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Better Things to Come! — May 6, 2020

May 6th, 2020 | Posted by John Klassen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Better Things to Come! — May 6, 2020)

PHILIPPIANS 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

I was thinking this week about the needs I have had over my lifetime.

Simply things like Food, shelter, clothing, the basics of life.

I also thought about times when I have been lonely, or sad, or when I was upset.

I have had times when I needed a friend, needed cheering up, or needed emotional support.

This passages makes me realize that no matter what needs I may have God can met all of your needs

Philippians 4: 19 covers everything we may need.

As I thought more about needs I came to realize that my needs today are not the same as yesterday.

At times God has been the great provider, he brings peace when needed,

For some he is a pathway to heaven, For all of us he is the Savior,

He is our strength, our healer, our friend, our sanctifier,

For others he is The Coming King or the great creator.

God can met all of our needs throughout our life time.  All of the struggles and needs  we have may be new to us but they are not new to God. We have the same needs as the people Jesus walked with in bible days.

One of the books in the Bible I really like is the book of Hebrews.

The reason I like that book is because for me it is comforting, its speaks a lot about a better life, and how God can make all things better.

I know God can met all of our needs, and I know he can do so in a better way then we could imagine.

11 times in Hebrews we find the word better used.

CHAPTER 6 There’s better things to come.  

CHAPTER 7 A better hope. 

AGAIN IN 7 A better covenant. 

CHAPTER 8 Better promises.

CHAPTER 9  Jesus is a better sacrifice.

CHAPTER 10 There is better and lasting possessions.

CHAPTER 11, We read about a better country a better plan and a better word from God.

Folks there are better things to come from God.

God can met all our needs and he can met them better than we think. 

But there is one more thing I want to mention this morning.

The book of Hebrews uses the word Better many times but it also uses the word Faith 23 times. In order for us to have our needs met and in order for us to live a better life, there is one thing that each of us must have, Faith.

God will provide for all of your needs and he will do so in a far better way than anyone can expect, he will do his part and our part is to just believe, we are  to have faith in God and he will provide.

No matter what your need may be today..

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ALLIANCE HISTORY AND THOUGHT.

Did you know that  the Alliance entered Australia in 1969 and today is one of the most multi-ethnic denominations in Australia with 52 churches made up of 80 congregations operating in most states and territories.

Internationally there are about 22,000 churches in 60 countries with more than 6 million Christians worshipping in Alliance churches worldwide.

“A God Who Exceeds Our Expectations” – April 28, 2020

April 28th, 2020 | Posted by John Klassen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on “A God Who Exceeds Our Expectations” – April 28, 2020)

Ephesians 3:20, Acts chapter 3 1-8

Today I want to talk briefly about  “The God who exceeds our expectations”. 

We all have expectations in life, things we  hope will happen, things we dream about, thing we just expect.

We may have problems we want fixed, health matters we want  to disappear, relationships we want to make better, a financial situation we want changed. 

All of us have ordinary expectations, but we serve a God who wants to respond to us in an  extra-ordinary way. 

God thinks Beyond what we think, more than we think, higher and wider and greater than we think.

Ephesians 3:20: Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

Of course that power is the power of the Holy Spirit, that lives and works within us. If the Holy Spirit lives within us then we can have greater expectations.

We think, “Let me have enough to get by,” God thinks I will give you an abundance. 

We ask for the possible when God wants to do the impossible. 

God specializes in exceeding our expectations, and what he has in store for you is bigger, more rewarding, more fulfilling than you can imagine.

He can open doors you never dreamed would open. 

He can take you further than you can imagine. 

He can give you freedoms you never thought possible.

One day you and Mirror Alliance Church will look back on these days and think, “I never dreamed we would be so blessed, never dreamed we would be in this position, never dreamed things would turn around the way they have.

Never thought for a minute we would see miracles like what has happened here.
This is exactly what happened to a man in Acts chapter 3 1-8. Take a minute and read this short story

He’d been crippled his whole life, and every day his family would carry him to the temple and set him outside by the gate. 

As people came to worship he would ask them for money, day after day. Could you think of a better place to beg than outside a church.

People would come by, he would beg, they would throw a few coins in his bag. This is how he survived.

One day, Peter and John came to the temple. The man went through his same speech, “Can you spare some change? Will you help me out”? 

Peter stopped and said to the man, “Look at us”, 

They were poor travelers, probably dirty dusty old clothes on,” Do we look like we have money”?

The scripture says the man looked up expecting to receive a few coins. 

He wanted money but money couldn’t heal him, it couldn’t buy him Salvation money no matter how much he had couldn’t make him walk again.

It was only by the power in the name Jesus Christ that allowed this lame man to get up and walk. 

Our Ephesians text said, according to the power that works within us,

Acts 3: verse 6-7  Peter took him by the hand, pulled him up, and said In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene…. Walk.

The man was expecting a few coins. He was expecting the ordinary, the same thing that had happened day after day, but God showed up and exceeded his expectations. 

He thought he would have to lay by that gate and beg the rest of his life, he had certain expectations but Jesus far exceeded them.

I believe if we stay faithful, stay obedient and stay focused God is going to do more in the next few years than any of us expect.

If we continue to honor God in our giving, in our attendance, in our involvement, in our faithfulness, God will show up in ways none of us expect.

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ALLIANCE HISTORY AND THOUGHT.

In 1927 Reuben Pearson from Gwynne, Alberta got permission and support from the Christian and Missionary Alliance to start a Christian Radio station. His equipment came from the USA, was set up in Edmonton and he began Broadcasting Christian music. Unfortunately finances caught up to him and he eventually sold the radio station (1930) to our then Premier William Aberhart, who had the nick name “Bible Bill”. This radio station changed hands a few more times and is known today as 1260 CFRN or TSN 1260.