Devotional / Homily

Baptism of Jesus

January 11, 2015

The baptism of Jesus is the model for our own baptism. We see four major things in His baptism: decision, identification, approval, and equipping. These same four things should be evident in the lives of each of us who have been baptized and call ourselves Catholic Christian.
Jesus lived a largely hidden life till the age of thirty. His cousin John was preaching a message of true repentance for sins and a baptism to wash away sins. John was the first prophetic voice in centuries, thundering such a powerful message that even those who did not accept his message had to admit that John spoke for God. Let's explore these four points.

Decision: Jesus steps into this scene and makes the decision that now is the time to respond to the call of the Father on His own life. So He goes to John to be baptized. He takes a step of faith.

Identification: John did not want to baptize Jesus Whom he knew was "the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world, but Jesus insisted, "that all righteousness might be fulfilled." Jesus though sinless, identified with the sinners He had come to redeem.

Approval: The voice of the Father spoke to Jesus words of approval, "You are My Son, the Beloved; with You I am well pleased." What encouragement and comfort those words must have been for Jesus!

Equipping: The Holy Spirit came down on Jesus like a dove. The dove is a symbol of peace and Jesus was given the peace and assurance to go forth on His mission in the power of the Holy Spirit. We sometimes forget that Jesus did not operate in His power as Son of God, but rather in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Every person must follow in the path of Jesus Christ in the committed belief that He is the Son of the living God, the One Mediator between God the Father and us humans. Each person must live the four steps of decision, identification, approval and equipping. .

Decision: We sing the song, "I have decided to follow Jesus." We can sometimes get into a habit of prayer and going to mass without ever really making a firm quality decision that Jesus is the one Saviour and to entrust our lives to Him daily. Quality, no turning back decisions can change us from mere church-goers into dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ who make a difference in the church and in the world.

Identification: As Jesus identified with sinful mankind, we too are to identify with others who may not be at the level of faith we have reached. We are not to judge, criticize or condemn, but rather pray that they will encounter God's grace and mercy and that we will recognize and admit our own need for continuing and deepening repentance and conversion. As well, we are to identify ourselves with Jesus and who Abba, Daddy has made us in His son Jesus Christ: His beloved sons and daughters, made righteous in Christ.

Approval: Jesus heard the Father speak words of approval, "You are My Son, the Beloved. With You I am well pleased." Each of us is meant to hear the Father speak similar words of approval to us, so that we can be affirmed and encouraged in who He has destined us to be and to do as prophets, priests and kings or queens in the Kingdom of God. We need to come to the point where we accept in faith that we have been made new, made right with God and as Romans 8:1 says, know that, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus the Lord."

Equipping: The Holy Spirit came upon Jesus after His baptism and both led Him and empowered Him to be and do all that the Father had prepared for Him. So it is with us. The Holy Spirit we received in baptism is meant to be experienced in our daily lives and ministries so that we like Jesus, can be and do all that the Father has destined for us. We have not been left powerless but have received the same Holy Spirit that came upon and within Jesus. Jesus made great promises about what the Holy Spirit would enable and empower us to be and to do. The Holy Spirit is our equipping so we can go forth confidently knowing that He will guide us and even give us the words we are to speak.
How or where do we begin? With a quality decision that we speak with our own lips, a decision that comes from the depths of our heart through faith in Jesus. We ask the Father to help us identify with those around us and especially to identify with Jesus Christ as beloved sons and daughters of God Most High. We listen for Abba's words of approval and encouragement. And we remind ourselves that the Holy Spirit has been given to us and, as St. Paul exhorts, that we are to stir up the gifts we received when we were baptized and confirmed and put those gifts at the service of the Lord and those He sends us to.
In the Book of Revelation Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone open to Me I shall come in and share supper with him and he with Me." This is an invitation to intimate friendship and fellowship with Jesus. I invite you to pray out loud after me.
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are the Son of God, the One mediator between the Father and us. I believe that you lived our life without sin, that You suffered and died to wash away my sins. I believe that you rose again on the third day that we may live in you and you in us. Jesus, I make a quality decision to live for You. I admit and repent of my sins, do wash me clean. Jesus, come into my heart and life in a new and powerful way. Jesus live in me and be my Lord and my Saviour. Now, Lord Jesus, fill me with the Holy Spirit to lead me to all truth and equip me for everything Abba has planned for me. Thank You, Jesus for making me a child of the Father and heir of the Kingdom. Amen.

