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


June 24, 2020

Hello everyone! I trust that you are doing well and if not, that you are trusting Jesus to get you through it. He is s friend that sticketh closer than a brother! Do not despair in trials, God is always there right beside us as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death!

I am going to address a topic that can be very controversial depending on the person, “Tithing,” giving to God what is His in the first place. There are many scriptures that talk about this, almost 30 in the Old Testament and 7 in the New Testament contain the words, “tithe or tithes.” With several others that say “tenth” which is what a tithe is, a “tenth”. That makes it very easy, one tenth of what we earn or are given belongs to the Lord.

Now if you have continued with me this far, allow me to explain. Many preachers, teachers are afraid to teach on tithing for fear of losing people, that would not be the case with me. I believe that if I preach, teach the whole council of God blessings will come to those who obey.

So, let’s go to the first time the tithe/tenth was mentioned, Genesis 14:20 “And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” So, all the spoils that he had taken in battle, he gave God a tenth/tithe. Now the problem is that most people have been taught that the tithe is no longer Gods, that they can do whatever they want with what God allows them to have. That could be no further from the truth. I will give you some other scriptures to check out then, move to the New Testament, Leviticus 27:30, 32; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:22-23, 28; Nehemiah 10:38; 13:12. And the most pointed of all Malachi 3:8-9 “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.” So, they had robbed God in their tithing, but not that alone, also in offerings. Offerings are above the tithe, that is the money that God lays on your heart to give to some missionary, church project, some other ministry than your local church, to name a few.

 

You do not split up your tithe to other things. Why, you ask… Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” God is saying that if we are faithful in giving our tithes and offerings, He will bless us. You might ask, “what if we don’t give our tithe?” Well then, read verse 11 of Malachi chapter 3. Things will happen that cost you, car will need a repair, dishwasher will break, furnace will quit, maybe you pay will get cut, and on and on.

New Testament, Matthew 23:23, Jesus speaking tells the Pharisees that they are hypocrites, because they tithe but do not obey law, judgment, mercy, and faith. He said that it was good that they gave the tenth, but they should not have omitted the other. Also, Luke 11:42, the same thing recorded by Luke. So, Jesus tells them that they should be tithing. Luke 6:38 relates also as the scripture tells us “to give”, as you give it will be given unto you. And Hebrews supports the fact of tithing as a good thing, chapter 7 verses 5-6, 8-9. So, to say that tithing is not for us, is not Biblically correct.

 

So much more that I could say, but space won’t allow. The only place in Scripture that God tells us to prove Him is regarding our tithe. Try Him and see that it works, not only works but brings blessing.

Oh, the storehouse in Malachi 3 is the local church where you belong, where you get your spiritual food and fellowship. The local church has expenses, insurance, utilities, salaries, maintenance, supplies, and much more. Trust God have faith and give it a try.

 

More next time…
Pastor


June 17, 2020

Hello everyone! I pray that your week is going well. We are starting to get out of this lockdown and back to doing things that need done. This Sunday, Father’s Day, we are hoping to see many of you back in worship. I am excited to get to see many of you again and some for the first time! I will do my best to make it worth your while to come worship with us.

Now shifting gears a bit, I am amazed at the move in Baptist circles into what I consider false teaching. The old Bible standard seems to no longer apply. Men are no longer comfortable with being called fundamentalists; in some cases they do not want to be called conservative. I just do not get it. R. A. Torreys book “The Fundamentals” is still a full of sound doctrine. Printed in 12 volumes back in the early 1900’s, he sought to set forth the fundamentals of the Christian faith. A four volume set was issued by BIOLA, Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Many, if not most, preachers have departed from the faith once delivered, let alone “earnestly contending” Jude 3.

Every mish mosh of theology has been accepted into Baptist churches. There is the attitude of growth at any cost and unfortunately that cost is sound doctrine. I will endeavor to always preach and teach sound doctrine, to not compromise in a futile attempt to please people. You can never please everyone, so just please God and stay true to His Word.
 

Some Scriptures for you to read; Galatians 1:10; 2 Timothy 2:4; Romans 16:17; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Timothy 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; Titus 2:1.

Psalms 119:89; Hebrews 13:8.

The church should NEVER allow the world to set the standard, Gods Word does that. To lower the standard to please the world and the politically correct is to displease God! His Word is settled in heaven and it does not change!

More next time…

Pastor



June 9, 2020

Hello everyone! Well, it’s a beautiful day in Edmonton! Looks like the rain has stopped for a day or two. Now we get to enjoy sunshine for a while, even though I do enjoy rainy days!

I hope that things in your life have been going well. It has been a struggle for many with the lockdown and all that it has brought about. The Provincial government has begun to let up on churches now. We are going to be going back to one service on Sunday June 21st, Father’s Day! So, please plan to start back worshipping with us. It should a great start to summer!

This Sunday I will be preaching from the Scripture contained in the Gospel of Luke chapter 5 verses 1-11, “Launch Out Into The Deep.” It should be a challenging message. I trust that you will come to the 9:30 or 10:30 service, whichever works for you. It will be the last week, at least for a while, that you will have that choice.

I would like to remind you, that whatever is going on and wherever you may be in life, it could be worse. I pray that you are in a good place, loving life and serving God, but some may not be there. Try to count your blessings, think of the good things that God has done for you. Do not allow your mind to dwell on the negative things in life. It isn’t easy, but you can do it! Read Philippians 4:6-9.

Have a blessed rest of the week, stay fixed on God’s love and grace.

