Friday, January 29, 2010

Vengence Is Mine....: Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 58

Good Morning World!  As I'm posting this morning it is safe to assume that our baby hasn't been born.  On the other hand we finally received a blanket of snow!  Not too deep as it is only a few centimeters, but none the less it is snow!  This morning is only the 3rd or 4th morning I had to shovel at work - God is Good!  As the last verse in our chapter this morning says, "...there is a reward for the righteous...!"

Psalm 58

This chapter questions the actions of mankind, and so we should.  We say that we are doing good, and living right as a human race, but we constantly destroy the planet, enslave the weak, kill and judge the innocent, gather in and never give and we are selfish.  Why do we always try to justify ourselves.  There is wrong and there is right.  The gray area people enjoy living in is much shallower than we think.  Many of the disastrous events of nature are the hand of God trying to guide us to realize that life is short and we shouldn't take it in our own hands.

Our righteousness isn't worth much, at least not in the eyes of God.  Scripture states that our righteousness is nothing more than filthy rags.  You can't hide the stains of your life forever, and Jesus in his mercy and grace is the only one who can wash them away.

Don't fool yourself into thinking you are good enough, and that all your many "good deeds" will get you through in the end.  Good deeds and doing right is great for helping humanity and are necessary, but they will not save your soul.  You need Jesus in your life to make what good you may do into something extraordinary!

I challenge you this morning to look at yourself in a different light today.  See your self as a rag that has just cleaned up a mess, and then run to Jesus the great cleaner for a cleansing that you will never forget!

Pastor Fred

 1Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
 2Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
 3The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
 4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
 5Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
 6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
 7Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
 8As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
 9Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
 10The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
 11So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth. (Psalm 58, King James Version)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

What Fixates You? Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 57

Good Morning World!  No baby yet, but the day isn't over!  There is so much to be thankful for this morning as there is every morning.  Thank God for a good family.  Thank God for great friends.  Thank God for a great Church family.  Thank God for being a great Saviour who keeps His promises!

Psalm 57

This is yet another great song of trust and reliance upon Jesus who is our strengthener beyond our own abilities.  A verse caught my attention as I was reading, and I believe this may be a crucial point for every one who claims to be a believer and follower of Jesus Christ.

7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

 This to me is the reason David was able to make it through the many hard tiresome trials that his life lead him through.  What does this verse mean to you?  When you have your heart fixed upon something, what are you daily actions pointed toward?  When you truly desire something are your thoughts, words, and deeds different?

Of course they are.  You are pointed at that target and you mean business.  You want that thing and nothing is going to stop you from achieving that goal.  There is no mountain too high, nor valley too low.  You are fixed upon your target, and like a heat seeking or laser guided missile you will hit your target!

I wonder what would happen if we as believers would fix our eyes upon Jesus, and no matter what goes on around us, completely surrender ourselves to His unfailing love and direction.  David isn't painting a pretty picture in this chapter.  Rather His is rejoicing and praising God for His goodness and mercy in spite of the pain that he is facing.  When we are fixed upon Jesus nothing matters, and we will find the strength in Jesus to do anything!

Yours for getting fixed on Jesus!
Pastor Fred

 1Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
 2I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
 3He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
 4My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
 5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
 6They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
 7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
 8Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
 9I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
 10For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
 11Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth. (Psalm 57, King James Version)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

No More Fear? Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 56

Good Morning world!

First I must apologize for vanishing these past few days.  Finally, the business we bought was able to be moved, but that was barely the beginning!  Then came the setup!  Much work and many hours later we are open, but still not finished.  On top of that the weather has been quite cold and the church water froze, so we had to cancel our Sunday service.  There may have seemed like much against us these weekend, however, God is still good all the time, and we are starting to see the light at the end of all the boxes!

Also, please pray for us as my wife is now due with our fifth child.  We always claim the promises of scripture, but will still be grateful if you would pray that everything goes well again.  This will most likely be our last child, and we are expecting that this one will be a surprise and a blessing as our other four have been.  (I will keep you updated on the new arrival.)

