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Sep
29
2014

Where God Is Blessing

Category: General

A few weeks ago, the moderator of our denominational association asked me to briefly report on the several ways that God is presently blessing in our church. FBC, Orillia has been strangely favoured by God over the last several years and we have seen incredible growth, numerous conversions, lasting fruit and increasing influence and ministry reach.  There is value in talking about that as a means of stirring up faith in God’s power and as a way of encouraging and resourcing the wider body...keep reading»»


Sep
22
2014

Much has been written about giving and using what God has given us. These verses are not talking about the tithe which we bring to the Lord each week “bringing into the store house the first fruits” but rather the giving of gifts. This is what is referred to when we say that we bring or give tithes and offerings. The tithe comes into the storehouse and the gifts may or may not come into the church. As we look into these verses, giving has been paralleled with sowing. If we are investing our...keep reading»»


Sep
17
2014

WTTB With Pastor Evan

Category: WTTB Devotions

In your RMM readings last week we come to a passage that at first may seem trivial and even a little cruel. In 2 Samuel 6 we have a backdrop of David having become king of not just Judah, but the whole of Israel. His first orders consists of bringing the Ark of the Covenant to the new capital of Jerusalem. The Ark of the Covenant was where God interacted with man. At its beginning you might remember God setting up its purpose: 22 There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat,...keep reading»»


Sep
04
2014

I was recently asked a delicate question that comes up fairly often in the life of a Christian. I have “scrubbed it” for identifying marks and offer it here for your help and edification. The Question: Should we break fellowship with family members who have nominal Christian faith but have become involved in ungodly activities and associations? (Particularly occult and syncretistic religious practices) My Response: I wish that were easier to answer.  Let me establish a few truths that...keep reading»»


Sep
02
2014

Before leaving for India I made a concerted effort to get more or less up to date on my email, knowing that as soon as I get back, I will once again be two weeks behind. As I answered questions from congregants, a few of them struck me as having wider utility and I have “scrubbed them” for identifying marks and given them to Susan to distribute while I’m away. Back in July I preached a sermon on Sodom and Gomorrah that dealt with the issue of homosexuality. One question that I received...keep reading»»


Aug
28
2014

Last week, in the wake of a celebrity suicide, I received a question about whether suicide is the unforgiveable sin.  I answered as following: Answer: Your question is a good one and one that is being asked a fair bit in the aftermath of Robin Williams’ suicide.  When a high profile person takes their own life it makes people think.  While Robin Williams never made a profession of faith, our inquiry into the issue of suicide often stumbles at this very point that you...keep reading»»


Aug
20
2014

Earlier this week I received a question from a congregant relating to last Sunday’s message.  I thought it more than likely that others may have been wondering the same thing.  The Question: I have a question about this week’s sermon and it is when you mentioned that God is with us in our struggles (which I get) and God is against us as well which is where I'm unclear.  I think I know what you mean but when I hear that my mind goes to Matt 12:24-27 when Christ is talking...keep reading»»


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