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Weekly Devotional


Each week one of the English pastors will post a devotional written specifically for the ECBC community.  These devotionals will be based on our Genesis preaching series.

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WEEKLY DEVOTIONALS

SPRING IS HERE!

Feb. 26, 2021

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1)

How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all; (Psalm 104:24)


Creation shouts to us of God’s existence and points to the wonderful life He offers! Although March 20th is the official start of Spring for the northern hemisphere, here on the West Coast we are blessed with a much earlier Spring. If you look around Vancouver now you will notice flowers emerging from the soil. Spring is a time that shouts to us of the work of God’s hands; reminding us of the new life made possible because of what God did on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.


Both the season of Spring and the Christian life present us with a paradox. New life can emerge out of what has died. Death is not the end. Jesus, when preparing the disciples for his crucifixion and pointing them to his resurrection said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24).  Spring brings new life out of the death of winter. Spring can remind us that Christ died so that we might have life and have it to the full. Like a Spring flower emerging from the soil, Jesus’ new life in us is most clearly seen as our old self dies. One of the keys to the Christian life is to ensure that we don’t fight the passing away of the old life and we celebrate the new life in Christ that is ours by grace and grace alone.


This Friday and Sunday we encourage you to attend our outreach talks with Andy Steiger of Apologetics Canada. Andy will be sharing on the topic of God and the Pandemic: “Where was God in 2020?” (Friday Night); and “How Do We Live in a Broken World?” (Sunday morning). We encourage you to invite your friends. The link to both events is on our website at www.ecbc.org.

TIME

​​Feb. 18th, 2021

Time is the only gift that can’t be saved and used at a later date. We either spend it or lose it. With the arrival of 2021, a new Lunar New Year, and one year into the global pandemic it’s a good time to ask, “How are you doing?” Have you taken time to reflect during the past year?


In Psalm 46 the psalmist wrote these words for troubling times,

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging….

“Be still, and know that I am God;” (Psalm 46:1-3, 10)


In a turbulent world God is your refuge, your source of strength, an ever-present help. Like a mighty rock in a shifting sea God remains secure. In the midst of our troubles God encourages us to, “Be still, and know that I am God;” (vs. 10).


We live in an Age characterized by busyness. Our lives are so frequently filled with work, entertainment, and technology that we usually have little time to stop, think or reflect. But this past year has been different. Working from home has saved many of us time usually spent commuting. Restrictions on meeting with others limit our time with extended family, friends, attending large public gatherings and travel. All of this has given us “more” time. But have we used this time wisely? To be still before the Lord? To pray, to read, to reflect on God and His Word? To listen? God often speaks quietly so that we will spend time with Him, time attentively listening for His voice, time drawing near to Him. We are now given a gift of time. Time to be still. Time to know God.


Join us this Friday night at 8:00PM as we pray to the One who continually intercedes on our behalf.

Please click on the link on the church website or the link below to join us:

https://zoom.us/j/96616492119?pwd=OTdpZGMyZ0ZjVjlwT0dnMjRWVFd4dz09

God Bless,


From your Pastors

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!

Feb. 11th, 2021

7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him.

8 The Lord is the strength of his people,
    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
9 Save your people and bless your inheritance;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever. (Psalm 28:7-9)


Wishing you all a Happy Chinese New Year. May God indeed be your strength, your help and fortress of salvation. May His blessings be upon you and your family. May He be your shepherd, carrying you and your loved ones forever.


