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Threshold Jr – Please Read! 3 Important points for the next 3 weeks

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:52

Hey Threshold Jr!

Please read this email!  There is important information you need to know for the next 3 weeks!

1) This Wednesday is Skyzone!

COMPLETED Waiver forms are needed for this event.  Please make sure you fill in every field on the Skyzone form as they require it.  (Including parent’s birthday).  If it is incomplete they do not allow you to jump until has been completed.  Forms attached to email or available here: http://churchoftherock.ca/thresholdjr-forms 

Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017
Cost: $17 + $3 (If you don’t have Skyzone socks)

Meet @ 6:30pm at Church of the Rock (1397 Buffalo Place)
Pickup @ 9:00pm at Church of the Rock (1397 Buffalo Place)

 

2) Next Wednesday Parents are invited!!

Wednesday March 1 is BYOP – Bring Your Own Parent Night!
Parents are invited and welcome to join us and experience Threshold Jr for the whole evening!
Minute to Win It Games, Food, Fun, Discussion and more!

Wednesday March 1, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE

3) Wednesday March 8 – No Threshold Jr – Moved to Saturday March 11
Threshold Jr Retreat Fundraiser

Saturday March 11, 2016
8:00am-12:30pm
in the Youth Room 

We will be making sandwiches and selling food
at the Promise Keepers event at Church of the Rock. 

Everyone who comes will get a big discount ($50-90)
to their Threshold Jr Retreat cost (around $150).
Retreat date: May 5-7 at Camp Arnes
Retreat registrations coming out in March


Please use the East Parking lot (by the youth room) and get checked in at the youth room.  If any security/parking attendants ask, just say you are with the youth group and they will let you through.

 

Email tim@churchoftherock.ca with any questions.  
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Re-post: Life’s Ultimate Question

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:00

If I were in a mall examining men’s suits when suddenly there was an ear-splitting explosion and the air became heavy with smoke, my instant question, verbalized or not, would be, “What must I do to be saved?” Everyone else within earshot of the blast would be asking the same question.

It’s life’s ultimate question and it has both a temporal and an eternal application. The impulse to survive is ingrained deeply in all of us. The temporal aspect of the question has to do with our instinctual efforts to avoid physical death.

The spiritual aspect has to do with our need to escape from what the Scriptures call the “second death” — the death that separates from God forever those who refuse his mercy offered in Jesus Christ.

Take what happened to Paul and Silas when they were unjustly flogged and thrown into jail in Philippi. During that night a powerful earthquake shook the jail. The prisoners’ cells were wrenched open and their chains shaken loose. The jailor, arriving from his warm bed, leaped tremblingly into the situation with the question to Paul and Silas: “What must I do to be saved?”

The jailer was a Roman officer assigned to Philippi, and a trusted jail keeper. By us, he would generally be regarded as middle class. That is, he had adequate lodgings, a sufficient living and a secure family, and as well he had standing in the community. Life was good.

But suddenly the earthquake made all the assumed security quiver like a dead leaf dangling in the wind. The ultimate question surfaced and it was about salvation. Unhinged by fear, he asked the Apostle in terror, What must I do to be saved?

We can assume it was the ultimate spiritual question that he posed for the following reasons: the earthquake had passed, the prisoners were safe, his position was not jeopardized.

Besides, he knew these two prisoners were religious men of a very high order since despite being flogged earlier in the day, they had been praying and singing praises to God while the other prisoners listened in. They obviously had something the jailer needed.

So, to the jailer’s ultimate question the Apostle Paul gave the ultimate answer. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved – you and your household.” It is brief and simple but every word is freighted with truth.

Who is this Jesus the jailer is called to put his faith in? He is the CHRIST: God’s Anointed One, the Messiah.

At the same time he is JESUS, the Christ — the God/Man who had walked this earth as fully human and laid down his life as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, only to be raised from death after three days. All this verified his identity as the only one who could deliver from spiritual death.

He is also LORD, the one before whom both heaven and earth must eventually bow. When we believe and bow down, we declare his lordship over us before that day.

Did the jailer’s “believing” actually achieve anything? It was in fact transforming to the jailer and his family. Something changed radically.

