Thoughts for 2016

December 18 – 24 A Thought or Two:

Many people spend a great deal of time and money lighting up their premises to mark the Christmas season. Driving down the lanes of many of the streets in our villages and communities it is quite a show. But the greatest lighting display in history did not have its beginning with the purchases made at the local Canadian Tire Store, or the like thereof.

Indeed, scripture tells us that the glory of the Lord shone around a few beggarly shepherds while they tended to their flocks by night, and they were greatly afraid. Can we even begin to imagine the scene of the angelic multitude in the heavens singing: “Glory to of in the highest, and on earth peace, and goodwill towards men.

Now that’s a light display that never comes unplugged on the first of January. The author of that display also said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Merry Christmas!

Blessings to you and yours this week.
Pastor Leon
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November 13 – 19 A Thought or Two:

The years following the end of Second World War was labelled the Cold War. The Berlin Wall was built in August 1961, dividing the city of Berlin in half. Three decades of smoldering animosity followed, during which tensions between the nations of the West, led by the United States, and the Soviet Union, were at “heir level” intensity, on oceans of the world, on land in Europe, and in the air. Then an amazing thing happened. On November 9,1989, it was announced that citizens could cross freely from East to West in Berlin. The next year the entire wall was torn down.

In the Old Testament the story of Joseph tells how his brothers hated him and took revenge against him (Gen.37-50). But Joseph refused to build a wall of hatred between himself and his brothers. When they came to Joseph to buy grain many years later, he said to them with love and compassion, “You meant it for evil against me; but God meant it for good …. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them”(50:20-21).

Let us pray, that we too may be about tearing town walls, and if need be, restoring relationship wherever possible. And we pray the same prayer for our neighbours to the south of us.

Blessings to you and yours this week.
Pastor Leon

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November 6 – 12 A Thought of Two:our

Let us pray for our nation: Our gracious and Almighty heavenly Father, whose hand has created and preserved our nation, grant that our people might know what they give thanks for on Remembrance Day.

May we remember how bitterly our freedom has been preserved, in continuous instalments in the sacrifice, bloodshed, and death, by those who have responded to the call to serve, protect, and if necessary, lay down their lives for us—– the ones who live today in freedom, in this great nation of ours.

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do what we want, but the right to do what is right, in Your eyes, heavenly Father.

May we understand that true freedom is only discovered as we yield our hearts and all allegiances to Your will in our lives.

May our faith be something that is not only talked about, but lived, as we daily serve You. And may we understand in our heart of hearts, that as we serve You Lord, we will lay down our lives for others, day by day, one day at a time (John 15:12-17). Through Christ our Lord, we pray.

Blessings to you and yours this week.
Pastor Leon

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October 16 – 22 A Thought or Two:

In Genesis 28 Jacob is on the run from his brother Esau. He laid down for the night, and that night had a vision
of a ladder ascending all the way to heaven. Angels of God ascended and descended on it. At the top of the ladder Jacob could see the Lord who spoke words of affirmation to him: “Behold I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Jacob awoke from his sleep, and said: “Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.”

Well friends, it the same for us. God is with us wherever we go. He is in the common place activities of the
day. He is with us when things are stressed. God is marvellously blended into our lives as we remember to
include Him in all situations, and circumstances. He is as close as our whispered prayers.

One writer put it this way: “Oh, how oft I wake and find I have been forgetting Thee! But I am never from Thy mind;
Thou it is that wakest me.” Our greatest privilege in life friends is to enjoy the
presence of God.

Blessings to you and yours this week as you enjoy the presence of God.
Pastor Leon

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October 2 – 8 A Thought or Two:

It was mentioned on the news the other day, that there has not been an American Presidential election in modem times in which Canadians have had such a keen interest.

The Republican Party is noted by the news media as having its base strength among Evangelical Christians. Indeed, the Vice Presidential candidate introduced himself as a Christian first, followed by his other qualifications to
lead.

During the heat of the American Civil War, one of Lincoln’s advisors said he was grateful that God was on their
side. Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right,” Lincoln’s reply is a sober reminder to anyone who would assume their plans jive with God’s will.

