All-In!

All-IN!


The Bible clearly shows us that we are to make a strong emphasis and take an intentional role in some key areas of our lives. More plainly, there are certain character aspects of being human that God has called us to be responsible for. We continue to call upon Him for the strength and wisdom to take up this role in our lives but there are certain character traits that the Bible has just called us to practice and there are also some things that we are just told to “be.” God’s word doesn’t always tell us that we are going to be guided into being and doing these things but it certainly tells us that we are supposed to simply be and do. As a charismatic Christians, this can be a difficult thing to acknowledge in that we always want to sense the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in everything that we do. However, it doesn’t always work that way. There are times that we just simply need to move forward and do what we know is right. This is often just referred to as obedience. As an example, consider how the Bible calls upon us to “be humble” (1 Pet. 5:6; Eph. 4:2; Jas 4:10). It doesn’t tell us how and it doesn’t tell us that the Holy Spirit will make us humble. It just says that we are supposed to make a conscious choice to be humble. When we recognize these things we do need to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in the process of growth in these areas. But the first step is just that, the first step. You must make the choice to make the change. When dealing with these nagging things in our lives it’s often very important that we embrace the “cold turkey” mentality. This means that we need to not allow these things any kind of foothold in our lives. We need to be “all-in” on defeating negative traits and embracing those that are life-giving and God honouring. Often, it is necessary for us to take some serious measures. The Bible talks about “cutting out the eye” that has caused you to sin (Matt. 5:29). Now, obviously, Jesus is not condoning digging out your eye. What he was saying is that you need to take extreme measures to ensure that these nagging sin issues don’t gain another toe-hold in your life.

There are also times when we need to take an all-in approach toward God’s call in our lives. This past Sunday we talked about the prophet Elisha. When Elijah placed his mantle on him and called him to follow after him he had a very extreme response. He took all of the oxen that he was using to plow, slaughtered them, and had a cookout for his friends and family. Essentially, he went all-in on God’s call for his life. He didn’t hold anything back! As Christ-followers we must understand that Eph. 2:10 is written for us. That means that, if you have a relationship with Jesus, you are called to do awesome things. Oftentimes we just need to put one foot in front of the other and allow the Holy Spirit to take it from there. God is waiting for people who are willing to take a step of faith so that He can continue to work through those people that are willing to keep moving forward. God will never force you to move. But, when you start taking those steps forward, you will find that His amazing empowering presence is with you every step of the way.

Take an “all-in” approach toward God’s call in your life.

What has God called you to do? How can you start walking towards Gods call for your life today?

PD

Missions Moment: Aug 4, 2019

PRAY FOR THE NATION OF BANGLADESH #48 (on World Watch List)

In Bangladesh Christian converts come from a Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu background. They face the most pressure from family and community, as well as from Islamic extremist groups and religious leaders.

Right now they are also being overwhelmed with flooding and Dengue Fever. Our partner church in Bangladesh, with assistance from PAOC/ERDO are heavily engaged with the Rohingya refugees and are trying to provide as much assistance as possible.

Pray for the rains to stop and this deadly fever to be arrested.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 46:1, Proverbs 18:10

Women’s Connection: August 2019

Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”     

The Word of God is to your spirit as bread is to your body. When your body feeds on physical food, it produces physical power called strength. When your spirit feeds on spiritual food, the Word, it produces spiritual power called faith. Just as you can’t eat one meal and feed on the memory of it for several weeks and become strong, you can’t just remember what the Word says and stay strong in faith. We can’t get casual about the Word. If you do, you’ll slack off and, one of these days, the devil will catch you unprepared and steal you blind. Remembering the Word isn’t enough. You must continually feed on what it says. Get it out, read it and study it… the verses you’ve read a thousand times. Suddenly God will give you the greatest revelation of it that you’ve never seen before. You can’t get continued results if you don’t spend time in prayer and in the Word of God. Studying it daily allows the Spirit to nourish you. Jesus said “The Words I have spoken to you, they are Spirit and they are Life.”

Food Review

Cherries - sweet, juicy, delicious cherries!!!

