The Weekend Funnies – being invisible or being able to fly?

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Would you prefer being able to turn yourself invisible, or being able to fly?

Calvin & Hobbes - invisible

Calvin & Hobbes Kryptonite

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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My Story and My Passions #5: Revival

MY STORY AND MY PASSIONS #5: REVIVAL

(August 2016 – Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

To listen to or download the audio MP3, click HERE.

Awakening

MY STORY: One of my passions is revival. I don’t want to just play church or be religious!

I want to see God come down and move in our hearts and lives in a very real way!

KEY TEXTS:

“Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6).

“O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years!” (Habakkuk 3:2).

  • Two kinds of revival in the Bible: Personal and corporate – the church.
  • Before God will bring revival to the church, we individually need a spiritual awakening.

WHAT IS REVIVAL: Chayah: sustain life, be restored to life or health; to cause to grow; restore. Something that’s alive will be growing and bear fruit!

  • When we are revived, we will be ‘juicy fruit’ Christians – full of the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control).

THE NEED FOR REVIVAL: PREACH!

When the people of God are easily offended; easily gossip; compromise with and justify sin; act and talk just like the world, put sports over God’s house, neglect prayer and Bible reading…

REVIVAL HISTORY: Throughout the history of the church, there have been times where God has send fresh fire to stir up His people to seek after Him again.

  • 1500’s – the reformation – Luther and Calvin – reminded us salvation by grace alone
  • 1900’s – the Pentecostal revival – William Seymour, Aimee Semple McPherson

THE WELSH REVIVAL OF 1904:

  • – 1904 – 26 year old ‘youth intern’ Evan Roberts had prayed for revival for 11 years.
  • – felt God was going to pour out a mighty spirit of revival on Wales – prayed, Bend me, O Lord!
  • – pastor led him speak following a prayer meeting, only 17 stayed, mostly youth & young adults.
  • – all ended up at altar crying out to God until 2 am.  That week, 60 people were saved,
  • – next 1 1/2 years = revival in Wales, 100,000 people saved – changed national culture
  • – would pray from 1-5 am; prayer meetings were multiplied (2,000 in a meeting).

MY STORY:

  • I have a hunger for more of God in my life. My life Scripture:

1 A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. 2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. 3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. 4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.” (Psalm 63:1-5).

  • Are you hungry for more of God in your life? Are you tired of the usual?
  • Have you tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord? He is GOOD.

TEXT: “1 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. 3 When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever…”

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:1-3,14).

BIBLE STORY: “36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” 1 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” (Luke 7:36-47).

FOUR KEYS TO GETTING READY FOR REVIVAL:

HUMILITY – to admit our need for God.

  • Humility means we acknowledge we need God.
  • How many of us go through a whole day without calling on Him?

PRAYER – to pray in boldness and faith.

  • We need to pray AND seek God’s face. Prayer for things like asking God for revival and spiritual awakenings for our lives, our families, and our church.

SEEK GOD’S FACE – where we want to know Him more.

  • Revival isn’t a formula, it’s about falling in love with Jesus again! We’ve got to stop seeking His hands (his blessings) and seek His face (His presence, knowing Him).

REPENTANCE – to turn from our wicked ways

  • We will see God come in revival when we begin to seek Him in prayer and repentance.
  • It’s all about seeing Jesus and the CROSS – salvation from our sins!

CLOSING:  PRAYER FOR HUNGER!

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The Weekend Funnies – The Wild Side of Shopping

Okay, I’m not going to lie. I’m an adult, and I still like reading comic books. Is that wrong? Not to mention if I find myself shopping at Costco or Superstore with my wife, I might be tempted to go for a ride on the shopping cart. Life’s too short to be bored or boring!

Calvin & Hobbes - wild side shopping cart ride

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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My Story and My Passions #4: Dreams

MY STORY AND MY PASSIONS #4: DREAMS

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

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dream big

INTRO TO TOPIC: I’ve been dreaming a lot lately.

