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On unity – THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE
 
Bible courses for children, teens and adults are available online and through the mail. These courses, from the Mailbox Club, are offered to you free of charge. By studying God’s Word, you will come to know the Lord Jesus in a deeper way.
 
 
 
 
 
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Testimonials
 

« I took the Mailbox Club courses when I was a child.   I remember being very excited to receive each next lesson as it came in the mail.  The courses gave me fundamental knowledge about God, the Bible and Jesus at a young age.  I am grateful to my parents for putting me through the courses. »

                                  Ryan – Quebec, CANADA
 

« The lessons have brought me closer to the Lord in knowing what he has done for us.  Since I have been taking these lessons, I will give you one of my testimonies.  I was diagnosed with lung cancer and through a lot of prayer I am now in remission and I am giving all the praise to my Lord.  It also taught me how much the Lord loves us and forgives us, no matter what we do.  And oh, how I love him.  I am so glad I was saved by his grace and know him as my Saviour. »

                                  Edna – Wisconsin, USA
 
« I am french-speaking but I decided to take the English courses because for me, the words really touched my heart.  When I’d work on the Bible courses it was  a time of peace, and I felt closer to the Lord.  The courses are easy but there is so much to learn at the same time.  I won’t forget all the things that I learned from them.  It has helped me to be able to share the Word with others.  I brought my parents to the Lord before they died.  My son wanted to die and I shared with him and know that he believes in God.  The courses are a wonderful gift. »
 
                                  Ginette – Quebec, CANADA
 
« I have been taking these Bible study courses since my early teens and now I’m in my thirties!  They’ve equipped me with wisdom, truth, encouragement and hope to faithfully serve the Lord.  They’ve kept me from Satan’s deceit and given me a deeper understanding of God’s love.  Praise be to God for this wonderful ministry! »
 
                                Heidi – Quebec, CANADA
 
 
« These courses mean everything to me.  I feel lost when I don’t have one to complete.  I wait in total anticipation for a new one to come in the mail.  It is amazing how much I learn.  Always, always, looking forward to learning more. »
 
                                Suzete – Ontario, CANADA
 
« I am Portuguese Canadian. English is my second language.  I really enjoy working on the Bible Courses, but I have difficulty with the English, reading and writing because I never went to school to learn.  I have learned English through my Bible study.  I am very happy with the friends I met during my study.  Every time I read or talk about the Bible study I feel like I am talking to GOD because I really believe in Him.  He’s the source of my life. »
 
                             Georgina – Ontario, CANADA
Who We Are

La Voix de l’Évangile, Québec is a vital part of the extensive radio work of Global Outreach Mission which reaches into many French-speaking countries of the world. The broadcasts are recorded in the studio of the radio follow-up office in Châteauguay.

The ministry began in 1955 in the Back to the Bible Broadcast studios in Lincoln, Nebraska through a staff member who spoke French fluently and had a burden for the French-speaking people of the world. An office was soon established in Aix-en-Provence in France.
 
In 1974, an office was opened in Châteauguay, Québec, under the direction of Global Outreach Mission representatives, Clarence and Pearl Shelly. At the present time, the broadcasts are aired on a station in Montréal and a station in the state of New York. Stephen Frank became the director of La Voix de l’Évangile, Québec in 2006. His wife, Karen, is also a representative of Global Outreach Mission.
 
The weekly French-language 15-minute broadcast features Pastor Michel Martel, a Québec evangelist who faithfully teaches the Word of God. Audio messages (in French only) are available on CDs at a reasonable cost as well as approximately 40 books in French on the Christian life.
 
Action Mondiale d’Évangélisation (Québec) Inc is the name of the Québec incorporation of Global Outreach Mission.
Partnership
Our ministry is made possible by the financial and prayer support of individuals, families and churches. Our Bible correspondence courses are sent free of charge to hundreds of students in several countries. Your financial partnership would be greatly appreciated to help defray the cost of materials and postage.
 

Kindly send your donation in Canadian or U.S. currency to:

Action Mondiale d’Évangélisation

110 Principale – P.O Box 80025
Châteauguay, Québec
J6J 5X2
Canada
 

Tax-deductible receipts for donations will be sent to Canadian residents.

