MCF – Gagetown group – study & prayer

I hope you take the time to read and/or some study God’s word. As Paul has said in 2 Timothy 2:2

The next part is called Jesus, the friend. Read John 15:9-17. Focus on verse 13.

We talked before on how Jesus came to this world and befriended sinners like you and I. The religious leaders of that day condemned Him for doing that. He will stand by you no matter what happens in your life; good or bad. Apart from being your Lord and Saviour, your Master, your King, your Healer and your Deliverer he is also your Friend. Jesus loves us unconditionally. We cannot earn it or deserve it. His love is a free gift that is accepted by faith.

He came to this world to reconcile sinful man to God, the Father! Jesus himself said that there is no greater love than laying down your life for your friends and that’s just what He did! You are his friend if you accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. He sacrificed His life on our behalf.

He invites us to walk a faith walk with him that leads us to heaven. Join your Lord, your friend Jesus, on this walk.
John 15:13

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

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)

40 Days of Prayer – Week 5

EQUIPPING & ENGAGING YOU IN 40 DAYS OF PRAYER.

“How to pray throughout the day”  

“Rejoice always, pray continually….” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Paul’s guidance to the Thessalonians has caused some anxiety amongst followers today because they can’t imagine what it means to pray continually. They envision the requirement involves praying as 18th-century spiritual leaders who often woke very early in the morning and prayed for hours, only to repeat the same later in the day and evening. They can’t imagine talking with God for long periods of time after all “what do I have to say to Him”.

As we have been learning on this journey, there is more than one way to talk with God and the wonderful news is that He does not expect us to adhere to a format, posture or even schedule. He wants humility, sincerity and honesty and will guide us to find ways to pray in this manner.

This week’s lesson touches on what it means to pray continuously and offers suggestions on how to do that. When you listen to the lesson and reflect on what is being taught you will look at the ideas and say “ “I can do that”.

To assist you with this week’s study, download the material below and listen to the video link include for this week.

HERE IS THE MATERIAL NECESSARY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

1.  Week 5 video is called: “How to pray throughout your day

2.  Download this copy of Week 5 – How to Pray Throughout Your Day  (blanks). 

3.  Download this copy of Week 5 – How to Pray Throughout Your Day (blank responses)

4.  Download this copy of Week 5 – How to Pray Throughout Your Day (sermon transcript)

5.  Download this copy of Week 5 – How to Pray Throughout Your Day (small gp guide)

6.  Daily thoughts – the daily thoughts are available in weekly increments.  However, you can find them daily on the MCF FACEBOOK PAGE.

One great way to grow is to discuss your faith understanding with others.  Several people have started a small group to look at the 40 Day of Prayer study and are finding their time together rewarding.  If you’d like to engage in a discussion group you may join us on-line Monday evenings as we gather for an hour, starting at 8 PM Atlantic time.  We connect using a video conferencing tool call Zoom.  You will need to download a Zoom app for your computer or mobile devise to participate.   Those wishing to join can advise us by contacting the MCF office and indicating you wish to join in the Zoom discussion. An email with further instruction will be sent to you.


DAILY REFLECTIONS – WEEK 5

Preparation:

Find a quiet place where you know you will be uninterrupted.
Have your bible and journal ready.
Read the suggested verse several times.
Consider reading the verse using different versions of the bible.
Contemplate the questions being asked and then record or verbalize your response.

NOTE: the same questions are asked each day.

DAY 29 – Jeremiah 29:13  

DAY 30 – John 15:7  

DAY 31 – Proverbs 8:17  

DAY 32 – Daniel 9:4   

DAY 33 – Daniel 9:9  

DAY 34 – Daniel 9:18  

DAY 35 – Daniel 9:20-23  

40 DAYS OF PRAYER

Lord, teach us to pray” Luke 11:1b

If you have an awareness of the Jewish culture during the time frame of Jesus’ ministry you might find the request made to Jesus to be strange. The disciples were part of a culture which prayed a minimum of three times daily. Over the centuries the Jewish religious leaders had developed prayers for all occasions and the practice of prayer had been engrained in the mindset of the community. So why did the disciples need teaching?

The answer is found in the same passage; they wanted to pray like John the Baptist’s disciples. They noted that there was something different in the way John’s disciples connected with God. They probably recognized Jesus also prayed differently from them and wanted to experience a similar enriched prayer life. We at the MCF want you to pray in a way that allows you experience a deeper connection with God. We want you to examine your prayer practices by joining us on 8 February 2018 as we start a prayer journey. We invite you to participate in a study developed by Saddleback Church called 40 Days of Prayer.