Psalm 56

 1 Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;
         Fighting all day he oppresses me.
 2 My enemies would hound me all day,
         For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
 3 Whenever I am afraid,
         I will trust in You.
 4 In God (I will praise His word),
         In God I have put my trust;
         I will not fear.
         What can flesh do to me?
 5 All day they twist my words;
         All their thoughts are against me for evil.
 6 They gather together,
         They hide, they mark my steps,
         When they lie in wait for my life.
 7 Shall they escape by iniquity?
         In anger cast down the peoples, O God!
 8 You number my wanderings;
         Put my tears into Your bottle;
         Are they not in Your book?
 9 When I cry out to You,
         Then my enemies will turn back;
         This I know, because God is for me.
 10 In God (I will praise His word),
         In the LORD (I will praise His word),
 11 In God I have put my trust;
         I will not be afraid.
         What can man do to me?
 12 Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God;
         I will render praises to You,
 13 For You have delivered my soul from death.
         Have You not kept my feet from falling,
         That I may walk before God
         In the light of the living? (Psalm 56, New King James Version)

I've noted three key verses this morning that speak wonderful things to me.  1. Verse 3 "What time I am afraid, I will trust in you!"  I've preached from this verse before, and probably will again.  It doesn't matter what goes on in life we all feel the twinge of fear at times.  I am not someone given to fear much, but there have been times when I have felt my heart pump faster and the adrenaline pump through my veins.  Fear can paralyze the body, soul and mind! We ought always to trust in Jesus, but especially when we are afraid.  Jesus didn't give us the spirit of fear, and it is He alone that can alleviate our fears.

2. Verse 9 "...because God is for me."  this continues the though above, and reminds me of the verse in Romans 8 that says, "If God be for us who can be against us?"  Why do I trust Jesus?  Why do I fear less when I put my problems in His care?  Because, He is for me, and if Jesus is in my corner there is no one who can defeat me!

3. Verse 11 "What can man do to me?"  Too often we rely on reputation, and are more concerned about what others will think of us than reality.  Ask yourself this question, "If I am trusting in Jesus, and He is on my side, what can man do to me that will destroy or hurt me?"  The answer is NOTHING!  Another verse comes to mind.  "Don't fear man who can only kill the body, fear God who can destroy the body and cast your soul into hell fire!" (paraphrased)  Why are we so concerned about what mankind thinks?  Live for Jesus like its the last thing you will ever do and everything else will come together!

Have a blessed day!
Pastor Fred

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Deceit & Betrayal: Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 55

Good Morning World!

We as a race are so narrowly focused that we miss the beauty, wonder, grandeur, and glory around us far too often.  This morning is case in point.  After leaving work this morning I only remember noticing a couple of stores, as I purposely looked at them to see if they were open yet as it was very early.  After getting home I realized that I didn't take the time to notice the glory of God's wonderful creation.  I was too preoccupied with my own problems and circumstances that I didn't take time to meet with my creator.  It is a sad day when we are too busy to take some time to meet with the one who makes it all possible.  If someone were to put you in their will, and you were going to inherit a large amount of money and a beautiful estate there would be very little that could keep you away from this benefactor.  You would do what ever you could to keep them happy and satisfied.  However, we have received a greater inheritance from Jesus Christ, and we all to often blow it off by wasting our time worrying over the trivial things of life!

Psalm 55

David had trials galore during this phase of his life.  It would seem these few chapters were written during the time when Saul was chasing him around.  David felt betrayed.  David felt deceived many times.  Yet even though the people closest too him seemed to treat him the worst, David always turned to God for strength.  Why do internalize our problems and circumstances?  Why do we make a mountain out of a mole hill?  Why do we take offence at life events as if we are the be all and end all?  I'm sorry to disappoint you, but you are not the first nor are you the last.  You are not the only one who is feeling as you are, nor are you the only one who has or is facing what you are facing.  Let's be more like David and sing a song of praise to Jesus.  There is nothing like a good upbeat praise and worship song to lift the spirit.

Your's for singing in the rain,
Pastor Fred

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Save Me! Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 54

Good Morning World!

Satellites are a wonderful invention.  I gazed up into the dark abyss this morning, as I returned to my van after cleaning.  The brightness of a few of the stars or planets lead me to believe they were probably satellites.  I began to wonder if I could see much detail through my sons telescope.  We had looked at the moon last night and saw the craters and mountains, so why can we not see some detail on a satellite.  Suddenly I realized something slightly related and yet totally different.  I am a satellite.  What?  Yes!  I am a satellite sending and receiving information, data and relationship to and from Jesus Christ.  If all of the believers could focus their signals, it would amplify the transmission around the world!  I can only imagine what would happen!

Psalm 54

Have you ever felt betrayed?  Have you ever trusted someone to hide a secret, but they betrayed you trust?  Have you ever needed to hide from something, but someone you trusted gave you away?  That is exactly the background of this Chapter. (According to the pre-notes anyway.)
David was forced to hide from king Saul for many years, because Saul found out the God had chosen David as king instead of him.  During one of David's undercover operations he stayed with the Ziphims.  They welcomed him in and then turned around and told Saul David's location.  This betrayal is very much like many situations that we all face.  In a world where trust is thin and loyalty a thing of the past many are betrayed daily.
We must learn to do as David did.  Worship through the pain.  God will deliver just desserts!  God will avenge your pain!  Jesus has delivered and He will deliver again.  Don't be so discouraged that you can't get back up.  Trust in Jesus He will never let you down no matter what men will do to you!

Yours for trusting Jesus
Pastor Fred

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Are You A Fool? Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 53

Good Morning World!

It is interesting to note people's responses to different stimuli.  We (you and I) could go through the same situation in life, but we could have two totally different out comes based almost entirely on our character and reaction to said circumstance.  For example I believe in God, and I believe that He is my Saviour and His name is Jesus, which He displayed through the birth, life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  You may not believe this.  You may not have much faith in "a" god let alone believe in "The Only" God.  Our different types of faith will change the outcome of any similar life events we may go through.  I will lean on Jesus for strength, direction, comfort and wisdom and therefore, feel much less stress in my situation.  You may not have Jesus to lean on and therefore, stress may cause you to have a nervous break down.  I will go to Church and worship, you may end up in the  hospital on anti-depressants or anti-stress medicine.

Psalm 53

This is very much like what David is talking about in this Chapter.

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."
What a thing to say.  I wonder how many atheists could actually confess with absolute certainty that there is no God or overseeing universal force?  To say that there is no God is very definitive and close minded. To put you faith in a science that continually proves that God exists seems almost a paradox!

David the prophet is speaking about the captivity of God's people.  It is almost laughable in a way, because every time that Israel stopped completely trusting in God they ended up slaves to some heathen nation.  Then when they finally smartened up and began to call on God He would deliver them with a mighty hand.  This wasn't just a one time deal either.  Israel went around the mulberry bush many times!

Not only were the heathen's fools to think that their vast armies and superior strength had won the battles against Israel, but Israel was foolish to think that their little nation could make it without God's direction. Just think about it this way.  You and your family are just a small almost insignificant part of this whole worlds population as am I.  Yet, we believe that we can beat the odds by ourselves and become something.  The fact is none of us can become anything without some interdependence with others.  You need teachers to teach you.  You need books other people have written to inspire you.  You need financial sources most people don't have.  You need some to discuss ideas with.  We all need someone else to become anything in life.  Why can't that someone be the almighty, all knowing, ever present, all wise God of the entire universe?  Why can't we lean on the one who not only created everything, but also created a plan for us to enter into His presence and be able to live?

Don't become a fool and discredit the things of God just because some one tells you to.  Search the scriptures yourself and see if God isn't real.

