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  • Children / Youth | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    Upcoming Events Latest News FUN Bingo Remember that the FUN BINGO is next Saturday Read More Pancake Supper Tuesday February 9th Quickly approaching is our pancake supper event On Read More The Divine Conspiracy begins January 22 2016 at 7 30 p m In the introduction to the study Dallas writes Read More Weekly Devotion Prayer God is with us February 2 2016 How Long Lord January 26 2016 Let

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  • Taming The Tongue | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    control and maybe more it displays and reveals much about who we are The tongue is such a small part of the body and yet it contains such great power In the Letter of James he uses three metaphors to illustrate this idea If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us we guide their whole bodies Or look at ships though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs So also the tongue is a small member yet it boasts of great exploits How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire We notice that James intentionally chooses things that are small a metal bit a rudder in comparison with a ship a spark from a fire to compare to the power of the tongue All of these illustrate the idea that the tongue is small but powerful necessary but dangerous and helpful but if not managed correctly can cause havoc It gets us thinking about what we say and how we communicate John Ortberg is a pastor and psychologist and in his book Soul Keeping he tells the following story I was driving in downtown Menlo Park coming out of a meeting were we were making ministry plans to help people through a particular program I was getting ready to make a left hand turn A driver coming from my right didn t have her turn signal on so I thought she would go past I began to inch forward to make my turn It turns out she didn t turn left but because I had inched out she had to adjust her turn She just glared at me with that expression that says don t you know how to drive I found myself getting angry immediately She was condemning me and the human heart hates to be condemned I wanted to jump out of my car and yell at her It wasn t my fault you didn t use your turn signal and now you are blaming me how dare you I wanted to add Your heart is wicked and deceitful above all things I didn t say anything because it just wasn t practical to do that on the street and because I recognized her she goes to my church So I just gave her the blessing sign with my fingers He goes on to say that I used to think cursing someone meant just swearing at them but I realized that you can curse someone with an eyebrow a shoulder shrug even the tiniest delay in saying well of course I love you Taming the tongue is in many ways is something we need to ask God by the power of his Spirit to help us manage We need forgiveness to heal what we have said in the past We need grace in the present to renovate our

