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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

silouette of depressed man and the caption Where to Find Hope When You are Running Out of Steam

Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

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Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

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Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

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Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

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Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

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Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

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Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

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Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

silouette of depressed man and the caption Where to Find Hope When You are Running Out of Steam

Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

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Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

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Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

silouette of depressed man and the caption Where to Find Hope When You are Running Out of Steam

Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


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.


Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:44 | No Comments »

silouette of depressed man and the caption Where to Find Hope When You are Running Out of Steam

Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 4,157 people ended their lives by suicide. As heartbreaking as this number may be, even more devastating is the knowledge that for those who succumbed to death at their own hand, there are many more who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their efforts. Today, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada, standing in line behind Alzheimer’s and marginally ahead of liver disease.

In the small community of Saint John, New Brunswick this past week, three people in the prime of their youth ended their own lives. One of these tragic deaths occurred when a young man chose to jump from an atrium at a popular area shopping mall, while stunned onlookers watched, horrified. There is no question that many people are suffering, lacking the strength and will to live. When hope is lost, where can those who are hurting turn for the fortitude to continue?

In John 10:10, the Bible teaches that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The devil, described in this verse as a thief, is the author of evil thoughts. His intention is to rob believers of their hope and joy and to render them ineffective for God’s service. Because he can lay no claim to those who belong to Christ, he instead applies his focus to instilling fear, discouragement, guilt, and feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness into them. If he can get a Christian to believe that he is too great a sinner to be worthy of the love of his family, friends, and a holy God, then he has been successful in keeping that person from experiencing the true depths of the forgiveness and unconditional love that Christ freely offers.  Make no mistake, the devil is a formidable enemy, and he is on a mission: to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Jesus came for us to enjoy a life of abundant joy. When we allow our emotions to convince us we are unworthy of God’s love or that life is not worth living, we rob ourselves of the blessings God wants to richly bestow upon us. Our focus is critical. Our troubles, though often a heavy burden, will not last forever. Suffering is only temporary, and God has promised to see us through the darkness to brighter days ahead.

Isaiah 41:14 expresses this truth:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Even in the midst of our darkest thoughts, God is with us. Though times of deep discouragement come when hope seems like a distant impossibility, God promises to give us the strength that we need to weather the storm. When we lack the fortitude to stand on our own, God upholds us through the power of His hand and His Word. God’s promises are true and give us a record that He is a loving Creator who always honours that which He has committed to do. Though we struggle, our pain does not last forever. We have the hope of a loving God who stands beside us and gives us the strength we need to face each day with the knowledge that our sorrows have an expiration date. What we are enduring today will not last forever.

Perhaps one of the most powerful promises for those who have lost all hope is found in Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

When we are at our lowest point, God is with us to provide the comfort and help that we need. Though affliction comes, God has promised to deliver us from our woes. When we are most broken, God is the most near. We do not cry or suffer alone. Our Saviour stands beside us as a constant to remind us that though today may seem insurmountable; a better day is coming.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

 We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. God intends for us to share our hearts with Him, so that He can shoulder the load and give us that which we need for daily sustenance. The devil wants us to feel that God has forsaken us and will not fulfill His promises. God wants to remind us that He is always with us and that our struggles our only temporary. Our Heavenly Father can and will provide deliverance and healing.

Though the troubles of this life threaten to overwhelm us, God stands beside us in the midst of the storm to provide the stability we need and the hope of a better tomorrow.

If you are struggling with feeling there is no hope for your life, contact Anchor of Hope Ministries to learn more about how you can have the blessed hope through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 15:13 | No Comments »

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought with it many consequences. Prior to Adam and Eve’s choices in the Garden, they had the privilege of communing with God daily and the deep enjoyment of His company. In those early days, they knew nothing but contentment and peace, a self-assuredness that they loved and were loved by a Holy God. Yet when sin entered the equation, things changed. Man who once applied his focus to enjoying the riches of the Garden, fellowshipping with God, and loving the mate God had provided for him, suddenly became self-aware. With that self-awareness came many things, but three traits bore a lasting impact: feelings of insecurity, guilt, and shame brought on by the realization of sin.

 

After the fall, man saw himself in the cold hard light of reality. This new revelation unveiled a man with flaws and human frailties, bringing with it doubts and uncertainty. Yet in spite of man’s failings and penchant towards sin, God remained consistent in His love.

