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Watch Your Tongue!


Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

Do you remember the old rhyme that many of us quoted when we were children; “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”? The truth is that words are powerful things and can cause long lasting harm. Physical wounds will heal, but words spoken in anger can last a lifetime.

As a child my dad who was an alcoholic used to pick on me. He would call me stupid and mock me. He would tell me that I would never amount to any good. One time, he told my first girlfriend that she would be better breaking off with me and finding someone else. Those words stayed with me and I developed a hatred for my dad. For years I struggled with my worth and even believed that God could not love someone like me, because I was stupid and couldn’t do anything right. It was only when I met His Son Jesus Christ that my view of self began to change. I still struggle now and then, especially when I mess up or when things go wrong. I find myself during those times asking; “God do You really love me? Of course He does and He has never stopped.

I was very careful what I said to my two children in raising them. I leaned from my past and the way that the Jews raised their children. They speak into their children’s lives everyday and tell them how bright and intelligent they are. That they will go far and can do anything they set their minds to. If you look at some of the most intelligent and successful people today and see what their upbringing was, you’ll find most come from Jewish families.

Parents be very careful what you say to your children. Let them know always you love them and are proud of them even when they mess up. Show them how to get back up and try again. Encourage them at every turn and never, never for what ever reason put them down. Punish them when they do wrong, but always let them know it is because you love them.

If you are a spouse always speak encouraging words to your husband or wife. Let them know how much you love them and appreciate all they do, even the little things. I take the time to always thank my wife and let her know how special she is to me. It is amazing how just using words that bring life can spice up your marriage. If your marriage is struggling, try using positive words in speaking to each other and I bet within a few days you’ll begin to see a difference.

Last year some words were spoken over my life that almost destroyed me. For the last year I almost believed I was a person without hope and that God had abandoned me and I would never be used again. Every night for the last year I would go to bed crying out to Him wanting to hear some kind of word. All the words that were spoken to me years ago were mocking me even to the point that I was coming to believe that just like my dad, God couldn’t find any good in me either. I had been thrown away and was only fit to be thrown into the fire. I kept up a good front as I didn’t want anyone to know the pain I was going through.

About a month I found a church called Daily Hope just down the street from us. I called the church and arranged that my wife and I would visit. That night I had a dream where all of a sudden I was given a new song, but yet it was an old song. Hard to understand, but in my spirit I know what it means. As I began to sing this old/new song I was raised up into the air beside a flag pole and I knew that this was the Holy Spirit that was upholding me and I saw that I was singing to the nation. It was the next day that I got a call from the pastor of Daily Hope and knew then after meeting with him that God was not finished with me. I was exactly where He wanted me to be and that this was the appointed time.  He had never abandoned me. I remember a prophet speaking over me years ago and now his words come back to mind so clearly. He said that God was calling out to me as though through a megaphone saying; “You are my son and I have called you from before you were even in your mothers womb and I set out a path for you. There are those who have even said, can anything good come out of this man? But be encouraged because they said the very same things about my Son. I tell you that in that appointed time my Spirit will fall upon you and they will know that I have called you by my name, says the Lord.”

Please, please be very careful what you speak into someone’s life. You may have very good intentions, but you can cause more harm than good.

Just as I finished writing this blog I looked at I bag of Granola that I was munching on and even though my eyesight is poor, I saw a scripture on the bag stood out and it says; “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Could the Lord be speaking any more clearly?

Pastor Gerry Desjardins

Shine!


Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,16 holding fast the word of life. Philippians 2:14-16b

It’s so easy to become envious of others and complain about our lot in life.  Our hearts are dragged down and we lose that shine that we as Christians should have. As the verse says we as Christians live among a crooked and perverse generation. They have no hope except in their accomplishments, wealth and possessions. If we become like them in desiring the things they do, how can we sow them the way out? That there is much more to life than what they are living. That the treasures of this earth are nothing to compare with what is in store for us who have accepted Jesus as our Saviour. The bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9; But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” If we complain how can we show them the way? Is the world going to pay more attention to you in your grumbling and complaining or if you shine brighter than all other imitations of the Light? They may seem to be happy and yet within each of them is an inner voice saying; “Is this all there is?” If you do not shine before them, there are plenty of false lights out there to lead them astray such as cults and false teaching.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

You are not the Light, but you are a reflection. In the same way the moon is not the source of the light, but a reflection of the sun, it is Jesus who is the Light and you are His reflection.  He is the Light of the world and we are to let Him reflect His light through us to the world. It is not something to be hidden, but used to illuminate the darkness that much of the world doesn’t even know is there.

