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Devotional — July 1, 2020

July 2nd, 2020 | Posted by John Klassen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Devotional — July 1, 2020)

The older I become the more I value the gift of a person’s presence instead of a tangible gift that is unwrapped, and then forgotten. As we visited my 91-year-old mother in law. I hear her say in so many words, “All I want is your presence, for you to come and see me. I don’t need anything except to be with you and your family.” Presence is the golden gift that we all are able to give to others, along with the companion gift of listening.

Just what is it that should motivate us to want to be present in a person’s life? I believe that it is love that draws us to want to be as close as we can to a person. It is love that makes us want to listen to what another person has to say, to hear their story without interruption. So when we fall in love with a person, we desire their presence and value their story.

God, who not only loves us, but is love, desires to be as close to us as he can. So he sent his Son Jesus to live with us, to die for us, and to give us eternal life. He sent his Holy Spirit, also known as the Spirit of Jesus, to be our guide, advocate, comforter and so much more. Jesus said that his Spirit would take Jesus’ place here on this earth. Therefore, this Holy Spirit would be God’s personal presence in our daily lives, making it possible to walk the disciple’s path as God intended for us.

The Holy Spirit is far more than the symbols mentioned in scripture such as fire, wind, water, breath. The Holy Spirit is a person, a Someone, to whom scripture says that we can cry out to, asking God to come and personally fill our lives.

Without the Holy Spirits involvement in your life you are not living the larger Christian life. 



The Great West Mission

I mentioned to you last week the name John Woodward, He and  his wife who were living in New York. They had planned to go to the mission field. Then A. W. Roffe, the superintendent of the Alliance District of Canada, sent him a letter with a request to start a branch of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Edmonton, Alberta. Beulah Alliance had already started a mission in Edmonton, and so they wanted to see the work continue to build from that one church.

After much prayer, God softened the Woodward’s hearts for the need in Western Canada. John left for Edmonton in August 1921 by train.

The Woodward’s arrived and immediately began to ride around this new community to get to know people. On one occasion, he was riding down a trail. While passing a school yard of children, he stopped his horse and asked, “Do you know Jesus?”

The tallest of a group of boys looked at him quite innocently and replied, “No, sir, he doesn’t live around these parts.”

John realized ignorance of Biblical truth was evident. He found, to his amazement, vast stretches of prairie without any religious organization of any kind. God challenged him, “How shall they hear without a preacher?”

John needed workers for the Great West Mission. As was mentioned last week students would arrive for the summer and would be sent out on horseback in different direction. 

There was no salary. They would be dependent on God to provide all their needs. They would eat what people were kind enough to feed them, and sleep where people were kind enough to bed them. If the people were not that kind, they would need to trust God to provide in another way.

This method of evangelism was not overly successful.

John ordered a one-ton Ford chassis, and contracted a specifically-designed body to be built on it. The “Gospel car” became a mobile home and backdrop for outdoor Gospel services wherever they could gather a crowd. A tent seating 1,000 was ordered to gather large masses of people in a central location for a week of mid-summer teaching.

The Gospel car arrive one day at Gwynne, Alberta and were met with excitement by the towns people. They ended up staying and hosting a 6 day revival meeting in Gwynne. A few years later a radio station was erected to broadcast the Good News of salvation and you know the rest of this radio story.

Devotional — June 24, 2020

June 24th, 2020 | Posted by John Klassen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Devotional — June 24, 2020)

Read Acts 1:4-8

Do you sometimes feel inadequate to live the Christian life? Feel like you don’t measure up?

 If you do, then you are where God wants you to be, because you have discovered a vital truth: No one has the power in him- or herself to live a holy life. But there is someone who can help us, when we feel this way,

—the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus gave His disciples the task of preaching the gospel to the entire world, they had absolutely no ability to carry it out. Remember 7 of the 12 disciples were fishermen who had no idea about teaching or preaching.

That’s why He told them to wait until the Holy Spirit came. In the same way, if we hope to accomplish what God desires in our life, we need to live with full dependence on the Holy Spirit.

When the Holy Spirits divine energy and authority is released in us, only then can we fulfill the mandate Jesus gave us in Matthew 28 verse 18-20. Only then will we have the strength power and wisdom we need to carry out our mission.

When the Holy Spirit lives in us we can trust him and not rely on our own strength. We may at times feel tired and stressed out, but knowing the Spirit is there to help us will brings us comfort and rest.

We may still face huge obstacles in our lives but we won’t face them alone.   

When we do God’s work by His strength, in His way, and with His wisdom, we’ll be blessed no matter what goes on around us. 

Walking in the Spirit doesn’t mean life will be easy—but we never have to walk through it alone, because our Helper is always with us.

The Holy Spirit gives strength and power to stand firm in trials and temptations. 

Ephesians 3: 16-20  

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Just like as the roots of a tree go deep in the earth and hold a tree steady in a storm, in the same way may the Holy Spirit fills you with God’s power and gives you the strength to stand firm in our Christian faith when trials and temptations come your way.



The Great West Mission

In 1920 under the leadership of Rev John H. Woodward, the Christian and Missionary Alliance, then based out of New York, felt an over whelming desire to begin the Gospel to western Canada. So with limited support the Bible school sent missionary students by train to Edmonton and Calgary. Once they arrived each student was given enough money to buy a horse, harness and a blanket. They were then sent out to specific areas to begin to bring the gospel, lodging and food was to be found en route. At the end of summer usually later September students returned to school with great stories but with limited success. The Alliance realize to reach such a vast area they would need to find a way to cover more territory in a quicker way. Thus the Alliance Gospel Car was created. More on this next week.