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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
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 & Forty Nine

May 17, 2018
 

Dear friends,

 

The Word of God contains these words: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15). I have just come from a memorial service for Mr. Albert Evans, who entered the presence of the Lord on May 6th. His earthly life measured almost 94 years, during which time he devoted himself to helping people, including our family. In the summer of 1995, just after our fourth child was born, Mr. Evans came to help my father-in-law, Rev. Clarence Shelly, and me renovate our house, which included adding a room. Mr. Evans introduced me to a tool that proved to be very helpful in removing nails. I will remember him as a great example of what a generous, godly man is like. Please pray for Mrs. Gwenyth Evans, their three daughters and their families as they grieve.
 

Being in the building where Calvary Baptist Church met for many years in Châteauguay brought back a number of memories. Karen and I had the privilege of sharing with the ladies of the church about the ministry to which God called us. The lady who invited us to speak was Mrs. Hazel Hoare, who went to be with the Lord a few years ago. She, like Mr. Evans, was a dedicated servant of the Lord. What a blessing it is to have known such sincere saints, who said what they meant and meant what they said!

One of the questions that Mr. Evans sometimes asked me was: “Are you working hard or hardly working?” He said it in a light-hearted way, but there is a lot to consider in those words. When we think of all that the Lord Jesus endured to set us free from our sins, how earnestly we should strive, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to serve Him with all of our strength. In Psalm 116:13, the psalmist writes: “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” In his Study Bible, Dr. David Jeremiah comments: “The cup of salvation describes God’s provision. The Lord fills the cup of every believer’s life with the blessing of salvation. That cup is free to humanity, but it cost Jesus everything!”

Scripture for the weekend: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV) 

Thought for the weekend: “God created the world in an instant, and it was a beautiful process. He re-created the world on the cross – and it was a horrible process. That’s how it works. Love that really changes things and redeems things is always a substitutionary process.” – Timothy Keller (from his book “Jesus the King”)  

 

By His grace,
 
Steve       


Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Forty Eight

May 10, 2018

 
Dear friends,
 
In last week’s blog post, I quoted the late Richard DeHaan, whose father, Dr. Martin Ralph DeHaan, began a radio ministry in 1938, which later became known as “Radio Bible Class.” For more information about this, please visit: https://ourdailybread.ca/. A lot has changed in the past eighty years, but the importance of knowing Christ remains the same.                                              
 
Last Sunday, the Children’s class that I taught at church looked at some of the kings of Israel identified in 1 Kings 16. It was sad to read that many kings “did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” This major character flaw prevailed to such an extent that the Lord was provoked to anger.   
 
Many people think of Jesus as “meek and mild,” but the Word of God reveals that He was angry when He saw the moneychangers in the temple courts. After making a whip and overturning tables, Jesus told those who were selling doves to “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” (John 2:16). Dr. David Jeremiah comments: “God approves of anger at sin (Ephesians 4:26) … Jesus acted as He did because of the moneychangers’ dishonesty and their disregard for the purpose of the temple – worship. Jesus would clear out the temple again, near the end of his public ministry (Luke 19:46).” The apostle John records that after watching Jesus clear the temple, the disciples remembered what is written in Psalm 69:9 – “Zeal for your house will consume me.”                                                                                                                                                             
In his book “Jesus the King,” Timothy Keller examines the incident that is recorded in Mark 9:19-29, revealing the contrast between the disciples’ approach to a demon-possessed boy and the attitude of the boy’s father. The disciples tried to exorcise the demon without praying, whereas the boy’s father admitted his weakness and turned to Christ for help. How we need to remember to turn our eyes upon Jesus!         
                                                                                                                                     
Scripture for the weekend: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV) 
 
Thought for the weekend: “Perfect righteousness is impossible for us, and if you wait for that, you will never come into the presence of God. You must admit that you are not righteous, and that you need help. When you can say that, you are approaching God to worship” – Timothy Keller (from his book “Jesus the King”)  
 
By His grace,
 

Steve                  



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Forty Seven

May 3, 2018

 
Dear friends,
 

Have you ever experienced the Lord directing you to precisely what you needed? It might have been a job or a place to live or maybe even a spouse! Last week, I experienced a much less profound experience, but very encouraging nonetheless. I was looking for a certain book and found myself reaching for another book entitled “Good News for Bad Times.” In his study of 1 Peter, Richard W. De Haan writes: “One distinctive of all Christians is that they are the chosen of God. Peter says, ‘Elect according to the foreknowledge of God, the Father’ (1 Peter 1:2). Whenever the term election is mentioned, it raises questions in the minds of many people. They wonder how the teaching that God has chosen some for eternal salvation can be reconciled with the biblical emphasis upon man’s responsibility and upon his free will.”

