Trip of A Lifetime! Israel in April 2018!

IMG_9035Experience the trip of a lifetime this coming April, 2018. Can you imagine walking in the footsteps of Jesus, feeling the Sea of Galilee lapping upon your feet? How about sitting on the hillside at Capernaum, the likely spot where Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount, seeing what they believe is the actual home of Peter the Apostle?! There’ll be floating in the Dead Sea, walking through ancient sites such as Masada, EnGedi where David hid from Saul, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden Tomb, and much much more.

The trip is slated for April 23-May 2nd though flight time out of Vancouver will likely take place on the 21st.

The tour cost is $3000 Canadian, including all tips and gratuities, accommodations at four and five star hotels, all breakfast, lunch and suppers, all sites, professional guides, and all travel within Israel.

The Flight costs will vary depending on whether people arrange their own flight to meet us on the morning of April 23 in Tel Aviv, use points or are flying from another country. CCLF will be arranging a Group Flight out of Vancouver, which will be in the ball park of $1300 Canadian. Obviously the $$ can change with the Canadian dollar and air travel changes but that is the ballpark

Are you in? Think it through. Could this be the time for you to experience not only the ancient sites, but also the Living Stones of Israel – as we meet with the Jewish believers living there, worship with them in a Messianic Synagogue and hear the hearts of local leaders, testimonies of the people of Israel, both Arab and Jew. This is an amazing opportunity!

Pastor Rick has been to Israel 10 times. Our Spiritual Advisor Marty Shoub lived in Israel for 8 years and will offer special insights and teaching on the Tour. Write rick@cclf.ca if you are interested and would like a brochure or further information.

“We saw many amazing sites, things that we have read about for years in the Scriptures; If we tend to read the Bible in black and white, we certainly can read it more “live and in colour” now! ~ Pastor Bruce Wilcox, Cariboo Presbyterian Church

For me seeing everything was a big help, not just for the experience but also for the education, culturally and geographically. I was just reading in Judges 18 yesterday about the tribe of Dan seeking a place to live, and now I know exactly where it is talking about. So though it was hard

to spend all that money God really proved Himself through it, and I see it as more of an investment than just spending money.”
- Youth Specialist Neil Dyck

#Pray4Canada

Photo on 2017-06-02 at 10.02 AMCelebrating Canada’s 150th is one thing. Praying for our nation throughout the month of July is another!

We’re designating July a month of Prayer4Canada! Every day at 4 p.m. throughout July, whether you’re in your car, on the beach, at home, at work, or at play, when 4 p.m. rolls around, just take a few moments to lift up our nation before the Lord. It’s engraved on the walls of our Parliament that He shall have dominion over this country from sea to sea (Psalm 72:8)

Pray for our Prime Minister and federal government, the provincial governments and their respective Premiers, as well as your local governing authorities. Pray for God to sweep over this land in authentic revival and for many, many people to come to know His amazing grace!

At CCLF, we will also be holding an hour-long time from 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday in July to worship Jesus and Pray4Canada!

Mark your calendars now; set your watches and your phone clocks – Sound the Alarm! #PRAY4CANADA!

One New Man

Photo on 2015-02-18 at 8.42 AMGrafting in a wild branch to some natural branches is one thing; grafting in all the peoples of every nation with the people of God Israel – is quite another!

But God is up to the task, according to Marty Shoub, a Messianic believer in Jesus the Messiah, who will be giving a two-hour seminar this Saturday morning, April 29 at 9 a.m. at CCLF. God has a definite plan and God is working that plan to graft in the nations into what he calls the “apple of God’s eye” according to the Old Testament scriptures.

A lot of historical water is under the Christian bridge and there are many thoughts and theories and ideologies floating around Christendom about how the “one new man” of Ephesians 2 is actually worked out. Some think God has abandoned the Jews altogether until Christ comes back; others think that we should all become Jewish and wear tassels and prayer cloths and follow the dietary laws whether we are Gentile or Jew. Still others believe there is a delicate mix that God is trying to do between Jew and Gentile and shouldn’t be touched at all. “Just let God sort it out!”

