Monday, 29 February 2016

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Every year we experience 4 seasons.  We know that it's winter now but spring is right around the corner, followed by summer, and then we'll have the fall.  It's important to have good past memories from former seasons for it's often our past memories that move us into our future blessings.  If we forget all the good things that have happened we may get stuck in a bad season for years.  Joshua was crossing over the Jordan and the Lord told him to pick 12 stones from the river and pile them up on the Promise Land side.  Why do such a thing?  Joshua 6:6-7 "that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’  Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”
This event of crossing over the Jordan was to be remembered for the years ahead.  In tough times, hard times, bad times, and sad times they could look again at the stones and remember that God is good.  Let's us remember that in the past the Lord has provided, helped, healed, and made a way where there seemed to be no way.  Choose your memories wisely for we do not know what tomorrow holds but we do know the One who holds tomorrow.  If He did it before then He will do it again.
This Sunday is the last Sunday of Feb. and I'll be sharing on, "It's A Miracle.'  We need to expect a miracle and be ready to obey the Lord to receive a miracle.  Often it's the way that the Lord tells us to travel that hinders us from receiving a miracle.  We like the miracle but we may not like the box that it came wrapped in.
Get ready, get ready, get ready we are a week away from Family Sunday.  Invite someone to be with you and may they encounter the power of God and their life be changed forever.  Then on Saturday March 19th 8:30 am is our annual Men's Breakfast at the Salvation Army church.  Our guest speaker will be the National Director for the Canadian Fellowship of Christian Ministries Pastor David McGrew.  Pastor David will also be ministering on Sunday the 20th of March in our church.
Coming up on the Easter Weekend Mary MacLean has been working hard on a drama presentation.  It will be performed on the Saturday evening of March 26th, more details to follow.  
We have recently had two requests for Water Baptism.  We are working on a time to provide this ministry and if you would desire to be water baptized please contact Pastor Bruce for more details.
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Life is like a two thousand piece puzzle.  I remember my mother doing large piece puzzles as a pastime when I was growing up.  She would open the box and spread out the pieces that would cover the dining room table.  It could take her a few weeks or even a month to come up with a finished product.  I asked her what if all the pieces won't in the box to start with or if in the time it took to fit it together pieces got lost?  She didn't seem to be too concerned as she would do her part to fit each piece in its proper place.
For us who are in God's family each piece of the puzzle is like someone we know and only by working to fit us together do we get the picture of what Christ is doing on the earth.  Ephesians 4:15 "speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love."
The trouble is we all have a free will and our will may fight with God's will for where He has placed us.  We must surrender ourselves to be faithful to allow His Holy Spirit to knit us together.  Ephesians 6:13 "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."  Continue to stand and to be faithful for the Lord will change your world and others will see your good works and glorify God in Heaven.
This Sunday morning I will be sharing a life changing message, "Falling In The Wrong Place."  We all make mistakes but how our mistakes impact us can be different according to who is around us.  Do we make our mistakes among friends or do we make our mistakes among thieves?
This coming Wednesday 7pm for Bible Study we will be showing the movie, "The War Room."  This is an excellent heart warming family movie about the power of God to change our lives.  It centers around a troubled family and how the Lord uses certain things to heal their broken relationships.  Please join us.
Next month on Saturday March 19th 8:30 am Martin McCarthy and the men's group (with the help of our ladies) will be hosting our annual Men's Breakfast.  We have already booked the Salvation Army church for this great event and are expecting the Holy Spirit to work to help us to become all that we should be.  Our guest speaker will be the National Director for the Canadian Fellowship of Christian Ministries Pastor David McGrew.  Pastor David is a man of profound wisdom and God has given him a great ability to impart that wisdom to people everywhere.  David travels much throughout Canada ministering in the strong Apostolic gift that God has given to him.  David and his wife Jeanne currently serve as Pastors of Keystone Victoria Christian Ministries in Victoria, British Columbia.  David will also be ministering on Sunday the 20th of March in our church.
We have recently had two request for Water Baptism.  We are working on a time to provide this ministry and if you would desire to be water baptized please contact Pastor Bruce for more details.
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice

Monday, 15 February 2016

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Psalm 40:3 "He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord."  There are times when you need a new song because the enemy has attacked us in some new way.  If you have been following the Lord Jesus for awhile it may not be an attack with a new problem but it's often an old problem that shows up in a new way.  Like Jesus healing the sick, He would use different ways to heal those that were sick.  When we are faced with different problems we need new ways and new songs of praise to uproot the enemy and cause him to flee from us.  I have had different problems that came my way and the Lord would give me a song in the night.  The song was a spiritual weapon for me to use.  We need to put new songs of praise on our lips for the new song comes to stir our faith which will enable us to put our trust in the Lord.  This is the second month of 2016 and there is a growing feeling in my heart that God is going to do great things for us this year.  Psalm 96:1 "Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth."
This Sunday lands on Valentine's Day and in the morning I'll be sharing on, 'Our Love One For Another.'  What does it take to make a relationship work and what can destroy it?  Sunday evening we have a Sweet evening planned with guest electric violinist, Trevor Dick.  Trevor will play and share his testimony.  Please bring some sweets along with your sweetheart and we will provide coffee and tea.          
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice.

