Case for Christ to play again!

case-for-christHey, the blockbuster movie “Case for Christ” will run again in 100 Mile; we’re just nailing down some dates!

It is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Lee Strobel and is about his life as an investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist setting out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian. Reviews of the movie have been good.

There were two show times at the South Cariboo Theatre recently, one a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. and the other on a Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. Thirty folks showed up for the first and about 90 for the second showing. Following the second showing, the theatre owner asked me whether we might want to run it again. While it seems like a “no brainer” I also do not want to see a lame response from the community of faith. So, those 120 who saw the movie will need to get their game on and invite others out once we know the exact date and times! Stay tuned! This is an outstanding film, pretty intense and very relatable to many people in many different ways.

Come out and support our South Cariboo Theatre folks who have brought this movie in specially for the Community of Faith. Bring a friend. Talk about it afterward. A healthy community of faith is a sharing community of faith!

Christmas Services

wizard-of-oz1Christmas Eve — 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Enter into the Power of STORY as we discover that all the great themes of all the great stories, stories that are worth the telling, carry the same storyline ~ there’s a hero; there’s a villain, there’s a battle to be fought, a rescue, a triumph, a great reunion at the end.

That is the story of the Gospel. That is the story of the Incarnation. The backdrop to the manger scene at Bethlehem was WAR in heaven according to the Book of Revelation (chapter 12). See what was really going on behind the scenes that first Christmas.

Take in the drama, the monologues, the music and the video Christmas Eve at 4:30 or 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Morning will have us meeting at 11 a.m. for an hour long service of carols, cuteness (video announcement) and call – Pastor Gary’s sermon for the day.

Merry Christmas to all!

An encouraging note…

Every once in a while a letter like this comes across my desk and simply cheers the heart. I feel I should share it with a caution, that we boast only in what Christ has done as we are reminded to live out a couple of verses in particular in Isaiah 26 — Isaiah 26:8 “Yes, Lord, walking in Your ways, we wait for You. Your Name and Your fame are the desire of our hearts.” And Isaiah 26:12 – “Indeed everything we have done, Lord, You have accomplished for us.”
Pastor Rick
Where does one begin with Who we have for as such an awesome God? Psalm 119:161 – “but my heart stands in awe of Your words.” Psalm 117:2 – For Great is His steadfast love for us and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.”
I have experienced His love before but never to the depth as this past year in coming to CCLF.
He has created such a melting pot of souls that, this is the most profound Christian family that I have had the pleasure of knowing and belonging to.
His people here give love so freely one cannot help but feel breathless. They are self-sacrificing, humble, kind, generous, good – the words and expressions of their love is endless.
I have been so blessed by all of you – not just the ones I have come to know but the others also with whom I am less familiar. Because we live as one body in Christ, I am blessed in spirit by Spirit. I Cor. 12:12 “For just as the body is one that has many parts so it is with Christ.”
I am sharing this because I have been rendered speechless by the generosity of one or more persons this past week. I am stunned and brought to my knees with praise and thanksgiving, first for such a loving God and secondly for such a people who willingly obey the Spirit of God as they are prompted!
We can never outdo God in generosity Luke 6:38 “give and it will be given to you, pressed down, a good measure, shaken together and running over poured out into your lap – for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
So this runs both ways – if what God sees you give is the most you can give, even if it seems little to you, He blesses it. And if you think the gift you give will bless someone – even though you may not know how much, I believe if the one who gets it is blessed 20 fold in their eyes, then the one who gave it will be blessed 20 fold as well!
We all come from different places, countries, cultures, churches etc. None of it matters for we are all one in Christ. So let me say Thank You to each and every one of you. May God bless each and every one of you all as richly as the He has blessed me in coming here, back home with God our Father, Christ our brother and the Holy Spirit our Comforter and Teacher.
Your loving sister in Christ, Theresa S.

Peace Meal – Come to the Table

IMG_1584Looking for a unique night out this April? Bring your family and friends to PEACE MEAL, a very special and inspiring event combining music and story taken from the Gospels coming to a church in 100 Mile near you.

The amazingly talented troupe is made up of guitarist Russ Rosen, sought-after keyboardist extraordinaire (meaning he plays a mean saxophone as well) Brett Ziegler and 21st century “bard” Justyn Rees.

Hailing from the UK, Rees uses a wide array of accents from a rich Scottish brogue to a London cockney in playing some of the main characters surrounding the final days on earth of Jesus Christ, and how they interact with their “Boss” as well as each other.

