Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
As I type this we are expecting another major snow storm (2nd one this week) and they have been talking all day about how this storm is going to hit quickly and be extremely intense over this part of the Island. I'm thinking tonight about storms in our lives and how so often they seem to come out of no where and we find our selves in the midst of a storm, not knowing how we got there or how we can get out of it.
I AM SO THANKFUL that in the midst of the storm...in the midst of the confusion, doubts, unknowns and Question Marks...there is a GOD who is able to calm the storm and see us through the storm!!!
I'm so encouraged tonight by Job 40:6 "Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:", this verse has been such a timely reminder to me of how even in the Midst of a storm...God STILL SPEAKS!!!
Whatever you may be facing today...be encouraged to know that you are not alone in the Storm...and that God will walk through the Storm with you...He will guide you and will speak to you through this time...Rest in HIM...
Psalm 107:28-30 28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. 29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
Wish I could join you for a big turkey dinner today.
We have so much to thank the Lord for! He has blessed us abundantly and we praise Him for everything He has showered upon us.
Have a wonderful day, dear friends, and don't eat too much!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Posted by Amrita
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I have such a bitter sweet feelng right now! On Tuesday, November 18th my precious "niece" was born. Her mommy, my best friend, had her at 9:35a.m. She is a healthy, beautiful little angel! Tammy found out she was pregnant right after my angel went home to her Lord and Savior. Shortly after they found out they were going to have a girl she asked me if they could name her after Erin. What an honor. Her name is Raylie Erin! Erin would be so tickled. She loved and looked up to her Aunt Tammy. I waited on Raylie all night Monday night. Now she is here. I love her to pieces but holding her makes me miss and want my baby girl so badly. I miss her all of the time but this floods my mind with memories and thoughts of my baby! Erin used to want to be with her Aunt Tammy all of the time. I know Erin can see Raylie and she is happy for her Aunt Tammy. It just seems so hard to keep on going sometimes. I miss her, I hurt, and want her. I know God has a divine plan and He has me (and my family) in his hands! I am so thankful for that! I trust him and I definitely lean on Him! I have never dreaded holidays so bad! But, Erin loved them and she would want us to continue to celebrate. I plan on celebrating her and her awesome life. Thanks to the virgin birth of my Jesus, my baby accepting him and is in Heaven worshipping our Savior! How Grand! Thanks for all of the prayers! God is good and He will continue to provide
IT WAS ON MARCH 11th 2008 THAT ERIN LEFT US. OH, HOW SHE IS MISSED BY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND IT SEEMS EVEN STRANGERS! GOD, KEEP USING OUR PRECIOUS BABY GIRL TO TOUCH LIVES FOR YOU AND BRING OTHERS TO YOU! YOU ARE MISSED ERIN MICHELLE PAGE AND WILL BE LOVED AND MISSED FOREVER! YOUR TESTIMONY CONTINUES TO LEAD OTHERS TO CHRIST! WE WILL MEET AGAIN SOON
Thursday, November 20, 2008
To me the word missionary is synonymously with the person Ingeborg Eikeland. She was sent from the little Pentecost Church Salem in my birth town Sauda out to Belgian Congo in 1956.A top scholar. Straight A's and a Master degree in languages. For 52 years she has served Kongo with all her heart and mind. First she built a primary school, then school for teachers. She cooperated with the UN the establish a university. Now the circle is finsihed. She's back teaching in highschool in Bukavu, 140 kilometers south of Goma. Four times she's had to flee the country, first time in 1961, then in 67 and twice in the ninties.
I remember her visiting our Sunday School telling about cruelties one never had heard of. I remember the peace following her. And unselfish love.
Now she is the only foreign person left in Bukavu. She has established two shelters for raped women.The cruelest way of waging war ; against innocent civilians.
"I will not leave until my Congolese superior order me to," she said the other day on telephone.
The suffering and need are beyond imaginations.
"I do not worry for myself, I know I'm living on grace-time."
My prayer to the Pilgrim Pals; please pray for missionary Ingeborg, pray for her church, her school, her abused women. Pray for peace and justice for Congo.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Our Pilgrim Pal Susan posted the following concerning their church, Kindred Community Church. We have much to praise God for! - David
By the grace of God
Our church still stands
From the fire and winds
Sparks and embers flew wild
The peril was great
The dangers many
He gave courage to men
Emboldened them to take a stand
The fire burned close
As it neared our beloved cross
Fire burned hot
Ash rained down
Prayers of the faithful were raised
Pleading for God’s mercy and grace
Homes nearby went up in flames
By God’s grace…lives were spared
As ash and cinders fell
Flames dared to touch the sign
But God used men
Everyday heroes to accomplish His will
By the grace of God
Our church still stands
May we never take for granted
That this building will be here one more day
May we thank God for the privilege to worship Him here
The body of Christ united…at Kindred
By the grace of God
Our church still stands
Susan Bunts Wachtel
November 15, 2008
How easy it is to be complacent…take for granted that our church will always be here for us to assemble and worship our Lord and Savior.
