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1335 Morningside Ave. Unit #4
I am almost at a loss for words. It was a bitter sweet day for us at North York UBF, We knew 269 Kingslake Road as our church and gathering place for worship for nearly 12 years. It was not just church; it was like a home. God has called our ministry to serve elsewhere, but I couldn’t help feel a sense of loss. I grew attached to this small little home on Kingslake Road.
Our members now twelve years older, gathered one last time to help move to our new church building in Scarborough. As we sat down on the floor sharing our last meal together in an empty house laughing and reminiscing about the old days and how God has led our church up until this point, I suddenly recalled what St. Paul said about what a church really is.
“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” – Ephesians 1:22-23 NIV
God’s church is not restricted by walls. The church is not a building or a denomination. According to the Bible, the church is the body of Christ—all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.
Who knows what God has planned for us in our new place of worship. But one thing is for sure, God’s church is the the body of believers! “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20 NIV.
All Glory to God and his church.
Reflection by Paul
On March 8-9 North York UBF went on our annual Spring Retreat at Ganaraska Woods Retreat Centre. This event’s theme was based on Foundations, looking in depth about some of the fundamentals involved in our relationship with God, namely prayer and God’s word the bible. On Saturday evening Ernest Chan delivered a powerful messaged based on Luke 6:43-49, on the difference between the wise and foolish builder. We are wise builders if we take God’s words and put them into practice. After the message Mark Lee and Jon-Marc Hennie told their life testimonies of how God worked in their lives in the past and present, and how they can be assured God is working in the future. Then Hannah Kwak did a missionary biography about Ida Scudder.
Sunday morning, Paul Lee Jr. gave the sermon based on Matthew 6:5-15, the Lord’s Prayer, looking at it in great detail about what this well known passage tells us about God, and our relationship to God and other people. Afterwards Jessica Poirier gave her testimony, and Jonathan Lee did a missionary profile on Jonathan Goforth.
The retreat offered us a timeout from our normal working lifestyle and gave everyone an opportunity to individually asses how alive and active our relationship with God is, and gave us a glimpse of what it should be like, if we felt unsatisfied with the current dynamic. I trust God continue to work in each person’s life every day, and that it would be mutual, to allow him to mold us in his image.
– Reported by Joel Fast
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Sometimes we dwell in the past and many things are hard to forget and many constantly live in replay. So far we realized that our attitude and hearts were like stone and we felt like a wanderer in the wilderness and walking aimlessly in a barren land. Sometimes I feel like it’s hopeless and it’s impossible to be transformed. But the words of God through the prophet Isaiah was truly convicting. We need to be reminded that during Isaiah’s time, it was a time of hopelessness and great godlessness. They had no reverence for the Lord and they had no regards to the spiritual realm. Out of despair and anguish from the plight of his fellow people, Isaiah went around cursing them saying, “Woe to you!” He had lost hope for the people of Israel, they were like wanderers in a vast wilderness and wasteland. However God encourages Isaiah by saying, ““Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isa 43:18-19).
God is doing a new thing! God will pave a way in the wilderness to guide his people and bring life through streams of water in the wasteland. God was challenging Isaiah to see what God is about to do. He asks, “Do you not perceive it?” Sometimes it’s very hard for us to see what God is doing or is about to do. We need to open our hearts and eyes to perceive what God is about to do! Our prayer is that we may look and see with eager expectation what God has planned for us this new year. Right now it may see like a vast wilderness and wasteland here in our small gathering, but I believe that God has already planned something new for this year, we need to expect great things and believe in the transforming and renewing power of God. God will make a way and make our barren land into a fertile land flowing with living water!
On Friday, November 1st members of the Upper Room filled boxes with things like school supplies and toys to participate in Operation Christmas Child, which is organized by Samaritan’s Purse. The boxes are being sent out to places in Haiti and West Africa to children. In addition, members included a picture and letter from themselves to let the recipients know who sent them. It’s just really cool that contributing what seems like a small amount to us here in North American can mean a lot to those in need from other parts of the world.
Big shoutout to Elijah A. for picking up the shoeboxes!
Though there were some difficulties involved with getting the gifts to fit inside the boxes and some members didn’t purchase their present before the appointed time designated to pack and wrap the boxes, everything was turned out all right.
In early church, they sold property and possessions to anyone who had need (Acts 2:45) and certainly Jesus encouraged his disciples to give to the poor and needy so in the same by involving us in this particular mission, we’re imitating Christ who came before us.
Paul thought this event was awesome and definitely something he wants us to do again. Joel was reminded that although we all have our own struggles and difficulties, there are people who are in harder circumstances and as Christ’s followers we have an obligation to aid them in whatever way he can.
