Prayer practices May 2017

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*Praise/thanksgiving* Praise God for…

  • His provision, encouragement, and the developing vision for the MCF
  • Those who lead and participate in Bible studies in the military for God’s glory in the workplace
  • Those who support the MCF in prayer, finances and wise counsel
  • Opportunities to show love to colleagues within the Canadian military in Jesus’ name, both in action and by sharing the gospel of hope
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Include your own praise items & thanksgiving…

 

*Petition* Ask God to…

  • Heal those in the MCF with injuries and disease of every kind (physical, emotional, psychological, etc.)
  • Provide discernment for and empowerment to act on His unique desires for and leading of the MCF
  • Move believers in the military to desire and seek unity and authentic, Jesus-focused camaraderie with each other
  • Empower believers already in the military to step into the Great Commission of making disciples of Jesus
  • Encourage, refresh and equip those already in leadership in the MCF
  • Raise up more unified, Spirit-empowered, humble leaders and disciplers within the MCF
  • Richly provide time and financial resources for the MCF and its staff and volunteers for training, teaching, etc.
  • Prepare the MCF as a vessel of unity, such that its membership base grows as a reflection of the Spirit’s work drawing believers together for the Great Commission
  • Create and protect excellent relationships between the MCF and the military chaplaincy and local churches
  • Move local churches to catch a vision and desire to intentionally minister to the military community with love and respect for the people and for other churches who are doing the same
  • Provide opportunities, bold witnesses and open hearts for the gospel to reach and be received by every person working in the Canadian military
  • Bring many in the military community to Jesus this year
  • Include prayers as the Spirit leads for the MCF, CAF, and your local workplace/ community…

God is answering our prayers!

MCF - OUTREACH 2017-04-23 HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL BARRIEA small MCF team from Ottawa attended Harvest Bible Chapel in Barrie, ON, on Sunday, 23 April in response to their invitation to connect with the congregation about what God is doing in the military community. It is an answer to prayer that this local church reached out to financially and prayerfully support the gospel being brought into their local military community through the MCF. We expect God will continue doing this! He has put it on our hearts to be praying for and has been answering through churches such as Harvest Bible Chapel.

We joined them in one of their services and connected with people at our info table, sharing our mission, vision and prayer requests in person. We had prayed on our trip there that God would connect us with those he prepared beforehand, and it was incredible the opportunities we had to not only meet those in the military community, but those willing to intercede for this community as well. The same Spirit at work around us in the military community also led us to demonstrate his love to this church community by praying for a few individuals. What love the Father has lavished on us that we all are united as sons and daughters under the name of Jesus, mutually lifting each other up in prayer for his glory.

The church presented on our behalf to the congregation during the service what the MCF does and why they decided to partner with us. Praise God, Harvest desires to see the gospel brought to their local military community at CFB Borden!

The sermon was about one of Harvest Bible Chapel’s pillars: unafraid witness. Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” We in the MCF see the Spirit at work in CFB Borden, to have a local church responding to his call to bring the gospel and for the Love Borden worship night to be up and running every month at the base chapel. We have the promise, that as the Spirit comes upon us we will receive power and will beJesus’ witnesses. Amen, come Holy Spirit to empower men and women as Jesus’ witnesses in the military community!

We are made for each other – Ecclesiastes 4:10

genericIf either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:10

I was surprised to hear some statistics regarding the number of homeless individuals who, even after receiving assistance, end up living back on the street. The statistics were linked to people who had belonged to a program designed to help them back on their feet. The clients were offered a life that mimicked that of the world around them including their own small apartment, meals, employment training and even treatment or help for medical or social problems. They did live alone but ate all their meals in a communal setting. Once they were able, the clients moved into their own apartment located elsewhere in the city. Staff did follow up with former clients to see how they were faring. They would find some outside their facility talking with those who continued to live there or at food kitchens where the homeless hung out. They were surprised at the number who were back living on the streets only months after leaving the program. When asked what happened the usual response from the client was, “its terrible being alone all the time”. It would seem that even though they had a home, a job and some material possessions, they missed relationships with others and so they went back to the street to feel part of a community.

