Take up your cross

Every person who chooses to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces signs a document stating that while they remain in the military they adhere to the conditions and expectations of service.  This document is validated with the member taking an oath declaring:  “I, __________, do swear (solemnly declare) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and  successors according to law.  SO HELP ME GOD (delete if declaration)”

It is not a vow to be taken lightly because, in military service, people will lose their lives.  The military’s commitment to helping their members keep their oath is the pledge to provide training and resources.  The success of each soldier, sailor or airperson is based on their willingness to almost deny their former mindset, commit to possible hardships, train hard, utilize their resources, and follow their leaders.

Many readers of this newsletter have made a decision to follow Christ and become His disciples. They spoke some words to declare their hope and faith in Jesus and went about learning how a disciple responds to this call.  Many understand the cost of allegiance to Christ has both eternal and day-to-day consequences.  Jesus shares in scripture that rewards of discipleship will be great but the journey could be difficult to navigate; difficult especially without the willingness to rely on His teachings and resources.  Jesus knew that many would suffer in their struggle to accept His calling.  Some would even lay down their cross and become bystanders content to watch others stay on mission with Him.  Serving in the military without faith in the mission does not validate the oath taken.  Not all recruits make good members of the military family; some even quit without actually resigning.  They think they can serve in the military and behave as bystanders serving under their terms.  However the oath is not meant for bystanders but calls to those willing to sacrifice.

Sadly today we live in a world of compromised loyalty and “bystander Christianity”.  Bystander Christians are those who want to be numbered among the flock, but seem to care less about following the Shepherd.  They want the forgiveness Christ’s cross offers, but never intend to carry their own cross.  They want warm, fuzzy moments on Sunday mornings but offer no commitment to Jesus the remainder of the week.  They want the crown without the cross (thoughts from Pastor John Raulerson sermon).

Jesus knew many would think they could become Disciples on their terms but He clearly shows us we must come to Him on His terms.  He alone is the Way.  Disciples worship God, read scripture, fellowship with other believers, and pray.  We want to assist you on your walk with Jesus and starting the first week of July we will begin a 9 week prayer adventure aimed at helping us stay closer to God, to ourselves and to each other.  FACEBOOK will be our primary tool to relay each week’s prayer guide, however other electronic forums will also be used.

We challenge you to become committed disciples and join us on a journey to validate our faith and hope in Christ.

Anton

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Great beautiful morning to you all,

I hope you are all having a great morning; it is wonderful out there… God is GREAT isn’t he?

So now we finish off with Paul’s last part to the unbelievers and fans teachings.  Paul is summarizing his pleas to the Corinthians here in (7:1); made in the previous chapter.
2 Corinthians 7:1

Notes on 7:1:  Based on the promises that God would receive them with favour (6:17), Paul exhorted the Corinthians to cleanse themselves from all filthiness.  In other words, they were to wash away all dirt from both flesh and spirit, meaning those actions and attitudes that came from having false teachers in their midst (6:14)  The point of cleansing is perfecting holiness.  This means dedicating ourselves to Christ and living righteously (see Heb. 6:1)  (this is from the NKJV study notes)

Question…
What are the main points of this passage?

Something to pray on…John 16:33

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)

MISSION TRIP REPORT FROM BORDEN

Mission’s Trip Report
June 13-14, 2017

Some months ago I became aware of several chaplains at 16 Wing Borden who had engaged with local churches to provide a contemporary Christ-centered praise and worship experience to the military community whom they serve.  Several members of the Ottawa MCF traveled to Borden to witness and participate in what God was doing there.  Their report was exciting.

This past week I travel to Borden along with some of the Ottawa MCF members who first visited the base to witness and participate in the new work. The focus of effort is a monthly event that has been entitled “Love Borden,” which occurs on a Wednesday evening.  The service began at 7:00 pm with Padre Darren Miller providing an explanation of the intent of the evening; that being to experience, through scripture reading, teaching, singing and prayer an encounter with the Living God. Though, many church leaders make similar claims and promises, Padre Miller’s introductory remarks were accompanied by a tangible air of hope and expectation that the Spirit would meet with those gathered.  We were lead in songs of praise by a worship leader from one of the local churches, and though initially I sought to restrain my voice, I was compelled to worship wholeheartedly.  I was moved by the revelation that the Living God was present and I desired to adore Him. After a time of song, Darren shared with us his testimony of his experiences with God though Bible study, prayer and worship; then he presented his understanding of several passages of scripture that explained to those listening that they too could have a personal relationship with the Living God.  The gist of Darren’s message was an invitation.

