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Written by: Jason Friesen on: May 31, 2017
I am ashamed to say that I did the very thing I said I would try not to do. On Sunday I spoke out of James 3 about the importance of our words, and that we should all be careful with the words we use. We should take a good, hard, and honest look at the words we use to make sure they are lining up with our faith. Then as I was driving home from church I used some words in response to another driver that do not represent the belief I have in Christ. It was an awful experience. Just as the words were coming out of my mouth I almost gagged. I knew exactly what I had done. I was fully aware of my hypocrisy in that moment. I hope you are reminded that we all stumble, even pastors.
Written by: Al Letkeman on: May 25, 2017
One can only imagine what went through the minds of the readers of James letter to the churches. Do we have more faith than the demons?
Written by: Al Letkeman on: May 17, 2017
Time and again in the book of James, after being exhorted to dig deeply into the word of God, we’re exhorted to live our lives as evidence of having read it, of having grasped this to be true. The litmus test of our faith appears to be in how we live out the very things Scripture calls us to.
Written by: Al Letkeman on: May 10, 2017
On Sunday, as we heard the testimonies of God’s grace and work in the lives of individuals, we sang the following lines: “what love could remember no wrongs we have done; Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum; Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore; Our sins they are many, His mercy is more; What riches of kindness he lavished on us; His blood was the payment, His life was the cost; We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford; Our sins they are many, His mercy is more.
Written by: Al Letkeman on: May 3, 2017
Seems you don’t have to go very far to receive the latest tips and information about experiencing life to the fullest. Buy this vehicle and it can take you on the escape needed. Buy this lottery ticket, and if lucky enough to win you can dream about life the way it was meant to be. Get this gym membership, and in no time you’ll experience the thrill of living as you were meant to.
Written by: Andy Porter on: April 26, 2017
The Bible tells us some things that at first blush seem pretty crazy. Take for example how James tell us to consider it pure joy when we face the various trials of life. Financial struggles, family break-down, life threatening health concerns, betrayal by friends or the just the humdrum boredom of doing the same thing day after day - pure joy??? (I'm sure you can add other trials to the list too).
Written by: Al Letkeman on: April 20, 2017
One can only imagine the intensity of that first Easter for Jesus’ followers. On Friday they watch with pain and agony as their leader is nailed to a cross. They return to their jobs, only to have Sunday come around, and discover that Jesus is alive and soon they’re talking around a table with him, enjoying a meal together.
Written by: Andy Porter on: March 30, 2017
As they enter Jerusalem, in their celebration they shout out the words of Psalm 118:26: "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD." If we look back at the context and content of the whole Psalm and what it teaches us about the coming Messiah, we may be guarded from the fickle faith of the crowd that was on display on that first Palm Sunday.
Written by: Jason Friesen on: March 16, 2017
As time goes on the more and more I realize that we all will experience adversity at one time or another. Pain is inevitable. Hardship is inevitable. This is all a product of a broken world, and when we try to find our joy and satisfaction in the things of this world, we are going to eventually be disappointed every time. I guarantee it.
Written by: Al Letkeman on: March 8, 2017
Paul writes in Romans 1:16 that “he is not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God to save everyone who believes”. Occasionally I find myself asking how much I actually believe this truth? As we’ve heard about the reality of the abortion issue the past few weeks, hearing the alarming stats of children being killed while still in the womb, hearing about the incredibly painful and lonely journey this can be for women and men involved, wondering how we respond as a church, it can be easy to feel despair. Or to wonder what really can we do?
Written by: Al Letkeman on: March 1, 2017
In a culture that rallies against injustices, and speaks up for various injustices and rights violations perpetrated against individuals, and those who perhaps don’t have a voice, it is interesting that abortion quietly slips under our radars. I do not write that as a political statement this morning, but simply as an observation. An observation that makes me wonder.
Written by: Andy Porter on: February 16, 2017
What will they think of me when they find out that I'm a Bible believing Christian?
If I try to share the gospel with my colleague at work perhaps everyone will find out about my faith?
If I stand up and speak from a Christian perspective on "that" issue surely they will think I'm narrow and bigoted".
I don't feel like I have the right words to share the gospel message - I'm just not that good at speaking about this.
I'm just too timid!
I want people to like me, not hate me!
Who of you reading this wake-up this morning has not ever asked these things at some point or another? God's Word should be a great encouragement to us - the apostle Paul sometimes felt the same way:
Written by: Al Letkeman on: February 2, 2017
Have you savoured that first cup of coffee this morning, inhaling the rich aroma of the perking grounds as the scent has wafted through the kitchen? Have you settled into the day of work, as the tasks before you, potentially give you the opportunity to exercise the creativity that God has gifted you with? Have you begun the day of studies, exploring new wonders with your mind, or perhaps you find yourself looking forward to the joy of experiencing the winter weather today while jogging or riding your bike, hearing the crunch of the snow underneath your feet.
Written by: Andy Porter on: January 25, 2017
On Sunday morning I shared a story about a good friend whom I attended Bible college with and who then wandered away from the faith. I wrote about his story for a church news letter in July 2000. In thinking about the importance of fellowship I’ve reproduced the story here.
Written by: Al Letkeman on: January 18, 2017
It’s been written that “without the full truth, and a mature understanding of it, there cannot be a satisfying Christianity or a stable church. A hallmark of the Spirit’s work according to Paul is an unquenchable thirst to learn.”