Contributed on Feb 26, 2007
The obligations and responsibilities divine salvation places on all who have received can be summarized in three words: 1) hope, 2) holiness, and 3) honor.
This week, Major William Hilton Fletcher received the Canadian Star of Military Valour medal from Governor-General Michaelle Jean at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. Fletcher was one of six soldiers to receive decorations for military valour after service in Afghanistan. Whenever you hear ...read more
Contributed on Feb 26, 2007
Those who ministered to us to bring us the ultimate message of hope: 1) the Old Testament prophets who studied it, 2) the Holy Spirit who inspired it, 3) the New Testament apostles who preached it, and 4) the angels who examined it.
(Introduction Source: http://www.amazinggracemovie.com) Born into a captain’s family who traded at the East India Company, John Newton (July 24, 1725 – December 21, 1807) embarked on sea voyages at the young age of 11. He soon entered the prosperous slave trade until he nearly died on a voyage ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2007
God redeemed us from man made religion with a perfect sacrifice, Christ, the eternal anointed one. Through grace, he gives faith and because of this we can rejoice in hope, of the glory of God.
Tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, The Discovery Channel will show The Lost Tomb of Jesus. This program, directed by James Cameron of Titanic fame, purports to reveal the actual tomb of Jesus of Nazareth and his family. How significant would such a discovery be: 1 Corinthians 15:13-19 But if ...read more
Contributed on Mar 19, 2007
God enables believers to love and we are called to show it sincerly and earnestly especially to the household of faith.
Everyone hates to be deceived. Once someone realizes that they have been deceived, there exists serious credibility problems with the one who deceived them. A case in point regards the charges laid on Morris Cerullo. The onetime leader of the Inspiration Network, now based in Fort Mill, S.C., is ...read more
Contributed on Mar 26, 2007
1 Peter 2: 1-3 shows us how believers can live out a proactive love by 1) remembering our life source, 2) eliminate sins, 3) admit need, 4) pursue spiritual growth, and 5) survey blessings.
Legal trials can often be interesting events. The current trial of Conrad Black on fraud charges has made for interesting press. It seems like the international media cannot get enough of what he and his wife will say. They hang on every word. But this is not unusual. From Donald Trump, to Tony ...read more
Contributed on Apr 2, 2007
Believers spiritual privileges begin the moment the Holy Spirit draws them into a saving union with Jesus Christ. They then have access to the very presence of God as priests who are privileged to offer up a variety of spiritual sacrifices,
It has become more and more common to have ID badges in many venues today. Due to heightened security concerns, everyone from concert staff to cleaners, dawn ID badges to access various venues. They are intended to identify someone to enable them to have a particular privileged access. The ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2007
For a people who rely on the risen Christ, the Apostle Peter explains that this results in four spiritual privileges that believers enjoy today: 1) Security in Christ, 2) Affection for Christ, 3) Election by Christ, and 4) Dominion with Christ.
One marvel of architecture is the new standard of buildings. Architects have examined how stress put on buildings impacts the structure and stability. They have learned from past earthquakes and other events to design many modern buildings to withstand great stress. The design is no accident. The ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2007
Peter called his readers to fortify their testimonies with two crucial aspects of righteous living: 1) a personal, godly discipline that is inward and private, and a 2)personal, godly deportment that is outward and public.
The Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), which is not affiliated with any national Baptist organization, announced plans to protest at Virgina Tech victims’ funerals only hours after 32 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. They also may protest at other events ...read more
Contributed on May 28, 2007
Christian submission to authority: 1) the command for submission, 2) the motive for submission, 3) the extent of submission, 4) the reason for submission, 5) the attitude of submission, and the 6) application of submission.
The Motto of the Dominion of Canada is from: Ps 72:8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! And we sing this every time we sing our National Anthem when we say: "God keep our land, Glorious and free". For the majority of Canadians today, the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 4, 2007
Christian employees are to respect and obey their employers. The apostle issued his command as both 1) a mandate and 2) a motive for submission.
A report released by UNICEF entitled The State of the World’s Children says millions of children every year end up disappearing. Many, it says, end up forced into work domestic labour. "A vast but unknown number of children are exploited as domestic servants in private homes." The births of many of ...read more
Contributed on Jun 11, 2007
Jesus drew the strength for that amazing response from His complete trust in His Father’s ultimate purpose to accomplish justice on His behalf, and against His hateful rejecters.
