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)

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)

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)

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)

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