30 December 2009

Are You Praying?

"It is not enough for the believer to begin to pray, nor to pray correctly; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray. We must patiently, believingly continue in prayer until we obtain an answer. Further, we have not only to continue in prayer until the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing. Those who are disciples of the Lord Jesus should labor with all their might in the work of God as if everything depended upon their own endeavors. Yet, having done so, they should not in the least trust in their labor and efforts, nor in the means that they use for the spread of the truth, but in God alone; and they should with all earnestness seek the blessing of God in persevering, patient, and believing prayer. Here is the great secret of success, my Christian reader. Work with all your might, but never trust in your work. Pray with all your might for the blessing in God, but work at the same time with all diligence, with all patience, with all perseverance. Pray, then, and work. Work and pray. And still again pray, and then work. And so on, all the days of your life. The result will surely be abundant blessing. Whether you see much fruit or little fruit, such kind of service will be blessed." George Muller

08 December 2009

The Glory of God

What are you living for? Christian who are you glorifing in your life?what do you think about the most? All glory belongs to Him, for His goodness toward us sinners....Are you praising Him for THIS DAY! I Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy through your Son, Jesus Christ! May my life glorify You until my very last breathe..... May my life bring honor, to Your holy name....May I be faithful until the end...... To Him be the glory for everything.

06 December 2009

A Great example for Us Preachers

The following Q & A with Voddie Baucham is from Unashamed Workman.
1. Where do you place the importance of preaching in the grand scheme of church life?
I believe preaching is central to the grand scheme of church life (see Acts
2:42ff). Preaching/teaching sets the tone and the parameters for all other functions of the church. Our understanding of fellowship, evangelism, discipline, worship, etc., all arise out of our understanding of God’s word. Without sound preaching and teaching, all else will falter. Hence, preaching is of seminal importance in the grand scheme of church life.
2. In a paragraph, how did you discover your gifts in preaching?
As a young college student, I went on a preaching mission with several teammates of mine. I was a relatively new believer and had no experience sharing God’s word. Two of my mentors guided me through the week and helped me discover my gifts in preaching for the first time. I felt as though something in me was awakened for the first time. I’ve been preaching ever since.
3. How long (on average) does it take you to prepare a sermon?When we start a series (preaching through a book or section), it can 15-20 hours or more. However, once we are in the midst of the text much of the background work builds upon previous studies and cuts the time dramatically. Nevertheless, crafting the message, adding illustrative material and mining the text for that last nuance, is a process that never really ends until the preaching moment. That’s the only time I can truly say I am finished preparing the sermon.
4. Is it important to you that a sermon contain one major theme or idea? If so, how do you crystallise it?
Absolutely! I am always looking for the central theme in a passage. There may be more than one, but I have come to realize that I am most effective when I limit myself to the main idea. I find that idea by analyzing the paragraph, then the broader context of the section, then the book as a whole, then its place in the broader revelation. Then I go through the process in reverse back down to the passage in question.
5. What is the most important aspect of a preacher’s style and what should he avoid?
The most important aspect of a preacher’s style is authenticity. When I started preaching, I thought my ‘style’ had to fit a certain category. As a result I mimicked some of my favorite preachers. I was constantly reinventing myself. Ultimately, I had to find my own ‘style’ and stick with it. That meant there was one less thing I had to manufacture. I had to realize that God gave me a unique personality and he intended to use it in unique ways. God gave us four gospels written by four unique men, from four different perspectives. I had to remind myself that it is as much of a travesty for me to try to be Tony Evans as it would have been for John to try to be Matthew.
6. What notes, if any, do you use?
The only notes I use are extended quotes. If there is a direct quote that I have not memorized, I will bring it to the pulpit with me. Other than that, the text is my only outline. I write everything out on a template and do an extended outline (Statement, explanation, illustration, argumentation, transition, etc.), but I leave it behind when I preach.
7. What are the greatest perils that preacher must avoid?
Laziness, pride and the fear of men. Laziness will keep us from plumbing the depths of the Word. Pride will keep us from prayer, and the fear of men will keep us from preaching the hard things.
8. How do you fight to balance preparation for preaching with other important responsibilities (eg. pastoral care, leadership responsibilities)
Through ministering as a team. I am one of three elders at our church. All of us preach and all of us shepherd. We are also raising up young men to carry the load. We do not see ourselves as part of a clergy/laity divide. We are merely gifted men equipping other for the work (Ephesians 4:11). We do not believe God has called us to do the work ourselves. This is incredibly freeing.
9. What books on preaching, or exemplars of it, have you found most influential in your own preaching?
12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching, by Wayne McDill, Spirit Empowered Preaching, by Arturo Azurdia, and Preaching and Preachers, by D. Martin Lloyd Jones. As for exemplars, I am fond of men like Tony Evans, Alistair Begg and John Piper.
10. What steps do you take to nurture or encourage developing of future preachers?
Spending time with them, pointing them toward great resources and encouraging them to develop skills beyond the pulpit. So many young preachers pursue the pulpit because they have discovered unusual communication skills in themselves. However, preaching is about so much more. We must be theologians, historians, apologists, churchmen and above all exemplary men, husbands and fathers (see 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1). We must also love and serve the Church. So many young preachers long for conference ministries that reach millions. However, without a love for the local church that goal rings hollow. I want to see a young preacher sweep floors, pick up trash, lead small groups, share the gospel in the secret places, pray for the sick and the afflicted, and manage his home in such a way as to make it a beacon of hope for others. That’s the foundation upon which great preaching is built.