More next time…

 

Pastor



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




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


June 24, 2020

Hello everyone! I trust that you are doing well and if not, that you are trusting Jesus to get you through it. He is s friend that sticketh closer than a brother! Do not despair in trials, God is always there right beside us as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death!

I am going to address a topic that can be very controversial depending on the person, “Tithing,” giving to God what is His in the first place. There are many scriptures that talk about this, almost 30 in the Old Testament and 7 in the New Testament contain the words, “tithe or tithes.” With several others that say “tenth” which is what a tithe is, a “tenth”. That makes it very easy, one tenth of what we earn or are given belongs to the Lord.

Now if you have continued with me this far, allow me to explain. Many preachers, teachers are afraid to teach on tithing for fear of losing people, that would not be the case with me. I believe that if I preach, teach the whole council of God blessings will come to those who obey.

So, let’s go to the first time the tithe/tenth was mentioned, Genesis 14:20 “And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” So, all the spoils that he had taken in battle, he gave God a tenth/tithe. Now the problem is that most people have been taught that the tithe is no longer Gods, that they can do whatever they want with what God allows them to have. That could be no further from the truth. I will give you some other scriptures to check out then, move to the New Testament, Leviticus 27:30, 32; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:22-23, 28; Nehemiah 10:38; 13:12. And the most pointed of all Malachi 3:8-9 “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.” So, they had robbed God in their tithing, but not that alone, also in offerings. Offerings are above the tithe, that is the money that God lays on your heart to give to some missionary, church project, some other ministry than your local church, to name a few.

 

You do not split up your tithe to other things. Why, you ask… Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” God is saying that if we are faithful in giving our tithes and offerings, He will bless us. You might ask, “what if we don’t give our tithe?” Well then, read verse 11 of Malachi chapter 3. Things will happen that cost you, car will need a repair, dishwasher will break, furnace will quit, maybe you pay will get cut, and on and on.

New Testament, Matthew 23:23, Jesus speaking tells the Pharisees that they are hypocrites, because they tithe but do not obey law, judgment, mercy, and faith. He said that it was good that they gave the tenth, but they should not have omitted the other. Also, Luke 11:42, the same thing recorded by Luke. So, Jesus tells them that they should be tithing. Luke 6:38 relates also as the scripture tells us “to give”, as you give it will be given unto you. And Hebrews supports the fact of tithing as a good thing, chapter 7 verses 5-6, 8-9. So, to say that tithing is not for us, is not Biblically correct.

 

So much more that I could say, but space won’t allow. The only place in Scripture that God tells us to prove Him is regarding our tithe. Try Him and see that it works, not only works but brings blessing.

Oh, the storehouse in Malachi 3 is the local church where you belong, where you get your spiritual food and fellowship. The local church has expenses, insurance, utilities, salaries, maintenance, supplies, and much more. Trust God have faith and give it a try.

 

More next time…
Pastor


June 17, 2020

Hello everyone! I pray that your week is going well. We are starting to get out of this lockdown and back to doing things that need done. This Sunday, Father’s Day, we are hoping to see many of you back in worship. I am excited to get to see many of you again and some for the first time! I will do my best to make it worth your while to come worship with us.

Now shifting gears a bit, I am amazed at the move in Baptist circles into what I consider false teaching. The old Bible standard seems to no longer apply. Men are no longer comfortable with being called fundamentalists; in some cases they do not want to be called conservative. I just do not get it. R. A. Torreys book “The Fundamentals” is still a full of sound doctrine. Printed in 12 volumes back in the early 1900’s, he sought to set forth the fundamentals of the Christian faith. A four volume set was issued by BIOLA, Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Many, if not most, preachers have departed from the faith once delivered, let alone “earnestly contending” Jude 3.

Every mish mosh of theology has been accepted into Baptist churches. There is the attitude of growth at any cost and unfortunately that cost is sound doctrine. I will endeavor to always preach and teach sound doctrine, to not compromise in a futile attempt to please people. You can never please everyone, so just please God and stay true to His Word.
 

Some Scriptures for you to read; Galatians 1:10; 2 Timothy 2:4; Romans 16:17; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Timothy 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; Titus 2:1.

Psalms 119:89; Hebrews 13:8.

The church should NEVER allow the world to set the standard, Gods Word does that. To lower the standard to please the world and the politically correct is to displease God! His Word is settled in heaven and it does not change!

More next time…

Pastor



June 9, 2020

Hello everyone! Well, it’s a beautiful day in Edmonton! Looks like the rain has stopped for a day or two. Now we get to enjoy sunshine for a while, even though I do enjoy rainy days!

I hope that things in your life have been going well. It has been a struggle for many with the lockdown and all that it has brought about. The Provincial government has begun to let up on churches now. We are going to be going back to one service on Sunday June 21st, Father’s Day! So, please plan to start back worshipping with us. It should a great start to summer!

This Sunday I will be preaching from the Scripture contained in the Gospel of Luke chapter 5 verses 1-11, “Launch Out Into The Deep.” It should be a challenging message. I trust that you will come to the 9:30 or 10:30 service, whichever works for you. It will be the last week, at least for a while, that you will have that choice.

I would like to remind you, that whatever is going on and wherever you may be in life, it could be worse. I pray that you are in a good place, loving life and serving God, but some may not be there. Try to count your blessings, think of the good things that God has done for you. Do not allow your mind to dwell on the negative things in life. It isn’t easy, but you can do it! Read Philippians 4:6-9.

Have a blessed rest of the week, stay fixed on God’s love and grace.

More next time…

 

Pastor



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