06.18.12 // Water Baptism

The Bible instructs us as believers to be water baptized as a confession of our faith and it also symbolizes our rebirth and cleansing through our Savior Jesus Christ.

We will then have a combined service with Creekside Church on Sunday July 22nd at 6PM where we will be water baptizing believers from both CLC and Creekside.  We will be offering a 2-part class on water baptism, Sunday July 8th and July 15th from 8:45am – 9:20am.

If you would like to be baptized in water, please contact P. Kristie Truett to register for the class or simply fill out the form below:

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06.13.12 // From The Heart (P. Kevin Truett)

Have you ever been too busy to even recognize when you’ve blown it?

I have, and more often than I care to share here. There are times in life when we become so focused on what we want, everything around us that is often times equally important seem to disappear.  This happens when your brain is challenged with such immediate focus that it tunes out the (peripheral) things outside of that focus. It simply stops “seeing” the things that you’re not focused on.

Here’s an exercise for you that will prove my point.

In just a second, look at the image of the heart below and begin to focus on the “+” symbol directly in the center of the heart. I chose this image because of it’s significance to this post.

I have been guilty of focusing so intently on certain tasks and events that I temporarily lost sight of some of the people around me that I deeply love and care for. When my focus becomes hijacked, the ministries that make up the big picture of CLC begin to simply disappear from my vision. As a pastor, this must be battled. Never lose sight of those around you that make up your support, your ministry and your family.

Ok, back to the illustration…

Notice the heart in the image below. Now I’m going to hijack your focus! Begin to stare at the “+” symbol in the center of the heart. Remember, the heart represents everything you love and care for. The “+” symbol represents a specific task, event or desire. As you stare at the “+” symbol, notice what happens to the heart.

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What happened?

If you’re like me, as you focused on the “+” symbol, the heart began to disappear entirely.  Don’t worry, this is normal for most people. It’s not you deciding to ignore the heart, it’s your brain being hijacked by a different focus. When I asked you to stare at the “+” symbol, your brain processed a message that said the “+” symbol needed your attention. When that message in your brain was processed, it automatically stopped noticing the dots in your peripheral vision that made up the heart. Trust me, the heart never disappeared, your brain simply stopped seeing it.

Now that you know what’s going on, try it again…

Did you focus on the “+” symbol?

HA! Even when you know what’s happening, your brain is wired to turn your peripheral vision off when you intently focus on something else.

The way to battle this…

Though your focus point may be important, always take time to take a look at what’s around that focus point. Simply glancing over here or there will make that heart literally pop out at you. Don’t believe me? Try it again and this time, just glance at any part of the heart every few seconds.

Did you do it?

What’s interesting is how you glance at one dot in the heart and the entire heart reappears. The entire heart will NEVER disappear if you take the time to notice even one dot that makes up this heart every so often.

And now the apology…

All my life, I have had a tendency to give 110% to everything I do. This requires incredible focus at times and consequently there are peripheral items in my life that get overlooked unintentionally. These oversights could include tasks, events, information and even people. This could explain why I believe I have the worst memory in the world. Because at the time I’m gathering information on “A”, I’m focused on “A”. But the moment I focus on “B”, “A” becomes peripheral and falls victim to my brain completely losing sight of it. Sad, I know.

This bit of understanding has brought me to my knees. Although I am ecstatic about what God is doing in our church, and though I feel like our church has made a great impact on our community this year, I have recently discovered that the solid dots that make up the heart of LOVE & SUPPORT around me have been overlooked. Even if but for a fleeting moment, it’s often enough to cause significant damage. And I thank God right now for His grace that abounds.

Connection Life Church exists to serve and build the Kingdom of God through connecting upward, inward and outward. As the pastor of CLC, I couldn’t be more proud of our team of leaders, support volunteers and members. Many of you reading this post right now are the solid dots that support the vision (focus) that God has given me and this house. Lately, I’ve allowed my brain to overlook some of you as I focused on the task at hand. I want to apologize.

I don’t have to name any names here because I believe you know who you are. And let me say, I’m sure there are more than I even realize. I sincerely apologize to you if you’ve ever felt overlooked. As your pastor, I care for you deeply and each one of you are in my prayers daily. Kristie and I value you as a member of our church, fellow laborer for Christ and our personal friend. It breaks my heart to even think I may have hurt you or disappointed you in any way.

The little explanation and illustration above is not at all an excuse, just a revelation of how God OPENED my eyes to see the heart again! I have been challenged by God to make time to notice the “dots” or the people that make up the “heart” of CLC. We have great vision here at CLC that will require intense focus, but amidst  the focus, I will be making a much greater effort to take the time to notice the “dots”.

