Moses said to Korah, "You and all your company present yourselves before the Lord – you and they, and Aaron – tomorrow. When he had finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, along with their households, and all Korah's men, and all their goods. They and all that they had went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed over them. So they perished from among the community.
Numbers 16:16‭, ‬31‭-‬33 NET

Those guys were crazy. But then their descendants wrote songs. The Hitler line is dying out. No one wants to carry that name. Why would anyone want to be associated with crazy Korah?

God does not define you with your past. God does not consult your past to determine your future. That's what satan does. 
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, "The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the ruling authority of his Christ, have now come, because the accuser of our brothers and sisters,  the one who accuses them day and night before our God, has been thrown down.
Revelation 12:10 NET

God is greater than any accusation. We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians.
1 John 3:16 NET

Are we handcuffed by our past? The sons of Korah wrote:
As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God! I thirst for God, for the living God. I say, "When will I be able to go and appear in God's presence?"
Psalms 42:1‭-‬2 NET

So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17 NET

The sons of Korah decided to follow God. 
God gives us peace when we surrender even in the face of death. 
Acknowledge God.
Why are you depressed, O my soul? Why are you upset? Wait for God! For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention.
Psalms 42:11 NET

Deal with your troubles by worshipping God. 
One deep stream calls out to another at the sound of your waterfalls; all your billows and waves overwhelm me.
Psalms 42:7 NET

Trust God regardless. We can't do better job of running the universe

Regardless of what happens Praise the Lord no matter what.

Sing it no matter what. Responsive readings should be a joyful declaration.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Jonathan Friesen funeral

A life well lived
Terry Dueck pastor
Layton and Glenda 
Song To God be the Glory
Pastor Norman Wiebe Manigitagan 

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She replied, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who comes into the world."
John 11:25‭-‬27 NET

Jon's fellow pilot friend shared: Jon always showed love and concern to everyone with kindness and honour. He did not suffer fools. He would educate others. Bite me I work here. 
He would fly us to remote lakes. Making life better. Jon did an air drop for him. Son Wyatt always talked to Jon his hero. I'll miss you Jon.

Sisters Julie and Lois:
On behalf of the family thank you for coming. 
That we are Brokenhearted is an understatement. 
The shy brother brought a beautiful young lady home once, they got married and they had cute kids.
He lived with purpose and common sense.
Jonathon loved his nieces and nephews. We had quality times together.
Nieces and nephews shared:
I loved going on plane rides with him. 
Uncle was caring. Fun. He was Mischievous compassionate. Included everyone.

Our family has learned that thankfulness and grief are not exclusive. We are thankful for the wonderful son,  brother, uncle, & friend Jon was.

Diana Halverson, Doug McPherson ambulance service: Jon was a great guy to go on calls with. He said we were "Saving lives one blister at a time."

Terry: I have known Jonathan all his life. Was his youth leader. He flew us up north on a camping trip in his Otter (airplane).
Have met his friends and family. Tanya asked me to speak. 
He was raised well and had a wonderful life
He chose to have a relationship with Jesus. His heart was right with God. His life was modeled after Jesus. He is in God's presence now. 
Micah 6:8 was their favorite verse.
He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful,  and to live obediently before your God.
Micah 6:8 NET

Walk humbly. Make it personal. Walk with God. You too, can have the joy and peace Jonathan had. 

Song: Amazing Grace
The Lord has promised life to me. Unending love amazing grace. 

Song tribute to Jon: 
I don't need a lot of money. Lived a good life with a good wife. 

Song: How Great Thou Art
____________
The Hall was packed with 100s standing along the walls. 

Sunday, November 03, 2019

The Sermon from Jesus

"Do not judge so that you will not be judged.  For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive.  In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets.
Matthew 7:1‭-‬2‭, ‬12 NET

Had to challenge some exams at Providence. Got a job in BC but not pastoral position. Felt judged. 
We don't like to be judged. If you've been caught for speeding there is a sinking feeling of being judged. 
Accountability. Wouldn't it be nice not to have rules to follow? Judgement is God's job. To call someone a jerk is to be judging just like God. The standard is Christ. We'll never meet that standard. Jesus says don't be a hypocrite. Look at yourself to make sure you don't have Beam in your eye. 
We'll see face to face in eternity. 
Ray Friesen is a mountaineer and should be dead by now. They slid down a mountain chute and almost crashed into a crevice. A rope team helps mountaineers survive in difficult terrain. 
Repent for calling someone a jerk. 
Be in a rope team in church. 
Pigs and pearls? What's that all about? 
2 ways to miss the point. 
1. Judge to control the truth to you. U B U?
2. Take the splinter out of your neighbor's eye without regard for what I do

Jesus invites us to a better way. Look at fruit. Who's on your rope team? It starts with your relationship with Jesus. 

In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets.

Jesus replied, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 NET

Accountability comes:
Prayer
Community Life Group
Obedience. Walk with Jesus in the rope team.
Rob was my coach to becoming a pastor. Delbert is my accountability. Matt is also part of my rope team. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Randy Friesen Multiply

Randy Friesen President https://multiply.net/
True Security 
"Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:19‭-‬21‭, ‬34 NET
Real privilege to be here. We live in Abbotsford with 2 kids.
Took youth to park to distribute food. Met an engineer reading the Bible. Rich millionaire Christian investing his money in church planting in 3rd world. 
Where is your focus? Where is your heart? 
Multiply started a coffe plantation in Thailand. Want to produce 200 tonne of coffee. Dave offered the angry man a watermelon and a job. That man Isaiah is now a pastor. Baptized 10 people last Sunday. They have a meeting in Rangoon today. They are asking 100 people to come to the Lord today.
1. Focus
Where is your treasure? 
Where are your eyes? Lust?
Panama Christians. 
Business man had a model of a jet he meant to buy. What he was worshipping. Will you allow God to refocus your life? He lost everything including his marriage. Things would have been different if he had surrendered his heart. 

Jesus invites us to give him our time. What's your focus? Focus is worship. 
Self focus leads to anxiety. Worry. 
Is your smart phone giving you worries. Narcissism is self absorbed and destructive. 

Told investment advisor he wanted eternal returns.
Algeria has Christians volunteering to follow Jesus even in the face of persecution. 
Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. Millions of people have been killed there. A refugee from there started 6 churches in NA
MB missions sent a missionary there 100 years ago. Now those descendants are planting churches in NA.
One refugee now has 400 people in a new church plant. 
Is your life focused?

Lord deliver us from evil. Father help us not to get distracted from your work. Thank you for calling us today. 
Lord what I have is yours. Tell Jesus 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Scientists against climate alarmists

The climate alarmist chickens twist everything. The actual text 30,000 B.Sc and Ph.D.s signed was:

We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Falcon Lake People's Church

180,000 people a day will accept Jesus today. Went to a conference of missionaries in Cambodia. 
India is making a law preventing conversions. 
Pastor Brian Hamilton
Prayer requests
Election
Health
Travel
Rom 12
Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good.
Romans 12:1‭-‬2‭, ‬9 NET
Dehee Haust was a missionary in China. Everyone has forgotten him. 
Others are sacrificing time and effort to reach others. 
Live to be forgotten. For the joy of serving Jesus. 
Be in a healthy relationship with Jesus. Highlight the word therefore. 
Chapter 12 begins with therefore referring back to the chapters before it. 
Our body is not ours anymore. Sacrifices were the killing of animals. Christians need to consider themselves sacrificed. Living sacrifices. 
Reasonable service. Reasonable logical spiritual. 
Your Mind Matters by John Stott if it's spiritual it's also logical. 
Worship = service. True worship cannot exist outside of active service to God for the benefit of others.
Worship often means a good musical time. If that's all your worship is it's not worship. 
Give yourself away in service to others. 
Present your physical body to God. 
Pavle would lead people to sing a simple song in their own language. Then all nations sing together. His people his body. 
Some of us think that God is lucky to have me in his followers. None of us are self sufficient spiritually. The River church was teaching self sufficiency. No gospel. 
What's our task? Go and reach the world with the gospel. That the world may know Jesus is Lord. Live to be forgotten. Find your life. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Menno B Dueck

Mr. Menno B. Dueck age 91, went home to his eternal rest on Saturday, October 12. The funeral is planned for Wednesday, October 16 at 2:00 pm at Ebenfeld Church in Quellen Colony, Jagueyes, Chihuahua, Mexico. It will be simulcast from the church. 

