Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 16:16 | No Comments »

Has anyone ever hurt you so badly that you couldn’t forgive them? If so, you may have bitterness in your heart. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, bitterness is, “anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment.” You may become bitter because of something bad that happened or something good that did not happen.  

Read on to discover the hard truth about bitterness.
 

At its root, bitterness is against God.

You might think you’re only mad at your mother-in-law for saying something cruel. But, in fact, bitterness is against God. Deep down, we know that God allows bad things to happen sometimes. (That’s because He gives people free will.) But, we get upset that He allows bad things to happen TO US. “Why me, God?” we cry out. And sometimes God is silent, testing our faith.
 
The first step to overcoming bitterness is realizing that it’s actually against God. And it’s not right for us to be bitter against God. He is always good and always trustworthy. He knows best! 
 
If you’re struggling with bitterness, contact us at the local church’s prison ministries for confidential counselling. We’d love to help you get answers from God’s Word!
 

Bitterness poisons others.

In Hebrews 12:15-16, we read a description of bitterness
 
“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.”
 
When we become bitter, we think that it only affects us. However, bitterness also poisons others. It plants doubts in their minds about God’s goodness. And it tempts them to become bitter, too. 
 
Never forget that your actions influence others. You are not an island alone. Remember your responsibility to be a godly example for those who follow you.

 

Bitterness defiles you.

If you take another look at the verses from Hebrews, you’ll notice the consequences of bitterness in Esau’s life. Angry at God, he committed the sin of fornication. He gave up his birthright and ran far from God. And he reaped the sad consequences for the rest of his life. According to Hebrews 12:17, he was never restored to fellowship with God. 
 
Those who drink from the cup of bitterness are especially prone to sexual sin. They also tend to rebel against authority and reject all that they know is right. 
 
Bitterness makes it impossible for these people to enjoy life. It steals their peace and joy and erects a barrier between them and God.
 

There is a cure for bitterness.

The wonderful news is that you don’t have to stay bitter forever! God’s Word gives a simple solution to overcoming this problem.
 
-Confess your sin. 
Agree with God that you have committed the sin of bitterness against Him (and possibly others). Repent of it, and ask for His forgiveness.
-Forgive others.
If you are bitter over a specific offence, choose to forgive the person(s) involved. Without forgiveness, you can never be free from bitterness.
-Submit to God.
If you are bitter because something you wanted didn’t happen, you need to submit your will to God. Choose to graciously accept what He has given you.
-Give thanks.
Focus on all the positive things in your life, and thank God for them! Make it a habit to thank others and thank God throughout the day. This will shift your focus tremendously and help you overcome bitterness!
 
Do you have a root of bitterness in your heart? Have questions? Email us at the local church’s prison ministries for practical help and encouragement!
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Are you searching? Jesus has the answers for addictions and stubborn habits. For more information, send the Crossmans a private message here on Facebook or come to a church service at Prince Albert Baptist Church. Take the first step in a walk of freedom!

For more information, call (306) 940-9554 or email anchorofhopeheb@gmail.com


Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 11:14 | No Comments »

“The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner.”
-W. Cameron Townsend
 
In 1917, a young man named Cameron Townsend faced a perplexing decision. A few years before, he had joined the Student Volunteer Movement, pledging to serve in overseas missions. However, World War I intervened, and he signed up to fight the Germans with the National Guard. Matters came to a head when he was assigned to be in two places at once- fighting in France, or giving out Bibles in Guatemala.
 

What would Cameron Townsend do next? 
 

A Difficult Decision

Worried about persecution, Townsend visited the Bible House office and made the excuse of being assigned to France. But the recruiter called him a coward for choosing battle over Bibles. Stunned, the young man wrote a letter to his commander and asked for a discharge. It was granted, and he soon left to spend a year serving in Guatemala.
 
While there, Cameron saw extreme poverty and utter ignorance of Christ. When he asked the people, “Do you know who Jesus is?” they would often answer, “There is no Jesus who lives in this village. Maybe He lives in the next village.”
 

A Life-Changing Moment

But the moment that would transform William’s life occurred near the end of his time in Guatemala.
 
One fateful day, he was witnessing to a Cakchiquel native about God’s wisdom and sovereignty. 
 
The native responded, “If your God is so smart, why can’t He speak my language?”
 
Cameron couldn’t answer him. 
 
Haunted by that moment, the young man soon dropped out of college and joined Central American Missions. 
 
He studied linguistics and, twelve years of painstaking work later, finished the translation of the New Testament into Cakchiquel.
 

A Fresh Focus

At this point in his ministry, Cameron realized that missionaries should focus on people groups rather than whole nations. 
 
In many nations, there were distinct people groups who spoke unique languages—not the standard language of the country.
 
By 1934, Cameron founded a training camp for Bible translators. He called it Camp Wycliffe. It involved language study, primitive living conditions, and daily schedules.
 
Within a decade, Camp Wycliffe grew so much that it divided into the Summer Institute of Linguistics and the Wycliffe Bible Translators. 
 

