Sunday, June 29, 2014

Calvary Baptist Church Sioux Lookout ON

50th Anniversary coming!
Pastor Daryl, Pastor Carter
Message bt Cal Vazina. He works for NavCanada from Timmons ON
7 minute coffee break

LOTS of bugs. Keep your mouth closed. Need lots of dental floss.

Daryl was his mentor. 1st message he gave was from Jonah 1:1

Matt 28:16 Jesus is alive. "Surely I am with you to the end of the age"
Robert Wier wrote Oh Canada. 30% of our national anthem repeats the phrase Stand on guard. How well do we stand on guard?
Daniel prayed for the people. They had been exiled for 68 years. He knew that he needed to pray fervently for his people. His people needed grace.
If we want to stand on guard for our country we need to pray for our nation.
Paul wrote to the Ephesians from prison. It is a lot of fun serving God in Canada. It was no fun being in prison.
A dark dungeon. A hole in the ground.
If we don't stand for the gospel, who will?
Paul asked people to pray for him to have the right words. So others will find Christ.
Canada is the 5th richest country in the world.
Paul was rotting in prison yet he felt blessed.
We are blessed when we are strong in the Lord. How is your devotion time with God? Next time you walk by your gaming centre kneel in front of it and worship it.
The people who worship God are blessed. Then you become a blessing to others. Pray that God will make you a blessing to others today.
Jeremiah says that God knew me before I was born. Our job is to spread the good news and to be a blessing to others.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Once upon a Parable: Shrewd

Elton Da Silva
The despised Samaritan helped the beat up man.
We all want to be more like Jesus. Disciple.
Jesus was despised. He wants us to be helpful like he is. Self sacrificing.
What is grace?
Reaching out to undeserving individuals. A Jewish man was beat up. He had taken the roundabout road to avoid Samaritans. The priest refused to help the beat up Jew. We need to pay attention to the least deserving.
2 Grace interrupts our plans. The good Samaritan was a merchant with plans to sell his goods but grace interrupted his plans. Life is so scheduled.
3 Grace is not afraid of messy situations. This man was dirty beaten bloody. He poured oil and wine on the dirty bloody man.  And then he got himself dirty by loading this man.
4 Grace comforts while making someone else comfortable. We like our donkeys too much.  Get off your ass. Grace calls you to help someone. Grace says surrender. Let someone else shine
5 Grace is costly. Money time space. $200? Finance The need. I will pray for you is often a copout. The churches created scools and hospitals at huge cost by the church.
Grace never demands the end of the story. We don't know what happened. Did the Jewish man survive? Did he still hate Samaritans?
God invites you to participate in his story.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Annie Koop has gone home

She was almost 89. Her husband Daniel is a spry 100+ years old. They flirted to the end. Very much in love.
She had a family of 10. Survived by a family of 149. She prayed for each of them daily.

She was born in Crimea and the men of her family were "disappeared" during the war. She and her mom escaped to Canada.

Donations in her memory may be made to MB Missions or Square One Media

Mom loved to describe her life in Russia. At age 16 they had to flee. Make dresses of old library books. Stood up to her employer and refused to make moonshine.

Had to work to pay for passage to Canada.

She married Dan, a father of 8 in 1960. They had 2 more.

She was always helping everyone unselfishly. She was the best teacher.

Loved outdoors. Camping. Travel. Volunteered. Supported charities. Read many books.

Faith in Jesus Christ was her anchor in life.

Alan Labun:
Ps 97 delight yourself in the Lord saying yes to God.
Ps 121 help prayer
World war 2 her mom and sisters had to flee. She was featured in a movie "And When They Shall Ask"

She managed to fit into the Koop family. She hosted large parties on short notice.
The journey of life is a one way trip.  Rom 8 in all things God works... for those who love him.

There are a thousand ways to get lost only one way home with Jesus. The Lord watches over you.

To became like Jesus. That was her life.
"I'm walking through the door "The Door"", were her last words.  She had a very deep peace.
Lasst die Herzen immer Froehlich
She was a person of prayer. LET'S PRAY!

Pray with persistence

Happy Father's Day!
Greg Armstrong
Pray for our families in pain. Annie Koop memorial service 3pm today.
Old grey owls meeting Tuesday 7pm at Klassen's

Police killed in eastern Canada. Their kids are without fathers today.

Shootings in the U.S. - the President of the U.S. says he's frightened for his daughter.

A father's job is a hard. Many are grieving.

Kelly Cochrane
Our Father in heaven
Not all of us have had godly fathers.

Listened to a podcast a few days ago. Jerry told his story of waiting for the subway in NYC. A man came and started calling people in or out.
Jesus has called us in! Hallelujah!

At the Tuesday prayer meeting we have been talking about the Lord's prayer.
The youth have prayer stations. Adoration is one. Focus audaciously and shamelessly. There is no condemnation in Jesus.
The midnight conversations are the most meaningful.

Jesus said this is how you should pray. A model of how to pray:
Father may your name be kept holy,  set aside, number one.
May your kingdom come soon. Totally focused. The kingdom is in us. The kingdom come in my life. Intentional people have more of Jesus now than 30 seconds ago. The already not yet.  When you kiss your wife you are more like Jesus.
Give us the food we need to live out what Jesus has done in us. The desires of our hearts will be like Jesus.
Father give me what I need to do your work. In Jesus name.
Forgive us our sins make me holy to live for you. Make me an agent of your forgiveness.
Don't let me yield to temptations.
Last week during the baptisms we heard people say: watch me now. I have decided to follow Jesus. I want God's kingdom in me.
Lord continue to forgive me.

We would love to pray for you.
Don't quit praying. It's God's desire to give you what you need in your work of expanding the kingdom.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Transforming Communities

2 years from now will I care that I played CandyCrush and beat level 250?

Transforming Communities
Is opening up 2 more sites in Toronto. Lead pastor positions available
Luke 4.42 Jesus spent time alone with God.  If that was important to him, it should be important to us. What if we started the day with Bible time how different would our day be?

How do we make choices to concentrate on God?
"I must spread the message in other towns too"

He brings healing to the blind. Jesus sets everyone free. Share the news with everyone.

God Enters Staged Left book
Tee shirt time. $10

Attend Home Church

Simple choices party time invite your neighbors.

Ch5 let down the nets and catch some fish.
Jesus collected ordinary people as his followers.

Jesus the carpenter asked the professional fisherman to do things differently. Peter listened to the carpenter and great things happened.

Jesus called those people.

Stop and talk to people. Invest in others
What are the small choices you need to make to change and invest in your own and community growth?

Our exceptions are excuses that lead to regrets.

Mostly our choices are about choosing the good things instead of the best.

What are 1 or 2 choices you need to make today?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Celebration Sunday 2014

Baby dedication
Andrea Toews children's ministry pastor
Children's promotion to Junior Kid's Program
Kid's choir - GOD you made me
KG graduation

Pastor Dave Ens
Why do we do children's ministry?
We hope that we will learn together to live producive and meaningful lives. We learn to walk alongside God. After we have committed to serve God.
Psalm 127:1-2 Unless the Lord builds the house... life is wasted. (President Kennedy chose this passage for a speech the day he died)
The Israelites sang this song on the way to Jerusalem. They risked their livelihoods when they went to Jerusalem for a few weeks each year.

We are all called to be completed.

How great Thou art.