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Urgent Prayer Request


 
Glory!   Glory!    Glory!
 
 
Monday, August 30th, Tamara White, a 16 year old daughter of a member of our congregation has been found. She had been missing since August 20th. This is the message from her mother to all of you who prayed. 
 
Thank You all for praying for my daughter. I appreciate it so much. I spoke with her on the phone tonight and she sounded great. She assured me that she’s been doing well and is safe. Praise the Lord. You cannot begin to understand how relieved I felt. God is so AWESOME!!! God willing I will see her tomorrow & we’ll take it from there. Please continue to pray that God would use this situation for His glory and that Tamara will be renewed & strenghened in her faith. Once again the enemy has been defeated and our mighty God has won yet another victory! Tamara’s mom, Liane.
 
 
I also want to thank everyone of you who prayed even if you didn’t post. You are the body and we need each other. The Lord is faithful and He heard our prayers. God bless each of you abundently. – Gerry
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Choose to Worship


Why is it, when we as Christians come into God’s house we have trouble worshipping Him? After all that He has done for us, after all He has given us, we either refuse to worship or else do it half hearted. As a worship leader this hurts, because I know how much He has done for us. He went all the way to the cross for us and we can’t even give Him an half hour of worship on Sunday.

Every single child of God is called to worship Him. Not just the musicians or worship leader. We as musicians are not putting on a show for the congregation and if we are, we will be subject to judgement. Worship should be corporate, meaning the whole body should take part. If one part is not worshipping than the whole body feels it.

There is nothing I enjoy more in life than worshipping Him. I have led worship in front of congregations numbering in the hundreds and in my memory I can still see those who would call themselves Christians standing there with their arms folded, daring me to impress them with a new song that tickled their feelings. The worship leader cannot force you to worship. You need to worship whether you feel like it or not. Many times other gods, the god of self, the god of money, the god of unforgiveness, etc… distract us. You have to make the choice to worship them or worship your Creator and no one can make it for you. God has given you a free will and will never force you to worship Him. God is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit (worship is spiritual and is necessary in the Christian walk. It is an exercise that causes growth) and in truth (Your heart must be right and your worship should never be pretentious. The object of your worship should be Jesus). John 4:24.

Paul said in Romans 12:1; "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship." (NASV) and in 1Corinthians 6:19-20; "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s." (NKJV) Both these verses speak of our duty to worship as Christians. We need to give our all in worship. Not only on Sunday’s but every single moment of our lives, holding nothing back. Worship is giving your best to God in every area of your life. When you do this, coming into the praise and worship in the house of the Lord is something that you look forward to with excitement. Imagine as I do, every heart, every voice, and every hand raised in worship. Do you realize the power that would come in to a service like that? Give your best in worship to Christ our Lord. Choose this day to worship Him. He deserves nothing less than your best.

 

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Give Me Jesus


In the morning when I rise,

In the morning when I rise,

In the morning when I rise

Give me Jesus

 

Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus

You can have all this world,

But give me Jesus

 

When I am alone,

When I am alone,

When I am alone

Give me Jesus

 

Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus

You can have all this world,

But give me Jesus

 

When I come to die,

When I come to die,

When I come to die

Give me Jesus

 

Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus

You can have all this world,

You can have all this world,

But give me Jesus

 

Then Jesus said to the disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life. And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? Is anything worth more than your soul?" Matthew 16:24-26

Yesterday after the service was over I sat in the sanctuary and listened to this song a few times. It is a traditional Afro-American song. It is so simple and yet it touched me deep to the core of my heart. Oh how I love Jesus. At times I think how great a disappoint to Him I must be. But the truth is as a blood bought child of His, He looks beyond my imperfections and loves me anyway. None of us deserves His love. He didn’t have to go to the cross for us and yet He did. He could have just wiped us all off the face of the earth and yet He showed us mercy. I stand in awe of that love and mercy, of His grace. There is not a single thing that any of us could ever do to make up for what He has done for us. There is not a thing this world could offer me to make me turn from Him. There is not one thing that anyone could say that would deter my faith and the love I have for Him. Oh how I long to see Him face to face finally. I want to run into His arms. I want to leap and dance before Him with the joy that His salvation has brought me. I am a worshipper because I have known the depth of pain, depression and loss. I also know the heights of being in His presence, of hearing His voice telling me how much He loved me when I felt unlovable. In the midst of the storms I have passed through He has been my anchor and my peace. You can have the whole world and all it has to offer. I don’t want it. Just give me Jesus. That’s this worshipper’s heart. I will follow Him in life and I will follow Him in death. I love you Jesus, my King, my Redeemer, my Saviour, and my Friend. Lead on, I will follow.