Has your shine dulled? Get out the word and let it along with the Holy Spirit remove the dross and gunk that has built up and buff up that shine once again. Your unsaved friends and family need you to shine so bright that they can’t help but notice it.

Gerry Desjardins

Where Your Heart is….


As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honour your father and mother.’”

“Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”
Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Mark 10:17-22 (NLT)

We live in a very affluent society. Many of us have been blessed with good jobs and possessions. We in the West have more than our ancestors ever had. We think it’s important we own our own home, need at least two cars and give everything to our children that we didn’t have. It seems to me as even though we are blessed with these things, we are less happy than those that came before us. We are never satisfied with what we have and want more. So it is with the general population. Riches and wealth of possessions rarely brings happiness, Yet so many of us would be hard pressed to part with them.

As I was praying last night I thought much about this young rich man that Jesus spoke with. What if I was in his position and Jesus asked this of me? Would I react in the same way? In all honesty I have to admit there was a lot of hesitancy on my part. I love my warm home and my bed and the fact that I live in comfort. Am I more interested in my own comfort than that of the poor? I’m not rich but what I possess is much more than many around the world. This troubled me quite a bit. My heart is not in the right place and I am in the process of remedying that. In giving us His all, Jesus has asked for all of us. It’s not an option. He’s either Lord of all or not Lord at all. We can’t afford to have any attachment to this world. We are not our own, we have been bought for a great price. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Nory and I are facing this right now, neither of us have jobs and without the Lord intervening we are about to lose everything, even a place to live. We have no choice but to believe the Lord will provide and see us through, but what if He doesn’t? Would we still call Him Lord and say “Yet though He slay me, I will still trust Him”? With thousands of Christians around the world losing everything because of persecution and war are we any better than them? What if it is to fulfill a purpose that only the Lord can see? Would we still trust Him? Please pray for us as we face this trail of our faith.

The question begs asking, what about you? Are you so tied to your possessions that they mean more to you than your service to Christ and His Lordship? If Jesus asked you to give up everything tomorrow, would you? Or would you walk away sad like this young man did? As Christians we should be able to let go of people and possessions at the drop of a hat. Our answer should always be, “Yes Lord.” without hesitation. Everything you have been blessed with is not yours anyway. It belongs to Him to do with a He pleases and if that bothers you then you need to seek the Lord as to why. We bring nothing into this world and there is nothing that we can bring with us when we leave it.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
Mark 10:23-27 (NLT)’

When Jesus died on the cross He made it possible for all to be saved, but it still comes down to a matter of the heart. Where your heart is there is your treasure also. Luke 12:34. Whatever possesses our heart, possesses us. If it be Christ then we are in the right place. If it is other people or things that we possess then we need to get right with God. Jesus tells us that in giving up our earthly desires and possessions that we gain much more in heaven.

Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.
“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”
Mark 10:28-31 (NLT)

So tell me is your heart here on earth set on your possessions or are you building towards your inheritance that Christ has promised you in heaven? It is a question you alone can answer in your time with Jesus. Lord help us to put you first in all things!

Gerry Desjardins

The Potter and His Clay


One who argues with his Creator is in grave danger, one who is like a mere shard among the other shards on the ground! The clay should not say to the potter, “What in the world are you doing? Your work lacks skill!” Isaiah 45:9 CEV

Anyone who truly knows God, knows that He does not make mistakes .All creation has been crafted skilfully and each part has it’s purpose. Every person was created in His image and shaped that they may bring to Him glory through the gifts He stored in them. Anyone who knows the Lord and His word knows also that He created only 2 genders, male and female.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. Genesis 1:26-27, 31a

More than any other part of God’s creation satan hates man, the jewel of God’s creation. From the beginning he has tried to trip up and turn man away from God and pervert the one who was made in God’s image. We were created without flaw and worshipped and walked with our Creator. Until we disobeyed Him and fell. Now satan has taken that which was created in God’s image and is twisting it into something that is barely recognizable.

