From the monthly archives:

January 2011

Our sister Queendy

by Lon on January 26, 2011

Regarding our Sister Queendy
In Ecclesiastes 3:4 the Bible speaks of how there is ‘a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance’. With Queendy’s passing it’s clearly a time for weeping and mourning. However if you know Queendy or you simply look through the hundreds of comments on her facebook page, the words laughter and dancing constantly come up. Maybe we can find ways together to live in light of this amid the sadness.

Queendy’s sister sent this out, and requested that if you have quotes, messages, pictures, or videos of Queendy you would like to share send it to lovequeendy@gmail.com

FUNERAL DETAILS
You are cordially invited to her funeral service to be held on Saturday January 29th, at 10:00 am at Richmond Hill Christian Community Church (9670 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 9X9). Visitation will start from 8:30 am till the service time of 10:00 am at the church on Saturday.

You can RSVP on the facebook event page here / Feel free to forward the above details to whoever else might want to be present.

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Tim Keller – City Focus

by Lon on January 18, 2011

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John 16:1-16

by Lon on January 18, 2011

Continuing our journey through John:

1 “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.

4 I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.

5 “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’6 Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief.7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;

11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.

15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

16 “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

Christ had no ego or control issues.  If anything you would imagine he had a huge mandate to accomplish and yet he was able to leave.  He wasn’t concerned with what people would think of him, or how it would look, or if things messed up.

He just trusted that the Spirit of God would speak into the hearts of his people.

Can we trust the Spirit as Christ does?

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A retelling of the fall

by Lon on January 12, 2011

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John 15:18-25

by Lon on January 12, 2011

Continuing our journey through john

18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

This passage reminds of our shared experience with Jesus himself as we follow him.

The problem with it though, is that these statements only carry truth if we’re actually following him and acting like him.

For example, if you’re caught stealing and persecuted, it’s not that the judge hated you first, but that you committed an obvious crime.

Or going further along with the passage, if ‘Christians’ become barriers and obstacles from people having ‘seen’ the ‘works’ of Christ, who truly is at fault then?  If Christians have mis-represented Christ – could it really be true that they hated Christ ‘without reason’?

Jesus almost seems to speak as if his followers would actually follow him, and not malign his name or sabotage his works; but maybe that’s to fulfill what’s written ‘we all, like sheep, have gone astray’…

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2010 Celebration photos

by Lon on January 11, 2011

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John 15:1-17

by Lon on January 3, 2011

Continuing our journey through john

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunest so that it will be even more fruitful.3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.14 You are my friends if you do what I command.15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.17 This is my command: Love each other.

v2 – ‘He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit’ – Could it be that there are elements of Christ that bear no fruit?  Is this blasphemous?  Or could he be talking about us, those of us within Christ?  Is it okay to have parts that don’t bear fruit?

v8 – To God’s glory – that we bear fruit – that we manifest ourselves as disciples of Christ – even if there are areas that don’t produce fruit in our lives, our mandate is to produce, to create, to model and exemplify Christ

v11 – we can have joy, but there is a greater joy that only Christ can complete

v12 – what’s Christ’s command?  That we love each other as he has loved us.  - Does this get any clearer?

Let us learn how to love each other.

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