Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Tough Nut To Swallow

You want to know the absolute truth? This is very tough to say but I do not know it all. Really, I don’t. In fact, I truly admire it when others admit they do not have the answer but can out me in touch with someone who does. For example, about three years ago I was having a tough time with constant pain in my joints but I got to thinking that maybe I could diagnose the situation and apply a remedy on my own. So, I called Dr. Google and got to work. So many suggestions but nothing that really worked. One night, the pain was so intense, I asked Natalie to drive me to the hospital but I had to go to the bathroom first. No matter how hard I tried, I could not close my fingers on the drawstring of my pants and I had to get Natalie to pull up my pants and knot the draw sting. That was a tough one to take. Sitting on the edge of the bed in the hospital, I began to realize that I may not have the answers. This was truly humbling. The Doctor came in and started asking a bunch of questions including some about my grandparents. At the end of the discussion, the Doctor suggested it may be Palindromic Rheumatoid Arthritis. Never heard of it. Neither had I. The Doctor was able to narrow down the possibilities but she suggested I consult a specialist. Long story short, the Emergency Doctor referred me to a specialist who took care of the situation and my personal Doctor works with him to help me get better.

This is a tough thing to admit but we are not perfect at all things but we can ask others who are specialists or more knowledgeable to give us a hand. And it all works hand in hand. There will be times where we will be asked to share our talents or expertise to help others. Let’s consider this:

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 1 Cor 12:12-21 NLT

We are all gifted in some way and by sharing our gifts and talents with others, we can make a difference in people’s lives and in our overall health of our society. We all need to take a look at the world around us and find a way to contribute wherever we can rather than seek out ways to separate from the whole and take the ball and go home. Life is much more than being the lone wolf.

This weekend, we welcome Singer/Songwriter Trevor Baker who will be bringing the Message of God in word and song. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST.

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We look forward to seeing you this Sunday.       

Blessings,

Pastor Todd

www.mainavefellowship.blogspot.com

Special Guest Speaker/Singer

 

Trevor Baker 

Sunday, May 22 @ 10:30 AM

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Perfect Harmony

Over the years, I have had discussions with peers across numerous denominational lines and, while most of the time, these conversations have led to a common consensus; our foundational beliefs are very similar. If you compare our statements of faith, they are very close and the differences are not worth fighting over. Let me be so bold as to say this, so many arguments that happen within our own Christian faith family are because of the interpretations of theologians who had a viewpoint and people followed the teachings of a man rather than embracing the Truth of God. I know I will get a bit of a backlash but I can tell you this for certain, there is not a special place in Heaven for the Calvinists, the Wesleyans or the Lutherans just to name a few. We are all of the same Creator and it is time we embrace that truth. If you think I am way off base, please feel free to email me or even call me because I love to read the Scriptures and they are very clear. Let me reference 1 Corinthians 12 starting at verse 12:

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

Keep reading on further and you can see where the message is this; we all need each other. There is no need to argue how to interpret “kurios” but rather embrace the message, meditate on His Holy Word and let it nestle itself into your heart. Once you capture the joy and love of His Word, spread the joy and peace of the message in word and in deed throughout the land.

Many years ago, I remember a marketing campaign for Coca Cola that was a modification of a song by the New Seekers called “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)”. Once I put down the lyrics, it will be an earworm for many of you.

“I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company.

I'd like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land”

We need to present the Gospel in perfect harmony with all the different denominations but we need to do so in such a way as to honour the Body as a whole. This is not the time to declare the righteousness of the denomination but rather proclaim the perfection of a loving and gracious God. Truth be told, I am not the only one to think this way. United for God, one voice for Christ.

This Sunday, we celebrate in songs of worship and do a lil’ business (our Annual General Meeting). This is a time of praising Him and thanking our Lord for an amazing year. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST.

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We look forward to seeing you this Sunday.       

Blessings,

Pastor Todd

www.mainavefellowship.blogspot.com

 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

What’s In A Song

I have been playing guitar and singing for about fifty years now. As a young lad growing up my favorite entertainers were Johnny Cash, Elvis, and The Beatles. Pretty much anyone my age would play guitar because of these three and a few more. We enjoy the music of our youth, and we learn to play because of the songs and the way they make us feel or think. I even had aspirations of being an entertainer, and actually co-fronted a local band for about twenty years. Then a change came about when I had my own epiphany almost twenty years ago.