Pastor Fred

Monday, January 18, 2010

When God fights back! Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 52

Good Morning world!

I'm running a bit late this morning so we will get right to it.
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Psalm 52

There is something wonderful when God fights back!  In our chapter today David is describing the down fall of someone who did not put their trust in God.  There is a great advantage in trusting in the Lord daily.  For when trouble comes we will have someone to lean on.  Don't let the mockers melt your faith, for one day they will pay at the hands of God.

Keep trusting in the Lord and you will find success!

Pastor Fred

Sunday, January 17, 2010

True Repentance: Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 51

Good Morning World!  It is cold! (at least to me - lol) It's been so nice and warm this winter so far that getting to the minus 10 area of the thermometer is almost bone chilling.  (Also note that we have a damp wet cold because of the ocean as opposed to the dry cold of the main land. The wet cold feels at least 10 degrees colder than it actually is...)  Anyway, now that I've got my shivers out on to the post!

Psalm 51

This has been one of my favorite chapters for many years.  The ultimate prayer of repentance.  In a situation of murder, betrayal, fornication and a major cover up to prophet of God points his finger at the king's (David's) face and says, "You are the man!"  A parable told.  A king's passionate response. Heart wrenching guilt!  David had a heart after God's own heart not because he was sinless, but because he knew how to repent, pray and worship no matter what anyone else thought.  As a king David could almost get away with anything, but God was watching and he doesn't over look sin as the populous does.  David and God had such a connection that Jehovah himself had to address this terrible act.  As soon as David felt the pain of what he had done he immediately began to repent, and God made him pay the consequence of this sin.

Repentance can become a very healing event in our life if we would learn to accept it rather than stubbornly push it away.  Releasing ones sin and turmoil to the creator is one of the greatest experiences in a persons life!

I challenge you today.  Find a way to feel the pain of your sins.  Whether it be going to church and hearing a hell fire and brimstone message, or allowing the preacher to personally show you your fault.  Maybe you could just look back on your life honestly and openly in light of scripture and in the presence of God.  Somehow you need to feel the pain of sin and then you will know that you must repent.  I can guarantee that you will find peace, joy and healing in the painful process!

Here is a link to what the Bible says about sin:  A Study about sin.

Yours for a repentant heart!
Pastor Fred

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Formula for Success? Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 50

Good Morning World!  How is it in your corner of this round globe we call home?  Are you praying for those who have been ravaged in the earthquake? What are you doing to make your world better?  Just a thought.
(My mouse or browser isn't working right so no pictures to day - sorry!)
Psalm 50

"Whoso offers praise glorifies Me: and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God!"
May I present to you a key to success! This Psalm of Asaph resonates the two universal poles of spirituality.  On one hand we have the true follower of God; one to whom God is showing a better way to worship.  On the other hand we have those who live their lives in denial of God, and do nothing to please Him.  If you want to through stones - fine, yet there is really no in between.  We may try to look at life through rose colored glasses, but the fact still remains there is right and there is wrong.

One thing that struck me as interestingly wonderful in this chapter, was the fact that the writer is prophecying about the time of Jesus Christ and His relationship with humanity through the institution of the Church.  God will no longer accept the bloody sacrifices that was required, rather He is looking for a heart of worship.  Jesus is looking for true worshipers who are willing to follow and He will deliver you from you troubles!

On the other hand we have God severely judging those who have refused to follow Him, and have gone their own way.  It is interesting that prophet writes these words:
"These things you have done, and I kept in silence; you thought that I was altogether such an one as yourself: but I will reprove you, and set them in order before thine eyes."
This verse describes how many people feel about God.  Either He doesn't exist because He isn't punishing me or He doesn't care what I do.  Well I'm afraid one day your thine bubble will be burst!  One day God will reprove all sin and those who commit sin.  It may be today for you or it may be down the road, but rest assured one day all those who don't follow Jesus will be reproved!