So how does it all work? Join Marty Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the CCLF Fireside Room for a informative lecture on Understanding the One New Man, followed by a Q&A time. It will not be recorded, and it will be worth your time!

Celebrating Canada!

page-photo-419892Hey when it comes to celebrating Canada’s birthday, we’re all in!

In fact, we want to lead the way with a month chocked full of events to celebrate our country’s heritage!

On Canada Day itself, July 1, we are starting the engines with a 100 Mile Cruzers Show-N-Shine at the Church with some 40 hot rod and classic cars on display followed up by a huge free barbecue for the family! The show gets revved up at 1 p.m.

Then SUNDAY MORNING IN CENTENNIAL PARK — there is a One Church Gathering of half a dozen churches or more following the Knights of Columbus’ famous Pancake Breakfast! The service is on at 10 a.m. and will feature testimonies from several different folks as well as some great worship in the park.

Now here’s the plan we’re hoping to fulfill throughout July:

Every Friday evening throughout July, we have what we call Family Circle where the community simply gathers and hangs out around a fire, roast hoLelandasMichaelt dogs, plays volleyball and bocce ball, throw a football and enjoy the mosquitos. Family Circle gets underway at 5:30 p.m. each Friday and only goes to about 8 at the latest.

Then there’s a Classic Comedy Night with Leland Klassen on July 8 at the Heritage Site by the 108 Lake. Free family-friendly show starts at 7 p.m.

July 15 has the always entertaining Russ Rosen and band. Russ is a long time musician, singer, songwriter with some new Canadian content. Again, family-friendly with an Acadian flavour. Will be a great night out at the Heritage Site once again. 7 p.m. start. Free.

Norm Strauss, one of the finalists on therr Voice Germany, is a master guitarist and story teller you won’t want to miss. He’ll be performing at the Heritage Site at 7 p.m. on Saturday July 22.

The final week of July will be our annual Vacation Bible School at the Church grounds with the theme of “OH CANADA!” For more info on that, contact Children’s Pastor Hiedi Mack at hiedi@cclf.ca.

Then finally we want to showcase a wide array of local musical and singing talent on the final Saturday night of July, the 29th with a Local Live Concert, also at the Heritage Site.

All the way through July, our Saturday Night Church will become Saturday Night Light where we move it down to the Heritage Site Chapel and go unplugged! 5:30 p.m. on those.

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We have applied for Canada government Grants to cover the costs of these events – and we received one but honestly are about $10,000 short of what we hoped for. We will still do all these events but will appreciate your financial help along the way.

For more information contact our office at 250 791 5532 or email info@cclf.ca.

Can you hear Me now? Fall Conference

REGISTER HERE

David had just become King of all Israel; he had also just beaten his enemies badly in what he described as “God breaking out like a flood” in the battle of Pas Dammin. He was seeing success on every side.

While some bad decisions were still being made, David didn’t just assume that God was going to bless everything he put his hand to. No, he still inquired of the Lord it says in 2 Samuel 5 and God still gave him the strategy he needed to take out the enemy on all sides.

It is interesting that God never has just one strategy. He is very creative and works from the highest perspective possible, so the next time David goes up against those nasty Philistines, God tells them to “wait and listen until you hear the sound of marching in the balsam trees” and then “when you do hear it, it’s time to ROUSE yourselves!”

The September 29-Oct.1 Fall Conference at CCLF is all about that — simply listening for the voice of the Lord, and discerning His divine strategies for the times we live in. Long-time friends Dr. Alistair Petrie and Pastor Steve Fry pack a deadly one-two punch against the strategic ploys of the enemy and they’ll be sharing ALOT of what they know!