The topics covered include:

Week 1 – Do you really want to grow?
Week 2 – A beginner’s guide to prayer
Week 3 – Who do you think you are talking to
Week 4 – Praying in 5 dimensions
Week 5 – How to pray through your day
Week 6 – How to pray for healing and restoration
Week 7 – When God says no

All journeys require intentionality on the part of participants and this journey is no exception. There are teaching videos to watch, questions to contemplate, and discussions to participate in. It is believed that participating in this study with others will enhance your learning, so we ask that you consider doing this as a small group study; use your present group or start one specifically for the 40 Days. Additionally, if there is interest, we’d like to connect online on Monday evenings for approximately 1 hour. We will use an easy-to-use program called ZOOM. If you are interested in this activity reply to us via the office indicating as much and you will be sent connection details.

The MCF, like all who call themselves Christ followers, are part of God’s mission;
a mission to make the world aware of God’s love and plan of salvation. God has invited us to be on mission with Him. Part of the MCF’s purpose is to engage the military community and assist them to become disciples. We know that as disciples of Christ we have been empowered with the Holy Spirit to do wonderful things but how do we know what these things are? Prayer connects us with God helping us understand our purpose and mission. As such, it would make sense to ensure we have an appropriate way to hear and discuss God’s intentions. The 40 Days of Prayer journey can help your understanding of prayer.

Join us as we seek to grow our personal prayer practices, so we can become closer to our Lord and Saviour, so we can be on mission with God.

Blessings

Anton Topilnyckyj
Prayer Coordinator

“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

MCF – GAGETOWN GROUP STUDY & PRAYER TIME

Don’t forget that prayer/study in Gagetown is now meeting Wednesdays from 1210hrs to 1250hrs still at St. Luke’s chapel.

Good  morning,

Hope you all had a great week! God is GREAT!  In His love, you are safe and happy! Amen?

So, moving in the same direction of faith, you know with faith all is new, right?

Read 2 Corinthians 5 (but think about 5:17 most)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

With a new life comes new responsibility. Remember Luke 9:62?

Study note questions…
1 – What is the condition of one in Christ?
2 – Through whom has God reconciled us to Himself?

Foot notes on: 5:17
The redemption of a people who live for Christ by living for others is the beginning of the new creation (see Isa. 43:18–19; 65:17–23; 66:22–23). This new creation also begins Israel’s final restoration from God’s judgment in the exile (see the context of Isa. 43:1–21; 65:17–25).

Verse of the Day 
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4

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 – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Great beautiful morning to you all,

I hope you are all having a great morning; it is wonderful out there… God is GREAT isn’t he?

So now we finish off with Paul’s last part to the unbelievers and fans teachings.  Paul is summarizing his pleas to the Corinthians here in (7:1); made in the previous chapter.
2 Corinthians 7:1

Notes on 7:1:  Based on the promises that God would receive them with favour (6:17), Paul exhorted the Corinthians to cleanse themselves from all filthiness.  In other words, they were to wash away all dirt from both flesh and spirit, meaning those actions and attitudes that came from having false teachers in their midst (6:14)  The point of cleansing is perfecting holiness.  This means dedicating ourselves to Christ and living righteously (see Heb. 6:1)  (this is from the NKJV study notes)

Question…
What are the main points of this passage?

Something to pray on…John 16:33

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 – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good morning all,

I hope you are enjoying the hot days of summer! More to come, we pray. It’s good for the quiet evenings on the porch. God is GREAT!!

Philippians 3:20 – But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Chronicles 6:14-18  The Temple of the Living God 
14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, 18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

STUDY NOTES ON 6:14 – Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. This command, which is Paul’s main point in 6:14–7:1, will be restated in different words at the end of the section (7:1). The Greek word can mean either “yoked” or crossbred (Lev. 19:19). In this context, it refers especially to those still rebelling against Paul.

SIDE NOTES ON 6:15  Belial. This name for Satan was used in Judaism in Paul’s day. It was often used to stress Satan as an opponent of God’s. This fits Paul’s concern with his opponents.

SIDE NOTES ON 6:16 – Idols. See note on Roman 1:23. We are the temple of the living God. The word for temple refers to the Most Holy Place. There, God’s presence was shown over the Ark of the Covenant. This equation of believers with the Most Holy Place (see also 1 Cor. 3:16) reflects the amazing reality of the new covenant: God dwells directly and immediately in the midst of his people. as God said. This one phrase introduces six OT quotations in 2 Cor. 6:16c–18. Taken together, these OT texts support the commands of v. 14 and 7:1. The first quotation combines Lev. 26:11–12 with Ezek. 37:27.

SIDE NOTES ON 6:17-18 – Therefore. Paul explains what it means to be the new covenant people of God with three commands from Isa. 52:11 and three promises from Ezek. 20:34; 2 Sam. 7:14; and Isa. 43:6.

Quote… “Now the true soldiers of Christ must always be prepared to do battle for the truth, and must never, so far as lies with them, allow false convictions to creep in.”  ~ Origen Adamantius

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 – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good morning to you all,

What a beautiful day! God is GREAT!! So, we are stood down this week, but we still can take time on our lunch to pray wherever we are.
I won’t go into our studies; I will set that up for next Thursday. Instead, I will pass on to you a thought and a prayer.  I am sure this will apply to us, my military brothers and sisters!

