Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 19:11 | No Comments »

We live in a society that places great demands on our time. With full time jobs to work, houses to maintain, and a family to care for, it can become very difficult to keep all of the balls in the air. Many people begin to feel overwhelmed, struggling with the feeling that they just can’t handle it all.

 

When our strength is running low and rest just doesn’t seem enough to keep us on our feet, the Lord provides us with the blessed hope that He will sustain us.

 

Isaiah 40:31 says:

 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

 

Waiting on the Lord is a concept we find very difficult. When we feel at the end of our rope, we want deliverance now, and when faced with being patient on God’s timing, we often become frustrated and begin to doubt the sincerity of God’s promises. However, God’s provision comes in His time.

 

But waiting on the Lord is far more than putting in time with the hope of a desired outcome. To wait on the Lord is to trust our Heavenly Father’s Word with the fervent expectation that when He has accomplished His purpose in our lives that He will renew our strength. The hope of this renewing carries with it many blessings which far outweigh the frustration of waiting.


Throughout the Bible, we see the image repeated of “eagles’ wings.” This reference is often symbolic in nature, referring to God’s deliverance of Israel from bondage in Egypt in Exodus 19. In Isaiah 40:31, wings like eagles is indicative of a correlation between this majestic, powerful bird and the faithfulness of God’s people. For those who place their hope and trust in God, there is a blessed and expected end.

 

The term “mount up” is taken from the Hebrew word “alah” which translates to “to go up, to ascend, to go up over a boundary.” This important choice of words communicates that the strength that God provides is sufficient to face any obstacle which stands in our way. Isaiah makes use of the same language from Exodus 19:1-6 as a powerful reminder to the children of Israel that God delivered them in the past, and He will be faithful to provide that same deliverance again.



As followers of Christ today, this precious verse is still applicable to our lives. If we choose to believe in God’s promises and wait on His timing, He will provide the renewing we need to face the challenges that lie ahead of us. This refreshing comes in far greater reserves than we could have expected and is well worth the wait since it prepares us to face the future. We don’t have to struggle when God has provided the opportunity for us to soar.  Waiting on God’s perfect timing is the path that leads to His richest reward.

 

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the challenges that lie ahead of you, you can find encouragement in the knowledge that trusting in God’s process will ultimately yield the strength that you need. Hope and help can be found through the prayers of God’s people who offer the assurance of God’s faithfulness to fulfill His Word. Though there are struggles, God also promises to bring deliverance through His renewing. In the mean time, the fellowship of God’s people is a balm to the heart of the hurting.

 

Are you tired of trying to carry the weight of your problems on your own? Are you in need of God’s renewing power? Contact Anchor of Hope ministry at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about how a relationship with our Lord can provide the renewal you are searching for in your life. We welcome the opportunity to be a help to you.


Friday, November 1, 2019, 07:23 | No Comments »

 

A vital part of the Christian life is growing in Jesus.  Many believers are surprised to discover that following Christ can be a painful process that requires both fortitude and sacrifice. Growth involves change, and change is never easy for us.

 

The Bible teaches us in Luke 14:33:

“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

 

When we accept Christ as our Saviour, the next step is to begin the discipleship process. Though being saved requires little of us beyond faith and acceptance of Jesus’ atonement on the cross for our sins, true discipleship demands a high price. While we will not lose our salvation if we fail to renounce the things of this world in pursuit of holiness and a right relationship with God, the stubborn refusal to do so hinders our growth and robs us of some of the richest blessings of a close walk with our Lord.

 

There are many costs to be considered along the road to discipleship. Though we are not all called to give up our houses, our jobs, or our families to follow Christ, we must be willing to do so. The path of a disciple is not an easy road. Many difficulties are encountered along the way. Our willingness to follow is continually tested, and we are often called upon to give up the comforts and preferences of our previously established lives in pursuit of a higher calling.

