“…You Shall Call His Name Jesus for He Shall Save His People from Their Sins.”

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21 ESV)

savior_signIsn’t it interesting that people want to be saved from everything else but their sins?  Yet, this is the very reason for which Jesus Christ came.  He came “to save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).  But no, people want to be saved from financial difficulties, marital difficulties, anxieties regarding the future, etc, but NOT from sin.  Some who profess to be Christians might religiously say that they want to be saved from the consequences of sin.  They would love to keep their sins as long as they don’t have to face the consequences of their sins – as long as they can be guaranteed a “FREE PASS” to heaven, they would be quite happy to keep their sins.  But Matthew is telling us in the passage quoted above that Jesus came into the world for the specific purpose of saving His people from their sins.  He is the “Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).  “He appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin” (1 John 5:3). Continue reading

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

I praise the Lord to have had the privilege of teaching the first Perspectives class that our church is hosting here in New Westminster.  It was indeed a great joy and privilege.  About 16 students turned up for the first class – four short of the 20 that we hope to have.  So, if you know anyone in the area who needs to take Perspectives, please send them to:  701 Sixth St, New Westminster, BC where the course is being hosted – or have them contact Sharon Walraven at:  swalraven@outreach.ca or call her at:  604.952.0050 ext. 322.  Note:  Each class will be held on Monday from 7-10 pm except for the Thanksgiving weekend.  The class will meet on Friday, October 18 (7:00 pm–10:00 pm) and Saturday, October 19 (9:30 am–4:30 pm).

This class is so wonderful and unique in so many ways in comparison to the classes that my wife and I attended.  This class is full of young people and that is very exciting to me.  I pray that the Lord will take hold of the lives of these young people and prepare them for greater usefulness in His Kingdom here in Canada and around the world.  Please join me in praying for this.
I am very thankful that our small congregation could be given such a great opportunity and privilege to host this wonderful course.  To God be the glory!  Please keep praying for this course over the next 14 weeks as the LORD prompts you by His Spirit.  Thank you!

The Best Job in the World!

bestjobintheworldBeing paid to study and teach the Bible has to be the BEST job in the world! Seriously, think about it. You spend hours and hours praying, reading, studying and teaching the Word of God and at the end of month, someone hands you a check for doing that? How wonderful is that? Hey, if you are wondering – that’s my job and I love it! I don’t love it for the money (though I need the money to pay some bills and care for my family). I’ve got a wife and two kids and lots of other responsibilities. I need the money and I am thankful that I do get paid. But you know what, even if I wasn’t getting paid, I would find a way to keep doing what I am doing and care for my family at the same time. Like, Paul, I could go tent-making or something like that. I would do anything if I had to – thankfully I don’t – for now anyway and I praise the Lord for such mercy and grace to me and my family!

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Psalm 67 – Beautiful Singing from the New Westminster Chapel, New Westminster, BC.

1.  O God, to us show mercy, And bless us in Thy grace; Cause Thou to shine upon us; The brightness of Thy face;

2.That so Thy way most holy; on earth may soon be known; and unto ev’ry people; Thy saving grace be shown.

3.  O God, let peoples praise Thee; Let all the people sing;

4.  Let nations now be joyful; Let songs of gladness ring; For Thou wilt judge the peoples

In truth and righteousness; And o’er the earth shall nations Thy leadership confess.

5.  O God, let peoples praise Thee; Let all the people sing;

6.  For earth in rich abundance; To us her fruit will bring.  God, our own God, will bless us;

Yea, God will blessing send; And all the earth shall fear Him; To its remotest end.

How the LORD Used My Time in Malawi to Bring Me Back To Himself – A Testimony from John Campbell

Yesterday, after our morning worship service, I had the wonderful privilege of talking with John Campbell who is visiting some relatives in town who happen to be members of the congregation that I serve here in New Westminster, British Columbia.  As we talked, he shared with me how the LORD used his time in Malawi in the early 70’s to bring him back to Himself.  John lived in Malawi for two years and worked as an engineer with a Canadian volunteer organization.  Little did he know that the LORD would use his time in Malawi to bring open His heart to the gospel.

I asked John if he would share this wonderful story of God’s redemption in his life with us on camera and he kindly agreed to do so.  Thank you John!

A number of things resonated with me as John and I talked after the morning service.  These are the things that made me think that this story ought to be shared with a broader audience:

1.  How wonderful and amazing is the LORD in His ways – especially with regards to the salvation of sinners and the forgiveness which He offers through Jesus Christ (Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 11:33-36).

2.  The way John talked about Christ as a Friend – a real personal and trusted Friend who is always with him everywhere he goes.

3.  John also said something that resonated with me when I asked him about his hope of glory.  Without missing a beat and with a smile on his face, he said, “I can’t wait to get there!”  He goes on in the video to explain what he means by that, “I certainly don’t fear death…”  How wonderful!

4.  Finally, he shared his concern for Canada which has become so secular and very much against Christianity.  He expressed a strong and passionate desire to see the people of Canada who have turned their backs against the LORD being brought back to Him.  Canada is a wide open mission field indeed and we definitely need help here!

I hope that you will watch the video yourself and get a glimpse of what John and I shared today.  Please pray for us as we continue serving the LORD here!

For more information on this or anything else that might be of interest to you, please contact me at:  pastor@newwestminsterchapel.org or visit our website at:  http://www.newwestminsterchapel.org.  God bless you!