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November 2017

Sometimes we need to hammer a nail a few more times before it will do its job!

Here’s a reminder of what God has been speaking to us as a tribe:

Our Father is calling us to a greater intimacy with Him.
We are in a season of dealing with personal sin and things that hinder our walk with Him.
We have received a fresh call to show Jesus to a lost world.

Let us look at these once more, take stock of our own lives, and then ask the Holy Spirit to transform us to not just hear, but to do what He has said!


​~ Brian

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October 2017

During our church fast last month, God said only a few things. Nevertheless, He said them often and in many different ways. These were 3 overwhelming themes:

Our Father is calling us to intimacy with Him.
We are going into a season of dealing with sin and things that hinder our walk with Him.
We received a fresh call to show Jesus to a lost world.

Over the next few months, let’s think on these things and ask the Holy Spirit to do a supernatural work in and through us.​


​~ Brian

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September 2017

In Matthew 7 and Luke 6, Jesus spoke about building on rock – not sand.

What did He mean and what is our response to be?

In our series “Our life in Jesus Christ,” we look at the importance of building the foundations of our lives on Jesus’ teaching.

Nothing else, no matter how bad, good, wise or well-meaning, can replace Jesus Christ as the Rock on which we build our lives!​​


​~ Brian

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August 2017

Our province has been through a testing time – fire is a real danger. It reminds us of our vulnerability and many are fearful and worried about their safety.

Yet, as Christians, we have an eternal perspective that allows us to live without fear. Paul says in Philippians “I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”

When we understand this, we keep our eyes on what is most important. We then have a healthier view of the many things that tend to distract us here on earth. And fear no longer holds us back from living fully for Him!


​~ Brian

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July 2017

How do we get to know our Heavenly Father?

By getting to know Jesus.

Pursue Him. Speak to Him. Read about Him. Follow Him.

In John 14 we read this: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.””

There is NO other way to know the one true God.

Jesus.


​~ Brian

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June 2017

We have just completed a series on finances – a prickly topic that seems to invoke a sense of independence in us.

But let us remember that we are not our we – we belong to Jesus now – and all we own, have and do!

In Romans 14:8 we see the completeness of this “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

Let’s trust God with our very lives – including our time, talents and treasures.


​~ Brian

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May 2017


An amazing time was had in Nanamio at the Canada Equip! Go to www.canadaequip.ca/sessions to see the sessions!


​~ Brian

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​Our Christianity is not an adoption of a philosophy or set of guidelines, nor are we mere messengers of a good way of life.

Our Faith is a reflection of the new person we have supernaturally become, and the message we live is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Fulfilling this great call is not a task to perform out of fear, rather an honour bestowed upon us that we wholeheartedly embrace.


​~ Brian

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March 2017

Money is such an interesting commodity.

With it, we buy food and pay for gas to heat our homes.

We also use it to buy the things we like, such as the more expensive breakfast cereal or that new rifle in the store.

It’s the currency of the drug trade, pornography and slavery.

So, is money evil? No, it’s the love thereof that causes problem.


In 1 Timothy 6, we read that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”


As we look at finances over the next few months, we want to get a good, solid biblical understanding of it.

We also want to nurture a spirit of generosity – being conformed to our Saviour in every way.


​~ Brian

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February 2017

In 2 Peter 1 we read that “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.  Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises...”


God’s promises can be popular and unpopular – both play a vital role in His plan. And because He is Truth, they will come to pass.


Some promises will encourage, comfort or give hope. Others will warn, convict or awaken us from a slumber.


Because of His great love for us, they are all for our benefit. Even when they test us or nudge us from our comfort zone, they are all good – because He is all good!


​~ Brian

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January 2017

Over these next two months, we’ll continue with our series on the promises of God.

Isn’t it wonderful that God doesn’t make empty promises? The Bible tells us that God is not a man and therefore doesn’t lie – it’s not at all part of His nature.

So, if our Father said it, it’s a fact. If He promised it, it’s going to happen. Because He foretold it, it’s just a matter of time!

Let’s allow this series to build our faith in our God who is Faithful and True!


​~ Brian

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December 2016

In the Gospel of Luke we read the account of when an angel told Mary “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.”

Isn’t that encouraging?! As we celebrate Christmas with family & friends, let’s remember that Jesus came to gather a people to Himself – the King of the Kingdom that will never end!​


​~ Brian

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November 2016

In John 4, Jesus was speaking with a woman of a different culture, from a different region, who had differing views about where one should worship. He looked past all the religious barriers and arguments about worship and said the following “a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

Having completed a short teaching series on worship, be encouraged to make this a lifestyle, beyond the events we enjoy on Sundays, Life Groups and other meetings.

As we live a life of worship, guided by the Holy Spirit and making Jesus the focus, others will be introduced to our King through us – not merely our personal style, brand or preference.


​~ Brian

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October 2016

Creativity – we see it in the opening verses of the Bible. It runs throughout the text and our dim picture of the heavenly city points to a creativity beyond our imaginations.

As we look to the heavens, we see God’s creative nature – and when we view tiny organisms through microscopes, His creativity is obvious.

God the Creator, created us in His image, giving us that which separates humans from the other living creatures in the animal world – the ability to reason, create and worship – beyond mere instinct and in order to survive.

Let us consider how we can express our creativity in worship – from singing to dancing, from painting to sculpture and from poetry to performance (and everything in between!)

​~ Brian

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September 2016

Local church is not a good idea to gather together as Christians. It’s God’s idea.

Birthed in the Holy Spirit, grown in adversity and established on the Word, the local church remains His vehicle to reach a dying world.

Christianity is not a solo exercise and He puts us in community to walk with others into our inheritance.

At New Life, we believe that whilst the local church is not the Kingdom, the Kingdom comes through the local church.

The pattern in Scripture is quite clear – we meet together and pray, learn, support one another, evangelise, fulfill the Great Commission, eat, laugh, grow, cry, mourn, celebrate and be salt and light - TOGETHER.

All this because we share a spiritual DNA that makes us brothers and sisters to one another and children of the One and Only Great King!


​~ Brian

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August 2016

The Church is a family of Christians who together love and worship God, encourage one another, grow together in their faith and look for opportunities to express this to the world in which we live.

We share Jesus individually at work, clubs, sports, camping trips and to neighbours – by word and deed.  We also do this as a family – working on events where we can participate and serve to share our faith with others.

This month we will do this by inviting the people who live near the church as well as our neighbours, to a Summer Party.

Let’s all get involved to make this event a great success!


​~ Brian​​

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