 

There are many aspects of our lives that can stand in the way of becoming a disciple. The key to following Christ to experience real growth in Him can be found in these important steps:

  • Letting go of sin and actively seeking God’s righteousness
  • Letting go of our own opinions to instead embrace Bible truths
  • Letting go of our own ambitions to embrace God’s will for our lives
  • Letting go for any friends that drag us down to embrace the new friends that God supplies
  • Letting go of material possessions to embrace a change of focus on seeking first the kingdom of God
  • Letting go of old activities to embrace new activities that promote a thriving relationship with God and an opportunity to tell others of His great love
  • Letting go of past habits to embrace a new way of life

 

Many times we make the mistake of viewing the discipleship road as a list of things we need to give up instead of as an opportunity for growth and a deeper relationship with our Lord. God never asks us to sacrifice something dear to us without the promise of the provision of something far better. The blessings in store for us far outmeasure the temporary pleasure of the things we are asked to leave behind to follow Christ.

 

Is there a cost for discipleship? Yes, there is. But there is also a great reward for our willingness to leave behind the things of this world and follow Christ.

 

Are you ready to become a disciple of Christ? Let Anchor of Hope Ministry help you learn more about the process by contacting us at (306) 940-9554.


Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36 | No Comments »

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


Thursday, October 17, 2019, 15:48 | No Comments »

 

Worry is a useless emotion we are all prone to. The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” We know that God has promised to meet all of our needs, yet instead of leaving all of our cares with Him, we worry and fret about whether or not He will supply.

 

The truth is our worry is pointless. God tells us not to worry about tomorrow. Our Lord has all of tomorrow’s cares already under control and worked out in the best possible way: the way which will draw us closer to Him. Yet we find it very difficult to refrain from giving in to the temptation to worry.

 

What is it we think we are accomplishing when we continue to mull over problems in our minds? Do we think that if we fret upon a problem long enough that it will magically disappear? That in times of financial need, our worry will cause God to send a windfall of money from the sky? Logically, we understand that both of these thoughts are ludicrous, but we fail to recognize that so is our penchant to worry. Worry accomplishes nothing. In fact, it is a sign that we do not take God at His word when He promised to take care of the things that we need.

 

Worry is not a new problem. The disciples also experienced it. In Luke 5:3-9, the Bible says:

 

3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

 

This passage provides us with a powerful example of doubt. We must remember that the Lord sees beyond the immediate. As humans, we have the ability to see the past and the present, but we cannot see the future. When Jesus told the disciples to let down their nets, He knew what was going to happen, but the disciples thought they knew better based only on their faulty experience as human beings living in an imperfect world. When we worry and doubt in our circumstances, we are communicating a lack of faith in the One who has promised to provide for our every need. It becomes all too easy for us to think we understand the nuances of our troubles better than God does, and therefore, He may need our assistance sorting out our issues. God doesn’t need our help to resolve pressing matters in our lives. While we were still deep in worry, God was already bringing about the resolution to our problem.

 

Peter and the disciples learned a valuable lesson that day. Jesus told them to let down their nets, but Peter’s faith was small. As a result, he only let down one net. Peter didn’t really believe that God was going to do what He said He would. Many times, we present this same view of God ourselves through our actions. God has promised to meet our daily needs. Yet often, we pray that the Lord would take care of specific things in our lives yet continue to try to devise a “backup plan” in case God doesn’t follow through with what He said He would. Our lack of faith limits what the Lord wants to do for us and robs us of the enjoyment of His richest blessings.

 

James 1:6 tells us, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” We must come to God believing that He can and He will supply our needs according to His perfect will. God is faithful to keep His Word; all He asks is that we ask in faith, believing that He will supply.

 

Are you plagued by worry? Let Anchor of Hope Ministry help you to learn the joy of trusting in the Lord. Contact us now at (306) 940-9554. We welcome the opportunity to help you!


Friday, October 11, 2019, 09:25 | No Comments »

Many people think they are free from sin if they make a sincere faith effort to keep from doing things they know are displeasing to the Lord. The problem with this type of thinking is it turns the Christian life into a “to do list,” whereby we spend our days trying to avoid the pitfalls that present themselves in life. However, there is more to a right relationship with God than simply refraining from known sin.

