Posted by: Dale | January 25, 2011

Giving – it will change you

New blog post at

http://www.harvestassembly.ca/?p=186

come and see what giving will do to you

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Posted by: Dale | January 17, 2011

A Year of Prayer

I have decided that I will be moving my blog to my church website. I will still keep this blog active but only to provide links to any new blogs that are published there.

 

This week I wrote a summary of what I spoke on yesterday.. here is the link  http://harvestassembly.ca/?p=151

 

Posted by: Dale | December 15, 2010

A Social Network Christmas

I thought I would share a little media clip that was sent to me via email earlier today. It shows the Christmas story in a new and unique way. ENJOY

 

Posted by: Dale | November 25, 2010

What do you see?

Just thought I would pass along an image that I saw while browsing the internet. This image was taken by the Hubble Telescope of the center of the M-51 Whirlpool galaxy.

 

It reminded me of the scripture in Psalms 97:6 that says;

The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.

While we may not be able to peer into the depths of space with our eyes, we can look at all the wonders God has created here on this planet, and proclaim His Glory. Take some time today to look  around and be thankful for all the blessings, no matter how big or small, that He has placed in your life

Posted by: Dale | November 20, 2010

Flash Mob

What a neat concept. If you don’t know what one is, a flash mob according to wikipedia ‘is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then disperse’. This past week one was done at a Welland area mall.  They performed Handel’s Messiah for a bunch of unsuspecting Mall Patrons.

I thought it was very well done, and an amazing evangelistic tool that the church should look at utilizing. Here it is, tell me what you think of it

Posted by: Dale | November 10, 2010

7 Year olds that amaze me

When I was a child I would race my father. We would run, and he would beat me. Now before you say that it is cruel to beat your child at something, I think differently, I think that healthy competition in the family causes the child to try harder to get better.  Often times my father would run backwards while I ran forwards and he still would beat me. But during my childhood and into my teens, running was something I loved (those of you that know me in person know that I have lost that passion :smile:).  as a child I would run and run, as a teen I would run for miles at a time, partly because of wanting to be healthy, and partly because it gave me time to be alone and think while the wind hit my face and that is probably why I like riding motorcycles as well.  As I ran and ran part of my running was to be able to best my father in our short races. Eventually he could no longer run backwards in our races and one fateful day I actually beat him. It was to the point that either of us could be the winner of these races. And eventually, my father never won another race because I was simply younger and faster at that point in my life. (Once we are both in wheel chairs in our old age, we will take up racing again I think 😀 )

And now the cycle continues, I used to be better at everything than my children. I could run faster (now I am not sure), I could stand on my hands longer (now I know that is not true). I am getting older and with age (and my sedentary lifestyle) you cant do things as well as you once did. But my children can. That is why as a church and as a society, we need to place value on children. We need to encourage them to grow (and one day grow even farther than we have). We need to be examples of faith, so they can be encouraged to develop faith. We need to show examples of giving, so they can learn to be givers. One day I pray that my children, are more spiritual than I have ever been (maybe that day is already here).  One day I want to be amazed by the faith declarations of my children. I believe that that “One Day” can be today. Proverbs 22:6 says it best when Solomon writes

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

I recently listen to  7 year old Gospel recording artist singing “The Prayer”.  The song is sung and I was amazed by the power of her voice and the words she sung. So as you enjoy this song, remember that whether you are 2 or 102 you still have a part to play in the Kingdom.

Posted by: Dale | October 22, 2010

A final farewell

A friend forwarded me this youtube video of a Pastor in western Canada who is suffering from A.L.S. and at the time of shooting he was on his ‘death bed’ as he was told he had only 2 days to live.

This Pastor’s name is Herb Krusch and here is his farewell video

Herb, thank you for the inspiring message and your love of God.

 

 

EDIT: Herb passed into the presence of God on November 25th, 2010

Posted by: Dale | October 19, 2010

A Call to Prayer

A few weeks ago, I received a letter from another Toronto area pastor asking our church to join with his in a day of fasting and prayer for lost souls. In the letter he shared PAOC statistics that showed that conversions (people giving their hearts to Jesus) had fallen from about 25,000 per year in previous years to around the 13,000-14,000 in the past two years. It was a 41% drop. It grieved his heart and it grieved mine as well.

 

So why this drop off? Not just a slight decline but a major drop. Are we afraid to share about the GRACE of Jesus. Are we afraid to offend someone with our message of hope? Are we just afraid that we can not do it? I know the word says “I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me”. You get that? ALL THINGS! Not SOME things, ALL THINGS. If it is Christ’s will that you share your faith (and it is see Matt 29:18, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8) then He will strengthen you when you goto share His good news.

 

So to that end, I am calling November the “Month of Prayer for the Harvest Fields”. And I ask you to join me wherever you are during your prayer time to focus on the lost sheep around you that God has placed in your area. Pray that God will give you wisdom in what to say and what to do. Pray that God will give you new opportunities to share the incredible Good News of a loving God and Saviour. Will you do that with me each and every day for the Month of November. The “Month of Prayer for the Harvest Fields”

 

Also, I have agreed that our church will join with other churches in our Nation in fasting one day of November. We will be fasting Thursday November 11th and our focus will be to ask God to send us to the Harvest field. The church will be open from 6am until 10pm for those who would like to come and spend some time praying corporately for this.

 

Lets pray that the Lord of the Harvest sends out us His workers into the fields that are ripe.

Posted by: Dale | September 20, 2010

What do your actions say about you?

Who do your actions influence? Have you ever sat down and thought about
that? As a parent I know my attitude sends a message to my children. As

a pastor, I know my actions speak to my church. As a customer, my

actions speak to the retailer and the manufacturer. As a voter, my

actions speak to the politicians (although sometimes I wonder if they

really listen)

We have a world of influence available to us just by our actions. Do our
actions show that we care for our neighbours, or that we are annoyed

that they are living next to us? Do our actions tell our co-workers that

we care for them or that we simply are putting in time until we are

around someone we 'like'?. Does our actions and words say to our fellow

church goers that we genuinely care about them, or do they tell them we

really only want to worry about our own comforts.

I have to admit, that sometimes my actions, my thoughts and my words are
not what they should be. Sometimes, they are downright un-Christian, and

for that I mourn on an almost daily basis. But I do not dwell on it,

instead I take it to the cross to seek perfect forgiveness, from a

perfect Saviour. Because Jesus' blood covers all my sins (and all yours

too).

So while you may have not been perfect in the past. While you may not
have did what you said. While you may not have measured up, remember

that God is the God of chances (not just second chances, but a multitude

of them). Today let us act like Jesus said we should

"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love
for one another.’" (John 13:35)

Posted by: Dale | August 8, 2010

It turns out that prayer does work

I just wanted to write a quick post while on my iPhone. A friend forwarded me the following link.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/100805/health/health_religion_us_mozambique

It shows a study that documents prayer with ‘laying of hands’ works in the healing of many with visual and hearing impairments. The authors of the study chose to follow only those ailments because improvements in their conditions is immediately and easily documented.

Enjoy the Sunday afternoon read.

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