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  • Jesus Curses The Fig Tree | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    at Jericho I m sure that Enns would put the above story of Jesus cursing an innocent fig tree in the same category of Did Not Happen So Don t Worry even though the story was recorded by both Matthew and Mark with Mark adding the additional information that it was not yet fig season to explain the poor tree But scripture is meant to be wrestled with in the same terror filled no holds barred messy way Jacob wrestled with the angel the night before he was fated to meet Esau his brother his nemesis the man who had sworn to kill him years ago and just may still be angry enough to do so The battle lasted all night and the angel dislocated Jacob s hip Let me go for the day is breaking he said to Jacob I will not let you go unless you bless me Jacob replied We say the same thing to God when wrestling with His word I will not let you go unless you bless me There are several explanations for why Jesus cursed the fig tree Most commentators agree it is an action parable similar to His more familiar spoken parables which speaks to us on several levels A mini play is taking place in front of the fig tree Act 1 Jesus is hungry So is all of humanity He heads to the nearest food source which is the fig tree a symbol of Israel and the producer of one of the staples in their diet Act 2 There is no fruit there even though the tree is healthy and leafy That s our current dilemma When we were barred from the Tree of Life in Eden we had to feed ourselves out of cursed ground We had our culture

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  • “Lest We Forget” | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    of freedom that we enjoy as Canadians due to the sacrifice of brave men and women who gave their lives in two world wars and in more recent conflicts so that many of us could enjoy the life we have in Canada Remembering past events and reflecting on what previous generations have endured and have sacrificed is a good thing and a necessary activity because it reminds us not to take for granted the freedom we have in the present and that it came with great cost In the Old Testament God commanded the People of Israel to celebrate the Passover because it reminded them of who they were and how God had delivered them from the slavery of Egypt gained for them a new freedom through the Exodus and provided a new home in the promised land When you have eaten and are satisfied praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God failing to observe his commands his laws and his decrees Deuteronomy 8 10 11 God would never forget his people however God also knew that human nature has a tendency to forget Therefore we need reminders special days and yes even symbols to remind us that freedom comes at a great cost Therefore it is not surprising that many not only wear a poppy for Remembrance Day but also wear a cross everyday to remind them of the freedom we have been given through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ God has never forgotten us It came at great cost and with no greater love Lest We Forget Pastor Ian Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share by Mail Glenbrook supports The Open Door Evangel Hall

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  • Thank You | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    gospel chapter 17 vs 11 19 we read about the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus They had heard about Jesus and believed that He could heal them of their disease When they called out to Him to show mercy to them Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priest In those days people needed the authority and examination by a priest to be considered clean and therefore able to return to society The lepers must all have trusted in Jesus words since they went to the priest On the way there the sores and lesions on the skin of the ten lepers were healed and they were all overcome with joy as a result of Jesus healing power Nine of them were so joyful at the result and being able to meet with family and friends that they never thought any more about who had healed them One of the ten however did remember to come back to Jesus and say thank you As recorded in Scripture Jesus asked Weren t all ten healed Where are the other nine Didn t anyone else return and give praise to God except this outsider As the story is told this person was a foreigner even worse a Samaritan This must have hit home in a big way to the people that Jesus was telling this story to This was a bit more than a parent s stern look or rebuke to me many years ago It cost very little to say thank you but it showed how thankful the Samaritan leper was for the gift that he had received from Jesus This cleansing gift allowed him back to his family and friends and of course this meant a great deal in these times We should always remember