 

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:38-39 this powerful truth regarding God and those who have accepted His free gift of salvation:

 

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Though we sin and our sin causes God pain, He remains steadfast in His love for us. We cannot deny that our sinful nature brings a rift in the depth of the relationship a Holy Saviour wants to enjoy with His children, but we also have forgiveness in Him and the assurance that His love for us is not dependent on the things we do or choose not to. God makes the choice to love us in spite of our sinful state, and He continues to encourage us towards the higher calling of a right relationship with Him.

It is a precious truth that nothing in this world has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. Even though our sin grieves His heart, it does not possess the strength to cause Him to turn His back on His beloved children. The most potent forces of separation this world has to offer have no foothold over God’s love and His willingness to bestow it freely.

When the devil tries to persuade us that our lives are too marred by sin for God to forgive, it is only a ploy to get us to willingly limit God’s ability to use us. The devil wants to remind us of the things we feel make us unworthy. If he can succeed in this way, he gains an advantage when Christians voluntarily sideline themselves from God’s work, feeling they are too sinful to be of use for our Lord. But God does not view us in this way. When He looks at a believer, God sees only the blood of His Son which has washed us and made us clean. Though He longs for us to make better choices and to be freed from the bondage of sin, His love for us is given without any conditions on our behaviour.

In Ephesians 1:6, Paul encourages us with these words:

“ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

For those who have received Christ as their Saviour, they now bear the mark of heavenly approval through the blood of God’s Son. This simple choice makes us “accepted in the beloved.” Satan wants to remind us of our past decisions that took us away from God’s path; Jesus wants to remind us of our future with Him.

If you belong to God, nothing can separate you from His love. Whether in life or in death, in this world or the world to come, those who have called upon the name of the Lord are loved freely; without any conditions.

Have you experienced the acceptance of the beloved? Are you ready for a love that will not let you go? To learn more about how you can know the unconditional love of Christ, contact our ministry at (306) 940-9554 today.


Missionaries Ministering to the Imprisoned of Canada

The Crossman Family are missionaries serving under Prince Albert Baptist Church through Baptist Missions to Forgotten Peoples. We serve the incarcerated or addicted individuals in Saskatchewan. We also seek to help and encourage churches across Canada to become trained and active in prison and addictions ministries.

Following By Faith - An Expanding Ministry

In the past few years, God has blessed as we have served Jesus here in Prince Albert. Now, we find that God is opening other doors of opportunity to help individuals and churches in other towns and cities. Please pray for us as we  use Prince Albert as a home base and be of assistance in other areas as well.

Good News to All People!

God loves the whole world! No matter what nation or ethinc group you're from, God loves you and we want to be a help to you. Look at these Bible verses that talk about what all humanity has in common.

Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Luke 2:10b Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Psalm 107:3-7 3 And (God) gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way,

Struggling with stubborn habits or addictions? 

Three ways to connect and get help.




Connect with the Anchor of Hope Team

We love helping people like you find help, healing, and victory over addictions and stubborn habits through a relationship with God.


Connect with Prince Albert Baptist Church

The people and pastor of Prince Albert Baptist Church are dedicated to helping people live a free and abundant life through Jesus Christ.


Connect with the Reformers Unanimous Team

Reformers Unanimous was started to support people who struggle with stubborn habits and addictions. Their materials are used successfully worldwide.

2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.








A Walk of Hope, Help, and Recovery Starts Here

Devotions

Ps 119:105 says Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. From time to time I do morning devotions in facility seeking to encourage the men to walk with the Lord. I also seek to encourage each day those on the outside with precious jewels from his Word.

Chapel/Bible Study

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ. We do Bible studies every week seeking to present a God who wants to walk with us and change us to His glory. Chapels are like a mini church service with hymns and preaching bringing spiritual insight to all who come to seek the Lord. Over the years, we have noted that many are attracted to Gospel music as it soothes their troubled heart and speaks to their soul.

Faith-Based Anger Management Classes

Cease from anger and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. (Psalm 37:8) We live in an angry world. The Bible has much to say about anger. My wife and I were trained in Anger Management by Almond Tree Ministries. Dr. S M Davis' website and Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries also have excellent resources. Contact our ministry, our church, Dr S M Davis' website, or Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries for help.


