Thoughts for 2024

A Thought or Two: June 9 -15

In this day and age, many people stuggle to be self-sufficient. Often we are willing to help others in their need, out of our strength. But sometimes we have to get rid off some of that pride and ask for help.

Although unseen in each Christian, the Holy Spirit is our invisible strength to guide, to strengthen and to sustain us. The Holy Spirit comes to our rescue, time after time. When we are called to faith in Jesus, we can rest assured that we will be guided through HIs insight and power. “Likewise the Spirit helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings, which cannot be uttered. ” (Romans 8:26).

Help id always on the way we cry out to God, we jsut need to listen to the prompting of His Spirit.

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: May 26 – June 1

The story is told of a boy who lost his left arm in a car accident. He took up Judo lessons with an old Judo Master. He was doing well, and so he was surprised that after only three months of training, his master had enrolled him in a competition. The master had taught him only one move and he had learned it to perfection. Surprised however, by his enrollment in the competition, he asked his training master why? The master replied: ” I have taught you only one move, and this is the only one you will need to win the tournament.

During the tournament the young fellow won all three matches he competed in. He asked his teacher why he won. It was such a surprise! The master quietly said to him: “You won for two reasons.First, you have almost mastered one of the most difficult moves in Judo. And second, the only known defense against that move is for the opponent to grab your left arm.” The boy’s biggest weakness became his biggest strength.

May we all discover, as St. Paul did many years before, what Jesus said to him; “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(2 Cor. 12:9-10).

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: May 5 -11

Years ago, I remember my grandfather singing hymns, He and my grandmother would often gather us around the piano on Sunday evenings for blessed time of music. Grampa’s favourite was “In the Garden.” I also remember in the years I took divinity courses, and attended Kairos Marathons at Springhill Penitentiary, that this was also a favourite of some of the inmates. It would often be requested during our worship services. The words speak directly to our spirits. If we are kind of feeling down, as we all do at one time or another, think – ‘Jesus walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known.’

On resurrection morning Mary stood weeping by Jesus’ empty tomb. She thought the man standing nearby was the gardener, but then Jesus spoke to her, and her sorrow turned to joy.

We too have the assurance that Jesus is risen – and He has given each of us His Spirit, dwelling within us all day, 24/7. We are so blessed! We are never alone! Jesus is always walking with us, every moment of every day. May we constantly include Jesus is our conversations, what a difference that makes.

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: April 28 – May 4

Many of us worry from time to time. And it can become a bad handicap in living. Basically, when we worry about the future or remain anxious, we are not trusting the Lord.

Our Lord challenges us: “Why are you fearful oh you of little faith (Matthew8:26). The Jesus then caused the sea to settle down. And our Lord says to us, as He said to the disciples of old, “Oh, you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 that we cannot serve two masters, the Lord looks after us, and we just need to allow Him to lead with the things we cannot handle. Just look at all of creation, the birds of the air, they do not sow nor reap, nor gather into barns, and the Lord looks after them. Consider the lilies of field…Just remember our heavenly Father knows our needs. Just remember to seek the kingdom of God ruling in our lives, and things will work out(Matt. 6:25-34).

Whatever we may face in life, we need to see it through the eyes of faith, not our senses, and we shall do we shall do well enough.

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: April 21 – 27

In recent years a radical change has overtaken our culture, and it is now accepted by many: ‘My truth,’ or ‘your truth,’ have for many people replaced ‘the truth’.  Social media has made it possible for every person to advertise radial deviants of  ‘the truth’. Now, truth is in the eye of the beholder; truth is whatever you say it is. In reality, truth is like the rudder of a giant ship — it keeps the ship on course, regardless of how high the waves.

Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer stated that without truth, life will be crashed on the rocks of ignorance and mistaken truths.

Jesus prayed that believers will be sanctified by God’s truth, and Jesus clarifies saying “Your word is truth” (John 17:17). There is simply no better way, nor secure way to live, other than by God’s truth.

St. Peter said: “Gird up your loins by God’s truth.”

In these troubling times let us live by God’s truth It always gives us ‘staying power’ to meet the challenges of life.

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: April 14 – 20

We are living in troubling times. Unpredictable, and or violent behaviour is becoming more of the norm in our world today. Through all the new waves of change, that come and go, may we remember to “Whom” we belong.

St. John wrote, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one”(l John 5:19) The One in us—Jesus Christ—is greater than he who is in the world. Satan may be a prince, a ruler, and the god of this world, but his power is limited, and his abilities can never match God’s omnipotence. Through Christ, we have overcome the devil, we are of God, and we belong to Him who is greater than Satan by far.

