MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AMThe following encouragement comes from the weekly Gagetown MCF group.  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.

Good morning!!

Do you think summer is around the corner? The days have been very nice and can you all see God’s creatures and beautiful creations all around us? GOD is GREAT!!
Last week we had a wonderful discussion on Paul’s work and suffering. The Corinthians gave him a hard time and his relationship with the church was week.

So now as we move into chapter 4:13-15 is hope what we see? Is it more work for us to spread the word? We do not lose heart!

2 Corinthians 4:13-15
13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,”(Ps 116:10) we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

What “faith” did Paul have?
What did it lead Paul to do? And why?
What results did he hope for?

This passage reflects (read it) John 20:19-29, so whether we are or are not convinced that Christ rose from the dead does not affect the reality of the Resurrection. But if we accept its reality by faith and live consistently in light of it, it changes our lives like nothing else can.

Please pray….
Dear God, you are the greatest light in my life. You are the Alfa and Omega. You are greater than all; your glory is immense. With all your greatness and power, I ask that you remove the veil from those still in darkness. Use me Father, to reach out to the blind, to bring them into your light. Save more sinners so that you can build up your army of prayer warriors to give you the praises of glory that you so much deserve. Like you raised your Son in power, raise us also in power to make us strong in your Son’s name, Jesus Christ …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 – “Star Top Group” – lunch hour study

Weekly Study from the MCF Star Top group in Ottawa.  This group is passionately led by Gerry Potter Colonel (ret’d).

This past week the MCF group at Star Top looked at John 3 asking ourselves what do we know for sure from the text?  Among several items, which the scripture stated, was the failing of Nicodemus to be knowledgeable about the need to be born of the Spirit. Jesus words to Nicodemus likely stung.  Nicodemus, a Pharisee, a teacher of Israel, did not understand that a person must be born of the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God.  The desired end-state of any follower of Judaism was to be in the kingdom of God. So, to hear that in order for that to happen Nicodemus had to be born of the Spirit and then to hear that he should already have known this fact, but was obviously ignorant; it is likely that Nicodemus, who had come to Jesus under the cover of night, became distressed.  What would happen to you, if what you were counting on as the means by which you would enter into what the Bible describes as heaven was suddenly shown to be false?  John does not record Nicodemus saying anything else after Jesus pointed out the depth of his ignorance and its implications.  It could be because there was nothing of any further importance to John’s message that was said by Nicodemus, or it could be because Nicodemus didn’t or maybe couldn’t say anything more.In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul also writes about observable evidence. The invisible attributes of God, his eternal power and his divine nature are described by Paul as being clearly seen and understood.  Paul is stating, with no lack of passionate conviction, that people should know of God; He is observable.  In fact, He is so observable, that Paul states their knowledge should have resulted in the worship and gratitude.  Instead, people turn away.  John 3 records Jesus explanation that people, in general, turn to the darkness, so that their sin maybe hidden.

What do we know for sure?  Nicodemus should have known that he needed to be born of the Spirit.  Nicodemus has plenty of company, because the evidence of God is observable by everyone.  Though God is knowable, it is people’s sin that drives them to the darkness.  Nicodemus was convicted, he had nothing of importance to say.

How about you? I know that you know of God. I know that if you chose to not worship God that it is because of the sin you desire to keep hidden.  By the way, all of heaven knows this too, so really, your sin is not hidden.  The question is what will you do, now that you know?

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Hello all,

Jimmy has been under the weather, so here’s me (Andrew) inviting you to join ranks with fellow soldiers of the Gospel to pray for our community, our comrades and their families. We fight against an enemy that is not flesh and blood, as we have been trained to fight, but is spiritual. We are looking at 2 Corinthians chapter 4 as an anchor for our prayers this week. What is this “ministry” we have “by the mercy of God” (v. 1)? We declare the Gospel, which is veiled to the lost, but Christ can remove the veil (3: 4-18). Our enemy is the spirit of this world who does everything in his power to hold our comrades bound and veiled, like detainees with burlap sacks tied over their heads. But “The Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”! (3: 17)

This is the note from Jimmy, with some questions to consider:

I (Jimmy) will keep this short because I am sick and need to pray and go to bed. So I may not see you guys on Thursday this week.

I have picked 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

The Light of the Gospel

4 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Here are a few things to think about

1) To appreciate Paul’s transparency and view of service

2) To understand why some people are so blinded to the obvious

3) To gain insight into why God allows His children to suffer

4) To glean Paul’s secret for not “losing heart” (getting discouraged)

Please pray…

Trust in God!