2 Corinthians 9:7b God loves a cheerful giver…
Becky and Hannah helped us investigate what it meant to have a biblical view on friendship. Genuine friendship is something that we all desire. We all know the saying, “No man is an island.” God has given us not only the ability to create bonds with others but it is a near necessity in life. But many times we are unsatisfied because friends often come and go.
Using the example of Jonathan and David we were able to examine what it should mean to have true genuine friendship in the Lord. Though those two were many years apart, Jonathan being the heir to the throne of Israel and David the youngest son of a shepherd, they had a common ground in Christ, which was the forefront of their relationship.
In the same way today when getting to know our closest friends we should keep Christ at the forefront, doing things together like praying, reading the bible or even playing worship music. These types of things unite us and help us overlook our differences such as gender or cultural background. In view of God’s purview, we are all the same to him and he has no favourites, only those who follow him faithfully.
God has given us friends; brothers and sisters in Christ! We are all one piece of the puzzle that together forms one heart with Jesus being the center of it all! When one is hurt we all suffer together when one is joyful we all rejoice together! But we will never be broken as long as we have Jesus in the forefront of our relationship! This is a parallel of the body of Christ; we being different parts of the body but forming the body with Christ as the head!
So I hope and pray that in the near and immediate future we’ll be able look around and help get past our prejudices so that I can have deeper and meaningful relationships with people in and around the church, and even outside the church.
– Reflection by Joel
On March 9-10, North York UBF had their annual spring retreat at Ganaraska Woods. This retreat’s theme was “Alive” based around the passage John 15:1-17. Throughout the weekend students and staff had many opportunities to discuss, share and listen to each other to learn what it meant to be alive in Christ through activities such as small group discussions, group bible study and an engaging and thought provoking workshop. We were encouraged by Andrew Han’s message that urges us to remain in the true vine Jesus Christ and only when we remain in Him we are truly alive. The life testimonies of Hannah Kwak, and J.R Lee were especially inspiring and we pray that they may grow to be influential Christians.Continue reading
From December 27-30, 2012 nearly 400 people from all ages, backgrounds, and walks in life gathered in Grass Lake, Michigan at Faholo Christian Conference Center for the Well Retreat. The conference was titled ‘Abba, Father: Walking as Sons and Daughters’ as an invitation to encounter God our Father whether for the first time, to renew one’s walk with Him, or to go deeper into the Father’s love as His children.
A major theme of the conference was that we are all family! The atmosphere was evident of that as people built new relationships or continued to build and deepen existing ones. The family groups were formed to facilitate reflecting on God’s Word from Romans 8, reflection and testimony sharing, prayer, and opening up to one another. Also, outside of family groups there was a sense of family and community in the large group sessions as everyone worshipped, received the Word of God, and was ministered to by the Holy Spirit.Continue reading
It’s that time of the year, where the streets are glowing with Christmas lights. Where malls are jam packed with people buying holiday gifts for their loved ones, and families coming together after a busy year to spend quality time together. “Tis’ the season of giving” some would say. And rightly so!
But have you ever thought about why people are so excited this time of year? Have you ever thought about the real meaning of Christmas?
The true meaning of Christmas is love. John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.
The real Christmas story is the story of God’s becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Why did God do such a thing? Because He loves us! Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! Why does God love us so much? Because He is love itself (1 John 4:8). Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate.
The true meaning of Christmas is love. God loved His own and provided a way—the only Way—for us to spend eternity with Him. He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Simply put, Jesus is the reason for the season! Jesus is the greatest gift from heaven! Given to us by our loving Father God!
P.S. Please join us at our Christmas Worship Celebration on Dec 23rd, 2012!
Where? Zion Cultural Centre (right beside Seneca Newnham Campus)!
When? 10:30 am
Christmas Lunch & Fellowship after service!
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us at (416)502-2738!
We hope to see you there!
On Thursday, November 15 at the Seneca Clubs Room, the Campus Bible Club held a workshop on maintaining a Christian identity as a college student. Msn. Elijah Kim explained and talked about Daniel 1 and the life of Daniel, who remained faithful to the Lord while living in exile and served two different foreign Kings.
Just as Daniel and the other young men struggled to remain faithful to the Lord while being in exile, it’s hard for us to remain commited to following God while studying at school where there are many temptations, and doesn’t seems to be a place where Christianity is very welcome.
After hearing about Daniel, then Joel Fast led the discussion period in where many people shared both how they remained commited to following Jesus, when it seemed like nobody else in their area of study or work dismissed the existence of God.
It was very moving, and it was reassuring that those who are struggling and feel alone doing Christ’s work wherever they are, that they’re certainly not alone in their experience and definately not alone in following God.
Written by Joel Fast
We thank God for His Words in the parables of the kingdom of God from (Mt 13:24-52) presented by Isaac Kim.
He described what the kingdom of heaven is like by using Jesus’ examples in the bible. He emphasized the point to recognize the value of the kingdom which has transforming power in the Word of God.Continue reading