Aches and Praise Two Hundred & Twenty Nine

Dear friends,

In the movie “War Room” there is a scene where Miss Clara, who is planning to sell her house, meets the lady who will be her real estate agent. When Miss Clara asks Elizabeth Jordan if she goes to church, she replied “occasionally.” Miss Clara’s “comeback” – “Is that because your pastor only preaches occasionally?” – is not only humorous, but it is also convicting. I remember Karen’s father saying that there might be as many Christians in Montreal who stay at home on Sunday as those who attend church. In many cases, this isn’t because they no longer believe, but rather because they were disappointed or hurt by people in church.

The Bible clearly addresses the question “Should we attend church regularly?” The writer to the Hebrews exhorts the believers in the first century to not forsake meeting together (10:25). The second part of this verse refers to encouraging one another. When I think of encouragers in the Bible, two people come to mind: Caleb and Barnabas. Karen and I are blessed to have several encouragers in ministry and elsewhere, for whom we thank the Lord.

I find it helpful when a sermon or commentary includes several points that start with the same letter. For example, in his book “Be Right,” Warren W. Wiersbe writes that the apostle Paul presented his credentials, expressed his concern and affirmed his confidence in the first chapter of his epistle to the believers in Rome.

For the next two months, on Sundays at 12:30 p.m., “L’Heure de la Bonne “Nouvelle” ( will be broadcast on Channel 5 on the Vidéotron network. Those who enquire receive the first lesson of a Bible correspondence course and completed lessons are sent to our office in Châteauguay. May the Lord use the broadcasts of “La Voix de l’Évangile” and  “L’Heure de la Bonne Nouvelle” to convict people of their need to repent and trust in Him.
Scripture for the weekend: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB)   


Thought for the weekend: “God does not save people on the basis of birth or behavior. He saves them “by grace, through faith (Eph. 2:8-9).” – Warren W. Wiersbe (from his book “Be Right”)

In His grace,