Love Borden event

Love Borden  –  We are back!

After taking the summer off we are ready to announce our next series of dates for the Love Borden contemporary/evangelical gatherings.

October 11, November 8, December 13, January 17
Starting at 7 pm
A great evening of worship, God’s Word, communion and prayer.

We are very excited about the further development of ministry to the members of the Canadian Armed Forces here at Base Borden and their families and to the further partnering with churches of the area.

If you are in the Borden area on any of these dates, do join us for Contemporary praise and worship, at Trinity Chapel, dieppe Rd, Base Borden.

We would love for your church to join us and are in specific need of assistance in the area of worship leaders/teams.

If you have any questions please contact the sender, Padre Darren Milley and if you can help by loaning us some of your worship people we would be most thankful

God bless!
Padre Milley
Lt(N) Darren Milley

Chaplain, CFB Borden
Canadian Armed Forces
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca / Tel: 705-424-1200 ext 2180 / CSN : 270-2180 / BB: 705-828-5751

Aumônier, BFC Borden
Forces armées canadiennes
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca / Tél: 705-424-1200 poste 2180 / CSN : 270-2180 / BB: 705-828-5751

HOPE

Job’s response to the unexpected death of his children and the destruction of his wealth could have been anger and despondency. Yet, he fell to the ground in a posture of worship and stated “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1: 21). This did not signify he agreed with what had happened but it does show that, regardless of how the world seemed to be treating him, Job chose God. Friends later gathered to console him but were anything but encouragers or supporters. As they talked, Job at one point cried out “where is my hope – who can see any hope for me” (Job 17:5). We know that he was not giving up but just wanted to understand why life was playing out the way it was.

Many of us have been in a similar situation where we have wondered why life seems to be treating us so poorly; why the world seem to be behaving so badly. If you follow world news headlines you may have found yourself confused and even angry at the words being spoken by world leaders. Hedonism, immorality and even demands for individual rights taking precedence over societal harmony, offers uncertainty not only for us but for future generations. It can make you angry, despondent, confused or even fearful and some may say those responses are expected. However, we had foreknowledge of the world’s destructive nature as well as God’s restorative plan. Jesus is on the throne and will remain there and at the time chosen, will finally rid the world of wickedness. We must be prepared to be the beacon of hope of those around us.

Should we be concerned about increasing immorality growing around us, it is everywhere, in schools, and entertainment and in politics? Yes we should be and where appropriate, we should stand for righteousness and instruct our children to think biblically about the sin they will most certainly encounter. But if we’re constantly outraged, disgusted, discouraged, or panicked, then we haven’t come to grips with the Bible’s grim description of the world, and we aren’t fully trusting in our coming, conquering, and reigning king.

The future of hope to those who call Jesus Lord and Savior is the consummation of our salvation at death or when God brings present the world affairs to an end. However, we have a purpose while on this earth which includes being the hope to our circle of family and friends. We need to help them see beyond the ugliness that is all around us. We do this by being the image of God that we are created to be.

Job, despite his confusion, stood firm in his belief that God was in control. Although he wanted to understand why he was experiencing such misery, his hope did rest with God and His promises. He declared, “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth” (Job 19:25). This motivational statement is what should keep our eyes focused on heaven and our hearts on the mission He has entrusted to us. I was reminded this week, that some of us need to get on our knees and repent for our feeling of hopelessness. God in His wisdom and grace and according to His will, allowed the events of Job’s life to play out as it did just as He is allowing the world to do the same. We don’t give in or give up. We look in and look up to be able to inspire and encourage hope in others.

Anton Topilnyckyj
Prayer Coordinator

MCF – GAGETOWN GROUP STUDY & PRAYER TIME

Good  morning to you all,

Is summer coming back? It sure looks that way out here ;o) I hope everyone had a safe and happy week!

Ok, on to our reading and keeping the same pace… Do you walk by Faith? Or by Sight?
Read Romans 1:1-17

Put your focus on verse 17 and then look at your life… it is impossible to get to heaven by our works, a man once said that trying to earn our way into heaven was like trying to climb a rope of sand to the moon. We get to heaven by faith! So tell me are you living by faith today?

Study group questions…
1/ what is God’s power to save?
2/ why is it God’s power to save?

