28 April 2010

One More Reason to Pray


Christian! When you think about not praying......think again! This picture is a great reminder of praying for those who are sick and in need of our prayers......Do you know such a person? James said in his letter"Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."(5:14). Prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of God's children! Why? Because James went on to say ".......The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (v16) The power of prayer has the capability to changes lives by a sovereign God who loves us and desires our voices (our petitions)to be lifted up to Him. So please......Pray....Pray......Pray..... Christian! Again! When you feel like you don't want too......THINK OF THIS PICTURE!....... To God be the glory for giving us the privilege to pray. Please continue to pray for pastor Matt Chandler and his lovely family, as he goes through intensive cancer treatements for the next few months....

24 April 2010

Calvary`s Anthem

HEAVENLY FATHER,
Thou hast led me singing to the cross
where I fling down all my burdens and see them vanish,
where my mountains of guilt are levelled to a plain,
where my sins disappear, though they are the greatest that exist,
and are more in number than the grains of fine sand;
For there is power in the blood of Calvary
to destroy sins more than can be counted
even by one from the choir of heaven.
Thou has given me a hill-side spring
that washes clear and white,
and I go as a sinner to its waters,
bathing without hindrance
in its crystal streams.
At the cross there is free forgiveness for poor and meek ones,
and ample blessings that last for ever;
The blood of the Lamb is like a great river of infinite grace
with never any diminishing of its fullness
as thirsty ones without number drink of it.
O Lord, for ever will thy free forgiveness live
that was gained on the mount of blood;
In the midst of a world of pain it is a subject for praise in every place,
a song on earth, an anthem in heaven,
its love and virtue knowing no end.
I have a longing for the world above where multitudes sing the great song,
for my soul was never created to love the dust of earth.
Though here my spiritual state is frail and poor,
I shall go on singing Calvary's anthem.
May I always know that a clean heart full of goodness
is more beautiful than the lily,
that only a clean heart can sing by night and by day,
that such a heart is mine when I abide at Calvary.

By Valley of the Vision

11 April 2010

My Friend


My friend, I stand in judgement now,
And feel that you're to blame somehow.
On Earth I walked with you day by day,
An never did you point the way.

You knew the Lord in truth and glory,
But never did you tell the story.
My knowledge then was very dim;
You could have led me safe to Him.

Though we lived together here on Earth,
You never told me of the second birth.
And now I stand this day condemned,
Because you failed to mention Him.

You taught me many things, that's true;
I called you "friend" and trusted you.
But I learn now that it's too late,
And you could have kept me from this fate.

We walked by day and talked by night,
And yet you showed me not the light.
You let me live, and love, and die,
You knew I'd never live on high.

Yes, I called you "friend" in life,
And trusted you through joy and strife.
And, yet, on coming to this dreadful end,
I cannot, now, call you "my friend"

Mark Cahill (One thing You can't Do in Heaven pg 52)


What a powerful poem! I'll I can say is WOW!! Lord help me to share with my friends the grace that you shared with me through my friends and my wonderful wife Julie.....As Jesus said "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matt 28:19-20......My question for you and me is: Are you ready GO? IF NOT! Why? Charles Spurgeon said it the best!"If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for." That's my prayer for you and me......Lord give me that anguish, the burden and the passion, for the lost in my community! Not just in the local church, but for the lost outside the walls of our church.......The ones who are without a hope.  As the Apostle Paul said "blessed are those who bring the Gospel of peace!" Because "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." To God be the glory for givng us a living hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

07 April 2010

A Tea Cup or a Mug?

Men: Are you treating your wife as a delicate tea cup or are you treating her as a coffee mug? Let me explain!

A COFFEE MUG:
• It’s heavy & thick and made with a very stronger material
• Mugs are usually made of materials with low thermal conductivity, such as earthenware, porcelain or glass
• A mug is a sturdily built type of cup often used for drinking hot beverages,
• Much of the mug design aims at thermal insulation: the thick walls of a mug
• This is to insulate the beverage to prevent it from cooling or warming quickly!
• It’s hard to break and they are usually really cheap to buy

You usually find them left all over the place....I can remember at work you would find them on: Work benches..... Desks....Outside......On the floor.....In the car..... Even in the washroom sometimes. See a mug you can bang it around, and even if you put a few chips in it....but you still can us it! They are put usually behind cupboard doors Available at all times for any age! Your kid’s are outside playing and they come in for a nice cup of hot chocolate poured into a big old mug! You have the guys or company come over for coffee.......you quickly pull the mugs from the cupboards without even thinking twice about it.......But a tea cup is different!