Rosen and Ziegler use a blend of contemporary and classic Christian songs as well as some secular tunes from the current hit parade to highlight the storytelling of Rees. Together they poke a bit of fun at the common church-goer, environmentalists, protestants & Catholics and in the meantime speak a powerful message of reconciliation throughout.IMG_1583

Here’s the schedule as it stands with an offering each night to help cover expenses:

Sunday, April 24 – 7 p.m. at CCLF (Check it out if you’re a little sketchy before inviting your friends to one of the other nights! But then make sure you invite them!)

Tuesday, April 26 – 7 p.m. Bethel Chapel

Wednesday, April 27 – 7 p.m. New Wine Fellowship

Thursday, April 28 – 7 p.m. Lac La Hache Presbyterian Church

Mark your calendars and do something special for Passover Week! Come to Peace Meal at a church near you!Peace Meal

Comedian to highlight Christmas Banquet

LelandasMichaelStand-out Canadian stand-up comedian, Leland Klassen, will bring the hilarity at this year’s CCLF Christmas Banquet, which generally speaking is full of fun, laughter and a whole lot of food.

THIS IS A NIGHT YOU WANT TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! The giant potluck event is held Friday, Dec. 4 at the Peter Skene Ogden gymnasium (because there isn’t a local space big enough to host the dinner) and if past year’s are any indication, everyone is going to have a hoot! REMEMBER YOU NEED TO SIGN UP TO COME, COMMIT TO BRINGING SOME FOOD AND JOT DOWN HOW MANY FRIENDS YOU WILL BRING TOO! Sign up by calling the church office (150 791 5532) if you haven’t seen a clipboard. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner is at 6 p.m. [and if you want to help set up, that takes place at 4].

There’ll be give-aways, loads of turkey dinner with all the fixins (and much much more food) a pile of desserts, and some of the best side-splitting laughter the Cariboo has ever seen.

Leland Klassen is a favorite with the CCLF’ers since he has done several shows here as benefit concerts for sponsoring orphan children. His brand of poke-fun-at-myself humour always leaves ‘em laughing.

Raised on a farm in the heart of Canada, Leland quickly learned that shovelling manure and weeding potatoes, although lucrative, wasn’t his passion in life.  So with absolutely no clear direction or vision for his future he did what everyone does when they find themselves in that position  – he went to University.   He wisely chose his classes based on whichever cute girl happened to catch his attention and after several short years of last minute cramming and late assignments Leland graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Anthropology.

 As you might have guessed, Leland’s university education opened many doors for him in the years to come, but for some reason he was dissatisfied working for a courier as a night shift stock boy.  By this time married and with his first child soon on the way the most responsible and obvious choice was, of course, to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

lelStarting off at amateur nights and seedy bars Leland decided right from the beginning that he would remain clean despite what everyone else was doing and as a result over the last 16 years Leland has become recognized as Canada’s premier clean comedian.  With his unique intelligence and wit Leland has carved out quite a niche for himself in the world of entertainment.  Using his farm boy charm and handsome (although somewhat inbred) Mennonite good looks, Leland’s clever observations and rich life experiences are brought to life in a one of a kind show.

LELAND’S CREDITS:

Halifax Comedy Fest 2014

Just for Laughs in Montreal, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2014

Host of Popcorn TV

Featured on Thou Shalt Laugh 5

Host of Comedy Tournament

Co-Host GMA Canada 2009, 2012 and 2013

Promise Keepers Canada

Episode of the US syndicated comedy series “Bananas”

Two of his own television series’ on the West Coast,

as well as Appeared on numerous other programs

across the United States and Canada, such as

Comedy Network, CBC Television, YTV, Star TV, Global and Discovery Kids

And just like his stand-up career Leland was recognized for excellence in the television world, receiving the BCAB 2002 Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow award for his comedic work as host of Retro on NOW TV in Vancouver.

This is one night you don’t want to miss! Sign up today.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT!

latest pics2 133 CCLF’s annual Halloween alternative – a safe place for kids to have fun, get candy, hang out, do games, win prizes, and for parents to connect with others too! ALL FREE.

The grounds of CCLF will be lit up like daylight and from 5 p.m. onward, a steady stream of families will take in the night, enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee or tea, free hot dogs and cotton candy. It’s an amazing event for the community to enjoy.

It winds down by 7 p.m. so still lots of time to get in IMG_1132on some fireworks somewhere or other visits you need to get to on the night.

