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June 30th, 2020

Ready or Not

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

     When you were a child did you play the game of hide & seek - where you counted and then yelled out, ready or not – here I come? If you played a game of hide and seek and you didn’t get ready, what would happen? You would be found wondering around, get caught, and put out of the game.

     Maybe you have been told that supper is ready or you have been invited out for a meal with a friend. What is the wise thing to do? Do whatever you need to do to prepare for the meal. That might mean to wash your hands, shut off the TV, help set the table, or jump in the vehicle and get to where the meal is going to be. What happens if you don’t get ready, or just lay around, or ignore the call? You may be late – things will get cold and not be tasty. You might get hungry, or done often enough, it might start to affect your health and strength (not to mention your relationships with others).

     Another call is being made to each one of us. The call that is being made to each of us is urgent. We are being pleaded with. (You could read about it from 2nd Corinthians 5:20 – 6:2 in the Bible).

     What is the call? Be reconciled to God! Get right with God. Christ has done His part – He took our sins upon Himself on the cross. Our part is to in faith, answer the call. To be saved by placing our faith in the work that Christ has done for us. To trust Jesus to make us right with God and fit to be with Him forever.

     Why is the call so urgent? Because the offer won’t last forever. God’s Word tells us, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:42 & 44 ) We don’t know when the Lord will come back, and we don’t know when we will take our final breath. We don’t know if something will happen to us so that we will get to the place where we can’t think or understand or make faith choices. We also may get to the place where we ignore God, and He will eventually let us go our own sorry way.

     Today, is the day of God’s favor and grace. Today, if you can hear God’s voice, don’t harden your heart to Him. Say YES to God’s offer of salvation. Tell God you want your sins forgiven – trust Him to be your Savior today. Jesus wants each of us to be made right with God the Father, for now and forever.

     Each of us needs to ask ourselves, “Am I Ready, or Not?” Are you ready for when the Lord comes back, or says your time on earth is over? I am ready because I have thrown myself on Jesus & His mercy. You also must be ready. If not, someday it will be too late.

      Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church service thru YouTube.  Our channel is Hebert Living Faith, or click on 



June 16th, 2020

A Trait of the Father

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

     When talking to my mom over the last while, she often concludes saying, “I love you terribly much.” It make us smile, because terrible doesn’t seem the best descriptive word regarding love.

     Father’s Day presents us with an opportunity to look at what a Father is like, or what he does. For all the other good and manly qualities of a Father, he also needs a soft and tender heart that is sensitive to others and to the will of God. It is good for a Father to be able to express genuine love.

     The cartoon strip, “For Better or for Worse,” showed a Dad coming into the room where his teenage daughter was sitting on the couch watching television & munching popcorn. So he decided to sit down next to her and help himself to the popcorn.

     As he was sitting there, a little thought balloon appears over his head. He’s thinking, “I remember when she was so young. I held her in my arms & loved her, and it was wonderful. Now look at her. She’s all grown up, and such a beautiful girl, too. I wonder what she would think if I held her like I used to & told her again that I love her?” He finally concludes that she would be uncomfortable if he did that.

     While he’s thinking that, the thought balloon over his daughter’s head has the words, “I wonder why Dad never hugs me anymore?”

     In 1st Thessalonians chapter 2, verse 8, the apostle Paul says, “We loved you so much”, and then he goes on to explain what that resulted in. In the original language those words expressed an intensity of love that gives over and over again. Paul was sayings, it’s hard even to find words to express how much, but we really do love you.

     I think that is an important character trait for fathers & others, because loving & expressing love does not always come naturally, especially for many of us as men.

     Our best example of Fatherhood is God our Heavenly Father. The Bible tells us something of that in the story of the Prodigal Son, in Luke 15. The son is sure he knows best. He has it all figured out. The son goes far from home and wastes all his early inheritance money. When he runs out of money, he runs out of friends. He ends up in a pig pen, wanting to eat what the pigs are eating.

     As he sits there the Bible says, “He came to his senses.” He starts thinking, “How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father.”

