September 10, 2017
The Price of Freedom by Simon Ivascu and Wesley Pop is the courageous testimony of two young men fleeing religious persecution in Romania. First as illegal immigrants to Italy, via Hungary and Austria. And then as stowaways, hidden within a metal container, on a ship bound for Canada. This book shares their horrific yet miraculous journey with God.
Now Canadian citizens, Simon and Wesley share Christ through song and their story, journey of faith in the face of danger.
Witnessing with God: Part Two
September 10, 2017
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase
1 Corinthians 3:6
Grand Parenting with God
Reading spiritual pedigrees is always interesting: Elijah passing his cloak onto Elisha and the five generation legacy that led to the conversion of Billy Graham. But the ones that thrill me the most are those within families. Reading Paul’s second letter to Timothy ‘I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded now lives in you’ has never ceased to cause me to marvel and rejoice. And over the last couple of years we have seen the fruit of two such generational-evangelisms within our congregation.
Shirley and Richard Kliewer loving took Cassie to Sunday School whenever they had the opportunity to do so. As a young child to Lord of Life, and as an older child here to St Andrew’s. Cassie was so warmed with our fellowship that she encouraged her mother to bring her on the Sundays she would otherwise have missed. This spring, at her confirmation, we were privileged to participate in Cassie’s public witness of Christ and the following weekend her mother, Treena, began her ministry as a Worship Leader
Simultaneously God was at work in Diara’s life. Diara had been taken to church by her parents as a young child BUT it was only a few years ago while visiting her maternal Great-grandmother, in New Brunswick, that Diara determined to begin attending church on her own. What was the impetus? The solidity of Gram Myrtle’s faith and her church community.
St. Andrew’s was a choice of practicality, Diara didn’t drive and we were close to the city transit terminal. But that first Sunday God had a special surprise for her in that this was also the church of her paternal Grandparents Paul and Gail Hindle. Diara made her personal commitment to Christ here at St. Andrew’s. And we were privileged to witness her confirmation with four generations of the Hindle family.
The Apostle Paul reminds us not to be discouraged in our witness ‘ the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up’ Galatians 6:8b-9
Sunday September 10 th is national Grandparents Day, let us celebrate the unique and awesome privilege we have to pray, plant and water His seeds within our families. And let us entrust their harvest to our perfect, loving and awesome Father.
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