Last updated: February 11, 2017
Pastor ROBERT A. STEWART, JP and
Evangelist BEVERLY STEWART
Posted February 11, 2017
Embracing Excellence – Loving the Way Jesus Loved
Love is in the air or so it may seem. The tragedies around us can easily put a damper on the romantic feeling we have grown accustomed to during the Valentine season. But just what is valentine? According to Chaucer’s Love Birds it was not until the 14th century that this Christian feast day become definitively associated with love. According to UCLA medieval scholar Henry Ansgar Kelly, author of Chaucer and the Cult of Saint Valentine, it was Chaucer who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance. In 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honour of the engagement between England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. As was the poetic tradition, Chaucer, associated the occasion with a feast day. In “The Parliament of Fowls,” the royal engagement, the mating season of birds, and St. Valentine’s Day are linked. Valentine’s Day has a Roman roots. The history of Valentine’s Day is obscure, and further clouded by various fanciful legends. The holiday’s roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius recast this pagan festival as a Christian Feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.
In John 3:16 (KJV) we read, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If there is one truth more than any other, to which I deeply wish we could somehow awake and make ourselves available, it is that God loves us! The one and only deity, the infinite Creator, the One who holds the winds in His fist, makes the clouds and whose almighty arms embrace the infinite starry expanse of the universe, loves us all! He loves us without exception! God loves all races, creeds, and colours indiscriminately, and yet He loves each individual distinctively. That is the most profound, elevating, comforting news that was ever flashed from the throne of God, and it broke like a sunrise on planet Earth! “God so loved … God so loved the world…. God so love the world that he gave … God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son, yes he loved unconditionally. Jesus become obedient unto death even the death of the cross.
Posted January 1, 2017
Embracing Excellence – Thy Will be Done
Now, it is an enduring question and young people ask it, and not only young people, but it is asked repeatedly throughout our Christian experience. Where do I go to school? Who do I marry? What is my career path? Do I take this job, that job, this opportunity, that opportunity? Do I buy this, sell this, and do this with my children? Do I homeschool? Do I put them in a Christian school? There’s an endless string of decisions that are being made by people all through their lives. When am I going to retire, and what am I going to do when I do, etcetera, etcetera? I mean that is not just the big decisions. It is those routine things that we face day in and day out. The question is a compelling question. How can I know what God wants me to do?
In an eBook from Preachit I read the following “It is one thing to have full knowledge of God's will and another to be filled with knowledge. The scripture gives us knowledge of God's will in a corporate fashion. We know what the will of God is for every man and woman. The scripture also states that God is able to do more than we can even think; therefore His will involves more than our minds can comprehend. Our finite minds cannot handle the full knowledge of God's will, only God knows that. Still, God can fill our minds with enough knowledge of His will to do what He specifically desires each of us to do. Through intercessory prayer God can fill your mind with those specific tasks that He has called and enabled you to perform. I encourage you to find those men and women in your life who have your best interests at heart. Join together with them in intercession for God to saturate your mind with the knowledge of His perfect will”.
My focus for the New Year is to do the will of God. So to begin with, I need to have a purpose. Some of us can well remember the book by Rick Warren “The purpose driven life”. We cannot live without a purpose and then expect God’s will to be done in our lives. There is a point where God’s sovereign will meet man’s will. As a church we cannot wander around in our wilderness aimlessly and expect to see God’s will in our lives. I implore all of us to write down our purpose and then work towards it avoiding all unnecessary distractions.
I wish for everyone a Healthy and Blessed 2017 as we come together to worship on this first day of the year. Sister Stewart joins me in this greeting and together we welcome everyone to this house of God. A place where we endeavour to make it the house of prayer, praise and worship. May this New Year find us in the centre of God’s will.
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