In Me is the fullness of joy

January 14, 2015

In Me is the fullness of joy and the fulfillment of all that your heart truly desires, even desires that you are not yet aware of or are unable to express in words. I AM your fulfillment. I AM all that you desire and I will indeed fulfill your deepest inexpressible desires in ways that will surprise and amaze you. I will reveal more and more of Myself to you. I will speak to the depths of your heart and reveal My heart to you so our hearts can become as one you in Me and Me in you. How I desire this union and communion with you! As you pursue Me, I will bring this union and communion to pass beyond your wildest dreams or imagination. Beloved, pursue and attain all the more your heart truly desires, pursue and attain My friendship. So much awaits you there in friendship and fellowship with Me, so much, much more! Come, receive, rejoice, be renewed, refreshed, transformed into the fullness of what I have destined and created you for. Delight in Me and receive the fullness of everything I AM and have! Be all that I have made you to be.

(Psalm 16:11: "You will show me the path of life. In Your presence is the fullness of joy, at Your right hand delights forevermore.")

January 17, 2015

I am indeed with you and I am leading you higher into My plans and purposes so that you will fully accomplish the destiny I have for you. Expect great things from Me; attempt great things for Me. With Me all things are possible and as you work with Me and under My guidance you will see the impossible become possible. You will see me work in glorious power. You will see more and more of My manifested and demonstrated glory and power signs, wonders, miracles, for I AM with you and I AM leading you higher and higher and in Me there are no limitations.

January 18, 2015

"I AM the great I AM, the only God. I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Holy One of Israel. I AM He Who has no beginning nor end; eternally I AM. Because I AM you can be at peace and confident in Me for I AM the sum total of all that is good and holy. When you have Me you have everything you need; you have I AM, the all sufficient One Whose love and mercy endure forever and Whose grace is more than sufficient for you. I AM and in Me you are all that I have destined and created you to be: My beloved children in whom I AM well pleased. Know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I love you with an everlasting love; I AM love. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Forever I AM with you and for you."

 

Deacon Stan Cor
(Past President)
Director

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I am in Christ

Here are some Biblical declarations for you to make over yourself, yes, out loud. Declare and decree the promises of God over your own life. Be the prophet over your life. You may also want to read the verses in context in your Bible.

I am not an orphan; I have been adopted into God's family through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:5).
I overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
I have been redeemed, forgiven, cleansed, justified, sanctified by the Blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:7, Romans :9, Hebrews 12:12).
I have been delivered from the dominion of darkness and transferred into God's kingdom of Light (Colossians 1:13).
I am born again (John 3:).
I am a new creation because I am in Christ; the old has passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The Lord is doing something new in my life (Isaiah 4:19).
The Lord has amazing plans for my life (1 Corinthians 2:9).
I am not anxious nor worried about my life (Matthew 6:25).
I have been blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).
I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6).
I am a temple of the Holy Spirit (1st Corinthians 6:19).
I have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to be His witness (Acts 1:98).
I am not timid, for the Spirit I have received is a spirit of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).
I can hear His voice (John 10:27).
I can prophesy ((1st Corinthians 14:31).
I can heal the sick (Matthew 10:8).
The Spirit of Him Who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me (Romans 8:11).
I have the power of life and death in my tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world (1st John 4:4).
I can go boldly before the Throne of grace to receive His help (Hebrews 4:16).
When I am weak, then I am strong because of His grace (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
I am being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).
I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me (Phillipians :13).
I am more than a conqueror through Christ Who strengthens me ( Romans 8:37).
The Lord is my Shepherd and I lack nothing (Psalm 23:1).
All to the glory of God. Alleluia!

Beloved child of Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, King of kings and Lord of lords: Rejoice in who He has made you in Himself.
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will grant you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4)

The God of all peace make you perfect in holiness. May He preserve you whole and entire spirit and soul and body, spotless and irreproachable at the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ

Deacon Stan Cor
CCRSO President (2014)

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Christ the King

Bible: Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93; Revelation 18:5-8; John 18:33-37

On this, the last Sunday of the liturgical year we celebrate Jesus Christ the King who was and is and is to come. In the first and second readings and the psalm we have a description of his majesty and glory, his authority and dominion, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the awesome Son of God Most High! As expressive as the descriptions are, mere human words cannot fully describe the heavenly reality of His glory; His glory far surpasses any description this earth can attempt. Jesus is the King of Glory, Creator and ruler of the entire universe. In the Gospel Jesus affirms to Pilate that He is indeed a King, the King whom all who believe listen to. Jesus is the King of Glory and Lord of all.

