Sunday, September 28, 2014

Essentials. Faith

Dave Ens
Obedience helps our faith to grow. We need faith for obedience.
Humans live by faith. We have faith that people will stop at the red light. If we buy a can of tuna we have faith that there will be tuna in that can.
A life of faith is fundamentally opposed to comfort. It is a journey without maps.
Heb 11:1-3 The substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. A substantial reality. Drives Action. Changes lives. Conviction. A substantial vision. Engages your mind. A course of action.

Build your way off this faith. Rom 5 justified by faith we have peace and friendship with God. The glory of God changes everything. God's act of grace makes peace with God. The substantial vision of grace changes our lives. God is asking us to move closer.

Look at Abraham. He is a good example to us. God wants to make us a blessing. He followed God. His father was supposed to go to Canaan. He stopped his journey before he got there. He was comfortable in Hiram. Then God called Abraham and he did obey. He went all the way God asked him to go to.

Take another step and follow. The next step will be even better. A bigger better vision.

God has more for you. Not just good enough but so much more.

Paul talks in Rom 14 about Abraham. The promise was to all nations. God calls into existence things that don't exist. Abraham became the father of many nations. He was fully convinced that God was going to do it. Perseverance.

70% of people who said they were Christians said their faith made no difference to their actions. James said that faith without action is dead. Lots of people believe in God but are stuck in mediocre mud.

God give me a vision to love the unlovable. Busines is no excuse. Jesus took the cross to show his love.

The bread and the wine demonstrate Jesus love

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Oh precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Pastor Collin Bell
Eph 6:13-18
A young boy went fishing picked up a red worm and got bitten. He cought lots of big cat fish. Each time he put new worm on his hook he got bitten.  Eventually he didn't feel so good. He died before he got to the hospital. Like Satan these baby rattle snakes gave a small bit poison each time.
Paul looked at the Roman soldier putting on his breastplate for protection. Righteousness is the important part of a Christian's armour. If you lose that you lose your life. You shall be holy God says.

Righteousness comes at amazing costs. God is holy. He can't stand sin. That's the mark to strive for. I can't do this. I need help to put us in right standing. David said purge me. I can't do it myself. God needs to wash us.
Rom 3.21, 23 the righteousness of God through faith. No matter who you are we share "for all have sinned" We all need Jesus's righteousness imputed. When God looks at us he sees Jesus righteousness. Rom 8:1 there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.

Amazing love how can it be that you my God would die for me?

Rom 5:20-6:2 how can we who died to sin still live in it complacently. We are called to holiness. We need to walk in newness of life. Not enslaved to sin. Not playing with rattlers.

2 Cor 6:2, 7 Paul reminds us that now is the day of salvation.

God works in us to righteousness and holiness. Righteousness protects us from ourselves.

Hosaiah 10:12-13 time to seek the Lord. Time to allow holiness in us.

Our righteousness will not get us to heaven.

Are we honoring God? Nothing is more important than a right relationship to with God.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Discipleship & Learning

Pastor Bruxy at
Exists to make disciples of Jesus.
To say "Jesus is Lord" is to say...
1. Jesus is the center of everything
2. Jesus shows us what God is like
3. I choose to be an apprentice of Jesus (250 times the NT calls us that)

To be a physical mentor. Being mentored by our leader. Who is not visible. We need The Book

We are saying follow me as I follow Christ.
Rom 10:8-9
Matt 28:18-20
2 Tim 2:2 I have taught Timothy to teach others who will teach others
1 Cor 4:14-17
Jesus is Lord is a challenge for western Christians.
Follow me and I will make you fishers of people.
If you ever say I have it all figured out you have pride and you go back to the beginning.
When we teach we learn. Seneca.
FROSH your homework is to teach one person what you learn each week.
Are you coming back next week? We want to grow the Christian. Home church should be a safe place. Sunday mornings are the invitation for everyone to explore Christ.
Hospitality says join us in our environment. No need to prepare a big entertainment dinner.
Be friendly. Initiate conversation. Practice hospitality.
The protege effect. Find one person who is alone and be their friend.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Essential by design. God's

Del Enns pastor
Excitement confusion happens in life. Health challenges family uncertainty.
Unleashed the book Perry wrote.
Sometimes we get stuck in life. Waiting for someone to notice us. God what's for me? Following Jesus one step at a time.
One day Jesus walked along the shore and called his disciples: Follow me!
He calls us to action. Put down your fishing net.
We want to know what the end steps are. Some of us become complacent.
Romans oh how great are God's riches
It's not about me. There is a next step for you. A divine creator purpose. Touch someone. Elisha is the colour orange lived on conviction.

Ahab Jezebell Elijah

God called Elijah to anoint Elisha. He was plowing with 1 of 12 yoke of oxen in the field.
After the fire on the alter Elijah is stuck in depression. He wants to quit.
Take courage with the next step. Surrender your pet peeves. Let God speak to you in the gentle whispers.

Wear the Orange Wave
Take account of your life
Face the consequences
Take action
Move upward and onwards
Jesus must become greater and I must become less and less.
7 week journey on the Orange Wave. Wear Orange next Sunday!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

EFree Church Falcon Lake

Prayer by opening leader in Kansas:
We have ridiculed the time honoured values and called it enlightenment.

Pastor Brian Hamilton @afccanada

Music by Olympic champion Michelle Sawatsky and sisters: Jesus you are the one to make my day bright and guide my life.

Michelle and her dad: At the river of Jordan you are all alone. You'll leave it all behind. Friends can't help you then.

Michelle and her dad, nieces and nephews: Amen see him in the garden bearing all my sorrows Amen amen

Michelle and youngest sister: Remember me. In a Bible cracked and faded in the years. When the cover of the sunset fills the sky. When the children leave the Sunday school. Child of wonder. Child of God.

Pray for our nation's leaders. Blessed are the peace makers. Jenna and her husband are going to Jordan. Pray for Christians everywhere.
We stand in awe of God's greatness.
We pray for freedom to proclaim the gospel.

Jonah's journey. The next chapter.
The world's worst missionary.
Jonah 2:17 The whale swallowed him. Snatched from the jaws of death. What swallowed Jonah? Big Fish.
Jonah thought he was geographical God. He thought he could run from God. But the hound of heaven chased him. Sperm whale feeds on giant squid. James Bartley survived being swallowed by a whale. If God wanted a special fish to protect Jonah, that's no problem. When Jonah woke up he dealt with the underlying issues. The belly of the fish is not a great place to live but a great place to learn. It bothered him now to be separated from God.
Commence prayer now. When he was at the end of his rope he prayed and repented. He prayed back the word of God. He quoted the psalms. Thanksgiving. Why was he thankful? God had turned him from rebellion. Then he prayed in contrition. He confessed the Lord. I turn to you Lord. About face. Go in the right direction. Say God I'm sorry.

Lady read her Bible on the airplane. Man next to her questioned her about Jonah. How did he survive? When I get to heaven I'll ask him. What if Jonah isn't there? Then you ask him.

Lord fill me with your grace so I can praise you.

Michelle on piano: From the love of my own comfort help me God.  Deliver me oh God. When I taste your goodness I shall not want.