What is the hurry you say?  Time isn't your friend, and the only reason you have time is because Jesus is giving you time to make the right decision.  Jesus is giving you opportunities to repent and turn from your current path of destruction toward the path of Life!  We have laid before you a choice.  We have given you a formula for true success.  Give it to Jesus and follow Him or go it alone, and fall into a terrible trap called sin!  The choice is yours; life or death.

Yours for true Success,
Pastor Fred

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Destiny -- Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 49

Good Morning World! God is so Good!  We must never forget that we serve a great big wonderful God.  Too often we set our minds upon our day, schedule, work, play, agenda and we forget that it is because of Him that we live and move and have our being.  It is Jesus who is the real reason for living!

Psalm 49

What is it about life that divides us?  There are the rich, and there are the poor.  Some of the rich were poor, and many of the poor have tasted riches.  Then there are those of us somewhere in the middle.  We are neither rich, nor poor.  Even though we are all human; men women and children our monetary status seems to cause us to be divided.  David dives into this situation somewhat in this chapter.

David wants to have everyone's attention.  He has something very important to discuss.  The topic is so strong in his mind that he even puts it to music and asks the sons of Korah (the praise band) to sing it aloud.  The topic is destiny.  The discussion is wealth, poverty and death.  What good will your riches do you in the end?  You cannot redeem yourself with money.  You cannot buy your way into heaven.  You cannot purchase a heavenly mansion.  You cannot even save a fellow man with you riches.  You can do a lot of good with wealth and money, but it will not save your soul.  Someone else will spend what you have what you have so desperately tried to build and save.

In the end we are all poor and impoverished.  In the end we will all be left with nothing.  In the end we will all be left to answer for our actions.  In the end we all have the same value as the beggar on the street corner.  When the bell tolls we may be morned and missed, or others may rejoice, but the fact remains you will see Jesus, and He will want to know what you've done.  Did you surrender you life into the hands of the creator, or did you squander your life to the whims of the world?

Today is a good day to decide to change direction.  Call on Jesus today.  He will give you a peace that you will not be able to explain.  Money can't buy it, and poverty can't steal it.  It is the joy of knowing that your Saviour lives, and has redeemed your soul!

Yours for a new Destiny,
Pastor Fred

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A House With God In It. -- Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 48

Good Morning World!  Another nice crisp morning is upon us, and Jesus is still on the throne!  As the scripture says, "The heavens are his throne and the earth his footstool."  I'm glad He is in charge and not some universal coalition of bureaucrats.

Psalm 48

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a house with God.  I don't mean that God is always everywhere, and of course we are in a house with God, rather you and God are there together, and both of you know it.  This seems to be the scenario that David is describing.  The Palace and Temple are houses not just of the kings and priests, but God lives there, and He directs and guides His people from there.

Oh, to release myself from my own inhibition and learn to live as a family member with Jesus. Yes, I know that we are the children of God, but we do not often live like we live in the same house as Jesus.  Think about it.  Can you imagine racing Jesus for the last cookie, or knocking on the bathroom door so you can have a turn?  Think about being so close to Jesus that you are like family.  Think about trusting Jesus like a father or older brother.  We often ask our earthly fathers for favors, money, gifts, treats, love, hugs, kisses, advice and much more, and yet we can't seem to bring ourselves to treat Jesus, our Heavenly Father, as we do our earthly father.  In many cases I'm glad we don't treat Jesus as we do our earthly father, because there is so much disrespect and such a cynical attitude toward parents.  Yet, if we could learn to treat our "fathers" as truly we ought to there would be so much more of a dynamic between you and your earthly dad, and you and your heavenly dad.

I challenge you today to repent of your sins past, present and future.  I challenge you to try the love of Jesus on for size.  I challenge you to climb up into Jesus' lap, and have a conversation with Him today.  A conversation like you always wanted to have with your physical dad.  I challenge you to get to know Jesus as more than just a God who is out there, but rather as a God who is a part of the family - your family!

