Rest, Reflect, Refreshed

Our members gathered together at a park to enjoy each others’ company, with great food and God’s words. We had a wonderful time conversing, laughing and playing together!

It was a chilly 12 degrees C with a strong breeze, but spending time with loved ones and friends warmed us up.
Even the food tasted better over the long weekend.

While taking in the beautiful sights of the lake and fresh air, I was reminded of God’s masterful handiwork. The crystal blue water contrasted with a bright sky with an ever faint blueish hue. 

In Ontario, Canada, today was a statutory holiday; a long awaited time for rest and relaxation. At work, my colleagues and I looked forward to getting away from the daily grind and from everything else. We could not stop talking or thinking about it for the entire week. Personally, this day couldn’t come any sooner. Many of our church members also awaited this day to put life on pause and get a chance to breathe.

The Long weekend came and went. I was hoping that I would feel better, but I did not feel any more fulfilled or rested than before; in fact I felt worse going back to my daily routines.

Then I was reminded of what Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

Everything in this world will perish, spoil and fade and will also only be a temporary fix. Only Jesus can give us rest in our souls and make us whole. 

Let’s find rest in Him.

Reflection by Paul

 

The Last Supper

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

 

Seneca Bible Cafe

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