20 November 2009

Jesus Thank You

Are you thankful Christian? TO Him be the glory for His everlasting love for sinners like you and me..... NOTHING but the Blood of Christ can wash away my sin........Jesus took my wrath, my punishment, so that I could be reconciled back to the Father through His sovereign grace...... Thank you Lord jesus for saving me from myself. Great is your mercy and kindness to me and to all who call upon your name through repentance and faith in the Son of God..... This is the greatest Christmas gift any person could ever ask for..... So what are you thankful for? Or better yet! What are you waiting for? Come to Him NOW! Your soul depends on it...... Jesus thank you.

18 November 2009

Charlie Brown Christmas

This is what Christmas is all about North America! Thank you Linus for that clear explaination of the meaning of Christmas.To God be the glory for giving us His SON (Jesus Christ our Lord).

Keep Christ the center of your Christmas.....

15 November 2009

Thank You Lord for my Wife

Today is a very important day in the life of Mike Andrews. This is the second best thing that has happened in my life, next to my salvation 9 years ago.
Today my beautiful wife Julie and I, areAdd Image celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary! I thank the Lord everyday for giving her to me.
To Him be the glory for His providence in my life... Because it involved Julie Lindstrom to come into it.
Julie, I love you so much! You are everything to me! From the first time we met and more so today!

She is the one who is love of my life.

She is the one who prayed for her husband to be saved.

She is the one who is always faithful.

She is the one who keeps me humble.

She is the one who listens to me ramble on about things.

She is the one who isn't great at sports

She is the one who tries her best at them though

She is the one who watches hockey with me "Go Leafs Go"

She is the one who likes to be around me!! Of all people

She is the one who makes me frustrated sometimes

She is the one who makes me smile and laugh.

She is the one who makes my favorite dish (English pasties)

She is the one who goes above all that I could ask for.

She is the one who loves me unconditionally.

She is the one who cares for me.

She is the one who cares for our 3 beautiful children.

She is the one who cries during the movie "UP".

She is the one who I couldn't live without.

She is the one who I get to grow old with.

She is the one who bares my sorrows and tears.

She is the one who knows me best.

She is the one who loves the Lord with all her heart

She is the one who the bible speaks of in the Proverb's

She is my BEST FRIEND.

And most importantly! SHE IS MINE.

I can honestly answer yes to this question: Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: "Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all." Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates. Prov 31:10-31

11 November 2009

In Flanders Fields

We must never forget those who gave their life! Thank you Lord for giving us brave men who fought for us....

08 November 2009

The Valley of Vision

Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox

That the way down is the way up,

That to be low is to be high,

That the broken heart is the healed heart,

That the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,

That the repenting soul is the victorious soul,

That to have nothing is to possess all,

That to bear the cross is to wear the crown,

That to give is to receive,

That the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness,

Thy life in my death,

Thy joy in my sorrow,

Thy grace in my sin,

Thy riches in my poverty

Thy glory in my valley.

By Arthur Bennett

04 November 2009

The Weight I Carry

What are you carrying around today? Jesus said "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matt 11:28-30.

STOP! What are you waiting for? Give it to Him.........

01 November 2009

Treasure This Love Letter

I was thinking this afternoon about how important the word of God is to me, and what it's done in my life to this present day! I'm still amazed and humbled every time I read the pages of scripture. Here are some things the Word of God has shown me in my life: my sin, my wretchedness, my lost state, my selfishness and pride, my self righteous attitude, my empty and broken heart, my complete helplessness, my true God the Creator of the universe, my hope of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ, my unmerited grace and mercy through His shedding blood, my death on the Son of God, my new life through His (Jesus) resurrection, my future with Him for all eternity, and my responsibility as a Christian to be obedient to His Word. Just to name a few.... I want to ask you a couple of questions that I asked myself this afternoon. How has the Word impacted your life? Does it play a key role in your decision making on a day to day basic? Does it convict you of present sin? Does it humble you, as you read the pages of scripture? Does it encourage your heart and strengthen you to go on each and every day? If you can't answer these questions honestly! Then please pick up the Word of God and ask the Lord for wisdom and understanding. Here are 10 reasons why we need to spend more time with the One, who loved you and saved you from yourself [if your a Christian]. Treasure and hold dear what this book stands for, and speaks about! The love and the glory of God to lost and broken sinners like you and me!
1. This book contain the promises of the Gospel
But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. (Gal 3:22)

2. This book testifies of Christ

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Cor 15:3-4)

3. This book is intended for the use of all men and women

but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith (Rom 16:26)
4. This book is profitable for doctrine and practice
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16-17)

5. This book is written for our instruction

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Rom 15:4)

6. This book can convert the soul

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (Ps 19:7)
7. This book should be used to test everything
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. (Acts 17:11)

8. This book should be a desire to hear and read
Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. (Neh 8:1)

9. This book is completely trustworthy in any generation

For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, (Prov 6:23)

10. This book is a blessing to those who hear and obey
But He said, "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!" (Luke 11:28)
We as Christian's have the privilege and honor to serve a loving and patient God. A God who desires His children to read His love letter to the world. A letter that guides us back to Him. Charles Spurgeon said “No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, he has said to all. When he opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When he opened a granary- door to give out food, there may be someone starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too.”

Turn of the TV! Pick up this book right NOW! And see for yourself the love of God on the pages of scripture, for even a sinner like you! Trust me it worth reading, your soul depends on it......