A Tea Cup:
• Made with a very thin material..... It is typically made of a ceramic material
• Tea cups typically are of fine white translucent porcelain and can be decorated with floral patterns.
• See a tea cup needs special attention and care....
• They are to handled with the greatest of caution

Why? Because they are very thin and delicate...... they will easily break, a tea cup hardly ever gets used for day to day drinking of tea. You only see them come out very special occasions: Christmas, Easter, Thanks giving, and so on....They are usually on display in a hutch because they showcase their beauty and attention to detail designs. They are the best of the cups out of the reach of day to day use.

Men, are you starting to see the picture I’m trying to make for us here?

Your wife is not too used as some mass produced coffee mug that you find at Tim Horton’s....Your wife is to used as a beautiful created work of art as you would find at a Royal Dalton Store. “Marriage is not finding the right person; it is being the right person.” Anonymous. Turn in your bibles to 1 Peter chapter 3! Do you realize that you have the most important job of all in your family! Why? Because you are the head of the house and you will one day have to answer on behalf of your own family. Though every single one of us will have to give an account individually. You  husbands will have to stand before the Lord one day for how you conducted and lead your family into the Kingdom of God......SO I ASK THE QUESTION.....Are you treating your wife like a coffee mug, that gets used by everyone and usually gets left on the table for days
or Are you treating you wives like a delicate and precious cup that needs to be handled with such care and honor! I believe we truely can.....If we listen to what the Scriptures teach us! BY DOING THIS! Your wife will be able to fulfill her role in the home with joy and love towards you and the Lord so much easier. THERE ARE 3 VERY IMPORTANT THINGS WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:


1. WE ARE TO SHOW THEM CONSIDERATION (v7)

With “understanding” way which means be considerate to you your wife’s physical and emotional needs. Peter says we are to“Dwell” with them. Which means to live together, to live with someone who you are intimate and cherish deeply. We are to be sensitive to her: needs, fears, feelings. We are to be tender and show that love that Christ should us (Sacrificial love). We constantly nourish and cherish our wives above self...... Paul wrote "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her," Eph 5:25-28

2. WE ARE TO SHOW THEM CHIVALRY (v7)

“As weaker vessels” Just as submission doesn’t imply inherent inadequacy for the wife......or she is weaker in character or intellect than her husband. The word “weaker” means feeble, without strength..... We are to be like a knight in shining armour that comes to save the damsel in distress from the dragon that is about to devour her! Women generally possess less physical strength then men and emotional strength. We are to be sensitive to them and to make them feel comfortable. Men we are to protect and provide for our wives at any cost! Self Sacrifice......Men we are to give them an environment that is safe and secure. Not one that is hostile and in competition with everything else for your affection....“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word”, Eph 5:25-26 We are to care for their spiritual needs as an obedient husband to the word! This is to be our honor and duty for the ones He has given to us as wives

3. WE ARE TO HAVE COMPANIONSHIP (v7)

“The grace of life” which refers to eternal life through Christ. We are to share in this same unmerited grace that he showed you and me on....That’s why Peter says we are “Heirs” which refers to “participant in common: - fellow (joint) Which is that grace of life through Jesus Christ? That’s why marriage is a blessed gift from God....going back in the garden! It’s His plan for the family not the way society treats it today! It’s an intimate friendship and bond that belongs ONLY to those who are possessors of God’s most blessed gift of life....... marriage! It is the same thing that Paul wrote when he said: “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,” Eph 3:6. Solomon said “Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun,.......” Eccl 9:9. And he also said “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.” Prov 18:22

