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It can be awkward being a Baptist Minister.  It can be even more awkward when you don’t drink and you’re a Baptist Minister.   Baptists, if you don’t know, have a reputation when it comes to alcohol.  For a while a lot of Baptists were against drinking.  Though my understanding is it didn’t necessarily stop people.  But people assume that since I’m a  pastor that I don’t drink, that I am offended by alcohol being consumed, and even more insulted if I am offered any. So when I go to someone’s…

Bible Reading Challenge

It is amazing how Dairy Queen has changed me.  All these years later I still look for certain things in restaurants as a result of the lessons I learned at the good ol’ DQ.  I always look at a restaurant to see how involved the manager is in the work the staff are doing.  That is a result of this week’s lesson – the lesson of hard work and humility. I like to believe I was always a hard worker, and at the DQ as I learned things I would…

Culture DQ

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…

Bible Reading Challenge Culture Faith

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…

Culture

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. …

Advent Faith Sermon

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…

Bible Reading Challenge Faith Sermon

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…

Faith Technology

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,…

Bible Reading Challenge Faith Open-Mike.ca Sermon

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…

Bible Reading Challenge

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…

Faith Sermon