MCF group Gagetown

MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AMThe following encouragement comes from the weekly Gagetown MCF group.  The group is fervently led by Padre Andrew Whitman with his insights on scripture, Jimmy Damiani with his humble prayerfulness, and Jeff Page with his cheerful faithfulness.

Good morning all,
Good to see we all made it through the last storm (GOD is GREAT!) and there was a stand down as well for last Thursday. So, I was chatting with Andrew, and he would like to do a do-over of last Thursday’s topic for next Thursday. So for this Thursday we will do something a little different.
Something I do every day, is thank God for my blessings. Blessings on my family, friends, work, food, clean water, a free life to worship our Lord without the persecution that we hear of in other countries and everything else that fills my life with joy.

Sometimes, due to all the distractions in this life we lead, we forget to get down on our knees and thank God for all our blessings: the ones we know of and the ones we don’t see. I know I am guilty of this. Life sometimes is so busy, it’s even hard to take care of myself let alone get on my knees. I do pray every day, but sometimes I miss the thank you parts that need to be said to my God. I know I have talked about this before and you will most likely hear it again but it’s all good guys; that’s what I do… reminding us we are blessed by God in so many ways! ;o)

I read this the other day and thought it would be nice to share it with you. It’s from a Pastor Jack Wellman…
If the Lord God has saved you, then you are blessed above most of those who live on the earth.  If you are not saved then you only have the curse of judgment to come (Rev 20:11-15) and this curse cannot be reversed. If today you will repent and trust in Christ as your Savior, your blessings will be awaiting you in heaven because they will be reserved for you there (Eph 1:3) and what greater blessing is there in all the universe than to have eternal life in Christ?”

Please pray… I have chosen Psalm 150 for our prayer, I think praising God is one good way to say thank you for his Blessing!

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

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)

MCF group Gagetown

MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AMBlessings all,
Well, that was a nice time off. I’m sure many of you were stood down because of the snow. All our winter in one month! LOL… and more snow for Thursday too! Just be safe out there, ok, and pray for those that are out there helping others and the ones keeping an eye on our power. The ones plowing the roads and those that have no choice but to be out there for work or travel. May God’s hand of protection rest upon you all and His Love fill your hearts, Amen!

Ok, so talking with Andrew, he would like to move into the last part of 2 Peter 1. Andrews’s thoughts for our discussion were: “What is the significance of the Transfiguration? It’s central to the 3 synoptic gospels. It is the fulfilment of Jesus’ saying “some of you present here will not see death until they see the kingdom of God.” They weren’t allowed to talk about it until after Jesus died and rose. And evidently it was proof of His sonship and his glory, and here in 2 Pet is the only place I am aware of that Peter actually demonstrates the purpose of the transfiguration”.

The evidence of the Transfiguration
2 Peter 1:16-21
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The account of the transfiguration from the Gospel of Matthew 
Matthew 16:28
28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
Matthew 17:8
8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

Please pray… I have taken this prayer from Matthew 6:9-13 I fell that this prayer is very fitting,
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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)

MCF group Gagetown

MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AMHello everyone!
God is Great! Well guys, I am not too sure all of you will see this today because of the storm, but I do pray that you are all safe and warm. Stay close to our Lord and pray for the safety of others and pray that if the power goes out again, there will be people able to help in the time of need for those in trouble.
I was talking to Andrew and he has sent me these passages to finish off our discussions on the qualities from 2 Peter 1 that we have been talking about the past few weeks. This is good stuff and I so wish we had more time on lunch break to really dig into this. But it is so nice to be able to gather and pray; so on that note, let’s move right into it and I hope to see you all Thursday … God Bless!
For this week, let’s focus on 2 Peter 1: 8-11  “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
What does it mean to forget that we were cleansed from former sins? Do we actually forget, like “Oh yeah that totally slipped my mind?” No, he’s saying that if we live in sin, we are acting as though it never happened, as though it didn’t matter, it didn’t mean anything to us. Our heart has forgotten the significance of being cleansed; forgotten what it felt like to be unburdened of that terrible weight of guilt and anxiety. We’re ungrateful.
So, as an accompanying passage, perhaps Romans 12: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Therefore: because of what? Because of the Gospel that Paul proclaims in Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
6:23 for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
8:1 there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Please pray…
My dear and Holy Father, please help my mind remember everyday what Jesus has done for me on the cross and the forgiveness you have given me from my sins. Help me to also forgive others as in Matthew; “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  Oh Lord my God, keep me forever in your grace and keep your Holy hand upon me to show the qualities of your love, 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

Blessing to you all,MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AM

Sorry I missed you last Thursday, but that ice storm stopped many of us from getting out. It did gives us time to pray and read more of God’s word though. It’s nice to be back and it also has made me think of all the blessings we take for granted like water, heat and food. We don’t realize the things we think are small or simply acquired are blessings that we shouldn’t take lightly. God is great guys!  He provides basic things to us that others may have great trouble getting… GLORY be to GOD!!

So last week we covered 3 qualities: self-control, steadfastness and godliness. The week before was knowledge, so now it’s “love”.