 

Though God has given us clear guidelines as to the best way to conduct ourselves to live a fruitful, blessed life that honours Him, God has given us the free will to choose the things we will allow into our hearts and lives as well as those that we want to avoid. Free will can feel like both a blessing and a curse as sometimes it becomes difficult to determine the best path for us to take. The devil makes sin look very attractive, and often pretties up the path to destruction in an attempt to make it look less dangerous, making us doubt God’s commands for us and question if that road really leads to our peril.

 

The Bible adds another layer of responsibility through this verse found in James 4:17:

 

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

 

We spend much time focusing on things that we shouldn’t be doing. Yet the Bible clearly teaches that there are things that we SHOULD actively be seeking, and failure to fulfill these roles in our lives is also sin. The dilemma we often encounter is the fact that many of the things we are commanded to do are hard for us, so we prefer to relegate them to a distant corner of our minds, rationalizing that if we devote ourselves to obeying the “Thou shalt not’s” that somehow God will overlook our unwillingness to comply with the “Thou shalt’s.” Yet some of the most important commands in Scripture are not things we should not do, they are things that we know in our hearts that are right, and that deserve our attention and commitment.

 

It is not easy to love our neighbour as ourselves; to place his good and needs above our own. But the Bible tells us this is our God-given role. We are to die to self and to deliberately seek opportunities to serve others. Failure to follow this important commandment is sin.  

 

We cannot claim ignorance as a reason for not following through on clear Bible teachings. If we have been made aware of something, we then have a responsibility to act on it. Anything less than that is sin. It is not enough to choose not to lie because we are commanded to not bear false witness. To please God, we must also be committed to speaking the truth. It is not enough to refrain from doing things that would blemish the name of Christ; we must also seek opportunities to share what He has done for us and to live a life that brings honour to His holy name and draws people to Him. God has clearly outlined the good things we are to be doing; a decision not to do them is sin.

 

In Ephesians 5:18-21, Paul asserts the following truths:

 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

 

When our hearts are filled with the Spirit of God, we have the strength that we need to resist the temptation to yield to that which is displeasing to God and to reach towards those things that bring glory to His name. In our own flesh, we lack the power to make good choices, but with the Holy Spirit empowering and guiding us, we are then able to focus on living a life that is well-pleasing to our Lord. The key to knowing what is good and doing it lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

 

Are you struggling to “do good”? Anchor of Hope Ministry can help. Contact us now at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about how Jesus can empower you to live for Him.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 19:11 | No Comments »

We live in a society that places great demands on our time. With full time jobs to work, houses to maintain, and a family to care for, it can become very difficult to keep all of the balls in the air. Many people begin to feel overwhelmed, struggling with the feeling that they just can’t handle it all.

 

When our strength is running low and rest just doesn’t seem enough to keep us on our feet, the Lord provides us with the blessed hope that He will sustain us.

 

Isaiah 40:31 says:

 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

 

Waiting on the Lord is a concept we find very difficult. When we feel at the end of our rope, we want deliverance now, and when faced with being patient on God’s timing, we often become frustrated and begin to doubt the sincerity of God’s promises. However, God’s provision comes in His time.

 

But waiting on the Lord is far more than putting in time with the hope of a desired outcome. To wait on the Lord is to trust our Heavenly Father’s Word with the fervent expectation that when He has accomplished His purpose in our lives that He will renew our strength. The hope of this renewing carries with it many blessings which far outweigh the frustration of waiting.


Throughout the Bible, we see the image repeated of “eagles’ wings.” This reference is often symbolic in nature, referring to God’s deliverance of Israel from bondage in Egypt in Exodus 19. In Isaiah 40:31, wings like eagles is indicative of a correlation between this majestic, powerful bird and the faithfulness of God’s people. For those who place their hope and trust in God, there is a blessed and expected end.

