Feb 25

Rejoicing in God’s work in Oak Lake, Manitoba


Intentional Interim Ministry in Oak Lake concludes…. We begin another chapter in ministry…

When we went to Oak Lake, our purpose was not simply to “find a church” nor do “pulpit supply”! I sought to lead them through specific steps toward a healthy beginning for the arrival of a new pastor. Our purpose was to help the church refocus, heal, evaluate, solve problems, and develop biblically-based vision and goals for effective local church ministry.
I led them in 5 key “transitional tasks.”  (read more here)


During our time there, we developed many wonderful relationships with some precious people who are desirous of doing God’s work in God’s way. The leaders are wonderful men with teachable hearts, and a desire to follow the Word. They are our friends for life, and we are believing God with them for His continued working there at the Oak Lake Berean Church. If you want to check out where they are, where they’re going, and the kind of setting we’ve been privileged to serve in…

check out their new website!  here


Believing that we fulfilled our intended purpose, our final Sunday in Oak Lake was Feb. 3. Though we know God’s timing is right, it was difficult to leave such great folks. We love them and will miss them.
The church is now in a pastoral search process.

While serving there, Andrea and I reconnected with the Thiessen family, who live about 3 hrs. from Oak Lake. Travis is a former Bible College student of mine, who’s served in church ministry over the past 10 years, and has preached at Oak Lake several times. He is currently commuting on weekends to preach several Sundays a month, and serving to provide continuity and pastoral presence as the church goes through the pastoral search process. The church and Travis are trusting God together to lead as to continued direction.


We are now in Scranton, PA with Gordon’s family, enjoying our time here, and trusting our God for His place of interim ministry for us. Our passion is to continue to serve our Lord in church settings that are in need of transitional leadership.

While serving in Oak Lake, Gordon also began serving as editor for the IPM monthly publication, IMPACT. He also has been asked to help develop the coaching network for IPM pastors, and is currently coaching an interim in Gothenburg, Nebraska. Andrea has had opportunity to serve along-side Gordon, and continues to minister to women both in and outside the local settings in which God has placed us.

We will keep you posted as to God’s working in the days ahead. We look forward to hearing from you too.

Continuing to rest assured in Him, trusting Him for His leading and providing, we also pray the same for you.
May the coming days be for each of us, days in which we discover more of His greatness and grace.

Resting and rejoicing in the all-Sufficient One,

Our love,
Gordon and Andrea


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Dec 25

WHY is Jesus the Reason for the Season? It’s About the Cross !



May the joy of knowing the Unspeakable Gift, the Lord Jesus Christ, be yours now and in the days ahead !

Merry Christmas !

From Gordon and Andrea






Listen to this great song by “Go Fish”—IT’S ABOUT THE CROSS !

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Dec 25

The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

(This is a reprinted from my article in the Oak Lake Town Newsletter….they printed the entire article!)

Thanks be to God for His Indescribable Gift

When you think of Christmas…. what comes to your mind?   Santa, Christmas trees and beautiful lights, frosty the Snowman, yuletide carols, a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, mistletoe and holly, lots of toys and goodies?   Or perhaps you don’t like Christmas because of some bad memories of what occurred during past Christmas seasons.Or possibly, like Scrooge, you don’t like it at all.  Whatever comes to your mind at this season, one thing is certain:  gift-giving is part of it. It’s often said, “The spirit of Christmas is all about the spirit of giving.” But, unfortunately, countless people will celebrate giving in this holiday season, but never come to know and receive the greatest gift. What is that ?  The Bible calls Jesus and what He came to do: the “Indescribable gift”.  Why?

Think about the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

The Uniqueness of His Coming

Hundreds of prophecies in minute detail were fulfilled when Jesus Christ came to this world…His lineage, nature, place of birth, where He would be raised, the specific manor and nature of His death, His resurrection, and many other fulfilled prophecies. All of these prophecies were made hundreds of years before His birth.In his book, Science Speaks, Peter Stoner applies the science of probability to just 8 prophecies regarding Christ.

He says, “The chance that any one man might have fulfilled all eight prophecies is one in 10 to the 17th.That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000″ (One hundred quadrillion). Stoner suggests that “we take one hundred quadrillion silver dollars (or toonies) and lay them on the face of Manitoba (261,000 square miles or 676,000km). They will cover all of the Province 2 feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly. Then blindfold a man and tell him he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up that one marked silver dollar.  What chance would he have of getting the right one?”  Stoner concludes, “Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing those eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man”!