I do enjoy them when they are in season and have been enjoying them thoroughly. Not only are they one of my favourite fruit but they are acclaimed to be a super fruit.  They have the highest level of disease fighting antioxidants and contain other important nutrients, as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries), vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fibre and folate. They ease the pain of arthritis, gout and lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. They help with memory loss, jet-lag and aging and are a good anti-inflammatory.        

Cherry Crisp

5 cups pitted cherries     2 tbsp sugar    1 tbsp cornstarch    ½ tsp vanilla    ¼ tsp almond extract

Topping---1/4 cup whole wheat flour   ¼ cup br sugar packed   ¼ cup granulated sugar    ¼ tsp. Cinnamon  ¼ tsp salt     ¼ cup cold butter cut in pieces   ½ cups oats   1/3 cup chop almonds.   Toss cherries, sugar, cornstarch and extracts in bowl.  Prepare topping whisking flour, sugars, cinnamon,& salt. Add buttrer oats & almonds mixing until crumbly.  Place cherries in small pan, sprinkle topping over cherries.   Bake 375 for 25-30 min., until topping is slightly browned.

Missions Moment: Jul 28, 2019

A FUN PROJECT...SEEDS FOR CUBA!

Our Global Workers Bonita & Alberto are in Canada for Itineration till November. They will be at CPC in October.

They always gather various items for their work in Cuba that are hard to find or prohibitively expensive. They have begun a garden at their farm and would like to collect packets of vegetable seeds to take back and try!

Any varieties are great. They would like some to be climbers as they are going to try ‘vertical’ gardening as well as regular.

Would you see what you can find before seeds are gone from store shelves? There will be a container in the foyer to receive your ‘Gatherings’ THANKS!

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:29

Missions Moment: Burkina Faso

UPDATE ON THE PERSECUTED CHURCH IN BURKINA FASO (AFRICA)

Militants continue to hunt for and persecute believers in the small African country of Burkina Faso. While Burkina Faso isn’t listed in the top 50 persecuted countries, it has seen an alarming increase in 2019.

PRAY FOR:
Healing from emotional trauma.
Provision for survivors.
The government to be able to secure the region.
Wisdom, courage and hope for the body of Christ as they continue to face these threats!

SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 1:15-18, 3:16-19

Women's Connection: July 2019

Awhile ago, in my daily devotional, 1 Cor. 6:17 really spoke to me: “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord, Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

Be separate is the key. In John 17:17, Jesus says, when praying to the Father, “Sanctify or separate them through your truth. Thy Word is truth.” We cannot separate ourselves from any destructive habit without replacing it with something else. We cannot turn away from the things of this world unless we turn to something stronger. If we give the Word of God first place in our lives, it will continue to separate us from poverty, anxiety, sickness, hatred and the darkness of our old habits.  Once my son discovered this. He had a small bible that he carried around in his pocket. Every time he wanted a cigarette, he would reach in his pocket and pulled out the Bible instead, turning to pre-marked verses, such as “I can do all things through Christ” and “Greater is He that is in me” until the urge went. He won victory over that habit by the power of the Word. We need to lock into the Word and let it separate us from the things of the world and move to the things of God.

Missions Moment: Village of Hope

HOW YOU CAN HELP... VILLAGE OF HOPE (VOH) AFRICA (Week 3)

One of the best ways to help is to become a Child Sponsor through PAOC/ERDO’s ChildCARE Plus and help with education, health care and other basic needs.

For information on how you can sponsor a Village of Hope child please visit the PAOC website.... info@vohafrica.com

Child sponsorship is a wonderful way to involve your children in actively caring for others through giving, letter writing and praying!

SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:4

Missions Moment: June Focus

JUNE FOCUS IN THE MISSIONS CAFE... TEEN CHALLENGE LONDON!

Teen Challenge is a faith based ministry serving those dealing with addictions... particularly drug and alcohol.

It is a year long program where students attend a residential program that guides them toward recovery and finding Jesus!

All donations in our Cafe will go toward purchasing microphones for the London Centre. 

**Mike and his team are working hard to provide delicious treats and coffee in the Cafe... drop by and enjoy while you support this vital work!

SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 10:13-14, Psalm 50:15

Women's Connection: June 2019

2 Corinthains 4:9 “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

When you run into an impossible situation, one you don’t have the strength or the ability to handle, are you often tempted to throw in the towel and simply give up? Remember the Word of God says God’s strength is about to be made perfect in you. 

Strength or dunamis means God’s miracle-working power will come into play when your human strength ends. Acts 14 shows this promise in action. The Apostle Paul was stoned, taken out of the city and left for dead. His human strength had ended and he was powerless but the disciples gathered around and prayed and the Lord raised him up and he went on his way. God’s power enabled him to be an overcomer. So if you are facing a crisis today - if you are sick and medicine has failed, if your family is falling apart, if bad habits have you hopelessly bound, if you’ve done absolutely all you know to do with no results...then rejoice! For when human strength ends, the power of God excels! Only believe that God’s grace is sufficient for you. To receive you must believe. Believing is trusting in God to honour His Word, which He says He watches over it to accomplish what He said it would do and that He even honours it above His Name. We need to cut our ties to what the world says and believe what God’s Word says.

When we don’t believe God’s Word the way He does…

Replacing Negative Confessions with the Word of God : My Don’t Do It List 

  1. Never again will I confess that, “I can’t do something,” for, “I can do all things through Christ who strengths me.” – Philippians 4:13

  2. Never again will I confess lack or, “I can’t afford that,” for, “My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19; Joshua 1:7-8; Psalm 1:1-3

  3. Never again will I confess fear or say that, “I am afraid,” for, “God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – II Timothy 1:7

  4. Never again will I confess doubt and lack of faith or say, “I don’t know, or I’m not sure I can do that,” for, “God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.” – Romans 12:3

  5. Never again will I confess weakness, for, “the Lord is the strength of my life,” and, “the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” – Psalm 27:1; Daniel 11:32

  6. Never again will I confess defeat, for, “God always causes us to triumph in Christ.” – II Corinthians 2:14

  7. Never again will I confess lack of wisdom or “I don’t know,” for, “Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God.” – I Corinthians 1:30

  8. Never again will I confess that I am sick, for, “With His stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5

  9. Never again will I confess worries and frustrations, for, “I am casting all my care upon Him; for He careth for me.” – I Peter 5:7

  10. Never again will I confess bondage, for, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – II Corinthians 3:17

  11. Never again will I confess condemnation or be self-condemned, for, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1

Proverbs Referencing Our Words

  • Proverbs 6:2

  • Proverbs 10:11, 19, 31-32

  • Proverbs 12:6, 14

  • Proverbs 15:4, 23

  • Proverbs 16:24

  • Proverbs 25:11-12 

Happy Fathers’ Day

Fathers’ Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA on June 19, 1910 by Sanora Smart Dodd. Her father was a Civil War veteran, a single parent who raised 6 children. She heard a sermon about Jarvis’s Mothers’ Day at a Methodist Church and told her pastor that fathers should have a holiday honouring them. When she went away to college, it faded away until she returned in 1930 and started promoting it again with the help of New York Associated Men’s Wear Council.  It wouldn’t pass congress as it was perceived as another attempt by merchants to commercialize it like Mother’ Day. Finally in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation honouring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June. Six years later, President Richard Nixon signed it into law. It was soon adopted into Canada but is not considered a public holiday.

Missions Moment: Mother's Day

ON THIS MOTHER’S DAY LET US REMEMBER TO...

Give thanks for and pray blessings on the mothers/grandmothers in our midst.

Pray for and give thanks for our Global Worker moms/grandmas wherever in the world they are. 

Think about and pray for those mothers in our community and around the world who are raising their families and difficult circumstances... may they feel the Lord near.

SCRIPTURE: “Her children rise up and call her blessed”...Proverbs 31:28a

MISSIONS CAFE PRAISE! Your donations in April for mosquito nets is $342.06!

Missions Moment: May Focus

MAY FOCUS IN THE MISSIONS CAFE: YOUTH FOR CHRIST (YFC)

Youth for Christ in Strathroy continues to develop relationships with the young people in our town!