Foot notes on – Romans 1:17
The righteousness of God most likely means “righteousness from God.” It reflects a right standing before God that is given to people by God (see Phil. 3:9). The phrase likely has this meaning in Rom. 3:21–22 and 2 Cor. 5:21 as well (see notes on those verses). However, the expression probably also refers to God’s righteous moral character. This is seen in his holiness and justice. It is also seen in the way that his act of saving sinners through Christ’s death meets the just demand of his holy nature. From faith for faith probably means that right standing with God is by faith from start to finish. Shall live by faith. People receive the gift of salvation by faith. It is also by faith that they live each day.   Habakkuk 2:4 “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.

Verse of the Day
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1 NKJV

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 – GAGETOWN GROUP STUDY & PRAYER TIME

Don’t forget that prayer/study in Gagetown is now meeting Wednesdays from 1210hrs to 1250hrs still at St. Luke’s chapel.

Good  morning,

Hope you all had a great week! God is GREAT!  In His love, you are safe and happy! Amen?

So, moving in the same direction of faith, you know with faith all is new, right?

Read 2 Corinthians 5 (but think about 5:17 most)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

With a new life comes new responsibility. Remember Luke 9:62?

Study note questions…
1 – What is the condition of one in Christ?
2 – Through whom has God reconciled us to Himself?

Foot notes on: 5:17
The redemption of a people who live for Christ by living for others is the beginning of the new creation (see Isa. 43:18–19; 65:17–23; 66:22–23). This new creation also begins Israel’s final restoration from God’s judgment in the exile (see the context of Isa. 43:1–21; 65:17–25).

Verse of the Day 
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4

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)

An invitation to stop and spend time with the Living God and with others who seek the same.

How long does it take you to get ready for the day? When I have a heavy schedule, I can be out of bed, saved, showered, dressed and in the car with coffee in hand in under 15 minutes.  If I leave by 6:00 am and drive and the traffic lights are just right, I can be in downtown Ottawa in 20 minutes.  Depending on where I park, I can end up behind a computer on and be triaging emails within 50 minutes of waking up.  Depending where you live, your timing could be faster than mine, but if you lived next door to me, you would be hard pressed to beat my time.  If I leave downtown before 3:00 pm, it takes 25 minutes to get home, again depending on the lights.  Now, I don’t have young children, but if I did, my arrival at home would be the commencement of another schedule, which would run until those kids were in bed.  Working Monday to Friday and managing a family means that weekends are full of the stuff that I didn’t have time for during the week, its catch up time.  Then there are the weekend responsibilities in support of kid’s sports, in support of church and maybe other activities.  Generally, life is busy, and for some real busy.

For the past few years the MCF has held its AGM in concert with Remembrance Day.  We chose that day because, for the military community, it is generally mandated that those serving stop and take time to remember the sacrifices of their comrades, both present and past.  As the military community is already oriented towards contemplation, it is appropriate for those who follow Jesus to concurrently fix their gaze upon Him.  In contrast to the speed of life described in the beginning of this letter, last year I sought to change that pace and offered members an occasion to extend their Remembrance Day pause by attending a spiritual retreat during which a short period of time was allocated to the MCF AGM.  For those who were able to participate and enter Christ’s rest, an experience of spiritual refreshment took place.  The after effects were not an over-stimulated “energizer bunny” as some conferences tend to produce, but rather a strengthening of faith and a deepening of friendships.

This fall, 10-12 November, we will again hold a spiritual retreat for MCF members and you are invited.  We will meet at the National House of prayer in Ottawa beginning on Friday evening, 10 November. The evening will be a time of fellowship, reflection and worship.  On Saturday morning we will meet again for a prayer breakfast after which we will proceed to the National War Memorial to witness the Remembrance Day ceremonies.  In the afternoon we will continue our reflection and prayer culminating with a fellowship meal.  After the meal we will hold the business portion of the weekend otherwise known as the AGM, during which those gathered will have opportunity to share what the Lord has been communicating to them during the previous two days.  Our evening will conclude with worship and prayer.  Sunday, MCF members from out of town will be invited to attend local churches of their specific faith tradition.  We will provide recommendations based upon a survey of churches that will feature a military community oriented service as part of the Remembrance Day weekend.