For example, this formerly hardened Roman jailer who, only hours before, hadn’t flinched at the thought of having these men flogged is now washing their wounds (Acts 16:33a). The jailer took the two prisoners into his home where, as the night wore on, Paul apparently gave the whole family an extended class in Basic Christianity (Acts 16:32).

After the teaching session the jailer and his family were baptized – apparently in the middle of the night (Acts 16: 33b). Then the jailer set a meal before them (Acts 16:34a).

And best of all this hardened military man “was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God – he and his whole family.” (Acts 16:34b).

It is good for both believers and unbelievers to review this story. We may not fear the terror of a bomb blast in a mall. But the Lord of mercy will not let us forget his priceless sacrifice for us and the importance of our cry, “What must I do to be saved?”

Nor will he let us forget the gracious offer: “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

Photo credit: egenerica (via flickr.com)


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He Sees Them Differently

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 23:39

 

There are people all around us.   Some demand time or energy from us.  We might not choose to have some of them as friends; perhaps because they are self-seeking, mentally confused, simple minded, arrogant, abusive or inconsiderate of others.  Some are wealthy or poor; old or young; male, female or both; weak or strong; educated or illiterate; healthy or sick.  Some are professionals or laborers; extroverts or introverts; helpful or lazy; kind or rough; loud or quiet. The list of attributes used to describe the people around us could continue, each new expletive would show a new perspective of the individual.  Each account of that individual’s qualities or characteristics would define how we see that person and would define what our relationship to them would be like.

Think of the people around you, those that you work with, your neighbors, your family, your friends, those that you would never want to be your friends.  From what perspective do we see those people that are around you?  What thoughts do you have towards and about them?

In 2 Cor 5:16 the Apostle Paul states how his view of people has changed. “So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!”

Many people look at others from the point of view of their own bodily life, with its needs, desires, and pleasures. Consequently they see others only as men of flesh and blood, like themselves.  To the apostle Paul, the former life had so completely ceased that people around him are no longer viewed that way. He saw individuals not as rich or poor, Jews or Gentiles, enemies or friends, but as people for whom Christ died.

There are many people around us whom we see as irritable or offensive.  From our perspective they may be hard to get along with.  Lord help us to see them through a new set of eyes.  Help us to see them as precious people whom You value.

 

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Parenting Teens Online Class: Teens in Crisis

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 21:53

Dear Parents,

One of the hardest things for a parent is to watch your child hurt. Whether it’s the pain of a bumped knee at 2 years old, the pains of a first broken heart in second grade, or the pain of disappointment because they didn’t make the high school basketball team, it all hurts to watch.
Do you know why? It’s because we can’t fix it. We can’t make the world right for our teens and that is a really hard truth to swallow!

What is sometimes even harder is when that pain is caused by the teenager themselves. The decisions and choices they make can often introduce heartache into your family.

I want to encourage you! I want to tell you that you have done a good job raising that teenager. I want you to know that your teenager’s choices do not reflect whether or not you are a good parent! It is so easy to own our kids choices, good or bad. But they are our teenagers’ choices. Not yours and not mine.

And when they make the wrong ones, and they will, show them grace. That’s what our Heavenly Father does for us. Show them mercy and forgiveness. Allow them to bear the consequences for their choices without rescuing them. Basically, show them unconditional love no matter what!

It sure was easier when they were two with a hurt knee.

Here’s a quick video to encourage those of you who are struggling with this: https://goo.gl/XwH4Ni

 

“The sun’ll come out…tomorrow…bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun!” That song from the Broadway show “Annie” never ceases to put a smile on my face. Now sometimes it looks more like a grimace, but that depends on how bad the day actually is! And as the parent of a teenager sometimes this is all you have to hold on to. The sun does come up the next day no matter what you are dealing with today. And in that there is hope!

And that hope is the gift that God gives us each day as we walk with our teens. No matter what you are going through right now, no matter how grim or hopeless it may seem, God gives us unquenchable hope in Him. Not in each other or in our ability to control circumstances but hope in Him.

If you are in crisis with your teenager right now, hope can seem pretty far away. You are probably weary and discouraged. Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint!” Oh how we, as parents, need that! Renewed strength, refreshed spirits, determined hope!
When we hurt for or because of our teens, know there is hope. When our teens hurt, show them that hope!

