Friday, May 11, 2018

Forgiveness

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) Forgiving others is tough to do sometimes, yet we need to if God is to forgive us, Matthew 6:15 says, But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. So how are we doing forgiving each other today? Just some food for thought today...


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

In memory of Billy Graham

Today, we lost a giant in the faith. Billy Graham. He was 99 years old and is now present with the Lord he served faithfully for 70 years in ministry.

I saw Billy Graham at what was called Skydome back in 1995 in Toronto. I had taken our youth group there and it was amazing to see him receive a huge standing ovation from over 60, 000 in attendance. DC Talk had performed Jesus Freak which was brand new at the time, and I can still see DC Talk embrace Billy and then start the chant that took over in the crowd - "Billy! Billy! Billy!" I know he would say it was the wrong chant, that they should have been chanting for Jesus. But this was a man who never lost his integrity in over 70 years of ministry. His son now operates the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and is very much like his dad. A great hero of the faith is gone at 99 years of age, but now he walks with Jesus face to face. Here's a clip from that crusade: 


 
 I have some of his books and have heard his messages. So hard to imagine his cousin was Jerry Lee Lewis - the guy who gave us Great Balls of Fire. He never wavered in his faith. He will be missed.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Where's the love?

Okay, I don't usually do this, but look at this...



Now, I want to comment about this. For me? This was not the right approach. He went with the right idea to tell people about Jesus, but the rest where he told parents they were lying to their kids, intentionally upsetting the crowd, and then playing the victim when they got upset is the wrong approach. Yes, share the truth but in love. I didn’t see much love in how he approached the crowd. Jesus didn’t go to upset people, He told the truth in love. There were times He needed to address people like the religious leaders publicly about they hypocrisy, but what does it say in 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 3If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothingSo here in this circumstance, all the people heard as evidenced by their reactions, was a resounding gong and a clanging cymbal, not the message of love that Jesus is all about at Christmas.

There is a right way and a wrong way to deliver the message of hope at Christmas, the approach used above? Not the way I would recommend! 



From my family and I and the staff at LIFE 100.3, Merry Christmas!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Seasons of life

















As we look toward the fall coming soon and the onset of fall routines like school and work, small groups and more - we can also look to seasons of change in our lives in a spiritual sense.

What do I mean? 


While life physically changes for us, it changes for us spiritually too - at least it should as a believer. The physical changes can affect the spiritual too. Sometimes we will go through times of great joy and excitement and it seems like we're on top of the world, other times, we can be in the valley of the shadow of death as Psalm 23 describes it. When we're there we can take comfort that God is there with us, empowering us through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Psalm 23:4 says, 


Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


See that? Comfort in times of trouble. God is there walking with us no matter what. He won't leave us when we need Him the most. How do we view the good and bad times? The temptation is to view only the good times as God's blessing and the bad times as not from God. The bad times? They can be times of testing God has allowed to mature us, and if we don't get it He may allow it again and again until we get it right.

In times of rest and happiness and overflowing blessing, we need to be on our guard ready for the next spiritual attack from the enemy as 1 Peter 5:8 says, 

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

It's those times of ease and comfort and blessing that we can get complacent and not be ready for the attack of the evil one and his forces. The need to stay vigilant is always necessary. 

We need to be ready at all times for the next season of our spiritual walk. There really are 4 seasons - before the spiritual attack, in the midst of the spiritual attack, coming out of the spiritual attack, and getting ready for the next spiritual attack. That may sound bleak, but it's true when you think that the enemy's goal is to devour or destroy us and our testimony for Christ.

To wrap this up, we need to be ready at all times. Reading our Bible daily, praying, trying to memorize Scripture, serving in our local church to help build each other up and in turn grow ourselves.

How are we doing today? I admit that I am not always at peak performance, but God is gracious ready to forgive and ready to help us do better. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Using secular songs and more in worship services - 2017 edition

Using secular songs and more in worship services - 2017 edition (Original BLOG about this was in 2013)

What is a worship service? Seriously? Who is it for? 



Dictionary.com defines worship as:

1. reverent
2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: 
       They attended worship this morning.
3. adoring reverence or regard.
4. the object of adoring reverence or regard.

So if that is what worship is, to give honour and praise to God, giving Him the worship that He is due, then I fail to see why churches use secular music in the service. The argument is to be seeker friendly, to appeal to those outside the church to bring them in. 


If that's the case, should we be serving beer at services too? What about using PG-13 clips with swearing and having violence and more in them to be acceptable to seekers? Where do we draw the line?


A worship service is something designed with God in mind, not a person off the street. It's FOR Him, not for us or anyone else. If we offer secular music in praise of our God, is He well pleased with what He hears? I don't think so.


To me using secular music or secular skits and more to draw a crowd defeats the purpose. It's trying too hard in man's power to try and reach the lost. Christian music has so many styles to match what's out there that we don't need to cross the line and use secular music in our worship services to God. It takes the passage from 1 Corinthians 9:21 - 23 out of context: 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. The passage was not saying to use the world's music in worshiping God. You can't worship God with a song that has no message trying to do so. Two different mindsets. It can't bridge the gap, only the message of the Gospel can.


Then that's just me...

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Death and Life - Remembering then Celebration!

February 8th we remembered the passing of my mom a year ago. Hard to believe she's been gone a year already. We look forward to the day when we will see her again. 





















The Lord takes away, and He gives...

Say hello to our newest family member, Shiloh! She was born this month at 9 lb 11 oz, 21 inches long, a full head of dark curly hair and blue eyes. A beautiful little girl!
















What a year it has been, going from saying goodbye for now to my mom, to welcoming our new little girl! Through it all we never stopped praising God and we look forward to seeing how this little one changes our family for the better!

Praise God!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

First Christmas without mom


We had our first Christmas without mom. It feels weird typing that. We lost her to brain cancer in February. We knew this Christmas would be different, and it was. Dad came down Christmas Eve and spent the night and Christmas Day with my brother and his family, then Boxing Day they all came over to our place as Christmas in Lindsay was not an option this year. It'd be too many memories. 

The day was still fun and the family was great hanging out together, they saw our crazy dog Grace and had a great meal prepared by my lovely wife and myself, and my sister-in-law brought sweet potato with the marshmallows on it and pumpkin pie! It was a little quieter for sure without mom's infectious laugh. We all dearly missed it for sure. The new little girl we're expecting in March gave enough kicks for the family to experience for sure! That's the thing, God gives grace that life goes on in spite of loss. He gives that peace. Mom got to celebrate her first Christmas in heaven WITH Jesus! How cool is that! THAT is the hope we have as believers in Jesus Christ! So while we missed her being there this year, we look forward to seeing her again, we hold to each other as family and with the grace of God press on. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you all!