Monday, December 10, 2018

Peace

Welcome to the second week of Advent!
Do you like peace? Most people do. Do you have peace? Most people do not.
Why is that? Humans have made great advances over the years in almost every field of endeavour and yet we don't seem to have gotten any better at peace. We have spent century after century trying, yet peace remains elusive.
This week we discussed the Peace the Christmas brings and the truth that the peace we have been unable to create, already exists. Though we can not make it, we can receive it. To hear about receiving peace, please click here to play this Sunday's audio.

Friday, December 7, 2018

All the latest

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Hope

Advent is a long-standing church tradition. We celebrate the arrival of Jesus by devoting the four Sundays before Christmas to four special gifts Jesus brings: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
We started advent off this Sunday with a bit of Christmas trivia, and then talked about the sure, certain and wonderful Hope that Jesus brings. Please click here to listen in, and may you have a very blessed week!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Choosing a Culture

Something I've noticed about groups of people - whether clubs, workplaces, schools - each one develops a unique culture. Some develop a culture unintentionally; it gets shaped by the personalities involved. Some develop a culture intentionally, it gets shaped by a leader or group of leaders who have given thought to what the culture of the group ought to be.
Churches also have cultures, and they also can be intentional or unintentional. Yet our founder and leader, Jesus clearly wanted us to be intentional about church culture. He gave clear teaching and guidelines about the kind of loving, supporting, giving culture that his churches need to have.
One of the biggest building blocks in shaping a culture is how we deal with our differences. No group of humans can assemble without differences, so ignoring or burying them doesn't work. Fortunately for the church, Jesus taught in Matthew 18 a four-step process to dealing with our differences.
At Way of Life we call Jesus' teaching the S-A-E-F process. To hear about the process and make it part of your culture, simply click this link.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Christmas Supper

The Community Christmas Supper is coming soon: December 9th. Everyone who is part of the Pilot Butte community is welcome to join in! The evening will include a fully-catered Christmas meal and some fun entertainment. There is NO COST to attend the supper, it is provided as a "Thank You" to Pilot Butte for all your support. Please call or e-mail before Nov. 30 to reserve seats for you and your family.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Friendship

Sunday the 11th marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending the "Great War" and we marked the day by talking about Friendship, in two ways.
The first way was in reflecting on Jesus' words in John 15:13: "Greater love has no one than this, that they lay down their life for their friends." As we honoured Jesus for his sacrifice and our grandfathers for theirs, our prayer is that we would live lives so peaceful and so honouring to Jesus that no one ever again has to make that terrible choice to surrender their life to protect another.
The second way was reflecting on Jesus' words in John 15:14: "You are my friends". The Friendship of Jesus does many things for us and blesses us in so many ways it is more than you we cover in just one day. For this Sunday we concluded our series on Evangelism by discussing how friendship with Jesus acts as a fuel, empowering our ability to share the Good News. To hear about how it works, and about how to deepen your friendship with Jesus, please click here.

Monday, November 5, 2018

What's Happening?

If you want the latest on what's happening at Way of Life, please click this link and you'll be able to view a PDF version of our latest church bulletin. As always, if you have any questions please contact Pastor Norm - the contact information is on the right side of this page.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

56 days until...

Hi! If you're a regular visitor you may wonder what's happening with our blog. We're working through some technical issues so we haven't been able to post audio for the last month, but we hope to have things fixed soon! In the meantime...a certain major holiday is now less than two months away and we want to remind you about the Community Christmas Supper.
This December 9th, at 5:30 in the evening we'll be hosting a fully-catered turkey supper which is open to all residents of Pilot Butte and area. We'll also have some fun entertainment, and will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Food Bank.
To reserve your seats, or for more information, please call 306-779-1084.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

New & Noteworthy


If you're wondering what's happening at Way of Life or what our prayer focus this month is, you can access our bulletin by clicking here.

Monday, September 24, 2018

A Modern Parable

This Sunday we continued our Evangelism series by presenting a modern parable. As you may have guessed from the photo, the parable was a story about fishing.
What has telling people the good news about the love of Jesus (which is what Evangelism is) got to do with trying to catch fish? More than you might think, unless you're familiar with what Jesus said in Matthew 4:19.
Familiar or not, we hope you'll give this parable a listen, and believe that it will bless you with a clearer understanding of Evangelism in the church today. To listen please click here.
Photo credit: Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Evangelism

This week we started a new series on Evangelism. It's a big word and one that sometimes carries a lot of baggage, but at heart the meaning of evangelism is quite simple. Evangelism is something that the whole church - every single person - is called to be part of. Evangel means good news and so evangelism is simply the telling of good news.

In this first evangelism discussion, we revealed the biggest barrier to carrying out our mission - and we revealed the three speed bumps that it builds in our way; speed bumps that can derail our efforts to share the good news.
Please click here to listen.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Live by Faith

This Sunday we talked about righteousness - a word fraught with many meanings, and a word that can lead to a great deal of confusion. What is righteousness? Who determines whether we are righteous? How can we tell?
Yet the Bible states in very simple terms that the righteous are those who live by faith. We all live by faith to a certain degree, but the Bible specifically means faith in God. To explore what it means to live by that kind of faith, we read the story of an old man who did.
He was an incredibly old man by our standards, but one who consistently lived by faith, even during some of the most trying and tumultuous times in human history. To hear about him, click the link: Live by Faith.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

What's New

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Ready for...

This Sunday we completed our series on being Ready for Jesus by answering a crucial question: Why?
Why is it important that followers of Jesus be ready for his return? Well the answer, it turns out, is so huge and so mind-blowing that it's impossible to fully understand. Still, it's worth the effort to try and understand it as well as we can. The reason for being ready for Jesus is so he can lavish the many gifts he has prepared for us. And the greatest of them all is making sure that you and I are Ready for Heaven. Please click this link to listen.
Photo courtesy of DPNAK Weddings.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Seeds and Soils

This Sunday we continued our series on being Ready for Jesus. In his letter to Sardis, Jesus described several ways for the church to ensure that we are prepared for the day of his return.
This week, in Rev 3:3 we heard Jesus say how important it is to remember what we have heard and received. And we read an amazing story in Mark 4 that gives us great insight into what Jesus means by hearing and receiving.
If you'd like to hear his insights, you can click this link and listen in.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Unfinished

As we continue to look at being Ready for Jesus, this Sunday we talked about a warning he gave to the church at Sardis. A warning that applies to us as well. Jesus asked us not to leave Unfinished the work God has called us to do. In order to appreciate the level of commitment Jesus asks, we looked toward the Hawai'ian island of Molokai and shared the story of two remarkable men of God. We heard how one of them was able to transform thousands of lives because of his commitment to finishing the work God had given him. If you'd like to hear that story, please click this LINK.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

August Info

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Ready for Jesus

This Sunday we continued to talk about the importance of being Ready for Jesus. Specifically we talked about a number of tasks that the saints in his church have embraced ever since the church began. These time-tested and God-honoured practices are referred to as "Spiritual Disciplines". Some of them are quite easy, while others can be quite a challenge.
But what are they? How are they different from Spiritual Gifts or Fruit of the Spirit? Who should be doing them? Why do they have to be done at all? If you click this link, you will hear the answers to these questions, as well as an introduction to 8 vital disciplines that help us to be Ready for Jesus.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Ready for Jesus

This Sunday marked the beginning of the end. Through 2018 we’ve been looking deep into the letters Jesus dictated to seven churches, which all appear in the opening chapters of Revelation. We began this week to look at our final letter, the letter to Sardis.
In that short letter, Jesus revealed some issues that were restricting the growth and health of the church, as well as giving them some advice on overcoming the barriers they faced.
This week we began by looking at the very first thing the church needed to do to prepare for the return of Jesus. One word sums up the preparations needed, the changes required and the standard they needed to reach. It's a very important word because all churches from Sardis 2,000 years ago to Pilot Butte today and every other church that exists, right up to the day Jesus returns, needs to ensure they do this very important thing. If they can, they will be ready for his return. To learn what that one thing is, please click this link and listen in.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