Menno was born in Morris Manitoba on October 20, 1927, moved to Mexico in 1948, and married Liesbeth P Loewen on January 16, 1955. They had 6 children. 
Menno was predeceased by his parents, his wife Liesbeth, a daughter in law, and a grandson. 
Left to mourn are his children and grand children and his one remaining brother Willie B Dueck, 96, of Arborg, Manitoba. 

Appreciation Pieces of Eight

Pastor Mark Hughes
https://www.churchoftherock.ca/
Thanksgiving
10 lepers were healed
The Samaritan was thankful
The Jews hated them. They hated the Jews
Lepers were cursed and ostracized. They stood afar off. A heart breaking situation.
They knew who Jesus was. As they went to the priest they were healed. Why did only one come back to say thanks?
1. Appreciate small things
2. Others
3. Greatness of God 
1. We miss the blessings of small things. The opposite of gratitude is grumbling complaining. God hates grumbling. Do things without complaining. Who was grumbling when it started snowing? 
Children of Israel were champions in grumbling. 
They ate angel food cake every day and then they complained. God gave them quail until they vomited it out. 
How many of you did your business and hugged your toilet? 
Had clean drinking water? Food to choose? 
Has an 18 year old van. Being thankful for what you have is very liberating. My dream car is a red Tesla S. My wood said do it. The good life only exists if we're happy with what you have. 
2. Appreciate others. Don't feel sorry for the people who are not sorry for themselves. Went to a village of stick homes. Outlaw town everybody steals. Learn to love their neighbors sermon. They stole the gas. They did not appreciate others. 
What are the magic words? Please and you. Now abracadabra and no thank yous. 
Create a culture of appreciation. That's what we do. 
Norman Vincent Peele said find one person to show appreciation. The guy wrote a letter to his teacher. By the end of his life he had written 500 thank you letters and lived a happy life. 
3. God's greatness. Young girl could hardly walk. Prayed for her told her to run around the room. She's completely healed and thankful. 
Attitude of gratitude. Will change your life! 

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Sermon

God has designed us to be a family. 
Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org 
To live with others in heaven will be wonderful but on earth it's a different story. 
We can't allow indifference to poison our hearts. We all have people we don't like.
Jesus will help you. 
This series is hard. Lust divorce etc. Are hard to talk about. It's hard to pattern after Jesus. He's an upside down kingdom. None of us can do the Sermon. We need a Savior. 
How to be a witness? How well do you handle your emotions? 
We don't say revenge retaliation. We just say I have my rights to get even. 

"You have heard that it was said, ' An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth .'  But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. But whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well. And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic, give him your coat also. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to the one who asks you, and do not reject the one who wants to borrow from you.
Matthew 5:38‭-‬42 NET

The OT said there is a financial penalty for doing evil. The Jews made more laws. Jesus declared himself an authority to change the law. Do good to those who wronged you. 
They liked to slap people on the right cheek with the back of the right hand. 
Jesus said give them what's yours. Offer 2 miles when the soldier asks for the 1 mile of help. 
Show unrestricted love to others. Don't be so demanding. Avoid narcissism. 
Revenge will be canceled through prayer. Matt 26:38, 39
Not my will. Jesus knows how to forgive. He prayed. 
Time to pray. God I want to let go. 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

188 Princess

Dave Ens pastor One88.org
2,600 years ago the Babylonians demanded taxes and Israel refused so Nebuchadnezzar conquered and enslaved Israel. 
Daniel was one of the slaves.
By the rivers of Babylon — there we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion.
Psalms 137:1 CSB
For I know the plans I have for you"  — this is the Lord 's declaration — "plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 CSB
God wants the best for us. His plans trip us up. We want our own plans to comfort us in knowing what's happening or going to happen. Control of the future. 
We make plans for a good day and good results. We think we know what plans God should make for us. Can we hear what God is saying? Even if we are busy? 
Do we accept God's plan? He knows the plans he has for us.
Mahahshala metachnen
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways." This is the Lord's declaration.  "For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9 CSB

plan
לְתַכְנֵן
plandesigndevise,
God can only work with you in the place you are. We need to take each other's well being into account.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sermon Matthew 5

Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org
For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter  or one stroke of a letter will pass away from the law until all things are accomplished.
Matthew 5:18 CSB

Jesus is our hero. To be blessed we need to follow Jesus. We need to pour ourselves into Jesus. 
Jesus does not shy away from hard sayings. 
1. The Bible is true
2. It's about Jesus 
3. How will it change your life? 

