Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 13:19 | No Comments »

Have you ever struggled with depression? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Ontario Ministry of Health, “An estimated 1 in 4 Canadians has a degree of depression serious enough to need treatment at some time in his or her life.” If you are struggling with prolonged symptoms of depression, see your family doctor. However, most of us deal with milder forms of depression from time to time. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus faced a serious trial and struggled with symptoms of depression. He even sweat tears of blood, which is a medical symptom of extreme grief. Yet, He overcame and, the next day, won the victory on Calvary. What can we learn from His example? 

Read on for 4 ways Jesus overcame depression.

1. Jesus asked close friends for their support.

After the Last Supper, Jesus came to the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples. Leaving most of them to sit down, He invited Peter, James, and John to pray with Him. He told them, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.” (Matt. 26:38)
Just having His closest disciples by His side was a comfort to Jesus. He didn’t have to face the terrors of the night alone. Instead, He drew strength from their physical presence. At the local church’s prison ministry, we are so grateful for godly friends.

2. Jesus sought His Father.

Desperate, Jesus fell on His face and prayed, “ O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39) Only Jesus knew what horrors He would be facing in a few short hours. He pleaded for God’s intervention, knowing that the Father could change the plan if He wanted to. 

3. Jesus chose to obey His Father’s will.

Despite His pain and fear, Jesus prayed, “Not as I will, but as thou wilt.” He did not argue or complain bitterly. Jesus yielded to His Father’s will completely. Though His brow was wet with drops of blood, He was willing to be obedient even to death. 
What an incredible example of submission! Jesus wouldn’t have chosen the Cross, but He chose to obey…even to the Cross.

4. Jesus looked beyond the pain to the prize.

In Hebrews 12:2, Paul describes what carried Jesus through Calvary. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of ourfaith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” 
When Jesus looked at the rugged cross, He didn’t see a Roman instrument of torture. He saw the precious faces of millions of boys and girls, men and women, whose sins would be washed clean by His blood. He heard the songs of praise that would echo through the ages for His great love. And He felt the smile of God shine warm upon His face. 
Jesus knew that Calvary, painful though it was, would be worth it.

What about you?

How can you follow Jesus’ example in your life today? First, spend time with close, godly friends. Pour out your heart, and ask them to pray for you. Seek the Lord for comfort and strength! Submit yourself to God’s will, even when it’s hard. And, look forward to seeing Jesus someday. If you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour and are following Him, know that, “…our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (2 Corinthians 4:17) Join us at the local church’s prison ministry to learn more!
Are you searching? Jesus has the answers for addictions and stubborn habits. For more information, send the Crossmans a private message here on Facebook or come to a church service at Prince Albert Baptist Church. Take the first step in a walk of freedom!

For more information, call (306) 940-9554 or email anchorofhopeheb@gmail.com 

Sunday, July 21, 2019, 19:50 | No Comments »

Fear is an unseen enemy—gripping your throat, sending chills up your spine, and stealing your sleep. But God doesn’t want you to live in fear. Because of Christ, you can overcome fear. You can have joy, confidence, and peace again. 

Here’s how you can live bravely in the face of fear.

1. Know that you are forgiven.

“…But thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”
Isaiah 38:17
We have all sinned, and we all deserve God’s judgment and punishment someday in a place the Bible calls hell. But the good news is that, because of Jesus, we can be forgiven. He took the punishment for our sins on a rugged cross. If we turn from sin and believe on Him, we can be forgiven! 
Have you been forgiven by God? If so, rest in that knowledge. Don’t let the devil make you wonder if God won’t forgive you. He has already cast your sins behind His back!

2. Know that He will never leave you.

“For he hath said, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
Hebrews 13:5b
One of the greatest comforts in our ever-changing world is the Rock of Ages. In the shifting sands of time, He is always there for us. He’ll never walk away when things get tough. People may disappoint us, but He will never fail us. At the local church’s prison ministries in Saskatchewan, we’re so glad that God will always be with us. We can trust His Word and find strength in Him. 

3. Know that He will always love you.

“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Jeremiah 31:3
Perhaps you have committed a great sin. You wonder, like the apostle Peter did, “Will God ever forgive me? Does He still love me?” But the truth is that God has never stopped loving you. He loves you with an everlasting, heart-stopping, mountain-moving love. Until Heaven, you won’t even be able to understand this love. It’s that immense! Learn to rest in His love, and He will cast out your fear. 

