Food & Friendship

Welcome to Food and Friendship, a free soup and bagel lunch in the lovely basement room at the Mount Forest Library on the second Tuesday each month. Our next lunch was arranged for TUESDAY, APRIL 14TH (but cannot now be held because of the Covid-19 crisis measures, requiring Library to be closed; please check back here for future dates)

Join us at 12noon-1:00pm, and bring a friend.

It’s good to be able to meet in a warm room, check out the book stand, listen to the music and enjoy a good meal.  Share your faith.  Show Christian love to one another. 

We will have a fresh supply of Christian literature, yours for free, so please check out the bookstand during lunch time.

Jesus said: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  He loved us enough to die for us; will we love enough to live for Him?

What are we aiming for?

We expect school teachers to prepare our children to meet further education entry requirements. They have to have a clear idea of what colleges and universities will expect. From the first day of school our youngsters are being prepared for that, and as they build year by year on what they have learned, they too should develop a clear idea of what they need to be able to demonstrate when they “finish”. Their objectives will likely grow clearer on the way; if so, they won’t major in subjects that they know don’t contribute to their goal.

What is the goal of Christian learning? It is not as though we are aiming to achieve entry credentials for heaven; God gives us those from the start of our training! In Rom.15:20 Paul told us about an intermediate goal: to bring the good news about Christ to places never before reached. If we are going to be capable of reasoning and persuading in defence of the Gospel, that will require some learning on our part, before we challenge others. And in 2 Cor.5:9 he made it clear that he intended to live his life in a way that pleased Christ. We are not to see Christian progress as an intellectual goal.

We are getting nearer to the answer when we read in Phil.3:8-14 Paul’s words about what he was striving to achieve. In its simplest terms, like Paul, our aim is to become like Christ. If you wanted to paint a portrait of Christ as a Man, you’d pay attention to what He looked like in every detail. If you wanted to sound like Him, you’d pay attention to every word: what He said and how He said it, and why. If you wanted to act in the same way as Him, you’d focus on exactly what He did and how He did everything, and do the same. Eventually, Rom.8:29 will apply!

Are we on track to graduating? Is that where our studies are leading?

…not neglecting to meet together

For obvious health reasons we cannot meet physically as a church right now. But in the virtual world there is lots going on. Watch this space!

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)

This is healthy!

Just to pass on the following impressions after reading a report by a Harvard professor of epidemiology. The findings showed Chris­tian church attendance is enormously valuable. For instance, it contributes positively to physical health, as well as substantially improving mental health. Other positive impacts include making people more optimistic, reducing depression, helping protect against suicide, increasing the likelihood of stable marriage, and generally improving a personal sense of meaning. It also favourably impacts levels of charitable giving and volunteer­ing. And, unsurprisingly, it helps provide a good social network. (Don’t just accept that, be ready to fact-check it, and please contact us for a reading list)

It just goes to show we are right to be concerned about the current necessity to “shelter in”, stay at home, and keep at least 6 feet from everyone else. Those are currently essential, and contribute benefits to health, personally and for everyone around; we strongly endorse public compliance with such advice. But inevitably these temporary constraints can have negative effects too, so by all means count the days until you can get back to a good, uplifting church Bible study! And in the meantime compensate as much as possible for the lack of getting together by using virtual meetings to share your Christian faith with others. We can help with that too.

Solved!

Geoff writes:

“Don’t know what the probability is that you could solve a 5×5 Rubik cube by chance moves, but even when I used some carefully thought out moves I still couldn’t do it. My grandson did it in minutes! He knows that you have to make some very disruptive moves that at first make all the faces seem wrong before it all comes together. Finished!

Perhaps that’s a very simplified analogy for Rom.8:28, the famous “all things work together for good” verse. Certainly everything is not good; bad things happen too. Some people think “all things” in that verse means all things in my life, but it’s actually bigger than that and “all” is defined by the context of verses 18-39 (extract below). It is a truly universal statement: God’s plan for absolutely everything, stretching from eternity to eternity. And if God is God, no better plan could ever be devised.

