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Pie Auction Online

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:37

Yee Haw!  It’s Pie Auction time!

This is when we hear about missions projects we are involved with in the 10/40 Window and then buy desserts for CRAZY amounts of money to support these missions.

We want to give everyone an opportunity to be a part of the Pie Auction, even online!  If you can’t make it to any of our live Pie Auction services in Winnipeg we want you to participate online.  Watch this video to hear how YOU can be involved!

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Get your dessert ready!

2. Go to http://www.churchoftherock.ca/donate  and give to
Missions Projects International: 10/40 Window.

3. Take a picture of your dessert

4. Either post it on Facebook or Instragram with the hashtag #GiveToMissions  or email it to me at  online@churchoftherock.ca

5. Join us LIVE ONLINE on Sunday at 9:25am, 11:25am or 7:25pm at http://churchoftherock.live  and watch the Pie Auction service together

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Threshold Jr: March 15 – Dodgeball Mania

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 21:04
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Dodgeball Mania!
+ Judgement Call 3

We finish our series “Judgement Call”
and then throw things at each other in the gym.
Also hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday March 15, 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 +
All Access Pt 1

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant
and win some prizes!
Plus we start a new series called All Access!

Wednesday March 22, 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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High School Ministry Weekly March 17th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 18:53


This week…


Board Game Night
March 17th – 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Youth Room
We’ve heard the outcry for a board game night and it shall be delivered!  Bring your favourite board games from home and lets play!  We start our new series called ‘Deal With It’.  It’s a series on how to deal with challenges life throws our way.

Next week…

Coffee House/ Talent Show
March 24th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Show us how talented you are by signing up and performing onstage at HSM.  Use your imagination with the acts!  This is a great time to invite your friends to church to perform as well!  Email me to sign up to perform!

The week after that…

Youth Baptisms

March 31st @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
If you want to get baptized this is the time to do it!  Email me to sign-up!  Come join! Invite your friends and family to this night as we celebrate young people committing themselves to Jesus!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Re-post: A Protestant Equivalent to Lent

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:00

[The following was first posted March 28, 2011]

We’re about half way through Lent. This year, Lent is March 8 to April 23. It ends Saturday after Good Friday. It’s an ancient religious practice followed mainly by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

Those who observe Lent include the 40 days before Easter Sunday. During that time, Sundays are not counted because they are intended to be days of celebration year-around – Christ is risen!

For the masses, Lenten practices are not usually severe. Observers deprive themselves of something important – meat, fish, television, sweets, coffee, movies, etc.

These self-deprivations are supposed to call believers to additional prayer, meditation, contrition, repentance, financial giving, or service to prepare themselves for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection on Easter.

The observance of Lent has never in any large way made a place for itself among Protestants. I believe it was Billy Graham speaking on discipleship who once noted that Christ did not say we were to deny ourselves of “something;” he said we were to deny “ourselves.” The denial of self is more than saying no to the Internet or coffee, meat or movies, and so forth, except perhaps in a symbolic way; it is saying no to “self” – the self that keeps wanting to rear its ugly head and resist our full surrender to the life Christ calls us to – a life that bows fully to his Lordship and the joyful service of others.

But Lent has an element that should be of interest, even appealing, to all serious Christians. The self-deprivations, little or great, are supposed to be attended by special times of prayer and meditation, by repentance and self examination. Meditation is biblical. Consider what God’s word says (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2).

There will be an upsurge of attendance at Protestant services on Easter Sunday. It is sort of traditional. Women especially used to appear in new Easter outfits, a custom tracing back to the celebration of new life in Christ. That practice from my observation no longer seems to be the big thing it once was.

But think of the spiritual impact there would be if hordes of Protestant worshipers were to prepare themselves for the day by several weeks of daily meditation. Will you take the challenge?

