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)

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good  morning to you all!

How are you all doing today? I hope all is well. Can I ask that we all say a prayer for all those affected by the flooding? Pray to God for His hand of protection on those who need it, to place those who can help in the places that need it and his hand of healing on those that have been hurt or on those who have lost friends or family because of the flooding.Ok, so on with our message. We are still working on “Reconciliation”. What does it mean to be “reconciled”? To be reconciled, means to be reunited with someone from whom one has been alienated. Forgiveness can lead to restored fellowship. Sin leads to alienation from God, but through Christ, we can be forgiven and reconciled to God. “Be reconciled to God” (5:20) this is a wonderful invitation to the gospel (see also Rom. 5:11).2 Corinthians 5:16-21   The Ministry of Reconciliation
Study notes for verses 16-21…
VERSE 16-20… 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).Reconciliation. These verses outline (1) the basis of Paul’s apostolic ministry of the new covenant (Paul’s own reconciliation to God through Christ); (2) its consequence (his ministry and message of reconciliation to the world for Christ); (3) its essential content (the forgiveness of sins because of Christ’s death); and (4) its call (on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God) ambassadors for Christ. Paul is God’s prophetic minister of the new covenant (3:4–6). He announces God’s “peace treaty” (see Isa. 53:5) with those who will trust in Christ to free them from the penalty and power of sin (2 Cor. 5:14–15; see Rom. 5:11).
VERSE 21… This verse is one of the most important in all of Scripture for understanding the meaning of the atonement and justification. The one who knew no sin is Jesus Christ (v. 20), and he (God) made him (Christ) to be sin. God the Father made Christ to be viewed and treated as “sin” even though Christ himself never sinned (Heb. 4:15; see Gal. 3:13). For our sake. God viewed and treated “our” sin as if it belonged to Christ himself. Thus Christ “died for all” (2 Cor. 5:14) and became our substitute. Christ took the punishment that we deserved (1 Pet. 2:24). The background for this is Isaiah 53, the most lengthy and detailed OT prophecy of Christ’s death. It contains several parallels to 2 Cor. 5:21 so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Just as God gave our sin and guilt to Christ (“he made him to be sin”) so God also gives Christ’s righteousness to all who believe in Christ. God now views and treats believers as having the legal status of “righteousness.” See further notes on Rom. 5:18; 10:3; 10:6–8; see also Isa. 53:11.

Questions…

  1. How has God reconciled us to Himself?
  2. How is it possible that we can become “the righteousness of God” in Christ?
Please pray… 
Dear God, we ask you today to be with all those struggling with the stress and damages from the flood waters. Give them hope and calm their hearts. We know this: all those suffering that are in Christ; you will provide help, strength and love to get through this bad time. Help your children be a testimony in this time of trial also. My glorious Father, we thank you for your Son and the work He has done for us on the cross. That is where we can lay our woes, at his feet, and He will help us endure. We pray this in Christ’s 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)

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

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good morning,

Wow, did we get enough rain yet? I think I may have to row in to work! Just think how beautiful God’s gardens are going to be after all the rain stops and the ground is full of water. God always has a plan and with all his greatness, we will see what he has in store for us and it’s always great!

Ok, so I hope last week’s message made us think of where we are at with our Father. Sorry for so many questions, but there can never be enough to stir up our hearts and with the help of the Holy Spirit we will anchor ourselves in His word. With that, we move into chapter 5 verses 11 to 15

2 Corinthians 5:11-15

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Topic of study…

One has died for all, therefore all have died. By Christ’s death, the death penalty for sin (see Gen. 2:17) has been paid for all those who trust in him (see Rom. 3:21–26; 1 Cor. 15:3). The love of Christ controls us. See Titus 2:11–14.

  1. What moved Paul to try and persuade men?
  2. What motivated Paul to live for Jesus Christ?

Please pray…

Our wonderful Father, you are the greatest.  You are the one I come to, with all my thoughts. I thank you for your Son and for the Holy Spirit.  Thank you for the love and joy in your words, and for the grace and mercy we get for free through your Son. We fight with the darkness of this world but with your shield, sword and the armor of protection, we fight back in your name. All those we have that sit heavy on our hearts, please keep them safe and give us the words of your wisdom to help them in this dark world. We ask you for this strength in your Son’s name, Christ Jesus…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)