Saturday, May 11, 2019

Mother's Day 2019

It's been 3 years since mom was taken home to be with the Lord.

You would think with time it gets easier, and for the most part life is going well. But days like Mother's Day come and mom's birthday last month? Okay, double whammo. With Mother's Day tomorrow, I feel it. Yes, dad is remarried to a wonderful, Godly woman and we are so happy for him. I do still feel the loss though. 

Normally I find country music quite - unsatisfying. But, this one song shared by my Aunt says so much...

So this Mother's Day, mom... I wish there was a phone... can't wait to see you again.

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Hallway

The hallway, what a concept when it comes to waiting on God. We all want an open door of some kind. We all wait for God to open a door. So what about those times when there is no open door and we are stuck in the hallway? That can be a hard place. Why? Because when you're in the hallway you can get desperate to "make things happen" so you just choose a door and force it open not waiting for God. That is a danger for all believers. Remember James 4:15, Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live or do this and that." How many times do we force open a door because we don't want to wait on God any longer? Sometimes our waiting can be days, weeks, months, or years. It is all waiting on God to direct our steps. If you're in the hallway right now, don't try to force open a door - wait on God. Remember Joseph? He waited as a slave for years, then a prisoner for years, and then finally many years later served as next to Pharaoh and many years later saw his family again. Talk about being in the hallway and waiting to see why God was allowing what was happening to him to happen. Be patient. Pray and ask God to show you what to do when waiting in the hall.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Dealing with the supernatural

There are times when we as believers will deal with the supernatural. In situations like Mark 9:14 - 29 it tells us about the boy who was possessed by a demon and it tried to kill the boy several ways. Jesus cast out the spirit and later the disciples asked why they couldn't, after all they had been given authority in Jesus' name? Jesus' answer in verse 29 is very potent, He replied, "This kind can only come out by prayer and fasting."

It makes me stop and think, how many times do we think that just a simple prayer will do the trick when dealing with things in life? Yes, prayer works, and the prayer of a righteous person avails much - but sometimes it needs more than a quick fix prayer. Sometimes issues need more - like fasting along with the prayer. Fasting is one of the spiritual disciplines that many believers do not do. Yet it is one Jesus mentioned was a given - WHEN you fast, not if. 

Fasting gives us clarity into things in a way that nothing else can. It takes our focus off dependence on food or whatever we're giving us to focus on God providing the need. In dealing with the supernatural, and we all do in our homes, we need to be ready to battle the enemy. He and his forces strive to destroy us so that we will be ineffective as Christians. So put on the armour of God yes, but also, fast when things get tough - when home looks like a real battlefield and you don't know why. 

Fast, use silence, and solitude with your prayers to see how powerful they can become!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

This question came up during Ask The Pastor this year ramping up toward Christmas:

ATP Question: When did the tradition of Advent start? What is the history behind it?

Answer: The tradition of Advent itself started back in at least 567 AD when monks were ordered to fast during December leading up to Christmas. The tradition in the Catholic church is some people fast (don't eat anything) during advent to help them concentrate on preparing to celebrate Jesus's coming. So in many Orthodox and Eastern Catholics Churches, Advent lasts for 40 days and starts on November 15th and is also called the Nativity Fast. (Advent also starts on November 15th in Celtic Christianity.) 

But the Advent most of us know (starting the four Sundays before Christmas) started in the 1850’s in Germany when they started making home made calendars with windows to open and seeing a Nativity image inside which actually goes back to Medieval times when they painted Nativity scenes. So the calendars started at that time, and then became really popular during WW2. The traditional Advent calendars had no chocolate, rather just the windows to open with pictures inside... scenes of the Nativity. 

This one has scripture on the inside of the doors. We bought this years ago not realizing the history behind this kind of Advent calendar. 

Cool! Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Christmas is better this year...

Let me say... I always enjoy Christmas. 

It was rough 3 years ago though when it was mom's last, and we knew it. 

2 years ago it was the first without mom, and that was so hard. It was quieter than usual. No infectious laugh we all loved. It was Christmas, but just, solemn.