When I was with Operation Mobilization in Europe, I remember George Verwer saying that God used men like George Whitfield and John Wesley, who held different theological views, in mighty ways. I found Richard De Haan’s comments to be insightful as well: “One reason for the confusion is that people are inclined to take an extreme position. Some theologians might be called hyper-Calvinists. They say that God in eternity past chose some to be saved and at the same time decreed that others should be damned. Such theologians put all the emphasis on God’s sovereign choice and deny that man’s free will has any part in it. They contend that everyone is either predestined by God to be saved or predestined to be condemned.

Other theologians have taken the opposite view, and for all practical purposes deny God’s sovereignty. They say the Lord foreknew who would believe on Jesus, and that He chose them on that basis. According to this view, everything depends upon man’s will. This leads to the misconception that an individual can go through life with alternating periods of being saved and lost. Such believers do not possess the blessed assurance of having been chosen by God nor the confidence that He will keep them saved until they receive their inheritance in heaven.”

De Haan continues: “I believe that the truth regarding election and free will can be found somewhere between these two extreme positions. Both election and free will are taught in the Word of God. We must acknowledge that God has indeed chosen some to be saved, but we must also recognize that man has a will and that he is a responsible moral being. Having said that, we must admit that to our finite human comprehension this is a mystery beyond full understanding.”

Richard De Haan concludes: “Both the election of God and the free will of man are taught in the Scriptures. To top it all off, both ideas are put together in one sentence (John 6:37). There it is! Election and free will in the same statement. God does His part and we must do ours. He does the electing, but we must receive the salvation He offers by believing on Jesus Christ.” He then gives an illustration about a railroad track: “Let’s call one rail ‘election’ and the other ‘free will.’ The theological train of Bible truth needs both rails. If you remove the rail of man’s free will, you crash into the ditch of fatalism. If you remove the rail of sovereign election, you will find yourself in the mire of a works-salvation and fearful insecurity. Both sides of the truth must be accepted and believed. If we gaze down a railroad track to the horizon, we see that in the distance the two rails seem to merge into one. So these two great truths find real harmony in the mind of God.” Taken from Good News for Bad Times by Richard W. DeHaan, © 1975 by Radio Bible Class, and used by permission of Discovery House, Grand Rapids MI 49501.  All rights reserved.

Last night, Karen and I had the privilege of attending a tremendous show at the Bell Centre. Some of the best figure skaters in Canada performed with such agility and strength that they earned numerous standing ovations. This morning, I looked on the Internet to find out how old Elvis Stojko is (he is 46) and learned that he went through a very difficult time after skating with an injury at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan in 1998. For more about Elvis, please visit: https://skatecanada.ca/2015/07/stojko-returns-to-canada-healed/.

Scripture for the weekend: “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” John 6:37 (NKJV) 

Thought for the weekend: “Revelation means ‘to make known’ or ‘to unveil.’ Revelation requires a ‘revealer,’ who in this case is God. It also requires ‘hearers’ – the chosen prophets and apostles who recorded in the Bible what He told them. Revelation is communication in which God is at one end and man is at the other. In the revelation that God established between Himself and us we can find a new dimension of living, but we must ‘tune in.’” – Billy Graham (from his book “How to Be Born Again”)  

 

By His grace,
 

Steve                            



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Forty Six

April 26, 2018
 

Dear friends,                                                                                                                   

 

The news that many people have anticipated for a long time came this afternoon: a prominent comedian was found guilty of aggravated indecent assault of a Canadian woman in 2004. Bill Cosby’s lawyers said that they were disappointed with the verdict, but would appeal the case. Earlier today, we received an email from Jay Sekulow, the Chief Counsel of ACLJ, describing a case that also involves an appeal, but is otherwise completely different than the one in the news. Here is what Sekulow wrote: “A Christian mother has been sentenced to hang in Pakistan for her faith – but finally there’s a glimmer of hope. Asia Bibi has spent nearly 8 years on death row in Pakistan, separated from her husband and five children. Her supposed “crime” – blasphemy, for offering a Muslim co-worker a glass of water. It’s not justice. It’s barbaric.”
 

