Sunday, November 29, 2015

Truth and Life Worship Centre

Rabbi Pesach Wolicki
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when not feeling it. I believe in God even when He is silent. Holocaust victim.
The church of Jesus  built the first hospital the first schools the first universities.  Welcome to church video

Lots of loud music and dancing while the 1st offering is taken. Time to put in earplugs.

Bridges for Peace are here today and 1/4 of the attendees were visitors.

Building relationships between Christians and Jews.

Rabbi lives in Israel. Born in the USA. Has 8 children.

Genesis Marriage study.
What's unique to us is what we concentrate on. Jewish rabbi spoke to this church. We believe in the God of the Bible. Many similarities. Shared values.

The sanctity of marriage. Under attack by current media and our society.
Then we turn back to the Word of God.
Understand the relationship of man and woman. Genesis 2.15 to work and guard the garden of Eden. Make things better and do no harm. Be responsible. My life is not about me. Don't eat from the wrong tree or you'll die? Was God telling the truth? What does it mean?
We all have a double identity. Body and Soul. My soul is who I am. My emotions. It is eternal. It does not die. Are you a soul that has a body or are you a body that has a soul?

God made a helpmate.
The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the LORD God warned him, "You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die."
Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him." So the LORD God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.

Made animals. No helper there. He named them. He was superior. He is not an equal. People are not animals. There is no mate among the animals.

Humans are responsible to manage.

So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man's ribsand closed up the opening. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
"At last!" the man exclaimed.
"This one is bone from my bone,
and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called 'woman,'
because she was taken from 'man.'"
The Hebrew has a play on words. Self of myself. Fire man woman Yah
The characters. Make a big difference.
Adam means human. When his mate is introduced he gets a new name. Man. Fire is passion. Together they are the fire of God.
3.6 the fruit was lustful. They became ashamed after they ate of the fruit.
Animals have no shame because they have only bodies.
The body had taken the lead. That's why they were ashamed.
The woman's punishment is pain in childbirth. Man's punishment is hard work.
This is God the father teaching us a lesson.
The sin was a sin of desire. She seduced her man.
The man replied, "It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it."
Then the LORD God asked the woman, "What have you done?"
"The serpent deceived me," she replied. "That's why I ate it."
God was teaching them to take responsibility.
A relationship built around shared goals. Build spiritual bonds before physical. The fundamental glue is responsibility. Produce nurture protect life. V20 Adam called her Eve. Now that we understand responsibility we can become mothers.
Covenant of Marriage. What does that mean?
Covenant shows up after the Flood. Bereet comes from creation. To create something new. Briss circumcision making something new. The first word of God is creation. Covenant with fire in the middle.

Christians and Jews are on the same side of the battles.  The messiah has to come to fix this world.
We need to build marriage. Strong. We need to be in this together.

Gentile believers should never forget the root to which we were grafted.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Kingdom Building

Delbert Enns
Jesus called us to be ambassadors of the Good News. Or is it just news.

We were created for more - way more. We were not created for earth — but for eternity. We were not created to be liked but to show love. We were not created to draw attention to ourselves but to give glory to God. We were not created to collect followers but to follow Christ. Craig Groeschel

Last Sunday was baptism Sunday and we were reminded that God sent his Holy Spirit to remind us of why we are here.

Reoriented for Destiny
How can we move from here to there?
God is. ... We become. ...
Creator. ..restored. ..
Holy. ... Transformed
Covenant. ... Community. ..
Love. ... Destiny
... for His Glory

Redeemed for Destiny
The cost to move from here to there was the death of His Son.
Is it good news?

Luke 9.59 3 men Jesus invited them
Follow me. Preach the kingdom.
As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, "I will follow you wherever you go." But Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head." He said to another person, "Come, follow me." The man agreed, but he said, "Lord, first let me return home and bury my father." But Jesus told him, "Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God." Another said, "Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family." But Jesus told him, "Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God."

Get your stuff sorted out. If not you will not have Good News.

This is about His story.
Jesus wants to spend eternity with his redeemed church. Phil 2.9..11
God will fix this world. He made a perfect world and he will restore it.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, "Look, God's home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever."
And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making everything new!" And then he said to me, "Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true." And he also said, "It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. "But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

God's redemption story is complete but there is a gap. 2 people die every second. God has entrusted us to bring the Good News to those who have never heard.

Mark 14 Jesus introduced the Last Supper in Remembrance of His Sacrifice. He invites us all to the celebration of the eternal supper with all of us.

Kristian Stanfill - My Heart Is Yours
From the album Passion:

Take It AllI give You my life
I give You my trust
You are my God
You are enough

My heart is Yours
My heart is Yours
Take it all
Take it all
My life in Your hands

I lay down my life
And take up my cross
For You are my God
Whatever the cost
For You, Jesus

All to Jesus I surrender
All to You I freely give
I will ever love and trust You
In Your presence I will live

© 2014

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Repurposed for Mission

Delbert Enns
Do we understand what God has called us to do? Do we have neighbors that want our love? Are we embracing them?
There was a rich young ruler that came to Jesus for advice. Love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind. And your neighbour as yourself.
Jesus said sell your stuff and follow me.  The ruler left with sadness in his heart.

Ultimately God wants us in his destiny forever. Help us God save us from our enemies.

Mark 1.15 God's promised time has come.  "The time promised by God has come at last!" he announced. "The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!"

It's His Story. Not about me.

Some of us are on a track of moral goodness. We need to step out in immovable unwavering faith. Your identity is shaped by your faith.

Next Sunday is baptism Sunday. We all need the Holy Spirit in our lives to get things under control.

We have a great Father. He wants us to take care of the needy of this world. Make disciples of all the world. Jesus promised to be with us.

The disciples shared the story and there was great joy in the lives if the new believers. The Church is the Living Body of Christ. It is the hope of the world.

In 1727 the Moravian church  started a 100 year revival meeting. In 5 years they made a huge impact on the world. Now they have 750,000 members
In essentials unity
In nonessentials freedom
In all things love
2 sent out 1 stays to pray for them

Leading people to Christ and into maturity in Him.
For 2 years we have had a concert of prayer. We are now raising Kingdom Builders. EasTview is 25 years old next year. It's crucial to make a difference.
Pray. We stand in awe of you. You keep loving us. We are made for destiny. Give us boldness.

Oh Lord how I need you.