Not Quite as Glamourous as it Sounds

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This little update is from Rob, our LPD Superintendent. He wrote it to the pastors and leaders who joined him for the Pastors’ Cruise.

Waitasec, Pastors’ Cruise?

Right now your head may be filling visions of ostentatious grandeur, so I should clarify: the Pastors’ Cruise is literally a ride on the ferry between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Our pastors get together for a time of sharing, praying, and fellowship. Having attended a previous time, I can assure you that while it isn’t glamourous, it sure is beautiful!

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It was good to see so many of you on the Cruise yesterday. Thanks for making the effort to be with co-workers in ministry. I trust that you returned safely, encouraged and with a greater sense of what God calls us to. As we all shared of who was most instrumental in us coming to Christ, I think that we were encouraged to hear how parents, friends, Young Life Leaders, and yes, Billy Graham have been used as God’s instruments in testifying of and directing us to Christ.

We were also encouraged by Phil’s teaching on our call to be witnesses, or those who testify of Christ, and we look forward to his follow-up workshop,”Let’s Get Rid of Evangelism – understanding the heart of God in witness.” on November 18, 7:00PM at White Rock Community Church.

In my time with the Islanders, I read the reading for the day from “My Utmost For His Highest,” a reading that had spoken to me earlier in the day.
Here it is:

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him…” Hebrews 11:6

Common sense and faith are as different from each other as the natural life is from the spiritual, and as impulsiveness is from inspiration. Nothing that Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, but is revelation sense, and is complete, whereas common sense falls short. Yet faith must be tested and tried before it becomes real in your life. “We know that all things work together for good for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:28) so that no matter what happens, the transforming power of God’s providence transforms perfect faith into reality. Faith always works in a personal way, because the purpose of God is to see that perfect faith is made real in His children.

For every detail of common sense in life, there is a truth God has revealed by which we can prove in our practical experience what we believe God to be. Faith is a tremendously active principle that always puts Jesus Christ first. The life of faith says, “Lord, You have said it, it appears to be irrational, but I’m going to step out boldly, trusting in Your Word” (for example, see Matthew 6:33). Turning intellectual faith into our personal possession is always a fight, not just sometimes. God brings us into particular circumstances to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make the object of our faith very real to us. Until we know Jesus, God is merely a concept, and we can’t have faith in Him. But once we hear Jesus say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9) we immediately have something that is real, and our faith is limitless. Faith is the entire person in the right relationship with God through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

May this be an encouragement to you as you walk with and serve the Lord today.

PulseTV — Church Planting Boot Camp Report

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Follow along as Charlie, our Church-Planting Cayalyst chats with two couples who attended the recent Church-Planting Boot Camp put on in conjunction with the EFCC and Trinity Western Seminary. In this video he also refers to the church-planting assessment process. If you have any questions about any of this, please drop us a line.

If you want to download your own copy, here you go:
PulseTV — Church Planting Boot Camp (Windows version). ~26MB
PulseTV — Church Planting Boot Camp (Mac version). ~41MB