Isaiah 41:10 “… fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Blessings All!

Have a Great Day!

Padre Andrew Whitman, CD

MCF Gagetown group 10 March 2017

MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AMThe following encouragement comes from the weekly Gagetown MCF group.  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.

Good morning everyone!
Well, it’s March break and I am sorry, I should have put this email out last week. I know I will be getting a lot of out-of-office replies, I’m sure, but for those of you that are still here, this is just to let you know there will be a stand down for the bible study/prayer group this week. That’s not to say we don’t need to pray/study and read Gods word. In saying this, I got some homework for you for next Thursday (Mar 16th).  Start reading 2 Peter, all of chapter 3.  When you have finished, here are a few questions that you can think about and we can talk about it when we meet after the March Break…

  1. What is Peter trying to do by writing 2 Peter? (2 Peter 3:1-2)
  2. Did Peter see any difference in the authority of Old Testament prophets or what the apostles have written? (2 Peter 3:2)
  3. God is keeping the present heavens and earth for judgment. How will God judge them? (2 Peter 3:7)
  4. Why is God delaying judgment? (2 Peter 3:9)
  5. How should we regard the mockers’ accusation that the Lord isn’t coming? (2 Peter 3:15)

Please pray…
Our Heavenly Father, I ask you to keep safe and close to your heart all those who are traveling home and visiting family this week. Watch over them Lord; keep your hand of protection upon them. Also my Lord, I ask that you open our minds to your word in our studies and help us to be the people you want us to be. Help us to be ready for that day when you come again, and look forward to the day you will clean sin from this world once and for all. My God, thank you for your Son and the sacrifice he did for us; how we are washed clean by his blood. We are now safe with you and we praise you and we thank you, in his name, Jesus Christ …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 group Gagetown

MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AMThe following encouragement comes from the weekly Gagetown MCF group.  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.

Good morning all,
Good to see we all made it through the last storm (GOD is GREAT!) and there was a stand down as well for last Thursday. So, I was chatting with Andrew, and he would like to do a do-over of last Thursday’s topic for next Thursday. So for this Thursday we will do something a little different.
Something I do every day, is thank God for my blessings. Blessings on my family, friends, work, food, clean water, a free life to worship our Lord without the persecution that we hear of in other countries and everything else that fills my life with joy.

Sometimes, due to all the distractions in this life we lead, we forget to get down on our knees and thank God for all our blessings: the ones we know of and the ones we don’t see. I know I am guilty of this. Life sometimes is so busy, it’s even hard to take care of myself let alone get on my knees. I do pray every day, but sometimes I miss the thank you parts that need to be said to my God. I know I have talked about this before and you will most likely hear it again but it’s all good guys; that’s what I do… reminding us we are blessed by God in so many ways! ;o)

I read this the other day and thought it would be nice to share it with you. It’s from a Pastor Jack Wellman…
If the Lord God has saved you, then you are blessed above most of those who live on the earth.  If you are not saved then you only have the curse of judgment to come (Rev 20:11-15) and this curse cannot be reversed. If today you will repent and trust in Christ as your Savior, your blessings will be awaiting you in heaven because they will be reserved for you there (Eph 1:3) and what greater blessing is there in all the universe than to have eternal life in Christ?”

Please pray… I have chosen Psalm 150 for our prayer, I think praising God is one good way to say thank you for his Blessing!

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

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 group Gagetown

MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AMBlessings all,
Well, that was a nice time off. I’m sure many of you were stood down because of the snow. All our winter in one month! LOL… and more snow for Thursday too! Just be safe out there, ok, and pray for those that are out there helping others and the ones keeping an eye on our power. The ones plowing the roads and those that have no choice but to be out there for work or travel. May God’s hand of protection rest upon you all and His Love fill your hearts, Amen!

Ok, so talking with Andrew, he would like to move into the last part of 2 Peter 1. Andrews’s thoughts for our discussion were: “What is the significance of the Transfiguration? It’s central to the 3 synoptic gospels. It is the fulfilment of Jesus’ saying “some of you present here will not see death until they see the kingdom of God.” They weren’t allowed to talk about it until after Jesus died and rose. And evidently it was proof of His sonship and his glory, and here in 2 Pet is the only place I am aware of that Peter actually demonstrates the purpose of the transfiguration”.