The psalmist sums it up for any Christian, regardless of political stripe: “Search me 0 God and know my heart; … and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”(ps. 139:23-24).

Surely, being on God’s side, means that we will reflect His love to those around us. And regardless of any differences we may have, we will always conduct ourselves with the utmost respect and civility toward others.

Blessings to you and yours this week.
Pastor Leon

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September 25 – October 1 A Thought or Two:

I read somewhere that a restaurant owner in Jerusalem offers a 50 percent discount for the patrons who turned off their cell phones while they are in the restaurant. He believes that cell phones etc. take away companionship and conversation, leaving everyone actually dining alone. “Technology is very good. But when you are with your family and friends, surely you should at least talk to them,” the restaurant owner said.

It is the same in our faith. How easy it is to be distracted by the cares of this world, not only to the neglect of our friends and family members, but also with our Lord.

The parable of the sower in Matthew 13, makes this abundantly clear. A good prayer for all of us could go something like this: “Lord help me to turn off all the distractions around me, and help me to focus on You and the people I share life with. May my heart be good soil for the seed of Your Word today, so I will reach out in love to those around me.”

Blessings to you and yours this week.
Pastor Leon

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September 18 – 24 A Thought or Two:

A friend of mine was telling me that he saw some of the giant sequoia trees in British Columbia. These amazing trees can grow to over 300 feet, and can have a width of over 20 feet. They are also amazing resilient. For example, in the event of a forest fire, the heat pops the cones open, thus sowing the seeds on the forest floor which has been fertilized by the ashes from the fire. Another amazing fact about these huge trees is that they can flourish in just 3 feet of soil. The secret? Their roots intertwine with other trees, providing great stability, even in the most violent storms.

That’s what God desires for His people. Our ability to stand against the storms of life is because of the love and support we get from God, and our brothers and sisters in the faith.

Let us thank the Lord for His intertwining strength in our lives. And let us ask Him daily to show us someone who needs the love and support He has given to us.

Blessings to you and yours this week
Pastor Leon

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September 11 – 17 A Thought or Two:

While serving as missionaries in 1904, Minnie and George Lacy suffered the loss of five of their children to scarlet fever. In letters to the mission board George Lacy wrote of their great loneliness and deep grief: “Sometimes it seems more than we can bear,” he once wrote. But then he added, “The Lord Jesus is with us and He is wonderfully helping us.”

Many of us have had dark moments, or even periods in life in which we wondered if we could carry on. Betrayals by those close, the loss of work, health,
the death of a loved one, and the list goes on, of hardships we all face at one time or another.

When the psalmist was deeply oppressed, he cried out to the Lord: “Hear, 0 Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord be my helper!” And God heard and gave him comfort.(Psalm 30).

As believers in Jesus, we will never lack what we need to stay the course of faith. He is only a prayer away.

Blessings to you and yours this week
Pastor Leon

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July 31 – August 6 A Thought or Two:

It occurs to me that much of our terminology with reference to God has become generic, which of course means: “Having to do with a class, or group of similar things; inclusive, not specific.” We sing Jesus is the sweetest name I know? Is it? How often do we attend public worship services, hear respected theologians speak, indeed some ministers of the gospel pray, and the name of Jesus never mentioned. And yet, without Jesus there is no gospel. There is no saving faith. Jesus advises us to abide in Him as a branch attached to the vine. He tells us that as we serve Him, we are His friends(John 15). And Jesus tells us to pray to the Father in His name(John 16). And my dear friends, “if we confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus, and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we are saved(Romans 10:9). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved”(Acts 16:31). “and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”(philippians 2). Now, that’s not generic. That’s specific, and fundamental. Lift up the name of Jesus!

Blessings to you and yours this week
Pastor Leon

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July 10 – July 16 A Thought or Two:

I was at a Kairos Marathon some years ago at Springhill Penitentiary. As we sat in our usual huge
“circle of sharing” in the Chapel, one of the inmates shared his story of pain and struggle. It was a deeply
moving time for all who were present. There were many times during those sessions, that one could sense
the movement of the Holy Spirit in our midst, as people struggled to let go of the past and begin life
anew. This was one of those times. And we were all there -inmates and outsiders, seeking to be among
“wounded healers,” as Henry Nouwen phrased it. On this occasion, we broke off for the evening meal. bon
Doherty, a member of the group, arrived back and presented the following poem, which he composed
over supper. It is worth consideration: “A-gossamer veil hides behind the mask of a jester, and lying
beneath is a fiery dragon, ridden by a frightened child. The name of the mask is pride, and the veil is shame,
upon which our pride is written, the name of the dragon is anger, and the little child is the prison
within.” Are you not thankful that Jesus still “—heals the broken hearted and proclaims liberty to the
captives … “(Luke 4:18-19)

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon
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June 26 – July 2  A Thought or Two:

One author says that the book of Joshua is recommended reading for all people who find themselves in transition. Whether it be in transition from high school to college/university, or to the work force etc. We discover as we journey through life that there are many transitions in the journey. In the book of Joshua, God’s people were poised to enter the promised-land, after 40 years of wandering through the desert. Moses had died, and their new leader was Joshua. God’s advice to Joshua is pretty good for any new generation: “Be strong and very courageous, that you may observe and do all the laws which Moses my servant gave you; do .not turn to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go”(1 :7)—- Pretty good advice for all of us! And the Lord’s charge and promise is also pretty good advice for all of us as well: ”Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”(v.9). Just remember friends: always take the hand of Jesus who walks with you day by day. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon

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June 19 – 25 A Thought or Two:

The title of the message for this Father’s Day is “How We Teach Our Children.” Indeed, the best teaching is discovered in how we live. One writer summed it up quite nicely with the following words of wisdom: “If a child lives with criticism he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight. If he lives with fear he learns to be anxious and insecure. If he lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself. If he lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If he lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty. If he lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident in imself and his abilities. If he lives with tolerance, he learns to be tolerant of others. If he lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative. If he lives with acceptance, he learns to love. If he lives with approval, he learns to like himself. If he lives with recognition, he learns that it is good to set goals for himself. If he lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and in other people.” Indeed, in all of our relationships, it ought to be natural for a Christian for have such affirming and positive initiatives to others.

Blessings to your and yours this week

Pastor Leon

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June 12 – 18  A Thought or Two:

In Charles Dicken’s novel David Copperfield, young David returns from a happy visit with friends to find his widowed mother had married Edward Murdstone, a harsh domineering man. Mr. Murdstone and his sister, who seemed to always be visiting, took it as their mission to reform the adventurous youth through cruel and harsh punishment. Early in the painful process David expressed his feeling of that trying time: “I might have been improved for my whole life, I might have been made another creature … by a kind word.” The young David Copperfield desperately needed to hear words of encouragement, understanding, and reassurance that he was a young person of value, with a bright future, but such words were never spoken by Edward Murdstone.

The tragedy of not giving such words of encouragement has been recognized since the beginning of time. Proverbs 12: 18 says it well: “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.” Life presents such opportunities to all of us. Let us use them wisely to the glory of God.

Blessings to your and yours this week

Pastor Leon

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June 5 – 11  A Thought or Two:

Current thinking in the field of psychology is that what people think of us when we were very young impacts what we think of ourselves. Children are therefore most dependent on having positive and affirming relationships with the primary people in their lives during their formative years. Although there is wisdom to this thinking, it has its flaws, and short comings It is therefore most important as we mature, not to let what other people think of us, dictate what we think of ourselves. The fact of the matter is there are many people in the world who have not much good to say about anyone, and some of them may be in our own families. Thank God that we need not fall into such a trap of self destruction set for all God’s people. Ephesians 2: 10 tells us that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works prepared for us before the foundation of the world. Just remember folks: You are an original. You did not come off and assembly line. When God looks at you. He looks right past what others may criticise, and He says: “There’s my own special child!

Blessings to your and yours this week.

Pastor Leon

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May 29 – June 4  A Thought or Two:

Farmers in Japan ship square watermelons to market. One might ask, how do they grow them and why? “The Why” is because it is easier to ship square watermelons. And “The How” is the growers practice of placing the young plants in tempered-glass cubes as they grow. Is it not amusing to think that the naturally round watermelon can be formed in this way? It occurs to me that the forces of society can have the same effect on us. That is why St. Paul reminds us in Romans 12:2 to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The concept is quite elementary. We allow the Word of God to form us, and not the influence of the world. If we meditate on God’s Word, it will influence our thoughts and help us grow to be more like our blessed Saviour. One writer phrased it as follows: “The Savior can satisfy fully, the heart that the world cannot fill. His presence will sanctify wholly the soul that is yielded and still.”

Blessings to your and yours this week

Pastor Leon

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May 22 – 28 A Thought or Two:

Studies have shown the act of smiling can promote good feelings.
Best selling author Daniel Goleman cites various studies to support this in
his book, “Emotional Intelligence.” Although saying “cheese” may make us
smile and have some good feelings, there is a better way to have good feelings,
and that is from the inside out. David discovered this when he was feeling
down, and the Lord inspired him to put it down for our help in Psalm 4.

David took comfort in asking God for help (v. 1). He knew God cared for him
and heard him (v.3). He stopped talking and listened (v.4).He did what was
right and trusted God to handle things (v.5). He was confident that he would
receive gladness in his heart, and all would be well (v.7).

One writer sums it up for us: “A smile may help to lift our load when filled
with anxious care, but trusting God brings inner peace and joy beyond compare.”

Blessings to your and yours this week.
Pastor Leon

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May 15 – 21 A Thought or Two:

A young man was invited to dinner at a friend’s house. The meal was
superb, except for the apple pie, which had much to be desired. All through
the meal, he positive comments about each dish, including the apple pie.
Some weeks later he encountered the couple at the local supermarket. During
the conversation he thanked them for their hospitality and the fine meal. The
young lady then confessed to him, that when she had tasted her piece of
apple pie, she was horrified, and so embarrassed that she almost fled from the
room, as she realized that she had made a huge mistake in the recipe. She
thanked him for the saving grace of the entire evening — his words of
encouragement.

Proverbs says: “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word
makes it glad”(12:25). Our relationships with people are like that—- some need
more than others. But no matter how imperfect a person may seem, or perform,
words of encouragement may just be what they need to give them a much needed
lift in life. One person put it this way: It was only a kindly word, and a word
that was lightly spoken, yet not in vain, for it stilled the pain of a heart
that was nearly broken.

Blessings to you and yours this week.
Pastor Leon Langille

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May 1-7 A Thought or Two:
At a farewell for a minister one time years ago, one of the
parishioners stated that one of the things that he really appreciated
about this friend, the pastor, was that he never seemed to be in a hurry
when he talked to him, even though he knew his pastor had umpteen
things to do. A thought to ponder for all of us I am sure.
Isaiah reminds us that it is in “quietness and confidence” that
we find our strength (Isaiah 30:15). In that verse Isaiah is calling on
the people of Israel to rely on God for their direction in life. Our Lord
tells us that we ought to always be in prayer (Luke 18:1).
Is it not true that there are many times we get rushed and
frustrated, but the busyness is really exacerbated simply because we
leave God out of the rush. Life is busy at times for all of us, but we
, need not be rushed. One writer put it as follows:
We oft grow weary in life’s race
We’re driven by its hurried pace;
But when we wait upon the Lord,
His strength becomes our sure reward.

Blessings to you and yours this week

Pastor Leon Langille

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April 24 – 30 A Thought or Two:

Several people expressed interest in the poem by
Margaret J. Rinck, used in last week’s message. Here it is:

To “let go” does not mean that I stop caring; it means that I
cannot do it for someone else.
To “let go” does not cut myself off, it is the realization that I
can’t control another.
To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural
consequences.
To “let go” is to admit powerlessness, which means the
outcome is out of my hands. It is in God’s hands.
To “let go” is not to change or blame another, it is to make the
most of myself.
To “let go” is not to care for, but to care about.
To “let go” is not to fix but to be supportive.
To “let go” is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human
being.
To “let go” is not to be in the middle making arrangements for
all outcomes, but to allow others to effect their own destinies.
To “let go” is not to be protective, it is to permit another to
face reality.
To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept.
To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead search out
my own short comings and correct them.
To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my own desires, but
to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.
To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anyone, but to try to
become what I dream I can be under God’s guidance.

Blessings to you and yours this week

Pastor Leon Langille

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April 17 -23 A Thought or Two:

I read a story of a promising young golfer who was given permission to practicehis swing in the back yard. He was warned not to use a real ball, and he wasgiven a plastic ball that would not endanger the windows of the house. One daythe young lad thought his parents were both away, and so he thought that he wouldsee what it was like to “take a cut” at a real ball. He lined it up and took thebiggest swing ever. To his horror he saw and heard the shatter of his parent’sbedroom window, and the shrill cry of his mother. The young lad dashed into the house and up the stairs to see his dear mother standing there with blood running
down her face. He started to cry and could not stop, but his mother just wrappedher arms around him and said: “Do not cry, everything will be all right.” After thatthe young fellow never practiced with a “live golf ball” in the back yard again.

When we think of what our blessed Lord did for us on the cross of Calvary, there are certainly some things we never want to do in the back yard or any place else.

When we ponder on such love for us, we will want to live for Him.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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April 10 – 16 A Thought or Two:

There is the story told of a customer who went into a
hardware store many years ago. He approached the clerk
and said: “I would like to buy one of those power saws, as I
hear that I can use it to cut down the five trees on my front
lawn.” The clerk proudly took a power saw off the shelf and
explained all the advantages of such a powerful unit. The
man proudly took the saw, paid for it and left with great
anticipation. The next day the proud customer arrived back
at the hardware store with a frown on his face. “It took me
all day and I did not get one of those trees down,” he
compained, “I guess that I had better buy an axe, at least I
will get something done when I am working up a sweat.”
Puzzled, the clerk took.the steel toothed monster outside,
pulled the rip cord, and the wood eating animal came to life,
ready for any tree.
Well friends, the story of that frustrated customer is a
good illustration for you and me when we try to live for the
Lord on our own strength.
Just remember friends that we are not alone, the Spirit
of the living Christ dwells within you and me (Romans 8:
9-11). “Pull the rip cord” — say a prayer and then cut those
trees down with ease.

Blessings to you and yours this week.
Pastor Leon Langille

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April 3 – 9 A thought or two from your pastor:

Dr. Herald Mitton, the Dean of Acadia Divinity College,
some years ago, used to say the ministry of encouragement
is greatly needed, and sadly is often absent.

Consider little Mary, who was born with a cleft palate
which made her speech the object of derision by her
classmates. Her teacher had an interesting way of checking
for the student’s hearing. She would stand a child across the
room and whisper to them a question such as: “What color
are your shoes? What did you have for breakfast?” … etc.

When it came to Mary’s turn she whispered, “you are
pretty, I wish you were my little girl.” Those words changed
that little girl’s life, and she went on to accomplish great
things in life. On that most important moment, and hearing
those words as a little girl who struggled with her adversity,
Mary realized that she was not flawed as a person, and that
she was loved.

As someone wrote:
“If you are feeling lonely and unworthy,
And wish for a kind and loving friend,
Remember that God longs to show you
A love that never ends.”

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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March 27 – April 2 A thought or two from your pastor:

For the disciples and the many followers of Christ, many of
whom were women, (Luke 8), Resurrection Day began under a cloud
of gloom. We can only imagine what it was like for them as they
huddled together behind closed doors, and grieved, — what might
have been.(Mark 16:10).

When they eventually saw the resurrected Lord, their
mourning turned to joy unspeakable! It is interesting however, that
when Jesus first saw them, He did not empathize with their sorrow,
“He rebuked their unbelief and their hardness of heart” (Mark 10:34).

