• Oct
    17

    Global Impact Week

    Thursday, October 17th, 5 pm – Thursday, October 24th, 1 pm (MDT)
    Chinook Alliance Church
    Chinook, MT
    1. The discipline of difficulty

      The devotional entry for today from Oswald Chambers is based on John 16:33. It is very challenging and it goes against the current of popular Christianity. Read at your own risk.


      An average view of the Christian life is that it means deliverance from trouble. It is deliverance in trouble, which is very different...

      God does not give us overcoming life: He gives us life as we overcome. The strain is the strength. If there is no strain, there is no strength. Are you asking God to give you life and liberty and joy? He cannot, unless you will accept the strain. Immediately you face the strain, you will get the strength. Overcome your own timidity and take the step, and God will give you to eat of the tree of life and you will get nourishment. If you spend yourself out physically, you become exhausted; but spend yourself spiritually, and you get more strength. God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute. The temptation is to face difficulties from a commonsense standpoint. The saint is hilarious when he is crushed with difficulties because the thing is so ludicrously impossible to anyone but God.

       Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).


      Lord Jesus, give us a hunger for life that is really life. Cause our appetites to be adjusted to your spiritual diet. Help us to see that you know what your doing and that you have everything under control. Enable us to trust you through the storms of life. Reorient our thinking so that our first response is to run to you rather than question you when things don't go the way we think that they should. Thank you for your patient care and superintendence in our lives at all times. Amen!

      1. Aug
        2

        Annual Beaver Creek Campout and Baptism

        Friday, August 2nd, 5:30 pm – Sunday, August 4th, 2:00 pm (MDT)
        1. God has counted the cost

          I want to share these words from F.B. Meyer that spoke to me:


          What a comfort it is to realize that God counted the cost before he set about the task of redemption, whether of a world or of us as individuals. He knew all that it would cost, and surely he did not begin what he cannot complete!

           F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 141.


          Be encouraged this day that God is in charge, that he has our best interests in mind, and that he is able to bring us through whatever life may throw our way.

          1. Jul
            28

            Parent's Meeting

            Sunday, July 28th, 4 pm (MDT)
            Chinook Alliance Church
            Chinook, MT
            1. Your true value

              I just want to encourage you with these words from F.B. Meyer,


              The worth of a man cannot be computed by the amount that stands to his credit. Not what you have but what you are! That is your value in the eyes of God. Some men live to get; see to it that you live to be.

               F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 135.


              Live for Jesus this day! Trust him to care for your needs. Be generous with his blessings in your life.

              1. Jul
                7

                Worship at the Fair

                Sunday, July 7th  •  10:30 am – 12:00 pm (MDT)
                Blaine County Fairgrounds
                Chinook, MT
                1. How to teach prayer

                  I sure that many of us feel unqualified to teach, especially with regard to prayer. Here's a little encouragement for you if you struggle in this area. It is part of a devotional based on Luke 11:1-4.


                  The way to teach people to pray is to pray yourself. It was the habitual prayerfulness of Jesus that made the Apostles long to be taught to pray. What an example is here of the power of unconscious influence! If you desire that your children or scholars should pray, pray yourself.

                   F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 132.


                  Lord, teach us to pray!

                  1. The real business

                    Here are some words of encouragement to be about the business of praying:


                    The real business of your life as a saved soul is intercessory prayer. Wherever God puts you in circumstances, pray immediately, pray that His Atonement may be realized in other lives as it has been in yours. Pray for your friends now; pray for those with whom you come in contact now.

                     Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).


                    Let Jesus be your adequacy today as you boldly approach his throne with your requests. Believe that he hears you and will be responsive to you (Hebrews 4:14-16).


                    1. What if...indeed!

                      I read Luke 8:26-39 this morning. It is the account of Jesus setting a man free from demon possession. It is a dramatic event that not only affected the man, but the whole region of the Gerasenes. I never get tired of reading about the power of Jesus over everything.


                      Later, I read this in a commentary and it really spoke to me: "If demons could possess a man with such power, what might not Christ do if we yielded ourselves absolutely to him!"

                       F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 125.


                      I want to know what Jesus could do if he had absolute license to my life. How about you?