Christmas Negativity or Nativity?

This Christmas doesn’t feel quite as festive as it should. And we have COVID to thank. But perhaps instead we should see this holiday season as a …

Christmas Negativity or Nativity?
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Dominion Of Canada Needs Prayer

So often in the Christian life, and by a number of “popular” preachers, we are told to surrender to Jesus Christ and the trials, troubles, tribulations in life will end, and Christ followers will have success and prosperity all through life. It is not known for sure where these teachings come from, or what “Bible” is being used, if any, but all through Scripture, many who were walking close to God, serving and following God during their lives, had hardships to endure.

When God gave a promise to His people, the promise would always come to pass, but not in the time frame in the mind of the recipient of the promise necessarily.
I realize many people are praying for our country of Canada to turn back to the plans the founding fathers had, where everything they did was based on the Word Of God.
Many verses of Scripture from the Bible can be seen throughout the parliament buildings, and these verses were designated by the Founding Fathers.
One of the verses included is:
Psalm 72:8. “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”

Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, a Father of confederation of this country, was a born again Christian, starting each of his days with Bible reading and prayer. The name “Canada” had already been agreed upon, but there was discussions among the leaders if it should be “United Canada” or some other full name. The discussion was halted for one more night before the decision would be made. On the next morning, Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley was reading his Bible as usual, and came to the book of Psalms, chapter 72 verse 8.
Psalm 72:8. “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”

At that time a thought occurred to him; “What a splendid name to give Canada.” “The Dominion Of Canada”.
He suggested this to the other leaders when they met that morning, and they all agreed. A letter was then written, signed, and sent to Queen Victoria that the name would be “Dominion Of Canada” officially. They told Queen Victoria also, the name was a tribute to the principles they earnestly desired to uphold.

The picture of the Founding Fathers Of Confederation who chose the title ‘Dominion of Canada’ as the official name for the new nation-state based on Psalm 72:8 has this caption underneath it:
‘Providence being their Guide, they built better than they knew!’

Continuing in prayer for this great country’s leaders to have a God awakening moment, surrendering to Jesus Christ. Then we will have a country based on Biblical, moral, ethical standards, where all are treated equal, regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, gender, financial state.

God’s Blessings as we pray and seek those days together.

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World Changers: One Community At A Time

World Changers; One Community At A Time
This entire world is in a state of chaos. There is the CoronaVirus pandemic covering the globe, and not seeming to relent at all, with new outbreaks happening, and then 2nd attacks once there is a thought of release from the original. Then there are floods, hurricanes, tornadoes , man caused explosions killing hundreds and injuring thousands, gang wars, shootings, with innocent people also being injured or killed. Worse still, God is being forgotten completely, by governments, educators, general population, with false gods and religions gaining in popularity.


Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son Of The True Creator God, left the Glories Of Heaven to come to earth in human form as a baby, growing through childhood, adolescence into manhood, to willingly die on a cross for the sins of all who have ever lived. Jesus walked out of the tomb on the third day, Victorious over death, so that all who call upon Him, asking forgiveness of sin, and repenting, will also have Victory over death, and live eternally in Heaven with Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
What has happened in our countries, particularly Canada and U.S.A., that we are so far from the heritage of the founders of these countries?

As Christ followers, and Christian church communities, have we concentrated so much on taking the Good News of the Gospel, and the gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ to far off countries, and forgotten that many in our own countries have been raised unaware of Jesus Christ being God? Have we as a population become so prosperous that we even start to believe we are self made successes? Have we as Christ followers, become so comfortable in our pews, and situations, we enjoy life to the utmost with like minded friends? Do we consider those in our own communities who do not know our Saviour? Do we think of the single parent struggling to get by, whose main concern is getting through the month with food and shelter; the person who has been a substance abuser, of many substances, for years, who only cares about the next hit and a place to sleep, in that order; the young person who has been abused often, and is running away, not knowing where, or if anyone can be trusted; or any of the other suffering, hurting, lonely, scared people in our communities?

