Friday, March 22, 2019

Christ’s Credibility


How amazing it seems to be that we, you know, regular people hang on the words of celebrities. Social media has taken our appreciation for celebrity talent to become idol worshiping. There was a time, many years ago when singers, actors, and sports personalities were so far removed from us that people would cry at the mention of their name. These were ordinary people who were talented and were kept from the world, just far enough away to be unapproachable and idolized. The selfie celebrities of today seem to be famous, not for raw talent, but for, well self-promotion. As the generations change, the world wants to live their lives vicariously through social media exposure.

Now there is nothing wrong with appreciating those in the entertainment business, but when we take our admiration of their limelight to a level that blinds us then we are in trouble. We (the world) find it easier to believe the words of celebrities as gospel, rather than taking the true Gospel at its word. The Bible, in many cases is being replaced by Facebook, and Twitter. Instead of opening our Bible in a church, we open our I-pad to the chatter of Google. We believe whatever celebrities sell us by their status and platforms, yet we question the word of God when a message is shared on Sunday.

Perhaps we believe what we can see, touch, and hear, regardless of the source. What we should be doing is believing what our Bible has written in it’s pages. Back in Bible days, there was no fake news, or a want or way to create it. It was written first hand over many hundreds of years, with countless scriptures confirming truths. Truth, Jesus the one true Son of God, was born, lived among us, died for us, rose from the dead. He is seated at the right hand of The Father, is preparing a home for us and is coming back. John 14:1-6. God is real, God is not dead, and He created the heavens and our little planet, earth. We will see His face when we meet Him one day, provided we accept Him as our Lord.

For me, celebrities are just people. Some are fake, some are sincere. Their status does not sway me to believe whatever they say, nor should you. What I believe is what is written in the Bible, and when someone shares that, unfiltered, I’ll take that to my faith bank. Let’s choose Christ’s credibility, over any man’s credibility.

Mike Shindruk
www.mastershandministry.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Is This The Beginning Or Are We At The Fork In The Road


How hard is it to turn the other cheek? There are days, even weeks or months, when turning the other cheek gets harder and harder to do. At times, I feel a kick in the pants would be a pleasant change of pace. Watch television and you can see how draining the onslaught of negativity affects people. Stats Canada reports that “Twenty-seven percent of Canadian workers claim to have high to extreme levels of stress on a daily basis.” (www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/11-627-m/contest/finalists-finalistes_2-eng.htm). I would suggest that this is even higher if you are a politician at election time. There are so many cases where the negative aspects of a person’s decisions or ideas have been the focus of conversation. This will take most people to the point of depression or even complete surrender to the darkness. I have heard it said that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all (Thumper) yet this is becoming a fleeting ideology.

Here is where we find the crossroad of life. Will we continue to follow the world in the ways of the negative thought, hurting and destroying with our words and actions, or will we become the agents of peace? By taking the path of peace, we set ourselves up to be the target of those who enjoy the chaos but we can find strength and wisdom in the Word and make a difference.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Eph 4:29-31 NIV

Jesus came to this world not to condemn but to save. We are called to be followers of His ways. Do not be like those who blare the trumpets screaming “look at me, I am right and that person is so wrong – let us join forces and destroy them” but rather let us be the catalyst of change. Let us seek out the goodness in our brothers and sisters, let us rejoice in them and lift them up. Take time each and every day to encourage and praise someone. Can we be the one who helps a friend see their true worth, help them to realize that they are beautiful in God’s eyes and in the eyes of their neighbour? It is the beginning of a new dawn, time to make a new start in not only our own lives but also in the life of someone else. It is time to take the path that seems less traveled and make a difference.

This Sunday, we continue with the series on joy and peace in the Master. Join us if you can at 10:30 MST on Sunday or you can watch us live online on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MainAvenueFellowship/) or view it afterwards on our website (www.mainavefellowship.blogspot.ca).