Padre Dave Fowler next discussed the peace that he has found in Jesus, providing evidence of the calming effect that communion with God can have on a person and then led those present in the Lord’s Table.  Concurrently, Darren and his wife Sally prayed with people individually and anointed them with oil.  I partook of the elements and then went to Darren and Sally to have them pray for me. I then returned to my place and joined with the worship leader as he provided us an opportunity to again express our adoration of Jesus.  It was then that I experienced the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit and I was filled with gratitude for God.  So filled with adoration, I began to cry uncontrollably.  I will tell you that I am not a man who does such things as a matter of practice, and in fact, I have not experienced God as intensely since 1997.  God was with us. We sang a few more songs, and then Darren pronounced a blessing on us and then dismissed us.

I listened to and spoke with several people after the service had concluded and found that the experience of God that I had encountered that evening was not unique, but was wide spread.

What is happening in Borden?  From what I have learned, I can tell you that two chaplains, Darren and Dave, operating under the oversight of their leadership, have been earnestly and persistently praying for God to move in Borden.  They have engaged with local churches to obtain their endorsement and participation, to which several have responded. And, they have started a monthly praise and worship service.  People are coming, Christ and his message of hope is being proclaimed and lives are being changed.  Though these are still early days, the impression I was left with was that of a beach-head having been established from which by the grace of God and the collaborative work of chaplains and local churches were generating a fresh experience of Jesus within the military community.

After folks had left I asked Darren and Dave what could the MCF do to support them, and they were quick to respond.  They have asked for prayer.  Specifically, they seek prayer for:

  • Wisdom and strength for the work that needs to be done;

  • Increased unity among the key stakeholders of the monthly event called “Love Borden;” and

  • Increased influence among the members of the military community who need Christ and the life-changing message that He brings.

I am humbled by the love that Darren, Dave and Sally and participating local churches have for the members of the military community at Borden and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a witness and beneficiary of the move of God occurring there.  Please pray as they have requested and please consider how you may either support this new initiative in Borden or how you may be able to follow their example and do likewise in your local area.

Gerry Potter
MCF President

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good morning all,

I hope you are enjoying the hot days of summer! More to come, we pray. It’s good for the quiet evenings on the porch. God is GREAT!!

Philippians 3:20 – But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Chronicles 6:14-18  The Temple of the Living God 
14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, 18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

STUDY NOTES ON 6:14 – Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. This command, which is Paul’s main point in 6:14–7:1, will be restated in different words at the end of the section (7:1). The Greek word can mean either “yoked” or crossbred (Lev. 19:19). In this context, it refers especially to those still rebelling against Paul.

SIDE NOTES ON 6:15  Belial. This name for Satan was used in Judaism in Paul’s day. It was often used to stress Satan as an opponent of God’s. This fits Paul’s concern with his opponents.

SIDE NOTES ON 6:16 – Idols. See note on Roman 1:23. We are the temple of the living God. The word for temple refers to the Most Holy Place. There, God’s presence was shown over the Ark of the Covenant. This equation of believers with the Most Holy Place (see also 1 Cor. 3:16) reflects the amazing reality of the new covenant: God dwells directly and immediately in the midst of his people. as God said. This one phrase introduces six OT quotations in 2 Cor. 6:16c–18. Taken together, these OT texts support the commands of v. 14 and 7:1. The first quotation combines Lev. 26:11–12 with Ezek. 37:27.

SIDE NOTES ON 6:17-18 – Therefore. Paul explains what it means to be the new covenant people of God with three commands from Isa. 52:11 and three promises from Ezek. 20:34; 2 Sam. 7:14; and Isa. 43:6.

Quote… “Now the true soldiers of Christ must always be prepared to do battle for the truth, and must never, so far as lies with them, allow false convictions to creep in.”  ~ Origen Adamantius

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 – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good morning to you all,

What a beautiful day! God is GREAT!! So, we are stood down this week, but we still can take time on our lunch to pray wherever we are.
I won’t go into our studies; I will set that up for next Thursday. Instead, I will pass on to you a thought and a prayer.  I am sure this will apply to us, my military brothers and sisters!

2 Chronicles 32:6-8 
He appointed military officers over the people and gathered them to him in the square at the city gate, and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, “Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him. “With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

STUDY NOTES ON 32:1–8 after these things. Hezekiah’s faithful acts are followed by a military invasion, which tests his faith and resourcefulness. He encourages the people not to fear the strength of men (arm of flesh; see Jer. 17:5) but to have confidence in God’s help (see 2 Chron. 14:11). Earlier, King Jehoshaphat endured a similar test after having led the nation in revival (see note on 20:1–2 below).

SIDE NOTES ON 20:1–2 after this. The invasion followed Jehoshaphat’s religious and judicial reforms (ch. 19), and so it was not a case of divine punishment (see 12:2). Instead it was an opportunity to exercise faith (compare note on 32:1–8). great multitude. Judah was apparently outnumbered by the coalition.

