Biblical Messages

Forever Home

In this worship gathering (for which we have new live-streaming equipment!), we look at Romans 8.18-30 and understand the value of suffering as followers of Jesus. We also look at the phrase, “Everything happens for a reason”, and consider what it really means. You can watch the whole worship gathering below, or just the message below that.

 

Encouragement From The Word

Brightness in dark days

Today’s Encouragement From the Word is a guest post from a long-time friend of mine, Dawn Champagne, with whom I went to high school.  Her poetry has shown up here before. The prayer in the image at the end is hers, too.  Thanks for the inspiration, Dawn!  – Jeff+

That second day between the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus must have been the darkest day ever experienced by the 11 remaining disciples. When Jesus had called each one of them to “follow Me,” they did so without hesitation. They readily left their careers, and eagerly listened to His teachings on the Kingdom of Heaven and how it was at hand.

How could they make sense of what they had just witnessed the day before as Jesus hung on that cross, and now dead in the tomb. While we know what occurred on the third day, they did not: all of their ambitions, hopes, and dreams were buried in that tomb as well.

The crisis was now over, and they were left alone. How could they make any sense of what happened, with no hope for the future that they had been taught about? 

When the third day dawned, their grief was changed from sorrow to rejoicing when they found the tomb empty. What a wonderful day of rejoicing that must have been as Jesus began to present Himself to them! A pondering inexpressible joy that cannot be put into words! 

We live in a world of what now seems to be in a season of dark days and turmoil with COVID-19 adding to the tears that flow from those who are suffering. Unlike what the disciples experienced on that second day, praise God, the Christian has been given the ultimate hope at the opposite end of the spectrum as we go through these difficult times. Jesus is alive! 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ whom having not seen you love” 1 Peter 1.3, 6, 8a (NKJV).

Below are words given to me as the Holy Spirit ministered to me in a time of need following a difficult season in the fall of 2016. Praying they will minister to you as well through these uncertain times, and May Jesus be the Brightest Ray on your darkest of days! 

Wishing you all a blessed Easter!

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Biblical Messages

Christ our Strength & Joy

The first letter of Peter, through which we have been working off and on since the winter, has several allusions to the importance of suffering as followers of Christ.  Today, we may be more likely to encounter persecution than ever in recent memory, given the intolerance of biblical Christianity that exists today.

But what is the end of suffering?  Of what value has it for the Christian?  Suffering readies us to spend eternity with God.  Based on 1 Peter 4, you can listen to the message here:

Biblical Messages

PAIN KILLER: The Pain of Suffering

This is not the best news ever, but the Bible suggests, in many places (including 1 Peter 4.12-19) that people who follow Jesus will suffer for their faith.  It was a regular occurrence in New Testament times, and in the life of the early church.  Can it somehow be good for us to suffer?

Listen to “The Pain of Suffering” here and let me know what you think.

Biblical Messages

Weeding Out The Bull…

It was not lost on a few neighbours that on the week when the church sign announced the message title, “Weeding out the bull”, the contractors were digging in front of the church to decommission our septic system and install our hook-up to the new municipal sewers!  However, this message is not about *that* kind of bull.  It’s about all the stuff that competes with the truth of the gospel to attempt to deceive the church, and move it away from the focus of Jesus, who is enough!

This message is based on Colossians 1.24-2.23 and can be listened to by clicking here.

The three questions I ask you to ponder at the end of the message are:

•Have I suffered for my faith in any way?
•Does my life reflect the biblical reality that Jesus is enough?
•Do we live in unity and freedom?