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  • Faith Matters | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    way then this faith is a gift from God To me this is the only way to look at faith If you look at faith is this respect then questions whether you have sufficient faith are irrelevant since God provides for all our needs When you accept this as fact then God has given you all the faith you need When the disciples expressed their desire to have more faith Jesus told all that was needed was faith the size of a mustard seed In other words Jesus was saying to them to exercise the faith that had been given to them Another way of looking at faith may be expressed as our faith is as big as our notion of God If we perceive God in all His Majesty and Glory then our faith will be great The opposite will be true Sometimes we appear to face challenges to our faith This may be circumstances in our personal life changes in the friendships that we have enjoyed for years etc You may wonder why this is happening to you Is God testing you for some reason I think this is the time when God is growing your faith Remember what God has done for you in the past and then trust Him with your future In the story of David and Goliath David did not approach this giant with earthly protection or armaments He faced the challenge by relying on God and remembering that The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine 1 Samuel 17 37 When you are facing your own Goliath whatever that may be God does not expect or require you to face this giant on your

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  • Weekly Devotion | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church - Part 5
    and has many versions More important than its popularity or where it is on a best sellers list is the fact that an account of the greatest love story ever told is woven in its many pages In the first chapters of the book the author introduces us to a married couple who seek to find their own path through life The couple make some terrible mistakes and become bankrupt both spiritually and financially As a result their landlord throws them out of their beautiful garden home Separated from those they love life is full of hardships but that is not the end of the story Several authors follow the lives of the couples descendants Some were exemplary citizens while others were warriors cheaters wanderers and desert dwellers No matter what their station in life all were looking for peace and reconciliation Peace is finally made when the son of the highest king gives his own life in payment for all the wrongdoings of his father s subjects He took their place in order to show how deep how wide how high his father s love is for all of the people in his kingdom the whole earth The book The holy Bible Who was the son Jesus the Son of God There is so much more that I could say about this book Its pages have provided comfort guidance and wisdom for me during my life s journey and I would suggest that we all take a few minutes to read from its pages each day Prayer Dear God so often we try to find our own way through the day So often we are faced with despair We forget just how much You love and care for us Remind us to read Your Word each day for it is here that we will find words that tell us that no matter what comes our way no matter what we face Your love for us will never fail Your mercies are new every morning Great is Your faithfulness Amen Submitted by Elaine Ingalls Hogg Presbyterian Church in Canada see www presbycan ca for more daily devotionals Foolish Wisdom March 11 2015 in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster Read 1 Corinthians 1 18 31 In the last 150 years there have been many human achievements of which we can be understandably proud In the last century and a half we have progressed from the telegram to the telephone to the cellphone from a small plane at kitty hawk to a man on the moon from smallpox and polio epidemics to their disappearance due to the development of effective vaccines But there can be peril in our pride Many today have become so smart so self sufficient that they feel that they don t need indeed have outgrown God This sentiment is captured well in poet and author T S Eliot s words All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance All our ignorance brings us nearer to death But nearness to death no nearer to GOD Where is the life we have lost in living Like T S Eliot Paul in writing to the church at Corinth was concerned that the congregation was drifting farther from God rather than drawing ever closer It had come to Paul s attention that there were divisions in the church some were favouring Apollo as their leader others Peter and another group declared themselves to be Paul s men Paul sternly re directs them to the true leader of the church Christ crucified Then like now it is so easy to become distracted and to take our eyes off the cross and its ugly beauty We would do well to remember that the life that died there is the source of OUR life submitted by Debora L Love is Always Right March 2 2015 in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster 18 Little children let us love not in word or speech but in truth and action 19 And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20 whenever our hearts condemn us for God is greater than our hearts and he knows everything 21 Beloved if our hearts do not condemn us we have boldness before God 22 and we receive from him whatever we ask because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him 23 And this is his commandment that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another just as he has commanded us 24 All who obey his commandments abide in him and he abides in them And by this we know that he abides in us by the Spirit that he has given us I John 3 18 24 In Josh