But as the ash rained down…and smoke filled the sky when we looked toward the east our hearts were burdened to pray for God’s mercy and grace in these circumstances.
Thank you Lord…for answering our prayers…and protecting the building called Kindred Community Church. We are most grateful. Thank you for sending brave men…ordinary citizens…to stand in the gap. We thank you for the firefights who willingly put their lives on the lines. We pray for those who have lost their homes in the fires. We pray for relief for all effected by the fires.
The pictures above are of our beloved cross…the sight of which I love so very much. They were taken just last Sunday…on a cloud filled rainy day. When I see it from a distance…it so reminds me of God’s love and His power in my life and circumstances. When I see it…my stress level starts to melt away.
Who would have thought that just a week later…our church building would lie in the path of wildfires. Well our God knew that…nothing takes Him by surprise. Today…He protected our church home. While tomorrow…we will not meet as a church body…you can be sure that the members of Kindred will be one in giving thanks to our God for His mercy and grace bestowed upon our church.
Just a few miles away…in the middle of moving to a new apartment, my husband Chris and I looked up into the sky as the smoke clouds increased and the sun turned red.
We were amazed at God’s hand upon us as we heard the news that apartments we had considered moving to just a couple weeks earlier…had just gone up in flames. 50 apartment homes were lost. By the grace of God…so far no lives have been lost.
Below are the pictures taken with my cell phone. The ash was poured down…and breathing was difficult…and we were several miles from the fire. I can’t even imagine how horrible it would be for those much closer and in the path of the flames.
Dear David, Terry and all the Pilgrim Pals:
What a praise report we have on God's hand of protection upon our church. At this evening's prayer meeting...we gave thanks to our God for His hand of protection upon us and offered prayers for the firefighters and those people who have been affected by the fires.
We are so grateful for your prayers. In response to the prayers of so many...God sent a west wind which protected the church property. He also used the service of two of our own Mike Farrel and Jim Slazas who stayed at the property at risk of their own lives. They watered down the buildings. Of course we must thank the firefighters who protected the church as well. We are so grateful to so many...especially our God for His mercy.
Thank you for your prayers dear ones!
Love and blessings...Susan, Chris and all of Kindred
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Kindred family: We will be having a prayer and praise service this evening from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Multi-Purpose room on the church property. Please note that there is traffic in the area and possibly road blocks due to people looking at all the devastation. Allow extra time to get there, and if you are stopped, tell them you were told that we have permission to meet this evening on our property and you are a member from Kindred Community Church. Also, an alternate traffic suggestion may be to come in to the church property from the Gypsum Canyon side rather than the Weir Canyon side. Thank you and see you tonight!
While you're rejoicing, why not check out Susan's blog and read her poem about God's protection during the fires.
Check it out here!
HERE'S THE UPDATE:
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Our Pilgrim Pal, Susan Bunts Wachtel, attends Kindred Community Church in Southern California. Her former pastor, Chuck Obremski, was a good friend of mine. God called him home several years ago after a valiant battle with cancer.
I receive regular prayer requests by e-mail from Kindred and tonight's was a real concern to me.
Here's what is says:
No church services or ministry events (high school, prayer, etc.) will be held tomorrow morning or evening, as the Fire Department is not allowing access in the area. The hillsides around the church are charred in areas, but the church itself has sustained no damage at this time. Please keep all in prayer, especially those who have lost homes in the area.
Please pray that the fires in the area will not touch this church which stands unswervingly to the fundamentals of the Christian faith. How distressing it must be when Sunday services have to be canceled!
Pray for Susan and Chris as well. THANK YOU!
I received this forward from Betty this morning and it is very good!
HANDY LITTLE CHART
God has a positive answer:
YOU SAY GOD SAYS BIBLE VERSES
You say: 'It's impossible' God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)
You say: 'I'm too tired' God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: 'Nobody really loves me' God says: I love you (John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )
You say: 'I can't go on' God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: 'I can't figure things out' God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
You say: 'I can't do it' God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)
You say: 'I'm not able' God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: 'It's not worth it' God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28 )
You say: 'I can't forgive myself' God says: I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: 'I can't manage' God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)
You say: 'I'm afraid' God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)
You say: 'I'm always worried and frustrated' God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)
You say: 'I'm not smart enough' God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: 'I feel all alone' God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)
posted by Terry
A 20 foot high Cross
adorns the entrance inviting everyone
to seek shelter under its shadow
The altar with
the cross behind it.