Jesus Christ loved, cared for, died for each one. In Acts 1:8 we read:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Christ followers “will be witnesses“ when the Holy Spirit comes upon them. This is not going to be a discussion on Holy Spirit, because when a person repents of sin, and asks Jesus to become Saviour, Holy Spirit immediately inhabits that person.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus told His followers they would be witnesses starting in Jerusalem, right where they were located, and then go farther out. Where is our Jerusalem, where is your Jerusalem? Have we put an effort into telling others of Jesus in our own cities, regions?
I know for certain there are many in this K-W area who do not know the truth of our Triune God. It makes me weep knowing there are so many without the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and His grace and mercy. I realize we cannot all be out talking with others about Jesus, because I know due to health, I cannot. But we can pray.

Please, pray for the village, town, city, region, community you live in. Pray for the Gospel Preaching churches to have an influence right where each is.
Jesus Christ is a life changer, He will make a difference in many lives. His desire is for us to pray.

When we pray for revival in our spirits and minds, it will spread through church fellowships, then witnessing and lifestyles will influence the community. These countries will change with many people turning to Jesus Christ in repentance.

It starts with us, are we willing to take the step and time to pray for our community, our leaders, our country’s leaders, to turn their hearts to Christ.

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Jesus Will Work Through All

“And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:5-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

As we see in verses 5 & 6, it was the leaders, scribes, elders. High Priest, and others who were there, seeing and hearing Peter and John.

As all these people heard the words and wisdom of Peter and John, Scripture says they “marveled” because of what they heard. I can imagine they stood in awe, especially the High Priest, and the others who were highly educated, and them knowing Peter and John were uneducated, untrained men, possibly knowing they were “only fishermen”.
But then the realization hit them, these men had “been with Jesus”. Wow, what a realization that would be, but it did not change their lives, as they slipped away to decide what to do.

This same Jesus changes lives today, just as in 1855 Jesus changed the life of D.L. Moody. Dwight Lyman Moody, had grade 5 education, could not find a job, and eventually his uncle gave in and hired D.L. to work in his shoe store, on one condition, that D.L. attend church with him.
The Sunday School teacher at the church, one day stopped in at the shoe store, and spoke to D.L. about the Gospel Of Christ, and Salvation. Shortly after that encounter, D.L. accepted Christ as Saviour.

After moving to Chicago, D.L. became involved in a church, and through an Outreach Ministry, spoke to many children and others of Christ.
Dwight Lyman Moody became one of the best known Evangelists known throughout history, although uneducated, BUT, he had been with Jesus. He had been with Jesus in a different way than Peter and John, but it was still Jesus Who changed His life, and many lives have been changed since that time.

In 2020 Jesus is still with all who call upon Him, and follow Him.
Acts 4:13 is one of my favourite verses, stating how Peter and John were used by Jesus, although they were uneducated. Others noted they had been with Jesus.

Others are to see that in me also. In the Power Of Holy Spirit, I trust they will.
Praise Jesus!

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Waiting on Holy Spirit

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:4-8 

The Apostles had been with Jesus three years. They saw all that He did. They were sent out to minister on their own, and returned, reporting to Jesus. Yet, when Jesus was preparing them for His return to Heaven, Jesus told the Apostles to wait…..wait for Holy Spirit to come, and He would empower them to minister. We still need to wait…wait on Holy Spirit to guide and empower us for ministry, for life. So often we have an idea, perhaps even an idea planted by Holy Spirit, and we run ahead with it, on our own, in our own fleshly power, rather than waiting on Holy Spirit to empower us, lead us His way, to the places He has prepared us to be, and people He has already appointed us to see. Holy Spirit will prepare us, before He sends us, we need His infilling, empowerment, before we are able to fulfill His plan and purpose through us. Holy Spirit, thank You that You never tell us to do something, and then leave us on our own to do it. You tell us, then You prepare us. Help me to learn to always wait for Your empowerment before jumping into action, even when You have told me what is ahead to be done. Waiting, preparing my heart and mind in the Word, be cleansed of myself, praying, is how I will be ready to be filled and sent. Thank You Lord Jesus, for Your Gift Of Holy Spirit, so I never am alone to serve You. He leads and empowers, for Your Glory. 

