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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
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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 & Twenty Six

Dear friends,  

 

Have you ever heard a sermon that you enjoyed so much that you would have been glad to drive hours to hear it? I have experienced that several times, including during our visit to Connecticut, to see our daughter, Candace, and Richie and his family during American Thanksgiving. One of the elders of Cheshire Bible Chapel, who officiated at Candace and Richie’s wedding in August, preached a tremendous sermon on the tenth chapter of the gospel of John. Knowing that the Lord Jesus is our shepherd gives us wonderful assurance that we can trust Him to take great care of us!

After telling His disciples that He is the door and the good shepherd, Jesus says: “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they shall hear My voice; and they shall become one flock with one shepherd” (John 10:16). When I volunteer at a public event in Montreal, I can tell when I meet someone from France or Belgium by their accent. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people would realize that of all the voices calling for their attention, the one that is most deserving of their attention is that of the Lord Jesus.
 
A song that Karen sang often with her family in the 1980s was “People Need the Lord.” In his book “Disciplines of a Godly Man,” R. Kent Hughes references this song by Greg Nelson and Phill McHugh. Here are the lyrics of the first part of the song:

 

                        Every day they pass me by,

                              I can see it in their eyes;

                        Empty people filled with care,

                              headed who knows where.

                        On they go through private pain,

                              living fear to fear.

                        Laughter hides the silent cries,

                              only Jesus hears.

 

                        People need the Lord.

                              People need the Lord.

                        At the end of broken dreams,

                              He’s the open door.

 

                        People need the Lord.

                              People need the Lord.

                        When will we realize

                              people need the Lord?

 

If you have never heard this song, or would like to hear it again, you can do so at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxzEJTKxIjQ. Karen and I had the privilege of meeting Steve Green, an inspirational Christian recording artist, in Buffalo, NY some years ago. To hear a stirring duet of “People Need the Lord” by Steve Green and Song Jung Mi, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iccU-87Km-M.

As we approach Christmas, let us ask God to guide us to tell others about the One whom the writer of the epistle to the Hebrews described as “the great Shepherd of the sheep” (Hebrews 13:20).
 

Scripture for the weekend: “When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” John 10:4 (NASB) 

Thought for the weekend: “Life, well lived, is like writing a poem. And therefore it is hard, very hard. A sloppy prose life or an unintelligible, free verse life would not be as hard. And the effect would not be as great. God is beautiful, and the life that expresses his glory should be beautiful … Beauty and truth and compelling depth come by painstaking thinking and trial and praying and self-correcting.” – Dr. John Piper (from his book “A Godward Life – Book Two”)
 
 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Twenty Five

Dear friends,  

 

In our men’s study group on Tuesday night, we looked at the life of one of the disciples of Jesus: Andrew. One thing that I learned when I read “Disciplines of a Godly Man” by R. Kent Hughes is that Andrew’s name is derived from the Greek word “andros” which means “man.” Although Andrew was not part of the inner circle of disciples – namely, Peter, James and John – he was the first of the twelve disciples (along with John) to follow Jesus. He was also eager to point people to the Lord.

Today is St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland. When I was a boy, I went to Sunday School in St. Andrew’s United Church in St. Laurent. I also attended Cubs and Scouts there, where the uniform included a scarf with an X-shaped white cross on a blue background, which is the pattern of the flag of Scotland, which was designed to honour Andrew. I didn’t realize it at the time, but there are a lot of churches named after this disciple.
 
How did Andrew become the patron saint of Scotland? According to R. Kent Hughes, some say that an eighth-century monk named Regulus brought some of Andrew’s body parts to what is now St. Andrews in Scotland. Those who follow the professional golf tour are familiar with this town, as it has hosted the world’s best golfers. I remember talking with a notary in Châteauguay, who considered playing on the famous golf course as one of the most special experiences in his life. Some information on the history of the celebration of St. Andrew’s Day can be found at: https://www.scotland.org/events/st-andrews-day/who-was-st-andrew.
 
Although no sermons by Andrew are recorded in the Bible, what is written in the gospels reveals that he was a man of spiritual integrity. In listening to Dr. Charles Price on the radio last week, one of the statements that he made about Peoples Church in Toronto was that it is possibly the most ethnically diverse congregation in the world. In recent decades, people from all over the world have moved to Toronto and Montreal, as well as many other large cities in the West, where they have the opportunity to hear the message of salvation in Christ. By God’s grace, let’s follow the example of Andrew and point our neighbours, co-workers and others to the One who loved us enough to die for our sins on the cross of Calvary.
           
