MCF ANNUAL SPIRITUAL RETREAT 10 – 12 November 2017

 

Join us at the National House of Prayer’s beautiful historic building in Ottawa to rest and refresh, enjoy fellowship and teaching, and receive prayer.  The weekend includes the annual MCF prayer breakfast on 11 Nov before attending the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Canadian War Memorial in downtown Ottawa.

2 night’s accommodations plus food Friday evening to Sunday morning, $160/per person or $280/per couple.

Contact the MCf office for details and to reserve by 8 Nov.

21 OCTOBER 2017 – 10:00-11:00 A.M.

Members and staff of the MCF have been interceding in prayer for the Canadian military community throughout 2017. We are so excited now as we are taking this ministry public.

Join us on Saturday, 21 Oct, 10:00-11:00EST on a Facebook Live video broadcast as we intercede before God in response to your requests submitted via email or Facebook during the live event. We will pray for specific requests involving people (including yourselves), workplaces and circumstances connected to the Canadian Armed Forces military community.

For any questions, contact the MCF office by email (mcfoffice@mcf-canada.ca).

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MCF – Gagetown group – study & prayer

Good morning,

Ok, so we’ve seen that our faith is only grounded in a relationship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Nothing we can do will get us close to God but through Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Read John 7:25-39 (focus on 37-38 then 39)

NOTE ON 7:37 Jesus’ invitation refers back to OT prophetic passages such as Isa. 55:1 and Isa. 12:3. Thirsts. That is, “thirsts” for God To come to Jesus and drink means to believe in him, to enter into a trusting, ongoing personal relationship with him.

Study group questions…

What does ‘drink’ describe? How can we allow the Holy Spirit make a bigger impact on our lives?

What are the two things Jesus tells people to do in order to quench their spiritual thirsts?

Verse of the Day – Proverbs 19:20-21
Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.

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)

Let your prayers also be your worship

Have you ever had someone say to you “where were you? I texted you and left you a voice message and you did not get back to me”. Do their question and attitude cause you to feel a little bothered? Or, have you ever gotten frustrated when you tried to get a hold of someone and didn’t get an immediate response? Our technology, combined with an immediate gratification consumer expectation has resulted in an expectation of immediate responses, an expectation we know is unreasonable but some expect it.

God encourages communication with Him anytime, day or night. He does not limit our airtime with Him nor does He restrict our conversation to a numbers of words. He says He is available whenever and for whatever reason. Many believe this about God but have adopted an odd approach to prayer. They often behave like the caller who becomes frustrated when they do not get the immediate response they desired. Often they call and talk, but rarely listen and if they are honest with themselves, will admit they don’t talk to God as often as He desires. God understands why we offer spontaneous, spur of the moment prayers, and He does hear and respond but often we miss His interaction because we have moved on and left it with Him. Prayer is a form of worship and God would like us to worship Him with more intimate conversations. He actually wants to convey to us His response to our prayers. He doesn’t want us always calling and not waiting to see if He picks up and, although He allows us to leave messages, He’d like it if we listened for his reply.

James writes “When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives” (James 4:3a). He is talking about our attitude regarding prayer and could even be suggesting many don’t take time to talk or listen. Maybe all our prayers are one-sided and we talk without even acknowledging who we are talking to. It is appropriate to schedule time to pray so we can be uninterrupted and able to give God our full attention. James’ complete statement at verse 4:3 is “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3). This may suggest our reason for calling on God may not be to glorify Him but to satisfy our own desires. Spontaneous prayers may sound needy at times and God understands, but He wants intimate prayer time with Him to be different. We go to God in prayer because He is the Lord Almighty who created and oversees the universe and also loves us and finds our time with Him to be precious. He wants to tell us that we are on His mind and that He has specific things He wants to say and personally give us.

In the days of the landline and even pre-answering machine, we knew when those we loved or cared about where available to talk on the phone. We may have even scheduled a weekly call because we wanted to ensure our time together would be uninterrupted and more cherished. God would be pleased if He could have a similar arrangement with us because He wants those uninterrupted, warm talks with us. He wants to hear us, and more importantly, He wants to talk to us.