Meditation for Christians is not humming a sound or turning the mind loose. It is “focused thinking” and it takes serious effort. Whether practiced by sitting quietly in a chair, kneeling by a bed, sitting on a porch, or walking back and forth in seclusion, Christian meditation can be set in four stages: (1) the deliberate reading of a Scripture verse or passage; (2) the pondering of its content; (3) conversation with God asking for understanding; and (4) a resting in His presence.

The three special times of the day marked especially for meditation are (1) with the last thoughts before falling asleep; (2) the first thoughts upon waking; and (3) a special time of the day set aside for quietness with the Scriptures and prayer.

This sort of disciplined pondering can be a time for taking stock on the state of the soul, repenting as necessary, reflecting on the condition of one’s relationships, asking for a renewal in love for Christ and others, and generally resetting the inner dial to tune in on those things that matter most.

If these thoughts prompt you to increase your times of meditation and devotion leading up to Easter, I suggest you choose the Gospel accounts of the closing days of our Lord’s life (Matthew 26-28; Mark 14-16; Luke 22-24; John 17-21).

Take one verse at a time. Set your mind on it. If thoughts wander draw them back. If light breaks forth and you want to carry the verse through the day, write it on piece of paper and keep it near. Meditation is indeed a discipline but when it engages our souls it is even better than nourishment to our bodies.

Image credit: jezobeljones (via flickr.com)


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Engage – Thursday, March 16th – Rock Chops

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 18:54

Rock Chops 
Thursday, March 16th
7:30pm
Main Kitchen

Introducing Rock Chops!
On these nights you’ll find us in the kitchen
and we’ll either be baking up a storm,
or learning some new cooking skills.

This time we’re preparing for the Pie Auction
and putting together some impressively detailed desserts.
Come ready to be creative, mix up some icing, roll out
some pie dough, and let’s see what we come up with!

All the money raised from the Pie Auction goes to the
10/40 window to help spread the gospel to those areas!

Meet in the Kitchen at 7:30pm.

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PAINT NITE – March 13, 2017

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 16:38

Come out for an evening of creativity, coffee, refreshments and connecting with women in our community! We are hosting our first Paint Nite on March 13 @ 7 p.m. Cost is only $15 for all your supplies as well as the snacks!

Any skill level welcome – we will all be learning and painting together! Tickets for sale after WOW this Wednesday or by emailing cotrwow@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

Upcoming WOW Dates:

March 8th – Small Groups
March 15th – Small Groups
March 22nd – Guest Speaker (TBA)
March 29th – No WOW (Spring Break)
April 5th – Group video for those groups who completed their study
April 12th – Spring Potluck Brunch

WOW Childcare

A huge to than you to Anna-Marie for overseeing the WOW Childcare this session and to all off our incredible workers!

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Why Do Christians Pray in Jesus’ Name?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:00

Have you noticed that Christians regularly close their prayers with such expressions as, “we ask these mercies in Jesus’ name?”

You’ll hear it in church services when pastors offer the pastoral prayer, or in an informal prayer group during the midweek.

It is commonly heard during Christian telecasts. It seems to be a universal feature of Christian prayer.

To understand why, remember first that in John’s Gospel Jesus says of himself: “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6.)

Thus, we already see why Christians might approach the Father “in Jesus’ name.”  We come to God through Christ.

An even more direct explanation comes to us from the account of Jesus’ meeting with his disciples on the night of his betrayal by Judas, just before our Lord’s crucifixion.

How they are to pray is a big part of his instruction that night. He emphasizes that they are to pray: in my name.

In fact, when we read John 14-16 slowly and carefully we hear the throb of that phrase — in my name, in my name, in my name … Six times!

Here’s an example: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” (John 14:13.)

Here’s another: “Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 15:16b.) There are other examples in John 15:7; John 16:23b; John 16:24; and John 16:26.

Obviously, Jesus makes clear to them that prayer is accessible to the Father only when offered in Jesus’ name. He is the Mediator.

