Thursday, September 15, 2011
In my last post I tried to emphasize the importance of finding a solid church. Well my pastor recently blogged about some gospel loving, preaching churches in the immediate Toronto area that are worth checking out. Our church is just in its beginning stages as it was just planted in January 2011. Its been interesting being a part of a church as it grows and I've learned a lot about how important each member of the church body is. You really feel that in a small church. You also feel the support and prayer of the surrounding churches in the GTA who have partnered with us. Anyways this link will get you to Julian's blog. He does a good overview of some great churches in the Toronto area... http://julianfreeman.ca/church/great-church-toronto/
Thursday, September 1, 2011
September 1st again! Sweet summer has once again come and gone and now everyone’s switching gears to go back to school or work. Around our apartment I’m the only one who isn’t going back to school but for some reason I still feel like I am. September always reminds me of how much there is to learn AND it feels like a fresh start…even more so than the new year usually. For many students this is a time of leaving home and experiencing a new type of independence. If you’re going to school, especially in a place like Toronto, you’re probably experiencing an onslaught of new ideas, cultures and philosophies. The temptation to try stuff and experiment is overwhelming! I just want to encourage Christians here for a moment. Find a church. Simple as that. You will have a bazillion of excuses why you can’t be part of the local church at this time but having a body of believers speaking truth to you consistently is what will help you navigate through the ideas that will be thrown at you. It’s when you step away from the church and start trying to “think for yourself” that you‘ll start to feel distanced from God. Don’t over-estimate your own godliness or spiritual strength at this time…we all tend to be weaker than we think and Satan is stronger than we think.
Proverbs 18 :1 “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgement.”
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”It’s God's goodness and grace to us that we have the church. We’re not alone in a world that contradicts the gospel so seek out fellowship! Encourage others and be encouraged. Sorry if I just stated the obvious in this post..but life is surprising and sometimes we have to go back to the basics.