Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Screwtape Letters

Letters from Hell, from one devil to another . . . about you.
A discussion and study led by pastor Bob Jones
 
 
 
In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis creates a fictional exchange of letters between a demon, Screwtape, and his nephew, Wormwood.  Screwtape and Wormwood are senior and junior devils in a Hell, in which Hell appears as a rather nasty bureaucracy. These devils have been assigned by (their “Father Below,”) to one man, a new Christian.  Screwtape advises Wormwood as to how to disrupt the man's journey towards God. Lewis uses his fictional story to explore and expose the vulnerable human heart and raises questions about temptation and our understanding of the devil and evil itself.  But Lewis also offers humorous, but serious insight into understanding our own hearts and “the devil’s works,” not simple formulas nor shallow clichés.  It’s a great read, not to be missed.
You will need to purchase your own copy of The Screwtape Letters either hardcopy or eBook Please sign up by contacting the office so we can prepare enough study guides.  We’ll meet at 7:20pm on Wednesdays for 6-weeks starting January 6th. 

Monday, 21 December 2015

Thursday, 17 December 2015

The Screwtape Letters

Letters from Hell, from one devil to another . . . about you.

A discussion and study led by pastor Bob Jones






In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis creates a fictional exchange of letters between a demon, Screwtape, and his nephew, Wormwood.  Screwtape and Wormwood are senior and junior devils in a Hell, in which Hell appears as a rather nasty bureaucracy. These devils have been assigned by (their “Father Below,”) to one man, a new Christian.  Screwtape advises Wormwood as to how to disrupt the man's journey towards God. Lewis uses his fictional story to explore and expose the vulnerable human heart and raises questions about temptation and our understanding of the devil and evil itself.  But Lewis also offers humorous, but serious insight into understanding our own hearts and “the devil’s works,” not simple formulas nor shallow clichés.  It’s a great read, not to be missed.
You will need to purchase your own copy of The Screwtape Letters either hardcopy or eBook Please sign up by contacting the office so we can prepare enough study guides.  We’ll meet at 7:20pm on Wednesdays for 6-weeks starting January 6th. 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Operation Christmas Child

Each year Jill Siegrist (our fearless leader for the OCC campaign) makes it fairly easy for us as a community to participate in the giving of gifts around the world. Here are some of the details for this year that you will find helpful.



November is a busy month for the shoe Boxes

 November 8 - after church packing boxes
o   Come have fun with us
 November 15  - ALL boxes must be in!!!
o   Collection week is November 16 – 22
 November 22 - Cinnamon buns
o   Get your taste buds ready
Questions??? Call Jill
House 250-427-9602
Cell 250-432-9602

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Walking Together

It would appear that FBC likes to walk. From the dozen or so that walked with Wendy this past spring to the 3 dozen that went to Fish Lake in Top of the World Provincial park in mid-July, there seems to be something about traveling by foot that connects with us. 

The May 30th History Walk with Wendy
The June 27th History Walk with Wendy
 
This picture was clear, it seems to have had difficulty in the process of getting here. You can still appreciate the size of the group that went.

"Rain or shine, I'm having a good time."

Paid extra for the luxury experience.

Trouble

Muscles

First fish!


Sure walking is slower than driving, but it lets you be in a space at your own pace. You are free to notice and experience sights, sounds, smells, the temperature of the air and even tastes (especially if you are with others who bring snacks). It is probably the reason we relate our faith to a spiritual walk or journey. What are some parallels you see between a walk outside and a walk of faith?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Notes from Ascension Sunday

Here are some of the notes that were a part of Pastor Kevin's message on May 17th.


Incarnation:
God takes on flesh and dwells with us.

“A theist believes in God.  A Christian believes in God, but also in a God who is incarnate.  What is the difference?  To put the matter into street language, one might say:  A theist believes in a God in heaven whereas a Christian believes in a God in heaven who is also physically present on this earth inside of human beings. . . ."
- Ronald Rolheiser

Resurrection:
God defeats death and opens a new hope in how we may live.

  • Where are there signs of resurrection in my life right now? What is dying? What needs to die?
  • How am I being transformed and brought to life by God’s Holy Spirit?
  • Where, maybe, am I resisting God’s Spirit?
  • Where do I still cling to the old life, to old habits, which lead to death? (hopelessness)

Ascension:
God is deliberately working out His glory.
 
John 15:8 
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

John 16: 13-14
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.

 
Incarnation calls us to presence
– let us be willing to serve and to suffer

  Resurrection calls us to hope
– let us be willing to live our life in faith and assurance

  Ascension calls us to live in the Spirit 
                – let us minister unto the Glory of God God.


Friday, 8 May 2015

Prayer for Nepal



LORD OF ALL COMPASSION
We pray for all of those caught up in the midst of tragedy and disaster in Nepal.
For those who have lost life and those working to save life
For those who are worried for people they love
For those who will see their loved ones no longer
LORD HAVE MERCY.
For those in need of the peace that passes all understanding
For all who turn to you in the midst of turmoil
For those who cry out to you in fear and in love
LORD HAVE MERCY.
For those in confusion and those in despair
For those whose tears are yet to dry
For those in need of your unending love
LORD HAVE MERCY.
Amen.



Donations to aid the people of Nepal can be made through the CBM. You can mail a cheque or donate online. All donations made before May 25th will be matched by the Canadian Government.

Canadian Baptist Ministries
7185 Millcreek Drive
Mississauga, ON, L5N 5R4