Statement of Faith

1. WE BELIEVE the Bible to be verbally inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

2. WE BELIEVE that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
3. WE BELIEVE in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
 
4. WE BELIEVE that all men have sinned and for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
 
5. WE BELIEVE in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
 
6. WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
 
7. WE BELIEVE in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ
 
Aches and Praise

Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Thirty Six

February 15, 2018

 
 
Dear friends,
 
 

Last month, the hockey world mourned the passing of a well-known sportswriter named Saul “Red” Fisher, who began his writing career a few weeks before I was born. He wrote for the Montreal Star, which went out of business while I was working at its competitor, the Montreal  Gazette, in the late 1970s. Red joined the Gazette and continued to follow the Montreal Canadiens, as well as serve as the sports editor of the newspaper, for many years. This week, I finished reading his book entitled “Hockey, Heroes, and Me” and was glad that he included some kind words about Ryan Walter, whom he described as “a born-again Christian.” While we may not always realize it, people are watching us and when Christians live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord, He is honoured as people see that there is something different about those who claim to have a personal relationship with God.

Yesterday, I read a post from one of my favourite bloggers: Ann-Margret Hovsepian, in which she included a link to a humourous video about the difference between men’s brains and women’s brains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BxckAMaTDc. Last night, Karen and I watched a movie called “Concussion” which is based on a true story, revealing the discovery by Dr. Bennet Omalu (portrayed brilliantly by Will Smith) of a neurodegenerative disease known as Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This got me thinking about a hockey player named Reggie Fleming, whose parents lived down the street from where my parents still live. To read more about CTE, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_traumatic_encephalopathy.

I looked forward to seeing Reggie in the summers, when he would return home after playing with the Chicago Blackhawks.  At that time, there were only six teams in the National Hockey league, which meant that there were only about 150 players who made it to the top rung of the hockey ladder. Some of those players extended their playing days by using their pugilistic skills. Reggie was one of the players known as being “hard-nosed” and was the first hockey player to be diagnosed as having CTE. To read more about Reggie, please visit: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/reggie-flemings-story/article569019/.

The following story on the Internet ties in well with Valentine’s Day: http://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/stu-cowan-friends-and-family-pay-tribute-as-red-fisher-is-laid-to-rest. Red Fisher loved his wife, Tillie, more than he loved the career that led to him being inducted into the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985. Red died ten days after Tillie, his wife of 69 years, passed away. Their love story reminds me of the greatest love story, which is told in the Bible, God’s love letter to mankind. As the apostle John so eloquently wrote, God poured out His love on us by sending His only Son, the Lord Jesus, to save us from our sins.

Scripture for the weekend: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1 (NIV) 

Thought for the weekend:     
 
“The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept 
Were toiling upward in the night.”
 
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (quoted in Charles Swindoll’s book “Job”)
 
 
By His grace,  
 

Steve             



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Thirty Five

February 8, 2018
 
 
Dear friends, 
 
 

One of the questions that is often posed by atheists and others is “If there is a God, why does He allow evil and suffering?” This week I found a video that features Dr. Ravi Zacharias, Dr. Vince Vitale and the late Dr. Nabeel Qureshi talking about this question. You can view it at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7-gP1gC8gM. I also found a book by the late Dr. Lehman Strauss entitled “In God’s Waiting Room: Learning Through Suffering.” The second chapter of the book has the following title: “God Is in Control” and contains the following poem by A.M. Overton: 

He Maketh No Mistake 
 
My Father’s way may twist and turn,                                                                                    
My heart may throb and ache,                                                                                              
But in my soul I’m glad I know                                                                                      
He maketh no mistake.
 
My cherished plans may go astray,                                                                                  
My hopes may fade away,                                                                                           
But still I’ll trust my Lord to lead,                                                                                 
For He doth know the way.
 
Though night be dark and it may seem                                                                            
That day will never break,                                                                                             
I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him,                                                                                      
He maketh no mistake.
 
There’s so much now I cannot see,                                                                                              
My eyesight’s far too dim;                                                                                                                
But come what may, I’ll surely trust                                                                                    
And leave it all to Him.
 