To Him be the glory for such a great love letter to all humanity. A love letter that directs our attention to the only One, who can save our souls from the eternal lake of fire! The Saviour, Jesus Christ my Lord.....

30 October 2009

What Life Would Be Like

I can't imagine my life without Christ! Walk by obedience to the One who loved you and gave His life, so that you and I could live. To Him be the glory for such a great salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, my LORD!

29 October 2009

Take Me As I Am

Come to the grace, that the Son offers so freely!

Are You an Aroma or a Stench?

I started reading in the Book of 2 Corinthians's last week, and I came to the second chapter where Paul said something that I found very humbling, and a privilege to be a Christian. He said "For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ." 2 Cor 2:15-17. The Bible says we are the fragrance of Christ to this earth! Those around us at: work, school, our yards, on the streets, the malls, even at church!......... When a person (Christian, Born Again believer) is being faithful to the Gospel we are pleasing God with our actions and behaviour. Why? Because we are being obedient to the Gospel of Christ. He is the reason we live, exist! Nothing pleases Him more than His children praising His holy name among the earth. Think about for a moment. There are thousands of Christians throughout history, that have that fragrance of Christ: The disciples, Polycarp, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Spurgeon, Edwards, Whitefield, Aylward, Ten Boom, Graham, Carmichael, MacArthur, Piper, Mohler, Peck and the list is endless...... We have seen and heard about godly men and women who were, and still are faithful to the precious Gospel Christ (a fragrance, the hope of Christ to a world full of sin). There is much we can learn from these wonderful saints. One person comes to mind is a paper I wrote for missions class. It was about a man of great faith: a man who faced great challenges: a man who was determined to share the Gospel with as many people as he could; a man who desired to be that fragrance to this lost and broken world. This man is Hudson Taylor! He was an extraordinary man of God. He did many things we as Christians are all too afraid to do. He had the courage to do God’s will and not his own. This man relied on the Lord for all his needs. Hudson Taylor was born in Barnsley, England and came from a Christian family. What amazing things Hudson Taylor accomplished! From the prayer life of his mother and his conversion at the age of 17 to the missionary work he did in China. We all could learn much from Hudson Taylor. This man walked by faith and trusted in the Lord for all his decisions. He trusted that God would show him how he would be able to get to China, survive while living there, and learn the language. What an awesome God we serve! This man did wonderful work in the name of the LORD. He was an outstanding example of obedience and patience while waiting for Lord Jesus Christ to provide the open doors for him. His life demonstrates that there is nothing too big or too small that the Lord cannot handle. We as Christians of today could learn many lessons from the prayer life and the patience of Hudson Taylor. He showed great faithfulness even when circumstances weren’t looking hopeful. We tend to think if our prayers aren’t answered immediately, it will never happen. The Bible tells us (Mic 6:8) (Rom 8:4) (Eph 4:1) to walk with the Spirit of the Lord because, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Heb 13:5) also (2 Cor 1:24, 5:7). If we as Christians would understand and apply these verses, we also could walk by faith and not by sight. The Lord’s sovereignty is so amazing that we can achieve many great things through Him to reach the lost nations, if only we would put all our trust and faith in the Lord to, “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). The time is now! We as a group of born again believers need to do the work of the Lord. If we don’t, the Lord will find another generation that will be obedient to his plan and purpose to do His will. Charles Spurgeon said “True prayer is not the noisy sound that clamorous lips repeat, but the deep silence of a soul that claps at Jehovah’s Feet”. It is so awesome to think we are given the permission to meditate in prayer to the very Lord that died for the whole world’s sin on the cross of Calvary. He is capable of doing such wonders through us as believers if only we would do what God’s Word (Rom 12:1-2) (Matt 10:38-29) (Ezra 7:10) tells us. John Piper says “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”. Praise God for faithful servants! I’m so thankful that men like Hudson Taylor , a man used for the Lord Jesus Christ; He and others like him have paved the way for us to walk by faith, not by sight and to reach the spiritually lost and the perishing of the world by being a fragrance of Christ. What an honor and a privilege to be used by the One who saved us from our sins. To Him be the glory for such a great salvation in and through His Son (Jesus Christ).The question you need to ask yourself is...............What do you smell like?...........

25 October 2009

The Andrews Family is Moving to Moosehorn

I wanted to share this wonderful news! The Andrews family is very excited to be moving to Moosehorn Manitoba. I accepted the call (the privilege) to pastor this wonderful church in rural Manitoba. We serve an amazing God! Praise Him for His providence in our lives. Will you please pray with me, that this community will be used faithfully for the glory of God. To Him be the glory for His working in and through our lives............. Eph 3:6-11 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

23 October 2009

Unashamed by Starfield

It's only by His grace that I'm able to enter in His glory forever. To Him be the glory for His sovereign grace and mercy..... to a sinner like me and you.

