Prayer/Study Group Gagetown

Good morning everyone!MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AM
 
It’s getting cold! I had to scrape my windshield the other day ;o(. But all is good because… did you see the beautiful colors in the trees? Autumn is so colorful …God’s paint brush at work… Amen!
 
Well in the next part of James 5 we move into 13-18. In here can you tell what James is pointing out? Does James show you that it’s prayer that helps? Or is it the faith of the one or the faith of those who pray for the one? Meaning, if I were sick, do you think my faith is exercised or is it the faith of those who pray for me? What about “confession”? Is this needed before healing can take place?  
Oh and one other point… how can this be applied to the military?
 
James 5:13-18
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
 
Please pray…
Dear God I know that I may not understand all of your words but I know in my heart that the Holy Spirit is there helping me to learn. Lord I pray that you open my mind to understand, to clear my mind of doubt and confusion. Hold me to the understanding that no matter what, it’s my faith that will open my heart to your word and when my time has come; I will be with you and you will show me what I don’t understand. I pray this in Jesus name…AMEN!
 
Blessings All!
Have a Great Day!
Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS…
So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!
Jimmy ;o)

Prayer/Study Group Gagetown

Good morning everyone!MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AM
 
Another beautiful day …brought to you by our wonderful heavenly Father!! Thank you God!! Let’s pause for a moment and give thanks for all our blessings….
Ok guys let’s move into the next part of James chapter 5:7-12. 
Time to check yourself (read carefully).  
Are you ready? 
Are you waiting on what you heard or what you have read? 
Are we still waiting with hope? 
The Lord Jesus Christ is coming again!
 
James 5:7-12
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord-that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.
 
Please pray…
My God almighty, help me to have the wisdom not to judge others; for I know you will judge me in the same manner. Grant me the patience to hold on, knowing you are coming for me. It will happen your way. You have promised eternal life through your Son and I believe in this to be my strength. Dear God I am patient, and with the Holy Spirit upon me, I will be holding my arms up to Jesus to bring me home, I pray this in your will through Jesus Christ….AMEN!
 
Blessings All!
Have a Great Day!
Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS…
So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!
Jimmy ;o)

Prayer/Study Group Gagetown

Good Morning to you all!!MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AM

God is GREAT!! Thank you God for all our Blessings! We are so blessed to have such a wonderful God; that unconditional love and forgiveness of our sins through that mighty gift, His SON!
Welcome back brother Andrew, it is nice to see you back with us again. Ok, so now let’s dive right into James chapter 5:1-6. James, in the spirit of the OT (read Ezek 18:12-13), jumps on the employers who have treated their employees unjustly. Can you tell me… where do you see this today? Everywhere… And where can we help? At work? In our neighborhood, and wider?

James 5:1-6
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. 4 Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.5 You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

Please pray…
Our heavenly Father, please look after the poor and less fortunate by putting the weight on our hearts and the hearts of all that have the power and knowhow to help them. You have blessed us with many riches and tools to make our lives good; so now we need to fulfill your wishes and use what you have given us to go and help those who have nothing. We are the ones that you have picked, in your mercy, to show to others that you work through us and help us that we don’t just sit on our blessings and forget why you have given us the resources to help. God, you gave us the biggest gift of all …your SON and now it is up to us to show to the world that His death was not in vain. Our God, we shall do this in your Son’s name, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ …AMEN!

Blessing All!
Have a Great Day!
Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS…
So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!
Jimmy ;o)

1st Annual MCF Spiritual Retreat

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Life is busy. 

Early in my military career I was an operator and I loved it. Every day featured one drama or another, problem solving, decision-making, learning, training etc. Life was like surfing. However, in the midst of my second tour, my CO it was time for me to train to become a staff officer. Gag! I knew staff officers, my occupation had its share and what I saw was operators who were stuck behind a desk longing to get back into operations. Yet, the CO is the CO and his intent was my mission, so off to the staff course I went. Gratefully, the course was interesting. We learned about current and anticipated events from excellent guest speakers, we learned from each other about the various operations that the military was conducting and we learned what was on the hearts and minds of senior leaders as they shared their stories and intents. And yes, we also learned how to be good desk jockeys. 

