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I am a originally from Canada. I am a pastor of a house church ministry praying for the people of DeKalb, IL and the students of NIU. I also work as nurse. My wife Julie and myself are raising five wonderful children, who are serving the Lord together.

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Daniel 11:2-27. Trust In The Sovereign Lord. 4-22-19.

Daniel 11:2-27. Trust In The Sovereign Lord. 4-22-19.

Daniel 11:2-27                                                  Kevin E. Jesmer

Key verse: 11:27                                               4-22-19

“And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed.” (ESV)

Dear Lord, thank you for teaching us what is most important in life. Knowing you and following you and knowing your grace is vitally important. Without this vine and branch relationship our soul withers. Thank you for the life that you give. Plant your words in my heart. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Part 1. The Prophecies Fulfilled (2-4)

Verses 2-4, “2 “And now I will show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them. And when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. 3 Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do as he wills. 4 And as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to the authority with which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these.” (ESV)

God’s prophecies about Persia and Greece were so accurate that it seemed as if it were written after the incidents. As God foretold, the fourth king of Persia was mighty and tried to invade Greece. But a mighty king, Alexander the Great of Greece defeated Persia. He tried to do as he pleased, but he died at the peak of his power. None of his descendants became king. Instead his four generals divided his empire.

God is in control over kingdoms and kings as the sovereign Lord. His will prevails, and not the great kings. We need to trust in the sovereignty of God. God’s plan is unfolding. We may not like it. We may not agree about it, especially when we see human suffering. But if we step back and see things over the millennia, we can see God’s plan unfolding. There is a plan for all of this craziness we see in the news. There is a plan afoot though the good and the bad.

How depressing we get if we fail to trust in the Lord. Nothing makes sense if we disregard the sovereignty of God. Trusting in the sovereign Lord, keeps me sane and gives me peace.

Young people don’t trust in the Lord. To them all the bad news is causing depression and anxiety. Oh, how they need to know Christ and to trust in the Lord.

People who fail to see the sovereign hand of God at work are actually short sighted. They consider event that occur over a year or five years. But God is eternal. His plan is unfolding over thousands of years. Things are happening just a God planned. A brief look at the Book of Revelation confirms this. We, as God’s people, must see things from God’s point of view.

Part 2. The King of the South and the North (5-27)

Verses 5-27, “5 “Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he and shall rule, and his authority shall be a great authority. 6 After some years they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement. But she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his arm shall not endure, but she shall be given up, and her attendants, he who fathered her, and he who supported[a] her in those times.

7 “And from a branch from her roots one shall arise in his place. He shall come against the army and enter the fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and shall prevail. 8 He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with their metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold, and for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north. 9 Then the latter shall come into the realm of the king of the south but shall return to his own land.

10 “His sons shall wage war and assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall keep coming and overflow and pass through, and again shall carry the war as far as his fortress. 11 Then the king of the south, moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north. And he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand. 12 And when the multitude is taken away, his heart shall be exalted, and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail. 13 For the king of the north shall again raise a multitude, greater than the first. And after some years he shall come on with a great army and abundant supplies.

14 “In those times many shall rise against the king of the south, and the violent among your own people shall lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but they shall fail. 15 Then the king of the north shall come and throw up siege works and take a well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall not stand, or even his best troops, for there shall be no strength to stand. 16 But he who comes against him shall do as he wills, and none shall stand before him. And he shall stand in the glorious land, with destruction in his hand. 17 He shall set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and he shall bring terms of an agreement and perform them. He shall give him the daughter of women to destroy the kingdom, but it shall not stand or be to his advantage. 18 Afterward he shall turn his face to the coastlands and shall capture many of them, but a commander shall put an end to his insolence. Indeed, he shall turn his insolence back upon him. 19 Then he shall turn his face back toward the fortresses of his own land, but he shall stumble and fall, and shall not be found.

20 “Then shall arise in his place one who shall send an exactor of tribute for the glory of the kingdom. But within a few days he shall be broken, neither in anger nor in battle. 21 In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. 22 Armies shall be utterly swept away before him and broken, even the prince of the covenant. 23 And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people. 24 Without warning he shall come into the richest parts of the province, and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers’ fathers have done, scattering among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a time. 25 And he shall stir up his power and his heart against the king of the south with a great army. And the king of the south shall wage war with an exceedingly great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for plots shall be devised against him. 26 Even those who eat his food shall break him. His army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain. 27 And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed.” (ESV)

Here the detailed prophecies about the two powerful kings of the South and of the North, Egypt and Syria reveal the characters of the earthly kingdoms of the past and the present: The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, sit at the same table. They lie to each other, deceive, betray, attack and retaliate to achieve their selfish desires, but to no avail, because an end will still come at God’s appointed time.

But to no avail, because an end will still come at God’s appointed time. This is a powerful statement. There is so much colluding between worldly governments. Some of it their plans are outright evil and will cause the suffering of so many people. But it is comforting to know that Jesus is in control. All of it is working towards the end, when Jesus will come again to gather up his people to himself.

Prayer:

“Lord, the kings and kingdoms rise and fall according to your will at your appointed time. Grant me greater trust in your sovereignty. Help me not to be so short sighted, but to see what you are accomplishing in the long term and to keep the ultimate prize in sight, the coming of Jesus and the establishing of your kingdom.”

One word:                                                                                                                                   

Trust in God, the Sovereign Lord!

Daniel 11:2-27. Trust In The Sovereign Lord. 4-22-19.

Daniel 11:2-27. Trust In The Sovereign Lord. 4-22-19.

Daniel 11:2-27                                                  Kevin E. Jesmer

Key verse: 11:27                                               4-22-19

“And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed.” (ESV)

Dear Lord, thank you for teaching us what is most important in life. Knowing you and following you and knowing your grace is vitally important. Without this vine and branch relationship our soul withers. Thank you for the life that you give. Plant your words in my heart. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Part 1. The Prophecies Fulfilled (2-4)

Verses 2-4, “2 “And now I will show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them. And when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. 3 Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do as he wills. 4 And as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to the authority with which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these.” (ESV)

God’s prophecies about Persia and Greece were so accurate that it seemed as if it were written after the incidents. As God foretold, the fourth king of Persia was mighty and tried to invade Greece. But a mighty king, Alexander the Great of Greece defeated Persia. He tried to do as he pleased, but he died at the peak of his power. None of his descendants became king. Instead his four generals divided his empire.