 

The term “mount up” is taken from the Hebrew word “alah” which translates to “to go up, to ascend, to go up over a boundary.” This important choice of words communicates that the strength that God provides is sufficient to face any obstacle which stands in our way. Isaiah makes use of the same language from Exodus 19:1-6 as a powerful reminder to the children of Israel that God delivered them in the past, and He will be faithful to provide that same deliverance again.



As followers of Christ today, this precious verse is still applicable to our lives. If we choose to believe in God’s promises and wait on His timing, He will provide the renewing we need to face the challenges that lie ahead of us. This refreshing comes in far greater reserves than we could have expected and is well worth the wait since it prepares us to face the future. We don’t have to struggle when God has provided the opportunity for us to soar.  Waiting on God’s perfect timing is the path that leads to His richest reward.

 

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the challenges that lie ahead of you, you can find encouragement in the knowledge that trusting in God’s process will ultimately yield the strength that you need. Hope and help can be found through the prayers of God’s people who offer the assurance of God’s faithfulness to fulfill His Word. Though there are struggles, God also promises to bring deliverance through His renewing. In the mean time, the fellowship of God’s people is a balm to the heart of the hurting.

 

Are you tired of trying to carry the weight of your problems on your own? Are you in need of God’s renewing power? Contact Anchor of Hope ministry at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about how a relationship with our Lord can provide the renewal you are searching for in your life. We welcome the opportunity to be a help to you.


Friday, November 1, 2019, 07:23 | No Comments »

 

A vital part of the Christian life is growing in Jesus.  Many believers are surprised to discover that following Christ can be a painful process that requires both fortitude and sacrifice. Growth involves change, and change is never easy for us.

 

The Bible teaches us in Luke 14:33:

“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

 

When we accept Christ as our Saviour, the next step is to begin the discipleship process. Though being saved requires little of us beyond faith and acceptance of Jesus’ atonement on the cross for our sins, true discipleship demands a high price. While we will not lose our salvation if we fail to renounce the things of this world in pursuit of holiness and a right relationship with God, the stubborn refusal to do so hinders our growth and robs us of some of the richest blessings of a close walk with our Lord.

 

There are many costs to be considered along the road to discipleship. Though we are not all called to give up our houses, our jobs, or our families to follow Christ, we must be willing to do so. The path of a disciple is not an easy road. Many difficulties are encountered along the way. Our willingness to follow is continually tested, and we are often called upon to give up the comforts and preferences of our previously established lives in pursuit of a higher calling.

 

There are many aspects of our lives that can stand in the way of becoming a disciple. The key to following Christ to experience real growth in Him can be found in these important steps:

  • Letting go of sin and actively seeking God’s righteousness
  • Letting go of our own opinions to instead embrace Bible truths
  • Letting go of our own ambitions to embrace God’s will for our lives
  • Letting go for any friends that drag us down to embrace the new friends that God supplies
  • Letting go of material possessions to embrace a change of focus on seeking first the kingdom of God
  • Letting go of old activities to embrace new activities that promote a thriving relationship with God and an opportunity to tell others of His great love
  • Letting go of past habits to embrace a new way of life

 

Many times we make the mistake of viewing the discipleship road as a list of things we need to give up instead of as an opportunity for growth and a deeper relationship with our Lord. God never asks us to sacrifice something dear to us without the promise of the provision of something far better. The blessings in store for us far outmeasure the temporary pleasure of the things we are asked to leave behind to follow Christ.

 

Is there a cost for discipleship? Yes, there is. But there is also a great reward for our willingness to leave behind the things of this world and follow Christ.

 

Are you ready to become a disciple of Christ? Let Anchor of Hope Ministry help you learn more about the process by contacting us at (306) 940-9554.


Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36 | No Comments »

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


Thursday, October 17, 2019, 15:48 | No Comments »

 

Worry is a useless emotion we are all prone to. The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” We know that God has promised to meet all of our needs, yet instead of leaving all of our cares with Him, we worry and fret about whether or not He will supply.