That truth has lodged itself deeply in the Christian consciousness through the ages. All of this is why we regularly hear prayers that close like this:

These mercies we ask in Jesus’ name.

Photo credit: Thanh Hùng Nguyễn (via flickr.com)


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Parenting Teens Online Class: Training Your Teen to be a Leader

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 20:04

Dear Parents,

Let me ask you a question. What would you do if you came home from work today and your teen had started the laundry or washed the dishes or even began mowing the lawn without you asking them to do it?

Would that just thrill your soul? It’s amazing that one small act of kindness and consideration from our teen can reduce us to blubbering adults with fluid streaming from every orifice in our face!

Our teenagers can appear to be selfish, self-absorbed individuals whose only concern is how many likes they got on their last picture on Instagram! Or at least that’s how we often see them through our tired, stressed out viewpoint.

But can I ask you to stop for just a moment and consider us from their viewpoint? We can appear demanding, selfish, and power hungry to them. Always harping on the same thing, never acknowledging what they did do right, only seeing what they didn’t do.

You are the main leader in their life and they are learning how to lead from you. Do you encourage them, do you manipulate them, do you nag them, or do you serve them. Yes, I said serve. That is the strongest and most effective trait of any Godly leader.

So, let me ask you one more question. What would your teen do if they came home from school and you had made their bed, or you showed up to school and took them out for lunch, or just simply texted them and told them how proud you are of them and how much you love them for no other reason than because God allowed you to be their parent?

Maybe they wouldn’t react at all. At least on the outside. But I can guarantee you that you have fanned a small ember in their soul that over time and with care will become much brighter!

Here’s a quick video with more thoughts: https://goo.gl/NlnRd0

 

You know, when I read about Salome, the mother of James and John, I realized I saw a lot of her in me. I saw some fear, some pride, and some determination on her part. But I also saw a mom who had decided it was up to her to make sure her kids would do well. She wanted seats of prominence and success. As parents, I think we all want that for our kids. But at what cost? At whose cost? Am I willing to do whatever it takes to make sure my teen shines the brightest? But what if that is not God’s plan?

Our society has defined success as something to be achieved over a period of time. But success in the eyes of God is something achieved with every decision we make to live in His way and in His time and in His will. Success is a life lived totally for His glory.

Matthew 20:26-28 says, “…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life- a ransom for many.”

Humbling ourselves to the idea of being another’s servant is not easy. Often we want to create a drive in our teen to be a leader so that we can be proud. Could it also be that we allow their success and leadership ability to define whether we are a good parent or not?

The best way to teach our teenager to lead through serving others is to emulate that ourselves. Serve them to show them that it is not a weakness but a strength. Serve them because you love them. Serve because He loves them.

Tweetable Thoughts

  • A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.- Max Lucado
  • Text your teen a favorite quote on leadership today.
  • Text your teen how proud you are of them.
  • Ask them 5 ways that you can serve them.
  • “Whoever wants to become great among you, must be your servant!” Matthew 20
  • “It is better to lead from behind and put others in front”#NelsonMandela#leader
  • Tell your teen 5 ways to serve their friends.
  • Be willing to have no expectations when you serve your teen. Just love them anyway.
  • When a true leader’s work is done, others will say they did it themselves.
  • Don’t quit serving, even when it isn’t noticed. Then you will be a great leader!

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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Engage – Thursday, March 2nd – Seekers vs. Hiders

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 17:51

Seekers vs. Hiders
Thursday, March 2nd
7:30pm
Youth Room

We’re taking over the church with our version of Sardines!

Can you catch all the hiders before time runs out?
Or will the hiders beat the seekers and
remain hidden the whole time?

Join us in the Youth Room at 7:30pm for the rules!

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High School Ministry Weekly March 3rd

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 19:50


This week…


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!

Next week…

Camp Arnes Fundriaser
March 10th-11th – 6:30pm – 9:45pm
@ Church of the Rock
The actual retreat date is April 28-30th but we are helping out at Promise Keepers as a fundraiser!  If you help out you’ll receive about $70-$90 off the retreat price.  This years camp will be amazing so make sure to sign up for a shift over the weekend!