A Multiplied Ministry

For 60 years, Cameron Townsend served in Latin America, leading the work in Bible translation. During his lifetime, Cameron oversaw the translation of the Bible into 100 languages. He also founded the Jungle Aviation & Radio Service to provide safe transportation for remote missionaries. 
 
Although Cameron died of leukaemia in 1982, his legacy continues with Wycliffe Bible Translators today. As of this writing, over 550 language groups have the entire Bible in their language. Even better, more than 1300 language groups have the New Testament in their mother tongue. And the work is still continuing! At the local church’s prison ministry, we are excited to see what God is doing!
 
Cameron Townsend was an ordinary man with an extraordinary God. He saw a great need, and he sought to meet that need with God’s help. 
 

What About You?

What needs do you see in the lives of people around you? Have you asked God to help you meet those needs? Contact us at the local church’s prison ministry to learn more about serving others!
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Are you searching? Jesus has the answers for addictions and stubborn habits. For more information, send the Crossmans a private message here on Facebook or come to a church service at Prince Albert Baptist Church. Take the first step in a walk of freedom!

For more information, call (306) 940-9554 or email anchorofhopeheb@gmail.com
 


Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 01:01 | No Comments »

Joy is one of the most fragrant flowers that blooms in the heart of a Christian. Planted by our Heavenly Father, it brings a song to our lips and a smile to our faces. The joy of the Lord can strengthen us when we’re weary and encourage us when we’re feeling down. Yet, if we’re not careful, this joy can be stolen.

Here are 4 things that can steal your joy.
 

1. Anger

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”
Ephesians 4:26
 
When we face conflict, we can easily respond with anger. It’s not necessarily a sin to FEEL angry. But we start to sin when we speak or act sinfully. Perhaps we yell at someone or call them names. Or maybe we give someone “the silent treatment.” 
 
These are not healthy ways to deal with conflict in our lives. Instead, we need to speak the truth in love. And we need to work together to find a solution. Join us at the local church’s prison ministry to learn more.
 
When we don’t take care of anger right away, it festers and grows in our soul. And it definitely steals our joy!
 

2. Unthankfulness

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful…”
Romans 1:21
 
Sometimes, we feel dissatisfied with what God has given us. We compare our circumstances to others’ and wonder, “Why did God bless them and not me?” 
 
But the truth is that God has blessed each of usfar more than we deserve. He has given us the precious gift of life. Even better, He gives us the opportunity to become His child by simply repenting and believing on Him. Every good thing in our lives is a blessing straight from His hand (James 1:17)
 
If you are struggling with unthankfulness, get a pen and paper and write down at least 15 things God has given you. Start giving thanks, and you will soon start to feel joyful!
 

3. Bitterness

“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
Hebrews 12:15
 
If we hold onto anger for too long, it can turn into bitterness. Bitterness is resentment and anger at being mistreated. Although we usually think bitterness is against people, it’s really against God for allowing bad things to happen.
 
Bitterness will suck joy out of your soul like nothing else can. If you’re struggling with bitterness, contact us at the local church’s prison ministry for counselling. Bitterness is a serious issue, and you need to deal with it right away. 
 
(If you live outside of Saskatchewan, contact the nearest independent fundamental Baptist church instead.)
 

4. Worry

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
 
If you’re breathing, you’ve probably experienced worry at some time or another. For some people, worry is their constant companion, while others are less prone to it. Worry steals our joy and clouds our focus.
 
At its root, worry is basically saying, “God can’t handle this problem. It’s all up to me. I NEED to worry about this.” This is a slap in God’s face.
 
Didn’t He create us? Isn’t He the One who sustains the universe (and our own lives)? Nothing is too hard for Him.
 
Instead of worrying, we need to let go of the reins and trust God. Things might not turn out as we hope, but God is still good. Don’t let worry steal your joy.
 

Let’s Chat:

Which of these “joy-thieves” has been the biggest struggle for you? Let us know in the comments! With God’s help, you can overcome them and experience true joy. 
________________________________________________________________
Are you searching? Jesus has the answers for addictions and stubborn habits. For more information, send the Crossmans a private message here on Facebook or come to a church service at Prince Albert Baptist Church. Take the first step in a walk of freedom!

For more information, call (306) 940-9554 or email anchorofhopeheb@gmail.com
 


Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 01:01 | No Comments »

Joy is one of the most fragrant flowers that blooms in the heart of a Christian. Planted by our Heavenly Father, it brings a song to our lips and a smile to our faces. The joy of the Lord can strengthen us when we’re weary and encourage us when we’re feeling down. Yet, if we’re not careful, this joy can be stolen.

Here are 4 things that can steal your joy.
 

1. Anger

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”
Ephesians 4:26
 
When we face conflict, we can easily respond with anger. It’s not necessarily a sin to FEEL angry. But we start to sin when we speak or act sinfully. Perhaps we yell at someone or call them names. Or maybe we give someone “the silent treatment.” 
 