     Notice something important. He felt that he could go back to his father. He knew the door was open to him. The father must have communicated his love. That kind of love is a vital thing to communicate to our children.

     The sinful son practices his “I’m Sorry” speech, all the way home. But before he could blurt it out “his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” The erring child was shown a special welcome and acceptance. The Father had no fear of expressing love.

     You know, the wonderful part is that our Father in Heaven always leaves the door open for us to come home again. No matter how deep our sin, we can always turn to Him. God the Father will always be waiting to throw his arms around you, and to assure you of his unshakable love. The Heavenly Father genuinely loves you and He expressed His love for you thru the sending of His Son to be your Savior.



June 9th, 2020

MORE THAN SURVIVORS

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

     Maurice and Eva married in 1906 England. They saw posters that advertised Canada as the land of milk and honey. He left for Canada in March 1911. She was to come on the Titanic, but couldn’t board. Eva traveled a short time later and arrived with 3 little ones, age 4 and younger. They settled north of Clair, Sask. Around there shack was nothing but bush, and where there wasn’t bush there were sloughs that were ideal for raising mosquitoes. They moved into another noisy shack for the winter, as it was located alongside the railroad track. It had cracks in the wall and was so cold. They stayed there for the winter, and survived, but every morning Eva’s hair was frozen stiff from the steam of her breath. They filed for another homestead and built a house on that farm where they raised their 7 children, my father being the youngest.

     Anyone who has left the “old country” to seek a better life in a new world has to have faith and courage.

     In the Bible, God spoke to Abraham in Ur of the Chaldeans, and told him to pack for a journey that would take him across the desert. It would be a trek that would test his tenacity and his trust in God. Abraham demonstrated faith. God can be trusted even when the destination proves different than imagined.

     Have you experienced twists and turns in the road that you hadn’t counted on? Are you lead to feel that you are just trying to survive the mixing bowl of your circumstances?

     In Romans 8:28 the apostle Paul says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

     Paul goes over some possible scenarios in Romans 8:35, “Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? And then in verses 37-39, he proceeds to answer his rhetorical question with a resounding NO! “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

     God is on the side of those who trust in Him. He will blend together the bitter and the sweet of your life to accomplish His purposes. Paul would know. He’d been imprisoned multiple times, flogged, stoned, left for dead, shipwrecked, given the infamous Roman 39 lashes, knowing what it was like to be in need, snake bitten.

     When God touches our lives for good (even when we are not aware that He is working), we have every reason to believe that we will survive the storms (even when they take us in a different direction than the one we were planning on).

     If we’re honest, when it comes to moving into unprecedented waters, or unanticipated experiences, we’re all in the same boat. We face many uncertainties. Each of us leaves the old country of today and goes into tomorrow. We don’t know what is ahead. Faith in God sustains or upholds us in whatever the new days brings.

     God is in control of our lives, even when we feel like our future is up for grabs.

     Be More Than a Survivor! Be a Spiritual Thriver – knowing that God is for you, and works things out for your good as you trust in Him and look for His way.

     Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church service thru YouTube.  Our channel is Hebert Living Faith, or click on 

     May we become More Than Survivors, through Him who loves us, Jesus Christ our Lord.



June 2nd, 2020

Recession and a Stimulus Package

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

     Over the past 2 and a half months, the Government of Canada has announced a large and broad set of fiscal stimulus measures aimed at stabilizing and supporting the Canadian economy affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment efforts. This has been done to offset the extent of the economic weakness that is expected to be concentrated in the second quarter of this year, and to critically limit the degree of economic contraction.  The International Monetary Fund reported in April that all of the G7 nations had already entered into a "deep recession" and suggested that the coronavirus recession will be the most severe global economic downturn since the Great Depression, and that it will be "far worse" than the Great Recession of 2009.