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  • Weekly Devotion | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church - Part 3
    for our life so that His unique story for us may be written and available to be told as a blessing to others Randy R The Holy Spirit Cinderella of the Trinity August 4 2015 in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster Most of us are familiar with the famous children s fairytale Cinderella It is an enduring story told and re told throughout the generations It has drama humour remember the ugly stepsister trying to get on the glass slipper villains and romance Our heart always roots for Cinderella invited to the ball but relegated to the sidelines In his classic book Knowing God J J Packer likens the Holy Spirit to Cinderella the person and work of Christ have been and remain subjects of constant debate within the church yet the person and work of the Holy Spirit are consistently ignored The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is the Cinderella of Christian doctrines Very few seem to be interested in it This analogy struck a chord with me In speaking with my Christian friends these days I hear a lot about the second coming of Christ Many feel the time is near and they look for signs of his imminent arrival Indeed in reflecting on Christ s life and work on earth and on his atoning sacrifice on the cross it is easy to overlook the third person of the trinity the Holy Spirit We risk sidelining the Holy Spirit and forgetting his daily presence in our lives We are wise to remember that just as God gave his only Son for us that same Son gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit In fact that same Holy Spirit helped Jesus during his earthly ministry Consider these words taken from Isaiah A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse From his roots a Branch will bear fruit The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him The Spirit of wisdom and of understanding the Spirit of counsel and power The spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord And he will delight in the fear of the Lord Isaiah 11 1 3 NIV This passage refers to Christ s reliance on the Holy Spirit and if Christ who is holy and blameless depends so heavily on the Holy Spirit how much more do we need him Far too often I have sidelined the Holy Spirit in my adoration of Christ I have resolved to pay more attention to the Holy Spirit in my life No one knows when Christ is returning and in the meantime we have work to do to bring heaven to Earth to bring hope to the captives and much more Thank goodness we aren t alone in the task but have our helper and counsellor the Holy Spirit to guide and encourage us Submitted by Debora L God helps those who help themselves July 28 2015 in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster Judges 6 8 Luke 18 It always makes me smile when I hear Christians say God helps those who help themselves It is not a biblical quote but it is certainly a popular sentiment among us can do pull yourself up by your bootstrap North Americans I ve always thought it was Benjamin Franklin who coined the phrase but it has been found in ancient Greek literature When Gideon led the Israelite army God told him You have too many men I cannot deliver Midian into their hands or Israel would boast against me My own strength has saved me Judges 7 So Gideon allowed those who were afraid to go home Twenty two thousand left and ten thousand remained but that was still too many So they led the army to drinking water and only chose those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink I ve also heard many theories on why those who lap like dogs are more superior than the kneelers and those sermons also make me smile God chooses whom He chooses for no other reason except His own inscrutable ones In the end Gideon led three hundred men against an enemy the Bible describes as The Midians the Amalekites and all the other eastern peoples who had settled in the valley thick as locusts Gideon won the day of course with the Lord s help Over and over again the Bible emphasizes that battles are won with the Lord s presence and might or they are not won at all Even a great military leader like Joshua and a superior force was defeated when he went against little Ai without consulting the Lord first The only biblical incidents I recall where bold persistent action changes the course of events is when people pray Jesus tells a parable of a persistent widow petitioning an unjust Judge Eventually the beleaguered Judge says I care nothing what God thinks even less what people think But because this widow won t quit badgering me I d better do something and see that she gets justice otherwise I m going to end up beaten black and blue by her pounding Luke 18 The Message Perhaps we should say God helps those who keep praying Submitted by Caroline W Holding On July 27 2015 in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster 2 Corinthians 4 14 17 We know that God who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you All of this is for your benefit And as God s grace reaches more and more people there will be great thanksgiving and God will receive more and more glory That is why we never give up Though our bodies are dying our spirits are being renewed every day For our present troubles are small and won t last very long Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever NLT Within one week three members of our family went through various tests and major health concerns The past few months since then have gone by in a flurry and a blur I became so preoccupied with life events and family health issues that by the time I realized it five months had passed me by Looking back I have been going through the motions of everyday life and for the most part doing all the tasks that have been requested and required of me as a mom wife and employee probably to the point that no one else has even noticed that I haven t been myself I am sure that the cracks have shown on a few days but mostly I have existed Some of us can juggle more events in life than others For me writing had stopped even reading and praying began to slow down I had lost my joy within But what I am trying to share is how God is in this for us each and every step of the way I prayed many quick and short prayers and even though I knew in my heart that God was there I sensed a slipping of my connection with Him I prayed because I knew that it was the right thing to do I believed because I knew that it was the right thing to do I did all the right things because I knew that they were the right things to do What I had been failing to do was to be open and listen to what God wanted me to hear I had reverted back to ways of self in which I believed that I could do it on my own and I became disconnected from God But God is faithful and just and when I was at the end of myself emotionally and physically He reached out again As I sat during my quiet time reflecting on my week the three family members and their health concerns I felt such an amazing peace that only Jesus can give us Still many health questions remain unanswered and will likely remain that way for some time I felt such a peace that the answers we could have received could have been much worse It was then that I realized that I had been living in the fear of the much worse scenario Once this light was shown to me the heaviness was lifted and I began to rejoice I placed all my fears and concerns at the cross for Jesus to handle If you can relate to my spiritually dry experience of joylessness and exhaustion pray for God to reach out to you with His peace and the strength that comes from Him rather than trying to do it all on your own Philippians 4 6 Don t worry about anything instead pray about everything Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done NLT Prayer Dear Lord thank You for the abundance of truth that is found in Your Word Help us in times of turmoil to hold onto these truths We do thank You for all that You have done and will do in our lives In Jesus name we pray Amen http www presbycan ca 2015 07 03 holding Going Home July 23 2015 1 Comment in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster Won t it be great when we re all dead and gone to heaven This was something I used to say to my friends many years ago No it wasn t a death wish but rather my reaction to my reading of John 14 2 In my Father s house are many mansions if it were not so I would have told you I go to prepare a place for you I ve since stopped saying my little phrase as people became hesitant to accept offers to ride with me in my car I recently returned from a two week mission trip to Nicaragua This trip took over a year s worth of planning and preparation The plan included building a small church playing games with children at an orphanage doing crafts with children at a Bible Club bringing snacks and toiletries to prisoners in local jails bringing gifts to and praying for children at a cancer hospital and preparing and distributing over 30 mercy bags containing food and clothing to poor families as an outreach project for a local church It was an ambitious plan but with a little tweaking because of unexpected events the mission team followed it through During the mission we experienced many joyful and uplifting moments We made new friends enjoyed times of worship and saw the beauty of God s creation in some of the locations we visited in Nicaragua However there were also times of difficulty and sadness There was of course the physical fatigue of hauling gravel sand bags of cement cinder blocks and 80 pound stones However there was also the mental emotional and spiritual fatigue caused by some of the things we saw There were children fighting the ravages of cancer under nourished prisoners cramped into small overcrowded cells beautiful little children that had been abandoned by their parents and the abject poverty that had families living in homes made of scrap metal pieces of plastic and cardboard I have to admit that all this plus the effort of managing the dynamics of a mission team at times made me homesick One of the things that helped me through this was something that was in our plan That something was the part of the plan for our return home We were doing a good thing in Nicaragua and although at times it was hard we knew that at the end we would be going home When that time came I was excited not to be back at my house but to be back with the people I loved Coming home started when I saw my wife Laura at the airport and it was completed when my children their wives and my grandchildren came over for dinner the following evening God has a wonderful plan for our lives Jeremiah 29 11 says For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future That plan includes many things such as understanding and accepting what your true relationship with God should be It includes knowing that you are a sinner accepting God s forgiveness bought for you by Jesus death on a cross and a decision to follow Him Like our Nicaragua Mission trip plan God s plan will have both joyful and difficult times but it also includes a plan for going home Our lives play out a mission that God set for us We persevere as we seek to know and follow His plan but one day we will go home We will be with the Father who created us with the Son who died for us and with the Spirit who guided us We will also be re united with the people that we love our brother and sisters in Christ I can hardly wait Submitted by Conrad F Facing the Giants July 14 2015 in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster One of the most well known and universal stories of the Bible is the story of David and Goliath It is often associated as a children s story but it is a story for all ages because is it not true that we all have our Goliath s to face For me maybe the most meaningful point of the story of David and Goliath is when David is kneeling at the brook in the Valley of Elah to select five smooth stones 1 Samuel 17 40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd s bag in the pouch his sling was in his hand and he drew near to the Philistine In my imagination I see a shepherd boy with more freckles than facial hair wearing a shepherds tunic and a small leather pouch hanging down David is kneeling at the brook in the middle of the Valley of Elah selecting his stones from experience feeling each one for balance and for size This we know is not the first time David has faced an opponent much larger and fiercer than himself As a shepherd he has taken on lions and bears with boldness and courage These experiences have prepared him for this moment On either side of him up on higher ground are the two armies To the north you have the proud and arrogant Philistines with their champion Goliath To the south you have the demoralized and anxious Israelites lead by a fearful King Saul And in the middle of all of this a shepherd boy kneeling at a brook choosing 5 smooth stones Goliath had taunted and bullied and challenged King Saul and his army for 40 days Moreover he had hurled insults at the God of Israel He was the Philistine version of the hockey enforcer the tough guy mean and nasty He was about 7 feet tall He had a 25 lb spear that he could twirl like drum stick and throw with accuracy His armour was tank like He had a presence that was completely intimidating His voice struck fear into the heart of every opposing soldier including King Saul So when David is kneeling at the brook we know what Goliath is thinking He is disdainful almost insulted of the champion the Israelites have sent out with no heavy armour no intimidating weaponry no battle experience Just a skinny kid with staff and a sling The Philistine said to David Am I a dog that you come to me with sticks Little did he know that David had a lethal combination of personal experience and a trust in God The Philistine said to David Come to me and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the field But David said to the Philistine You come to me with sword and spear and javelin but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not save by sword and spear for the battle is the Lord s and he will give you into our hand submitted by Pastor Ian A Joshua moment July 8 2015 in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster A few days ago I boarded a plane bound for Managua Nicaragua with nine others from our church We are going for fifteen days to help a local organization Presbyterians Aiding Nicaraguans While there we will do some construction by building on an addition to a local medical clinic we will comfort and play with children and babies in a local cancer hospital we will visit those forgotten in local jails and distribute much needed food and clothing in some impoverished neighbourhoods For many of us on the team this will be our first ever mission trip We are excited to be serving the Lord in this way but we are nervous too Will we be equal to the task We will be doing many tasks we have never done before in our lives in unfamiliar surroundings working alongside those who speak a different language Maybe as you read this you are facing some new and unfamiliar territory in your own life perhaps you have lost a loved one and wonder how you will carry on alone Or perhaps you are making a major life change a residential move or a new career Whenever the unknown or unfamiliar looms large and anxiety sets in we can turn to the Bible where there are countless stories of people called out of their comfort zone One such character was Joshua When

