“Our goal – disciple making disciples”

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Our mission at the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada includes disciple building; helping people live daily as individuals whose words and actions glorify God. It is a mission that all followers of Christ are called to participate in and should be the primary focus of our existence. A disciple’s daily life exemplifies their belief in Jesus, their desire to want to know and follow His truths, and leads to an urge to share God’s truth with others so they also want to become disciples. At the MCF we want to help all followers live as Paul shares; so that “whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31. We want to guide, coach, and support members of the military community to draw close to God.
 
Why do we want to do this? Frankly, we want to be in God’s will. We know God created us for His glory. We want to help others realize that our existence is a product of God’s love.  People are drawn to God and have been given a hint of His existence as Romans 1:20 shares “we can see God’s hidden qualities, eternal power and divine nature” and we want to help those seekers understand God’s expectation and desires for His creation. We want our military brothers and sisters who do not know or understand God’s promises for them, to be introduced to Jesus’ truths. We want their families to join them in becoming heirs to God’s kingdom and experience a life of hope. We want our military believers to step up and become disciples who live daily with contagious enthusiasm and joy.
 
Followers often speak with God about their purpose or His plan for their life but somehow can’t seem to accept the idea that God would be honoured if each day they showed signs of being a disciple, signs such as participating in activities that draw them closer to Him. Disciples love God with everything they are such that, by God’s grace, they become more Christ like through a life of faith and obedience. It is not a bystander’s status and requires more than weekly worship. It is a life that glorifies God such that observers become aware of God. A disciple worships God, is confident in Jesus’ truths, and walks in the power of the Holy Spirit; they experience the fruits such as love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control “Galatians 5:22-23”.  A disciple of Christ demonstrates love for God and neighbour, seeks knowledge in scripture, lives in a lifestyle that honours Christ, prays, and shares with others that a life in Christ is a lifestyle worth seeking.
 
Our desire at the MCF is not outside God’s will but is a response to be obedient to Him.  In the near future we will introduce guides to help disciples on their journey as well as practices to encourage them to be disciples makers. In the mean time ask yourself the following: “Can you identify some characteristics of a Christian disciple in your life? Are there some characteristics of Christian disciples that you struggle with?”  Based on your response, examine your prayer life, your scripture reading and study practices, and your willingness to seek to love God and neighbour more. Ask God to help you be the disciple that He created you to be. Prepare yourself to be part of the mission of the MCF, the mission of all Christ followers, the mission to take the gospel into your world and make disciples.
 
“Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.” 
Ecclesiastes 12:13

Prayer/Study group Gagetown

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Well, the icy roads and bad driving are here. I want to share with you something that happened on the way to work Tuesday morning. It is so wonderful to see God’s hand at work!

That morning, as I was driving to work on Hwy 2 at around 0715hrs, a young girl passed me just before the Swan Creek lake bridge. As she got on to the bridge, she hit an icy patch, lost control and hit the concrete medium. Another driver and I stopped to help, and as we were there, we saw a truck that had jumped the guard rail and was down in the ditch (it must have happened just moments before us).

A few minutes later, another car left the road right next to us (just missing us by a few feet) and slid into the hwy center. Now there is more to this story, but suffice to say the point I am trying to make is that there were no injuries. Just a few shook up people. In all of that, me and the other guy that helped were right in the middle of it all and were safe from harm.

So after the Fire truck, EMTs and RCMPs got there, me and the other driver left. As I drove away, all I could think about is how God protected those 3 persons from serious injury or even death. Little did they know God was there! Amen!

At lunch I was reading my bible and I came upon this Psalm in Acts 2, Psalm 16 but mostly 8-11. We are protected at God’s right hand because we have a Risen Saviour… Christ!

Psalm 16:8-11
8 I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 0 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. 11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Please pray…
My God, thank you for watching over us all. Thank you for once again showing me that you are always there. Dear Lord, thank for protecting those who don’t even know you and showing me that you love us all. Thank you for my Risen Savior and I pray this to you in His name, 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)

The Grey Cup Breakfast – Saturday 26 Nov 8:00 AM

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The Grey Cup Breakfast is a fun-filled, entertaining event produced by Athletes in Action for over 35 years and takes place the day before the big game.

As a way to show appreciation for those who have provided military service to Canada, fellow Canadians have made a limited number of tickets available for currently serving military personnel and veterans to attend the Grey Cup Breakfast on a “first come, first served” basis – advanced reservations only.  (Members of the public may purchase tickets at http://www.greycupbreakfast.ca ) Dress for military personnel – service dress with ribbons, for veterans – blazer and tie associated with your veterans organization.

