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Thoughts from the Apostle

Here, you will find the Senior Pastor's bulletin entries (found in each Monthly Bulletin).

In addition, you'll see him post thoughts and words of wisdom that he wishes to share from time to time.

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving / God Will Avenge His Own Elect

Posted by Lloyd Linton on OA8er @ 8:14 AM

Greetings beloved ones!

  

      I welcome you to Thanksgiving month.  The 2nd Monday of October is the day that Canada, as a nation, celebrates Thanksgiving each year. 

      Some families do so on the Lord’s Day, Sunday.  The Lord’s Day is when we gather for worship.  It really should not be used for that, seeing as we have been given a day especially for that reason!  I kindly ask our church families to respect the Lord’s Day (Sunday, October 9th) and be in church for service; Then celebrate with your family on Thanksgiving Day (Monday, October 10th).  Let us not be like those who use the Lord’s Day for their own convenience. 

Let’s make this a united effort to operate accordingly.

 

      We will be having our Thanksgiving Dinner, again, this year at

The C.C.T.P Ministries.  We thank God for the vision to do this.  This is one of the ways we can introduce friends and family to our church family; Give occasion to become acquainted with others and experience the loving environment.  It is complimentary – NO COST.  Please, take advantage of the opportunity to minister to those who you’d like to invite to church.

 

      I would like to add something of great value to your daily devotion.  Over a 30-day period, meditate on Philippians 4: 4 – 9.  I believe as we meditate on this portion of scripture and practice its teaching, great changes will take place in each one who will take the challenge to discipline yourselves to do so!

 

      In your prayers, take to heart Luke 18: 1 – 8.  See what our Lord has to say in verses 7 & 8:

 7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?  8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily…..”  Ask God to avenge, and watch Him do it!

 

 

      May God favour all of us with blessings to the overflowing in the month of October!!

 

Love and Blessings to all!

Pastor Lloyd E. Linton

From the October 2016 Monthly Bulletin

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Go Forward In the Assurance of God's Word!

Posted by Lloyd Linton on OP4er @ 4:37 PM

      Thanks be unto God for a safe and an enjoyable Summer!  Thank you God!  Also, some of you were out of the country.  Welcome back to all of you and we give thanks for God’s protection upon you!

 

      The Summer is over, and it’s time to move ahead; getting back to our regular routines.  For some, it will involve facing new things (i.e. College or University).  If you’ll be walking down that road this month, do not be fearful of the new things you may have to deal with.  It’s just another season of moving forward!  God is with you.  So as you start this new season, do so in the confidence that ‘you are not alone’!  Psalm 46:11 says, “The LORD (YAHWEH) of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.  Let us all, therefore, go forward in the assurance of God’s holy word!

      Fall/Autumn is also a time to take on new challenges.  You are never too old to learn!  You can take General Interest courses.  Do some baking, sewing, furniture finishing, upholstery, plumbing, painting, interior decorating – There are many things you can learn at Night School.  Check it out.

 

      Great Blessings be yours on all that you set your hand to in the coming days.

 

Love and Blessings!

Pastor Lloyd E. Linton

From the September 2016 Monthly Bulletin

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Fight Against The Adamic

Posted by Lloyd Linton on OP12er @ 12:06 PM

      I trust that you are having wonderful Summer!  I hope that all students and parents are preparing for ‘Back to School’.  Try not to leave things for the last week before school starts up again.  Time elapses so quickly!

 

      As we keep going forward, let’s continue to meditate on God’s message to us in the month of July, which was (and still is) that “We must fight against the Adamic.”  ‘What is the Adamic?’ you may be wondering.  It could be rightly said that it is disobedience against God’s directives.  Well, let’s go back to the very setting written in Genesis 2:16, 17

16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

      What I see is that for Adam to have the victory, he needed to have faith in what Yahweh told him so that, when the deceiver came in chapter 3, the same faith would rise up in him against the lies of Satan.  Jesus was also tempted by Satan (see Luke 4:1-13).  Jesus came against Satan’s lies by faith in God’s Word.