Yours for a heavenly family,
Pastor Fred

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Praise Your Way to Victory! Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 47

Good Morning World!  Another cold day in Springdale, but Jesus is still on the throne!  He is alive!  He is victorious! He is almighty!  He is Saviour!  He is the Healer!  Jesus is Good All the Time!

Psalm 47

Have you ever praised your way out of the "paper bag" of life?  I mean really get with it and just worship in spite of all the turmoil around you?  There is something wonderful about the sacrifice of praise!  There is something amazing about the connection that you receive with Jesus when you praise Him even though the storm is blowing!  Look at Paul and Silas.  They were beaten, imprisoned, falsely accused, and yet they took time in the middle of the night, while the shackles tore at their hands and feet, to lift a song of praise to Jesus!  The presence of God was so strong the building, chains, doors and area they were in could not handle it, and had to bust open in spite of being locked!

David is describing a scenario of worship that calls God into action!  Clap your hands, Shout and Worship with a voice of triumph, because God will (future tense) take care of our enemies who are trampling us down!  Let's not wait until God triumphs to worship.  NO!  Let's worship before He makes His move, because we know that when God moves nothing can with stand Him!  We know that He will take care of us!  We know that He is almighty!  We know that He is on the throne!  Worship in spite of the storm!  Worship you way to Victory!

Another time God called the armies of Israel to battle, however, He asked the praise team to march in front of the soldiers.  The would sing and praise their way into battle!  As they sang and praised God the enemy thought they heard an innumerable army, and turned and fled before the battle ever started!  When we worship Jesus with a voice of triumph the enemy becomes confused and can no longer fight!  When we sing with a voice of triumph we begin to unleash the power of heaven upon earth!

Let's stop cowering under our situations and circumstances.  Let's rise up as the people of God and begin to Praise our way to Victory with the loud voice of triumph!

Your's for Daily Spiritual Victory,
Pastor Fred

Monday, January 11, 2010

Is there a Storm Outside? Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 46

Good Morning World!
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Daily Bible Reading:  Psalm 46

Is there a Storm Outside?  Maybe you should stay inside?  Is life making you a real basket case?  Times are tough that is for sure!  It sounds to me like its time to batten down the hatches and call on the name of Jesus!  David tells us this morning that God is our refuge and strength!  He is our "present" (not future) help in time of trouble!  Another verse compliments this one and says that "the name of the Lord is a strong tower."

This morning if you are beginning to feel a storm come on, or if the clouds outside your mind are beginning to swirl a little too much it is time to cry out to Jesus and get inside His presence where it is safe all the time!  Though the waters become a boiling tempest or the mountains shake with volcanic eruptions you will find peace in the presence of Jesus!

Say His name with me this morning: JESUS.  Again, JESUS.  One more time: JESUS!

Feel that twinge in you heart?  That's Jesus!  Say His name as many times as you need!  Say it prayerfully.  Say it with passion and meaning.  You'll find strength in any situation!

Finally, verse ten says,
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Yours for Peace in the Midst of you Storm,
Pastor Fred

Sunday, January 10, 2010

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Good Evening World!

What a weekend!  I really don't know how anyone can work 80 hours a week!  I really pray that God opens a door for you that you can get a good job for 40 hours a week!  I am glad this is only temporary during this business move.

Any way we've finally seem have gotten our video uploading down pat.  Just a couple of small wrinkles to iron out.  As I am writing this post I'm uploading Sunday Mornings Message to, and it will be available on the blog tomorrow morning, and on in a couple hours.

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Thanks for your prayer and support.

Yours for Christ around the world,
Pastor Fred

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Wedding Bells? Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 45

Good Morning World!  Another nice, quiet, crisp morning here in the northern hemisphere.  Still no snow, but it seems there may be some in the forecast.   We will just have to wait and see.