Tweetable Thoughts

  • “Christ in you, the hope of glory!” Colossians 1:27
  • When your #teen hurts, listen, listen, listen! #goodidea
  • Crisis doesn’t last forever, it just feels like it. Hang on!
  • Close your eyes, click your heels three times and say, “there’s no place like hope!”
  • When it gets to be too much, hide…in Him! #Psalms32:7
  • Write your #teen a note today telling them you love them!
  • Look in the mirror and see a really great parent!
  • Encourage another parent today with some of the encouragement God has given you!
  • “The sun’ll come out tomorrow!” Don’t forget there can be a purpose in the clouds!
  • Let God encourage you today so that you can encourage your teen!

Feel free to forward this email to other parents of teenagers and have them email me if they would like to join our online parenting class.

 If you want to see previous issues you can view them here:  http://blog.churchoftherock.ca/tag/parenting-teens-online-class

Tim Hamm – Threshold Jr (Grade 6-8) – tim@churchoftherock.ca
Mathew Povey – High School Ministry (Grade 9-12) – mathew@churchoftherock.ca

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The Stranger and the Wall

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 01:51

“Our country is being overrun with foreigners.” “Everywhere I go, I see people from different ethnicities, different cultures.”  “Maybe we should build a wall or develop a policy to keep them out.” 

These statements are sometimes thought.  But God speaks to the Children of Israel in Leviticus 19:34, “The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

God does not see ethnic diversity as a threat.  Other people groups and “strangers” were not to be ostracized from the sphere of connection but instead are to be drawn into the closeness of our families.  The Israelites and ourselves are to love the stranger as if they were a part of our family, born in our house.  This may not be easy.  It may not be what we would naturally do, however this was God’s command to His people.   Elsewhere God gave exhortations about not taking the values or the gods of the foreigners, but this did not mean that they were not to welcome the stranger and encourage them.

Perhaps if we were more loving and considerate to those that are strangers in our midst there would be more peace and understanding.  After all, we were all strangers to God, and He loved us enough to bring us into His family.  Could we not love and care for others?

Take a moment to consider who is the stranger in your midst that you need to spend more time with.  Then pray and ask our Lord to fill you with a heart of care and compassion that embraces the foreigners and the strangers in your midst.

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Worship at WOW

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 16:46

Just a typical Wednesday morning…

Worship at Women of Worth

“Hello Ladies!  Every morning we start our session with a time of praise and worship where we can express the wonder and truth about God to God!

For those that come early on a Wednesday morning, or stay later once small groups are finished, you get to enjoy what I would call the “chaos of the rehearsal time”.  With many of our worship team ladies having young children, it’s nothing but amusing watching the team rehearse.  With up to 9 young kids on the stage during practice, pulling on their mother’s legs, wanting to grab a mic and sing along, or just plain being young energetic children, it’s amazing how even one song gets rehearsed.  And the ladies without young kids, well they often need to grab a couple in their arms to help out; and do so with the biggest smile on their face.

Why does our incredible worship team do this?  Because they love serving our Lord and using their gifts to glorify Him.  And that’s what it’s all about!  And come Wednesday morning at 9:30am, when the kids are now in childcare; the scene is set for a much calmer stage presence engaging the rest of us into a time of worship.

Each week as I sit at the back by the sound booth and watch these rehearsals (rather happy that I’m no longer in that stage:) I am so inspired by our worship team ladies who serve faithfully every week and do it with such a willing heart.

So today is a special shout out to those involved with worship.  Thank you for everything you do for WOW.

-Lisa

Enjoy this powerful song shared by one of our wow leaders! We are more than conquerors!
https://youtu.be/dMdEoDAHp0s

See you on Wednesday! Thank you once again to all those ladies that are blessing us with snacks every week.

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High School Ministry Weekly February 17th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 21:09


This week…

Human Horseshoe!
February 17th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Created by our own students, we’ll be be horsing around with a new game called Human Horseshoe!  We’ll be also continuing with our Dateable series!  Come check it out with friends or maybe someone you wanna date .