      A more troubling thought is that by all appearances there is a spiritual recession going on. Many in our world don’t take any thought of Christ or see any need for Him or His church. While today there are so many more ways to communicate, there seems to be “a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.” (Amos 8:11) These things are even true for many of us who call ourselves Christians, as we let “the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word of God, making it unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19)

     What is the spiritual stimulus that is needed? We need to “fall in love” with the Lord all over again, and to love Him like we did at first, or before (Revelation 2:4). We need to get right with God and with our fellow human beings. We need to get into God’s Word and meet together regularly for Christ-centered gatherings - however we can in these days and in the days ahead. We need to seek the spiritual encouragement of good material and being with others who are a part of God’s family thru Christ. Praying together and praying for our region, our country and for renewal is important. Being led by, and filled with the Holy Spirit, is also essential to a robust Christian life.

     In a very real sense we need to be spiritually stimulated (turned on to the good news of Jesus, the Word of God in the Bible, and life lived in the Holy Spirit).

     We are also a part of the Lord’s Spiritual Stimulus Package that He wants to be using in this world around us. How will that happen?

We, who are a New Creation in Christ, are not to live for ourselves, but for Him who died for us and was raised again. As God’s saving grace is still available, believers are His ambassadors - those to whom He has committed the message of reconciliation. Christians are the ones who are to implore those who are apart from Christ, to be reconciled to God thru Jesus. (2nd Corinthians 5:15-6:2) We are to be in prayer for, and to care for, and share with, those who like us, need the Savior. Those who are a part of God’s family, thru faith in Jesus, feed the hungry and the thirsty, give help to the needy, look out for the sick, the stranger, the struggler and those in distress. (Matthew 25:34-40, James 1:27) We want to live our lives fully for the Lord, with lives always filled with the grace of God. (1st Cor. 15:58, Col. 4:6)

     Through what’s being called a recession, let’s turn from our ways, towards God. Then times of refreshing will come from the Lord. (Acts 3:19)

     Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church service thru YouTube.  Our channel is Hebert Living Faith, or click on 

     May our Great and faithful Savior, attract us to God, help us hold unswervingly to the hope found in Him, and spur us on to live robustly in Christ.




May 26th, 2020

 Don’t Fool With Discipline

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

     How would life be different if you had more personal and spiritual discipline?

     One man said, “I am simply making the observation that often discipline leads to noticeably positive results and a lack of discipline almost always undermines dreams and goals. If you think about it, discipline is one of the most important character qualities a person can possess.”

     Proverbs 1:7 says that fools despise wisdom and discipline. If we don’t want to be a fool, then we need to embrace discipline in our lives.

God’s Word is filled with teaching and encouragement toward a disciplined Christian life.

     In 2nd Corinthians 5:15, “(Christ) died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”

     1st Timothy 4:7b-8 holds true for us also. Disciplining ourselves physically has value, but training or disciplining ourselves to have a Godly character has value both in this life and in the life to come.

     From Titus 2:11-12, “the grace of God that brings salvation… teaches us to say NO to ungodly and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,” We say yes to self-control, uprightness & godliness. We are to flee sin and honor God with our bodies.

     Living with discipline might seem painful. But look at the benefits of living a spiritually disciplined life. God honors those who serve Jesus. Jesus says that anyone who has given up things for the Kingdom of God will receive many times as much in this life, and in the life to come, eternal life. Self-control is listed as one of the qualities that will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive. Discipline produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

     You might say, it doesn’t matter what kind of benefits there may be if I find living the spiritually disciplined life impossible. We all need something more than ourselves in our lives.

     Galatians 5:16 says, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Galatians 5:22-23 lists Self-Control as one of the results of the Spirit of God working thru a person who has a real and living connection with Jesus Christ. Self-control, which was before impossible to attain to, can be a reality through the Holy Spirit. When God’s Spirit takes up residence within us thru faith in Jesus Christ, we have the quality of self-control, because He does. We need to draw upon His qualities and let the Holy Spirit of God control our lives more and more.

     We don’t need to live with unbridled passions and in ways that grieve our Lord. It doesn’t matter if the undisciplined area in our lives is physical, verbal, emotional, financial, sexual, relational, or something we eat or drink or crave to have or do; our lives and sinful nature desires can be reigned in and placed under God’s control.