 

      The Adamic is the push to doubt God.  The Spirit of Doubt.  Adam failed to because he did not have faith in the Word of God!  “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6)

 

      As we fight against the Adamic, we must do so with faith in God’s Word.  Do what God says.  And by so doing, the Adamic will be defeated.

 

Love and Blessings!

Pastor Lloyd E. Linton

From the August 2016 Monthly Bulletin

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First, Seek The Kingdom

Posted by Lloyd Linton on OP12er @ 12:02 PM

      Because this is the 7th month of the year, let us expect that everything will go well and that it will be another month filled with blessings from The Almighty (All Powerful, Omnipotent, Supreme, Preeminent).  Seven also speaks of perfection and completeness.

 

      Material blessings are promised to us when we first seek “God’s Kingdom.”   But we must seek The Kingdom.  With the Kingdom comes all that God has for us.  All that we need to do is obey God (do what He says).  He will do the rest. 

      This is what He said to Abram “I am the Almighty God:”  After giving His I.D. God gave Abram a very short instruction; 1Walk before me, and be thou perfect.”  The following is what God said he would do: 2And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.”  (Genesis 17:1, 2)

 

      God has ‘big’ plans for us!  These plans will be fulfilled as we comply to the instruction given in Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 

      Let us obey the instruction of “The Almighty God”, and expect a great July of blessings (7 x 7 x 7)!  It would be even better if we would have multiplied blessings for each of the 31 days of the month.

 

      We offer hearty congratulations to all our students who graduated in the past couple of weeks.  Our prayer is that you all will move on in the anointing of excellency!

 

Love and Blessings to you and your loved ones.

Pastor Lloyd E. Linton

From the July 2016 Monthly Bulletin

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Speak Blessings

Posted by Lloyd Linton on OA11er @ 11:57 AM

      Welcome to the wonderful month of June!!

 

      May we all reach to higher heights and deeper depths in the things of God in this special month.  As we speak blessing, the blessing will come!  Remember –“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  (Proverbs 18:21)

 

      Because “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”, we should choose to speak life!  Because “We shall have what we say”, we must choose our words carefully!  Let us choose to bless and not to curse!  We need to seek the help of the Holy Spirit in saying the right things at the right times.  Let Psalm 19:14 and Proverbs 4: 24 be our daily prayer.

 

      I count it a great joy to have been able to celebrate my 79th birthday on June 1st.  Thanks be to our Sovereign God, who has been with me through the years that went by!  Thank you all who stood with me in prayer in breaking the curse of early death on my life.  God has been good to me!

 

      When Job reflected on all the mishaps that took place in his life, he pronounced a curse upon the day of his birth.  (see Job 3:1-26 or Jer. 20:14-21)  But I will speak blessings on the day I was conceived, the day I was born, the days that God have me, and upon the days that He will yet give me!  I will also bless my Creator, who has blessed me so wonderfully!  “Yahweh, God, I bless You for blessing me so wonderfully!”

 

      Once again, I pronounce great blessings upon the people of God, and may the month of June be an unusual month of blessings for us!

 

Love and Blessings to you and your loved ones.

Pastor Lloyd E. Linton

From the June 2016 Monthly Bulletin

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What Can We Look Forward To?

Posted by Lloyd Linton on OA11er @ 11:53 AM

      What can we look forward to in the days that are ahead?  There are many things we can look forward to in the coming days.  One thing is certain: we will be dressing down.  We can put away our winter attire for a while.  I’m sure that we all welcome the warmer weather! 

      Talking about deals, for everyone who has to take care of utility bills (gas, electricity, etc.), the winter was quite kind to us.  God has different ways of restoring what we have spent for His glory.  Let us not get tired of being God’s hands extended.  Please, remember; We can’t out-do God when it comes to giving.

 

      Back to things we can look forward to.  Gardening should be our top priority, if we have the land to do so.  Try and plant something – even if it’s only one pepper plant in a pot in your house.

