We've Got Stuff to Handle (who's fighting for you?)

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I saw this on a friend's Facebook wall this week. There are times when we feel like giving up, when we don't have enough strength, when we can't take any more. God knows and He doesn't ask us to be braver, stronger or more courageous. He asks us to come to Him to trade our weakness for His strength.

The best part of this FB post is the "we've" part. The message isn't to pick yourself up and do better. It's to never give up because you're not alone.

Just a simple encouragement today.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

And here's a song that I've been loving lately. Who is fighting for you? You don't have to fight alone.

See you on Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday

WHAT DOES JESUS SAY ABOUT...?
Divorce & Promises

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Pastor Tracy continues our fall series.

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God's Will For Your Life (it's more simple than you think)

Ever wonder what God's will is for your life? Well, I don't know if you should take this job or that one. I don't know what ministry opportunity you should be saying yes to or what Bible reading plan you should be following right now. The specifics are something we learn to trust God for daily as we listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit leading us.

But here's what I know God wants for me today...

"Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT)

So this is me, living out God's will for my life in this very moment. There is no mystery to this, I choose to practice joy, prayer and gratitude... and I ask for help to remember to keep the posture of my heart focused on these things as I go through my day.

Want to join me? What are you grateful for today? Start there... I always find that gratitude leads to worship and prayer and a heart that is so much more inclined toward joy.

 Our Freedom Team at the Williamsburg Community Festival this past Sunday. Way to go, everyone!

Our Freedom Team at the Williamsburg Community Festival this past Sunday. Way to go, everyone!

This week I've been thinking of how thankful I am for the group of ladies who showed up last week with cleaning cloths and got our Freedom Community Centre ready to welcome students to our FCC programs tonight. We didn't take any photos or publish any names... these women just showed up in the 30+ degree heat and made it happen.

I've been thinking about the team who donned bright green t-shirts on Sunday and played Plinko with our neighbours and gave out prizes, who had conversations about our church and connected with new families. And then there were the Freedom Youth who showed the kids in Williamsburg how to play 9-Square-in-the-Air for hours at a time. So thankful.

And I've been thinking about the people who have been preparing to lead CP1 groups, Encounters and a retreat for Frontline, Sunday School teachers who have committed to another year of investing in our Freedom kids and everyone else who chooses to make the time to impact others. Yeah... how could I not be grateful?

Let's live out God's will for us today. I'm filling my heart with gratitude. Will you join me?

See you Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday

WHAT DOES JESUS SAY ABOUT...?
Being Blessed

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Bjorn kicks off our fall series.

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Starting With the Man in the Mirror (get out there and do something!)

The book of James has practical wisdom for how to walk out our faith in tangible ways, living lives of integrity. He's known as an author who gets right to the point. This Sunday's message title was inspired by four verses in the first chapter of his letter:


Do no merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it - they will be blessed in what they do.
— James 1:22-25

As we've been sharing great stories of courage this summer, I wonder if you have asked yourself if you could be one of those people? Do we really believe that God can use us? That we could live to tell stories that inspire the next generation of believers?

So what does it take to go beyond mediocrity? James tells it like it is. We have to be willing to hear the Word and then put it into practice. We can't simply just agree with the principle and not allow it to transform our lives. And when we do what is the result? Freedom and blessing! A life of faith truly is extraordinary.

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While I was at General Conference in May, Val Rutten (a PAOC missionary in Ethiopia) was being interviewed and one of her responses lit up the room (and became Tweet-worthy, see side). Want to break out of a pattern of looking in the mirror and forgetting what you've seen? "Get out there and do something!"

Looking forward to talking more about it on Sunday.

See you then,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
The Man in the Miror

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Pastor Tracy shares the final message in our series.

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Listing vs. Growing (I love check marks!)

Moving houses is a lot of work but there is a silver lining. It's list-making heaven... if you like that kind of thing. I have been going crazy with my list-making. I have lists for everything and if I follow them, everything will get done on time and in an orderly fashion. I mean, sure, I actually have to do everything I've listed but for now I'm sleeping soundly knowing that I have a plan to get it done.

