Still My Life Plan Re Sharing Jesus Christ, Following Some Road Bumps!

When most things in life are going along smoothly, or fairly comfortably, it is easy to think that we will continue on in life, ministry, as things have been. 
Since we know we are doing what God has called us to do, we are enjoying the ministries we are in, and results are seen, why should anything change?

 Sorry folks, I don’t have the answer to that question, but I will attempt to share a bit here of my experience, and how or what I am in the process of learning.

Life was going great. I had been retired for a number of years, and was a member of, and a leader of, a Street Ministry Outreach Team at our Church. Many connections had been made with homeless, challenged people over the years, who we got to know well, pray with about various life situations, and share the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ with.
Suddenly in March 2012, with no warning, nor apparent reason, I was hit with tremendous pain through the entire left side of my body, from neck to ankle. At the same time, difficulty with swallowing started, limiting my diet to soups, and other liquids. Due to all this, it was necessary to discontinue being a part of the Street Team, as well as stopping volunteering at a Community Drop In Centre.
Our Doctor started multiple tests,including much blood work, x-rays, ultra-sound, two MRIs, Cat Scans, Endoscopy, and some I don’t recall, with nothing showing up, except lots of arthritis, weight loss, tiredness, more severe pain.
Jumping a few months forward now, in October 2012, a totally unrelated test showed I had colon cancer. Moving up the line quickly, surgery was performed with all the cancer removed, and no chemo or radiation necessary. Praise Jesus.
It took a few months, but I was able to join the Team on the street again, as well as at the Drop In. As time went on, tiredness and weakness, along with the pain, continued to increase, so obviously the cancer was not the cause of the pain. The pain medication did pretty good, but of course doing too much of anything created weakness, which enhanced the pain. So all the activities were again stopped. 
Following Team and church leadership discussion, it was decided to end the Street Team Ministry, as there was no one who had the time to do all that was required in preparation between the Tuesday nights that the Team was on the Streets.

Obviously, there was not the same opportunities to share the Love of Jesus Christ with people on the Street any more. But there are a few guys who I would still get together with, one at a time, to drive to appointments, or for lunch and a chat. With one friend, there is always lots of sharing Jesus, but the other two or still scratching the service ground, planting and watering the seeds,
Fast forward once again. On Sunday, February 12, 2017, I had a stroke while sitting at home. I praise Jesus that Barb, my wife, was with me, and called 9-1-1 immediately. Fire Department Personnel arrived quickly to start checking me out, with EMS shortly after them. A quick trip to the hospital, where the ER Team was waiting to do the necessary procedure to clear the blockages that caused the stroke. 
It is quite the experience to realize the staff is running down the hallways of the ER pushing you on the stretcher to get to the room where the equipment is.

Once again, with the expertise of the medical staff, their God given wisdom, and the prayers of many, I came through this with no after affects, and no side affects.
The Staff, including nurses, Doctors, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, were all amazed at the quick recovery, each saying they had not seen one like this. When the Chief Occupational Therapist came in before my discharge, she told me that each of the other Therapists were talking about my recovery, and how she had to come check me out.

The week following my discharge, I had an appointment with our Family Doctor. After testing a few things, like, vision, touch, reflex, balance, her comment was, and for others in the vicinity to hear also, “you are a walking miracle”.

Now, I write all that, to say this. Since I know that our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, brought me through cancer, and a stroke, He must have something more for me to do in this life, more people to share His Love and Salvation with.
Therefore, continuing to call out to God, and remind Him of the Scripture below, that is what I hope my life will be, possibly more by written word than spoken word, but all by proclaiming GOD’S WORD.
Psalms 71:18
So even to old age and gray hairs,

O God, do not forsake me,

until I proclaim your might to another generation,

your power to all those to come.

1 Chronicles 16:23-24
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Tell of his salvation from day to day.

24 Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous works among all the peoples!

Psalms 2:8
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

and the ends of the earth your possession.

Romans 10:13-15
13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Romans 10:17
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Glad to tell you my Christian beliefs, based on the True Infallible Word of God.
I believe everything the Bible says, which begins with God being the Creator of all things. 
I believe in the Triune God, which means I believe in:

God the Father,

God the Son, who is Jesus Christ,

God the Holy Spirit.

Woman was made from man, and since they had free will, they chose to disobey God. Because of disobedience there had to be a punishment, so the Three Persons of the Godhead had a plan.
The Bible says Jesus, who is Eternal God, willingly agreed to come to earth as a human. Jesus Christ was then conceived in Mary, a young virgin, by the Holy Spirit of God, therefore Jesus was God and man.
As Jesus grew, He did many miraculous things, including healing and raising people from the dead.

At the age of 33, Jesus willingly gave Himself to be crucified. His crucifixion was the penalty for sin for all mankind that we were unable to pay.

On the third day, Christ was raised to life, and was seen by many.
After forty days, Jesus ascended, returning to Heaven, and promised that the Holy Spirit would be here to live within each person who asked Jesus to forgive our sins.
So, a quick breakdown.
-we are all sinners

–there is punishment for sin we cannot pay.