MEN! The more I read and study the scripture...more I learn how terrible I’ve treated my wife over most of our years of marriage......That I have not been that loving leader and partner in my home! SO IF I HAD TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION 10 YEARS AGO...... I'm afraid my answer would have to be......like a coffee mug! So I ask myself the question! How do I expect my wife to fulfill her role as Peter says at the beginning of this chapter? When I haven't done what I'm suppost to do....How do I expect my wife to fulfill her role in the family when she can’t respect the person she married some days for the role that I am not fulfilling. How, is my wife to lovingly submit and walk/ dress in a way that is pleasing to God? When she has a husband that treat her like a plain old cheap mugs. When she is in competition with everything and everyone else around you! Men we must be honouring and loving our wives, as the person that God created them to be....................... Josh McDowell said it best “The greatest thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. And the greatest thing a mother can do for her children is to love their father.” I’M SO THANKFUL THAT THE LORD GAVE ME A WIFE: That is passionately in love with Him; that is gentle and respectful towards me; that submits with joyfulness in her heart; that cares about dressing her heart inside and out; that loves me as her partner and leader of the home; that makes it hard for me not to treasure her as that delicate tea cup!

SO I ASK THE QUESTION ONE LAST TIME MEN!

How are you treating your wife today? Is she like a cheap old coffee mug to you? Or Is she like a beautiful, delicate and fragile tea cup that is worthy of our highest honor and care, for as long as it takes to go home to glory? Because remember!“Eve was not taken out of Adam's head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.” Matthew Henry....To God be the glory for great things He has done by giving us men.......A WIFE.

06 April 2010

We Get To!


I'm presently reading a book by Mark Cahill. It's called 'One Thing You Can't do in Heaven'. And as I came across this part in his book! I thought to myself! How true and amazing we forget these privileges and promises of God, which are found in His written Word for the Christian life......So I thought I would share a little portion of his wonderful book with you......Mark calls this chapter the "GET TO!"
  • It's not that we have "got" to go to church, but that we "GET" to go to church!
  • It's not that we have "got" to pray, but we "GET" to pray to the Almighty God of this universe!
  • It's not that we have "got" to read the bible, but we "GET" to read the holy Word of God!
  • It's not that we have "got" to worship God, but we "GET" to worship the King of kings with our entire being!
  • It's not that we have "got" to go to Heaven, but we "GET" to go to Heaven!
  • It's not that we have "got" to share our faith, but we "GET" to share our faith with all the lost people you can find until you get to Heaven! (pg 22-30)
We serve an amazing God who allows us the privilege and honor to share the Gospel that saves with this present, fallen and lost world.........If I could add to Mark's book, which I don't need to by the way!........I would ADD THIS! "It's not that I have "got" the right to breath, but  I "GET" the privilege to breathe! By a holy and mericiful God."
A God who said "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (you, me)" Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him." Rom 5:8-9 Praise His holy name today and forever and share your faith with those around you. Why? because we have a living hope and His name is Jesus Christ!

To God be the glory who saves to the uttermost.

Man's Problem

03 April 2010

To Achieve His Own Resurrection from the Dead


Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will.
H e b r e w s 1 3 : 2 0 - 2 1. The death of Christ did not merely precede his resurrection it was the price that obtained it. That’s why Hebrews 13:20 says that God brought him from the dead “by the blood of the
eternal covenant.” The “blood of the . . . covenant” is the blood of Jesus. As he said, “This is my blood of the covenant” (Matthew 26:28). When the Bible speaks of the blood of Jesus, it refers to his death. No
salvation would be accomplished by the mere bleeding of Jesus. His bleeding to death is what makes his blood-shedding crucial. Now what is the relationship between this shedding of Jesus’ blood and the resurrection? The Bible says he was raised not just after the blood-shedding, but by it. This means that what the death of Christ accomplished was so full and so perfect that the resurrection was the reward and vindication of Christ’s achievement in death. The wrath of God was satisfied with the suffering and death
Christ Suffered and Died . . . The holy curse against sin was fully absorbed. The obedience of Christ was completed to the fullest measure. The price of forgiveness was totally paid. The righteousness of God was
completely vindicated. All that was left to accomplish was the public declaration of God’s endorsement. This he gave by raising Jesus from the dead. When the Bible says, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith
is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17), the point is not that the resurrection is the price paid for our sins. The point is that the resurrection proves that the death of Jesus is an all-sufficient price. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then his death was a failure, God did not vindicate his sin-bearing achievement, and we are still in our sins. But in fact “Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the
Father” (Romans 6:4). The success of his suffering and death was vindicated. And if we put our trust in Christ, we are not still in our sins. For “by the blood of the eternal covenant,” the Great Shepherd has been raised and lives forever. By John Piper