Next week…

Ask Anything!
February 24th @ 7:11pm—10:00pm
You probably have some questions by now!  Let us have them!  We are answering questions about the series OR anything!  Think about them and text them in anonymously if you want!  We are also in Part 3 of Dateable.

The week after that…

Small Groups
March 3rd @ 7:11pm—10:00pm
Yup, we get to relax with our small groups and have snacks to talk about Jesus!  We finish off our Dateable series!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Threshold Jr: Feb. 15 – Game Show Wednesday

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 16:31
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Game Show Wednesday +
Judgement Call 2

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant
and win some prizes!
Plus we continue our series called Judgement Call!

Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Skyzone (Feb 22)
Cost: $17 + $3 (If you don’t have Skyzone socks)

Meet @ 6:30pm at Church of the Rock (1397 Buffalo Place)
Pickup @ 9:00pm at Church of the Rock (1397 Buffalo Place)

**Both Church of the Rock & Skyzone forms required for this event **
Forms available here: http://churchoftherock.ca/thresholdjr-forms

(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Re-post: How to Raise Your Happiness Levels

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:00

A lot of material that comes at me from the Internet gets a glance and then I press the delete button, but one recent item caught and held my attention.

It offered five ways to improve one’s happiness. These were not merely some psychologist’s suggestions, or points from some pastor’s “how to” sermon. They were strategies brought to light by recent research. That is, each point was backed up by information gained from studies involving large groupings of people.

Upon reading these five points, I saw immediately how fundamental they are to one’s being a happy Christian. Here they are, with my comments.

1. Be Grateful.

If one person in a wheel chair with crippling arthritis can be grateful for his blessings while another with a million dollars in the bank and a boat at the marina can find things to be grumpy about, that can only mean that gratefulness is a matter of “selective perception.” It has to do with what we choose to highlight in our living.

In one of his moments of worshipful exuberance King David exhorted himself to “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” As an antidote to forgetting, he then listed several — forgiveness, health, rescue from disaster, God’s love and compassion, even the satisfaction of one’s holy desires and the renewal of one’s youth. Lest we forget, we all should make our lists from time to time.

2. Be Optimistic.

Perhaps our genes regulate in some measure how inclined we are to be either optimistic or pessimistic. And for this reason, some may never reach the levels of Browning’s maiden who sang, “God’s in his heavens, all’s right with the world.” Christians with biblical understandings are realists, so we know that all is not right with a fallen world. But faith in God’s sovereignty helps us face every day, saying “God’s in his heavens.” This is the basis for our unforced optimism.

3. Count Your Blessings.

When I was 13 year of age, on Sunday afternoons I sometimes attended a Salvation Army Sunday School a block from our home. The Salvationists sang exuberantly to the accompaniment of horns and tambourines, and sometimes they revised their choruses imaginatively. For example, the chorus, “Count your blessings, name them one by one” became, “Count your blessings, name them ton by ton.” Whether we measure our blessings by the tons or not, it’s good to take time daily to identify blessings that permeate our lives. They are beyond numbering, and reviewing them expands our happiness.

4. Use Your Strengths.

We all have both strengths and weaknesses. It is a simple principle of Christian effectiveness to build on our strengths while at the same time monitoring our weaknesses. I recall Alma, a Sunday School teacher assigned to teach a high school class. Her effort was a disaster. While she attempted to teach, the boys climbed in and out of a first floor classroom window and otherwise disrupted the class.

The wise Sunday School superintendent reassigned her to a small class of nine-year-old girls. It was an immediate fit. The class flourished and grew and Alma was happy with her assignment. She had a strength that matched the needs of those nine-year-olds. We do ourselves no favor if we fail to find and build upon our strengths.

5. Commit Acts of Kindness.

Paul’s advice to the Galatian church during a time of severe conflict can be a tip to us all. He wrote, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10). Upon retiring from school teaching, Lila asked me for a list of shut-ins to whom she could take Sunday School papers each Monday. She developed a weekly ministry, even in some cases taking elderly folks to the store to do their grocery shopping. Happiness and service are close cousins.