There is the test, do we listen to Him in the sense of hearing, believing, and obeying and living by what we hear from Him? Is Jesus truly King and Lord in our personal lives, in the faith life of our family and our parishes? Is Jesus first place in our lives? Is his Word first place in our lives? Or, have worldly cares and pursuits taken the place that belongs to Him alone? It has been said, “If Jesus isn’t Lord of all in our lives, He isn’t Lord at all.” Serious words indeed! Our constant aim must be to accept His Lordship in our lives and to submit to it. His selfless love for us is not an excuse to do our own thing. Rather it calls for a response of loving gratitude and obedience like the apostles and many other Christians who left all to follow Him who had revealed the love and the truth of the Father to them.

Some people are afraid to commit themselves to Jesus because they are afraid of what He might demand of them. Others are afraid He will spoil their “fun” if they accept him as their personal Saviour and King. I assure you that what He will do for us and give to us is worth far, far more than anything He might ask us to leave behind. Think for a moment: his eternal life for the death our sins deserve, his love for our loneliness, his Light for the darkness we once lived, his righteousness for our guilt and shame, his peace for our anxieties, his joy for our sadness, his beauty for the ashes of our failures, his hope for our worry and despair, his divine wisdom for our confusion, his forgiveness for our sins, his acceptance for the rejections we suffer, his glorious life on high for this short earthly life, and so, so much more. He offers us a deal we would be foolish to refuse.

“Lord Jesus Christ, I accept and renew my commitment to You and to your Lordship in my life. Take your place on the throne of my heart and live your life in me and through me. Fill me to overflowing with the Holy Spirit. Fill me with your love for the Father; fill me with love for my fellow humans, especially for my brothers and sisters in faith. Have your way in my life; I give You permission to do in my life all that You want to do in the way You want to do it. Lord, show me the changes I need to make in my life and habits and give me the courage and grace to make those changes. Let your kingship be evident in my life: in what I think about, in my desires and intentions, in my words and in my actions. Change me, fill me, touch me, heal me, and make me all new for your glory, Jesus my King. Amen!”

Deacon Stan Cor
(Past President)
Director
24 November 2012

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First Sunday of Advent December 2, 2012

Bible:

Jeremiah 33:14-16; *** Psalm 25; 1 Thess. 3:12-4:2; *** Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

During Advent we recall and rejoice in the coming of Christ and we prepare our spirit and our soul to receive Him in deeper ways in our lives and to be drawn deeper into relationship with Him.

Jesus is the Messiah promised by the Father right after the fall of Adam and Eve. All through the Old Testament the promise was repeated and reaffirmed through the words of the prophets. At times the promise must have seemed to be dead, but God is faithful. Jesus did come on that glorious night in Bethlehem, hallelujah!

Jesus came as Emmanuel-God with us, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace just as Isaiah had prophesied over 500 years earlier. He came to reveal the Father and His love to us, to seek us out who were lost and to redeem us and rescue us from our old way of life. In Him and through his blood we have been redeemed and restores to right relationship with Abba Father. It is by grace through faith in Jesus, Son of God that we are saved, made a new creation in Christ, righteous in God's sight through the undeserved gift given to us in Jesus Christ.

Jesus came as the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 bearing our sins and infirmities and dying a horrible death on the cross. Death could not hold Him; Jesus rose on the third day victorious over satan, sin, sickness, death and the grave. In Him we also were raised from the death of sin and hopelessness; with Him we were seated in heavenly places when He ascended to the right hand of the Father. There He intercedes for us believers and we can be confident in His prayer for He is the Beloved Son and in Him we also are beloved sons and daughters.

Jesus came again in the person of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. When He ascended He did not leave us orphans or helpless, He sent us the Holy Spirit, the Helper, the Advocate, the Spirit of Holiness, the Spirit of Truth, the comforter, Teacher and Guide. Through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit Jesus lives in all who believe in Him. Each of us is meant to experience this coming of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills us, transforms us, purifies us and empowers us to live as disciples of Jesus. The Holy Spirit enables us to carry on the mission of Jesus to seek out the lost and bring them to salvation through faith in Jesus Jesus came to call us to proclaim and expand the Kingdom of God on earth, to set the captives free, to heal the sick, to restore sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, to bring joyful hope to the despairing and hopeless.