 

The truth is our worry is pointless. God tells us not to worry about tomorrow. Our Lord has all of tomorrow’s cares already under control and worked out in the best possible way: the way which will draw us closer to Him. Yet we find it very difficult to refrain from giving in to the temptation to worry.

 

What is it we think we are accomplishing when we continue to mull over problems in our minds? Do we think that if we fret upon a problem long enough that it will magically disappear? That in times of financial need, our worry will cause God to send a windfall of money from the sky? Logically, we understand that both of these thoughts are ludicrous, but we fail to recognize that so is our penchant to worry. Worry accomplishes nothing. In fact, it is a sign that we do not take God at His word when He promised to take care of the things that we need.

 

Worry is not a new problem. The disciples also experienced it. In Luke 5:3-9, the Bible says:

 

3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

 

This passage provides us with a powerful example of doubt. We must remember that the Lord sees beyond the immediate. As humans, we have the ability to see the past and the present, but we cannot see the future. When Jesus told the disciples to let down their nets, He knew what was going to happen, but the disciples thought they knew better based only on their faulty experience as human beings living in an imperfect world. When we worry and doubt in our circumstances, we are communicating a lack of faith in the One who has promised to provide for our every need. It becomes all too easy for us to think we understand the nuances of our troubles better than God does, and therefore, He may need our assistance sorting out our issues. God doesn’t need our help to resolve pressing matters in our lives. While we were still deep in worry, God was already bringing about the resolution to our problem.

 

Peter and the disciples learned a valuable lesson that day. Jesus told them to let down their nets, but Peter’s faith was small. As a result, he only let down one net. Peter didn’t really believe that God was going to do what He said He would. Many times, we present this same view of God ourselves through our actions. God has promised to meet our daily needs. Yet often, we pray that the Lord would take care of specific things in our lives yet continue to try to devise a “backup plan” in case God doesn’t follow through with what He said He would. Our lack of faith limits what the Lord wants to do for us and robs us of the enjoyment of His richest blessings.

 

James 1:6 tells us, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” We must come to God believing that He can and He will supply our needs according to His perfect will. God is faithful to keep His Word; all He asks is that we ask in faith, believing that He will supply.

 

Are you plagued by worry? Let Anchor of Hope Ministry help you to learn the joy of trusting in the Lord. Contact us now at (306) 940-9554. We welcome the opportunity to help you!


Friday, October 11, 2019, 09:25 | No Comments »

Many people think they are free from sin if they make a sincere faith effort to keep from doing things they know are displeasing to the Lord. The problem with this type of thinking is it turns the Christian life into a “to do list,” whereby we spend our days trying to avoid the pitfalls that present themselves in life. However, there is more to a right relationship with God than simply refraining from known sin.

 

Though God has given us clear guidelines as to the best way to conduct ourselves to live a fruitful, blessed life that honours Him, God has given us the free will to choose the things we will allow into our hearts and lives as well as those that we want to avoid. Free will can feel like both a blessing and a curse as sometimes it becomes difficult to determine the best path for us to take. The devil makes sin look very attractive, and often pretties up the path to destruction in an attempt to make it look less dangerous, making us doubt God’s commands for us and question if that road really leads to our peril.

 

The Bible adds another layer of responsibility through this verse found in James 4:17:

 

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

 

We spend much time focusing on things that we shouldn’t be doing. Yet the Bible clearly teaches that there are things that we SHOULD actively be seeking, and failure to fulfill these roles in our lives is also sin. The dilemma we often encounter is the fact that many of the things we are commanded to do are hard for us, so we prefer to relegate them to a distant corner of our minds, rationalizing that if we devote ourselves to obeying the “Thou shalt not’s” that somehow God will overlook our unwillingness to comply with the “Thou shalt’s.” Yet some of the most important commands in Scripture are not things we should not do, they are things that we know in our hearts that are right, and that deserve our attention and commitment.