One of the most startling lessons was that staff officers are in a constant state of overload. Always more to do than time permitted. The staff work was relentless and the inbox was constantly in a state of overflowing. I and the rest of my colleges endured the course, all the while thinking that there is no way that staff officers had this much work. 

I returned to my unit, back to operations, glad I had done my duty and I could put that course behind me. However, one year later the posting message arrived and I was assigned a staff position in Ottawa. My family was excited to go to the Nation’s capital, but I mourned leaving operations. My new role as a staff officer started somewhat slowly, for about a week, and then, what my instructors had stated, came true –overload. It was relentless. My time as a young operator was over. 

Life as a military member is generally like that, too much to do and not enough time to do it. If it isn’t work, it is family responsibilities, and if it isn’t family it is the varied volunteer activities we naturally participate in and lead. Thank God for the energy He gives us to maintain the pace of life we find ourselves in. Yet, God also gave us direction to Stop! Spend time with Him. Psalm 46:10 states “Be still and know that I am God.” 

Some of us have learned to stop and spend time with God, even practicing this spiritual discipline daily. But, it is hard to carve out that time. Time with God in not just an obedient response to God’s command, it is exactly what He designed it to be, it is refreshing, spiritually refreshing. Once you have experienced it, you can’t wait to be back in His presence, quietly meditating on God and His Word, hearing Him speak to you. And then sharing your experience with others who are on the journey with you. Just like sleep, our souls need to be still and know that God is God. 

To this end, the MCF will conduct its first annual spiritual retreat in Ottawa to coincide with the annual general meeting. On Friday, November 11th, there will be an MCF prayer breakfast, which will be followed by attendance at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in downtown Ottawa. Lunch is available at the Chateau Laurier, or at the various Messes. 

In the afternoon, beginning at 1:30 pm, at Greenbelt Church, we will spend time reflecting upon the Jesus’ call to us to make disciples. The session will start with a tutorial on disciple-making and then continue with individual prayer and meditation on the scriptures that discuss the concept. We will then come together again to share what the Lord has been communicating to us individually. We will close the day at approximately 5:30 pm. 

On Saturday, November 12th we will recommence at 8:30 am with prayer and worship. Our second session will consider the concept of discipleship. Following a similar agenda to the previous afternoon, we anticipate ending the session at 12:30 and then share lunch together before we begin the annual general meeting. 

As we get closer to the weekend of the spiritual retreat, more details will be forth coming, yet in the meantime I welcome your thoughts on this initiative. 

Life is busy, there are many demands to which we must respond. God knows this and he gives us strength to endure, but He also instructs us to Stop! Take time to be still and know that He is God. I invite you to come and stop together on the 1st annual MCF spiritual retreat.

Prayer/study group – Gagetown

Good Morning all!!MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AM

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend with your family or maybe with some friends. Most of all, in the company of your Lord and saviour Jesus Christ…
So this Thursday we move right into chapter 4. I suspect this to be a hard one. In our lives, we often live according to the world and not of Gods will. We pray often for things only to benefit ourselves, not others, when we should be praying for Gods will. James is very blunt in this chapter. He warns us of our pride, boasting and judging.
I think this chapter is a good one for all of us to read over a few times to really understand what James is saying, I will not pretend to think I know exactly what this chapter says to me personally but I am sure some of my sins may lay within it.
I can’t wait to see you on Thursday to talk about this chapter and maybe we can work on this one a bit more… I think we’ll need to; for this is a big chapter for today’s way of life.

Please pray…
Dear Lord, help me to see my sinful ways. Please help me to understand the words that James says to me. Show me through the Holy Spirit how to correct myself. My God, I don’t want to laugh at sin but I reach out to you in repentance; for you, my Lord, are the only one that can forgive me and lead me back into the joy of your love. I pray for this strength against my weakness in your son’s name Christ Jesus …AMEN!