The week after that…

Board Game Night
March 17th – 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Youth Room
We’ve heard the outcry for a board game night and it shall be delivered!  Bring your favourite board games from home and lets play!  We start our new series called ‘Deal With It’.  It’s a series on how to deal with challenges life throws our way.

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Re-post: Common Sense in “Choosing” a Mate

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 11:00

Last week I wrote about marital love that lasts a lifetime. This begins, I hinted, with the exercise of good judgment in choosing. That, coupled with genuine romance, increases the likelihood that a happy, durable marriage will be launched.

I believe in romance. I know what it is to fall in love. But, this week I share with you what I mean by good judgment, an easily overlooked element, in searching for a life’s mate.

When I was 20, I traveled with a youth evangelist five years older than I named Doug Russell. He preached and I sang. In our spare moments we had serious conversations about “finding the right one.” We were both single.

Back then he had worked up a list of qualities he was looking for in a life’s mate. I recall that list from 65 years ago, and it ran as follows:

A genuine Christian faith.

Good family background.

Dependable character.

A pleasant disposition.

Talents and resources (He was committed to ministry).

Today’s seekers may not be inclined to form such a list. In our overstimulated age, we may expect romance alone to determine outcomes. Lists may seem unimaginative, even stifling.

Back then, good character was regarded as a value to be noted. So we might have asked: is this a person of good character? It was this more settled view of personality that gave Doug ground for the following list.

A genuine faith in Christ. As a committed Christian, he thought he should marry someone who would share that faith fully. In his life, Christ was foremost. How could matrimony thrive if two were not together on this central commitment of life?

Good family background. He seemed to understand that, in a sense, when you marry you not only marry a person, you marry that person’s family. This idea may seem a bit fussy, even judgmental. But isn’t it true that even if, for example, one were choosing, a business partner one would reflect on that partner’s closest connections?

Business partners go home at night. Marriage partners do not. Marriage is not part-time. In seeking a mate, it seemed to Doug wise to consider family connections as important.

Solid character. The word character stands for fixed traits – like honesty, dependability, compassion, empathy, etc. My friend Doug said he wanted to see signs of these qualities before he would give his heart permission to advance.

Disposition. He hoped to find someone who was generally cheerful, forgiving, resilient, steady under pressure, not easily angered, etc. It is easier to paddle the romance canoe through both smooth and troubled waters of life with someone who tends to be pleasant in disposition.

Talents. Because he was looking toward ministry as a life calling he was searching for a mate who would bring gifts of head, heart, and hand to the relationship. But anyone, not only ministers, in seeking a life’s partner should consider what life resources the prospective mate would likely bring to a marriage.

For example, when a man and woman marry, at least one should have good homemaker impulses. A home, however humble, is the operational base for all of life’s activities. A strong work ethic is also a good resource to bring to a marriage. Skilled money management is a gift that will enhance a relationship for a whole lifetime.

At the same time as I point out these idealistic qualities, I offer three cautions.

First, as the saying goes, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Persons drawing up lists must first measure themselves against their list. The list must be a mirror before it can be a window.

Second, Nobody is perfect. There is no perfect mate of either sex. Therefore no prospect will get an A at every point. This, however, does not excuse the seeker from knowing what issues the list brings to the fore. The purpose is to keep the seeker’s mind engaged even while the heart is aflutter, and thus to increase the likelihood that a wise choice will be made.

Third, such a list should be kept in the background. No gallant suitor or hopeful lady would go to a date, for example, checklist in hand. Dating is for fun, for getting acquainted. The list should function more as a mindset, the warp-and-woof of one’s life-values. Call it the exercise of wisdom.