The Costume Theme this year is Heroes — we don’t want to see a bunch of ghoulish costumes to scare the children. It’s a family-oriented, safe and friendly event. Mark your calendar!!

Lorrie White guest speaker at Ladies Supper

lorrie2Lorrie White, the widow of the late Dr. John White, is the featured guest speaker at a special ladies potluck supper Saturday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship.

Lorrie brings with her a wealth of experience walking with the Lord and His church for many, many years, as well as navigating her own struggles with a husband who suffered and died in 2002 from Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. She has also remained faithful through hard years of parenting and just life in general. Husband John was a prolific writer of over 25 books and a well known pastor in the charismatic movement.

Although getting on in earthly age, Lorrie continues to have an ongoing and active ministry in Israel and South Korea and is seen as a “mother of nations” – in particular to many pastors and pastor’s wives across Canada, having served in pastoral ministry for many years as well.
A sweetheart of a saint, it is a privilege to have Lorrie White speak to our ladies at CCLF — all are welcomed to bring a meal and join in the fellowship this Saturday, April 11 at 6 p.m.

Backbone Parenting Seminar!

bob‘If only kids came with manuals’ has been said many a time by parents wishing there was a step-by-step manual to assist them in raising their children.

The truth is, parents want the best for their children and are concerned about making mistakes in their parenting, which could cause problems in the future. Many moms and dads are looking for supportive tools, successful principles and wise advice to assist them.
Bob Trainor, of Vista Point Coaching, created a seminar that is doing just that. ‘Backbone Parenting… making parenting fun’ has had immense impact on parents who have attended this compelling seminar.

They are saying the seminar is “Excellent, Amazing, Empowering, Incredible and Life Changing”.

In this two-part seminar, Bob will unfold practical principles for you to implement immediately that will energize your parenting experience. Bob will teach you how to:

• Avoid the pitfalls of long years of miscommunication, stress and disappointment by parenting to your child’s natural strengths.

• Break the frustration of getting your child to learn.

• Teach your child social skills that will build self-esteem and steer them away from the wrong crowd.

• Empower your child to say NO in situations that could potentially lead to them to be taken advantage of and used by manipulators and bullies.

• Change the weight and despair of negative behaviour patterns.

• Discipline your children without them resenting you or rebelling against you.

• Teach your children to avoid self-loathing, self-hatred, and hurting themselves.

• Make sex education a natural aspect of parenting to avoid unwanted pregnancies, STD’s, sadness and disappointment, lack of fulfillment and emptiness.

• Win the ‘tidy up’ war.

• Have fun as a parent so you can teach your children how to play. •

Lead your children instead of following them.

• Implement the 5 A’s of parenting to avoid years of rejection, lack of self worth, and alienation in your children.

• Dissipate anger, belittling, teasing and sarcasm in your children. • Make parenting FUN.

Where: CARIBOO CHRISTIAN LIFE FELLOWSHIP. 4930 TELQUA DRIVE, 108 MILE RANCH, B.C.

When: Part 1 Monday, April, 13 @ 6:30pm to 9:00pm; Part 2 Tuesday, April, 14 @ 6:30pm to 9pm

Cost is $35 for Parenting Single, $60 for Parenting Couple

Bob Trainor is a Certified Professional Co-active coach and counselor who has the skills to identify possibilities in his clients whether they are men, women, children and families or businesses. In fact his oldest client was 105 years old and his youngest client was three years old. Bob’s out of the box approach to his work opens the doors of success to those he works alongside. His own life experiences melded together with the natural gifts God has blessed him with and the immense amount of training Bob has invested in, makes him a sought-after coach/counselor and speaker. In the past, Bob played college football at Boise State University, served as chaplain to the BC Lions Football Team and created the first Alternate School in North Vancouver. Recognizing the need for a private adoption agency, Bob opened up the first private one in BC that has facilitated hundreds of domestic and international adoptions. He has spoken to thousands of people in his career, directed coed teen camps for 30 years, has been on numerous radio interviews and TV shows and even graced a major magazine cover. Bob and his wife Bev are parents of three grown children and proud grandparents of four grandchildren. They have opened their home to 14 foster children and over 50 international students. Currently, Bob’s call and passion is to see men and women, young and old break through the negative experiences of their past that hinder them from living to their fullest as an individual, partner, parent, leader or friend. He does this by supporting the individual with one to one Coaching/Counseling, Seminars and Boot Camps. His seminars “Managing the Cycle of Disappointment”, “Keeping Your Head in the Game”, Understanding the Needs of the Adoptive Child”, “Dealing with Grief and Loss Associated with Infertility”, “Man, the Quest to be a Hero” and “Backbone Parenting – Making Parenting Fun” are transforming lives and empowering people to seek their greatest potential.