The Uniqueness of His Birth

His birth was the most unique birth in all of human history. There is nothing even close to the narrative of the birth of Jesus Christ in any literature or culture. By the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, God Himself took up residency in a virgin’s womb in embryonic form so that after a natural nine-month pregnancy, she gave birth to a son who was also God’s Son.  He was called “Emanuel”, which means “God with us”.


The Uniqueness of His Person

Jesus consistently affirmed that He was God, not simply a representation or god-like man but fully and completely God.  He is the creator Himself. That’s why John wrote “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1).  The apostle Paul also affirms in Colossians 1:16, “…by Jesus all things were created… by Him and for Him…” This is the one Whose birthday Christians celebrate!


The Uniqueness of His Life

His life is unparalleled in beauty, scope, character, and effect.  No one ever spoke like Jesus Christ, did the things He did, or made the claims He made.  He claimed that He alone is the way to heaven. He called Himself “the truth, the Life…” (John 14:6). Likening Himself to a gate for the sheep, He said, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep… whoever enters through Me will be saved” (John 10). He didn’t come to simply show the way to God, eternal and abundant life. He called Himself, “the Way”!


The Uniqueness of His Death

His death is unique not only because it was prophesied long before it happened, but because of WHY He died. Before Jesus died, He called Himself the “good Shepherd” that was going to “lay down His life for the sheep.” The purpose for which Jesus came was “to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The apostle Paul wrote: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).


The Uniqueness of His resurrection from the dead

Other religious and philosophical leaders have come and gone, risen and fallen. But none have literally, visibly, bodily risen from the dead. Abraham the father of Judaism, died almost 4,000 years ago. His grave is still reverently cared for at Hebron. In India thousands visit Buddha’s tomb. Mohammed’s dust lies in Medina, and his tomb is visited by millions annually.  When a Muslim who became a Christian in Africa was asked by his friends, why he had done so, he responded:  ‘Well, it’s like this. Suppose you were going down the road and suddenly the road forked in two directions, and you didn’t know which way to go, and there at the fork in the road were two men, one dead and one alive—which one would you ask which way to go?’“


So, what makes Christ’s person unique?

  • He was born miraculously: conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary
  • In Christ’s life and ministry, He demonstrated Himself as –the God-man, full of grace and truth.
  • He also declared His purpose—to die for our sin.
  • He bore our sin in His sinless body–He died as our substitute, and took our judgment.
  • By His resurrection from the dead, God proved the value of His Son’s death and the sinlessness of His Person.


This is more than a cutesy, sentimental religious story. This is what the Bible calls the “Good News”, the gospel. But, the uniqueness of Jesus Christ presents evidence, as Josh McDowell has so well written, “that demands a verdict.”

When you present a gift to a loved-one, you expect a response.  Nothing is more disappointing than going to great lengths to buy a special gift for someone you love, and have them reject it.  God Himself went to the ultimate length because He loves us with such a love that He gave His only Son to be our Saviour.  But as He holds out the great gift of eternal life through the Saviour, He longs for a response that willingly, gladly and with deep appreciation receives that gift.

To have to pay for a gift is an insult… to the giver and the recipient. That’s why Paul the Apostle wrote: “For it is by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

In this season… and any season… the Bible declares: “But, to as many as received Him, God gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” ( John 1:12).

Have you received THIS gift?  Receiving the Indescribable Gift of Jesus is far greater than any temporary good feeling we get when we celebrate a festive holiday, or receive a gift that will one day break or fade, or grow obsolete.

No wonder the scripture declares, Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15)!




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Apr 06

Have you ever wondered what Easter eggs have to do with Christ’s resurrection?

I find it painful to walk the Easter aisle at WalMart.  In that aisle, you’ll see both chocolate covered bunnies and chocolate covered Jesus fish side by side.  And, what about the Easter-egg hunts for the kids? What do they have to do with Christ’s resurrection?  Not much!

That’s why you may hear some TV preachers or well-intentioned Christians denouncing the celebration of Easter.  They focus on the pagan origins or the trappings of the holiday.  So, do we throw out Easter? I think there’s a better response.

Certainly, we need to make the distinction between Easter and the resurrection of Christ.

Easter or the Celebration of Christ’s Resurrection?

