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Barry
Ottawa, Canada
Follower of Jesus.
Interests: Joyce, my wife of 47 years, our daughter Kim and son Jason, their spouses, Stephane and Lori, our seven grandchildren, listening and learning from other leaders, motorcycles, digital photography, global travel.
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Well folks, this is the final day in the Chronological Bible Reading plan. Congratulations to all of you who have joined us each day as we have gone through the entire bible by highlighting the main stories. Too often people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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The disciple who put his head on the chest of Jesus and heard the heartbeat of heaven, has also written extensively about his experiences with Jesus. Today we will look at 1-3 John. 1 John was written in 90 AD... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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In the book of Hebrews, Jesus Christ is seen as our intercessor, seated at the right hand of God praying for us. Ever wonder what He is praying about for your life? Hebrews points to a fifth gospel, not what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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Paul loved his disciple Timothy and chose in 2 Timothy to encourage him with these simple words, "Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus." 2:3. Paul saw him as a young man of God and wanted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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Both Jude and Peter write on true vs false religion. In Peter's first letter he tried to console his readers who were suffering terrible persecution from without but in the second one he wrote about the dangers within the church.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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Paul talks to one of his disciples, Timothy, about knowing how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household - the church of the living God. 3:15. Behaviour is based on belief. We act out what we believe. The following... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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Peter had the honour to be chosen to walk with Jesus throughout His ministry. He is a witness to the kind of life Jesus lived and how we need to live. 1 John 2:6 says it this way, "Whoever claims... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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The letters affirm our need to understand who we are in Christ and the call to keep growing in Him. Colossians shows us our position in Christ. We are united with Him 2:2; complete in Him 2:10; dead in Christ... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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Practical Christian living means putting the gospel into action. In Philemon, we see a call for applied Christianity. Paul is pleading with Philemon for the life of Onesimus - the runaway slave, who has stolen from his Master and ran... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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Christian doctrine and practice help us see that we have been saved by the gospel, set apart by the gospel and live to serve the gospel. Paul uses terms like, "I am a debtor" 1:14; "I am eager to fulfill... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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What is authentic Christianity? Paul's life was filled with challenges and difficulties yet in the midst of them all he learned to know God better. In sorrow and sickness he almost despaired of his life. 1:4-11. He asked for and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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Paul's writings on living and loving like Jesus while being in but not of the world are clear and focused in these two letters. The church at Corinth, as wonderful as it was to Paul, was failing. Worldliness or carnality... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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Each writer in the New Testament had a unique perspective and place in the plans and purposes of God. The apostle Paul is no exception. We have already seen his warnings to the Galatians to continue to live by faith... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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The book of James is the Proverbs of the New Testament. The heart of the book is to be a 'doer' not just a 'hearer'. As the half-brother of Jesus, he is focused on believers being practical in their faith... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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The Book of Galatians Reading through this book highlights the fact that Jesus is portrayed as our liberty. A key scripture can be found in 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then." Paul... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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The church starts, scatters and expands. As the book of Acts opens, the Holy Spirit comes with power at Pentecost just as Jesus promised. Soon thousands of Jewish people are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. The promised Messiah... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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Jesus is sitting with His disciples around the table, celebrating the feast of Passover. At this time, He institutes what we call today, The Lord's Supper. Listen to His words... "This is My body given for you...the new covenant in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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The death and resurrection of Jesus. This season in the life of Jesus is a step into the shadows as He makes His way to Gethsemane to meet with His Father and yield completely to the Father's which will include... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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The book of John really gives us a focus on the divinity of Jesus. In today's reading, we zero in on His comments and conversation with His disciples. John 13:13 "You call me Teacher and Lord and rightly so, for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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For God so loved YOU that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus! As wonderful as Valentine's Day is to our culture, nothing compares to the love God has for you and all human beings. Today, the greatest sin is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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The Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5-7 Each time I visit Israel with another tour group, I am excited to be in the Galilee region. It is almost as it was in the time of Jesus. I love it when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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The ministry of Jesus in the Galilee. It is always interesting to watch how Jesus' ministry began and the ever-increasing influence His teaching had on those who were prepared to listen. He was always inviting people to join Him in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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The early ministry of Jesus. As we read the Gospel of John we are introduced to Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. The deity of Jesus is revealed page after page. He is fully God yet... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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Today we will look at the birth of Jesus Christ. He is the Messiah, God's anointed One. Jesus of Nazareth, born in fulfillment of Micah 5:2 "Whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." He is the One Isaiah... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER
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1. We have just read through the Old Testament from the Period of the Patriarchs to the rule of the foreign kings in Judah. It all started in the beginning with GOD! The bible account begins in Genesis. We discovered... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at MINISTERS MATTER