August 12 ~ Andrew Hall

Divine Devotional Aids: Meditatio – Meditating to Receive Psalm 119:49-56   http://cbcilderton.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Audio-Aug-12-2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...

The Journey of Discipleship ~ Pastor Gary

My oldest son has recently purchased a property in the Muskokas just outside the town of Bala. This was particularly exciting for me because I spent 10 days of every summer at a scout camp mere kilometers away along the Moon River. This past holiday weekend we spent some time at the new place helping to ready it for vacation rentals. Naturally, I also wanted to reconnect with my scouting past by checking out the old campground. The road into the camp was notoriously difficult: generally single car width, sharp twists and turns, spots where you easily bottom out, and both rocks and potholes (come to think of it those should have worked together nicely); in short a journey in itself to be taken with great care and consideration. Unfortunately, I could not find my way to the camp! I subsequently found out that the road in has been drastically reworked and relocated, thus without a map it is very difficult to find. I was thinking of this in relation to our discipleship as Christians and how well we know where God is taking us and how he plans to get us there. Do you know the Christian life has an objective? God’s plan is to form Christ in us (Gal 4:19), we are predestined to bear his image (Romans 8:29). If that is where we are heading how do we get there? Is there a roadmap? Like a treacherous camp road, life seems full of difficult twists and turns; is there a way God has for us? The answer is yes and it is called discipleship, or in...

August 5 ~ Pastor Andrew

Divine Devotional Aids: Oratio – Praying to Understand Psalm 119:33-40  http://cbcilderton.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Audio-August-5-2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...

Supernatural Bible Reading – Pastor Andrew

What is the sense that you have when you open up the Bible? Does it feel like a duty or more like a delight? Is it a habit that you’ve developed over years or an occasional, spur of the moment decision? Does it feel like the words of an old, faithful friend being spoken to your soul or a complex book from an ancient world?   The Bible is a remarkable book – it is deep enough for an elephant to swim yet shallow enough for a toddler not to drown. There is profundity and simplicity. It makes the wise simple and the simple wise.   For many people, however, they open the Bible and feel the gap – culturally, historically, and spiritually. Rules of interpretation (known as ‘hermeneutics’) are given to help people observe, interpret, and apply the Bible. But what if the Bible could be read much more simply and supernaturally? Does it have to start with such a complex science?   Martin Luther believed that there were three steps in reading the Bible, and, if followed, would make a person a great theologian. As he studied Psalm 119, he came to see that the Bible could be read not as a mere academic exercise, but a spiritually transforming encounter with the living God. His concern was not that people would read the Bible scientifically and end up with knowledge, but with faith that produced experiential wisdom. The three steps are oratio, meditatio, and tentatio.   Oratio is reading the Bible prayerfully. Luther would say that if we approach the Bible with our reason and understanding, we...

July 29 ~ Pastor Gary

Delight in the Word Psalm 119:97-104  http://cbcilderton.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Audio-July-29-2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...