July Bulletin

Hello, and thanks for visiting our page! If you are looking for the latest on what's happening at Way of Life, our bulletin is just a click away. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Wanted: Dads

We took a detour from our discussion of holding on to Jesus to talk about someone else we need to hold on to. Someone who used to be regarded as an essential part of every family, but more and more is seen as an optional add-on. That someone is: Dad.
We say Dad as opposed to father because there is no father shortage - there are over seven billion humans living on earth! We have no problem fathering children. The problem arises when we look at the numbers of fathers who truly act as Dads, are committed to their families and present for their children. The Bible has much to say about the value of being a Dad and a great deal of encouragement for Dads. Please click this link if you'd like to hear God's heart for Dads.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Holding on Part 2

In looking at Jesus' encouragement to the faithful to "Hold On" we looked at the concepts of Tolerance and Diversity. There's no question of God's approval for both diversity - since he created it; and tolerance - because he practices it every day. God responds to our rebellion with grace and patience making him more tolerant than we could ever imagine or understand!
As good as tolerance and diversity are, we asked ourselves this Sunday: is more always better? Or does there come a time and a place that we must limit tolerance and diversity?
It's a challenging question but thanks to Scripture, we have a clear answer. If you're interested in God's Word on the subject, please click this link.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June Bulletin

This link allows you to see a PDF version of this month's church bulletin. If you have any questions at all please contact Pastor Norm at: wayoflife@sasktel.net or 306-779-1084.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Hurricane

This week we continued our series on the Revelation letters by moving on to the letter Jesus dictated to the church at Thyatira. Many of us couldn't find that city on a map - but then they probably couldn’t find Saskatchewan, either!
Of course, the encouragement and the warning Jesus gave has nothing to do with location and everything to do with his love for the church. So it applies to us every bit as much as it did to them. You may wonder: what was the problem? In Thyatira, false teaching had begun to spread and was leading many people to do things that are incompatible with a life of faith. Although the people still had a real love for Jesus, he could see danger for them if they continued down this false path. So he wrote them and told them to put those things aside and hold on to him.
And so we began our series about holding on to Jesus by asking what we should do when storms come against us. Sometimes in life, we face huge and powerful, hurricane-force storms. If you’d like to hear what we learned about facing them, please click this link.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Psalm 40

To conclude our series on people who have said "Here I Am" in response to God’s call we turned to the multi-talended King David. He was a warrior and a leader of men, a man of integrity and compassion, and also a gifted poet and songwriter.
From beginning to end his life was dedicated to following God’s way. He certainly had some stumbles over the years, but in the end they only served to deepen his faith.
In the 40th Psalm David makes his declaration to God, and he tells us about five blessings that we can all expect to receive when we give ourselves whole-heartedly into the Lord’s hands.
To hear David's story and David’s teaching, please click this link.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

5 Scenes of Pentecost

Pentecost is an ancient festival, which was given to the Jewish people through Moses. For Christians, Pentecost is a great day, but it has a new meaning based on of the events of Acts, Chapter 2. Because we read the first Christian Pentecost as history, it seems as though everything unfolds just as it should, just when it should.
However, if we could transport ourselves back to those days, and walk in the shoes of one of the early disciples, we’d have a better understanding of what a challenge it was to follow the call of Jesus to “wait here until the promised gift arrives”. This Sunday we presented 5 scenes from the life of a typical disciple who followed Jesus and who, when he called, answered a whole-hearted, life changing answer: Here I Am. To hear her story, please click here.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Here I Am

