19 September 2016


Psalms 119:136

APOLLO 13 MISSION 1970 used a phrase “Houston we’ve had a problem.” A phrase uttered by astronaut Jack Swigert during the eventful journey of Apollo 13, just after observing a warning light accompanied by an explosion, at 21:08 of April 13, 1970. For decades this original phrase has been used inaccurately to “Houston, we have a problem “which is a popular but inaccurate. This phrase was popularized by the film Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks “Houston we have a problem.” But none the less! If you heard the phrase “Houston we have a problem” you knew one thing….we had a problem and we still have a problem. It’s a phrase of great concern of the emergence of an unforeseen problem. That same phrase could be said by each and every one of us when we wake up every day! Everywhere we turn you will find a lost sinner who on the road that leads to eternal torment and destruction. It doesn’t matter if you go to Barry’s Bay, Pembroke, Ottawa or you go out your front door! The lost are right in front of you! Their everywhere. THE QUESTION I ASK MYSELF AND I WANT TO ASK YOU?  Do we care at all about their eternal state?

CHARLES SPURGEON SAID THESE WORDS "I remember, when I have preached at different times in the country, and sometimes here, that my whole soul has agonized over men, every nerve of my body has been strained and I could have wept my very being out of my eyes and carried my whole frame away in a flood of tears, if I could but win souls."

Think about that statement for one moment! When was the last you wept for the lost?
THERE WAS ANOTHER TIME SPURGEON CALLED UNTO HIS STUDENTS TO NEVER GROW COLD TOWARDS THE UNSAVED WORLD BECAUSE THE GOSPEL WAS TOO IMPORTANT! “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for. Every true Christian should be exceedingly earnest in prayer concerning the souls of the ungodly, and when they are so, how abundantly God blesses them, and how much the church prospers. But beloved, souls may be damned, yet how few of you care about them! Sinners may sink into perdition, yet how few tears are shed over them! The whole world may be swept away by a torrent down the rock face of woe, yet how few really cry to God on its behalf. How few men say, ‘Oh that my head were waters and mine eyes a fountain of tears that I may weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people?’ We do not lament before God the loss of men’s souls, as it well becomes Christians to do.”

Paul wrote in his letter to the Roman’s church “I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,  that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,” Rom 9:1-3Can you say that with Paul this morning? Why do I ask? We come to one simple verse in a longest chapter and the longest Psalm ever written, that describes the heart of the writer who is concerned just as much as Paul was. A heart breaking verse that made this Psalmist, The Apostle Paul, Spurgeon, Edwards, Calvin, Luther, Piper, MacArthur, My friends the Hubick’s and I weep over. The lack or the disinterest in the word of God and the precious gospel message! The very words that lead us to the Gospel that saves to the uttermost parts and beyond this universe where He is sitting on the throne in all His awesome glory.

Jesus said these words as he was on the Mount of Olives….“Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.Luke 19:41-42. Do you know that it breaks God heart to see His children, His creation that disobeys His commands once again? (Look at v136). Even after the worldwide flood, people still continue to disobey His word and His plan of salvation!
NOAH PREACHED FOR YEARS AS HE PREPARED THE ARK FOR THE MASSIVE FLOOD. I’m sure every day for 120 years he pleaded with the people to come inside because he knew the pending doom for the wages of sin is DEATH. If you don’t believe me or care! Your ignorance and disobedience have hidden these truths from your heart because you truly don’t love Him the way he ought to be loved! This scares me! Truthfully.........there is a great majority of people who are going to face the Almighty wrath of God for all eternity. Why? Because they chose not to obey and follow after the only who can save them from themselves.

SO I ASK THE QUESTION AGAIN! Do your eyes flow like rivers over the sin of this world who wants nothing to do with Christ? Does your heart ache when people in the church deliberately disobey the Word of God? Does your heart ache when you disobey the Word of God? IS THIS YOU THIS MORNING? Do you feel like this Psalmist when you are? At work listening to how others speak and treat one another. In your car as you look around and see what’s going outside our church walls. At the store where people are in a hurry to go nowhere and don’t care about what they’re about to face around the corner [the wrath of Almighty God] At church were people put on their Sunday cloths and faces and leave this place the same way they came in.........dead!

DO YOU THINK THIS ISN’T SUCH A BIG DEAL? It’s nothing new under sun Mike! You say......

I know the world is corrupted and needs Christ.
I know the world is sinful and is on their way to HELL.
I know people will always debate the truth and validity of the bible.
I know the world hates God and loves self.

SO MY QUESTION TO YOU IS, DOESN’T THIS CONCERN YOUWhat does your heart tell you right now after reading this verse? What does your heart tell you when you read the newspaper or watch the news or have a cup of coffee on your porch as people walk by [lost people] Over hearing people talking in the checkout counter IF PEOPLE [our community, this present world] WOULD STOP AND READ THIS PSALM THEY WOULD FIND HOPE, REST, GODS PROVIDENCE, HIS GRACE, MERCY AND SALVATION BY OBEYING HIS WORDS.

Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord (v1)
Blessed are those who keep His testimonies (His truth, witness) (v2)
Your word is hidden in my heart (v11)
I will meditate on your principles (v15)
I will not forget your word (v16)
Teach me O Lord the way of your statues (commandments, ordinances), and I shall keep it to the end. (perseverance) (v33)
Revive me in your word... (v37)
This is my comfort in my afflictions, for your word has given me life. (v50)
My soul faints for your salvation but I hope in your word (v81)
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.  (v103)
Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. (v105)
Uphold me according to your word that I may live. (v116)
Direct my steps by your word (v133)

This is a Psalm of remembrance, reflection, devotion, and a command by the Almighty God Himself! This Psalm is a wonderful reminder about the awesomeness of God who gives us life....not just life but the hopes of eternal life through His grace found in SALVATION. Then you come to this one verse of psalm 119, and it hits home in my heart! It becomes a terrifying reality of the community in which we live in. The reality that we live in perverse generation that desperately needs the Saviour...but are desperately trying to tune Him out or remove Him forever! THIS VERSE WE SEE 2 CONCERNS FROM THE WRITER OF THIS PSALM AND THIS SHOULD BE A CONCERN FOR EVERYONE HERE IN THIS SANCTUARY.


It is so great! The tears and the anguish of his heart come down like a flowing river! Matthew Poole says in his commentary of this verse “Rivers of waters; plentiful and perpetual tears, witnesses of my deep sorrow for God’s dishonour and displeasure, and for the miseries which sinners bring upon themselves and others. THE PROPHET JEREMIAH SAID ON TWO DIFFERENT OCCASIONS......

“Oh, that my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people!” Jer 9:1

“My eyes overflow with rivers of water For the destruction of the daughter of my people.” Lam 3:48

To see the wilful disobedience to God and His perfect law.....the Word of God. To see people mock and make fun of the One who sent His Son to die for sinful man and woman. People who are don’t care and not ready to meet the Living God. This is a great concern for the church of Jesus Christ! Jesus said something about this with His parable of the 10 virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13. Five were ready and five really didn’t care until the day came but it was too late for them. This is a frightening reality that you might have a loved one in your home that isn’t ready.......maybe in this church! AND AT THE END OF THIS PARABLE JESUS SAYS THESE SOBERING WORDS...... “But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” Matt 25:12-13

This is a great concern for the church....a great concern for me! “Sins of sinners are the sorrows of saints. We must mourn for that which we cannot mend” Matthew Henry. Not only is this a great concern.....But! It’s a God concern


This is where we truly can relate......we know what’s at stake! “To disobey God at His word is suicide without the death” It holds eternal consequences according to the Bible....which are so terrible you would wish for all eternity that the Mountains would crush you. ALL BECAUSE OF WHAT THE PSALMIST WRITES “they keep not thy law” A person who denies the Bible is a person who denies God and His existence. WHICH MEANS: They are an offence to a holy God and the wrath of His sovereign judgement is their pending demise. They are going to be separated from and by a Holy God. They will spend an eternity of eternities experiencing the pain of torment by the hands of a loving and righteous God. Because the reality is that in the end every tribe and every tongue (language) will bow before Him and confess that He is Lord and many on that day will be cast into the Lake of Fire.

This is why it’s a God concern! They haven’t offended us personally, they’ve offend a Holy God. And because they deny God and His Holy Law they supress the truth that is before them. As Paul wrote “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” Rom 1:18. “Suppress” means: “to keep back,” or “restrain” the truth. As darkness overspreads the mind, so ineffectualness takes possession of the heart, when the “still small voice” of conscience is first disregarded, next dissatisfied, and then systematically deadened.

What is it they suppress in the Psalmists day and in ours? There is a God. He is the Creator of all things and so not a god but the God. He is powerful — more powerful than all else, because he made all else. He is eternal because there was nothing outside him that could bring him into being. We must exist to display His glory and not to compete with Him for glory. We must exist in absolute dependence on him. We do not supply him, He supplies us. We are to live in constant gratitude for His grace and mercy founded in the gospel.
Are you beginning to see for yourself, that this as a huge problem? This is a God concern and it should concern each and everyone one of us. Because he went on to write “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” Rom 1:20-25

So what can we do with this great and godly concern?

1. Evangelize the lost with the only gospel that saves. Act 1:8 Jesus said “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

2. Pray for those in your family and community that the Holy Spirit would grip their hearts with conviction over sin to see their greatest need for their soul is the gospel through the written Word. Heb 4:12 says “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

3.Display the love of Christ to a world that desperately needs the Saviour. Paul said “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Col 4:5-6

As David Platt said “The church is plan A, there is no plan B.”