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A friend recently sent me a Veggie Tales video that reminded her of me (and her!). It's basically a young carrot singing about how much she loves check marks. (Go ahead and click the link, it'll put a smile on your face.) Whether you consider yourself an organized person or not, you'll probably agree that it's a great feeling when you can check something off of a list. Actually, I know for a fact that some of you make lists of things you've already done so that you can go and check them off. #truth

As I've been staring at my moving lists for a few weeks I've been thinking about how much of our real lives can't be articulated by a list. You can't make a list of how you will be a more patient parent, a more loyal employee or a better friend. You can't check off the fruit of the Spirit in your life - love, check; joy, check; peace, check - because these are things that grow in your life as you surrender to Christ daily. They are cultivated by the Holy Spirit in you, not achieved.

And so, as we enter in a major list-making season (how's that back-to-school shopping going?), let me encourage you not to wait until everything is in perfect listed order before you spend time in the Word. Don't wait until the coffee is brewed to 96 degrees exactly and every sock is matched and put away before you call out to God in prayer. Don't believe that conditions must be perfect before you can invest in your relationship with Jesus. You don't need to make a list for these things, you need to develop the habit of daily obedience. In the same way that you don't tell your tomato plants how many centimetres to grow each day, you simply care for them; do the same thing for your walk with Christ.

Growing Together,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Pastor Tracy shares this incredible story of courage.

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Staging Your Life (what's in the boxes?)

In the last two weeks Rob and I bought and sold a house. (It's just a hop, skip and jump from church still!) There are a lot of details that go into moving and we've been so blessed by the sense of God's presence and peace as we've made this decision for our family and future.

But there was one part of the process that really grabbed my heart with a spiritual metaphor: staging. It took us a week to set up our house so it was ready to show to strangers in hopes that they would make us an offer. And it really did look great. Almost perfect, in fact. However, we achieved that by boxing up a bunch of our stuff and stacking it in the garage. We took down all the photos of our family or anything else that was personal so that potential buyers could picture their own families in the space. In the end, it looked like our house but without the heart. So much was hidden away to present a certain impression.

Though the whole experience I thought over and over again about how we do this in our spiritual lives way too often. Someone who grew up in church recently said to me, "I need to make some changes in my life and then I'll come back to church." My heart just broke. Where did we ever get the idea that we had to stage our lives in order to be accepted by Christ? Where did we learn that we have to box up our messes and hide them in order to come to Jesus?

In this metaphor, Jesus is the one who joyfully comes over to your house when He is invited no matter how disheveled it is. And when you're tempted to box your mess and hide it, He gently opens each box and works through the contents with you.

I never want to forget this. His great love meets us and transforms us. We don't change ourselves so that we can meet Him. That's amazing grace. Hold on to that truth. It's the gospel, the good news of the life we have in Christ.

In Him,
Pastor Tracy

These are photos of our staged house... Not exactly a picture of our real lives. Oh yeah, and our kids had been away for a week when we took the photos. LOL!

   Jesus Among Other Gods   by Ravi Zacharias
   The Spirit of the Disciples   by Dallas Willard
   The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life   by Hannah Whitall Smith

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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Nathan

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Bjorn shares this incredible story of courage.

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Summer Reading (a book review from me to you)

Many years ago I had a book recommended to me called The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard. I eventually bought a copy of this book and it sat on my shelf for a while. I mean, you can't blame me. I could immediately tell that this wasn't going to be like putting my feet up with the latest Grisham novel. But one day I did crack it open. I took a deep breath and I dove in. Am I ever glad that I did.

If you are looking for some great reading this summer let me recommend this one. You may or may not agree with every statement the author makes (when do we ever?) but I can almost guarantee that you will be challenged and encouraged and stirred up in your heart. And, like me, you'll probably learn a few new things while you're at it. I always do when I read great books!

And hey, while I'm at it, let me add a couple more that I have loved and found helpful.

