Immanuel’s Child

May 28, 2008

How would you like to not only brighten the face of a child at Christmas but also put into their hands the life changing message of the Gospel? You can with Immanuel’s Child, a ministry of Slavic Gospel Association. No other program geared for children at Christmas puts everything into the hands of the local church. Who better knows who needs this gift and what the gift should be then the local churches in the CIS.

Every $30 given towards our Immanuel’s Child outreach will provide substantial Christmas gifts These gifts will help establish a loving link between you and Russian children as well as their families. Your gift will provide:

* A personal message of love from your family. Sign a Star of Bethlehem ornament, which has a printed message of encouragement in Russian which will be given to a precious child.

* An opportunity for evangelism. Many children and their families will learn of Christ’s love for the first time this Christmas.

* A special Christmas gift. Purchased locally and lovingly wrapped, this gift will be presented by local church members.

* A children’s Bible. They will treasure it and read it!

* Candy and nutritious fruit. These are rare treats during a Russian winter.

* Other items such as warm clothes and toiletries.

* Materials for discipleship. Russian-language discipleship materials will be given to the local church – vital for the follow-up ministry that will take place throughout the year.

If your church would like more information on this exciting ministry you can obtain more information by visiting the website here. You can also contact myself in Canada at:

519-621-3553 or allenm@sga.org.

If in the United States contact SGA at 800-BIBLE-50 or info@sga.org.

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Peter Deyneka, SGA, and Missions

May 26, 2008

With my new position as Coordinator of Training and Equipping with Slavic Gospel Association I thought it fitting to learn more about the founder of SGA, Peter Deyneka Sr. (1898-1987). In the book, Peter Dynamite-Twice Born Russian: The Captivating Story of Peter Deyneka Sr. (by Norman Rohrer and Peter Deyneka Jr. from SGA, 2005), the picture is presented of a godly man of prayer who worked tirelessly to see his own people saved and discipled into the church of Jesus Christ. At one point in the book it speaks of Deyneka’s call to ministry and presents an incredible challenge for us.

“In the early days of his Christian life, Peter attended all the missionary conferences at Moody Memorial Church. In one service, Peter was unusaly attentive because Pastor Rader continually made reference to the need for workers in the ‘corn’ field. Was it actually so? Did the Lord need workers in the ‘corn’ field?

Peter listened closely. He was hoping to hear of a need for workers among his own Slavic people, but the speaker did not mention Russia. He kept calling workers in the ‘corn’ field instead.

At the close of the meeting Peter responded to the invitation. His heart was so moved that he wanted to eagerly serve the Lord wherever the need was greatest, even if it meant the ‘corn’ field. Only after the service ended did he discover that Pastor Rader was appealing for workers in the ‘foreign’ field!

Many Christians since have clearly understood the need for workers in foreign fields and have done nothing. Peter misunderstood the call and was uncertain of the conditions, but he obeyed first and learned the conditions later” (pp. 24-25).

Are you being called to full-time Christian service? I would challenge you to read this brief but challenging biography of one of God’s choice servants! Contact the SGA US office if in the United States or the SGA Canada office if in Canada to obtain a copy.


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May 21, 2008

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The Kissing Diet

May 20, 2008

I decided I have the next big plan for a fad diet. The Kissing Diet. Everytime you feel hungry, go kiss your spouse. You’ll loose the pounds because you won’t be eating all the time, and your marriage will be even better as you shower love and affection on your spouse.

Well I think it’s a good idea. :)


John Gill (1697-1771) on Prayer

May 13, 2008

It is good for the saints to draw near to God; it is not only good because it is their duty, but because it yields their souls a spiritual pleasure; and it is also of great profit and advantage to them: It is often an ordinance of God, and which he owns for the quickening the graces of his spirit, for the restraining and subduing the corruptions of our hearts, and for the bringing of our souls into nearer communion and fellowship with himself. Satan has often felt the force and power of this piece of our spiritual armour; and it is, indeed, the last which the believer is directed to make use of. Praying souls are profitable in families, neighbourhoods, churches, and common-wealths, when prayerless ones are in a great measure useless. The believer has the utmost encouragement to this work he can desire; he may come to God, not as on a seat of justice, but as on a throne of grace. Christ is the Mediator between God and him, his way of access to God, and his Advocate with the Father; the Spirit is his Guide, Director, and Assister; he has many exceeding great and precious promises to plead with God; nor need he doubt of a kind reception, a gracious audience, and a proper answer, though never so mean and unworthy in himself; since the Lord will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise his prayer.


Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection

May 11, 2008

CENTRE FOR MENTORSHIP AND THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION

“The Cross is Our Theology” – Martin Luther

Learning from John Calvin

about Ministry Today

Date: Thursday, June 05, 2008

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Venue: Van Norman Centre, Tyndale University College & Seminary – 25 Ballyconnor Court, Toronto, ON

Dr.Timothy George, Executive Editor of Christianity Today and Dean of Beeson Divinity School

“Learning from Calvin about Ministry Today”

Dr. Victor Shepherd,

Winner of the Centre’s Best Preacher Award

“My ministry is dearer to me than life”

Dr. Dennis Ngien, Founder, Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection

Founder’s charge

No registration needed, except pay $3.00 parking fee.

For further information, please contact Dr. Dennis Ngien at: dngien_center@yahoo.com.


John Gill (1697-1771) on Marriage – In Preparation for my own Marriage

May 11, 2008

“Marriage is honourable in all”, (Heb. 13:4) it being an institution of God, and that of God in paradise; by whom our first parents were directed to it, in a state of purity and innocence; God made the woman for an help meet, and brought her to the man, proposed her to him, whom he approved and accepted of, and she became his wife, (Gen. 2:18, 22-24) it was the Lord’s act and deed, and to him Christ ascribes the act of marriage (Matthew 19:6). Christ honoured it by his presence, and at such a solemnity wrought his first miracle, and manifested forth the glory of his Deity, (John 2:1, 2, 11) and what makes this state yet more honourable is, that the marriage of Adam and Eve was a type and emblem of the conjugal union of Christ and the church, (Eph. 5:32) Adam was a figure or type of Christ, and, among other things, in his marriage; and Eve, the mother of all living, was a type of the church; Adam was first formed, and then Eve; Christ was before the church, and, indeed, before all things; Eve was formed from Adam, from a rib taken out of his side; the church has her original from Christ, and her subsistence by him; all her grace, blessings, and happiness, are from him; her justification and sanctification are from him, signified by the blood and water which sprung from his pierced side. Eve was brought by the Lord to Adam, not against her will, but with it, and by him presented as a proper match for him, which he approved and accepted of; and the church was brought to Christ, and given to him by his Father, to be his spouse and bride, whom he liked, accepted of, and betrothed to himself; and her consent is obtained by the drawings and influences of his Father’s grace: and though this is no direct proof of, yet it has a favourable aspect upon, and may serve to illustrate the “supralapsarian” scheme; that Christ had an interest in his church, and she in him, and was espoused unto him before she fell in Adam; this marriage transaction between Adam and Eve being before the fall. Moreover, marriage is honourable with respect to the ends of it; which even before the fall, and supposing Adam had stood, hereby he would have had an help meet; and the first law of creation would have been carried into execution, increase and multiply; a godly seed, a legitimate offspring would have sprung from hence; families formed and built up, and the world peopled with inhabitants; and since the fall the ends and uses of it are to preserve chastity, to prevent incontinence, and to avoid fornication; as well as to answer the other ends: and particularly this state appears honourable.

A Body of Practical Divinity – Book 4 Chapter 1 – Of the Respective Duties of Husband and Wife