The Shield – 2018 download PDF

The Shield 2018 December

The Shield 2018-11 November.

The Shield 2018-10 October

The Shield 2018-09 September

The Shield 2018-08 August

The Shield 2018-07 July

We want to provide you with a list of prayer issues associated with our military called: “the Shield”.  In addition to the human enemy that our military typically face, we also must remember they have an unseen enemy.  (Ephesians 6:12). Paul identifies the type of protective equipment we require to do battle against this foe, including a shield. The shield in this case is faith; a trust in the promises of God, a trust in the truth shared by Jesus, a trust in power of the Word to protect, and a trust in prayer to affect circumstances.

Introducing “The Shield”. It is a list of prayer issues associated with our military. We want as many people bringing these requests before God knowing He cares. We want to put up a prayer shield to protect our military and their families from the harm of the evil one and of the world. Each month, we identify specific individuals and issues for our prayer partners to bring before God. We invite you to pray with us. Download and print the Shield.

Annual Spiritual Retreat

Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November 2018

All who have a heart to pray for our Canadian Forces and their families, are welcome to join us in praying together.   There will be a special event in Ottawa which will be held at the National House of Prayer between the 9 & 11 November 2018.   Join us for a weekend of fellowship and prayer. Come to Ottawa for the MCF Spiritual Retreat. We will equip for and engage in intercession, asking the Holy Spirit to do the work only He can do to save lives in our community. See the Facebook event page for info, and contact the MCF office for joining instructions.

Register before the end of the day Friday November 2.

War Room October update

Praise God for the unexpected coincidence of our War Room this month with the AMCF and ACCTS’ Day of Prayer and Praise!

War Room this month’s prayers covered:

  • The AMCF/ACCTS’ Day of Prayer and Praise list.

  • Our October Shield.

  • The upcoming MCF prayer retreat on the Remembrance Day weekend.

    • For churches and individuals in the Ottawa Valley/Outaouais region to catch the vision of what God is doing in the military community and attend to pray with us.

  • The Grey Cup Breakfast in Edmonton.

    • For military community in Edmonton to fill all the MCF-sponsored seats

    • For complete sponsorship (that’s you, folks!) for all the tables/seats.

  • For numerous individuals in the military community known to us and their private requests.

We persevere in prayer, knowing that our Lord hears when we call to him (Ps 4:3) on behalf of our military community.

Jazmine Lawrence

Captain (Retired)

War Room Coordinator// MCF Retreat Director

Capt (Ret’d) Anton Topilnyckyj (Prayer Coordinator)

Married to my childhood sweetheart, together we have grown to realize how God’s grace and mercy works in marriage. We have four children and, so far, seven grandchildren. We have felt blessed to be part of the military and know God will use both our personalities and characteristics to share His hope with our serving and retired brothers and sisters and their families.

I joined the universal green forces in 1974 as a Supply technician thinking I was Air Force. However, upon arrival at 4 Combat Engineering Regiment in Lahr Germany, the Regimental Sergeant Major ceremoniously removed my wedge cap from my head indicating I would no longer need it. Accepted into the university training plan, I attended RMC and served as an Army Logistic Officer until an injury forced me into retirement. My favourite posting was my last where, as an Ammunition Technical Officer, my platoon and I would blow up our frustrations every Friday afternoon on the demolition range.

In 1979, while in Lahr Germany and attending my first ever bible study, I accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour. A military brother guided me to an understanding of Jesus and God grabbed a hold of me and never let go. My relationship with God had been touch and go for as long time. I outwardly appeared to be a believer yet inside I was still serving my own idols. I woke up in 2003 and began to sense God had something for me to do. As I grew in my relationship with Christ I was led back to the MCF, where today I feel truly blessed to be part of a team that is on mission to take the gospel into the military community.

Gagetown prayer/study group

Today’s message in the letter from God we read: “Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31).  Does that not show God in His mighty, intimate knowledge of us? He loves you so much that He would have taken the time to number the very hairs on your head. When we speak about God and Christ, nothing can happen to us without God knowing.  He loves you and cares for you!  Let’s go a bit further and read from Matthew 10:27-33 and again, I urge you to read all of chapter 10.

In Matthew 10:32-33 I think this is very important for us, as His children, to do. As you have read in the letter, God loves us so much He sent his only Son to die for us. So as His children, we must speak to others about Jesus the Son of God and what He has done for us.

NOTE regarding Matthew 10:29 – Sparrows were customarily thought of as the smallest of creatures and the penny (copper coin) was one of the least valuable Roman coins. But not our Father. God rules over even the most insignificant events and creatures.

What did Jesus say regarding whom to fear?
Here’s a little interesting fact from Malachi to Matthew. Malachi, the last book of the OT, was a message of encouragement for the Jews who had returned from exile in Babylon. Matthew wrote his Gospel more than 400 years later. The Jews still lived in their homeland, but under the oppressive rule of Rome. Matthew tells the good news about how Jesus, the Messiah, fulfills the promises of God in the OT.

He is the Redeemer of the world, who died for sinners, the One who is the Soon-coming King!

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)

Gagetown prayer/study group

I hope you all had time to read the letter from God sent last week. Is it not wonderful how much God loves us? He knows everything that happens in our life and in our heart. That means He sees our pain and our joy and He cares. He notices details about our life we miss. We might think He is too big to pay attention but what more mundane than: “sit down and rise up?” Yet God wants us to know He is familiar with our intimate personality. Sometimes in this world of so many distractions, we tend to forget His love.

So let’s look at the first part of this letter. Seeing that the first 3 passages of the letter come from Psalm 139: 1-3 we will look at the whole Psalm. This is one of the most notable of the sacred hymns. It sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God. One of the greatest truths in life which we might know, but which we all must come to learn, is that there is no escape from God. We may run, but we cannot hide from the God who penetrates even the darkness with the gaze of His light. If we manage to dodge Him in this life, we must still stand exposed before Him on that fearful Day of Judgment. There is no place to hide from God.

After you finish reading Psalm 139 think of these few questions…
1. What does the Lord know?
2. For what should we praise the Lord?
3. What is the great prayer at the end of the Psalm?

He is the Redeemer of the world, who died for sinners, the One who is the Soon-coming King!
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)

A letter from your Father

My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31) For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27) In me you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:28) For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28) I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. (John 8:41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. (1 John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (1 John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (1 John 3:1) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect father. (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalm 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41) And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3) If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are broken-hearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. (Revelation 21:3-4) And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. (Revelation 21:3-4) I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26) He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3) He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. (Romans 8:31) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (1 John 4:10) I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. (Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (1 John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-39) Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7)
I have always been Father, and will always be Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15)
My question is…Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13)

I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)

Love, Your Dad.
Almighty God

Gagetown prayer & study group

Having God in our life every day is Great!

So let’s get started. I have a letter from our God, our Father. This letter is comprised of all the words that God has said to us throughout the whole Bible. This letter is what we will be looking at and I will be breaking it down verse by verse for study. I think sometimes we tend to forget how important we are as children to our Father, and how much He loves us. All the verses in the letter are to help us in our studies. I urge you to please read it closely and often as we look at each verse, and hopefully try to understand the power of the love that God has for us and what it means for us today. I hope you are encouraged by this and enjoy it as well!


My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31) For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27) In me you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:28) For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28) I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. (John 8:41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. (1 John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (1 John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (1 John 3:1) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect father. (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalm 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41) And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3) If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are broken-hearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. (Revelation 21:3-4) And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. (Revelation 21:3-4) I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26) He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3) He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. (Romans 8:31) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (1 John 4:10) I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. (Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (1 John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-39) Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7)

I have always been Father, and will always be Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15)

My question is…Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13)

 

I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)

 

Love, Your Dad.

Almighty God

 

He is the Redeemer of the world, who died for sinners, the One who is the Soon-coming King!

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)