May 27, 2020

Hello everyone! I pray that you are enjoying this time of your life! We always wish for something that we do not have, thereby missing what we have.

Yes, I understand that it is a tough time around our world with all of this COVID stuff. We could and should be using this time to get into the Word and for praying. Things are not ideal that is for sure. Continue to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and spirit!

Unfortunately, what I see is that some, Christians, have taken this time to put others down. Why do they do this? Well, because some think that we should do everything that the government tells us to do. Others think that free men and women should do what their conscience tells them to do. I think that both are right in the fact that they should do what they feel is best for them. Keep in mind that when the powers that be confronted Peter and the other apostles, Peter said; “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29.

It’s okay to do what you think best. It is not okay to put others down because they do not do what you think that they should do. I saw the other day where a former pastors wife called people “so-called Christians” because they did not agree with her. And why? Because some churches have chosen to reopen and not obey the government. Last check, I thought that believers were accountable to God, not to the government and certainly not other believers. We will give an account at the judgement, to God!

The cause of Christ is not benefited by the putting down of other believers just because they do not do it my way! 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 tells us, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because the are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” What I have always preached on here is that, we can judge things, actions, but we do not have the right to judge people. We do not know their heart, only God knows that.

So, let us do what we feel comfortable doing, wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, wear gloves, don’t wear gloves. Give others the same space that you want. And please, do not use that phrase, “well they are self-centered and do not care about others.” You do not know their heart!

Thanks for reading this, have a blessed week! See some of you at church this Sunday!

Pastor



May 20, 2020

Hello everyone! I trust that your week is going well. It is going well for Trish and myself, it is a trying time with the lockdown and how it effects the church. It appears that the lockdown will be easing a bit.

We will be meeting again at the church building. We are limited to around 30 people, at the writing of this blog. I will be taking part in a conference call with Premier Kenney, Thursday evening May 21st. I will be one of many church leaders in Alberta. It is to be a sharing and question time. I believe that it is genuinely nice of him to offer such a time.

This Sunday May 24th we will be having a 9:30am service and a 10:30am service. If you are coming, please be a couple of minutes early. The 9:30 service will need to leave at the conclusion of the service so that those coming for the 10:30 service will not put us over the allowed number. I will not be turning anyone away from the church if, in fact, we go a couple of people over 30. I might add, neither were Greg or Darcy, it would be sad to turn someone away from hearing the Word. We do not know the need of their heart. But we are not planning on being over 30 – 35 people on purpose. Also, when the limits are lifted, we will be going back to one service, until such time as we grow and have need of the second morning service.

Now on to better things, it has been an amazing time as far as weather goes for me! I do enjoy the cool days and I love the rain! I am already looking forward to the Fall. It is my favourite time of year! I am excited to start seeing our church folks again! Trish and I have longed to be able to connect with you all. Now it looks like we can start that process!

God is good to us, all the time! Do your best to continue to pray for God’s blessing on the church! Try hard to be in the Word daily, allow Him to talk to you, through the Word. Pray for one another!

May the love and grace of God abound in your lives,

Pastor



May 5, 2020

Hello everyone!

I hope that you all are doing well and trusting Jesus daily! He is our Rock and Deliverer! (Psalm 18:2; 18:46; 1 Corinthians 10:4) Thank God that He is the one that we can run to in times of trouble. This world in which we live has gone crazy it would appear, so many mixed signals out there. Do this, don’t do that, this is right, this is wrong. It is the most upside-down time that I can ever remember in my lifetime for sure.

But this too shall pass. The goal for the Christian should be to stay close to God, trust Him alone. History has taught us that we cannot trust the government to take care of us. It should be our goal to trust in the Lord. Do not allow the government or anyone for that matter force you to disobey God and His Word. Keep following and keep trusting, what about the children of Israel at the Red Sea? Pharaoh coming up behind them with his army and a seeming impassable body of water in front of them. They had no choice but to trust God and He came through for them! Folks, we have the same God today (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8), there is no reason not to trust Him during this uncertain time in history.

We need to continue to be the church, the light to the world, a committed group of baptized believers, on fire for God, and on mission to a lost and dying world! You and I need to continue to trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey! We will be back in the church house soon, be praying that many will stay faithful and return with us. For corporate worship, for fellowship, laughing and crying together, to rejoice together! Our God is still on the Throne! So I say rejoice in the Lord!

I would like to leave you with this from the Book of Joshua, “…Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9). God is taking care of us, sit back and watch the salvation of the Lord.

