Tuesday, December 08, 2009
last week I picked up his one volume of 12 books for the new year, can't wait.
What a week New winter tires today, yesterday i picked up my cat from the vet ,he had surgery, and now my wife is taking off to northern N.B. for a funeral, as I stay behind to look after the farm as they say.
I am ever so excited as I am preaching towards Christmas from the old testament using Lectonary passages to show Christ Beyond the Manger, but I think a week ago the Topic of Christ our righteousness seemed more interesting to me than the people, but that happens.
Sunday night past we had our annual community Christmas carol sing, which being neutral ground I have invited the two baptist church's were between, which split several years ago , so Today if I were to leave I can say I helped to bring reconciliation which never would of happened.
Friday, November 27, 2009
This week , I attended another funeral of a family friend in Ingomire N.S. I have not been in that church in perhaps 26 years what a flood of memories, seeing friends from long ago, I traveled there along with a gentleman from our church, which was great!
This funeral lasted an hour and ten minutes ! Wow !! have funerals changed in my ministry, I believe 30 min. is enough , but now people wanna get up and speak , who can't speak publicly, and now funerals include a power point presentation movie .And readings that are suppose to sound spiritual and comforting yet have no scriptural presadent in what is said to comfort ( in my opinion far to wordy ) Which I'm not sure they do.
This week our county has had a prayer encounter conference which sadly I only attended one seminar - hence my reading a Murray Book, This will I hope lead to great changes in our county as people pray more.
And finally this week along with another church person went and served communion to our shut-inns. What a joy this was !
So now its off to advent and preaching from Jer. 33:14-16 which has been so far a challenge to work through in a sermon. But its coming a verse a ta time .
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
So Far it's very impressive. I wonder if Jesus as He portrays is one that the church wants, I say this only again to learn by accident a couple have left our church three weeks after the fact - (HOW) it was Friday night I saw them at a restaurant and after saying we missed I herd the words we are going church in town.
There went my appetite so the next day I followed through on the why and learned In my sermon on the bible doctrine of the Holy Spirit when comparing this Doctrine to the J.W's and others by this I judged other religions and so they left. I did apologize in that it was not meant to offend but not for the truth, so they are gone for now.
Apparently now this is the 3rd time in 10 years I have said something of or Judged other religions interesting I can't remember what I preached last year ...
Its no wonder people are leaving the ministry with this kind off stuff happening.
And the bottom line I come back to again and again with now at last count 8 people leaving the church in about a year and a half , is it my turn to go ? Before there are none left ?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Church life these days is taking us down the carpentry trail as we are installing 7 New Windows in our church thanks to a gift . The lead Carpenter is 86 and our helper is 70ish and me 40 something. What a learning experience, these Men are using tools their fathers and grandfathers had, hope my Canadian tire stuff last that long.
Personally I am trying to get back on the healthy food track - for myself and family, I'm down to only my breakfast coffee and then green tea the rest of the day plus a green and orange vegetable for supper and healthy eating in between, plus exercising !
I've never been a athletic person so then here is a big challenge but I have a goal to be in some shape so I can join my wife who works out daily at the gym, and not be winded at the 5lb weights lol.
So its November 11 and Remembrance Day , or the day after my brothers 50 birthday.
its off to the remembrance gathering lay a wreath and home. for more painting and sermon prep.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
A primary qualification for serving God with any amount of success, and for doing God's work well and triumphantly, is a sense of our own weakness. When God's warrior marches forth to battle, strong in his own might, when he boasts, "I know that I shall conquer, my own right arm and my conquering sword shall get unto me the victory," defeat is not far distant. God will not go forth with that man who marches in his own strength. He who reckoneth on victory thus has reckoned wrongly, for "it is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." They who go forth to fight, boasting of their prowess, shall return with their gay banners trailed in the dust, and their armour stained with disgrace. Those who serve God must serve him in his own way, and in his strength, or he will never accept their service. That which man doth, unaided by divine strength, God can never own. The mere fruits of the earth he casteth away; he will only reap that corn, the seed of which was sown from heaven, watered by grace, and ripened by the sun of divine love. God will empty out all that thou hast before he will put his own into thee; he will first clean out thy granaries before he will fill them with the finest of the wheat. The river of God is full of water; but not one drop of it flows from earthly springs. God will have no strength used in his battles but the strength which he himself imparts. Are you mourning over your own weakness? Take courage, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give thee victory. Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up."When I am weak then am I strong,
Grace is my shield and Christ my song."
