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  • Wait For The Lord | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    or experience with great joy and gladness In fact I would dare to suggest that most of us consider waiting a wast of time Henri Nouwen once wrote For us and for many people waiting is a dry desert between where we are and where we want to be We do not enjoy such a place We want to move out of it and do something worthwhile Yet it is in the desert of waiting in which the promise is revealed and maybe this is the message of the advent season leading up to Christmas Wait for the Lord and for those who do there is a strength and courage found in the the midst of the desert John the Baptist waited by the Jordan River as he called Israel out into the wilderness to repent and to prepare the way of the Lord Mary waited for nine months for the Angel Gabriel s promise to be fulfilled Joseph waited in trust believing that what was conceived in Mary was from the Holy Spirit Simeon and Anna waited a lifetime to eventually hold the promised Messiah who had been promised over 400 years before through the prophet Isaiah Sometimes the best thing we can do is simply to wait to be still before the Lord believing that God in time will reveal himself to us Maybe this is you today Maybe in your waiting God is wanting to reveal something that you need to hear from God through his Word Maybe in your waiting God is building in you a patient and persevering heart Maybe in your waiting God is asking you to trust God with your life and maybe in your waiting you will find that this waiting is the most worthwhile thing you can do Prayer Dear Lord

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/wait-for-the-lord/ (2016-02-13)
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  • The Stand | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    whirls around and stands her ground until Sophie backs away Agnes needed to make a choice to stand or to continue to back down amidst Sophie s threat I believe that as Christmas approaches God s people also need to take a stand a stand for Jesus Needing to take a stand for Christ isn t something new however It began almost at the moment of His birth The shepherds upon finding Mary and Joseph and the Baby Who was lying in the manger took a stand by glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen Luke 2 20b NIV The Magi took a stand for Christ when they chose to follow the warning that they had received in a dream not to return to Herod but to go home by a different route Herod also took a stand regarding Christ but his stand unlike that of the shepherds and the Magi was a stand of defiance and hatred against the newborn King Today people still take a stand for Christ for or against There is no in between something that has become clearer and clearer over the past several years as we have seen the growing trend to change Christmas from its true meaning to a generic holiday Most schools businesses greeting card companies and the like now celebrate the holidays not Christmas so as not to offend anyone And yet Jesus has always offended people Why Because His very Being challenges us to make a choice to believe that He is Who He said He is or not the very Son of God Emmanuel Who takes away the sin of the world for all who choose to believe and trust in His name This Christmas which stand will you take to stand up

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/the-stand/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Stepping Out In Faith | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    These are the facts Do I step out in confidence and experience this wonderful view Well I m not so sure I have read the facts but maybe still have a few doubts Along comes a lineman from the Toronto Argonauts a big big guy relative to me and he walks out onto the glass floor What a great view he says and off he goes Our doubts about the facts of the floor will diminish greatly because we have seen what it can do However we still have to step onto the glass floor to experience the view Let us return now to a Christian understanding of faith and Pastor Ian s reflection on faith at a recent Bible Study We have the guidebook in the Holy Bible The facts are all there to be read and with assistance to be understood Scripture tells us in Ephesians 2 8 9 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith and this not from yourselves it is the gift of God not by works so that no one can boast There is nothing we can do to earn God s favour or gain access to heaven apart from His grace We can learn and understand that we are saved by faith alone and not by works But how do we acquire this gift of faith Putting it simply from the New Testament we learn that at Calvary Jesus took on the sin of mankind gave His life that we might be saved and in three days was resurrected from death His act of pure faith in God the Father made it possible that we can be saved Did Jesus in His humanity have any doubts at Calvary Perhaps in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed My Father

