Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Which way will we look?

If you were in church at Cornerstone last Sunday you might have noticed that I wasn’t here, and neither was Stefan.  We were in Saguenay Quebec, visiting the group that make up our Bagotville satellite. Since last Fall, we have offered our Sunday morning worship service, via livestream, to military families at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville.

The RCAF base was first developed during WWII to train Commonwealth pilots and is situated in a prominently French Roman Catholic area.  As a matter of fact, the closest Evangelical church is over an hour away.

And it was a good trip, while we were there we connected with seven families representing over thirty individuals and were able to cast some vision for the future of the work.

One interesting note was that the base chapel serves both the Catholic and Protestant personal.  There used to be a separate Protestant chapel but a few years ago it was turned into a military museum.

As I pondered that, I realized that there are a lot of churches whose doors are still open, but they are simply museums.  They are more interested in preserving and protecting the memories of yesterday than they are in reaching the lost of today.

Where will our focus be?  On yesterday or on tomorrow?

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Just Stop It!

I was following a car the other day when the driver threw garbage out the window. Hello! Now maybe I’m a little sensitive after having spent last Saturday morning picking garbage out of the ditch, but really, come on.  The last time I checked, littering was still considered rude and slightly obnoxious.  Not to mention illegal. And I’m pretty sure the guy in the car knew that when he threw his garbage out the window. So why did he do it? Perhaps it was poor potty training or maybe the environment he was brought up in.  Maybe his father was a rude litter bug and he is just following the example that was set for him.  Or he was brought up in a culture where littering was considered socially acceptable. 
No, he probably did it for the same reason we sometimes act like jerks when it comes to keeping God’s law, or not keeping God’s law.  He did it because he wanted to.  It was more convenient to toss the trash out the window than mess up his car.  And who really cares about how it affects others? Sometimes we take the same cavalier attitude toward sin and we shouldn’t.  There are rules against littering for a reason and God’s rules all have a reason as well.   Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It's just not right!

It is just a “U”, but it is the difference between something being right and something being wrong. Perhaps you know what I’m talking about; It’s the “U” that our neighbours to the south neglect to include in words like harbour, colour and saviour. Which is fine if you live south of the 49th, but on this side of the border it means you have spelled the word wrong.

People object and maintain, that because it’s the proper spelling in the States, it should be okay in Canada. And because polygamy is acceptable in Saudi Arabia, should it also be okay in Canada?

That is just Denn venting, and in the big scheme of things the fact that people are too lazy to spell a word correctly probably won’t matter much, it just makes me cranky. However, when Christians begin to justify sinful behaviour simply because society accepts it, that will have eternal consequences.  

It doesn’t matter if television says it’s fine, and it doesn’t matter if everyone at work and school are doing it; if the Bible says the behaviour is wrong, the behaviour is wrong. The fact that others call it right doesn’t make it any less wrong.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.