Monday, 9 January 2017

Friday, January 6th, 2017

1 Thessalonians 2:19 "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?"  One of the greatest thoughts that we can have is when we think about us all being together at the coming of the Lord.  It's our hope and hope is a wonderful emotion that we have to hold onto.  If we can have hope then we must also be able to walk around without hope.  What happens when something happens and all hope is gone?  We are, I hate to say it... hopeless.  Where was our hope that we were able to lose it?  Did something or someone steal our hope?  Having hope is important so it seems to be something that we need to protect and hold onto.  If we have lost it, how do we get it back?  Hope is found in our thinking so we need to remind ourselves about certain things.  When we hope in the right place and if it hasn't happened yet, it may be only delayed and not be denied.  Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life."  The New Year has an inward voice that reminds us to hope again.  Hope whispers that our God is going to do great things this year and you are going to be a part of it.  As you stir up your hope, joy returns to your soul.  My confidence in you is high, have a super blesses day.
Get ready, get ready, get ready... the Lord willing and it doesn't snow to much this is Family Sunday. We start @10:15 with food and fellowship followed by the morning service.  It's a great time to invite a friend.  We ask everyone to pick up a name tag so we can get to know you a little better.  I will be sharing, 'Knowing You.'  We need to know who we are or we could think that we are something that we are not.  You could spend all of your energy pretending to be somebody else and have no energy left to be you.
As the church has been growing I see us becoming a real mature family.  Two weeks ago a new lady was excited as she said to me, 'So many people have come up to me and made me feel so welcomed!'  Good job to all and glory be to God.
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Proverbs 23:7 "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he."  That means if you think you can or if you think you can' are probably right.  It's what your heart thinks that determines where your feet travel.  Christmas is the time when we try to visit family and friends and we make an effort to love others and be kind.  The Holy Spirit works through the event of Christmas to touch our heart and with joy we give and share with others.  When I think of our church family and how the Holy Spirit speaks to me about you, I rejoice for the Holy Spirit is with us all year.  All year we have the mighty Holy Spirit working, leading, and guiding us into all truth.  May you have a wonderful Christmas and I pray that you will enjoy the blessings of God in the New Year.
Tomorrow morning Dec 24th @10:30 we will be singing at Loaves and Fishes.  It's a volunteer choir as the songs of Christmas bless all those that come.  Then in the evening at the church @5:30 we will be having some Christmas Fellowship with refreshments and sweets.  @6 pm will be our Christmas church service (the fellowship time will continue) as different people sing specials and some funny stuff for children and I will share with you, "Twas the Night Before Christmas."  What happens the day before something great happens in your life?  Only the Wise Men were smart enough to know what the star meant and were willing to follow the light.  Are there any stars in your sky that point you in the right direction?
Continue to pray for all those in need.  Lots of love, looking forward to seeing you soon, Pastor Kevin and Alice  

Monday, 19 December 2016

Friday, December 16th, 2016

With Christmas right around the corner shopping is in full swing.  Everyone is looking for that perfect gift, which may be an expensive gift, but the goal is to make the other person happy.  I thought that some of the best gifts are free but then as a thought about it even the free gifts will cost you something.  Jesus said (without spending a dime) give the gift of forgiveness to your enemies.  To give your neighbors and your friends your love.  To all those around you and especially your children be a good example.  To give God your worship and give yourself respect.  These are 'free gifts' yes, yet to freely give them reveals a heart that's been changed by the greatest Christmas gift of all....Jesus.  While you are out shopping don't forget to give to others what Christ has freely given you.
Tomorrow (Saturday) morning @9 is the Children's Christmas Concert rehearsal.  If you have any questions please call either Anndelynn 902 562-5393 or Antoinette 902 562-1251.  Then on Sunday morning it's our annual Children's Christmas Concert.  A Celebration of Christmas with love from our children to you. 
Next Saturday Dec. 24th starting @6 pm will be our Christmas Church Service.  I will be sharing on, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.'  I don't know where I came up with the title.  You know before everything changed it didn't seem like anything had changed.  Twas the night before Christmas.
There will be no church services next Sunday.
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice 