Scripture for the weekend: “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.” John 10:10 (NASB) 
 
Thought for the weekend: “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” – C. S. Lewis
 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Twenty Four

Dear friends,  

 

In last week’s blog I wrote about Caleb, who demonstrated faith in refuting the negative report of the majority of the spies who were sent into Canaan by Moses. Caleb lived wholeheartedly for the Lord during difficult times and when he turned 85, he boldly sought new challenges (see Joshua 14). A modern parallel to Caleb was the late Jack Wyrtzen, who founded Word of Life in Schroon Lake, NY and directed that ministry for more than 50 years. Jack had an exuberant love for the Lord and was still doing push-ups at the age of 80!

Yesterday, I listened to a message on the radio by Dr. Charles Price, in which he quoted a famous speech by King George VI. It is remarkable that the monarch bravely overcame a stammer in addressing his subjects in September 1939, shortly after England declared war on Nazi Germany. You can read the transcript of that speech at: http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Kings-Speech/. History not only repeated itself in the outbreak of a second world war, but the British sovereign battled the same physical challenge that Moses did.
 
Last night, I learned that Dr. Charles Price is no longer the pastor of Peoples Church in Toronto. His final message in that church is available at:  http://www.livingtruth.ca/LT/. In this historic sermon, Dr. Price shares how God led him in the past and exhorts the congregation to remain faithful to the Lord.
 
Are you going through a difficult time? Addressing the people of Israel, Moses declared: “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not” (Deuteronomy 8:2). In Hebrews 11, Moses is commended for his faith as “he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). May we follow in his footsteps, forsaking worldly pleasures and faithfully serving the Lord.
 
On Monday, Pastor Michel Martel came to the recording studio in Châteauguay. Please pray that many Québécois and others will trust in Christ as they hear the Word of God preached on the radio network, as well as on the Internet.
 
Scripture for the weekend: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.” Psalm 92:1 (NKJV) 
 
Thought for the weekend: “The man who lives in God is never out of season.” – Vance Havner
 
 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Twenty Three

Dear friends,  

 

When you do something well, are you tempted to admire what you’ve accomplished and look back? Sometimes runners have turned to see where their competitors were and then lost their race. One such story was reported online at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3037395/College-long-distance-runner-SLOWED-celebrate-victory-loses-second-place-runner-pips-post.html. In the spiritual realm, I believe that God’s Word assures believers that when we place our faith in Christ, we will not lose our salvation, but we can lose the joy that accompanies living wholeheartedly for the Lord.
 
One of my favourite Bible characters is Caleb, who demonstrated faith in the Lord in the face of difficult circumstances. His story is found in three chapters of the Bible: Numbers 13 & 14 and Joshua 14. After being selected by Moses, along with Joshua and ten other men, to spy out the land of Canaan, Caleb declared that the people should definitely enter the Promised Land. He believed the Lord’s promise to provide His people with a land flowing with milk and honey. 
 
It is understandable that ten of the twelve men sent by Moses were afraid of the giants that they found there. People are afraid of many things, including the unknown. The fear of death tops the list of fears for many. The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews wrote that Jesus died on the cross so that“through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives” . (Hebrews 2:14-15).
 
Moses is known as the one who delivered the people of Israel from the tyranny of the Egyptian Pharaoh, but the Lord Jesus is a mightier Deliverer, having conquered death and liberating His followers from bondage to sin. Caleb is a great example of a man who lived by faith, looking forward to what God would accomplish in and through his life. Let’s follow his example and trust God to lead us to great spiritual victories, instead of “taking it easy.”
 
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: “The heart of every problem is a problem in the heart. The people of Israel (except Moses, Joshua, and Caleb) erred in their hearts (Hebrews 3:10), which means that their hearts wandered from God and His Word.” – Warren W. Wiersbe (from his book “Be Confident”)
 
 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Twenty Two

Dear friends,  

 

I have been enjoying reading John Piper’s book “A Godward Life – Book Two” and was amazed to read the chapter entitled “The Great Work of God: Rain.” When I was in elementary school, one assignment was to keep track of the different types of clouds in the sky for a month. That task inspired me to be interested in star gazing. When I read Dr. Piper’s description of what is involved in the formation of rain, I was “blown away” by the intricacy of God’s handiwork.

