Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. - Philippians 4:14-17

The Law

posted by tim posted on Thursday January 9, 2014

37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
- Matthew 22:37-40

As I write this I feel as if you have already heard this many times. Love your Neighbour as your self, I know I heard it many times in sunday school growing up. What does this mean? I mean sure it means that the most important thing is to love your neighbour right? Lets invite our neighbour over for coffee, lets give money to the homeless, lets support social justice!

I think a lot of us missed something really important here. It is not about loving our neighbours, it is not about what we can do for others, it isn’t about them, and frankly, it is not about us at all. Then what is it about?

That first part of the quote is really the important part, but we are so often in such a big hurry to see what we need to do that we miss it. The thing we are supposed to do is Love the Lord our God. Not just a bit, but to be completely consumed by it, completely focused on it. He says it is the great and first commandment. It forms the basis for the laws regarding idols and no other gods before God.

Then when do we get to the part about loving our neighbours? I want to cook, give out hot chocolate and buy ethical Coffee at my local coffee shop! These are great things for us to do, but they are not our focus. We should focus on God, we should love Him with all of our Heart Soul and Mind, as it says in Luke1. If we do this, if we are so focused on loving Christ, and having a relationship with Him, then we become more like Him. As we love Him, our hearts will break for the things that break His heart. As we are made more in His image we begin to love the things that He loves.

Out of loving Christ we can love our neighbours. The difference is subtle, but very important. If we are focused on loving our neighbours then we are focused on works. Focusing on works does not bring us closer to Christ! In Mathew 7:21-23 it says,

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
- Matthew 7:21-23

If our focus is on Christ, then what does that look like? It says it right there, “but the one who does the will of my Father”. How can we know the will of the Father if we do not know Him, how can we know Him if we are not focused on loving Him. If we are consumed with loving God with all of our heart soul and mind, then we will know the will of the Father. Then we will love our neighbours. We will reach out and touch the lives of those around us because we can not stop ourselves. We will be so overwhelmed with love that it will be a natural action, it will be an act of Worship to the Lord.

Can you imagine that, you are so in love with God that you can not contain it, and you simply love those around you so much because of it. We will go so far beyond acts, and deeds. It won’t be about buying the Ethical coffee, or shovelling snow for an old lady’s driveway. It will be about devoting our lives to helping those around us, in truly deep and meaningful ways. Yes we will likely shovel the walks, and buy the ethical coffee, however it won’t be so that others see us do these things, or so that these people see us helping them. It will be about getting to know that woman. Maybe your love language is gifts and acts and thats how you show her love at first, but then you find that she enjoys talking with you. Maybe its about how that person receives love, and we get to be God’s love to that person in their life. It becomes less about ourselves, it becomes about God!

Lets focus on Loving God, then letting that love pour through us into others. Lets take the focus off of ourselves and spend time with God. It isn’t always about doing things, or moving, sometimes it is about the peace and the time with God. Out of that our movement and our doing things is focused on God and His Kingdom.

  1. 27And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.”
    - Luke 10:27

Merry Christmas!

posted by tim posted on Friday December 27, 2013

Annegret and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We thank you for following our website and look forward to sharing the next year with you. So much happening, our wedding in the summer, and hopefully more trips to work on our documentary.

The video posted above was shot at the Christmas eve service that we attended. It was pretty cool to see Christmas music from different genres represented in a service like that.

Canadian Food

posted by Annegret posted on Monday December 23, 2013

We have been in Canada for over two months now and I have to say I really enjoy living here! I love the snow and the food and all the awesome people I meet. Tim’s family has taken really good care of us, they are a huge blessing.
People who know me, know that I really enjoy good food and that I get totally excited about chocolate, that’s why I want to share with you some of the delicious things I have tried.

One of the first things I tried where chicken wings. I have had chicken wings before, but I bought them frozen and fried them in the oven, they were nothing compared to these ones. One night we went out with a friend of Tim who has a wings night every couple of weeks and actually calls himself Wings. We had barbecue and salt & pepper wings. Ah, the salt and pepper wings where crunchy and the barbecue wings where soft and full of flavour. They served them with some ranch dressing, where you could dip your wings in - ah so good!

One of the first thing that Tim’s mum cooked for us where ribs. Something I never had before! She cooks the ribs first and than puts barbecue sauce over them. After that she puts them in the oven to bake them. That makes them super tender but crunchy on the surface. Served with rice, salad and peas, very tasty!

And here is my current favourite candy bar ‘Wunderbar’! Peanuts, caramel biscuit and chocolate mhm my mouth is watering…

Connections in Canada

posted by Tim posted on Thursday January 1, 1970

Annegret and I have been getting over our illnesses. Annegret had a sore throat that was not getting any better, so we went and saw the doctor for it. After one expensive visit and a fairly inexpensive prescription later we are treating the strep throat with antibiotics and seeing a huge improvement.

We have been incredibly busy this past weekend. There was several conferences and events this weekend held under the name #JusticeYEG. These events are focused around justice issues in the city of Edmonton. These events are for the community to gain awareness, but also for those who are working in these justice issues to connect with each other.

On Sunday Annegret and I had an opportunity to go to an event focused specifically on Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution. The speakers where refreshing to hear and it was an amazing opportunity to connect with organizations that are working on this topic locally. We made some good connections out of this event and we hope to connect further with these people in the coming weeks.

Back in Canada

posted by tim posted on Friday November 1, 2013

Annegret and I safely arrived in Canada late on tuesday wednesday night. We got picked up from the airport by my father, and I was able to have my first Icecap in over a year right away! It was a fantastic way to be greeted. Annegret and I are staying with my parents for now, however we are praying and looking for a place to stay so that there can be more room. We thank each of you who took time to support us in getting us to Canada.

I also want to take a moment to thank each of you who helped get me a birthday gift, We were able to go to the Apple store in Edmonton and buy my iPhone 5S (silver if you must know). It is a fantastic upgrade, and has allowed me to give Annegret my old iPhone to replace her nearly dead HTC.

We are resting and dealing with our jet lag still and hope to be able to get fully on our feet by next week, where we will continue researching our film, as well as trying to connect with local churches and ministries. We are also praying for opportunities to speak about our projects and find more people who would like to support us.