We Christians know that happiness is not life’s primary goal. But we also know that when our spirits are joyful and our countenances bright our faith tends to be more contagious. So we’ll take all the help we can get to tone up our happiness.


Photo credit: Ivana Jurcic (via flickr.com)


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Engage – Thursday, February 16th – Rock Talks Coffeehouse

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 19:47
Rock Talks Coffeehouse
Thursday, February 16th
7:30pm
Youth Room

Rock Talks is a casual evening where
we invite a guest speaker to
challenge us on a topic of their choice.

Tammy Junghans from Segue at the University of Manitoba
is our guest speaker for the evening but
her topic is being kept a surprise!

Come out to the Youth Room for a night of great discussion
and to find out what challenge Tammy with give us to face!

We’re going back to coffee!
We have a coffee machine that can make dreams come true for only $1.50 each.

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We Groan

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 22:03

There are many things which can cause us to groan from within, whether it be the pressures of life, the burdens of others or the sickness of a loved one.  The frustration or sense of helplessness within ourselves will cause us to groan over our inabilities.  In Romans 8 we are told that at times we don’t know how to pray but the Spirit groans within us, making intercession on our behalf.

2 Cor 5:4 talks about a different type of groaning.  “For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.”  This is not groaning because of an injustice or unreachable goal, but rather a cry for something better that is still to come.  It is yearning for a future walk with God that is stronger and more tangible than what we presently have.  We often groan as we look for a change to our situations, yet God’s word tells us that something inside of us is craving for a sensing of God that will truly satisfy all desires of the heart, for in His presence is fullness of Joy (Ps . 16:11).

The nature of exciting experiences and fulfilling relationships always cause us to desire more.  There is a parallel between the fulfillment of things here on earth and the spiritual fulfillment of our walk with God.   Just as good experiences here on earth leave us yearning to have more, so too, a good walk with God will always leave us somewhat empty and unsatisfied, wanting more of a relationship with Him.  Because of our finite nature, here on earth we can never fully receive enough of an awareness or experience with God to be truly satisfied.  We need to keep coming to Him again and again to experience more and more of Him.

How do we experience God?  A good place to start would be with a desire to see and sense Him.  To this we can add:

  • Learning about the life and nature of Jesus – no one can come to God except through Jesus.
  • Reading the scriptures and asking that God would make them relevant to your life.
  • Praying for God to help you to see Him working in and around you
  • Asking for the Holy Spirit to gently drop His thoughts and impressions into your heart.
  • Seeking to be more aware of the love of God in your life, and the peace of God in every situation.

In your heart there will be groanings of dissatisfaction, wishing that things would be different.  Take time to turn this groaning into times of great satisfaction as you experience the love and nature of Jesus Christ, the one who truly satisfies.

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Threshold Jr: Feb. 8 – Dr Seuss Rap Battles

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 19:50
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Dr Seuss Rap Battles
+ Judgement Call 1

We see who has the best rap skills as Dr. Seuss provides the lyrics…
Plus we start a new discussion called Judgement Call

Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)


NEXT WEEK

Game Show Wednesday +
Judgement Call 2

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant
and win some prizes!
Plus we continue our series called Judgement Call!

Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

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Re-post: God Knows Everything

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 11:00

When we were little children in Sunday School seventy years or so ago we used to sing a chorus that went like this:

He sees all you do, He hears all you say,
Our God is writing all the time, time, time.

Sometimes, in that simple little one room church in a prairie town in Western Canada, the superintendent would add a few words of earnest counsel. He wanted to be sure we understood. We would gaze up at him wide-eyed. God knows everything. It was a heavy message for little impressionable minds.

Choruses like these formed an early chapter in our moral training. The bottom line issue was that God knows us altogether and we can’t hide anything from him so we should keep this in mind when we go about our daily activities. I thought of those early lessons this morning as I read about the outrageously wicked King Herod the Great, and the innocent little Baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

They called him Herod “the Great” for good reasons. He built the seaport at Caesarea and wisely named it after the emperor. He built a theater in Jerusalem and an amphitheater outside the city. He set in motion the rebuilding of the temple which became a magnificent structure for the Jewish people. Herod was an exceptionally skilful administrator and diplomat.

