Archive for May, 2011

Prayer boards

I am not sure if I ever put up a post about our 24/7 prayer initiatitve we did at City Centre back in April, but what came of that amazing experience was our prayer boards.

First, let me back up and tell you a bit about our 24/7 prayer initiative. For a full week our church decided to pray, not just in the regular hours of the day but ALL hours of the day. And everyone that signed up to pray did so for an hour at a time. That’s 168 hours and almost every spot was filled. And those that weren’t filled either some of the staff took the extra spots or congregation members that already signed up, did so for the 2nd or 3rd hour. It was a very encouraging week to see God’s people pray.

On Wednesday of that week we had a “Lift Service.” The idea was to lift up our prayers for our church family, our denom, our city and our country before God. So for an hour we did just that…we prayed non-stop. Our prayers came in all different forms, from praying in small groups, to reading prayers on the screen together, to praying all at the same time (I call this hullabaloo prayer). We even had all the staff split up around the auditorium and had each person go to one of the staff and pray for the city, the government and our neighbours around the church. That was a very powerful hour of prayer. Can’t wait for the next time.

So back to the prayer boards, we decided to put up prayer boards in the auditorium the whole week of prayer so people could post prayer requests and praise items. Then when people came into the church to pray for their hour they had requests and praises to pray through. It was so well rec’d that we decided to make the prayer boards a permanent thing. So now if you walk down our hallway behind the auditorium you will see two very large bulletin boards that above them say “leave a request” “pray a prayer” & “post a praise.” These are the very simple instruction we give to those who want to use our prayer boards. And we have heard nothing but encouraging comments from those in our congregation about how much the prayer boards are so important to the life of our church. Also you can from the picture above the prayer boards are being used regularly. So much so, I am regularly going over the prayer requests and taking down “old” ones so new ones can be added.

So thankful to be apart of a church and staff that values prayer. Not just the prayer boards but every Wednesday at 1:30pm our staff stops their regular work to pray — for the congregations requests, to pray for each other and to pray for our church’s future. Prayer is the backbone of our church at City Centre…I hope it is the backbone of yours.

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May 31, 2011 at 2:07 PM Leave a comment

A great long weekend

This past weekend was amazing. Let me start from the beginning…

Saturday morning we had a fantastic visit with Shawn. We took him to a nearby park in his hometown and played on the swings, went for a long walk and watched Faith go down the slide a million times (okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration … it was more like a million and one…haha). Nonetheless we had a ton of fun. And best of all we got to see Shawn smile and laugh for the first time. He is a very stowic little boy, happy but quite serious. I put him in a swing and lightly pushed him, then he started to smile, then I pushed him a bit harder and he started to laugh. Who knew, he actually enjoys the swings as much as his sister. Cool.

After our visit with Shawn we headed home for lunch and then Faith went down for a nap while Daddy and Mommy did work around the house. De-Ann worked in the garden and dug up the dandelions on the lawn. While I cleaned out the garage which hasn’t been cleaned or organized since the move in February. It looked like we were having a garage sale. But it looks great now.

While cleaning the garage one of our neighbours came over to invite us over for a BBQ. After we were done all our work and Faith got up from her nap we headed over to the neighbours. To our suprise there were 6 or 7 other families there from our court. It was our own little community. We had so much fun eating, drinking and getting to know our neighbours. Faith had a blast too because there were 10 or so other kids there that made Faith feel right at home. The best part, not the food–which was tasty, was feeling accepted into this little community, our court–the best court in Ontario!

Since the BBQ the people in the court now know us and we have had many chats and conversations since then. Faith has been in the court many times on the weekend playing with the other kids and everyone shares their toys, big wheels, bikes, scooters, and even their road chalk. What a great group of people. And best of all we know that the people on this court are safe people and are always looking out for our daughter and eventually our son!

The rest of the weekend was much of the same, playing, cleaning, working and having fun with our neighbours. So glad God brought us to this neighbourhood.

May 24, 2011 at 10:10 AM Leave a comment

Day 28-33 of the reno

Dust, dust and more dust is another title for this post.