Enjoy!
Pastor Tracy

   The Spirit of the Disciples   by Dallas Willard
   Jesus Among Other Gods   by Ravi Zacharias

Jesus Among Other Gods
by Ravi Zacharias

   Devotional Classics   Edited by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith

Devotional Classics
Edited by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Joseph

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Margaret shares this incredible story of courage.

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Core Value Check: IMPACTING (how are you getting ready for the fall?)

I know that we are only halfway through this beautiful summer season and I'm not ready to give up on the warm evenings or BBQs yet. But I am starting to think about the fall and make plans for our next season. The kids have new backpacks already (unexpectedly found some great ones at Winners the other day!), I'm planning to go through their closets next week and see what they need for school clothes, and it's almost time to sign them up for their sports activities. I'd guess that a lot of you are starting to think about these things too.

Freedom in no exception. We are finalizing the details of our programs that launch again in September and working hard to get our ducks in a row... even as we work around our wonderful summer holiday time!

One of our core values here at Freedom is IMPACTING: Positively Influencing the World for Jesus. We believe that being involved in impacting others for Christ is a vital part of being a disciple of Jesus. It makes sense, doesn't it? If our lives are being truly being transformed, there is a passion to share that same love, grace and change with others.

 My first year teaching at the School of Music (@ the FCC) in fall 2010! 

My first year teaching at the School of Music (@ the FCC) in fall 2010! 

So as you're starting to plan your fall I want to encourage you to ask yourself: Am I impacting anyone with the amazing good news that is changing my life?

There are so many ways you can do this... at work, with your family, with a not-for-profit in our community, in your neighbourhood and on it goes. We also have amazing opportunities right here at Freedom. I mean, we have our own community centre! You don't have to start a new organization - you are welcome to jump into something that is already going on. We love linking arms with you to impact KW for Jesus!

Whatever it is, wherever it is, I invite you to go ahead, pray and plan for more than just your kids' sports activities and wardrobes. Ask God how you can impact your world for Him. I'm doing that with my family - join me!

Impacting Together,

Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Jonathan

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Erin shares this incredible story of courage.

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🙌 5th Sunday is Here! (you're going to want to get excited)

Why do we make such a big deal about a month with five Sundays? We know it's great every time that we get together and we celebrate life-change through Christ every Sunday. 5th Sundays just give us an excuse to celebrate in a bit of a different way.

So, this Sunday, come ready for something a bit out of the ordinary. Come ready to celebrate being a part of the Church who worships!

We're hoping to have an outdoor service in church picnic style so here's what you need to know to get ready...

  1. Dress for the weather.
  2. Bring a lawn chair and umbrella or sun shelter if you have one.
  3. Bring a couple of picnic-type dishes to share.
  4. We'll provide a popsicle/ice cream-type dessert and lots of water.

We're going to celebrate how the church has worshipped together through the decades, have "special music", celebrate a water baptism and even have a chance for some testimonies. You won't want to miss it!

Service starts at 10:00am and the picnic will follow.
(We'll be indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate. Rain or shine, come excited!)

Can't wait to see you then,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Daniel

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Bjorn shares this incredible story of courage.

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The Power of Inefficiency (have you "wasted" any time lately?)

I love efficiency. I get a little giddy when I find out that there is a better or faster way to get something done. I don't drive anywhere without considering how many lights I might have to sit at or how much traffic I will encounter. I organize my grocery list so that I don't have to backtrack through the store. I don't pack for a trip until every piece of laundry is cleaned, folded and put away so that I don't have to return to the job over and over again. If I can order something online for the same price, I definitely will... and let it just come to my door. I like checking off lists and feeling accomplished at the end of the day. You get the picture. I suspect I've just divided you into two groups: those of you who are breathing an amen and those who feel a bit suffocated.

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While our family was away doing worship ministry at Sunset Point Camp in Alberta, we had the chance to take a canoe out on Lac St. Anne. Rob is a very proficient canoe-ist and I knew all I'd have to do is paddle and he'd get us where we wanted to go. Before we set out I had just finished answering a bunch of emails and generally having a productive afternoon. After we'd been paddling for about ten minutes I realized a couple of things:

  1. The noise of the shoreline was disappearing. (Canoes are so quiet!)
  2. The water was beautiful and the setting incredibly peaceful.
  3. Paddling is extremely inefficient.

