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)