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Matthew 2:1-2 "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  The wise men had seen a star appear in the sky and they made a decision to follow the light to Jerusalem.  John 8:12 "When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  I thought about these wise men and how in life they likely had made plenty of mistakes but we are not told about their faults but we are told that when the light appeared they made a choice to follow it.  I talked with a woman at church and she said that the last decision she had made was a bad one and she didn’t know how to get over it.  I said it's true that if she died today her family would likely remember that last bad decision but if she would make her next decision a God one and a good one then the wrong would fade from the memories of those that know her and she would be known for doing good.  We call them wise men because when the light appeared to them they followed it.  We would be wise also to follow Him, the light of the world, and ask for His help in all the decisions that we have to make today.  My confidence is high in you, for you are greatly blessed and highly favoured.
This Sunday morning I'll be sharing with you, 'I Want The Best.'  When we buy something we want the best value for the money we spend.  Sometimes we can pay a great price for something but not receive a great value.  What do you do when there is a no return policy (on your spouse)?
Continue to pray for those in need.  Looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

When we are in the middle of something we only know half the story.  It's when we finish a thing that we can look back and declare the fullness of what the Lord was doing.  It's when we haven't crossed the finish line that we don't understand the purpose of the race but let me say that every race has a purpose.  Hebrews 12:1-2 "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  People couldn't see the purpose of the cross while Jesus was on the cross but afterwards it was truly the greatest victory known to mankind.  If you are in the middle of something today press on, keep going, my confidence in you is high, for your best days are still ahead of you.  You are one who is greatly blessed and highly favored.
This is Family Sunday, I hope you have invited a friend to join you.  We start @10:15 with food (don't forget to bring something) and fellowship followed by the morning service.  I will be sharing 'Are You One of Them?'  We are all one of something and our actions reveal what we understand and thus reveal where we stand. 
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice    

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Blessings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus.  Our annual Christmas Banquet is almost hereTomorrow morning @ 10 we need some helpers to set things up for the banquet.  The banquet begins @6 for an evening to share the goodness of God with our church family and our community.  We are expecting a full house and that will mean a full parking lot.  If you can use the lower parking lot it would be helpful.  Bishop Don Carpenter will be our guest speaker and he will also be with us for the Sunday morning service. 
Three things to remember as we walk through life together.  'I belong to the wonderful family of God.'  At times our own personal world can be in trouble but we are not alone.  We have been jointly fitted together by the work of the Holy Spirit to His Church.  We are now many believers and yet one body.  2nd, 'I have value.'  The God of Heaven purchased me and though I was once worthless on the open market of sin I have now been redeemed by the perish blood of Jesus and the finished work of the cross.  3rd, 'I am able.'  Others may tell me that I can't do something because it's beyond my ability but I say it's not beyond God's ability and greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
You are special, you are chosen, and you are a part of my family.  You were created to seek after the deep things of God and confidence is high that this day will be a great day of success for you.  Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice      

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Hi everyone, I know I send this email out on Friday's but I'll be away this weekend.  My grandson Ben turns 9 years old on Saturday and he lives in Carbonear Newfoundland.  We are leaving tonight on the boat and coming back next Monday.  Pastor Bruce is available if you need anything.  Please pray for Alice and I to have good roads and good weather as we travel. 
The US has a new president and we pray for his leadership.  Romans 13:1-2 "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves."  
I have been teaching on leadership at Bible Study and that learning how to follow and lead starts at birth.  Your home life prepares you to follow and lead long before you put on a white hat at a job site.  Following or leading is next about your attitude.   Do you live life in an, 'I want to mode' or 'I have to mode?'  Tonight we will look at the third ingredient that every healthy follower or leader should have.     
Last Sunday was a history maker or at least a record breaker for us.  Before this our greatest attendance on a Sunday morning was 243 but last Sunday it was 258.  Praise the Lord and all the glory goes to God.  With growth comes growing pains and stretch marks as we expand our borders.  Growth also brings with it a certain amount of chaos so be nice, keep sweet, and act kind as the Lord sets the bar higher in us for greater growth around us.  I want to thank you all for your prayers, patience, work, and support in and around our church to make it what it is.  I believe in Christ we have what it takes so as we take what we have lets advance strongly into the future.
This Sunday Pastor Mark will be sharing the Word of the Lord.  Pastor Mark is an inspired speaker and he has a great gift to encourage the Family of God.  Come out and bring a friend.
The Christmas banquet is also drawing near.  Make sure you pick up your tickets.  You can pay later if you have to but with our limited space we need to know who's coming.  Thank you so much for your help. 
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice