The Two Michael’s Return November 8

It was a time of celebration all throughout Canada as the infamous “two Michaels” returned home after spending more than a thousand days imprisoned in China. So much time of anticipating finally coming to an end. What an amazing reunion it would have been for them to be reunited with their families. I trust since being home after just over a month they still cannot believe it! It is quite a thing to ponder but for those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation there is an amazing reunion that awaits. Jesus says in John 14:3, “And I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself…” I trust after being in the presence of Jesus a person will spend eternity trying to grasp the reality of what has actually taken place.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Undisputable Nutritional Fact November 5

Many years ago Socrates said, “Thou shouldest eat to live, not live to eat.” Socrates was pointing out that the most important aspect of food is ultimately the nutrition it provides. Did you know the Bible points out nutritional advice in relation to reading it? 1 Peter 2:2 reads, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby”. The spiritual nutritional fact pointed out here is a Bible does not benefit a person unless the person reads it. It is like buying a jug a milk and putting it in your fridge. It is of absolutely no nutritional value to you personally, unless you take that milk out of the fridge and drink it. A Bible only benefits you if you read it.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Are You Self-Sufficient November 3

I read an article recently entitled, 50 ways to become more self-sufficient. There were literally 50 tips presented to make a person more self-sufficient. Some of the tips were very doable and some not so doable. Being self-sufficient can be a very good thing, but not always. Some people think being self-sufficient, in relation to God, is a good thing. It is the idea of striving to be a good person, or at least better than other people, and the thought is by striving to be good that will make them right with God. The bible tells us for someone who is in relationship with God, being self-sufficient was not the way they got there. Ephesians 2:8-9 reads, “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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Financial Planning November 1

In an article put out recently by IE/Investment Executive the results of a survey were given in which it was revealed that the three most prominent topics addressed between an investor and their advisor are retirement planning, overall health and well being, and inheritance planning. I want to share with you a financial plan from the Bible in which a man named Agur shares his financial concerns in the form of a prayer. Proverbs 30: 7-9 reads, “Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die): Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches— Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the LORD?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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DIY-ers Don’t Always Benefit October 29

CTV news published an article recently entitled, “DIY-ers benefit from lower price in aftermath of lumber price correction.” This past May lumber prices hit more than three times the pre-pandemic levels. Thankfully for DIY-ers lumber prices are now settling back at pre-pandemic levels. Those whom can do it themselves can now not only benefit from not having to pay for labour but also from lower prices than this previous May. It is interesting because sometimes doing something yourself is beneficial and sometimes not. In the Bible it is made clear that in relation to salvation it is not beneficial. In the book of Ephesians it reads, “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 boas
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101 and still lobster fishing October 27

I was greatly inspired to read in the news last month of a lady who has been lobster fishing since she was 8 and fished this past lobster season in Maine at 101. Yes 101 and still lobster fishing. Virginia Oliver still faithfully lobster fishes off Rockland, Maine, with her 78-year-old son Max. What a testimony to living long. I find it fascination to ponder the age of God which we are made aware of in the Bible. We read of His age in the book of Psalms which reads, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.” It is inspiring to consider a person still lobster fishing at 101. It is mind boggling to consider the eternality of God being that He never began and He will never end.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Desperation to Absolute Joy October 25

Last month police in Australia found a three-year-old boy alive and well after being lost in the woods alone for three nights. Hundreds of people were desperately looking for the boy until he was finally found by a police rescue helicopter. A pilot who helped find the young boy described his own reaction upon finding the child as “absolute joy”. Can you imagine the change of dynamic upon looking for the child being of absolute desperation to upon finding him being absolute joy? The bible presents a scenario that each person has that can take an individual from desperation to absolute joy which is upon a person trusting in Jesus Christ as ones Saviour. Romans 6:23 reads, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Causing people to take notice October 22

Last month, in Ireland, a rescue crew saved a lost swimmer who was stranded at sea for twelve hours. When the young man in his thirties was found he was exhausted and hypothermic. The rescue crew was able to spot this man because a pod of dolphins surrounded the man until the rescue team came along and took him into their boat. Thankfully the pod of dolphins drew the attention of the rescue team and they responded. Did you know the Bible directs those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to do something to get other people’s attention? In this case it is to get their attention on God. Jesus says in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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750 million dollar bonus October 20

It was noted in the news recently that Tim Cook, of Apple received 750 million dollars worth of shares on his tenth anniversary of being CEO of the company. That is a lot of money! Could you ever imagine having something that is of such great worth? Did you know the Bible tells us that individuals can have something that is of more value than any amount of money? The value of what we are told about is not only because of its worth but its longevity. It lasts forever. Jesus shares this in Matthew 6:19-20 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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The time a hot dog will take off your life October 18

Recently the University of Michigan published a study that suggested that eating one hot dog can take 36 minutes off your life. The study looked at more than 5,800 foods common in the U.S. diets and the amount of healthy life gained or lost after eating them. I don’t know what the Canadian hot dog equivalent would be but I am hopeful it would not be the same. The fact is though, life is short and we would be wise not simply to watch what we eat but ensure while we are here to get to know the one whom the Bible describe as the giver of life, breath, and all things. The time we have to do this is relatively short so it is not something to put off. We are told in James 4:14, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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