Malvern Christian Assembly

Malvern Christian Assembly MCA is now home to over 1500 people from 45 different nations. We gather every Sunday at 9am & 11am for Praise & Worship, followed by prayer & The Word.

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From Pastor Conrad, Family Ministries Pastor at MCA . . .  This past Sunday after Pastor Ginette read the parable of the...
10/17/2020

From Pastor Conrad, Family Ministries Pastor at MCA . . .

This past Sunday after Pastor Ginette read the parable of the Great Banquet from Luke 14:16-24 and some time was spent discussing the excuses people made to the host. On their own, the excuses were not wrong. However, the excuses were keeping them from something really good; the best thing that could have happened to them in fact. The everyday things of life were distracting them from the important decision they needed to make.


For us today . . . we make the same mistake, don’t we? Perhaps we find ourselves making excuses. There’s certainly nothing wrong with living life, working hard, buying a house or getting married . . . all those things are good things. But, they cease to be good things if they keep us from the best thing. Our priorities are sometimes not quite what they should be.

While listening to the sermon, I immediately thought of my children. If I was to say to one of them, “let’s go outside and ride our bikes,” she would be off like a rocket. Her helmet would be strapped on and he would be perched on her bike before I even laced up my shoes! Or if I said, “it’s salon time,” the nail polish would be out in record time. But as soon as I say, “it’s time for bed” or “please put your clothes away,” all of a sudden my energetic, lightning-quick children are reduced to heaps of exhausted and excuse-filled sacks of bones!


What is the difference? Motivation. Kids work hard when they’re motivated by certain challenges or by fun or whatever else suits them. They avoid things like putting their clothes away because they don’t see WIIFM (What’s In It For Me).

As Christians, we often perform the duties of our lives with the same enthusiasm my girls have for biking and painting nails. We work hard, both on the job and at home, motivated by a desire for better living conditions or even a bigger paycheck. Like the people in the parable, those things are not wrong. But, do we have the same intensity to know Jesus and make Him known and to serve others?

This weekend, I challenge you to read Philippians 3:7-21, When you get there, circle or highlight or underline verse 12: “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

As we continue to celebrate and highlight Missions this month at church and the spreading of the gospel to all corners of the earth, let’s continue to press on ourselves for the eternal prize that God has promised. That should be a healthy motivation for all of us.

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Beginning this Sunday, we are increasing our in-person attendance capacity at both services! Join us as we celebrate wor...
10/16/2020

Beginning this Sunday, we are increasing our in-person attendance capacity at both services! Join us as we celebrate world missions.

There is room at MCA for you!
If you haven't registered yet visit malvernchurch.com/services

There is room at MCA for you!Beginning this Sunday, we are increasing our in-person attendance capacity at both services...
10/16/2020

There is room at MCA for you!

Beginning this Sunday, we are increasing our in-person attendance capacity at both services. Join us as we celebrate world missions!

For more details visit malvernchurch.com/services

10/16/2020
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We're looking forward to our final drive and pray of the season! We hope you're all just as excited! This is a great opportunity to pray for our community.

Call time is tomorrow 10am. If you have any questions please feel free to call the church office at 416.284.4853

See you tomorrow!! :)

10/15/2020

Corrie ten Boom used to recite a little couplet: “Worry is an old man with bended head, carrying a load of feathers which he thinks are lead.”

She understood that anxiety is foolish because it concerns that which isn’t. It lives in an imaginary future. It deals in speculation and possibility. As long as we dwell on the worst-case scenario, we guarantee our own misery because an extensive catalog of calamity is always within reach of the imagination.

Worry weighs us down with its burdens. But what does lightheartedness look like?

In Matthew 6:28-30, Jesus says:

"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"

If God cares for each petal or stem that blooms and fades within a season, how much more does He care for you and me? How much does He take to heart the things that cause us anxiety?
He took the answer to that question and displayed it on a cross two thousand years ago.

- David Jeremiah

From Pastor Mark, Reach Out Pastor at MCA . . .  This week my wife and I were talking about how next month is going to b...
10/15/2020

From Pastor Mark, Reach Out Pastor at MCA . . .

This week my wife and I were talking about how next month is going to be our daughter’s second birthday. It’s hard to believe that our little girl is going to be two years old already. Time has flown by so fast. I can still recall waiting for the day she would be born, not knowing if she would be a boy or a girl, as Tania and I kept it a surprise. When the day finally came, the doctors handed her to me for the first time, and I had the privilege of announcing to Tania that God had given us a girl. In that moment, there was this overwhelming feeling of praise that arose from within us. We began to thank Jesus right there and then with no care of who was watching. We gave her the middle name ‘Joy’ as it felt perfectly fitting.