1. Not a dot will pass away. How to read this book? V18 refers to v17. Jesus came to fulfill the law. It's supernatural book. Not just a book. It's divine. From God. Inspired. Every part of every character. It's authoritative. It has to be followed. 
Who can do it? There is a broken world. Jesus has to fulfill it. He died an unjust death on the cross. Father forgive them for they don't know what they are doing. 
Jesus redeems fallen world. He has fulfilled scripture. 
2. The Bible is about Jesus not about you. Christocentric mindset is what you need to understand the Bible.
Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. 
A cup is just a cup. If your pour something in it. Jesus fills the cup. He's the ultimate prophet. He rewrites it all. He is the hero of the story. We're now walking into his presence directly. 
When Jesus broke the bread they recognized him. He had explained how he is the fulfillment. 
3. Change your life. If you understand what Christ did, it changes your life. Jesus did it. He helps you understand the Bible. The focal point of the story. 
Your identity in Christ. Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated.
1 Peter 1:10 CSB

You are blessed if you allow Jesus in or you are an empty cup.
I'm no longer a slave to fear 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sermon

What does it mean that Jesus is Lord? 
Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org

What does it look like when we empty our self glory? 
Blessed. Happy.
Embrace Jesus. Blessed life. 
Chuck Swindle 
A man was lost in the desert and found a shack. Found a rusty pump. Nothing came. He found a bottle of water with a note to pour it into the pump. He could choose to drink the old water or risk all for fresh cold water. 
You must make choices. SALT. LIGHT. HURT. 
1. Beauty
Matt 5:13 salt was a preservative. Prosciutto.
People want to jump in to help to show they are needed. You are not the savior. Are you stopping the decay.
2. You are the light to be seen to give glory to God. 
We live in a fighting age. Grey Matter book. A church that is different will attract. 
3. Countercultural Family
Not just you and me
4. Mission
Not just selfies
Do we live an easy life? Not

2. Terror. 
Hurt. Salt Light will hurt. You'll be persecuted. You'll get a reward. A blessing. 
Blessed are you when...
2 Tim 3:12 you will suffer persecution for Jesus's sake.
Jesus is the most hated human in history. Both grandfathers died in Russian prison for being pastors. They died for Jesus. 

3. The Hero
There is a special spirit in us. Did your camp counselor tell you you would be persecuted? 
Phil 2:5-11 Jesus set aside divinity and lived a selfless life and died a terrible death. 
Every year 100,000 believers lose their lives for Jesus. 

The guy at the pump poured the water into the pump. You have to give it all away to get anything back. 

Sunday, September 08, 2019

The Law Reveals God's Character

Paster Brian 
https://www.facebook.com/allpeopleschurchfalconlake/

Father we thank you that you know all about us. You count the hair on our heads. We bring our needs to you. Minister to us. Help those who are struggling, need healing, forgiveness, encouragement. Speak deeply to our hearts. 
We pray for those impacted by hurricane Dorian. Halifax and Nova Scotia. 
We pray for those who have not heard the gospel. Help us all to impact others for the gospel. 
We pray for our country and leaders to serve our country. May your will be done in these elections. Grant that those who have ethics be elected. 

Matthew 5
When Jesus was preaching about sin it makes us feel hopeless. 

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:17‭, ‬20 NET

What Jesus said was radically different. He had good news. Will he take away some of the commandments? 
No. Any one who breaks the smallest bit of the law has broken it all. 
Jesus came to fulfill the law. 

What did Jesus mean? 
Sin is missing the mark. Archery. Missed by an inch or a mile. Sin.
Not how good. How good we are not.
Missed the flight by a minute. Fall short. 
We miss the target and the glory of God. The moral character of God. 
In Jesus we see the glory of God. We were created in the moral image of God. We're supposed to reflect the glory. 

People should see Jesus in me. The reason God says don't steal is because God doesn't steal. We are to reflect the character of God. The law tells us what God's character is. 
We miss the mark. 

Jesus ramped it up. Just look at a woman lustfully and commit adultery.
Be holy perfect as God. 
They were amazed. What do you mean you should be perfect? You were created perfect. 