 

      We should be thinking about going door-to-door and inviting those around us to come and be a part of what God is doing here at The C.C.T.P Ministries.  I am asking all those, who are able, to join us for evangelism on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Let me know of your intention to do so. 

      I believe as we do this ‘great commission’, even in a small way, the result will be large!  So let us unite to win others for the kingdom of our great God!  If you are not able to go out, don’t worry!  You can take that time to prayer for those who will be evangelizing. 

 

         As unity is preached, we fall in line and live it out in every aspect of our lives for the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.   Remember – Unity begins at the Cross!  That’s the place where all believers meet!  I repeat – ‘All’ believers (just in case you thought there were any exclusions).  Before the Cross!  After the Cross!  ‘All’!

 

 

     May the month of May be a wonderful month for all of us!

 

Love and Blessings.

Pastor Lloyd E. Linton

From the May 2016 Monthly Bulletin

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Let Us Not Be Weary in Well Doing

Posted by Lloyd Linton on OA11er @ 11:49 AM

      April!  What is in store?  Well, is the weather follows its original course, we can look forward to an increase in temperature.  We have experienced a warmer winter than usual, of which we give thanks to our wonderful God.  April is customarily a month of showers; so that May will bring forth beautiful flowers.

 

      Whatever the weather conditions may be, let us continue tolift up our eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh our help.” (Psalm 121:1).  Let us not be negligent in the tasks that have been set before us.  We are called to labour for the Master.  As we do so,let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.(Galatians 6:9).  The enemy will try to put things into our way to discourage or side-track us.  However, if we are aware of his devices, we will overcome each time he makes an attempt to bring us down.  In all forms of service we are involved in, it is important to bear in mind that these services are never to be seen of men.  They are always for the glory of God, and to be done in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

      Have you invited someone to church lately?  If not, what’s stopping you?  It’s the duty of each of us to give an in invitation to others to attend ‘your’ church.  The church will grow as each one reaches one.  Let us all take this seriously and reach out to someone today.  Remember the videos we saw for our ‘Church Invitation Campaign’?  Someone might just be waiting for you to give them an invitation.  Remember this: When a task is set out for you, don’t idly sit and ponder it, neither be content to watch it be done by others; Begin at once and do it!  Although it may not be the most convenient time, begin at once.  Start the process!  Stop putting it off for a more convenient time or place.  Hello?!!!  Let’s get on with getting others out to church!  This is the time!  By each one reaching one, our church will grow!  Start now!  You can start by praying and asking God for His favour.  God will bless you as you obey His call to reach others for His glory.

 

 

Love and Blessings.

Pastor Lloyd E. Linton

From the April 2016 Monthly Bulletin

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It`s Time

Posted by Lloyd Linton on OA11er @ 11:20 AM

      The blessing of Yahweh that maketh rich and addeth no sorrow to it be upon you all!  As we start another month, may our steps be guided by the blessed Holy Spirit

 

      One of many things that have been given to us is Time.  How much time; none of us is certain.  The Bible speaks much about time.  It mentions the different seasons of life – the time of our birth and the time of our death; the season of our youth and the season of old age.  It reminds us that there will not only be times of feasting when it is said that there will be times of plenty and a time of famine.  The Bible states, while the earth remaineth, there will be seed times and harvest; summer and winter; cold and heat.  There will also be times of laughter.  But (sadly) periods of mourning will come as well.  Some of us have recently become well aware of such a season; where our loved ones have been taken away from us.  We share in your grief.  We all enjoy peaceful times and desire that we will never experience war.  However, we, as God’s children, must ‘endeavour’ to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.”

 

      While we’re on the topic of Time, let’s think about songs that speak about time.  1. “It’s time to get together in the love of the Lord, It’s time to get together and be of one accord.”  2. “Come, now is the time to worship, Come now is the time to give your heart.”  3. “We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’ve first begun.” (from ‘Amazing Grace’)

      Now taking a look at what the Psalms have to say: I will bless the Lord at all times.