 

alistai2Dr. Alistair Petrie travels extensively to many nations researching and teaching transformation principles, in both church and city settings as well as in the marketplace arena. Obtaining his Doctorate through Fuller Seminary, he has been a guest lecturer at several academic settings and Schools of Ministry. As well as being an international speaker, he is the author of several books, and along with his ministry team has produced an informative DVD teaching series. His most recent book – In Holy Fear –  was released in 2015 which addresses the topic of the Fear of the Lord in a prophetic and practical manner as the “missing ingredient” for authentic community transformation

Steve FryPastor Steve Fry is the President of Messenger Fellowship. His life message aspires to awaken in people a passion for God and to summon the Church to align to the Kingdom. As a pastor, author, composer and recording artist, Steve blends worship and scriptural teaching in a way that is relevant and revelatory.

A Special Pastors/Leaders Luncheon will take place on the Friday, Sept. 29 for an additional $12.

Conference cost: $60 per person.

 

Tentative Schedule for Sept. 29-October 1

Friday noon: Special Pastors/Leaders Luncheon with Steve and Alistair

Friday 7 p.m.: Main Session I (both Alistair & Steve speaking)

Saturday 9 a.m. Main Session II (Steve Fry)

10:30 coffee break

11 a.m. Alistair

12-2 p.m. Lunch

2 p.m. Main Session III (Steve)

7 p.m. Main Session IV

Sunday – Worship Services 9 and 11 a.m.

Sunday – 7 p.m. Special Finale Session V – Q n A Time.

You can REGISTER HERE or contact info@cclf.ca (secure documented payments can be made with simple etransfers to info@cclf.ca or by sending a cheque to Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship.) For more information contact 250 791 5532.

 

Saturday Night Church!

It gives new meaning to Saturday Night Live! SaturdayIMG_3005 Night Church at CCLF means the same content as Sunday morning, same worship team, same host, same epic video announcements- same same same only different. It’s at night.

The atmosphere is chill. Coffee at the back of the church… children’s program is rad. Check it out. If for whatever reason you can’t make Sunday morning – we got you covered!

 

All religions are basically the same, right?

Photo on 2017-01-11 at 2.02 PMSo there I was sitting at a pretty amazing restaurant in the heart of Vancouver with a good friend for dinner. Good food + Good friend= Good time. We were talking about many things – family, work, backgrounds, historic revival, church stuff and basic understanding of the Bible and discipleship etc.

The waiter, who served us extremely well, was back again. And my friend asked him his nationality because he had a slight accent of some kind, and seemed to have a Middle Eastern way about him. He said he was born in Afghanistan and travelled to Canada when he was quite young. Then he went back and then they immigrated to Canada when war broke out. Then he added that he was a Hindu-Afghan… hmmm now that was interesting.

My friend, noting that, “We are Christians,” then asked, “How does the Hindu-Afghani religion get along with Christianity?”

The waiter said, “some of my best friends are Muslims and some are… Christians.” (not sure he really knew how to define a Christian) and then he added in, “I mean aren’t all religions the same really? Aren’t they all just based on being good or trying to be good?”

There was a pregnant pause.

So I said, “actually, ours is quite the opposite. It’s based on the fact that none of us are good but that there was one good One and He died in our place.”

You know what his response was? Do you, huh, do ya?

“More decaf, sir?”… he asked…

“No thanks,” I said.

“Oh… No?” and then he whisked away.

But it was a great question wasn’t it — ‘aren’t all the religions the same, really?

What would your answer be? My answer is an emphatic, “no, no they are not the same!” In fact, all religions are fundamentally different and only the same in very insignificant ways. We’re going to be looking at this during a Saturday Morning Session called Apologetics 101 on Saturday, March 11 at 9 a.m. at CCLF.

For instance, how can Islam, which though they honour Jesus as a prophet who will return (to lead all people to Islam they say), do not believe He is God’s Son, not deity at all actually, nor that He died on the cross, nor rose again yet Christians totally believe that! Inscribed over the door of the Dome of the Rock of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is the following: “GOD HAS NO SON.”

How can Islam and Christianity be considered fundamentally the same in any way?