Morning group discussion
Impromptu worship time while waiting for tea to be served
Strive to be godly
from 1 Cor 2;14 - 3;9
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Since so many of you have been so supportive and given me so much good advice over this past (rough) year, I FINALLY have some good news to share: I GOT A JOB!! It's not really in my field, but it's still interesting: I'm teaching computers to senior citizens at a local library. The reason I decided to take it is because about a month ago I applied to the recreation and leisure department of one of the big resorts here in Muskoka, and last week I had an interview for it! They have four (yes, FOUR!!) interview stages, and so far I've made it past the first 2, so hopefully it will continue to go well. I decided to stay in Muskoka a bit longer to see if I have a shot at the resort job. If not, the library position is only for the winter. I was sad to not be going back to Ottawa, but I can always go back after the library position ends.
As a child of God, I think I deserve to be put in a corner or a time-out or something! I could practically hear God saying to me "You see Lauren, I DID have a plan for you, you just stubbornly refused to listen. I keep telling you I will never leave you, so please try and work on remembering that".
I hope my mistake can serve as a reminder to Pals to never doubt our Lord- He really does have a plan, even if it's hard to always see it.
p.s. Since I hardly have any winter gear and suitable "office clothes" with me, I'm leaving Thursday night to go to Ottawa for the week-end..please pray it's a safe trip!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Posted by Terry
Saturday, November 8, 2008
"Your Island Girl" :)
She has already been such an encouragement to me through her e-mails, cards and letters. Please check out her blog, Dwelling In His Presence by clicking here. Kelley's blog is our feature for the month of November.
WELCOME Kelley and thanks for your recent posts! We love you and we're thrilled to have you as our Pilgrim Pal.
~ Pilgrim David
I wanted to bring this post to the fore-front this morning, so we can be praying for Julie as she prepares for her trip....and during the time she is away. May God continue to use her as she pours out His love, hope and blessings to others!
- Donna on behalf of all the Pals
I am off to Mexico City again on a missionary journey from November 9th to the 15th. A good friend is coming with me - it's nice to have a missionary buddy. This is my 7th mission trip - my 4th to Mexico City. We will met up with American team mates and also a team of Mexicans (we couldn't do this without them!). We will minister to the poorest of the poor who live and work (recycling plastics) in a garbage dump. We will also visit an orphanage with over 200 children - many of whom have severe mental and physical disabilities.
This trip was a last minute decision on my part. I felt I really needed to do something I truly get a sense of joy and purpose from. I am so blessed to have good friends who sponsor me financially on each trip - otherwise I would never be able to go.
Dear Pals, please remember to pray for the health and safety of the entire team. These types of mission trips come with many hazards - physical as well as spiritual.
P.S. I know I haven't said much lately about my work situation. Don't want to say too much here, except, I am not back at work and likely won't be for a long time. Please just continue to pray for my healing.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Today Billy Graham turned 90 years.. I want to join millions of people from all the world to greet him on this day.
When I was 12 years old his associate evangelist Dr Akbar Haqq held tent meetings in my town.My family attended each night.
Although we were conservative, traditional Christians and church goers we did not understand the significance of making a personal decision for Christ.
On that last Sunday afternoon, when the preacher talked about the death of Christ on the cross I was deeply convicted. I understood why I must make a personal commitment to Christ and declare it publicly.I was a very shy and scared 12 year old but when the call came I walked forward for prayer.
A missionary lady counselled me and I still have some booklets she gave me that day.Later on my whole family was born again.
I listened to the Hour of Decision Broadcasts faithfully and wrote to them each month.I also got books which Cliff Barrows announced and their magazine too.
Mr Graham you have influenced my life immensely and I want to say God bless you.
Posted by AMRITA
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Thanks so much,
Are Thy Beauties All Divine
Glory, Honor, Power and Blessing
Be Henceforth Forever Thine
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
that we may know God.
It is more....It is boundless
It has no bounds because it is not a thing
but a facet of the essential nature of God
His love is something He is
because He is infinite, that love can
enfold the whole created world
in iteself and have
room for ten thousand times ten
thousand worlds beside
November 11th, Remembrance Day....A day set aside for us to Remember those who have fought and who are still fighting for our freedom! A day where we remember the sacrifices of so many...we remember the families who have children, brothers and sisters serving our country around the world....we remember the soldiers who wake up each morning with the sole purpose of protecting freedom...and we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice...their lives.