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  • Richness of Having vs. Richness of Being | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    life had been touched by Larry None of the stories were about Larry s possessions or achievements All of them were about Larry s capacity to love We used to wonder how Larry could afford to give all his time away Somebody at his funeral mentioned they heard Larry say one time that you d be surprised how much good food you could find foraging behind Ralph s Supermarket that gets thrown out even though it is still packaged and fresh That same decade a funeral was held for a man named Armand Hammer At the age of ninety two Hammer was chairman of Occidental Petroleum Company A billionaire industrialist and philanthropist he was called by USA Today a giant of capitalism and confidante of world leaders It wasn t until his death that his story came out Harvard educated political scientist Edward Epstein wrote Dossier The Secret History of Armand Hammer in which he reported that Hammer got his start by laundering money for the Soviet government then hired ghostwriters to write fictitious autobiographies of his life He got more money through a string of broken marriages He allowed his father to go to prison for a botched abortion Hammer himself had performed He neglected his only son and hid himself from an illegitimate daughter He had no friends at Occidental where he fired his top executives as though they were errand boys When his brother Victor died he filed a claim of 667 000 against the 700 000 estate rather than disbursing it to Victor s children and nursing home bound wife When Hammer died his son Julian did not attend the funeral Neither did the members of his two brothers families And neither did almost anyone else Within days of his death Occidental distanced itself from him the company s website doesn t mention him in its history His pallbearers were his chauffeur his male nurse and other personal employees One man was famous courted wealthy connected powerful envied and feared The other man secretly scrounged for food behind a grocery store and was loved Which one was rich toward God Yale theologian Miroslav Volf says that there are two kinds of richness in life richness of having and richness of being Richness of having is an external circumstance Richness of being is an inner experience We usually focus on richness of having We think true happiness lies there Our language reflects this when the haves keep popping up in our thoughts If only I could have my dream house If only I could have a higher salary When I have a better car When I have enough money for the ultimate vacation We seek richness of having but what we really want is richness of being We want to be grateful joyful content free from anxiety and generous We scramble after richness of having because we think it will produce richness of being but it does not In the sense of having we can become rich

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  • Morning Prayer of John Baillie | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    s most popular writings a collection of prayers for morning and evening The following is a morning prayer which fits the Easter season Pray his words making them your own Lord of my life whose law I would desire to keep whose fellowship I would desire to enjoy and whose service I would desire to be loyal I kneel before You as You send me forth to the work of another day This day O Lord give me courtesy give me meekness of bearing with decision of character give me long suffering give me chastity give me sincerity of speech give me diligence in my allotted task O You who in the fulness of time raised up our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to enlighten our hearts with the knowledge of your love grant me grace to be worthy of his name Amen 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

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  • Prayer at Easter | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    With accusations hurled about you did you ever want to simply stop the whole thing to whisper truth into the multitude of lies and false accusations that filled the air And I wonder where they were those who might have defended you Nicodemus Josephus and your disciples And where would I be if I were one of them Yet unlike everyone who cried No not him give us Barabbas you went to the cross and cried Yes Father forgive them for they know not what they do Thank you for your forgiveness Thank you for your grace Thank you for your love Open my eyes to the truth that you are Standing in for me Praying continually for me Dying for me Rising again for me Filling me with your Spirit What is Truth You are the way the truth and the life Thank you Lord Prayer inspired from Contemplating the Cross by T Rhodes 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

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  • Contemplating the Cross | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    you that you yourself before the cock crows twice shall deny me three times Mark 14 30 Loving Lord How often do I identify with your disciple Peter I am blessed by your friendship I am grateful for your loyalty I am saved by your grace Yet in my desire to follow you my sin betrays the best that you have given to me Lord how often I follow you at a distance The cost of staying by your side is just too great And I have denied you sometimes with words and sometimes with actions I need to see your eyes of love across the courtyard of my life but too often I find myself running away burning tears coursing through my days Seek me out Lord draw me to your side with the lovingkindness I sorely crave Restore me again Lord as you restored Peter to be your faithful follower with a passion for your gracious presence burning like a fire in my heart Today I ask that by your Holy Spirit you would grant me the courage to follow after you and were and when necessary to speak of your friendship loyalty and grace to those who will ask Are you not one of his disciples In Jesus name Amen Prayer inspired by Contemplating the Cross by Tricia McCary Rhodes 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

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  • Ash Wednesday and the first week of Lent | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    about the suffering and the death that awaited you and them as well Do they hear Do they listen Do I hear Do I listen There is within me a resistance to your sacrifice and suffering for me There is within me a resistance to your call to take up my cross and to follow There is within me a desire to save my own life rather than to lose it in obedience to you Forgive me During this Lenten season as I contemplate your suffering and sacrifice work in me a humble and grateful heart for what you have done in obedience to the Father for me through the cross By your Holy Spirit penetrate my resistant spirit and create in me a willing and obedient heart I am ashes your are my salvation I am ashes your are my redeemer I am ashes your are my life Help me to hear and to follow In Your Name I Pray Amen 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

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