Monthly Archives: October 2015

Man of Faith?

by Pastor Ruth Denboer

Sometimes I have to admit I am completely daunted by the stories of absolute faith that I read in the Bible. However, I was again intrigued by the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 18. What a powerful display of absolute faith in God we see in chapter 18! I can’t imagine standing in front of all the people of Israel and the prophets and doing what Elijah did. I read more than a little confident … almost to the point of being arrogant. I ask myself, “Would I have anywhere near that level of confidence in declaring my absolute faith in the God I love and serve?”

And then I read chapter 19. I see a completely different picture. I see a frightened Elijah running for his life. Following Elijah’s impressive display of calling down fire from heaven you would think that he’d be set for life as an amazing man of faith. His faith level must have increased tremendously through that adventure and you would think he’d have quite the following after that event. However, when King Ahab tells his wife Jezebel what ‘Elijah had done’ … (missed the point that it was God), Jezebel then sends a threat to Elijah telling him that she will kill him like he killed the prophets of Baal.

Elijah went from man of incredible faith to man of seemingly no faith, running for his life. I find this so true to human nature. When we display great faith in God for any reason we would be wise to remember that we are only strong and powerful in HIM. Without HIM we are no better than anyone in the world around us. God did not forsake Elijah in his weakness, instead graciously poured out provision and comfort to him. And although Elijah asked to have his life ended there and then … God is greater than our hearts, merciful in not taking us at our word and granting our foolish passionate requests.
We serve a great and loving God who understands our human weaknesses … and loves us anyway!

What Are You Good At?

By Pastor Vern Kratz

You can’t be good at everything, but everybody is good at something!

I really believe that.

I watch a fair amount of team sports. It goes without saying even among professional athletes each person has a particular part to play on the team. And a good team manager will place his players in positions where they will be able to excel at what they are good at. If you are a good kicker then the football coach will make you the punter. If you can throw an amazing curve ball then the baseball manager is going make you the pitcher. If someone is put in a place they haven’t prepared for, or have no expertise at, it can be disastrous not only for the individual, but for the entire team.

In life it is the same: we will accomplish more when we recognize our strengths, and go with what we are good at.

As a Christ follower, I need to regularly recognize the talents and abilities that have been given to me by God and choose to use them for his glory and his purpose. There is no point in trying to be someone that I am not. That would be a waste of time and a waste of the resources that God has given me.

These thoughts filled my mind as I was rereading the story of David and Goliath – the epic bible story of the “little guy” triumphing over the “giant.” But before young David runs out onto the field to slay the giant we read his discussion with King Saul. The king tried to give David all of his heavy armour, but when David tried it on it was uncomfortable and he said, “I cannot go in these because I am not used to them.” So David, a shepherd boy who was good at slinging stones, stopped by the brook and picked up five smooth stones and went out to face the giant. The rest is history!

Whether you have to face a giant today or just face the regular routine of life, choose to go with what you are good at, recognize your strengths and your God-given talent and tackle your day with that approach. Don’t try and be someone you are not. Go with what you are good at and glorify God with your life.

If you want to check out the story for yourself, I was reading from 1 Samuel 17. It’s a great story. Why don’t you look it up?

Blessings.

Jesus’ Last Night: Thanksgiving

by Pastor Nikki Ragush

The Gospels are amazing pieces of Scripture that each show distinct sides of what Jesus’ life looked like. Some people enjoy the Christmas story of His birth, other’s love to reread the miracles that He did, many focus on those red words that he spoke, however many times I find myself looking at what Jesus did in the last week of His life.

I remember one day someone passing on their wisdom to me and they said this “Nikki the only thing in life that you can be sure of is that one day you will die.” I wouldn’t say it was the most uplifting thing I’ve heard, however that is the truth, it is inevitable. People try to sneak around the fact, hope that maybe they can have their body frozen till there is a cure to their sickness, but eventually all must come to that reality. Jesus came to this reality, and many people don’t realize when there life on earth will end. But Jesus knew, and that shows a great amount about a person.  Maybe you’ve been asked the question if you only had a day to live, what would you do? Jesus lived in that reality, so when we look at the Gospels we can see Him answer that through His actions!

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (NIV)

Jesus wanted to impart His final wisdom on His friends the night before He died.

The practice of family suppers is slowly diminishing, with busy schedules that people have and our somewhat addiction to technology many families aren’t able to sit down for a family supper. Thanksgiving is this weekend so I thought this subject might be fitting. In the Good News version of Scripture it changes verse 24 up a bit to say “spoke a prayer of thanksgiving”.  I know for many thanksgiving is another busy time where family invades the house, after all the hustle and bustle there is something special about the time where everyone sits down together. People have different traditions around the holiday, but there is an understanding that this is a time to be thankful.

Many different situations happen throughout the world and I have found myself so many times complaining about mine. But just today I spoke to a friend going through a very difficult time she said “It is upsetting but I know that worrying about it won’t help. I am trying to be really intentional about being thankful for what each day offers”. Jesus made that pretty obvious with His last meal with the disciples being one of great thanks and joy, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

So as the season of Thanksgiving is upon each one of us, let us take time to enjoy the company of one another and proclaim the great blessings that we do have. Here in Canada I have the freedom to declare that I am Christian, I have a great family who I love dearly, I have a job that I believe God has placed me in, and I have an overall blessed life. I pray that each of us can see Jesus’ blessings in our lives even through difficult times.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Give ear to my words…

by Pastor Heidi Kratz

Psalm 5:1

Give ear to my words…

Since our oldest son has gone away to school in Saskatchewan we text back and forth throughout the week. On Fridays, he gives us a call. We get to hear his voice and we catch up on what we have experienced in our week. The cell service where our son is going to school is not great. Our conversations usually include phrases like…

You’re breaking up.”

Can you hear me now?”

I didn’t get that last part. Can you say that again?”

Give ear to my words”. We can come to Jesus at any time of day, with any situation and He WILL give ear to our words. Our words to the Lord are crystal clear at ALL times. Our prayer can be a whisper, a sigh, or a desperate cry for help. We don’t have to wait for Friday night when you are in the exact spot with good cell service for our prayers to be heard.

It is encouraging to know that when we come before God He will hear our prayers.