Please inquire of the Lord if He desires that you come and be part of the 2017 spiritual retreat and then contact the MCF office to let us know so that we can prepare for your arrival.  Over the next few weeks additional details will be forwarded to you.  May you know the peace of the Lord our Saviour.

Until All 

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President

Member of the MCF participating in the annual Army Run.

Last Sunday, 17 September, several members of the Ottawa chapter of the MCF participated in the annual Army Run.  Our goal was to help raise funds for the Soldier On program, to interact with members of the military community, to get some exercise and in doing all this, bring a smile on the Lord’s face.  By the way, I love to do that, make my Father smile and even laugh with joy over how I serve Him.  Anyway, the day was hot, real hot, like give me a towel and throw ice water on me hot.  Three of us walked the 10 km route as a group, which gave us a better opportunity to talk with people.  We were able to hear people’s stories of how and why they were there.  There was this one guy, Trevor Sanderson, who was wearing shorts and t-shirt, combat boots and carrying a full ruck on his back.  On the back of his ruck was a sign that stated:

“I’m walking across Canada to raise awareness to low income families, seniors, vets and first responders with PTSD.”

I spoke with Trevor and found out that he had started walking in Newfoundland in the spring and was headed for BC. He told me about how he was injured while serving in the military and about his struggle with PTSD.  Trevor explained to me that his struggles had led him to become concerned for other folks who suffered the effects of PTSD. As I listened to Trevor, it was obvious that his compassion for others was profound.  He had been offered a job in Alberta at $44/hour, but opted to live on the street so that he could find others who themselves had become homeless, and then help them to get connected to VETS Canada, a non-profit that helps homeless vets get off the street. I explained to him who I was and that I too was on a mission to the military community, to bring the gospel.  But as I have been reflecting on my encounter with Trevor this week, I am humbled by Trevor’s passion, conviction, and sacrifice for people he doesn’t know, but who need the message of hope that Trevor brings.  Trevor has a Facebook page “CANADIANS joining with CANADIANS,” so you may want to check it out.

Mark 2:16-17 records Jesus’ encounter with the scribes who were Pharisees when they criticized Jesus for eating with tax collectors and sinners.  Jesus’ response to their criticism was “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  Jesus went to the outcasts of society, bringing to them the good news.  Trevor, like Jesus is going to the outcasts of the military community, and while he does not preach the gospel to them, he is trying to bring hope.  Would you pray for Trevor and for those who Trevor meets?

Until All 

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President

MCF – Group in Gagetown

Gagetown prayer/study group is now meeting Wednesdays from 1210hrs to 1250hrs still at St. Luke’s chapel.

The following encouragement comes from the weekly Gagetown MCF group “Form Square”.  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.

I would like to talk about our commitment to Jesus. Just take a moment and think about what you are doing with what God has given you. There is a cost associated to following the Lord Jesus Christ. You will see what I mean shortly…

Read Luke 9:57-62 the Cost of Discipleship

We will all stand accountable in front of God one day and He will see whether or not we have followed His Son faithfully as we walk by faith and not by sight. Let us not say: “Lord…me first.”
We cannot earn our way into Heaven or earn our salvation; that would be impossible. You can only get to Heaven if you believe in God’s perfect gift: His Son Jesus, the Messiah died on the cross for your sins and if you follow him at any cost.

Read Ephesians 2:8-9
8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Study note questions…
Upon what basis have we been saved?
Upon what basis have we not been saved?

Verse of the Day: Psalm 121, 
A song of ascents. I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

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)

Is your foundation solid?

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man (person) who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man (person) who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27

I recently watched some television episodes of a home repair program and noted a pattern amongst a few home owners. They sought the help of a celebrity trade person to fix a problem with their newly purchased home and often, when explaining their purchasing experience, they blamed someone else for their decision. They would mention some of the steps they took to validate their potential purchase, including having a home inspection. However I noted that the desire to own a particular home blinded some people to the possibility of problems. During the program they mentioned they thought the crack running along the foundation or the wires dangling from the ceiling were suspicious. They had observed the large puddle on the basement floor and instead of seeking an explanation, they accepted the words “don’t worry”. To their untrained eye they noted faults that caused them apprehension and yet ignored the obvious.  It was as if their desire to have that home overrode their common sense and all they wanted was the approval of the inspector to validate their decision instead of the details about potential problems.

