Sunday, September 30, 2012

Austin Evangelical Community Church

Pastor Colin Bell
Titus 3
Be still and know that I'm God. That can be hard to do. Draw Me Close to You help me find the way bring me back to you
I am going to the river Lord I want to meet you there. Find life beyond compare.
where are you at? God works in mysterious ways. Favorite prayer: Lord I believe. Help my unbelief.
My heart's heavy this morning. But be reminded God is here. Bow your heads. Let's sing this song again? Are you willing to ask God to bring you to the river? To surrender every care? Precious Jesus I am ready to surrender every care.
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, - Titus 3:1
The world needs leaders who stand for the truth. We have a desire for God to lead us to good deacon couples.
Noah was a just man not perfect. Blameless and upright. He feared God.
This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Solomon had 700 mother in-laws. That was his downfall. We need to remember to be faithful in every part of our lives. Support of the spouse is so very important.
The not list. v 7 not quick tempered not wine bibber.
The for list. Phil 4:8 The pure the lovely sober clear headed holy. If you seek to be holy the rest will fall into place. Holding forth the Word of Life. That's the most important part of the job description. The spiritual advisory board.
If we expect perfection we're in trouble. You O Lord know our hearts. We need to be in prayer about who God wants as deacon couple of this church.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's that time of year!

To burn the old leaves and branches in the back yard while enjoying the companionship of  my sweetheart of 41 years. The almost full moon is a romantic bonus!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Made for More: Reaching Out Together
188 Princess Street our downtown campus will host Police and pastors prayer meeting once a month.
Next Sunday is dine together Sunday. Please take some potatoes with you for that meal.
Songs today

Dave Ens:
There must be a reason why we have come together as a community.
1. John 17 the high priestly prayer. As I was sent do send I you. That's at the heart of what it means to be a church. We are sent to show the world who God is. We are ambassadors, representatives for our home country. To reflect who God is.
How did Jesus see people? Not like everyone else. In the midst of a crowd he saw the woman who wanted to be healed.
Why is that so hard for us? We think that we should be out there attracting people, trying to convert them. We say look at us. Jesus saw them and had compassion for them. Mission springs from passion, the bowels, the gut. Jesus said I can heal that.
When we experience something good we have to tell someone. Jesus showed God. Conviction comes from experience. He loved us enough to know he had to become like us to reach us. We may not be that  interested in seeing like Jesus saw.
If we lack conviction we will be 1/2 hearted. We need to see ourselves the way Jesus sees us. Behold how much love the Father has gifted us to make us children of God. We will see him as He is. We have been MADE sons and daughters of God. God's love makes us his children. You are his child or not. There is no half way. No maybe.
Mennonites have a hard work ethic. You are born you work and you die. You can have your coffee break after you die.
In pagan culture had the idea that the gods made humans so they could do the work the gods didn't want to do.
To all who received Him he made children of God. When you are adopted you have the same rights as the rest of the family. As children you have the same rights as Jesus. Access to everything the maker of heaven and earth has. My child has more access to me than my spouse. Your father responds to your needs. No matter what. A son would be raised by a nanny and then learn the trade from his father. Observing. Working alongside daddy. Following His agenda. Listen to Him and follow His agenda. Then we will see God as he is.
I can't not share the good news with you my neighbor. I'm imitating my Father. As we work alongside God we become like him. What is your conviction? What is in your bowels?
God saw what we needed and he gave us the symbols of HIS LOVE. His blood His life. May it bless us as we eat and drink in remembrance.

