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Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
May 19, 2015 - "Opening The Doors" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

Okay, now I'm even more pumped about our Missions Conference - "Opening The Doors" - coming up this weekend.  Please take just a few minutes to watch the video clips below for a glimpse into what a treat we're in for!  Our keynote speaker, Dr. Cheryl Bear, is an award winning story teller, singer, song writer, and author.  Matt & Kirstie heard her speak at  the "New Paths - Indigenous Peoples' Conference" last year and came back speaking very highly of her.

In addition to this quality keynote speaker, the conference includes guests from several other regional ministries - Healing Hearts, Interact Ministries, Love Lives Here, Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, The Center, and Tribal Trails (see links for some of them below).  Saturday afternoon, you will have a chance to learn how to make bannock - and the weather looks promising for our outdoor barbecue supper after that. All ages are welcome, and there will be an activity for youth and college & career Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
 
A lot of effort has gone into planning this year's conference.  Please come to whatever portions you can, and feel free to invite your friends and neighbors.  Other than a toonie for the breakfast, there is no charge for attending.  (An offering will be received Saturday evening to help with expenses.)

And ... did I mention there are some great door prizes?!!!

Penny

Last Sunday's Service:

Audio from Sunday's service  (Pastor Fred)
Video from Sunday's service 

 
Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
May 14, 2015 - "You Betcha" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

A common English idiom in use these days is saying "you bet" or "you betcha" as a replacement phrase for "thank-you" or for "yes". It would seem that "you bet" is short for "you can bet on it", which is another way of saying that it's a "sure thing", guaranteed, or 100% going to happen. So, if someone says "will you come over and help me fix my car?",  a response of "you bet" is a strong way of saying yes.

I don't bet. Actually, that's not true, but I will only bet on something if I know it's a sure thing...or, actually, if I know that I can "bet on it" (Roughriders bet excluded). So, my kids know that if they are disagreeing with me on some important point of trivia and I say "wanna bet on it", they are going to lose. It's a good bet that they are going to lose the bet.

So, that saying has now morphed in to a version of "thank-you". So, if you say "thanks for the coffee", it's an appropriate response these days to say "you bet". Imagine if someone said thanks to me and I responded with "yes". That would sound weird. Perhaps along the lines of when a lover says "I love you" to his loved one and she responded "thanks".

So, is there anything in life that is a sure bet? Well, apparently death and taxes are a sure bet, but what about good things? Well, here's a safe bet for you: God loves you. Not only that, but He has provided a way for you to know for sure that your sins are forgiven and that you are rescued from darkness. Jesus' resurrection is the sealing of that amazing deal that God has made on our behalf.

Go ahead, bet on Jesus. He's a sure thing.

Joell


Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
May 6, 2015 - "Mother's Day Origins" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

Ah, Mother's Day. That day beloved by many and loathed by a few. Was it invented by the Hallmark company to sell cards? Well, actually no. Not HallmarkIt was started in 1908 by this lady (Anna Jarvis), who wanted to honour her mother who had died in 1905. By 1914, the 2nd Sunday in May became a national holiday (in the US of A). Within a decade Anna wanted to cancel the whole thing when commercialization kicked in, and she began to actively boycott it.

Other countries picked up on the idea (including Canada), and we've got the day we have today. The day which has the most long distance phone calls of the year. (Ironically, Father's Day has the most collect calls of the year.) Anna wanted to have people write a handwritten note (typewriters were impersonal) and send one simple carnation as a way of saying thanks. She also wanted the children to take up the causes that meant something to their mother...in her case it was caring for returned servicemen.

So, what to do with Mother's Day now? Yes, it commercialized. Yes, people are making gobs of money off of it. But, hey, if someone is profiting from a mother getting the appreciation that she deserves and, probably loves....is that such a bad thing? And, if that really bothers you, then get out your pen, write an appreciation note, grow a carnation, and deliver it to her... or perhaps to her graveside...and say "Thank you, Lord, for my mom".

Joell

 
Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
April 29, 2015 - "Earthquakes" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

I forgot to mention on Sunday that those who want to give to relief efforts in Nepal should do so via Canadian Baptist Ministries. We know them. We trust them. They do a great job. Click here to donate: http://www.cbmin.org/nepal-emergency-relief/

Four fifths of an inch (2 cm) per year. That doesn't sound like much, does it?  But that is the speed at which India and Asia are moving towards each other. As they  move together, they are pushing the Himalayan mountains up. making Mount Everest a fraction higher every year. Of course, it doesn't actually move those 2 cms but rather builds up pressure to move...much like your hand on a table. The more force you exert down, the harder it is to slide. But, once it does slide, it's hard to stop! That's why every so often, an area that hasn't had quakes for quite a while will get a big one like Nepal just had. 7.8 on the Richter scale. But, for that region, a bigger one may be on the way soon.

So, a theological question often arises after natural disasters such as this: Why does God allow this "natural evil"? For those caught in the midst of the mayhem,  a "bigger picture" answer is of little comfort. Still, our created world does come with some risks in order for advance life to be possible on earth. For instance, plate tectonics is responsible for us to actually have land on the planet instead of it being covered with water. The various land masses floating around on the planet (and they are floating) crash into each other (over millions of years) and end up pushing up and down those floating plates, creating our continents today. That process is still in process and is still needed so that we have places to live. There really wasn't any other way for it to be created. Some folks have tried to think of a way the planet could have been designed differently so there weren't natural disasters, but all their attempted solutions ended up making life impossible.

So, give and extend the hand of grace to those in need.

Joell

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