Only when we know the depth of despair can we really come to God. Christ in you the hope of glory. We've all come short of it. 
Christ living in you is your hope of glory. 
God's Spirit helps us convert the law into a promise. We say thank you Lord. 

Exciting. Putting the life of God back into the human experience. God sent his son to fulfill the law so that the law can be fulfilled in us. We don't tell lies. The law is written in your hearts because your sufficiency is in Christ. When you live by the Spirit you will not commit adultery. 

Fulfillment of the law is to allow the Spirit in you. 

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Michelle Sawatzky at Falcon Lake

All Peoples church 
Terry & Erna Wiebe chair
Bolivia friends
Andy Partington Warren
NOVO is focused on empowering people to reach their community
Bolivia center for recovery. Helping people who struggle

NOVO has some businesses to help support the ministry. Motorcycle tours and painting

Michelle Sawatzky 45 years of camping at Falcon Lake sings 5 songs. 
You are everything you are https://youtu.be/b6gfrK-WCbI
God is the maker of the moon and stars Lord of All

Erica the librarian bought a few new books
Jews that sing
Seeing Allah finding Jesus
Unplanned
I was once an Arafat man

Potluck in 2 weeks
Need an audio man Jonathan says

Michelle
It is well with my soul
The Lord transforms lives

He hideth my soul
Why do people talk so much about songs when the songs speak for themselves
Broken Lives Never asked to be rich

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them.  I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter will pass from the law until everything takes place. For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:17‭-‬18‭, ‬20 NET

These were the most discouraging words from Jesus. The Old Testament was all about recording failure. 

What's good news? A grandfather god with 6 commandments. 
Jesus said he is not here to apologize for God's law. Jesus fulfills. 
1. What's the purpose of the law? Why does Jesus raise the bar? We have all broken the law of God. Why did God make rules people can't keep? Was he having a bad day? 
1 John 3.4 to miss the target is to sin whether it's a cm or km
If you miss your plane by one minute you still missed it. God is not so concerned about by how much we miss the mark. 
The law is a target. Romans 3.23 everyone falls short of the glory of God. 
What is the glory of God? The character of God. 
John said we've seen the glory in Jesus. We saw what God was like. 
Loved the kids. Sat next to an embarrassing woman. 
Gentle, patient, understanding, loving, is to see God. 
Understand what God is like. We were created in God's image. God is not a thief, adulterer, 
The law was not arbitrary but to clarify what God's character is. 

2. The effect of the law
To show us our failures. Moses was shocked at the golden calf. God was not. Romans 3.20 For no one is declared righteous before him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:20 NET
Look at a woman and you commit adultery. 
Be perfect
They were amazed at his teaching. 

3. How does Jesus fulfill the law? Christ in you the hope of glory. My Spirit in you. 
Hit the target in Jesus. Live the life of the Spirit. 
Can we be perfect? No. 
And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18 NET

We've been given a ticket to heaven and the Spirit to live in us. Restore 
You are living in me. 

Song In the morning when I rise to meet Him

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Elijah

Dave Ens pastor One88.org http://www.one88.org/

Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord , the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word." And the word of the Lord came to him: "Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there."
1 Kings 17:1‭-‬4 ESV

Who's in charge? The rain god or the God of the universe? 

What we trust influences guides our life. When following Jesus we find peace. 

Trusting God can be hard. 

Queen Jezebel was not happy so King Ahab was not happy. Elijah had to hide. He had to speak and then trust God. Not worry about what else God has for us. Do what God has called you to do. 

The ravens fed Elijah and then God called him to go to a window in the middle of Baal country. The widow's food did not run out while the famine was in the land. God can be trusted. He is the provider. His jar never runs out. He has abundance. He does not disappoint. He was willing to die for you. 

And she said, "As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die." And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son.
1 Kings 17:12‭-‬13 ESV

Communion table has bread and juice to symbolize Jesus's broken body and blood. 

