November 26, 2020

Hello everyone, I hope that your week is going well and that you are enjoying the weather in the beautiful days we are having. The end of November is always an exciting time, as we prepare for Christmas. That time of the year one every Christian celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

It is an exciting time, even in the midst of the uncertainty that is going on in the world. We need to remember, as believers, that we already have the victory according to 1 Corinthians 15:57. It is all because Jesus and his tremendous love for us. That is certainly reason to celebrate!

There is are a few verses and a principle that I would like you all to consider.

Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: But a good word maketh it glad.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

1 Peter 5:6:7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Principle: trust God in everything and you will never go wrong. Depend on Him and do not allow yourself to worry! Through earnest prayer you can accomplish great things!

This is a very tough time for Christians around the world. But during this time it is imperative that we trust God! Do not allow things to upset your spirit, if you do, you cannot hear God speak. The devil wants to divide and conquer the Lords churches. He does that by pounding a wedge into a local fellowship. Do not operate in the flesh. Stay in your lane and encourage others to do the same.

Do your best to not go to the negative in issues that you face, when we do it is not what the Lord wants for us. God wants us to see the possibilities, because with God all things are possible! He wants us to rejoice in everything. To face trials and testing with a firm belief that God is able! A negative spirit will separate you from God’s blessing. It will bring anxiety and worry into your heart. It will make you react in the flesh, rather than act according to the spirit. Now this is not an easy thing to do. You have reasons/excuses why you are “being realistic.” But in fact, you are not depending on God to work His will in everything.

Back to my opening paragraph. Do not allow satan to steal your joy this Christmas season! It is the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ we should, be focused on. Let us covenant together to put Philippians 4:5-9; “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 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. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

More next time…

Pastor



November 3, 2020

Hello everyone!

 

How are you doing this beautiful Fall day? It has been a bit warmer than is the norm. I know many of you like this weather, as it takes some time to turn cold. It is always great when things are the way that we like them, but fact of the matter that is not life. Life is not always as we like it. Sometimes it gets very tough and other times we are so happy that we overflow with joy. I try to look at it as simply as possible. If I never had bad times, I could not appreciate the good times. Jesus did tell us to deny ourselves take up our cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23). He also said that the one who does not take his cross, and follow Him, is not worthy of Him (Matthew 10:38).

 

Deny ourselves, definition of deny is “a restraint or limitation of one’s own desires or interests.” Also, a synonym would be, renunciation, to renounce the old life and the choice of personal pleasures. Once a person is “born again” the old things are to pass away. “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV). This means that we, believers, are to be ever living for Christ!

 

Sad thing is that over the years I have observed “Christian leaders” living for themselves and appearing to not give a thought as to what Jesus would have. It seems that they know what others should do, but they are not doing the basics themselves. They are happy to try and find fault with others who would challenge them to live godly. All the while ignoring the beam in their own eye (Matthew 7:3-5). If this blog seems to be directed at you, it is. It is directed to every person who claims to be born again, man or woman, who is living their life for themselves. Those who are taking for granted, that somehow God will continue to look the other way as you waste your life on worldly pursuits. As you buy new things and feed your addictions all the while making excuse for not giving your tithe and offering to further the cause of Christ! You don’t take time to share your faith, but you can talk about anything else under the sun.

 

Fact is that you are not taking up your cross daily and following Him. Bottom line, that is unacceptable! The church has accepted lukewarm service for too long now. We are living in the Laodicean church age, “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked;” (Revelation 3:14-17 KJV).

 

The church today is a powerless church, an anemic church, it is in need of a blood transfusion, there is power in the blood of the Lamb! We have marching orders; we are commanded to reach the world (Matthew 28:18-20). The world will never be reached with a self-serving, self-centered church. Let us do an about face and spend our lives for Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57).

 

More next time…

 Pastor

 



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
 

 

 



October 1, 2020

Hello everyone!
 
I hope that your week is going well. I also hope that you are enjoying the weather as we have brisk mornings! Its my favorite time of the year.
 
I will be starting a Series of messages on some basis Bible/Baptist Doctrines it will be a 12-week series. Dealing with, How you can be saved and know it, How to be sure that you have Eternal Security 2 parts, How to come back when you are down. Those are the first four in the series. It should be a great series to help people who are just not sure about what the Bible says about these things.
 
 
I see much confusion in Baptist churches today and have for some time now. I started pastoring a Baptist church in 1984, it was one that I started in Connecticut. My very first church was in 1982 and was a Bible Church. So, I have been at this for some time now. In that time, I have observed a slow drift by Baptists to the left/world. We have started being like other Denominational churches and even more like the world. To the point that some have even taken Baptist out of their name, they say to be able to reach more people. I just laugh at that reasoning, if the people inside the building are not different, changing the name will not help one bit.
 