Under the leadership of our own Dave Berdan YFC is making its presence known. 

Continue to pray for a permanent location to gather!

DONATIONS in the Cafe will go towards buying sports equipment for events like Block Parties etc.

SCRIPTURES: Romans 10:14, 1 Timothy 4:12

Women's Connection: May 2019

A young girl, named Zochitl, wrote that years before she owned a pager or cell phone, after turning 19, she moved 700 miles away from her mom. One morning, she left early to run errands, forgetting her scheduled call to mom. Later that night, two policemen came to her door. Mom had been worried because she’s never missed one of their chats. After calling repeatedly and getting only a busy signal, her mom reached out to the authorities and had them check on her. One of the policemen turned to her and said, “It’s a blessing to know love won’t stop looking for you.” When she went to call her mom to apologize, she found she had accidentally knocked the phone off its base. After talking with her mom, she hung up, thinking mom had over reacted, but also that it felt good to be loved so much.

Scripture paints a beautiful picture of God, who is Love, relentlessly beckoning His wandering children. Like a good shepherd, He cares about and seeks each and every one, affirming the priceless value of every beloved child of God. Love never stops looking for us. He diligently pursues us. “Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

John 17:23, “I in them and You in Me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  What an amazing verse! God loves us as much as He loves Jesus.

Heaven Declares

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

God has a master plan for you!

Plan your day according to what you desire the outcome to be. You can plan your day with positive implementations that will cause your morning to be the benchmark for the rest of the day. Know, my child, that your plan is based on your thoughts and out of the abundance of your heart, the mouth speaks. My child, out of the abundance of your thoughts your vision will speak for itself. Did you know that I have a plan for your life? The blueprint of your life has already been predetermined for you. What I create is always good. I will never plan anything for you in vain or unintentionally. My plans for your life are strategic and the outcomes are always good when you are in obedience to My voice and My word. The storms of life will come to throw you off course, but my plan for your life is to keep you aligned with Me and moving toward your destiny. 

Scriptures: Rom. 8:29; Habakkuk 2:2; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 55:11; Deut. 28:1, 30:8

Prayer:

I know, Father, that your ways are not my ways and Your thoughts are not like mine. You have given me a promising future. Remove people who come with flattery and connect me with those who will speak the truth in love. Give me a heavenly download concerning my destiny. In Your name I pray, Amen.

I decree and declare:

That I will learn how to manage my time effectively.  

That every promise of God over my life is not null and void.  

That new relationships are aligning to me.  

That the favour of God is attracting what I need to fulfill my calling.  

That my destiny will not be disrupted by the enemy. 

That I will walk in total obedience to the Lord. 

That the disruptions around me will be silenced.  

That I will seek the face of the Lord in every decision-making plan, and that my ears are open to new ideas and concepts in Jesus’ name.

Missions Moment

Missions Moment: April Focus for our Missions Cafe.. MAK (Missions & Kids)

Missions and kids (MAK) is about saving the lives of children around the globe!

One of the ways they do that is to buy nets that hang from the ceiling over the children’s beds to protect them while they sleep. This is a simple but very effective way to prevent disease from insect bites!

The nets cost $10/net… lets try and buy 50!

Scripture: Matthew 19:14

PS - Thanks to your generous donations in the cafe in March we are sending $318 to the Samson’s for the Widows in India!

Women's Ministries: April 2019

Hebrews 10:19 “We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the Blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is His Body.”

It was a dark and sombre day in the outskirts of Jerusalem. On a hill just outside the city walls, a Man who’d been attracting crowds for the past three years hung in disgrace and pain on a rough wooden cross, Mourners wept and wailed in sorrow. The light of the sun no longer brightened the afternoon sky. The intense suffering of the Man ended when He cried out in a loud voice, “It is finished.” At that very moment, another sound came from the great temple across town - the sound of ripping fabric. Miraculously, without human intervention, the huge, thick veil that separated the outer temple from the Holy of Holies tore in two from top to bottom. That torn curtain symbolized the reality of the Cross. A new way was now opened to God. On the Cross, Jesus the Man had shed His Blood as the last sacrifice allowed, all who believe in Him are able to enjoy forgiveness of sins and enter into a relationship with God. Amidst the darkness of that Good Friday, Jesus opened a way for us to be saved from the consequences of our sins and experience fellowship with God. Thank you Jesus for the torn veil.