Daily it seems there is a greater amount of activity as we get closer to actually moving the store we are buying.  Packing boxes of stock, getting paint ready, picking out colors, carpet, counter top and the like are all part of this sometimes stressful time.  Still, in it all I find great comfort in these moments in the morning when I can connect with Jesus and all of you.  It's a moment of peace, quiet, tranquility and perspective.  One thing in life we cannot afford to loose is our perspective.  Thank God for this opportunity to spend time together!

Psalm 45

After reading this chapter all I could think of was wedding bells!   Part of the title of this chapter says that it is a "Song of Loves", which implies that there is something romantic going on in this scripture.  Then we read and find that there is a king and queen involved.  What a wonderful picture is draw in the words of this song!  A valiant king who can vanquish all his foes with sword and arrows.  A beautiful queen who makes all others feel secondary in her presence.  It speaks of a wedding to me between two love struck people, and they will change the world together.

What a beautiful description of the love between Jesus Christ and his mistress the Church.  There is no greater warrior or king than Jesus Christ.  There is nothing more beautiful than the Church the mother of us all!  Their relationship together has changed the course of history for ever!  Sometimes I think that we forget that we are apart of the greatest love story ever told; the God of the universe caring enough about His creation that he also created Himself a wife, and our mother - the Church!  Sorry folks our mother isn't the earth.  That is a thing that God created for us to live by.  No, our real mother is the Church.  A spiritual being that loves and nurtures us.  A spiritual mother who ushers us into the very presence of our Saviour Jesus Christ.  At the altars of her many assemblies she gives birth to more children daily!

Let us make the name of Jesus known so that it will be remembered to all generations.  Let us make the name of Jesus known so that  all the people shall praise Him for ever and ever!

Yours for the beauty of the Church,
Pastor Fred

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

A Loaded Question: Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 44

Good Morning World!  It is a nice crisp one here in Springdale, with a few flakes falling after a couple days of rain.  The thin white covering reminds me of God's grace and love.  They are a covering for us, and keep us from the dirt of this world!

Psalm 44
Has anyone ever asked you a "loaded question"?  You know the question I'm talking about.  The question that really doesn't have a right answer.  The question that could make you look bad or good all in one word.  The question that digs down into the heart of the matter, and finds the truth.  The question that will allow no lie or no way out.  Yeah, that question!
This chapter starts out sounding like an awesome praise report and then quickly turns into a loaded question aimed straight at the heart of God.  Have you ever had one of those, "You did it for them God, why not for me?" kind of prayers.  This is exactly where David found himself.
God we've heard about your greatness in the past from our fathers.  We haven't forgotten your name or precepts.  We are in a huge pickle and are loosing the battle.  Why aren't you helping us like you helped our fathers?  They weren't as committed as we are.  Where are you!?  Save us Lord for your mercies sake!  This is David's prayer.  He is upset, ashamed and confused.  Are you?
Sometimes in life bad things happen to good people while good things are happening to bad people.  It may seem unfair, but I've found a way to find peace in the storms of life.

  1. Continue to trust in Jesus.  He always has my best interest in mind even when it doesn't seem like it.
  2. Continue to call on Jesus.  He will answer when we call.  He is a gentleman and will wait for the call.
  3. Continue to Love Jesus. He first loved me and died for me.  Nothing in life is equal to that.
  4. Continue to Worship Jesus.  Worshiping the Saviour always brings the sunshine in!
  5. Continue to Remember the Work.  Jesus is working on me.  Jesus is preparing me for "Heaven".
  6. Continue to Fellowship. We all need each other, and leaning on fellow believers is always a blessing.
  7. Continue to believe that Jesus is Good All the Time!
These few things have helped me through many "Loaded Question" situations in my life.   We will all have them, but it is your reaction to those times that will determine the final outcome.  Will it become your greatest blessing or your final curse?

Yours during the "loaded questions",
Pastor Fred
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I will Yet Praise Him! -- Daily Bible Reading -- Psalm 43

Good Morning World and Happy New Year!