When Jesus calls us to follow him and take up the challenge of pursuing the Christian Way of Life, there are many possible answers. But only one perfect answer: Here I Am. Three little words that tell Jesus you are "all-in" and dedicated to becoming his disciple. On Mother's Day we had the privilege to hear about one of the most inspiring women in the Bible. A mother who put God's way ahead of her own, and about her son, who followed her example and told God "Here I Am" when he was called. That boy went on to be used by God to lead and transform an entire nation. To hear the amazing story of this mother and son, click this link.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Three Powerful Words

In his letter to the church at Pergamum (Rev 2) Jesus challenged the believers there, and by extension all of his followers down through to today, to live a genuine and truly Christian way of life. This Sunday and for the month of May we're looking at a group of people who took up that challenge. Though they lived in a variety of places and times, they had three powerful words in common. When called and challenged by God to dedicate themselves to his way of life, each of them made a commitment and each of them made it speaking the same three powerful words.
The first of their stories involves a trip to a distant mountain. To hear the story and to learn the three powerful words at the heart of it, please click this link.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

May Bulletin

May is a busy, busy month at Way of Life, with lots of great things to be part of. Click this link to view a PDF version of our monthly bulletin.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Commitment

We live in a world of decisions. What to wear, where to go; jobs, vacations, relationships. Decisions are so commonplace, we make hundreds of them every day without really thinking. And for everyday decisions, that works out just fine.
However there are other choices, ones with greater implications that require more than just a momentary decision. There are life choices that don't work unless we back our decision up with commitment.
One thing Jesus expects when we make the decision to follow him, is that we will commit ourselves to being part of a local church. To hear more about the importance of commitment, and the commitment to church, please click this link.

Photo courtesy Alpha Stock Images.

Monday, April 23, 2018

A Dog's Story

From the title this week you might think we watched one of those cute and cuddly animal movies - after all, there are no famous dogs in the Bible. The Bible has no tales of brave, loyal, dedicated pets sticking with their masters through thick and thin or rescuing lost children or anything like that.

But what the Bible does have is the story of a man who was called dog. Really. For some reason which is lost in time, this fellow's parents named him dog. This would be a very odd name today - but was doubly so in ancient Israel, where dogs were considered a nuisance or worse. Nobody kept dogs in their house or considered them to be part of the family. So dog (Caleb in Hebrew) was a very strange name for folks to give to their son. However, in time the name proved strangely appropriate, because when we think of dogs at their best we think of them as constantly and unwaveringly faithful. Completely dedicated to their masters. And that is the kind of man Caleb grew up to be. If you'd like to hear his story, just click this link.

Monday, April 2, 2018

April Bulletin


There are plenty of great things happening at Way of Life this month! Check out the e-version of our bulletin for dates and times. April Bulletin.

An Empty Event

During our Easter discussion this week we focussed on the fact that this day, the greatest day in human history, was meant to be a source of great joy. God's people, if they do nothing else on Easter, should rejoice at what Jesus has done for us.
The story of Easter starts with a sad and hurtful emptiness - by turning our backs on God and sinning against him, we created a hole in our own hearts. An emptiness that was always intended to be filled by God. And our sin removed us from God, leaving an emptiness in his arms, for he longs to wrap his children in a loving embrace, but that's impossible while we are tainted by sin.
To fix that emptiness God first created another emptiness...he emptied some of himself so that Jesus could come to earth and walk with us. And because Jesus walked perfectly and obediently, he was able to accomplish the last, most beautiful emptiness.
On Easter Sunday, he rose, leaving behind an empty grave. And because he has promised to share his new life with us, each and every person who loves Jesus will leave behind an empty grave when they enter his glory. That's why the Easter story is a story of JOY!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Faithful

We continued our Easter preparations this Sunday by remembering a call Jesus made to his disciples, which means it is also a call to all of us. This was a challenging call, not the kind of thing many people get excited about. But, when seen through the lens of what Jesus has done and what he has promised to do for us, the call is essential.
What we talked about is the call for all of us to be faithful until death. The words have a chilling effect on most people. They sounds cold, they sounds demanding. But in light of the promises of Jesus what we actually find is that great blessings flow when we respond to Jesus and have that ongoing and unwavering faith.