But power was his issue, and he used it ruthlessly. His police were everywhere. Purges were frequent. His own wife, Mariamne, was marched off to execution because he suspected her of plotting against him. Her three sons also, and five others of his children from various unions met the same end. He even had all but two members of the ruling council of Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin, murdered. Herod’s viciousness was about on a par with the viciousness of a Saddam Hussein.

So, when some mysterious figures called Magi arrived in Jerusalem coming from a land as far away as Persia, the word spread through the city fast. The place must have buzzed. And when Herod learned these Magi claimed to have been divinely guided by a heavenly light to come to the birthplace of a baby born to be King of the Jews, his paranoid tendencies flared.

No matter that the child the Magi sought was a miracle baby sent by God to be the redeemer of the world. How could such an infant be safeguarded against the murderous jealousy of a powerful sovereign who would stop at nothing to keep his shaky throne secure?

Here’s how: God in Heaven knew what was in Herod’s mind. God knows everything. He sent a warning to the baby’s human father, Joseph. He sent it by means of a dream in the night: Get up right away and get out of town; head for Egypt; the murderous Herod intends to find and kill the child. Joseph obeyed and the child’s life was spared.

Today we have a more sophisticated word for the belief that God knows everything. We say he is omniscient. But he can’t be omniscient unless he knows the end from the beginning, and the whole sweep of history down to its minutest detail. The psalmist, David, wrote, “Before a word is on my tongue/ you know it completely, O Lord.” (Ps. 139:4) Jesus said his Father sees the insignificant sparrow fall. He also said that his Father alone knows the future date for the end of human history.

The little choruses sung in Sunday Schools 70 years ago may not fit our present cultural moods. Times have changed. But the truth has not changed. It is still a cornerstone conviction of orthodox Christians that God knows everything. And when we operate on that conviction we handle the crises of life better and our daily walk is more stable.

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High School Ministry Weekly February 10th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:49


This week…


Dodgeball – COST: FREE
February 10th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
We haven’t played this magnificent game in a while!  Join us as we see who the kings and queens are of dodgeball!  We are starting a new series called Dateable.  It talks about some new concepts on how we should look at dating as Christians.

Next week…

Human Horseshoe!
February 17th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Created by our own students, we’ll be be horsing around with a new game called Human Horseshoe!  We’ll be also continuing with our Dateable series!  Come check it out with friends or maybe someone you wanna date .

The week after that…

Ask Anything!
February 24th @ 7:11pm—10:00pm
You probably have some questions by now!  Let us have them!  We are answering questions about the series OR anything!  Think about them and text them in anonymously if you want!  We are also in Part 3 of Dateable.

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Threshold Jr: Feb. 1 – Beach(Ball) Volleyball

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 21:51
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Beach(Ball) Volleyball
+ Over Time Pt 3

Beach volleyball in winter?  Who’s the best volleyball player with a GIANT beach ball?
Plus we conclude our series called OVER TIME

Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)


NEXT WEEK

Dr Seuss Rap Battles
+ Judgement Call 1

We see who has the best rap skills as Dr. Seuss provides the lyrics…
Plus we start a new discussion called Judgement Call

Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)

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Engage – Thursday, February 2nd – Bowling

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 21:42

Bowling
Thursday, Feb. 2nd
7:15pm
Academy Bowling Lanes
394 Academy Road

Come bowl with us!
We’re getting out of the house for
something a little different,
and bowling seems like just the thing.

We are meeting at Academy Bowling Lanes,
394 Academy Rd, at 7:15pm
.

Cost is $15 which includes shoe rental,
two hours of bowling,
and pizza!

Bowling starts at 7:30pm sharp.

Please bring cash.

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High School Ministry Weekly February 3rd

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 21:28


This week…

Missionfest Manitoba Concert
February 3rd @ 6:45pm-9:45pm
COST—FREE.

We will be meeting at Immanuel Pentecostal Church just inside the doors for a concert by THE COLOR . Perfect time to rock out to a great local artist!

Next week…


Dodgeball – COST: FREE
February 10th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
We haven’t played this magnificent game in a while!  Join us as we see who the kings and queens are of dodgeball!  We are starting a new series called Dateable.  It talks about some new concepts on how we should look at dating as Christians.