God is in control over kingdoms and kings as the sovereign Lord. His will prevails, and not the great kings. We need to trust in the sovereignty of God. God’s plan is unfolding. We may not like it. We may not agree about it, especially when we see human suffering. But if we step back and see things over the millennia, we can see God’s plan unfolding. There is a plan for all of this craziness we see in the news. There is a plan afoot though the good and the bad.

How depressing we get if we fail to trust in the Lord. Nothing makes sense if we disregard the sovereignty of God. Trusting in the sovereign Lord, keeps me sane and gives me peace.

Young people don’t trust in the Lord. To them all the bad news is causing depression and anxiety. Oh, how they need to know Christ and to trust in the Lord.

People who fail to see the sovereign hand of God at work are actually short sighted. They consider event that occur over a year or five years. But God is eternal. His plan is unfolding over thousands of years. Things are happening just a God planned. A brief look at the Book of Revelation confirms this. We, as God’s people, must see things from God’s point of view.

Part 2. The King of the South and the North (5-27)

Verses 5-27, “5 “Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he and shall rule, and his authority shall be a great authority. 6 After some years they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement. But she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his arm shall not endure, but she shall be given up, and her attendants, he who fathered her, and he who supported[a] her in those times.

7 “And from a branch from her roots one shall arise in his place. He shall come against the army and enter the fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and shall prevail. 8 He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with their metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold, and for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north. 9 Then the latter shall come into the realm of the king of the south but shall return to his own land.

10 “His sons shall wage war and assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall keep coming and overflow and pass through, and again shall carry the war as far as his fortress. 11 Then the king of the south, moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north. And he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand. 12 And when the multitude is taken away, his heart shall be exalted, and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail. 13 For the king of the north shall again raise a multitude, greater than the first. And after some years he shall come on with a great army and abundant supplies.

14 “In those times many shall rise against the king of the south, and the violent among your own people shall lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but they shall fail. 15 Then the king of the north shall come and throw up siege works and take a well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall not stand, or even his best troops, for there shall be no strength to stand. 16 But he who comes against him shall do as he wills, and none shall stand before him. And he shall stand in the glorious land, with destruction in his hand. 17 He shall set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and he shall bring terms of an agreement and perform them. He shall give him the daughter of women to destroy the kingdom, but it shall not stand or be to his advantage. 18 Afterward he shall turn his face to the coastlands and shall capture many of them, but a commander shall put an end to his insolence. Indeed, he shall turn his insolence back upon him. 19 Then he shall turn his face back toward the fortresses of his own land, but he shall stumble and fall, and shall not be found.

20 “Then shall arise in his place one who shall send an exactor of tribute for the glory of the kingdom. But within a few days he shall be broken, neither in anger nor in battle. 21 In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. 22 Armies shall be utterly swept away before him and broken, even the prince of the covenant. 23 And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people. 24 Without warning he shall come into the richest parts of the province, and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers’ fathers have done, scattering among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a time. 25 And he shall stir up his power and his heart against the king of the south with a great army. And the king of the south shall wage war with an exceedingly great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for plots shall be devised against him. 26 Even those who eat his food shall break him. His army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain. 27 And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed.” (ESV)

Here the detailed prophecies about the two powerful kings of the South and of the North, Egypt and Syria reveal the characters of the earthly kingdoms of the past and the present: The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, sit at the same table. They lie to each other, deceive, betray, attack and retaliate to achieve their selfish desires, but to no avail, because an end will still come at God’s appointed time.

But to no avail, because an end will still come at God’s appointed time. This is a powerful statement. There is so much colluding between worldly governments. Some of it their plans are outright evil and will cause the suffering of so many people. But it is comforting to know that Jesus is in control. All of it is working towards the end, when Jesus will come again to gather up his people to himself.

Prayer:

“Lord, the kings and kingdoms rise and fall according to your will at your appointed time. Grant me greater trust in your sovereignty. Help me not to be so short sighted, but to see what you are accomplishing in the long term and to keep the ultimate prize in sight, the coming of Jesus and the establishing of your kingdom.”

One word:                                                                                                                                   

Trust in God, the Sovereign Lord!

Videos and articles of the community of Sandy Lake First Nation in NW Ontario

Videos and articles of the community of Sandy Lake First Nation in NW Ontario

***Not to be confused with Sandy Lake First Nation of Saskatchewan***

Link to the “communities” section.

History of Sandy Lake

Traditions of Sandy Lake

Pictures of Sandy Lake NW Ontario

Sandy Lake Community videos

Community tour: Sandy lake 4 min 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ8bbUvPUFA

Tour of Sandy Lake 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE0I1beWGOo

A video on the hopes of the elders of Sandy lake 2min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_moaGUZUUew

History of Sandy Lake:   http://sandylake.firstnation.ca/?q=history

Peoples of Sandy Lake 46 min 1970’s videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcdkJrV6nMc

Sandy Lake Elders 11 min 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5qe5qyKN60

Sandy Lake fly around 16 min 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp5k3pReUsQ

Ontario works program 2016 5 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR38cncwbiU

Chief and council 2016 2 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqLMTkp8eRk

Sandy Lake visit 2018 10 min Mostly a winter fly around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1VIRmXOdeQ

Sandy Lake radio clips 2015 7 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNO8b_WXr7Q

Belly flop fail 15 secs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD1-amTXBu4

Christian videos

Charismatic Camp meeting 2014 -7 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opP9ynVXV0E

2015 Catholic church cultural exchange in Sandy Lake https://www.cdsbeo.on.ca/building-bridges-sandy-lake-first-nations-exposure-trip-2015/

Drama attempts by locals

I will not be that woman anymore. Video on woman empowerment 2018 4 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdpyW7kHRv4

Fishing

Fishing derby 2012 8 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia3JEcNz44E

fishing with the chief of Sandy Lake 2011 5 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By94HIdoEXM

Forest Fire

Sandy Lake evacuees return home 7 min 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGj8NsXqxG0

Hockey

The Stanley Cup visits Sandy lake 2-14-17 5 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta8kO7JhW0I

Rapping

Rap son 3 min 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pFebzPnASU

youth music 2011 4 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7csdEGu4XLc

School Videos

Random videos in a high school in Sandy Lake Ontario 2016 7 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d52SyiCKBpA

OLI challenge. dancing. 13 min 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJZM82Teom8

Gift boxes in sandy lake 1.5 min interview with students

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Myv6ryEA4f8

Teachers

Teacher in Sandy Lake 3 min 3-2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgoP532_30A

Treaty No. 5

Treaty Day 10 min 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZifR6IooFVY

Treaty 5 documentary 5 min 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIydgIyJkuo

 

Traditions of Sandy Lake First Nation in NW Ontario

Traditions of Sandy Lake First Nation in NW Ontario

***Not to be confused with Sandy Lake First Nation of Saskatchewan***

Link to the “communities” section.