 

It is not easy to love our neighbour as ourselves; to place his good and needs above our own. But the Bible tells us this is our God-given role. We are to die to self and to deliberately seek opportunities to serve others. Failure to follow this important commandment is sin.  

 

We cannot claim ignorance as a reason for not following through on clear Bible teachings. If we have been made aware of something, we then have a responsibility to act on it. Anything less than that is sin. It is not enough to choose not to lie because we are commanded to not bear false witness. To please God, we must also be committed to speaking the truth. It is not enough to refrain from doing things that would blemish the name of Christ; we must also seek opportunities to share what He has done for us and to live a life that brings honour to His holy name and draws people to Him. God has clearly outlined the good things we are to be doing; a decision not to do them is sin.

 

In Ephesians 5:18-21, Paul asserts the following truths:

 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

 

When our hearts are filled with the Spirit of God, we have the strength that we need to resist the temptation to yield to that which is displeasing to God and to reach towards those things that bring glory to His name. In our own flesh, we lack the power to make good choices, but with the Holy Spirit empowering and guiding us, we are then able to focus on living a life that is well-pleasing to our Lord. The key to knowing what is good and doing it lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

 

Are you struggling to “do good”? Anchor of Hope Ministry can help. Contact us now at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about how Jesus can empower you to live for Him.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 19:11 | No Comments »

We live in a society that places great demands on our time. With full time jobs to work, houses to maintain, and a family to care for, it can become very difficult to keep all of the balls in the air. Many people begin to feel overwhelmed, struggling with the feeling that they just can’t handle it all.

 

When our strength is running low and rest just doesn’t seem enough to keep us on our feet, the Lord provides us with the blessed hope that He will sustain us.

 

Isaiah 40:31 says:

 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

 

Waiting on the Lord is a concept we find very difficult. When we feel at the end of our rope, we want deliverance now, and when faced with being patient on God’s timing, we often become frustrated and begin to doubt the sincerity of God’s promises. However, God’s provision comes in His time.

 

But waiting on the Lord is far more than putting in time with the hope of a desired outcome. To wait on the Lord is to trust our Heavenly Father’s Word with the fervent expectation that when He has accomplished His purpose in our lives that He will renew our strength. The hope of this renewing carries with it many blessings which far outweigh the frustration of waiting.


Throughout the Bible, we see the image repeated of “eagles’ wings.” This reference is often symbolic in nature, referring to God’s deliverance of Israel from bondage in Egypt in Exodus 19. In Isaiah 40:31, wings like eagles is indicative of a correlation between this majestic, powerful bird and the faithfulness of God’s people. For those who place their hope and trust in God, there is a blessed and expected end.

 

The term “mount up” is taken from the Hebrew word “alah” which translates to “to go up, to ascend, to go up over a boundary.” This important choice of words communicates that the strength that God provides is sufficient to face any obstacle which stands in our way. Isaiah makes use of the same language from Exodus 19:1-6 as a powerful reminder to the children of Israel that God delivered them in the past, and He will be faithful to provide that same deliverance again.



As followers of Christ today, this precious verse is still applicable to our lives. If we choose to believe in God’s promises and wait on His timing, He will provide the renewing we need to face the challenges that lie ahead of us. This refreshing comes in far greater reserves than we could have expected and is well worth the wait since it prepares us to face the future. We don’t have to struggle when God has provided the opportunity for us to soar.  Waiting on God’s perfect timing is the path that leads to His richest reward.

 

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the challenges that lie ahead of you, you can find encouragement in the knowledge that trusting in God’s process will ultimately yield the strength that you need. Hope and help can be found through the prayers of God’s people who offer the assurance of God’s faithfulness to fulfill His Word. Though there are struggles, God also promises to bring deliverance through His renewing. In the mean time, the fellowship of God’s people is a balm to the heart of the hurting.