Please forgive your pastor and know that you are greatly loved! We’re in this together and we have much work to accomplish. If you’ve ever felt or begin to feel like I’ve lost site of you, please march directly to my “+” symbol, raise your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care. Sometimes I need some assistance keeping a visual on my peripheral.  🙂

Thank you for taking the time to read this and again, please accept my most sincere apologies. I look forward to working with each and everyone of you for years and years to come.

Your Pastor & Friend,

 

 

Kevin Truett – Lead Pastor
Connection Life Church

01.24.12 // “Occupy Heaven” – New Series in Feb.

February 5th – 26th

Luke 10:20 NLT – “But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”

Heaven is longing for the 99% & the 1%! Our Lord is longing for you. Join us for this 4 week series by Pastor Kevin as we dive into the depths of Heaven and what it’s all about and we’ll occupy Heaven together!

12.27.11 // “All Things New” – This Sunday

II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone [is] in Christ, [he is] a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

This Sunday I will bring a message for the new year titled, “All Things New”.  If we are in Christ, we are made new. Our old ways have passed away and ALL things about us have become made new. We don’t always see the new in ourselves, but God does. This is a promise He has made that He does not break. God’s Word is truth whether we believe it or not.

Have you ever wished for a re-do? A chance to start all over? Have you ever wished for a chance to do things differently? With Christ, you have that opportunity! In Him, ALL THINGS ARE MADE NEW!

Join us this Sunday for this special message that will take us into a victorious 2012.

12.15.11 // Dr. Ed C. Robinson coming to CLC in January

Robinson, Edward – Coming to Connection Life Church

Sunday – January 8, 2012

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Dr. Ed. C. Robinson PhD

erobinson@georgianc.on.ca

Dr. Ed. C. Robinson, a native of Jamaica, attended the Stony Hill elementary school, and later received private tuition. Graduated in 1974 from the Caenwood Junior Teachers’ College in Kingston, Jamaica where he served as First Vice President of the Student Council, and taught briefly at the elementary school level. In 1975 he graduated from the Jamaica Police Academy and was selected the Valedictorian for his graduating class. He served the Jamaica Constabulary Force for 14 years resigning in 1988 to immigrate to Canada with his wife and family.

In 1978 he graduated from the Jamaica Bible Training Institute and took up a pastoral appointment serving the Rose Hill Church of God of Prophecy from 1981 to 1988, effectively serving both the church ministry and the Jamaica Constabulary simultaneously.

In 1996 he graduated with a honours’ degree in Sociology from York University and in 1998 graduated from the same institution with a Master’s degree in Education. In 2000 he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Education degree and in 2003 he completed his doctoral studies obtaining a PhD in Sociology from the same institution. Dr. Robinson also obtained a certificate in Dispute Resolution in 2003 from York University.

Dr. Robinson’s pedagogy has not only found expression at the elementary and high school, college and university level, but also in other professional institutions and organizations e.g. Police Academy, Toronto Transit Commission and the Metro Toronto Housing Authority where he has been actively involved in the professional development of staffs including issues of Human Rights, Workplace harassment, and Sexual harassment.

In 2003 Dr Robinson took up a position as professor of Degree Studies at University Partnership Centre (UPC) at Georgian College, where he is currently the Lead Faculty of the Sociology Department. His academic and research interests include Antiracism Education, Religious Education, Sociology of Policing, Family and Social Relationships and Youth Issues. Some of his scholarly works include a study of the “under-representation of Black and other racialized and minoritized teachers in the Canadian educational system.” He has also studied the “impact of the Canadian criminal justice and educational systems on Black youth.” He is presently researching the “relationship between Black teachers and White students” from an Anti-racist perspective; and is also completing a study on “teaching and learning through dramatization” that should be published soon.

During his studies and work he has still found time to be active in church and community activities: Served as Senior Deacon of the Church of God of Prophecy in Brampton, National Public Relations Director of the Church of God of Prophecy in Eastern Canada, Chair of the Board of Trustees (Church of God of Prophecy Brampton); Founder and past president of the Charitable Organization of Jamaican Ex-Police and Associates (COJEPA) with mission to bridge the gap between the police and the Black community. He has also served on the Black Advisory Committee to the Toronto Police Chief. In 1993 he was instrumental in organizing and taking the lead role in a symposium on Police Back Relations attended by over 100 Black youth from across Toronto and over 60 police officers from Peel Region Police Services, Metropolitan Police Services and York Region Police Services.

He also serves on the Police Advisory Board to the Police studies Program at Georgian College and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

As an Anti-racist Specialist, Dr. Robinson is often sought out to provide valued information on issues of social justice. He continues to present papers at several academic conferences on a wide range of topical issues including Racial Profiling and is frequently asked to share his wide experience in keynote addresses both locally and internationally.