Hi WEFC Family,
Take Ten, What We Believe: 3. God’s gospel alone addresses our deepest need. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
Sunday School: 9:00am each Sunday we are meeting in person to grow in our knowledge of Jesus and His Word. The nursery is open all morning, during Sunday School as well as the Worship Gathering. Our last Sunday School before summer will be June 5. Note, the family picnic that was planned for June 5 has been cancelled, but, we have the summer BBQ lunches to look forward to in July and August.
Sunday Worship Gathering: We are continuing our study in the book of Habakkuk. Associate Pastor Len Harms will be concluding our study of Habakkuk, preaching from 3:17-19.
Sunday Evening Bible Study: 6:00 - Soup and buns; 6:30 - Bible Study. Where Do We Go from Here? A 10-week video series with Dr. David Jeremiah hosted by Mark Grafe. This week, the focus is on three things we can personally do as Christians, when facing deception, disillusionment, and distraction.
Women’s Day Retreat: This Saturday, about 40 women from WEFC are off to Camp Assiniboia for a day of retreat. Pray that they will be refreshed and encouraged in their time together.
Newcomer Lunch: May 29, 12:15pm. A psychiatrist once asked his patient, “Do you have trouble making up your mind?” The patient answered, “Well – yes and no.” Hope you have had no trouble deciding to come to lunch.
Men’s Breakfast: Saturday, June 4, 9am in the Chapel with special guest, Greg Musselman. Greg brings a wealth of broadcasting, pastoral and missions experience to his role as a host on 100 Huntley Street. He is also the Minister at Large with The Voice of the Martyrs Canada. Greg has a passion to share the powerful message of the Gospel and to help Christians around the world being persecuted because of their faith in Jesus Christ. He has produced reports and documentaries from more than 2 dozen countries where many are suffering because of their Christian faith.
This is the last Sunday morning, that tickets are on sale in the Atrium.
Save the date:
Encouragement: “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
Five Alive – part 2
We are looking at five basic disciplines of being a follower of Jesus. Doing these things does not earn our salvation. But, they do help us maintain a healthy relationship with Him. Last week, was the discipline of prayer. Regularly, we acknowledge His presence in our life and communicate with Him.
I’m not one for stumbling around in the dark. My shins are hurting at the thought of trying to move when I can’t see. Turn the light off and you’ll find the coffee table. Even with your arms out, there is no telling the door won’t come between your hands, to strike you in the nose. (Yes, it really happened.) Apparently, we were having some trouble with mice when I was 7 years old, because I found one of the traps in the dark, with my toes. There is a lot of trouble we can get into when we can’t see where we are going or what’s around us.
Reminds me of two guys, who were on their way to Emmaus, many years ago. Luke tells the story (24:13-35). While they weren’t exactly traveling in the dark, they sure felt like they were. They were talking about everything that had happened and they were depressed. But, Jesus joins them, (they didn’t recognize him) and asks what’s up. Cleopas, a little salty, chides the apparent tourist. But as time would tell, they were focused on the finite and Jesus reminds them of the prophets’ proclamations. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:27. Jesus knew the Scriptures. He knew it as a boy (Luke 2:46,47). He knew it when he was tempted (Luke 4:4,8,12). He knew it surrounded by his hometown crowd (Luke 4:17). He knew it on the road. And, after the two travelers realised it was no tourist, but the risen Jesus they were with, they knew it too, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Here’s the point. In order to live a healthy Christ-like life, we need to know the Scriptures. The psalmist described it like a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. It is what we need to travel, when the darkness surrounds us. It helps us keep to the path. It helps keep us from stumbling. It helps us defend against the enemy. It helps us understand the past. It helps us see what’s ahead.
So, how else will I get to know the Scriptures if I don’t spend time reading it, thinking about it, remembering it. Doing this regularly is an act of discipline. It takes time to develop into a healthy habit, just like exercising, does. If you are looking for a place to start, consider, reading the gospel of John.
I pray that as we read, study, learn and grow in our knowledge of the Scriptures that our Heavenly Father would give us eyes to see and ears to hear what He wants to show us in His Word and what He wants us to understand about what it means.
Now where did I leave my matches? It’s getting dark and I’ve got to go light that Coleman lantern.
Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.