Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kenya Africa John

CBMC luncheon meeting:
Speaker John the missionary.
42 tribes in Kenya were always fighting so God impressed on him the need to teach forgiveness. People were healed. Sight. Pastor Mary the Lady with AIDS was dying. She was a powerful preacher. She was healed.

Forgive the enemy that killed relatives. Shortly after that they were attacked at their house. When he was beaten he prayed: Jesus help me! When the pain went up he heard the still small voice and the pain went away.

When did we decide to forgive? Didn't know what to say. 16 years before after 27 years my wife said I'm leaving. That was his bottom. He prayed for healing and a heart of compassion. Needed to learn to forgive his dad. For beating him and his mom. Needed to forgive his betrayers. Kept praying for forgiveness. Now he learned to be kind. His wife learned to love him again.

He forgave 16 years before the attack. He was partly scalped and had lots of broken bones. Then they went and attacked his wife and raped and beat her for 45 minutes. She spoke the name of Jesus. She was warm. When she finally got out she lifted him into the car. Matthew 5 Scriptures came out of him while he was unconscious.

4.5 hours later Louise was operated on. When he recovered consciousness 4 days later he praised God.

Know the call of God on your life. Still goes back to Kenya every year and builds schools and orchards every year.

Answer the call of God on your life. Now.

Make your decision today. Ask the Lord to forgive your sins.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Falcon Lake Church

Special music by Jamie Giesbrecht
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place
Glory to the Lamb Oh for a 1000 tongues to sing praise in honour to the king

Frances Funk called. Said to sing familiar songs.  Jamie hosts a radio program on Radio Southern Manitoba
I never shall forget the day when Jesus took all the burdens from my soul and they were rolled away.  I'll sing and shout.

Singing since she was 11. His eye is on the sparrow. When Jesus is my portion my constant friend.  He watches me. Let not your hearts be troubled. I sing because I'm free!

Pastor Brian
The hymns were written to provide easy understanding of the theology of the church.
God's eye is on us. In Jesus as we throw ourselves on His mercy we are forgiven. We come for refreshment.
We pray for government and continued freedom to worship.
Decorate the church next Saturday
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Linda asked why don't you preach on silence.
Silence is golden!? The silent treatment. There are problems with that.

A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

Someone said he zoned out too much. Wise people know that they are not the centre of the universe. Some people want to be noticed and interrupt to be heard. It is good to keep silent when you have nothing to say. When words aggravate the situation. Learn. When words don't help shut up.  Do you always have to have the last word. When we disrespect others we disrespect ourselves. Let the toxic people have the last word.
When you can't say good things about others don't say anything.
We have all inherited the same fallen nature. The more you talk the more you sin. Don't talk to the police. They want you to talk so they can convict you with your own words.
Two trouble makers were called into the pastor's office. Where is God? The pastor asked. The little boy ran home and told his brother that God is missing and it's our fault.
Talking too much cuts our ability to listen. People want to be understood. We often listen just to be able to reply.
We live in the presence of God. In the silence of the heart God speaks. Mother Teresa.
Replace blessing for cursing. Love always trusts.
Solitude. Silence. Freed from business we can hear God. Silence in heaven for half an hour in the presence of God.
When was the last time you were completely silent for half an hour? Are you experiencing the awesome presence of God? In quietness is strength.

Time to be silent
1 nothing to say
2 get in trouble
3 to listen
4 to worship God

Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder consider all you have made
Then sings my soul my Savior God to thee
How great you are!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Sower

Elton DeSilva
Matthew 13:1-2
You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. That is why I use these parables,