4. Know that He has already overcome.

“...In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33
When Jesus breathed His last on the cross, the devil must have shouted in triumph. At last, his fatal enemy was dead! Nothing could stop his evil plans now. (Or so he thought.)
Three days later, when Jesus split the tomb open, it was obvious who the real victor was. In His resurrection, Jesus overcame the world, the flesh, and the devil. He won the victory once and for all. And, through Him, we too can overcome our fears!

Let’s Chat:

Do you struggle with fear? If so, which of these truths do you find most helpful? Join us at the local church’s prison ministries in Saskatchewan to learn more.
Are you searching? Jesus has the answers for addictions and stubborn habits. For more information, send the Crossmans a private message here on Facebook or come to a church service at Prince Albert Baptist Church. Take the first step in a walk of freedom!
For more information, call (306) 940-9554 or email anchorofhopeheb@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 14:36 | No Comments »

Where do you go to get advice? Perhaps you ask a godly friend, a spiritual leader, or a person at the local church’s prison ministries. Hopefully, you open up your Bible and look for God’s wisdom. Our Bibles are packed with life-changing wisdom on living our best lives. Not sure where to start? The book of Proverbs has an incredible amount of wisdom in 31 short chapters. Let’s look at a few principles from Proverbs today.

Here are 5 practical ways to live by God’s wisdom.

1. Be slow to get angry.

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”
Proverbs 16:32
Have you ever misunderstood a situation and angrily said things you later regretted? If so, you can understand how important this principle is. God instructs us to be slow to anger because quick anger usually leads to sin. We might say wrong things, do wrong things, and hurt important relationships. You’ll never regretting taking the time to think beforeyou allow yourself to get angry.

2. Avoid getting into debt.

“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
Proverbs 22:7
Unfortunately, many Canadians are up to their ears in debt. It’s culturally acceptable to have massive car loans, student loans, maxed out credit cards, and more! Although these things promise convenience and a better standard of living, they actually enslave you to debt. This verse from Proverbs means that, if you owe something, you are a “servant” to your lender. You have to work to pay back the money you borrowed. And that debt will prevent you from spending money on other things—even good things! 
If you have a problem with debt, check out the free resources available on Dave Ramsey’s website. He has a lot of Biblical wisdom on money management and has helped thousands of people get out of debt.

3. Be kind to animals.

“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”
Proverbs 12:10
One thing our culture does right is promote kindness to animals. As you can see from this verse, this is a Biblical principle. God wants His people to show mercy and compassion toward their animals. If you have pets, treat them well and be patient with them. If you find your neighbour’s lost dog or cat, bring it home. Don’t turn a blind eye if you see an animal in distress. Instead, help the animal (and get professional help, if necessary). God wants us to be kind to people and to animals! 


4. Listen to your parents’ advice.

“My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be a ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”
Proverbs 1:8-9
If you’re over 25, you can probably appreciate this quote (attributed to Mark Twain), “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
Teenagers and young adults often (mistakenly) think that they know better than their parents. However, they usually realize their mistake as they grow into adulthood. If you have godly parents, you should always listen to and follow their advice. They may have different strengths and weakness than you, but they have one key thing that you don’t have…experience. Learn from their mistakes and successes! It will save you a lot of trouble.

5. Speak encouraging words to others.

“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”
Proverbs 12:25
When was the last time you told someone what a great job they were doing? People need to be encouraged. They are hungry for affirmation and acceptance. And this cold, competitive world often ignores their hard work and says nothing. You will be amazed at how people react when you speak an encouraging word to them! Start today by looking for the good in others. Thank them for their efforts. Praise their successes. This will strengthen your relationships + make you feel good, too!

Let’s Chat:

Which of these five tips was your favourite? And which one are you going to apply today? Join us at the local church’s prison ministries to learn more!
Are you searching? Jesus has the answers for addictions and stubborn habits. For more information, send the Crossmans a private message here on Facebook or come to a church service at Prince Albert Baptist Church. Take the first step in a walk of freedom!

For more information, call (306) 940-9554 or email anchorofhopeheb@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 12:09 | No Comments »

One of the most blatant evils of our culture is abortion. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, there were a total of 97,764 reported abortions across Canada. That means tens of thousands of unborn babies who never saw the light of day. Instead, their lives were cruelly snuffed out. As Christians, we need to stand up for what is right. According to the Bible, abortion is clearly wrong. Let’s take a closer look at why.

What does the Bible say about unborn babies?

1. The unborn baby is a human being.

“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.”
Psalm 139:13
If you read the whole chapter of Psalm 139, you’ll see that God considers the unborn child to be a human being. He carefully forms each part according to its DNA. And He looks on the child in her mother’s womb with love and compassion. At the local church’s prison ministries, we’re grateful for God’s love for each person…no matter how small.

2. The unborn baby has an individual personality.

“For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”
Luke 1:44
When Mary visited her pregnant cousin, the infant in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy. He recognized the presence of baby Jesus in Mary’s womb, and he was overjoyed. This couldn’t have been a response to his mother’s emotions because Mary had not even shared the news yet. If he did not have the capacity for thought, will, and emotions, baby John could not do this. Evidently, babies have a unique personality even before birth.

3. The unborn baby is equal to all other humans. 

“If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,”
Exodus 21:22, 23
In this passage from the Mosaic law, God prescribed the death penalty for anyone who would accidentally hurt a pregnant woman or her unborn baby. With the phrase “life for life,” we understand that the baby’s life is equal to the attacker’s life. Both babies and adults have equal rights in God’s eyes.

4. The unborn baby should not be killed for a parent’s sin.

“The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”
Deut. 24:16
One common pro-choice argument is the following, “This baby was conceived out of rape or other sexual sin. Therefore, the mother should not have to suffer through this pregnancy.” In this situation, abortion would mean carrying out the death penalty on the baby—who hadn’t even committed a crime! According to this verse from God’s Word, children should not be killed for their parents’ sin….no matter how serious.

5. The unborn baby is precious in God’s sight.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
Psalm 127:3
Often, advocates of abortion portray babies as an inconvenient nuisance. They discourage women from carrying their children to term. Instead of calling the baby “a baby,” they use derogatory names to diminish the baby’s personhood. 
But, the Bible tells us that each child is precious in God’s sight. They are a special blessing from Him. Even if they were conceived in less than ideal circumstances, God has a wonderful plan for each one.

Will you stand up for life?

At the local church’s prison ministries, we believe that Christians have a responsibility to stand up for life. We need to, “defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.” (Psalm 82:3) How could God use you to share the truth about abortion with others? Pray for opportunities, and ask for His wisdom to guide you.
Are you searching? Jesus has the answers for addictions and stubborn habits. For more information, send the Crossmans a private message here on Facebook or come to a church service at Prince Albert Baptist Church. Take the first step in a walk of freedom!

For more information, call (306) 940-9554 or email anchorofhopeheb@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 13:44 | No Comments »

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us,” wrote the great theologian A. W. Tozer. When we understand Who God is, then we cannot help but love and obey Him. Today, we’re diving into one of God’s key attributes…omnipresence. Omnipresence means that God is present everywhere at all times. How does this impact our lives?

Here are 4 truths about how God’s omnipresence transforms our lives.

1. He exists throughout the universe.

“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.”
Jeremiah 23:24
As humans, it’s hard to us to understand how God could be present in both the North Pole and Tel Aviv, Israel at the same time. Even more difficult is understanding how He fills the entire universe. Jupiter, Saturn, and the entire solar system are mere dust under His feet.
Though many people go through life blinded to His presence, He fills Heaven and Earth. Nothing happens without His knowledge or presence. For the Christian, this is a comforting truth!

2. He will not leave us or forsake us.

“If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”
Psalm 139:9-10
In Psalm 139, David poetically describes God’s omnipresence. He realized that God was always present with him. Even in the most remote corners of the planet, God’s hand would lead him and protect him.
If you have believed in Jesus as your Saviour, know that He will always be with you. You can trust Him. At the local church’s prison ministries in Saskatchewan, we are glad that God will always be with us!

3. He may feel distant if we have unconfessed sin.

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
Psalm 66:18
But what if you are a Christian and feel like God seems far away? According to this verse, you will not be close to God if you have unconfessed sin in your life. Sin drives a wedge between you and God. 
If you want to be close to God, learn to confess sin as soon as you feel the Holy Spirit’s conviction. He will forgive you, and you can enjoy fellowship with Him again!

4. He knows us better than we know ourselves. 

“For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.”
Psalm 139:4
Sometimes even we don’t understand why we do what we do. But, we can take heart in the fact that God understands us. He knows how we are feeling and understands our challenges. Hebrews 4:15 explains, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus knows us fully, and He is right by our side to help us each day.

Let’s Chat:

Have you heard of God’s omnipresence before? And which of these truths was your favourite? Join us at the local church’s prison ministries in Saskatchewan to learn more!
Are you searching? Jesus has the answers for addictions and stubborn habits. For more information, send the Crossmans a private message on Facebook or come to a church service at Prince Albert Baptist Church. Take the first step in a walk of freedom!

For more information, call (306) 940-9554 or email anchorofhopeheb@gmail.com

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