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"The Cup of God's Wrath"

Posted by donna on April 5, 2018

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Not Enough Options

While attending Engineering College, I was growing in my awareness of biblical truth and theology. I remember as if it was yesterday having informal debates with my classmates and professors about the nature of life, death, heaven and hell. On one occasion I declared that there is only one true way to God and heaven, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We were all close friends by this time and there was free and open communication. Yet, the response from one of my friends was a simple, “there aren’t enough options.”  In other words, there must be other choices.

Different Gospels

People today are just like my friends back in college. They want options, yet what they really want is what we will call the ‘Gospel of Me’ option. I recently listened to a message from John Neufeld (Back to the Bible), in which he spoke about the false gospel of ‘man centered’ religion. He said that people can never see the falsehood of a man-centered gospel until they fully see the holiness and purity of a righteous, holy God who is the only true One worthy of our worship.

Only One Gospel

We are given one Gospel.  There is only one way, and in Revelation 14 John says that we are either drinking the cup of God’s wrath (righteous indignation against unrighteousness) or accepting the gospel of grace that declares that Jesus the Christ drank the cup of God’s wrath in our place.

 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not my will but Yours be done (Luke 22:42).

God’s wrath is a topic that gets far too little air-time in our churches. This is likely because we often see God’s wrath as being much like our own self-centered sinful anger. Nothing could be further from the truth. God’s Holiness is the very basis for our eternal salvation, for heaven and for the eternal Kingdom. Without His holiness and purity, we would have no hope because there would have been no substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. God’s purity, His righteousness and His holiness are the very foundation of our salvation and there is a marvelous joy and delight for all who receive His holiness in Christ.

God is Love

It is often said “if God is love, how could He allow people to experience hell.” It is precisely because of His great love that He calls us to turn away from hell and accept by faith the truth that Christ drank this cup of wrath for us.

May God bless you as you remember His death and resurrection this Easter.

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Willem Fietje


Discipleship - Love ... The Foundational Principle

Posted by donna on March 6, 2018

love.jpg“Beloved let us love one another for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7) ESV.

The early church father, John Chrysostom (345-407 AD) in his sermon, “Dying to Sin” writes, “For God is not so well pleased with being our Master as He is with being our Father….  God’s exceeding desire to be loved comes from loving exceedingly.”

God loves us extravagantly! He wants us to learn and grow to love Him with extravagance. He desires that we love others as the Golden Rule stipulates.


grapes.jpgOK, … let’s do a quick review.  When we study the life of Jesus, we observe four challenges that outline His discipleship process.

  1. Come and see
  2. Follow me
  3. Fish for men
  4. Go and bear much fruit.

Although there are many nuances in the discipleship process, (and certainly the process is rarely completely linear), the discipleship journey can be seen in these four steps, or, for the sake of our illustration, these four chairs.

As leaders, our role is to create an environment conducive to making disciples. We do that by using relationships and programs to help people move through the discipling process. These four chairs correspond to the kind of people who may be in our ministries.


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Are we there yet? – by AGC Quebec Director, Del Gibbons

Writing about disciple-making makes me stop and think.  It reminds me of family car trips.  You know what I’m talking about … the voice from the back of the car …  “Are we there yet?”  I can imagine that very question being asked as we look at Dann Spader’s “third chair” illustration of disciple-making.  Are we there yet?  How are we doing, and are we truly disciple-makers? 


"For Unto us a Child is Born..."

Posted by donna on December 6, 2017

Christmas 2017.jpgRecently, I received an email from a family in our AGC Association.  With great fanfare and accompanying photos, they were announcing the birth of their new child. “It’s a BOY!” read the caption. I can totally relate to the wonderful feeling and excitement of welcoming a newborn son or daughter. The sheer relief, especially when the new life has safely arrived, brings such joy. There is also that sense of future and destiny for this new life and for the family itself. The family is growing, and the future looks brighter.  It is a mystery wrapped up in a reality.


4 Chair Discipling - Chair Two, Guest blogger Russ Wilson

Posted by donna on November 1, 2017

they left their nets.jpgOne of the reasons I have grown to love the book 4 Chair Discipling is because of the mental picture it portrays.  I am a visual learner, and so, when I have a picture it just speeds up the learning process and helps me to work better with the people in my sphere of influence.

As a pastor, I desire to see people in the church grow spiritually.   4 Chair Discipling is a tool that can help with that process.  First, we bring people in through the first chair invitation of “Come and See” (John 1:39.) This is such an exciting part of the process and our churches should always have individuals who are seeking the purpose or meaning of life. 


4 chairs.pngOne of the occupational hazards faced by many pastors and ministry leaders is the few unbelievers with whom we spend time or have a personal relationship.  If we expect to convince those we lead of their need to invest in “Chair 1” people, which are those who do not yet know Jesus as their Saviour and Lord, then we need to lead them by modeling such relationships.  Working primarily with already churched people does not excuse us from evangelistic relationships with those who are not yet Christ followers.


Making Disciples

Posted by donna on September 5, 2017

4 Chair.jpgDuring Jesus’ nearly four-year ministry on this earth He spent much of His time making and developing His Disciples.

As we read the gospel narratives we discover many occasions on which Jesus developed a few key men and women who would literally turn the world upside down.

In a short period of time, Jesus, anointed by the power of the Spirit, chose His followers carefully. He walked with them and helped them grow in their knowledge and faith. Intentional about growing faith and commitment in His Disciples, He took the time to do so.  He grew His Disciples, teaching them to put their faith into action.  Jesus was and is the Master Disciple Maker.

In just a few short years these ordinary men and women established a multiplying movement of churches that eventually overtook the whole of the Roman Empire.  That movement continues growing today.

As a movement of healthy reproducing churches, the AGC can only fulfill this great vision by becoming intentional, Spirit-empowered disciple makers, who can, with God’s help, make new disciples. 


Bill's Blog: Summer 2017

Posted by donna on July 19, 2017

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Summer is finally here and I want to encourage all of you to spend time with your families, to rest and recharge … to be still and know that He is God.  Before you know it, turn around twice and the fall preparations will be upon us.

It was such a pleasure to see many of you at the Canada West and Canada East AGC Regional Conferences.


"Chasing the Lion" - A Personal Story

Posted by donna on June 8, 2017

ChasingtheLion (002).pngThose of you who receive emails from me may have noticed that under my signature, I always have a quote from Hudson Taylor, one of my life’s hero’s. Taylor once said, “Without the element of risk there is no need for faith.”

The life of a disciple of Jesus Christ was never meant or promised to be without risk; quite the opposite in fact. Jesus said “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:34f)

Jim Elliot, famed martyr, is noted to have said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he can never lose.” Jim Elliott was killed along with several other young men on the shores of a remote river in the jungles of Ecuador.

I’d like to relate a personal story that illustrates how I came to understand more fully the words that Jesus spoke and that Elliot echoed.