 

Thanks to Launa of Launa’s Little Piece of Heaven for creating the Take a Stand For Jesus banner for me. Let everyone know you are taking a stand and copy and paste it into your latest blog. Turn your space settings from private to public.

 

 

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Set Free


 
Last Friday night in prayer meeting the Lord gave us this song. As we prayed for each other the words and the music came from His Spirit. I was able to finish it off on Tuesday morning.
 
Set Free
Words & Music – The Servant’s House 2005
 

You are my Rock

You are my Fortress

A Strong Tower from the enemy

You are my Rock

You are my Fortress

And by Your power I have been set free 2x

 

Set free from all bondage

Set free from all sin

You died and shed your blood for me

So that I could enter in.

Set free by Your Love

Set free by Your Grace

You are alive and live in me

Now I long to see Your face

 

Those of us who have come to know Christ know how very true this is. We have been set free from so much. In John 8:31-35 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

    "But we are descendants of Abraham," they said. "We have never been slaves to anyone on earth. What do you mean, `set free’?"

    Jesus replied, "I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free." 

Unless you know Him you cannot understand what He is talking about. Unless you know Him you are in bondage to sin and only Christ can set you free. He is the Rock. He is the Foundation and the Corner Stone. Unless your life is built on Him, it will is meaningless. There is absolutely nothing in this world that can satisfy you like Jesus. You are chasing the wind. 

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-29 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." 

Are you weary? Are you tired? Do you want that freedom that Jesus offers? You really can know it today. All it takes is the confession that you are a sinner and in need of Jesus and His forgiveness. He loves you more than you can think or imagine. If you are that someone I am writing to pray this prayer with me. 

"Lord Jesus I believe in You. I believe that you came and died, payed the penalty for my sins, rose again and conquered death and the grave so that I could know the freedom that is found only in you. I am a sinner Lord, please forgive me. Wash me, cleanse me and set me free to be who I am truely meant to be. Now draw me close to you and surround me in Your love. I pray this in Your name. Amen!" 

Now that you are free, get into the bible and find a good bible believing church to attand. Go in the freedom found in Christ!

 

Thanks to Launa of Launa’s Little Piece of Heaven for creating the Take a Stand For Jesus banner for me. Let everyone know you are taking a stand and copy and paste it into your latest blog. Turn your space settings from private to public.

 

 

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The Way of a Fool – Part 11


 

You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me!
       I sing for joy because of what you have done.

 O LORD, what great miracles you do!
       And how deep are your thoughts. Psalm 92:4-5

 

My first date with Elaine was really lunch. She came to meet me at my work and we went across the street. She had a large salad and I had a chicken brochette. We discovered how much we had in common concerning Christian music. We both liked Keith Green and John Michael Talbot as well as so many others. I learned a lot that day about how her dad had manipulated her family. She worked night shift for room service at the Sheraton Hotel downtown, but was uneasy with it as part of her job was taking orders for alcoholic drinks.

I helped her to move into a small apartment that she would share with a friend and we began to spend a lot of time talking on the phone. She would take her bike up to work and many times I would bike up there with her to keep her company. Her English began to improve. It was incredible the number of times we would run into each other on the bus or subway or at a store. We didn’t even live that close to each other and yet there she would be so unexpectedly.

Our friendship began to grow and I began to wonder if she was the one. One day we went to Quebec city for the day. I had never been there. We had a nice picnic on the Plains of Abraham and walked around the old city. It was a beautiful day and one I’ll never forget, yet we were still just good friends who enjoyed each others company.

One day in the fall we went for a walk. Something seemed to be troubling her and I asked her what it was. She said that she was beginning to notice that I liked her much more than as just a friend and that she wasn’t ready for that type of relationship. She said she felt the need to end it now before anyone got hurt. I was hurt and I wondered if I had misjudged things. All that time together doing things. All the time on the phone and all of a sudden cold turkey. I went home and prayed and asked God for His direction. In that still small voice of His, He asked me; "Are you willing to serve me even if you had no one in your life?" At first I really struggled with what I heard. There was a strong desire in me to settle down and have a wife. After a few days struggle this joy entered into my soul and knew without a doubt that God was first in my life and I would do whatever He asked me to do even if it meant being single.

A few days later as I was recording some music, my phone rang. It was Elaine. She and her friend were going to see a Christmas cantata called the Matchstick Girl up at St. James United Church and they had an extra ticket. She was wondering if I would be interested in going. I said that I thought she wanted to end our friendship and she said what she meant was just not see each other as much. So I agreed to go. It was a very well done play. It was a group from a bible collage down in the States that once a year would come up to the city for Christmas. I wish I could tell you the whole story of that cantata, but I can’t remember much about it. Halfway through the presentation, Elaine slipped her hand into mine. We had never held hands before. It was totally unexpected, but very welcome. She whispered into my ear that she was sorry and that she had realized by my absence how much I really meant to her. The rest of the cantata was a blur as my every thought was about the beautiful woman sitting beside me holding my hand. Our relationship after the cantata became very intense and everywhere we went we were holding hands. She moved back in with her mother and it was a good thing to because it would keep us from getting into trouble. God had put me to the test as he had Abraham with his son Isaac.

