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Mar 11/2020

Capital Care Centre

Knowing God

I often end up signed up to teach Sunday School on the same days that I am leading the singing at CapitalCare Strathcona, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence.  God has been reminding me that whether I’m snuggling babies in the nursery, guiding high energy 5 year-olds through a variety of fun Bible story-inspired activities, or singing to and sharing with seniors, they all need the same thing.  No matter what age we are, we all hunger for a knowledge of God and His love.  We all need to learn, or be reminded of, the basic truths of his grace and mercy.

Today, as I spelled out the basics of salvation to the seniors, I reminded them that, although we can spend the rest of our lives plumbing the depths of the riches of the knowledge of God, the truths of God are simple enough for a child to understand and accept.  I believe they are also simple enough for seniors to accept, even when they are in various stages of decline.

One of the seniors approached me after the service to thank the Heartland volunteers for coming into the CapitalCare Strathcona facility, and he said, “We really need God here in this place.  Some of these seniors don’t know God, or they say they ‘know Christ’ but when you dig a little deeper, they don’t really.  If it’s not a saving knowledge, then they will not be welcome into heaven, and many of these people are near their journey’s end, so this is really important.”

If you feel God’s calling to help out with this ministry, you are more than welcome to join us.  Have a look through this website, and feel free to contact me at capitalcare@heartlandalliance.ca.  For our next service, which is on March 22, we will be studying the promise of the resurrection in preparation for Easter!

Philippians 3:10-14, one of my favorite Bible passages, says “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

May God bless you as you continue in your own quest for a deeper knowledge of God!

Trish

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