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Summer Holidays

If you are a follower of this blog, I’d like to let you know that it will be slowing down over the summer. My family is leaving for Ontario tomorrow morning and we will be gone for three weeks. We will be traveling to Haliburton, New Market, Kitchener, Toronto (the kids want to ride the subway), Welland, and Tobermory to catch all of our family members and friends. They are spread out!

If you have information you’d like put on the blog, you can email me at tlehman@plpsd.mb.ca  I will not be on email everyday so please allow plenty of time for your post to appear.

If you’d like to follow us on our adventures in Ontario, I will be trying to post pictures and notes on my personal blog which you are welcome to visit.  writeupmyalley

Blessings to you and your families this summer! Be sure to check the two posts located underneath this one for future events.

Alison Lehman (Editor) 🙂

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Other Events Happening Soon!

Happy Canada Day! Thursday, July 1

Celebrate Canada Day at the Lee’s. Come anytime after 5:30 pm. (502 Crescent Road) Bring Wieners and buns to cook over the fire, lawn chairs, and bug spray (We do have a fogger) and your favourite backyard game. We will provide condiments and drinks. You will have front row seats to watch the fireworks.

Sunday, July 4 – Salvation Army Sunday

Don’t forget to bring along some canned goods for our community in need.

(MEN: This if for YOU!) Sunday July 4th from 3-5:30ish

An afternoon of friendship and shooting is coming up. For the men of PAC and their guests at Dave Marshall’s place

We will be shooting clay pigeons and rabbits: 12 ga ammo and targets, $15 for 1 box, $25 for 2 boxes. Targets only: $4 for 25. Bring your own snacks, drinks, and lawn chairs. More info? Call Jon @ 857-8000.

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What’s Up With Down In July?

July 4th: Mahoney and Sawatzky’s visit PAC – pizza party for IW Booster Housechurches. Check your mailboxes for invitations.

July 7th: Ladies at the Door games night @ 7:30 pm

July 11: Marie Enns is speaking – Place of Rescue Cambodia. Marie is a friend of Paul Brandt who is performing at the Portage Ex on July 10th. She will show a video of  him visiting her mission in Cambodia.

July 11th: Mexican Connexion Pancake Breakfast at 9 am. Let Derek McCutcheon know if you can come.  (239-0227)

July 18: Perssons visit PAC – pizza party for their IW Booster Housechurches.

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Blessed!

By Alison Lehman

I was really blessed by the stories of the people that were baptized this morning. It’s encouraging to see teenagers  stand up and declare their faith in a public way. Some of them have not had an easy road in life but have pressed on in the faith and have pushed past their anger, fear, or doubt, giving it back to God. I was in tears a few times, silently applauding their courage and strength to keep going.

I grew up in the United Church so I was confirmed at 16. It’s similar to baptism but a little different. I believed in God at the time but my relationship with Him wasn’t strong. My own insecurities led me to “shelve” God for awhile after high school graduation until my early twenties. I realized life was too hard without Him so I made my way back. I chose to get baptized as an adult at 27 when I fully understood what it meant to do so.

The testimonies of the group baptized today were powerful. Many encouraging verses were quoted, but one in particular stood out to me.  As soon as it was said, I thought, “I need to print that somewhere in my house and memorize it for daily reference.” It was 2 Timothy 1:7. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power,  and of love, and of a sound mind.” Fear makes me respond in ways that are defeating and I hate that it controls me at times. Fear used to make me confrontational, but now it makes me withdraw. If I am afraid that I don’t “cut it,” I will remove myself from certain situations where that fear is likely to hit me. When I do this, Satan wins. I am mortified to make someone else uncomfortable (even if it’s an issue someone else needs to deal with) so in order for that not to happen, I will back away. The problem with this defense is that I lose.  I am not always controlled by fear, but sometimes!

I am tired of being controlled this way, so I am going to put that verse in my memory bank and use it! I am going to count on that spirit of love, POWER, and a sound mind. Thanks for the reminder.