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  • When What We Want isn’t What We Need – Matt. 1:18-25 | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    Joseph longed for God to send the descendant of David who would be the Messiah to rescue them from their oppressors and return Israel to its former glory Joseph s other problem was deeply personal and more immediate He was about to get married but without warning his wedding plans had been ruined We ve all heard wedding horror stories but this goes beyond the photographer just dropped his camera or I think the crab dip has gone bad Here we are deep into Jerry Springer territory because here the bride to be is pregnant Joseph doesn t know how this happened he just knows that he isn t the father What was he feeling Since families often planned matches for their children while they were very young marriage to Mary may have been something that Joseph had looked forward to for years And now at the threshold of his wedding he learns that his fiancée is going to have someone else s baby Not exactly what Joseph had been hoping for What happens next is wholly unexpected During a night of fitful sleep Joseph dreams and a messenger from God speaks to him Joseph son of David do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife v 20 This is strange because Joseph s father was named Jacob yet the angel calls him son of David a reminder that he stands in the line of the kings of Israel and the promised Messiah The angel tells Joseph not to be afraid of what the public might think he is to go ahead with his marriage Mary hasn t been unfaithful the child she is carrying is from the Holy Spirit the son she will bear is one that comes from God himself Had this news come from Mary or anyone else it might have been lumped in the same file as the dog ate my homework But this news came from an angel one of those beings whose job it was to relate messages that came directly from God And of this child the angel goes on to say you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins For many this would be a disappointment because what Israel wanted was to be saved from the Romans not from their own sins But as many of us will discover on Christmas morning what we want and what we need are not always the same Israel s problem was never a lack of military strength it was sin and whether they appreciated it or not what they really needed was someone to save them from their sins This baby that Joseph was to name Jesus was going to be that Saviour You may think that at this point in your life your greatest need is a better job or a job period or maybe to get the kitchen renovated or to save for your kid s education These can be important

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  • Hebrews For Everyone | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    on N T Wright s book Hebrews for Everyone Writing in an approachable and anecdotal style Tom Wright helps us to find our way around the letter to the Hebrews one of the most challenging writings in the New Testament He acknowledges that people often find it difficult because some of the ideas it contains are strange to us Yet like meeting a new friend Wright helps us to find Hebrews full of interest and delight with a powerful message that comes home to the church of today and tomorrow just as much as it did to the church of yesterday To register for this study please call the Glenbrook office at 905 820 9860 or e mail office glenbrook ca Cost is 10 Newcomers are welcome at any time Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share by Mail Glenbrook supports The Open Door Evangel Hall Presbyterians Aiding Nicaraugans 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

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/hebrews-for-everyone/ (2016-02-13)
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  • 2012 Devotional Archive | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    Archive under construction 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

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/grow/archives/2012-devotional-archive/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Mission and Outreach | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    than 20 years Armagh House has provided second stage long term housing generally a year for victims of family violence Armagh offers eight self contained apartments for women and their children In addition to housing Armagh House also provides counselling education on financial matters such as budgeting referrals information and advocacy to such organizations as legal aid income assistance programs etc For more information visit http www armaghhouse ca The Wilkinson Road men s shelter is funded by the Region of Peel and managed and staffed by The Salvation Army Founded 12 years ago this shelter provides short term emergency shelter for boys and men 16 years of age and up Men are referred to the shelter by corrections officials hospitals the police and others merely walk in The WRS has 87 bedg organized into dormitories In addition to housing the shelter provides three meals a day showers and laundry facilities The shelter provides help in finding permanent stable housing and referrals and assistance with government programs employment and personal counselling etc For more information visit http www salvationarmypeel com wilkinson road shelter html Upcoming Events List Month color FFFFFF November Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2012 2013 2014 Senior Youth On May 25th 2013 at 7 30 pm Press B presented an hour long show titled I Won t Give Up that examined through narration choreography and music some of the major stories of the first book of the Bible Read More Junior Youth Ages 9 to 13 Our junior youth study from our LIVE B I G curriculum Live B I

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/mission-and-outreach/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Serving at Glenbrook | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    up rooms for Sunday school planting flowers in our gardens preparing coffee or writing for our newsletter for example If you have a gift for technology you could work on our sound board or help maintain our website If you are an outgoing person perhaps you would like to serve as a greeter or volunteer as a coach with our annual soccer camp There are many ways you can be involved and service opportunities can be identified whether you have an hour a week or an hour a month to devote See our Our ministries section under Connect for a better idea of where you might like to serve or contact Debora Lim our Director of Church Development at debora lim glenbrook ca 905 820 9860 who will be happy to meet with you to find the right volunteer opportunity that matches your interests Upcoming Events Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share by Mail Glenbrook supports The Open Door Evangel Hall Presbyterians Aiding Nicaraugans 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

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