This past week has been nothing but drywalling, taping, sanding and doing it all over again. Our house is one big cloud of mist / dust. There is a thin layer of dust all over everything. After this is all over we are going to have to clean the whole house top to bottom. Yuck.

Anyway, we are hoping today is the final day for sanding and then the fun begins … finishing the bathroom, flooring, lighting, tile around the fireplace, putting the doors in, priming, and the last thing is to put in the window. I am sure there are lots of little things I have missed but as they happen I will be here to report them. Until then.

May 24, 2011 at 9:47 AM Leave a comment

Faith: “my…”

Faith’s new favourite word is “my.” She put my on the front of every sentence. We were getting ready to leave this morning for daycare and she likes to say good-bye to the workers who are doing our basement renovation. So after saying “good-bye boys” she looks at me and says “my boys, Daddy.”

Today after supper we went to the park to swing on the swings, slide on the slide and watch planes go by overhead. As we were sitting on the bench watching the planes go by Faith says “my planes, Daddy. Those are my planes.” She also said “bye planes, bye” as they flew away. It was a lot of fun just sitting there on the bench relaxing as the planes flew by one by one. It’s cool you can almost time the distance between them.

Then we went to the mall to meet De-Ann (Mommy). On the way there Faith pointed and said as we pulled up to a strip-mall “is that my mall Daddy?” I told her it wasn’t because we hadn’t gotten to the mall we were going to. Then we were on the road the mall was on and Faith pointed again and said “is that my mall Daddy?” I told her it was and we were going to go see Mommy. She cheered. haha.

On our way home Faith said “Daddy are we going to the new house to see my Mommy?” I said “yes.” Then she started singing “My Mommy, my Mommy, my Mommy!”

There are many other occasions when Faith used the word “my” … referring to the car I drive, she says “that’s my car Daddy.” She also says, “my Sherwin” (one of our cats), “my … pillow … TV … putter (referring to my laptop) … glasses … ponytail … Peekaboo … Busha & Monic-ca-ca (her daycare workers) …” And on and on and on.

I think “my” is Faith’s favourite word for the time being. Mind you she uses the phrase “I don’t want to” quite a bit lately. It’s almost as bad as “NO.” haha.

May 24, 2011 at 9:34 AM Leave a comment

Day 24-27 of the reno

Sorry, it’s been awhile since I have updated you on our reno. The main reason is because it has been very slow and it is hard to see any progress because they are doing little changes and updates. But I did keep track of the progress and took pictures along the way (just for you). haha.

Below you will see many pictures of their progress. They are mainly doing the drywall and continue to do so. But they did some other significant things in the past week. Things like finished all the wiring, they even hooked up a few potlights so we can see how bright it will be. It’s going to be bright. De-Ann is going to love it. Almost all the ceilings have drywall on them and the holes are either made or drawn in to prepare for the final product–light! They also have started to put in the pipes for the bathroom (vanity and toilet) and the shower is still waiting for a part…uggh! Other than that, they are currently mudding and sanding the drywall. Soon to be primed and painted. Then they finished the fireplace tiles, the bathroom and the last thing to do is the flooring. Oh ya, almost forgot they cut the hole for the window to the brick. Once the window is in they will cut the hole to outside.

Pictures 1 & 20: the light to the basement finally works. Pictures 2-3: the ceilings are drywalled. Pictures 4-8 & 11-12: walls are all drywalled. Pictures 9-10: pipes for the bathroom are in including the ceiling fan. Pictures 13-19: the mudding & edging has started on many of the walls and bulkheads. Yeah!!!

May 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM 2 comments

Day 62…1 Corinthians 6:12-20:

I Corinthians 6:12-20: NOT everything is permissible!

Unfortunately Paul had to write to the Corinthian believers because they had misinterpreted what Paul said to them back when he founded the church. So they were using the phrase “everything is permissible”  to prove they had license to live any way they please. Paul uses these verses to set them straight.

v.12, Paul starts this verse with a catchphrase the Corinthian’s had been using to live their life anyway they wanted to: “everything is permissible for me.” But Paul says “but not everything is beneficial” or “good for you.”  And even though we are “allowed to do anything” we must “not become a slave to anything.” Now that’s a mouthful, but Paul simply is saying just because Jesus took away your sins, you can’t live anyway you please. And just because the sin you are committing is not strictly forbidden in Scripture doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. Not every single sin we can commit is recorded in Scripture, but that doesn’t mean we can commit those that aren’t.