Quote… “Our Lord has many weak children in his family, many dull pupils in his school, many raw soldiers in his army and many lame sheep in his flock. Yet he bears with them all, and casts none away. Happy is that Christian who has learned to do likewise with his brethren.”  ~ J. C. Ryle

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

Hi everyone,

Last week we discussed Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles (Feast of Booths) in John 7.  This feast was one of the seven feasts appointed by the Lord in Leviticus.  It took place in Jerusalem in October, right after the harvest, for seven days.  The purpose was to remember and celebrate God’s protection and providence in the desert; it was a feast of rejoicing in the abundance of God’s goodness.  In the midst of all the rejoicing, there were a multitude of sacrifices offered each day to draw the mind to atonement and forgiveness.

A libation (drink offering) of water followed the daily sacrifices.  This was to ask God to pour out his blessing of rain upon the earth.  The water for this offering was drawn the evening before from the Pool of Siloam.  The ceremony of water drawing was a jubilant occasion.  Instruments were played, people danced and sang songs.  Isaiah 12:3 says, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”  The next morning a priest would pour water that had been drawn from Siloam into the bronze altar in the Temple Court.

On the last day of the feast, the water libation rite reached its climax.  The shofar blew, the people waved branches, and the priests sang the Hallel (the psalms of praise, Psalms 113-118).  The actual Hebrew of Psalm 118:25 is transliterated as, “Save us now, we beseech thee, O Lord.”  They are reciting Scripture begging for a Saviour!  What a climax!  The priests circled the altar seven times and then poured out the water with great ceremony.  This last day of the feast was called Hoshana Rabbah (Hebrew, “hosanna in the highest”).

Then, John 7:37-39: “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.”

On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stands up and loudly proclaims that he is the source of living water.  He was declaring who He was in the most public, most bold possible manner.  Imagine the uproar His statement must have caused!  The priest poured out the water libation as an appeal to God to provide water for the people, and Jesus tells them that He is the living water.  Radical.

(Remember, also, the woman at the well in John 4: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”)

The Feast of the Tabernacles is mentioned in Zechariah 14:16-19.  This chapter discusses the coming and reign of the Lord.  Verse 8 says, “On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem…” and then verses 16-19 discuss the Feast of the Tabernacles, that people must go.  The commentaries say that this is the only feast still appropriate during the Messiah’s reign:  The Passover was fulfilled in Christ’s death; the Day of Atonement fulfilled in acceptance in Christ’s salvation; the Feast of Firstfruits, in his resurrection; and Pentecost, with the arrival of the Holy Spirit.  But the Feast of Tabernacles, a festival of thanksgiving, celebrates the harvest of souls for the Lord.

In addition to  Zechariah and Isaiah 12, there is also Isaiah 44:3, which says, “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”  The people would have known these Scriptures.  Did they recognize their source of living water?

In light of all the symbolic and prophetic aspects of this feast, Jesus’ words and actions in John 7 take on profound significance.  There couldn’t have been a more beautiful and symbolic way to tell us that He is the Spring of Eternal Life.

In Christ,

Courtney

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good day all,

God is GREAT! Hope all is well with you. Remember to praise the Lord for without him we would be lost in darkness. Thank you GOD!! For your son and the light that he has brought us.

Ok so moving along we look at 2 Corinthians 6:3-13  –  3 We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but a as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honour and dishonour, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.

NOTE ON 6:7  weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left. The spiritual weapons God provides (see Eph. 6:11). Paul may have in mind a weapon for offense (usually a sword, on the right; see Eph. 6:17), and one for defense (usually a shield, on the left; see Eph. 6:16).

NOTE ON 6:3–13 Paul defends his ministry as an apostle by once again calling attention to his faithfulness amid the changing circumstances of his apostolic life. Paul’s ministry reflects God’s power in spite of human weakness.

Question…   What does he say about the Corinthians’ affections toward him?

 Verse of the Day… 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord… 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)

LOVE BORDEN NIGHT – CFB BORDEN

Contemporary praise and worship 

Wednesday June 14th at 19:00

Where:  Trinity Chapel, Dieppe Rd, Base Borden.

God is good and we are thrilled to be a part of what He is doing here at CFB Borden.

A night of worship, authentic fellowship, biblical preaching, passionate prayer and the breaking of bread.  Why?  Because God cares for the thousands of men and women and their families who serve in the CAF here and away.

It is open to all and we are especially thankful to see members of the CAF, their families, area churches and neighbours to CFB Borden all coming together to give God our praise and pray for His blessing on this place.

So please spread the word, place the dates in your calendars and bulletins and most of all pray for God to be glorified and our service men and women to know his grace and peace.

Join us once a month as it is going to be awesome.

Very sincerely,
Padre Darren Milley and Padre Dave Fowler

For more info:
Lt(N) Darren Milley
Chaplain, CFB Borden
Canadian Armed Forces
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca