Thoughts for 2018

A Thought or Two: April 15 -21

On June 6, 1944, three American officers huddled together in a bombshell crater on Utah Beach, France. They realized the tide had carried them to the wrong place on the beach. They decided that they would start the battle from where they were. They needed to move forward from a difficult position.

Saul, also found himself in a difficult position, needing to make a decision after meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus. Suddenly, he realized that his entire life was in the wrong place. He had been wasting his time and energy; and while doing that he had ruined many lives, as he persecuted and arrested many of his fellow Jews, who had become Christians. There was only one question of significance, at that crucial point in his life: “Lord, what do You want me to do?”(Acts 9:1-9).

There are times we all find ourselves in places and circumstance s not planned. Whether we find ourselves in a wrong place as those officers on Utah beach, or, as St. Paul in the wrong place in life, all together, the Lord always calls us to move forward under His guidance. All we have to do, is accept the fact that this is necessary and expected by our Lord (Philippians 3:13-14)

Blessings to you and yours this week
Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: April 8 to 14

I was speaking with a friend the other day, and we were lamenting about the way the world seems to be going. And we commented that when we were young, there seemed to be more contact between neighbours; and families seemed to be more closely knit.

It occurred to me as I pondered our conversation, that one of the reasons for the difference, was the fact that people had to depend on one another more back then. I used to hear my father talk about the winters, and the way neighbours worked together in the woods, and shared farm work with the neighbours helping one another, because there was the need. Times were hard, and they remembered that, having lived through the great depression. Difficult times brought people closer together.

Paradoxically, hard times often helps to nourish our faith (Romans 5). As we stand on the solid work of faith in our blessed Lord, we need not fear about how society is changing, nothing will ever separate from His love, and that will see us through (Romans 8).

Blessings to you and yours this week

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: April 1 to 7

Christian author Philip Yancy questions, as to why the scars on Jesus’s body from the crucifixion, were still visible after the resurrection. It was by His scars that people identified Him. He was clothed with His heavenly body, but His scars were still visible. From the perspective of heaven, the scars represented the most horrible event in the history of the universe. But after the resurrection, they had lost their sting.

Because of Easter, we too can hope, that the tears we shed, the hard times we endure, the heartache in the lose of loved ones, will lose the dreaded ache, they carry in the present. Someday, we will all have recreated bodies, and live in a recreated heaven and earth(Rev.21:4). We will have an eternal new start, an eternal Easter morning!

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of the Spirit, Washed in His blood. This is my story, This is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long; This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long.”

And just think! “The day long,” is eternity.

Blessings to you and yours this week

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: March 25 to 31

We refer to this day as Palm Sunday. The Lord had instructed two of the disciples to go into the village of Bethany, just outside of Jerusalem, and borrow a colt not ridden by anyone prior to that day. If asked why they were taking it, they were instructed to say, “because the Lord has need of it”(Luke 20:31).
It occurs to me that there is a lesson here for all of us.Do we not sometimes hold the things of this life “too close?” It is doubtful the owner of the colt knew for sure what the outcome would be, but when he heard those words, “The Lord has need of it,” nothing more was said, that was sufficient.
Pastor and author Henry Blackaby, writes in his book entitled Experiencing God: “The Lord is working all around us, He continues to invite us to go and help Him.”
The Lord has need of us. May the Lord make us channels of blessing, to a world so in need of the good news of Easter. He surely gives us more than we need, so we can give to others in their need.

 

Blessings to you and yours this week

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: March 18 to 24

Back in the mid- nineteenth century, a Texas rancher refused to brand his cattle. When his neighbours came across one of his calves, they called it a “maverick.” The word came to mean, “one who refuses to conform.”
Other names have come to describe the person’s character and behaviour. Judas, and Benedict Arnold, both mean “traitor.” An Einstein is a genius. Solomon is a wise man. Our names will not become part of a language, but they indicate who we are and how we have lived while we are here. “The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot. . .. . .He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known”(Proverbs 10:7.9).
When we think of people we know and love, they usually have the character traits we admire, and would like to have as well. Honesty, generosity and love, usually top the list. We see these in the life of our blessed Lord. As we allow Him, our Lord wants to work in us to make our name one that points to Him day by day. As we labour in His vineyard, may people say of us, as they said of the early Christian: “They are Christ Ones.”

Blessings to you and yours this week

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: March 11 to 17

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the dwarfs gathered to go up against Smaug, the terrible dragon, to retrieve their stolen treasure. In the face of such a dangerous mission, Balin, the second in command said, as he expressed his confidence in Thorin: “There is one I could follow. There is one I could call king.”
When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He gathered a group around Him, to begin rescuing lost souls. When He called them He said: “Follow Me”(Matthew 4:19). The task was not easy, and it cost most of them their lives.
Jesus has commissioned us to continue the quest of reclaiming His lost treasures in this age. How do we do this? By keeping our eyes on our leader. He is worthy! He is One we can always follow. He is the One we call “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”(Rev. 19:16).
Lord, in the face of intimidation and fear, when seeking to tell others about You, remind us that they are Your lost treasures. May we count it a privilege to follow You into their lives.

Blessings to you and yours this week

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two:  March 4 to 10

According to several surveys, one of the ironic consequences of the staggering growth of online friendships, is that the people actually feel lonely and isolated.  As that may be so, it is also true, that we all struggle with the same malady, in some of the seasons of our lives.
Sometimes we all feel that we are alone in our loneliness. But we can take heart that the followers of Christ have an assurance that is unshakable. The comforting presence of our Saviour is not subject to the shifting sands of fortunes of this life.At a low period in his life, David was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write: “Yea though I walk through the shadow of the death I will fear no evil; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me”(Psalm 23:4).
Whether we are isolated by our own choices, by cultural trends that seem to overpower us, or by painful losses, we can rest assured in the presence of the Good Shepherd of our Hearts. What a friend we have in Jesus!

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: February 25 to March 3

Two little boys were eating some grapes. One said, “Aren’t they sweet!” “I guess so,” said the other boy, “but they are full of pits.” They walked through a garden, and the one little boy said, “Look at those roses, they are pretty.” The other commented, “ya, but they are full of thorns.” They stopped for a drink, and the one little boy said, “My, that water is sure good.” The other little boy said, “Ya, but it is too cold.”
Many people are like that little boy. Life is never good, it could always be better no matter how good it really is.  Don’t get caught in negative thinking. It does not matter what life is throwing at us, God’s love is always there for us. Praise Him for His love. Praise Him for His care. We need to focus on the roses, and not the thorns.
One writer put it: “Some folks see so many thorns, They scarce can see one rose, While others count two blossoms for every thorn that grows

Blessings to you and yours this week
Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: February 18 to 24

In Matthew, Chapter 20, we read that the mother of James and John was doing a little politicking for her sons, as she went to Jesus, and asked if they could have positions of leadership in the government she thought Jesus was going to establish. The remaining ten disciples were annoyed at the request. Jesus cleared the air when He told them that that would not be the case among them and among us.
” … whoever desires to be great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and give His life a ransom for many”(Matt.20:26-28).
Jesus gave us a literal object lesson of this when he washed the grubby feet of the disciples on the night before His crucifixion. Of course Judas, His betrayer was among them. “When Jesus took a servant’s towel, His honor set aside, He humbly showed us how to serve, And how to conquer pride.”

Blessings to you and yours this week.
Pastor Leon