For by and by the mist will lift                                                                                             
And plain it all He’ll make;                                                                                     
Through all the way, though dark to me,                                                                          
He made not one mistake. 
 

If you are struggling with doubts about God and the Bible, I urge you to watch the video mentioned above. Dr. Ravi Zacharias trusted in Christ when he was seventeen and had attempted to take his life. To learn more about this man of God, please visit: http://rzim.org/about/ravi-zacharias/. In the video on YouTube, Dr. Zacharias shares many tremendous insights from his study of the Scriptures, from travelling around the world, and from reading many books. 

Dr. Lehman Strauss writes: “Multitudes have suffered and died, and multitudes continue to suffer, without knowing the reason why. The Bible says, ‘There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will, with the temptation, also make the way to escape, that you may be able to bear it’ (1 Corinthians 10:13). This is God’s promise that He will place a limit upon the severity of the trial and that He will give us sufficient strength to bear up under it.” He goes on to examine Psalm 119: “I was greatly impressed and encouraged with David’s personal testimony of the blessings he received from the afflictions he suffered.” May we learn to trust God at all times and to share the truth of His Word with everyone we meet. 

Scripture for the weekend: “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.” Psalm 119:67 (NKJV)   

Thought for the weekend: “Freedom makes love possible. Love makes pain possible. Pain makes the Saviour possible and the Saviour brings redemption and the redemption brings restoration.” – Dr. Ravi Zacharias
 
 
By His grace,  
 

Steve  



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Thirty Four

February 1, 2018
 
 
Dear friends,  
 
 

In recent weeks I have heard the following expression several times: “Find a job that you like and you’ll never work a day in your life.”  Although some people swear that work is a curse, it was God’s intention that mankind work; it is not God’s punishment for our disobedience. I am very thankful to be able to proclaim the gospel of Christ and to minister to people of all ages and walks of life. From a young age (probably seven or eight, when I began selling Red Cross calendars in my neighbourhood), I have enjoyed being with people. Have you seen pictures of people with their dogs and have you noticed that sometimes the owner resembles his or her dog? Very interesting! 

In Max Lucado’s book entitled “Every Day Deserves a Chance” he includes this humourous account: “Excerpts from the diary of a dog: 8:00 a.m. Oh boy, dog food – my favorite. 9:30 a.m.: Oh boy, a car ride – my favorite. 9:40 a.m. Oh boy, a walk – my favorite … 8:30 p.m. Oh boy, sleeping in my master’s bed – my favorite. 

Excerpts from the diary of a cat: Day 283 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat while I’m forced to eat dry cereal. I’m sustained by the hope of escape and the mild satisfaction I derive from ruining a few pieces of furniture.” Two animals and two very different perspectives on life!  

The Bible has a lot to say about gratitude. One of the stories in the gospels that reveals Christ’s compassion is the story of ten lepers who kept their distance from Jesus, but cried out to Him to have mercy on them (Luke 17:11-13). After Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priests, they started going and realized that they had been cleansed. You would think that they would have hurried to where Jesus was, to thank Him for healing them. It turned out that only one person came to Jesus to thank Him, and that man was a Samaritan, from a people group that was shunned by the Jews. By God’s grace, let us be grateful for all that God has done, is doing and will do!     

Scripture for the weekend: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”Ephesians 2:4-5 (NASB)   

Thought for the weekend: “What Jesus saw in the lepers’ bodies, he sees in the sinner’s soul – utter devastation. But what he did for them, he does for the willing heart. He closes the open sores of our heart and straightens the gnarled limbs of our inner being. He swaps sin rags for righteous robes. He still heals. And He still looks for gratitude. .” – Max Lucado (from his book “Every Day Deserves a Chance”)
 
 
By His grace,  
 
 
 
Steve
 


Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Thirty Three

January 25, 2018
 
Dear friends,  
 
 

In a few days, a major Canadian telecommunications company will be sponsoring a campaign to raise awareness about mental health. When the New Year began, people across Quebec wished each other prosperity and good health. As the first month of the year draws to a close, it is interesting that mental health is at the forefront of media attention. As someone who has not suffered from depression, I can only imagine what it must be like for those who face this battle. Having been sick for the past week, I am realizing more and more that good health – physical and mental – is vital to a productive life. 

