Posted by donna on February 1, 2017
The Apostle Paul reveals the secret of Holy Spirit renewal in Romans 12:1-12 - “I appeal to you therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (ESV)
Paul took 11 chapters to outline what God’s grace means to us, His children. It is all the work of God for His elect. It is Paul’s manner to begin with doctrine and move to practice, and he does so here. Paul makes it clear that we have a vital role to play in living out this grace, and it is to our spiritual benefit to obey God’s injunctions to us.
Posted by donna on February 1, 2017
We are all shaken by the horrendous news of the attack on a Mosque in Quebec City this past Sunday evening. This senseless crime causes us to mourn with those who mourn. Our hearts go out to the grieving families. There is no justification for this type of unprovoked violence. The killing of innocent people gathering for worship violates all our Christian values and beliefs as to the sacredness of life. Let us pray for these hurting families. Let us also pray for the young man who has allegedly committed this horrible crime, that he would come to a place of repentance.
Posted by donna on January 26, 2017
The AGC Church Planting Love Offering will take place on February 12th and 19th in AGC churches across the country.
Click here to learn more about this important event to support our church planting efforts in Canada.
Posted by donna on January 17, 2017
On Sunday, January 15, 2017, Waterford Bible Church in Waterford, ON joined the AGC family of churches! President Bill Fietje was on hand to welcome the congregation and Associate Pastor Al Sedgwick into AGC membership.
Be in prayer for the newest member of the AGC family, and be sure to send them a note of welcome!
Posted by donna on January 3, 2017
This year, from January 18-25th, believers in Christ around the world will observe the Week of Prayer. The theme for this year is “Christian Unity.” This is also a time when the Protestant Church celebrates the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation. At the heart of The Reformation is the reality of reconciliation to God through faith, apart from works.
As we contemplate this year’s theme, I want to direct our attention to the role the Holy Spirit plays in bringing about unity and reconciliation.
It is obvious that we need to be reconciled to God. Our sin and rebellion caused a depravity in our souls that separates us from God. Our soul must be remade. We must, as Jesus said in the gospel of John, chapter 3, be born again. By faith, we come to God and accept His grace in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit indwells, restores and remakes our souls into His own holiness. This unity with God is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Posted by donna on December 1, 2016
Christmas is my favourite time of year. Ever since early childhood, the anticipation of Christmas has been somewhat overwhelming. The thought of gifts and presents had something to do with the anticipation, but it was much more than that. It was the sounds, sights and smell of the season. It was my keenness to be with extended family. It was Christmas concerts, with the memory of bags of candies being placed in my eager hand as I made my way out the door. It was simply a joyous feeling and it remains that way to this day.
Yet, above all else, it was the story of the birth of Jesus that impacted me the greatest. Even when I wasn’t faithful as a teen, the message of Jesus was truly overwhelming to me. God in the flesh. The incarnation. The walking, talking Jesus. The very image of God and Man without sin. Such a glorious truth.
Posted by donna on November 21, 2016
Just in time for Christmas, Marcia Laycock has published "Christmas: Short Stories that stir the Heart of Christmas". Marcia's husband Spence Laycock is serving as Senior Pastor of Faith Community Church in Blackfalds, AB (AGC).
Click here to preview this book and order it on Amazon, and then head to Marcia's website to learn about her many other books including the fictional works "One Smooth Stone" and "A Tumbled Stone", and devotional books such as "Celebrate this Day" and "Spur of the Moment".
You can also sign up to received Marcia's weekly devotional, "The Spur"
Posted by donna on November 8, 2016
Amazing reports have been pouring in to the AGC office about the 2016 Getaway Junior High Retreat! Kids enjoyed activities, great food, fun games, but more than that, they heard about a God who loves and values them.
Posted by donna on November 2, 2016
A key tenet of the Christian life is a clear understanding of our identity in Christ. In Christ, we are positionally and experientially in right relationship with God. We are, through Christ, justified in God’s sight, and in a very personal and practical way, we have an intimate relationship with the Father’s heart and love for us.
Yet honestly, so many believers live with a cognitive knowledge of God and their identity in Christ, but have very little experiential knowledge of God’s presence.
Posted by donna on October 5, 2016
“People do not care how much you know, till they know how much you care.”
Last month, I began a two-part message on the Gospel. In particular, I shared that the Gospel is the ‘Power of God unto Salvation’ (Romans 1:16) and the Gospel is the ‘Righteousness of God revealed.’ (Romans 1:17)