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  • The Last Prophecy

    Dr. Barclay with Something to Think About If one looks carefully at the Bible, there can be found about 400 different prophecies concerning the birth, life, and death of the Messiah. It is hard to be really accurate regarding this number because some writers combine two or more similar prophecies into one and others split one prophetic statement into two or three subdivisions. Regardless of this, there are many prophetic statements concerning the Messiah and it is felt that Jesus fulfilled all of them perfectly. Peter Stoner, a former Chairman of the Departments of Mathematics and Astronomy at Pasadena City College, along with a number of students, examined just eight specific prophecies and determined that the likelihood of any one man fulfilling these eight prophecies by chance alone was about one in ten to the seventeenth power. This would be about the equivalence of finding one silver dollar from among the mass of silver dollars if the entire State of Texas were covered in them to a depth of about two feet. So these prophecies, mentioned above, are from the Old Testament, but even in the New Testament there are those statements which prophesy about Christ and His mission. At the very last stage of His ministry, Jesus was brought before Pilate and, although innocent, was condemned. Pilate was aware of this and even said to the Jews “I find no fault in Him at all” (John 18:38). But Barabbas, a known robber, was freed and thereby it was shown that Christ, the innocent, would take the place of man, the guilty. This, however, was not the last prophecy. This was made unknowingly by the high priest Caiaphas when the priest and Pharisees gathered to plan what to do with Jesus. One apparently said: “If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” (John 11:48) Caiaphas, being somewhat arrogant, replied: “You know nothing at all” (John 11:49). Thinking of his own position and not of what should be considered moral and right, went on further to say: “it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish,” (John 11:50). And so he “…prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation…” as well as “…gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad”( John 11:51&52) “Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.” (John 11:53) So in his arrogance and self-serving manner, Caiaphas unwittingly gave the last prophecy concerning the Saviour and pointed out that Jesus was indeed the One, although innocent, who would be chosen to die for the guilty and for the nation at the same time gathering together all the children of God. The prophecy that Christ fulfilled on the cross giving us always something to think about.

  • Peter's Picks

    The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘Jesus in You’ Day 1: Galatians 2:20 – “My old self has been crucified with Christ.] It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Day 2: John 17:23 – “I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” Day 3: Colossians 1:27 – “For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” Day 4: John 15:4-8 – “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. ‘Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.’” Day 5: 1 John 4:4 – “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” Day 6: Psalm 16:5-11 – “Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” Day 7: 1 John 5:11-13 – “And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

  • Peter's Picks

    T The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘Run to the Giver of Strength’ Day 1: 2 Thessalonians 3:3 – “But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” Day 2: Philippians 4:13 – “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Day 3: 1 Chronicles 16:11 – “Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.” Day 4: Habakkuk 3:19 – “The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” Day 5: Psalm 29:11 – “The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” Day 6: Psalm 46:1-3 – “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude” Day 7: 1 Peter 5:10 – “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

  • What Answer Do You Want?

    Now, I know there will be those out there who will note that I have covered this topic a few times over the past decade, but it does need to be said. If you don’t want to hear what I think, don’t ask me the question. How often have people asked you a question only to argue your opinion trying to get you to change your mind? Think about it, why ask the question if all you are trying to do is start an argument or they want to hear their opinion coming out of your mouth? A few months ago, I was asked a question to which there were numerous answers that could cover a variety of viewpoints. To answer wrong, that is, express a viewpoint that runs contrary to that of the inquisitor, would have led to a rather one-sided debate. You see, the person I was talking with does not appreciate the fine art of a good linguistic joust but would rather take the “excessive volume equals a win” method of discussion. As the discussion ramped up, I simply asked “what do you wish to accomplish with this discussion?” The response was not completely unexpected. My debating partner informed me that the aim of the discussion was for me to see their point of view and to come around in my thinking. If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask for my viewpoint. The Laws of Moses were supplemented with the laws of mankind. When Jesus came and tried to let those around them better understand the truth of the Law, the crowds yelled and tried to scream down the message. Christ opened up a dialogue and the masses drove the Messiah to the edge of the precipice and He simply walked back through the crowd and walked away. I was once told by a very wise person that once the other person becomes verbally aggressive, that is they hurl insults or try to shout you down or, in the case of Christ, attempt to throw you off a cliff, the debate is over and the discussion dissolves into an argument. According to scripture, God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17). The debate is not whether Jesus was real or if God is truly the Creator but rather whether one believes in the promise of the Saviour. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). My position within the church, within the Christian community is to present a message, be prepared to respectfully defend the position and to be open to the viewpoint of others. Others can choose to follow the Lord or not, it is not up to me to bully others into belief but rather to be transparent and considerate of other’s position. Life is too short to get overly stressed through arguing. “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” Matt 26:52-54 This Sunday, we welcome Rev Darryl Wicks who will be presenting a Mission Message. Pastor Todd is away on holidays and will be returning November 8th. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST. Facebook Live - Main Ave Fellowship YouTube Live – You Tube We look forward to seeing you this Sunday. Blessings, Pastor Todd www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

