Five minutes on Friday

Good Friday morning friends,

Greetings in Christ. Please see the attached, “Five Minutes on Friday,” with news and prayer items from the LPD.

Please also note upcoming events and also the opportunity to assist Jesus Is Our Salvation Church, who are in need of chairs in their new location.

 I also attach a link for the 2014 Camp Evergreen brochure.

April 11 2014 E4Hbrochure

May God bless you and your ministry this weekend.

In Jesus,

Rob

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Good Friday morning friends,

Greetings on this rainy day. Having come from a trip to Medicine Hat Alberta last weekend, where we visited Karen’s family, the rain and greenery seem okay after the ice and snow of Alberta.

Please see the attached, “Five Minutes on Friday,” with news from the LPD. This week, there is a special update on Trinity Western University and Seminary.

Reading the daily devotional of, “My Utmost For His Highest” while sitting in a Tim Horton’s on Monday morning, I was struck by the reminder of our objective in ministering to others in Christ’s Name. I include it for you below.

Decreasing for His Purpose

March 24, 2014

He must increase, but I must decrease —John 3:30

 If you become a necessity to someone else’s life, you are out of God’s will. As a servant, your primary responsibility is to be a “friend of the bridegroom” (John 3:29). When you see a person who is close to grasping the claims of Jesus Christ, you know that your influence has been used in the right direction. And when you begin to see that person in the middle of a difficult and painful struggle, don’t try to prevent it, but pray that his difficulty will grow even ten times stronger, until no power on earth or in hell could hold him away from Jesus Christ. Over and over again, we try to be amateur providences in someone’s life. We are indeed amateurs, coming in and actually preventing God’s will and saying, “This person should not have to experience this difficulty.” Instead of being friends of the Bridegroom, our sympathy gets in the way. One day that person will say to us, “You are a thief; you stole my desire to follow Jesus, and because of you I lost sight of Him.”

 Beware of rejoicing with someone over the wrong thing, but always look to rejoice over the right thing. “. . . the friend of the bridegroom . . . rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:29-30). This was spoken with joy, not with sadness-at last they were to see the Bridegroom! And John said this was his joy. It represents a stepping aside, an absolute removal of the servant, never to be thought of again.

 Listen intently with your entire being until you hear the Bridegroom’s voice in the life of another person. And never give any thought to what devastation, difficulties, or sickness it will bring. Just rejoice with godly excitement that His voice has been heard. You may often have to watch Jesus Christ wreck a life before He saves it (see Matthew 10:34).

 E4Hbrochure March 28 2014

 May God bless you as you walk with him and direct others to him over this weekend.

In Jesus,

Rob

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Five minutes on Thursday

Good Thursday morning friends,

I send this one day early, as Karen and I will be attending the birthday celebration of her sister on Friday.

Please see the attached “Five Minutes on Friday,” with news and prayer items from the LPD. Please also note the important upcoming dates and events.

I also want to follow up one more time with our outlines and discussion questions from our three conference workshops. Please note that Steve Sharpe has kindly provided the notes and PowerPoint slides from his practical workshop on “Adjusting to Our Times,” presented on the Saturday AM of conference – thanks Steve!

Session One, “How Am I Doing at Living the Story?” took us through a look at the life of a pastor/ministry worker. There is a predictable pattern or cycle of a pastor’s ministry, that if unchecked, will for many, inevitably lead to ineffectiveness in ministry and even cynicism in one’s faith.

  • Session Two, “How Are We Doing at Living the Story?” looked at churches, and the experience of people, especially youth in hearing and living the gospel. We considered the observations of Skye Jethani (“With”), who sees that some evangelicals may have in fact “inoculated” people from the gospel.
  • Session Three,  “Adjusting to Our Times” is about making adjustments and course corrections in churches. Steve Sharpe navigated us through a practical workshop on steering our congregations towards living and sharing the Story – the gospel of Christ.  

Camp Evergreen is affiliated with our Lower Pacific District, and is also a member of the BC Camping Association. There is great value in churches partnering with this children’s camp in order to both enhance the ministry of the church and also to provide seamless follow-up to the camping ministry.  Please check out the Camp Evergreen website  .

Please also see the attached brochure of our upcoming E4H workshop on May 3-7!

At conference, we spoke of pastoral lifecycles and resilient ministry. Here is a link to a short article on “3 Pillars of a Strong, lasting Ministry.”

Adjusting to our Times Mar.7-8.14 LPD Conference CONFERENCE SATURDAY MORNING WORKSHOP MAR 8TH NOTES E4Hbrochure LPD Conference Friday ministerial session #2 – handouts LPD Conference ministerial session #1 – handouts March 21, 2014

May God bless you and your ministry this weekend!

God bless,

Rob

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Five minutes on Friday

Dear friends,

Our LPD Conference begins today!

  If you have registered, we thank you and look forward to seeing you! If not, you are welcome to attend any of the sessions, and if you would like to stay for lunch or dinner, please let us know.

 Here are highlights of the conference weekend:

 Our theme for conference is, “Living the Story” – living out the gospel message in our lives and churches. Here are some highlights!

 ·         Friday afternoon Ministerial— “Relating to Our Times.”

o   In session one, “How Am I Doing at Living the Story?”, I will be taking us through a look at the life of a pastor/ministry worker. There is a predictable pattern or cycle of a pastor’s ministry, that, if unchecked, will for many, inevitably lead to ineffectiveness in ministry and even cynicism in one’s faith. Let’s explore this together and seek to encourage one another towards faithfulness and effectiveness.   

o   In session two, “How Are We Doing at Living the Story?”, I will lead us in a look at our churches, and the experience of our people, especially our youth in hearing and living the gospel. We will consider the observations of Skye Jethani (“With”), who sees that evangelicals may have in fact “inoculated” people from the gospel.  After hearing from Jethani (via video) and a brief panel of pastors discussion, we will look at how we might encourage one another towards living the story more authentically as churches and as a movement.    

  ·         Friday Night Banquet –  with stories of God’s work in His LPD churches and church plants. Several of our co-workers will be sharing of God’s work through their ministries and churches.

  ·         Saturday Morning -  “Adjusting to Our Times”—making adjustments and course corrections in our churches. Steve Sharpe will be navigating us through a practical workshop on Steering our congregations towards living and sharing the Story – the gospel of Christ.  

  ·         Fellowship luncheon for pastors wives and women in ministry. During our informal lunch on Saturday, Karen Stewart and Christine Unruh will be hosting a time of fellowship and prayer for pastors wives and women in ministry. Women, please plan to join them for this time of encouragement, before

 We look forward to seeing you, and are thankful for your partnership in God’s work.

I am attaching a conference brochure for your info. It also has the times of the various sessions.

conference brochure 2014 – 5

 May God bless you and your ministry through this weekend. Please also remember to turn your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night – we wouldn’t want you to be late for church on !Sunday

 Rob

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