The evidence of the Transfiguration
2 Peter 1:16-21
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The account of the transfiguration from the Gospel of Matthew 
Matthew 16:28
28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
Matthew 17:8
8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

Please pray… I have taken this prayer from Matthew 6:9-13 I fell that this prayer is very fitting,
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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 group Gagetown

MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AMHello everyone!
God is Great! Well guys, I am not too sure all of you will see this today because of the storm, but I do pray that you are all safe and warm. Stay close to our Lord and pray for the safety of others and pray that if the power goes out again, there will be people able to help in the time of need for those in trouble.
I was talking to Andrew and he has sent me these passages to finish off our discussions on the qualities from 2 Peter 1 that we have been talking about the past few weeks. This is good stuff and I so wish we had more time on lunch break to really dig into this. But it is so nice to be able to gather and pray; so on that note, let’s move right into it and I hope to see you all Thursday … God Bless!
For this week, let’s focus on 2 Peter 1: 8-11  “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
What does it mean to forget that we were cleansed from former sins? Do we actually forget, like “Oh yeah that totally slipped my mind?” No, he’s saying that if we live in sin, we are acting as though it never happened, as though it didn’t matter, it didn’t mean anything to us. Our heart has forgotten the significance of being cleansed; forgotten what it felt like to be unburdened of that terrible weight of guilt and anxiety. We’re ungrateful.
So, as an accompanying passage, perhaps Romans 12: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Therefore: because of what? Because of the Gospel that Paul proclaims in Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
6:23 for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
8:1 there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Please pray…
My dear and Holy Father, please help my mind remember everyday what Jesus has done for me on the cross and the forgiveness you have given me from my sins. Help me to also forgive others as in Matthew; “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  Oh Lord my God, keep me forever in your grace and keep your Holy hand upon me to show the qualities of your love, in Jesus’ 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)

Prayer/Study group Gagetown

Blessing to you all,MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AM

Sorry I missed you last Thursday, but that ice storm stopped many of us from getting out. It did gives us time to pray and read more of God’s word though. It’s nice to be back and it also has made me think of all the blessings we take for granted like water, heat and food. We don’t realize the things we think are small or simply acquired are blessings that we shouldn’t take lightly. God is great guys!  He provides basic things to us that others may have great trouble getting… GLORY be to GOD!!

So last week we covered 3 qualities: self-control, steadfastness and godliness. The week before was knowledge, so now it’s “love”.

Paul says in 2 Peter 1:7 “and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”

Hebrews 13:1

1 Let brotherly love continue.

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 John 4:16

16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Please pray…

Oh heavenly Father, lift me up in your love. Fill me with the love of the Holy Spirit. Let my love for my brothers and sisters be strong and pure as Paul said to Peter “love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Dear Lord, I thank you for this gift of love that I’m able to share to all that come into my life as you have loved us, the sinners that we are. Let me show this same love in Jesus’ name, your son, your gift to us in love …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)

Prayer/Study Gagetown group

Hello all,MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AM

It is Thursday and as always, you are invited to join together at St. Luke’s Chapel for a time of fellowship and prayer for our base. Some of you are new to this list, but I warned you that I’d be reminding you. If you are unable to join us, please pray with us in spirit, that our Saviour’s name might be glorified and that He show His mercy and grace in the lives of our comrades and families.

We’ve been looking at 2 Peter, and the qualities he encourages us to have in increasing measure. I wanted to look at what these qualities mean, so today we will look at 3 of them.

2 Peter 1:6 “(make every effort to supplement) knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness.”

1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

James 1:Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing… 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.

1 Timothy 4:1Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer… Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Cheers and God Bless,

Andrew

Padre Andrew Whitman, CD

Prayer/study group Gagetown

Howdy all, MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AM

God is great! Wow what a wonderful prayer group we had last week, we even had a few new people…how great is that! It was a very good discussion and we really felt the Holy Spirit with us so much so that Padre Andrew would like to return to the same passage, Andrew said “since we only talked about faith and virtue, and there seemed to be a hunger to explore what all Peter’s ‘qualities’ mean”.

Let’s dig deeper keeping in mind 2 Peter 1:3-11 and the key part is about Knowledge

Read… 1 Cor 2:11-16

11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

AND…

1 John 4:2-11

2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Knowing God through Love

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Our prayer today comes from Ephesians 1:15-17

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.

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)