30 Gordon Mackay Road, North York, ONT M9N 2V6

416-614-7771

May 2020

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)

From the Pastor's Desk
May 2020


 

 
Dear Saints,
 
         
 
HOPE
 
Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance (Psalm 42:5 NKJV).

Dictionary.com defines hope as “A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” It could therefore be said that, hope carries a positive outlook on things. This means hope is also “An optimistic attitude of mind that is based on expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large” (Dictionary.com).

To this end, hope could be seen as a natural phenomenon that plays an important role in our human existence. Hope enables us to do whatever we set our minds to do. It also helps us to overcome every obstacle that may come our way. As well, hope also spurs us on to live a life full of optimism; so that we will not give in to despair and negativity.

Physiologically, our brains control our whole being. Consciously or unconsciously, our immediate surroundings do influence us by what we see and hear. If we hear sad news obviously our mood swing will change to sorrow. On the contrary, any good news that comes to us may bring some joy to us. Similarly, when somebody makes us angry, we react accordingly.

For these reasons, constant bombardment of negative words and innuendos do impact us adversely. This could happen to anybody – Christians and non-Christians. Many people sometimes give up on themselves because they cannot see any glimpse of hope at the end of their lives’ tunnels. The Psalmist in his hour of despair spoke to himself by saying;
 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance (Psalm 42:5).

Psalm 42 is cathartic as the writer in his moments of despair tries to stir hope within himself; while he continues to trust God. The Psalmist was depressed because of the following:

He felt cut off from the house of God (42:2 & 6).

His enemies kept taunting him by asking him; “where is your God” (42:3 & 10)?

He missed the better days he used to have (42:4).

He was overwhelmed by trials of life (42:7).

He felt God was so slow to respond to his needs (42:9).

Every human being has a body and a soul.

Our bodies need air, food, water and shelter.

But within our bodies we have our souls.

Our souls need their maker; because our souls come from God.The Bible says that; And the lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).

The soul is the breath of life which God breathed into man.

In times of trouble, we need to do what the Psalmist did.

His soul yearned for God.

His soul desired to connect with God

He knew that, if he’s looking for hope to overcome the crisis in his life, it’s important he goes back to God who created him.

in the same way, that’s what we all have to do in our hour of despair.Here are some suggestions to help us cope when we are despaired:  

By taking a sincere deep reflection of our lives.

We also need to know where we stand before God.

A time of crisis in our lives is a perfect time for us to cling to God.

As well, it’s also a time to hold onto the promises of God.

It’s a time to spend more time in prayer.

It’s a time to spend more time in reading and meditating on the word of God.

It’s a time to trust God fully; believing that, our God will safely bring us out of our troubles.

For the past two months or more, every country on the face of the earth is in some kind of lock down because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We can only go out if there’s the need to do so. Many businesses have closed down. As a result, the world economy is now in jeopardy.

Children are itching to go out and play with their friends in the parks. Teenagers and young adults can’t wait to go outside and hangout with the friends.  Parents are frustrated what to do to keep their restless children focused and happy; since schools have been closed down? All this attest to the fact that, indeed, COVID-19 is taking its toll on everybody no matter where we live.

It is for this reason that, each one of us need to create a positive mental environment within ourselves in the face of this pandemic.

As we stay focused, and resilient, let’s remember Apostle Paul’s advice to the Philippians; 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:8-9). 

This year, due to social distancing, we cannot celebrate Mother's Day as usual for our wonderful MOTHERS (both within our church and around the world) as we normally do. However, I want to say a big HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to the mother of our church, Rev. (Mrs) Faustina Mantey and all the mothers in Disciples Revival Church; as well as those wonderful mothers around the world!!!
WE LOVE YOU!!!



Rev. Dr.  & Rev. (Mrs.) Charles & Faustina Mantey
Senior Pastors
Disciples Revival Church
30 Gordon Mackay Road
Toronto, Ontario M9N 2V6. Canada
416-614-7771

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DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, WE ARE NOW HAVING ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES. JOIN US ON SUNDAYS AT 10 AM EST BY FOLLOWING THESE INSTRUCTIONS: 

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My two new books titled: 1) Christianity As A Way of Life: Reflections on the Epistle of James. And

2) Jesus And The Seven Churches of Revelation.

were launched on Sunday November 24th 2019; and it was a huge success. Thank you for your prayers. These books will help you as study materials for your personal spiritual growth, small group, Sunday School or the whole congregation.
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My other books titled: Understanding Love: Biblical & Cultural Perspectives, and African Spirituality: Did Africans Know God Before the Arrival of the Missionaries could be purchased from Amazon.com ; www.charlesmantey.com, email me at: cbmantey.com or 
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