Tuesday, February 12, 2019

How Can I Keep Quiet?

My son graduated a couple years ago from University College of Dublin with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and I was so proud of his accomplishments. There were a few who would have liked me to keep it to myself as I went on and on about all he had done. No one asked me or even commanded me to stop talking about it but there was the odd comment like “yes, you told me” or “you did mention something about that”. Now I am bragging on my daughter-in-law as she prepares to graduate from Trinity College. When the accomplishments of those you love move you, there is a need to communicate it to the world. I can honestly say I am passionate about my family and talk about them all the time. How can you not speak out when it is something that truly speaks to your heart?

Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:18-20

There are those in the world who speak of their passions and some of them I am not all that passionate about but everyone has a right to speak out about their passion. We give them the respect due because we also expect the respect in return when we speak to our passions. There are a great many subjects people avoid because it usually leads to either an argument or social bullying. It almost seems like there are people out there that are looking for a reason to be offended. Peter and John were passionate about what they had witnessed and what they understood to be the truth but the Sanhedrin, the rabbinical court of the city, did not want to hear the truth or of the Truth and commanded them not to speak or teach such fallacies. I can understand how they must have felt. Do not ask me to speak of my Lord and Saviour. You may as well ask me to cease breathing. My Jesus is my life and my salvation. The Spirit that is God has breathed new life into my soul and to deny or to keep mute would be tantamount to death because He has given me life, through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross He has guaranteed me Glory. Respect flows two ways. Respect my passion to speak the Truth of my faith and I will respect your right to speak of your truth as well. This is the honour we afford to each other and this is how we can live in peace.

We invite you to join us in person or online at 10:30 MST or you can watch live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MainAvenueFellowship/) or view it afterwards on our website (www.mainavefellowship.blogspot.ca). We truly hope the glitch that delayed our live broadcast will not repeat itself!

Pastor Todd

Peter’s Picks

The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks
‘Does God Know Me?’
Day 1: John 10:14 – “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me.”
Day 2: Nahum 1:7 – “The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.”
Day 3: Psalm 139:16, 17 – “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.  How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!”
Day 4: Psalm 139:1, 2 – “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.”
Day 5: Psalm 139:13 – “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Day 6: Psalm 139:15 – “You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.”
Day 7: Psalm 121:8 – “The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”
** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

Monday, February 11, 2019

Love Your Neighbour

So the month of February is the love month. Yes, chocolate and roses are the traditional gifts given to our sweethearts to show, or reaffirm our affection and love for each other. For the last four years, our ministry, Master’s Hand Ministry has called February, Love Thy Neighbor month. We have encouraged people to do simple acts of love to friends and strangers alike. It could be a coffee, a meal, a chocolate bar, or even a listening caring ear, called time. None of these cost a lot, yet are so valuable. In fact my wife and I have already been blessed with a breakfast, a pot of beef stew, and a package of cookies. I have had a medical appointment phone call out of the blue. All of these were because someone cared enough to love us.

This past week I have read where some new sponsored families will soon be arriving in our community and an article where the local Muslim community will soon have their own mosque to gather in worship. These things in themselves serve to show how diverse we can be in our community. God is showing us that just because we are different, doesn’t mean we cannot co-exist. Regardless of our color, creed, or faith belief’s we are not the enemies that the world wants us to be. What we are is the world that Jesus wants us to be. In the Old Testament we were given the Ten Commandments, in the New Testament, or new covenant, Jesus gives us two commandments. In Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV) the Pharisees tried to trick  Jesus with this question. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Jesus, who is the son of God, has given unto us a great responsibility. Love without borders. He is not our religion, He is our redeemer.  His words instruct us not to kill those of another faith, but to love those who are different than us. Each of us on this earth will perhaps be given eighty years of human life if we are so fortunate. We will all find out the truth when we leave and are standing in front of God. Meanwhile, let’s offer one another a handshake in peace and love, and perhaps a friendly coffee or piece of chocolate.

Mike Shindruk

Going To Bat For You

In the game of baseball, it is common for a player to pinch-hit for someone else. It means that one person will step up to the plate and wait for the pitcher to drill one in, and for another to run when a hit is achieved. I remember that when we were kids on a school playground. For some reason, I learned how to swing a bat, cross handed and could never get correction on that. For that reason I was a mediocre hitter at best, but I could run like the wind. That for sure wasn’t yesterday. I was relieved when a stronger hitter, like my best friend then, would go to bat for me. What he was really doing is standing in the face of whatever was being thrown at me, staring it down, and defending me. When someone goes to bat for you, this is what occurs.