One of the many ways that we can know that the Bible is God’s Word is the honest portrayal of sin and human failure that we find throughout the Scriptures. For example, Elijah prayed that he might die (1 Kings 19:4), after he ran for his life. What he needed was rest, food and reassurance from God that he was not the only one who stood for righteousness. The Lord told him that there were 7,000 others who remained true to Him (v. 18). 

In the account of Elijah expressing his despair to God, we read that an angel touched him and told him to get up and eat (v. 5). There was a time for Elijah to sleep and a time to get up and take steps to getting back on track for God. As believers, we need to ask God to direct us to get the proper amount of rest, but not too much. A world that is going to hell without knowing God’s forgiveness for their sins needs to hear that God loves them and sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind.  

I spoke to Lise on the phone today. Her brother died a couple of weeks ago after going through several health challenges. Please pray for Lise and her family as they grieve his passing. Contrary to what some people believe, the Bible does not teach that we should pray for those who have died. There is nothing in the Bible about people going to a place called purgatory. There is a lot about heaven and hell, though, and what God desires for each of us.  

Scripture for the weekend: Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”Hebrews 9:27-28 (NIV)   

Thought for the weekend: “The key to a happy, healthy, and spiritually mature life lies in being able to receive our losses gracefully, grieve them with God’s help, and finally get to the place where we become ‘nonattached’ to much of this world.” – Dr. Archibald D. Hart (from his book “Dark Clouds, Silver Linings”)
 
 
By His grace, 
 

Steve      



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Thirty Two

January 18, 2018
 
 
Dear friends,  
 

While sharing meals on Monday and Tuesday with two men who were battling colds, I thought to myself “It’s too bad that they got sick.” Well, now I can better understand what they are going through, as I coughed most of last night and struggled to do routine things today. 

One hymn that has come to my attention recently is Annie Johnson Flint’s “He Giveth More Grace.”  I read it in the book that we finished recently in the men’s discipleship group and then I saw it in the current edition of the “Israel My Glory” magazine. Whether we are feeling on top of the world or “under the weather,” we can take comfort in the truths expressed in this hymn: 

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.”

 

To learn more about the author, please visit: https://hymnary.org/person/Flint_Annie and click on “See More.” This has been a “good, old-fashioned” winter in southern Quebec, with many days of sub-zero temperatures, lots of snow and even rain last Friday. Variety is the spice of life, but rapid changes in the temperature may have contributed to my getting sick. As severe as the snow storm was on Saturday morning, by early afternoon, the sky had cleared and it was a beautiful winter day.  
 

If you’re going through a challenging time at work, at home or elsewhere, remember that the Lord loves you more than you can imagine and He will help you handle adversity. 

Scripture for the weekend: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.”1 Corinthians 2:12 (NASB)  

Thought for the weekend: “Faith is not a pill you take, but a muscle you use.” – from the January 2018 edition of “Have a Good Day” by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
 
 
By His grace, 
 
 

Steve               



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Thirty One

Dear friends,   
 

If you live in the Montreal area, you may have heard that a well-known bakery chain closed their doors abruptly last week. When Karen told me this, I thought that it must have been because of fierce competition. However, this morning I heard a report on the radio that the closure was due to a family feud. Although there is an entertaining game by that name, I am sure that no one enjoys going through a family conflict.  

Those who are familiar with the Bible know that the Jews despised the Samaritans. People who know little about the Word of God may have heard the parable that Jesus told about a man who was attacked by thieves while on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho. The story is found in Luke 10:30-37. A lawyer had asked Jesus what he had to do to inherit eternal life (he was testing Jesus, but phrased the question in such a way that he revealed his ignorance i.e. how can someone do something to inherit eternal life?). After Jesus told the lawyer to love God with all his heart, soul, strength, and mind, the man asked another question: “Who is my neighbour?” 