History of Sandy Lake First Nation

Pictures of Sandy Lake

Videos and articles about Sandy Lake

Traditions and Culture of the People of Sandy Lake

Favourite Foods

The people of Sandy Lake were hunters and gathers and this tradition of living off the land continues. Wild game is still a staple in the diets of many people. Moose, rabbit, root from the marsh-make into tea/grind into powder/ edible paste. Some of the food that are considered delicacies include moose nose, beaver tail, bannock made with fish eggs, rabbit soup (with rabbit lungs added after preparation), rabbit brain and fish heads. In the past, every part of wild game, big or small, was used – nothing was wasted.Diabetes has ravaged the community in epidemic proportions in the last 35-40 years. Like so many other cultures the process of rapid cultural change has seen a rise in many chronic diseases. The traditional hunter gather lifestyle was an incredibly demanding one requiring superb levels of physical fitness. The traditional diet was very high in protein, very low in fat and carbohydrates. Now, many modern conveniences are available and these have discouraged many of the traditional physical activities that the people were used to in their everyday lives.

Favourite Pastimes and Sports

Today the people of Sandy Lake enjoy games and sports such as hockey, volleyball, softball, tae-kwon-do, golf and other modern sports. The following is a list of the traditional activities and games of the community.

Telling of Legends

Listening to elders telling the Legends was a common activity and one of the most favourite pastime of the people. It was through the telling of legends that knowledge was passed on. This activity was the central focal point of all education, solidarity and entertainment. Legends and stories are an oral history that were passed on from generation to generation. It was not until modern times that these legends were written down. In traditional times the elders could tell stories for two or three days without stopping. Today, the elders can only tell a few stories at a time. Therefore, the legends are rapidly disappearing from people. So believe this could be due to the fact that the legends are in conflict with Christian beliefs or the advances of modern technology. However, others point out that there are many similarities between the legends and the teachings of Christianity. While others feel the legends are sacred because they tell of our spiritual world and our understanding of creation.

Traditional Superstitions

  1. If a toddler looks behind his/herself between his/her legs, that toddler is looking for their younger sibling meaning a baby is on the way!
  2. If a female child uses a slingshot, her bosom will stretch and droop.
  3. If you wear your shoes the wrong way, you will meet up with a bear. (Alternatively, you could meet up with David Day who will pinch your cheek)
  4. While on a boat on Finger Lake, you cannot point your finger to the rock outcrop, otherwise you will get caught on the lake on your way back home while the wind picks up drastically and big waves (white caps) form. Hence the reason many native people prefer to point with their lips!
  5. A child crying in the night will attract a geengongay (wolverine) which will take that child away.
  6. If you kill a spider, it will start raining. If you kill a frog, it will rain and you will get a chee-chee-gum.
  7. If you hear a crow or raven at night, it is a bad omen.
  8. If you hear a dog crying, it has to be put down, otherwise someone will die.
  9. If you have a bad dream about someone, you must tell someone about it, otherwise it will come true.
  10. If your eye twitches: upper – good sign, lower – bad omen.
  11. If a Whiskeyjack (bird) makes an odd sound (weeyass), it means you will kill a moose.
  12. If a bird crashes into your window, it’s a bad sign (more so for the bird).
  13. If there is a ring around the sun/moon: overcast and rain or snow is coming.
  14. If you cut up a moose and the hind leg socket pops, that means another moose soon.
  15. If you see a bear with three cubs, that’s a bad sign.
  16. If you dream of killing a moose, it’s a good sign.
  17. If a fish sticks it’s head out of the water, it’s a bad sign.
  18. Where there’s lightning, cover your mirrors, otherwise lightning could strike them.
  19. If you stare at the moon for too long, it will pull you to it.
  20. As a child, if you wear a pot or bowl as a hat, it will stunt your growth.
  21. If a female goes on a swing, she will start menstruating.
  22. The deeper the groove at the back of your neck, the stingier you are.
  23. If your fingernails are white at the base (gih-min-da-weh), it means that you don’t like it that you don’t get enough of whatever it is you are given.
  24. If a bird flies into your house, it is a bad omen.
  25. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) indicate strong winds the next day.
  26. At a family dinner, no one eats until after grace is said then afterwards, if someone passes gas, that person must leave for the rest of the dinner.
  27. If you look into your wallet and it is empty, it’s a bad sign (alright this one belongs in the Joke-Sah-Weh section).

Traditional Games

The following are brief descriptions of some of out traditional games that were played by young and old alike. Jooshiman was a piece of wood carved into a type of bat or torpedo shape. It was thrown underhand into the snow, made to glide quite a distance. The person who throws the jooshiman the furthest would claim victory. In English terms, it is called “snow snake” although it is not a direct translation. While dogsledding was a form of transportation it was viewed as a form of fun when travelling by great distances to visit neighbouring camps. One of the traditional games has some similarities to modern day baseball. Two sticks were staked in the ground about 30 feet apart. A ball was thrown to the batter standing at one of the stakes, who would hit the ball then run, with the bat in hand, to try and hit the other stake in the ground while trying to avoid being hit with the ball. Other players would try to catch the ball and hit the running player with the ball before the player can hit the stake in the ground. Another game was “Jaa-wee”. The objective of this game was to get to the closest to the target. One utilized plain sticks. Players would alternately throw a stick towards a target, usually a similar type stick, perhaps one stripped of its bark to identify it. The player who threw it closest would win. A variation of this game used bows and arrows.

Festivals and Gatherings

Treaty Days is an annual event to mark the communities signing of the Treaty. On this day the Chief receives $25.00, Councillors $15.00 and all registered band members receive $5.00. Traditionally activities and events were held when representatives of the Department of Indian Affairs came to the community and disburse treaty money. June 9, 2010 will be the Centennial of Sandy Lake Band’s signing.

