Mar 28, 2013

Father Of The Bride Speech

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The "Rookie" and "Pro" Ways To Approach The Bible - Patrick Morley

The "rookie" mistake is to simply "read" the Bible as a revered wisdom book full of tips on how to be "happy, healthy, and wealthy." I know that's what I did! I had big plans for my life when I became a Christian, so I read the Bible for tips on how to be more successful. I even once pledged to tithe a certain amount to obligate God to bless me with the income to support it. He clobbered me for that one! For over a decade I tried to change God. Finally, the Bible helped me understand something: God wanted to change me. That's when I started to read the Bible every day. 

The "pro" way to approach the Bible is to "immerse" ourselves in it as the living word of God. It's to let His Holy Spirit speak to, commune with, convict, correct, direct, encourage, challenge, and inspire us. It's to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). It's to "be there" as Moses speaks on the shore of the Jordan, explaining that it's not because we are good but because the people of Canaan are wicked that God is giving us this land--and to feel pierced. It's to grasp that I sent Jesus to the Cross. It's to revel in His Easter. It's to feel the weight of His holiness. It's to be drawn into a life of worship. It's to realize that God alone is worthy of all our praise, glory, and honor. It's to progressively find ourselves in the place where David found himself: "Passion for your house has consumed me" (Psalm 69:9).

Mar 11, 2013

Obituary: Fred Howson

It is with sadness that I want to inform my ANVIL friends of the passing of my mentor, friend and father, Fred Howson.  Fred peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus this morning in Georgetown Hospital at 5am after a brief illness.  He was surrounded by all his immediate family. He was just under 4 months to his 90th birthday on July 7th.  

It seemed like Dad was the #1 ANVIL enthusiast since joining us in September after his move from Winnipeg, and he just loved to be with his ANVIL brothers, "those Godly men" as he put it, worshipping, praying and singing of his Saviour in his place beside me on Thursday nights, (including this past Thursday).  I want to publicly thank all the men who have stood with me in prayer for him so faithfully over the past year, however today was his homecoming !  

Dad has left me with a rich heritage, and his legacy and pioneering spirit will live on in my heart and the hearts of so many he touched with his life.  His is a life that was lived for his Saviour and selflessly for many other people that he poured his life into in over 60 years as a pastor and a pioneer church-planter. Dad graduated from OPBC in 1944.  His pastorates included,  Bancroft, Ont., Arkona, Ont., Magnetewan, Ont., Burkes Falls, Ont., Lac du Bonnet, Mb, Rossburn, Mb, Altamont, Mb,  Madsen, Ont., Manitouwadge, Ont., Amherstburg, Ont.,Wiseton, Sk, Saskatoon, Sk.. While many of you have only recently met him, he was a soldier!  

God gifted him with a servant's heart.  He was gentle, faithful, had a willing spirit and a cheerful heart.  He was a soldier!  He is survived by his wife Alma, sons Mark (Andrea) and Charles, grandchildren, Leigha, Ryan, Danae, Joshua and Jeffrey.

Funeral Services were held on Thursday, March 14, 2013, 3pm at Georgetown Christian Fellowship, Georgetown Ontario, 905-873-9652.   
Here is a video of the funeral: Harold Frederick Howson Funeral - March 2013

With love and gratitude, Mark

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 
2 Timothy 4:7

Mar 7, 2013

The Toughest Job On Earth

The Toughest Job on Earth - Rev. Paul Cassidy (Click for Audio)

Rev. Paul Cassidy pastors in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a gifted communicator who believes that theology is best preached with passion and relevance. He is married to the love of his life, Judy and they have three grown children.

Parenting is a tough job!  In Colossians 3:18-25, Paul gives us some rules for family living:

Colossians 3:18-25
Family Relations
    18Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.19Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.20Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.21Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.
    22Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.23Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.25For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.

Hebrews 12
God Disciplines His Sons
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”a
7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13“Make level paths for your feet,”b so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Deuteronomy 32

11like an eagle that stirs up its nest
and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them on its pinions.

Mar 6, 2013

A Marriage Oiled by Grace

A Marriage Oiled by Grace (Pt 1 of 3) - Chuck Swindoll

A Marriage Oiled by Grace (Pt 2 of 3) - Chuck Swindoll

A Marriage Oiled by Grace (Pt 3 of 3) - Chuck Swindoll

From his series on "The Grace Awakening", Chuck Swindoll talks about marriage.

No study on the subject of grace would be complete without addressing its importance in the home, especially between marriage partners. We have spent considerable time examining God’s grace in His offering salvation to those who are lost, spiritually dead, and unable to do anything to earn divine acceptance. We’ve called that “vertical grace.” We have also searched Scripture for insight in the realm of “horizontal grace,” our attitude toward and treatment of one another. But we have not specifically considered the essential value of grace in the husband-wife relationship. As we shall see in this lesson, grace is the oil that decreases domestic friction, the one ingredient that prompts us to release our partners to be all God would have them be, all the while affirming one another in an atmosphere of unconditional love.