I wonder how much more our heavenly Father must feel when he looks down at us in such love and wonder. I’m reminded of Zephaniah 3:17: “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” David writes in Psalm 139: 13-18 that God fashioned us in our mother’s womb and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. His eyes saw our unformed body and our frame was not hidden from Him when we were woven together in the depths of the earth. How awesome is that?

Perhaps there is someone that needs to hear this word today. You are God’s prized possession. You are his masterpiece. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10, “we are God’s handiwork.” You are his baby! There is nothing you can do that his love and mercy can’t overcome. Like how a proud mother and father are overwhelmed with adoration for a newborn child, your ever present, never forsaking dad possesses an even stronger and purer love for you. Spend some time talking with Him today.

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From Pastor Conrad, Family Ministries Pastor at MCA . . .  How many of you are sports fans? In my younger days, I would ...
10/14/2020

From Pastor Conrad, Family Ministries Pastor at MCA . . .

How many of you are sports fans? In my younger days, I would play every sport, but now I just love watching everything. Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer (ie – the ‘other’ football!) . . . you name it, I’m watching it. One of my favourites though is “playoff” baseball. Yes, the games are longer, but there is something about the strategy and flow of the game that makes each inning exciting.

There was a baseball player named Frank Tanana who in the late 70s was having a tough go of it. He had just started his professional career and already it was in trouble. Not only did he have a sore shoulder, but Frank lived a lifestyle that was described by many as ‘anything-goes’. The combination of his lifestyle choices and his injury threatened to ruin him. In a famous quote, he told one reporter, “my contract goes through 1981. I’ll be lucky to be alive then – let alone pitching.”

It was shortly after that interview that Tanana met the chaplain for the California Angels. “He cared for people” and “He had something special about him” were phrases Tanana said about him. What was that ‘something special’ he was talking about? It was a personal relationship with Jesus. Not long after meeting the chaplain, Frank Tanana gave his life to Jesus. Until he retired in 1993, not only was Frank Tanana still pitching, but he was demonstrating with his life that Jesus had transformed him. In Titus 2, Paul encourages Titus to, “be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good.”

Maybe you don’t have a friend or a loved one who is who is worried about a career-threatening injury, but I’m sure you have people in your life who are feeling the strain of living in a society that pressures us from all sides. They are worried about their future. Like Frank Tanana, they too need to see someone who has found peace – the peace that passes all human understanding that comes through faith in Jesus. They need someone in their life who will follow the words of Paul and set an example for them.

When people look at you, what do they see? Do they see a warm smile? Do they hear a genuine word of greeting? Do they experience a kind gesture of selflessness? That just might be the “something special” that can lead them to Jesus.

Thanksgiving is such a great and natural time for Christians to set an example of a behaviour of thanks and gratitude. I challenge you this week to live so that when people get to know you, they will want to know Christ.

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From Pastor Alicia, Next Steps Pastor at MCA . . .  Thanksgiving weekend is the time we set aside to reflect on our bles...
10/13/2020

From Pastor Alicia, Next Steps Pastor at MCA . . .

Thanksgiving weekend is the time we set aside to reflect on our blessings; the things we have been given- food, clothing, home, family, etc. You may have cooked a big meal to represent the bounty or the fullness of your blessings and shared it with family. But what do you do the day after Thanksgiving? Do we you complain that the turkey was too dry and the stuffing was too soggy? Do you stare at the leftovers in the fridge with contempt because you ate too much? Do you walk around muttering about how much weight you put on over the weekend? I’m sure not one of us would do that...would we?

Remember when the Israelites were in the desert? In Exodus 16 and Numbers 11, we read of God’s people grumbling. First, they grumbled over not have the food and drink they experienced in slavery and then, they grumbled over God’s provision of manna and quail. Although they complained and he got angry, God was still compassionate enough to meet their needs. That is the kind of God we serve. In Nehemiah 9:17 we read “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them,...”

Let us daily remember to give God thanks and remember the miracles he performs among us. May our faces be turned only to him as we remember his grace, compassion and love not just on Thanksgiving weekend, but each day we wake up. Even in times of covid19 lockdown. “Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; his love endures forever.” For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,’ says the Lord. Jeremiah 33:11.

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Happy Thanksgiving MCA! Much love Pastor Ginette & Digby
10/12/2020

Happy Thanksgiving MCA!

Much love Pastor Ginette & Digby

10/12/2020
Devotional - Always Thankful

From Pastor Sam, Missions & Prayer Pastor at MCA . . .

Growing up in India, Pastor Sam did not celebrate Thanksgiving the way most of us will this weekend, however, in this video, he recalls an event his church held every summer that would not only raise funds for Missions, but also show thanks to God for His goodness.

Pastor Sam will also encourage you from the book of 1 Thess. 5.