  • The Silence Is Deafening

    In today’s social media driven community, the courage to speak one’s mind has been greatly hampered by the fear of being bullied, aka cancel culture. When Simon and Garfunkel wrote the Sound of Silence in the very early 1960’s, do you think they would have even contemplated the extent of the silence today? And in the naked light, I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never shared And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence Again, this was in the early sixties but think of how this relates to our communities today. Millions of people so locked into their own preferences and wants that they forget to listen to the needs all around and if one makes comment against a single belief or preference, the backlash is quick, the walls go up and the act of compromise and debate is silenced. Is there an opportunity to reverse the trend, for the voices to be heard and not silenced? Jesus stood before the masses in Luke 4 and gave all hope, showed them a way to help them move forward and spoke in a language that was contrary to what the pharisees were preaching in their position of power. When they could no longer argue against the Truth, they rallied the group and decided to bully the Lord by coming against Him physically. When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. Jumping up, they mobbed Him and forced Him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push Him over the cliff, but He passed right through the crowd and went on His way. Luke 4:28-30 Over and over again, the crowd tried to silence the sound of hope, they did not want to hear but rather embraced the sound of silence by shouting down the song of joy. In the end, Christ silenced the naysayers when He rose from the grave, when He walked through the crowd fully alive and declared by His action “I AM GOD”. Tens of thousands of people around the world have been unable to hear the Truth because they have not heard, have chosen to remain deaf to the declaration or refuse to participate in active conversation or even debate and the sound of silence continues to be the norm. Remember, you can try to silence the message of God but in the end, He will walk through the chaos of this world and embrace those who have tried to speak into the silence for the wellness of all. This Sunday, we welcome Rev Bob Hillock as Pastor Todd and Natalie are away on holidays. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST. Facebook Live - Main Ave Fellowship YouTube Live – You Tube We look forward to seeing you this Sunday. Blessings, Pastor Todd www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ” A postscript from Natalie: One definition says that “Culture refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving.” Why would that concept ever be put with the word cancel!? Why would we want to take the array of colours and shades in our world and try to make everything a shade of beige?

  • Peter's Picks

    The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘Never Give Up’ Day 1: 1 Corinthians 9:24 – “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!” Day 2: 2 Chronicles 15:7 – “But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.” Day 3: Galatians 6:9 – “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Day 4: Luke 18:1 – “One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” Day 5: Isaiah 40:29-31 – “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Day 6: Colossians 3:23, 24 – “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” Day 7: Hebrews 12:1-3 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

  • Peter's Picks

    The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘Secure Your Future’ Day 1: Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Day 2: Romans 8:38, 39 – “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below - indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Day 3: John 10:28, 29 – “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” Day 4: Titus 3:4-7 – “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” Day 5: John 5:24 – “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” Day 6: Colossians 1:13, 14 – “For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” Day 7: 1 Peter 1:3, 4 – “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance - an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