If we’re honest, many of us have neighbours we don’t like and others we don’t know. In the parable that Jesus told, the person who came to the rescue of the man who had been hurt by robbers was a Samaritan. After hearing Jesus say that a priest and Levite passed by the wounded man, the lawyer would have expected to hear that a Jew stopped to help the injured man. The shock that the lawyer must have felt when Jesus said that it was a Samaritan who had compassion on the man is not recorded in what has come to be known as “the parable of the Good Samaritan,” but it would have been a typical reaction of a Jewish man at that time. 

In our men’s study group on Tuesday night, we looked at the concluding chapters of “Disciplines of a Godly Man” by R. Kent Hughes. In commenting on the interaction between Jesus and a Samaritan woman, Hughes points out something that I hadn’t thought much about before:  Jesus “sat down just as a tired man collapses in a motionless heap after a hard day’s work.” Jesus had been working and helping people since early morning. He could have chosen to ignore anyone else who approached him and taken a rest, but he didn’t. 

The Lord Jesus was returning to Galilee and the apostle John recorded this: “Now He had to go through Samaria” (John 4:4). This wasn’t because the road from Judea went through Samaria on the way to Galilee. The necessity, as the NIV Study Bible puts it, “lay in Jesus’ mission, not in geography.” R. Kent Hughes writes: “Big hearts, the enlarged hearts that God uses, are laboring hearts which, though weary, will willingly be expended as necessary.” The Lord Jesus gave us a tremendous example to follow: He ministered to the woman at the well, even though He was a Jew and she was a Samaritan and even though He was exhausted. May we follow in His steps and look for opportunities to share the truth of God’s Word with everyone. 

Scripture for the weekend: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”John 4:35b (NIV) 

Thought for the weekend: “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison (quoted in “Giving It All Away … and Getting It All Back Again” by David Green with Bill High)
 
 
By His grace, 
 
 

Steve               



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Thirty

Dear friends,   
 

Have you thought about how much time you spend waiting? As a boy, I found it hard to wait for Christmas morning to open presents (maybe that’s why people in some countries open gifts on Christmas Eve). As I got older, I found it hard to wait to find out how I did on final exams at university. I rode the bus and subway for nearly an hour in order to check a list of grades posted in the Norris building of Concordia. Now, students can quickly find out their marks online. 

While technology has helped reduce waiting times in some areas, there are still some occasions where we need to be patient. This week I decided to do something unusual while on hold on the telephone. I took a shower and shaved before returning to my desk at home and waiting for a customer service representative to take my call. I was glad that the estimated waiting time proved to be accurate and I was very pleased that the young man on the phone was polite and cheerful. His disposition got me thinking: are Christians as positive and helpful as we should be? 

My wife and family could tell you that I am not always positive. I even bought myself a chocolate bar with “GROUCHY” on the label a couple of weeks ago! Over the holidays, I read parts of two autobiographies that helped me realize what a difference one person can make in the world. Cal Ripken Jr. shares principles that he learned while starring for the Baltimore Orioles for more than twenty years in “Get in the Game” (to see him, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nit1wQi81cc) and David Green, founder of Hobby Lobby, tells how God has blessed him and his family in “Giving It All Away … and Getting It All Back Again” (to see an interview with him and his granddaughter, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBNdwfEmzG4). Have you ever said to yourself “I can’t wait to finish reading this book”? That’s how I feel about both of the books that I began reading last week. 

That eagerness to finish reading those books didn’t stop me from starting to read another book that I received last week. In “A Godward Heart,” Dr. John Piper has written fifty meditations from the Word of God that will be a blessing to anyone who desires to live for the Lord. It may also help those who have yet to repent of their sins and turn to God in faith. Here is an excerpt: “The great promise to those who seek the Lord is that he will be found. ‘If you seek Him, he will be found by you’ (1 Chronicles 28:9). And when he is found, there is great reward. ‘Whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him’ (Hebrews 11:6). God himself is our greatest reward. And when we have him, we have everything.” 

Scripture for the weekend: “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” Psalm 105:4 (ESV)   

Thought for the weekend: “Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.” – Billy Graham (quoted in “Giving It All Away … and Getting It All Back Again” by David Green with Bill High)
 
 
By His grace, 
 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Twenty Nine

Dear friends,  

 

As we approach the end of 2017, it is a good time to reflect on what the Lord has taught us during the past twelve months. Some of us may be asked to complete a report for our employer, like Karen and I do for supporting churches and Global Outreach Mission. What would we write if the Lord asked us to give an account of what we learned in our spiritual life this year?