Blessing All!
Have a Great Day!
Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS…
So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!
Jimmy ;o)

The Gospel

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The two-word phrase “the gospel,” is derived from the Greek word “euangelion.” Though not a commonly used phrase today, on occasion one hears its use within Western English speaking society as a metaphor that attributes the quality of truth to a particular set of assertions. While the roots of the phrase pre-exist its use in the New Testament, the quality that it denotes when it is used to qualify a grouping of ideas is derived from its use in the Bible.

Within Christianity, the phrase has been used to describe various view points as to what Christians should be doing to improve their surroundings and in so doing, working to steadily usher in the Kingdom of God on earth. However, theologically this is an incorrect premise. 2 Peter 3:10 tells the reader that the earth is destined for complete renewal, so no amount of effort on man’s part will hinder what is in store for the earth on the Day of the Lord. Other Christians take the perspective that the gospel is about loving one’s neighbour, commonly referred to as “the social gospel.” The responsibility for Christians to love their neighbour is foundational; it is one of the two core commands pronounced by Jesus, yet it is a command for the right conduct of those who have become children of God, and while it is good news for those who are in need of social assistance, for those who are concerned for the environment; for social equality; for social justice, etc.; it is not the good news of The Gospel.

As communicated in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, which is the clearest, concise and most precise explanation, The Gospel is simply:

  • Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;
  • Christ was buried;
  • Christ was raised to life on the third day according to the Scriptures.

Romans 10:9 communicates that if a person declares with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in their heart that God raised him from the dead, that they will be saved.  While The Gospel is simple and it can be stated in a few short phrases, man’s comprehension and subsequent response to it requires the supernatural intervention of God’s Holy Spirit, who grants the gift of faith to a person, enabling them to act in accordance with Romans 10:9.
When I was 13 years old, I recognized my need for Jesus and I responded to an offer to confess and repent of my sin, declaring Jesus as my Lord, believing in His death and resurrection as the sole means by which I am forgiven.  Yet, it was not until I was 26 years old and at the end of myself, that I surrendered my life to Jesus.  Today, 33 years later, my awareness of my need of Jesus and my gratefulness for the salvation that I have received continues to increase.  Without Jesus, I am lost: spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically.  With Jesus I have hope: hope for today and for tomorrow; hope for my family and for those whom God has allowed me to have influence with; and I have hope for eternity.
I have heard it said that the Church is the hope of the world, and while the phrase sounds good, I am not sure of its theological soundness.  My understanding is that The Gospel is the hope of the world, and the Church has been assigned the task of communicating it to the world.  The Church is the chosen tool of God with which He communicates His message of hope and He has given it clear, concise and precise orders – “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”[1]  God has not given this directive to anyone else, so the hope that the world needs will come only from the church.  As such the church must be focused on communicating The Gospel.  Though there are many “good” activities that the church could be involved in, if the communication of The Gospel is not its primary intent, if The Gospel does not permeate everything that the Church does, then it is abdicating its primary purpose and the world is lost.

Prayer/Study Gagetown group

Good Morning my Friends,MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AM
Ok time to move back into James, James 3:6-12. I think most of us can relate when I say I fail at this because of our job. Here in the military, we sometime are put in a very rough and sometimes hostile environment where it is very hard to control our words. I know there are times were I have to step off and pray to God for forgiveness of my words, and most of all, for the strength to not to let those words come out of my mouth. It’s hard but we need to try! We need to try …why? So as to set a good example. Mixing the contradictory speech of “blessings” and “cursing” will only produce negative results.
As James said “no spring yields both salt water and fresh”

JAMES 3:6-12
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

Please pray…
Dear Heavenly Father, give us the wisdom and the strength to tame our tongues. We know that the tongue can defile the whole body in the words that we say but we pray, oh God! that you help us with this weakness we have so that only fresh water will come forth from our wells. We need your Holy Spirt to work on us so that we only have godly words, seek divine wisdom, bare good fruit, show harmony and wisdom… in your Son’s name, Jesus Christ, we pray… AMEN!

Blessing All!
Have a Great Day!
Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS…
So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!
Jimmy ;o)