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WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN?

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We need to understand that God’s plans extend in both directions to all generations. God is always looking for a man or woman who will be servants of generational blessing. 

Will you receive the blessings that come through history and bring life to all who follow after you? Will there be continuity from generation to generation? Will the circle be unbroken?
The prophet Daniel said of the Lord,
Daniel 4:3 How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders!
His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.

The Psalmist echoes,
Psalms 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.

There is no place in Scripture that isolates the work of God to a single, disjointed generation. May God help us to see that we are not alone; but intimately connected to the past and the future.
I think we need to ask ourselves a serious question; how can we be …

MONO-GENERATIONAL MYOPIA

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If you can only see things up close, you are myopic—near-sighted. Myopia can also be a way of thinking where you lack imagination, foresight or intellectual insight.


Mono-generational myopia is when you cannot clearly see where you came from or where you are going.
Those who only see the world and God’s work in light of their own age-stratified viewpoint suffer from mono-generational myopia. This vision impairment can happen to anyone young or old.
The person, who only sees the past generations and themselves as the last generation that really counts, will not bring blessing to the future.
The ones who can only measure from their generation forward, and believe that all that came before were insignificant, will have no sense of history, stability or resource for the future.
Jesus had much to say about the myopic people of his own time.

Matthew 11:16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:17 “‘We played the pipe …

100-YEAR-OLD WITH A NEWBORN

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Then, there’s the strange story of the 100-year-old with a newborn. As a 75-year-old man, God called Abraham to leave home and journey to a new place that God would give him. He gave Abraham the promise of the next generations that would come through him. God was going to give him a son.
25 years later, Abraham was 100 years old and had tried to fulfill God’s promise by making something happen with Hagar the maid. Ishmael was born, but the promise was to come through Abraham and Sarah. Apparently God was not in a hurry nor limited by human weakness.

Genesis 17:17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 

When we measure ourselves by our experience, our life stage and a sense of what’s proper and respectable, we may laugh off the very thing that God intends.
Ask Brian Danter, my 64-year-old brother-in-law. He is a youth pastor at his church. Ask Claudia’s uncle, who at 87-years-o…

LIFE AFTER 100

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I have the honourable distinction of being the first youth pastor at Parkway Road Pentecostal Church.  www.parkwaychurch.ca


Following my years of study at Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, I came to assist Pastor Clair Mullen at this little country church on the outskirts of Ottawa. The year was 1985 and I was 23 years old.
What an incredible honour to be invited back on Thanksgiving Weekend to help celebrate their 100th anniversary as a church. It’s an amazing thing when a church can celebrate that event.
If you were 100 years old, what would your life be like? What would you spend your time doing?
A 100-year-old man was having a big birthday party at his nursing home. A TV crew was there to interview the man on this special day."Please tell our audience how you managed to live so long," asked the reporter."Well, I don't ever drink and I've never smoked," replied the old geezer. "And, I make it a point to stay away from wild women."Just then, there …

SEEING REALITY BEHIND THE CIRCUMSTANCE

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Do you evaluate your options simply by looking at data or is there another reality at work behind the data?



Richard Foster said,
The principal task of study is a perception into the reality of a given situation, encounter, book, etc. We can go through a major crisis, for example, without any perception of the real nature of the tragic situation. But if we carefully observe and reflect upon what occurred, we can learn a great deal.[1]After the nation of Israel heard the details from the spies, they were anguished by the majority report. They focused on the giants and the walled cities. Their tribal leaders were mostly afraid of the challenge. The people complained in their fear and started talking about finding a new leader to take them back to the relative safety of Egypt.
When you study the place that God wants to take you, you will have to choose which path you take. Will you follow the trail that fear leads you to, or take the less-travelled route of faith in God?
Joshua and Caleb wer…