A funny thing about us men is that we like the challenge of a conquest. It’s in our nature to conquer. Before I came to the Lord, I was always pursuing women. Sometimes I was successful, other times I was not. The less a woman paid attention to me the more I wanted her but once I had that woman my interest in her would wane. It began to happen with Elaine. Her love for me became intense and my interest began to wane. She was so beautiful and everything I ever wanted and yet I found myself wanting to run. I started making excuses not to spend so much time with her. One evening as I was reading the word and the question about Elaine was heavy on my heart, four words jumped out at me. "Do not forsake her." It is from a passage in proverbs concerning wisdom, but for that moment it answered a deep question in my heart followed by a great peace. It was at that moment that I made the decision to love Elaine no matter how I felt. It was also from that moment that I knew she would be my wife.

One of our favourite restaurants was called Mother Tucker’s. Located in an old mansion in the heart of downtown Montreal. Their roast beef and homemade apple pie couldn’t be beaten. In the fall the following year I took her there and we sat in a private booth. I had made my decision and was going all the way. After we ate I took her hand and pulled out a little box I had hidden in my pocket. I told her I loved her and that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. As I showed her the rings and asked her to be my wife, she broke down and cried tears of joy. She said yes!

 

Thanks to Launa of Launa’s Little Piece of Heaven for creating the Take a Stand For Jesus banner for me. Let everyone know you are taking a stand and copy and paste it into your latest blog. Turn your space settings from private to public.

 

 

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Commitment, Today’s Dirty Word


By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrew 11:8-10

I remember one day hearing a message that was so simple and yet I felt challenged by it. It was on character. It is the thing that shapes us and builds us. Without a strong character it is impossible to follow Christ. One thing that will reveal a persons character is how strongly they are committed to a cause or vision. Growing up I had many heros I would look to. The ones I liked most were those who were committed their cause no matter what the personal cost. Abraham was such a person. God had given him a promise and a vision. He was committed to the promise no matter what the cost, to the point he was ready to sacrifice his own son. Genesis 22:1-18 God rewarded his commitment and obedience and kept his promise that he would be the father of a great nation (Israel) and that his seed would redeem mankind (Jesus). Abraham didn’t see those promises fulfilled during his lifetime but it didn’t weaken his commitment to God. In Hebrews chapter 11, we read about many who because of faith and character were committed to go all the way, even to the point that they were willing to give up their lives. The early church in the books of Acts is a testimony of the commitment of the apostles and other men and women of God. Jesus is of course is the perfect example of commitment. He was committed to redeeming mankind all the way to the cross.

Today commitment is almost a bad word. Divorce is at an all time high. Employers and employees have mo respect for each other. Sports have become a farce to watch as players will only play for enormous salaries. I used to love hockey. It was my favourite sport. I was a big fan of the Montreal Canadians. They won so many times because they were commited to each as a team. Not any more. It’s all about the individual. It seems the ones most committed in the world today are those who wish to flaunt their sin. Just look at the homosexual and feminist movements and you’ll see what I mean.

Lack of commitment has even affected the church. In most churches today you are blessed if you can find 5% of your congregation committed to serving in one way or another. It is no wonder we have trouble bringing in the lost. In Acts 2:42-47 we see what could happen if we had a church full of committed people. It says in verse 47 that the Lord added daily to the church those who were being saved.

Ask these questions to yourself and bring them to God in prayer. What is your level of commitment? Do you give up when things get a little hard? Can people count on you? Are you committed to going all the way no matter what the cost?

I believe it is the truly committed ones that will hear those words that we all long to hear. "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matt. 25:23

 

Thanks to Launa of Launa’s Little Piece of Heaven for creating the Take a Stand For Jesus banner for me. Let everyone know you are taking a stand and copy and paste it into your latest blog. Turn your space settings from private to public.

 

 

I encourage you to join Awesome MSN Spaces and let your faith be shown!

 

For Montreal Area Believers


If you are a believer in Christ, live in the Montreal area and have a blog, we would like to hear from you. On our website www.servanthouse.org, we will be creating a page where Montreal area believers can network with others on the web. We also want to create a bulletin board where buisnesses and Christian events will be listed. If you would like to be involved, let us know. This is a free service offered to the Body of Christ.