March 24th, 2020

My Hope

(pastor Lincoln Vellacott – Living Faith Fellowship Church, Herbert, Sk.)

If you live in the typical Canadian community – with 100 average neighbors – here is the reality: 5 of your neighbors struggle with depression, contemplating suicide; 12 feel crippled or trapped by fear and anxiety (and that was before the Covid-19/coronavirus outbreak and pandemic); 11 abuse or are addicted to drugs or alcohol; 7 are struggling with the loss of a job; 3 are grieving the death of a loved one; and 72 don’t profess to know Jesus Christ as their Savior – www.myhopewithbillygraham.ca Maybe one or more of those things could be true of you.

There are some pretty sad statistics and stories in our world today. One doesn’t have to listen to the news very long for it to begin to depress you. What about for us? Has your life been full of things and activity, but you sense you’re lacking something? Do you ever feel empty, like you’re losing hope, or disappointed with life? Do you ever wonder why are you here, and who or what gives life meaning?

The Billy Graham organization had a campaign called “My Hope.” It encouraged us to think about what or in who do you place your hope? Real hope isn’t found in the government, in our own strength and health or financial security, in the work/job we can do, or even in being religious. One of the saddest things a person can say is that they have no hope. To have no hope, or to have lost hope, is a very discouraging thing. But know this - There is HOPE for YOU!!

1st Thessalonians 4:13-18, in the Bible, reminds us of 3 short important truths.

  1. First, because Jesus rose again, we can have hope. Real hope comes from our living Lord Jesus. That is what we celebrate, especially in a few weeks at Easter.
  2. Secondly, those who don’t know Jesus as their Savior have no hope, or nothing to look forward to when life is ended. While that is sad, it is a biblical truth. But it doesn’t have to be or stay that way.
  3. Finally, those who are “in Christ” will be with the Lord forever. The difference between having no hope, and having a certain or sure hope, is if we are “In Christ”.

What does it mean to be “In Christ”? To be in Christ, means we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ. To be in Christ, means we have asked Jesus to forgive our sin and have put our trust in Him to be our life’s Savior. The God of the Bible wants us to be encouraged, because all who are in Christ, thru faith in what Christ Jesus did for us on the cross, can overflow with hope. Jesus Christ is with those who are in Him thru faith. And those who are “In Christ”, are with the Lord forever.

The Bible tells us in Psalm 131:3, to put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore. And in Psalm 130:7 we are told to, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is unfailing love and an overflowing supply of salvation. (nlt)

An old hymn goes: “My hope is in the Lord, who gave Himself for me, and paid the price of all my sin at Calvary. For me He died; For me He lives, And everlasting life and light He freely gives.” It goes on to sing, “No merit (to earn or deserve or be worthy) of my own, His anger to suppress, My only hope is found in Jesus righteousness. His grace has planned it all, ‘Tis mine but to believe, and recognize His work of love and Christ receive.”

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

As with the current circumstances I can’t encourage you to take in a church worship service this week-end, so let me close by encouraging you to listen on the radio or internet to a church service this week-end. Or if you would like, you could email my church office (living.faith@sasktel.net), and I can email you a message for the week, or watch these newspaper pages thru these upcoming weeks for more regular “Words for Life” articles from me. I also encourage you to phone a Christian friend, regularly, to have a conversation and ask to pray together. If you are feeling low and overwhelmed, and just need someone to talk to, let me remind you that one of the sources you can go to is to call a church or pastor.

May the Almighty Lord God, who cares and is loving and faithful, be with you by His Holy Spirit, help you to see Himself clearer through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, and draw you to Himself in these days. Amen!




Feb. 18th, 2020

Are You in The Faith?? – 4 Tests

(pastor Lincoln Vellacott – Living Faith Fellowship Church, Herbert, Sk.)

Have you ever received an email, or read a newspaper ad, asking if you would become a tester in your area, or have you watched a crash test dummy commercial?

Thankfully there are people who do quality control, safety checks, tests to see how much radiation is in milk, or examine claims on offers to see if they are scams. That’s important. But there is something even more important to us than car airbags or braking abilities, investment interest or what’s in the food we eat, or the quality of service we receive.

2nd Corinthians 13:5 tells us to “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.” We don’t want to be self deceived or wrong about spiritual and eternal matters. The consequences to that are real and lasting.

I want to give you 4 tests or ways to examine yourself, your beliefs and behaviors, and to test what people might teach you or say to you.

1st John 4:1-3 says we recognize God is in the one that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. If someone teaching you does not acknowledge Jesus, they are not from God. You may have heard people say that Jesus was just a good man, a miracle working prophet, a wise teacher, but he was not God. They may say it doesn’t really matter whether Jesus actually physically lived and died, the important thing is to do some things He supposedly said. The Bible says the person who denies Jesus is a false teacher and is really against the Lord God.

