What to do with your burdens

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What to do with your burdens

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In our message today we will be talking about facing the enemies of doubts and unbelief. As Christians, we are not exempt from having to struggle with doubts in our daily lives and even sometimes going through seasons of unbelief or disbelief regarding the promises of God for our lives. I can recall many times that I have had to stand firm on the Word of God and resist the temptations of quitting or going back. The good news is that we are not alone in this fight. The Holy Spirit is working inside us and He is at our side to give us His strength, joy, peace, and ultimately, victory. I’d like to share with you now a brief devotional written by Oswald Chambers in his classic book “My Utmost for His Highest”. God bless you. 

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord” (Psalm 55:22)

We must distinguish between the burden-bearing that is right and the burden-bearing that is wrong. We ought never to bear the burden of sin or of doubt, but there are burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off, He wants us to roll them back on Him. “Cast that He hath given thee upon the Lord.” (R.V. marg.) If we undertake work for God and get out of touch with Him, the sense of responsibility will be overwhelmingly crushing; but if we roll back on God that which He has put upon us, He takes away the sense of responsibility by bringing in the realization of Himself.

Many workers have gone out with high courage and fine impulses, but with no intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ, and before long they are crushed. They do not know what to do with the burden, it produces weariness, and people say—‘What an embittered end to such a beginning!’ “Roll thy burden upon the Lord”—you have been bearing it all; deliberately put one end on the shoulders of God. “The government shall be upon His shoulder.” Commit to God “that He hath given thee”; not fling it off, but put it over on to Him and yourself with it, and the burden is lightened by the sense of companionship. Never dissociate yourself from the burden.

Roger Yenkins - NWFC Associate Pastor

* Extracted from our April 15th, 2018 Sunday Worship Bulletin.

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Who I am in Christ Jesus

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Who I am in Christ Jesus

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I believe that one of the most important tasks carried out by the Holy Spirit in our lives is to reveal to us, through the Word of God, who we are in Christ Jesus.

Many people have already formed their own opinion about you (your family, your friends, your co-workers or classmates, etc.) And many Christians fall into the error of listening more to these ideas and opinions than what Heaven is talking about them. If we add to all this the voice of our past, the voice of the enemy and the voice of the world (the media, television, etc.), it is very likely that we will fall into the danger of seeing a distorted image of ourselves.

That is why it is so important that we know and meditate on what God has spoken about us through His Word. For this reason, I want to share this list of biblical truths that will help you discover who you really are in Christ Jesus.

  1. I am loved (1 Jn. 3:3)
  2. I am accepted (Eph. 1:6)
  3. I am a child of God (Jn. 1:12)
  4. I am Jesus’ friend (Jn. 15:14)
  5. I am a joint heir with Jesus (Ro. 8:17)
  6. I am united with God and one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17)
  7. I am a temple of God - His Spirit and his life lives in me (1 Cor. 6:19)
  8. I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27)
  9. I am a Saint (Eph. 1:1)
  10. I am redeemed and forgiven (Col. 1:14)
  11. I am complete in Jesus Christ (Col. 2:10)
  12. I am free from condemnation (Ro. 8:1)
  13. I am a new creation because I am in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17)
  14. I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (Col. 3:12)
  15. I am established, anointed, and sealed by God (2 Cor. 1:21)
  16. I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind (2 Ti. 1:7)
  17. I am God’s co-worker (2 Cor. 6:1)
  18. I am seated in heavenly places with Christ (Eph. 2:6)
  19. I have direct access to God (Eph. 2:18)
  20. I am chosen to bear fruit (Jn. 15:16)
  21. I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Pe. 2:5)
  22. I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God (2 Pe. 1:4)
  23. I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me (Heb. 13:5)
  24. God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do (Phil. 2:13)
  25. I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need (Jas. 1:5)

Roger Yenkins - NWFC Associate Pastor

* Extracted from our April 8th, 2018 Sunday Worship Bulletin.

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He is not here, He is Risen!

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He is not here, He is Risen!

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Scripture records the events that we remember on this weekend that are the foundation of our belief as Christians. Let’s allow the Scriptures to speak to us today!

“But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.  They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.  So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.  As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?  He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! 

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem.  As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them.  But God kept them from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.” “What things?” Jesus asked. “The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago. “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive!  Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.” 

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.” (Luke 24:1-6; 13-24; 32-34)

Roy Holmquist - NWFC Senior Pastor

* Extracted from our April 1st, 2018 Sunday Worship Bulletin.

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The Tree of Love

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The Tree of Love

He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels. (Isaiah 53:12)

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Sooner or later we all feel the painful effects of sin. Sometimes it’s the weight of our own sin and the same and embarrassment of having failed miserably. At other times, it’s the load of someone else’s sin that weighs us down-someone who betrayed, deceived, abandoned, ridiculed, cheated, or made a fool of us. 

Think about a time when the weight of that guilt or pain was so heavy that you couldn’t pull yourself out of bed. Now try to imagine the heaviness of the combined grief that everyone’s sin has caused your family, your church, your neighborhood. Add to that all the suffering sin has caused everyone in your city, province, nation, and the world. Now try to imagine the accumulated grief that sin has caused throughout the centuries since creation. Is it any wonder that the weight of all this sin began squeezing the life out of Jesus on the night He was called to bear it? (Matthew 26:36-44). The next day, even His beloved Father would forsake Him. No other suffering can compare.  

Sin put Jesus to the ultimate test. But His love endured it, His strength bore it, and His power overcame it. Thanks to Jesus’ death and resurrection, we know beyond a doubt that sin will not and cannot win.

Christ’s empty tomb guarantees our victory over sin and death.

Listening Prayer Exercise: “Lord Jesus, what are the lies that I’ve been believing about myself that won’t allow me to enjoy your victory? Please help me to identify them and stop believing them. I’m victorious in You, Jesus.” 

Roger Yenkins - NWFC Associate Pastor

* Extracted from our March 25th, 2018 Sunday Worship Bulletin.

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