Dr. Piper writes about the scenario where a farmer in the Near East depends upon rain  that originates in the Mediterranean Sea: “Water will have to be carried … over several hundred miles, and then be poured out on the fields from the sky. Carried? How much does it weigh? Well, if one inch of rain falls on one square mile of farmland during the night, that would be 27,878,400 cubic feet of water, which is 206,300,160 gallons, which is 1,650,501,280 pounds of water.” And to think that I struggle to carry an eighteen-liter jug up a few stairs!
 
Have you ever thought about how the rain drops form? Dr. Piper continues: “Well, it gets up there by evaporation … the water stops being water for a while so it can go up and not down. I see. Then how does it get down? Well, condensation happens. What’s that? The water starts becoming water again by gathering around little dust particles between .00001 and .0001 centimeters wide. That’s small.”
 
Did you ever consider how the salt in the oceans affects the process of condensation? Dr. Piper explains: “Well, the salt has to be taken out. Oh. So the sky picks up a billion pounds of water from the sea, takes out the salt, carries the water (or whatever it is, when it is not water) for three hundred miles, and then dumps it (now turned into water again) on the farm. Well, it doesn’t dump it. If it dumped a billion pounds of water on the farm, the wheat would be crushed. So the sky dribbles the billion pounds of water down in little drops. And they have to be big enough to fall for one mile or so without evaporating, and small
enough to keep from crushing the wheat stalks.”
 
Dr. Piper goes on to explain how the microscopic specks of water get heavy enough to fall: “… it’s called coalescence. What’s that? It means the specks of water start bumping into each other and join up and get bigger, and when they get big enough, they fall.” There is more to the story, involving an electric field, but I’m sure you’ll agree that we live and breathe because the God of wonders (whom some call “Mother Nature”) is in control of His creation!
 
Our missionary friends in the Republic of Congo – Dr. Joseph Harvey and Rebecca Harvey, along with their son, Noah – are getting ready to return to the United States, as Dr. Joe has suffered a relapse of Multiple Sclerosis. Please pray for the restoration of his health, for the Lord’s leading, and for those who are serving at the Pioneer Christian Hospital in Impfondo – http://www.congoharveys.org – as well as Radio Sango Kitoko and Kimia Care Center.
 

Scripture for the weekend: “But as for me, I would seek God, and I would place my cause before God; who does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number. He gives rain on the earth, and sends water on the fields.” Job 5:8-10 (NASB) 

Thought for the weekend: “Practical man says ‘Seeing is believing!’ But the man of faith replies, ‘Believing is seeing!’”  – Warren W. Wiersbe (from his book “Be Confident”)
 
 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Twenty One

Dear friends,  

 

For those of you who have been reading this blog for more than a few weeks, you probably noticed that I quote from several pastors, including Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Charles Stanley and Warren W. Wiersbe. Today I want to expand my sphere of reference to include a pastor who is very well-liked by many: Dr. John Piper. While visiting the saints in Fergus last month, Karen and I received several excellent books, including one by Dr. Piper. In looking at the table of contents, one chapter title caught my eye: “Discernment by Desire.” I spoke a little about discernment last Wednesday at the “Evergreens” meeting in Niagara Falls, so when I saw this title, my curiosity was aroused.

Dr. Piper writes: “Most of the choices we make in a day are not made after consciously weighing a list of criteria. We dress and eat and sit and walk and a hundred other things without consciously asking: Is this the will of God? I think this is inevitable and good. It reveals our true inner nature. If we are going to do what pleases God, most of the time it will be by reflex, not reflection.” This reminded me of when I learned to play the guitar. After learning a song, I found that I would be able to play it many years later, thanks to muscle memory.
 
Dr. Piper continues: “This means that one faculty of discernment is deeper than reflective reason. What faculty is that? Perhaps we should call it the discerning faculty of desire. If choices are being made, moment by moment, without reflection, then the faculty of desire is not merely following the dictates of reason; it is following its own nose. Desire, or something closely connected to it, ‘smells’ the preferred choice and embraces it before reflection.”
 