The Muddy Water Music Festival is an annual event that began in 1983 that occurs during the summer. This festival is a celebration and showcase of the aboriginal music talent of Sandy Lake and other surrounding remote communities. Other celebrity performers are also welcome to perform at the festival to provide the younger and inexperienced performers with the confidence and self-esteem to perform in front of a crowd on the same stage.

Traditional Social Gatherings

These social gatherings are traditional ceremonies that still very much alive today. These ceremonies have been passed on from generation to generation and continue to follow the principles, ideals and philosophy on which they are based.

WABINOWIN

The Wabinowin ceremony is conducted in a longhouse that is called a wabinowigumick. It is held in the autumn to celebrate the completion of another cycle of life. Traditionally this was an opportunity for the different clans to gather together to celebrate many things that have happened throughout the year. During the Wabinowin, the Weekwindowin and the Ogeemezhowin are also conducted.

WEEKWINDOWIN

The Weekwindowin, is performed four times per year, once for every season. The Weekwindowin ceremony is begun with a review of the past events, hope for a good future, a prayer and then the smoking of the pipe carried out by the heads of the clan. These ceremonies are held in mid-winter and mid-summer in order to bring together peoples various medicines and combine their healing powers for revitalization. Each weekwindowin is a celebration to give thanks, show happiness and respect to the Creator. It is customary to share the first kill of the season during the Weekwindowin. This would show the Creator our thanks and also ask for a blessing for the coming hunt, harvest and season.

OGEEMEHZOWIN

Ogeemehzowin is the naming ceremony for a newborn child. The mother picks an elder who will name her child. The naming elder (geemehz) or godfather then picks an Indian name for the child that relates to the earth and people. After he says the Indian name, the child is passed around for everyone to kiss. All invited guests gather around with all the food placed on the floor in the middle. The pipe is passed around. This gives the child a sense of belonging and pride. After this, the feast starts and everyone enjoys the food that is available. The child is expected to offer tobacco to show respect. The naming elder is considered a guardian to the child. He gives the child advice and shares his wisdom throughout his life.

Baby’s Feast

The Baby’s Feast is conducted shortly after the child is born to celebrate the arrival of this child to this world. The ceremony begins with opening remarks about why there is a gathering from a host elder that has been selected by the parents. Other elders may join in with their comments on the occasion. When this is done, the host elder will pick up the child and talk to him/her about the world s/he has entered, the difficulties s/he must face and the joys of life. When the host elder has finished talking to the child about everything s/he must know to live her/his life in this world, the feasting then begins to celebrate this occasion.

Memorial Feasts

When a person dies the entire community mourns that person’s passing. On the first anniversairy of the death, a feast is prepared by the family to commemorate the person. All community members are invited to sit at the table prepared to mark this occasion. This helps the people remember the person who is mourned and provide some closure to the loss of the loved one.

ODOODEMOW MUKSHAYWIN

During Christmas, a banquet is prepared on the floor in the middle of the largest room in the house. Plates are filled with natural foods, wild game foods, candies, cookies, nuts and other foods. Each plate is set to commemorate a loved one who has gone to the spirit world in years past and they are welcomed back to visit the living for one week. Plates filled with crackers were often used as a first offering to commemorate a loved one who had passed away within the same year.

On New Year’s Night, a similar banquet is prepared on the floor in the middle of the largest room to bid our loved ones who have visited us for one week farewell for another year.

Feasting

One of the new traditions as a result of the tradition of Christmas, every year, starting at about the 18th to the 21st of December, the community starts an array of feasts at a rate of about 2 – 3 per day or more. Almost every household takes part by having a feast during the two weeks of the festive season. The feasting stops shortly after the New Year. This feasting complements the spirit of Christmas in Sandy Lake.

The following Social Gatherings are some ceremonies that are not as evident in the community but still have significance with our heritage and culture.

The Drum

The drum is very sacred tool in our culture and heritage. It has strong powers and can be used for good or for bad purposes. So only the elders are permitted to use such a powerful tool. It is not used as regularly as it used to be. On a rare occasion, an elder will perform a song with a drum.

EESKWANDEM WEEKWINDOWIN

This ceremony involved only women who took a piece of wood out to the bushes to offer it to the Creator, and brought something back as well. This ceremony represented the woman’s vital place in the household as a homemaker whom asked for the Creator’s blessing so that the home would be safe and warm.

Shaking Tent

This ceremony was performed by a shaman or spiritual person, whom erected a tent with dimensions approximately 3’L x 3’W x 6’H. The shaman would enter the tent to conjure spirits and speak beyond this world.

SHIMAGUNSHEW MUKSHAYWIN

This ceremony is a form of weekwindowin that was conducted by trappers and gatherers. Trappers would get together to ask for a blessing from the Creator for a plentiful trapping season.

BUWAMOWIN

This ceremony involves fasting and a vision quest performed by young virgin man. The young man would venture out into the wilderness, possibly on an island, somewhere he can be isolated. This ceremony provides a young man with strong character, self-sustenance, spiritualism, humility, pride and respect for all things.

EH-MUKO-WIJ

This ceremony is conducted for young women who are having their first menstruation. During this time, the young woman cannot see any males and must live outside the community in seclusion for it is a very important time for the young woman to figure out her place in life.

Famous People (Local Heroes)

Thomas Fiddler was the last traditional hereditary chief and a patriarch to the people of Sandy Lake. Chief Thomas Fiddler was born on the south shore of Big Sandy Lake, Ontario, in the year 1904, the fifth son of Robert Fiddler. Thomas Fiddler became Chief on October 15th, 1939, assuming responsibilities of Chief after his father’s death, elected in 1940 until 1968. He carried a strong wisdom throughout his term as Chief travelling to distant towns and cities advocating for his people and the lifestyle of the north. He was bestowed with numerous awards and citations for his advocacy and participation in the development of governing structures in Northern Ontario. Chief Thomas Fiddler died February 5, 1987. James Linklater also known as The Marten or Wabizhesh, was a great shaman and conjurer of spirits. He was known to use the “Shaking Tent” to make a connection to the spirit world to heal people from illness, speak to spirits, ask for guidance and assist in the various problems of the people. Locally, he was a well-respected man with abilities to cure. Sandy Lake is renowned for supplying great native artists significant in the development of a genre of aboriginal art known as Woodland Cree. Carl Rae, born January 18, 1943 – September 26, 1978, was a prominent native artist who travelled to large urban areas to display his art. His artwork was appreciated and renowned by the international art community. There were many native artists from the Sandy Lake area to enter into this genre, to name a few there was “late” Joshim Kakegamic,”late” Norval Morriseau, Goyce Kakegamic, Robert Kakegamic, Bart Meekis, Gordon Fiddler, Lloyd Kakepetum, Roy Kakegamic, Roger Kakepetum, and many others.