Meanwhile, Orthodox Judaism holds to belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the same as Christians hold to, but do not honour Jesus in any way, and according to the New Testament (which they also do not honour), if you do not have the Son, you do not have life; if you do not honour the Son, you do not honour the Father. Christians totally believe and follow those statements. Is Judaism fundamentally the same thing then? The answer is clear: no, not at all.

Jehovah Witnesses do not believe in hell. Christians do. Jehovah Witnesses believe Jesus was Michael the archangel; Christians do not believe that at all. In fact, that’s clearly totally out of sync with what evangelical Christians believe.

Christians believe in the Trinitarian Godhead – three in one (one God in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and our Jehovah Witnesses friends would call that utter blasphemy. Same thing as Christianity? Uhm, NO.

The Mormon faith posits Jesus as actually the brother of Lucifer, otherwise known as Satan, both sons of Elohim — same as Christians, right? NOOOO!

I’m just scraping the tip of the iceberg of course. There are so many fundamental differences!

“Can’t we just co-exist as the bumper sticker says? coWell we are co-existing for sure, but when the founder of Christianity, Jesus Himself says ‘Look dudes, there is only one way to heaven, and that is through me,” you have to seriously consider His statement. Was He crazy? I don’t think so. His teaching was recognized even by his enemies as amazing and authoritative as if from God. No one has ever… ever… improved on His teaching. In fact, His enemies killed Him because He claimed to be God. (Don’t buy into that line that “wellhe never claimed to be God!” He totally did.)

And, if He actually was who He claimed to be, then that’s also really a life and death decision worth considering, and if He is – and He’s the One who said there’s really in fact a MAJOR difference between ‘all those paths’ we’re talking about, well we should listen up.

He did not say “hey, it’s fine if everybody sincerely worships who they think to be God, or who they proclaim to be God, or even if they don’t want to worship at all. We’re all the same.”

No, He said there is only “one way” to the Father – and that is through Him.

So how can that even be called the “same” as all the other paths out there? There’s no way it can be the same. We simply cannot be lumped into the bunch. The people in their protests holding up signs saying “We are muslim too!” are actually inaccurate. That would be like saying, “We are all Moonies. We are all JWs. We are all Christians (and they would never say that!)… it doesn’t make logical sense.

Now either Jesus is who He said He is, or He is not. Both statements cannot be true. One is wrong. Either He was raised from the dead or He was not raised from the dead. Both statements cannot be true. One is wrong.

This is serious for anyone who is seriously seeking the truth. You have to come to grips with what Jesus said, did and is doing today. You have to follow the evidence.

Someone said ‘but all paths lead up to the top of the mountain, don’t they?’ — but I say, who can actually say that? Where do you have to be in order to proclaim that all paths lead up to the top?

That’s right – you have to either be at the top, but more than that, you actually have to be above the top, hovering over the mountain so to speak to have the proper perspective – in other words, you’d have to be God Himself to have that view. And the only One who actually claimed to be God and then proved it in His life, death and resurrection – was Jesus Christ. And He’s the One who said, “there is only one way – no one gets to the Father except by me.”

Not all religions are the same.

 

 

Baptism – raised to LIFE!

For over two Millenia, Christians have been dunking people under water and pulling them back up again as a confessional sign of faith, saying “I’m all in!” when it comes to following Christ.

They’re raising a banner, saying, “I was dead; now I’m alive forevermore!”

But it goes back even further than 2000 years actually as Jewish leaders Moses and Joshua both led God’s people through the waters of the Red Sea and the Jordan – a type of immersion or baptism (mentioned in the New Testament) not to mention that the JewisCCLF-5795h people have long had a ceremonial practice of a type of baptism, a ritual cleansing, which took place before making a sacrifice, before going to the temple, or even as a general purification rite. It was done in a Mikvah pool. This is why there are so many ritual baths (Mikva-ot) around the Old City of Jerusalem. It’s reported in Acts that 3000 people were added to the church in one day in Jerusalem just after the resurrection of Jesus Christ… directly after the Apostle Peter answered their question of “what shall we do?” – with the response being “repent and be baptized.” And so they did.