Sure, we were moving through the lake but we weren't getting anywhere quickly. Pretty soon, the only sound we heard was our wooden oars dipping in and out of the water. And that's when I had this thought: times of inefficiency are so very good for the soul.

I'm not talking about idleness or laziness, I'm talking about strategically spending time accomplishing nothing but quieting your heart.

Our calendars are full, our inboxes are full, our kitchen sinks are full and we strive for better strategies to get it all done and keep it all in order. And truthfully, ordering our worlds is an important discipline for effectiveness in our life and ministry. But ordering your life is about more than that calendar or inbox. There has to be time "wasted" doing whatever it is that quiets your mind and soul.

So go out and inefficiently paddle to the middle of the lake... or whatever you do to move away from the noise. Maybe it's tea on the porch swing (without your phone!). Maybe it's a walk through your neighbourhood with worship in your heart and/or on your iPod. Maybe it's a hike with your family or day at the beach unplugged from the calendar. I can't think of a better season to be intentional about this life-giving practice. Use this beautiful summer season to get this habit into your DNA.

Looking forward to connecting with you on Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Abigail

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Pastor Tracy shares this incredible story of courage.

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An Easter People (and a little flock)

Pope John Paul II once said,

“We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. Do not abandon yourself to despair. We are an Easter people and hallelujah is our song."

You, dear friends, are an Easter people. You have hope that anchors your soul in any season and every circumstance. You have a gentle Shepherd who leads you beside quiet water and without fear through the valley of the shadow of death. (Psalm 23)

When Luke, the gospel writer, records Jesus teaching on not worrying he tells us that Jesus said, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been please to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32)

So, little flock, whatever worry or stress or trouble you are facing today, remember: You are an Easter people and hallelujah is your song.

From one sheep to another,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Peter

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Erin shares this incredible story of courage.

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The Truth Is (of prayer and prayerlessness)

The truth is that we only learn to pray all the time everywhere after we have resolutely set about praying some of the time somewhere.
— Richard Foster, Prayer

This quote (and many others) is highlighted in my copy of Prayer by Richard Foster. It struck a chord with me because of its simple truth. We can learn all there is to learn about prayer, we can study it all day long, but unless we put it into practice we really don't know anything at all. 

If you've ever felt frustrated by or ashamed of your prayer life, you're not alone. 

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"We today yearn for prayer and hide from prayer. We are attracted to it and repelled by it. We believe prayer is something we should do, even something we want to do; but it seems as if a chasm stands between us and actually praying. We experience the agony of prayerlessness.

"We will never have pure enough motives, or be good enough, or know enough in order to pray rightly. We simply must set all these things aside and begin praying. In fact, it is in the very act of prayer itself - the intimate, ongoing interaction with God - that these matters are cared for in due time."

Richard Foster (Prayer, chapter one)

Even as we've been asking Jesus to teach us in His school of prayer over the past several weeks, I invite you to join me in praying the prayer that Foster write at the end of chapter one. 

"Dear Jesus, how desperately I need to learn to pray. And yet, when I am honest I know that I often do not even want to pray. I am distracted! I am stubborn! I am self-centred! In your mercy, Jesus, bring my 'want-er' more in line with my 'need-er' so that I can come to want what I need. In your name and for your sake, I pray. Amen."

May we do everything for His name and for His sake,
Pastor Tracy


This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us To Use Your Gifts

The fact of the matter is that we are all gifted. Yep, you. Same with me. We have gifts that have been given to us as a member of the body of Christ. And in fact, there are gifts that the Holy Spirit gives the church that go beyond the ministry gifts that each of us possess. Thanks to the grace of God, we are truly a gifted people. The question is... do we know how to recognize and use these amazing gifts? I'm looking forward to talking with you about it on Sunday.  
- Pastor Tracy

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The Path to Holiness (still in the School of Prayer)

As I was preparing my heart for this coming Sunday, another challenging passage from Andrew Murray's Power in Prayer came to my mind. Here is some food for thought as you turn your heart toward the weekend.