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Pictures of Sandy Lake First Nation of NW Ontario

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Geographical Areas

R = River

C = Centre

A = Airport

B = Big Rock

O = Old Sawmill

G = Ghostpoint

RC = RC

Offices

  1. Robert Fiddler Administrative Building (Band Office
  2. Sandy Lake Board of Education
  3. Sandy Lake Community Development Services Inc. (Corporation)
  4. Nishtum Building (Sandy Lake Health Authority)
  5. Tikinagan Child & Family Services

Businesses

  1. Northern Store/Post Office
  2. Northern Store Gas Station
  3. Airport Gas Station
  4. Sandy Seaplane
  5. Dan Dan’s
  6. T & N’s
  7. Adowgamik
  8. Sandy Lake Motel

Services

  1. Nursing Station (Sandy Lake Health Authority)
  2. Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School
  3. Thomas Fiddler Memorial High School
  4. Gabbius Goodman Adult Learning Centre
  5. Washtenigun Christian School
  6. James Fiddler Memorial Radio Station
  7. Nishnawbe-Aski Police Station
  8. Heavy Equipment Yard (Sandy Lake Community Development Services Inc.)
  9. Lumber Yard/Warehouse
  10. Diesel Generation Power Station
  11. Lagoon
  12. Water Treatment Plant
  13. Sandy Lake Fire Hall
  14. Airport

Recreation

  1. Arena
  2. Treaty Grounds
  3. RC Baseball Field
  4. Baseball/Soccer Fields
  5. Golf Course
  6. Centennial Commemoration Site

Churches

  1. Adam Fiddler United Church
  2. Pentacostal Church
  3. RC Church
  4. Full Gospel Church
  5. Mennonite Church
  6. Revival Centre

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Getting to know the community of Sandy Lake First Nation in NW Ontario

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History

A Brief History of Sandy Lake

 The area known as Sandy Lake and the vast expanse of lakes and forests to the east, south, west, and north is the traditional territory of the Anishinabeck, the Oji-Cree.  As late as 1897, Big Sandy Lake was considered “as inaccessible as the North Pole”. It was an area distant from the main trade routes. The closest Hudson Bay posts were located at Island Lake to the west and at Big Trout Lake to the east. Yet, as “inaccessible” as this area was, the ancestors of the Sandy Lake people travelled the lakes, rivers, and portage systems along the Severn River from Lake Winnipeg, Berens River, and Island Manitoba to Fort Severn, Ontario.

The earliest person recorded is Porcupine Standing Sideways. This was before 1823. His ancestors or other people of that generation are not recorded in the fur trade journals. The other person recorded was a hunter by the name of Shell (see Killing The Shaman, a book by Thomas Fiddler and Jim Stevens).

The people at the time of Porcupine lived in small family groups and engaged in traditional pursuits of hunting, trapping, fishing, and gathering. Traditionally, theirs was a nomadic lifestyle following the movements of the animals and the seasons. The elders speak of good times and bad times. The environment can be a blessing or a challenge. There were times when the animals and berries were plenty providing sustenance for all. Other times, there was famine sometimes resulting in starvation for some.

The people were a spiritual people with a strong belief in the Creator. They believed that the land was a gift from the Creator given to them for their survival. They were the keepers of the land and they believed they were put on this land for that purpose. The culture and traditions, a way of life, and nature’s laws was based on this sacred relationship with the land. And they governed themselves accordingly on how life should be conducted.

Porcupine Standing Sideways, the leader of the Sucker clan, had three daughters and three sons. The sons were Jack Fiddler, Peter Flett, and Joseph Fiddler. It is at this time the picture of who’s who becomes a little clearer when the ancestors of the other clans emerged through stories of the elders. There were the five clans of the Sandy Lake area, Sucker (Fiddler, Goodman, and Harper), Pelican (Meekis), Crane (Kakegamic and Kakepetum), Sturgeon (Mamakeesic), and Caribou (Linklater and Rae). There are stories of when life was good, hardships, the beautiful and harsh environment, contact with the outside world, and other pieces of history and origins of where we come from. These can be found in the book Killing the Shaman.

Porcupine died when he was 120 years old. In the last decades of the 1800’s, the leading man of the Sucker clan was his son Jack Fiddler, or ‘South Wind’. Jack Fiddler was a great medicine man, conjurer and healer of the people. It is known he visited the May-May-quay-shi-wok in the rock cliffs. He cured the whitefish in South Trout of worms and once he brought back the sturgeon to Cobham Falls. The leading man of the Cranes was Papmekeesikquap at this time. The lives of Porcupine’s three sons ended in tragedy.

When Jack Fiddler died in 1907 his son Robert Fiddler became leader of the Sucker clan.

The following chronicles some of the recent key areas in the history of Sandy Lake:

1909 – Treaty Signing at Island Lake

Matthew 28:16-20. THE GREAT COMMISSION. 1-2-19

THE GREAT COMMISSION

Kevin E. Jesmer                                                                                                                              1-2-19

Matthew 28:16-20

Key verse: 28:19-20

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

Dear Lord Heavenly Father, thank you for being our Rock and our compass and our guiding light. Without you and your word we will definitely drift into the darkness. You keep us grounded and moving in the right direction. You keep me faithful and steadfast. Thank you, Jesus. Please grant me your word today. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Part 1: Risen Jesus’ Authority (16-18)

Verses 16-18, “16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ “

The Risen Jesus appeared to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee. The disciples understood that he was the one that must be worshiped, though even in this group there were doubters. On earth, Jesus had humbly submitted himself to God’s will to die for the sin of the world.  Now God had raised him from the dead and put everything in his hands-all authority in heaven and on earth. After Jesus rose again, the Holy Spirit was given to all believers. The Father has revealed that Jesus is the one we must worship.