Come out of the darkness
So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You're not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms

Monday, August 12, 2019

Competent counseling

J Adams 
I went to my psychiatrist to be psychoanalyzed to find out why I kicked the cat and blacked my husband's eyes
And here is what he dredged up from my subconscious mind

When I was one my mummy hid my dolly in a trunk and so it follows naturally that I am always drunk

When I was 2 I saw my daddy kiss the maid one day and that is why I now suffer from kleptomania

At 3 I had feelings of ambivalence to my brothers and so it follows naturally I poison all my lovers

But I am happy now because I've learned that everything I do that's wrong is someone else's fault

Sunday, August 04, 2019

God is Making Things Right

Songs 50 attendees less than 1/2 inner city
Dave Ens http://www.one88.org/
Rwanda genocide no one wanted to help. Why? Why should anyone care? Rwanda has no international value. 
Justice and reconciliation. God loves justice. Criminals don't know what justice means, but all who respect the Lord understand it completely.
Proverbs 28:5 CEV

Ahab was married to Jezebel. Naboth's family had generations of vineyard next to the palace. It was a blessing and gift from God. Ahab wanted it for a vegetable garden. When Naboth refused the king pouted. Jezebel said aren't you the king? I'll get it for you. 
We may think we are doing the right thing, but the Lord always knows what is in our hearts.  Doing what is right and fair pleases the Lord more than an offering.
Proverbs 21:2‭-‬3 CEV

We always think what we do is right. But is it?

How can I find justice for those around us? 
My prayer is that we would respond with vigor to bring justice. Hunger and thirst for righteousness. 
I'm forgiven because you were forsaken. Amazing love. How can it be that my king would die for me?

Saturday, August 03, 2019

There is no such thing as incompatible

There is no such thing as incompatible. It's a term made up by the divorce attorneys. We're all different. No one is going to be completely compatible with you. Because no one is exactly like you. You can get along with anyone you choose to get along with. You can choose to love anybody you choose to love.

Here are the two words you need for your marriage to be a success: "Grow up!" It's immaturity that causes a marriage to die.

Inflexibility is the problem. The first cause of conflict is self-centeredness.

The greater your differences in marriage the greater your potential for growth. The primary purpose of marriage is not to make you happy but to make you holy. It's not a matter of compatibility but am I willing to grow up and learn.

It's always more rewarding to resolve a conflict than to dissolve a relationship.

Our nature is to be self-centered. You're always thinking about you. Not about me. It's my nature to be stubborn. If I want a good relationship I need to think less about me and more about you. 

The second cause of conflict is pride. With pride I get my feelings hurt easily. Humble people don't get their feelings hurt. Pride only leads to arguments. Proverbs 13:10 Too much pride causes trouble. Be sensible and take advice.

Proverbs 13:10 CEV

https://bible.com/bible/392/pro.13.10.CEV

That's the first verse to memorize on your honeymoon.

Here's a secret sentence that will break a log jam in any conflict "I'm sorry I was only thinking of myself."

Memorize that and get over your conflict.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Willowdale Fellowship

Dave Falkwa guest minister at 

The trumpet players and singers made music together as if they were only one voice. They praised the Lord. They gave thanks to him. Some of them played their trumpets, cymbals and other instruments. The others raised their voices to praise the Lord. They sang, "He is good. His faithful love continues forever." Then a cloud filled the temple of the Lord.  The priests couldn't do their work because of it. The glory of the Lord filled God's temple.
2 Chronicles 5:13‭-‬14 NIRV

Psalms are worship songs with specific details and requests

Is God's will inline with ours? 
He cares about us. 
We tend to rush rush. Take it easier is better. 
Pray for Ben. Lady Jean with COPD has only a short time to live. Funeral of Christian lady was very healing. True healing is spiritual. 
Arthur's mom's brother died. Arthur's doing well. Working full time. Doesn't know what he wants to be. 
SIL has fibromyalgia 

Dave
You created the deepest parts of my being. You put me together inside my mother's body.  How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.  None of my bones was hidden from you when you made me inside my mother's body. That place was as dark as the deepest parts of the earth. When you were putting me together there,  your eyes saw my body even before it was formed. You planned how many days I would live. You wrote down the number of them in your book before I had lived through even one of them.  God, your thoughts about me are priceless. No one can possibly add them all up.  If I could count them, they would be more than the grains of sand. If I were to fall asleep counting and then wake up, you would still be there with me.
Psalm 139:13‭-‬18 NIRV

God's been working on this message for a long time. God wants me to say it. 
Read
"Listen! A farmer went out to plant his seed. He scattered the seed on the ground. Some fell on a path. Birds came and ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky places, where there wasn't much soil. The plants came up quickly, because the soil wasn't deep. Still other seed fell on good soil. It grew up and produced a crop 30, 60, or even 100 times more than the farmer planted."
Mark 4:3‭-‬5‭, ‬8 NIRV
4 types of results based on conditions
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this story? Then how will you understand any stories of this kind? The seed the farmer plants is God's message.
Mark 4:13‭-‬14 NIRV
Don't you understand? 

