Saturday, November 26, 2011

180 Movie and evangelism

We live in a corrupt world. More specifically, we live in a corrupt culture. In North America the Christian Church is bombarded at every turn by some of the most insidious attacks imaginable. Some, so insidious that, in fact, the church at large often miss them for what they are, and adopt them. Even when these attacks are not missed, many who profess Christ refuse to stand openly and oppose them. We as the Body of Christ have a responsibility to stand in the Gap for the Land, to oppose evil and present the Truth of God's Word at every opportunity - for the sake of those who do not know.

"And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none." ~ Ezekiel 22:30

Yet we waffle, at every turn. To live a Godly life, to live as Christ is to live presenting the truth verbally and holistically. In our actions, our lifestyle, and our convictions.

"For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead." ~ James 2:26

Yet we fail to live out our faith. We fear the world, we fear our peers, we fear... persecution. The real question is 'Are you being persecuted? Why not?

"Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived." ~ 2 Timothy 3:12-13

It's time to stand up in spite of ourselves and preach the gospel and uphold the Cross of Christ before a people who do not want to hear it!

Ray Comfort, evangelist, preacher, author and film maker has recently released a movie. It is a 33 minute long documentary, and it is very compelling. It draws an unsettling correlation between the horrors of Nazi Germany and the massively destructive (yet generally accepted) practice of abortion in America. It stands up in the face of "tolerance" and in the face of the ever humanistic call of "MY rights and freedoms" and preaches the gospel. It opposes, with the Truth, the veiled eyes of an entire culture.

It is free to watch and I highly recommend that you do so. It is a graphic film and does contain some graphic content, so if you are under sixteen I would suggest you have a parent watch it first. I've posted it here for your convenience. But the challenge to you is to watch it and then share it publicly - to spite the reaction you may receive from your peers. God's Word, the Gospel, is worth so much more than your "reputation" (whatever that is) or social comfort. Anything done for Christ is not done in vain.

"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Big News!

Liz and I are happy to announce that sometime near the middle of May we are expecting the arrival of a new little Fawcett. We're VERY excited and have been overwhelmed already by all of the kind words and excitement of our friends and family!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Parkside Baptist Church

Well folks, we've come to the end of our scheduled travel for the fall. It has been a fantastic month and we've had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of people about missions, about NCEM and about our work here at Arrowhead Native Bible Center.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of concluding our fall itinerary at Parkside Baptist Church in Moncton. Chancellor of NBBI, John Hoag, was the keynote speaker and we were blessed by his messages from the Word.

It has truly been a pleasure for the past couple of months to travel and be with many of you in your homes and churches. The opportunities for fellowship and sharing in ministry are a great encouragement to us and we are so very thankful for the opportunities.

As we've traveled we've often had questions about what we do for the 'rest of the year' when there is no camp. For the months following camp, we generally travel and attended conferences, updating people on the ministries and opportunities for prayer. We will spend the remainder of 2011 preparing for the coming years programs and schedule. We will, with the assistance of our senior missionaries and former missionaries, be building a new more comprehensive staff training program. We are excited about this opportunity, and although it will accompany some challenges, we feel it will be of great benefit to the ministry and will allow us to more effectively minister to those who come to our various programs.

The coming year is going to be exciting, and we covet your prayers and support as we seek to serve the Lord with NCEM at Arrowhead. Stay tuned to this blog for updates on the happenings here, on programs and plans, on opportunities to serve and any needs that may arise.

We are so humbled and thankful for your prayers and support for both Arrowhead and ourselves as we've stepped into our new roles with NCEM as the managers of Arrowhead.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Little Southwest Baptist Church

This past weekend, Liz and I were invited to be a part of the missions conference at Little Southwest Baptist Church in Sillikers, NB (near the Miramichi). LSWBC has been a great supporter of ANBC this past year and it was great to connect with the work team from this past April as well as Stephen & Selena Somers, our guest speakers for the last week of summer camp and all of the folk who have been prayerfully supporting us. Brad Somers, a church planter from the North end of Halifax, was our keynote speaker, his challenges were encouraging and thought provoking. We were so very encouraged to be among a church of people who have such a huge heart for missions. There is a genuine love and understanding for faith missions among the folks at Sillikers - to hear their hearts, and see them put it to action was humbling.

This week, we've enjoyed a couple of 'down days' to recuperate from a busy month of travel and work at the Center. It's been nice to be a part of so many missions conferences and services - but it certainly takes it's toll.

The missions display on the platform.

Stephen Somers was our camp speaker for the second week of teen camp this year. He ministered in music throughout the missions conference.

We'll be winterizing the lodge this week and preparing for the next few months. We are hopeful to hold winter programs next year, but this year we will use our time to build a new staff training program for our summer camps and plan our schedules.

We'll continue to keep you posted here on the blog as we embark on our first year as the managers of ANBC. Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Forest Hills Fellowship Baptist

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of sharing a ministry update and introducing ANBC to the folks at Forest Hills church in Cole Harbour, NS. The pastor, Jonathan MacLeod, and I attended NBBI together - so it was great to reconnect! Some of the congregation were familiar with Arrowhead and our community here in Cumberland Bay. Hopefully we'll see some of them sometime.

I drove down on Saturday hoping to avoid traveling in bad weather - but that didn't help for the drive home on Sunday. I met Tim Long, a pastor and ministry team leader to ANBC from this past summer, for coffee following church. I then hit the highway - and the Lord protected me as I drove. We experienced an abrupt and unusually early snowstorm on Sunday, and although in NS it was just driving rain and wind - by the time I reached NB I was very much looking forward to being at home out of the weather!

It has been a full month of PR, ministry updates and travel, and it's been great to see many supporters and friends and share our ministry with those who are not familiar with ANBC or NCEM. We have two more mission conferences booked and will then be taking a few weeks break from travel. We hope to announce next years schedule before Christmas and will begin staff and speaker recruitment for next years programs!

Today I have been very thankful for the help of three men from my church as we've begun installation of water lines to the "Director's Cabin", "Speakers Cabin" and Office building. I've been on the road so much that it has been difficult to nail down the details of this project - if not for the care and assistance of Matthew, Roger and Rob - we would not be in as good a shape as we are with the project. We will finish installing the water lines tomorrow which will allow for the installation of the water filtration systems at some point this winter.

Matthew getting started on some serious trenching.

Over 600 feet of trench was dug today.

We have very rocky ground, because of the solid bedrock we aren't able to get quite as low as we'd like - so we've used heavier pipe and will cover it all with styrofoam.

This trench will carry water to the directors cabin and then around to the office.