I was introduced to something called worship music. Something grabbed me by the soul one Sunday morning at a chance attendance at a church service. There was a feel, a vibe, a washing, or something stronger than I had felt in a long time just come over me. Songs about God were presented in a way I had never experienced, and I was immediately hooked. Eventually I found myself discovering songs I never knew could make grown men weak, and everyone else raise their hands without hesitation. I was suddenly soaking up lyrics, and melodies that took me to a place I didn’t know existed. A place of total peace was given to me when I needed it the most.

I never knew so many songs were written about one man, Jesus. Each one unique, yet familiar, calming, yet fresh. I am the worship leader for Master’s Hand Ministry, and I never tire of presenting songs about our Lord. Like many people, I have certain songs that get me to the core, where I weep inside. I’m sure we all have those. Maybe it’s the melody, and maybe it’s the lyrics, or both. The point is they touch us. Dr. Spencer Barclay, who is with our worship group, is quite knowledgeable regarding the origin and background of many songs. When he brings the details out in his “something to think about” segments, we all leave with a greater appreciation for what we sing than when we started. Many songs like Amazing Grace, I Can Only Imagine, and Lord Of The Dance are deeper than most people realize. We just need to pay attention to the messages to be amazed at what we can learn. For example, Lord Of The Dance, a Maritime favorite by John Allan Cameron, has been around forever, and regardless of the venue, he would have everyone clapping and singing along. I wonder just how many knew it was about Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection? I could go on and on, but perhaps the reader could look into a few of their own favorites and maybe they will discover why they are touched the way they are.

Currently, we are not able to gather in person, but our service messages are on-line. For now, myself, my wife, son, our pastor and her husband sit around our kitchen table each week, singing to stay plugged in. We’re preparing for the day when we will be able to safely gather and share with our friends in service. We are all still amazed how sitting around with a guitar and a coffee and a few songs of praise, can elevate our day and our mood. This in not by chance, but by design. Only God could inspire so many songwriters and musicians to keep His name and message alive and relevant. He never goes out of style, and His Word is never dated. He knew what our world would be going though these past couple of years, and He also knows what He has planned for us Jeremiah 29:11. He knew when to grab me, and He knows what He is doing to keep us plugged in and connected to each other, and Him. He is using this wonderful tool known as music and song to carry us. So what’s in a song? It could very well be the gateway to breaking a chain that’s been hold you down. If it’s the melody, fine, and if it’s the words, even better. Either way the rest of your life will be better by having a listen, or singing along. After all, He loves it when we sing.

Mike Shindruk,

Master’s Hand Ministry

Peter's Picks

The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks 

‘Our Words Have Power’ 

Day 1: Proverbs 15:23 – “A person finds joy in giving an apt reply - and how good is a timely word!”

Day 2: Proverbs 18:20 – “From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.”

Day 3: Proverbs 12:18 – “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Day 4: Proverbs 15:4 – “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”

Day 5: Proverbs 10:21 – “The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.”

Day 6: Proverbs 16:24 – “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Day 7: Psalm 141:3 – “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” 

** Verses taken from the New Living Translation



"Perhaps you will forget the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them for a lifetime.” ~ Dale Carnegie

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Peter's Picks

The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks 

‘When Life Goes Sideways’ 

Day 1: Psalm 102:17 - PRAY – “He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.”

Day 2: 1 John 5:14 - EXPECT – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

Day 3: Mark 11:24 - BELIEVE – “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Day 4: Proverbs 3:5, 6 - TRUST – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Day 5: Psalm 40:1-3 - WAIT – “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”

Day 6: Hebrews 12:28 - WORSHIP – “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe…”

Day 7: Psalm 100:1-5 - REJOICE – “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” 

** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Rob North - Missions Night in Sundre

     


Rob and Cindy North

Rob and Cindy serve at Africa Nazarene University (ANU), in Nairobi, Kenya – Cindy as Director of Spiritual Development(Chaplain) and Rob as Director of University Advancement where he has the privilege to work with volunteers, Work and Witness teams, visiting professors and professionals coming to lend a hand at ANU. Since Oct of 2014 they have served as International Staff for ANU and have transitioned back to missionary service through the Church of the Nazarene on 1 March 2021.

6 PM – Doors open – Coffee/dessert fellowship time.  People are asked to bring cookies and squares.

6:30 PM – Missionary presentation.