McDowell s book Love is Always Right he said that when faced with a moral dilemma we should choose to do the most loving thing And even if we chose unwisely it will be because we loved too much and not too little It seems that our world and our culture is changing at an exponential rate What if we asked ourselves What is the most loving response and action in this situation instead of What is the most moral or right thing to do Jesus was once asked what is the greatest commandment and He replied that it is to love God with all our heart soul strength and mind And even though no one asked Him He quickly followed with the second greatest commandment which is to love our neighbor as ourselves These two commandments cannot be separated and we love God by loving others and we love others by loving God They must be spoken together in one breath and thought of together as one great directive Jesus said that all the Law is fulfilled by obeying these two commandments He later increased the stakes by saying that we should love our enemies Loving our enemies require tremendous wisdom and strength These commandments are not for the faint of heart or for the half hearted disciple But it is the right thing to do and God is only asking us to do something that He Himself was very willing to do Imagine how radically different public debate would be if we chose to do the most loving thing What is the most loving response to our current issues of assisted suicide Of gay rights and gender identity Of ISIS and Islamaphobia Or new sex education guidelines for Ontario Or new health ministry rules for refugees and immigrants If we choose the most loving stance it will change public discourse It might even change how the world sees us It might let others see Christ in us Submitted by Caroline W An Ancient Custom February 24 2015 in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster Ruth 4 14a The women said to Naomi Praise be to the Lord who this day has not left you without a kinsman redeemer NIV While standing by my mother s hospital bed I found myself attempting to understand what was really going on I was familiar with the bed mother had been in that bed at home The oxygen tent was the added component Does it mean that my mother is really sick At age 13 before the fulfillment of my desire for my mom to leave the hospital she took her last breath and went home to be with the Lord at the age of 40 What I did not realize was that my mother had made a deathbed request of my father to marry her sister so that his three children would have a mother to care for them My father and aunt took this responsibility seriously shortly after my mother s death my father and my aunt were married This occurrence reminds me of the biblical custom of a kinsman redeemer a male relative who shares the same racial cultural or national background as another In the Old Testament the word kinsman is most often used as a translation of a Hebrew word that means one who has the right to redeem An outstanding example of this custom is found in Ruth chapter 4 where Boaz a near kinsman of Naomi Ruth s mother in law acted as a redeemer in accordance with Jewish law and married Ruth The line of David traces through this union and is the one from which Jesus was born Ruth 4 17 The neighbor women gave him a name saying A son has been born to Naomi So they named him Obed He is the father of Jesse the father of David NASB In the New Testament the title redeemer is applied to Christ Who became our Kinsman Redeemer Christ as Saviour freed mankind from sin by His sacrifice His death on the cross Thus our kinsman redeemer paid the full price to redeem us now and into the blessing of eternal life Hebrews 2 17 For this reason he had to be made like them fully human in every way in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people NIV 2011 Consider this Have we been freed from sin by the acceptance of Christ as our kinsman redeemer And if we have accepted Christ s sacrifice for sin how are we exhibiting this new life to others who need to be freed from the chains of sin to become brothers and sisters with Christ Prayer Heavenly Father thank You for redeeming saving us from the power of sin by the sacrificial death of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ We are so grateful to have become brothers and sisters with Christ our Saviour Who has become our Advocate with You for which we give You glory honour and praise always We pray in Jesus holy name Amen courtesy of Presbyterian Church of Canada devotional www presbycan ca About the author Parise Arakelian parakelian roadrunner com Arcadia California USA Send your feedback to the author Science and or Creation February 17 2015 in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster A few weeks ago I went to the movies to see a film called The Theory of Everything This was a kind of biography of the very eminent physicist cosmologist and mathematician Stephen Hawking The film described his early life as a student then professor at Cambridge University in England in the 1970 s and his struggle with the very debilitating disease known as ALS or Lou Gehrig s disease Although well known in the scientific community Stephen Hawking became almost a household name after writing a layperson s book published in 1998 with the title A Brief History of Time This book describes the understanding of the universe from its beginning which is also the beginning of time as we understand it Hawking became totally absorbed with formulating a scientific understanding of the origins of the known universe hence his quest for a Theory of Everything which would bring together all the knowledge of about three hundred years of scientific endeavour starting with Sir Isaac Newton into a single unified theory This was a monumental task for someone who was originally given about two years to live after the