22 October 2009

Sovereignty of God in Habakkuk's Life

The word sovereign means chief or highest; supreme in power; superior in position to all others. God is Spirit, self-existent, immutable, changeless, infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient and holy. When we become God’s children, we tend to play God and look at the sin and all the terrible things in everyone around us especially in our Christian brothers and sisters. We tend to always ask the question, ‘Why doesn’t the Lord do anything to His disobedient people?’ or, ‘Why doesn’t He see what his people are doing in the world that He created?’ The answer for that is not found in human wisdom for the heart is terribly wicked. (Jer 17:9) (Job 25:6) (Ps 118:8)
Charles H. Spurgeon says “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength”. That statement is so true; I myself have the tendency to do just that. I worry and judge the earth and say “God do you see what your people are doing? Hurry up and do something about it!” We can learn a great deal from the prophetic book of Habakkuk. We are given insight into what he was going through and how he dealt with his burden (Hab 1:1-4) when the people that God chose to receive the promised land (Gen 12:1-3) (Deut 7:6-7) (Ex 19:5) were living a wicked and disobedient life.
When Christians get to the point in their Christian walk of not understanding circumstances and wanting answers, there is only one Person to whom we can turn. He is the One who is capable of answering any question we might have: He is God the creator of the heavens and the earth, (Gen 1:1) (Ps 19:4) (Is 42:5) (Rev 4:11) the Holy and perfect deity of the triune God. He holds the foundations of the earth in his hand and is the ruler of all things. We as Christians tend to forget that we are here for His good pleasure not the other way around. Often, in difficult times or when we want something we have the tendency to want results NOW! We have the opinion that our ideas or plans are so much better than the sovereign Lord, because we don’t want to wait on God’s timing. When we fall this way, scripture instructs us to go to Him in prayer. (Is 55:6) (Phil 4:6) (Ps 5:2)
This is exactly what Habakkuk did. He took the burden he had for the people and his knowledge of the terrible events that were going to take place in Judah, to the Holy One (Hab 1:12). As Habakkuk waited in the watch tower (Hab 2:1) to see the results of God’s righteousness, he was reminded that sin in the eyes of the Lord will not go unpunished. The Lord sees all sin as an abomination and He will judge in His timing not ours. (Deut 9:7) (Job 37:13) (Eccl 3:17)
Even through all His divine righteous judgment of sin, we are still reminded of God’s mercy and the grace that He bestows upon all people who will call on the name of the Lord Jehovah. Habakkuk is reminded in chapter two in verse four that “...the just shall live by his faith”. It is a great comfort to me and for all other believers around the world to know that we have a God who will not only judge each person perfectly, but He will show unlimited grace to the children who look to Christ Crucified as Saviour.
Sometimes, okay a lot of times, I don’t think before I act or speak, and that usually gets me into a lot of trouble. When that happens, my beautiful wife will say to me “You put your foot in your mouth again, didn’t you, Peter?” Oh how that rings such truth! I’m always wanting to be that self-righteous, prideful Christian (Hab 2:5) (Prov 30:12) (Luke 11:39-44) (Is 64:6) (Rom 10:3) who wants to execute God’s wrath and condemnation on fellow believers. By doing this, I’m only being a disobedient servant (Titus 1:16) (Eph 2:2) and not being the servant who is supposed to show others grace, mercy and especially love. (Rom 15:2) (Col 3:16) (Pro 11:30) (Rom 14:1) In order to accomplish this, I need to understand my error and remind myself that through prayer (Matt 7:7) (Mark 11:25) and walking by faith, I will be led to knowledge. Habakkuk also had to learn to be patient, obedient and to faithfully wait on God to do His sovereign work. Which He had planned to happen, In His own time!
Jonathan Edwards said “A true love for God must begin with a delight in his holiness, and not with a delight in any attribute: for no other attribute is truly without this”. What an amazing God we serve! I am in awe every day that our God could forgive me of all my wicked sin. It is this sin that only brought pain to the One who would suffer the punishment for the whole world: Christ Jesus. He is the One who loved me first before I loved him. (1 Pet 2:25) (John 10:11-15) (Rom 3:25)
All things that God chooses to put in your path are there for you to learn something of His great will for you. Sometimes he will also use circumstances that are difficult when He wants to chasten you back to the place where you were found: broken and in need of His grace. (Ps 86:15) (Heb 12:6) (Is 26:16) (Job 5:17) The majesty of God is so perfect and He knows exactly what He is doing, (Deut 32:4) (Ps 29:3-5) (Job 26:14) which is why we need to walk by faith and trust that God’s plan is always perfect even when we don’t understand it. This is why I learned so much from the little book of Habakkuk; I was able to see a picture of his problem and how the Lord used that situation to show him what to do. Then I could see Habakkuk being transformed and praising God (Hab 3:3-6) for all His mercy and marvellous grace that he shows his chosen children of Israel. John Piper says “The climax of God’s happiness is the delight He takes in the echoes of His excellence in the praises of His people”. We need to look at the LORD Jehovah with reverence and praise (Prov 9:10) (Ps 96:6) (Jude 1:25) (Rev 5:12) for He is the Ruler of the universe and He honors a humble servant who lives with obedience and faithful praise to Him the “God of this World”. He had made a covenant promise with Abraham (Gen 12:1-3) and then God promised a Son who would come and bear the sins for all mankind (Isa 7:14; 53:1-12) (Zech 9:9). He is truthful (Rom 8:28-29) in everything He said He was going to do. The scripture assures us of this because the Bible is the inspired Word of God. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
Remember when you get to the point of exasperation and doubt that you will never fully understand what God is doing. Submit in obedience to Him and go to Him through prayer because He holds all the answers. That’s why I am the created and He is the Sovereign Creator of the universe.

12 October 2009

Satan's Meeting

PLEASE WATCH this video and ask yourself this question: How am I spending my time each and every day? Are you to busy for the Lord?
We must make Him our greatest treasure above eveything. We must stay close to the Saviour, and as far away from Satan and his fallen angels (demons).. Glorify the Lord through your body as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable which is your reasonable service. To Him be the Glory!

