Welcome to Bronte on this last Sabbath of January. Where has the time gone? Are we all meeting our new year’s resolutions? Are we on target with our goals? For many of us, the year has started at a rapid pace, some on a positive note and others not quite what they expected. Yet, through it all, we trust that perhaps the greater of all resolutions would be to have a closer walk and deeper experience with God. In a book that I read some time ago entitled, “Experiencing God”, the author suggests that we all, at times don’t understand God, His purposes, plans, and projection for our lives. Anything significant that happens in our life will be as a result of God’s activity in our life. Romans 8:28, says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” He wants to bring us into a closely knit relationship with Him; the great God of the Universe is small enough to reside in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). So may God guide us, lead us, direct our paths, order our steps and bless us all today and from this day forward in His Way, by His Word, and according to His will for our life! Seek Him first, make Him best, and just leave the rest to Him!
Welcome to Bronte on Our Lord’s day! When we think about service and witnessing our faith, we often imagine going away, leaving our comfort zone, or being uprooted. However, service and witnessing starts here – in our neighbourhood, at the workplace, in the community, at church, and where our circle of life leads us. The operative key to witnessing as a Christian is influence. The eloquence of our life speaks louder than the eloquence of our words. We don’t have to “preach”, but instead let His light shine through us by doing a kind gesture, sharing a word of hope/cheer, or lending a helping hand. Jesus says in Matthew 5:13-16…
“You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world… Let your light shine before [people] that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Let’s ask for God’s grace, seasoned with love, to help us be the salt that adds flavour and be the light that dispels the darkness within our circle of life, all for our Father’s glory!
When we think about this time of year, it is nostalgic in some ways. The season affects us all differently. Some get happy, warm fuzzies, and excited. Others look forward to good food, fellowship, gift exchanges, family time, and rest and relaxation. However, for another group, it can be a time of deep reflection, sadness, or perhaps loneliness. We may not all celebrate the same way, but we can all celebrate about this one most indispensable, indisputable, and immeasurable gift of God’s love, JESUS, the REASON for the SEASON. We can be certain; we are never alone, for He is Immanuel, GOD WITH US. In the good times and in the bad times, in the warmth and in the cold, in our sadness and in our gladness, in our losses and in our gains, He is GOD WITH US! We have reason to celebrate because He is our hope; He has brought peace, good will, good news; He is the greatest gift that we can receive, and share with others. Let us make room and make Him every part of our lives, our homes, and our families. May we pause again, take a moment, catch our breath and remember why we reflect. Will you let Him into the “Inn” of your heart today? Be blessed this season and accept God’s greatest gift of love, His only begotten Son, wrapped in swaddling clothes as a babe, who became a man, who became our Savior, and who is become our song, our strength, and our Salvation! What a God! Blessings to everyone this week.
Change is here!!! Are you seeing the changes all around you? Are you experiencing a change in clothes, weather, and life? We see the falling and changing of the leaves with its various hues and coloration. We see what was once green transition to brown-orange-reddish shades. Seasons come and seasons go. We having “fallen” into the Fall season and with it comes change. It signals a new season and also preparation for the next season. Change is inevitable. We are confronted by change. However, change is never easy. We either accept or reject it. Embracing change in a positive way that helps us to grow, mature or develop is the best way to approach it. And such is life…we change…our bodies, our careers, our goals, our dreams, our families, our children, and our perspective. Hopefully, we look for the positives that change brings and accept those things we cannot change. Through it all, we need to live life with resonance! Choose to change for the better, the change that enhances our lives, the change that improves us, the change that is acceptable despite our circumstances! As people of hope, we believe that there is a greater change coming. We live in a world where not all change is good, happy or positive, but we can hold on to the fact that when God is at the centre of our lives, He makes changes for our good. The Bible says that “all things work together for good to then that love him…” Romans 8:28. We also know that though everything on this side of eternity may not seem to change for the better but one day an ultimate change is coming that which if for our eternal good. 1 Corinthians 15:31 says, “Behold, I show you a mystery…but we shall all be changed…” that change will be permanent, perfect, and perpetual. The things we lost, the changes that affected us adversely, will all be changed once and for all for the better because that change will restore everything and that season will never end. Walk toward and wait till your change comes!