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  • Weekly Devotion | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church - Part 17
    and the family is bickering over the estate Jesus refused to get into this situation but left the person and all assembled with a lesson He told a story about a rich man a first century Donald Trump This rich man has a problem He owns land that is so productive that he no longer has space to store its produce It keeps him up at night It starts to stress him out After much thought he decides to tear down his storehouses and build bigger ones A good idea and one that would gain the approval of anyone with an MBA What happens next however is a problem The man looks at his achievements and breathes a huge sigh of relief and says Now I can relax I ve covered all of my bases and ensured a prosperous future for myself Immediately God confronts him and calls him a fool Why He s done the prudent thing Should he have kept his old barns and let the excess grain rot in the field Why all of a sudden is he a fool In the Bible fool can mean several things A fool can be someone who is as we say a dim bulb a few bricks short of a load or the village idiot But most often a fool is someone who lives without regard to God Psalm 53 1 says The fool says in his heart There is no God The passage goes on to say of fools They are corrupt and their ways are vile there is no one who does good To leave God out of the mix leaves a person open to corruption because it leaves him or her with no basis for ethics apart from our own whims This is the great danger of atheism or secularism or just plain indifference The Bible s approach is to remind us that The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom Psa 111 10 In the story Jesus told the quarrelling family member the point is that it is folly to do anything and leave God out of the mix And this is exactly what the rich man does It s not so much that he s hostile to God it s just that he s not paying attention to God As a follower of Jesus no decision in life is solely yours to make Whether the choice before you concerns your job your relationships or building a barn God wants and needs to be in the mix B Irwin Who Gets the Credit August 2 2010 in Weekly Devotion by hyperweb1 Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them If you do you will have no reward from your Father in heaven So when you give to the needy do not announce it with trumpets as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets to be honored by men I tell you the truth