Something wicked comes this way

you-dont-know-the-power-of-the-the-dark-sideIt was August when I first noticed Halloween costumes beginning to make an appearance on the store shelves — couldn’t believe it! Early September more things started showing up in the ‘harvest’ genre but the black and gold colors soon filled the consumer’s eye. Have you noticed the intensity of the wickedness lately? The masks are getting creepier and creepier. I heard a clerk in one store say this year that she saw one child crying and freaking out recently – and the clerk was laughing about that.

Now I grew up going trick or treating and watching scary shows – my parents didn’t really know any better and it seemed innocent enough. We also practiced seance’s and played with the Ouiji board (again innocently but I’ve a few stories to tell about that too!)

I think there is a healthy balance that Christian parents need to walk in, in terms of participating in the Halloween festivities. At CCLF, we provide “Light up the Night!” and fun and candy are involved but there are no haunted houses or witches’ brew bubbling. Why not?

Well, one thing leads to another. Have you ever heard that phrase? As a pastor I have seen people in bondage to wicked nightmares that began when they were children. I was one of them until Jesus set me free from them. Awhile ago I had dealings with a 17 year old girl that had ‘visitors’ come to her room every night for several months — they stopped coming when she gave her heart and life to Jesus and He came in and cleaned house. I’ve see people living in fear, eating and drinking darkness, sitting and watching darkness but wondering why these bad things keep happening to them. One thing leads to another.

I used the term “Cleaned house.” What does that mean? Always remember that Satan is a legalist. If he thinks he has a right to be in your life to harass you, he will (probably not Satan himself, but one of his big-mouthed ghoulies that are very real). Scripture says ‘do not give the devil a foothold.’ A foothold in the Greek is the word Topos – where we get topography from – ground. Do not give the devil ground or in other words, a reason to be in your life, an open door. Jesus wants to come in and clean house of all the footholds that the enemy has in our lives, to take away the ground that he squats on. He really has no legal right to it if you’re a believer in Jesus, but he is a squatter and will occupy your ‘land’ unless you evict him.

This is what parents give the enemy sometimes – an open door to their children’s lives, a ‘right’ or foothold when they ‘invite’ or befriend the darkness that surrounds even Halloween. The masks, the pictures, the movies – they are getting darker and darker and more evil, which seems to be more and more accepted. People are numb to it, which is scary in itself. Most don’t believe it’s real of course – that is another one of Satan’s lies – that he is not real, hell is not real, evil is not real. Ridiculous.

A good example of what I’m talking about  – when Harry Potter came out – well made movie with good acting and special effects – swept the globe. Why so intriguing? Twilight Series – why so intriguing? Vampires, Werewolves Immortality, spiritual dimension, strength and power perhaps. Whatever the reason, one thing led to another. Little children could go on the Harry Potter websites, and within two clicks find themselves on a real witch’s website with real spells to cast, and real doorways into darkness. It’s real.

Good clean innocent fun? Think again. While there are many people – most maybe – who really are just trying to provide a fun night for their kids, there are many others who are very SERIOUS about the dark side of All Hallows Eve. There are documented police files about animal sacrifices, wicked practices, people being hurt; many books have been written about the “beautiful side of evil.”

Doorways. Rights. Footholds. Ground. Be careful. That’s all I am saying. Be wise in our times for ‘something wicked comes this way.’ Food for thought. Over the top? I don’t think so. All I am saying is be discerning. Have fun but be wise, for your children’s sake.

~ originally published October 11, 2011

Light Up the Night!

IMG_1950CCLF’s annual Light Up The Night celebration is beginning to take shape! Instead of taking your kids door to door down those scary streets, up those horrific porch scarescapes… why not bring them to light, tight and bright event we call LIGHT UP THE NIGHT?

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Halloween Night, and going to about 7 p.m. there will be a host of games for the kids, lots of candy, games and more candy. The theme of the night is ANIMATION and we encourage costumes of all shapes and sizes taken from any animated characters most families know and love. We discourage any ghoulish or devilish, dark-type masks and monsters. IMG_1830

Come have a night full of family friendly fun at this year’s LIGHT UP THE NIGHT!