Spring is in the air once again! We are transitioning from one season to the next; you can hear the birds chirping, see the grass greening and the buds opening, and observe life returning! Perhaps this is the season that we most enjoy, as it is colourful with character and signifies the renewal of life, full of vibrance and vitality. Is this what the season looks like to you? Could you be in need of a renewal of life this spring season? Could it be that you need some new experience, a new job, a new relationship, new purpose, a new path, or just overall out with the old and in with the new? The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” (NKJV). Well, welcome to the spring of hope. Seize the moment, bask in the sunshine, grow in grace, live by the Word, walk with purpose, claim your season, and trust in God. He can give you that sense of renewed purpose, meaning, and a reason to live. Though the road of life may be difficult, challenging, disorienting, and sometimes unfair, you must carry on because a bend in the road does not mean the end of the road. If you allow God to be your guide and use His word to be your road map, you will surely be traveling in the right direction. If you take your hand off the wheel, then give it over to God; His hand on the wheel is better than yours. As I used to share with many, everyday above ground is a great day. So go on, live again, breathe again, rejoice again, and hope again — for every day is a gift from God. Ensure that you live with the right attitude, which will determine your altitude… spread your wings and start soaring to a new height this season!
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Welcome to Bronte today! This month are focusing on serving God. Service to our Lord is done when we help serve one another. Jesus reminds us of this in Matthew 25:40 (NIV) when He says, “‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Here at Bronte, there are so many opportunities to help serve our brothers and sisters in the community. For example, today we can share God’s love to a resident at Sunrise Senior Living, to a person who might not have any other visitors other than a church group like ours; this afternoon, we can join the youth as they distribute bags to our neighborhood that will allow households to collect food during the week and next Sabbath, we can help the youth go back to pick up the donations to be delivered for distribution to the less fortunate; next Sunday, we can take part in fulfilling our duties as Park Ambassadors in a clean-up at Langtry Park (a section of 14 Mile Creek); and there are so many other programs at Bronte (just take a glance at the rest of the bulletin!) where we can volunteer. The more helping hands, the lighter the load. Talk to someone today about how/where you can get involved to serve our Lord, as you serve others.
Welcome to Bronte on this last Sabbath of January. Where has the time gone? Are we all meeting our new year’s resolutions? Are we on target with our goals? For many of us, the year has started at a rapid pace, some on a positive note and others not quite what they expected. Yet, through it all, we trust that perhaps the greater of all resolutions would be to have a closer walk and deeper experience with God. In a book that I read some time ago entitled, “Experiencing God”, the author suggests that we all, at times don’t understand God, His purposes, plans, and projection for our lives. Anything significant that happens in our life will be as a result of God’s activity in our life. Romans 8:28, says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” He wants to bring us into a closely knit relationship with Him; the great God of the Universe is small enough to reside in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). So may God guide us, lead us, direct our paths, order our steps and bless us all today and from this day forward in His Way, by His Word, and according to His will for our life! Seek Him first, make Him best, and just leave the rest to Him!
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Welcome to Bronte on Our Lord’s day! When we think about service and witnessing our faith, we often imagine going away, leaving our comfort zone, or being uprooted. However, service and witnessing starts here – in our neighbourhood, at the workplace, in the community, at church, and where our circle of life leads us. The operative key to witnessing as a Christian is influence. The eloquence of our life speaks louder than the eloquence of our words. We don’t have to “preach”, but instead let His light shine through us by doing a kind gesture, sharing a word of hope/cheer, or lending a helping hand. Jesus says in Matthew 5:13-16…
“You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world… Let your light shine before [people] that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Let’s ask for God’s grace, seasoned with love, to help us be the salt that adds flavour and be the light that dispels the darkness within our circle of life, all for our Father’s glory!
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When we think about this time of year, it is nostalgic in some ways. The season affects us all differently. Some get happy, warm fuzzies, and excited. Others look forward to good food, fellowship, gift exchanges, family time, and rest and relaxation. However, for another group, it can be a time of deep reflection, sadness, or perhaps loneliness. We may not all celebrate the same way, but we can all celebrate about this one most indispensable, indisputable, and immeasurable gift of God’s love, JESUS, the REASON for the SEASON. We can be certain; we are never alone, for He is Immanuel, GOD WITH US. In the good times and in the bad times, in the warmth and in the cold, in our sadness and in our gladness, in our losses and in our gains, He is GOD WITH US! We have reason to celebrate because He is our hope; He has brought peace, good will, good news; He is the greatest gift that we can receive, and share with others. Let us make room and make Him every part of our lives, our homes, and our families. May we pause again, take a moment, catch our breath and remember why we reflect. Will you let Him into the “Inn” of your heart today? Be blessed this season and accept God’s greatest gift of love, His only begotten Son, wrapped in swaddling clothes as a babe, who became a man, who became our Savior, and who is become our song, our strength, and our Salvation! What a God! Blessings to everyone this week.
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Change is here!!! Are you seeing the changes all around you? Are you experiencing a change in clothes, weather, and life? We see the falling and changing of the leaves with its various hues and coloration. We see what was once green transition to brown-orange-reddish shades. Seasons come and seasons go. We having “fallen” into the Fall season and with it comes change. It signals a new season and also preparation for the next season. Change is inevitable. We are confronted by change. However, change is never easy. We either accept or reject it. Embracing change in a positive way that helps us to grow, mature or develop is the best way to approach it. And such is life…we change…our bodies, our careers, our goals, our dreams, our families, our children, and our perspective. Hopefully, we look for the positives that change brings and accept those things we cannot change. Through it all, we need to live life with resonance! Choose to change for the better, the change that enhances our lives, the change that improves us, the change that is acceptable despite our circumstances! As people of hope, we believe that there is a greater change coming. We live in a world where not all change is good, happy or positive, but we can hold on to the fact that when God is at the centre of our lives, He makes changes for our good. The Bible says that “all things work together for good to then that love him…” Romans 8:28. We also know that though everything on this side of eternity may not seem to change for the better but one day an ultimate change is coming that which if for our eternal good. 1 Corinthians 15:31 says, “Behold, I show you a mystery…but we shall all be changed…” that change will be permanent, perfect, and perpetual. The things we lost, the changes that affected us adversely, will all be changed once and for all for the better because that change will restore everything and that season will never end. Walk toward and wait till your change comes!
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Hello Church family, please be aware of the following:
1. Special Bible study seminar series Sabbaths:
October 17, 24, & 31: “Diagnosing Doctrinal Dilemmas” from 2:30pm-4:00 pm. Please come out bring your lunch and stay as we delve deeper into God’s Words understanding the truth for these time and clarifying misunderstood Bible subjects.
2. BLESS Seminar:
Monday October 26 @ 7:30 “Forks Over Knives” p.II and featuring “eating from the earth!” food demonstration. Please invite a friend