Doing drugs in Scripture. There is no where that says “thou shalt not do drugs” but we know doing drugs is wrong and very harmful–that’s just common sense. But if we go along with what the Corinthians were saying and doing we could do drugs as much as we want because there is no where in Scripture it says we can’t. That’s just non-sensical.

v.13-14, Christian freedom had been greatly distorted by the Corinthian believers as they would say “food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” They believed that because the physical activity of eating and digesting food had no effect on their Christian life, neither would other physical activities such as “sexual immorality.”  Paul states it is “true”  the act of eat doesn’t have an effect on your Christian life but “someday God will do away with both” meaning the physical realm will eventually pass away. However, you can’t compare eating to sexual immorality! You can’t commit a sexual sin with your physical body without damaging you soul–they are connected. Then Paul states “God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead” to make the point that God who controls all things, both raised his Son from the dead and will do the same for us placing great value on the physical body God has given us. Paul made this point to prepare for the following discussion as to why the Corinthian believers should not use their bodies for sexual immorality.

v.15-17, Paul touches on a topic that was very near to the Corinthian believers when he mentions joining their bodies to a prostitute in sexual sin, because in Corinth there was a temple to the love-goddess Aphrodite with thousands of prostitutes employed there. And sex was a part of the worship ritual. Paul mentions this to say even if the culture around you accepts such a practice we as believers should not take part in it. WHY? Because our “bodies are actually part of Christ.” Paul wanted the Corinthian believers to see the perversion of using their God-given bodies to sexual sin with a prostitute. Then Paul reminds them that when you commit sexual sins with a prostitute “[you] become one body with her.” Then Paul quotes Genesis 2:24 “the two are united into one” to make his point even stronger because it refers to when a man leaves his family and joins to his wife in marriage, they become one. But the contrast Paul also states is “the person who is joined with the Lord is one spirit with him.” So don’t use your physical body for sexual immorality.

v.18-20, Paul says “run…” , don’t walk, “…from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” Paul says as believers we need to be alert and aware of places where temptation is strong and to use strong evasive action if we find ourselves in a place where we are tempted. So RUN away from sexual sin and any temptation that leads to it! When Paul refers to the body he is not just the speaking of the physical body, he is referring to the whole body–our personality, flesh and whole being. Sexual sin has disastrous effects on our body. There are tons of other sins that effect our body like gluttony, drunkenness but no other sin effects the memory, personality or soul of a person as sexual sin. When you are having intercourse you are united in body with the other person and your spirit is also united with that person. Sexual sin is like not other. Paul even says in v.19 that our “body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God…you don’t belong to yourself. For God bought you with a price. So you must honour God with your body.” In sexual sin we remove ourselves from the control of God and unite ourselves with someone not in HIS PLAN. And by doing so we and that person violate God purpose for our bodies. God bought us with a price, his Son’s death on the cross.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? It is easy for Christians to overlook or tolerate some immoral behaviour (greed, gossip, gluttony, etc) while remaining outraged at others (homosexuality, murder, etc). We must not commit or condone any sin or any kind! And we shouldn’t be selective about what we condemn or excuse. Staying away from ALL SIN should be our standard of living, even if the Bible doesn’t mention that sin in particular. Verse 19 encompasses all sins because it talks about our bodies (as believers) being the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that means we should treat our bodies as if it was his. We should not use our bodies for sin because they belong to God.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Stay away from any form of sexual sin. And if I have a temptation toward such a sin to not allow myself in a situation where that temptation can lead to such a sin. Example, staying away from late night TV and inappropriate site on the internet.

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May 5, 2011 at 12:58 PM 2 comments

Day 23 of the reno

Today the crew did more drywalling and fixed up some of the wiring. The light going to the basement is finally working. Yeah!! Can’t wait to see the basement lit up.

Hopefully we will have all the drywall done tomorrow or Wednesday…here’s hoping. Keep checking back.

May 2, 2011 at 10:00 PM Leave a comment


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