Hello Church family, please be aware of the following:
1. Special Bible study seminar series Sabbaths:
October 17, 24, & 31: “Diagnosing Doctrinal Dilemmas” from 2:30pm-4:00 pm. Please come out bring your lunch and stay as we delve deeper into God’s Words understanding the truth for these time and clarifying misunderstood Bible subjects.
2. BLESS Seminar:
Monday October 26 @ 7:30 “Forks Over Knives” p.II and featuring “eating from the earth!” food demonstration. Please invite a friend
3. Week of Prayer:
November 7-14 “Living in Anticipation”
Today we celebrate Easter weekend. What’s the hype and hoopla? What’s the big deal? What does Easter eggs, bunnies and choclate have to do with it? Really? Really nothing…if the truth be told. It actually has a historical connection to an old pagan ritual tracing its origins to the Babylonian godess of fertility named Ishtar. At least the literal term “Easter,” however, because of the integration of the culture, customs, and religion of the day this season adopted the term during the Roman Empire and it is recorded in Acts 12:4 to refer to the “passover.” We even refer to it as the “passion of Christ.” Well, we know this special time of the year many people focus on two things – Jesus dying on the cross and Him arising to join Our Father in Heaven. However, may we especially emphasize the underlying powerful meaning of Easter weekend – Jesus’ broken body and His spilled blood paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. His promise, made with a peaceful heart and a contented mind, gave us something we sometimes forget – hope. “We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.” (Psalm 33:20, NIV).
We receive the greatest gift ever given to anyone; he gave us His life and through Him we might be saved. We called that salvation. Yet, by extension to receive this gifts we first receive His forgiveness, somewhat like a prerequisite! His forgiveness is part of the the greatest gift and we find rest, peace, freedom from guilt, and assurance of eternal life, starting right now, right here, if we believe. Recently, a movie was released entitled, “Do You Believe,” which portrays how important it is to answer this question. Most people just are aware of Easter or the Passion but it means nothing to them other than another holiday and time for a getaway or a good party. Yet, when we take a moment, to behold Christ and the Cross of Calvary, we like the Roman Governor, Pilate, in Jesus’ time asks, “What is Truth?” He was truly seeking and asking as many people are today. However, at the end of the day, we make a choice either to believe or not to believe.
Our Lord took an incredible yet painstaking journey of love for you and me and the world. No other word can describe what He did for us but only in the expression of love. In the words of Roy Lessin:
He had you in mind; You were on His heart
When He left His home in heaven, He saw you;
When He became a man on earth, He was seeking you;
when He stretched out His hands upon the cross, He was reaching out to you;
When He returned to His Father, He was preparing a place for you…You are the one He calls His own.
Let us spread this joyful message of hope to others so they may come to know the wonderful truths of Jesus. May God bless us all for an inspiring, reflective, and uplifting Easter and may we all remember its true meaning throughout the week and beyond.
Dear Bronte Members, friends of the Bronte Church family and Guests:
As you browse this website and read this message, I first want to welcome you to the New Year of 2015! What a profound blessing and precious privilege! As you reflect upon the past year of 2014 we have so much to be thankful for; our lives, our family, our friends, our employment, our health, the small things, and above all the One who has made all this possible, our Heavenly Father. As we just celebrated Christmas, thanking God for the greatest gift of love through our Lord Jesus Christ, may we be ever be grateful for gift of God, who is with us.
Often times, we receive gifts and we take them for granted. However, I want to continue to count my blessings. I also want to change some things about myself so that I can learn to appreciate what I have already. Do you appreciate what you have already? Are you thankful for what you have and who you are? We are indebted to many people who have helped us along the way. Let’s not forget to express our thanks. I know am indebted to many people and I try to show my love and appreciate them. Show someone that love, that care, that appreciate, that forgiveness, and that renewed relationship this year. It will change our perspective. I am most of all indebted to God who loves and cares for me and I can never repay His kindness.
I want my life to count. I want today to count. I want to live a life that counts! I am hoping from this day forward in 2015 that is also your heart’s desire adn that this year will be a new lease and chapter for all of us to make the changes we need to in our circumstances, in our relationships, in our interactions, in our associations, ain our lives, and in our spiritual walk. Invite the Lord to be on board in your life, because it is the best and safest place to set our sail, when God is the Captain of our ship.
Set your course and sail on to a bright, blessed, happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year 2015 to each of you and your families!
Pr D. Saugh