Military personnel and veterans may have their name assigned to a “will hold” reserve ticket – contact Major (retired) Wes Bowers, Military Liaison Officer for AIA  at wes.bowers@p2c.com (A wait-list will be established. Also, contact me if you would like to contribute to make more complimentary tickets available.)

The Athletes in Action Grey Cup breakfast morning offers much more than just a good meal; the event provides the opportunity to win valuable CFL autographed merchandise, be entertained by local performers and hear from CFL players, coaches and wives from the two competing teams in Sunday’s Grey Cup game.

Each speaker in their own way have inspired, encouraged, and challenged people to live a life of destiny, courage and meaning. They have also contributed to the primary objective of the Grey Cup Breakfast: to provide a message of hope, courage and faith to those who have none.

Grey Cup Breakfast

Saturday, November 26th at 8:00 AM.

Sheraton Centre Hotel – Osgood Ballroom

123 Queen Street West

Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9

 

“Remember me”

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Remember Me
Jesus, beaten, tortured, humiliated, on the cross, crucified, thirsting, bleeding, dying, an object of ridicule, receiving on to Himself the sin of the world for all time for every person who had lived, who lived and who would live.  Jesus, in the midst of the physical and emotional pain, who also was experiencing the rejection and judgement of God the Father, experiencing the most profound spiritual pain, heard the voice of the criminal who had been crucified beside him – “remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
The criminal, who was dying beside Jesus, admitted openly, that he was being punished justly, that he was getting what his deeds deserved.  Incredibly, through the illumination that only comes from the Holy Spirit, the criminal recognized Jesus as sinless, as the King of kings, whose kingdom transcended this world.  In his absolute poverty, the criminal appealed to Jesus, “remember me.”
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 1:27-31, tells us, that God choses those whom society rejects to nullify those whose worldly position gives them reason to boast.  God’s man, the person who is granted entrance into the kingdom, is the one who reflects the criminal on the cross.  Broken in spirit, broken and contrite of heart, aware of one’s lostness and need of a saviour, this is the person whom God remembers (Psalm 51:17).
Some, will appeal to Jesus “Lord, Lord, remember me” but they will not enter the kingdom, and instead they will hear Jesus say “I never knew you.  Away from me, you evildoers.”  What a horrible day that will be for those who Jesus does not remember (Matthew 7:23).
Friday, 11 November, is the day we remember the sacrifice of men, women, families, communities, and countries.  We are grateful for the temporal freedom that we have been given as a result of their sacrifice. As you take pause this day, to show your love and respect, as you bow your head, please take time to plead your case before the Father, to bow your soul in the full acknowledgement of your sinfulness and the just consequences that you deserve and ask Jesus – “remember me.”
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9) and keeps His promise and His loving-kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9). God will sanctify you through and through (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Jesus, remember me.

Information for our Spiritual Retreat in Ottawa

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It is our desire that all attending will be empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Please find the information below to help you pray for our men and women during our time together..

Friday, 11 November, 2016.

7:00 am Prayer Breakfast – see Prayer Practices below.

National Remembrance Day Service
  • National War Memorial – Wellington St, Ottawa
Lunch
  • Army, Navy , Air Force Mess; or Chateau Laurier
1:30 pm Afternoon Session

 

Saturday, 12 November, 2016.

9:00 am Morning Session

  • Greenbelt Church
Lunch – Greenbelt Church
1:00 pm – MCF AGM
  • Greenbelt Church
6:30 pm – Evening Service

 

Join us in prayer, Remembrance Day 2016.
This morning many are joined together at the National House of Prayer at the start of our Spiritual Retreat.  Praying for our Nation and the Military Community.
  • In accordance with 1 Tim 2:1-3 – please pray for the Government of Canada, the military’s leadership at all levels from the Chief of the Defence to the corporal, that God would give His wisdom either through His children who serve as MPs or through influencing them who do not yet know Him.
  • In accordance with Matt 28:18-20 – please pray that Christians who serve in the military community would understand their calling to make disciples who make disciples and then walk in the fullness of this calling with love and respect.
  • In accordance with Col 3:23-24 – please pray that military Christians would serve well and in so doing bring honour and glory to God.
  • In accordance with Gal 6:10 – please pray that military Christians would serve their local church with the gifts that the Lord has given them and in so doing bring honour and glory to God.
  • In accordance with Matt 28:18-20 and Acts 13:2-3 – please pray for the Canadian Church that she would recognized the Canadian military community as a unique domestic mission field and commission faith-filled military community believers to be their missionaries into the military community.

