Pastor Jim's Blog

Getting Unstuck

Have you noticed that some people seem to be stuck? Like a car stuck in a snow drift. Engine racing, tires spinning, snow flying, but getting nowhere. Stepping on the gas won’t help. Getting out of the car, walking around it, inspecting the tires, seeing the ice formed by the heat of the spinning tire, and then getting back in and trying again will not get you unstuck. What one has to do, is think differently. Maybe you are someone that is stuck. You seem to be putting a lot of energy into life, your tires are spinning, but going nowhere. Stuck people talk about the same things ten years later. Stuck people carry personal injustices as a badge on their chest. Going back to unhealthy lifestyles, continually experiencing toxic relationships and an inability to let go of past hurts are examples of being stuck. More effort, more education, and (wait for this, it might challenge you) more prayer will not get you unstuck. Taking the stuck car analogy, a little farther, to get unstuck, you will have to do something different than what you have been doing.

You might need a push, sometimes we need to engage the help of others to help us move forward. Often we are embarrassed or ashamed to admit our stuckness. But when we enlist the help of the “right” people, it might just be the push we need to get away from spinning our wheels. To unstick the car may also require some digging. Some snow might need to be removed. This requires some radical thinking, inventorying what needs to remain and what needs to go in one’s life. You may have to trespass into the scary past, engaging the sometimes unyielding mind to go to places long hidden. This is the great and awesome promise in the gospel: our past can be forgiven, our past can be redeemed, and our past no longer has to define us. When we come into Christ we can become a new creation. Continuing to use our illustration, sometimes we need to put some sand under the tires to get unstuck. Sand reminds me of applying the word of God to our life. God’s word helps us to get a grip. We still need the engine, we still need to apply gas to the engine and spin those tires, but when we align our thinking with the word of God we get a grip, and are propelled out of stuckness to moving forward in life.

Getting our thinking aligned with God’s word is key to moving forward, to being successful, and protects us from getting stuck in a particular station of life. I am speaking about this very thing this Sunday. God intends us to be free, but many times we are stuck in one place, because of our thinking. Because, what we think we are.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

$1000 a month for Our Daily Bread

Eagles operates a bingo on Thursday nights. They are looking for a bingo caller to work two Thursdays a month. The caller receives $40 per night. If we provide a caller, Eagles will donate a $1000 a month to ODB. The time commitment would be from 6:30 to 9 pm.

Great opportunity to support ODB and other community groups the Eagles support by committing to six hours a month.

Contact the KCF office.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

KCF invites all to the Annual Thanksgiving Community Turkey dinner. 

We are looking forward to this fun time where we can gather as a church family alongside the community to enjoy a yummy meal together. This is a free event, and all are welcome. 

If you would like to donate toward the Thanksgiving Dinner so we can keep it free, please do so by mailing or dropping off your cheque payable to “Our Daily Bread” to 520 Falls Street, Nelson BC V1L 6B5.  We can also accept payments via interact at the KCF Office or credit payments over the phone.

KCF Membership Classes

If you consider KCF your church home and are not a Member yet, Membership classes are a good opportunity for you to find out more about KCF church and establish your roots. If you are interested in church membership, please contact the office.

The next round of membership classes will be held over 4 Sundays at 1pm beginning November 4th.  Soup and a bun will be provided.

Our Daily Bread

We want to give thanks to those who heard our call and sent in donations to ODB. We are able to continue to provide lunch to hungry people because of the faithfulness of those who care. If you have not donated yet, please consider doing so today. You can make a significant impact with a hungry person by donating to Our Daily Bread in Nelson, BC. We have seniors, children, women, young and older people come for food, community and support. Individual lives have been changed forever by the love shown at Our Daily Bread. Please help someone today by donating $100 or what ever you can online at http://kootenaychristianfellowship.com/dat/?p=odb-donations Our Daily Bread Nelson Hot Lunch program. Thank you for supporting those that need it.

S.H.A.R.E. Nelson

Want to know how to get a good deal on some great items? Follow the S.H.A.R.E. Nelson Facebook page and don’t miss out on any sales.

S.H.A.R.E. is accepting and receiving donations and new items are being put out for sale every day. If you would like to volunteer at S.H.A.R.E. we currently have great opportunities.  Call the store at 250.352.1222 or stop by the store to inquire.  Click on this link to check out S.H.A.R.E.’s video! Check out our FB page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aZX9v7gxdM

Reading the Bible

If you follow the monthly reading program, you can successfully read the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice in a year. I have attached this month’s prescribed reading to this newsletter. Start something new and watch God's word make a difference in your life.

Calendar of Events

  • Sonship – Coming into an experience of the love of the Father, Guest Speakers, James and Denise Jordan, Founders of Fatherheart Ministries, September 27 – 30th at various venues and times.  https://junctioncovenant.com/events/sonship
  • Bright Lights After School Club, start up Tuesday, Oct 2, 3:30 – 5:15pm, Call Doreen for information 354-2077
  • Community Thanksgiving Dinner at KCF, Monday, Oct 8, 5pm, Doors open at 4:45pm – All are welcome to this free dinner
  • KCF Church Membership course begins Sunday, Nov 4th – 1pm.

Visit our website at http://www.kootenaychristianfellowship.com for all the news, sermons, and places to donate.

Pastor Jim

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September 30, 2018

Celebration: Sunday: 10:25am - 12pm

Kootenay Christian Fellowship
520 Falls Street (1/2 Block up from Baker Street)
Nelson, BC  V1L 6B5 

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