Cecil Carrol Funeral
March 3, 2013
Our dear brother and friend passed away this morning at 11:10 am, just as we were concluding our morning service. He passed into the Lord’s presence peacefully after having a struggle with a last illness these last couple of weeks.
The funeral will be at McCall’s on Friday, March 8 at 1:00 pm. (1400 Vancouver Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3W3)
Coincidentally, we learned this afternoon that former member Jack Baker passed away today as well. The Baker’s were living in Ontario.
UPDATE: Audio for the service available here.
Sermons working–technical difficulties over!
February 27, 2013
For anyone keeping track, and as a test to see if our ‘blogging’ is still working, we have overcome the technical difficulties that prevented us from posting new sermons. The way we fixed it was simply moving our site to a new hosting provider. Hopefully our site should respond a little faster now as well.
I just posted today (Feb 27, 2013) our message from October 17, 2012 on Isaiah 21. You can see we have a few months of sermons to catch up on. As I have time, I’ll be adding the lot to the mix. Those who follow us may feel overwhelmed, but I am anxious to get caught up, especially to get up some recent messages by our good friend Dr. Fred Moritz.
Stay tuned! It is great to have everything working again.
October 31, 2012
We are having some problems adding new sermons to our database. Hopefully we can get this resolved soon so that we can publish our backlog!
Choir of Creation – Ps 148
July 24, 2011
We are nearing the end of our study of the Psalms. Just two more to go! Tonight’s offering was Ps 148, a beautifully crafted psalm, full of powerful thoughts concerning God and his relationship to his people. As I presented the material, I felt a little ‘flat’, not as engaged as I had anticipated in the study. As I was thinking the process over, I thought that this was one psalm that could have used some visual aids and perhaps a bit different style. I alternate between a preaching style and a ‘Question/Answer’ style for the Psalms. (The Q & A style is also known as “read my mind”, since I seem to come up with incredibly obscure questions. I need to learn how to write leading questions!)
Psalm 148 is called the Choir of Creation by Derek Kidner, one of the supreme commentators on the Psalms. His little work is just outstanding and has taught me an incredible amount about Hebrew poetry and how to pick out the features of the psalms, not to mention keen insights into each individual psalm.
changes at our site
January 2, 2011
You may have noticed a few changes at our site in the last week or so. It appears that these happen most when the pastor’s sons are home for Christmas and can help him tinker!
We’d like to point out our recent changes to help you understand them better.
In the past, we have used the upper right section of our site for the ‘blog’ updates. Here we have been giving the sermon summaries and occasional announcements. This was the primary place for finding recent sermons when we started the site. We also had a system of indexing sermons by category something that appears in the menu bar above.
Last year, we added the Sermon Browser plug-in which is accessed by the “Our Sermons” menu item. Sometimes we would delay posting a sermon summary, even though the sermon itself was posted in the Sermon Browser. The Sermon Browser makes updating our sermons very easy, but it wasn’t as easy to find as we would like it to be.
So we have divided our ‘upper right’ section to give you a feed directly from Sermon Browser of our Recent Sermons as they come on line and links to our Recent Blog Posts so that we can pass along announcements and devotional writing. We’d like to make the ‘blog’ section of our site a more regular feature than in the past to make our site even more helpful for you. We plan to simplify our categories above to make navigation of our site a little simpler and reduce the clutter of our menus.
Finally, we have added a Facebook page for our church. We aren’t sure that everyone should be on Facebook, but it is very widely used and can be a way for people to become aware of our doings at church, especially friends of our church people who wouldn’t normally look at a church website. So you will see a button on our Home Page to ‘Find us on Facebook’ and links in our menu bar to our Facebook page and to our RSS feeds for our sermons and our blog posts.
That wraps up the changes for this year. We are sure things will keep on changing as time goes on!
~ Pastor Don
The Seed of Life (12.26.10)
December 26, 2010
The Seed of Life (Mt 13:3-9)
We conclude our Christmas series with the realization that every one of the promises of God that we looked at still await some fulfillment. In the meantime, the seed of life remains to be sown, the sure word of God that promises yet that future fulfillment and consummation of all things that is to come. Be ye hearers and sowers of that seed.
A Great Invitation (Isa 55:1-13)
Our pastors son, Duncan Johnson, brought us the wonderful promises of Isa 55 today. He reminds us that all need to hear and take advantage of the blessing promised by God for the obedient and repentant soul who is willing to think after God’s thoughts instead of persist in his own self-righteousness.
We Were Like Those Who Dream
December 22, 2010
We Were Like Those Who Dream (Ps 126:1-6)
The psalmist recalls a blessed season of revival – it was like a dream! He prays that the Lord would bring the revival again. He pledges himself to the human work of revival – sowing in tears, bearing the seed, waiting for the streams in the desert.
The Seed of David (12.19.10)
December 20, 2010
Wednesday, Dec 15
Faith Like the Rock of Zion (Ps 125:1-5)
This psalm speaks about the faith the believer has that is unshakable because of the believer’s conception of God and his surrounding presence. The believer follows righteousness because of his confidence in the Lord. The product of this faith is peace.
Sunday, Dec 19
The Seed of David (Mt 1:1)
In this message we consider the Establishment of the Kingdom and the promise of our coming Shepherd King.
In this session we complete our look at the IFCA Standard of Ethics for Churches. It outlines a basic standard of practice that Christians commit themselves to in joining a Bible believing local church.
God’s Christmas Gift (Titus 2:14, Ps 23:3-4)
The gift of God to us is our Lord Jesus Christ. The gift of God to Himself is a people He gave Himself through His own great gift and tender shepherd’s care.
For other messages see our Sermons page where you can filter by series and by speaker.
The Seed of Abraham, and other messages–12.12.10
December 12, 2010
Wednesday, Dec 8:
Our Help is in the Name (Ps 124:1-8)
The central theme of Ps 124, as in many psalms, is faith in the name of the Lord. David paints vivid word pictures of the overwhelming enemies who would take him in the nation, but these are nothing because it is the Lord who has helped us.
Sunday, Dec 12:
The Seed of Abraham (Gal 3:16, Gen 22:15-18)
We show how Christ is the focal point of the Abrahamic covenant, as pointed out by Paul in Gal 3.16 and as revealed in the typology of Abraham offering Isaac, the place where the Abrahamic Covenant specifically promises blessing to ALL NATIONS because of Abraham’s obedience.
In today’s lesson we take a look at a document establishing standards of conduct in the IFCA International. We discuss the personal responsibilities of the Christian in today’s session.
The Manner of the Minister (1 Tim 5:1-2)
Our passage today calls the minister to a particular attitude in ministry. The minister must not be one who uses words as a club, but one who comes along side with admonition, with entreaty, with correction by means of the Word. All this must be conducted in purity, especially when ministering the Word to women.
The Seed of the Woman (12.5.10)
December 5, 2010
The Seed of the Woman (Gen 3:15)
Our first Christmas message of 2010 looks at three necessities found in Gen 3.15: the seed of the woman must be Human; the seed must be Virgin born; and the seed must be Victorious.
The Self-Emptying of Christ (Phil 2:5-11)
This lesson deals with carefully defining the doctrine of kenosis, or self-emptying, as described in Phil 2.5-11. We attempt to say what the Bible says and not go beyond it in trying to explain every detail. There is danger in saying too much, more than the Bible says, about the emptying in order that Christ be able to die for us.
The Cup of Blessing Which we Bless (1 Cor 10:16)
This communion message emphasizes the idea of ‘fellowship’ and the things we share in common with the Lord Jesus Christ and indeed the whole Trinity.