  • Not dreams from the Lord, or about the future, just literal dreams. God spoke through these…
  • When I was a kid I had a dream of being a superhero – who didn’t?
  • From grade 8-12, I had a dream of becoming a Marine Biologist. I would watch documentaries about sea life, including the old Jacques Cousteau ones. Sharks, manatees, coral reefs. Still dream of diving off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia one day.
  • Later in high school, I had a dream of moving to Hollywood and becoming an actor.
    • Name change to River, long hair, etc. school plays, Regina Summer Stage, etc.
  • But then 27 years ago, Aug. 14, 1989, I met Jesus Christ and everything changed.
  • I had a dream to tell other people about Jesus. I went to Bible College in 1992.
  • Jesus had made a difference in my life, and I wanted to help broken and hurting people.
  • I had a dream to become a youth pastor. VCC for four years. Then I learned more about God’s amazing grace and wanted to share that with others. Moved on to BF for 10 years.
  • For the past almost ten years, I have been the pastor of BCC.
  • One of my dreams is to write books. I have written two books, Supernatural and The Beausejour Pulpit. I am working on a Christian fiction book, The Voyagers.
  • Now I’m looking forward to working with young people as a guidance counsellor and teacher in a Christian high school.
  • Sometimes people have one dream and passion they live their whole life: Billy Graham.
  • Other times people’s dreams and passions change. What’s your dream? Has it been a while since you last dreamed with God? I want to talk to you about dreams today.

KEY TEXT: “God is able to do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].” (Eph. 3:20, Amplified).

  • God has placed within our heart hopes and dreams that He wants to fulfill for us!
  • What are your hopes and dreams for your life? For your relationships? For your family?

THE BIG IDEA: The life of Joseph is an example for us to look at, to help us to realize how we can see all of our extraordinary dreams, hopes and desires become a reality.

THE STORY OF JOSEPH THE DREAMER:

1 So Jacob settled again in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived. 2 This is the history of Jacob’s family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks with his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing. 3 Now Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day he gave Joseph a special gift – a beautiful robe (or coat of many colors). 4 But his brothers hated Joseph because of their father’s partiality. They couldn’t say a kind word to him. 5 One night Joseph had a dream and promptly reported the details to his brothers, causing them to hate him even more.” (Genesis 37:1-5).

1. GOD WANTS US TO DREAM BIG DREAMS!

  • Joseph was a dreamer (v.5).
  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • If you’ve given up on dreams, it’s time to dream again.
  • “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but where dreams come true, there is life and joy.” (Proverbs 13:12).
  • What dreams, hopes and desires do you have in your heart? (WRITE THEM DOWN!)
  • There are many different kinds of hopes, dreams and desires:
    • To dream to do great things in the Kingdom of God
    • To dream for things for yourself – a business, a husband or wife, children
    • To desire or hope for good things – for your relationships, your family

2. TO DREAM BIG DREAMS, WE MUST KNOW THE EXTRAORDINARY LOVE OF GOD.

  • Joseph knew he was loved by his father. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).
  • If we don’t believe God has our best interests at heart, we won’t dream big dreams.
  • QUOTE: “There’s One Person above all others who desires an extraordinary life for you. He’s a Father who delights, like any good father, in the achievements and happiness of His children. His name is God!” (John Bevere, Extraordinary).
  • ILLUSTRATION: Tori’s getting ready to go to University in Brandon. She wants to play music in an orchestra pit. I support and encourage that dream and want to see it happen!

3. EVERY DREAM WILL HAVE OPPOSITION – EVEN IF IT IS FROM GOD.

6 “Listen to this dream,” he announced. 7 “We were out in the field tying up bundles of grain. My bundle stood up, and then your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before it!” 8 “So you are going to be our king, are you?” his brothers taunted. And they hated him all the more for his dream and what he had said. 9 Then Joseph had another dream and told his brothers about it. “Listen to this dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!” 10 This time he told his father as well as his brothers, and his father rebuked him. “What do you mean?” his father asked. “Will your mother, your brothers, and I actually come and bow before you?” 11 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father gave it some thought and wondered what it all meant.” (Genesis 37:6-11).

  • Joseph was hated and taunted by his brothers, and rebuked by his father for his dreams.
  • Don’t let someone else’s disapproval or jealousy hinder you from dreaming!
  • DREAMERS: Be like Michael Jordan who said, “I play to win. The day I stop improving is the day I walk away from the game.” He shot 300 baskets a day every day!