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
"..when a man knows God, losses and 'crosses' cease to matter to him; what he has gained ( knowledge of God) banishes these things from his mind."p.23
This is one of those quotes that makes me think hard.
Today I was at our local christian bookstore and asked him if my mystery men had been in to which he said no, oh well , while there I picked up the Life Application N.T. Commentary hoping it was money well spent :)
Thursday, October 01, 2009
But this time I asked them were they Mormon or JW to which they said no,
but to get info from them wasn't easy so I asked about their home meetings, their structure, to which they repied they have a hymn, share and pray under the leadership of a elder. So for Sundays they do the same as a house bible study, their answers made me more curious , especially since they made eye contact with each other before the younger of the two talked. Their motto is out by two' as in acts, and they grow by gospel meetings, Yet they told me that they only follow the bible, no particular doctrine or creed just the bible.
Their simple poster says Come learn the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in a home bible study.
They told me they had no literature to give me, so I could read about them, and checking their poster it gives no web address a phone number but so secretive.
And they may come back again one said.
Their presence made many uncomfortable, why they have picked us I don't know, but they have come.
Another chapter to the story of my life perhaps.
they kinda of remind of that movie Men in Black ....
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Some one complained that they always have to say grace - which others added their complaints of having to pray publicly...
O.K. enough is enough !!
So I blurted out " aren't we a room full of ministers and your complaing of praying " It got quite quick !
Give me a break , they also fussed over having to turn on lights, turn up a furnace, shovel snow.
Because it interfered with their time. boohoo and humbug to them.
Its a part of the JOB !
Serve the Lord with Gladness and p.s guys its a sin to complain!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Then Sunday night taking my son to pick up hockey - where he got a puck to the throat while on the bench so off to the hospital and off to the iwk he went via a helicopter - with his mother of course to watch him and his throat after he had a breathing tube inserted and all kinds of pins and needles to him and in him.
And waiting for phone calls on his recovery and getting folks to pray and off Monday to the iwk in Halifax to be with him and his mother and thank the Lord he was released Monday and what had happened he fractured the bone that holds the muscle to the voice box.Serious yes but could of been a lot more. the doctors advice " wear all your equipment"
So now its wed. night our mid week night and in walk two men with identical coats shirts ,pants and bible cases to our bible study they said nothing, took lots of notes and i asked one what church he went to and he said home bible studies where they go around teaching people the bible - but they couldn't find Malachi .
So who were they ????
Will they return ????
What was their purpose ?
They said they'll be in the area for 8 weeks ??
Should I be concerned ???
so many should s ....
Well I see while I'm trying to figure things out here I see on twitter my kids are at MacDoanlds... the joy of twittering
my final thoughts for to night - I finish James this week having preached trough it for September and its been great I love preaching expository though the Lectionary passages.
so off to new episodes of favorite shows I Hope....
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Since that day my family and I spent the weekend tenting by a lake and it was fabulous !
watching the moon rise over the lake and its reflection on the water can not be described well enough - But I know who gets the glory and it is God for such beauty.
Our mid week group has been going through the bible and tonight we did the book of Haggai and what a challenge Haggai gives us for priority setting, in our lives So I tried to help them see that Sunday morning is not the only priority in life and that we have daily ones to attend, and most of all we can't judge others by our own priorities.
It was interesting to me when I asked them what they had for their life priority's that the seniors went silent, could it be that by having no defined ones in their lives they are open to worry and faithlessness and ,and.....this needs more thinking time.
This week my sermon is coming from James 3:1-12
Hope to put an outline up when finished.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
I realized yesterday that my kids are really teenagers when I offered them a afternoon of fishing and they opted for a trip to town even the mall.
So They start off a new year and new adventures.
And its in God's hands I must trust them into daily that He will care and protect them.
This week I am reading " so you don't want to go to church anymore "
I am not a fan of fiction but this is one of those occasions that I do read one but to keep in the balance I also have on the Go this book ON KEEPING THE HEART by John Flavel
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
These next two Sundays I have a retired pastor booked to speak in our church as I am supposed to be on vacation but I had booked a wedding a year ago and so here I sit while my family is in Hamilton, but while I'm home we have a carpenter that might show up any day to finish his work so I need to be ready - and today I made some calls on seniors so am i really on vacation ????
Being attached to the church here in the parsonage I'm still thinking church.
which is no vacation in my mind.
So if the weather man could give us sun I hope to take the dog and go fishing even tent over night with him.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Title: the old and new
Looking at V's 17 -20 which sets up the text.
1. v 25 The old man was a liar the new man speaks truth.
2. v.26 The old man was use to anger the new man knows this offends God.
3. v.27 The old man was driven by the devil the new man gives him no opportunity.
4. v.29 The old man was foul mouthed the new man is grace spoken.
5. v.30 The old man isn't sealed while the new man is sealed by the spirit.
6. v.31,32 The old man isn't forgiven the new man forgives as he is forgiven
7. 5:1 the old man goes his own way the new man follows God.
8. 5:2 the place to examine ourselves.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Returning home meant starting to tear out the parsonage bathroom and re-build it with a carpenter. So it's interesting but when the toilet is in all will be much more happier.
Now I am reading " countdown to Sunday by Chris Erdman " which is really good as he writes on preaching through the Lectionary weekly as now I use the Lectionary scriptures to choose a text from and preach on.
Off to help in the Bathroom....
Monday, June 29, 2009
My pianist was willing,so we sang all Wesley ( his brother Charles) hymns, the bulletin was dedicated to him and I preached on Psalm 130 which greatly effected His life along with a introduction to his life.
And I think the people enjoyed the service. So here is looking to next year and reminding the church of our roots.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
"The Lord hath done
great things for us, whereof we are glad." – Psalm 126:3
Some Christians are
sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more
upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them.
Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe
their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad
adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any
allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed them. But a
Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come forward joyously,
and say, "I will speak, not about myself, but to the honour of my God.
He hath brought me up out of an horrible pit, and out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings: and he hath put
a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord hath done
great things for me, whereof I am glad." Such an abstract of experience
as this is the very best that any child of God can present. It is true
that we endure trials, but it is just as true that we are delivered out
of them. It is true that we have our corruptions, and mournfully do we
know this, but it is quite as true that we have an all-sufficient
Saviour, who overcomes these corruptions, and delivers us from their
dominion. In looking back, it would be wrong to deny that we have been
in the Slough of Despond, and have crept along the Valley of
Humiliation, but it would be equally wicked to forget that we have been
through them safely and profitably; we have not remained in them, thanks
to our Almighty Helper and Leader, who has brought us "out into a
wealthy place." The deeper our troubles, the louder our thanks to God,
who has led us through all, and preserved us until now. Our griefs
cannot mar the melody of our praise, we reckon them to be the bass part
of our life’s song, "He hath done great things for us, whereof we are
Friday, May 29, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Who is among you that feareth the Lord, . . . that walketh in darkness? . . . Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
Somehow the notion has spread abroad that true Christians should never endure periods of darkness, trial, or trouble. Nothing could be further from the truth. Trials will come to every Christian. Satan will attack every Christian. When these things occur, we can become very confused and distressed. It appears that the Lord has forsaken us. Is that your experience today? Are you an heir of heaven walking in darkness? Todays text has a word for you.
Dark days are not necessarily a judgment on sin. Isaiah addresses those who fear the Lord. They obey the voice of His servant. This is a description of a believer walking according to the Word of God. Yet he walks in darkness. He is fighting a spiritual battle that depresses his soul. He reads his Bible but receives no light. He prays but obtains no relief. The devil tells him that all this is Gods judgment on him and that He has forsaken him. Our text brands that as a lie.
Faithful Christians face dark days. So what is the answer? Will the Lord leave a believer in such a condition indefinitely? No, but He may allow the darkness to continue until the necessary lesson of faith has been learned. What is that lesson? It is that we are not to base our assurance on good feelings or prosperous circumstances, but on the character and Word of our God. If you are compassed about by doubt or darkness, stay, or lean, upon the Lord. Trust Him. He will not fail you or forsake you. Stand upon His promises, and light will arise in the darkness.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
The Church of Rome has always hated the doctrine of justification by grace alone. Since the days of the Reformation, she has asserted that such preaching will lead to licentious living. Of course, this is not a new charge against the gospel, for Paul had to face the same accusations in his day. Now it seems that todays popular carnal Christian theory is giving credence to Romes allegation. In our day a person can make a decision for Christ without being made a disciple of Christ. He can be saved from his present troubles (or so he hopes!) or saved from hell, but never need to be saved from his sinful vices. Paul addresses both of these fallacies in the sixth chapter of Romans by proving that justifying grace will reign in the life of the true child of God.
By our union with Christ in His death, our old man is crucified with him (v. 6). As Christ died to sins guilt, sins condemnation, and sins reign, so did we! That is, by bearing our sin on the cross, He destroyed all that sin could do to us. Not that our sinful nature was eradicated, but it lost its power to dominate us, for he that is dead is freed from sin (v. 7). Can it be any plainer than Pauls declaration in verse 14, For sin shall not have dominion over you?
What does this say to those who claim that this doctrine of free justification leads to immorality? And what does it do to the theory of the carnal Christian, which says a man can be saved and never leave his sinful habits and wicked living? Most certainly, these notions are left high and dry. Thank God for the sanctifying power of the truth of justification! For how shall we who have been freed from the horrors of sin by the awful death of our Redeemer live any longer in sin? Let us therefore yield ourselves as servants of God unto holy living.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
There are many interesting entries in John Wesleys journal. On June 9th, 1742, he writes of attending an unusual court case. The magistrate was a man of candour and understanding. He was to hear the complaints of some angry citizens who had brought to him a whole wagon load of these new heretics. The magistrate enquired what they had done. One of the accusers answered, Why, they pretended to be better than other people; and besides, they prayed from morning to night. But have they done nothing else? Yes, sir, replied an old man. They have converted my wife. Till she went among them, she had such a tongue! And now she is as quiet as a lamb. Carry them back, carry them back, cried the justice, and let them convert all the scolds in the town.
We may well smile at this story; yet the Word of God declares, If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this mans religion is vain (James 1:26). How deadly is the power of that little member! As the Puritan Thomas Watson put it, The sword doth not make so deep a wound as the tongue. The hasty, hurtful word we immediately regret, but cannot recall. It is well said that a word spoken is physically transient, but morally permanent. Christian, there is a time to be silent. Learn to hold thy tongue. Five words cost Zacharias forty weeks silence (Thomas Fuller). Be slow to speak. He that refraineth his lips is wiseÊ(Prov. 10:19). It has been well said, If you think twice before you speak once, you will speak twice the better for it. Pray the psalmists prayer today: Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips (Psa. 141:3).
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This Morning's Meditation
C. H. Spurgeon
"Remember the word unto Thy servant, upon which Thou hast caused me to hope."—Psalm 119:49.
HATEVER your especial need may be, you may readily find some promise in the Bible suited to it. Are you faint and feeble because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the promise—"He giveth power to the faint." When you read such a promise, take it back to the great Promiser, and ask Him to fulfil His own word. Are you seeking after Christ, and thirsting for closer communion with Him? This promise shines like a star upon you—"Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled." Take that promise to the throne continually; do not plead anything else, but go to God over and over again with this—"Lord, Thou hast said it, do as Thou hast said." Are you distressed because of sin, and burdened with the heavy load of your iniquities? Listen to these words—"I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions, and will no more remember thy sins." You have no merit of your own to plead why He should pardon you, but plead His written engagements and He will perform them. Are you afraid lest you should not be able to hold on to the end, lest, after having thought yourself a child of God, you should prove a castaway? If that is your state, take this word of grace to the throne and plead it: "The mountains may depart, and the hills may be removed, but the covenant of My love shall not depart from thee." If you have lost the sweet sense of the Saviour's presence, and are seeking Him with a sorrowful heart, remember the promises: "Return unto Me, and I will return unto you;" "For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee." Banquet your faith upon God's own word, and whatever your fears or wants, repair to the Bank of Faith with your Father's note of hand, saying, "Remember the word unto Thy servant, upon which Thou hast caused me to hope."
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
taking a lesson from the early church.
Point oNe: They had unity - resulting from the inner working of the Holy Spirit.
Point tWo: They - were convicted that God was more important that their belongings.
Point tHree: They spoke of the resurrection because they knew the Gospel.
Point fOur: They had God's grace upon them
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
text: John 1:43-51
Philip Finds Nathanael
Nathanael works through his unbelief
Point One: We must know that God sees what we believe
Point two: God sees if we believe what we see
1 sam 3: 1-20
Point three: God's purpose in what we believe
1 Cor 6:20
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
So here it is for this Sunday
Text: Mark 1:1-11
Point one : The Big Deal
its in the bible
Point two: The Big decoration
- the divine
- the existence
- the plan
Point three: the big dissemination v.1
the gospel - God's word
- Good word
- is of Jesus
Point 4: the big dip v.4-5
- the place
- the significance
- the outcome
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
So its winter !!
So tonight I'm reading a book I picked up this week at Frenchy's titled:
A Gospel for the World by David Blast.