A copy of our email response to Kevin Mattatall's article is listed below. The article was originally published on January 5, 2019, in The Cape Breton Post. For the last two years we have responded to his worldly and inane articles on numerous occasions.
The Bible says even the great ones fail
By Kevin Mattatall
Focus on Religion
What will 2019 bring to you? It all depends on what you bring with you into 2019.
If you bring meanness, bitterness, jealousy, envy, addiction and strife then 2019 won’t be a good year for you. If you bring love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness and forgiveness then what a great year you’ll be having.
How can we determine the type of year it will be based on what you take with you? You can only use what you have from the resources within you, to affect and change the atmosphere around you. Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” We cannot escape the truth so, “Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6
Have you even been around a negative complaining person? Have you ever been around a positive compassionate person? Which person do you want to spend more time with? Which person do you want to go home to?
Loving and kind or hating and vengeful, which person do you think will have the best year? So … is the type of year you’ll have fully determined by the circumstances within the year or more by your attitude throughout the year?
2019 will have good times and trouble because good times and trouble are a part of everyday life. To everything there is a time and a season for every purpose under heaven.
I can’t determine the type of trouble that I will face but I can work to determine the type of attitude I hope to have while I’m passing through the trouble.
Remember the great Apostle Peter who was in a boat with the other disciples passing through a raging storm? Would the storm be the last thing that we would read about Peter and would this problem be his final demise?
No, Jesus came walking on the water and Peter asked if he could come to Jesus on the water and Jesus said come. Peter started out great but when he got his eyes more on the storm he was in than the Saviour that was before him, he began to sink.
That’s the great thing about the Bible, it tells us that even the great ones fail. It’s not how many times have you fallen that fail you but it’s how many times have you gotten back up. As long as you have risen more times then you have fallen, you are still a champion.
I have had several opportunities to walk above my negative circumstances and storms but I, like Peter, have looked more at what I was going through than who I was going to. I like Peter have felt the need to cry out to Jesus because I was starting to sink in waves of doubt and unbelief.
I could pray for you to have no problems in 2019 but that would mean you have died of natural causes and have gone to heaven. For those who plan to live, let me pray for you to have divine wisdom and that you would be strengthened by our good God to press on, move forward, and try your best to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
The promise remains, if we are willing and obedient to follow the ways of the Lord we shall eat the good of the land. I believe you can make it for you are well worth the effort to find love, joy, and peace.
There are plenty of good churches to attend where you can find people of faith to help you have the power of God to find good success. With the Lord’s help your best days are yet to come. Happy New Year. God bless you all.
Kevin Mattatall is the pastor of the Cape Breton Christian Fellowship Church. For comment or prayer email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From: Andy G. van den Berg
Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2019 7:17 AM
To: Kevin Mattatall ; Kevin Mattatall
Cc: Carl Fleming ; Nikki Sullivan ; Nancy Johnson ; Scott MacQuarrie ; Sarah Dennis ; Mark Lever ; Brian Ward ; Mark Tobin ; Bruce DeYoung ; Joanna Cameron ; Tom Urbaniak ; Alison Etter ; David C. Dingwall ; Jeff Ward ; Gordon Sampson ; Robert Coleman ; Brian Dunn ; Paul Abbass ; Anthony O'Connor
John 3:19. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
By stealing words from the Word of God (Gal. 6:7; 2 Cor. 9:6) for your latest article, that you are unable to understand (1 Cor. 2:14), you condemned yourself. We will forward you a copy of your article next year (see attached) to remind you how you deceived the members of your church and the readers of The Cape Breton Post by making false promises for another year.
Our message remains the same: Ye must repent (Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Mark 1:15; 6:12; Luke 13:3,5: 16:30; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 8:22; 17:30; 26:20), that your eyes may be opened. It is the key principle of all of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the axiom (basis) of the Word of God and a prerequisite and primary requirement for the salvation of mankind. Please observe the Header of every page of our website as it depicts the Mystery of God.
Through the Baptism of Repentance God gave all those that believe on his name the power (right or privilege) to become the sons of God, which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12,13).
To repent means to turn from darkness (your natural spirit) to light, and from the power of Satan unto God (Acts 26:18). Without the Baptism of Repentance (Matthew 3:8; Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3) you will remain spiritually blind and separated from God and the Word of God will forever remain a mystery to you, which was kept secret since the world began (Matthew 13:35; Mark 4:11; Romans 16:25; 1 Cor. 2:7,14; Eph. 3:3-9; Col. 1:26; Rev. 10:7).
The Word of God records in Revelation 12:9 that this whole world has been deceived, and the content of our website is to show how and by whom the people have been deceived, and what mankind must do to be reunited with the only true and living God.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13,14).
The Word of God is God (John 1:1) and the scriptural references we use serve as confirmation that it is not us that speak, but the Spirit of our Father that speaketh in us (2 Samuel 23:2; Matthew 10:20; Acts 4:8; 6:10).
All we can do is stand at the door and knock but it is up to every individual to open the door (Rev. 3:20).
Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).
We welcome your questions.
In His Service.
Andy & Dianne van den Berg - www.aworlddeceived.ca
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