THE REST OF JOSEPH’S STORY:

  • Joseph was thrown into a pit and sold into slavery by his brothers.
  • He ended up working for Potiphar, and was falsely accused of raping his wife.
  • He ended up in prison… but the Lord was with Joseph.
  • Finally, he ended up working for the Pharaoh in the palace… and his dream came true.

THE DREAM TEST:

From John Maxwell, Put Your Dream to the Test. – IF THERE IS TIME.

“I believe God wants us to dream, and to dream big, because He’s a big God who wants to do big things and He wants to do them through us.”

  1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream?

“Ordinary people can live extraordinary lives when they follow their dreams… Successful people – those who see and seize their dream – love what they do and do what they love.”

  1. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream?

“Begin by writing a detailed description of your dream. Let your imagination go wild.”

  1.    The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors in my control to achieve my dream?

“You need to reach far beyond what you’re capable of, but at the same time base what you do on your strength and other factors within your control.”

  1. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?

“What is passion? It’s an enthusiasm that not only gives you energy and focus on the present, but also gives you power to keep moving toward the future.”

  1. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?

“The real difference between a dream and wishful thinking is what you do day to day. To reach your dream, you must do something every day that relates to your dream.”

  1. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?

“My dream team includes people who inspire me… who are honest with me, whose skills complement mine.”

  1. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?
  2. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
  3. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
  4. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?

CLOSING CHALLENGE:

If you want your dreams to become a reality, there is something that you must do:

  • “It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools will not turn from evil to attain them.” (Proverbs 13:19).
  • Discover what your dream is, then do whatever it takes to have what you want!
  • “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4).

PRAYER: For people to dream, and for their dreams to come true!

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The Weekend Funnies – Stories with Morals

Here is your weekly Calvin and Hobbes comic strip:

Calvin & Hobbes - stories with morals

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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My Story and My Passions #3: The Word

MY STORY AND MY PASSIONS #3: THE WORD

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

To listen to or download the audio MP3, click HERE.

Bible Falling Apart

OPENING: Discuss the transition: Getting ready to move to Surrey, no word yet on a new pastor. Possibly two new candidates. We must trust God in His sovereignty through this process!

INTRO TO SPEAKER: It’s our last four Sundays here, and during this time, I want to share with you my personal story and my passions. Today, I want to talk about my love for the BIBLE.

ILLUSTRATION: So in January our dishwasher broke down. We never had the money to get it fixed. Our son Caleb came home from Bible College in May. We had just cancelled our home phone and our computer was down. He said, “I feel like Little House on the Prairie!”

This past weekend, I installed a new dishwasher. I was doing okay taking out the old one, but when it came time to do the electrical, I pulled out the manual:

“Page One: Dishwasher safety. Your safety and the safety of others are very important. Always read and obey all safety messages. This is the safety alert symbol. This symbol alerts you to potential hazards that can kill or hurt you or others… DANGER: Failure to follow these instructions can result in death, fire, or electrical shock.” This is serious stuff!

  • I’m happy to report that I installed the dishwasher and took its first test run yesterday.

ILLUSTRATION: This reminds me of some Sample Warning Labels

  • “Warning: This product can burn eyes.” — On a curling iron.
  • “Caution: Hot beverages are hot!” — On a Starbucks coffee cup.
  • “Please keep out of children.” — On a butcher knife.
  • “Do not use for drying pets.” — In the manual for a microwave oven.
  • “Caution: Remove infant before folding for storage.” — On a portable stroller.
  • “Do not drive car or operate machinery.” — On children’s cough medicine.
  • “Warning: May contain nuts.” — On a package of peanuts.

Someone said once: THE BIBLE = BASIC INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE LEAVING EARTH!

OPENING TEXT: “1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. 3 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you– The sure mercies of David… 6 Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, 11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:1-3,6-11).

THE BIG IDEA: One of my passions is the Bible. Reading, studying and obeying it has transformed my life, and it will do the same for you, too. PREACH! THE AWESOME WORD!

