Articles for the Month of June 2018

How We Represent

There is a claim that absence makes the heart grow fonder. It is true at times. As we’re separated from our loved ones for a while, our hearts start craving our precious, more dearest people. We miss the good moments, the comforting feelings that come with being close. But there are also times when the heart does not grow fonder with absence.

Home was not a welcoming place when Jesus lived on earth. Mark 6 describes the cool reception shown to Jesus when he returned to Nazareth. The reaction was so disappointing that He was unable to serve as He desired.

Jesus traveled, ministering to all types of people in various locales, but His family stayed back in Nazareth. They didn’t follow Jesus, using the opportunity to work alongside Him. The family didn’t even use Nazareth as their ministry headquarters. Instead, they chose to keep living as they’d always done, which clashed with Jesus’ lifestyle.

When Jesus returned home, the people of Nazareth were offended by His presence. Based on what they experienced through the actions and behavior of His siblings, the townspeople found it impossible that Jesus could be worth all the hype. The citizens would not give Him the benefit of the doubt. No grace was extended to Jesus.

Jesus, likewise, was affected. Mark 6:5 says “And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.” Jesus’ power was muted because the unbelief was so strong.

If Jesus were to come to our neighborhoods right now, would people be offended by His presence?

We are Jesus’ family. Anyone who accepts Him as Lord and Savior becomes part of His family. This means that in everything we say and do, we’re representing Jesus, whether purposefully or not. Our behaviors and actions affect how people may receive Jesus.

Being a follower of Jesus is more than the ability to do amazing miracles. Jesus was kind to everyone because He loves everyone continuously. He used a truthful approach with everyone, without malicious intent. Jesus lovingly mingled and interacted with all types of people. He had remarkable patience, even in the face of doubt. Jesus, who loved hard and deeply, was quick to forgive others. His very presence was inviting and magnetizing, pulling you in regardless of who you were.

As Jesus’ family, these are the behaviors and actions we should strive to demonstrate. Let’s work together to represent Jesus well. May the people around us receive Jesus with warm affection so that they may experience His amazing love and transformational power.

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Written by Sabrina Jacques-Rowe
Communications Director,
Henderson Highway Church

Tell Me About It

The Israelites had to choose.

By painting their doorposts with blood from a sacrificial animal, they were sending a critical message. This message is that they accepted what God said. Wanting to choose life, they knew that this was the way to safety. This act was another step towards their impending deliverance and freedom. Dispatched from heaven, the death angel knew to pass over the homes with stained doorposts. Those were the homes of God’s followers.

In addition to a safety measure, the blood was also a testimony to the Egyptians and other Israelite believers. In painting their doorposts, they were saying that they chose to trust God one more time. So far, they had been protected and spared during the previous nine plagues. Though Pharaoh’s heart grew harder and colder each time something happened in Egypt, the oppressed clung to the belief that God would rescue them somehow.

The same is true for us today. Revelation 12:11 (NLT) says “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.”

Jesus, our ultimate animal sacrifice, used His blood to cleanse us, save us and redeem us before God. While we no longer have to paint our doorposts with blood, we can still tell this good news. Our testimony, our story is what will encourage others to try trusting God.

Have you ever met someone whom God doesn’t love? I have not. However, I have met numerous people who have no idea that God is a loving God who desires to save each of us.

How are people supposed to learn this?

Through us. Through our story. People are encouraged when we share our experiences. It becomes more relatable when God, a Being who is somewhere out there, has positively affected the lives of someone we know personally. Seeds of faith are planted as we start to believe that if God can do something great for them, He can do it for us too.

“Kneeling With the Savior”, 21 days of prayer and fasting has ended. We are continuing to see God work. Prayers are being answered. Healing has occurred. There are new employees. Meetings that once seemed to never work out are now happening. God has put people in the right path of the right people who could help them. We have also seen some difficult challenges arise. Things that only God can handle. We continue to trust Him for the outcome.

If you’d like to share a story about what God has done for you, please contact Sabrina. We’re blessed with multiple platforms from which to share your story.

We need to keep sharing our stories so that everyone will know of the power of the blood of the Lamb.