Blessings
Pastor Todd


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Peter's Picks


The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks
‘YOU NEED JESUS’
Day 1: John 3:16 – “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 2: Ephesians 2:4, 5 – “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much,  that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)”
Day 3: Romans 3:24-26 – “Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time...”
Day 4: Titus 3:5, 6 – “He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
Day 5: Ephesians 2:8, 9 – “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
Day 6: Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Day 7: Romans 10:9 – “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
** Verses taken from the New Living Translation


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

I Was Blind But Now I See

I remember decades ago when I was not looking to God for any direction, I was blind to the magnificent life that I could realize by following the Master. At one time I did not question God and, with eyes wide open, I followed His ways and His commands. Love God; love one another. Simple ethos to adopt as a way of life but as we grow up, things change. As life throws garbage at us, some of it sticks and over time, it builds up. Teasing, self-deprecation, negative self fulfilling prophecy, believing others over self all can make it tough to hear the perfect message from God. Our Creator does not make garbage. We are all perfect in His eyes yet we can be deaf to His message by the world. We can be blind to the perfection He created by trying to be exactly what the world has defined as perfect. God made us in His image and we all should live with that in mind.

When they heard it was Jesus passing, they cried out, “Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!” The crowd tried to hush them up, but they got all the louder, crying, “Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!”  Jesus stopped and called over, “What do you want from me?”  They said, “Master, we want our eyes opened. We want to see!”  Deeply moved, Jesus touched their eyes. They had their sight back that very instant, and joined the procession. Mat 20:30-34 Msg

I heard the voice of God once again a couple decades ago and I cried out “God, I have wandered so far and the noise of the world has overwhelmed me. The fog of deceit has clouded my vision.” Jesus asked me “what can I do for you” and I cried out “save me Lord” and suddenly my eyes were opened and I could see the beauty of life. The noise and distractions of the world were still there but His message was louder and was written on my heart. Love Me and love your neighbours, my wonderful creations. The more the world around us tries to hush the Master’s servants, the stronger we can become as we look to the Spirit that is God.

We are anticipating another Sunday of joy and peace as we come together to worship the Master. Join us if you can at 10:30 MST on Sunday or you can watch us live online on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MainAvenueFellowship/) or view it afterwards on our website (www.mainavefellowship.blogspot.ca).

Blessings
Pastor Todd


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Peter's Picks


The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks
‘Trust God’
Day 1: Psalm 9:10 – “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.”
Day 2: Proverbs 3:5, 6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Day 3: Proverbs 29:25 – “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.”
Day 4: Joshua 1:9 – “This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Day 5: Jeremiah 17:7, 8 – “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
Day 6: Psalm 37:3 – “Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.”
Day 7: Romans 15:13 – “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
** Verses taken from the New Living Translation



A God For All Seasons


Well, Spring is literally around the corner. I am sure all of us are enjoying the few additional minutes of daylight as it returns for another season. Even with the time adjustment we still mark each day with anticipation of early sunrises and later sunsets. Crocuses will soon poke through the receding snow and robins will return from their winter nests in our forests. Winter coats will be retired for spring jackets, and garden tools will replace snow shovels. Even the winter attitudes will give way to smiles. The smell in the air will entice the hibernators like me to get outside, and wet a line and open up the cottage. Ah, yes, the magic of Spring.

Now, if you noticed, I failed to mention attending church. That mere distraction was intentional as many people forget about church, regardless of the season. Some will say, well it’s too slippery or cold in the winter to go. Others will say that Spring is too sloppy, that Summer is vacation time, and Fall is when they prepare for Winter. These are reasons perhaps, but they are really only excuses. People tend to forget that God is open every day, of every season. God is not a season, rather He is a God for all seasons. Human activity has a way of replacing God in our lives, way too easily. Whether it is travelling, hobbies, building a business, sports activities or other recreational activities, God should not be put on our back burner. We should not make Him a God of our convenience rather He should be the God of our commitment.

We sing a song in church in which the lyrics are, Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth, will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace. The songwriter is reminding us that the physical trappings that we surround ourselves with are temporary, and God’s presence in our lives is much more valuable than we give it credit for. If we claim to have Jesus as our Savior, then perhaps giving Him our undivided attention for a few hours each week should not be a secondary thought. Let us not deny Him by way of seasonal excuses, so as not to be denied by Him to the Father once the gold, silver, and diamonds of our life grow strangely dim. Yes, Spring is just around the corner, and so too is a church service where God is waiting patiently with a seat just for you.

Mike Shindruk
www.mastershandministry.blogspot.com