Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Meeting House. Self Control

Get Smart Mel Brooks
Kaos vs Control in the 60s

Hippies said no control means love. It was a good example of no self control. Selfish feelings. The Jesus Movement came out of that. I'm not finding real love without Jesus. Self Control changed everything. In power control. Strict training.
Plato was the first to start using the term in the way Paul used it.
Gluttony is but one absence if self control. For others it's addiction to narcotics or media addictions or gossip or gambling or  newness or news or work

Galatians 5 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
The struggles or successes of today are partly a result of what you seeded yesterday. Beware of purported experiences of the Holy Spirit that are founded on loss of self control. The Spirit helps us with self control. Debauchery is not being filled with the Spirit. Getting wasted is not self control. Why waste my life when the Spirit will help me love better?
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness. The Spirit will lead us away from temptation. Plant to the Spirit.
Tired HALT
Stop to create the space to think. Buy anti porn software. Give your credit card for someone to hold and divide your cash in envelopes. Unfriend someone. You may feel loss or grief while you starve sinful desires.
Togethering helps us to be real and pursue righteousness. They can help you to decide on who to separate from.
When you say no to temptations you honour God. Moving forward by considering the wins.
When you are under stress how do you avoid cheese cake? Or games or t.v.? Sometimes they do help destress. But be careful not to let the relaxers take control of your time.
Write down what your temptations are and how can you run away from temptations. Who are you going to talk to about it?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Meeting House Love and Gentleness
Baptism at 2:30 today at the Baptist church
Raised $208,000 worth of clothes for MCC.

Week 6 Love Joy Peace

Gentleness meekness are the same Greek Word
Love is expressed in joy peace patience kindness goodness
Means power that is restrained. Bear reproach without revenge.
Gentleness is not for women only. Not pacivity. Not weakness. Helping others get better. Strength that serves. Power under control.
My strength is on your side. St Bernard Rescue Dogs are born to help. I'm strong enough to serve you.

Galatians 5.22 will start a summer series on Exodus.
Let us keep in step with the spirit. Restore mend set a broken bone. With a spirit of Gentleness.
The law of Christ means the way of Christ. Love is the way of Christ.

Help someone who has been overtaken by sin. Gently. Help someone today.
Gentleness is for everyone. Be completely humble. Blessed are the gentle for they will Win new territory. Gentleness from Wisdom. Kind to everyone. Opponents must be gently instructed. How you respond says who you are.

Pray for pastors and teachers. They easily switch to an angry voice. Anger and judgment and a zeal for holiness sometimes take over and the angry voice becomes confusing the love of Jesus.

Our society celebrates fame and accomplishments but not gentleness.

Jesus is our model in humility and gentleness. Catch the vision.

"Come to me. .. My burden is light. You get rest" Freedom of relationship with God. Freedom from the world of religion.
Gayle D Erwin.

We mourn with those who mourn the victims. Sorrow grieves with others. Anger zeroes in on the perpetrator.

Gentleness says I will serve you for the best of all. Paul publicly rebuked Peter about the wrong attitude.
Have we lost the ability to grieve? There are people who come alongside and help bear each other's burden.

What does it mean to be filled with the spirit of gentleness?
Prayer. Heavenly father thank you for the mentorship of Christ. Lead us.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

All Peoples Church Falcon Lake

Service starts at 9:45 Sunday.
Choir from E Free Church Steinbach. It's worth the trip.
Rev George Bell will be speaking next Sunday. Pastor Brian Hamilton will be in Nova Scotia at his aunt's 98 birthday party next Sunday.
Choir. How marvelous how wonderful is my Savior's love for me. WOW!
My faith has found a resting place. It is enough that Jesus died and that he died for me. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus love. All other ground is sinking sand. There is wonderful power in the blood of the Lamb. I have faith and hope.

