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,

  • TO BE ABLE TO GLORIFY HIM AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN!

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?