To learn more about the challenge, and the blessings that flow from taking it on, listen here.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Small things

This past Sunday marks only two weeks until Easter. For the church, Easter is the anniversary of the single most important day in all of human history. Of course not everyone agrees with us. The late physicist Stephen Hawking famously said that his brain was like a computer and would last until the components broke down. Once broken down, like any computer, he would not go on to heaven or any kind of afterlife.
If you agree with Hawking and people like him, then you are likely to disregard the importance of Easter, and you needn't worry about the core focus of Easter: Life and Death. But if you disagree with those skeptics, if you feel that human life has a spiritual dimension that goes beyond the physical; then Life and Death are very, very important issues.
To hear about that importance, please click the link below:
Small Things

Monday, February 26, 2018

Who is my Plesion?

The words “pelas” and “plesion” are probably unfamiliar - unless you know the Greek language. But these unfamiliar words are at the heart of one of the most well-know yet little understood commands Jesus ever made. The command to love your neighbour.
The Greek word pelas means “close”, and plesion is the personal form of pelas. Plesion means a person who is close. When Jesus told us to love our neighbour, he didn’t say people who live close to us, but rather all the people we come close to. He meant everyone we come in contact with. That can be quite a challenge!
Yet Jesus, at the same time he urged us to love our neighbour, also showed us how to do it. If you’d like to hear how he wants us to do it, please click this LINK. Once you’re done, feel free to comment and tell us what you think about loving your neighbour.

Friday, February 23, 2018

March Bulletin

With March right around the corner, it’s time to look ahead to next month’s activities at Way of Life. Please click this LINK to view the March Bulletin.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Back to the First

Have you ever been lost? Don’t worry - I won’t tell anyone. Of course we all get turned around from time to time. Following instructions, from a friend or your GPS doesn’t mean you won’t make a wrong turn and find yourself someplace you didn’t want to be.
In those times, the best course of action is to return to where it all went wrong. To get back to a known location where your feet are on solid, well-known ground, a place where you’re not lost, and then try again.
That’s the advice Jesus gave to the church in Ephesus (you can find it in Revelation 2). The saints there had gotten off track and Jesus told them the solution was to get back on solid ground. He told them that they needed to return to the root and beginning of their faith. So this week we looked at a powerful story of one man’s journey of faith to remind us how to get back to the first. The first Love we found for Jesus. We hope you enjoy the story.

First Love

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Using Your Power

This week’s power that we use on behalf of Jesus is an important one. It’s also a misunderstood one. Using this power is very important to God. It appears in the Bible over a thousand times - that’s even more often than love! Jesus summed up the importance of this power when he said “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.
Yes, the power we talked about it the power of giving - financial giving. The subject is often misunderstood, but incredibly important to showing where our heart is, and making our power count for Jesus. To learn more, please click here and give a listen.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

February Bulletin

If you're wondering what's happening at Way of Life, but can't make it this Sunday, just click this link to view our bulletin.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Using Your Power

Do you know what this is? Most people would say it’s a cake...but can you know that for sure? It’s shaped like a cake, decorated like a cake, but thanks to the coating of frosting, you don’t really know if there’s cake inside. It could just be a styrofoam form, or even a rounded hunk of wood.
When we talked about using your power last week it was about power you can easily see on the outside, the Gifts of the Spirit.
This week we talked about the power that works inside the saints, quite often unseen. Like the cake underneath all this frosting, it gives form, strength and structure to a Christian Way of Life. That power is the power of the Holy Spirit as it produces the Fruit of the Spirit in God’s people. If you click the link below you can explore with us how it is using our power in conjunction with Holy Spirit power helps us grow more and more fruitful.