Give Him the Glory for Everything

Psalms 105:1 "Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make His deeds among the people!

I asked myself the question this morning; what am I most thankful for? Here are some of the things that came to mind.....

  • the ability to see, smell, hear, and walk.

  • a healthy family who loves the Lord.

  • a Christian wife who is absolutely amazing, and most of all is my best friend.

  • the ability and the skills to work and provide for my family.

  • the love of our families in Ontario.

  • the Peck family (our best friends) for their love and dedication (passion) to the Lord.

  • to be able to go to church freely, without the fear of losing our lives.

  • the local church and their desire to know Him more personally through the written word.

  • the forgiveness of sin through His Son's death and resurrection.

  • the salvation that the Lord gives so freely to a lost and broken world.

  • that He, (Jesus) saved my wretched life from eternal death.

  • that He, (Jesus) saved my family from that same eternal death.

  • the intimate relationship that I have with Lord Jesus Christ.

  • that He loves me so much with a perfecting and everlasting love.

  • the privilege and honor to preach and proclaim His word to His children.

  • the power and privilege of prayer.

  • the grace and mercy He has for me, when I struggle to do what is right.

  • His sovereignty and providence in my life as he directs my path.

  • the will He has for my life and my family.

  • the burden for the lost, and the desire to see people to see Jesus Christ and His love.

  • the love and support of my family and friends.

  • the Gospel of peace which is.............the Lord Jesus Christ,


What are you most thankful for? As the Psalmist says "...give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the people"..... talk (speak) of His wondrous works!." Ps 105:1-3)

We are to make His name known. So make His name known in your homes and communities each and every day. Tell of His wondrous works that He has done in your life. To Him be the glory!

04 October 2009

The Revival Hymn

A powerful message that speaks volumes to our generation and to the generations to come. Wake up CHRISTIANS! Tell the world of His glory and His saving grace.....

03 October 2009

He Who has Clean Hands and a Pure Heart

Yesterday I was talking with a lovely pastor of 70 years. A man who is faithfully dedicated to the Word of God for all these years. So I had to ask this veteran preacher, how things were going in the church he was shepherding, and this is what he said "we not starting any fires anytime soon" His face looked so discouraged and tired. This is something I would have never expected from a man of God who has been preaching for 70 years. I thought he was going to say "things are wonderful! The church is on fire for the Lord", but that the furtherest from the truth. Sadly, I was looking upon a man as if I was looking into the eyes of the weeping prophet Jeremiah. My heart went out for this lovely man as he shared with me his burden This lovely pastor is absolutely right! We have lost the fire in our churches, our communities, and most of all our homes. What is the church (universally, locally) doing for the Kingdom of God? Besides: playing church, squabbling about incidentals, backbiting, complaining, prayerlessness, lack of Biblical doctrinal teaching, passion for the Gospel being proclaimed in their community..... and the list is endless. So I ask every Christian what are you doing to start fires,; because this lovely pastor wasn't referring to causing problems in the church or community, or pretending that your better then everyone else mentality. What he meant was, the church has lost its passion, desire, and fire for the Lord Jesus Christ. As John said you have lost your first love!... So many Christian's have this old saying "if God would only bring another revival, things would be different". Let me ask you a question Christian: Why do you think we deserve a revival? What are we (you, me) doing in our Christian lives that screams the passion for the glory of God to this lost and broken world? See revival begins in our own hearts; our homes, communities, nations, our countries. When we start treasuring Christ above everything else, then maybe well deserve a revival. Maybe! Just maybe, we will be able to start a fire in our own communities, or better yet in our local church.

What is Revival?

1. An increase hunger for a delight in God’s Word (Ps 119: 107) I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to Your Word!

2. Involves a disdain for sin and renewed desire for obedience to God (Ps 119:37) Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.

3. Brings increased commitment to and interest in personal prayer. (Ps 80:18) Then we shall not turn back from You; give us life, and we will call upon Your Name!

4. It’s God gladly at the center of my Life, experienced and enjoyed (Lam 3:24) The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him."

5. It’s getting back on the right path again (1John 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Revival is not, an emotional extravagance where people are caught up in the moment and fall down out of control, it’s not a long line of anxious sinners waiting for a turn at the microphone to reveal their most secret sinful something. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says "Does it grieve you my friends, that the name of God is being taken in vain and desecrated? Does it grieve you that we are living in a godless age... But, we are living in such an age and the main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God's name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and to think again". Here are some examples of revivals in history:
1. The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) the beginning of the church.

2. The Corinthian church (2 Cor 7: 8-9) many came to the Lord in genuine sorrow for there wickedness.

3. Jonathan Edwards and The First Great Awakening (1734) A village mourned over the death of 2 young people, and over a period of 6 months half the village was converted by the Power of God. And from there Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, John Wesley the church grew rapidly in new England between 1740 and 1742 with more than 300,000 new and revived Christians turning to the Lord in faith and repentance. One Historian called this time "The most glorious and extensive revival our country has ever known".
4. Clean Hands and Pure Hearts Revival in Scotland (1949) began with 2 ladies praying for their own lives and in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland. One morning a young man read the scriptures (Ps 24:3-5) Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of His salvation.
After he read he asked the question? Are my hands clean Lord, is my heart pure? He and his fellow intercessors fell on their faces in the barn , and their lives were revived as they got their hands and hearts clean before the Lord. By Sunday the next week the whole island was filled with God consciousness. And Churches were filled to overflowing getting right with God.
5. Nineveh a nation once known for there wickedness humbled themselves from the greatest to the least. Repented and believed in God. (verse 10) When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. The Word of God shows us the greatest revival of all times and its written the pages of scripture. We as Christians get to see first hand of what true revival is, 600,000 souls turning from their wickedness and believed in God. All by a disobedient prophet who spoke 8 words that the Lord told him say to a despicable nation (much like the present situation we live in today) The Word of God is so powerful it can transform the wickedest of hearts. Why I know, because it transformed my despicable heart. Peter said "The Lord is not slack (not lazy, delay) concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9.