     Let’s seek to live closely connected to Jesus, cooperating with God’s grace and Holy Spirit, so that the life and character of Christ will be produced within us.

      Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church service thru YouTube.  Our channel is Hebert Living Faith, or click on 

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     May the Holy Spirit of God, give you power and peace.




May 19th, 2020

Be Strong and Courageous

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

     Being called a chicken is basically seen as fighting words, right next to saying something nasty about your mother. Being singled out, as someone with courage is something to be desired.

     God calls us to be courageous in the daily challenges and struggles we face. We can make the retreat to timid territory, or we can make daily choices to live with courage.

     We need Spiritual Courage. Some might say Christianity is for weak people. But you have to have courage to repent before a Holy God - to tell Him the truth about yourself. Everyone who is a follower of Christ has come to the point where they have said, “I’m a sinful person. I often choose self over others, pleasure over service, greed over sharing, disobedience over obedience. I know what the right thing to do is, and I don’t always do it. I confess my sin and throw myself on the mercy of God. It takes incredible courage to become a Christian.

     We need Moral Courage. Honesty and being ethical in business and with finances could make things tight, upset customers, upset bosses, or create a fuss in a friendship? Someone once told a group of us that they would rather quit a job than to lie for their boss. That’s moral courage. How about staying pure in a sex-crazed culture? Courage is needed to stand by your convictions when everyone else says you are hopelessly idealistic, old-fashioned, and a little bit strange.

     We need Relational Courage. Some people would run into a burning building, or jump into a frozen lake, before they would face the condition of their marriage. Instead of saying we have got some trouble, we need a marriage retreat, a counsellor, or we’ve got to get together with another couple we respect. It takes courage to parent and raise children the way God would have them to be raised. To say I am going to do the right thing in this situation and stick with my convictions takes courage.

     The apostle Paul tells timid Timothy, in 2nd Tim. 1:7&8, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord … join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life.”

     From Joshua 1:9 the Lord told Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and Courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” From 1st Cor. 16:13-14, we hear, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” And Jesus promised His followers, in Matthew 28:20, “and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

     The things of life don’t have to back us up into the corner of timidity. We can have courage in the daily challenges and struggles, the temptations and persecution. Courage is possible when we know that we are in the hands of the Almighty God and under the loving protection of the Heavenly Father.

     Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church service thru YouTube.  Our channel is Hebert Living Faith, or click on 

     May the Almighty God, who gives us strength, and will be with those who have put their trust in Him, help you stand firm in the faith and to live with courage.



May 12th, 2020

CONTENTMENT, A SOUL AT REST IN GOD

     A friend of mine told me that a cougar was prowling after a lady.  When she became aware of it, she turned and continued screaming at it while backing away.  When she got inside her neighbors gate, she could’ve touched the cougar. 

     Discontentment is often so close to us that it has either jumped upon us, or we could reach out and touch it.  Many times we are hurt by discontentment, because we don’t back away or raise our voices or actions against it. 

     What has caused discontentment in people around you, or in you, lately? 

     Advertisers seek to motivate people to purchase their way back to wholeness.  We see what others have, and want it for ourselves.  Our desires also can cause discontentment. 

     From the Bible, in Philippian 4:11&13 the apostle Paul says, “I have LEARNED to be content whatever the circumstances….I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  You and I can learn to be content, thru God, who helps us have contentment. 

     1st Timothy 6:6-7, 9-11 & 17 reads, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it... People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness…Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 

     Discontentment can be a trap.  Discontentment can bring ruin, many griefs and eternal loss.  The deceitfulness of wealth, choke God’s word in our life, making it unfruitful.  (Matthew 13:22)  Put your hope in God.  He richly provides for us.  Trust Him in that. 

     HOW WE CAN BE CONTENT?  Forget not all the Lord’s benefits.  Let your soul find rest in God alone.  (Psalm 103:2, 62:1)  Matthew 11:28-29 tells us that rest for our souls happens when we come to Jesus; and when we take His way and learn from Him. 