PERSONAL TESTIMONY: I’ll never forget the joy as a new Christian reading through the Bible for the first time. Reading Matthew 21:33-41 and understanding it. WOW!

  • I’ve read through the Bible dozens of times, always get something new out of it!
  • This book has helped me grow spiritually, learn more about God, given me hope, peace!

BIBLE STORY: Josiah: Second Kings 22.

  • This is one of the exciting stories in the Bible – of finding a lost treasure!
  • Let’s look at someone who was radically changed by the Word:
  • Josiah was an 8-year-old boy whose grandpa Manasseh was the most wicked King in Judah; who led the nation into idolatry and even sacrificed children.
  • He was a boy whose dad Amon became king when Josiah was 6, but Amon was so wicked he was assassinated two years later by his own servants.
  • Josiah was raised in hell and didn’t have good examples in his life, but he didn’t have a victim mentality, and refused to become just like his biological dad.

“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem… And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David… (notice that David wasn’t his biological dad – David was his great, great, great, great grandfather, and Josiah chose him for a role-model). Now it came to pass, in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the scribe, to the house of the Lord.” (2 Kings 22:1-3a).

  • paraphrase v. 4-7:  Josiah told Shaphan to help rebuild the house of the Lord.

“Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. So Shaphan the scribe went to the king, bringing the king word, saying, “Your servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of those who do the work, who oversee the house of the Lord.” Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.” (2 Kings 22:8-10).

  • When Josiah got a hold of the Word of God, it changed Josiah’s life!
  • You don’t have to be just like your dad, or be bound by anything in your past!
  • If you read on in the story, you discover that not only was Josiah’s life changed – it resulted in a REVIVAL that changed the entire nation! Do we want revival?

SEVEN REASONS WHY BIBLE STUDY WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE:

  1. You will be blessed! “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord.” (Psalm 119:1, Amplified). Quote Psalm 1 & Joshua 1:8.
  2. God’s Word will make you pure! “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word… Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:9,11). God’s Word gives us power to resist temptation.  That’s how Jesus defeated the devil’s temptations – quoting the Word!
  3. You will see amazing and miraculous things. “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.” (Psalm 119:18). The Bible is full of miracles, but remember Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” and He still does miracles today!”
  4. God’s Word will revive you. “My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word” (Psalm 119:25). You want revival? It will never happen apart from God’s Word getting into your heart!
  5. God’s Word reveals His love to us. “The earth, O Lord, is full of your mercy and lovingkindness; teach me your statutes.” (Psalm 119:64). God’s Word reveals His LOVE to us.
  6. God’s Word gives wisdom and direction. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:104-105). God’s Word shows us the path for living life on Planet Earth.
  7. God’s Word will give you great peace. “Great peace have they who love your law, nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:165).

QUOTE: “If God has spoken, listen!  If God has recorded his words in a Book, search its pages with a believing heart.  If you do not accept it as God’s inspired word, I cannot invite you to pay any particular attention to it; but if you regard it as the Book of God, I charge you, as I shall meet you at the judgement seat of Christ, study the Bible daily.  Treat not the Eternal God with disrespect, but delight in His Word.” (Charles Spurgeon).

CHALLENGE: Practical Steps for Application:

  1. Read the Bible.
  2. Use a Bible reading schedule.
  3. Memorize Scripture verses.
  4. Be a doer of the word (most important!).

CLOSING:

  • Living by the Bible has transformed my life, and it will do the same for you, too.
  • Pray for a hunger for the Word to burn in everyone’s hearts
  • Pray for REVIVAL for our church, community and nation!

Church Website:  www.beausejourchurch.ca

Pastor’s Blog: https://pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com/

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The Weekend Funnies – The Eternal Optimist

My wife and I are polar opposites when it comes to our personalities and temperaments. She is extremely extroverted, and (although many people find it hard to believe, especially because of the fact that I am a pastor and part of my job involves weekly public speaking in front of large crowds), I am extremely introverted.

Also, where I tend to be optimist and see the glass half full, she is a pessimist who sees the glass half empty. And so I quite enjoyed today’s Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, as Calvin is the eternal optimist.

What are YOU going to do today?

I’m going to drain a lake.

Calvin & Hobbes - drain the lake

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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