A Word from the President…on Bearing Fruit.

 

 Titus 3:14 And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet the pressing needs of others, so that they will not be unfruitful.”

So this is the fruit Jesus is looking for in John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” It is “devoting oneself to good works in order to meet the pressing needs of others”!

We want to share our faith with others and win souls for Christ as a means of “bearing fruit” and this is good, but too often we forget step one of the process as given us by the apostle James in 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”

The reality of the gospel is not just the speaking but also the doing. It is putting faith into action.  It is doing the works of Jesus for the love of Jesus and our fellow man: Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’  37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?” 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,f you were doing it to me!”

Everywhere Jesus went He reached out to those around Him to “meet the pressing needs of others”: Acts 10:38 “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”

 Note: when Jesus was “anointed with the Holy Spirit and power” the result was first going “around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil..”

To this the words of the apostle John attest that when sharing the love of God, 1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

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Help for Brittany

FCL member Wayde Day’s daughter Brittany is need of prayer following brain surgery, and financial assistance as she is unable to return to work.  Click on the link below, pray, and help if you can.

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Making a Difference in Congo

screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-1-32-21-pmAt the FCL meeting at the IHLA, we began collecting funds that will help provide clean water and sanitation for the village of Simba in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in West Africa.

Women and children in Simba often had to walk five miles or more to find water that was often dirty, leading to diseases like Malaria.  Additionally, they would waste time that could be spent working or in a classroom.  We felt that this project would be a great way to honor the memory of Jon Pappas, and that he would personal endorse it.  Currently we have raised $600 towards this project!

If you would like to contribute, we have set up a GoFundMe account to make this possible.  You can also mail a check to: Brian Mullins, 239 Hickory St., Cambridge, ON N3H4G1, and it will be added to the total.  Visit the link above to follow our progress!

 

See You in Indianapolis!

We hope to see many of you next week at this year’s IHLA Convention in Indianapolis!  The FCL will be meeting on Wednesday, February 8 at 12:30pm in the Atlantic Room.  Join us for some worship, a challenge from Rev. Brian Mullins (Regional Advisor, World Vision Canada), and the opportunity to give to a memorial project honoring Jon Pappas.

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“God intended it for good.”

Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”,
Bad things happen to good people! Think of the story of Joseph: sold by his brothers into slavery. When he ends up in a position that he could bring retribution, instead he blessed God, for through it all he never lost sight of the fact that God is a good good Father.
Do you understand the character of God? Rom 8:28. Jer 29:11.
Because of the fallen nature of mankind and the broken physical environment we are in “It is impossible but that offenses will come”.  “But God” is greater than those “offenses” and will “provide a way of escape”!
No matter what comes at us we have options and must not give up the hope in a “Good Good Father God” who is able take what the enemy designed to destroy us and turn it around for our good and His glory!
– Rob McCarthy