     Contentment is based on having your life filled with Jesus Christ.  Don’t focus on what you don’t have, but do focus on all that God has given us and has delivered us from.

     Take time to thank God for meeting your needs, forgiving your sins, and giving you new life thru Jesus Christ.  Let your life and lips overflow in expressions of thankfulness.  Read Psalm 103.  Find ways to give away what you have in terms of your faith, finances, time, and things like a listening ear.

     Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church service thru YouTube.  Our channel is Hebert Living Faith, or click on 

     May the One who greatly loves you, and doesn’t treat us as we deserve, satisfy you deeply thru Himself.   



May 5th, 2020

KEEP GOING with what is right

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

I read that former NHL hockey coach, Dave King, had gone for a run for around 4,700 consecutive days, and had no intention of stopping. Most of us struggle to persevere, and to keep going, what ever comes our way. Endurance could be considered an endangered character quality. Looking back in your life, what is one thing you wish you hadn’t quit? What is one thing you are glad that you didn’t quit?

We can consider ourselves fortunate that Thomas Edison did not give up after 13 months of repeated failures, to bring us into the wonder of electric light.

We live in a world of high speed, overnight success, solutions oriented spiritual maturity, and the expectation of marital bliss and romance. If our expectations aren’t met instantly, and easily, there’s a strong tendency in this culture to quit, bail out, or give up. Movies many times glamorize quitting points; but realize that no one wins in a situation that glamorizes quitting.

The Lord Jesus was encouraged to quit. He knew that He had to suffer, be killed and raised to life. But Peter, one of his closest friends, tried to get Jesus to not go to the cross.

It is sometimes tempting to in some way save yourself – to not go thru sacrificial or hard things, or to not endure when we are insulted or persecuted.

In Hebrews 12:1-3, the Bible encourages us to throw off everything that hinders…to run with perseverance…fix our eyes on Jesus, who… endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Jesus didn’t quit. He endured the cross. He didn’t let its related shame stop Him. He went thru the pain and took the weight of the sins of the whole world upon himself. He did it because of what enduring the cross would result in. Sin and death’s sting was defeated. Those who would otherwise be held captive to sin could be set free. People could have eternal life, salvation, and power over sin.

Persevering through tests, trials and difficulties results in greater maturity, and a more fulfilling life. We need to sometimes look for the results of persevering “down the road”. Persevering doesn’t often give immediate gratification, but results in something better after awhile.

In Romans 15:5, we are told that it is “God who gives endurance and encouragement.”

What is it that the Lord is encouraging you to endure in today? Your marriage vows? A relationship that’s gone sour? Living wholeheartedly for the Lord? A difficult trial? An area of service that has grown difficult? A wrong path that seems like it would be so much easier to take?

In a world that sometimes glamorizes quitting, we need to remember that finishing is more glorious than quitting; and endurance holds greater rewards than giving up.

Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church service thru YouTube.  Our channel is Hebert Living Faith, or click on 

May the One who endured for you, bring much blessing as you endure thru Him. God helping you, you can do it.




April 28th, 2020

 Rest For Your Soul

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

        Do you ever feel tired?  Have you ever felt so restless you couldn’t find a comfortable way to sit or sleep?  Have you ever told someone that you felt worn out - Or like you could sleep for a week?  We don’t have to be in the middle of seeding or harvest, calving or haying, canning or Christmas, or a crisis or pandemic, to feel exhausted, or in need of rest.  Having less energy comes with aging.  Experiencing weakness is part of being human.  Just seeing someone yawn or talk about needing a rest, makes me want to yawn or to take a nap. 

        But often tiredness has to do with more than just the physical, emotional, mental, and relational (or lack of relational).  Some say I feel weary to the bones, to the core, or in my very depths – or in my soul.