If you are not in the habit of spending some time alone with God, you must consider making a change in that area. We know the benefits of giving and receiving someone’s undivided attention and with a few changes to our prayer practices, we can experience something special. We can continue with the short prayers or cries to God we offer in response to our daily life encounters, but it is important to make time for deeper conversations and to listen to Him. God sought us first and when His grace caused us to seek Him, He let it be known that our relationship would grow through meaningfully interactions where we both talked and both listened. Let your prayers also be your worship and be intentional about it.

Blessings

Anton Topilnyckyj
Prayer Coordinator

MCF – Gagetown group – study & prayer

Good morning,

I think it’s time to fire up the wood stove! Only here can we go from hot days to frost warnings in a matter of 3 days LOL. I hope you all had a great week and I pray that you all have a wonderful and safe weekend in our Lord’s light… Amen!

Now, you may be thinking, “what’s with this topic of faith vs. sight?” My point is… doing things on our own (by sight or works) is not the walk of a Christian. We walk by faith. Faith in Christ is what makes you righteous in Gods eyes (2 Corinthians 5 verse 21).  With faith in Christ, he will never leave us or forsake us. Faith will only be possible if you believe that Jesus is who He says He is. Let’s look in the scriptures…

Read Hebrews 13 (focus on verse 5 and verse 8)

Study group questions…

The moral exhortations given in this chapter. (1-5)

  • Let brotherly love continue
  • The honour of marriage
  • Entertain strangers
  • Do not covet
  • Remember the prisoners
  • Be content

The religious exhortations given in this chapter. (7-19)

  • Remember those who rule over you
  • Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines
  • Be willing to bear reproach with Jesus
  • Continually offer the sacrifice of praise, giving thanks
  • Do good and share
  • Obey those who rule over you, be submissive
  • Pray for others

What does the author pray for in behalf of his readers? (20-21)

  • For God to make them complete in every good work to do His will
  • For God to work in them what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ

Verse of the Day 
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12 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)

Sharing Hope

When military leaders attend staff meetings and are given orders, the one certainty clear to them is, that they are not asked to interpret or modify their orders. Their education, training, and experience allows them to share with confidence and that is basically what they are required to do. It is accepted that not every leader will have access to the depth and complexity of the operation at hand yet, that does not prevent them from sharing the orders they have been given.  If necessary, they may need to seek clarity for things they do not understand before leaving the Orders Group meeting. Their duty is pass on the orders as if they were their own.

Christ followers have been given instructions to share Jesus’ truth; such as God’s promises for humanity leads to salvation from the consequences of sin. Jesus’ truth shed light on those promises and He offered hope that God’s plan offers eternal community with Him. We are called to believe and accept Jesus’ teachings. It is very possible to share what Jesus said even if we don’t understand the depth or complexity of God’s plan. Most followers understand the hope of eternity with God but many have not sought clarity about the hope that sustains us while we wait for Jesus to return. We must study His truths so we can put them into practice and experience the hope fulfilled by living a life focused on God.

If you have been on the receiving end of military orders you may have known a leader who seemed to lack certainty about their role. Some have passed on their orders and it has been obvious to the listener that the leader may not be in agreement with them. For whatever reason they discredited their orders by their tone, sarcastic comments, or reluctance to share information necessary to get the troops believing in the mission. This action both compromises and jeopardizes the mission. Some followers of Jesus have offered a poor witness to their faith and have not followed Gospel guidance. Those watching or listening notice the follower’s good news is not reflected in their behaviour or attitude. The truth becomes more acceptable if we share it as if we are living it.

Jesus told His disciples that “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:12). We have hope but must live as if we believe it. If we express hopelessness every time we face adversity are we not discrediting Jesus’ truth about being able to shoulder our burden to offer us peace? What message do we send if seek gratification from wealth and worldly things and then try to excuse our absence from church because we don’t like the music, or setting, or because we had something else to do? Are we suggesting that hope is linked to our actions, not God’s?

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 ). We pass on Jesus’ orders by expressing our hope through words and actions. We are called to share the truth; to offer hope. “Hope for the future, that we will be redeemed. Hope for the present, that we are not alone, but are loved and have purpose. Hope even over the past, that our failures are not greater than God’s power to transform.” (Suzanne Benner).

Blessings

Anton Topilnyckyj
Prayer Coordinator