Let’s live like overcomers—unafraid, unintimidated, free from all fear, knowing God will look after us, and we shall do well enough.

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: April 7 – 13

As of 2024 there are over 20 thousand nuclear rockets in the world, most of them in the United States and Russia. Most of them are holdovers from the Cold War, but here we are again. Such has always been the way of the world,—- “wars and rumors of wars.” The apostle Paul reminds us however, “We do not war according to the ways of the world.” Indeed, Paul goes on in 2 Cor. 10:4-6 and advises that our weapon is truth—”mighty is God for pulling down strongholds” of the enemy. His words echo the words of Zerubbabel in the Old Testament: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).

If you find yourself in a spiritual battle, trust the Lord. He is only a prayer away. Just remember, regardless of what may be going on in the world out there, or in our personal lives, we can always: “trust the Lord with all our heart, lean not on our own understanding, and in all our ways acknowledge Him and Jesus will direct our paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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Good Friday: March 29

As we remember and give thanks for the Cross of Calvary this mor

ning may we ponder what we have done with such a great gift passed to us on that day. The following words give all of us food for thought:

 “I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the center of the market place as well as on the steeple of the church, I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles: But on a cross between two thieves; on a town garbage heap; At a crossroad of politics so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek… And at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died, and that is what He died about. And that is where Christ’s men ought to be, and what church people ought to be about.”

George Macleod

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A Thought or Two: March 24 – 30

The Bible mentions Jerusalem more than 800 times, demonstrating God’s love for the city. The Temple where the people worshipped and encountered God was built by Solomon. The city is also where Jesus taught and preached, healed people, and was crucified.

Joyfully, it is where Jesus also rose from the dead on the third day. Jesus’ entry into the city on the back of a donkey on that first Palm Sunday (Luke 19:28-40) marked the beginning of the week which led to His death on Good Friday and climaxed in His resurrection on Easter Sunday. The prophecies were fulfilled!

Jerusalem is not merely a symbol, but a promise of the continual presence of a loving God Who will never leave us nor forsake us. Through the victory of Jesus over death, we have victory as well ! !

Blessings to you and yours.         

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: March 17 – 23

In Romans 12: 1, the apostle Paul encourages his readers to present themselves as ‘Living sacrifices’ to God. But someone told me the other day that living sacrifices keep trying to crawl off the alter. At no time is that more likely to happen than during times of trouble, when we are tempted to compromise our faith. It is interesting to note that when David wrote, “God’s praise shall continually be in my mouth,” he was in trouble. And the writer to the Hebrews combines the ideas of sacrifice and praise to God, as fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name(Hebrews 13:15).

Why is praise considered sacrifice, especially in time of troubles? First, sacrifice involves giving up something. Second, the sacrifice of praise in times of troubles means we have given up fear, resentment, anger, and the “big one” in these days, self- centeredness. (why me Lord?????)

To praise God means to trust Him, and trust His plans for us, His provision, and protection at all times. When life challenges us, let us put some “life,” and “light,’ into our spirits, as we trust God.

Blessings to you and yours.         

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: March 3 -9

Dale Earnheart Jr. said about his father and namesake, the famous NASCAR driver: “You wanted to please him all the time, make him happy.” That’s the way most of us feel about someone we admire. But sometimes we all forget that our greatest satisfaction in life comes from our pleasing our Heavenly Savior. Just as Jesus focused on pleasing His Father, we should also strive to please Him by living with virtue.

Peter told us to add to our faith, virtue, and to virtue, knowledge (2 Peter 1:5). Ephesians 5:10 says: “Find out what pleases the Lord.” Col. 1:10 tells us to “live a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

May we ask the Lord every day to enable us to please Him. And we will do well enough.

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: January 14 -20

It is normal to be disappointed when our plans do not work out, especially ones that we think impact our future.

When King David wanted to build the Lord’s temple, he was forbidden by the Lord as he had been part of too many battles and had taken too many lives (1 Chron. 22:8). David could have gotten all upset in the disappointment, but he humbly yielded to God’s plans. “Who am I Lord… You have brought me this far?”(17:16). David went on to praise God and continued to serve the Lord. What is more important—achieving our hopes and dreams or our love for God? May our prayers always start, “Dear Lord, I commit all of my plans to You. Thank You for bringing me this far. You mean more to me than all the world. In Jesus Name I pray.”

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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