30 July 2008

What a Wonderful Time

What a wondeful time at camp in Nova Scotia. Please pray for these young ones as they go back to their homes. My family and I were blessed last week to be a part of these young ones lives. Camp taught me many life lessons about myself and the importance of teaching children holy living. I was absolutely amazed that these young kids paid close attention twice a day for 6 days, even when they were over tired or had plans after chapel time. ITS ONLY by His grace that the soul knows very well, its only by the power of the Word, as the Hebrew writer says (Heb 4:12-16). All glory belongs to God for His mighty power through His Word. This is something that school can never prepare you for, because this is real life where real people have real needs and concerns, I will never forget this special time in my life that I spent with my family as I continue to wait and prepare for full time ministry.

29 July 2008

How Important is Scripture to You?

Walking, Not Just Talking (By John MacArthur)
If we really believe the objective, rationally-understood truth of Scripture is both authoritative and incompatible with error — since the Bible is the singular Word of the living God — we must not only study and teach it; we must live it, too. It is not enough to give lip service. If we genuinely believe the Bible is divine truth, we must allow it to permeate our life and ministry. To live otherwise is tantamount to denying the truth. People who think otherwise may “profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1:16). Ezra, the high priest in Nehemiah’s time, is the prototype of what every godly minister ought to be. “Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10, emphasis added).
I learned this lesson from my father, who as a lifelong pastor has been my model of integrity, as was his father before him. I first began to appreciate how difficult the struggle can be when I began in the ministry as a young man in my twenties. I had been in the pastorate for barely a month when I was asked to perform a wedding for a girl in our church who was planning to marry an unbeliever. In a meeting of the church board, some of the leaders urged me to do the wedding because the girl’s father was an influential man. A lot was at stake, they said. We might lose this family from the church if I declined. I said, “But I can’t do that. I can’t do what the Scripture clearly forbids. Believers are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Second Corinthians 6:14.” They were already prepared for that. They replied, “Well okay. We understand your feelings. We know a minister from somewhere else who will come in and do it, so that this girl can be married in the church.” I asked them: “But whose church is this? Is this your church to be used at your discretion, or is this Christ’s church?” They replied to their great credit, “You’re right; we can’t do it. This is Christ’s church.” That was the Rubicon for Grace Community Church. That was the moment when the future of our congregation was decided. Yes, an entire family left, and several other people withdrew their membership over that incident as well. But we decided as elders that day that we would not only preach the word of God; we would expect it to be lived out in the corporate life of the church. That same expectation is laid on all who would claim the name of Christ, both within the church and outside of it. We are those who have been commanded to walk in a manner worthy. This means that the authority of Scripture must be more than something we proclaim. It must be something we live.