The week after that…

Human Horseshoe!
February 17th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
Created by our own students, we’ll be be horsing around with a new game called Human Horseshoe!  We’ll be also continuing with our Dateable series!  Come check it out with friends or maybe someone you wanna date .

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Re-post: On Wesley’s Journey to True faith

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 11:00

I’ve been reading again about John Wesley – 5 feet 3 inches tall, 126 pounds, Oxford University Greek instructor, failed missionary to the New World, and father of Methodism. I’ve decided he deserves more attention than his spiritual children sometimes give him.

From his early 20s onward he was a man of what appeared to be great piety. This stood out in contrast to the widespread godlessness of his generation. He organized his days around times of prayer; along with companions he served the sick and the poor; he attempted to manage his time as a spiritual trust; and he even made the perilous journey to America, as he reports in his journal, to work out his own salvation. However, on the latter point, even the piety did not conceal his lack of evangelical faith.

His passage from England to Georgia aboard the Simmonds revealed inner uncertainties about his salvation. Even though he and three traveling companions carried out with great diligence religious duties daily aboard ship — conducting worship, teaching the children, giving Christian counsel — his journal shows that several times during a series of bad storms he felt afraid to die.

He became aware of this by the example of 26 Moravians also on board. These were devout Christians from a community called Hernhuth in Germany. On one occasion they had just begun a service of worship aboard ship when a storm broke over the vessel. The 26 German Moravians continued singing while many of the 80 or so English passengers screamed in terror.

This fortitude in the presence of mortal danger did not escape John Wesley’s attention and he inquired of their leader: Were his people not afraid to die? He was assured they were not. Were the women and children not afraid, he asked further? Again, he was told they were not.

When the ship arrived at Savannah, Georgia, Wesley approached the Moravian pastor, a Mr. Spangenberg, and engaged him in conversation. He asked him if he would tell him what he found wrong in him — like an accountability partner. Here was a further hint not so much of deep humility as of self-preoccupation.

The pastor responded, “I must first ask you one or two questions. Have you the witness within yourself? Does the Spirit of God bear witness with your spirit, that you are a child of God?

Spangenberg noticed that Wesley, this Oxford-trained clergyman, seemed perplexed. So he asked further, “Do you know Jesus Christ?”

Wesley paused and then answered, “I know he is the Saviour of the world.” To which Spangenberg replied, “True. But do you know he has saved you?” Wesley responded, “I hope he has died to save me.” Moments later Wesley tried to make his answer more convincing but of that effort he writes in his journal, “I fear they were vain words.”

In spite of his great learning, his apparent piety, and his willingness to go abroad on Christian mission, something was missing. He lacked that assurance of salvation which the Moravians had and which Spangenberg knew was a key witness to a genuine faith.

Assurance was something Wesley could not talk himself into. Nor could his closest associates have convinced him. This inner assurance could not be reasoned or argued into existence. It was a certainty to be given by the Spirit of God to his own inner being – his own spirit — in response to sincere repentance plus the full trust of himself to the saving mercies of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:14).

That conversation with Pastor Spangenberg took place on February 7, 1736. Not until May 24, 1738 did John Wesley fully understand and completely surrender to the truth that salvation is by faith alone – the renunciation of one’s sins and the full transfer of one’s trust from oneself to Jesus Christ. And when he exercised that faith the Spirit gave him the inner witness of his salvation and his ministry took on a new spiritual quality, sanctioned by God’s power in unusual ways.

Image info: Stormy Sea at Night, 1849, Ivan Aivazovsky


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Parenting Teens Online Class: Shared Hobby

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 19:02

Dear Parents,

I want to encourage you to begin something new in your relationship with your teenager. Shake off the staleness of the same ole’ day in and day out and start fresh! A great way to do that is to find a hobby that you can share with your teen. Something you both can become passionate about!

And that means asking your teenager their opinion on this! What do they like, what do you like, what are their interests, and what are yours? Write them all down and then find a common thread that you can work with.

There is something powerful in watching a son and his dad play golf together, or a mom and her daughter go hiking together or a parent and their teen reading the same book while they share coffee at a coffee shop together.

