Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Daily Bible Reading - Psalm 79

Good Morning World!

It looks like it is going to be a wonderful spring day!  Besides that no matter the weather in Jesus it is going to be a wonderful day too!

Psalm 79

Have you ever felt like you were attacked by the enemy and you are now left destitute?  Have you ever looked around you and you life seemed like it was in shambles?  Have you looked inside to see if you are the problem or is it something else?  Have you cried out for mercy, and sought the face of Jesus in repentance?

Sometimes the things that we go through are a lesson that should bring us closer to our Saviour, and remind us that we are fragile and need help from on high!  We must learn the lesson that Asaph was singing about.  "Lord forgive us, and save us from our unrighteous enemy, and we your people, the sheep of your pasture will give you thanks for ever!  We will show forth your praise to all generations!"

Don't let you circumstances drive you from the Saviour, rather let them show you the way to His loving, merciful arms!

Yours for Christ,
Pastor Fred

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Daily Bible Reading - Psalme 78

Good Morning World!

Well we are back, and even though I've gone ahead I felt that we should continue our posting where we left off.  There is something very special about truly reading the Word of God, and digesting it.  I remember as a child that we would read the Bible through in a year using a yearly Bible, and much of the time we would just skim through the readings just to say that we did it.  Now, I find I take my time a bit more and try to digest the Word, as it is my light, and guides me along life's pathway.

Psalm 78

Another song of Asaph, and one that should be remembered and read more often.  Asaph is singing a song of remembrance, and warning.  Asaph as a leader to his people is telling them that we must not forget the old law, and the old ways.  We must not forget what God has done for us, and done to us in the past.  It is imperative that we remember that what God says He will do, that is exactly what will happen!  If God tells us to obey and be blessed then we will be blessed if we obey.  On the other hand if God tells us that He will curse and punish us if we do not obey then we can be assured that we will be cursed and punished when we refuse to follow in His ways.

Asaph also takes us on a journey through the past.  In no particular order he describes some of God's past dealings with Israel as they are born into a nation and as they continuously forget the God who redeemed them from slavery and death.  There are times in our lives that we must take a walk down memory lane and remember no matter how painful the things that happened in the past.  When you take your walk don't sugar coat it, and make yourself feel fine.  No!  Review events through the eyes of experience, and realize your mistakes and the mistakes of others.  Don't relive the past unfruitfully, but learn from your past, and remember to walk in the straight paths of the Almighty!

Worship Jesus, and remember from whence He brought you!

Yours for a great relationship with Jesus,

Pastor Fred

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Keeping it Fresh

Good Morning World!

We are definitely going to get a flowery May as we are having quite a bit of April showers!  God's wonderful creation is taking care of itself once again.  Someone commented the other day that many people would say that the weather was terrible, and my reply was, "That is because their attitude is terrible!"

I've noticed that once Jesus has become a part of our lives many things don't really make our day bad or terrible such as the weather.  For the most part everyday is great.  Not because I like every type of weather, but because Jesus is at work and no matter the weather it is going to be a great day!  Sure, I like snow, and I don't mind the rain.  Sure, I would rather sunny days all the time, but I understand the weather and climate a bit, and realize that we need all types of weather to survive, and have a proper spring, summer, fall and winter.

WOW!  I am way off my thoughts for this morning!  I would say that the Lord wanted someone to read that!

Have you ever felt bored at work?  Have you ever felt like you work wasn't making sense any more?  Have you ever felt like you were not satisfied with what you were doing anymore?  Me too!  Actually, I have felt that many times.  As a preacher my work is ministry, but on occasion God leads me to put my hand to a task that is very indirectly related to ministry.  It is these tasks, such as owning a couple of small business that can be very unsatisfying.  When we are unsatisfied at work, our production becomes something less than desirable. We don't finish tasks on time or properly, and people and/or customers become displeased with our service and performance.

What we must learn to do is keep things fresh.  It wouldn't be advisable to quite your job every time you got unhappy.  Especially in our worlds current economic condition.  No, we must keep our job and learn to like or even love it.

To the employer:  If you have a few employers or many one thing I have learnt by being on both sides of the desk is that employees need to feel wanted and treated well.  I have talked to employees from a few different companies both local and abroad and have found the ones who are happy doing any job are the ones who are treated with respect and given unexpected bonuses or incentives.  It's called keeping it fresh.  Help your people out as much as possible as they are the ones who are keeping your accounts in the black!

To the employee:  One major thing I have noticed about employees is that fact that there are only two types.  1. Those who will not work any more than they have to.
2. Those who will work.
Those who fall into category one are those people who watch the clock for 5 O'clock to come and drop what ever as soon as the bell rings.  They are only there because they have to be in order to pay the bills and keep food on the table.  You will not get far in life with this type of attitude.  Don't leave your family behind, but for goodness sake stop watching the clock!
Those who fall into category two are those who work because they enjoy working and aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.  This type of employee will usually get promoted sooner than those of category one.  The only con to being in category two is sometimes we tend to work too much, and don't leave enough time for family.

Now to finish it off.  Keeping it Fresh!  This is the idea of changing something up sometimes.  If you work closely with other people maybe trade jobs for a day or so.  If you work in a line maybe switch spots with someone for a couple hours.  If you work mainly by yourself then you will need to be a bit more creative as you need to get your work done, but you can find a different way to do it.  Keeping your work fresh will ensure that you stay happier longer.

Have a blessed day
Yours for Keeping Life Fresh in Jesus!
Pastor Fred

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  • 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

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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!