Until All

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President
Military Christian Fellowship of Canada/

Fraternité Chrétienne Militaire du Canada

Prayer/Study Group Gagetown

Good Morning to you!
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So did you get your snow tires on yet? I’m sure you have used your windows scrapers already unless some of you are blessed to have engine starters in your vehicles ;o)
God is GREAT!
Now, the past 3 weeks, we have seen how God reacts to obedience and disobedience to his commands. How He looks on us when we have repentance to our disobedience. For me this shows how loving and forgiving our Father is to us; no matter what, he loves us and wants us to repent our sins and get back on track and get back under his grace. Through His Son’s sacrifice, we have been given mercy and grace for free… wow, what a wonderful Father we have!
A Psalm of David
Psalm 13
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul?
And have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Please pray…
My wonderful Father, the love that you have for me and the forgiveness you have given me; I do not deserve. I am so thankful that through your Son, in have eternal life! The great blessings of grace and mercy. I repent my sins and ask for forgiveness, for I am week but Jesus is strong and through him I will be safe in your love. Thank you for that, oh God, I pray this to you in Jesus’s 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)

Making sense of God’s Word

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-6-45-15-amHave you ever attempted a mathematical logic problem or do you avoid them because they never seem to make sense to you? For example, what do you believe is the response to the following problem: You have 4 pencils and a friend has 7 apples. You are on a train going towards Ottawa racing at 130 KM and have been told you will arrive Friday. How many pancakes can you fit on your roof? The answer: Purple – because fish don’t wear hats.
WHAT!!!
Most math logic problems can be solved; however they require that we use a solving methodology different from the one we apply to everyday problems, such as calculating sales tax. Often with logic problem there is no formula to apply; lateral thinking, looking from outside the box, is necessary. With training, guidance and perseverance, we can solve logic problems; however, the reality is that not everyone can solve or even understand every problem. Realizing we may not be able to know the answer to all problems can be very humbling, but should never stop someone seeking to know more or apply what we have been taught.
Scripture shares that many people will not understand God’s plan for humanity. Despite intensive analytical effort they will remain blind unless, as God states, they turn over their quest to Him. People will not understand God’s intent if they have not released themselves to God’s will. This is a significant point to grasp especially as many struggle to understand why family and friends do not seem to understand why they are told they must seek to be Disciples of Christ. They are spiritually blind and no amount of intellectual or emotional arguments will lead them to the truth. We must not stop praying for them or sharing our understanding as God may choose to use our efforts to intervene and allow them to hear and understand the truth.
The response “Purple – because fish don’t wear hats” makes no sense at all. Should that stop us from attempting to understand other logic problems? The reality is that there are statements in scripture and parts of our relationship with God that we may never understand until we are in heaven. However, for those who have sought Christ as Saviour, it is very possible to understand and apply much of what we read in the bible; much more than we may even think possible.
Do you avoid certain passages of scripture because they never seem to make sense to you? Is your prayer life limited to a few mumblings because you don’t know what God expects of you? Would you like to learn more about understanding God? During the upcoming Remembrance Weekend, the MCF will host a spiritual retreat in Ottawa. The aim is to unite our hearts as a community while providing some guidance as to how we can grow closer to God. We want all to know Jesus as saviour and understand how the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son are part of the answers we are seeking. Scripture is not meant to confuse us but it can’t be properly appreciated with the Holy Spirit’s guidance and Christian fellowship. Consider joining us on this journey of understanding God’s truth so that your purpose makes more sense to you.

Prayer/Study Group Gagetown

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Good morning to you all,
How are you all doing today? God is good! Are you thanking God for all your blessings? Have you prayed to Him to thank Him for sending his One and only Son to die for your sins? For without Jesus we would have “NO” salvation!
Ok, so the last 2 weeks we looked at Joshua and Saul. Joshua did what God asked of him. Saul, on the other hand, did what God asked but then took it upon himself to do what he was not to do (the sacrifice… not his job) so God turned away due to his disobedience.
Now we look at David. He is a mix of both Joshua and Saul. But what was so different with David? Let’s look at what he did. He did what God wanted (as Joshua) but then he was disobedient (as Saul). So what was different? He “repented” his sins! Now tell me, what can we learn from this??
Read David’s psalm of repentance Psalm 51:1-2
1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
2Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
Read Acts 3:19
19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
 Please pray…
Lord! We pray to you for mercy, we repent to you of our sins and for not listening to your command. This world is full of distractions and we tend to not hear you through the noise. Forgive us, Lord, for walking in the dark and bring us back into the light. Help us with our weaknesses and guide us gently back. As we rejoice in your grace; we hold true in faith as we pray to you in your son’s name Jesus… 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)