 

Are you tired of trying to carry the weight of your problems on your own? Are you in need of God’s renewing power? Contact Anchor of Hope ministry at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about how a relationship with our Lord can provide the renewal you are searching for in your life. We welcome the opportunity to be a help to you.


Friday, November 1, 2019, 07:23 | No Comments »

 

A vital part of the Christian life is growing in Jesus.  Many believers are surprised to discover that following Christ can be a painful process that requires both fortitude and sacrifice. Growth involves change, and change is never easy for us.

 

The Bible teaches us in Luke 14:33:

“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

 

When we accept Christ as our Saviour, the next step is to begin the discipleship process. Though being saved requires little of us beyond faith and acceptance of Jesus’ atonement on the cross for our sins, true discipleship demands a high price. While we will not lose our salvation if we fail to renounce the things of this world in pursuit of holiness and a right relationship with God, the stubborn refusal to do so hinders our growth and robs us of some of the richest blessings of a close walk with our Lord.

 

There are many costs to be considered along the road to discipleship. Though we are not all called to give up our houses, our jobs, or our families to follow Christ, we must be willing to do so. The path of a disciple is not an easy road. Many difficulties are encountered along the way. Our willingness to follow is continually tested, and we are often called upon to give up the comforts and preferences of our previously established lives in pursuit of a higher calling.

 

There are many aspects of our lives that can stand in the way of becoming a disciple. The key to following Christ to experience real growth in Him can be found in these important steps:

  • Letting go of sin and actively seeking God’s righteousness
  • Letting go of our own opinions to instead embrace Bible truths
  • Letting go of our own ambitions to embrace God’s will for our lives
  • Letting go for any friends that drag us down to embrace the new friends that God supplies
  • Letting go of material possessions to embrace a change of focus on seeking first the kingdom of God
  • Letting go of old activities to embrace new activities that promote a thriving relationship with God and an opportunity to tell others of His great love
  • Letting go of past habits to embrace a new way of life

 

Many times we make the mistake of viewing the discipleship road as a list of things we need to give up instead of as an opportunity for growth and a deeper relationship with our Lord. God never asks us to sacrifice something dear to us without the promise of the provision of something far better. The blessings in store for us far outmeasure the temporary pleasure of the things we are asked to leave behind to follow Christ.

 

Is there a cost for discipleship? Yes, there is. But there is also a great reward for our willingness to leave behind the things of this world and follow Christ.

 

Are you ready to become a disciple of Christ? Let Anchor of Hope Ministry help you learn more about the process by contacting us at (306) 940-9554.


Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36 | No Comments »

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


Thursday, October 17, 2019, 15:48 | No Comments »

 

Worry is a useless emotion we are all prone to. The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” We know that God has promised to meet all of our needs, yet instead of leaving all of our cares with Him, we worry and fret about whether or not He will supply.

 

The truth is our worry is pointless. God tells us not to worry about tomorrow. Our Lord has all of tomorrow’s cares already under control and worked out in the best possible way: the way which will draw us closer to Him. Yet we find it very difficult to refrain from giving in to the temptation to worry.

 

What is it we think we are accomplishing when we continue to mull over problems in our minds? Do we think that if we fret upon a problem long enough that it will magically disappear? That in times of financial need, our worry will cause God to send a windfall of money from the sky? Logically, we understand that both of these thoughts are ludicrous, but we fail to recognize that so is our penchant to worry. Worry accomplishes nothing. In fact, it is a sign that we do not take God at His word when He promised to take care of the things that we need.

 

Worry is not a new problem. The disciples also experienced it. In Luke 5:3-9, the Bible says:

 

3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

 

This passage provides us with a powerful example of doubt. We must remember that the Lord sees beyond the immediate. As humans, we have the ability to see the past and the present, but we cannot see the future. When Jesus told the disciples to let down their nets, He knew what was going to happen, but the disciples thought they knew better based only on their faulty experience as human beings living in an imperfect world. When we worry and doubt in our circumstances, we are communicating a lack of faith in the One who has promised to provide for our every need. It becomes all too easy for us to think we understand the nuances of our troubles better than God does, and therefore, He may need our assistance sorting out our issues. God doesn’t need our help to resolve pressing matters in our lives. While we were still deep in worry, God was already bringing about the resolution to our problem.