While walking for a couple minutes, from the building I clean in the mornings to my van, I had an opportunity to worship Jesus for being so good!  It was amazing.  Just a couple of minutes of silence in the morning.  The air was finally still.  The sky was dark.  There was silence just before seven in the morning.  No matter what is going on, or what we find ourselves caught up in there is always time to praise the Lord!

Our chapter for the day says it best:
Psalm 43

The last verse asks the question, "Why are you cast down oh my soul? Why are you disquieted within me?"  Many times I'm sure that we all can ask the same question of ourself.  Life and time are cruel sometimes.  They wait for no one, and we can get run over.  David felt like this many times, but the last phrase of this verse sums up his outlook on life, "Hope In God: For I will yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."  No matter the darkness I will yet praise Jesus!  No matter the circumstance I will yet praise Jesus!  No matter the trial or turmoil I will yet praise Jesus!  No matter the blessing or goodness that befalls me I will yet praise Jesus!  No matter the sickness or healing I will yet praise Jesus!

Oh, My Soul trust in the Lord.  Hope In God for I will yet praise him.  I may feel self pity right now, but I will yet praise HIM!  There is something so wonderful about praising and worshiping Jesus even when the situation doesn't seem like that is an option.  The sacrifice of praise is something special, and I encourage you to find a quiet place and just worship Jesus in the midst of your storm!  You never know what earthquake Jesus will send to save you!

Yours for true praise,
Pastor Fred

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Daily Bible Reading & Devotion -- Psalm 42

Good Morning World, and Happy New Year!  What a great way to start a new year, and begin the first Sunday of the year; with thoughts of Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord!  There are many thoughts I would like to share, yet it is the reading for today that says it best!  I find God's word always says it best!

Psalm 42
Interestingly enough this chapter starts with the title - "Book 2".  We are starting a new year with a new book, and a renewed sense that God is going to do something wonderful this year!

"As the hart (deer) pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God!"

What a way to start the new year!  The soul longing, seeking, searching, thirsting.  This will be a year of great change, great technology, great revival, great music, great preaching and great disaster.  The only way we are going to find any direction, peace, comfort, sanity or success is if we train our mind, soul and body to seek after Jesus!  We must thirst for Him more than we thirst for our daily bread and drink!  We must thirst for Him more than we love our family!  We must thirst for Him for than anything!  Find you way to the Church house every opportunity you can!  Find you way into the presence of God every opportunity you can!  It will be your strength and strong tower.  Say the Name of Jesus as a prayer of faith as often as you can!  In this world where the Name of Jesus is taken in vain and used as a curse, use it rather as a blessing and prayer wherever you are and whenever you can!

Seek, Thirst, Hunger, Follow after Jesus Christ the Lord!

Yours for a blessed New Year!
Pastor Fred

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Our Prayer Family: A List of Prayer Requests

  • Newfoundland & Labrador! That a wave of God's Spirit would flood this great province!
  • Your Neighbors, that Jesus would save their souls!
  • Springdale, Newfoundland: Pray that God's Spirit would awaken souls to their need of salvation and continued spiritual growth. Also, pray that Pastor Fred can teach many Home Bible Studies.
  • Pastor Fred and his family: Pray for Health, Strength, Inspiration, Revival and that God will lead him to many hungry souls
  • The Country You Live in: Pray for Salvation, Revival, Missionaries and the Moving of God's Spirit

Weekly Prayer for A Country on my counter:

Please pray with me for the country that is in focus each week. Thank You and may God richly bless your prayer life.


A Prayer for Canada:

This week Lord Jesus we bring the country of Canada. Let the revival of your Word and Name sweep across this vast dominion. Let all ethnic groups that now call this great land home become hungry for something more, and find YOU! Let the Church arise to become the bastion of Truth that it is meant to be. Let you people become the light and power that spreads your Gospel throughout all this land!
We ask this all in the Name of Jesus Christ -- Amen!