disease was identified At one point in his life Hawking conceded that there possibly was a Creator involved at the beginning but it appears that in recent years he doesn t accept this at all Nevertheless he continues to persevere and is now in his seventies and still persevering The disease did not affect his mental capabilities but only his physical body You may wonder why this is in a devotional article but think back to the Book of Job and God s response when Job questioned His authority The following excerpt from the Book of Job Chapter 38 is God s answer to man s understanding of the world Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth Tell me if you have understanding 5 Who determined its measurements surely you know Or who stretched the line upon it 6 On what were its bases sunk or who laid its cornerstone 7 when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings a shouted for joy Where is the way to the dwelling of light and where is the place of darkness 20 that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home 21 Surely you know for you were born then and the number of your days is great There is a more than a hint of sarcasm in these words and we do well to heed them when our human pride clouds our understanding of the world or the universe that we inhabit Science is a wonderful discipline and I believe that God uses our scientific knowledge to further reveal His Majesty There is or should not be any conflict between scientific discovery knowledge and Christian faith To quote from world renowned scientist Francis Collins in a PBS interview Actually I don t see that any of the issues that people raise as points of contention between science and faith are all that difficult to resolve Many people get hung up on the whole evolution versus creation argument one of the great tragedies of the last 100 years is the way in which this has been polarized On the one hand we have scientists who basically adopt evolution as their faith and think there s no need for God to explain why life exists On the other hand we have people who are believers who are so completely sold on the literal interpretation of the first book of the Bible that they are rejecting very compelling scientific data about the age of the earth and the relatedness of living beings It s unnecessary I think God gave us an opportunity through the use of science to understand the natural world The idea that some are asking people to disbelieve our scientific data in order to prove that they believe in God is so unnecessary This last sentence from Collins may provoke some thought God knows our very thoughts and therefore we really don t need to prove anything to Him Scientific data has changed our understanding of the cosmos over the past few hundred years and the reality is that the data keeps changing even slightly Does that mean that the old data was wrong and was worthless Not at all It was the best that we could do with our limited understanding and abilities at that time On the other hand God never changes and has been constant throughout time Very recently in 2013 I think some very new scientific data has been released This has now been identified and understood to be the Cosmic Microwave Background the CMB radiation and is believed to be the residual energy from the beginnings of the universe It is now seen in the microwave range of the energy spectrum because of the expansion of the universe and scientists are calling this the first light observed after the universe was formed That kind of reminds me of Genesis Chapter 1 verse 3 Then God said Let there be light and there was light Submitted by George R Your Valentine February 12 2015 in Weekly Devotion by Webmaster Today I went to my local flower shop to order some flowers for my wife to give to her on Valentine s Day For many giving a gift on Valentine s Day whether it be flowers or chocolates or a card is an expression of love and friendship to someone who is very special to them Some might even sign a card and use the phrase Your Valentine According to Wikipedia the person for whom Valentine s Day is named is Saint Valentinus There is sparse historical information available about Valuntinus and as a result there has arisen some speculation myth and legend surrounding his life However there does seem to be some consensus that Valentinus was a Christian martyr who according to some sources was put to death in 280 AD by the Emperor Claudius II for refusing to deny his Christian faith and his love for Christ Associated with his death there is a legend which is probably more legend than fact that while Valentinus was in prison waiting to be put to death that the jailer asked him to be his daughter s teacher The jailer s daughter was blind and Valentinus not only taught her various subjects but also prayed for her healing which one day miraculously happened The legend goes on to say that the night before Valentinus was executed he wrote a note to his special student and he signed it Your Valentine It could be argued that the legend has become greater than the facts surrounding Valentine s day as February the 14th has become a day in which we express our love and our friendship to those whom we love in our lives Whatever the historical origins Valentine s Day has become an opportunity to do and to give nice things for our family and friends to let them know that we love and care for them For Christians one of the most important verses of the Bible speaks of God s gift of love to the world John 3 16 says For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life The word for love that is used in this verse comes from the Greek word agape The Greek language has three words for love First is the word eros which in the ancient world was characteristic of a type of esthetic love Now it has come to mean a romantic love Second is the word philia which is a