I am thankful, that by the grace of God, I can know the one who is to be the recipient of our worship. Human beings are worshipping beings. We want to worship something. We want to give our hearts and adoration to something. This is true for the one who believes in God and the one who does not.

We really need to find the object of our worship. We cannot go through life with misplaced worship. That is never a healthy thing to do. What you worship is what you live for. What you worship captures your thoughts and emotions and desires. It is not a small matter. Jesus came in to this world to show us that we must worship God alone. Jesus is God. We must make Jesus the object of our devotion.

What does it mean that, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” The Father has put all things in Jesus’ hands.  Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth. There is no power that can oppose him. Satan and evil spirits cannot stand in his way. Jesus is the Sovereign Lord.  We can trust that the Risen Christ is in control.

Jesus’ disciples were called to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. They were blue collar workers. They were largely undereducated country folk. How could they go into all the Roman world and preach the Gospel? By whose authority? Who would listen? How could they stand spread the light to a dark world? Carrying out this command is possible because Jesus’ own authority works through us. It is because the one who called them has all the authority and his followers go forth in that authority.

How can missionaries go to remote communities to preach the Gospel? They obey Jesus’ command and trust in him and go forth in his authority. God is with them.

Part 2: Go and Make Disciples (19-20)

Verses 19-20, “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus gave a final command to his disciples, which they should carry out until he returns. It is to make disciples by baptizing believers and teaching them to obey all of Jesus’ teachings.  Jesus really defines what we should be doing as his followers, it is to make disciples.

How easy it is to lose the point of the relationships God has placed us into. It is to make disciples of Jesus. I don’t want to say that all relationships in our lives are to make disciples. We are not just relating to people with an agenda. There can be simple friendships with no agenda. We are not just using people to serve our purpose even if is a spiritual purpose. The problem is when our social lives are filled with secular friendships and there are no movements made towards making disciples of Jesus. We need to have some progression on our relationships and pray to that end. We can even pray for God to send one person into our lives whom we can be grow as disciples with.

But there will be people in our lives whom God has called to be his followers. God wants us to mentor them and walk alongside them as they grow as Jesus’ followers. We need to keep our eyes open to see the ones that Jesus is leading into our lives and be ready to mentor them in the ways of Christ.

To teach others to obey, we first have to put Jesus’ teachings into practice ourselves. This is so true. We can not be good Christian leaders until we become close followers of Jesus ourselves. Our lives must be an example to others. Through our example God wants to help people know the truth and follow the truth. Think about how kids learn to be adults. They model their parents and their close friends. I pray that God may work in my life so that others may be inspired to know and follow Jesus.

We don’t need to be afraid to be mentors for those who are being called to be Jesus’ disciples. Jesus promised that his presence will be with us and he will never leave us to the very end. When Jesus is with us then there is no reason to be afraid. He will guide us. He will empower us. He will open the hearts of those whom he leads us to.

Prayer: Father, thank you that you are with us always. I pray that I may be a good disciple of Christ and help others also obey your teaching.

One word: Don’t be afraid…Go and make disciples

Isaiah 49:1-7. A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES. 1-1-2019

A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES

Kevin E. Jesmer                                                                                               1-1-19

Isaiah 49:1-7

Key verse:  49:6b

“….It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (ESV)

Dear Lord heavenly Father. Thank you for bringing us into a new year. I pray that 2019 may be a year in which your name, (JESUS) and the Gospel are glorified throughout the world. Help us to know you and grow in our knowledge of you. Raise up missionaries to take your word to the ends of the earth. Grant me insight into your word today. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Part 1: God Calls and Qualifies His Servants (1-4)

Verses 1-4, “Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away.3 And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” 4 But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.”

Here the prophet Isaiah describes how God chose him before he was born and equipped him to speak God’s words. I can see that God chose, called and equipped Isaiah to be his servant to the people. He was to speak the word of God. He was to serve God’s purpose as an arrow is to serve the purpose of the archer. An arrow flies true, straight to the target. Isaiah was to be a sharpened arrow, an arrow that will accomplish the task for which it is sent, either to sink into a target or into prey. The whole purpose of Isaiah’s calling is to be God’s servant. He wanted to glorify himself through Isaiah’s life and ministry.

God is the one who made Isaiah into his servant. “The Lord called me”, “He made my mouth like a sharp sword”, “He hid me”, “He made me”, “In whom I will be glorified.” God is the one who calls and equips. In Christ, God also chooses and trains us to make us an arrow in his quiver. God desires to display his splendor in each of his servants.

Being a servant of the word of God is a calling in life. When God calls; he equips. We don’t think that we can measure up. We think that we can never stand as a servant of God. But the one who calls is the one who equips. We can do certain things, like engaging in regular Bible study and spiritual disciplines, such as prayer and living a life of mission. But these are limited in making us a servant of God like a sharpened arrow. We need God’s call on a preaching and teaching ministry and after receiving the call, we must trust that God will accomplish what he set out to accomplish.

We may feel underqualified. That is good, because on our own we are. Isaiah must have felt underqualified at times. This realization that we are underqualified keeps us humble and dependent on God. We are in a good place. It is God who qualifies us.

There were times when Isaiah was despaired about life and ministry.  Look at verse 4 again, “But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.” He devoted his life to serving God’s purpose. But the response was not good. The nation did not submit to the Lord. But Isaiah should never despair.

The God who calls is not only the one who equips, he is the God who accomplishes his purposes. This is reflected in making Isaiah into a sharpened arrow. God was going to use Isaiah and his ministry in Isaiah’s lifetime, but also 800 years later he would send Jesus according to the prophecies spoken through Isaiah. We, ourselves in 2019 AD, are being blessed by God’s word through Isaiah. God will accomplish what he has determined.

Sometimes we may feel like all our sacrifices and labor in the Lord has come to nothing. But our reward is safe with God. I need to trust God in this way. It is not about me. It is about God and his ability to accomplish. I am glad it is not about me, because if it was, things would fall apart. But when left in the hands of God, his kingdom will grow. Currently, as at the end of most years, I feel like I am in a dry time. Maybe it is winter months. I don’t know how ministry will progress in 2019. But I can trust God. There are times of waxing and waning in ministry, but in Christ all things are moving forward for his glory and to serve his purpose.