God created humanity to be in relationship with Him and with others. He made Eve because He noted that it was not good for Adam to be alone. Jesus taught that God’s intent for His human creation was for them to unconditionally love Him and one another and that could only happen if we sought fellowship with Him and each other. Without a connection to other people we cannot experience life as God desires; we need to be with others. When Solomon wrote the words in Ecclesiastes 4:10 he was sharing how awful it was for someone not to have a friend. How awful it is not to have someone visit on holidays, phone or text, or share a cup of coffee and chat. He was saying how awful it is that so many people in our cities are surrounded by others but stare out their windows day after day wondering why their family does not call them, why the neighbours never say hi, or why they go to sleep every evening feeling so lonely.  When someone experiences loneliness it can be overwhelming and yet it could be alleviated with just a few kind words.

ACTION: Do you think there is something we could do to make someone feel alive? Do you have family, friends, and neighbours who would jump for joy at being invited for a cup of coffee? There are seniors living in nursing homes, prisoners locked up, and hospitals filled with lonely people who would love to have a small group visit them. Are we too busy to listen someone into existence?

PRAYER: Gracious Father, we come before you to humbly ask that you comfort those who are experiencing moments of loneliness. We ask that you be their shelter in the midst of the storm, that you walk beside them every step of the way. We know many feel so alone, they cry out for attention, in desperation, looking for some sort of acknowledgement from a single soul. Lord, touch our hearts so we can offer some kindness that may bring lasting benefits to these men, women and children. Amen

Anton Topilnyckyj

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AMHello all,

Glory be to God in the Highest!! What a beautiful week this has turned out to be…so far. Let’s hope this is a good sign of better weather to come. So after last week in our discussion of Paul and his unseen faith, we saw that faith is the hope of everlasting life in the inward man being renewed in Christ – the Son of the living God!

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

5 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Study points…

  1. What did Paul know he would have if his “earthly house” were destroyed?
  2. What has God given us as a “guarantee” of the “life” to come?
  3. What remains our condition while we are “at home in the body”?
  4. What does our present condition require of us in our daily “walk”?
  5. What is the desire of the “confident” Christian?
  6. What is the aim of “confident” Christian?
  7. Before what must we all one day appear?

With this study my prayer comes from John 12:26…

26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

My God! El Eiyon, thank you for that assurance of eternal life and the new home in your kingdom. I praise you that I have been washed clean by the blood of your Son and I am thankful for all my blessings, seen and unseen. With the Holy Spirit in me help me do your will 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)

MCF – “Star Top Group” – lunch hour study

This study  comes from the weekly Ottawa MCF group at Star Top.  
Here is a brief summary of our discussion this morning:

While in Jerusalem for one of the Jewish feasts, Jesus healed a lame man at Bethesda.  Because this “work” was done on the Sabbath, the Pharisees were angry and began to persecute him.  Jesus’ response was the focus of our study this morning, found in John 5:16-30.

Presented with a violation of the law, Jesus responded by telling the Pharisees who He is and who His Father is.  His words and His actions revealed several fulfillments of Old Testament prophecy of the Messiah.  Of all people, the Pharisees, who knew the Scriptures by heart, should have been able to see that this was the Christ, and yet they couldn’t.  It’s right there in the Scripture!  We are perplexed.

But for as much as we revile the Pharisees for their legalism and blindness (and the Jewish faith today for still not knowing their own Saviour), how often are they a mirror to our own hearts?  What truths are we not seeing, be it in our different churches and denominations, our understanding of who God is, or our understanding of who we are in Christ?

Courtney

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

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!!

Do you think summer is around the corner? The days have been very nice and can you all see God’s creatures and beautiful creations all around us? GOD is GREAT!!
Last week we had a wonderful discussion on Paul’s work and suffering. The Corinthians gave him a hard time and his relationship with the church was week.

So now as we move into chapter 4:13-15 is hope what we see? Is it more work for us to spread the word? We do not lose heart!

2 Corinthians 4:13-15
13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,”(Ps 116:10) we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

What “faith” did Paul have?
What did it lead Paul to do? And why?
What results did he hope for?

This passage reflects (read it) John 20:19-29, so whether we are or are not convinced that Christ rose from the dead does not affect the reality of the Resurrection. But if we accept its reality by faith and live consistently in light of it, it changes our lives like nothing else can.

Please pray….
Dear God, you are the greatest light in my life. You are the Alfa and Omega. You are greater than all; your glory is immense. With all your greatness and power, I ask that you remove the veil from those still in darkness. Use me Father, to reach out to the blind, to bring them into your light. Save more sinners so that you can build up your army of prayer warriors to give you the praises of glory that you so much deserve. Like you raised your Son in power, raise us also in power to make us strong in your Son’s 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)

Are you living a new life?

Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 2.13.12 PMJesus’ life, death and resurrection leads us to thoughts of forgiveness of sin but we should keep in mind that it brought victory over circumstances that can bind us.  That first Easter also brought about reconciliation and restored our possibility of having a harmonious relationship and eternity with God.

Our relationship was broken when Adam and Eve decided to live outside God’s guidance. Since that day the powers of evil have contributed to negative habits and behaviours of humanity that are less than admirable. The choice to live as we desire is a gift from God but He intended for us to include Him in our life. When Adam and Eve allowed temptation to focus on self it prevented them from having the relationship God intended for humanity. God did not give up on His creation and set about mending the relationship. Jesus took human form to help us better understand and connect to Him. His earthly ministry reminded us of God’s expectations for all to love Him with our complete being and to love those around us.  Jesus taught that a mended relationship was not only possibly but desired by God. The reconciliation became real when Jesus allowed Himself to be taken to the cross to die. When He arose three days later He not only sent the message that God was in control of the universe and that evil did not control the destiny of humanity, but that God desire us and wants us to desire Him.

Anyone who has planted a garden knows that care is required to keep it healthy. Weeds that once owned the garden area, want to reclaim it and only our desire and effort can keep that garden area new. If we wish for the garden to keep its new purpose, we must maintain it by constant weeding, cultivating, and watering. Jesus promised His believers that we would become new creations because He was going to dwell in us. He was going to help us keep our relationship with Him strong. When we believe we realize that Jesus is in His Father, and we are in Him, and He is in us. We must maintain and cultivate our new lives by seeking to overcome self defeating behaviours that bind us. We must always be doing something to improve our connection to God. We should remember our new life is much more powerful that the evil around us and that it exits because we are in relationship with God.

Easter’s message is about forgiveness of sin however we must not forget it also brought about victory over conditions that bind us.  Reconciliation with God can bring hope to those who struggle to break free from the chains of mental health issues, addiction, shame, guilt. They don’t need to be forgiven for these afflictions but released from them and Jesus’ victory at the cross offers this.   They need to hear how Christ in them will create a new being from which good will flow and changes occur.

HE IS RISENWith God’s grace the truth of Jesus message can be heard and understood.  Jesus’ truth is about new life and freedom. Will you take some time to think what that means to you and then pray asking how you can share the message of reconciliation with someone else.  When you look at the cross this Easter, remember it symbolizes the sacrifice and suffering Jesus went through to bring you a new life.  Will you remember those who need to be freed and invite them to hear the Easter story?

THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE/100E ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA BATAILLE DE LA CRÊTE DE VIMY

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All Defence Community members in the NCR are invited to attend events at the National War Memorial this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which was an important milestone in the history of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Saturday, 8 April, at 1900 hrs, a candlelight tribute and light show will illuminate the memorial.  A cadet vigil, conducted by the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, will also stand guard overnight at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, until sunrise.

Sunday, 9 April, at 0900 hrs, the one-hour ceremony will kick off with the annual launch of the National Sentry Program, which will see sentries posted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  These sentries will perform this sacred duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every day until 10 November.

Spectators are asked to be in place no later than 0840 hrs.

While streets adjacent to the National War Memorial will be closed, parking will be available at Ottawa City Hall at 110 Laurier Ave West.  Shuttle buses will be on hand to transport spectators between City Hall and the National War Memorial.

 

Tous les membres de la collectivité militaire présents dans la RCN sont invités au Monument commémoratif de guerre du Canada ce week-end pour commémorer le centenaire de la bataille de la crête de Vimy, un important jalon dans l’histoire des Forces armées canadiennes.

Le samedi 8 avril à 19 h, une cérémonie à la chandelle et un spectacle de lumière éclaireront le monument. Des cadets royaux de l’Armée canadienne feront aussi une vigile jusqu’au lever du soleil devant la Tombe du Soldat inconnu.

Le dimanche 9 avril à 9 h aura lieu une cérémonie d’une heure qui commencera par le lancement annuel du Programme des sentinelles, qui assure la présence de sentinelles devant la Tombe du Soldat inconnu. Les sentinelles participant à ce programme joueront ce rôle sacré tous les jours jusqu’au 10 novembre.

Nous demandons aux spectateurs d’arriver sur place au plus tard à 8 h 40.

Les rues adjacentes au Monument commémoratif de guerre du Canada seront fermées. Un stationnement sera accessible à l’hôtel de ville d’Ottawa, au 110, avenue Laurier Ouest, et une navette assurera le transport des spectateurs entre l’hôtel de ville et le monument.