The “true meaning of Easter”  … has nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ.

Easter has its roots in ancient, polytheistic pagan religions.  There are plenty of scholarly books and reference materials documenting the historical development of Easter—clearly demonstrating that it is fully pagan in origin.

From the biblical perspective, Easter has no meaning. The early church did not celebrate Easter once a year.

But, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is absolutely biblical.  In fact, we celebrate Christ’s resurrection every week when we meet to worship on Sunday (the day Jesus was raised) rather than on Saturday (the Sabbath).

So, should we go to WalMart and knock over all “Easter” displays that contain a bunny?  Should we chastise any church that promotes an “Easter Service” rather than a “Resurrection Service”?  Should we reprimand parents who allow their children to participate in church-sponsored Easter egg hunts?

Let’s try a more Gospel-centered approach.  How about an approach that draws people to the Savior instead of condemning anyone who says the word “Easter” or participates in an Easter egg hunt.  Instead, choose to use this weekend not as a way to start a conversation with people about the pagan trappings of Easter, but about the wonder and reality of the Resurrection of Christ.  Frankly, though I’m not thrilled with all the junk associated with “Easter”, I’m thankful for the fact that many non-believers may pause and consider the Lord Jesus Christ, even if only for a moment. I’m not going to complain about the people who usually don’t come to church, but show up this Sunday for our Sunday Morning Corporate Worship! We have a wonderful opportunity to communicate publicly the wonderful truth of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

What IS the Resurrection of Christ

How does the Bible define the Resurrection of Christ, and why is it so important?

In this blog we’ve included a sermon Gordon preached at a community sunrise service in 2007.

Yes, you may hear some great sermons about the resurrection this weekend.  We’re not going to tell you: “listen to this; it’s better than any you’ll hear”!   But, the significance of this sermon is its setting. Its audience included those from many churches, some of which have no clue as to the meaning of the resurrection of Christ. So, it was a great opportunity to speak to a wide range of denominations.

Even more significantly, its purpose was to briefly and biblically clear the fog about what the resurrection is… AND, why it is so important.

We hope you’ll listen.

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The gospels and the historical evidence bear out this claim that Jesus literally, bodily rose from the dead.  As Christians, we stake our entire faith on the resurrection of Christ because it is only through this event that we can have forgiveness of sin. (1 cor. 15:1-4).

The question is:  what will you do with the evidence?  May you know the joy of sin’s forgiveness based on your trust in Christ alone for your eternal salvation.  May you know the joy of living by His resurrection power (Phil. 3:10)!   May you stand “In Christ Alone” the risen, ascended Lord as your source of forgiveness, hope,  joy, and yes, eternal life!



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Jan 25

Another “Stupid Website” ?

Recently I came across a book on Amazon titled, 505 Unbelievably Stupid Web Pages.  No, I didn’t read the book; but the title reminded me that there are not only millions of websites; there are some good, bad, and ugly… and yes, countless sites that are simply stupid!   There seems to be a site for just about any topic and cause. And just when you thought there were enough sites on any subject and ministry imaginable, we’ve come along with another one !

Originally begun as a blog to help keep us connected to our friends and family and ministry partners, it’s developed now into a full website.

We’ve stated the reasons why on our home page.

Yes!  We have a new website !  But, we don’t want it to be just another stupid website!

We want to utilize this site as a way for you to get more detail and perspectives on our life and ministry, and particularly focus on the significant role of intentional interim pastoral ministry.  And, now that we have a website, you can check the blog, AND find abundant info that‘s foundational to the blog.

But, this is more than a site about our ministry.  We are part of the body of Christ, serving along with countless other believers who are serving the Lord Jesus Christ too.  We hope that this site will increase our partnership with others who desire to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission.

Finally, this site is a work in progress… so there may be bugs that need to be worked out. We’ve tried to cover all the bases… so there’s lots of info. You don’t have to read it all at one visit… in fact, we hope that you’ll return to this site often. Our goal is to update the blog weekly.

So, we don’t want this to be another “stupid website”… we want it to truly honor God. We want it to be a source of encouragement, information and insight, and increased partnership with others.

Thanks for reading this blog, and checking our new site. (Click here to go the home page)

Oh… and be sure to watch the video on our home page (sidebar, right side of page).  Our theme: any effective ministry is only possible because “Our Redeemer is “Faithful and True”!

                Gordon and Andrea

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