–Jesus Christ paid for our sin by His death.

–by His resurrection, Jesus defeated death.

— when we admit we are sinners, and ask Jesus to forgive us and come into our lives, He does by the Holy Spirit.

–Holy Spirit will guide and help us live a life pleasing to Jesus.

–for all of us who have asked Jesus into our lives, when this body dies, our soul goes to heaven to be with Jesus. 

The Bible says Jesus will return some day for all believers still alive, as well as for those who have passed away. At that time we all receive new bodies, free of sin, free of sickness, free of sorrow.

–We will spend forever with Jesus Christ.

If there are questions, check this statements with a Bible; visit a Bible believing, Bible teaching church, and speak to someone in leadership; speak to a true Christ Follower who you may know; contact me.
God’s Blessings 

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God’s Comfort Through Prayer

I am a very Blessed man. I have a loving wife and family, along with friends whocare, and pray. As well, we have a loving, caring Church Family, with Pastors who lead the way by example, as their lives demonstrate God’s Love, living, teaching and believing God’s Word.

There are many verses in the Bible that I realize I say “one of my favourite passages is”, and that will not change, and many more will probably be added, as I love the entire WORD OF GOD, knowing it is all TRUTH, and God is speaking to me through it.
Anyway, below is one of those passages I have loved, thought on, and shared for years.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 

4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Recently, a realization hit that perhaps can get a lot deeper in living this passage.
A little history, that I will attempt to keep short. 🙂 March 26, 2012 there was a sudden ache come over my entire body, from the neck to the ankles, with no reason nor explanation. During the following months there were more visits to the Family Doctor than I had made during the previous 10-15 years. Along with the aching, I had lost 36 pounds in four months. My diet consisted of mostly soup and pasta, because my throat seemed like it was closing up, and there was difficulty swallowing.
An Endoscopy was taken on the throat, along with full body MRI, head MRI, Cat Scans, X-Rays, with nothing showing up except for arthritis through the body, but all Doctors thought there must be some other cause. 

There was terrific difficulty sleeping due to the pain, and many hours were spent walking around the house, crying out to Jesus, as well as literally crying tears. When asked, on a scale of 1-10, what the pain level was, my response quite often was “12”.

Finally a combination of meds were discovered that appeared to help the pain issue, somewhat and life appeared to move on.

Wait a minute now. Even though tests continued, attempting to find the cause of the health issues, a totally unrelated test discovered colon cancer. Once this was discovered, it did not take long to have surgery booked and completed.

The surgeon was excellent, removing all the cancer, so no chemo or radiation follow up was necessary.

A combination of The Healing Touch of Our Lord Jesus, and His Peace, Prayer of His Saints, along with the skills and wisdom given to the Doctor and complete medical team by our God, gave the complete success.

As the Comfort of God was received by me, I realized how the above passage of Scripture should be activated more strongly through my life. And there have been instances when the Comfort of God could be shared.
Most recently, just 1½ weeks ago, on Feb. 12/17 I suffered a stroke while at home. With the quick action of my wife calling 9-1-1, the response and action of the Firefighters who arrived first, and EMS ambulance personnel, waiting ER Staff at the hospital, there was great teamwork. 
Along with the medical team, a Powerful Prayer Team from across Canada and U.S.A knelt into action. I am so thankful to our Lord Jesus for His Touch and Peace during this time, and so thankful to the many Prayer Warriors who interceded on my behalf, including family, friends, fb friends, church family, Pastors including our Lead Pastor and Pastor of Care from Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly, who came to the ER to see me, and pray.
Again I was blessed greatly by my Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. By the time I was moved from Emergency to ICU, the improvement had started, and continued Monday until full recovery was recognized by all Tuesday morning. 
During the testing over the next few days, two physiotherapists, as well as an occupational therapist, told me they had never seen a stroke recovery as fast as this was. As well, three of the nurses who work regularly on the stroke floor, also commented independently of the therapists or each other, that this was the best and fastest recovery they had ever see. One more interesting note, as the “chief” therapist came by for the final check before discharge, after saying Hi, her words were. “ I have heard all about you from the other therapists.

Again, I give all Thanksgiving, Praise, Glory to my Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. Without Him I am nothing.
Also, this experience caused me again to reflect on the Scripture mentioned above. A time to be seeking Jesus, knowing His leading in being able to share His Comfort, Peace and Love.
Spending time with Jesus Christ, in prayer, reading His Word, the Bible, and listening for His instruction through the Word or by His Spirit, will always lead to the will of God, and giving Him Glory.

A deeper fervency, excitement, expectation has grabbed me, drawing me to seek more time, areas for prayer.
Praise Jesus.

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The Painful Truths About Invisible Childhood Illnesses

Another excellent blog on a subject which will at sometime have an effect on each of us. This may be a family member, the child of a friend, someone in our place of worship, or schooling.
The idea of Prayer mentioned by Elihu, is very important, and will be a help to the families involved, if they know we are praying or not.