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Baptism Today

Six people were baptized at PAC this morning and told some great testimonies of God’s faithfulness and love. Those baptized were:

Eve Waldner

Kayly Letkeman

Alison Loewen

Hilary Beauchamp

William Waldner

Kalene Gross

I will post some pictures from Stan Wiebe, later in July when we return from holidays. Feel free to leave notes of encouragement for them on the blog, in their mailboxes or in person. Congratulations gang. Way to go in taking that step of obedience.

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Does Satan Use Sleep as a Weapon for Evil?

June 17, 2010 2 comments

By Tim Lehman

When Jesus takes Peter, John, and James up a mountain to observe his meeting with Moses and Elijah, the disciples have trouble staying awake.  These events were somewhat similar to those in the garden of Gethsemane just before Jesus is betrayed by Judas (Matthew 26:40-45).

On both occasions Jesus went to a special location to pray and took Peter, John, and James with him.  Both occasions were also related to Jesus’ death.

It seems to me that sleep is being used on both of these occasions as a weapon of Satan.  He makes these three close friends of Jesus unusually tired at significant points in an ongoing spiritual battle.

I searched for other instances like these but found no others involving Jesus, and only a couple that might be classified as spiritual battles.  One was with Samson when he divulges his secret to Delilah and then falls asleep, allowing the Philistines to overtake him (Judges 16).  The other is with the young man named Eutychus; he falls asleep while listening to Paul speak, falls out of a window, and dies (Acts 20:9).  I realize these instances are significantly different than the ones with Jesus, but I think it is possible that the sleep in both cases is part of Satan’s attack.

As I was thinking about these situations, I was reminded of the flip-Sside: situations in which sleep is prevented during a spiritual battle.  Have you ever had this happen?  Sometimes I’ll wake up unusually early and not be able to get back to sleep.  Instead of lying in bed, frustrated at my early waking, I try to discern if this is a prompting by God.  Sometimes I have gotten up and gone for a pray walk (my most comfortable praying posture).  These have usually been significant times of connection for me with God.  I feel that God has awoken me because prayer is needed.

I would be interested to hear what others have experienced regarding sleep or sleeplessness related to spiritual warfare.  What is your story?

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Arguing with Atheists, Part 2: Pray for Me

By Karen Gross

In my previous blog about the ministry to which I feel called, I told you about the spiritual opposition that I have faced. There have been times when I have felt that I have wandered in very close to the battle front of spiritual warfare. I have felt your prayers in a more real sense than I have ever felt before: sometimes prompting me to back off, sometimes giving me wisdom and perseverance, and very frequently reminding me to pray and to arm myself for this battle.

Since my last blog, I have received comments from a couple of you to be careful. Especially now when my health is not permitting me to attend church regularly, I need to guard my personal devotion time with God. The most effective tool that the enemy has in his arsenal for me is to confuse my passion for spreading His word with my pride in my knowledge of His word. The difference here is subtle but deadly. If I have the ability to find a relevant Bible verse for every situation; if I can answer every question; and if I have the perseverance to stay up all night with a suicidal forum dweller, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

Yesterday, I was on the receiving end of a couple more of those Divine Coincidences. I had been up late, again, and then spent most of the day, again, discussing why I believe that the Bible is really the word of God, and I was feeling spiritually drained. I had a strong desire to get out of the forum and talk to a Christian. I clicked over to my email to write to my friend Cyndi, and there was an email from Pastor Nathan, passing on a message from Albert Moman that he had been concerned for me the past two nights. Then before I had a chance to reply, the doorbell rang and it was Cyndi, coincidentally stopping by to return a few books she had borrowed, and asking if I had time for a visit. I thought, this must be how soldiers feel when they have been on the front lines, and then they come home.

Thank you for praying for me and my family. Please don’t stop. I’ve had a refreshing break, and now I’m going back in there. Pray that I will know when to advance and when to retreat.

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