 

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Written by Sabrina Jacques-Rowe
Communications Director,
Henderson Highway Church

A Loving Father: Sethres Dixon

Fathers, sometimes we feel guilty because we make mistakes as fathers.

Anyone who turns his back on God goes into a “far country”.

If you turn away from God, there is no spiritual success.

If you turn away from God, you’re going straight down a decline in spirituality, in morality.

The lower you fall, the lower your expectations go.

Some young people they don’t want their parents to have high expectations of them because they themselves have no expectations for themselves.

The question is not where you are today but where are you going?

If you’re headed back home, you know where you’re going.

God wants you and I to confess

There is nowhere that we can go from God that He cannot reach us.

There’s no depth that you go that God cannot save you. God is love.

VBX 2018: Sea of Miracles

Children ages 4-12 years, are you ready to be caught by Jesus’ love? Join us at the Sea of Miracles for this year’s Vacation Bible Xperience. August 19-23 from 6:30-9:00 pm, we’ll learn about Jesus’ love through Bible stories, music, games and interactive fun.

REGISTER ONLINE

Children’s ministry is casting out its nets, seeking volunteers to help with our Sea of Miracles program August 19-23. Email Sheryl or call 204 799-9049 if you are “caught” with the desire to help impact the lives of children.

**Please join us at 7:00 pm on Monday, June 25 for an information & planning session. We’ll learn more details about the program and how we can help children discover Jesus’ love.

 

What Happens When We Pray

Elijah’s day was one for the history books. God had shown up and shown out yet again. Elijah’s day began with an impromptu appointment with King Ahab, followed by the showdown on Mount Carmel. As an exclamation point to end the day, God sent rain after years of drought. Many prayers were answered that day.

Upon his return to Jezreel, Elijah received a death threat.  Queen Jezebel promised to kill him within the next 24 hours. Scared for his life, Elijah fled. Sitting all alone in the wilderness, Elijah begged God to end his life. He felt that all was lost and nothing was worth living for. His desperation did not go unnoticed as God led him to Mount Sinai for a special meeting.

Elijah poured his heart out before God, sharing his feelings with honesty. He had worked so hard but was all alone and the pressure was unbearable. At that moment, God had an intimate chat with Elijah. He was there, listening to Elijah and giving him directions for what to do next. God also reassured Elijah that he was not alone. In addition to God’s presence, God had thousands of other faithful believers in Israel.

Elijah’s story highlights some key points about prayer.

Praying people have both great and crummy days.

Elijah went from a spiritual high to crisis mode in the same day. However, he never stopped talking to God. Prayer is not reserved for hard times only. When things are going well, we’re tempted to ease back or lessen the intensity of our prayers. We may even start to think that we’ve figured out the complex equation where our prayers and our faith will result in guaranteed answers. But prayer isn’t a problem waiting to be solved. Prayer is how we talk with God, how we connect with God.

We can be honest with God in prayer.

Elijah didn’t sugarcoat his prayers. He didn’t flatter God first before creatively saying that he felt deserted and in trouble. Instead, Elijah just poured out his heart with all its raw emotions before God. God was not insulted. He didn’t chastise Elijah for his honesty. God was able to talk with Elijah in a unique way because he had bared his heart before God and chose to seek Him out during troublesome times.

God is with us.

When Elijah prayed, God heard his cries and called Elijah to a special appointment with Him. God literally showed up when Elijah cried out. Elijah knew with certainty that was in God’s presence and covered his face to protect himself from the full glory of God. In turn, God himself spoke with Elijah and reassured him.

God loves us so much that He has made Himself easily accessible, through the gift of prayer. We don’t have to take a number or wait in line. We aren’t limited to only a few moments of His time after a meticulous screening process. We don’t need a microphone or platform for our prayers to be heard. Prayer can be done at any moment, in any location, at all times of the day.

We’re heading into the final week of “Kneeling With the Savior”, 21 days of prayer and fasting. The changes have been challenging as they refine us, molding us to become more like God. It’s been encouraging to see the praise reports as people celebrate answered prayers.

