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Oct
22
2014

This morning in our RMM readings we stumbled across a passage that is very difficult to understand.  In 2 Kings 3, we are told that the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah had formed an alliance against Moab.  This in itself is a bit of a surprise because the king of Israel at the time was Jehoram the son of Ahab.  That’s Ahab of “Ahab and Jezebel” the dynamic duo of idolatry in the Old Testament.  What is the faithful king Jehoshaphat doing in partnership with a person...keep reading»»


Oct
15
2014

Church Family Funeral

Category: General

On Tuesday October 14th at approximately 6:00 am Justin Scott passed away in an auto accident.  There are no words to express our shock, our sadness and our deepest sympathies to Mike and Mel, Josh, Tim and Eric as well as their wider circle of family and friends.  Justin was greatly loved by this church family.  He was a son of our tribe.  He grew up here and he worshipped here and he will be missed. The funeral will be on Saturday, October 18th at 1:00 pm.  There...keep reading»»


Oct
09
2014

Odds and Ends

Category: General

You probably noticed the new pew Bibles under your chair this past Sunday. We made the decision to go with the ESV version for a variety of reasons.  In general it is far better to have a word for word translation for preaching and listening to sermons.  While paraphrastic translations have their place, preaching is built upon the words and arrangements of the text and seeing and understanding those is aided by a more literal translation.  The best word for word translations are...keep reading»»


Oct
08
2014

WTTB Devotional With Pastor Evan

Category: WTTB Devotions

In today’s RMM reading we come to a passage that shows more than a warning against polygamy. Any person that has had a relationship and has reasonable sense knows that is going to end in disaster! What we really observe here is the nature of a nation that begins in the people. God had redeemed Israel in his great mercy from the hands of the Egyptians. But immediately we see that the nation is a rebellious one who breaks the Lord’s law and are allured to worship empty statues. Whatever form it...keep reading»»


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»»


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