Thursday, November 15, 2018

Joy to the World


Remembrance Day has come and gone. Christmas songs are slowly replacing thoughts and memories of the travesty of wars gone by and decorations begin to appear from out of nowhere. While we should not downplay the importance of remembering those who served and sacrificed, we shift now to the message of hope through our Saviour. Consider the title of this article. Everything we see on television is of doom and gloom because good news stories do not sell. News agencies clamour to bring stories of destruction and calamity to keep their audience glued to the television. How many people would be captivated by an entire hour of good news messages? Joy to the world, that is our wish and our prayer for all mankind, what’s wrong with that?

In Romans 15:13 (ERV) it is written:

 I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace as you trust in him. Then you will have more and more hope, and it will flow out of you by the power of the Holy Spirit.

What we fill our hearts and mind with is what we will project to the world. We can choose our attitude right off the hop before out feet hit the floor in the morning. I can face the world with moaning and groaning, complaining about the lack of light or the brightness of the sun or I can take a few minutes and pray for God to fill me with His joy and peace, in that lies the hope of a glorious day. Let His love flow in and through us all so that we may be the light and joy of the Holy Spirit for those seeking hope.

This Sunday we celebrate the joy of the Lord. 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).

Blessings
Pastor Todd


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Peter's Picks


The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks
‘True Contentment’
Day 1: Luke 12:15 – “Then he said, ‘Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.’”
Day 2: Hebrews 13:5 – “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’”
Day 3: 1 Timothy 6:6-9 – “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.”
Day 4: Philippians 4:19 – “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
Day 5: Psalm 37:3-5 – “Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.”
Day 6: Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
Day 7: Matthew 6:32, 33 – “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
** Verses taken from the New Living Translation


Friday, November 9, 2018

November 11, Remembrance Day

This Sunday we pay tribute and honour those who have served monarch and country. This marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice ending WW1. Many brave Canadians have given their lives over these many years protecting those who were not able to protect themselves. Thousands came back from these campaigns changed and broken. We continue to serve at home and abroad and pay respect to those who continue to serve as well, our Canadian Forces, RCMP and other law enforcement agencies and our first responders.  These are the brave personnel who rush in where others fear to tread and like those before them, think more of the lives of others than themselves. 

Our services this Sunday will be moved to 4:00 pm so that we may take part in the Remembrance Day services being held at the Elementary School in Sundre starting at 10:30 am but we will be having our own special service being led by Chaplain Tim Kirby and Captain J. Todd MacDonald. We look forward to seeing you here but if you cannot make it, we will broadcast the service at  live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MainAvenueFellowship/) or view it afterwards on our website (www.mainavefellowship.blogspot.ca).


They shall grow not old. As we that are left grow old. 
Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun, And in the morning, 
We will remember them

Ring the Bells

The St Cuthbert & St George Anglican Church, located at 602 - 1st St NE in Sundre, AB will toll the bells 100 times on Nov 11th, 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, Armistice Day. 

There will be coffee served

For more information, please contact the Anglican Church at 403-638-2356

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I Remember


We have been preparing for the solemn occasion of remembering those who paid the ultimate price for their brothers or sisters. On numerous occasions, men and women have stepped up to serve Queen (and King) and country. They have donned the uniform of the Canadian Forces and voluntarily laid aside their civilian duties in order to assist those who are in need. Many of us know or are related to someone who has been or is a serving member of either the Canadian Forces or our Emergency Services. There are those who suggest that the act of Remembrance perpetuates the idea of war and suppression but I would suggest that we need to never forget the sacrifices and the services of those who willingly place themselves in harms way for the well-being of others.

John 15:12-15
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 
You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 

Three things of note here. First of all, Jesus endorses defines loving each other. Love each other so much that their needs are more important than the needs of self. When this passage is spoken on, many look at the selflessness of this act of love but I would like you to consider the next sentence. We are friends of Christ and we are no longer servants. Servants are under the command of the master but a friend willingly steps up and steps out in love. Christ loves so much that He gave up His life for everyone of us and He did so willingly. This is an example for each of us and one that should never be forgotten. We must never forget the sacrifice of the Son for every child of God. The second we forget this, the message and importance of love and self-sacrifice is forgotten and we run into the chance of repeating the tragedies of the past.