Do you know someone who has shared their life struggles with you and during your conversations some solutions seemed obvious? You may have realized the individual was not really looking for advice on how to correct their situation, but was wanting your validation of their actions or behaviour. You may have even shared some scripture that would assist them in their decision making, but they wanted to ignore those especially if they did corroborate their choices.  Sadly, we know that some want to blame others when life comes crashing down on them instead of looking at themselves to see if they have contributed to their troubles.

On the home repair program it was obvious that some families had made their purchases using the best advice available but were swindled or mislead. Instead of pointing fingers, they took time to acknowledge their errors and then sought the best assistance to move forward.  Sometimes things happen in our life that we know we were not the cause. In those times, and in times where our contribution is obvious, we need to know what we are made of; how our house is built. Are Christ’s words our foundation? Have we sought to listen and follow His words?

When the unexpected or difficult occur, even if we contributed to it, do you have something to fall back on?  Do you have God’s words that offer hope? Have you built your life on Jesus’ words and sought to follow them?  Do you go to God in prayer asking Him to settle your mind so you can look at the issues, yourself, and your relationship with Him? Do you have a friend who will lovingly listen and offer you wisdom?

Jesus analogy of the wise person building a house on a strong foundation and us building our life on the Word seems to point out the obvious to even the untrained follower of Christ. If your life has no foundational truths you will struggle to survive. Take some time to read and reflect on these verses and then ask yourself are you are prepared to face life.

Blessings to you
Anton Topilnyckyj
MCF Prayer Coordinator

“The MCF War Room”

In 1st Timothy Paul writes to his protégé telling him to stay in Ephesus and intervene with those who were teaching false doctrine.  In Ephesus, there were teacher-wanna-bees who, as Paul describes them, were fully confident of their worldly viewpoints and sought to communicate their heresy.  It is clear from Paul’s instruction that there were many who taught error and shipwrecked not only their faith, but the faith of others.  Two thousand years later, such circumstances continue.

There is a popularized phrase that one can hear used by various personalities, both national and international, that being “fake news.”  Fake news isn’t new.  It existed when the gospel was first being proclaimed.  Paul’s council to Timothy is as applicable to you and me as it was when Timothy was in Ephesus.  So, I want us to take note of the specific action step that Paul gave to Timothy.

In Chapter 2 Paul states:

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

Paul’s first line of offense was petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving so that all people (that’s everyone) would be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. The objective is not to be a better debater than the fake-news artist, but it is to know Christ and to make Him known.  The first means by which to attain that objective is through the spiritual weapon called prayer.

Prayer? Yes prayer!

In chapter 5 of James, the author also discusses the weapon of prayer and what is accomplished when it is welded by a person who is right with God.  It is powerful and effective.  Ordinary Christ-followers who have prayed in faith have witnessed and experienced the intervention of the Living God, who desires to answer their prayers as they intercede for others. Recently, a film entitled “The War Room” dramatically presented prayer as a weapon of spiritual warfare that when use by the Christ-follower results in spiritual breakthroughs.  Prayer is not a repetition of some magical incantation, rather it is a conversation with our Lord expressing our thanks to Him, raising matters of spiritual and practical needs on our own behalves and the behalves of others.  Jesus taught us repeatedly (Matt 18:19; 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 14:13; 15:7; 15:16; and 16:23) that we are to present our requests, our concerns, and our hopes for the spread of the gospel.  This is what we intend to do.

During the past several months, a number of MCF members have been gathering together to pray for the military community.  The objects of our prayers have been for political and military leaders; for churches that seek to minister to the military community and for individuals within that community.  We are seeing and hearing of positive developments within those areas that we pray for.  We get it – prayer works.  So, beginning on 21 October, the Ottawa group of the MCF will live-stream on Facebook what we have entitled “The MCF War Room.”  We have chosen to live-stream the event so that you may observe, be inspired to do the same and participate either in praying with us or by submitting your prayer requests to us, which we will immediately pray for.  The focus of our prayer will generally remain the same, the Canadian military community and the proclamation of Jesus throughout.  Exact timings, and other details will be communicated to you in the following weeks.

I admit that I am nervous and a bit intimidated at where the Lord is leading us, but more than that I am excited to see what He will do.  The men, women, and families of the military community need Jesus; our mission is to bring His good news of relationship with him to this community; will you join us in the War Room?

Until All 

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President