Sixty-four years ago I fell in love with Kathleen. Our love is still fresh, life-enhancing, and durable, having carried us through more than six decades. In my search, Doug’s list helped me. You, your children, or even grandchildren, may find value in his idea too.

Photo credit: hermanturnip (via flickr.com)


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ADDICTED TO THE DONALD

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 05:21

The news team helicopter hovered overhead capturing every moment. The stolen black limo was careening down the avenue clipping parked cars and running red lights. Police sirens were blaring and their lights were flashing. Fire engines were hopelessly trying to keep up. Then the limo abruptly changes direction and the action all starts moving in a new and unpredictable direction. As viewers we cannot drag ourselves away from the TV screen, any second it could all end in a spectacular fire ball and we don’t want to miss it. I am not describing a live high speed police chase broadcast but a Donald Trump news conference.

I really did not want to write yet another blog about Trump but what is going on in our culture is too big to ignore. A new addiction has surfaced almost overnight and it is affecting millions of people. It’s called HyperTrumpitis. It has deleterious effects on both the Trump fans and detractors alike. It is most easily observed by scanning the US news channels. They no longer cover much of anything else. They follow every word, every Tweet, every dramatic moment of Kelly Anne Conway, Sean Spicer and their boss the Twitter-in-Chief Donald Trump. More perversely they have all but abandoned any sense of objectivity and all have cemented deeply entrenched partisan positions on The Donald. FOX News is Trump’s biggest cheerleader and will defend any and all announcements with little regard to journalistic neutrality. By contrast CNN, MSNBC, and CBS and the like all hold strong oppositional perspectives and are in full attack mode. Rather than reporting the news of the day they engage in lengthy anti-Trump political commentary. They too have jettisoned journalistic principles of objectivity and are just as embarrassing as Fox as to how they report the day’s events. There is no doubt that Trump has provoked them with his continual attacks on the media’s honesty, ethics, character, and sometimes even appearances. He has vilified the American media calling them “the most dishonest human beings on Earth.” He is like that kid we all knew growing up that we used to follow into the woods so we could watch him poke a bee’s nest with a stick. We would then all run for our lives and hope we weren’t the one who got stung. Even then we knew it was a bad idea but we went along anyway because we didn’t want to miss anything. Well, that kid grew up and is poking the world’s biggest stick at the world’s biggest bee’s nest and we tune in everyday because we haven’t grown up either.

Just for the record, I am neither fan nor foe of President Trump. Yes, I have been poking fun at The Donald long before he was a Presidential candidate. I found him immensely entertaining and used to unkindly put him in the same category as Donald Duck or other cartoon characters on TV. Clearly I underestimated him, and the American electorate that has chosen him as their leader. Still, I am not convinced that some people are clear as to what they have elected. Trump is not a right wing, left wing or even a populist politician. There is no ideological consistency in his politics. His protectionist policies would be more left wing than right. Union workers in the Rust Belt voted for him on the promise that coal and steel jobs would return to their communities. I am quite sure that ship has sailed. Trade barriers or not, because of the high price of American labour, never again will they be able to produce industrial products in a cost effective way within a global economy. On the other side of the coin, the promises of deregulation and tax cuts appear to be right wing. However if that is the plan, where does the money come from to fulfill the promise to rebuild America’s so called “crumbling infrastructure”?  And how does one cut taxes and somehow deal with an out of control national debt approaching 20 trillion dollars? (Check out the debt clock. It is frightening to look at http://www.usdebtclock.org/). Not to be unkind, but anyone that thinks he is a populist leader returning the power to the people needs to give their head a shake. For the most part he has approached the role of US President in much the same manner as being president of the Trump Corporation or host of The Apprentice. He clearly leads as an ‘autocrat’ making bold declarations and executive orders without any measure of accountability to his party or anyone else for that matter. Case in point, his surprise and anger when the courts stepped in and stopped his ‘travel ban’. There is nothing new about America’s long standing balance of power between an Executive branch (Presidential cabinet), the legislative arm (Congress and Senate) and the judiciary system (courts).