Elihu's Corner

This is part 5 of the series “Invisible Illnesses.” To read the previous post, click here.

shoutingParenting is tough.

It’ll chew you up and spit you back out. It’ll wring your heart out until it’s dry. It taxes the mind, burdens the heart, and dominates your prayers—all while demanding constant creativity. You become a strategist, investigator, and commander, as well as a comforter, counselor, and coach. You must be fair, patient, willing to be inconvenienced, diligent in training, and protective of your child’s innocence.

Every decision has major consequences—from how you give birth to how you choose to educate. To survive, you develop a thick skin against both tears and tantrums while bearing up under the scathing criticism of everyone—from your own family to the irritable lady at the grocery store.

Are you ready for the hardest part of this gig?

These kids have free will.

You could do everything “right” and they might still…

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Hearing and Knowing The Voice Of Jesus, the Christ 

Acts 9:10

Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, 
“Here I am, Lord.”
How often have I read over this verse, when Jesus speaks to Ananias in a vision, with Ananias responding “yes Lord”?
Ananias knew immediately Who was calling him. Ananias must have had a close walk with Jesus, and been in constant communion with Him, so he instantly knew it was Jesus, the Christ calling.

This causes introspection, do I, will I, always hear the call of my Saviour, Jesus, the Christ, when He calls me?
While spending time in His Written Word, so I know Jesus more, and time in prayer, and listening, so I know His voice, and with the help of Holy Spirit, I believe I will hear and know the voice of my Saviour, King of kings, Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.

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Minister With Boldness

When threats were made against the Apostles for serving Jesus Christ, and because they ministered in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth, seeing many healed, they prayed.In the prayer of the Apostles, they asked God for boldness, so they would continue to speak the Word of God boldly, as God reached out and healed many, performing signs and wonders, in the Name of Jesus.

God answered the prayers by filling each with Holy Spirit, and enabling them to continue to speak the Word of God boldly.

We Christians, as Followers of Jesus Christ, can, and will have that same power, when we call out to God, asking for boldness to serve Him, tell others of Jesus Christ, and minister in power, boldly. We will be filled with the same Holy Spirit as Peter and the others were, many years ago.

Acts 4:29-31
29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 

30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 

31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

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God Calling

Exodus 3:3-4
3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 

4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

While reading this passage, I started to wonder, “How often, and what signs have I missed from God, when He wanted my attention?”
God definitely wanted Moses attention at this particular time, but it appears to also be a bit of a test to see if Moses would pay attention to something unusual and check it out.

Once Moses chose to look at this strange sight intently, God had his attention, and told Moses His plan.

Moses saw the burning bush, that kept on burning, and it must have intrigued him, because he was going to go to it and see what was going on. Then God had his attention.

I am not going to ponder and be concerned about all I may have missed in the past. But I am going to attempt to be more observant from this point in time forward. I will try to keep my mind focused on God, and be ready to hear from Him in any situation, from anything I may see, because I do not want to miss any plan God may have for me. Serving Him, following Christ is the most exciting life there is.
God Bless.

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Re-digging Wells

Genesis 26:15(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.)

Genesis 26:18-22
18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. 

19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him. 

21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah. 

22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

Over the years, I have heard a number of words spoken about Abraham’s wells, as well as some sermons, about sometimes we need to go and redig old wells.
The Wells which Abraham’s servants had strenuously worked at, digging unto they reached water, were filled in with dirt and rubbish by the Philistines.
These wells had served God’s people, and the animals they had for quite a period of time. But through jealousy, the Philistines blocked up the wells and forced Abraham to move on.

In these days, perhaps there has been a ministry of a certain kind in an area for years, then for some reason it ends. A number of years later, someone has an idea to again start the exact same Ministry, in the same area, but for a variety of reasons, it is blocked continually. So, the group tries a second time, in another area, but the same blockages come up, and it is again stalled.
Or it may be a career change, perhaps you have felt led by God to make a move that seems drastic to some. Then when you think something is opening up, it suddenly closes. Don’t give up. Stay close to Jesus in prayer and His Word, and listen for His direction. If it is the leading of Jesus, the door will remain open. When the well is dug that Jesus has for you, the water will be clear, and the opposition will be out of the area.
There is then another choice to be made. Those involved really believe God is leading them, so they can’t understand why they are being interfered with at every turn.
In faith, looking for the leading of Holy Spirit, and listening for Him to speak, after a period of time, waiting for the confusion and frustration to end, another idea and location was suggested. Hesitantly each person moved forward, step by step. Nothing came against them, no interference at all, and the ministry started up strong and continued on.
When the Lord calls us, and impresses our spirit to step out, He already has the way, and the place for it to be done. Look back to when Isaac was re-digging the wells of Abraham. At the third well, there was no interference, the water was good, and Isaac could see that they would be fruitful in the land.
When something is started, that is led by Jesus, and for His Glory, we can’t back away, or stop in frustration. Keep moving forward until Holy Spirit says stop, wait, or change direction.
God’s Plans are Perfect and Right.

God Bless.

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