Remembering our brother, BGen (Ret’d) Larry Lashkevich

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

On Sunday evening, 15 April, a good friend and fellow soldier of the cross, BGen (Ret’d) Larry Lashkevich passed into the presence of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Larry had suffered a major stroke in February from which he was not able to recover.  Larry was an exemplary individual whose love for Jesus energized him in his life of service in the name of Christ.  Larry had been an influential force within the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada for most of his military career and served for many years in its primary leadership role.  Larry, was always, no matter what the circumstances, an encourager. Consistently, he provided encouragement to those he led, with whom he worked and to those who served Jesus by serving the military community.  I will best remember Larry for his joy, his insight and his untiring devotion to Christ and his family.  Larry was a big man, whose heart for Jesus was even bigger.  His passing leaves a hole in my heart and the hearts of many across the military community, not only in Canada, but internationally. While, Larry’s passing is difficult for those who remain behind, the mission that he served has not ceased and we are called to press on to take hold of that which Christ has called us to.

I ask that you all join me in offering prayer of thanksgiving, praise and intercession:

“Abba, Father; we thank You that Larry’s earthly suffering has concluded and that He is now with You. You blessed us with Your presence and work in and through Larry and we are all better servants because of His example of leadership and discipleship.  Lord, we appeal to You, to pour Your mercy and grace over his family and friends.  You know the pain and the loss that they are all feeling, so we ask You Lord to manifest Your presence tangibly in our lives that we may know the peace that passes understanding and that we may have uncommon strength to endure and to accomplish all that needs to be done in response to Your call on our lives.  Please Lord raise up your saints to come along side Larry’s family to bring Your love and support both practical and spiritual.  We ask all these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, Amen.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

There will be a Celebration of the Life of Larry on Sunday, April 22 between 14:00 and 16:00 at Kanata Baptist Church.  It is a drop in format. More information at the link provided if you wish to join family and friends.
https://www.arbormemorial.ca/kelly/obituaries/lawrance-larry-lashkevich/18155/

Rev. Billy Graham

Rev. Billy Graham’s an extraordinary journey. Watch nationwide broadcast event Sunday, MARCH 4, 7-8 P.M. (ET) ON FOX   billygraham.org.

“Many have begun asking the inevitable question: Who’s the next Billy Graham going to be? But as I explain in my recent article in USAToday, I don’t believe this question is helpful, nor is it what Rev. Graham would want. He lived and ministered to millions not so that we could honor him, but that we would honor God.

The right question, I believe, should be: How can I be a part of the work Rev. Graham did in Jesus’ name? Instead of looking for another figurehead to lead the charge, look to yourself and your local church to take up the baton and answer the call to proclaim the gospel far and wide.

Going forward, we must recognize that truly effective evangelism never was a matter of anger, resentment, or bitter discourse. It’s a matter, as Rev. Graham showed us, of friendship, mentorship, and unconditional love—the kind that Christ gives us each and every day.”

Quote taken from Christianity Today International:  ED STETZER

 

“LIVING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD”

     NEW STUDY STARTING 7 Feb 2018.

This study is for all members of Garrison Petawawa desiring to learn more about the Kingdom of God as described in the Christian Scriptures.
And it’s Free!  Join us.

When: Weekly, starting Wed 7 Feb 2018,  1600-1700 hrs.
Where: Grn Petawawa, St George Chapel    (Bldg Q-101).

Sessions Overview   (6 sessions)

  1. Kingdoms and the Kingdom of God through the Ages
  2. Lessons from Biblical People Living in the Kingdom of God
  3. Conscious of the Kingdom!
  4. Descriptions of the present Kingdom of God – Parables and the Presence of Children of God
  5. Preparing for the next ages in the earthly Kingdom of God
  6. Summary – The Kingdom of God and of His Son

Contacts:
Padre Mario Gaulin – Mario.Gaulin@forces.gc.ca or 613-687-5511, Ext. 6185
Padre Robert Schweyer – Robert.Schweyer@forces.gc.ca Ext. 5433

Christmas Season in Borden

Come and enjoy food & fellowship!

Korean BBQ & pizza & rice

When:  December 13, 2017

Time:  6:00 pM

Where:  CFB Borden Trinity Chapel

                 499 Dieppe Road, Borden

hosted by: Padre Sung Ho Kim and his wife.
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Christmas Eve supper meal

When:  December 24, 2017

Time:  6:00 pm

Where:  CFB Borden Trinity Chapel

                 499 Dieppe Road, Borden

To be followed by carols and a short suitable for all ages Christmas movie.  The intent of this event is to care for any military members and families who are not leaving base for the Holidays.   All are welcome.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years.  Thanks so much to all those who have supported this ministry to Love Borden.

God bless!
Padre Milley
Lt(N) Darren Milley

Chaplain, CFB Borden
Canadian Armed Forces
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca
Aumônier, BFC Borden
Forces armées canadiennes

WAR ROOM 2 December 2017

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, 2 December, 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.

Click on the image above for more details.

 

Grey Cup Breakfast Report 25 November 2017

On Saturday, 25 November, Athletes in Action (AIA) held their 39th Grey Cup Breakfast at the Westin Hotel in downtown Ottawa.  Over 350 people attended the event and were treated to testimonies of faith in Christ and the changed lives that have resulted from that faith.  Speakers included players from both the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts as well as former CFL players and coaches.  In accordance with the MCF mission to bring the gospel to the military community, the Ottawa chapter of the MCF hosted 18 military community members.  The participants ranged in age from 14 to 64 that of course included serving and retired personnel.  Some were new in the faith, some were in need of renewed faith and some were in need of a sense of God’s love for them.  Of note, the group included five Officer Cadets who are attending university and were in need of a better understanding of the life of a military Christian.

I am grateful to AIA for their faithful example of bringing the gospel to the sporting world.  I was humbled by the appreciation shown to those of us from the military community.  In fact on two occasions our tables were singled out for appreciation by those gathered and on one occasion we received a standing ovation.  I know that the younger members of our group were stunned by the appreciation and it served to deepen their sense of calling to serve God by serving in the military.

I am also grateful to you for praying for the event.  Please note that we are still in need of additional funding in order to cover all the costs associated with the Grey Cup Breakfast, so please consider giving financially.  Next year, the Breakfast will be held in Edmonton so I ask you to join me in praying and preparing for that event.  My desire is that we would be able to sponsor 40 members of the military community.

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President

2017 – GOALS

2017-goals.

Last month, On November 11th and 12th, the MCF held its first spiritual retreat in conjunction with the annual general meeting.  The intent was to come together in the name of Jesus, stop our busy routines, worship, fellowship, reflect upon the Word, listen and pray.  The hope that prompted the retreat was that we would encounter the Lord in a tangible way.  We were not disappointed.

The two-day retreat began with a prayer breakfast at the National House of Prayer.  Next, all those gathered, walked to the National War Memorial to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony.  After the ceremony, folks fellowshipped over lunch.  Beginning in the afternoon of the 11th and running until the afternoon of the 12th we followed a pattern of: orientation, silent prayer, scripture reading and meditation, then communal reflection upon what each person learned and experienced during their contemplative time with the Lord.  The retreat was based upon two words: disciple and disciple-making. When the group reviewed the results of the communal reflection period several themes became obvious, which together provided direction for the MCF.

In Matthew 18 Jesus responded to what in military terms could be called “careerism.”  Careerism occurs in various degrees, but the central issue is the pursuit of a mission for the primary purpose of advancing one’s career, one’s self interests.  The disciples came to Jesus and asked Him “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  Wow, it’s difficult to believe that they could be so bold, so presumptuous as to ask such a question.  Yet, I appreciate their honesty.  Who hasn’t sought to be elevated?  The military’s personnel evaluation system is dedicated to elevating people and most members are assimilated into its thinking, but the mindset is counter-Kingdom.  Jesus’ response is to point to a child as the standard for greatness: humble, trusting and obedient.  While Jesus continued to amplify His point, it is verse 20 that reflects part of what the Lord was communicating to us at the spiritual retreat – “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them”.

The MCF’s mission is to bring the gospel to the military community.  Ok, then how?  Should we hold regional evangelistic meetings?  Should we preach on street corners?  Should we produce all sorts of printed material and distribute it door-to-door?  Should we knock on doors, should we host MCF events?  How people and organizations have communicated the gospel is diverse; however, the direction to the MCF reflects Matthew 18:20.  Small groups of two or three people are the core of how the MCF is to bring the gospel.  One-on-one disciple-making and discipleship.  While the MCF operates within a military culture, which is personified by a hierarchy of authority, the MCF is a network of small, and some would say very small, groups in which one member disciples another.  The group needs to be singularly focused on following Jesus together.

So, over the next year there are five simple goals that I would like each of us to pursue together:
  1. Every member is in an MCF small group (2-3 people – sometimes more);
  2. Every member understands who Jesus is and how to become one of his disciples;
  3. Every member can confidently present their testimony of faith in Jesus;
  4. Every member can confidently explain how to become a follower of Jesus;
  5. Every member is active in praying regularly for at least one unsaved family member or friend.
Jesus wants us to disciple others as we go about our lives.  The pursuit and achievement of these five goals will enable each of us to fulfill His call on our lives.  Pursuing these goals together within the military community will enable us to achieve the MCF mission.

Until All
Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President

“Remember me”

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Remember Me
Jesus, beaten, tortured, humiliated, on the cross, crucified, thirsting, bleeding, dying, an object of ridicule, receiving on to Himself the sin of the world for all time for every person who had lived, who lived and who would live.  Jesus, in the midst of the physical and emotional pain, who also was experiencing the rejection and judgement of God the Father, experiencing the most profound spiritual pain, heard the voice of the criminal who had been crucified beside him – “remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
The criminal, who was dying beside Jesus, admitted openly, that he was being punished justly, that he was getting what his deeds deserved.  Incredibly, through the illumination that only comes from the Holy Spirit, the criminal recognized Jesus as sinless, as the King of kings, whose kingdom transcended this world.  In his absolute poverty, the criminal appealed to Jesus, “remember me.”
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 1:27-31, tells us, that God choses those whom society rejects to nullify those whose worldly position gives them reason to boast.  God’s man, the person who is granted entrance into the kingdom, is the one who reflects the criminal on the cross.  Broken in spirit, broken and contrite of heart, aware of one’s lostness and need of a saviour, this is the person whom God remembers (Psalm 51:17).
Some, will appeal to Jesus “Lord, Lord, remember me” but they will not enter the kingdom, and instead they will hear Jesus say “I never knew you.  Away from me, you evildoers.”  What a horrible day that will be for those who Jesus does not remember (Matthew 7:23).
Friday, 11 November, is the day we remember the sacrifice of men, women, families, communities, and countries.  We are grateful for the temporal freedom that we have been given as a result of their sacrifice. As you take pause this day, to show your love and respect, as you bow your head, please take time to plead your case before the Father, to bow your soul in the full acknowledgement of your sinfulness and the just consequences that you deserve and ask Jesus – “remember me.”
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9) and keeps His promise and His loving-kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9). God will sanctify you through and through (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Jesus, remember me.

Prayer/Study Group Gagetown

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Well, it’s getting colder in the mornings! I think old man winter is on his way so get ready… bring in the wood, light the furnace and close the windows. Now, let us take advantage of these cold nights to catch up on our reading, sit with our family and read God’s word and rejoice in the hope that soon Jesus will come for us and we will never be cold no more. We will be warm in his love!
Ok, we are at the end of James and this closing section acts as a summary of various sins and their solutions. In James 5:19-20 he is calling on us to help those who have fallen and encourage repentance because God will give him forgiveness. Amen!
 
James 5:19-20
19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
 
Please pray…
Dear God, my Father, may the Holy Spirit guide me to my fallen brothers and sisters so I may save them from death; not the physical death but spiritual death. Give me the wisdom to lead them back to repent from their sins so that they may gain your forgiveness. May they once again live in your light and rejoice in your love till the day when you send your Son back to bring us to your kingdom in heaven. I pray this to you, 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)

Where is Jesus?

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The first “Where’s Waldo” book appeared in 1987 and was designed by Martin Hanford who, since childhood, was fond of viewing and drawing crowd scenes.  While working as an illustrator a friend recommended that he make one character more colourful than the others.  He suggested that as people looked for Waldo they would see the whole drawing more intimately.  Hanford began creating books with Waldo visiting famous world destinations and hiding in crowds of locals.  Soon, as children and adults alike searched Hanford’s detailed images depicting everyday life, they found themselves declaring excitedly “here he is.”  While looking for Waldo, seekers could not help but notice characters at work, play and even in distress.
Can others pick you out of a crowd as being different?  Are you able to identify signs in yourself that suggests you are a follower of Christ?  Are you able to recognize God’s presence in your life?
God want us to seek Him out.  He wants us to discover the promises He has made including the promise to transform us so that we are different from the world around us.  He wants us to look for Him so that by doing so we can find our purpose for existence.
The inability to see God generally stems from a complacency to recognize God’s remarkable involvement in ensuring the required circumstances, which exist so that life on earth is possible.  Unbelievers do not want to acknowledge God’s role while too many believers take God’s participation for granted.  This allows life’s trivial distractions to block their view of God.  We live in a remarkably made world and our existence in it seems beyond comprehension.  Science tries to use time and coincidence as factors, which allows millions of seemingly, unrelated species of flora and fauna to exist alongside humanity.  This theory suggests our existence is the result of an accident and has no higher meaning.  If a follower of Christ cannot see a reason for waking each morning nor recognize the incredible complex circumstance behind each breath drawn, they probably will not recognize Jesus even if His cross hit them on their head.  If followers fail to understand their own uniqueness has a purpose, then life will be seen as a futile combination of accidents and coincidences. If the creative will of a loving God has no real place in the life of a Christ follower, then they will see no purpose for the people and events they encounter daily.
Initially searching for Waldo was exciting but Hanford realized that as people searched for Waldo they were in fact missing the others who surrounded him; characters drawn with the same love and dedication. To help people see the beauty of all his characters he introduced Wilma, Wenda, Woof and others hoping to get people to look closer at the bigger picture.  It did cause people to slow down and see the difference, which contributed to the joy of searching.  God similarity surrounds us with people who are unlike us but just as valuable in His eyes.  People that we casually encounter each day in our community setting; yet don’t notice because we are often distracted by our own needs.  God knows, that often we don’t acknowledge the existence of the business executive, the homeless person, the vendor or the boisterous children whom we see each day; and that is not His will.
The world is colourful and offers excitement and pleasure.  However we have been created for more than short bursts of intense emotions.  We have been created to become children of God so we can experience His presence for all eternity.  In the process of fulfilling our purpose, we have been called to share the news of God’s promises by both our words and our actions.  However we will be unable to fulfil our purpose if we are unable to recognize God’s presence in our lives today or in the faces we see each day.
Do you wonder why you chose to follow Jesus?
Do you recognize His presence daily?
Do you think you can do more to find God?