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Sunday, 25 September 2016

'AN IMITATION OF HELL'

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
by Rev. Canon George Sinclair                           
 Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, Ottawa, ON.
 www.messiahchurch.ca 

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(Podcast of CFRA broadcast on Sunday, September 25th,  2016)
 
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Broadcast Notes:
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  (Below ANNOUNCEMENT)


SPECIAL EVENT - Friday, September 30/16 – 7:00 P.M.

Linda & Ernie Cox, with the London Trio Plus


One of the most beloved Christian music entertainers in the Ottawa area is going to be in Concert at Sunnyside Wesleyan Church. Admission is free, but we will be taking up an offering in support of Good News in the Morning. Mark it on your calendars Friday, September 30th at 7 p.m. at Sunnyside Wesleyan Church.  (More… http://www.gncm.ca/news-and-events )



This week’s broadcast talk is a shortened version of a sermon I gave at Church of the Messiah. At Messiah, we preached through the Book of Amos. The Sermon Series was called, Amos: Let Justice Roll Down!

‘An Intimation of Hell’

Amos 8   (ESV)

The Coming Day of Bitter Mourning

8 This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. And he said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me,
“The end[a] has come upon my people Israel;
    I will never again pass by them.
The songs of the temple[b] shall become wailings[c] in that day,”
declares the Lord God.
“So many dead bodies!”
“They are thrown everywhere!”
“Silence!”
Hear this, you who trample on the needy
    and bring the poor of the land to an end,
saying, “When will the new moon be over,
    that we may sell grain?
And the Sabbath,
    that we may offer wheat for sale,
that we may make the ephah small and the shekel[d] great
    and deal deceitfully with false balances,
that we may buy the poor for silver
    and the needy for a pair of sandals
    and sell the chaff of the wheat?”
The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
“Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.
Shall not the land tremble on this account,
    and everyone mourn who dwells in it,
and all of it rise like the Nile,
    and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?”
“And on that day,” declares the Lord God,
    “I will make the sun go down at noon
    and darken the earth in broad daylight.
10 I will turn your feasts into mourning
    and all your songs into lamentation;
I will bring sackcloth on every waist
    and baldness on every head;
I will make it like the mourning for an only son
    and the end of it like a bitter day.
11 Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,
    “when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
    but of hearing the words of the Lord.
12 They shall wander from sea to sea,
    and from north to east;

they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord,
    but they shall not find it
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13 “In that day the lovely virgins and the young men
    shall faint for thirst.
14 Those who swear by the Guilt of Samaria,
    and say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan,’
and, ‘As the Way of Beersheba lives,’
    they shall fall, and never rise again.”

Footnotes:
1.      Amos 8:2 The Hebrew words for end and summer fruit sound alike
2.     Amos 8:3 Or palace
3.     Amos 8:3 Or The singing women of the palace shall wail
4.     Amos 8:5 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters; a shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
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1. The Bible reports and interprets.

2. Meeting God is inevitable.

3. I am a creature living in creation with a Creator.

4. If I keep on silencing God, a time will come when I cannot hear Him.

5. God confronts to connect.

6. God does not offer to forget, He offers to forgive.

7. I can listen to another person without agreeing with them. I cannot listen to God without agreeing with Him

8. Dear Lord, please make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who listens to Your word and lives a just and honest life for Your glory.


Rev. Canon George Sinclair
Church of the Messiah
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

'DO WE SILENCE THE GOD WHO SPEAKS?'

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
by Rev. Canon George Sinclair                           
 Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, Ottawa, ON.
 www.messiahchurch.ca 

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(Podcast of CFRA broadcast on Sunday, September 18th,  2016)
http://proxy.autopod.ca/podcasts/chum/6/45891/good_news_227_sept18.mp3
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Broadcast Notes:
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A Thank You…
I want to give a shout out to Sandy Davidson who made a generous donation today to be able to put this show on the sir.
And he’s doing it in honour of the great work done by Christian Counseling Ottawa for the past forty years.
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I also want to say that if you’re interested in meeting some of the speakers and supporting this Ministry, we’re going to be having Ernie Cox lead a time singing gospel music at Sunnyside Wesleyan Church, 58 Grosvenor Avenue in old Ottawa South, on Friday, September 30th at 7:00 PM, and there are refreshments afterward. There’s no cost.  


Do We Silence The God Who Speaks?


This week’s broadcast talk is a shortened version of a sermon I gave at Church of the Messiah. At Messiah, we preached through the Book of Amos. The Sermon Series was called, Amos: Let Justice Roll Down!


Amos 7   (ESV):

Warning Visions

This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, he was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and behold, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings. When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said,
“O Lord God, please forgive!
    How can Jacob stand?
    He is so small!”
The Lord relented concerning this:

 
   “It shall not be,” said the Lord.
This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, the Lord God was calling for a judgment by fire, and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land. Then I said,
“O Lord God, please cease!
    How can Jacob stand?
    He is so small!”
The Lord relented concerning this:

    “This also shall not be,” said the Lord God.
This is what he showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
“Behold, I am setting a plumb line
    in the midst of my people Israel;
    I will never again pass by them;
the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,

    and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
    and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”

Amos Accused

10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos has said,
“‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
    and Israel must go into exile
    away from his land.’”
12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was[a] no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. 15 But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16 Now therefore hear the word of the Lord.
“You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
    and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’
17 Therefore thus says the Lord:
“‘Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city,
    and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,
    and your land shall be divided up with a measuring line;
you yourself shall die in an unclean land,
    and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.’”

Footnotes:

1.       Amos 7:14 Or am; twice in this verse
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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Notes:

1. The Lord is omnipotent, omnipresent, sovereign, holy and active in His creation.

2. The Lord desires His people to intercede for their city and their nation.

3. The Lord is big and people are small.

4. When god is small and People are big, evil grows, injustice flourishes, and people suffer.

5. The Lord cannot make straight what does not bow.

6. When the Lord speaks, will I "silence" Him or will I call out to Him in repentance and intercession?

7. The Lord God is sovereign, omnipresent, omnipotent, holy and active in His creation and meeting Him is inevitable. So when He speaks, do not "silence" Him, but listen and call out to Him in repentance and intercession.

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
Church of the Messiah
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To listen to the above broadcast, click on the following link:
http://proxy.autopod.ca/podcasts/chum/6/45891/good_news_227_sept18.mp3