"The name Holy Spirit teaches us that it is particularly the work of the Spirit to impart holiness to us and make it our own.

"The holiness of God in Christ becomes holiness in you because His Spirit dwells in you. The words Holy and Spirit and the divine realities they represent are now inseparably and eternally united. You can only have as much of the Spirit as you are willing to have of holiness. And you can only have as much holiness as you have the indwelling Spirit. 

"Some pray for the Spirit because they long to have His light and joy and strength, but their prayers accomplish little increase of His blessing or power. It is because they do not truly know or desire Him as the Holy Spirit. They are not acquainted with His burning purity, His convicting light, His putting to death the deeds of the flesh, and His leading into the fellowship of Jesus, who gave up His will and His life to the Father.

"He reveals and imparts the holiness of Chris. Jesus speaks of 'the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, [who] will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you' (John 14:26). He is the Spirit of Christ. Our hope is awakened to believe that He will work mightily in us."

- Originally taken from The Path to Holiness

Looking forward to being transformed by the Word with you on Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us To Be Holy

On Sunday we continue in our School of Prayer asking God to teach us to be holy. Talk about "praying the impossible!” We understand that God has a standard for us - but holiness? Isn’t that something we should only expect from God? Not according to scripture. Let’s talk about it on Sunday.  - Bjorn

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Slow Fade (the truth in the yellow ceiling)

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I consider myself to be a pretty clean person. I do regular chores at my house and like to keep thing tidy. But something pretty horrifying came to light last week while Rob and I started a small kitchen renovation. We were about to begin the process of painting the cabinets and I decided that it was probably a good idea to paint the ceiling since everything else was being freshened up. I could see that the section around the stove had yellowed a bit so I bought a can of ceiling paint and got started. Within a few strokes of the roller I was equally horrified and fascinated. (Look right to see the picture I snapped.) When compared to the rest of the 14 year old ceiling, it wasn't bad... but compared to the fresh, white paint, the ceiling was a perfect shade of EW!

Immediately, I saw the metaphor on my ceiling. When we compare ourselves - thoughts, actions, attitudes - to others, to our surroundings, or to who we were yesterday, we simply can't see clearly what needs to be changed. But when we allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Word to us, to speak truth to us and to show us His ways, we have the opportunity to be truly transformed. That's why we're so passionate about meeting together, about knowing the Word, about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and, in this series, how to be people of prayer. All of this works together to help us see more clearly how to be transformed into the image of Christ.

Looking forward to being transformed by the Word with you on Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us to Pray in the Sprit

We're going to look into Romans 8 on Sunday and talk about another amazing gift that we have from the Holy Spirit. Ever not known what to say to God? (I'd bet that's been all of us at some time or another.) This gift is for you.

Also, we're excited to welcome the Pennings family this weekend! Barbara and Anthony will be sharing about the work they are doing in Manitoulin. I know you'll be inspired to hear about how they've followed the call of God on their lives. 

See you then,
Pastor Tracy

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Partners in Mission... Ray of Hope (say hi!)

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Say Hello To... Ray of Hope

Allow me to introduce you to or reacquaint you with one of our missions partners. Ray of Hope works right here in Kitchener and provides life-changing services to people in need. They demonstrate the love of Christ to those who are disadvantaged, marginalized, or troubled. Their vision is: "People investing in people. Inspiring Hope. Transforming Life." Wow - it's no wonder that we count it a privilege to partner with Ray of Hope. Their vision and ours share so much in common.

Ray of Hope works in so many different areas of our community. Specifically, they focus on:

  • Community Support
  • Refugee Support
  • Youth Justice
  • Youth Employment
  • Youth Addiction

For the past several years we have been sending a team every other month to make and serve a meal at the Ray of Hope Community Centre. This year, even as we continue to do that, we have a plan to raise funds over and above the cost of the food to be able to bless their ministry in some way at the end of the year. 