If you were not out this morning and you turned on your TV, you would probably see a bunch a shiny buildings, with a happy message of prosperity. Many of the most popular places today will tell you that God wants you to be happy, wealthy and healthy, and if you are not, then you fail. It’s the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 25, 2007
In 1 Peter 3:1-7 we can see The Wife’s Responsibility of being A) Submissive, B) Faithful and C) Modest
Lina Joy, 43, lost the court battle to change her religion from Islam to Christianity on Wednesday when the Malaysian Federal Court ruled she should seek permission to officially change her religion from Islam to Christianity at Islamic Shariah courts. Joy had been engaged in a legal battle for ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2007
Husbands obey that duty by adhering to three basic responsibilities in caring for their wives’ needs: A) consideration, B) chivalry, and C) companionship.
Visitors to the forthcoming Calgary Stampede who are feeling extra frisky can now leave their wedding rings at the door. A local Calgary hotel is offering to let guests check in their wedding rings as they might their cars or their coats. Hotel Arts’ staff will even airbrush ring tan lines, so all ...read more
Contributed on Jul 16, 2007
A good life involves having 1) the right attitude, 2) have the right response, 3) have the right standard, and 4) have the right incentive.
VBS this week: joy of children celebrating realities of God, it becomes obvious how we often learn ways of casting off Joy and losing focus. This morning, given our locale of worship, I want to change our usual format to focus on the nature of a good life in 1 Pt 3:8-12 in having 1) the right ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2007
The apostle Peter gives five principles believers need to embrace to equip and defend themselves against the threats of an unbelieving, hostile world
Stephen Boissoin, is the director of the Alberta Youth Outreach Foundations “Cave” youth centre initiatives. In 2002, he was investigating funding opportunities for his ministry on the Alberta Human Rights Commission’s website. “To my disbelief” he states, “I came across a page that highlighted an ...read more
Contributed on Aug 4, 2007
God urges us to consider four elements of the Lord’s victory: 1) His triumphant sin-bearing, 2) sermon, 3) salvation, and 4) supremacy.
On the events of this week, John Piper noted: All of us have sinned against God, not just against man. This is an outrage ten thousand times worse than the collapse of the 35W bridge. That any human is breathing at this minute on this planet is sheer mercy from God. God makes the sun rise and the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2007
Believers strengthen their resolve in persecution when they are armed with an understanding of the 1) Attitude of Christ, 2) the Will of God, 3) the Transformation from the past, and 4) the Hope of eternal life.
When 53-year-old Danny Anderson was feeding his horses Monday night, a 5-foot rattler slithered onto his central Washington property. Anderson and his 27-year-old son, Benjamin, pinned the snake with an irrigation pipe and cut off its head with a shovel. A few more strikes to the head left it ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2007
Three very basic aspects of our duty: 1) the incentive to our spiritual duty, 2) the instructions for our duty, and 3) the intention of our duty.
In HUNTINGTON, Utah -Crews were forced to halt their desperate underground search for six trapped coal miners after a cave-in killed three rescue workers and injured six. "We have suspended indefinitely the underground portion of this rescue effort," said Richard Stickler, head of the U.S. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2007
These verses direct believers to 1) Expect suffering, 2) Exult in suffering, 3) Evaluate suffering, and 4) Entrust suffering to God
This week, Firefighters rescued the marble temples and stadiums of ancient Olympia from raging flames but forest fires ravaged nearby villages and the death toll from Greece’s three-day inferno rose to 58. "The church bells are ringing. It’s hell here," a resident from Oinoi village north of ...read more
Contributed on Sep 9, 2007
1) What are the issues in shepherding? 2) Who must be shepherded? 3) How must shepherding be done? 4) Why should shepherds serve?
According to several confirmed sources across denominational lines: Today: in regards to: Pastors: -Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout or contention in their churches. -Four thousand new churches begin each year, but over seven ...read more
Contributed on Sep 16, 2007
In a closing litany of exhortations the apostle leads his readers to consider essential Christian attitudes of: 1) submission, 2) humility, 3) trust, 4) self-control, 5) vigilance, 6) fortitude, 7) hope, 8) worship, 9) faithfulness, & 10)Love
Ralph Waldo Emerson said: ‘A man is what he thinks about all day long.’ How could he possibly be anything else?” Why? An old maxim states: “Thoughts produce acts, acts produce habits, and habits produce character.” The Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius said, “Our life is what our thoughts make ...read more