Hymn To God be the glory.
Pastor's Prayer: Father we come into your presence. You are the Lord of Lords the Creator of the universe. We sit in awe and wonder that you invite us into your presence. Forgive us for failing you and each other. Allow the spirit to change us into the image of Christ. There are struggles we face. Confusion not knowing where to turn. Let it work out to your glory.
We think of those in Nepal and those in countries torn up in war. The church that is persecuted. Fill them with joy.
Help us. In Jesus name. Amen.
Choir. In Christ alone my hope is found. He is my life. What heights of love what depths of peace. I am His and He is mine. No guilt. No fear of death. In Christ alone I stand.

Pastor Brian wants that song to be sung at his funeral.

Ascension Sunday.
The Uniqueness of Christ. Luke 9.26. He preached this message in the Dominican. A young man came up after and said I disagree with you.
The mount of Transfiguration. Moses and Elijah showed up. Jesus's clothing changed to white as lightening. Moses was buried by God in an unknown grave. He did not die of old age. Elijah was snatched up to heaven in a whirlwind. After having been dead for 1500 years suddenly Moses shows up. The law of Moses pointed to Christ. Elijah was the first prophet of the gospel. They said to the disciples: This is the one we pointed to years ago. They discussed Jesus's departure from this earth. When Jesus was taken up into heaven there were 2 men telling the disciples why are you looking up into heaven?
In Revelation 2 men show up. Elijah prophecied to stop the rain. Moses turned water into blood. They will do it again at the end of days.

When the disciples recovered from the shock they wanted to build 3 booths. A Jesus booth, Elijah booth, and a Moses booth.
Jesus is absolutely unique. Not just your truth. He is THE absolute truth. He is the only way to God. That has led to so much persecution. Is that arrogance? Jesus is who he said he is our else a liar and a fraud.
Jesus is The TRUTH. Salvation is found in no one else. Other religions can give a sense of security. Only Jesus can save.
On the mountain God said: Jesus is my son. Listen to him!
Is Jesus God? Or just another prophet? A channel of divine power?
Christ is unique and Moses and Elijah testified to that. Isaiah gave a graphic description of Jesus's death long before crucifixion was even invented. Psalm 22 Jesus declared it fulfilled when he died. It was written 1000 years before it happened.
Revelation 11.15. The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of Christ and He will reign forever and ever.
Jesus appears in Revelation over and over. All of history will wind down at the feet of Jesus. He is the focus of history. Jesus is unique. There is no parallel. No competitor. Jesus alone can reconcile us to God.
Do you know this Jesus? There is no other ultimate truth. It is Christ or nothing!
Prayer. Only you Jesus can give us life. Give us life-changing confidence.

Choir: Amazing Grace how sweet the sound. I once was lost but now I'm found. Was blind but now I see. How precious did that Grace appear. Through many dangers toils and snares Grace has led me through.
When we've been there 10,000 years bright shining as the sun we've no less days to sing God's praise than when we first begun.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Christ in Community boundaries Parent child dedication. Samara, Norah, Marcus.
Mother's Day
The challenges and rewards of motherhood. Taking care of us for life.
Kids drive me crazy always pushing the boundaries.
Kids are in because they are the kids.

Songs and men's choir
Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored. Imperfect God forgiven child of God
10,000 Reasons
Days Of Elijah
Forever Reign 25%

Dave Ens
See Christ in the Old Testament. Where do we we see Jesus? We want to be involved. We learn by doing.

When the rubber hits the road things get complicated.  People in church have different ideas. Some are easy to get along with others are not. Saints can be harder to get along with than the sinners.

There can be no wholeness without community. That's where Christ can be seen. You can't follow Jesus on your own. You need to submit your individual rights to the community of Jesus. Get away from sectarianism. Jesus is praying that his followers should be one as the trinity is one. John 17.
The love God pours into us and forms a community of love. We must love one another if we want to love outsiders. put on a dinner last night. The men that put it on learned to work together to make it happen.

The 10 commandments were given to create successful community. First you have to honour God and then your neighbor.

Short Form.
1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make idols.
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.