 

      There is a time for everything under the sun.  But serving God cannot be reserved for a time - is something that is to happen all of the time.  Let us, therefore, use every bit of our time on earth to serve God.  Remember: Our times are in His hand.  Time has been given unto us to be used for the glory of God.  May we indeed Redeem the time, because the days are evil. 

 

 

      As March marches on, let us march on in the steps of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

 

Love and Blessings to you all!

Pastor Lloyd E. Linton

From the March 2016 Monthly Bulletin

 
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The Shortest Month/Leap Year

Posted by Lloyd Linton on OP5er @ 5:19 PM

      February is the shortest month of the year.  There are 28 days in this month during a normal year.  But when it is a Leap Year, as it is this year, February has 29 days.  You see, each year actually has 365 ¼ days.  But we usually acknowledge 365 days.  So every 4 years, an extra day is added to the month of February, which makes up for each ¼-of-a-day missed (the 4 quarters make a whole).  So we have an extra day to serve the Saviour in 2016.  Let’s see if we can do something special on February 29th.  We can make it a special day of Fasting and Prayer. 

 

      We have not called a special time of corporate fasting seeing that there is a Chain Fast going on.  [If you are on a team, please maintain your day of fasting.  There are 8 teams, which gives us the opportunity to fast on a different day each week.  For example, if you started on a Monday, the next week (or 8 days later) you would fast on a Tuesday, and so on.  Each week you move one day ahead.]  It’s of the uttermost importance that we all do our part.

      The purpose of the fasting chain is to seek God for Restoration.  Please be meditating on the following portions of Scripture:

2 Chronicles 7:14, Joel 2, Psalm 15, Psalm 24, Psalm 30, Psalm 71, Psalm 91, Psalm 118, John 17, and Acts 2.

  

      It is evident that wonderful things are taking place.  I encourage you to be diligent with the team that you have been assigned to.  We desire to see even greater things taking place.  Let’s take 2 Chronicles 7:14 to heart - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

  

      As we fast and pray, let’s expect to see a great move of the Spirit of God among us and beyond!

  

Love and Blessings to you all!

Pastor Lloyd E. Linton

From the February 2016 Monthly Bulletin

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In One Accord

Posted by Lloyd Linton on OP5er @ 5:51 PM

Unity

[yoo-ni-tee]– noun

Definition: The state of being united or joined as a unit. 

Synonyms: Union, unification, integration, amalgamation   

 

 

      In Psalm 133 we are given a word-picture of the splendour of the word ‘unity’.  Verse 2 – Unity is described as “the precious ointment upon the head.”  If unity is at the head it will flow down.  Aaron, the priest, is mentioned in the latter part of this verse.  This would indicate that when unity is in the ‘head’ of the ministry, it will flow down to the ‘feet’.

      I see unity, here, as something that affects the entire church body.  Unity saturates!  When unity is flowing, there are no dry areas!  But it must have its origin, its beginning, its start, from the ‘head’.

      Verse 3 – This verse speaks about the dew.  The dew also soaked the ground and the surroundings.  There were no dry places when the dew descended.  When unity descends upon us, as the dew, all of us will get soaking wet.

 

      Another definition of ‘Unity’ is “To join as a whole.”  That also speaks of ‘Oneness’.  Jesus’ prayer in John 17 requested that God the Father would make the believers ‘one’ “As we are.” (see verse 11)  This is speaking of an unbroken fellowship among the believers.

      Oh, what unity there was among the early Church!  (see Acts 1:13 & 14Acts 1:14:“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication,…”  The whole church must be united in the ministry of prayer “with one accord”.  It is when the church is in unity that God will command His blessing upon the church! (Psalm 133:3)

      On the day of Pentecost, the believers were all together and “they were all in one accord.”  When the Church is unified, the blessings will be commanded to flow!  When the Church is with one accord, the Holy Spirit will be poured out!

 

      Let that be our daily cry here in 2016.  Let us be in ‘Unity’.  Let us be “with one accord”

 

A Happy 2016 to everyone!

Pastor Lloyd E. Linton

From the January 2016 Monthly Bulletin

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