Last year we saw the start of something new happening... dad was newly engaged and we met the new extended family, and our little girl Shiloh experienced Christmas for the first time - but of course not really getting it being under a year old.

This year? Dad is newly married, our little girl is a year old and really starting to take in all the Christmas things, and we're looking toward the future - a little unclear - but still trusting God for the outcome.

I know this time of year people will be cheery and celebrating Jesus, and I am all for that believe me! I just stop to think of those who have lost loved ones and this will be their first Christmas without them. I understand. It hurts. 

It's our third Christmas without mom (she'll have been gone three years in February), and she never got to see our little girl. Shiloh only knows her image from pictures. Mom would have loved Shiloh. 

I take this all in and can only really say with Job, The Lord gives, the Lord takes away - blessed be the name of the Lord... and then rely on Proverbs 3:5,6 (Amplified)Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

6 In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].

So no matter where you're at this Christmas - if you are a child of God, saved by our Lord Jesus Christ - know that God is with you and will walk with you throughout anything life dishes out - good or bad. 

Remember what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:9but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My loving kindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.

So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Robertsons and all of us at LIFE 100.3!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

80 Years of Faithfulness and Blessing

My dad, Doug Robertson, turns 80 tomorrow. Yeah 80. Wow. He has been blessed with parents who loved the Lord and who I remember dearly. He has been blessed to marry his high school love in my mom. He has been blessed to have kids - my brother, sister and I. He has been blessed to have grandkids from all of us kids. And he has been been blessed to find a new person to love after we lost mom to brain cancer almost 3 years ago now.

Growing up with dad was always interesting. He was a hard worker, traveled a lot, and made his way up the rankings of the insurance industry. At church he was always a respected man from what I saw and heard. He served as both Deacon and Elder for 2 churches - Churchill Heights Baptist Church (Morningstar Christian Fellowship) and Fairview Baptist Church. He helped guide the building process and expansions at both churches, and still consults with Fairview for their plans.

Dad once said, "Better to be thought of as a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." He had used that philosophy at many occasions I'm sure as I have tried to do. He served as a youth leader using the Word of Life curriculum, Sunday School teacher, and more.

One of my favourite memories growing up was when at the end of a morning service they had called for an offering and he was an usher that day, so he quickly grabbed an offering plate - one of those big metal kinds - and threw it Frisbee style to Gary Spence right across the back pews diagonally! Luckily no one was sitting there! I was upstairs on AV and saw the choir laughing - I didn't know why until later!

Dad was always big on respect - something a lot of our current generation seems to be lacking. That was something he ingrained in us as kids. He also taught us that part of being a believer is to serve - he did that by example. He led us in Bible studies, and corrected when he needed to. He didn't leave mom to handle it all, it was a home that it was understood that if you messed up, "Just wait until your father gets home."

I have had meaningful talks with dad, many during the time when mom was going through her journey towards home, and still he was teaching through example. I asked how he was doing as a son could ask a dad, and he said he was okay, but that it was not his strength, but God's. Times of joy. love, tears, and more over the years. Now he's 80, and still going strong with his new wife, and still serving as he can for the church. What an example.

Happy Birthday dad!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

How old are you - as a believer?

I have 3 kids at home, 16, 12 and 1 1/2 and they show me the different stages where I need to watch as a parent, how my wife and I need to attend to their needs based on their ages. 

It reminds me how as believers we’re all in different stages and need different help as we grow. We're all in different stages in our walk with God, the question is how far have we grown? Are we still infants, crying and fussing to get our way? Are we like a young child, a little more mature but still looking out for ourselves mainly? Are we more like a Jr High student who is starting to see the word beyond themselves? Are we like a High School student who is more aware of others for sure, and starting to see the need to put others first? Are we like a college/university student who is getting all sorts of information thrown at them and trying to absorb it all and then make a reasonable decision and honour God with it? Are we adults seeking God and others first, seeing how we can be more like God day in day out? Are we experienced adults who are becoming mentors for others? So many stages to go through, and those are just some. The point is, we need to just ask God for that help as grow older in our faith!