Paul says in 2 Peter 1:7 “and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”

Hebrews 13:1

1 Let brotherly love continue.

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 John 4:16

16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Please pray…

Oh heavenly Father, lift me up in your love. Fill me with the love of the Holy Spirit. Let my love for my brothers and sisters be strong and pure as Paul said to Peter “love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Dear Lord, I thank you for this gift of love that I’m able to share to all that come into my life as you have loved us, the sinners that we are. Let me show this same love in Jesus’ name, your son, your gift to us in love …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)

What is expected of me?


When Jesus told His disciples that He would be taken prisoner, suffer at the hand of religious leaders, and be killed, Peter exclaimed: “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!” (Matt 16:22). Scripture says Peter rebuked Jesus; the original Greek translates that Peter admonished or even forbid Jesus. However “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” (Matt 16:23). Jesus was pointing out a stumbling block that infects followers; many focus on things that concern humanity or themselves instead of that which concerns God.

Followers lose their way when their expectation of discipleship differs from Jesus’; when they anticipate earthly rewards in place of that associated with living a holy life. A life not based on conservative legalism, pious expectations or restrictive customs missing but one that allow us to experience the goodness of life God has for us. The reward of one following Christ is the blessing of happiness; the inward joy, peace of mind, contentment with life, love of all people, and hope of eternity. [1] However, there is a cost to following Jesus.

The disciples’ friend, leader, and messiah had been crucified. When they gathered behind locked doors, uncertain as to what was going to happen next, did they recall Jesus saying whomever wants to follow Him must deny themselves and take up their cross? Did they wonder if they were to go into the streets to be martyred? Were there concerns at the time about their future expectations and desires? When Jesus visited them shortly after His resurrection He pointed them back to God. He placed them on ministry to spread His truths to the world and lined them up with God’s concerns.  He knew that with faith and the Holy Spirit, they would find the answers to His expectations for followers.

Followers must continue to ask what it takes to be a follower. However they must not avoid the questions regarding denying one’s self and the cross they must take up? The first step to following Jesus is accepting Him as saviour. Then we must seek out His teachings with the aim of following and sharing them. As followers engage in scripture reading and study, prayer, and Christian fellowship, answers to what is expected of them will become clear. As a follower’s life is transformed, holy living will be modelled. Answers to denying one’s self will be revealed as will a symbolic or literal cross and God’s blessings will help them bear those expectations.

Jesus told His followers that they will not walk alone and will be given a role model, guide, and encourager while as they seek to do God’s will. He also suggested that the journey will not be easy but it can be rewarding both in heaven and on earth.  Discipleship is not a series of objectives to be achieved but a life that displays constant worship and love for God. Ask to be a follower. Ask the Holy Spirit to be your escort. Pray for a mentor or guide to share your walk with, so to keep you pointed in the right direction. Acknowledge and be thankful for the rewards of discipleship.

[1] Thoughts developed following from a lecture provided by Dr Dinkins formerly of Asbury Seminary

Immanuel – God is with us

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On Saturday, 28 January, the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian MCF met for prayer. During the past week MCF groups of various countries across North America, the Caribbean and South America also held prayer meetings. These groups, who represent various nationalities, cultures and faith traditions were unified in prayer to the Lord. While there were unique prayers offered for specific localized needs and desires, there was unity of desire that the Lord to pour out His Spirit on His children to enable them to bring the gospel to their fellow military community members.

I need to pause as I write this, to try to appreciate what has happened and is happening. Christ followers of such diversity in unison praying for God to move in His people to enable them to accomplish Matthew 28:18-20. In John 17 Jesus’ prayer to the Father is recorded. Jesus asked on behalf of all those who would become His disciples that they would be one; even as Jesus and the Father are one so that: believers could be in Jesus and the Father; and so that the world may believe in Jesus.

I am in awe. For those of us who came together in Ottawa on Saturday we did so not with a grand strategy to fulfill Jesus’ prayer, but simply because we heard of other MCFs in other countries praying and we were moved to join in the initiative. So, we came together and we prayed and we fellowshipped and we experienced unity in the faith. I am humbled, I am grateful, and I am hopeful for the work of Christ through the members of the MCF in Canada in their joint efforts to obey Jesus by joining Him in His mission to make disciples. In Isaiah 7 it is recorded that Jesus would be born of a virgin and he would be called “Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.” In Matthew 28:18-20, after Jesus gives the apostles their mission, which is the mission that all followers of Jesus have been given, Jesus said “…I am with you, always, to the very end of the age.”

Members of MCFs across the Northern and Southern hemispheres are coming together in unified prayer asking for the Lord to do exactly what is His will, surrendering themselves to His working in them. God is with us. Is there any more evidence that we need? Is there anything else that is more worthy of our efforts than to be in unity pursing His mission?

I am profoundly grateful for the indescribable privilege to be part of the Lord’s mission, and to see the unity that He is creating among the members of the multiple national MCFs who are singularly focused on bringing the gospel to the military community. If you are reading this and you sense the Lord calling you to be part of His mission into the unique culture of the military community, please contact us. Immanuel – God is with us.

Until All 

Gerry Potter

Colonel (Ret’d)