Army Run 2017

Join MCF members doing the  Army Run in Ottawa, 17 September 2017!  We want to join our military community at this major event to enjoy fellowship with and pray for our community as we walk and run.

Even if it’s just walking 5km, there are distances and challenges for a wide range of abilities. Early bird pricing ends May 31st. Please advise the MCF office if you decide to register so that we can provide you with more info. We would love to pray with you if you’re considering but unsure. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

OPERATION HEAL OUR PATRIOTS

Applications now being accepted for Operation Heal Our Patriots 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 2.06.18 PMOperation Heal Our Patriots gives wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment at the Samaritan’s Purse Lodge in Alaska.

The next Operation Heal Our Patriots season will be from September 5 – 10, 2017

For more information and to register, go to:  Samaritanspurse.ca

Summer of Worship – Week 3 – Empowerment

(Original thoughts shared by Pastor Charles Stanley)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” Galatians 5:22-23

Do you know that followers of Christ are directly connected to the divine energy of God who willingly gives it to us so we can carry out the work He has called us to do? We can neither harness nor store the power of the Holy Spirit but use it as God gives. This power is not just for preachers, evangelists, or people who work in special ministry; it is available to every believer who willingly surrenders moment by moment in submission and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

We cannot garner the power of the Spirit in order to use God. Conversely, we experience His power when we surrender to be used by Him. God releases His power through us as we walk in obedience to Him. There are three ways He releases His power to us:

  1. Through the fruit of the Spirit, God’s power and only God’s power enables us to exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, which reveal the character of Christ in us.
  2. Through witnessing. Scripture always refers to the power of the Holy Spirit in relationship to witnessing and glorifying God. It is His power through us that emboldens us and carries out the work; and
  3. Through the work we are called to do.

Our Summer of Personal Worship activity is about examining our commitment to Jesus as His followers, trying different ways to worship God, and increasing our communication with Him through prayer. If you intentionally seek a relationship with God you will be transformed and your Christian walk will be different.

Download SUMMER OF WORSHIP – Empowerment

Remember, don’t just read for the sake of reading but take time to mediate and reflect upon what you read and allow God to speak through it to you thought the day. Also download the document called Prayer walking which outlines certain prayer style.

Review the material below (scripture, reflection video, praise song and prayer) to prepare yourself for the upcoming week. Reflect on each item and speak with God about your relationship with Him. Ask Him to reveal areas where you can grow this week.

SCRIPTURE – Galatians 5:22-23

REFLECTION VIDEO – Since God choose you

PRAISE SONG – Holy Spirit

PRAYER – Consider adopting this as your daily prayer for the week.

Holy Spirit, you know I have my own expectations about what I should and should not do. I now surrender to you my ideas, my limitations, my preferences, and my goals. Fill me, Holy Spirit, with all your supernatural gifts! Empower me to accept and grow in the supernatural life as much as the early disciples did. I want to be useful to you. I want to go where you lead me. Holy Spirit, send me forth gifted and empowered to make a difference spreading the Good News of God’s forgiving love. Amen.”

Our God is good and He wants what is good for us. Talk to Him and listen for His response.

    READ IT!  –  SPEAK IT!  –  WATCH IT!  –  BELIEVE IT!  –  EXPECT IT! 

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)

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

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Brothers and Sisters!

Good morning all. Well, we are finally going to get some heat and hopefully some nice weather for the long weekend. God is GREAT!

So, in our last week study, we looked at how we are now reconciled with God through His Son Jesus, and only by Jesus, as God has showed us. Now let’s look at what Paul is trying to teach us on how “appearances” can be in vain. This topic should lead us to some great discussions. Please ponder the study notes below.

Remember guys, this week is stood down so I will see you on the 25th of May. I am looking forward to this one.
Read: 2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Study notes for verses 1-2… 
VERSE 1… the grace of God comes through the death of Christ (5:14–19). Those who turn back from Christ show that their initial, apparent acceptance of God’s grace was not real but in vain.
VERSE 2… by quoting Isa. 49:8, Paul identifies his apostolic ministry with Isaiah’s prophetic role. Both call Israel to repentance and perseverance in view of the coming day of redemption and judgment (salvation).

Question…
How does Paul describe himself as he pleads with the Corinthians to not receive the grace of God in vain?

Please pray… I have a quote for my prayer,
“The most important part of the Christian is to grow in grace… to become more like the Lord Jesus every day, Whatever we need in life – is filled by God in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ our 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)