- Published 07 Aug 2014
Why do most people find forgiveness difficult? Although Christ gives us clear guidelines in this matter, many people harbor hatred or resentment in their hearts. If we are followers of Christ, can we still carry grudges, resentment, or even hatred in our hearts?
- Published 25 Jul 2014
2:00pm and 6:00pm
10:30am, 2:00pm (official dedication service) and 6:00pm
Guest speaker will be Bro. Friesen from Aylmer, Ontario.
- Published 24 Jul 2014
Many people I meet each week are truly stressed out. I am convinced that the time in which we live is more tumultuous than any generation before us. From the constant low voltage stress of everyday living, to the occasional unavoidable crisis, you and I live in a stressful culture. The constant crush of demands on every side has the potential of robbing us of our peace, joy, and energy. All of which leads to horrible consequences – emotional breakdowns, tension in our relationships, physical ailments, etc.
- Published 22 Jul 2014
Nowadays we find a surprising number of people affected by various physical and psychological burdens. Even many mothers are affected. There is the mother whose child does not sleep through the night, and she wakes up exhausted in the morning. Another seeks to meet the needs of ill or allergy-suffering family members both day and night. Or consider the plight of the mother whose difficult, headstrong teenager cannot be led in the right, pure way. Or the woman who works part, or even full-time, alongside the housework she does. Then there is the wife who seeks to satisfy the expectations of a demanding husband. Or assist her friend, who may be trying to sustain herself with limited financial resources. Although this unfinished list could go on, let us turn our attention to what the apostle said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
- Published 21 Jul 2014
Jesus is hanging on the cross. One of those being crucified with Him turns to Jesus and says: “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Jesus promises him that he will be in with Him in Paradise. Not baptized, yet still saved, one could say. He didn’t have the opportunity to be baptized. The saving element is always the redeeming faith in Jesus. Paul answered the prison officer’s question of being saved as follows: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). Thus we can be saved through faith, even when we are all alone. We are not dependent on another person, which is the case with baptism.
- Published 15 Jul 2014
What an incredible truth: God is Love! It is not just something He does, but actually describes who He is! If we grasp this truth, it will have a transforming effect on our life! Our belief and concept of who God is and what He is like directly determines what our spiritual walk is like – not just what we do, but especially how and why we do what we do – the motivation for our actions toward God. How important then that our concept of God is based not on our imagination, but entirely on the truth of God’s word! If someone believes that God is a distant Being that cares little about us on a personal level, that will surely be evident in the lack of a relationship with God. Likewise, if someone believes God is a harsh and critical Ruler, just waiting for us to make a mistake, that person’s response to God will be actions motivated only by fear, rather than love or gratitude. However, if through God’s Spirit we understand that God is love, and that all He does is done in love, our response will be to love Him in return – to draw nearer to Him, to obey Him, to honor and worship Him.
- Published 12 Jul 2014
Jesus fulfilled this promise when He lived on earth. He healed people with fever (Matthew 8:14-17), paralysis (Mark 2:1-12), and leprosy (Luke 5:12-14). He healed the lame (John 5:5-9) and the blind (Mark 10:46-52). He even cast out demons (Matthew 8:28-34). This is a very small selection of Scripture passages where we can see the healing power of God. During His years of ministry, Jesus healed so many people that the Scripture cannot contain their names: “Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well” (Mark 6:56).
- Published 10 Jul 2014
Who among us would sit down and begin writing words like these? We ask ourselves what must have motivated the writer of these words to pour out the thoughts of his heart so graphically. What situation prompted such a hungering for God? Was this man in desperate straights? Verse 3 gives us some insight: “My tears have been my food day and night ...” He was in the throes of some great trial. He was fasting and praying. Obviously he was waiting for God’s help in a certain situation, and it seemed that God wasn’t answering. He must have testified that he was trusting in God for help, because people around him were taunting him scornfully: “Where is your God?” Again and again he responded by pouring out his pain and heartache to God, taking hold of his heavenly Helper by faith.
- Published 05 Jul 2014
Nestled in the book of Acts is a seemingly insignificant event in the life of the apostle Paul. Luke tells of how the evangelistic team left Philippi after the Easter celebration and took the five-day sea voyage to Troas. They spent seven days here, days that surely exhausted the physical and emotional reserves of these ardent laborers in God’s vineyard. On the final day, before an audience that was eager to eke out every morsel of spiritual food from the apostles, Paul preached until midnight, and then encouraged the faithful until dawn. The next day, the team boarded a ship headed to Assos. But Paul did not join them for the sea journey. Why not?