Lessons from the Good Ol’ DQ – Perseverance

Lessons from the Good Ol’ DQ: Perseverance  As I share stories about the DQ and the lessons learned, I’ll share some stories others will know and other stories no one has a clue about. This story is one of those stories – I don’t think I have ever told anyone this story.  Also when I reference people from the DQ, particularly when it could be seen as being critical of them, I am going to use just their first initial or two. This lesson begins right at the beginning.   I was excited when I received a call from ja. at the DQ.  I was a little surprised that I was called by a different DQ then I applied at.  Nonetheless […]

The Good ol’ DQ

My first job in life was delivering the Edmonton Sun newspaper.  I chose that paper as it didn’t deliver on Saturdays and thus gave me a morning off work.   The way delivering papers works is that the more houses you have in a set area, the more you made.  This was also back in the day when you would go out at night and collect the money owed for the papers – you would then pay the amount owed to the company and keep the balance.  Usually it worked out to about $30 every two weeks.  So yes… about $2 a morning!    I would get up at 5 am to deliver the paper.  Why so early?  I had customers who […]

Sermon Questions from December 4, 2016

What is the difference between the Lord Jesus Christ peace and the anti – Christ promised peace in this world.? I think motive is a clear part of the answer to this.    The Anti-Christ promises peace to achieve his means, but does not keep his promises.  Jesus promises peace out of love for us and with our well being in mind.  Jesus can deliver this peace which the anti-Christ cannot.  The antichrist may bring peace for a short period but ultimately by his nature, the antichrist will not maintain peace.  The reality is that Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and the antichrist is just that anti-christ and thus anti peace over all.   If you read Daniel 9 […]

Sermon Question from November 27, 2016

I do believe that, the Lord Jesus Christ knew when he’s coming back again, what was mentioned in Matthew 24:36 was the Lord talking that time he was still ian human form, Apostle Paul even mentioned in Colossians 2:9 For in Christ all the fulness of the Deity lives in bodily form,so  in His Devine being as God, the Lord knows everything, because He even onced said, that the Father and I are one. I am with the Father and the Father is in me. It is just a comment Pastor and if you can give me the right  explanation I am willing to submit. God bless! All the Glory and Honor to our GOD THE FATHER and of The […]

Technology Questions from Banff Pastors Retreat

Below are answers to questions that were submitted at the Technology Workshop at the 2016 Banff Pastors Retreat. How do we help people who don’t use social media not feel excluded and out of the loop? I love this question and think it is going to be an important dynamic as social media continues to root itself in the culture around us and in the church.  I think there are a few avenues that could be taken to address this.  Feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments section below.  So here are some ideas: Never post anything on facebook that you haven’t communicated in a different way in your church. While this limits the effectiveness of using facebook […]

Sermon Questions from November 20, 2016

With my honest opinion, I do believe that we can unlock the secrets the prophecies written, if we ask God.  James 1:5     Revelation was written not scare us, but to prove to us that the prophecies written will come to pass.  It was written to prove that God Almighty  is serious with his dealing with mankind.  Revelation was written to warn the people into coming events that will take place, if we don’t have the Lord Jesus Christ in our life.  Glory to God! A lot of points in here, so I will try and respond briefly to several of them. I do believe we can uave some understanding of the prophecies, but not all.  Why do I say that?  […]

Sermon Questions for week of November 13th, 2016

If trials and sufferings will come into our church, like what’s happening in Afghanistan, India and the Middle East. Are we ready to face the challenge? It’s not only the message of hope, but the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ that should be preached in season or out of season regularly. The Muslim are ready to sacrifice their life, in the name of Allah, propagating Islam in unprecedented magnitude. But, we Christians that the Lord Jesus Christ paid by his blood and has the true way of salvation, but we cannot get off from our comfort zone because of the affluence of the country. Glory to GOD! Are we ready to face the challenge? That is a good question. Comfort zones […]

Sermon Questions – November 6, 2016

How do you be all things to all people without ‘watering down’ the message? Paul was all things to all people.   Can we do the same?  I think that would be reflective of gifting.  We are called to make disciples of others…. And I think I’d suggest that we start doing that by each of us just being ourselves.  As we each do that, the church in turn becomes all things to all people by the Holy Spirit working in each individual.   The message is not watered down, because the message that comes through us is from the Holy Spirit and not us.   What is the difference between God’s mercy and God’s grace?  Is there a limit for […]

Sermon Questions – October 23, 2016

In North America we down play miracles.   How do we evaluate a message, a story to know if it is from God’s miraculous intervention? It’s interesting in North America how much credit we wish to take for things and how little we give to God.  God created us.   All we are and all that we do come from him.  So I say let’s ere on the side of caution and give God glory for all things.   Successful surgeries, recovery from illness, safety while travelling, etc.   I’d say in all these things lets give God the glory and ere on the side of that, rather than on the side of not giving God glory. Pastor Mike, it’s […]

Sermon Questions from October 16, 2016

What is the role of FBC as a church patriarch to the congregation, in sharing love with one another, the hunger for souls and compassion for the lost?  Just like our father in heaven, do we exercise genuine love, friendship and concerns to others, irregardless of one’s culture, nationality, and traditions?   I like what this question is getting at, but I also wrestle with it a bit.  FBC is a reference to the community of believers that make up the church.   There is no independent FBC from the congregation.  They are one and the same.  SO yes FBC sets an example for believers, but it is also made up of the group of believers.   That said as […]