        St. Augustine, in his book, “Confessions”, says about God, “Thou has formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”  Another person has said that we have a heart shaped vacuum inside all of us, that can only be filled by the Lord Jesus.  Our hearts long for something more, something beyond ourselves.  Restlessness or weariness sometimes comes deep down inside each one of us because we are seeking fulfillment or satisfaction in things other than God.  We maybe want to be known as a hard worker, as smart or good looking, or even as rich, funny or famous for something we have done.  We may want to be someone who is very religious, or with a beautiful singing voice, or who is always serving or volunteering.  Those things may satisfy for awhile, but as we honestly look back, maybe they only add to the strain.  

        The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes 1:8 tells us, “All things are wearisome, more than one can say.”  And in the next chapter, Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, says “When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

        My great-grandmother, gave her son a Bible, on his 18th birthday, not long before he came to this country.  Along with his name, she wrote the words from Isaiah 55:6, which says, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”  She had it right, but sadly I don’t think my grandfather ever got it right spiritually speaking.

        Revelation 22:17 tells us, “Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” 

        From Isaiah 40:28-31, it teaches us that the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, will not grow tired or weary.  It is He that gives strength to the weary.  Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

        Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest – and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

        Have you come to Jesus?  Have you placed your hope and trust in Him, and the salvation He made possible thru His work on the cross?  I can’t promise you that you will never feel physically tired again, or emotionally spent, or have a tired brain; but your true and eternal self, the very heart and soul of you, will be at rest when you put your faith in Jesus.  Call on the Lord.  Come to Jesus.  Put your hope in Him and find rest for your soul.

        Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church service thru YouTube.  Our channel is Hebert Living Faith, or click on 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSiaRZmoDpJFOsH7P8Bt8Ow  May the deep rest providing Jesus, give rest for your weariness, and hope for tomorrow. 


 


April 21st, 2020

Mercy’s Warmth

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

Some of us probably remember, as a child, another person twisting our arm behind our back, or sitting on us, and not letting us go until we called out “UNCLE.” Maybe you can think of a time you had an unpaid bill that you couldn’t find the funds for, and the person you owed said not to worry about it. Maybe you had blown it big time with a friend, and you didn’t know if they would ever talk to you again, but they forgave you.

Mercy feels pretty good – doesn’t it? Mercy (or its close cousin word of forgiveness) let’s us off the hook. Another pays the price, or makes the sacrifice for us. If you’ve experienced mercy in the past, you can probably still feel its warmth in the present.

For some of us we can’t accept mercy very well – someone gives us a gift, and the first thing that comes out of our mouth is, “How much do I owe you?”

Some of us don’t think we deserve grace, love, forgiveness or mercy. Some of us may have done something and feel like God could never forgive us for that. Some might say, I have gone too far, I have been so bad, that Christ wouldn’t want me – or He couldn’t love me. We don’t deserve it, but God offers it to us anyway.

In the Bible, a man named the Apostle Paul, says about himself, that he was once a violent, persecuting man, who spoke ill of Christ and was the worst of sinners. (1st Timothy 1:13-16) Even though that was the case, the Lord’s grace overflowed upon Paul.

Paul reminds us, in the words from the section in the Bible listed above, that Christ came into the world to save sinners. He says, the reason he, the worst sinner, was shown mercy, was so that Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

If a guy like Paul could be shown Christ’s mercy, so can I. If a guy like me can be shown mercy from God, so can you. We are never beyond the reach of God’s love and mercy. In Christ, God shows His mercy to us. The Lord desires to pour His grace on you and me, plentifully. That’s the kind of love He has for the people He has made.

I hope the knowledge of Christ’s love warms you deeply right now. Let me encourage you to hold your arms out to the love, mercy, grace and forgiveness of God – to say yes to the unlimited patience of Christ Jesus. Just like Paul, the worst of sinners, we can believe on Jesus and receive eternal life.

Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church service thru YouTube.  Our channel is Hebert Living Faith, or click on 

 May the Merciful and Loving Lord Jesus, help you to see Himself more clearly, and draw you to Himself in these days.



April 14th, 2020

Easter – Now What?

