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A Message of Comfort – May 20, 2020

May 20th, 2020 | Posted by John Klassen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on A Message of Comfort – May 20, 2020)

All of our life we seem to search for comfort. A comfortable chair, a comfortable pair of shoes, a comfortable bed, a comfortable house, comfortable cloths, comfortable friends.

No matter your age or lot in life comfort is something we are always looking for.

I want you to read  II Corinthians 1:3-5

I. God’s Comfort is Complete,  our text says  God is the father of all comfort. 

Because He loves us he wants us to experience comfort..

God’s love is real and it is powerful. God’s love has touched the heart of the lonely, the broken, the hurting and the lost. 

God’s love  can change the worst of situations and empower the weakest of spirits.

Gods very presences through the Holy Spirit brings comfort.

God is always with us! Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

God stands beside every person who calls to Him for help. The presence of God brings peace to the troubled. The presence of God brings provision for tomorrow. The presence of God brings power for the weak and the weary.

Paul was writing to the Corinthian church during a time of great distress. Paul’s message of encouragement literally told them that no matter what they faced in life, God would be by their side.

II. God’s Comfort is Contagious

A. God is always there to comfort us and in verse 4, he says as he comforts us we are to comfort others.

Paul says that God is the God of all comfort. There is no mistake what Paul is saying here. God is the source for comfort and help for every person in every situation.  You cannot have real comfort without God.

B. Verse 4 also says  God calls us to comfort others.

a.) The comfort of God almighty is an amazing gift. It is a gift meant to be shared. Just as God has come beside us, we are to go out and stand beside others.

Gods  comfort is complete, Gods love is contagious and finally 

III. God’s Comfort  come to us through Christ

A. Christ understands what it feels like to need to be comforted. Christ was crucified, he understands our physical need.

Christ understood emotional pain, He was Rejected – People mocked Him, religious leaders fought Him and the disciples abandoned Him

Jesus was falsely accused, tried for crimes He did not commit and was sentenced to death as an innocent man

Christ brings us comfort because he knows exactly how we feel when we need to be comforted. 

Christ knows pain and suffering on a personal level. So he understands your pain, your fear and your need for security and comfort.

Life is unpredictable. We do not know what tomorrow holds because no one can know the future. However, we can know the one who holds our future and who is in control of life.

Every day that we are given is a gift from God, He will comfort and strengthen us with each passing day.

The God who is faithful and true has come alongside you today to help you in a time that you need to be comforted.. May His strength empower you, may His love lift you and may His grace guide you.

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ALLIANCE HISTORY AND THOUGHT

C.M.A. Logo:   A.B. Simpson’s teaching stresses four roles of Christ which are represented in the church’s logo. It can be summed up as “Christ Our Savior, Christ Our Sanctifier, Christ Our Healer, and Christ Our Coming King.” (1) The Cross stands for salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. (2) The Laver represents sanctification, a daily cleansing from sin and power for service through the indwelling Christ. (3) The pitcher speaks of oil, a symbol of the Holy Spirit and the divine life and physical healing that comes from Jesus. (4) The Crown symbolizes the imminent return to earth of the Lord Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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The Lord Provides for All the Needs of the People – May 13, 2020

May 13th, 2020 | Posted by John Klassen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on The Lord Provides for All the Needs of the People – May 13, 2020)

Psalm 23 is known as the Shepherds psalm. 

A shepherd’s job is to take care of his sheep. To look after their every need, the shepherd is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. His caring never ends. This psalm starts by saying that the Lord is my/our Shepherd.

Let me ask you, do you see the Lord as your Shepherd? 

In this Psalm the Shepherd is a symbol for God who is on duty 24 hours a day and 7 days a week so When troubles or problems occur we know we can call on and count on Him.

So what does being looked after by the Shepherd mean, what are the kinds of things the Shepherd does.

  1. GOD PROVIDES FOR HIS PEOPLE (VS. 1-3a)
  1. (V1)  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want 

The sheep will not need anything, the sheep will have all its needs met. Notice it says needs not wants.

B. The Shepherd provides for their physical needs.

(V:2) “He makes me lie down in green pastures and he leads me beside quiet waters”. Sheep really only need grass, water and rest.

This psalm says God will look after those needs, food, water, shelter and rest. 

C. The Shepherd provides for the sheep’s emotional needs.

(V: 3) “He restores my soul”….. what is it that affects our soul, stress and worrying about things we have no control over disturbs our soul. Sin also but our sins are forgiven, so no worries there.

God provides for the physical needs the emotional needs and 

       D. God provides for their spiritual needs,

( V:3) “He leads me in paths of righteousness”  

He will lead us down the path that is right!

God does this thru the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will guide us and lead us. He is that small voice we often hear when we are alone.

The Holy spirit will bring comfort to you in times of need.

God can provide for our Physical needs, our Emotional needs and our Spiritual needs!!   God provides for his people and 

  1. GOD GUIDES HIS PEOPLE 

( v:4) “Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death”,

God will be with us when we head into those deep valleys of life, those valleys that seem dark and troublesome.

“ I will fear no evil For thou art with me” “The rod and staff” “They comfort me”

     A. God walks with you in times of trouble 

“For thou art with me” God is always with you.

  1. He guides you in times of trouble; the staff was used for tapping the sheep on the side when you wanted them to go a certain direction, the rod was a steel bar that was used to fight off the things that might attack the sheep. The rod and staff were used to support, protect and guide the sheep.

So God provides for his people, he guides his people and finally, He 

III. GOD GIVES HIS PEOPLE COMFORT   VERSES READ 5 AND 6

5:You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

In ancient times it was customary for the host of a banquet to prepare the table and protect guests who were at the feast. Each guest was anointed with oil which was for healing and was seen as a blessing.

When we accept Christ as our Shepherd goodness and love will follow us all of our days until we dwell in the house of the lord in Heaven.

Do you know the shepherd, if you want to receive the Blessings that this psalm talks about you need to accept him and invite him to take over your life and tend to all your needs.

Let him provide for you, Let him guide you and Let him bring you comfort today.

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 ALLIANCE HISTORY AND THOUGHT

The Western District office of the Christian and missionary Alliance is managed by Brent Trask our District superintendant. This is an elected position, a 4 year term. DEXCOM is the District Executive Committee which is a team of 13 members works alongside our District Superintendent and District staff.  They provide prayer, accountability and guidance to the strategic vision and decision making of our District.  This team is comprised of Official Workers (pastors and other church staff members) and lay (non-clergy) leaders from the church. The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada is organized into six geographic districts. Each district has a District Superintendent that works with their own DEXCOM.