Sekulow continues: “Her stagnate appeal has been delayed time and again. Finally, the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court has just announced that the Court will soon here Asia Bibi’s appeal. It’s unfathomable what this ordeal has done to her horrified family, having her ripped away, knowing she faces execution, and desperately praying for any sign of hope.

 It is our sacred duty to act. At the ACLJ, we’ve mobilized our office on the ground in Pakistan. We’ve sent numerous legal letters to Pakistan demanding her freedom. We’ve made oral interventions on her behalf at the U.N.

Now as Pakistan’s Supreme Court prepares to hear her appeal, Asia Bibi needs YOU. Join over 700,000 people in demanding this Christian mom’s freedom.” You can sign a petition demanding the freedom of Asia Bibi at: https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/save-christian-mom-asia-bibi-from-execution?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=d-04262018_top-PC_seg-NOexNO20plFBR_typ-PT

On Sunday evening, hundreds of believers gathered at a church in Montreal to sing praises to the Lord, led in worship by Paul Baloche and Brian Doerksen. Singing “Your Name” and other songs in English and French was a special blessing, as was meeting Brian Doerksen. During Sunday’s concert, Brian told how he went through a difficult period of five years where “the words would not come.” We are very glad that he is writing songs of adoration again.

Scripture for the weekend: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) 

Thought for the weekend:  “The word patience is derived from the Latin word for suffering … True patience is the losing of our self-will in His perfect will.” – Andrew Murray (from his book “Waiting on God”)

 
By His grace,  
 
Steve                       


Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Forty Five

April 19, 2018
 
 
Dear friends,
 

Do you like to watch people? I find it very interesting to observe how people act. While sitting in a hospital emergency room yesterday, I had the opportunity to hear and see some things that I would not have guessed if I had been asked to predict what I would see and hear. One elderly lady was on her hands and knees as she sought relief from a pounding headache. A younger lady told the people around her that she was 36 years old and couldn’t wait to get out of the country to escape the cold. She went on to say that she was expecting and that she had a daughter twenty years ago. A young lady beside her told her that she had been waiting six hours for the results of a blood test.

We spend a great deal of time waiting, don’t we? Sometimes it is to see a health care professional and other times it is to be served at a store or a mechanic’s garage. As we age and have more doctors’ appointments than when we were younger, we should appreciate the good health that we enjoy, if we do. Recently, we were saddened to learn of the passing of a daughter of friends in Ontario, whom we visited 18 months ago. Please pray for Brian and Sharon as they grieve.

In our church small group, everyone has either a health challenge or a work challenge or both. Our pastor’s wife, Melissa, has been living with several health challenges in recent years. Pastor Brad is currently teaching on the book of Job and my heart goes out to those who are experiencing physical and emotional pain.

One man who survived a very difficult ordeal was Louis Zamperini, whose life story is portrayed in a film that Karen and I watched. What I didn’t know is that Louis came to faith in Christ four years after he was rescued in 1945, having been a prisoner of war for two and a half years. Dr. Billy Graham wrote about Louis in his book “Nearing Home”: “At ninety four years old, he traveled from his home in California to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he graciously appeared at the Billy Graham Library. For several hours he shook people’s hands and autographed copies of the book Unbroken, his life’s story. The following day, he rode two hours to my home where we had lunch together. It had been many years since we had visited. Louis patiently answered my questions as I asked him to relay his experiences that led up to his conversion.”

The story continues: “When Louis was rescued in 1945 and was welcomed home as a war hero, he enjoyed short-lived celebrity, followed by hard times. Humanly speaking, he had reason to be bitter and cynical. His wife, though, persuaded him to attend our 1949 crusade in Los Angeles where we conducted evangelistic meetings and preached the Gospel for six straight weeks. When Louis returned the second night, instead of slipping out early as he had planned to do when the invitation was given, he said that the Holy Spirit gripped his heart, and he walked the aisle into a prayer room where he repented of his sin, giving his life wholly to the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Last evening, I was relieved that the person I was with was well enough to be discharged. Another person was released at the same time and as the wheelchairs approached, I joked: “It’s a race to see who gets to the exit first!” For some people, life is a marathon; for others it is a sprint. The important thing is to know our destination. Mark Hitchcock, a pastor in Oklahoma, shares this: “Perhaps you’ve read about the weathered tombstone in an old cemetery in Indiana that bears this epitaph:

                        Pause, stranger, when you pass me by;

                        As you are now, so once was I,

                        As I am now, so you will be,

                        So prepare for death and follow me.