Toward the end of the chapter, Dr. Piper writes: “We are to let our Spirit-shaped desires be our guide. We are to discern by desire. In other words, when we have narrowed down the choices into a small circle enclosed by biblical principle and spiritual wisdom and careful observation, then inside that circle we prayerfully ask: In which choice do we delight? According to Psalm 1:1-2, the alternative to walking in the counsel of the ungodly is to ‘delight in the law of the Lord.’ Our faculty of delight is crucial in keeping us from folly.” The Bible teaches that those who say that there is no God are fools. The psalmist David goes on to say that “they are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds” (Psalm 14:1).
 
On the news last night, a man on trial for murdering his wife gave an “explanation” of his violent action by saying that he reacted to seeing her pointing a knife in his direction and that he didn’t have time to think before stabbing her. My first thought upon hearing this was that he did have time to think before he flew into a rage.
 
The first murder in history is recorded in the fourth chapter of the book of Genesis. After God accepted Abel’s offering and rejected Cain’s, the latter killed his brother. I’ve heard different viewpoints as to why God chose Abel’s offering. It is my understanding that Abel was favoured by God because he brought an offering that involved the shedding of blood. In Genesis 3:21, we read that God made garments of skin for Adam and Eve after they sinned. I believe that God’s approval of Abel’s offering reflects the link between the shedding of blood and atonement and forgiveness, as recorded in Leviticus 17:11 and Hebrews 9:22. Proper worship requires obedience to God’s directives, which is what Abel demonstrated.
 
Karen and I received some sad news today: Ernie Presseau, the brother of a Christian friend, passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. Ernie was very involved in community life in Châteauguay, organizing St. Patrick’s Day parades and other events for many years. We offer our sincere sympathy to Bob and all of Ernie’s family.
 
Scripture for the weekend: “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this comes judgment; so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, not to bear sin, to those who eagerly await Him for salvation.” Hebrews 9:27-28 (NASB) 
 
Thought for the weekend: “We have the juice of grapes only because somebody has crushed the grapes. We have bread only because somebody has crushed the grain into flour. We have fully productive and useful lives only because God has crushed our self-will.” – Dr. Charles Stanley (from his book “The Blessings of Brokenness”)
 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Twenty

Dear friends,  

 

Karen and I had the privilege of being with many wonderful friends and relatives in Ontario this past week. A couple of highlights were watching a film in Bethel Baptist Church in Fergus about Martin Luther (in anticipation of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation) and being invited to speak at a meeting of seniors in Redeemer Bible Church in Niagara Falls. One of the pastors, named Stephen, led a beautiful time of worship and then one of the ladies on the Missions Committee read the following as she recalled the hard work of the Search Committee six years earlier, in order to find Stephen:
 

            “Let me report on how vigorous and extensive the Committee was in their search on behalf of our church, and they were very thorough in checking references as well. There were 15 different candidates that were interviewed, so allow me to tell you a bit about them.

  1. Adam was first to be interviewed. He was a good man, but had problems with his wife not being obedient. Also, one reference told of how his wife and he enjoyed walking in the woods, pretty scantily-dressed, so his name was discarded.

 

  1. Then they interviewed Noah. They discovered that he was prone to some pretty unrealistic building projects, so his name was rejected. 

                                                                                  

  1. Next, they interviewed Abraham, but one of the references reported that he claimed his wife was his sister, which just about created a scandal, so they decided to find a man with better integrity.

 

  1. The next candidate interviewed was Joseph. He truly was a big thinker, and looked like a very promising candidate. But references reported that he was a braggart, believed in dream interpretations, and had a prison record, so his name was dumped as well.

 

  1. The next name on the list was Moses: a modest and meek man, but a very poor communicator, even stuttering at times. And references showed that sometimes he blew his stack and acted pretty rashly. Some said he left the country at one point over a murder charge. So, of course, his name was dumped.

 

  1. David was the next candidate. He really appeared to be the most promising leader of all until it was discovered that he had an affair with his neighbour’s wife.

 

  1. Solomon was next. He was a great preacher, but the Search Committee knew that the church would not approve of all of his wives. They were tempted to hire him, though, because it would really have helped church attendance.