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Hearing /Listening to the Lord! Acting When He Speaks / BREAKTHROUGH

How often have we said this same thing?

“Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.””
‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Then…..do we listen to what the Lord says? Perhaps we have been chosen to lead, but we keep hiding in the wine press, sifting wheat, so we are not seen.

It is time we all listen for the voice of the Lord.

With Pentecost Sunday upon us, this is a perfect time to be tuned, hear, and listen for, and to, the Voice Of Holy Spirit.

Time for Breakthrough.

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Middle of Night Ramblings

MIDDLE OF NIGHT RAMBLINGS!

As we make our way through these COVID19 days, sure we miss getting together with grandkids, other family, and friends as well, knowing all people are going through these times.

But during my middle of the night wonderings and ramblings, I am still thankful to our Lord Jesus for what we do have. We have a home to be safe in, with food and water. We have a son and daughter, with families of their own, who we know are safe also, and they care for us by bringing groceries and dropping them at the door safely.

We definitely are more blessed, or fortunate than some, in that we have a backyard, albeit small, to wander around in safely, and a deck to sit on during warm days or evenings. I do sympathize with any who are in high rise apartments, with no place else to go. I also sympathize greatly with the many people I know, and have known, who are homeless, and now do not even have shelters to go to during the day, due to the pandemic.

Having said all that, and after thinking about it for a while, and praying, my thoughts expanded. Whatever situation we are in, in this country, we are still a blessed and fortunate people.

My thoughts go to persons, in countries in Africa, as well as in the countries of Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and many other Eastern and European, Asian countries, where many don’t have a home, don’t have food or water, and are living in downtrodden areas of total disaster, and then have COVID19 to contend with as well.

Many, or families, with young children, as we see on the News. Some are children alone, who have lost their parents through any number of reasons, including war ravaging their areas. Some are young adults, who really do not know what life holds for them, as they see nothing promising ahead at all. They are always on the run, trying to find a better, safer place to stay, but during these days, borders are generally closed to newcomers, blocking their entrance.

So we can imagine, when people in those circumstances get sick with COVID19, what can they do but suffer and mostly die wherever they are at that time.

When I think of all that, and the suffering of children in those conditions, and the thoughts of parents, wishing they could do more for their children, to give them a good life, a better life than they have experienced so far, or even better than their families have for generations, it is heart breaking.

What can we do as a person, a family, a nation, to assist these poor people in other countries. It was not the fault of any of them that they were born in that particular country. Just as it had nothing to do with me that I was blessed to be born in Canada.

Again, I do realize there are many people in this great country of Canada who are suffering in poverty as well, and that is not right either. We have so much wealth and resources in Canada, no one should be in poverty, if we all took on the responsibility to care for one another. I also believe the government should share in the responsibility in a greater way, to care for those in need, as well as many seniors who are living below the poverty line, with no decent dwelling, or enough money left from Old Age Pension, to eat properly.

Even if the government, (and we are the people, the people of the population of Canada, paying taxes), spent our tax dollars in a wise way to ensure everyone in this country had a decent home, and food money, we would still have money to help other countries where their people are in deeper levels of poverty than we as a country have ever experienced.

I have waited until the end here, to state the fact that I and my wife are Christ followers, believing that every human being ever born is a creation of the Lord God Jehovah, our Creator, and the Creator of all. Therefore, He loves all people, all races, all cultures, equally, and Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God, came to earth, born as a baby, grew into manhood, gave His Life willingly on a cross to die for the sin of all mankind, for all who will repent and ask foregiveness of sin. Jesus did not stay dead, for any who may not know, but was resurrected to Life on the Third Day, by Holy Spirit of God, and stayed on earth another 40 days, and then ascended to His Home in Heaven again, to sit on a throne at the Right Side of His Heavenly Father. As Jesus ascended to Heaven, He promised to return, and take all those to Heaven for eternity, who accepted Him as Saviour, through repentance and asking for forgiveness of sins, and turning from their sinful ways to live as Christ taught, and as the writers of the Bible taught.