Part 2: A Larger Purpose (5-7)

Verses 5-7, “5 And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him—for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength—6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” 7 Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Isaiah knew that God had called him to bring Israel back to the Lord. But God had even bigger plans than that. Look at verse 6 again, “6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”  The calling of Isaiah was to make his people a light to the Gentiles, so salvation would come not just to Israel but to the ends of the earth. This is ultimately accomplished through Jesus, who was despised and afflicted, but now there are kings of the earth who bow down to him. When he comes again all of them will.

The Holy Spirit gave Paul this key verse to describe his missionary work. And who was Paul before meeting Jesus? He was a legalistic religious zealot who persecuted and even murdered Christians! And yet God used him to spread the Gospel and reveal the light of the world, Jesus to the Roman world and even to us today through his letters.

Because of God’s heart for world salvation, he calls and uses ordinary people like us for his great purpose. The purpose is very similar. God wants Jesus and his precious Gospel to be a light to the Gentiles and he calls ordinary people to share in his vision. He calls Christians to speak the words of God and to pray that his Gospel light may shine forth. I pray for the missionaries in Canada that God may speak through their words and their lives to shine the Gospel light across the remote north. I pray that in 2019, in some small way, my life and family may be a light to the Gentiles. This can only be accomplished by the grace of Jesus.

Isaiah never knew the scope of what God was accomplishing through his ministry. It was vast! There are times when he fell into despair, because compared to God’s vision, Isaiah’s vision was very shortsighted. Sometimes I fall into despair when I take my eyes off of Christ. I become blind to how Jesus is working. But though this passage I can trust that in God’s way and in God’s time I know that he will work to shine his Gospel light. “Lord, lift up my eyes to see you accomplishing your task in and through me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Prayer: Lord, thank you for using me in greater ways than I realize. Help me serve you this year with confidence in you and not in myself.

One word: God has called us to shine the Gospel light to the nations.

Isaiah 54:1-8. God’s Hope For His People. 12-31-18

GOD’S HOPE FOR HIS PEOPLE

Kevin E. Jesmer                                                                                                     12-31-18

Isaiah 54:1-8

Key verse: 54:2

“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.” (ESV)

    Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for a wonderful 2018. You accomplished so much. Your glory shines forth from near us to around the globe. I pray that in 2019 we may see more of you and your glory. Free us from the things that tether our hearts and souls and help us to follow you more closely in the coming year. Grant me your word in my heart today. Grant me vision for 2019. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Part 1: Prepare For A Glorious Future (1-4)

Verses 1-4, “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. 3 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities. 4 “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.”

In Isaiah’s time, childlessness brought shame. It symbolized hopelessness. That is how the people felt during the Babylonian captivity. But God encouraged the hopeless and brokenhearted to sing and shout for joy. God promised his people that they will spread out. One day their shame and disgrace will be forgotten. God urged his people to prepare for this glorious future by enlarging their tent and strengthening their stakes. They had to surrender their fear and despair to God, grow their faith and anchor their hearts in God to accomplish this.

There is so much hope in God. The hope in God is a real hope, for it a hope planted and nurtured by the all-powerful Creator. It is a hope that he accomplishes through us in our lives and ministries. Without Jesus I would be hopeless. But with Jesus I have a real hope.

Before meeting Jesus, I lived without hope. As a young man at twenty years old, I had a small hope that I could complete college and get a career job. Then I would marry and have a family. I never, ever thought about life beyond family life and definitely not about eternal life. Due to the power of sin, even getting a satisfying career job was becoming a pipe dream, let alone being able to maintain a family.

It was when I accepted Jesus, that Christ filled my heart with hope. It was real hope because it was hope with God’s power behind it. God gave me a new heart and mind and life, a new career, a family, a ministry. He is growing my children into Christians. The hope never ends. He is leading me all the way to eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.

There are times when I become disappointed in God’s hope for my life while I live in this world. It is all because I am trying to hold onto my own hopes for a certain kind of ministry for example. Or I am wanting God’s plans to unfold in my way and in my time. In either case the problem is not with God and God’s hope. The problem lies with me. And I thank the Lord for being patient with me and helping me to accept his hope as my hope and his timetable as my timetable.

What do we do when Christians are filled with God’s hope? Look at verse 2, “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.” (ESV) We need to live, reflecting the hope of God, which is really the fact that God’s Kingdom will grow and expand and God’s people will bear fruit by his grace. We need to expand the place of our tents. The whole point is joining in God’s work in expanding his kingdom.

This could take on many forms. It could be related to ministry. It could be in education and training. It could be building a family and a church.  In 2019 I want to expand the place of my tent in regards to ministry. I would like to start the monthly Canada educational prayer meeting. I would like to work to build up KBC (my church). I want to mentor the several people that God has brought into my life. I want to encourage my family to be followers of Jesus. It could mean enlarge the scope of one’s compassion and heart and vision. It could mean enlarge the length and breadth of our prayer.

Part 2: The Holy One is Your Redeemer (5-8)

Verses 5-8, “5 For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. 6 For the Lord has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God. 7 For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. 8 In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.”

In anger, God briefly abandoned his people and allowed them to suffer. But his underlying purpose was always redemptive. God is the LORD Almighty, the God of all the earth, who can and will redeem his people. God is like a husband to his people. He loves them. He has committed himself to them and has deep compassion for them.

Our God shows everlasting kindness to his people. I can say that God never abandons me. He has shown kindness to me. There have been times of spiritual dryness. There have been times of depression and distress. But these proved to be times or spiritual discipline. They were times of sanctification. In 2012 God used emotional distress to stop me from doing one thing (the house church) so that he could lead me into another ministry, (KBC and the mission to the North). There were hardships, but they were for a brief moment and it was all because of his love and his grace on my life. There was definitely a purpose.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being kind and compassionate and giving us a glorious hope in Christ. Enlarge my heart and strengthen my faith in you.

One word: We have a real hope, therefore expand the place of our tents.

Reveltion 22:1-9. EDEN RESTORED FOR THOSE WITH FAITH IN THE LAMB OF GOD

EDEN RESTORED FOR THOSE WITH FAITH IN THE LAMB OF GOD

Kevin E. Jesmer 12-29-18
Revelation 22:1-9

Key verse: 22:3, “No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.”

