Tossed in the Air – August 4

Something I did with my children, when they were little, was I would toss them up in the air and catch them. Their faces would show a mix of concern overshowed by absolute joy. The reason they could experience joy was due to the fact that while they were in the air they knew I would catch them. Having a relationship with God, made possible by Jesus Christ, has a connection with what I just shared. We are told by Jesus that in this world we will have trouble but be of good cheer because I have overcome the world. There are times in life when it seems like we are up in the air and it can be scary but when we are there a person has to decide whether to focus on their hardship or their heavenly father. In the book of Deuteronomy 33:27 we read, “The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms”.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Getting In Easier than Getting Out – August 2

Last month a teen in Colorado displayed some poor driving that placed him in a real predicament. When he got into their family car his mistakenly put it into reverse rather than drive and pressed on the accelerator. He ended up parking the car at the bottom of the family pool. He got out easily but getting the car out was very difficult. An article that shared the story was entitled, “Going in…a bit easier than coming out.” It is interesting because we know from the Bible that getting into sin is a lot easier than getting out. In fact it is made known to us that there is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to completely address sin. The only way is through faith in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 reads, “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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The Right Response July 30

When I was 12 years old I was walking along the beach with my family and there was a lady erratically screaming out in the water with a man floating face down beside her. My father ran out to grab the man and bring him to shore. He body was limp and he was not breathing. We later found out he had taken a heart attack. My father knew first aid and he immediately assigned someone to call 911. It is interesting because spiritually, apart from a work of God, we are all in an absolutely desperate situation and in need of help. We need our sins forgiven. Thankfully help in available! We are told in John 3:16 that, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” By the way, the man, whom had taken the heart attack and received First Aid, he survived.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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An Unusual Catch July 28

Last month two fishermen fishing off the coast of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, had an unusual catch. They caught a deer that was swimming far from shore. They rescued the deer by getting the boat close enough to get a rope around its neck to hold it in place and lifted the animal into the boat. They later released the deer close to shore and watched it swim to the beach and then go into the woods. Before being rescued that deer was in desperate shape. Did you know in this life we are all spiritually in desperate shape before being rescued? The Bible tells us, “For the wages of sin is death”. That places us in desperate shape because we have all sinned but thankfully the rest of that verse reads, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Receiving this gift is made possible through a person recognizing their need of forgiveness of sin and placing their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Knowing the Goal July 26

Recently, while my grandson Will was over, my youngest daughter showed him how to play a bean bag game. She set up two targets outside and explained to Will how to play, “you stand here Will and try to throw the bean bag into the hole.” She showed him and when she got it in she clapped and cheered and then it was Will’s turn. He knew what the main goal was so when it was his turn rather than stand back and throw the bean bag he ran up to the hole and dropped the bean bag in and then clapped and cheered and watched as everyone else did as well. Did you know in life we have a main goal? In the bible there is a case where Jesus is asked what is the greatest commandment given (essentially He is asked what is to be the most important focus in one’s life) and He replied, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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New Birth July 23

Recently a couple in Ontario received a year of free travel on Highway 407. The reason they received this gift was because their baby was born on the side of the popular roadway in their attempt to get to the hospital. While they were still 10 minutes away from the hospital the new mom to be started pushing and the baby was delivered right there on the side of the road. Did you know the Bible teaches of a spiritual birth that we all have to have in order to experience heaven? Jesus said in John 3:3 that, “most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” We are also told of a gift we receive in relation to this new birth. This new birth which is made possible by trusting in Jesus Christ as ones Savior. In Romans 6:23 it reads, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Rescued While On A Pink Flamingo July 21

There was a rescue last month off the Alaska coast that caught the attention of a lot of people. What caught people’s attention had to do with what these people were stranded on. They were stranded off the Alaska coast in a pink flamingo. The article in Fox News read, “Coast Guard rescues 3 people, 2 dogs, in inflatable pink flamingo raft off Alaska coast. Thankfully the crew of a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter were able to hoist everyone to safety. Did you know there is a potential rescue shared about in the Bible that should get your attention! The reason this should get your attention is because it actually has to do with you. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Boating Trip Gone Bad July 19

Last month a 7-year-old boy was credited for helping to save his father and 4-year-old sister by swimming to shore and calling for help after they got caught in a strong current while swimming during a boating trip in Florida. The father could not swim his young daughter to safety against the current so he drifted away from the boat, and land, with her. The young boy swam against the current for an hour until he finally reached land and went to a house to call for help. I am sure the whole time he was swimming his thoughts were consumed with the immediate need of his father and little sister. Did you know that the Bible tells us that everyone should be living with an ongoing recognition of the need of salvation made possible through Jesus Christ until it happens? It reads, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Unique Design July 16

The recent visit of the Marco Polo to Halifax has given this city the title of accommodating the largest container ship to visit a Canadian port. This ship is almost as long as 3 Canadian football fields and can carry the equivalent of 16,022 containers that are each 20 feet long. One has to wonder what makes it possible to be able to carry such an enormous load. It is interesting because the Bible points out an enormous load that Jesus took upon Himself. He shares in the Bible that He will give His life as a ransom for many. It is something to consider how Jesus’ life could be of such value that it would be worth, able to deal with, address the sins of humanity. The reason being was that His life was not like any other life. He was God in the flesh. Jesus said in John 10:30, “I and My Father are one”.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Forgotten Cell Phone July 14

Have you ever had anyone break into your car and steal something? I have, and it is not pleasant to get in your car and realize something valuable has been taken. Recently there was a gentleman caught in Florida for breaking into a car and stealing items. The interesting twist to this story is how he got caught. When he broke into the car he dropped his cell phone and it was left in the car. The police had no problem catching him and holding him accountable. The fact is we all have done things that are someday going to catch up with us if we do not address them now. Through trusting in Jesus Christ as your Saviour your sins can be taken care of now. In the Bible 1 John 1:9 reads, “9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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