So where is our REVIVAL? Steve Lawson says " if churches today are to see more people come to Christ, then more BIBLICAL PREACHING is needed, not less. God has always been pleased to use the foolishness of preaching His word to bring about the conversion of lost sinners. He did so in Jonah’s day and He will do so now IF CHURCHES will return to solid, straightforward biblical preaching". The Lord sends true revival when we have humble and contrite hearts (brokenhearted for sin; deeply affected with grief and sorrow for having offended God), even in all Israel’s sin and backsliding, God’s grace will prevail, even in all Nineveh’s wickedness, God’s grace will prevail, even in our sinful and disobedient behavior, God’s grace will prevail, to revive the spirit - literally, ‘to make alive.’ The sense is, He imparts spiritual life and comfort. He is to us, what refreshing rains and genial suns and dews are to a drooping plant.

1. Would you like to see a revival in the church of Jesus Christ?
2. Do you sincerely desire revival within yourself (because it starts individually)
3. Are you constantly on your knee’s praying to a Holy God to revive this nation we live in?
4. Is serious bible study and prayer a priority in your life?
5. Are my hands clean Lord, is my heart pure?

How's your fire going?

23 September 2009

Vision Of You

Resting In God

O God most high, most glorious,

The thought of thine infinite serenity
cheers me,
For I am toiling and moiling, troubled
and distressed,
but thou art for ever at perfrect peace.
Thy designs cause thee no fear or care
of unfulfilment,
they stand fast as the eternal hills.
Thy power knows no bond,
thy goodness no stint.
Thou bringest order out of confusion,
and my defeats are thy victories:
The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
I come to thee as a sinner with cares and sorrows,
to leave every concern entirely to thee,
every sin calling for Christ’s precious blood;
Revive deep spirituality in my heart;
Let me live near to the great Shepherd,
hear his voice, know its tones, follow its calls.
Keep me from deception by causing me to abide
in the truth,
from harm by helping me to walk in the power
of the Spirit.
Give me intenser faith in the eternal verities,
burning into me by experience the things I know;
Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel,
that I may bear its reproach,
vindicate it,
see Jesus as its essence,
know in it the power of the Spirit.
Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill;
unbelief mars my confidence,
sin makes me forget thee.
Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut
at their roots;
Grant me to know that I truly live only
when I live to thee,
that all else is trifiling.
Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout,
strong and happy.
Abide in me, gracious God.

17 September 2009

What is Your Mouth Displaying?

What is the one thing on our body that causes the most trouble? Think about this for a moment, what happens when:
You stub your toe
Pinch your finger
Bang your head on something
when you see someone who looks out of place (different)
When your with friends privately or publicly
When your at work each week
When you make a mistake
When you hear bad (upsetting) news
When your in the car
When your at the church
When you are alone with your thoughts 
Jesus said "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks". Luke 6:45. We read in James letter to believers scattered due to persecution about this very important issue of the tongue (James 3:1-12). Think about it for a moment usually 9 times out of 10 we end up using our tongues to get ourselves in to hot water, which means more trouble then we bargained for (we call this foot in mouth disease). Instead what we should be doing is keeping our mouth silent with a peaceable spirit through the help of our Lord. Again remember what our Lord and Savior said "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid". John MacArthur says “the tongue is YOU in a unique way. It is a tattletale that tells on the heart and discloses the real person. Not only that, but misuse of the tongue is perhaps the easiest way to sin". How does the Bible describe the tongue? We find in scripture the tongue is variously as: Wicked, Deceitful, Perverse, Filthy, Corrupt, Flattering, Slanderous, Gossiping, Blasphemous, Foolish, Boasting, Complaining, Cursing, Contentious, Sensual, Vile and the list is endless, but from these examples it doesn't sound good. See the tongue is a great concern for James and it should be for us as well. This small muscle is capable of many things; It can be used to build up and it can be used to tear down. The use of the tongue is another test of living faith, "But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works". James 2:18. I have 2 questions for us today. Are you displaying proper use of the tongue? Or Are you always using your tongue to do evil ? The only way to find the answers to these questions is through the word of God. The first thing we need to look at is the tongues capability to cause harm, not only to ourselves, but to others as well.
1. The Tongue is Capable of Corruption
Is your tongue constantly being used for evil? What do you mean being used for evil?
1. Is it being used to Gossip?
(Prov 16:27-28) A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
2. Is it being used for Complaining?
(Num 21:4-5) From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food."
3. Is it being used for Selfish Gain?
(2Tim 3:1-5) But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
4. Is it being used for Corruption?
(1John 2:15-17) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