Blessings! Have a great rest of the week!

Pastor



April 28, 2020

Hello everyone! I trust that as you read this blog that you are trusting the Lord for your protection and blessing. Many times, it seems easier for the believer to trust in the world, than in God. We trust our bank account, we trust in our paycheck, we trust in the government and quite often we trust ourselves. We think that if we have planned something out that it will work that way.

What I have found in life is that my plans all to often go the way of the dodo bird. They just do not work out, only the plans that I have to follow Gods leading in my life work out. Not easy all the time for sure, sometimes we find it is extremely hard to follow God, we want something in writing from God to us. Maybe to come in the mail, signed by God.

But God has given us His Word to follow, trust in what He says to us, be faithful. In the Book of Hebrews chapter 11 and verse 1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Interesting things, that we cannot see faith as such. We must trust that what God says, He will do. 2 Corinthians 5:17; “For we walk by faith not by sight.” Now not everything that comes our way will seem to be good at the time, I know that for sure. This virus that we are all dealing with, seems at face value to be a bad thing, but when it is past, and it will pass, we will see what the future holds. In Romans 8:28 the Scripture says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love the God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” What we can take away from that is that we need to ride whatever out, then evaluate how it impacted us. What may seem to be negative may work out to be good.

The second time that they found that I had cancer was because of my having appendicitis. Now let me tell you I was having a great amount of pain, Trish drove me from Pahrump to Veterans Hospital in Las Vegas, every turn was sheer pain. Got into the ER, they took a look and I was on my way to surgery. Now I just saw that as a pain that I surely did not need. After a short time, the doctor let me know that they found cancer at the entry to the appendix and that I would need another surgery. Had I not had the pain, the 60-minute drive, the surgery, it surely would have spread, and I may not even be in this life now. Let God work out the things in your life, trust Him to do what’s best for you. No matter how young or old, it is the prefect time in your life to learn to trust God through all things.

Trish and I are still excited to be here, it is Gods will for us. When we are finally able to get back to church in our building it will be great! God is going to do great thing with and through Castledowns Baptist Church! Pray with us and for us, that God will guide and that we will follow!

 

Because of His Amazing Grace,

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.




May 27, 2020

Hello everyone! I pray that you are enjoying this time of your life! We always wish for something that we do not have, thereby missing what we have.

Yes, I understand that it is a tough time around our world with all of this COVID stuff. We could and should be using this time to get into the Word and for praying. Things are not ideal that is for sure. Continue to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and spirit!

Unfortunately, what I see is that some, Christians, have taken this time to put others down. Why do they do this? Well, because some think that we should do everything that the government tells us to do. Others think that free men and women should do what their conscience tells them to do. I think that both are right in the fact that they should do what they feel is best for them. Keep in mind that when the powers that be confronted Peter and the other apostles, Peter said; “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29.

It’s okay to do what you think best. It is not okay to put others down because they do not do what you think that they should do. I saw the other day where a former pastors wife called people “so-called Christians” because they did not agree with her. And why? Because some churches have chosen to reopen and not obey the government. Last check, I thought that believers were accountable to God, not to the government and certainly not other believers. We will give an account at the judgement, to God!

The cause of Christ is not benefited by the putting down of other believers just because they do not do it my way! 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 tells us, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because the are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” What I have always preached on here is that, we can judge things, actions, but we do not have the right to judge people. We do not know their heart, only God knows that.

So, let us do what we feel comfortable doing, wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, wear gloves, don’t wear gloves. Give others the same space that you want. And please, do not use that phrase, “well they are self-centered and do not care about others.” You do not know their heart!

Thanks for reading this, have a blessed week! See some of you at church this Sunday!

Pastor



May 20, 2020

Hello everyone! I trust that your week is going well. It is going well for Trish and myself, it is a trying time with the lockdown and how it effects the church. It appears that the lockdown will be easing a bit.

We will be meeting again at the church building. We are limited to around 30 people, at the writing of this blog. I will be taking part in a conference call with Premier Kenney, Thursday evening May 21st. I will be one of many church leaders in Alberta. It is to be a sharing and question time. I believe that it is genuinely nice of him to offer such a time.

