October 15, 2020

Hello everyone!
 
I hope that you are enjoying life! Learn through the hard times and give thanks in the good times! If you are a child of God, then He is working in your life to make you more like Jesus, and for that I am thankful.
 
I would like to continue with the topic of Baptists who are leaving the old-time gospel. Recently my wife was in a seminar being led by a young pastors wife. During her talk she made a comment about the leadership of the church that she and her husband were planting. That was “you don’t have to believe to belong.” You don’t have to believe to belong to their leadership team? How far the church in slipping! What is happening to the church? The young leaders are going far astray! You can’t lead a ministry if you do not give a testimony of when you accepted Christ as Saviour in any church that I am pastor.
 
There is a word from God in these issues, you find them in Proverbs. “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” (Proverbs 22:28), “Remove not the old landmark; enter not into the fields of the fatherless:” (Proverbs 23:10). The book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom, one who takes heed of the things written here will be successful in their Christian walk.
 
One of the excuses that some use is that we have found “more reliable” manuscripts. In these “more reliable” manuscripts they try to say that women preachers/pastor are okay now. They say that the King James Bible has Scriptures in it that need to be removed. So, the KJV has extra Scriptures? Hmmm I find that interesting for a couple of reasons. One is that that would mean that Gods people did not have an inerrant Scripture until just recently. So, God did not preserve His Word for all generations? If that were true, then God lied; “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” (Psalms 12:6-7 KJV).
 
So, is God right or are the liberal “theologians” right? That my friend is a no brainer for me, “…Let God be true and every man a liar…” (Romans 3:3-4 KJV). So, when someone comes along trying to change what God has said and the church has adhered to for a millennium or more, kick them to the curb.
 
There was no localized flood, Noah’s flood was a universal flood. It covered the whole earth! What a false assertion to say that it was a local one. Gods plan is for the husband to give account for his family, why? Because God put the man in charge, many worldly people take issue with me saying that. They say that it is sexist, I say that it is Biblical. (Ephesians 5:22-32 KJV). God has an order for the home, the devil wants to destroy the home and the best way to destroy the home is to destroy Gods order for it. If you destroy the home you destroy the church.
 
Also, if you destroy Gods order for the home, the door is open for women to be ordained and become pastors. Scripture tells us that the position of pastor has to be a male. It’s in the original languages it is masculine not feminine in the Greek. People who teach this false teaching are following the world and not Scripture (1 Timothy 3:1-9 KJV). The blessings come from following God and His Word.
 
More next time…
Pastor
 

 

 



July 29, 2020

Hello everyone! I trust that the week is going well for you and the God is blessing your faithfulness greatly! As I have noted and all of you have observed, the world is a crazy place nowadays and seems to get crazier by the day. That is a terrible thing for the lost soul, as they have nowhere to turn to for comfort of their soul. But we as believers have a resting place, a place of refuge for our soul.

“Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them shout for joy forever. May you shelter them, and may those who love your name boast in you.” Psalm 5:11 KJV

“The Lord is a refuge for the persecuted, a refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 9:9 KJV

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliver, my God, my rock where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2 KJV

These are just a few of the many verses in Scripture that give us hope in this troubled time in which we live. Do your best to trust in Him, don’t allow satan to take the joy that God wants to give you. Many times we try to find help in worldly people or things, this is the wrong place to look. Ask the Lord to be your refuge, to be your shelter, your shield and stronghold. He will not let you down.

Don’t be anxious because of what seems to be, but by faith (Hebrews 11:1) trust what is and the fact that God is in control. Even though it may not seem so at times, He is always aware of what is taking place in the world. Run to Him and find that peace that passes all understanding!

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV

Focus on the heavenly realms and what awaits the believer in eternity. This life is just a vapor and then we will be with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! AMEN!

More next time…

Pastor



July 21, 2020

Hello everyone! God is certainly good! We had four people raise their hand during our invitation this past week to signify that they had prayed to receive Jesus as their Saviour! Three of them then came forward as a testimony to that fact! What an amazing time it was! I wish that the whole church could have been there to be part of that. That is what the church should be about, leading precious souls to Jesus. The church is not a club for the saved! It is a lighthouse to the lost soul that is wandering without hope in the storms of life.

Yes, being a true follower of Christ is about more than being there on Sunday when you feel like it. The world in which we live is all about themselves, but Jesus said, “…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24. Also in Mark 8:34, “… Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” These are some tough words in today’s world. Because we have been taught to do whatever pleases us, look out for number one, do what makes you happy, and on and on. The Lord made sure that we got the message because Luke says it yet another way, “…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (9:23). Daily, every day we need to put Jesus first, not us, not our wants, not our preferences, but what does God expect of us? Not to do our own thing, that’s for sure.

Now this will get pointed, I have always thought if a person is going on a vacation/holiday, and they are going to leave Sunday morning. What?! If you are leaving Sunday, do it after you attend the church service. Our first duty should be to God, always! Why would you miss the assembling of yourselves together? (Hebrews 10:25) Why would you miss the preaching of the Word? Why would you miss the fellowship of the saints in worshipping God? I believe that it is because we have lost the desire to take up our cross daily. I do what I do, in most cases, because I want to please God. If Trish and I leave for a trip, its Sunday afternoon or Monday, when we return its Saturday, unless unforeseen circumstances happen, so that I can be back for church Sunday morning. You say, you do that because you are the pastor, nope, I do it because I am a Christian and God comes first. We love our church family.