God has given us a very valuable gift and it is called time. Psalms 31:15 says, “My times are in Your hand…” I know that time is hard to come by with all of the commitments that we have.

Think of how much more valuable our time would be if we took it out of our hands and placed it in God’s by creating a time that we could share with our teenager…a time that you could get to know each other as individuals by sharing a hobby. A hobby is so much more than doing something that is fun. It is creating an avenue where relationship can blossom!

Here’s a quick video filled with more encouragement for you: https://goo.gl/TaLi7D

 

I know raising a teenager is hard work. Probably harder than you ever thought possible sometimes! And when some of you read the first section of this email, you probably thought finding a hobby that you could agree on with your teenager was next to impossible let alone putting it into practice! But I want to just encourage you not to quit trying!

You may have even asked your teenager what they thought about sharing a hobby with you and all you got was the usual eye roll and grunt! But can I just share with you what you have already accomplished by just asking them about it?

You have given them value! You have said, “I think you are interesting enough that I want to figure out how to spend time with you outside of our normal lives!” You have let them know that in our time-starved world, you choose them. You choose to invest money, time, and effort into their lives.

That’s big! And that is just communicated because you asked them what they thought of the idea? Can you imagine what it says to them when you actually follow through and find a hobby that you can share together?! It could be a game changer in your relationship with your teenager!

One of the things that I love to study about Jesus is how He gave value to his disciples and followers by just spending time with them. He listened to their thoughts and knew what they loved. He cared about how they felt and what they knew.

Finding a hobby is not just about finding something fun that you and your teen can enjoy together. It is about…

Getting to know this amazing individual that is growing into an adult that one day will be your friend.

Allowing them to get to know you as an individual with tastes and dreams and wishes.

Giving them a safe place to put this crazy world aside for a few hours.

Telling them that you love them through actions because we all know that our words don’t always make it past the cell phone they happen to be texting on.

Encouraging them to learn what they love and can be passionate about no matter the labels they may wear at school or even home.

Even teaching them about God’s creative side through all the things He has put in this world for us to enjoy!

And we thought hobbies were just time wasters. Hobbies can actually be the memories that we make with our teens that they will always remember!

Tweetable Thoughts

  • What hobbies did you enjoy at that age? Do your teens?
  • Psalms 31:15a “My times are in your hands…”
  • Hobbies can create fantastic memories, especially if shared.
  • Hobbies are a tool. Relationship can be the result.
  • Video games, texting, and friends. #teenhobbies Candy crush, worry, and exhaustion. #adulthobbies
  • We need to teach our #teens how to live and not just exist! Do we know the difference?
  • What would your teen pick if you gave them a list of hobbies to choose from?
  • What would you choose if your teenager gave you a list of hobbies to choose from?
  • Compile your hobby lists and pick 3 that you can agree on and go see which one works! #soundsfun
  • A shared hobby speaks a language that says “I love you” and “I want to spend time with you!” #foreignlanguage

Feel free to forward this email to other parents of teenagers and have them email me if they would like to join our online parenting class.

 If you want to see previous issues you can view them here:  http://blog.churchoftherock.ca/tag/parenting-teens-online-class

Tim Hamm – Threshold Jr (Grade 6-8) – tim@churchoftherock.ca
Mathew Povey – High School Ministry (Grade 9-12) – mathew@churchoftherock.ca

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High School Ministry Weekly January 27th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 20:39


This week…

Say the Same Thing!
January 27th @ 7:11-10:00pm
Have you played the app ‘Say the Same Thing’?  Well, download it and get good because we are playing it for some sweet prizes!  We are finishing our series called ‘I’m In”.  Friends and new people are always invited!

Next week…

Missionfest Manitoba Concert
February 3rd @ 6:45pm-9:45pm
COST—FREE.

We will be meeting at Immanuel Pentecostal Church just inside the doors for a concert by THE COLOR . Perfect time to rock out to a great local artist!

The week after that…


Dodgeball – COST: FREE
February 10th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
We haven’t played this magnificent game in a while!  Join us as we see who the kings and queens are of dodgeball!  We are starting a new series called Dateable.  It talks about some new concepts on how we should look at dating as Christians.

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