But where would 3000 people get baptized in the middle of a desert mountain city? In the ritual baths around the city, and there are many – bath pools called Mikvahs from the 1st Century are still being discovered archeologically. The fact that there was a readiness to enter into baptism was all prepared ahead of time – the water was ready, the practice of immersion common. All they needed was a new reason. And that reason came in the form of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, dead, buried and risen again as preached by the early Church.

In a culture where ritual cleansing was so common, Peter told the people to repent (turn from your sin) and be baptized.

At that time, it had only been about three years since that wild man “Yohanan the Immerser” came out of the desert preaching the Kingdom of God and calling people to be “baptized” as a sign of repentance. Full immersion, under water and back up again – John the Baptist would not have sprinkled people — in fact, many Jews responded. At one point, this last-of-the-Old-Testament prophets who ate locusts and wild honey, said, “I must decrease, He must increase” speaking of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

This Jesus, whom we believe to be the unique Son of God, truly God and truly man, was also baptized by “John” to fulfill all righteousness, he said. Think of that. Jesus Christ the Third Person of the Triune God, was baptized by a human being. If Jesus said yes to being baptized, shouldn’t you? He had no sin; we are full of sin.

And yet, it’s amazing to me that there are so many Christians who feel they do not need to bother.

“God knows my heart,” they say.

Hmmm.

It’s true He does know their hearts but there’s another side to baptism called obedience… and then there’s the public declaration, as a testimony of following Christ.

In a world that is full of man-made religions and ‘ways’ we proclaim to be true, Jesus Christ actually is the Way, the Truth and the Life! We need to let people know this! We have a duty and the privilege of joining with the hundreds of thousands believers who have gone before us through the waters of baptism over the centuries proclaiming Jesus as their Lord. Many, many of them have given their very lives to be baptized when persecution was prevalent in their neck of the Kingdom.

Some believers don’t seem to understand that the Lord actually wants them to put feet to their faith and be part of the historic church making this public declaration about following Jesus. Some Christians also fail to acknowledge that the command to ‘repent and be baptized’ is just that – a command! So yes, obedience is also part of the call. Many folks unemotionally and straight up intellectually are baptized simply as a step of obedience in their walk of faith. And it’s a beautiful thing to see adults do this. It really is a testimony to God’s work in their lives.SAM_1891

“Well, the thief on the cross – he wasn’t baptized!” They often say that as a hold out onto the last loop of foregoing baptism. And I get that. He had no time to be baptized, preach the Gospel, hand out tracts, or teach Sunday School. But he still preaches a pretty amazing message even today – and he was not ashamed to call Jesus His Lord in a very public and humiliating place.

Besides, unless you happen to be nailed to a first century cross beside the Unique Son of God, I don’t think you can use that as an excuse anyway.

So are we saved by being baptized? No. We are baptized because we are saved!

But do we have to be baptized in order to get into heaven? No. We get to. And it’s because we are going to heaven, we get baptized.

Yeah, but do we have to do this? No. But the question isn’t why should you; it’s why shouldn’t you? I know there are some instances where immersion baptism is impossible, sick bed, not enough water, legitimate reasons where it might be more appropriate to pour water over someone while they stand in a kiddie pool for instance – it’s been done. But for the most part, a full immersion dunk is possible. The opportunity comes around CCLF quite often.

In fact, well look at that, we happen to be having a baptism opportunity on the weekend of Dec. 4-5. How about you? Will you take the plunge? It can be at the Saturday Night Church at 5:30 p.m., the 9 a.m. service or the 11 a.m. service. Let’s do this!

For more information contact info@cclf.ca or Pastor Rick at rick@cclf.ca.

