Monday, 17 October 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016

On Wednesday evening I was sharing at Bible Study some keys to successful leadership.  The truth is you can be a success in the home, in the church, and in the work place.  I was talking about how easy it is to offend others and how easily you can be offended yourself.  There is an automatic response that we all will reveal when we are offended and if you are wise you will see this response and act quickly to fix things before you have an offended brother.  Proverbs 18:19 "A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle."  God gives us wisdom and if we will combine His Divine wisdom with our right actions, we will find great success in life.  
Tomorrow @11 at Chant's is the funeral for Arthur Spencer who's wife Heather has been attending our church the last few months.  Also tomorrow, get ready get ready get ready it's our Church Bus Tour over the Cabot Trail.  See Martin McCarthy if you would like to go.  A wonderful day has been planned for all who go on this trip around the beautiful Cabot Trail.
Sunday morning I'll be sharing on 'Great Faith.'  Our hope for things is often hidden while our faith for things is always needed to reveal our hope.  Sunday evening @6 is a water baptism service.  Faith Baptist church in Sydney has offered us their church for the evening.  We will also have a time of fellowship afterwards so if you would bring some food it would really help us out.
Next weekend I'll be speaking at a Leadership Conference in Moncton for the Victory Churches in Atlantic Canada.  I am expecting great things to happen.
In two weeks on Sunday evening @ our church @ 7 pm is Tim Neufeld & the Glory Boys.  Tickets before the event are $10 dollars and $15 at the door.
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Today is the 7th of Oct and seven in the Bible is a number of completeness.  God's creation took 7days to complete.  The number eight in the Bible is new beginnings.  Seven is complete but life is not over as we arise and enter a new season and begin again.  Thanksgiving is a celebration that the harvest is finished and the produce of the past season is gathered into the barn.   We rejoice for the labor of what was planted has been rewarded and we begin again.  In the Old Testament God required a sacrifice of an animal from the harvest, in the New Testament God request a sacrifice of praise for His goodness towards us who believe.  We are to bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord and with the fruit of our lips to give thanks.  "Lord we thank you for this past season and we trust You for the future as another new season begins."
Just a reminder that the visitation for Lin Ryan will be tonight from 7-9 at Chant's Funeral home with the Home Going Service tomorrow at 2pm.  Our prayers go to the family to be comforted by the Holy Spirit at this time.  In light of these events Martin McCarthy has postponed the Bus trip by 1 week and this moves the Bus Trip event to next Saturday Oct. 15th.  If you have booked for this week and can't go next week you will gladly be reimbursed.
This Sunday I'll be sharing on, 'Thinking of Thanks."  Sometimes we don't have to think about thanks for what's happening in a certain moment for that moment is great.  It's at other times, have you ever had any of those 'other times?'  Times when it can take a minute to find your thanks.
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you real soon, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice

Friday, October 1st, 2016

Happiness is a by-product of love.  That's why doing what you love to do brings you happiness.  If you love going for a walk then walking makes you happy.  If you love going to church then sitting in church makes you happy.  One person can be glad to do something that another person fines hard.  To one it's a burden that causes them to complain and to another it's a joy that causes them to rejoice.  It can be the same job but it carries two points of view.  We are told to love God and love one another all the time because God knows that love makes our good days better and our burdens light.  If you hear someone complaining all the time about what they do then their love level for what there're doing is low.  Say to yourself, "I love life!"  "I love everything that God has blessed me with."  "I love everybody."  Love is the key that unlocks blessing.
This past week Shari MacKinnon went home to be with the Lord and she will be greatly missed.  Also Web Woodland left this realm to join with those on the other side.  To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  May both families find comfort from the Holy Spirit at this time.
Tomorrow is Family Sunday so we start @10:15 with some food and fellowship followed by the morning service.  We have moved some things around so the way things are set up it will seat more people.  We are expecting some visitors and it's not too late to invite a friend.  I will be sharing on, "Gateway To heaven."  The Lord has lots of things to give us but He requires that we wait in the places where He shows up.
Coming up next Saturday there is a bus tour over the Cabot Trail.  If you would like to go please check with Martin McCarthy as there are only a  couple of seats left.
In two weeks on Sunday evening we are planning a Water Baptism service, check with Pastor Bruce for details.        
Continue to pray for those in need, lots of love, looking forward to seeing you soon, Pastor Kevin and Alice  

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Do you notice how people you love make you shine.  You see them and they light up your life.  It seems the more we love someone the quicker we are to forgive them.  Jesus our Savior is the light of the world and He put His light in us.  I was thinking that Christ is in us and we should strive to be the light in someone else's world.  When they see us coming it should brighten their day.  Then I was thinking that we are the light in our own world.  Do you love the fact that God made you?  Why should you love you?  People that don't like themselves have a way of taking past mistakes and using the memory of those mistakes to cast a dark shadow over their own life.  Poor me.... no it's not poor me but I am rich in love and filled with God's grace and mercy.  We should always remember to love God and love others but don't forget to love who God made when He made you.  Have a blessed day in Jesus name.    
This Sunday morning I will be sharing on, 'The Right Place.'  Things always happen when we get to the right place and sometimes wrong things happen but they end up working together to get us to the right place.
This coming Tuesday @7 the ministry music of Double Portion will be at Munro Academy in Balls Creek.  This group is well worth the effort to come and hear.  Please try to attend if possible.  There will be an free will offering taken to support this ministry.
There is no midweek Bible Study this Wednesday.
Alice and I will be away next Sunday as we are attending the CFCM National Conference.  I am the Atlantic Canada Director for this ministry and each year that we attend the National Conference we are refreshed hearing about what God is doing across the nation.   
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice

Friday, September 9th, 2016

You will likely enjoy most days more if you can avoid complaining about the little things that go wrong.  The little aches and pains, the little red traffic lights, the little things that others try to turn into big deals.  Solomon 2:15 "Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes."  It's in the tender places of our heart that little things going wrong can spoil our day.  On the other hand Psalm 118:24 gives us some insight into how we can have a better day, "This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it."  Try this verse on for size and apply it to your day.  A change in your attitude will result in a change in your altitude.  Don't sweat the little stuff but walk through today with the Lord for He is setting in Heavenly places.  Psalm 5:11 "But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You."
This Sunday I'll be sharing on "Gravity."  Gravity is a pull that one thing can have on another thing.  When we make a decision to bring something close to us it can have a pull on us.  Bringing God close puts a Heavenly pull on us while bringing evil close draws us away from the things of God.  Do you know the gravity of your decisions?
Next Wednesday is Bible Study @7 pm at the Spanish River hall in Sydney River.  I will be sharing again on, 'Understanding Spiritual Dreams.' 
Coming up a week from next Tuesday Sept. 20th @ 7 pm the music ministry, 'Double Portion' who are doing a tour in eastern Canada will be at Munro Academy.  They are a family ministry that you will really enjoy.  Our church is hosting this event but we will be using the Munro school.  (we will need some helpers)
Continue to pray for all those in need, confidence is high, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice. 

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

When we speak about our best days being the days that are in front of us we are believing that things will get better in the future for us.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy today for this is the day that the Lord has made but I believe by faith that there are better things ahead.  If you can't look far into the future and believe by faith for good then try having faith for the rest of this daySay that this day will be great, good things are coming my way, God put things in today to bless me and I will receive them.  You are paving the road ahead of you with a heart that's full of faith.  When you made excuses why today won't be a good day you place potholes in your path and with each bump you say, 'I knew this would go wrong.  Nothing good ever happens for me.'  If you were counting up from 1 to 100 each time you go to the next number it is higher than the last number you just said.  Counting up is like looking up and believing that I am going higher and higher.  Excuses are like counting backwards while trying to move forward.  Believe with me that today is going to be a great day and good news is coming your way today.
This is Family Sunday and we are expecting new people to be in our service.  We start @10:15 with food and fellowship followed by the morning service.  My message, 'The Volunteer'.  We can do many things but what is the attitude of our heart.  The right heart makes all the difference in what you will receive from the Lord.  We will share in 'Communion' at the end.
Bible Study will start again next Wednesday @7 pm.  We meet at the Spanish River hall in Sydney River.  I will be sharing on, 'Understanding Spiritual Dreams.' 
Coming up on Tuesday Sept. 20th @ 7 pm the music ministry, 'Double Portion' who are doing a tour in eastern Canada will be at Munro Academy.  They are a family ministry that you will really enjoy.  Our church is hosting this event but we will be using the Munro school.  (we will need some helpers)
Continue to pray for all those in need, confidence is high, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love pastor Kevin and Alice. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Matthew 7:1-2 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you."  The biggest work we have is not to make the world see Jesus clearly but it's to make Jesus clearly seen to ourselves.  If we can clearly see Jesus in us, we can clearly explain Jesus to others.  Isaiah, when he was called to be a great prophet said in Isaiah 6:1 "I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple."  Once we clearly see Jesus and learn how He deals with us, we can then correctly measure out advice to others.  Keeping our eyes on Jesus and learning to focus on Him allows us to see this world from God's point of view.  In verse 6 of Matthew 7 we read, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces."  There are times when we have said the right thing but we declared it in the wrong place.  May you know what to say, how to say it, and when to say it and may you be a great witness for Jesus.  May you know the difference between being given an opportunity to speak for Him and you making an opportunity to speak for Him.  Today keep your eyes on Jesus and allow Him to reveal Himself in you and through you to others.
This Sunday I will be sharing the word of the Lord with you.  'Disciplined To The Call.'  Everything the Lord does is on purpose for a purpose.  We are all called by Him to bring Him glory and it's our mission in life to do life according to His will for us.  Not my will but His be done.  There are some things that we are all called to do and there are some things that each member is personally called to do.... wisdom is knowing the difference.
There are those who have asked about being Water Baptized.  If that is your desire please see Pastor Bruce and we will work on having a service for you.  Also remember to pray for Pastor Bruce this Sunday as he has been asked to be the guest speaker in Glace Bay at the Bethel Family Church.  This church needs our prayers as it seeks the will of the Lord for its future.
This coming Wednesday Alice and I will be going on vacation for two weeks.  If you have any concerns please call Pastor Bruce 562-1312 or Pastor Mark 562-1637
Continue to pray for all those in need, we are looking forward to seeing you real soon, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice