THE SHIELD 2021
THE SHIELD 2020
I asked you to consider supporting the MCF this past Giving Tuesday. You responded generously. Thank you.
I am aware that to give of your finances is a sacrifice. It is a decision to choose between many, many options where best to contribute, to invest the monies that you depend on for your daily needs. I am humbled by the trust that you place in the MCF and I am encouraged that God is with us. So, I have one more request, please pray, please intercede on behalf of the military community, on behalf of the mission that has been given to the MCF. Please.
Many of you are very aware of Jesus parable in Luke 11:5-10 in which He taught us to pray with unrelenting persistence. Such prayer honours God. Such prayer pleases God. Such prayer moves God. So, please pray so that God may be honoured, so that He may be pleased, so that His Spirit moves amongst military community members, so that His Spirit empowers the workers as they share the good news.
One more thank you.
Last week I told you about Innercity Veteran Outreach & Support (IVOS) which is a ministry of Ottawa Innercity Ministries. Some of you responded with your offers of financial support. You have blessed those involved in the ministry. They are both encouraged and increasingly determined to continue the good work that they have been called to do. I visited with them again this past Wednesday and I could see that they were grateful for your expressions of support. Thank you.
Brothers and sisters may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (2 Cor 13:14).
President MCF of Canada
There is something special about the way many grandparents view the world, especially where grandchildren are involved. They ignore faults and overlook shortfalls. They see something in them that many may miss. These grandparents see the world differently, not because they are naïve, but because they see these things in them with a grandparent’s love. We must view the world around us with loving eyes; otherwise, we can miss reaching out to those who need Jesus.
Have you asked God to assist you to see our world differently? The world where our family, friends, neighbours, and even strangers, we pass daily on the street live. All of humanity is created in God’s image. But, since the first created humans started to explore God’s goodness, the evil one proudly sought to distort God’s purpose for us, and our image became corrupted. In God’s world, He wants us to leave judgement to Him and have us focus on telling our world what He has done for us. He created this world to sustain us and allows us to live in it, but He does not want to treat His creation as our realm, stepping over each other to get what we desire at the expense of another.
Satan’s forces have played havoc with this world since the garden. In 2020 we have centuries of experience passed on from generation to generation that causes us to see the world through selfish eyes. We need God’s help to see the world as He does. God does want us to look at each other with the greeting card Valentine’s Day, emotional, passionate type of love, but mostly with love based on honour and respect. If we desire to see the world as He does, we need to ask. When we ask God, He will change our prayers. We will find ourselves praying in partnership with the Holy Spirit. We will see that when we talk with God about our role in His world, He will make His purpose for our lives clearer. Nicole, next time you pray, ask God to let you see the world with “grandparent” eyes.
May God allow and help us to change.
You are not alone in your troubles. Please, cry out to God. God will comfort you and give you rest. By his grace, he will answer when we call. He does not sleep, He does not slumber, He loves us more than we could imagine. He is waiting. Look at these verses where we are reminded and invited to call out to our Lord:
Psalm 18:6 “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ear”
Psalm 34:17 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Please call on God today. May you feel the arms of Jesus surrounding you today and always. May God’s comfort and love overwhelm you, amaze you, and bring you to a place of doubtless faith. May His name be glorified in all our lives, Amen.
Father hear my prayer.
This past spring the MCF piloted the Alpha Course online. We had 12 course members and the course lasted 11 weeks, which is the typical course length. The course survey conducted at the end revealed a very high degree of satisfaction with the material and the experience. I confess that at the beginning I was uncertain as to how well the course would proceed, but the results have demonstrated the value and the need for Alpha online. So, the MCF is again hosting the Alpha Course online. This Fall, we have a team in the East and another team in the West, both hosting online Alpha Courses.
Maybe you have heard of the Alpha course and maybe not, or maybe your understanding of Alpha is a bit hazy. Well, Alpha is an 11-week course that creates a space, where people can safely discuss matters of faith, God, and life among other topics. We don’t have all the answers, but we want to help participants explore life’s fundamental questions while learning how the Christian faith responds to those questions.
The MCF Alpha course is for military community members, that is serving and retired military and DND people as well as their families. While we know this might sound exclusive, we find that military community members have a shared language, shared experiences and shared challenges. Keeping the course focused on military community members helps each participant to gain maximum value from the course material.