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

Lee Strobel graduated from Yale law school with a master of studies in law, became a legal affairs editor of the Chicago tribune and a spiritual skeptic. After his wife converted to Christianity, he wanted to disprove her and so he began to examine what has been said about Jesus, what Christ said about himself, and questions regarding the resurrection. Here is what he said:

My journalistic skepticism toward the supernatural had melted in light of the breathtaking historical evidence that the resurrection of Jesus was a real, historical event. In fact, my mind could not con­jure up a single explanation that fit the evidence of history nearly as well as the conclusion that Jesus was who he claimed to be: the one and only Son of God.

The atheism I had embraced for so long buckled under the weight of historical truth. It was a stunning and radical outcome, certainly not what I had anticipated when I embarked on this investigative process. But it was, in my opinion, a decision compelled by the facts.

All of which led me to the “So what?” question. If this is true, what difference does it make? There were several obvious implications.

• If Jesus is the Son of God, his teachings are more than just good ideas from a wise teacher; they are divine insights on which I can confidently build my life.

• If Jesus sets the standard for morality, I can now have an unwa­vering foundation for my choices and decisions, rather than basing them on the ever-shifting sands of expediency and self-centeredness.

• If Jesus did rise from the dead, he's still alive today and avail­able for me to encounter on a personal basis.

• If Jesus conquered death, he can open the door of eternal life for me, too.

• If Jesus has divine power, he has the supernatural ability to guide me and help me and transform me as I follow him.

• If Jesus personally knows the pain of loss and suffering, he can comfort and encourage me in the midst of the turbulence that he himself warned is inevitable in a world corrupted by sin.

• If Jesus loves me as he says, he has my best interests at heart. That means I have nothing to lose and everything to gain by committing myself to him and his purposes.

• If Jesus is who he claims to be (and remember, no leader of any other major religion has even pretended to be God), as my Creator he rightfully deserves my allegiance, obedience, and worship.

I remember writing out these implications on my legal pad and then leaning back in my chair. I had reached the culmination of my nearly two-year journey. It was finally time to deal with the most pressing question of all: “Now what?”

I realized that I needed more than an intellectual decision. I reached over to a Bible and opened it to John 1:12, a verse I had encountered during my investigation: “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

The key verbs in that verse spell out with mathematical preci­sion what it takes to go beyond mere mental assent to Jesus’ deity and enter into an ongoing relationship with him by becoming adopted into God’s family: BELIEVE + RECEIVE = BECOME.

Yes, I had to take a step of faith, as we do in every decision we make in life. But here’s the crucial distinction: I was no longer trying to swim upstream against the strong current of evidence; instead I was choosing to go in the same direction that the torrent of facts was flowing.

So I talked with God in a heartfelt and unedited prayer, admitting and turning from my wrongdoing, and receiving the gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus. I told him that with his help I wanted to follow him and his ways from here on out.

After taking that step, I knew from John 1:12 that I had crossed the threshold into a new experience. I had become something different: a child of God, forever adopted into his family through the historical, risen Jesus. Said the apostle Paul, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Maybe that sounds mystical to you; I don’t know. Not so long ago it would have to me. But it’s very real to me now and to those around me. In fact, so radical was the difference in my life that a few months after I became a follower of Jesus, our five-year-old daughter Alison went up to my wife and said, “Mommy, I want God to do for me what he’s done for Daddy.” (The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel, p. 266-270)

Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church service thru YouTube.  Our channel is Hebert Living Faith, or click on 

 This Easter, may the Crucified and Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, help you to see Himself more clearly, and draw you to Himself in these days.



April 7th, 2020

Easter - Spiritual Preparedness

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

April 15th is the 108th year anniversary of the Titanic disaster. My extended family can thank the Lord that my Grandma, and her 3 young children, were not allowed passage on the Titanic. If they had boarded, we would most likely have not come into this world.

We might just be tempted to say that it was fate, that though they were on the dock, all prepared to go, that the Titanic was too full for them to board (or the 2nd more likely version of the family history, is that one of the nieces that they were traveling with, had ring worm, and because of that they were not allowed passage). Was it fate?