Faith-Based Addictions Classes

We use Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries materials designed for institutional use.  We have used them in four facilities in Ontario and Saskatchewan.  We praise the Lord for Him working in men and women's lives.  We also use Rock of Ages Prison Ministry courses as there is a demand for them.  We have also taught the Reformers Unanimous Recovery material on First Nations Reserves as God has opened doors.

Training in Prison and Addiction Ministry

We have done conferences on Prison Ministry and Addictions all across Canada in the past.  Our church, Prince Albert Baptist Church, has allowed us to help train prachers, their wives, and a First Nations Chief in prison and faith based recovery ministry.  While here in Prince Albert, God has allowed us to train folks from Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and Manitoba.  

Indigenous People Outreach - First Nations and Metis

We are blessed to love and minister to First Nations and Metis people from over 70 different reserves in Northern and central Saskatchewan. God has allowed us to take HIs message to reserves in four provinces.

Ephesians 3:20 says Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. 

God in Heaven desires to enable us to recover from the hold of bad habits or choices we make.  

John 8:36 says If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  

The battle is in the mind.  You need help to recover.  God's help and wisdom is needed first.  You need to deal with the root cause of the bondage.  

Be aware that some addictions may require a family doctor, such as addiction to prescription medication.  Withdrawal from some drug or alcohol addiction requires that you or your friend enter an addiction treatment facility.  Our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry could be a help. The Bible that gives a glimpse of God's perspective on the different forms of bondage this world faces.  

Mental Stresses

Turn to the Lord. Casting all your care (burdens) upon Him, for He careth for you. (I Peter 5:7) 
It helps to talk. If we can assist you, please contact our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry.

Emotional Stresses

Feeling overwhelmed? Hear my cry, O God: attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalm 102:1-2)
If you need help, please contact our our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry.

Family Stresses

God has a plan in His Word for the family and for couples.  The Christian family is under attack fromt he devil and the world.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:31-32).  Please contact S M Davis (www.drsmdavis.com), our church or our ministry if we are able to help.  

Peer Pressure

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21) 
A good Bible preaching church and be your best support group, positive peer pressure, and spiritual hospital. 
If you need help, please contact our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry.

Alcohol & Narcotics

Ephesians 5:16 says Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.  

God's desire is that you and I be controlled by His Spirit, not alcohol or drugs.  Over 75 verses in the Bible give God's perspective on drinking and its effects.  Pretty compelling evidence from God's Word.  His desire is for us not to be controlled by drugs or alcohol.  God wants to heal our hurts.  



Pornography / Sex

Galatians 5:16 says This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 
 
God has a wonderful plan for marriage and the family.  It is found in His Word.  The devil and our flesh seek to destroy that plan.  God desires to set us free from the bondage that following the flesh brings, and with His help,  to walk in liberty.  Thank God for forgiveness of sin through Christ's precious blood.  If our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry can help you, let us know.  

Food

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, whose glory is their shame, who mind earthly things.  

Wrong appetites can cause health problems and even death.  God's greatest concern is our inner beauty and walk with Him.  A good doctor may be needed or a nutritionist.  If our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry could help, please contact us.


Anger

Psalm 37:8 says Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any way to do evil.  

We live in an angry world.  Some people try to control life around them with anger.  There are more verses on anger in the Bible about God than man.  God is angry at sin.  God's anger is always right; always controlled.  Two things many people struggle with are forgiveness and how to respond to the anger of others.  Drugs and alcohol magnify the effects of anger in lives.  Contact our church,  Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry.  Dr S M Davis has good DVDs that could help also.  


Internet / Gaming

I Corinthians 10:5 says Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing captive every thought into the obedience of Christ.  

Computers, games, the internet, cell phones, and many other things can be addictive and control our lives.  They can be wonderful tools, but we have to control them.  We need to strive to maintain a Godly balance.  If our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry can help, let us know.




Work

Ex 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work. 

God set an example to show that we should work six days but have time for family and church. Workaholism is a very real problem in our world today.  While we need to work to provide for our families, it is critical that we keep our priorities straight.  It is God and the family that should be placed at the top of our list not accumulating money, possessions, or even career advancement.  God wants to deliver people from the painful addiction of workaholism.  If our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry can help you, please feel free to contact us.  

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My mother taught me about the Lord since I was a child. I grew up knowing about God, but not really knowing God personally...

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I try to encourage people on the outside facing challenges.  Most times, you send the right verses that help us in the moments of our troubles!

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