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We appreciate everyone who has served with our Freedom team at Ray of Hope and invite you to get involved if you want to participate with us. (Just email Katie and let her know you're interested.)

Thank you for partnering with us as we support this great work in our community and our missions families!

See you on Sunday, 
Pastor Tracy

Want to know more about our 2018 Missions Giving Plan? Click here.


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This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us the Holy Spirit's Power

Praise the Lord for Pentecost - the gift of the Spirit empowering us. Now what? Do you ever wish that there was an "owner's manual" on how to use the Holy Spirit's power? Or does the Holy Spirit use us? Or is it both? So many questions. I have an idea. Let's ask Jesus to teach us to use the Holy Spirit's power. 

See you on Sunday.
Bjorn

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About Asking and Giving (we're celebrating Pentecost this Sunday)

This week's devotional thoughts are again from Andrew Murray's Power in Prayer. On Sunday we are celebrating Pentecost and so this excerpt seemed especially appropriate.

"God's giving is inseparably connected with our asking. He applies this principle especially to the gift of the Holy Spirit. As surely as a father on earth gives bread to his child, so God gives the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him. One great law rules the whole ministry of the Spirit: We must ask; God must give. When the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost with a flow that never ceases, it was in answer to prayer. 

"Of all the gifts of the early church to which we should aspire, there is none more needed than the gift of prayer - prayer that brings the Holy Spirit into the midst of believers. This power is given to those who say, 'We will give ourselves to prayer.'

"Prayer links the King on the throne with the church at His feet. The church, the human link, receives its divine strength from the power of the Holy Spirit, who comes in answer to their prayers. Where there is much prayer, there will be much of the Spirit; where there is much of the Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer. If prayer was the power by which the early church flourished and triumphed, shouldn't it be the same of the church today?"

From Power in Prayer by Andrew Murray

There are some challenging and encouraging things to consider in this brief passage, aren't there? This is a great time to remind you about three important prayer initiatives that we have at Freedom.

  1. Pre-Service Prayer - Sundays @ 9:00-9:30 - You are welcome to come early and pray in the sanctuary while the worship team rehearses. 
  2. Deep Roots - Sunday, May 27 @ 6:00 - Spend time seeking God with others in your church family.
  3. Intercessory Prayer Team - Email prayer@freedomkw.com any time to send your prayer request to our prayer team. They would love to partner in prayer with you.

Can't wait for Pentecost Sunday!
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us To Ask

There is an interesting difference between Matthew 7 and Luke 11 when Jesus is teaching us how to ask and how good our Father God is. Matthew talks about "good gifts" while Luke defines those "good gifts" as someone very specific - the Holy Spirit. On Sunday we will take a look at these scriptures in light of the amazing events that took place on the Day of Pentecost. I'm looking forward to it. Come with an expectant heart! - P. Tracy

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In The School of Prayer (Happy Mother's Day!)

As we approach Mother's Day and continue to focus on prayer, here is a prayer for all of the moms in our lives...

Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each mom gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant. For the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, baking, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining, holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.

We thank you for the gift of time moms give for their kids. We thank you for the flexibility of moms, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.

We pray you give each mom strength. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously in her home. 

We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from Father to Son to us in salvation will flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness of the gospel. We pray her rhythms of repentance and forgiveness will shape her home.

Lord, give each mother a worshipful reverence of you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only your Spirit can produce change into the hearts of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.

Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honour mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you.

Adapted from Daniel Darling

Be blessed!
Pastor Tracy

Oh, and just for fun... this is to honour you, too, moms!


This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us Discernment
"And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one." 

This week as we celebrate Mother's Day, we are focusing on the next section of the Lord's Prayer where Jesus teaches us to pray for discernment. These 13 words are very familiar to most of us but they are packed with meaning. On Sunday we're going to take some time to understand the bigger message behind this simple prayer.

- P. Tracy

You can follow along with the message on YouVersion Events. Here's the link.

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