When it comes to work scripture is clear:
Hebrews 13:5 (ESV) Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Thankfully God has NOT filled my wants and desires but graciously and abundantly met my needs.
Growing up I loved to serve others because it felt good. Then I learned to serve others by loving God through a relationship with Jesus Christ and it felt “Awesome!” Borrowing a few words from 1924 Olympic Gold Medalist and Christian missionary, ““I believe God made me for a purpose …“. When I serve Him, “… I feel his pleasure.”
They say hindsight is 20-20. Looking back over my life, I’ve seen the hand of God at work. Times when the Holy Spirit guided me, danced with me or comforted me. When I ran ahead of Him he waited patiently for me to return. Then time and again He came to my rescue.
I thank God for introducing me to my wife Judy. He blesses her with the patience to overlook my short-comings. Over the years Judy has gone from provider, to homemaker and back again. She is now the full time provider of our family’s income, allowing me to balance my work as House of M.A.N. with my ministry work as a priest with the Anglican Network in Canada.
I also thank God for the opportunity to fulfill my passion to serve the community through St. Aidan’s Ministries and pastor a church plant called St. Aidan’s at Rivers Bend here in Belle River. Our parent church is St. Aidan’s Community Church in Windsor.
I’m not an theologian by any stretch of the imagination but if you have questions about “God stuff” I would count it a joy to share with you what I know and/or find the answers you seek.
My roots as a Christian is my life and relationship with Jesus Christ. “Jesus didn’t come to bad people good – He came to make dead people live.” – Ravi Zacharius. Anglicanism is my denomination – the “toolbox” I work from.
I don’t know where the saying originated but I heard it said that, “God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.” To that end, I am not here to preach to you but simply let you know from Whom I derive my strength.
Matthew 11:28 (ESV) Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. One of the greatest privileges a Christian can have is to pray for someone in need.
I am reminded of the words from the hymn What a Friend we have in Jesus:
Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
May I pray for you?