Parables are good stories for children.
He told us stories that his hearers could understand.
1. Generosity.  Farmers were very selective about where they scattered their seed. God is generous
2. The seed was willing to produce. It was fertile.
3. The story is about types of soil.
Path. Farmers left a 3 ft path that got packed. The word cannot sprout in those hearts. We may have been stepped on. We may have had horrible family situations. We have experiences of hurt.
Knowledge understanding wisdom, Brings fruit.
All of us get knowledge but not all get understanding. We need to recognize that the fault is not the seed. The hearts.
Shallow soil. Lives that are unwilling to go deep. It takes energy. We may be unwilling to go deep. What do you do about this message today? Shallow relationships lead to one step forward two steps back. Are you sick of being sick? Dig deeper. God says seek me with all your hearts and you'll find me.
Sow with tears to reap with Joy. You must wait to reap with joy.
Busy soil. We are often too busy. The seed dies. If you had a slightly bigger house I would be happy? I'm okay with a dirty car.
We fill our lives with so many things. FB Twitter and all kinds of things fill our lives and we take no time for God.
Good Soil. How do we get there? It might hurt. The soil has to be turned. Clean up the rocks. Get rid of bitterness and unforgiveness. The sower wants to clean up your heart
Let him.
If we've been hurt and abused and stepped on, surrender everything to God. Stop and let God to help you grow.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It is well with my soul

When peace like a river comes my way,  It is well with my soul
In Christ alone my hope is found I am his and he is mine
From life's first cry to final breath I am his. Till he calls me home.
Ron Burkholder site leader

Bruxy Cavey @bruxy
Soteriology Salvation Received

Salvation through the cross
Objective and Subjective
We respond differently. If we only believe and receive.
Wesley wrote his heart was warmed
Calvin had an intellectual conversion
Rom 8 the golden chain of redemption receive or one way love. Predestination versus foreknowledge and predestined to be glorified.
Eph 2 8-10 by grace through faith you have been saved.
We are God's handiwork to do the things he wants us to do.

God offers the gift of salvation. Options
We take his gift
We take his gift if he helps us
Grace enabled choice
We are dead God chooses some to life and leaves the majority to die. (Calvinism)

Justification to be declared not guilty. Just-as-if-I'd never sinned
Sanctification free from the power of sin
This is a delight
Glorified free from the presence of sin
To want to do what we should do
Stare into the grace of God and be filled with gratitude
Quietly stare into the grace. The trial is over. Are you sorry about how you abused your relationship with God?
Accept the you are accepted by God.
Thank you Father for your grace.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Tracy SOAP Scripture Observe Apply Pray journal it to soak it in
Grey Owls baseball July 23
Grey Owls breakfast July 30

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Children's story Andrea: the enemy planted weeds. Hens and Chicks looks like a weed.
Some plants are good some are bad. Weeds are plants that steal moisture and sunlight. How do you get rid of them? pull them? You might destroy them? Why did Jesus tell this story? Teach us gardening? No. He told us about people. Sometimes people hurt us over and over. Do we want them to move away? Learn to love them. John 13:34
It's God's job to look after the weeds.

Dave Ens: soccer is violent. So is gardening. Hacking etc chemical warfare. Villagers use the gardening tools as weapons.
Jesus told parables to shock us in life.
Invasive Grace of God
We are shocked that the master says don't pull out the weeds. We don't always know what the weeds are. Collateral damage. Weed killer can kill flowers.
Do you trust God enough to let him do the weeding? We think we have to hack them out. No,  forgive them for being there. Trust me, Jesus said.
Mustard seed was seen as a weed. There was a law they passed prohibiting the planting of mustard in gardens.
The kingdom of heaven is like a weed? Unclean. Offensive.
The kingdom is where the king's will rules.
Not my will but Yours! I need to fit into God's story.
We build our sense of justice based on our perspective. God's perspective is so much bigger than ours. It can't be controlled. It grows. And grows. Jesus says I'm the judge. Leave it in God's hands. Rom 12:18-21
Do not think you have to be the judge. While we were still weeds Christ died for us. We didn't transplant ourselves. Gal 3:28 we are all one in Christ Jesus.
The son shines on everyone. God is the expert. He can turn the weeds into wheat. That's transformation! Leave it with him. Cover every weed with prayer.