This Sunday May 24th we will be having a 9:30am service and a 10:30am service. If you are coming, please be a couple of minutes early. The 9:30 service will need to leave at the conclusion of the service so that those coming for the 10:30 service will not put us over the allowed number. I will not be turning anyone away from the church if, in fact, we go a couple of people over 30. I might add, neither were Greg or Darcy, it would be sad to turn someone away from hearing the Word. We do not know the need of their heart. But we are not planning on being over 30 – 35 people on purpose. Also, when the limits are lifted, we will be going back to one service, until such time as we grow and have need of the second morning service.

Now on to better things, it has been an amazing time as far as weather goes for me! I do enjoy the cool days and I love the rain! I am already looking forward to the Fall. It is my favourite time of year! I am excited to start seeing our church folks again! Trish and I have longed to be able to connect with you all. Now it looks like we can start that process!

God is good to us, all the time! Do your best to continue to pray for God’s blessing on the church! Try hard to be in the Word daily, allow Him to talk to you, through the Word. Pray for one another!

May the love and grace of God abound in your lives,

Pastor



May 5, 2020

Hello everyone!

I hope that you all are doing well and trusting Jesus daily! He is our Rock and Deliverer! (Psalm 18:2; 18:46; 1 Corinthians 10:4) Thank God that He is the one that we can run to in times of trouble. This world in which we live has gone crazy it would appear, so many mixed signals out there. Do this, don’t do that, this is right, this is wrong. It is the most upside-down time that I can ever remember in my lifetime for sure.

But this too shall pass. The goal for the Christian should be to stay close to God, trust Him alone. History has taught us that we cannot trust the government to take care of us. It should be our goal to trust in the Lord. Do not allow the government or anyone for that matter force you to disobey God and His Word. Keep following and keep trusting, what about the children of Israel at the Red Sea? Pharaoh coming up behind them with his army and a seeming impassable body of water in front of them. They had no choice but to trust God and He came through for them! Folks, we have the same God today (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8), there is no reason not to trust Him during this uncertain time in history.

We need to continue to be the church, the light to the world, a committed group of baptized believers, on fire for God, and on mission to a lost and dying world! You and I need to continue to trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey! We will be back in the church house soon, be praying that many will stay faithful and return with us. For corporate worship, for fellowship, laughing and crying together, to rejoice together! Our God is still on the Throne! So I say rejoice in the Lord!

I would like to leave you with this from the Book of Joshua, “…Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9). God is taking care of us, sit back and watch the salvation of the Lord.

Blessings! Have a great rest of the week!

Pastor



April 28, 2020

Hello everyone! I trust that as you read this blog that you are trusting the Lord for your protection and blessing. Many times, it seems easier for the believer to trust in the world, than in God. We trust our bank account, we trust in our paycheck, we trust in the government and quite often we trust ourselves. We think that if we have planned something out that it will work that way.

What I have found in life is that my plans all to often go the way of the dodo bird. They just do not work out, only the plans that I have to follow Gods leading in my life work out. Not easy all the time for sure, sometimes we find it is extremely hard to follow God, we want something in writing from God to us. Maybe to come in the mail, signed by God.

But God has given us His Word to follow, trust in what He says to us, be faithful. In the Book of Hebrews chapter 11 and verse 1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Interesting things, that we cannot see faith as such. We must trust that what God says, He will do. 2 Corinthians 5:17; “For we walk by faith not by sight.” Now not everything that comes our way will seem to be good at the time, I know that for sure. This virus that we are all dealing with, seems at face value to be a bad thing, but when it is past, and it will pass, we will see what the future holds. In Romans 8:28 the Scripture says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love the God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” What we can take away from that is that we need to ride whatever out, then evaluate how it impacted us. What may seem to be negative may work out to be good.

The second time that they found that I had cancer was because of my having appendicitis. Now let me tell you I was having a great amount of pain, Trish drove me from Pahrump to Veterans Hospital in Las Vegas, every turn was sheer pain. Got into the ER, they took a look and I was on my way to surgery. Now I just saw that as a pain that I surely did not need. After a short time, the doctor let me know that they found cancer at the entry to the appendix and that I would need another surgery. Had I not had the pain, the 60-minute drive, the surgery, it surely would have spread, and I may not even be in this life now. Let God work out the things in your life, trust Him to do what’s best for you. No matter how young or old, it is the prefect time in your life to learn to trust God through all things.

Trish and I are still excited to be here, it is Gods will for us. When we are finally able to get back to church in our building it will be great! God is going to do great thing with and through Castledowns Baptist Church! Pray with us and for us, that God will guide and that we will follow!

 

Because of His Amazing Grace,

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.