Jesus is coming to take believers home to heaven with Him. This is the coming we long for and the coming we hasten by our prayers and by bringing Jesus to others and others to Jesus. Jesus will also return in glory to judge all people at the end of time. The Spirit and the Bride say come! Even so, come Lord Jesus come! Alleluia!

Deacon Stan Cor
(Past President)
Director
2 December 2012

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What shall I give Him?

We have just celebrated Christmas, the feast of God's infinite love gift to us in the person of Jesus the Christ. We celebrate His birthday, what gift do we give Him?

What gift can children give to their parents, what gift that will be appreciated and valued? As children my sister Silvia and I would save our money to be able to get at least some small gift for our parents. Years later, when we were adults, our gifts given as children were still displayed in places of honour on Mom's display shelf. The value was the love and trust with which the gifts had been given and received.

What gift can we humans give to Jesus, our Saviour, Lord and God, what gift will He appreciate and value? Holy men and women have called it "the great exchange": we give Him our all so He can give us His all! We can give Him our hopes and our joys, our sorrows and pains, our failures and bad decisions, our prejudices and opinions, and yes, even our sins. In turn we can receive from Him forgiveness, peace and truth, love and tender mercy, the joy of salvation, the peace that passes understanding, the joy of his presence with us and within us, the wisdom and grace to avoid sin and to grow in holiness, deliverance from addictions and bad habits, freedom and healing, wholeness and his shalom in every area of our lives.

What shall I give Him?

I'll give Him my heart.

The great exchange: our all for His all! What an exchange! An exchange we would be foolish to refuse: our all for His all.

Deacon Stan Cor
(Past President)
Director
December 2012

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God our Gift

We have just celebrated Christmas, the feast of God's infinite love gift to us in the person of Jesus the Christ. We celebrate His birthday, what gift do we give Him?

What gift can children give to their parents, what gift that will be appreciated and valued? As children my sister Silvia and I would save our money to be able to get at least some small gift for our parents. Years later, when we were adults, our gifts given as children were still displayed in places of honour on Mom's display shelf. The value was the love and trust with which the gifts had been given and received.

What gift can we humans give to Jesus, our Saviour, Lord and God, what gift will He appreciate and value? Holy men and women have called it "the great exchange": we give Him our all so He can give us His all! We can give Him our hopes and our joys, our sorrows and pains, our failures and bad decisions, our prejudices and opinions, and yes, even our sins. In turn we can receive from Him forgiveness, peace and truth, love and tender mercy, the joy of salvation, the peace that passes understanding, the joy of his presence with us and within us, the wisdom and grace to avoid sin and to grow in holiness, deliverance from addictions and bad habits, freedom and healing, wholeness and his shalom in every area of our lives.

What are the gifts or charisms of the Holy Spirit? How many gifts are there? Where do I find the gifts in the scriptures?

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 lists nine gifts that can be summarized as follows:
Revelation gifts: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and discerning of spirits
Demonstration or power gifts: faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles
Communication or word gifts: prophecy, tongues and interpretation of tongues.
Verses 27-30 list these gifts, those already mentioned are in italics: apostles, prophets, teachers, those who do miracles, the gift of healing, the gift of helps or service, the gift of leadership or administration, those who speak in unknown tongues.
Romans chapter 12 lists other gifts as well: prophecy, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving generously, leadership, showing kindness
Ephesians 4: 8-13 lists gifts “to the church” sometimes referred to as ministry offices to equip church members to do the work of the ministry: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These are gifts to “build us up in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete stature of Christ.”
Note: No list of spiritual gifts is complete since the Holy Spirit is infinite and we can always expect more from Him. The Spiritual Gifts Workshop from the Catherine of Siena Institute lists 24 gifts; this list has 31.