17 July 2008

Are You Ready for Battle

Their are 6 vital items the believer MUST put on every single minute of every single day. We need these items so that we can face the days trials and temptations. You can find these items in Ephesians chapter 6.
1. The Belt
2. The Breastplate
3. The shoes
4. The Shield
5. The Helmet
6. The Sword
My question to you is this: Have you put on the whole armor of God today? The Bible says our duty as Soldiers of the Cross of Christ is to: Endure, Persevere, Fight the good fight, Standing firm in the word of Truth. (2Tim 2:3-4) You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
These are 6 items that we are not to leave home without. The Bible says we are REQUIRED to put on the proper equipment in order to live the Christian life to its fullest, so that we can be ready for battle. Our battle is not among fellow Christian's, or with what is happening on this earth. Our battle is not of this earth. Who is it with then? Listen to Peter as he warns Christians of the battle that's before us (1Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. We so easily devour one another and forget who we are at battle with. So how do we be sensitive and alert, being at watch all the days of our lives. By putting on the required equipment that the Lord tells us to wear, so that we can stand and face the day that He has given us. We are to put on the WHOLE ARMOR of God. There at least 9 things that Satan wants to achieve in this battle against Christians
1. Satan attempts to challenge God’s character and credibility, just as he did to Adam and Eve.
Trying to make you distrust God. 2. Satan tries to undermine present victory by generating trouble that makes life difficult. Tempting you to forsake obedience to God’s standards and calling. 3. Satan attacks believers through doctrinal confusion and falsehood. Christian’s who are untaught in God’s word, become easy prey to wrong ideas about the things of God. 4. Satan attacks God’s people by hindering their service to Him. Satan opposes the faithful Christian.
5. Satan attacks believers by causing divisions. This is why its vital that we have unity among believers. 6. Satan attacks believers by persuading them to trust their own resources
Doing things in your own strength, I will do this or that. 7. Satan attacks believers by leading them becoming hypocrites, or two faced. One of his greatest successes is by populating the church with religious unbelievers who cause division among believers. 8. Satan attacks believers by leading them into worldliness. Enticing them to let the world squeeze them "into its own mold". 9. Satan attacks believers by leading them to disobey God’s word. The enemy encourages us to act unfaithfully. There are many other ways he attacks us! But if we do not put on the WHOLE Armor of God we are endangered of being destroyed. We are vulnerable and weak against his attacks. We must always be prepared for battle. John MacArthur says " it was William Tyndale’s vow that every English plowman and every boy that pulled a plow would one day be able to read and understand the scriptures, and to that end he devoted his life to translating it into the English language. It is essential for the Word of God to be known, and loved, and practiced if we are to win the battle against Satan. Are we ready for the battle today? Have you put on the whole armor of God to stand? The Apostle Paul said " Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER." Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom 8:35-39). Lets get serious about our Christianity and get ready for battle, because the adversary is roaming around seeking whom he may devour. So put on the whole armor, not just a few of the items, but all of them. So that you can have the victory for this day that the LORD has made!

07 July 2008

Strawberry Massacre

Zachariah's first taste of strawberries. I be thinking that Zack likes them alot, he must get this from his mother the strawberry addict! lol. Yes this is a whole strawberry. That's my boy!

06 July 2008

How Big is Your God?

