Malmo News

Looking for a new devotional book?

Looking for a new personal devotional resource? Take a look at the ‘Covenant Home Altar’. This devotional guide is written by Covenanters, based on Scripture and seeks to relate biblical truth to everyday experiences. The October-December quarter is now available in the black cubbies, under your mailboxes. Pick up your copy at church on Sunday.

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CBC Legacy Scholarship

Do you have a youth that is enrolled in post-secondary theological, biblical or discipleship programs?  If so, scholarships are available for them, through the ‘CBC Legacy Scholarship’ fund.  The deadline to apply for this year is December 9th.  Click here for more information.

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Praying for our Future Building Needs

As you pray about the future building needs of Malmo, here are some places to start. These can help give us words and reminders to pray.

  • Pray that God would clearly lead us in this decision.
  • Pray that God stirs in each of us to participate and to do our part in the decision making process.
  • Pray that we might have a holy indifference so that the direction God leads us in doesn’t matter so much to us. Only that He leads us.
  • Pray for unity in the spirit here at Malmo.
  • New or old building, pray that God would give us a useful facility for the next generations.
  • Ask the Lord to help us hear his heartbeat for our future.
  • Pray that we might be strong and courageous in our faith.
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And…..We’re BACK!!!

This past Wednesday night was A-BUZZ with activity and energy as 47 youth and 8 leaders gathered in the Malmo church basement, for the Kick-off of the Wednesday Night Youth Program!  We have renamed our group, the ‘Malmo Community Youth Group’, because we truly do have kids from all over our community – rural and urban – coming to youth.  We had a fantastic evening of ‘celebratory food’ (pizza, chips, pop & ice cream), get-to-know-you games & garbage ball.  We then finished the evening with a devotional to talk about why we gather and what the focus of our year will be.  This year we’ll be concentrating on ‘What it means to be a Disciple of Jesus’, and how to live out that reality in our every day lives.

So, thank you for your prayers!  Thank you to all who are volunteering in some way with our program!  Thank you for your support as we begin another year of youth ministry!  We are really excited & looking forward to what God has in store…for ALL of us!

Youth Night Sept 10,2014

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Youth Kickoff

It’s hard to believe that it’s time for youth again, summer seemed to go by so quickly. But here we are and we’re excited for what this year will bring! This year will include all of those things our youth have come to love and expect: meals together, games and activities, and Bible study—friendship, fun, and faith—and we pray that we will grow closer to God in the process.

Our goal is to learn to follow Jesus together in relationship and Bible study (Matt. 28:19-20). This year we will have several sr. high and jr. high small groups looking at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) and asking the question, what does a disciple of Jesus look like, and what does that mean for me and my life? We hope that these conversations will encourage, inspire, and transform our young people, and that these conversations will carry on at home.

The Malmo Community Youth Group Wednesday night Bible study kicks off tonight at 6:00: supper, games, introductions, and a devotional from Pastor Marc: will you be wise or will you be foolish?

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In favour of simple and direct prayer (we don’t need to be heroes).

I’m sometimes frustrated by my prayer life, which, when I compare it to what I think I know of the prayer lives of others (that’s probably my first mistake!), feels like it’s weak and shallow. Maybe you feel the same way about your own prayer life, wondering what it takes to be a “prayer warrior,” as some call it. Dallas Willard has some encouraging and helpful things to say to us. It’s maybe a bit of a long quote, but stick with it. I think it’ll be helpful. It might just be that being a “prayer warrior” (if you like that term) is not about length or depth or heights, but about simply starting to pray and doing so honestly and consistently.

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“Prayer, like all of the practices into which Jesus leads by word and example, will be self-validating to all who will simply pray as he says [that is, the Lord’s Prayer] and not give up. It is much harder to learn if we succumb to the temptation to engage in “heroic” efforts in prayer. This is important. Heroism, generally, is totally out of place in the spiritual life, until we grow to the point at which it would never be thought of as heroism anyway.

“There are, of course, people who pray heroically, and they are to be respected for what God has called them to… But that is a special calling and is for very few of us. To look to this calling as the ideal for our prayer life is only to assume a burden of uncalled-for guilt, and, quite surely, it is to choose an approach that will lead to abandoning prayer as a realistic…aspect of life in the kingdom. There will be heroic periods as they may be called for, but with no intention to be heroic. Always, we are simply children walking and talking with our Father at hand.