We are looking forward to that day, and yet, the longer the time of waiting, the more people will come to know Christ as Saviour and join He and us in Heaven.

From knowing and believing all that, I know it is the will of God for us to care for one another, and to assist others in this country as well as in far off countries, in every way we possibly can. I also know and believe it is God’s will for us to help those in distant lands who are suffering in poverty, by providing means for them to have a stable life, shelter, food, education so they are able to work. Education in some cases, means being able to care for themselves, grow food in gardens, possibly fish, raise farm animals for food and milk.

There are many good organizations already doing that, it does not mean more need to start, it means more of us need to give a bit more of ourselves, of our finances, time if possible, belongings, so others can go and help, or we can go ourselves if at all possible.

God’s Blessings.

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Technological Advancements “For Such A Time As This”

Read this for Holy Spirit led inspiration, for serving Jesus Christ, and sharing His Gospel. None of us have a reason for not obeying the Great Commission from Jesus Christ. We may have excuses, but we do not have good reasons.

Unshakable Hope

The world has changed so much since I was diagnosed with ALS way back in 1996. Sitting here in my bedroom paralyzed for the last twenty years, I’ve mostly been an observer of these changes. In the opinion of this observer, some changes have been good, others have been bad.

I’m fascinated by the evolution of the Internet and Smartphone technology. In 1996, my cellphone was big, bulky, and only able to make calls. There was no such thing as Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and Amazon was a little start-up selling books. Only one percent of the world’s population had Internet access. Today, the overwhelming majority of the world has Internet access, and there are more than 3.5 billion Smartphones in use.

I don’t think we can classify the Internet and smartphones as good or bad. They are merely tools. It’s what we do with them that becomes…

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Salty Christians

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ ESV)

What a sad occurrence that would be if I became so comfortable or complacent in my walk with Christ, that nothing would show in my life any longer, to show people, or draw people to Jesus Christ, if they do not know Him.

Or also, if nothing in my Christian Life would encourage a new Christ follower to dig deeper or desire to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

At that point there would be no value in my Christian walk at all. Evaluation needs to take place periodically, to see if my life is demonstrating a Christlikeness at all.

Christlikeness does not mean “legalism”.

Christlikeness means showing Love, Kindness, Forgiveness, Peace, Joy, Patience, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Self control.

Christlikeness means not acting or living on emotions alone, but making proper choices in life, everyday, in every situation.

Being a “salty” Christ follower, means that my life should have an influence on other lives in a positive manner, such as, others will enjoy being around me to learn of Christ, of life, and will not be turned off by words or actions they may hear, see, experience from me.

It is similar to eating salted chips or peanuts. Once started, the hand keeps going back into the container for more, because the mouth and taste buds desire more. Persons should desire more of Christ because they get a taste of Christ in my life.

Now, to live that way continually.

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Holy Spirit Boldness

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭105:1-2‬ ‭ESV

God, the only Living True God, the Creator of earth, and all who are on it, the Creator of all there is, and the Giver of life, is Worthy of all Praise. God has given us much, has done much for us, and continues daily to give blessings, life, breath, with the promise of Eternity with Him, to all who turn to His Son, Jesus Christ, in repentance of sin, asking forgiveness, and changing our ways, as Holy Spirit leads and strengthens us.

God even provided the Way of Salvation, in the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, along with the Ascension and Promise of His return for all who call upon Him. No works of our’s could ever have been enough, or paid the price that Jesus Christ paid.

How can we not “make known His deeds among the peoples”?

How can we not “sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works”?

Holy Spirit, help me, give me boldness as was seen in Peter and John, to speak boldly of my Lord Jesus, so all will know I have been with Jesus, that I had an encounter with Him, and He transformed my life.

Acts 4:13

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Holy Spirit, give me the words to speak, at every opportunity You give, to boldly proclaim the Gospel. Jesus Christ has done so much for me, I want to, and need to tell many.

Ephesians 6:19-20

19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Thank You Jesus.

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