Fruit of the Spirit

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Using your power

When Jesus dictated a letter to the church in ancient Philadelphia he commended them on the way they used their “little power”. He called it little not because the saints or the church are weak, but because their power is small compared to the power of God.

This week we began a look at how we can be like the Philadelphians and make the best use our power. We learned that the power each Christian has available is more than just our own physical and emotional strength. Jesus promised, and the Holy Spirit provides, the power of God for each of us.

The set of powers known as Spiritual Gifts provide us many ways to make a difference for our God and in our world, enabling us to use our power in beautiful and wonderful ways. To learn more about these gifts, please click the link below.

Spiritual Gifts

Monday, January 15, 2018

Accepting Discipline

After completing our Year End Review (see post for January 2nd) we started a new series, looking more closely at the benchmarks Jesus set for his churches. The same benchmarks we found in the seven letters of Revelation 2-3.
This Sunday we looked at what Jesus said about Accepting Discipline. There aren’t many of us who go about hoping to be disciplined, yet if we can be both mature and honest, we know that discipline is absolutely needed to help us to learn and grow.
Since few of us look forward to discipline, we can sometimes need to be persuaded to accept it. To help us out, we looked at 4 Factors of God’s discipline that lead us to value and accept it. If you’d like to learn more, please click the link and listen in.

Discipline Factors

Monday, January 8, 2018

Training

Most of us know that if you want become stronger and more fit, you have to go into training. Many people are doing just that to start the new year. There are certainly a lot of ways (including dumbbells) to train your muscles, and many ways to get good results. Regardless of the way you train, discipline will be a key component, because we build strength through repeated effort.

Less considered, but just as true, is that we can do spiritual training that will help us become spiritually stronger and more fit. The system of spiritual training we find in the Bible is usually referred to as Spiritual Disciplines. By practicing these disciplines, you build yourself up, gaining strength to become the person Jesus has called you to be.
Our audio system is under repair, so if you’d like more information on the disciplines, contact Pastor Norm at wayoflife@sasktel.net.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Year-End Review

We met on December 31st, the last day of the year, and we looked back at 2017. Most of us, in our personal lives and in our jobs, are accustomed to looking back and assessing our performance from the prior year. Yet we don't carry this good and necessary process forward into our church life. Why is that?

Part of it is the difficulty in measuring spiritual results - but that doesn't have to stop us. There are a number of good ways to measure, and this Sunday we talked about one of the best. In Revelation 2&3 Jesus dictates a letter to seven church in Asia Minor. Each of the letters reviews the performance of those churches and so Jesus gives us benchmarks we can use in our churches today.

Jesus measures the churches against important standards like their love for him, and the extent of their faithfulness . To hear all seven, and to review how your church performed in those areas, click the link below.

Year-End Review

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Advent: Joy

Apologies for our missing audio this week and last - we're having some technical issues. However, we refuse to allow glitches to dampen our Christmas Joy this week! So we spent some time singing and examining one of the best-loved songs of Joy: Joy to The World by Isaac Watts.

Inspired by Psalm 98, the song points out some great reasons we can find Joy at Christmas:
1. The Lord is come - after centuries of waiting, the promise of God to send a Messiah (or Christ) was fulfilled at Christmas. Because of that, the message of God's love has gone out to the world, causing resounding Joy.
2. The Saviour reigns - God has put all things under the authority of Jesus, and we can have confidence in his ability to provide for our salvation. All we have to do is make room in our hearts and allow him to reign in our lives.
3. Sin and Sorrow are ending - when we repent from sin, we turn from our path and follow the one blazed by Jesus. It is a far better way to go as it leads to ultimate Joy and blessing.
4. We receive Truth and Grace - the truth is none of us are worthy of God or of a place in heaven...Jesus knows that yet he brought us Grace so that we can in fact find a home with God.

We pray that your world will be filled with great Joy in this, the last week of Advent.
Merry Christmas and God Bless you, everyone.

See you in 2018!