One thing that the Lord has impressed upon me is that His word is so valuable that I should make reading it a priority in my life. You might say, “You have been a missionary for more than 35 years and must have learned this a long time ago.” As with every other area of our spiritual life, we recognize that our understanding of God’s will changes as we allow the Lord to teach us and lead us.

Another factor that has contributed greatly to my spiritual growth this year is the wisdom that other believers have poured into my life. Pastoral teaching and counsel, words of encouragement and exhortation from brothers and sisters in Christ, and the example of those who walk closely with the Lord have all helped me to hunger for a closer walk with God and given me a desire to encourage others in their spiritual walk.

Last Saturday, Karen and I had the privilege of visiting Jean-Pierre in Montreal. He moved to a different facility for people with mental health challenges than he had been in for  many years. Besides receiving a New Testament and a framed photograph, meeting Karen for the first time made his birthday celebration special. In thinking about our visit with Jean-Pierre, it occurred to me that, although people often strive to please God by presenting Him gifts (“good works”), what the Lord desires most is our presence, in response to a humble heart that recognizes our sin and receives His gifts of faith and salvation.

Recently, I wrote that I was blessed by a message that Phill Belcher preached on November 26th. This insightful sermon is now available at: www.cheshirebible.org/audio. As you listen to Phill’s message and meditate on John 10, ask the Lord to impress the truths of His Word upon your heart.

Thank you for your prayers for our family and ministry. This has been an eventful year in many areas. Our family has faced and continues to face a very challenging situation for which we ask for your prayers. We had the joy of welcoming Richard Pendred into our family as a son-in-law in August, two weeks after our daughter-in-law, Heidi, gave birth to a beautiful son. Thanks to the generosity of God’s people, we purchased a colour multifunctional printer for the radio ministry follow-up office in Châteauguay and added six radio stations to the network which broadcasts the weekly gospel programs of “La Voix de l’Evangile.”

Please pray for our friends, Teddy and Linda Hoare, who have worked with youth in Châteauguay for many years. Last week, Mr. Fred Hoare, Teddy’s father, entered the presence of the Lord, after a period of declining health. We will miss his endearing smile and his quiet, dignified example of joyfully abiding in Christ.

Scripture for the weekend: “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:56-57 (NASB) 

Thought for the weekend: “Whenever there is a spiritual drain in your life, correct it immediately. Realize that something has been coming between you and God, and change or remove it at once.” – Oswald Chambers (from his devotional “My Utmost for His Highest”)
 
 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Twenty Eight

Dear friends,  

 

Have you ever wondered how far away heaven is? One song puts it this way: “Somewhere in outer space, God has prepared a place for those who trust Him and obey. Jesus will come again, although we don’t know when; the countdown’s getting lower every day.” Wherever heaven is, what is most important, of course, is who will be there. Those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour will spend eternity worshiping God, who loved the world so much that He sent His one and only Son to Earth to die for our sins on the cross of Calvary.

This month, the attention of many children (and adults) is on their favourite holiday of the year: Christmas. Some have been counting the days – and eating the chocolate in the advent calendar – until the day when they can open presents. Many people are looking forward to travelling to see family and friends. This is the second-busiest travel period in the United States (after the Thanksgiving holiday).
 
Many people know the story of how the baby Jesus was born in less-than-ideal circumstances, as there was no room in the inn in Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph to stay, because of the crowds in town. Have you considered what Mary and Joseph went through to get from Nazareth in the north of Israel to Bethlehem in the south of the country? Without access to modern means of transportation, they probably walked close to 100 miles to get to the birthplace of Joseph’s forefather, David, in order to register for the census which had been decreed by Caesar Augustus. This fulfilled the prophecy in the Old Testament: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:2).
 