My bigger concern is the Christian response to it all. When we align ourselves too closely with either side of this current hysteria we put ourselves in a compromised position. There is no way any political movement can ever reflect the values of the Christian faith. Jesus said My Kingdom is not of this world. That’s because the values of our faith can never fit neatly into any political package. When we read the gospels we see that Jesus did not ignore the political realities of His day (which incidentally were more violent and acrimonious than ours today. They were being occupied by the Roman Empire after all) but He was careful to not align with them either. When asked by the Pharisees if it was lawful to pay taxes unto Caesar, it looked like He was backed into a corner and was going to have to pick a side. Instead he answered, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matt 22:21) It was of course a brilliant response, which we would expect from the Son of God?

This is not to say that Christians should not be involved in politics. We should always do what we can to positively influence our world. However, I have been saying for the last few years that as a Christian I have no political home. There is no party out there that I would ever be comfortable lending my unqualified support. So when I see believers jumping on the bandwagon of either one of the positions we see playing out with our southern neighbours, I feel they are only contributing to the deepening divisiveness that has now crept across our own borders.

A woman in our congregation recently told me they have three TV’s in their house. All three are always on and tuned to a US news station and her husband cannot seem to drag himself away from the screen. Her concern was that he was increasingly taking on the harsh perspective of what he was listening to. I did not say which channel he was watching, because it doesn’t matter. We eventually become that which we listen to. What we are witnessing is possibly the most polarizing political environment we have seen in our generation. We have not seen protests in the streets at these levels since the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. The political landscape is so divisive it is driving a wedge between friends, families and whole communities. As Christian people we probably do not want to be part of the problem. I am reluctant to call President Trump’s travel ban from Muslim countries, or plans for a wall along the Mexican border, racist or righteous. Firstly, a nation has the right to exercise their sovereignty and decide who enters their country. Secondly, I do not know what is in the man’s heart. But what I do see is the rhetoric surrounding these discussions is a feeding of the latent shallowly buried racial resentments that are too easily stirred up. It concerns me when I hear Christians speaking ill of people from other cultures and religions in light of Jesus’ non-negotiable commandment to Love our neighbour as yourself. The hardening of resentment we see towards other people should never be part of our Christian culture.

We are in for a wild ride in the days ahead for sure. But this is the time for the church to show love and forgiveness, to give ourselves to prayer for our leaders and above all to carefully “guard our hearts for out of it spring the issues of life”. (Prov 4:23)

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In The Middle

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 00:00

If you were to start at the beginning of the Bible at Genesis 1:1 and at the same time take the last verse of the Bible, Revelation 22:21, then pair Gen. 1:2 with Rev. 22:20, Gen. 1:3 with Rev. 22:19 and continue working toward the middle of the Bible; in the King James Version of the Bible you would come to the middle verse of the Bible.  This would be Psalm 118:8 which says, “It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man.”

I realize that in the earliest manuscripts there were no chapter and verse designations.  These were added to the scriptures back in 13th century to enable people to better access or reference the scriptures.  The numbering of the chapters and verses were not considered to be inspired, but they are helpful.

Nevertheless it is interesting that the middle verse encourages us to trust the Lord and to put no confidence in mankind.  This does not mean that we doubt everything that people say or question the motives of everyone.  But it does encourage to realize that God is the most faithful one, He is worthy to be trusted.  Others will let us down but God will be faithful , as we keep our trust in the Lord Jesus.

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High School Ministry Weekly February 24th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 00:44


This 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.

Next week…

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!

The week after that…

Camp Arnes Fundriaser
March 10th-11th – 6:30pm – 9:45pm
@ Church of the Rock
The actual retreat date is April 28-30th but we are helping out at Promise Keepers as a fundraiser!  If you help out you’ll receive about $70-$90 off the retreat price.  This years camp will be amazing so make sure to sign up for a shift over the weekend!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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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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