Sunday, February 23, 2014

Desire to be Great
Today: Owning ‘YOU’: Desire to be Great Delbert Enns  Matt 23:11-12, Rom 12:10, Luke 14:7-14
Songs this Morning: Come, Now Is The Time To Worship   Brian Doerksen Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King   Thomas Miller How Great Thou Art  Wesley Keene Nothing But The Blood Robert Lowry Jesus Messiah   Chris Tomlin 

The father loves the son. The son can do nothing on his own.  You will see greater things than the healing of the lame man. Read the text over and over.  You have a number 10 in you.  You have greatness hitched to humility. The greatest among you must be your servant. Those who humble themselves will be exalted. Who will get up at night to take care of the baby? Selfishness destroys relationships. Humility builds relationships.
Being humble has to be ungoing every day.  God does the exalting.
1. Humility towards ambition. Who is the greatest? The disciples were arguing. World changers. They didn't get it. God does not squash ambitions. Get as humble as the little child.
If humility overshadows your pride you can be great. Let God lead you.
You can't fix relationships. Depend on God.  Wait on God.
2. The need to be noticed. The rich man wanted the benefits without commitment. After that Jesus told the disciples he would die. Now 2 disciples wanted to sit next to Jesus in the coming kingdom. Be a slave, Jesus said. Not a selfie. Leave it up to God.
God made you wonderfully complex. God's very own workmanship.
Become an encourager.
Humility.  At a great banquet all the guests wanted to sit at the head table.  Jesus said take the back table and you will be invited to sit at the head table.
We tend to compare ourselves among ourselves.  Not a good idea.
Chris and Cory. Interview. Chris is 2 years free of drugs. What do you fill your life with now? Congressional friends, 188, choir, Forward House. Get rid of all old friends. Celebrate with cake.
Cory.  Loves competition. Won the medal. Leads 200 students here at church. We have been blessed. Help students build relationships. In this age of entitlement. Learn to flip your perspectives. Spring break inner city ministry. Get involved pray for the kids. Buy some soup.

The moment in history that exemplifies humility is when Jesus died on the cross. Jesus invites us on the journey of humility.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Death - What a wonderful way to explain it

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was planning to leave the
examination room and said, "Doctor, I'm afraid to die. Tell me what
lies on the other side."
Very quietly the doctor said, "I don't know..."
"You don't know? You are a Christian, and you don't know what's on the
other side?"
The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side was the
sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang
into the room and leaped at him with a show of gladness.
Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's
never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew
nothing except that his master as here, and when the door opened he
sprang in without fear.
I know little of what's on the other side of death, but I know one thing...
I know my master is there and that's enough."

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Owning 'YOU': Approval Addiction

Worship Services: 9:15 & 11:15am Messages are recorded and video is available online: DVD copies are also available. Today: Owning ‘YOU’: Approval Addiction
Delbert Enns  
Luke 16:15, Romans 12:1,2

Love you.  Make sure they say I love you too. God wrote my name in the palm of his hand. Read his Word.

Everyone wants to be noticed. Why did no one notice me? If no one notices us we say why? We like compliments. Charles the Great wanted to be buried with all his regal stuff and sitting on a throne with the Bible on his lap snd his finger pointed to Matthew 16:26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

Why do we need constant approval? Does it really matter? There is something that says we need to find something bigger. That's why we go to church.

We have all had abuse in life.  We don't need to be a victim.
Sunday morning we may want to do something else.

Approval addiction it's all about me.

We have societal, corporate, Christian values. Seek the will of God and all else will be taken care of. Luke.  Jesus prayed all night and then selected the 12 apostles. Everyone is known by God by name.

If you want to walk away from the ME life we need to live the Luke 6.20 life.  Hunger and thirst after righteousness. Jesus has a big reward for his followers.

Life is not about now.  It's about something more.  There is a reward for faithfulness. Feed your soul! Be involved and train your mind.  Take the marriage course. Let your bodies be transformed by changing the way you think.

Greg. You work with people that are living for themselves.  Alcoholics are selfish and addicted. Some people walk around with a long face and that becomes addictive. Anger is addictive. Greg used to cary a crowbar. Had a heart attack that made him realize that hebneeded to change. Grandma prayed for her family relentlessly. Her prayers made a big difference. Post cardiac men always think about what they do not who they are.

Next Sunday Becoming more like Christ.

Is what I'm doing bringing me closer to Christ? Everything else is relatively worthless.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Tara Teng
Find out what products are ethical.
Traffic jam java supports rescue operations
Freedom tastes sweet for tea
Sevenly created campaigns to raise funds
Senhoa ethical jewels employs women emancipate

New opportunities
TMC fashions high value. They use only modest dresses
Segway in Winnipeg needs pajamas to help sextrade workers feel valuable.
Cycles of sustainability are starting to make a difference.
Our foster care system is broken. Churches need to show love
1st nations people have so much wisdom.
We need new laws to protect vulnerable women.
Send letters all over to make the public aware of ethical business.
Move into the neighborhood to change and transform the world. That's what Jesus did. Become part of real change.

Connecting with habits

Freedom from abuse.
Pastor Del Enns
It happened again and again. She felt irregular heartbeat. She had made plans to travel. Needed a pacemaker. Now she had cancer. Her heart is very weak now. Mom is ready to go now.

She has a heart of love. A hard life.

People build walls.  Our hearts are out of sync. Disapproval lingers. Disappointment lingers.  Families break.  We say that's who I am. How is your heart today?

We are told to behave to avoid pain.  Get your mouth washed for foul language.

How's your heart?

Matt 15: 17 "Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.”

The truth will set you free. Are there places in your heart that are closed? Open up. Name your abuse. Your family that kicked you out. Friends that condemned you.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Wide Awake 3

Ken Shigematsu pastor from Vancouver "God in My Everything"
Worked for Japanese company where he was a 7/11 man - gone from home from 7am-11pm on company business. Became a 7/11 man at church. Went to Ireland with Leighton Ford and discovered monastic peace.

If you were forced to live in a Muslim theocracy you would find out how Daniel felt when he was exciled to Babylon. They were being reprogrammed with a new name.
Daniel prayed 3 times a day.  There he learns to inhale God.  And gives thanks.  The only way to explain his wisdom is that God lives in him. 

The rule of life is a rhythm a trellis to produce more fruit. Remain in Jesus to bear fruit. God is at work.  Create a simple rhythm in your life to support your walk with Jesus.

Love sailing and it is a privilege and enlivening. Honour the 4 th commandment.  It is better to work from rest than to desperately need rest.  Exercise is part of good rhythm.  It helps to focus life on health.
Meditation.  I have 1000 chimpanzees running around in my head. Meditate on Jesus for 12 minutes a day and your brain gets better.  And your life gets better.  Healthier. 
God in my everything. How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God

A trellis of rhythm - start a simple rhythm in your own life.  Something that supports your friendship with your best friend Jesus. It is not a burden.
In 2014 we will all live in a rhythm.  Buy the book.  Discounted today. You can have it for free.

My wife says you're the happiest pastor I know. my hope and prayer is that you would know God in everything.
May the road rise up to meet you.  May Christ be above you in you.