The prophet Isaiah described the One to be born in Bethlehem as follows: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). According to the New International Version Study Bible, these names have great significance: “Each of the four throne names of the Messiah consists of two elements. ‘Counselor’ points to the Messiah as a king (see Micah 4:9) who determines upon and carries out a program of action (see Isaiah 14:27 and Psalm 20:4). As Wonderful Counselor, the coming Son of David will carry out a royal program that will cause all the world to marvel. What that program will be is spelled out in Isaiah 11, and more fully in chapters 24-27. Mighty God: His divine power as a warrior is stressed. Everlasting Father: He will be an enduring, passionate provider and protector (Isaiah 40:9-11). Prince of Peace: His rule will bring wholeness and well-being to individuals and to society (see Isaiah 11:6-9).”
 
For the next few weeks, Pastor Michel Martel, the voice of “La Voix de l’Evangile” in Quebec since 1984, will be speaking on the subject “La gloire de la Parole de Dieu” (“The Glory of the Word of God”). You can listen to these messages in French at: www.lavoixdelevangile.ca. It has been said that eighteen inches separate us from heaven. That is the distance between our knees and the ground. Before we can truly sing “O Come Let Us Adore Him” we must repent of our sins (bowing our knees literally or figuratively) and receive God’s gift of salvation. That is the best gift that we will ever receive!    
       

Scripture for the weekend: “O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.” Isaiah 25:1 (NIV) 

Thought for the weekend: “God has provided a King for the ages of time, and He can reign and rule over all we commit into His care and keeping. Jesus is great! He is the Son of the Highest. He is King of Israel, King of the Jews, King of kings – an eternal King whose reign will never end.” – Dr. David Jeremiah (from the December 2017 edition of “Turning Points” magazine)

 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Twenty Seven

Dear friends,  

 

When I was correcting a Bible course in our office yesterday, I had a very nice surprise: there was a cheque in the middle of the course. I had opened the envelope two weeks ago, but hadn’t seen the cheque. This reminded me of God’s faithfulness in providing funds, through His people, for the purchase of radio time, as well as the expenses of maintaining a ministry office in Châteauguay. In the Bible, we read many promises, including the following: “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

While Karen and I were visiting a supporting church in Ontario in October, we received several books, including Stan Toler’s “Minute Motivators for Men.” Despite the title of the book, his insights will prove helpful to women too. In the first chapter – “Take Charge of Your Attitude,” Toler writes: “There are many things you can’t control. You can’t control the weather, the traffic, the actions of your boss, or the outcome of a sporting event. But there is one thing you can control: your attitude.”
 
Did you hear about an Ontario family who waited more than nine months to receive a bank draft for $846,000? The story was reported on the Internet yesterday at: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ups-td-canada-trust-bankdraft-1.4447384. You can imagine the feelings of frustration that the family experienced before the bank decided to issue a new bank draft. Karen and I understand a little of what the family felt, as we had to wait more than a year for a bank draft to be received. Somehow a transfer of funds from one financial institution to another did not go as it should have and we tried to be patient as one bank “passed the buck” in assigning blame to the other bank.
 
The “blame game” goes back to the Garden of Eden. The first woman gave the forbidden fruit to her husband, Adam, and he chose to join her in defying God’s command.  When God called to Adam, he answered by saying that he tried to hide from Him because he was afraid and that he took the fruit from the woman that God gave him (Genesis 3:10-12). Eve then said that the serpent deceived her (Genesis 3:13). It is easy to find someone or something to blame when we do or say something that we shouldn’t, isn’t it? How fitting that on the first Christmas, the angel of the Lord told the shepherds to not be afraid (in contrast to Adam) because he was bringing “good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). This Christmas, let’s worship the Lord and remember that He delivers us from all our fears.
 

Scripture for the weekend: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men, and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 (NASB) 

Thought for the weekend: “Christmas is all about God’s grace. It’s about what God has done for us that we could never have done for ourselves. Christmas is also about God’s humility. We can’t begin to fathom what took place when the all-glorious, all-powerful, perfect, majestic, sovereign, eternal God of the ages allowed Himself to take on the weaknesses, limitations, and frailties of our humanity.” – J. Christopher Smith (from the November/December 2017 edition of “Israel My Glory” magazine)
 

By His grace,

 

Steve