Brighter Horizon, Clear Skies, Interesting Path Ahead

Blessings!  As men we are facing ongoing challenges.  That is all part of maturing, and also part and parcel of being a believer and finding our place in God’s economy.  I am thankful for the brothers I have and know.  Thank you for being more than friends, thank you for being brothers!

I have a sense now of much change that will surely come as a result of a refocus on who Christ is and who I am in Him and my place in His Kingdom.  Relationships are paramount, with God, with family, and with friends.  I have discovered over the years that doctrine and beliefs divide, and that Jesus Himself, by being Himself cause people to stumble and wonder what is up and what is down!
The path we choose needs to be the path that Jesus walks, with Him living His life in and through us.  It is no real mystery, it is simply what the word of God says, that He indwells us and rests in us and guides us.  He desires that we become His hands and His feet.  My prayer is that as friends we will embrace the path that is less travelled, the pathway that includes trial, affliction, rejection, pain and suffering, for that is the path that Christ has trod, and He continues to lead and remain on that path.  He is with us every step of the journey.  We are not alone.  We have a Brother closer that any other.  Steadfast and true, ever faithful to the end. Like Peter, we men say, “Where else can I go, to whom can I turn?”

I am looking forward to walking this path with you.  I hunger very much for authentic fellowship, and friendship.  We are indeed a band of brothers.   So now more than ever, we need each other as friends.  We are facing many challenges as men,  within and without the universal church.  Much of what we know has changed and continues to change.  Knowing that we are not alone brings encouragement and strength.  I thank God for you, knowing that He has bonded us together, and as we walk with Him, and He with us, we will yet become stronger, even in our weaknesses we will be made strong, because of Him.  Bless you my brothers.

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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding.  As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required.  With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]

God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].

I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.

God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].

In the eternal grip of Jesus,

Samuel M. Buick

Waterloo, Ontario

29 January 2018

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About Sam Buick

A lover and disciple of Jesus Christ. Married to my best friend, Lori-Anne. Father to 3 incredible daughters, Carragh, Caitlin and Erinn, and sons-in-law Alex, and Stephen Davis. An avid reader, a Droid user, a Mac addict, a lover of footy ball and football (there is a difference), and hockey. Once a soldier. Once a youth worker. Once an ordained minister. Once a claims adjuster. I don’t mind labels, labels define what type of Christian I am: I am a creationist I am a monergist I am a Trinitarian I am an imputationalist I am a Calvinist I am a cessationist ~ Samuel M. Buick
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