We think we are executing the seeding. 
Let's look at it the other way. We are the soil. We get locked in on the results and forget the people. Team building is tough. An employee left because I wasn't listening to him. I was the path. Lots of superficial social media posts becomes rocky soil. 
We were too busy for neighbors. They stopped going to church. The thorns destroyed the relationship. 25 life groups. We help them find a group. We sacrifice our time. 

Good soil. Conflict becomes about growing and learning. Pray. Learned about managing conflicts with each other by going to prayer. God is there. If you are fertile soil God gets the glory. His way changes us to produce fruit. No relationship is ever too complicated. 

At 47 Dave was 300 pounds now less than 200. Now taken the time to live healthy. Went on a mud race with Kara to build relationship with her. 

If you're breathing God is not done with you yet. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

All Peoples Church Joshua

Music by Don Doerksen and daughter Shania of St Adolphe. 

Child Dedication is a special time in the life of the Church. Pray a Blessing. A village to raise a child. Holden Unger. Bless you. God's gift of life. Pray God's rich blessing. Everybody touch him and bless him. 

Preaching Joshua be strong and courageous. 

Shania sang the baby boy was king

Is faith more important than truth?

Joshua chose two men as spies and sent them from their camp at Acacia with these instructions: "Go across the river and find out as much as you can about the whole region, especially about the town of Jericho." The two spies left the Israelite camp at Acacia and went to Jericho, where they decided to spend the night at the house of a prostitute named Rahab.  So the king sent soldiers to Rahab's house to arrest the spies. Meanwhile, Rahab had taken the men up to the flat roof of her house and had hidden them under some piles of flax plants that she had put there to dry. The soldiers came to her door and demanded, "Let us have the men who are staying at your house. They are spies." She answered, "Some men did come to my house, but I didn't know where they had come from. They left about sunset, just before it was time to close the town gate. I don't know where they were going, but if you hurry, maybe you can catch them." The guards at the town gate let the soldiers leave Jericho, but they closed the gate again as soon as the soldiers went through. Then the soldiers headed toward the Jordan River to look for the spies at the place where people cross the river.  "Rahab," the spies answered, "if you keep quiet about what we're doing, we promise to be kind to you when the Lord gives us this land. We pray that the Lord will kill us if we don't keep our promise!"
Joshua 2:1‭, ‬3‭-‬7‭, ‬14 CEV

A crumpled or new dollar bill are worth the same. 

Rahab The Prostitute is called The Prostitute in the New Testament. The title sticks.
Joshua sent spies. They went everywhere. 38 years earlier Joshua was a spy. Milk and honey. There are giants in the land. 10 men said we can't do it. Only Joshua and Caleb had faith. Only the 2 entered the Promised Land. 

1. Where they went. 
Check out Jericho. Rahab always had strange men coming and going. The spies went to her house to camouflage them. Someone noticed them. 10,000,000 Israelites were only 10 miles away. Rahab told a huge lie to protect them. She ran a brothel on the city wall. Lying was part of her life. 

Lying cannot ever be justified. 

2. What the spies heard. 
I know God has given this land to you. The inhabitants are petrified of the Israelites. They had heard about the Red Sea. They knew that their days were numbered. Og the giant with the 6'x13' bed was defeated. 

The Lord your God has already given the land to you, she says. The enemy the devil knows he has been defeated. The Lord is God of heaven and earth. The Israelites did not seem to know that. Do we trust God on Monday? 

3. What the spies did
Preserve the house with the scarlet cord. Symbolize the blood of Christ. 
The 2 dollar bills are guaranteed by the government. 
Her faith made her righteous. 
Which is more important? Character or faith? FAITH.
Justification is by faith. Rahab trusted God. 
They rescued her and put her in a separate place. Eventually she became part of the genealogy of Jesus?.

Don & Shania song I see it on the steeple.