 

 

 

One Church Gathering

image1 (2)Just because we say it is a One Church Gathering doesn’t mean that every church in the South Cariboo is gathering… but our aim as the Evangelical Pastors’ Association is that all who name Jesus Christ as their Lord, preach His Gospel and love His Word would actually gather together this coming Sunday at the Save-On parking lot. There will be those who want to stay within their four walls. That’s normal.

The original idea to get together in this fashion however, was birthed out of the pastors’ prayer weekly prayer time together. Someone asked, “why don’t we shut the doors of our buildings one Sunday and all just meet together?” Those who were there that day some years back, were excited about the possibilities to “make every effort to maintain unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3).

So the pastors plan out the service and the congregations come together and several surprises seem to take place, such as someone gets healed, someone simply walking by is drawn in and next thing you know, they start attending a church.

I liked it when I overheard one brother look across the Gathering and saw another guy and he shockingly states, “hey, I play hockey with that guy!” That’s very cool when Christians see each other, recognize Christ in one another, and that fact alone changes things. CCLF Poster – Aug 14 Proof (1)

That goes a long ways in maintaining unity of the Spirit in our little town.

So check it out this Sunday at 10 a.m. but more than checking it out, bring someone, look around and connect with someone. Don’t sit back as if it’s a show. The Bible says that “they’ll know we are Christians when they SEE our love one for another. So let’s be out there and represent!

Invite folks. Get involved. Spread the Word. Jesus is in town and there’s a Gathering at 10 a.m. in the Save On parking lot Sunday!

 

3-4-U!

hobbitYou might think that it has to do with parking problems. It doesn’t.

You might think it is because both Sunday services are generally 80% full. It’s not.

You might think our staff and volunteers need more to do. No, it’s definitely not that either.

But we are going on an adventure!

Moving to a third service opportunity for people is primarily for one reason – souls. Last I checked there were still around 20,000 people in our area – and that basically doubles in summer time — and yet a generous estimation of those who would say they are connected with an evangelical Bible-loving, Jesus-centered church here (that’s connected, not even regularly attending or involved!) would only be around 800 folks! There is work to be done!

Yes we are having pretty full services on Sunday generally speaking, and yes there are parking problems at times BUT the main thing is – there are many people yet to be reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our area. Looking for more to do? Ha! We would love to be doing a better job of looking after the folks we have, however, that is not a reason to stop growing, stop reaching, stop hoping, stop sowing! The harvest is still ripe! We are called to grow. We are called to make disciples. We are called to provide as many opportunities as we can for people in the South Cariboo to hear the Gospel; we are called to be part of the Church Christ is building. If we lose our passion for souls, we lose. We become stagnant and inward focused. We cannot let that happen. We are called to be a healthy church and healthy churches grow. They are not perfect but they do grow if things are being done rightly. Now growing things change, and changing things challenge.

So we know there will be challenges in this experiment – and that is what it is. I am not afraid to look back after we’ve experimented for a couple months and go – “well guys, this ain’t working, let’s do something different.”

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So we are going to experiment for 10 weeks starting Saturday September 24th at 5:30 p.m. The content will be the same as Sunday morning; the worship teams the same as Sunday morning; offerings will be cheered at, video announcements will be groaned at — the DNA is the same – but it will be a different sibling, and as a result we will have challenges.

We’ll be facing challenges as far as our volunteers and staff. We are looking at our rotations both in the preaching and in the worship teams, not to mention ushering, greeting, security — so there will be more opportunity for people to utilize their skills as well. This will unfold as we see who it is that become part of the Saturday evening crowd.

Sunday mornings will look or feel a little different as a result of ‘more red space’ in the pews and this is predicted and very normal. We hope though that after a few weeks of adjusting the sails, that all three services will begin to fill in the red space of the pews because of what God is doing — and the contagious result is that people start inviting their friends.

Our leadership team feels strongly this is the right time and space to try this experiment so we are going to give it a go, knowing that we all need to be flexible and fluid, and have great grace for one another in the journey!

So pack your bags, buckle up, chip in for gas cuz we are about to embark on a new adventure!