Renewing Love

I was performing a wedding recently, and I realized that many of the guests had a second reason for being there. Of course they were there to celebrate, encourage and support the young couple in their marriage, but they were also there to be renewed in their own relationships. You could see couples holding hands and glancing at each other with that “Remember when?” look.

Weddings begin a journey for the couple at the front, but they also can strengthen the couples in the seats. Not only that, they might plant a seed in the hearts of some who haven't been thinking of marriage yet.

Love needs renewal, and we, the children of God know it more than most, for we are called to love all people, with all our hearts. Love needs quiet times of prayer, love needs the example of others, love needs the Word of Scripture, joyful celebrations, and even the mourning of funerals to remember our goal and renew our hope.

Several times each week we gather to remember Jesus, to examine our heart health, to learn new lessons and draw near to the author and perfecter of our faith.

Everyone gets discouraged: sometimes love is hard to find, hard to hang onto; then you go to a wedding or a worship service and find a reason to forgive or apologize and start anew.

Not a week goes by without someone coming to church a little frayed and frazzled. Maybe you've been that person looking for a little hope. Maybe you've been the one showing patience and understanding to a frazzled mom, or a tired senior. God calls us to come as we are, to seek him among his people and find there the grace that He supplies. See you there!

Advent 2016 - The "Wise" Men made it!

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and incense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. (Mt2:11012)

The Wise Men – Everything they did finding Jesus was the wrong thing. They consulted the stars to foresee the future, which, if they knew the Hebrew Law, God had forbidden.

They went to King Herod,

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A Prayer for our listeners: Good News in the Morning,

Good News in the Morning broadcast, Sunday, July 3, 2016

This program is sponsored by Good News Christian Ministries, P.O. Box 184, Rideau Ferry, ON K0G 1W0.  I’m your host today, Brian Wilkie of St. Andrew’s Christian Church in Rockland.  As always, I want to start by thanking you, our listeners; we are so grateful for your encouragement and support.  Please remember that you can always visit our website for materials to encourage and support you in your Christian walk, and if you miss an episode of the show you can go to our website and download the podcast or mp3 of our broadcast.  Details can be found on our website at www.gncm.ca.

Today I want to give a special shout-out and a “Thanks” to Sandy Davidson who has sponsored this program with a gift to Good News Christian Ministries.  Thank you so much for your support.

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Today’s program is – I hope you’ll find it – a gift to you, our listeners, because as a small group in the church that I serve has been looking at the letter of Paul to the Ephesians,

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Pastor in the news!

Reverend Wilkie  had heart surgery about a year ago. And just this week CTV News told his story to draw attention to the need for a hybrid operating room at the Heart Institute. You can see the interview here:CTV Video