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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

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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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

 

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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.

Watching Our Tongues II


See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. James 3:5-12

What comes out of your mouth? Is it words of encouragement for your brethren or is it grumbling? When you are in church do you talk well to others and then when you are away do you whisper and backbite? Do you find fault with those that God has put in leadership? Do you have control over your tongue or does the Holy Spirit? Charles Spurgeon once said, Fault finding is dreadfully catching; one dog can send a whole kennel howling." Paul said in Ephesians 4:29; Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

The horror of gossip turns language or words, our best gift and most powerful tool, into a cruel weapon. Idle talk mangles truth and exchanges wisdom for foolishness Gossip is the opposite of love (1 Cor. 13:6; Gal. 5:14,15). Instead of helpfulness it brings hurt. Instead of peace it brings anger and strife (Prov. 16:28; 2 Cor. 12:20). Where there should be trust it brings betrayal (Prov. 20:19).

Let’s face it, we love to talk and to many of us gossip is a form of entertainment. It gives our flesh a boost and is like a drug. There is a saying that my mom always says; If you don’t have anything good to say about a person, don’t say anything at all.

Let’s look at a hypothetical situation; One Monday there was a pastor who had to pick up his younger sister at the airport. The sister who was not a Christian was having trouble in her marriage. On their way home the wife of an important member of the congregation who had never seen this sister before saw them together in the pastor’s car and waved at him, but because the pastor was involved in deep conversation with his sister he didn’t see the woman. As soon as the woman got home she called her closest friend and told her that she had seen the pastor with an attractive woman and that he had ignored her. When her husband got home she told him the same thing. Soon almost the whole church believed that the pastor was having a secret affair. A board meeting was called and the pastor was called in to be confronted about this secret relationship of his. Everyone was afraid to ask the pastor himself about it, but they were not afraid to discuss it behind his back. Imagine the shame the leadership felt after they found out it was the pastor’s sister. A trust was broken that week and a church almost destroyed. Like James said; "See how great a forest a little fire kindles!" One idle word can bring down an entire church.

Jesus said "Men will have to give account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matt. 12:36,37).

Each of us has been guilty of this sin at one time or another. It is very easy to slip into. We need to ask God’s Holy Spirit to keep our mouths and set a guard over our tongues. Let’s become firefighters instead of fire starters.

 

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Jesus, Our King and Yet Our Closest Friend


It is always right to respect the Lord and to be careful that we don’t grieve His Spirit. But remember this that He is the Friend that is closer than a brother. The Lord is full of paradoxes. He is our sovereign King and yet He is our best Friend and most intimate Lover of our souls. When you look at the world view of a monarch, The world exalts them high above us. They seem unapproachable and are separated from us. Yet they are just men and women like us. When Christ died on the cross, He tore the veil that was between us and God and we finally had access to God’s throne. I like the way Hebrews 4:16 is written in the Amplified Bible; Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favour to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. That means we can approach Him with confidence and without fear. He knows us so much more intimately than we know ourselves. He knows the desires of our hearts and even knows what we are going to ask Him before we do. And yet He takes such pleasure in us asking Him questions. He revels in our fellowship with Him.

When my children were little, they used to ask me all kinds of questions. There favourite one was. "Why?" I used to get so frustrated with them asking why for every little thing and yet I knew I had to be patient as it was a natural part of their growing up. How much more patient is God with us His children when we ask why as we are maturing in Him. 

When my wife was diagnosed with mental illness and my marriage fell apart, I was left to raise two small children on my own, I was so full of hurt and despair. I went to a men’s retreat out in the country and once I was alone, I had it out with God. I yelled and screamed at Him for I don’t know how long. My biggest question was, "Why?" I yelled until I had no voice left. I thought for sure with the way I spoke to Him that I was going to be fried with a lightning bolt or something. When my anger was spent, all I could do was quietly sob. It was then that He came to me. He was so gentle. He said to me; "Gerry, are you finished now?" He then reminded me of all the things He had done the way he had reminded Job, and asked me if I could do the things He could do and know the things He did. He told me there were things that He was working out that at that moment that I didn’t need to concern myself with. I just needed to trust Him. Then He told me how much He loved me. I just sobbed and sobbed. A 38 year old man crying in the arms of his Friend and King. There was no lightning bolt or anger. Only love.  God is big enough to take our questions as long as they are done out of a sincere heart. The heart of child. The heart of a worshipper.

 

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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Why Do We Sing?


Everybody sings wether they will admit it or not. Some only in the shower and others wherever they are. I used to love singing while driving in my car. I’d sing at the top of my lungs. I’d get a lot of strange loooks, but I didn’t care. My first love I had when I was a teenager became known as the singing bus driver here in Montreal. She has even appeared on the news a few times. I remember hearing how her dad had shot and killed her mom. How did she face this tragedy? By singing and turning to God.

The Bible in Genesis 1:26 tells us that we were created in God’s image and because of that, many of us do the same things He does. One of those things He does is sing. Zephaniah 3:17 says, "For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song." and Psalm 42:8a says; "The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me." So we sing because He sings. Many of the songs we sing today have been inspired by The Holy Spirit who is God.

Singing has a therapeutic effect on our health and bodies. It releases emotions that are sometimes bottled up within. Singing a song of praise to God will always lift your spirit as it opens you up to be ministered to by God’s Spirit. David was a man who faced a lot of sorrow in his life and how did he face it? He sang praises to God. In Psalm 27:6 he wrote; "And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD." He refused to let his problems overwhelm him and chose to sing to his Maker and because of that he was lifted above his circumstances.

The Bible tells us to sing and to sing with joy. Psalm 33:3 says; "Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy." and Psalm 98:4, "Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises." So sing my friends, sing with all your hearts. Give praise to the Lord Jesus Christ as loud and as joyfully as you can. You were created to do this and it is pleasing to our Father.

 

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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