a taste of last sunday

We had our First Nation’s friends from Tsawout Assembly of Praise Church and the Tribe of Judah worship team at Cityview last week.  God ministered to my heart and really challenged me during the service.  Their music and their testimonies of Jesus’ grace in their lives caused me to reflect on how good it is to share Jesus as Lord without having to abandon our differences that do not conflict with the Cross and the Gospel. 

Below is the text of a song written by a man in Ontario.  I hope the words of Rise Up Mighty Warrior will be true in your life.

The One who was rejected, because of hardness in their heart;

The One who took the pain, paid the price for our new start;

This very One who died, and gave us reason to live,

To give love to those who’ve mistreated us,

and a heart to forgive.

To all who’ve suffered, at the hands of another,

Come out from the bitterness, come out from the shame,

 Well, the God of creation is calling out your name;

Turn to those with love, who have only brought you pain

So rise up mighty warrior, rise up,

and receive what only God can give.

He gives Life through the blood of Jesus Christ.

He gives Love and the strength to forgive.

The lies we believe from our past were nothing but a cruel deception. To take from us, what is rightfully ours, The sons and daughters under God’s protection.

 

back from Tsawout Assembly of Praise

We are back and full of thanks to you for praying for us while we were serving the Tsawout First Nations on Vancouver Island with the Tsawout Assembly of Praise.  We had a hard, hard week and a week of great blessings.  I am so thankful for the believers who faithfully seek the Kingdom of God among the families of this First Nation.  In our camp with over 40 children we experienced great resentment and great tenderness.  The dichotomies held within even one child were astonishing and caused me to reflect on the polarized places of my own heart.  I am thankful as well for our team that sought Jesus desperately after our first day of chaos and put together a plan for the rest of the week that sought to metabolize our situation and live out the ways of peace.  Please continue to pray for us and specifically our children as they process the experiences of the week.

pray for us

This week I will be away on Vancouver Island with our friends at Tsawout Assembly of Praise running a children’s camp with them.  Pray for the group going over from Cityview and for the church.  Recently there has been a tragedy among the Tsawout.  A fire at a home took the life of a mother and daughter.  We really do ask that you would pray for us as we share LIFE together.