You might ask why were they spared and not some of those others who died in that terrible disaster. I see God’s miraculous hand in that event - His protection, His sometimes unknowable sovereign will, and His mercy towards us.

The Bible tells us in Acts 17:26, that “From one man (Adam) he (God) made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.”

Your life, and your being on this earth, also, is not an accident or a stroke of fate. Our lives are the plan of God. He desired to bring you into this world. He desired that you should still be here. Your life is part of the plan, the mercy, the will and desire of a Loving Heavenly Father.

The Titanic was a technological marvel of the age, and legend has it that it was referred to as the unsinkable ship, a ship God Himself couldn’t sink. The people had no idea that many of their lives would come to such a quick and sudden end. They were unprepared and overconfident for what lie ahead, as they did not have enough lifeboats on board.

What, or who, are you depending on? We only have to think about these days we are in to realize how much we can’t control. Health, security, technology, financial markets, good conducive planting weather, can all fail us.

There is only One who is fully dependable and that can be trusted to keep us from unspeakable and eternal disaster. Eternal disaster preparedness means placing your faith in Jesus, the One who came to rescue us from great loss. We live in that spiritual state of emergency right now. That’s why Christ had to come to the cross.

From the Bible we are told, “The Lord … is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9 ) Jesus said, “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.” (John 5:24)

This Easter, 108 years after the Titanic disaster, and during the Covid-19 crisis, let the Cross of Christ be your life boat, that which you cling to and depend upon. Don’t be unprepared and overconfident for what lies ahead. Let’s not depend on that which will fail us, or seek to live without God, and without properly preparing for what is ahead. Turn to God thru faith in Jesus, and the forgiveness of sins that are found in Him.

Let me close by encouraging you to tune into our local Church service on our YouTube channel (ours is, Hebert Living Faith), or click on 

This Easter, may the Crucified and Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, help you to see Himself more clearly, and draw you to Himself in these days.



March 31st, 2020

Oh Yes, He Cares

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

Newspaper advice columnist, Ann Landers, received an average of 10,000 letters a month - almost all of them from people who were burden with life’s problems. She was asked if there was one problem that people seemed to struggle with more than any other. Her reply was, Fear.

Fear is a common problem from which none of us is immune. According to a well-known doctor, 30 percent of the chronic patients who see today’s physicians have one common symptom - fear.

Fears do strange things to people. We may experience some close relatives of the word fear – words such as anxiety, worry, stress, and tension. In an issue of “the Christian businessman”, the results were given of a survey of the major concerns of small business owners: a fear of poverty, a fear of criticism, a fear of illness, a fear of rejection, a fear of growing old, a fear of being separated from loved ones, and a fear of death.

What are some of your fears?

Read in the Bible Mark 4:35-41.

Jesus gave His followers a hands on practical lesson in having faith instead of fear. The fierceness of the storm can be seen in the reaction of the disciples. Many of these guys were experienced fishermen, probably use to being out on the Sea of Galilee. They ask Jesus a question that many of us probably ask from time to time in our difficulties and problems. “Don’t you care?”

Jesus cares. He gets up and rebukes the wind and then commands the waves something to the effect in the original language, ‘to put a muzzle on it.’ The storm quit storming and the sea quit raging - because of Jesus.

What storms are there in your life? What fears are you experiencing? We do not have a weak or distant and uncaring Lord. He has all power and authority. Whether we recognize it or not, He is at work. We may recognize that our life is topsy-turvy, and feel like we aren’t in control, and we will probably be right. But we can depend on the Lord because He is in control, and we can trust Him. We can have faith in God even in the stormy times because He is a powerful, active and trustworthy God.

As with the current circumstances I can’t encourage you to physically go to a church worship service this week-end, so let me close by encouraging you to tune into our Church services on YouTube

If you would like, you could email my church office (living.faith@sasktel.net), and I can email you a message for the week. 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 resources you can go to is to call a church or pastor.

May the God Almighty, 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!




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 in to our Sunday services on Youtube -

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. 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.