Sunday, April 24, 2016

From Martha's Facebook page

I can't think of any nice way of saying it, so I'll just say it and get it over with and then if you feel led to do so you can say a prayer for me and my family. We have been hit with another health challenge!  I have been diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma.
I would appreciate prayer especially that I will make the right treatment choices and if God so chooses that the tumour would miraculously disappear!
The following prayer that I copied from someone into my prayer journal came to my mind this morning as I was thinking about writing this post.
"Lord, I praise your name !  Your will and ways are perfect.  I ask your will to be carried out every moment of every day in my life. Let me not be fearful of the unknown, but confident in the promises of Your Word. Help me to anticipate the events of my life as the work of Your mighty hands. In Jesus' Name. Amen"
And this quote by John Eldredge: "'I wonder what God is up to in all this?'  The process of our journey rests entirely on our ability to see life from the basis of that question."

Church of the Rock

Pastor Aubrey Krahn

Plants need water and soil. You are that. You have opportunities to grow the kingdom. There are people who need you.
God wants more from you. When God taps you on the shoulder he gives strength. John 14:27
"Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.
Who gives peace? Jesus. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Say it. I have the peace of God. Jesus's Peace comes from the inside. The world's peace is from the outside. Everything is as it should be and I have outside peace. The world's peace.
Know and understand the inside. That transcends all understanding. Jesus gave us an inside peace.
What's going on inside? Jesus has planted peace. What stops His peace?
Jesus, is this me? The Holy Spirit wants to speak to you. Our potholes slow us down. Things don't work. Why? Why me? Don't stay there. Don't demand that God tell you why.
This is not nice fluffy stuff? Does the Creator of the universe owe you an answer? Job found out. God's thoughts are higher. We wouldn't get it. Our view is so small. His is so big. I think I need to know why. That does not bring peace. Rest in God and He will give you peace.
When the teacher gives the test he is silent. God wants you to fight through. He lets us learn and grow. No need to demand yo know why. Happily ever after doesn't work.
Trust his loving care.
A lady with serious cancer said she was ok. She spent her life in the peace of God. She had built a chapel in her heart.
Don't let resentment build a roadblock in your life.
We just don't know everything. Go back to what you know.
1 we live in a broken world and people make bad choices
2 God has a greater purpose.
3 God is more interested in my character than my comfort. He loves you. He comes after you. You are more than a conqueror. One son is really struggling. When your kids hurt you hurt. What if God called you to be a father to a boy that struggles. Be the best dad you can be to him. Even if it involves pain.

Psalm 131
Lord , I have given up my pride and turned away from my arrogance. I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects too difficult for me.  Instead, I am content and at peace. As a child lies quietly in its mother's arms, so my heart is quiet within me.  Israel, trust in the Lord now and for ever!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I am Fathered

Pastor Delbert
Ephesians 6  Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. "Honor your father and mother." This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, "things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth." Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Husbands love your Wives. Submitting to one another in love.
Some husbands are bad heads but they are the head of the household whether they like it or not.
Our left and right hands compliment each other like husband and wife compliment each other.

Children are born with a sinful nature. Their nature causes them to their tantrums, disobey, etc without being encouraged to do that.

We are teaching that in children's ministry and giving them the opportunity to pray. 2 Timothy 3.15 children need to be exposed to the gospel.

Obedience comes from honour. Inward honour makes it easier to obey. Honour is to give great respect. Jesus had respect to his father.

We live in a culture of democracy. Some other cultures operate on the honour system.

Jesus honoured his own disciples.
1. Mom and dad. Couples. You need to agree with each other. Not say yes when your partner says no to the kids. Family who is doing what? Are you of the same faith? Common agreement is very important. What faith will we follow? There are so many dysfunctional families. Isaac and Rebekah Genesis 27.11 seriously broken relationship. Isaac had told the philistine king that she was his sister. Laban deceived Jacob.

Jacob wrestled with God and God renamed him Israel.

You are loved. Take my life and let it be yours, father.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Loving like Jesus

Dr Nabeel Qureshi former Muslim RZIM partner

Jesus People
Jesus put us here for a reason
We keep killing and destroying one another. More than 1/2 the world lives on $3 a day. This makes God sad.

On mom's side the family were passionate missionaries. Dad became a military man. He was taught that Islam was a religion of peace. Could recite the Koran in Arabic by the age of 5.

9/11 changed the world and Muslims had to try to restore the rhetoric.
They hijacked Islam when they hijacked the planes.

How is God the 3 in one?
He met Christians that had no answers. He started researching the Koran. There are lots of peaceful verses. But there are lots slay the infidel verses. What is the truth about Mohammed? You are followers of him. Mohammed was very violent. Let's look at the original source. Mohammed was peaceful and got more violent as he grew older. 86 violent battles before he died. He said to slay the infidels so Islam will prevail over every religion. The only guarantee of going to heaven is to die in Jihad.

The Bibles is not corrupted. The arguments Muslims use to deny its accuracy much more apply to the Koran.

70% of converted Muslims had visions and dreams that brings them to Christ.

Conversion is hard. You destroy the family and their their reputation under the bus. To convert you have to mourn.

They do not use the Koran for comfort. Liturgical use only. Opened the Bible for comfort. Matthew 5 blessed are those who mourn. God will bless those who are trash.

Matthew 10 confess me before others. Give up my family? My life. He who does not pick up the cross. ...
The gospel is a call to die. The light in my mom's eyes went out the day is I confessed Jesus. God why didn't you kill me the moment I became a Christian? This is not about you. I cried for a long time.

I walked out and the world had changed. I saw people for whom Jesus died. The God of the universe born to 2 children. Flogged to ribbons.  Excruciating pain in death. Cross pain. God loves you enough to die for you that way.

As I have loved you so love one another.

Are you going to help reach the world? Equip us to LOVE them. The Muslims are coming here for conversion.