Some gifts of the Spirit:

1. Word of wisdom
2. Word of knowledge
3. Discernment of spirits
4. Faith
5. Gifts of healings
6. Working of miracles
7. Prophecy (not necessarily a prophet)
8. Speaking in tongues/supernatural languages
9. Interpretation of tongues
10. Apostles (usually manifest many other gifts)
11. Prophets
12. Teachers
13. The gift of helps or service
14. Leadership - gets the vision
15. Administration - knows how to achieve the vision
16. Encourager/exhorter
17. Giving generously
18. Works of mercy
19. Hospitality
20. Writing
21. Music/Worship leader
22. Intercessory prayer
23. Evangelism
23. Missionary
24. Pastoring - not just priests and bishops
26. Craftsmanship
27. Celibacy
28. Wisdom
29. Knowledge
30. Voluntary poverty
31. Listening

Fruit of the Spirit (Personal character) - Galatians 5:

1. Love (the great commandment)
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience/long suffering
5. Kindness
6. Goodness/ generosity
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self-control (chastity or temperance in some translations)

Others include:

1. Humility
2. Compassion
3. Mercy
4. Honesty/integrity

Deacon Stan Cor
(Past President)
Director
February 2013

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Distraction:

Distraction:
The word distraction came to me very strongly. The dictionary definition of distraction is: “the act of distracting or the state of being distracted; especially mental confusion; something that distracts; especially amusement.” A distraction could be almost anything: games, music, television, news, and worries, etc. A distraction is not necessarily something bad; it could be something good that keeps us from God’s best for us. We might go to pray and find our thoughts wandering elsewhere and have to refocus our thoughts on the Lord, His presence, His glory and the reason we have come to Him.

Traction:
When the roads are dry we say we have good traction for our vehicles, our tires have a good grip on the road. When the roads are icy we lose traction or grip. Dictionary definition of traction is: “The act of drawing; the force of drawing; the adhesive friction of a body on the surface on which it moves.” If we are to get a grip or traction in our spiritual lives we have to eliminate those thoughts and activities that distract us from time with the Lord to seek intimacy with Him, to be with Him and to hear from Him. We need spiritual traction, spiritual grip.

Attraction:
The Holy Spirit is the power Who attracts us to Jesus and to the Father. Holy Spirit gives us spiritual traction and helps us eliminate distractions so that we can have God’s best. Holy Spirit is our helper who comes alongside us to attract us to God and to the things of God. Holy Spirit will reveal things to us, wonderful things that will cause us to put aside all else so that we can pursue the dream and destiny that God has for us. The Holy Spirit is the rivers of living water that Jesus said would flow out of the innermost being of those who believe in Him.

Holy Spirit, come.
Holy Spirit, come give me spiritual traction so that I can overcome the distractions that keep me from diligently pursuing God and His best for me. Help me get a grip on my life so that I may develop deeper intimacy with Father, Jesus and You. Give me traction to receive fresh and greater anointing and gifting, greater love and compassion for others, greater release of Your gifts to serve others. Help me to grow in the fruit of the Spirit. Holy Spirit, come. Make me pleasing to the Father in every way. Make me a chosen vessel of the goodness and glory of God. Holy Spirit, revive me; revive our land. Holy Spirit, transform me, here I am, use me. Holy Spirit, come; I yield to You. Amen.

Distraction - Aline Levesque(as captured by:)
Deacon Stan Cor
(Past President)
Director
February 2013

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Second Sunday of Easter - April 7, 2013

Jesus is alive as we have just heard in the Gospel. The life He now lives is not like the life He had before the crucifixion, death and resurrection. He now lives a divine glorified life, an utterly transformed life. The disciples hid behind locked doors for fear of the Jewish authorities but locked doors could not keep Jesus out. In His glorified body He could suddenly appear in their midst. We see Thomas who was honest about his doubts. It has been said that doubt is faith with questions. We see Jesus doing whatever was necessary to bring Thomas from doubt to true faith, fully persuaded faith. He will do the same for us if we have doubts.

A friend had addictions to tobacco, prescription and illegal drugs; her life was a mess; her heart was closed to Jesus but He didn't give up on her and broke into the midst of her life. Today this friend is free of addictions and has received many emotional and physical healings as well. She is on fire with love for Jesus and her transformed life is a shining example for her family and neighbours. Jesus is alive forevermore and He lives in you and me and all who believe in Him. He will transform our lives also.

Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit on the disciples giving them authority and power to forgive sins and to drive out demons and do the same healings and miracles He did. The same Holy Spirit continued to work through the apostles as we have heard in the first reading. The people brought the sick on cots, the sick that could not come to the apostles on their own. They brought them so that they could get close to Peter who was so full of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of resurrection life, that they could be healed by the power of the Holy Spirit flowing out of Peter. This same Holy Spirit is also given to you and to me so that we can continue the mission of Jesus. In the ending to the Gospel of Mark Jesus said that those who believe in Him would have signs and wonders accompanying them. Not just special super saints but ordinary believers like you and me. You and I are the voice of Jesus speaking salvation, comfort, peace and love; we are the hands of Jesus reaching out to those in need of healing. Yes, you! Yes, me!

Jesus has not changed; He is still the Mighty Healer. I'd like to share an email I received two days ago:
Below is the original email from me to you requesting prayers for my brother. You emailed me back with a beautiful prayer for him; thank you again. Well, I promised you I would let you know how things progressed...My brother had inoperable, terminal 4th stage lung cancer, was given a short time to live. Many, many, people have been praying for him (we all belong to St. Agnes prayer group in thunder Bay). He just got the results of his latest tests before Easter.... he's been healed!!!!!! Praise be to God! The huge tumor has disappeared with only a small spot of scar tissue to show where it had been. This is miraculous, a miracle. In the natural he should be dead. He has been feeling great the last few weeks, gaining weight, going for walks, no longer short of breath. He has been going to daily Mass for years and is very devoted to the Divine Mercy (says the chaplet daily). The doctor said that his coughing will go and to come back in a few months for a chest xray, not a ct scan, pet scan or bone scan!! God is Awesome!!! Thank you and your wife and all the others so much for all of your prayers, I appreciate them so much. My brother will be at the prayer meeting this Monday to witness, isn't God great?!
Thanks so much again.

Brothers and sisters, Jesus wants to break into the midst of our lives and will do so even if the door of our heart is locked in fear, doubt, guilt, shame, sin, self-condemnation or any other negative condition. He is the Saviour; He is mighty to save and set free. He is eager to use you and me in His continuing mission to proclaim the Gospel, heal the sick, cast out demons, work signs, wonders and miracles in His matchless name. He is the Risen Lord, ever present to us, ever present to us. Go forth in the name of Jesus to live His resurrection life and share it with all He brings into our lives. Alive, alive, alive for evermore; Jesus is alive. Alleluia!

Deacon Stan Cor
(Past President)
Director
April 7, 2013

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Christ the Saviour - Blessed Christmas - December, 2013

'Man, said a thoughtless, ungodly English traveler, to a North American Indian convert, 'Man, what is the reason that you make so much of Christ, and talk so much about Him?

What has this Christ done for you, that you should make so much ado about him?'

The converted Indian did not answer him in words. He gathered together some dry leaves and moss and made a ring with them on the ground. He picked up a live worm and put it in the middle of the ring.

He struck a light and set the moss and leaves on fire. The flame soon rose, and the heat scorched the worm. It writhed in agony, and after trying in vain to escape on every side, curled itself up in the middle, as if about to die in despair.

At that moment the Indian reached forth his hand, took up the worm gently and placed it on his bosom.

Stranger,' he said to the Englishman, 'do you see that worm? I was that perishing creature. I was dying in my sins, hopeless, helpless and on the brink of eternal fire.

It was Jesus Christ who put forth the arm of His power. It was Jesus Christ who delivered me with the hand of His grace, and plucked me from everlasting burnings. It was Jesus Christ who placed me, a poor sinful worm, near the heart of His love.

Stranger, that is the reason why I talk of Jesus Christ, and make much of Him. I am not ashamed of it, because I love him.'

If we know anything of love to Christ, may we have the mind of this North American Indian!

May we never think that we can love Christ too well, live to Him too thoroughly, confess Him too boldly, lay ourselves out for Him too heartily!

Of all the things that will surprise us in the resurrection morning, this I believe will surprise us most, that we did not love Christ more before we died.

Deacon Stan Cor
CCRSO President (2014)
December 2013

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You are the

salt of the earth

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Prayer for knowing Who I Am in Christ

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Jesus is pleased to come to us:

as the Truth to be told,
as Emmanuel, God with us and within us,
as the Life to be lived,
as the Light to be shone,
as the Fire to be set ablaze,
as the Love to be experienced and loved,
as the Joy to be given, and
as the Peace to be spread.

Deacon Stan Cor
CCRSO President:

Inspirational Words of Wisdom from Deacon Stan Cor

"The baptism of Jesus"

In Me is the fullness of joy

"I am in Christ"

Christ the King

First Sunday of Advent December 2, 2012

What shall I give Him?

God our Gift

Distraction- Aline Levesque (as captured by Deacon Stan Cor)

Second Sunday of Easter - April 7, 2013

Christ the Saviour - Blessed Christmas -