“…Prayer is never just asking, nor is it merely a matter of asking for what I want. God is not a cosmic butler or a fix-it man, and the aim of the universe is not to fulfill my desires and needs. On the other hand, I am to pray for what concerns me, and many people have found prayer impossible because they thought they should only pray for wonderful but remote needs they actually had little or no interest in or even knowledge of. 

“Prayer simply dies from efforts to pray about “good things” that honestly do not matter to us. The way to get to meaningful prayer for those good things is to start by praying for what we are truly interested in. The circle of our interests will inevitably grow in the largeness of God’s love.

“What prayer as asking presupposes is simply a personal…relationship between us and God, just as with a request of child to parent or friend to friend. It assumes that our natural concerns will be naturally expressed, and that God will hear our prayers for ourselves as well as for others. Once again, this is clear from the biblical practice of prayer. It is seen at its best in that greatest of all prayer books, Psalms.

“Accordingly, I believe the most adequate description of prayer is simply, “Talking to God about what we are doing together.”

~ Dallas Willard, from The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God

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Community Field Party

Thanks to everyone who joined us this past Saturday at our ‘Community Field Party’!  We had a great day of fun activities; face painting, bouncing in the castle, playing ‘nuke ’em’, watching a movie, hanging around the fire pit, visiting with neighbours, enjoying BBQ hamburgers…and so much more!  Thanks to our C.E. board for all their planning & organization for this day!  It was a great day!

Here’s a few pictures from the day:

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To see all of our pictures on our Flickr Page click here.

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Kaila Johnson and her work in London

We had a great time last Sunday hearing from Kaila Johnson on the work that she is doing with ‘Greater Europe Mission’ (GEM), in London England.
Here are the internet links she shared so that you can keep up with her and the work she is involved in.

If you’d like to read more about her ministry & the mission that she is involved with, or if you would like to support her financially, please visit her blog at
freshpagenewchapter.blogspot.co.uk
To learn more about ‘Greater Europe Mission’, visit their website at: www.gemission.org
To learn more about the ‘Sophie Hayes Foundation’, visit their website at: www.sophiehayesfoundation.org
To see what’s happening at the coffee place called Kahaila, visit them at kahaila.com.

 

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Our Scripture for Sunday

The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
See what’s in your heart, by judging what comes out of your mouth.

Matthew 15:10-20

10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”

13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”

16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

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Robin Williams, is dead.

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.
It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression — he made reference to it himself in his comedy routines. But word that he had killed himself Monday at his San Francisco Bay Area home left both friends in the Hollywood community and neighbors in the quiet neighborhood of Tiburon that he called home equally stunned and grief-stricken.
“It was so sudden and he was such a great guy and it’s such a loss to the whole community,” said Daniel Jennings who lived across the street from Williams in the quiet neighborhood where the actor was often seen riding his bike and stopping to talk to neighbors. One thing he never did, residents said, was act like a celebrity.
“He was really nice to all the neighbors,” Daniels said. “Really appreciated his kindness.”

The surprise news came out yesterday that one of America’s better actors had taken his own life. Many who knew him in the roles he played or by the shows he appeared on, were caught by surprise. Why would such a talented and gifted individual do that?

Why indeed, is what the world asks.

We hear and discover that life wasn’t that simple for the artist. Struggles with addictions and depression left him vulnerable. Tiredness with it all wore him out. Until yesterday when he had had enough it seems.

With people who are public individuals we think we know them through TV or movies or music. Even on a lesser platform, we think we know people through their writings, blogs, and photos. Similarly when it’s our neighbour who takes their life we realize that we really didn’t know them, or their struggle.  The truth is that we never really knew them. We didn’t know their struggles or pain.

It might be impossible to know distant public figures, but it’s not impossible to know your neighbour. It seems as though Robin Williams was a good neighbour, but was he known, really?

Maybe his death should be a motivation for us to really know the few people around us. Maybe we should look up from our phones, and take time and the interest to really know the people around us. To choose to care and love them. To get to know them, really.

Maybe then this great loss can bring some life to us and to this increasingly fragmented world in which we live.

 

 

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