  • I Deserve This

    I am not sure if this resonates with a lot of people but, after reading my daily devotional, a memory of days gone by popped into my mind and I thought I would write on it. Today’s verse comes from the Book of Hebrews chapter 12 in verses 5-11. And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. When I was young, I remember thinking I was being so hard done by when I was punished by my parents. There were times I got a swat on the behind, got things taken away from me or was grounded for my actions. I thought it cruel that my parents were so strict and I got punished while others I knew received no punishment at all for what they did and, much of the time, my stumbles were much less terrible than theirs. My sin was minor compared to the massive sins of those and yet I was still held accountable. That was completely unfair, right? As I grew older, I came to realize just how much my parents loved me. When I became a father, my son would make his mistakes and I would, out of love, correct him so that he would not come to harm through his errant actions. I love him so much that I will discipline even though it hurts us both at times. He is now grown up and I can only hope that the lessons of the past are not lost. There is nothing wrong with correction. It is tough to go through the process of being disciplined and it is also very tough to be the enforcer but it is done through love. It does pain the Father to discipline but it is done through an infinite love. When we come through the other end, we are so much better for it and much wiser as well. The really wonderful thing about the Father, He will not burden us with more than we can handle and His reason for correction is always with our best as the final outcome. Fear not the discipline for it leads to a better living in the end. This Sunday, we welcome Rev Glenn Reeder as Pastor Todd and Natalie are away on holidays. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST. Facebook Live - Main Ave Fellowship YouTube Live – You Tube We look forward to seeing you this Sunday. Blessings, Pastor Todd www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

  • Peter's Picks

    The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘Praise Brings Proper Focus’ Day 1: Isaiah 25:1 – “O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.” Day 2: Psalm 145:1-3 – “I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.” Day 3: Psalm 95:1, 2 – “Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.” Day 4: Psalm 103:1-5 – “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” Day 5: Psalm 9:1, 2 – “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.” Day 6: Psalm 63:3, 4 – “Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.” Day 7: Psalm 100:1-5 – “Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘Praise Brings Proper Focus’ Day 1: Isaiah 25:1 – “O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.” Day 2: Psalm 145:1-3 – “I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.” Day 3: Psalm 95:1, 2 – “Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.” Day 4: Psalm 103:1-5 – “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” Day 5: Psalm 9:1, 2 – “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.” Day 6: Psalm 63:3, 4 – “Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.” Day 7: Psalm 100:1-5 – “Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

  • What Matters Most

    Many years ago, I worked with a non-profit group who always had a tough time keeping the doors open and the lights on. You see, it had a very good volunteer base and fantastic donors but what was missing was the next level of support that would not only give the organization some wiggle room in the budget but also help it to grow and help even more in need. The economy was rather tight and the funds available were getting spread thinner and thinner and while the pool did not grow, the needs within the community had. It was, at one time, rather simple because so many were more than willing to help out those in dire straights and the recipients were so grateful for the love and support. As things tightened up, it almost felt like we were looking for ways to sell the public on the desperation of those in need. In a planning session, someone mentioned that we should crank up an event with a few well-known celebrities and make a party out of it. We, myself included, thought this was a fabulous idea and the plans were put in place. The celebs were going to cost us a bit of money and the party was also going to cut into the money available, but it was going to be a great fundraiser. Invitations were sent out, response was incredible, and the celebration was a hit, but one thing was missing, the people we were trying to help and many of the hardworking staff and volunteers. This event came to mind as I was reading the book from Rev Bud Robinson “The Story of Lazarus”. “To show you that church members are bound by the things of this world, I was in a nice town in the month of October 1908, and there was a nice church in the beautiful city with 588 members on the roll. One night while I was in the town the prayer meeting was held and there were eleven persons present; the next night there was a church entertainment and according to the report of the town paper, there were 1, 100 out.” This is not just in churches but also in so many different areas of life. If you feed them, if you entertain them, if you woo them, they will come. Sound harsh? Sometimes the truth must be stated, the elephant in the room pointed out. Jesus started out with two, then four then twelve who followed Him and learned the Way. Jesus did not use expensive fog machines, have massive concerts with big name acts nor did he have image specialists to market Him. Jesus met in the streets, preached and healed people where they were and built relationships one heart at a time. Jesus fed souls and hearts. It was not a popularity tour, it was a truth tour and, after He left and the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, they fed the bread of life to those who would listen in the streets and through the power of the Spirit, thousands were saved. So, here is a humble suggestion; when you go to church on Sunday, do not critique the music (Psalm 100 says make a joyful noise to the Lord) open your heart to the foundational message of the worship and the sermon (pastors seek the wisdom of the Lord for the Truth) and be in fellowship with those of faith so that you may celebrate together and support one another in prayer and worship. If the church leadership is more focused on entertaining rather than building relationships in Christian faith, how strong a foundation will there be for the community? Feast with the Lord, feed your soul and be fully alive in the joy of the Saviour. This weekend, we finish the Lazarus series by celebrating the joy of relationship. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST. Facebook Live - Main Ave Fellowship YouTube Live – You Tube We look forward to seeing you this Sunday. Blessings, Pastor Todd www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

