It's been several months since I last wrote anything on this blog. a lot has happened since the last part of July when we held our annual Vacation Bible Camp. Hopefully you've been catching the Cornerstone, our monthly newsletter.
If not, here's a synopsis of what has been going on. We had an interim pastor who helped our leaders sort out what God wanted for us. He called it Next Steps and through the better part of a year, we prayed, talked, pondered and meditated on many things. Then towards the end of the summer, a passionate but gentle, wise man and his wife approached us about becoming our new pastor.
After sitting down and talking to each other, learning the heart of each other, our congregation called Stephen Johnson and his wife Jacquie to be our new pastor. These last few months, have been hectic and very busy. Hence, I have not been on here except to place the Cornerstone.
One of the things that has happened is a sense of changing our identity a bit. In order to do that, it's been decided to change the name of our building. We will become GracePoint Christian Church on Nov. 29, 2015. The legalities of this change is already in the works.
Why GracePoint? Jesus died so we could receive God's greatest gift-grace. Unmerited because we are all sinners and fall short of His glory. But we want to point people towards this wonderful gift of Grace. The name itself will be an opening to share the Good News to all.
It will also help each of us to remember to extend grace to those around us.
Due to some of the changes that are coming, we are moving our website to a different platform. It's not up and running yet. We don't have a domain name but it will be GracePoint Christian Church or some variation of that such as GracePointCC@ _____?.
Hopefully the connection between the two will send you to the right place.
The next few weeks will be busy as all the loose ends are wrapped up. Hopefully, we'll meet again on the new site in December. Until then...
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Friday, July 17, 2015
Vacation Bible Camp is coming to MacArthur Blvd Christian Church in two weeks!
Yes, you read that right. It's time to create a place where young people can put aside their media devices and delve into another world.
This year we are headed for adventures at the base camp of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
Our young explorers will meet at 9:30 AM with their crew leaders before heading in to sing songs about God's power, study God's Word, and do wonderful activities that will help them remember the lessons learned that day as they head home at 2:15 PM. The dates for this engaging week of fun is August 3rd-7th.
Registration forms are available in the church office. Call or come by and fill one out, or come Monday morning, the 3rd, and we'll register you then.
You can contact Anna in the office Tuesdays-Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Oops almost forgot! Children 3 and a half to those going into 8th grade are welcome to join the expedition.
Friday, June 26, 2015
There are two paths before you; you may take only one path. One doorway is narrow. And one door is wide. Go through the narrow door. For the wide door leads to a wide path, and the wide path is broad; the wide, broad path is easy, and the wide, broad, easy path has many, many people on it; but the wide, broad, easy, crowded path leads to death. Now then that narrow door leads to a narrow road that in turn leads to life. It is hard to find that road. Not many people manage it.The Voice Matthew 7:13-14
Jesus came to show us the way to His Father. He is, and was compassionate to those who had lost their way in this world. However, He also told them to turn from their sinful ways and follow Him. The rich man was willing to follow but when He asked the man to give up his wealth the man went away, unwilling or unable to divest himself of what he'd gained in this world.
The woman at the well however, when told to sin no more, went and shared Jesus' teaching and many came to know Him. Both were given a choice. One trusted Jesus and turned away from her former life. One chose life. One chose death.
We each make that decision. No matter how old or how long we have wandered on the wide path, we can choose the narrow path. Have you chosen?
If not, we're a group of people encouraging each other to remain on the narrow path and lighting the way to all to find Jesus. The Christ, the Messiah, our Redeemer.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
1. "I lift my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from?
2. My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."
These words of scripture are beautiful. I've asked the question posed in verse 1 many times in my life. I think we all do from time to time. It's natural when we are facing a storm in our life to wonder where help might be coming from. The answer is found in verse 2. God is the only one who can truly help us. And He will help us if we only keep our eyes on Him.
In a few weeks, our congregation will welcome a new pastor and his wife into our congregation. We have always kept our eyes on the Lord. We know that God is challenging us to move from our seats in the auditorium to the streets of Vancouver and further. We can't do this on our own. We will need to keep our eyes on the Lord at all times.
Are you ready for a new adventure with God? I know I am. Come and join us! The door is always open. Let's take this trip together and may God be glorified.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Last week, I wrote about the first part of Philippians 4: 6-9.
This week I want to tackle the last part that begins with ‘Finally brothers…’ We are given a list of items to focus on; noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.’ You’ll notice each word is something we consider to be positive. When we focus on these traits, it is hard to be anxious, fearful, or worried. They allow us to look at the world through God’s eyes and what He wants for us; peace in Him.
It doesn’t mean that life is always going to rosy and nothing bad will ever happen; because that’s not true. We live in a fallen world where very bad things do happen every day, every hour, every minute. It just means that when we are focused on God, He will lead us through each situation.
Peter is a good illustration of this. When the storm came up on the lake. Peter heard Jesus calling to him. Peter climbed out of the boat and began to walk towards Jesus and while he kept His eyes on Jesus, Peter was okay. But the moment he looked down and realized he was on the water, he began to sink.
The story illustrates what happens when we take our eyes off of Jesus. We will sink. Every time.
The final instruction begins with the word, “Whatever…”We must put into practice what we learn in this set of scriptures. Not just for one day, but for the rest of our lives. There will be times when we keep our eyes on Jesus, but other times when we’ll forget like Peter and begin to sink.
Did Jesus let Peter drown? No. He pulled him to safety. Jesus will always protect us and pull us to safety, if only we acknowledge Him and turn our eyes to Him.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
This is one of my favorite set of verses. It is multi-faceted like a diamond. You look at it one way and see beautiful luster and then you look at it another way and are stunned by the beauty found in, and from, that angle. No matter which way you look at it, you find another dimension of beauty. I will share a bit of the beauty I see in these verses today and then add more thoughts next week.
Anxiousness is a cancer that eats away at our very core. We worry. We plan. We scheme to make sure everything is secure in our lives. We fret about the amount of money we make. We worry about our children and the decisions they make. We wring our hands in fretfulness about the world and all the chaos in it. Did you see any words that made you sqirm? Anxious, worry, scheme, fret.
These words conjure up pictures of constant uneasiness both physically and mentally. Have you ever watched a dog with a bone or towel? Our dog has an old towel and she will lay with it for a fairly long time and just chew on it. Her total focus is on that object. I envision a person walking back and forth wringing their hands together. Nothing can enter that person's mind except the issue causing the concern.
The second half of this first statement tells us to take everything to God. We must give Him our concerns. We mustn't hide from God what is bothering us. He desires for us to tell Him, but we must turn to Him, give Him our focus, knowing he understands and will care for us and the situation. And what will happen if we do that? The peace of God will envelop us and give us comfort and strength.
I saw the following on the web. I don't know who to attribute it to but it goes like this:
God's voice stills you. Satan's voice rushes you.God's voice leads you. Satan's voice pushes you
God's voice reassures you. Satan's voice frightens you.
God's voice enlightens you. Satan's voice confuses you.
God's voice encourages you. Satan's voice discourages you.
God's voice comforts you. Satan's voice worries you.
God's voice calms you. Satan's voice obsses you.
God's voice convicts you. Satan's voice condemns you.
Which voice do you listen to?