Indeed, he reminded them that He told them He would be
crucified, but that He would rise again, but they did not believe
Him(Matthew 20:19). Interesting is it not, that the disciples forgot, but
Jesus’ enemies remembered (Matthew 27).

Let us always remember, especially on this Day of all days, we-
serve a risen Savior, and He is in the World today, we know that He is
risen, because He lives within our hearts. Never forget this friends!
(John 1 :12; John 17:20-23).

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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March 20 – 26 A thought or two from your pastor:

If you follow the sports news, Major League Baseball training camps are in full force in Florida these days. They are busy honing their skills for the coming season. There will be ‘ups’ and ‘downs’, hitting slumps, etc. Many years ago the great Lou Gehrig was in such a bad hitting slump that he considered giving up baseball. A friend of his, Paul Krichell, heard about it, jumped on a train, arrived at Lou Gehrig’s house and told him to get dressed because he was taking him out for a steak dinner.

Basically, over dinner, Paul told Lou to ‘get over himself’’ and carry on because things would get better. Well. Lou did just that and to this day is regarded as one of the greatest hitters of all time.

We have all been in that same place as Lou Gehrig at one time or another, thinking ‘what’s the use; things are just not going to work out’. Have we not all been there?

It is such times that we need to take Paul Krichell’s wise advice and ‘just keep on swinging’.

God always makes a way for us. (James 1:12)

Blessings to you and yours this week

Pastor Leon Langille

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March 13 – 19 A thought or two from your pastor:

David McCasland in the Daily Bread devotionals for Easter asks a question many a proud, puffed up individuals pontificate on, when there is no cause to pontificate. “Do you know who I am?” they demand.
The point: If we have to tell them who we are, then it really does not make any difference who we are because they do not know and they could care less.
The point: When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on what we refer to as Palm Sunday some sked, “Who is this?” The vast crowds knew and they replied, “It is Jesus, the Prophet from Nazareth” (Matthew 21:7-9). They had heard Him speak words of compassion and grace, and seen His works of compassion and grace, so they knew who he, Jesus, was.
Simply put what He said and what He did, established who He was. And the people who recognized this were never the same. Although some might have waivered after the crucifixion, many went on to save the world, because they knew who Jesus was and they were never the same.
Indeed, as Oswald Chambers said: “When once you have seen Jesus, you can never be the same.” Well?

Blessings to you and yours this week

Pastor Leon Langille

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March 6 – 12 A thought or two from your pastor:

We are living in a society which is increasingly becoming addicted to gambling. Locally, the craze is ‘chase the ace’. And people will waste week-ends in line to ‘chase the ace’.

There was a time when work was considered a responsibility, and an honour in our society. When we were children, our parents taught us that work was a part of living, and not to be considered unpleasant. indeed, when I was young, it was common to feel ‘special’ when one could help the adults. I must say that I never considered it unpleasant when I had to help with the chores as a child. I am sure that you all resonate with those thoughts.

Let us pray that God will once again instill in the people of this nation, the honour and blessing of work. When a nation, or a church, no matter how small or fragile, has such a mind great things are accomplished. (Nehemiah 4)

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille
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February 28 – March 5 A thought or two from your pastor:

I was having a conversation with a man one day, when the topic of faith came up. The man did not have much good to say about anything, much less the church. He was really building up steam, so, to break the unpleasant direction of the conversation, I said: “Hey Bill, do you know where sinners go?” “That’s easy,” he snapped, “You’re going to tell me that they go to hell in a hand basket.” I replied to him “Oh no Bill, sinners go to church. I like to think that the church is a Hospital for Sinners.” Bill kind of climbed down off his high horse, and did not say much more on the subject. Prayerfully he is reconsidering.

Friends, are you not glad that sinners go to church, and that includes you and me? And sinners – forgiven ones – go to heaven because of God’s grace.