These are not healthy ways to deal with conflict in our lives. Instead, we need to speak the truth in love. And we need to work together to find a solution. Join us at the local church’s prison ministry to learn more.
 
When we don’t take care of anger right away, it festers and grows in our soul. And it definitely steals our joy!
 

2. Unthankfulness

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful…”
Romans 1:21
 
Sometimes, we feel dissatisfied with what God has given us. We compare our circumstances to others’ and wonder, “Why did God bless them and not me?” 
 
But the truth is that God has blessed each of usfar more than we deserve. He has given us the precious gift of life. Even better, He gives us the opportunity to become His child by simply repenting and believing on Him. Every good thing in our lives is a blessing straight from His hand (James 1:17)
 
If you are struggling with unthankfulness, get a pen and paper and write down at least 15 things God has given you. Start giving thanks, and you will soon start to feel joyful!
 

3. Bitterness

“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
Hebrews 12:15
 
If we hold onto anger for too long, it can turn into bitterness. Bitterness is resentment and anger at being mistreated. Although we usually think bitterness is against people, it’s really against God for allowing bad things to happen.
 
Bitterness will suck joy out of your soul like nothing else can. If you’re struggling with bitterness, contact us at the local church’s prison ministry for counselling. Bitterness is a serious issue, and you need to deal with it right away. 
 
(If you live outside of Saskatchewan, contact the nearest independent fundamental Baptist church instead.)
 

4. Worry

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
 
If you’re breathing, you’ve probably experienced worry at some time or another. For some people, worry is their constant companion, while others are less prone to it. Worry steals our joy and clouds our focus.
 
At its root, worry is basically saying, “God can’t handle this problem. It’s all up to me. I NEED to worry about this.” This is a slap in God’s face.
 
Didn’t He create us? Isn’t He the One who sustains the universe (and our own lives)? Nothing is too hard for Him.
 
Instead of worrying, we need to let go of the reins and trust God. Things might not turn out as we hope, but God is still good. Don’t let worry steal your joy.
 

Let’s Chat:

Which of these “joy-thieves” has been the biggest struggle for you? Let us know in the comments! With God’s help, you can overcome them and experience true joy. 
________________________________________________________________
Are you searching? Jesus has the answers for addictions and stubborn habits. For more information, send the Crossmans a private message here on Facebook or come to a church service at Prince Albert Baptist Church. Take the first step in a walk of freedom!

For more information, call (306) 940-9554 or email anchorofhopeheb@gmail.com
 


Friday, May 3, 2019, 10:35 | No Comments »

“For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
Leviticus 11:45
 
In the Old Testament, one of the first principles God taught His people was holiness. He wanted them to be obviously different than other nations—not only in their faith, but also in their behaviour, dress, diet, and customs. Today, God wants us to be holy, too. Although we don’t have to follow Old Testament laws, God wants us to be set apart for Him. 

Have you ever wondered, “Why does God want us to be holy?”
 

1. Because holiness is necessary to know Him.

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”
Hebrews 12:14
 
When you accepted Jesus as your Saviour, you were born into God’s family. However, you are just starting to know God. 
 
One of the primary truths about God is that He is holy. This means that He is pure, distinct, and totally separate from any evil. 
 
To grow closer to God, you need to give up sin. If you want His direction, you need to live in obedience. And you need to seek Him with a pure heart. That way, you can truly know God and fellowship with Him.
 
God wants you to be holy so you can know Him.
 

2. Because He bought us with His blood.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Romans 12:1
 
If you have believed on Jesus as your Saviour, He purchased you with His precious blood. He gave up everything for you. Is it too much to ask you to live a holy life?
 
According to Paul, living for Jesus is “your reasonable service.” It’s not too difficult or too much to ask. Will it be hard sometimes? Yes. Will He help you every step of the way? Of course! 
 
God wants you to be holy because you’re His child. 
 

3. Because holiness reflects His glory.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, na holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light;”
1 Peter 2:9
 
As a Christian, your behaviour reflects on your Father in Heaven. If you dress, walk, and talk just like your unsaved neighbour, why would he think your faith actually makes a difference in your life? 
 
Being a Christian isn’t just something we take out of the suit bag on Sundays. It should be a daily lifestyle of obeying God. 
 
At the local church’s prison ministry, we want to obey God every day of the week!
 
No, we aren’t perfect. But we should be growing more and more like Jesus. This means loving what He loves and hating what He hates. It means speaking the truth at all times. It means saying no to temptation and yes to obeying God. 
 
When we pursue holiness in everyday life, we honour God and attract others to Him. Now that’s a goal worth shooting for!
 

What About You?

Are you seeking to live a holy life? Which of these ideas do you most need to work on? Join us at the local church’s prison ministries to learn more about being holy!
________________________________________________________________
Are you searching? Jesus has the answers for addictions and stubborn habits. For more information, send the Crossmans a private message here on Facebook or come to a church service at Prince Albert Baptist Church. Take the first step in a walk of freedom!

For more information, call (306) 940-9554 or email anchorofhopeheb@gmail.com
 


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