            An unknown passerby read those words and etched this reply below them:

                        To follow you I’m not content,

                        Until I know which way you went.”   

Scripture for the weekend: “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.” Psalm 119:114 (NKJV) 

Thought for the weekend:  “The gospel is that God connects to you not on the basis of what you’ve done (or haven’t done) but on the basis of what Jesus has done, in history, for you. And that makes it absolutely different from every other religion or philosophy.” – Timothy Keller (from his book “Jesus the King”)
 
 
By His grace,  
 
Steve                                        


Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Forty Four

April 12, 2018
 
Dear friends,
 

Last Friday will long be remembered as the day when more than a dozen people were killed in a horrific accident in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. The junior hockey team was in a bus headed for Nipawin to play the fifth game of a playoff series. For more information, please visit: http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/humboldt-broncos-bus-involved-in-highway-crash. On Sunday night, a memorial service was held in the arena where the Broncos played their home games. The team chaplain, Pastor Sean Brandow, shared his thoughts in an emotional address, which can be viewed at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=MJXGSw1WvKY.

On Friday evening, Karen and I were at a church in downtown Montreal, where hundreds of people (mostly under the age of 25) gathered for a worship concert. How wonderful it was to see such a large group of people worshipping God! Little did we know then that the community of Humboldt was about to face a terrible tragedy. This morning, I heard a reporter tell of the outpouring of kindness in Humboldt. Karen and I also experienced the generosity of people in Saskatchewan, when we were at a Missions conference in Waldheim in the summer of 1986.

This week, I began reading Mark Hitchcock’s book “55 Answers to Questions About Life After Death.” By examining the Scriptures, we discover what the Lord has prepared for His children. In his book “Nearing Home,” the late Billy Graham wrote: “What home are you preparing for? Some people spend their lives building ultimate dream homes so they can enjoy their twilight years. Some find themselves exchanging their bank accounts for residence within the gates of a retirement center. Others spend their last days in nursing homes. For those of you who do not know Him, choosing your eternal home is the most important decision you will ever make. For the Christian the last mile of the way is a testimony to God’s faithfulness, for He said, ‘I go to prepare a place for you’ (John 14:2).”

Many of the Broncos players lived in homes away from their families during the hockey season. Don Liesemer, who lived with a billet family while playing junior hockey in Montreal, wrote an open letter to the Humboldt Bronco family, which can be read at: https://www.hockeyministries.org/home-ice/blog/a-letter-to-the-humboldt-bronco-family/. Please pray for Don, his wife, Jean, and all those who are ministering to the families and friends of those whose lives ended so suddenly.

Scripture for the weekend: “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1 (NKJV) 

Thought for the weekend:  “A few years ago, when Billy Graham was in his early eighties, an interviewer asked him what had surprised him most about life. Without hesitation, Dr. Graham replied, ‘Its brevity.’” – from the book “55 Answers to Questions About Life After Death” by Mark Hitchcock
 
By His grace,  
 

Steve                              



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Forty Three

April 5, 2018

 
Dear friends,
 

On Tuesday night I had the opportunity to tell a young man who is planning to get married later this year that Isaiah 53 speaks about the Messiah. Although I had spoken with him several times while volunteering at the Bell Centre, it was only this week that I learned that he is Jewish. He asked me what church I was affiliated with and I told him that I am with Global Outreach Mission and go to a church where another man is the pastor. For those who have no idea who Isaiah was, he was a prophet who lived approximately 700 years before Jesus was born. His name means “Yahweh (God) is salvation” and the book that he authored contains 66 chapters, which corresponds to the number of books in the Bible (39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament).

John A. Martin (in “The Bible Knowledge Commentary”) writes about the One who was despised and rejected by Israel: “He was the kind of individual people do not normally want to look at; they were repulsed by Him. For these reasons the nation did not esteem Him; they did not think He was important. Yet He was and is the most important Person in the world, for He is the Servant of the Lord.” Christians around the world just celebrated Easter, remembering how Christ Jesus bore our sins on the cross and rose triumphant over death. Near the beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus was called “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Although He went on to heal the sick and give sight to the blind, many people did not understand that He willingly died to atone for the sins of mankind.

