Monthly Newsletter — August 2013

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 Family of Faith Christian Fellowship

London Newsletter

August 2013 / Issue 42

In this issue:

  • Upcoming events

  • August Letter

  • Living for God

  • Things to pray for

  • Quotations Worth Thinking About

Upcoming Events:

  • Communion – Sunday, August 11, 2013

    Our Communion service takes place on the second Sunday of each month.

  • Discipleship 101 – Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Our discipleship course takes place on the third Sunday of each month. The topic this month is “The Importance of Doctrine” (Chapter 26 of the booklet).

  • Church in the Park – Sunday, August 25, 2013

    Instead of our normal service at 10:30am, we will be meeting at the Guy Lombardo Pavilion, Springbank Park, at 3:00pm.

August Letter

Dear Brethren,

As I write this, Sue and I are attending the Grace Communion International Conference in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the conference, “Participation – Fellowship – Communion”, reflects the church’s increased focus on God’s plan to include us in His triune life. It is great to bump into people that we have not seen in years. We are looking forward to hearing from our guest speakers, Gerrit Dawson and Jeff McSwain, both of whom have been interviewed on the “You’re Included” TV program.

I would like to remind you of our annual “Church-in-the-Park” service, which will be held on August 25th. This year, unlike previous years, we will have amplified sound so hopefully this will enable us to increase the attendance.

Also, please remember the foodbank.

Warmest Regards,

Colin and Sue

Living for God

There is a popular worship song called “The Proof of Your Love.” The song talks about being a living advertisement for God’s love. The chorus says, “Let my life be the proof. The proof of your love.” I find the lyrics interesting because this is my daily prayer. I want my life’s advertisement to be a positive message.

I believe all of us want to follow the apostle Paul’s words, “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:19-20). …

Paul’s point was that any “good living” we do is actually Christ living in us and working through us. And this is good news. It is especially good news on those days when we are tired, feel worn out, or we err in something we said or did – when we realize we aren’t being the salt of the earth or the light on a hill we want to be. We all have days where we don’t feel fresh or new – as if the old us is still there – and we realize our living for God hasn’t set a good example. Paul describes his own struggles in Romans 7:14 by saying, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” He then says, “What a wretched man I am!” (v. 24). This is how many Christians feel too much of the time.

Fortunately Paul continues this thought. “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:24-25). Paul realized there was more to life than what he was feeling or even doing at a particular moment. There is a reality we hold on to; that reality is Jesus Christ. When Jesus gave himself to humanity, he gave himself to you and me. That’s real. He is the proof of God’s love. My dad used to say we should be “walking, talking advertisements for the kingdom of God.” And we are, when we are focused on Christ and on what Christ has done in and through us. This is why the scriptures constantly point us to Christ. After all, when we look inward, we find the same struggles Paul faced.  We don’t see pure light in ourselves; we see darkness. We don’t see certainty; we see doubt.

One of the greatest enemies of the Christian life is a preoccupation with our unworthiness, our failings and ourselves. Martin Luther recognized this. He pointed out that the condition of man is fallen and incurvatus in se ipsum – bent or curved into himself. That’s the bondage we sometimes face because of our brokenness. We somehow end up taking sin more seriously than grace. We don’t look up to God and his grace but look inside ourselves and see our hurts, our failings, the wrongs we’ve committed, and we feel despair. But the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaims that we can take God’s grace even more seriously than our sin – because of who he is and what he has done, is doing, and will do for us.

Paul teaches us to not be impressed with our own faith or spirituality; we can, however, be impressed with the faith of Jesus. It is when we look to Christ that we begin to see light and joy and assurance. It is the faith and faithfulness of Jesus that strengthens us. It is what he has done that enables us to live for God. He is the proof of God’s love. It is the sharing of this gospel and his love that enables us to truly live for God.

The gospel invites us to look away from ourselves to what God in Christ has done. It was while we were yet sinners that Christ died for us. It was when we were powerless that Christ reconciled us. Our life in Christ is continually upheld by the faithfulness of Christ. The best advertisement we can be for God’s gospel of grace is to allow Christ to live and love others through us. When we let the love of God flow through us and reach out to others, we are truly living for God.

Joseph Tkach, May 2013 Letter

Things to Pray for:

Please pray for:

  • Lloyd Mitchell (failing eyesight); Larry Prekup (cancer); Lisa Masse (continued improvement in health); Bob Shepard and Fred Zamostny (back problems); Gabriele Hodgins (arthritis and tendonitis; loss of job); Scott Blaine (MS).

  • Paul Coates has requested prayers for healing of his sister, Diane, who is facing major back surgery if her condition does not improve.

  • Our local congregation that we might fulfill God’s will for us. Pray that we might each be a light in our community, manifesting the love of God to friends, family, co-workers and neighbours.

  • Opportunities to share the gospel with others, the courage to do so, and the wisdom to know how.

Quotations Worth Thinking About

“The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.”

–  Warren Wiersbe

It is only because he became like us that we can become like him.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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