One writer penned it as follows: “We’re far from perfection, yet perfect forever, for Christ is our righteousness, Lord and our Saviour; No justification for sin can we offer. Yet sanctified fully, we’re now His forever”

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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February 21 – 27 A thought or two from your pastor:

The great American statesman William Jennings Bryan, of the late 19th and early 20th C, was having his portrait done. The artist asked, why do you wear your hair over your ears? Bryan replied, “there is a romance connected with that. When I was courting my wife, she objected to the way my ears stood out. So, to please her, I let my hair grow down over my ears.” “That was many years ago.” the artist said. “Why don’t you cut your hair now?” “Because,” Bryan winked, ” the romance is still going on.”

As important as it is to keep the well kindled in our marriages, it is even more important to kindle our love affair with the Lord. As time passes, we may kind of get rusty in both departments.

Considering the latter, the words of Jude are good advice for us when he wrote, “Keep yourselves in love with God.” (v 21).

Our Lord simply said, “Abide in My love.” (John 15: 9-10.

Keep the romance going friends.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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February 7 – 13 A thought or two from your pastor:

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, said during his battle with terminal cancer: “Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make big choices in life.”

In stark contrast, St. Peter challenges us to use our suffering to make our lives count for eternity. And he encourages us to see Jesus’ suffering as an example of what we will face living for him in our time. Remembering that Jesus suffered and died to forgive our sins ought to inspire us to live godly lives with an eye on eternity.

One saint prayed as follows: “Jesus, You have suffered and died for my sins. May your death and resurrection inspire me to make godly choices today, with an eye looking to eternity with joy.”

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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January 31 – February 6 A thought or two from your pastor:

A little 4 year old girl told her Dad that she wanted to be a basketball coach like her Daddy. But first, she would have to learn to tie the laces o her sneakers, and she couldn’t do that yet. Yes, she will learn in time that we have to put ‘first things first,’ as we say. And the first thing in all of life, for all of us, is to know Go and enjoy Him.

That was King David’s counsel to his son Solomon: “Know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind.” (1Chron. 28:9).

A.W. Tozer wrote: ” God is a person and can be known in increasing degrees of intimacy as we prepare our hearts for the wonder of it.” That’s the challenge is it not/ prepare our hearts. What joy when we do! As the hymn write phrased it, “He walks with me, and talks with me, and He tells me I am His own”…It doesn’t get any better than that does it!

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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January 24 – 30 A thought or two from your pastor:

I was listening to the CBC one morning, as a United Chruch Minister from Ontario was being interviewed. She confessed that she no longer believed in God and/or Jesus, and that she no longer had any faith, saying that the bible is just a book.

She could not seem to understand why some people would think that she should leave the ministry.

Just remember that God can be known. He is a Person, not a figment of the imagination.

A.W. Tozer wrote: ” God is a Person who can be known in increasing degrees of intimacy as we prepare our hearts for the wonder of it.” Well, that’s the rub, is it not? “prepare our hearts.”

Let us continually prepare our hearts for the wonder of God in us and around us.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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January 10 – 16 A thought or two from your pastor:

One of the realities in life is that we are sometimes in the company of people we would sooner not be with, but there they are in your face! One person said: “The more I get to know some people the more I like my dog!”

Light years from that dilemma is the advice of St. Paul to the church in Philippi, which was not perfect by any stretch, — “fulfill my joy by being likeminded, having the same love” (Philippians 2:2).

What is the solution? We don’t have to stop loving our dog to love some unlovable people, we just need to ask God to help us love them where they are at. And wonder of all wonders, we quite often find that they are not half bad after all.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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January 3 – 9 A thought or two from your pastor:

As we move into another year, I think the words penned by Henri Noewen are helpful for us:

“Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice; I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of complaint. I can choose to be grateful when I am criticized, even when my heart responds in bitterness. I can choose to speak about goodness and beauty, even when my inner eye looks for someone to accuse., and someone to ca ugly. I can choose to listen to the voices that call to forgive, and look for faces that smile, even when I hear words of revenge, and see grimaces of hatred.”

Yes, my friends, God has dipped his Pen of Love in our hearts and has changed us.
Let us chose gratitude this year.
Let us choose gratitude for one another.
Let us choose gratitude, and thus serve such an awesome God!!

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille