Sunday, September 24, 2017

WITH a flick of the fingers, friction occurs and a spark leaps from match to tinder.  A small flame burns the edges and grows, fuelled by wood and air.  Heat builds, and soon the kindling is licked by orange-red tongues.  Higher and wider it spreads, consuming the wood.  The flame has become a fire.

Nearly 28 years ago, a match was struck in Toronto West Seventh-day Adventist Church.  At first, just a few in that church were touched and warmed; but the fire spread and soon more than a few experienced the warmth.  Bernice McDonald with the support of Una Hudson have provided a vivid account of the flame and fire – the birth and establishment of the Toronto Central Seventh-day Adventist Church.  The small group of visionaries began at 940 Caledonia Avenue and soon travelled north-east to the Lawrence Heights Community.  Did you know?

  • The work in Lawrence Heights started with the Children’s Story Hour - 150 children graduated in 1986!
  • Nov 1987:  Company of believers was formed
  • 1988: Church status achieved
One of the most interesting and timely advice that Jesus gave to his disciples was, “keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Mark 14:38, NASB. This advice was given ahead of the approaching  “time of the reign of darkness.” Luke 22:53, NIV. It was given in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before the betrayal, arrest, false trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. Unfortunately, the disciples did not take the advice of Jesus seriously. That Thursday night they did not keep on watching and praying. Thus when the reign of darkness came, Peter fell into temptation and nine of the other disciples fled, leaving Jesus with his enemies.  
 
Like the first set of disciples, we too are approaching a time when darkness will reign. Soon “the angels holding back the four winds,” (Revelation 7:1), will let them loose. Soon, “the time of trouble such as never was,” (Daniel 12:1), will be upon us. Soon we too will be faced with greater personal and global challenges. Let us heed the words of Jesus, “keep on watching and praying so that you will not fall into temptation.” Come and join us every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. for our prayer service. Come ... let us watch and pray.
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Toronto Central SDA Church
156-162 Bentworth Avenue
Toronto, ON M6A 1P7
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