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Yesterday's failures work to produce many of today's fears and tomorrows worrisome expectations.  There is a man that I know who has suffered with inner ear problems for years.  Recently he found out that when he worries it triggers his health problems.  Walking in a place of God's peace requires that we not only start of in faith but we need to maintain our faith.  "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14  There are some things in our past that we can't explain, we can't answer, and we can't change so we must forget it if we ever want to get over it.  Move on today in faith for your best days are yet to come.
This Sunday is Family Sunday and we expect to have lots of food, fellowship, and friends.  Our guest speaker is Pastor Matt Carpenter from Fort Kent Maine.  Matt is a Pastor to his church in Fort Kent and works as an Apostle to many ministries in the US.  We start @10:15 for food and fellowship followed by the morning service.  Invite a friend and let's believe together that the Lord will touch their life.
Continue to pray for all those in need, lots of love, looking forward to seeing you soon, Pastor Kevin and Alice

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Blessings to the family of God.  Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:14-16 "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man."  It's wonderful to consider that once a person accepts Christ they join the family of God and it's only one family whether you live in Heaven or earth.  We can often divide ourselves by thinking that we belong to the family of God on earth and when we die we join the family of God in Heaven.  God only sees one family Hebrews 12:1 "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."  This present cloud of witnesses that are around us are the past saints that have gone on before us.  We can now run this present race knowing that in the realm of the Spirit there is a great number of past saints cheering us on.  Be encouraged today you are never alone.
This Sunday Lord willing and weather permitting I'll be sharing on, 'He's For Me.'  There is a fundamental or a basic level of faith that we all need to understand about God...He is For me!  If you know that He is for you then you won't credit God with giving you things that are not good for you.  Invite a friend to come to church with you this Sunday.
Carl MacDonald who was a long time Board member of our church has joined the eternal great cloud of witnesses this week.  Carl was a faithful member and friend.  Visitation for Carl will be on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 at Curries Funeral Home in Glace Bay.  The funeral service will be 2pm on Monday at the Funeral Home.
Chinese New Year will be celebrated at the CBU on Thursday Feb. 4th 6-8 in the evening.  Tickets are free but you need one to attend. E-mail and they will help you obtain a ticket.
We are only one Sunday away from Family Sunday and we will have as our guest speaker, Apostle Matt Carpenter from Maine.  He is a man that believes in the Super Natural with signs and wonders.
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  This reminds me of the old song, 'this little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine.'  We were all born into this world like an unlit candle.  We were born into a world of darkness and did not have the ability to light ourselves.  Jesus is God's eternal flame that comes to us and offers us salvation.  His salvation comes as His light touches us and our internal wick bursts into flames.  We are suddenly no longer children of the darkness but we now walk in the light as Jesus is in the light.  As you travel through today let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and your light points them to come to His light.
There is a open to everyone Coffee House tonight @6:30 for Angela Barlett at Munro Academy. (the Christian School)  Angela is a young lady from our church who is going on a Mission trip to the Dominican Republic.  There will be refreshments and entertainment.  If you can't make it to the Coffee House tonight you are welcome to give something in the offering on Sunday towards this Mission.
Get ready get ready get ready... This Sunday morning I'll be sharing on, 'The Battle Before You.'  The Lord leads us through the battles we face and onto victory.  The evil that the enemy was hoping to do in attacking us God gives us advice and it turns out for our good.
Continue to pray for all those in need.  Looking forward to seeing you, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Adam in the Bible walked with God.  I think that must have been something to walk with God.  The disciples walked with Jesus.  That must have been something to walk with Jesus.  Then I understood another truth, when I accepted Jesus into my heart, Jesus now walks with me.  That's good news but there can also be a problem.  It's possible for someone to walk with you and not be noticed by you.  We can become so caught up in our world that we forget that He is right there with us.  We need to focus and rely on the fact that Jesus is always with us.  Even when we are faced with what seems like an impossible circumstance, we are with God, and with God all things are possible.  Remember today that the Creator of Heaven and earth, the Almighty God walks with you.
This Sunday I'll be sharing on. 'What's the Big Rush?'  We can be in such a hurry to become a successful Christian that we miss being faithful in the little things.  Jesus wants us to make the journey safely rather than quickly.
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice