The Journey With Jesus

The Christian life, living life as a disciple of Jesus, requires that we walk with others as we walk with Jesus. Jesus did not call just one disciple – He called twelve. They journeyed together for three years as they obeyed His command to “follow Me.”

When Jesus said “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” the ‘you’ is plural or, as we might say in Saskatchewan, ‘youse.’ When fishing for fish to make a living they did not a pole and a hook; they used a net that was large enough that it required anywhere from two to four men to toss it overboard into the water and then haul it back in after it had sunk in the water and “fallen” over the fish living near the bottom. So, the call to fish is a call to living in community – joining with others on the journey Read more

Living In Love

As a disciple of the Lord Jesus we are called to follow Him and become like Him – sharing His character and His nature. As we follow Him He promises to make us tremendously good at fishing for human beings – influencing others in such a way that they enter into the Kingdom of God and become born again. He will equip us to do the work He has called us to do – to go into all the world and make more disciples.

This is not an option – it is a command. So focused is Jesus on this task of making disciples that the Bible was written to enable us to be complete (just like Him) and equipped (able to do what He did). 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states that these are the two purposes of the Scriptures. Too often we have missed this point and thus read the Bible for numerous other reasons. Read more

Breaking The Silence

As we noted on Sunday the issue between the prophet Elijah and the northern Kingdom of Israel (the nation before this time had become two separate kingdoms with two separate ruling families and separate kings) was not that they had totally rejected Yahweh, the LORD God but that they were limping along between two options or dancing with two lovers. God saw this as spiritual adultery; the people saw this as normal and acceptable. In many cases, nothing has really changed.

The Northern Kingdom where Elijah served as the only remaining prophet of the One True God had been without rain for over three years. They blamed Elijah because he was the one who had come to them and declared that it would not rain in the nation until he said it would. Of course, he would do that as soon as God told him to do so. However, the people did not blame God, they blamed him. They could see and hear him; they could not see God and had not heard from Him in a very long time due to their disobedience and idolatry.  Read more

This One Thing I Know

Guest bloggers (see bottom) and well worth the read…

Christians have made the gospel about so many things . . . things other than Christ.

Jesus Christ is the gravitational pull that brings everything together and gives them significance, reality, and meaning. Without him, all things lose their value. Without him, all things are but detached pieces floating around in space. Read more

How to be Ready for the Sabbath…

1> Before the meeting

  • You need to prepare for Sunday
  • More than clean clothes and something decent to wear
  • We need to get our hearts ready
  • We should not expect a rich spiritual experience on Sunday if we are not willing to prepare our hearts and minds
  • Before you play sports – you warm up your muscles
  • Before a presentation – you review your notes
  • Before a major test – we study

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God’s Model for Manhood

As men we need to understand who God has created us to be and what a MAN OF GOD looks like TODAY

Who they are

  • How God wired them – their motivations
  • What would bring lasting fulfillment
  • How they are suppose to act

What makes a “man after God’s own heart” (David)

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Questions That Could Change Your Life!

Questions about Your Emotions

  * What turns you on in life? What turns you off emotionally?

  * During what situations do you feel most alive or exuberant?

  * Which Bible figures capture your imagination? Why?

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The Thirteen Signs of a Healthy Church

Instead, we must define ourself by the Gospel of the Kingdom and who Jesus says that we are. And, we must look for, find and become part of a church that is built upon the criteria God’s Word gives – again, not on our preferences, what feels comfortable, or what is familiar to us.

So, when looking for a church we can have two lists: A “must-have” list based on the Bible and a “that-would-be-nice” list of qualities that we would like to see but are not essential nor often biblical. Here is my “must-have” list…

1> God’s Word is faithfully taught Read more

‘Is God Still Talking Today?’

People say to me – “so, you hear God do you?” / Prophecy

Yes – God is still talking today

“How do I know it is God speaking – maybe it is some other voice?”

Maybe it is God, could be the Devil, might be I am simply talking to myself

Matthew 16 – “I am going to Jerusalem and there I will be crucified and raised on the 3rd day (v.21)

Peter, with good intentions, was not happy with Jesus’ comments

“This should not happen to You!” (v.22)

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The Five Basic Purposes For the Church That Jesus is Building

Jesus said, “I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18). He is the builder of the Church and He is building it according to a set pattern and for specific purposes; His pattern and His purposes.

 However, often when planting a new work for the Lord or moving an existing work forward we forget that He is the Builder and that He has very specific plans and purposes for His Church. And, as leaders of His Church we often forget, when pastoring, that He is the One building the work and that His purposes for His Church have not changed.

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