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  

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Times are changing and it's not just Saturday night when we set our clocks back 1 hour.  We are living in changing times as knowledge is exploding all around us.  As I look at our church I can see that Jesus is ministering to every generation.  We have many wonderful spiritual young people attending, entering in, and enjoying the goodness of the Lord Jesus.  God's message of love seems to bypass customs as He overlooks age barriers and generation gaps.  He doesn't seem to need religious settings or stain glass windows to express Himself but God is God all by Himself and He relates to every generation.  We can wonder if the next generation will respond to the Gospel like the last generation and receive Christ as Savior and Lord.  Luke 1:50 "And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation."  Thank God for He is saving all who call upon Him.
This is Family Sunday so we start at 10:15 with food and fellowship followed by the morning service.  I will be sharing with you, "Rise Up and Walk."  Often when a person feels down they need someone to help them to get back up.  Those that encourage others will see miracles. 
Continue to pray for those in need.  Looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice.

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Many people can look at life as a problem to be solved rather than a life to be enjoyed, loved, and lived.  When you spent your day looking for problems, other people will spend their day trying to avoid you.  It's not that we should pretend that there are no problems but when we move in love it causes us to have a momentum or a force that goes before us and problems are fixed by the power of love.  Don't be motivated to speak according to the problems you see but be motivated to speak by love.  Love God and love people my confidence in you is high.
This Sunday I'll be sharing on, 'The Will Be Done.'  These four words in the Lord's prayer can be easy to say in the good times and hard to say at other times.  Have you ever had any of those other times?  Times when His will didn't agree with your will. 
Sunday evening service with Tim Neufeld has been cancelled.  Tim's 6 year son was taken to the hospital.  We do pray that God heals this little boy.
Next Sunday Nov. 6th is Family Sunday so don't forget to invite a friend to come with you to Church. 
Continue to pray for all those in need.  Hope to see you soon, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice   

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Romans 14:17 "for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."  His Kingdom is not about what you have but it's about how you live.  Right living brings peace and joy to you.  The question is if we don't have peace and joy what can we do about it?  We could just pretend that we have peace and joy when we are around other people.  We could redefine the words peace and joy so it looks like we have His peace and joy when we don't.  We could try harder to obey God's Word (to walk in the process of renewal knowing that we are not striving to be perfect) so His Holy Spirit could change us to live right before Him.  Life is a journey and at times we can seem lost.  The good news is we do have a GPS, God's Powerful Spirit.  My confidence is high in you that His Holy Spirit will bless you today.
This Sunday Pastor Bruce will be sharing the Word of the Lord with you.  May you be greatly blessed by his message.  I'll be away this weekend at the Moncton Victory Church conducting a Leadership Training Seminar.  Pray for me.   
Coming up next Sunday Oct 30th @7 pm we are hosting the Tim Neufield concert.
Continue to pray for all those in need.  Looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice 

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