1st John 4:20-21 gives another test to us when it says, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.” Would you say that you are a believer, a child of God, that you have a relationship with God, but you have all kinds of animosity and bitterness to other people, especially Christians? That person the Bible says is a liar, because whoever loves God must or will also love his brother.

1st John 1:6-8, says if we say we have fellowship with God (or say we haven’t done anything wrong), but continue to live darkly, not caring about the things of God or whether we sin, we are only fooling ourselves or not accepting or living by the truth.

One more test from 1st John 5:12 says, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Eternal life - having a proper faith connection with God – comes thru Jesus. If you have trusted Jesus to be your Savior from sin, made possible thru His death on the cross for you, you can be confident that you believe rightly and that you have entered into eternal life even now.

What do those tests say about you, your condition before God, your beliefs, and about the ones who guide and teach you spiritually? You can be assured that you have eternal life with God, which begins on this earth and last forever with Him. It all depends on what you believe about and do with the historical Jesus, who came to earth for you, and died to be your Savior.

Have a great day thru Jesus. Let me encourage you, to take in a church worship service, near you, this weekend. And may God bless you in it.





Christmas 2019

What if Jesus Had Never Been Born

(pastor Lincoln Vellacott)

One movie, often shown around Christmas, is “It’s a Wonderful Life,” with main character George Bailey. He has tough times, and after drinking, considers suicide. A bumbling angel saves him and shows what would have been the case for the community and the people around him if George had never been born. It is a feel good movie, which ends up with George Bailey seeing how it was good for so many that he had been born into this world.

As we move towards Christmas, let me ask the question: “What if Jesus had never been born?” What kind of world would that be? What kind of consequences and despair would have resulted if Jesus had never been born?

Let me suggest 7 things that would result if Jesus Christ had not come into this world and lived and died and been raised to life again. First, we would be lost – spiritually and eternally speaking. Luke 19:10 in the Bible tells us, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” That is each one of us.

Second, we would be dead in our sins and unable to change or do anything about that. Ephesians 2:1 says, “As for you, you were dead in your wrongdoings and sins.” Isaiah 59:2 reminds us that our wrongdoings have separated us from God.

Third, we would be unaware of the extent of God’s love. 1st John 4:9 reads, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”

Fourth, we would be without hope in this world. From Ephesians 2:12, we are separate from Christ…without hope and without God in the world. 1st Peter 1:3 says, “In His great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Fifth, there would be no forgiveness. Quoting from Acts 13:38, “Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”

Sixth, we would remain unreconciled to God. Romans 5:10 declares, “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

Seventh, we would remain eternally condemned by the judge of all the earth. In John 3:18 we find these words of Jesus about himself: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” And again from John 5:24, Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

Because Jesus Christ WAS born, those 7 or more things don’t have to be the case, or our consequences anymore. We can be alive, spiritually and forever, thru faith in Christ Jesus; encountering God’s love; filled with confident hope; forgiven, pardoned; in union and friendship with God; and experiencing God’s great salvation. Thank God that Jesus Christ WAS Born, and thru trusting in Him, life for each one of us can be far different from what life would have been.

Peace be yours thru Christ Jesus the Savior.

I encourage you to take in a church worship service this coming week-end, so that you can be encouraged - with those - who like us, needed a living Savior. Merry Christmas from myself, my family, and Living Faith Fellowship church.




Nov. 2019

Pardon Me

(pastor Lincoln Vellacott)

       In 1829 George Wilson, in Pennsylvania, was sentenced to be hanged by a United States court for robbing the mail and for murder. President Andrew Jackson pardoned him but this was refused, and Wilson insisted that it was not a pardon unless he accepted it. The president called the Supreme Court to decide.

       Chief justice John Marshall gave the following decision: “A pardon is a paper, the value of which depends upon its acceptance by the person implicated. It is hardly to be supposed that one under sentence of death would refuse to accept a pardon, but if it is refused, it is no pardon. George Wilson must be hanged!” And he was hanged.

       Speaking of Jesus, Mark 10:45 in the Bible, says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, & to give his life as a ransom for many.” Ransom and pardon are very similar in meaning. A ransom is the price paid to free slaves or captives. Jesus death on the cross was to ransom or pardon many from the penalty of their sins.

       Many of us may not even realize that we are in bondage, or that we are captives, and that each of us are under a death penalty. Lot’s of us, as people, may not want to recognize or admit that. But that doesn’t change the reality of it. The Bible makes it clear that all have sinned and that the cost or result of being a sinner is death – eternal separation from God (Romans 3:23, 6:23). None of our lives measure up to the standard of a Holy God. We can’t pay the penalty, and the eternal cost is very steep.

       The good news is that we can be set free. We don’t have to held captive by our sin, or a prisoner held over for eternal consequences or punishment. Christ’s death on the cross pays the ransom for each one of us. But Jesus ransom for you depends upon your acceptance of it. It is hard to believe that someone would refuse Christ’s pardon from eternal condemnation, but if it is refused, then the ransom is without effect in your life.

       A Texas Governor visited the State penitentiary and spoke to the life term convicts. The only man pardoned that day was the man who admitted his guilt and that his punishment was justified. None of the men who made excuses for their imprisonment were pardoned and freed.

       Similarly, don’t make excuses for your sin. Call out to Jesus with a genuine “Pardon Me.” When you admit your guilt & your need, God will pardon you. Your eternal pardon depends upon trusting in and receiving God’s forgiveness of your sins thru Jesus Christ. When you admit your sin to God and ask for His forgiveness, then you can enjoy the eternal pardon and freedom that comes thru accepting what Jesus Christ did on the cross for you.

       As I conclude my devotional article, let me also encourage you to be a part of a Worship Service this week-end.




Feb. 14th, 2019

Love from the Heart

(pastor Lincoln Vellacott – Living Faith Fellowship Church, Herbert, Sk.)

     February is the month with Valentine’s Day – a celebration of LOVE.

     Around Valentine’s Day, we think about giving cards, maybe chocolates or candies or flowers. Maybe we make or receive phone calls around Valentines, to let people know that we love and care about them. If you had a special someone in your life and they never called, or sent a card, or helped you out with something you really needed, and they said they loved you, you might rightly wonder about that. You might say or think, if you loved me – really loved me from the heart, wouldn’t you show it, and couldn’t I feel or see it and know it??

     God not only says that He loves us, but He showed us that He loves us. From 1st John 4:9 we read, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”

     We tend to show love mostly to those who are nice, kind, easy to get along with, and to those who are our friends. Romans 5:8 in the Bible tells us, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That is another way of saying while we were still His enemies, Christ demonstrated His love for us. While He rightfully had something against us, because of our sins – and He is to pure and holy to be able to stand sin – God demonstrated love for us then.

     When we as people give a gift, we sometimes are kind of cheap. We get it from the dollar store, or at a discount flower store, or maybe we re-gift something someone gave to us, because we already had it or we didn’t want it, or didn’t like it, and so we pass it off as a gift to someone else. God’s gifts to us are not cheap. His great gift, came with great cost - the life of His One and Only Son. God’s love for us, meant He came in the person of Jesus Christ, and died on the cruel cross, so our sins could be wiped out. He gave His very self for us, so that we wouldn’t be enemies with God anymore, but instead His dearly loved friends & children, thru faith in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross.

     Remember though, that love and gifts need to be received. How many of us have Christmas gifts still unwrapped at our homes? That would be rare indeed. It is only to those who believe what He came to do, and will receive Him, that Christ Jesus has given the privilege of becoming children of God.

     God loves us from The Heart. He showed His love thru the precious gift of His Son on the cross, while we were enemies because of sin, and His love needs to be received.

     His love will also change us and the way we love. 1st John 4:11, in the Bible says, “Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

     As I conclude my devotional article with that, let me also encourage you to be a part of a Worship Service this week-end.




Dec. 18th, 2018

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE – 2018

A Modern Christmas Parable …

Take the hint - “Take my Son”

(pastor Lincoln Vellacott – Living Faith Fellowship Church, Herbert, Sk.)

Someone sent me this story, and I pass it on to you to enjoy and consider this Christmas.

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When war broke out, the son went. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

Just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.'

The young man held out his package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.'

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.

'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?' There was silence.

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.'

But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting. Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'

Another voice angrily rose up, 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh’s, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!'

But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long time gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting.' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

'We have $10, who will bid $20?'

'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.'

'$10 is the bid, won't someone bid $20?'

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'

A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!'

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.'

'What about the paintings?'

'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!'

If you were at that auction, wouldn’t you have wished that the auctioneer would have given you a hint?

What that auctioneer couldn’t do, we can do this Christmas. Here is the hint, the encouragement … maybe even a frantic warning – take the Son, the Lord Jesus.

To distill the message of Christmas down to its clearest point, is that the central aspect of Christmas, is that God came in the person of Jesus Christ, to save and free people from there sin.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 from the Bible).

From our home and congregation to you, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! And remember to take the hint from this Christmas – don’t get taken up with what everybody else seems to think is so valuable. Receive Jesus Christ, who came to be your Savior, - the greatest gift, and true riches for now and forever.