Remember, you can’t complete the cube by just trying to make all of it right for one face. And in life we may go through very disruptive things without any possibility individually of seeing their positive outcome, the good that comes from this. If we lose grip with the bigger picture it is the road to greater disappointments. Present pain can only be considered reasonable if we have real hope in a God who is permitting it for a much, much, much bigger purpose. Not an easy concept at all. But the alternatives are hopeless.”

Check out Rom.8:18-27 then read on:

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Open for business…

NOTE: During the current management of the Covid-19 virus problems availability of public facilities will be limited, and social distancing measures may mean some church activities must be temporarily postponed.  Please check with us about specific church meetings as needed (normal details at the right).

We will continue to use all available means to achieve the objectives of the church, including teaching, meeting the need for fellowship, keeping the commands of the Lord Jesus and continuing in prayer. Don’t hesitate to contact us to enjoy such things, whether they be accomplished “live, in person” or using electronic social networking (or whatever substitute means works best to meet the need)

And, of course, be guided by Public Health instructions to keep yourself and others protected as far as possible from infection.

Safe!

Isn’t it interesting that so many people are concerned about whether they will remain healthy tomorrow, yet so few are concerned about what happens after they die? No one would want the current worsening virus scare to be regarded simply as a wake-up call. However, for a lot of people it would be appropriate to focus more attention right away on eternal things. Christians have answers that non-Christians need.

One issue that sadly seems to result in differences of view among Christians is if you can lose your salvation. We need to pass on the good news that being saved from the penalty of our sins is not something we can ever earn, so God has paid for it in full, by Himself. The sacrifice of Christ is totally sufficient. If He saves us, and gives us eternal life, but would then take that life away, it simply would then not have been “eternal” life in the first place!

If you are unsure on this subject of eternal security, why not read up on it from the material here. It is good news, but it is really great news, and we should not sell the Gospel short by missing out this great blessing it includes.

“So Send I You”


This poem, based on Jn 20:21, was written by Margaret Clarkson, who went to work as a teacher in the far north. There she experienced loneliness as a Christian, not finding like-minded people to share with. Then she realized that actually she was in the place where God wanted her to be, where He had sent her. When God says “Come out from among them” He is always calling us on to the place where He is already. He never sends us to a place He would not go Himself.

So send I you to labor unrewarded,
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown,
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing-
So send I you to toil for Me alone.

So send I you to bind the bruised and broken,
O’er wand’ring souls to work, to weep, to wake,
To bear the burdens of a world aweary-
So send I you to suffer for My sake.

So send I you to loneliness and longing,
With heart a’hung’ring for the loved and known,
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one-
So send I you to know My love alone.

So send I you to leave your life’s ambition,
To die to dear desire, self-will resign,
To labor long, and love where men revile you-
So send I you to lose your life in Mine.

So send I you to hearts made hard by hatred,
To eyes made blind because they will not see,
To spend, tho’ it be blood, to spend and spare not-
So send I you to taste of Calvary.

BIBLE Explorers

Welcome to Bible Explorers! 

(NOTE: During the current management of the Covid-19 virus problems availability of public facilities like libraries will be limited, and social distancing measures may mean children’s activities must be temporarily postponed.  Please check the FB page before bringing your children to the Library)


Friday evenings from 6:30-7:45pm kids enjoy Bible Explorers, held in the Community Room in the basement of the Mount Forest Library. Usually they will enjoy a fun activity for starters, followed by time making crafts. Then there is (rather loud!) singing of Camp Choruses and similar fun songs. There is always a Bible story to learn about, and a memory verse that’s worth remembering. The time flies, and judging by the evident desire of the kids to come back again and again, we must be doing something right!.

Kids who attend will make friends with others and can now be planning to go to the Day Camp run by Mount Forest Camp in the Summer.

Apart from the occasional snow day in Winter, we try to operate nearly every Friday during Fall, Winter and Spring.

Check out the Bible Explorers FaceBook page at: FB

The Church of God in action