2 Chronicles 32:6-8 
He appointed military officers over the people and gathered them to him in the square at the city gate, and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, “Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him. “With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

STUDY NOTES ON 32:1–8 after these things. Hezekiah’s faithful acts are followed by a military invasion, which tests his faith and resourcefulness. He encourages the people not to fear the strength of men (arm of flesh; see Jer. 17:5) but to have confidence in God’s help (see 2 Chron. 14:11). Earlier, King Jehoshaphat endured a similar test after having led the nation in revival (see note on 20:1–2 below).

SIDE NOTES ON 20:1–2 after this. The invasion followed Jehoshaphat’s religious and judicial reforms (ch. 19), and so it was not a case of divine punishment (see 12:2). Instead it was an opportunity to exercise faith (compare note on 32:1–8). great multitude. Judah was apparently outnumbered by the coalition.

Quote… “Our Lord has many weak children in his family, many dull pupils in his school, many raw soldiers in his army and many lame sheep in his flock. Yet he bears with them all, and casts none away. Happy is that Christian who has learned to do likewise with his brethren.”  ~ J. C. Ryle

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

Hi everyone,

Last week we discussed Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles (Feast of Booths) in John 7.  This feast was one of the seven feasts appointed by the Lord in Leviticus.  It took place in Jerusalem in October, right after the harvest, for seven days.  The purpose was to remember and celebrate God’s protection and providence in the desert; it was a feast of rejoicing in the abundance of God’s goodness.  In the midst of all the rejoicing, there were a multitude of sacrifices offered each day to draw the mind to atonement and forgiveness.

A libation (drink offering) of water followed the daily sacrifices.  This was to ask God to pour out his blessing of rain upon the earth.  The water for this offering was drawn the evening before from the Pool of Siloam.  The ceremony of water drawing was a jubilant occasion.  Instruments were played, people danced and sang songs.  Isaiah 12:3 says, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”  The next morning a priest would pour water that had been drawn from Siloam into the bronze altar in the Temple Court.

On the last day of the feast, the water libation rite reached its climax.  The shofar blew, the people waved branches, and the priests sang the Hallel (the psalms of praise, Psalms 113-118).  The actual Hebrew of Psalm 118:25 is transliterated as, “Save us now, we beseech thee, O Lord.”  They are reciting Scripture begging for a Saviour!  What a climax!  The priests circled the altar seven times and then poured out the water with great ceremony.  This last day of the feast was called Hoshana Rabbah (Hebrew, “hosanna in the highest”).

Then, John 7:37-39: “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.”

On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stands up and loudly proclaims that he is the source of living water.  He was declaring who He was in the most public, most bold possible manner.  Imagine the uproar His statement must have caused!  The priest poured out the water libation as an appeal to God to provide water for the people, and Jesus tells them that He is the living water.  Radical.

(Remember, also, the woman at the well in John 4: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”)

The Feast of the Tabernacles is mentioned in Zechariah 14:16-19.  This chapter discusses the coming and reign of the Lord.  Verse 8 says, “On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem…” and then verses 16-19 discuss the Feast of the Tabernacles, that people must go.  The commentaries say that this is the only feast still appropriate during the Messiah’s reign:  The Passover was fulfilled in Christ’s death; the Day of Atonement fulfilled in acceptance in Christ’s salvation; the Feast of Firstfruits, in his resurrection; and Pentecost, with the arrival of the Holy Spirit.  But the Feast of Tabernacles, a festival of thanksgiving, celebrates the harvest of souls for the Lord.

In addition to  Zechariah and Isaiah 12, there is also Isaiah 44:3, which says, “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”  The people would have known these Scriptures.  Did they recognize their source of living water?

In light of all the symbolic and prophetic aspects of this feast, Jesus’ words and actions in John 7 take on profound significance.  There couldn’t have been a more beautiful and symbolic way to tell us that He is the Spring of Eternal Life.

In Christ,

Courtney

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good day all,

God is GREAT! Hope all is well with you. Remember to praise the Lord for without him we would be lost in darkness. Thank you GOD!! For your son and the light that he has brought us.

Ok so moving along we look at 2 Corinthians 6:3-13  –  3 We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but a as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honour and dishonour, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.

NOTE ON 6:7  weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left. The spiritual weapons God provides (see Eph. 6:11). Paul may have in mind a weapon for offense (usually a sword, on the right; see Eph. 6:17), and one for defense (usually a shield, on the left; see Eph. 6:16).

NOTE ON 6:3–13 Paul defends his ministry as an apostle by once again calling attention to his faithfulness amid the changing circumstances of his apostolic life. Paul’s ministry reflects God’s power in spite of human weakness.

Question…   What does he say about the Corinthians’ affections toward him?

 Verse of the Day… 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord… 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)