I hope these are things that we remember and that we are thankful for leading up to this remembrance day...but so often we take for granted the sacrifices that have been made for us...we take for granted our freedom that we have and lose sight of the price that was paid so that we may enjoy that freedom!
Leading up to this Remembrance Day...I encourage you to wear your Poppy Proudly....and as you pin that red flower to your jacket...remember the cost that was paid...remember the sacrifices that have been made and are still being made so that we may live in Freedom within this wonderful Nation!!!
Most importantly I pray that we will never forget or take for granted the ultimate sacrifice that was made for us...the sacrifice that enabled us to have Eternal Freedom-home in Heaven...May we be thankful each and every day for the sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross..He died so that regardless of where we live in this world (if it's a free country or not), we can live in Spiritual Freedom!!!
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
being sent as forwards across the internet. The election is
over and the people of our nation made their decision.
My hope is that as a believer in Christ, you will join me as
we continue to faithfully stand in the gap in prayer for the United
States.....for it is by His Word we live, it is His face we seek,
and it is His will we yield to...
believing and trusting that yes, indeed...
shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear
from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will
heal their land. 2 Chron 7:14
Thank you, my dear friends across the globe, for your heartfelt prayers for the United States of America.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Please pray for a lovely lady I met earlier this year...
she is having surgery this morning to remove fibroids...
I sent an email earlier and normally receive responses,but
have only received one, so I am wondering if the email got
through....so if you read this, please be in prayer for her
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Little Montreal Girl
May the Lord bless you and draw you closer to Him!
A Happy Birthday to you
A Happy Birthday to you
May you feel Jesus near
Every day of the year
A Happy Birthday to you
A Happy Birthday to you
and the BEST year you've ever had!
(and know you can tell the Pals that YOU know the tune and how it sounds when the 6 of us sing it...LOL!)
Love and Prayers,
I don't want to take away from Mrs. Butler's birthday posts, but I just want to put up a reminder to PLEASE PRAY for the elections today in the U.S.A. Unfortunately, somehow I lost my absentee ballot (it's floating around this house somewhere!), so I have as much say in this election as the Canadian Pals do...but we can pray---pray for God's Will to be done, whether it means a good leader or a bad leader gets elected, that it will be God's Will fulfilled. It says in the Bible that He rains upon the righteous and on the unrighteous; He sets up kings and takes them away...
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. -Proverbs 14:34
Here's a movie and song I really love...
All the Pals join together in praying that this would be a very special and significant day for you! We love you and we praise God for this fellowship of plodding pilgrims progressing towards "home". May you sense the abiding presence of our God today as you walk with in communion with Him.
Be encouraged! You are loved by the Father and by your Pilgrim Pals!
~ David and my friends
Instead of counting candles,
Or tallying the years,
Contemplate your blessings,
As your birthday nears.
Consider special people
Who love you, and who care,
And others who’ve enriched your life
Just by being there.
Think about the memories
Passing years can never mar,
Experiences great and small
That have made you who you are.
Another year is a happy gift,
So cut your cake, and say,
"Instead of counting birthdays,
I count blessings every day!"
Happy Birthday to our dearest Donna....from all of the Pilgrim Pals.
Could somebody please bake this poor girl a cake?
Monday, November 3, 2008
I'm so thankful that although we may all come from various geographic, cultural and denominational backgrounds, we can join together in unity around the Cross of Christ!! I'm so burdened for the Christian Community and how so often we focus on what divides us rather than what unifies us. We focus on the way someone worships rather than the ONE they worship...We focus on what someone wears rather than what the Heart looks like...how it must break God's heart to see HIS children divided.
I'm reminded of a song from the late '90's by Clay Crosse...it was called "Saving the World"...
The song begins with the statement:
"So many preachers, so many churches and denominations, got their opinions and their documents and statements and beliefs and sometimes there's a miscommunication, and we complicate the truth, and convolute the story, but as far as I recall, I do believe it all comes down to a man dying on a cross Saving the world, Rising from the dead doing what He said He would do."
May we focus on Christ and how it is only in Him and through Him that man can be saved!!! May we focus on the TRUTH that UNITES us!! We will always have differences in opinion on certain methods and theology, but it is so vital that we don't focus on those differences!!! That's why I love PilgrimPals so much...because it brings us all together in UNITY!!! May we be faithful to share HIS GLORY to all we meet!!!
Thanks again for welcoming this Island Girl into your community!!!
Kelley (Dwelling in His Presence)
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
(photo by LPP, lake Champlain, Rouses Point/Alburg)
Teaching from the Word of God
A time of prayer
Posted by Amrita
9And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.