It’s not too late to join the video calls at 6 a.m. each day. Our prayer lives will grow as we invite God to be the priority in our lives. 

Join the Zoom video calls (6 am CST).
Access the devotional plan.
For more on fasting, here are some practical pointers for prayer and fasting.

 

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Written by Sabrina Jacques-Rowe
Communications Director,
Henderson Highway Church

Bless to Be Blessed: Women’s Ministry


God created us in His own image for a purpose.

We cannot forsake God no matter what the devil throws at us. We have to remain faithful.

God has a plan. He’s preparing us for His favor.

You decide what attitude you will have.

What is more important for us is to spend our personal time alone with God. We cannot give what we don’t have.

We are the light of our home, so we have to spend time alone with God. We need to touch the hem of His garment every single day.

Let’s look for God’s blessings before the sun comes up every morning.

Connect with God daily and do not let Him go until you feel His power running through your life.

Nothing is impossible for God.

News from Red River Valley Junior Academy

There are many good things happen with our church-affiliated school, Red River Valley Junior Academy (RRVJA). Below are some announcements from them:

Elementary Teachers Needed —  In anticipation of increased enrolment, we’re adding two lower elementary grades teachers to our staff for the 2018-2019 school year. In addition to Seventh-day Adventist teaching credentials and holding or qualifying for a Manitoba teaching certificate, successful candidates should have a commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist church. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. Resumes can be sent to Richard Williams, Education Director for Man-Sask Conference.

Substitute Teachers Needed — We’re currently accepting applications for our list of substitute teachers on a casual/on-call basis. You must be able to follow and implement lessons during the teacher’s absence. Ideal candidates will be team players, loving and patient with children, and committed to Adventist Christian Education. Contact Ian Mighty, Principal of RRVJA to apply. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Bus Driver Needed  — We’re accepting applications for a school bus driver. Ideal candidates should currently hold a valid Class 2 license and be willing to be trained if needed. Contact Ian Mighty, Principal of RRVJA to apply. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Through Prayer

Negativity and hatred have seemingly become the new normal. People who express hate openly and proudly are often exalted. They are promoted to high positions, with large platforms to spew their vitriol from. They are publicly celebrated, given a wide audience access to their opinions.

Christians are called to a contrasting message, one that is unconventional in 2018. Our message is one of love. Not the kind of love that is temporal and conditional, depending on how we feel at any given moment. We have access to the perfect love of God and that is what we are to share.

God’s love is thorough and fulfilling. It’s a love that is deep-rooted, unshakeable and unstoppable. The Bible tells us that nothing can separate us from His love, His feelings towards us never waver. His love gives us security and confidence because we are valuable to Him. This love is powerful enough to transform our hearts.

Imagine if this message of love was the new normal? Not belittling others or seeing some of God’s children as sub-human. But to use this love to uplift each other and to encourage ourselves to a higher standard, to God’s standard.

This seems almost impossible. And it is if we’ve resigned ourselves that a change of this magnitude could never happen.

This is why we need prayer. We need to connect with God. As we get to know Him more, through talking with Him and spending time in His presence, we’ll be driven to learn as much as we can about Him. We’ll eagerly spend time in His Word, the Bible. This is where the shift happens.

Through prayer, God reminds us that nothing is impossible for Him. He will empower us to make necessary changes in our lives and to follow through in obedience.

Through prayer, we get closer to God. Through prayer, we see jaw-dropping changes happen.

Through prayer.

Kneeling With the Saviour, 21 days of prayer and fasting, are well underway. We kicked off bright and early at 6 am Sunday, May 27 with an online video call. We meet daily, via Zoom and Facebook, for a devotional time followed by prayer. All viewers are welcome to share their prayer requests at any time and we include those in our prayer time. The attendance has been increasing steadily. Even if you haven’t signed up, you’re welcome to join the prayer calls every morning.

Join the Zoom video calls (6 am CST).
Access the devotional plan.
For more on fasting, here are some practical pointers for prayer and fasting.

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Written by Sabrina Jacques-Rowe
Communications Director,
Henderson Highway Church