5. Is it being used for Perverse Talk?
(Jude 1:4) For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
6. Is it being used for Blaspheming our Lord?
(Luke 22:63-65) Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?" And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.
We MUST always be cautious of our tongue and especially how we are to use it. Its amazing how something so small can cause so much damage to yourself and the people around you. Look at what James said, the tongue is evil and full of wickedness (v8) we must have self control; we must have disciplined lives with the leading of the Holy Spirit; we must be genuine in our speech. Turn over to what James says in 3:2 "For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body". Now this does not mean perfection as in sinless perfection! It means perfect in the sense of MATURITY! Again it's like what James said earlier in his letter 1:3-4 "for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing".
So as we continue do you display any or many of these characteristics? Because if you do you need to check to see where you stand in the Lord Jesus Christ. Why I say that because the genuine believer will not contradict his or her profession of faith, by regular use of unwholesome words. Jesus said you will know them by their fruits (Matt 12:33) "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.
So what is the importance of the Tongue? Why does it get so much attention in the Bible? Because it is suppose to be used for: Praising, Worshipping, Prayer, Building up, Encouraging, Teaching, Communicating Love.
2. The Tongue is Intended for Edification
We are to edify, strengthen one another with love for each other, so that we grow in our walk with Him (Jesus Christ) who is far more important (precious) to us. Edify (means) "the act of building" (oikos, "a home," and demo, "to build"); this is used only figuratively in the NT, in the sense of edification, the promotion of spiritual growth (lit., "the things of building up"). The tongue must be used for the purpose of good not evil, we must bridle our tongues. Bridle (means) "to lead by a bridle, to bridle, to hold in check, restrain;" it is used metaphorically of the tongue and of the body. You can see the passion of James in this text (verse 10) "From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so". We must use it for good, not evil. How do I know that I'm using my tongue for good? 
1. Is it being used for Praising?
(Heb 13:15) Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
2. Is it being used for Worshipping?
(Rev 7:9-12) After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."

3. Is it being used to Encourage?

(1 Thess 5:12-15) We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
4. Is it being used to Communicate Love?
(Rom 12:13-15) Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
5. Is it being used for Sincere Prayer?
(James 5:16) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Owen Feltham "All men will be Peters in their bragging tongue, and most men will be Peters in their base denial; but few men will be Peters in their quick repentance." The tongue is small and is capable of so much, may we always use it for what it was intended for: To bring our Lord the Glory He so greatly deserves; to help, care for one another through edification and prayer. We are to bridle our tongues; we are to look to God (Holy Spirit) and His sovereign power to overcome or tame (bridle) the tongue; we must live disciplined lives under the authority of what the scripture says. 
The Tongue is Capable of Corruption it's full of evil and poison. The Tongue is Intended for Edification, we are to speak only that which is good and praise worthy. When God transformed us by His sovereign grace, He gave us the capacity for a new redeemed Holy Speech, and remember He expects us as His children (His righteous children) to speak ONLY that which is HOLY and RIGHT "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person". Col 4:6. Paul goes on to say "let NO corrupting talk comes from our mouths (Eph 4:29-30). Always remember a hateful heart is an unconverted heart and it CANNOT and WILL NOT produce loving words or works. Jesus said "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits". Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles Matt 7:15-16. A loving heart is a regenerated heart and it CANNOT and WILL NOT produce hateful words or works "a healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit". Matt 7:18. So How do we answer the 2 question mentioned earlier? Are you displaying proper us of the tongue? Are you always using your tongue to do evil ? The answer "you will know them by there fruits". Can you leave here today and know that my (Mike, Your Name) tongue is being bridled by the power of the Holy Spirit. Or is it untamed and evil, full of hate and sin, a tongue that is full of the world and all its desires and pleasures to fill oneself. Do we have a tongue that is bitter like salt water?Or pure like fresh water? Only you can answer those questions, because I can't see the heart! But He can! To Him be the glory for His goodness and patience with sinners like us. Stop before you hurt someone or better yet yourself.  


15 September 2009

The Cup of Christ

Read Luke 22:39-44,and see for yourself the great love we have in our Savior for such a fallen and broken sinful world. A Savior who humbled Himself on the CROSS for sinners like you and me. To Him be the glory for such a great salvation

10 September 2009

Have You Counted the Cost?