Join us tomorrow evening, Friday from 8:00 – 9:00 PM, as we gather together to pray. If you do not feel comfortable praying out loud, still join us and “amen” the prayers of others. For the zoom link go to our website or click here:

https://zoom.us/j/96616492119?pwd=OTdpZGMyZ0ZjVjlwT0dnMjRWVFd4dz09


God Bless,

From your Pastors

NEVER WILL I LEAVE YOU

Feb. 4th, 2020

Brothers and sisters, can you hear His voice? What is He saying to you? God in His sovereignty has allowed this time of prolonged waiting. So what is it that He is saying to you at this time? God assures us that,


“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.”(Psalm 23)


Throughout the Old and New Testaments we are reminded again and again of God’s wonderful promise, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5; Deut. 31:6; Num. 23:19; Josh. 1:5)

Difficulty can draw us closer to God and to one another, but it can also make us want to run away thinking, “there is no way anyone else could ever understand what I’m going through”. Difficulties can loom so large in our eyes that we allow them to cloud out our vision of God, wrongly feeling that God is far from us. The promises of God and the fellowship of His people are so very important to remember.


God has promised that He will never leave, never forsake us. God is calling you and I to draw near to Him and to His people. It is no mistake that God has placed us together in ECBC as a church community. Hold on tightly to Him; hold on tightly to His people and hold on tightly to His promises. Let’s not loose sight of who Yahweh is and where the LORD has placed you.


Join us tomorrow evening, Friday from 8:00 – 9:00 PM, as we gather together to pray for you. If you do not feel comfortable praying out loud, still join us and “amen” the prayers of others. Here’s the link to join on Friday:

https://zoom.us/j/96616492119?pwd=OTdpZGMyZ0ZjVjlwT0dnMjRWVFd4dz09


God Bless,

From your Pastors

PRAYER

Jan. 28, 2021

Does prayer really make a difference? I think we all ask this question at times. In 2 Corinthians 1:8-12 the Apostle Paul writes of a peril he and his friends had recently endured,

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul and his friends had gone through a very difficult time, but God had delivered them. We’re not told what the difficulty was, but it was serious enough for Paul to say that he despaired even of life – he did not think they were going to survive the ordeal. Something incredible happened as a result of that experience. Paul and his companions were reminded of their very real need for God. They learned to rely upon God and not on themselves. Fellow believers all around the ancient Roman world who had been praying for Paul were able to thank the Lord for His answer to their prayers.


On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers of many. 

You and I are constantly reminded by health and elected officials that we have a long way to go in this global pandemic. God’s Word reminds us that when we set our hope on Christ and his deliverance, and help one another by praying for each other, one day we will be able to thank the Lord for His gracious favour in answer to prayer.

Please continue to pray for the members of our congregation by name. We’re going to get through this difficult time together.


Join us this Friday night at 8:00PM as we pray to the One who continually intercedes on our behalf.

Please click on this link to join us:

https://zoom.us/j/96616492119?pwd=OTdpZGMyZ0ZjVjlwT0dnMjRWVFd4dz09

God Bless,

From your Pastors

GOD'S WORD

Jan. 21st, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters,


Matthew 7

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”


Jesus closes the famous Sermon on the Mount with this succinct but powerful parable—the wise and foolish builders.  The wise builder is one who listens to Jesus’ words and puts them into practice.  The foolish builder is one who listens to Jesus’ words but does nothing.

As far as we know both builders constructed similar buildings—they chose the best materials, they used the best craftsmen, they executed their plans perfectly. You’ll also notice that the storm hits both houses.  The wise builder is not exempt from the wind and the rain; they endure the same trials and hardships as the foolish builder.

The difference isn’t in the houses or the circumstances that assail them; the difference is solely in the foundation.  One house is built on the practiced word of God; the other is built on the shifting wisdom of the world.  One house stands, the other collapses.

Both builders hear the word of God, but only the wise one actually does something about it.  Hearing is not enough, coming to church and listening each week is not enough.  In order to have this firm foundation, to weather the storms of life that will most certainly come, we must practice God’s word.

What is your life built on?  How are you practicing the words of Christ?  I encourage you to read through the Sermon on the Mount this week (Matthew 5 to 7) and not only hear it, but seek to practice what you read.  Find just one section that you need to work on and live it out.

Please join us this Friday night at 8:00PM for a time of prayer. Click on this link to join us: https://zoom.us/j/96616492119?pwd=OTdpZGMyZ0ZjVjlwT0dnMjRWVFd4dz09

 

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