 
Baptists have always stood for something, the Bible! Now we have more of the world and less of the Bible in our services. We have compromised the Scriptures for worldly popularity. Some have gone so far as to ordain women, hire non-Baptists as pastors, allow any kind of teaching into our churches. Baptists are not charismatics; we do not believe in the modern day charismatic “gifts”. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, with special emphasis on verses 8-13.
 
 
Nor do we believe in losing your salvation or walking away from it! Read John 3:15-16; John 10:28; Romans 8:35-39. Jesus did not die to give us “temporary” life, He died so that we could have “eternal” life. This is a solid fact of salvation. I will be preaching on this in the coming weeks. Come listen, take notes, and ask me after the service whatever questions you like.
 
 
The first three, prophecy, tongues, and knowledge, were establishing gifts of the church, verse 8 says that these first three will, fail, cease, vanish away. Then in verse 13 they are to be replaced by Faith, Hope and Charity/Love. These are perpetuating (to continue indefinitely, preserve) gifts of the church. They will take us on to eternity. This has been the Baptist belief since Baptists began. But there are some who want to rewrite Bible/Baptist doctrine. Others teach that you can lose our salvation, when Christ said that it is a done deal until you reach glory. Some would take Scripture out of context to try to show that you can either lose or walk away from salvation. Which would render eternal life mute. It would be “until you lose it or walk away from it life.”
 
 
So, the series should be eye opener for some and maybe bone of contention for others. Either way it will be Biblical and exciting! I am looking forward to it!
 
 
More next time…
 
Pastor
 


September 24, 2020

Hello everyone!

 

I trust that the week is going well for you! As the weather turns cooler, I find myself being happier and in a much better mood. Isn’t it something that the weather can make us happier and sometimes it makes us sad. When the weather suits us its good and when it doesn’t its not so good. I wonder how that fits into the Scripture that says, “This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24 KJV. So, it says that we WILL rejoice and be glad. Interesting how we can allow the least little thing to discourage us and get us off track. That is why I used the weather, we all have a preference, some like to hot, some like it warm, some like it cool, and some like it cold. We all have favorites; I like the rain and I like snow. Others like heat and sun.

 

The problem with this is not what you prefer, it’s how you deal with the things that you do not like. Do you keep a good attitude, or does your joy dissipate when things aren’t to your liking? The mature Christian should know how to take the good and the bad, without allowing it to discourage you. Two verses of Scripture should encourage us, “Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4; and “Rejoice evermore.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 KJV. And there are many other Scriptures that encourage us to rejoice, be glad, praise the Lord. All of these require that we should be happy.

 

Paul told us, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11 KJV. I believe that God, through Paul, is trying to tell us to not allow outside things to discourage us. True happiness comes from within. If we live our lives with a heart of praise toward God, then the other stuff will not affect us so much.

 

You like the rain, but its sunny outside, thank God for the sunshine. You like the sunshine, but its raining outside, thank God for the rain. Apply this to whatever it is that can get you down, start thanking God for it all. Start the day by thanking God for a new day, new opportunities, new joys, and learn from the circumstances that come your way! Allow Romans 8:28 to be real in your life! “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” All things, not just the ones that we like. Give God a chance to work in your life, through the things that you like and the things that you do not like.

 

This is how we grow and how we are conformed to the image of Jesus! Rejoice in the Lord, and again I say REJOICE!

 

More next time…

 

Pastor

 



September 16, 2020

Hello everyone! I took a while off from writing my blogs, I really ran out of inspiration to write them. But, I’m back! This past Sunday was the Fall kick off at Castledowns Baptist, we had our highest attendance since Trish, and I arrived back in late February. It was the fifth week in a row of first-time guests and our Children’s Church kicked off. It was a great day all in all. Many new faces and people to meet.

The Fall is my personal favorite time of year. The crisp air and smells of Fall are very nice to me. I finished up a sermon series on Roads of the Bible, I think that it went well. So, we will be endeavoring to continue the streak of new folks as we progress into the fall.

The world is still going crazy, people act like they have no sense whatsoever. People killing law enforcement officers and others cheering while they do it. It is a very sad time in which we live today. The one thing that we, as Christians, can count on is that God is aware of what is going on. He does not approve of it by any means, that is for sure. But, in the end it will work out the way the Bible says it will in the end. Continue to tryst Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.” (KJV).

It does not mean that everything will be good, what it does mean is that if you will just hang in there and allow God to work, it will be for good in the end. That is the hard part for many, allowing God to work out His plan, in our lives and in the lives of those that we love. But I encourage you to do it anyway, no matter how hard.

God is on the Throne and He does care, do not be weary and quit of Him. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9 KJV)

Have a great rest of the week and keep on trusting God, He is never late, but always on time!
 

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