Have a blessed, peace-filled Easter ,knowing the price has been paid for our sins.
Jesus is also the reason for this season!

Missions Moment: April Focus

APRIL FOCUS: MAK (MISSIONS & KIDS)

                             FOUR|FOURTEEN... HOPE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION 

This month we have focused on MAK and how we can impact children in the 4-14 age bracket.  
This week let’s think about children in our own church, our own communities... consider how you might have an impact, through kind words, good deeds and prayer!

PRAYER: Lord, help us to have the heart of a child & see children as you do...

SCRIPTURES: Matthew 18:3, Mark 10:16

***Last Sunday to donate to ‘mosquito nets’ in our Cafe!

Women's Connection: August 2018

1 John 5:18. "We know whoever is born of God does not keep on sinning. But whoever is born of God guards himself, and the wicked one cannot touch him."  Satan cannot do anything to you apart from fear, any more than God will do something for you apart from faith (Heb. 11:6). Just as faith is unwavering confidence in God and His Word, fear is unwavering confidence in something that has the ability to hurt you or cause a serious loss in your life. It is activated through words and actions in the same way faith is activated through words and actions.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control. Notice how there’s no fear?

Fear must come from the outside. It first comes against your mind as thoughts of doubt, unbelief, and disaster. When you meditate on these and it starts to come out of your mouth, they begin to grow and take root inside you. Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." (Matt 12:34, 25) If you want good things to come to pass in your life, speak God's Word. Refuse to speak words of doubt, fear and unbelief which gives the devil a foothold. Don't ever act on fear. It will move into your spirit and choke your faith. It will do its best to stay there and ruin your life. Fill your heart with God's unchanging Word and watch the abundance of your heart produce the fruit of the Spirit and the blessings of God.

Missions Moment: Dignity Project in Romania

MISSIONS CAFE FOR AUGUST- DIGNITY PROJECT IN ROMANIA..

Dignity... a word we understand and believe God means for all people.
Proton Foundation (Ian Green) is providing sanitary products to the Roma women living in the community of Lazareni, Romania.
The need is great. This is an opportunity to witness by meeting a ‘felt need’ for these precious women.

So enjoy the goodies in the cafe knowing all donations this month go to this need.

SCRIPTURE: Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 6:10

Women's Connection: May 2018

I read an article on a guy, James, who got a new puppy, and caught him chewing on one of his books. He shared that this was only one of the incidents he’d caught him chewing on his personal possessions. It brought to mind our dog, Buddy, when he was a puppy. He chewed on anything he could get to - my glasses, money, any paper laying around and all the plastic tips on my shoe laces.  I like the way James brought it around to us about what we "chew" on in out minds and hearts.  Do we carefully consider what we are feeding our souls when we watch T.V., surf on the internet, the social media, games, music we listen to, etc.? We have been learning in Bible study that what we "chew" on is what comes out of us, especially in a time of crisis. No wonder the Lord told Joshua to meditate on the Word day and night to have success. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Matt. 12:34 What we fill our minds with is how we develop our maturity, or not, in the Lord. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Rom. 10:17. Having our mind so full of the Word that at times of crisis we know what to speak.  Now that's good chewing.

Missions Moment: 4-14 Four-Fourteen... Hope for the Next Generation (Part 4)

There is Power in Uniting in Prayer...
Father God,
We lift to You the children and their families who are part of our churches and communities.
We pray you help us to do our  part as followers of Jesus to impart your teachings to the next generation, supporting parents as they raise their children in this day and age...
Give us wisdom as we, the church, come alongside and do all we can to see this generation raised up as Bible based, Spirit filled disciples of Christ.

Prayer from Cindy Rose.. Children’s Ministries PAOC Western Ontario District 

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 54:13; Matthew 18:10