Join us in praying for the East and West group as they engage in these Alpha Courses. the East group meets every Sunday at 7:00 pm EST and the West group meets on Wednesday at 7:00 pm WST.
Another year is history as 2019 drew to a close and the firm but often unseen hand of God has written another chapter in the history of mankind. It is very comforting to know that what happens in the New Year will not take God by surprise, though what happens may be a surprise to us.
As we usher in the Year 2020, let us do so with the assurance of God’s strength to run with endurance the race set before us.
In this regard, I wish to remind you that the AMCF North American Region’s Annual Week of Prayer (WOP) is scheduled for 26-31 January 2020.
The constant need for our steadfastness in fulfilling the Great Commission in the armed forces is ever before us. The upcoming WOP therefore provides an opportunity to all of us in the Region to assemble and to pray while encouraging others to join in corporate prayer. Likewise, it provides the opportunity to visit and evangelize whilst bringing the needs of individuals, families, forces and nations to our Lord and Saviour in prayer.
Let us therefore embrace this opportunity as we launch out collectively into the New Year with the assurance of God’s love and faithfulness.
Cdr Wilbert N Kirton, Ret’d
For information and links to register follow this link: Seminar_on_Moral_Injury_May2020_(Brochure)
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
If you watch YouTube videos you probably have seen a gender reveal event. Mothers and fathers express joy by telling family and friends about the arrival of their baby in unique ways. However, the biggest reveal party in history occurred when an angel of God revealed to Joseph that his fiancée would have a son. Scriptures don’t record any exploding halos filled with blue powder to celebrate the occasion. It does record that the man who would hold the honor of being Jesus’ earthly dad found out he was having a son while doing something dads do so well: sleep!
Matthew’s gospel (1:20-24) captures the moment when Joseph heard the news that “it’s a boy!”
Certainly, joy would have filled Mary’s heart as she held our saviour in her arms as the shepherds arrived and told of all that they had experienced and been told by the angels. What joy did Joseph experience after his supernatural, angelic encounter? Did he think about the things that many father’s think about? For example, did he wonder: Will my son sound like me when he talks and laughs? Will my son look like me? Am I ready for all this? Perhaps Joseph had some of these same thoughts after the gender reveal dream, up through the moments when he and Mary made their 90-mile trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem. There was a lot to think about during those days leading to Jesus’ birth just as there were lots of elements to take in and think about when those shepherds showed up at the stable.
As a God-fearing Jew, Joseph was obedient to the law and had Jesus circumcised on the eighth day after His birth. It was the joy of Joseph to call his son’s name “Jesus” during the covenant of circumcision celebration. Joseph would have looked in the face of Jesus the first time, seeing the eyes of His Father in heaven. Joseph’s son would bleed and cry out in pain as He was being welcomed into the covenant of God’s people. The final time Jesus would bleed would be thirty-three years later. Upon a Roman cross, Jesus would cry out for the last time while looking up toward the eyes of His Heavenly Father as He made a way for all people to enter a covenant with God throughout eternity.
As the hopes and fears of humanity was met in the baby boy born in Bethlehem on that first Christmas night, a joy explosion from heaven ushered in the New Testament era. Luke’s gospel records the moment the advent of joy arrived on the scene.
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:8-15
This Christmas we are reminded that the joy of a father, both on earth and in heaven, remains. And the hopes and fears through all the years still are met in Jesus because he still saves. And it still is His joy to do so today.
May the joy of advent be yours this Christmas, just as it was for Joseph and Mary many Christmases ago.
For most couples it’s a chance to reconnect, re-establish the foundation and rekindle romance.
For others, it’s a fresh start. For some, it will be the weekend that saves a marriage.
Wherever you’re at in your relationship, this retreat is a weekend to remember. The atmosphere is relaxed and warm, even fun.
You’ll hear from real couples doing real life together… God’s way. You’ll be given time to process what you’re learning.
And together, you’ll make a plan for a marriage that lasts a lifetime.
There is a military discount for these weekend, please provide information at time of registration.
Below are a few options of the Weekend getaway you can register for.
Go to FAMILYLIFE.com to see more options.