The Word of God declares that the Lamb was “slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). Dr. David Jeremiah observes: “When Christ appeared on the scene to begin His earthly ministry, the Jews in Israel were confused. They had been expecting Daniel’s ‘Ancient of Days’ (Daniel 7:9 to establish His throne … they were tired of suffering at the hand of other nations.” Isn’t that very much like the situation in the world today? People are crying out for peace and looking for a leader to make that a reality.

Dr. Jeremiah continues: “What they overlooked was their sin and the repentance needed to make them suitable citizens of God’s coming kingdom. When Jesus talked about sin, they failed to see His point – most of them, anyway. Do we fail to see His point as well? Jesus’ earthly ministry was about the cross, not the crown.” My late father-in-law, Clarence Shelly, put his faith in Christ on Easter Sunday in 1946. If you have not yet trusted the Lord Jesus as your personal Saviour, I urge you to ask God’s forgiveness for your sins and receive the gift of salvation that His death made possible.

Scripture for the weekend: “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know – Him, being delivered by the predetermined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.” Acts 2:22-24 (NKJV) 

Thought for the weekend:  “The empty cross and the empty tomb provide a full salvation.” – from “The Promise of Easter” by Our Daily Bread Ministries – www.ourdailybread.org.

 

By His grace,  
 
Steve    


Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Forty Two

March 27, 2018
 
Dear friends,
 

If you are married, are you able to say that you are enjoying a healthy marriage filled with love or are you experiencing tension and difficulties in your marriage? I received an email recently from someone who is in the latter category. This prompted me to see what books I could recommend or send to help improve the couple’s relationship.

A week ago, I started reading an excellent book entitled “How to Talk So Your Husband Will Listen” by Rick Johnson. You can read the first chapter of this book online at: http://www.cornerstonechristiansupply.com/firstchapter.asp?mode=view&index=1957. Karen found this book in the airport in Houston, on our way home from the Missions conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When I heard that she found the book in the Houston airport, I was surprised because I had a mindset that great books would not be on display in airports. Was I wrong! It was also encouraging to hear an announcement being made every few minutes, telling where the chapel was located in the airport.

In last week’s blog, I wrote about the changing influence of the church in Quebec since the 1960s. One institution that has seen very dramatic changes is that of marriage, where rising rates of divorce and common-law relationships are resulting in soaring numbers of children being raised by a single parent. For more information on this, please visit: http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/statistiques/sante/bulletins/portrait-200810-mono_an.pdf.

One book that I found in our radio follow-up office lending library is the French version of “I Want My Marriage to be Better” by Dr. Henry Brandt and Phil Landrum. The third chapter starts by describing how one couple “thought that marriage would eliminate misunderstandings, loneliness and the feeling of emptiness. Their honeymoon brought them a bitter disillusionment.” The authors go on to describe the invisible walls that go up as resentment, impatience and other self-centred attitudes grow.

Besides the emotional pain caused by failed or failing relationships, many people have a “bad taste in their mouth” with regard to people who abuse their positions of authority.  Last weekend, Montreal’s leading French-language newspaper ran a story about the terrible abuse that Innu children suffered at the hands of a priest in Quebec many years ago. We may consider ourselves much better than someone like that priest, but if we are honest, we must admit that we have fallen short of God’s standards.

The best place to discover what God requires of mankind in general and marriage partners, in particular, is the Bible. May we seek to know God’s truth and share His love with others, as we remember the supreme sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and His triumph over sin and death.    

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 glorious fact that the empty tomb proclaims to us is that life for us does not stop when death comes. Death is not a wall, but a door. And eternal life, which may be ours now, by faith in Christ, is not interrupted when the soul leaves the body, for we live on … and on.” – Peter Marshall (from his book “The First Easter”)
 
 
By His grace,  
 

Steve      



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Forty One

March 22, 2018
 
Dear friends,  
 
 
Yesterday I saw a sign outside of a church in Montreal that read “For a healthy heart exercise your faith.” I also listened to a message on the radio by Dr. Charles Stanley. When he began talking about bitterness and forgiveness, I listened carefully because Pastor Michel Martel’s series of messages on forgiveness began airing this week on the Quebec Radio network. You can listen to “Healing Our Hurts” at: https://www.intouchcanada.org/listen/featured/healing-our-hurts.