In today's world people follow someone or something that catches their attention. Basically we are followers of those who have gone before us, or those who have achieved what we want to achieve.
You can tell yourself, that not me, but your only deceiving yourself. We live in a society that needs to follow others; we live in a society that wants to be like everyone else. Take for example: 
Hair styles
Popular Religious Movements
Causes (wwf, peta, gay movement, feminist movement, and so on) 
Peers ( Co-workers, school mates, friends and neighbors) 
Our post-modern world says "we must have what everyone else has" (We call this Jonesin') We just want to fit in. Why? Because we love the attention of others; or we look to others for acceptance. The Question I have for you and I would be: Who are you going to follow? Is it going to be the World? Or Is it going to be the Lord Jesus Christ? Maybe to help you answer that question we need to understand what the word follow means.
Follow (means) To go after or behind; to walk, ride or move behind, but in the same direction. Soldiers will usually follow a brave officer. To pursue; to chase; as an enemy, or as game. To accompany; to attend in a journey. "a follower, or "companion" (from the prefix a, here expressing "union, likeness," and keleuthos, "a way;" hence, "one going in the same way"), is used (a) frequently in the literal sense, e.g., Mat_4:25; (b) metaphorically, of "discipleship," e.g., Mar_8:34; Mar_9:38; Mar_10:21. It is used 77 times in the Gospels, of "following" Christ, and only once otherwise, Mar_14:13.
So who are you going to follow now that we have a proper definition of this word? The reason I ask this question, Jesus said, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matt 7:13-14) He also said "....... Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Mark 8:34). Are you willing to deny yourself for the sake of Christ? Leaving everything behind, to follow the One who gives you life anew every day. This doesn't mean you sell everything and move into a cave all alone and become a monk. It means are you willing to die for the sake of Christ. If some was pointing a gun to your head and said "renounce Christ, and you will live" Are you willing to say to this person as Martin Luther did before the Diet of Worms " I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen." Are you willing to deny yourself even if it means death or persecution from others. He is worthy to be followed for what He has done. Think about for a moment. What if Jesus said "forget these sinners" and went back to Heaven to leave us to our guilt, shame and the wrath of God. He had ever right to do that! But He chose to face: opposition, hatred from the people He came to save. Why? To show us how valuable He really is, and what it really means to follow Him. Jesus went to an old rugged cross to take our wrath (punishment) to please the Father on our behalf. He denied Himself so that we could have life with Him for all eternity. See to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, is going to cost you something. Let me rephrase that, it's going cost you your life! Are you willing to do that? Are you willing to die for the name of Christ? D.L. Moody said "If He laid down His life for us, is it not the least we can do to lay down ours for Him? If He bore the cross and died on it for me, ought I not to be willing to take it up for Him?" If you are a Christian; a servant of the Lord; a disciple of the Lord; a follower of the Lord, you will continue to follow until either He calls you home, or until your last breath on this earth. To deny ones self is to completely surrender to follow Christ until the end, not part of the way and turn back, because times got too tough for you to handle. Jesus said "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62. Don't be like Lot's wife who loved this world more than God. She looked to the world and all it had to offer and counted the cost, which was her soul. I (Mike Andrews) have counted the cost and I will follow by faith in the Lamb of God. Again remember what Jesus said ".....If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works." Matt 16:24-27. Have you done it? Better yet are you going to do it? For today is the day of salvation! What are you waiting for? You may never see tomorrow. The final thing I want to hear for you and me is "well done, my good and faithful servant" We follow Christ out of love for Him and His glory. Not because it's the fad (trend)of the week, the religion of chose, or a crutch to get us through. But because Christ is extremely valuable to me and you. I've counted the cost; I've done the research; I've considered the consequences, and they all lead me in one direction, Christ Jesus my Lord. To deny oneself is to live for Christ every moment of every day. Its not a job but a lifestyle. As the late great Charles Spurgeon once said "My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Imitate him in "public." Most of us live in some sort of public capacity—many of us are called to work before our fellow-men every day. We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined—taken to pieces. The eagle-eyed, argus-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, "It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me." As Paul said "for me to die is gain" that's my prayer for all of us. I look forward to one day being with Him, where I can gaze upon the Lover of my soul; the One who loved me and you, with an everlasting love, because He is worth far more than the cost. To Him Be the glory! 

07 September 2009

Don't Waste Your Life (Piper/ Lecrae)

Are you wasting your life for the Kingdom of God? What are you living for?

Help Wanted

Are you looking for a job in your church? Because there is a problem that we are seeing more and more in our local churches, the lack of service in the body of Christ. Everybody has ideas (or opinions) on how to do things, or better yet, want things done in the church/community but don't want to help or do their part in the body of Christ. They would rather complain/gossip about it to others instead of helping and loving one another. Serving our local churches SHOULD always be a pleasure, not a burden, because of what Christ did for you and me. We always need to remember that Jesus, set the bar when He washed the disciples feet in the upper room. This action by a holy God should always humble us to do our very best towards one another and most of all Him. We must have that same servants heart as our Lord Jesus, in order to grow in our Christian walk. Listen to what Jesus said "....'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' Matt 22:37-39. If you love yourself (which I think you do) then we are to show that same kind of love to others. How do I do that? With a servants heart that seeks the interest of others over self. Look in the first chapter of Philippians, Paul ‘s desire was to be with Christ, but he also had a passion for the believers in Philippi (21-25). We must have that same passion to help others grow in there faith and to make it a desire to please the Lord with a servants heart. Even in Paul’s absence he wanted them:
1. To stand strong
2. To stand firm
3. To stand boldly for the precious Gospel of Christ Jesus our Lord

Again Paul, did not consider this a hindrance in his Christian walk, but a joyful opportunity to serve the Lord through serving others. Serving others:
1. Helps us to encourage the weak. (Isa 35:3) "strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees"

2. Helps us to be edified by the Word (Eph 4:15) "but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head- Christ"
3. Helps us to serve one another (Rom 1:12) that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. (1 Peter 1:22) Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
4. Helps us to grow in a Christian walk (Matt 5:6) blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled"
5. Helps us most of all to Glorify the Lord
(Eph 5:27) so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
Are you still looking for a job? Because we need your help Christian desperately!... Apply Today! 

St Andrews Aquarium Trip

' This was taken on our trip to St Andrews Aquarium in New Brunswick. The kid's had a blast looking and touching some of the sea creatures. We were unable to take pictures of the sea ray and the sturgeon fish ( sturgeon by the way are massive fish! They were at least 8 to 1o feet long) , but it was too dark in the tank to take pictures. The amazing thing as we walked around the aquarium is the details God puts into His creation, this is absolutely amazing. As the Psalmist said "By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast"Psalms 33:6-9. What an amazing God were serve; praise His holy name among the earth. He is the name above all names, worthy of our praise". Let me ask you: isn't He worthy of our praise? Every day is a new day that He gives us by His grace and mercy. Our hearts should always sing with praise for His love for sinners like you and me. To Him Be the Glory!