The second most important reason that I do what I do, is because God has called me to a leadership position in His local church. My example is very important, others are always watching, others are always learning from our example. Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), one of the greatest basketball players of his time practiced 8 hours every day, even being better than 98% of the others. Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), shows up for practice before anyone else and stays long after they have gone practicing. What makes them great, their commitment to what they do. If people can be that committed to the world and the things of it, surely the believer should be that committed to the cause of Christ. After all it is Christs church that we are a part of, does it not deserve our best?

If you are in a leadership position in your local church, be an example of a faithful follower of Jesus. Take your call to ministry seriously, and keep in mind, anything less than your best, is not good enough. Let us take up our cross daily and follow Jesus.

 

Thanks for reading!

More next time…

Pastor



July 7, 2020

Hello everyone! How was your holiday? Both here (July 1st) and in the United States (July 4th). It is a slow time for churches all over as we are doing our best to get back into the swing of things. When the government shut us down for a couple of months it makes it hard to get back rolling again. But, good news Jesus is still on the Throne!

We had several first-time guests a week ago and many of them came back this past Sunday. A lot of our regulars have been out for various reasons, health, camping, or just stuff. I guess that we will be able to get on track in the Fall.

 

I will be leading the church board/council in a study of the book “Autopsy of a Deceased Church (12 ways to keep yours alive)” over the next several months. I will be giving the book out this next meeting on July 14th. The church just doesn’t grow all by itself, you have to work at being the church, by outreach, growth, loving new people as well as the long-time members. Being a church that is excited about Jesus and sharing the Good News!

Many have their own ideas about this, but it’s what I have been doing (church growth) for the past 38 years and I have learned a lot in that time. So together we will adapt and grow, both spiritually and numerically. Many lost souls here in the Northside of Edmonton. God has us here to be His ambassadors and a light house to a lost and dying world. To share with them the good news of grace, mercy, love and salvation!

So, pray with me that God will use us in a great way that we may see and be a small part of what He is doing in Edmonton! The last words of Jesus to His followers was to evangelize the world! (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15) Lets just do it!

 

More next time…

Pastor


April 18, 2020

Hello everyone!

Well Trish and I have been in town for about two months now. I can say for sure that it is not how I planned it to go! This COVID-19 thing surely has things in an uproar. We can’t do church the way I have done it for almost 50 years. But, that’s okay, we’ll have a chance to regroup and fine tune some things on the other end of this. I am excited about that!

My main goal for us is to reach Edmonton with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ! After all the Scriptures tell us that Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost (Matt 1:21; Matt 18:11). So, if, we as a church want to do His will, we will do the same. As many of you know I have a lot of experience at leading churches to grow.

I have sure enjoyed the weather since our arrival, I even had my first fall in a long time. Getting out of the pickup at the church building I put my foot down, thinking that it was water (liquid), it was water, but not liquid. So my feet went and so did I, hit the pavement pretty hard. First thing I did was say “Lord please don’t have me have broken a hip.” I didn’t, at least it still works okay, just very sore. I spilled my extra large Timmies all over, mostly on me. So, I went home and had Trish bandage me up, had to cut away some skin from my forearm that I scrapped loose, so she could patch me up. Then back to my office for the morning. So, moral of the story, don’t assume that just because it looks liquid that it is, especially when the temp is under freezing.

Now back to ministry things. The livestream is going very well considering that we were kind of thrown into it. Thank you to all who are making it work! If you are not aware of it, we livestream as close to 10:30 Sunday mornings as we can. If you miss look us up on YouTube, you can go to the church website and click on the link that will take you to the YouTube site.

Also, to our youth and children, I cannot even imagine what it’s like to be off of school for so long with nowhere to go. YIKES!! I just want to let you know that I am praying for you guys! If I can do anything to help you out or you have any questions email me with them, pastorjohnimorris@gmail.com. I will answer you as soon as I can. Keep me in  your prayers if you would. Pray for me to have the wisdom from God to lead the church as God would have it and for my hip to stop hurting. You guys are the future of the church! Stay faithful to Jesus as much as you can!

Well, this is kind of a long blog, I’ll do better as we move along. I will attempt to do a weekly one to keep you all updated as much as possible.

 

Blessings!

Pastor 

 P.S. That goes for the adults also, you can email me or call me if you have a question that I can answer.



Welcome to Castledowns Baptist Church

 

We hope this site will provide you the information you are looking for about our church. We are a contemporary bible based church located in the north Edmonton community of Castledowns. There are a lot of great things going on in our church community, so take some time to look around the site, read and explore. But you won’t get to know us until you come for a visit and meet us face to face.

 
We are a welcoming, friendly place to be, where the coffee is on, and there is always someone to talk to. We are pretty casual, so no need to pretend to be someone you’re not, we just want to get to know you. If you have any questions, or you can’t find something on this site, just send an email or give us a call, or better yet, come check us out on a Sunday morning.
 
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