 How beautiful are those who bring the Gospel of peace? Priceless because you can’t stamp a price tag on the soul of lost person. May we do something about this great God concern as a church family in our community and surrounding areas with the only means and message of escape……..the beautiful gospel.

05 September 2016


Psalm 55:22

Are you full of burdens today? Better yet, where do you find refuge from your problems or better yet from your enemies? What does it mean to have a burden for someone or something? Burden by definition:  is to bear; to carry a load.  To bear with labour or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome or oppressive. A perfect illustration of this is found in the second greatest selling book of all time “Pilgrim’s Progress” .......Christian is a man who was caring this big heavy sake on his back and in the beginning of the story..... John Bunyan expresses this is a picture of his sin....His sin is weighing him down, it was becoming too heavy for him to carry. His sin was a burden to him....the heavy load of sin was too much for him to continue! As it was for me and you! Where did Christian go to find rest for this load or burden that he carried? The cross of Calvary!! Isn’t that where you went as well for forgiveness of sin and restoration to a holy God?

If we were truly honest with ourselves this morning, I don’t think there’s one person here that isn’t caring a burden today! Whether it is:

A troubled marriage or courting relationship.
A conflict with a friend over nothing to cause the trouble it brings.
A distant relationship with your children or family.
Mourning about lost loved one and friends present or past.
Your children’s future and spiritual growth
Bills that can’t be paid or no money for needed maintenance or repairs.
Our present Government and the decisions they make for Canada.
Lost loved ones or friends apart from Christ.
Bitterness or dissention among brothers and sisters in body of Christ.
A person who dislikes you for no apparent or biblical reason.
The ramped deliberate habitual sin of the church, and the disdain to doing anything about it.
The lack of concern over the sin in the church or the Christian life.

Its the idea of... shall we sin while grace abounds? Yes according to many. May this never be said of us. When we see this in the church it should grieve our hearts to the core. Where have we seen this kin the Old testament? Nehemiah was a man who carried a heavy burden for the nation of Israel! “please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father's house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.” Neh 1:5-7. Ezra was another man who had a burden! “At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting; and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the LORD my God. And I said: "O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens.” Ezra 9:5-6
There was another man King David who had a deep burden over the people he lovedThe ones who were the closest to him…would soon turn on him and try to take his life at the command of his very own son....What caused David to have such a heavy burden to write this Psalm? The whole story unfolds in 2 Samuel chapters 15-19. His son Absalom was leading a rebellion against his own father to overpower him for kingship. David found out that Absalom was winning the hearts of the people and turning many against him. It seems that many modern day politicians model their campaigns after Absalom. When he felt the time was ripe, Absalom called for a revolt. David was forced to flee the very city he loved…. not because he was afraid of battle, but because he didn’t want to see Jerusalem destroyed. And to top it off! David found out that his close friend and member of his counsel had betrayed him to council Absalom! In 2 Sam 15:30-31 we read…… “So David went up by the Ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up; and he had his head covered and went barefoot. And all the people who were with him covered their heads and went up, weeping as they went up. Then someone told David, saying, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom."

This must of have been heart wrenching for David to go through! His own son and closest friend would betray him like this. Remember what it means to have a burden about something!! David had a massive amount of weight to carry! Why I say that! David loved his son despite his son’s hatred towards him.....David said “Beware lest anyone touch the young man Absalom!' 2 Sam 18:5. But we read in 2 Samuel something tragic happens and it shatters David's heart into pieces. His son was killed by his men in battle and it broke David’s heart to hear this news…..where he cried out 5 times “O Absolom my son!” 2 Sam 18:32; 19:1-4

Who do you think David turn to? Whose counsel did David seek in all his turmoil? Where did David seek to find a hiding place? The God who made him king over the people of Israel! The same God that loved us despite our sinful behaviour and attitude. Rom 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

My next question! Where do you turn or better yet who do you turn to when we are caring a load of care? Where do we find comfort in times of distress with the weight we carry? Where do we find our hiding place? David didn’t keep it to himself! Look at (verse 22) He knew exactly where to look or find rest for his soul. In the precious arms of our loving Saviour!!

Let me ask you! If you can come to Him for salvation why do we sometimes keep our burdens to ourselves? The bible says when it comes to our salvation and sanctifying grace we are to empty ourselves....we are to come to Him as spiritually bankrupt......adding nothing towards our salvation. Jesus saidAll things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all 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 11:27-30. Do we take these promises seriously when Jesus said come and cast everything upon me and I will give you rest for your soul.....this is a promise......this is our hiding place!

What hinders us from coming to His hiding place?