  • Entombed and Putrefied

    This stinks! In days gone by, the dream of owning a reliable car, a nice home in a good neighbourhood and some recreational toys to add enjoyment to life was attainable while working a forty hour work week, Only one person needed to work and the family life was the primary focus. To tell the truth, I have never lived in this reality but I was told it was the best of times. So, what changed? I am going to hypothesize and, if you think I am wrong, please let me know. As life got better, people saw a way to capitalize on the prosperity of society and costs started to rise. As costs rose and living became more expensive, something had to give. Spouses had to go to work to help bring in more cash, children were suddenly needing afterschool care which added more expenses which meant either cutting back on other things or putting in overtime. Overtime led to more expenses for the employer which led the company to cut back on full time and increase salaried positions. These spots helped employers avoid overtime and could get more out of people without having to compensate them for the extra time they put in. Many young couples looked at the price of starting a family and would decide to put it off until they could afford kids. This has, for the past fifty years, been building and, even though it has been a subtle change, the agents that bind have so tightened so much that society has accepted it as the norm even though it stinks so badly. There is a group of young adults who are bucking the system through quiet quitting. They want to get back to a simpler time when relationships and enjoying life were more important than working themselves to death. You see, as many seek after the wants of life, a growing number are wanting their needs fulfilled, a need for relationship and community. If the focus is on spending every moment of life to fulfill the temporary wants of life, we are essentially entombing ourselves in an ever-shrinking lifestyle that is controlled by the things of the world. As the bonds continue to dig in, the wounds caused by the ever-tightening bindings begin to fester and life truly begins to stink. The easiest way to cover the stench is to add scented oils to mask the smell. I must admit, the movement to taking back time, build relationship and focus on community is a ray of light that could become the turning point for a paradigm shift towards peace and forgiveness. The world can fool themselves into thinking that happiness comes by way of “more stuff” but I refer to these wise words; “three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13. Many will believe that if they can keep up with the Jones, they can be happy but, truth be told, if we ask the Jones, they would most likely say they are not really happy but feel crushed in the clamp of misplaced focus. This weekend, we will examine not the failures of the world but rather at what life can look like once the stench of old bonds is washed off. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST. Facebook Live - Main Ave Fellowship YouTube Live – You Tube We look forward to seeing you this Sunday. Blessings, Pastor Todd www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

  • Conquering The Fear

    A few months ago, I was out with friends and we were having a great time chatting, laughing and basically being ourselves. One of the guys referred to me as Padre and the conversation stuttered for a moment. Most of the guys know what I do but it was the new guy who took a stutter step at the mention of religious affiliation. I smiled and waited for the shift and it didn’t take long for his behaviour to change. Every time someone cracked a joke, it seemed he nervously looked over to see my reaction. What you need to understand is this, I am used to it, in fact, I have come to expect it. Later in the evening, I got up to order more wings and he got up to come with me. He wanted me to know that he went to church as well and told me that his preacher was nothing like me. I braced myself for a lecture on how my demeanor was not representative of the clergy or the friends around the table were not all fine Christians. The conversation did not go that way however. He wanted to know how I could be so open with my faith in the setting we were in surrounded by people who, by his assuming, were not all Christian. Simple response, God uses us all in different ways and gifts us with the talents needed to be relevant in our community. We all have the ability to affect lives but we do not always do it in the same way. Some of us are able to go into certain environments and boldly proclaim God’s message without pounding a pulpit and we do so through the strength of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Matthew 9:9-12 NLT Jesus showed the way to getting His message out there. Sunday church is only a small part of the plan. We need to live boldly in our communities, living our faith each moment of the day and “preach” the gospel as God has gifted us. None of us can be Billy Graham but we can all be followers of Christ in our own special way. Yes, I will sit down with friends in a pub and share in their lives. Jesus went to where the people lived and affected the lives of thousands. He sent the disciples into the world to deliver the Good News. He did not tell them to go build a church building but rather build relationships, build a family. We returned to the table and the conversation took on a whole new life and through it all, my friend came to realize that all at the table were brothers in Christ. For those of faith, be bold and hold fast to the strength He provides. Honestly, it takes more courage to not believe. This week, we continue with a look at the story of Lazarus where we will explore Lazarus the bound. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST. Facebook Live - Main Ave Fellowship YouTube Live – You Tube We look forward to seeing you this Sunday. Blessings, Pastor Todd www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

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