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


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




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


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