Is it because we think we don’t want to trouble him with our lives.
Is it because we think He doesn’t care and has no time for me.
Is it because we think it’s my mess and I can get myself out of it.
Is it because we are to prideful to ask for help in times of distress.
David knew exactly where to go in his time of desperation
David knew where his hiding place was

David gives us good advice that he received from the Holy Spirit…….(v22a) “Cast (throw direct, transmit) your burden on the LORD (Jehovah) this implies ones circumstance...one’s lot (the dice or cards you’ve been dealt). “Burden” in this verse literally means “that which He has given you” This Psalm of David reminds us that even burdens of life come from the loving heart and hands of a sovereign God. God allows burdens and afflictions in our lives to have purpose and they’ve been given to us........ The bible says they are a gift from God. Paul wrote about this! Phil 1:29 “For it has been granted (arranged, approved) to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for his sake,”. David is telling you and me that we can find shelter in our today’s stresses. David is giving us wisdom this morning in how to deal with the burdens of life! Peter hundreds of years later would pen this same reminder which was inspired by David’s Psalm....Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7. David doesn’t just stop there though!!....................If we cast our cares upon the Lord what does He do in return? The bible says the Lord does two things when we cast our cares upon Him.......He will sustain us and uphold as we face each burden in life.

He will sustain (maintain, keep) you” …….(v22b). 

He will make you sufficient for it. The word literally means “to measure;” to hold or contain, a sufficiency of strength or nourishment, as life is sustained. What this means............He will give you a measure of strength and grace to get through your situation. A prime example of this is Paul when he was dealing with his pride......“But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon Me.” 2 Cor 12:9. He is the one who gives us sustaining grace for this day! As Jesus said “our daily bread”. Our measure of food...our measure of grace....our measure of strength for this burden! All things are under His control and He is reliable in any situation!! The question you need to ask yourself is....................................... do you believe it? Another promise David reminds us is, when we humble ourselves under His wings............

“He will rule and protect you” …..(v22c)

This is the part that literally means “He shall not suffer the righteous to be moved or fall forever. This doesn’t mean we won’t face trials or affliction...what David is saying is God will not let this go on for all eternity! For a season YES! But not forever!! Matthew Poole said “though He may for a season suffer them to be shaken, yet He will not suffer them to be utterly overwhelmed” In all our trials and temptations the LORD will sustain us, and will ultimately bring us to victory. John Gill said “he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved forever; or so to be moved by their afflictions as to desert the cause in which they are engaged; nor shall they ever be moved by men or devils, or anything whatever, from their spiritual estate, in which they are by grace; nor from the love of God and covenant of grace; nor out of the hands of Christ; nor from their state of justification, adoption, and sanctification.” We can come boldly to the throne of grace at anytime for whatever distresses us or whatever burden we happen to be carrying. The LORD is our hiding place! Where we can stand and find rest in times like these! Charles Spurgeon says it the best “He may move like the boughs of a tree in the tempest, but he shall never be moved like a tree torn up by the roots. He stands firm who stands in God. Many would destroy the saints, but God has not suffered it, and never will. Like pillars, the godly stand immovable, to the glory of the Great Architect.”

I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Ps 16:8. We are under the care of the Living God who created us to love Him and trust Him! When you walk each and every day.........you are not alone!! Through He was faced with many burdens.......David was taught and his words teach us that we can put our trust in the Living God that never changes! As the Hebrew wrote “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Heb 13:8

We serve an amazing God who........

Created us for His good pleasure.
Made each and everyone us unique. (one of a kind)
Loves us with a everlasting love.
Desires us to love Him with our heart, mind and soul.
Gave us a new life through His Son Jesus Christ in the finishing work on the cross.
Gave us a one of a kind testimony to tell His story to the world of His love and sustaining grace to sinners like us!

Don’t you think that He can handle your burden? Don’t you think that He is capable to see you through your problem? He’s God! Jehovah!! The LORD

Please don’t be like the person this poem is written too:

Lord, I’m so discouraged
I don’t know what to do
I have so many burdens
And I gave them all to you.
But you didn’t take them Jesus
Will you tell me why that’s so'
The answer’s simply little one
Because you won’t let go.

Isn’t that true! We hang on to our problems as if He doesn’t care. We try and work them out for ourselves because of stubbornness and pride.....this is my problem and I will deal with it....my way! This always ends in failure! We try to find our own shelter in times of storms, instead of finding rest in Him. Jesus tells us to come to Him....but we really must want to come to Him! That means we are come to Him by humbling ourselves under His care as.............a new born baby who needs their mother for food. Relying upon Him and Him only to see you through present struggle or burden. Relying upon Him for your hiding place.........because He has made this available through the Cross of Calvary! THE SUNDAY QUESTION IS...............Where are you finding rest for your weary soul?