 

Peter and the disciples learned a valuable lesson that day. Jesus told them to let down their nets, but Peter’s faith was small. As a result, he only let down one net. Peter didn’t really believe that God was going to do what He said He would. Many times, we present this same view of God ourselves through our actions. God has promised to meet our daily needs. Yet often, we pray that the Lord would take care of specific things in our lives yet continue to try to devise a “backup plan” in case God doesn’t follow through with what He said He would. Our lack of faith limits what the Lord wants to do for us and robs us of the enjoyment of His richest blessings.

 

James 1:6 tells us, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” We must come to God believing that He can and He will supply our needs according to His perfect will. God is faithful to keep His Word; all He asks is that we ask in faith, believing that He will supply.

 

Are you plagued by worry? Let Anchor of Hope Ministry help you to learn the joy of trusting in the Lord. Contact us now at (306) 940-9554. We welcome the opportunity to help you!


Friday, October 11, 2019, 09:25 | No Comments »

Many people think they are free from sin if they make a sincere faith effort to keep from doing things they know are displeasing to the Lord. The problem with this type of thinking is it turns the Christian life into a “to do list,” whereby we spend our days trying to avoid the pitfalls that present themselves in life. However, there is more to a right relationship with God than simply refraining from known sin.

 

Though God has given us clear guidelines as to the best way to conduct ourselves to live a fruitful, blessed life that honours Him, God has given us the free will to choose the things we will allow into our hearts and lives as well as those that we want to avoid. Free will can feel like both a blessing and a curse as sometimes it becomes difficult to determine the best path for us to take. The devil makes sin look very attractive, and often pretties up the path to destruction in an attempt to make it look less dangerous, making us doubt God’s commands for us and question if that road really leads to our peril.

 

The Bible adds another layer of responsibility through this verse found in James 4:17:

 

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

 

We spend much time focusing on things that we shouldn’t be doing. Yet the Bible clearly teaches that there are things that we SHOULD actively be seeking, and failure to fulfill these roles in our lives is also sin. The dilemma we often encounter is the fact that many of the things we are commanded to do are hard for us, so we prefer to relegate them to a distant corner of our minds, rationalizing that if we devote ourselves to obeying the “Thou shalt not’s” that somehow God will overlook our unwillingness to comply with the “Thou shalt’s.” Yet some of the most important commands in Scripture are not things we should not do, they are things that we know in our hearts that are right, and that deserve our attention and commitment.

 

It is not easy to love our neighbour as ourselves; to place his good and needs above our own. But the Bible tells us this is our God-given role. We are to die to self and to deliberately seek opportunities to serve others. Failure to follow this important commandment is sin.  

 

We cannot claim ignorance as a reason for not following through on clear Bible teachings. If we have been made aware of something, we then have a responsibility to act on it. Anything less than that is sin. It is not enough to choose not to lie because we are commanded to not bear false witness. To please God, we must also be committed to speaking the truth. It is not enough to refrain from doing things that would blemish the name of Christ; we must also seek opportunities to share what He has done for us and to live a life that brings honour to His holy name and draws people to Him. God has clearly outlined the good things we are to be doing; a decision not to do them is sin.

 

In Ephesians 5:18-21, Paul asserts the following truths:

 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

 

When our hearts are filled with the Spirit of God, we have the strength that we need to resist the temptation to yield to that which is displeasing to God and to reach towards those things that bring glory to His name. In our own flesh, we lack the power to make good choices, but with the Holy Spirit empowering and guiding us, we are then able to focus on living a life that is well-pleasing to our Lord. The key to knowing what is good and doing it lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

 

Are you struggling to “do good”? Anchor of Hope Ministry can help. Contact us now at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about how Jesus can empower you to live for Him.


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