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. It makes me white as snow.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Made for more! Community with purpose
Wednesday is Colers of Hope study
We will sing sing sing and make music with the heavens
Jesus our hope living for all who wish to see. In history you lived and died. We believe. you are the light living for all the world to see.
Jesus Messiah became sin for those who knew no sin. All our hope is in you.
Holy holy holy is the Lord  God Almighty of all
I will  adore you.
In Christ alone my hope is found here in the love of Christ I stand. Here in the death of Christ I live bought with the precious blood of Christ.
Delbert Enns pastor
Potatoes. You are part of a sack of potatoes. We will do something with them yet. God has a plan for you. We are all different. We live community.
I grew up in Paraguay. People got  tortured. That's why I moved to Canada.
Che was a reformer and people followed him. I met the greatest reformer ever. Jesus is the soul reformer. I'm passionate about that.
He is the one who brings hope to every human being. Spent 20 years in media. Social reform comes through belief in Christ. His church is his conduit for change. Be witnesses all over the world. Acts: the believers listened to the apostles and each day more people were added to the church. By 300 A.D. 25,000,000 people were living the Christian life. Give me your heart, God says. It took 10 years to become fully committed to ministry. We don't have it all together and that's why we need community. I did it my way is the national anthem you don't need to rise for. That's our culture. Do it your own way. We honor those who are self made people. That is not God's intent. You are made for community. Transformational community.
Social change happens when we
Walk together in faith and let your living show it. Spill it out. Walk and talk together. Listen to someone's heart. Don't walk alone.  Geese fly in formation so they fly 71% further. That's community.
We invited the neighbors kids and they accepted  Christ and then the mother decided to come too.
We are Eastview COMMUNITY church. Let's be community NOW! Be part of a small group. Mingle invite someone for lunch coffee supper. Live out the love so others will feel it. Start with love.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Made for more! God's Vision for Community

Holy is the name of the Lord
You meant it for evil but God
But God demonstrates his love
Leaning on the everlasting arms
O how height the path
Safe and secure
What have I to dread
You are good when there's nothing good in me
You are peace when fear is crippling
You are God in control
I'm running to your arms
The riches of your love will always be enough
Nothing compares to your embrace
My heart will sing no other name
My saviour lives my saviour loves

Pastor Del Enns
God is always there for me
This is the beginning of the new church year
Don't miss the next few Sundays
You care about the people around you. what you hear today will impact the test of your life
1. No one will last forever. You are not the energizer bunny. There is only one life. You May be overwhelmed.
2. Practice for eternity
We were created for God's pleasure. Get along with everyone.
Worship God
Serve him living out the purpose God has for you. Can we imagine being part of a sack of potatoes. You are made for so much more! Remember Mr Potatoe Head born in 1952 as small parts in cereal boxes.
What would artists do if they tried to make it represent you? What can you do with a potatoe? You were created for a lot more.
What are you doing here ?

Thinking. What does that mean? God created us for community. Marriage and church are created by God.
All of you together are Christ's body.
We cannot fulfil God's purpose for us alone. We belong  to each other. Reach out and touch someone. Choose to love each day starting NOW!
How? Learn to hangout, eating together. Talk to someone.
Have food together. Start now. Invite someone for lunch TODAY. Longing to be together is important.
Join together with others. Join a Caregroup.
We have hundreds of volunteers in this church. Are we ready to embrace more community? Pastoral care needs to be enlarged. Let love be your highest goal. He has given so much for you.
Let's get going and connect.
All staff to the pastor's house for lunch today!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The New Normal
When God's standard becomes my own
1 Peter 1:16
Matthew 7
Great is thy faithfulness Lord unto me
Every one struggles with prayer. Why is it easy to spend hours watching tv? So hard to pray? It is a battle. We need to be a church in prayer. A new building is great but without prayer we are dead.
1. Never  stop asking. What is prayer? Matthew 7:7 persistent and expectant pleading to God. Never give up. Please? Please! That's how it starts? Lost cause? That's how prayer slips away. Knocking is persistency. Without you Lord I'm done.
Don't give up. It matters. Start pounding on the doors of heaven. Prayer for a lost son was answered this week. Pound on the door of heaven. Expect answers. It is not an empty door. Call and God will answer. The Lord is near. He is there. Listen to God. Prayer is an urgent matter. It is s lifeline.
2. God never stops giving.
If your son asks for bread you give it to him. We are evil, apart from the will of God, and we give good things. The perfect God gives perfectly.
Praise the Lord. Prayer doesn't change God? Not his nature. But God changes his actions in answer to our prayers.
Not every prayer is answered. Sometimes there is silence. Pray according to God's will. Ask for bread and fish. When kids ask for the wrong thing will they get it?. A stone? A snake? No way! I give you good things. What you need.
Pray for holiness. Pray for God's glory. Growth  dependence sanctification mystery
V11 God gives what's best for you. When the pain is so deep, sickness, etc. Is that good? I can't tell you why that  is good. Jesus's prayer was not answered. He knows what unanswered is like. We are here today because of the unanswered prayers of Jesus.
God I look to you know just what to do. I will love you Lord my strength. Hallelujah our God reigns forever all my days.

Saturday, September 01, 2012