Our God is So Glorious
by Mike Andrews

How big is our God? Can you fit God in your pocket? Can you put God into a box? We His created children cannot contain the glories of the Lord. Even the Heaven’s cannot contain the glories of the Lord. A God who is glorious, a God who is infinite, a God who is all wise and all powerful, a God who is patient and merciful, a God who is just God who is love. I want to ask you a question. Do you have a high view of God? or Do you have a low view of God?
  • A high view of God
    Is your view of God more glorious then anything you can think of?
    Is He your greatest treasure above all things over your friends, over your stuff e.g.: (mp3, computers, clothing, music, movies).
    a. Job had a high view of God (Job 42)
    b. Moses had a high view of God (Exodus 3)
    c. David had a high view of God (Psalm 145)
    d. The apostle Paul had a high view of God
    Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ (Phil 3:8)
  • A low view of God
    Is He only important when want something? e.g.: (a genie in a bottle, your good luck charm, or arm bracelet)
    Is He only important when you are around your Christian Parents or Christian friends
    Is He only important on Easter, Christmas, and Sundays
    Is He only important when you feel like it? e.g.: (I’ll pray later, I’ll read my Bible when I get around to it) But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!" (Mark 4:40-41) This is a low view of God. The One who allows us to breath our next breath. The One who cared so much for His creation that He would come to this earth in the form of a common man, and endure the cross for all humanity. (Phil- 2:6-8) who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
    Scriptures is full of God's sovereign plan for mankind. It always displays a high view of God ( which is one of the most important attribute God characterizes). It gives the all powerful, all knowing, everywhere present God. The one who we serve with our whole life, because He gave up His, so that we could have life more abundantly. (John 10:10-11) ".... I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. "The chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying him forever." John Piper. He is Sovereign (our God is in total control). One of God’s attributes is that He is sovereign which means: Supreme in power; possessing supreme authority; as a sovereign ruler of the universe. Supreme; superior to all others; chief. God is the sovereign good of all who love and obey him. Supremely superior to all others; predominant; effectual; as a sovereign cure. He is in total control of everything there is not one thing the Lord misses. There are approximately about 6.5 billion people on this earth and their is not one person that goes unnoticed by His sovereign hand. Take for example if little Bobby stubs his toe, Mary scored her first goal in soccer the LORD of glory is not sitting up in Heaven going "What happened to little Bobby!" "Why is Mary so happy!" He know Every little thought you are having right now. He knows everything, every little thought, every expression, action, or sin. Even before you say it or do it. Doesn’t that or shouldn't that amaze you! If you don’t believe me. Believe this!. Turn with me to (Daniel 4:35) Listen to what Nebuchadnezzar says at the end of his life in the book of Daniel. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed (to account) as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain (hinder, or arrest) His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?" (Dan 4:35)
    As these Psalmists said in (Ps 115:3) But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. (Ps 135:5-6) For I know (full assurance) that the LORD is great, And our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places. One of His greatest attributes is that He is sovereign over all things. One of the greatest assurances to the believer is that He is in total control. The Bible says "do not lean on your own understanding" (Prov 3:5) " And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know." (1 Cor 8:2). We as Christian's can know with a shadow of a doubt, that He knows what's best for every situation, even in an unsaved persons life. God controls all things according to His purposes from the good times, even in the worst of times of disaster, heartaches, death, struggles. We live in a fallen and broken world, but we have a High Priest who intercedes for us each and every moment with the Father. We live in a society that says I’m going to do what I want to do, and no one is going to can stop me, I control my own destiny. Satan thought this "I’ will be like the most High God" and he was cast out of Heavenly places. But always remember! But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases (whatever he wants) (Ps 115:3). I love what William Gurnall said "All the plots of hell and commotions on earth have not so much as shaken God's hand to spoil one letter or line he has been drawing." Nothing can shake or disturb God’s perfect plan for His creation. Not Satan or his fallen angels, not even you! "There is a God in heaven who overrules all things for the best; and this is the comfort of my soul" As the late David Brainerd said. We have a God who cares about what He created to bring Him gloryHe is Sovereign and will always be sovereign. I love Steven Curtis Chapman’s song "God is God" because he says in his song "God is God and I am not...... God is God and I’m man". We must have a high view of God in order to understand His great love for us, sinful mankind that He came to give His life for us to please a Holy God. Remember He is not a god in our image. He is a God who created us in His image. We were created for one purpose, and one purpose only to bring glory and praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit by our lives here on this earth. We glory Him by knowing and understanding that He is absolutely SOVEREIGN. We glory in Him because we have a high view of the Sovereign.

03 July 2008

Welocme Home Cujo

Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the hockey club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent goaltender Curtis Joseph on a one year contract.“Curtis will provide outstanding support to Vesa Toskala this season,” said Fletcher. “He had tremendous success playing in Toronto in years past and we expect him to be a stabilizing influence for our team, both on and off the ice. We are really excited to have him back in our team’s colours.” Joseph, 41, appeared in nine games for the Calgary Flames last season and posted a record of 3-2-0 with a goals-against average (GAA) of 2.55. He played in two playoff games in April versus the San Jose Sharks and registered one win and a 0.76 GAA. Joseph signed as a free agent with the Maple Leafs on July 15, 1998. In his four seasons with the blue and white, the team played 60 postseason games on their way to two Eastern Conference Finals (1999, 2002) and the second round of the playoffs in each postseason. He was 133-88-27 in 249 games for the Maple Leafs from 1998 to 2002. With 449 career NHL wins, the veteran of 19 seasons trails only Patrick Roy (551 wins), Martin Brodeur (538 wins), and Ed Belfour (484 wins) on the league’s All-Time Wins List. Joseph represented Canada at the 2002 and 1998 Winter Olympics and his credentials also include two NHL All-Star Games (1994, 2000).

01 July 2008

A Beautiful Canada Day

A evening at the Hartland Public Pool. A great place to be on a hot Canada Day. Thank you Lord for your goodness and mercy to sinners like us.