 

  1. The next candidate was Elisha. He appeared to have an amazing résumé, until it was reported that he had lived with a single widow while at his former church, and some thought that type of reputation was pretty dicey.

                                                                        

  1. Hosea was next, and he appeared to be a very tender and loving pastor, but the Search Committee knew that the congregation would totally disapprove of his wife’s occupation.

 

  1. Jeremiah’s résumé really looked promising, but during interviews it became evident that he was emotionally unstable, alarmist, negative, always lamenting things.

 

  1. Next Alan got a phone call from Jonah. But when Jonah told him he had refused God’s call into ministry until he was forced to obey, and then proceeded to tell Alan a big fish story, well Alan just did something that is so out of character for him … he just hung up on him.

 

  1. Well the next candidate was John. He said he was a Baptist, but he definitely didn’t dress like one. He had slept in the outdoors for months on end, had a weird diet, and had a record of provoking denominational leaders, so he definitely did not appear to be a good candidate for the church.

 

  1. Peter was the next very interesting candidate, but he had a bad temper – and was even known to curse, so he was discarded early in his first interview.

 

  1. When the search committee interviewed Paul, they were sure they had the right man. He was a powerful CEO type leader and a fascinating preacher. However, when it was discovered that had been known to preach all night, he too was rejected.

 

  1. Stephen was the last person that they interviewed. He was found to be a man of great faith and power, and had a reputation of doing great wonders and miracles while working with people. His references said that when disputes arose among people that he spoke with great wisdom. Some of his references said that his faith was so strong that his face looked like that of an angel.”

 

Then Pastor Stephen declared that he remembered what happened to Stephen in the Bible: he was martyred! Someone spoke up and said “Just give it time!” It is good to laugh and share one another’s joys, as well as sorrows. May the Lord be glorified in His church!

Scripture for the weekend: “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 (NASB) 
 
Thought for the weekend: “The fool has two habits that get him or her in trouble: closing the mind while opening the mouth. Instead of being receptive to other points of view, the foolish person wants to share only one perspective, that of his or her own heart. The result is self-inflicted harm.” – Dr. David Jeremiah (from his Study Bible)
 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Nineteen

Dear friends,  

 

Last Sunday, we had a missionary family visit our church to report what the Lord is doing in Nepal. You can watch the entire service, including Steve Regnault’s message at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fSr2CdJZPE.

We live in a world of great contrasts, don’t we? A minority of people have the majority of material goods. However, great numbers of people in disadvantaged areas are finding spiritual treasure through faith in Christ.

Last month, two people who had a great influence on others, died. One was known for creating an empire built on the pursuit of pleasure, while the other man devoted himself to serving God and extending His kingdom.

David Mainse has joined the throngs of people who are worshiping God in heaven. To read more about the founder of Canada’s longest-running religious daily television program, go to: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/09/26/religious-media-pioneer-david-mainse-dies-at-81.html.
 
Yesterday, I listened to Dr. David Jeremiah’s radio program, in which he gave some background information about the word “generosity” and the Roman world in the first century. In Mark 12, Jesus observed the rich and a poor widow putting gifts into the treasury. Many, no doubt, were impressed by the amounts given by the rich, but Jesus knew that the widow gave all that she had, in contrast to the rich. In his Study Bible, Dr. Jeremiah writes: “Although the poor widow gave very little – two mites … about one-fiftieth of a day’s wage for a common labourer – as a percentage of her income, she gave far more than the rich.” You can listen to Dr. Jeremiah’s message at: http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio_archives.aspx.
 

Dr. Jeremiah stated that 85% of Americans give less than 2% of their income to charitable organizations. According to one study, only 10% to 25% of typical American congregations tithe (give 10% or more to charity). The study also reported the astounding changes that would occur, including the elimination of global hunger, if Christians would begin to tithe regularly.

Scripture for the weekend: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV) 
 
Thought for the weekend: “Good leaders lead by demonstration. They pull people along with them instead of pushing them. General Eisenhower used to demonstrate the art of leadership in a simple but forceful way. He would place a single piece of string on a table and say, ‘Pull it and it follows wherever you want it to go; push it and it goes nowhere.’” – R. Kent Hughes (from his book “Disciplines of a Godly Man”)
 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Eighteen

Dear friends,  

 

Two stories that have been widely reported in the media recently are allegations of sexual harassment involving a well-known film producer and wildfires in California. While the latter have claimed the lives of more than 20 people and caused extensive destruction of property – http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/11/us/california-fires-updates/index.html – the former story has provoked great interest and reaction.
 
Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Leslie Vernick examines what the Bible says about abusive relationships in the following article on the Internet:https://un184.infusionsoft.com/app/hostedEmail/8097131/afb4d2292c5dfa38?inf_contact_key=f500bdf33f9e931091fd058eeddb62aacd5d8d4e5cd83d95636353879b605f8c. Ms. Vernick writes: “We are to be champions of the oppressed and abused. God hates the abuse of power and the sin of injustice.”
 
In an article about the film producer who is under investigation, Manohla Dargis examines attitudes in the film industry and refers to a legendary producer whose name is one of three names associated with a studio that once boasted that it had more stars than were in heaven. You can read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/movies/harvey-weinstein-hollywood.html.The Bible reveals the truth about stars, heaven, and so much more. The apostle Paul wrote that believers “shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15). The apostle Peter declared that he was an eyewitness of God’s majesty and that we should pay attention to God’s Word “as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19). In “The Bible Knowledge Commentary” produced by Dallas Seminary, Dr. Kenneth Gangel writes: “The apostle wrote of illumination (v. 19), revelation (v. 20), and inspiration (v. 21). Old Testament prophecy is a light compared with the darkness of a squalid room. God’s prophetic Word is a Light shining in a dark place. Though the world is darkened by sin, God’s Word, pointing to the future, enlightens believers about His ways.”
 

Dr. Gangel goes on: “But the day (Christ’s return) is coming. In the daytime, lamps are no longer needed. And a lamp is nothing compared with the Morning Star (‘Light-Bringer’; used only here in the NT). Much as a lamp at night anticipates and is outshined by the bright morning star, so Old Testament prophecy looks ahead to the coming of Christ, ‘the bright Morning Star’(Revelation 22:16).”

Christ left the splendour of heaven to be born in Bethlehem. He came so that mankind could be redeemed. If you repent of your sins and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you will be born again. Praise the Lord for His wonderful love!

Scripture for the weekend: “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12 (NIV) 
 
Thought for the weekend: “Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once.”
 
 

By His grace,

 

Steve



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Seventeen

Dear friends,  

 

On Tuesday night, I attended our men’s study where we have been discussing the book entitled “Disciplines of a Godly Man” by R. Kent Hughes. This week’s topic was the discipline of the church. In sharing our experiences, we found that all of the men in the group were not in the first church that they attended. The most surprising reason for leaving a church was that one brother learned that the elders in the church where he was going arranged marriages for people there, citing the story found in Genesis 24 of Isaac and Rebekah as their example to follow.

When I was with Operation Mobilization in Europe as a single young man, I remember hearing people who served in India say that Westerners enter into marriage with a hot plate that goes cold, while people in India start with a cold plate that gets hot. Although the high rate of divorce in the West attests to that claim, I am glad that I had the freedom of choice in looking for a bride.
 
On Sunday, I had the opportunity to visit a lady who lives on the street where I grew up. She had been taking care of her mother until her death a couple of weeks ago. I learned that her brother died nine years ago after having an operation. The last time I talked with him, he told me that he worked in a radio station. It was neat that we grew up in the same neighborhood and were both working in communications. I also learned that their mother was a Holocaust survivor. I can’t imagine what she went through.
 
The horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas this week brought to light the contrast between good and evil. People stood in the hot sun for hours to give blood to help save lives. A radio station in Montreal aired a quote from the late Fred Rogers, a minister who entertained millions through the medium of television, about looking for the helpers when a terrible event occurred. The quote is shown on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LGHtc_D328.
 
For those who love the Lord, we know that we live in a world filled with evil, as the enemy of our souls seeks to destroy relationships and lives. Yet, we do not lose hope, because we know that God is greater than the devil. May we seek to help others find new life in Christ.
 

Scripture for the weekend: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 (NKJV) 

Thought for the weekend: “Men, on the most elementary level, you do not have to go to church to be a Christian. You do not have to go home to be married either. But in both cases if you do not, you will have a very poor relationship.” – R. Kent Hughes (from his book “Disciplines of a Godly Man”)
 
 

By His grace,

 

Steve