My mother and father went to bat for me when I was new to the workforce. When we as young adults, apply for that first car loan, our parents will most likely be the ones who co-sign, or go to bat for us with the bank. As we grow older, we also do this for our kids, and the cycle will continue for each coming generation. You see, we all will have times in our lives where we too will go to bat for someone. We, as parents, and friends will step up to the plate and stand firm in front of any threats to those we love. We will stare the threat down, and hold fast to protect others. This will give the slow runners in life, time to make their way to safety.

Jesus does this for us every day. Sometimes we see it, and acknowledge it, but most times we are unaware. Every day we are alive, the evil one will be that proverbial pitcher from the opposing team that wants to bean you with a ninety mile an hour curve ball. He is standing at the mound, staring Satan in the face, and just waiting for whatever will come our way. We, just like the runner, only have to wait for the crack of God’s bat then we can walk, or run, because the threat has been knocked out of the garden. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV assures us this way. But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

Knowing this, we should forever be willing to have Jesus go to bat for us. So, step up to the plate and get ready to run.

Mike Shindruk

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Things On Earth Are Tools For Living

I have said on numerous occasions that the things of earth are designed for living life. They are a resource for people to utilize while they are on earth to make their lives a bit easier. Go back forty years and I was taking a typing course because there were girls in the course and today I can type at close to ninety words a minute on the computer because I not only use it every day but I took a foundational course on typing so that I could be proficient when the time came to spend hours in front of a keyboard. As time went along, the tools of the world expanded to include computers which has now become an indispensable part of everyday life but it is not the be all and end all of life. It is a tool yet doctors are now saying that the abuse of the computer, the internet and social media is creating problems in our culture. When the tools of life are elevated to idol status, this is the time to worry.

It is written Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands.” Eccl 5:15 NIV. This is not to say that we need to give up those things that make life easier but rather it says that we should not get too attached to them because there is nothing of this earth that will go with us to the grave. Do not allow the things that make life on earth easier become the gods over your time and life but rather look to that which is going to be with us forever. My God is a relational Creator. He made mankind in His image and eagerly awaits our arrival in Glory but until that day, Spirit walks with us and loves us while we live our time here. God also wants us to realize that relationship is the most important aspect of life. Love God with absolutely every ounce of your being and love those around you without reserve. This is the message from the Prince of Peace, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. With that in mind, consider the things of life. Is the relationship a one way street? Will there be fancy cars and expensive diamonds in Glory; doubtful. Will there be peace, love and absolute joy in Heaven? For sure!!

 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev 21:3-4 NIV

Seek that which is most important and consider the rest simply as tools for a time such as this. This Sunday, we welcome Rev. Bob Hillock and look forward to his message of joy in Christ. We invite you to join us in person or online at 10:30 MST or you can watch live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MainAvenueFellowship/) or view it afterwards on our website (www.mainavefellowship.blogspot.ca).

Pastor Todd

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Peter's Picks

The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks
‘Why Jesus Came’
Day 1: Ephesians 5:2To please His Father – “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”
Day 2: John 3:16To show the love of God – “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Day 3: Mark 10:45To show His love for us – “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Day 4: Ephesians 1:7 To pay for our sins – “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”
Day 5: Colossians 1:22To make us blameless – “Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.”
Day 6: Romans 8:32To provide for us – “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”
Day 7: Titus 2:14To fulfill us – “He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”
** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Opposite of Wrath

Take a moment and in your mind think of those words that you would associate with wrath. There are numerous that come to mind such as fury, vengeance, rage, displeasure and storm just to name a few. Now think of those times when people in the Bible have called down fire from Heaven for evils done to them and ask this one question of yourself. If you were to cause an issue where you affected a life and they, in turn, called upon the wrath of God to fall upon not only you but also your household, how would you feel? There were times in history where there were shouts from the children of God to bring about the end of days for an oppressor because they had wronged them or they were not believers. It still happens today. In fact, the wrath of a god or gods is called down upon the Christian community regularly by the world as we go forward living our lives.

So let me ask this, what I the antonym of wrath? Look in the dictionary and you will find such words as calm, delight, happiness, kindness, love and peace. There is such a release from the stressors of wrath when we seek out the goodness in others rather than find ways to condemn. The world may say be quiet to those who wish to speak out in Truth but let us find comfort in the blessing of His Word.

Romans 12:20-21 (NIV)
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Do not repay evil with evil but instead pray for those who do not understand what the opposite of wrath is. I have come to believe that a smile can be more infectious than what we believe. Truth be told, it is not my responsibility to be Judge and Jury, you will never hear me condemn anyone to an eternity in hell but I will be the first to suggest a much better way. My God keeps the door open for all to know and understand His loving kindness, it is our choice whether to accept the invitation or continue to seek out another way.

This Sunday, we will continue to delve into the message from God through His apostle Paul. We invite you to join us in person or online at 10:30 MST or you can watch live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MainAvenueFellowship/) or view it afterwards on our website (www.mainavefellowship.blogspot.ca).

Pastor Todd