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  • A Father’s Love for His Son | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    many wonderful moments with my stepfather since he married my mother in 1993 after my father died in 1985 He is indeed a father to me and a grandpa to my three children I cherish the times we ve spent together including at least one game of golf every year up until last summer when he turned 89 he was still hitting the ball straight down the fairway We ve had many memorable times in the past 22 years including completing wood working projects together teaching me how to do plumbing connections and having lively discussions about alternative financial investments for his portfolio It was our mutual love for each other that made these times together so special However the most enriching times I spend with him are when we talk about his faith and love for his God and saviour Jesus Christ He has a strong faith which is very evident to me in the way he lives out his life I am so thankful for the love of this earthly father of mine and what he means to me and my family God our heavenly father loves us more than we can ever imagine I make every day a heavenly father s day by lifting up thanksgiving to Him for His love blessings in my life Colossians 1 12 14 reveals joyfully giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves in whom we have redemption the forgiveness of sins The Son in this passage is Jesus Christ when you believe in Jesus birth life ministry death and resurrection you are qualified to experience

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  • A  “Joshua” moment | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    and unfamiliar territory in your own life perhaps you have lost a loved one and wonder how you will carry on alone Or perhaps you are making a major life change a residential move or a new career Whenever the unknown or unfamiliar looms large and anxiety sets in we can turn to the Bible where there are countless stories of people called out of their comfort zone One such character was Joshua When Moses died before the Israelites reached the promised land Joshua who up until now had been Moses right hand man was charged by God to finish Moses task to go and cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land he had promised to his people long ago After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun Moses aide Moses my servant is dead Now then you and all these people get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them to the Israelites I will give you every place where you set your foot as I promised Moses Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon and from the great river the Euphrates all the Hittite country to the Great Sea in the west No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life As I was with Moses so I will be with you I will never leave you nor forsake you Joshua 1 1 5 NIV What encouragement Joshua grieving his master had to let go of the familiar and embrace the new and unfamiliar indeed he was to lead the others God makes two promises to Joshua which are just as true and relevant to us today regardless

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  • A Man After God’s Own Heart | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    him to do For several weeks now Pastor Ian has been teaching on David and the people in his life Quite often David has been portrayed as acting rashly even sinfully leaving the listener wondering how can David be a man after God s own heart Part of the problem is that the verse implies that a person s actions reveal their heart In the same way we often judge whether we ve made a good decision by what happened after David s story shows that really good people can do really stupid things And David s story show that God looks beyond that so that years later when the Kingdom of Israel is just a memory a learned scholar like Paul will tell his Jewish audience that David is a man after God s own heart and they will nod in agreement David s heart was revealed in his Psalms It was revealed in his relationship with God Yes there was a national disaster when he ordered a census taken Yes his grand parade to bring the ark into Jerusalem came to a humiliating and dreadful halt Yes his family gave him tremendous grief when one son raped a daughter and another led a rebellion against him Yes he committed adultery and murder In all these God corrected and punished him He ate his full measure of bitter consequences But throughout David s tumultuous life God never turned his back on David or gave up on him He continued to love David and David continued to worship Even at his lowest when he had no where to turn he turned to God and he knew God will meet him there because he is a man after God s own heart Just today on CNN we hear that a pastor

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