This Sunday, please take time to pause at 11:00 AM and remember those who have or still are serving others around the world. We will be moving our service from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM so that we can gather with others to honour our veterans and our serving members.  We invite you to join us in person or online at 16:00 MST or you can watch live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MainAvenueFellowship/) or view it afterwards on our website (www.mainavefellowship.blogspot.ca).

Blessings
Pastor Todd


Know The God You Serve


Last Sunday during our communion time, we were encouraged to get to know the God we serve. This one statement resonated with me and stirred my thought process. In numerous sermons I have also heard that we cannot serve two masters. Matthew 6:24 NCV “No one can serve two masters. The person will hate one master and love the other, or will follow one master and refuse to follow the other. You cannot serve both God and worldly riches. As I rolled this in my head I could see clearly how any of us can become trapped. We are in the world, yet trying to not be of the world. Our daily existence depends on working for a living, in order to provide for ourselves and our families.

Trying to serve God, and enjoy the good things in this life can get complicated. There are those whose masters they are slave to become money, rather the lust of money, possessions, influence and power, or even local fame and notoriety. There are people who work to build a portfolio, rather than a life. In doing so, they miss a family growing up or a circle of friends who drift away. There are others who place more value on cars and real estate, than on love and relationships. They will go from being twenty and able to sixty and disabled in the blink of an eye. Then what?

There must be balance established in our lives. There is nothing wrong with nice things, as we earn what we can to enjoy life. What is being forgotten a lot these days, is that establishing a relationship with God, and investing time in getting to know Him is equally important. When we do this, we enter into a calling of serving Him. Like any job, we start at the bottom, and we work our way up. The more we learn, the better we do. The better we do, the more we become secure in knowing the true master we serve. We have all heard that money is the root of all evil. This is not correct. The love of money is the root of all evil. There is a difference.

When a health scare or challenge comes upon us, all the possessions in the world won’t help. Yet if we have a genuine faith walk with God, our true master then His peace will envelope us like the warm blanket it is. The reward for serving our one true master is peace, His peace. So I encourage you to spend some time getting to know the God we serve. It will be time well spent, it costs nothing, yet the reward is priceless.

Mike Shindruk
www.mastershandministry.blogspot.com


Friday, November 2, 2018

Look To The Mountains


I’m sure that all of us have gone through situations that sent a jolt of fear and disbelief through our very soul. It could be the loss of a loved one, failed relationship, health challenge, or loss of a job you thought was secure. These days are no different than my father’s generation, though with our world in high gear, it seems like we are constantly having to avoid being under the bus. Things in life, and our life itself can change in a micro-second, without warning. When it happens, we immediately recoil in fear, disbelief, denial, and then anger. It’s a human thing that is built in as we age I guess. The point is, we are then changed forever. Priorities will change.

A process takes place where we either cave in, cash out, or conquer. Like you, I have experienced most of the above in my life, and expect that until I lay down for the last time, it will continue. Before I had a relationship with God, I would stress out and cave in because I had no coping mechanism, other than a few choice words, and some sleepless nights. Basically I knew only to rely on, well not much.

This past year, my home like many others has been under attack. Anything from health, to finances, and yes, faith, have all been challenged. I tell you now, we have chosen to fight, and so should you. Just because we go to church, and do our best to follow at path that God has mapped out, does not grant immunity from bad things happening. Yes, we church going folk struggle with sickness, injury, loneliness, depression, addiction and financial strife. Will we all rise above everything? No. What we have though is hope, and peace.

Bad news will jolt us, yet God will allow the intelligence He gave us to reason things out, to a place and time of calm. Once He has carried us through that, He will then sweep in and surround us with a peace beyond all understanding. To many, this will defy logic. Yet I have learned that fretting, and worrying every day only causes stress, lack of sleep and loss of hair. We will stress, yet He will sweep in, and carry. We will mourn, and He will comfort. We will suffer illness, and He will remain at our side and bring many forms of healing. Will we all die? Yes, eventually. Will we all live? Well that depends on how much we lean on Him when we are on top of our mountain, or in our own valley.

If you got knocked down today, get back up, continue with life, and look up to the mountains, where your help will come from. Psalm 121.

Mike Shindruk
www.mastershandministry.blogspot.com