We saw this past week all over the the media how they celebrated the transformation of Bruce Jenner into a “woman”. They called him courageous and want to give him the Arthur Ashby award for courage in sports. Let me set them straight, Bruce Jenner is still Bruce Jenner, the one God created. You can change the outside through make-up and photo shop, but you cannot change the fact that Bruce is still a man. Some where along the way Bruce believed a lie and gave into it. Did God make a mistake and create Bruce the wrong way? No and yet in doing what he has done along with the media he is saying that God didn’t know what he was doing in creating Bruce as a man. He put a female spirit in a male body by accident. Really? Psalm 18:30 says God’s ways are perfect.

We also learned this past week that the BC supreme court in Canada is deliberating whether gender should be removed from the certificate at birth and that parents don’t have a right to refer to their child as a boy or a girl. The child should remain gender neutral until the child makes the decision which gender it is.

Sometimes I feel like us Christians are the only sane ones in a madhouse. The world is going crazy. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s I have seen values change. It is like the example of the frog in the pot where the water has been getting hotter yet the frog does not recognize that it is slowly being boiled to death. So it is with society and change. Things that were once called good are now considered evil and that which was evil is now good. The devil has been masterful at changing things around ever so slowly so that the world barely notices the change and accepts it as normal. The world is dying, but they really like to think they are just being enlightened.

I posted an article from Rush Limbaugh yesterday where he had a radio interview with a man who called in to “out” himself to the world. He declared that he was really a black man born in a white man’s body. It was all done tongue in cheek, but it speaks volumes on how easy it is in today’s society to trick someone into believing you are something you are not. There is even a group of people who label themselves as Transabled. They believe that instead of being born normal they should have been born disabled and have gone as far as to disable themselves or live as a disabled person. Do you see the length the enemy has gone to deceive those who don’t know the truth of God’s word. There is so much I could go into about this, but I will leave it here.

Maybe you are one of those that is thinking you are not whom your really supposed to be. You are saying; God you made a mistake, You forgot my handles, as the passage from Isaiah says above. Listen to what God says about you in the Psalm 139;

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvellous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skilfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

You were perfect the way you were created. In you God created something beautiful, but that beauty can only be truly unlocked by knowing Him who created you. It’s in knowing Christ you discover who you truly are and what your potential is. Let Him wash away doubts and misconceptions and flood you with the truth of His word and Holy Spirit. Be who the Potter created you to be.

Gerry Desjardins

Gabe, who? Oh, that guy.


Gabe, who? Oh, that guy..

Our Refuge


God is our refuge and strength,
a helper who is always found
in times of trouble.
Therefore we will not be afraid,
though the earth trembles
and the mountains topple
into the depths of the seas,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with its turmoil. Psalm 46:1-3

It’s good to know that no matter what is going on in the world right now, if you are a Christian you have nothing to fear. God is always there for us and in the end we win and wind up in the safe refuge of His mighty arms. Please if you don’t know Him, turn your heart over to Him today. He loves you so much He gave His only Son to die for you. When He was on the cross Jesus had you on His mind. We are living in the days as it was with Noah and God is saying to you to come in from the storm, but please don’t delay as the door will soon be closing.

Righteousness, Sin and the Philippines.


I am not afraid to speak my mind and sometimes I need to get things off my chest. Also because God has put it on my heart to speak the truth in love. I want it to be known that I love the Philippines, it is a wonderful country full of hospitality and beauty. My wife is a Filipina and marrying her is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. However I need to say this.

There is a huge spiritual battle taking place in that country right now. I thought the portrayal of homosexuals in the media and how they are lifted up here in North America was bad. It is even more so in the Philippines and getting worse everyday. From a transsexual comedian called Vice Ganda to having a transsexual beauty contest during a noon hour show. These people are lifted up as top entertainers and role models by the media there. From there it flows out into Filipino society. It is an abomination to God. The bible says that Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34. Unless the Philippines repents and turns away From sin, not just homosexuality, but also corruption and the treatment of the less fortunate,the nation will continue to be hit with more disasters.

But at the same time I never seen a nation that is so open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Word of God is displayed openly and people are not offended when you talk to them about salvation. Churches are growing and God is raising up a mighty army in the midst of that nation. The Philippines has a chance to become a great nation that can touch the nations, but it will only happen when the nations leaders repent and`denounce sin and corruption. I pray for my beloved wife`s homeland everyday and weep over the mockery that the devil is trying to shove in God`s face. Pray for the Philippines and the continued move of God there. Pray for people like Vice Ganda and others that they meet Jesus Christ and be transformed into His image. Can a nation be changed in a day. Definitely, but only by prayer and repentance.