Monday, June 20, 2022

Show me your friends and I'll show you your future

Pastor John Neufeld www.EasTview.org 

Dan Penna bought a castle in Scotland 
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Pe%C3%B1a
His manager ripped him off and he forgave him
Show me your friends and I'll show you your future

Luke 5:17
One day when Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of the Law were sitting there who had come from every town in Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was present for Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a bed, and they tried to carry him into the house and put him in front of Jesus. Because of the crowd, however, they could find no way to take him in. So they carried him up on the roof, made an opening in the tiles, and let him down on his bed into the middle of the group in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the man, "Your sins are forgiven, my friend."
Luke 5:17‭-‬20 GNT


Think hammock. 4 friends hauling a guy up the roof on a very narrow set of stairs, dig a big hole in the roof and lower him. 

What kind of friend are you? 
1.Compassionate? Listen deeply? Are you that kind of friend? 
2. Faithful friend
3. Encouraging friend. The Holy Spirit
4. Determined friend who makes good things happen. To experience Jesus. 

Show me your friends and I'll show you your future video. You're sculpting yourself by the friends you keep. 

God is there for the paralyzed 

Sin is at the core of all brokenness
Forgiveness is the core of all of our restoration

Forgiveness is pulling the hook out. They never apologized. Why should I forgive? Jesus takes the hook out. 

What kind of helpless are you? 
1. If it's too crowded near Jesus we don't feel like bothering
2. Many of our best moments with Jesus because of our friends
Mom and dad bear our burdens. They pray for them
3. We begrudge our friends as they are taking us to Jesus
Maybe I'm too proud to accept help
4. We still carry our mat. We don't walk with the sleeping bag around all the time. Some do. Advertise our pain.
We need friends to help us in our helplessness. Jesus wants to help. 

3 questions
1. How do you remove a bad influence friend? Gently carefully. Be more powerfully connected to Jesus. Fill your life with good friends 
2. How do you take the hook out? Examine the wound. Take out the pain. Give the hook back. I don't want your pain in my life anymore

Thursday, June 09, 2022

The woman caught in adultery

June 5, 22
Pastor John www.EasTview.org 
https://youtu.be/mb62Xv5YGt8
John 7.53 - 8.11
Deuteronomy 22.22 both shall die
John 8 there is no man. Where is the adulterer?
Jesus is full of grace and truth. 
Grace is forgiveness oriented
Truth is justice oriented. 
Most of us are flamingos standing on one foot
Neither is right or wrong
They thought Jesus was so grace oriented they would catch him
The Lord is merciful
The Pharisees (self-righteous ones) were setting a trap for Jesus with lots of holes. 
Don't contribute to the problem by malicious accusations. Where is the guy? They caught the prostitute but not the John. They let him off. 
What did Jesus write? Don't be a party to an injustice? 
Don't cast the first stone unless you are without sin?
Maybe he listed sins, the secret ones. 
Jesus stands up. 
Are you judging others? Are you forgiving?
The oldest one stepped away first because they would be accountable for being unjust. 
She said sir, not Lord. There is no indication of confession or repentance. 
Jesus just said go. Sin no more. 
We forego the gift of forgiveness by not asking for it. 
The temple court is 4 football fields size. Lots of witnesses to the event. 
Jesus gives this woman another chance at life. 
Jesus wants you to get past your sin and be restored. He gives you a second chance. What do his words say to you? Read the Bible and see what he said. 

BLESSINGS!

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Baptism at EasTview.org

Pastor John Neufeld 
Find a mentor, be a mentor. 
Jesus said:
Go. Baptize. 
Baptism is a sign of washing away. Take your clothes off and put on new clothes. Public declaration of realignment of social priorities. 
It's a starting line, not a finishing line. 
Not because you are good enough but because Jesus believes in you more than you believe in yourself. 
You can't be good enough. All you can do is say I'm sorry. Jesus died for your deep sins. 
Membership. CAA membership is different. Church membership is being part of a body. Fingers, nose etc are all part of your body. Each becomes part of the body. Opportunity to bless others. 
1 Corinthians 12:12 many parts. Individually members of the body. 
Jesus believes in you more than you believe in yourself.
We baptize on confession of faith. Obedience to Jesus. Infants can't confess. 
Jesus believes in you more than you believe in yourself.
Russ and Lisa Enns. Russ won the lottery by growing up in a Christian home. Jesus was always there. Got married to a beautiful Christian woman. That was not boring.
God gave me a special gift of Christian family. 
Church broke up and really hurt. The church is a gift from God. God's power becomes real. 
Looking forward to being part of the church. 
Lisa. Won the lottery of growing up in a Christian home. 
Thankful for sons Marcus and Simon. Had some miscarriages. 
Be still and know. McIvor church broke. 
We came to EasTview. The boys were invited to join the music group.

Christine Schmidt did not grow up with faith. Dad developed cancer in the first year of marriage. Got to know Rick and Sandy.
Attended Alpha course. 
Why why? My son passed away. Why? Alex my husband helped. 
God has been patient with me. 
Christine had become a leader of a life group. Baptized. 
Sing now.