As we approach Easter, we ought to consider the depth of God’s love and forgiveness for mankind. The Lord Jesus took all of the sin and shame that we carry when He hung on the cross of Calvary. Receiving His gift of salvation is the beginning of a relationship that grows more and more precious as we walk in the way of righteousness.

In Quebec the church dominated the life of people since the arrival of explorers from Europe hundreds of years ago. Since the 1960s, many people have moved away from the influence of the church. However, praise God that thousands of people found new life in Christ as they began to read the Bible for themselves.

This month “Every Home for Christ” is distributing literature with the message of salvation to 17 communities in Quebec and Ontario. Having met the leaders of this ministry and visited a church in St-Hubert (near Montreal) last summer where an outreach was taking place, I was delighted to receive an envelope marked “Trouver l’espoir/Finding the Hope” in our ministry postal box, as well as at home. Please join me in praying for fruit from this outreach.

“Happy birthday!” to a godly man who is celebrating his birthday today. Karen and I had the joy of staying with John and his dear wife, Carolyn, in Tulsa last month. What a blessing it is to have brothers and sisters in Christ who pray for us faithfully!

Scripture for the weekend: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV) 

Thought for the weekend:  “Without the merciful gift of God’s Spirit and the gift of God’s armor and the gift of repentance, we cannot defeat the temptations of the devil. But the only reason God’s full sanctifying mercy is flowing to us (through his Spirit and armor and repentance) is because his wrath isn’t. And the reason his wrath isn’t is because Christ endured it for us on the cross. Therefore, our deliverance from Satan’s temptations is based on our deliverance from God’s wrath.” – John Piper (from his book “A Godward Heart”)
 
 
By His grace,  
 

Steve  



Aches and Praise Three Hundred & Forty

March 15 2018
 
 
Dear friends,       
 
                                                                                                                 

I just received a phone call from a friend offering me something for free. Then I saw the  story on the front page of the April 2018 edition of “Have a Good Day,” published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.: “A Life-Saving Act of Kindness” which is also on the Internet at: https://globalnews.ca/news/3902002/pickering-tim-hortons-act-of-kindness/. For those who don’t have access to the Internet, I will summarize the story: For years, Glen Oliver of Pickering, Ontario has paid for the drive-thru order of the person in the car behind him atTim Hortons. Little did he know that one day his acts of kindness would have a life-changing impact on someone.

In July 2017, Glen paid for the order of a person who was in a dark place and planned to end their life. Glen was “blown away” when he learned that his gesture had such a profound impact on someone that they wrote an anonymous letter to a local newspaper explaining that Glen’s act of  kindness caused them to change their mind about ending their life. As Easter is approaching quickly, I am reminded of the ultimate life-changing event: when Jesus willingly died on the cross for our sins.

A man whose name is synonymous with doubt in the Bible is Thomas. In his book “People Just Like Us,” J. Oswald Sanders examines what Thomas was like: “The picture of Thomas in Scripture is of a typical melancholic: he found it desperately easy to look on the dark side of things and conjure up difficulties. Thomas’s nature was set in a minor key. He inclined to view a gloomy possibility as a certainty. The trust and optimistic outlook of the child was absent from his makeup.”

Last weekend, Karen and I had the joy of watching more than thirty children participate in the Children’s Missions conference at Grace Church in Verdun. To see their delight in watching puppets and listening to Wanda Mellette tell a true story about missionaries in Colombia was heartwarming. It is also encouraging to see the transformation that took place in the life of Thomas. Sanders writes: “In sublime condescension, the Lord of glory met the obstinate and gloomy Thomas on his own basis. Once again the disciples were gathered in the upper room … In an awed hush, Jesus singled out the absentee.

It is a moving fact that the two disciples whom the Lord favored with special attention after His resurrection were the greatest denier and the greatest doubter. He specialized in mending broken reeds and in fanning dimly burning wicks into flame.”

Have you been discouraged lately? Remember that the sun is always shining above the clouds and the Son is always waiting for you to turn to Him for help.

Scripture for the weekend: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” 1 John 3:16 (NIV) 

Thought for the weekend:  “Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.” – Sir Arthur Helps (from “When Life Takes What Matters” by Susan Lenzkes)
 
 
By His grace,  
 

Steve