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  • It’s back to school | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    Devotional Study Groups Archives Called to Serve Serving at Glenbrook Youth in Mission Donate Mission and Outreach Nicarauga 2015 Contact Weekly Devotion You are here Home Weekly Devotion It s back to school It s back to school September 6 2010 in Weekly Devotion by hyperweb1 With school just around the corner and the start of new programs at Glenbrook please join us for a new devotional next Monday 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 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 There be Light January 20 2016 The Twelve Days of Christmas January 5 2016 Click to view Glenbrook Facebook Page Find Us Here View Larger Map Contact Us 3535 South Common Court Mississauga ON L5L 2B3

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  • Rooted in Christ | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    by the water that sends out its roots by the stream It does not fear when heat comes its leaves are always green It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit Jeremiah 17 7 8 NIV After some trial and error this summer I successfully grew lupins in my small suburban garden The lupin flowers grow in a long cone shaped column atop a sturdy stem Or so I thought As the flowers opened their weight caused the stem to double over They needed to be tied to a stake for support Aren t we just like the lupin As we blossom with ever greater achievements and success here in the earthly realm the greater our need to be rooted in Christ The heavier our workload or responsibilities become the more we need to cling to Him and trust in his help lest we topple over Now my lupins have achieved their full potential They are tied firmly to a support that will not fail despite a heavy rainfall or a heavy blossom They bring pleasure and are a reward for my perseverance They are also a Godly reminder that if I am to achieve my full potential I will need to lean on Christ and trust that he will catch me if I am about to fall D Lim 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 introduction to the

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  • To not only know, but also to be known. | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    at the minimum for a list of dos and don ts We want to live a good life pleasing to God God s Kingdom is a rather large and strange domain when we are standing at the threshold After a while some of us realize that the list has become too unwieldy and too burdensome for achieving anything remotely like a godly life and we drop that in favour of seeking the general principles for living The Bible becomes a stream where we patiently pan for gold blithely dumping back the mud and stones without a second thought This is why I love Proverbs 26 4 5 What great sense of humour God has to put these two proverbs side by side It pokes fun at how we read the Bible and how we tend to break mystery into edible bits In the end we have no choice but to abandon our search for lists and principles and abide in God as His beloved children To not only know but also to be known To seek Him more than the answers So how should we live Does God want us to answer fools according to their folly or not I think He wants us to be guided by who He is not according to our human logic based on biblical lists and principles we wrote for ourselves Jesus invitation to us is Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls Matthew 11 28 29 NIV C Wong Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share by Mail Glenbrook supports The Open Door

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  • A fool defined | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    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

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  • Who Gets the Credit? | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    I tell you the truth they have received their reward in full But when you give to the needy do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that your giving may be in secret Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you Matthew 6 1 4 NIV I worked for many years in the field of corporate public relations As part of my job I organized corporate sponsorships and oversaw corporate donations The goal of both was the same for our company to receive as much public recognition as possible for our money This recognition came in many forms advertising in event programs and advertising our company logo emblazoned on athlete clothing and equipment or public expressions of thanks But God s view is radically different He wants us to do good with no fanfare at all He wants us to drop our addiction to doing good and getting credit for it Consider the story of the prodigal son Shouldn t it really be titled The Forgiving Father Shouldn t the dad get the credit for forgiving his son and throwing him a big party But no God places the focus on the prodigal son the sinner in need of forgiveness God wants us to identify with the sinner not applaud the father He wants us to recognize the prodigal son in each of us Next time you write a cheque for charity visit a friend in hospital or volunteer at church do so quietly God sees what you do and you will receive a far greater reward than earthly accolades D Lim 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

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  • Where To? | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    the decision that the GPS had already made At one point on our journey the GPS indicated that we should stay right but I thought it would be better to turn left Mistake Re calculating Re calculating Re calculating the voice said from the GPS As I said to trust is not always easy At another point in the journey the GPS indicated that there was severe traffic ahead and re routed us onto a different and unfamiliar route We were glad we trusted because it saved us from sitting in a traffic jam saved us some time and allowed us to see a part of Montreal that we had not travelled through before There are benefits to trusting It occurred to me that our relationship with the triune God of grace also requires a response of trust on our part In other words there is a response of trust that we need to make to respond to a decision that God has already taken for us in Jesus Christ Sort of like my GPS The good news of Christianity is that my existence has already been brought under God s sovereign grace in the life death and resurrection of Christ The good news is that my destiny has already been laid hold of by Christ and determined by his crucifixion resurrection and ascension I am saved not because of my own act of faith or decision but according to the New Testament what has saved me is the obedience of Christ and it is through his Spirit that I have a share in his obedience Thus my decision rests upon a decision already made for me and for you out of love on the cross and the empty tomb So will we trust It is not always easy sometimes

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