Dear Lord heavenly Father, thank you for your being there for us and guiding our hearts to yourself. I really need to have daily nourishment from your word. May 2019 be a year of drawing strength from you, through your Spirit and your word. Help me to share your life-giving words to those who are groping n the darkness. May you strengthen the missionaries who are up north. May the be strong and contented by the word of God. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Part 1: The Water and Tree of Life (1-5)

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”

The crystal-clear water of the River of Life will flow through the middle of the New Jerusalem. Its headwater will be the Lord Himself, and His Son Jesus. They are the givers of life. All life flows from them. The tree of life will stand on both sides of the River of Life. There will be an abundance of fruit, so that all can eat it and have life from the Father and the Son. The leaves of the tree will be healing to all the nations. The throne of God and His Son will be in the city, and we will all serve Him. Night will never again bring darkness, for the Lord God will shine as bright as the noonday sun forever and ever.

This is so pure and holy and pristine. It is absolutely lovely. The water is clean and fresh. They trees are abundant and fruitful. There is healing for the nations. And in the midst of this beautiful place is God on his throne.
I really long for the kingdom of God and to dwell there. My eyes witness so much suffering and even death. I see people struggling to live in this world forever and grieving and saddened when their days are drawing to a close. They can’t believe that the end is near.

But the inevitable will happen. Their jars of clay, (their bodies), will disintegrate to dust and they will have to stand before the judgement seat of Christ. Most will have no hope in the Kingdom of God.

But I thank God for the Gospel. Through faith in Christ, I am set free from my sins. I am forgiven. I have a living hope in the Kingdom of God. I am not just tolerated by God, but I have become his son by his grace and totally and completely welcome in the Kingdom of God. The hope in the Kingdom of God grows more and more each day. I really long to be there and I am fine with the time that Jesus wants to take me home.

The refreshing that come from the throne of God, begins even now. Nothing in this world compares to the goodness of God’s word and gazing at the Lord. In this world I have everything that anyone could ever want, but I still would lack if I could not worship Christ. That is why I decided I needed to get back into writing daily bread. How refreshing God is!

Why does the Bible make a point of saying, the throne of God and the Lamb? This could bring to mind that our God is a triune God. There is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Our God is One and the three members of the Trinity are one.
It also differentiates who God is. He is not the God of other religions. He is not the God that we make up for ourselves. He is the Triune God. He is Father-Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Christian God. He is also the God of all those who have faith in Christ.

It also shows how we can stand before God’s throne and have a living hope in this restored Eden. It is only through the Lamb. Through the shed blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus, we are made eligible to enter into God’s kingdom and stand before God and worship him along with all who put their faith in him.

Part 2. I Am Coming Soon! (6-9)

Verses 6-9, “6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” 7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

One day, we will all be with Jesus again. He will come again and dwell with his Father and our Father in paradise. Those who keep the words of God will be blessed to be counted as children of the Lord God. This does not mean that it is our obedience to God’s laws that gets us into heaven. We keep our faith in Jesus. We obey God out of love for God as an act of worship and a desire to mature. We always fall short because of sin and our fallen condition. But we are covered by the blood of Jesus. We enter into heaven because of the shed blood of Christ. Even though we don’t completely obey the word of God without fail, God counts it as we do. We are declared righteous and when that happens, we are granted eternal life, and are brought into the presence of God. We can worship and serve him freely as his precious children. What a precious gift this is!

John was overwhelmed with wonder at his vision. He wanted to worship the angel, but he was warned to worship God only. There are people that are into angel worship. They worship angels more than they worship Jesus himself. They are not to do this. All of praise and worship must be directed to Christ.

What do we do now that we have received this grace and this living hope? We serve God. We thank God. We worship him. We are fellow servants with other Christians, the prophets, and even angels…yes even angels if verse 9 is true. We are fellow servants with those who keep the word of God.

God will be coming soon. No one knows that date, but it is soon. It is as close as the time that our own eyes close in death. There will be a time when believers who have not died will see his coming. The signs of the end of the age are coming true in our generation. Those who are found in him, through faith in Christ will be taken up to heaven to be with him forever before his throne. That is why we hold onto the Lamb of God. It is faith in Lamb of God that we are found in God and we have assurance that we will enter into the Kingdom of God. Thank you, Jesus.

Prayer: “Lord, thank you for the blessing to be your servant while I live in this world. Thank you for counting me as one who keeps your word. It is all because of your grace given us through the Lamb of God. My hope to stand before your throne in the Kingdom of God grows each day.”

One word: Made ready to dwell with Christ forever through the Lamb.

White Otter Castle. Canoe Trip in NW Ontario

Here is a nice canoe destination. Near Ingnace NW Ontario. It is the White Otter Castle.

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The White Otter Castle. Grave of Jimmy McOuat, the man who single handily build the house over 100 years ago, completed in 1916. He drowned in 1918 in his fishing nets.

White Otter Castle is an elaborate 3-story log house built on the shore of White Otter Lake, about 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Ignace, Ontario, Canada, by James Alexander “Jimmy” McOuat.
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he “Castle” is a sturdy log house which stands 3 stories tall (29 feet), with a turret extending up to an additional floor (41 feet). The main part of the building measures 24 by 28 feet, while an attached kitchen area adds a further 14 by 20 feet to the floorplan.

McOuat built his “castle” single-handedly, beginning in 1903 when he was 51, and finally completing it in 1915. He felled and cut all of the red pine logs himself and hoisted the finished, dovetailed beams (some of them weighing as much as 1600 lbs) into place by means of simple block and tackle.
James Alexander McOuat was born in Chatham, Argenteuil County, Lower Canada (Québec), on Jan 17, 1855. He was the youngest son of David McOuat and Christian McGibbon, both of whom were born in Scotland and emigrated to Lower Canada in the early part of the 19th century.

As a young boy, Jimmy threw a turnip at an elderly neighbour who cursed at him and said: “You’ll amount to nothing and die in a shack.” Years later, in his forties and farming near Rainy River, he invested all that he had in a gold mine on the Upper Manitou. He lost everything, including his land.

McOuat turned to animal trapping to earn a living and found himself on White Otter Lake, living in a rough trapper’s shack. He became obsessed with what the old man said to him. Visitors to the cabin who met McOuat often commented that he would say “What do you think of my home – you’d never call that a shack, would you?”

McOuat is assumed to have drowned while netting fish in 1918. His body was discovered by forest rangers, tangled in his net, near a reed bed beside an island on the lake. The Rangers had come looking for him after reports he hadn’t been seen all winter. He likely drowned in late fall of 1918 and was found the following spring.
His grave is next to the Castle.

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