From Digby Howse, MCA member . . .  This week as we approach Canadian Thanksgiving, I’ve been constrained by Holy Spirit...
10/09/2020

From Digby Howse, MCA member . . .

This week as we approach Canadian Thanksgiving, I’ve been constrained by Holy Spirit to re-evaluate my normal thought process. The Lord has taken me back more than 40 years to the day I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, praying with a complete stranger, in a restaurant in Burnaby BC, for forgiveness and new life. Was I thankful that day? YES! A few months later my fiancé committed her life to Christ and was I thankful for that? Of course! When we were married seven months later in Montreal, you can be sure I was thankful for that!

We were so thankful for the Church the Lord led us to in Coquitlam, BC; a warm and inviting group of Holy Spirit filled saints who were eager to help us grow in our faith. One evening Ginette shared with me her desire to follow the Lord’s leading, quit nursing and enroll in Bible College. This resonated immediately in my spirit and again we gave thanks. We had not yet factored in the drop to 1 income; the cost of college; starting a family, buying a house and all the financial pressures that young couples experience. But God’s voice was clear; we were simply to Trust & Obey. He provided for us in so many miraculous ways – we had reasons to give THANKS; literally on a daily basis.

The births of our children were wonderful events for which we will be ever-thankful. Relocation to Toronto, new jobs, new churches, new friends, new reasons to thank the Lord. There were challenges; hills and valleys along life’s journey, but we could always reach for the Lord’s hand and feel His loving protection. As our kids grew and developed their own personal relationships with Christ, we experienced the ups, and sometimes the downs, of parenting. We are so thankful to God that He helped them both to choose and marry Christian spouses who serve the same God. And here we are today, eternally thankful for six exceptional grandchildren who are all learning to follow the same Lord.

So why this trip down memory lane? In the last two years Ginette and I have both been facing serious medical issues which have stretched our faith. We are mindful of 1 Thess. 5:18 which states “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” but it’s difficult to give thanks when you’re sitting with your Doctor hearing the results of tests. Many of you have been in that same situation – many more of you will be in the days and years ahead. I believe the reason God has taken me back along this 40-year odyssey is to reassure me that just as He was with us then – He is with us now. And that means that we can continue giving THANKS, each and every day!

Notice the words of scripture that say IN everything – not FOR everything. I want to encourage you this Thanksgiving to THINK THANKS. Make it your lifestyle choice to always be thankful and make room for God’s showers of blessing.

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From Pastor Mark, Reach Out Pastor at MCA . . .  Jeremiah 17:5-8, “This is what the Lord says: Cursed is the one who tru...
10/08/2020

From Pastor Mark, Reach Out Pastor at MCA . . .

Jeremiah 17:5-8, “This is what the Lord says: Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Verse 7 says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Perhaps the emptiness and loneliness in your life is indicative of a deeper issue. It may require you to pluck yourself up from the roots and place your trust in the Lord.

In fact, every time you find yourself rooting yourself in soil that is not in Christ – you’ve got to uproot yourself. Every believer needs to get into the habit of uprooting themselves from time-to-time and replanting themselves back where they are supposed to be: being rooted in Christ.

When you realize that the fruits that you are bearing are nothing but emptiness, loneliness and a lack of success, you need to pluck yourself up and put your trust in the Lord. You’ve got to uproot yourself from where you are and plant yourself where you are supposed to be.

I want you to catch this . . . jump down to verse 8 with me. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Here is the key: “They will be like a tree planted by the water…”. There it is right there, the word, “planted.”

You see, the Hebrew word that’s used for the word “planted,” is the word “sha-tal,” which actually means, “transplant.” “They will be like a tree TRANSPLANTED by the water . . .” To be transplanted infers that it was first planted elsewhere before being replanted at its new location.

Before we accepted Christ, we were all planted elsewhere – putting our trust in something else other than God. But, the day you and I accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we were TRANSPLANTED – to putting our trust in Him. Our sinful nature always pulls us away from God. Our human tendency is to uproot away from God and transplant elsewhere. But God in His love and mercy, uses prophets like Jeremiah to call us back to Him.

Loneliness, emptiness and a lack of success are indicators that you need to transplant yourself back to trusting God. Instead of placing your trust in yourself or anyone else, put your trust solely in Him.

The Bible promises that those who are rooted in the Lord will not fear, they will prosper, and will be at peace knowing that God is their provider and it is He that sustains them. He takes away our loneliness and our emptiness and He causes us to prosper.

Placing your trust in the Lord and being rooted in Him is what allows us to truly be the men and women God has called us to be. Trade your loneliness, emptiness and a lack of success for fearlessness, peace and Biblical prosperity. Where are you planted today?

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