am pleased to have you visit the Canaan Baptist Church web site where you can
learn a little about who we are and what we are about. Hopefully, your interest
will be intensified enough to visit us or seek more information Canaan Baptist
Church has been serving the Washington, D.C. religious community since 1947. It
is dedicated to the edification of glorifying our Lord and Saviour, Jesus
Christ. Canaan has made many contributions in the moral humane, and religious
growth of the community through the struggles of faithful members, both past
and present. Today's Canaan Baptist Church is a vibrant church family that has
gotten its second wind. We are an inclusive church family, meaning that we
recognize the importance of EVERYONE that is in our employ. We have an active
youth ministry and an energetic senior population. We are a church
striving to be more committed to God by MAKING MOVES IN MINISTRY. We encourage
our members to develop better spiritual growth habits and we provide enabling
infrastructure for that to take place. We are a people that stresses ministry
and not maintenance, so that our members can discover their spiritual gifts and
utilize them in the church and in the community. Our worship style is in the
context of celebration and praise. Canaan is a hopeful, expectant
congregation. We mandate a ministry that is reverent yet relevant. We are
contemporary without compromising our faith or belief. We are called and
committed to meaningful ministry. We invite you to come
worship with because we are reaching for a real relationship. We
realize that in order to receive my favor, I have to do my part.
MESSAGE OF HOPE - October 2015
History was made recently when the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, visited the United States. Although he is the head of one of the largest religious bodies on the planet, his simplicity and humility drew the admiration of believers and non-believers alike. Imagine, a Head of State riding around in a tiny car; and like Jesus, allowing and even encouraging a little child to come to him, then getting a hug and a tee-shirt. Clergy, political, and security protocols were all dismissed, and his care and compassion for the common people was made evident!
The Pope included this admonition in every speech he gave: we must pray! During his speech at the historic St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, DC, he said, “In prayer there are no rich and poor…there are only sons and daughters!” He was reminding us that in front of the Throne of God we’re all the same when all kneel in His presence. But I wondered: was it coincidental that he came to this country, had the attention of hundreds of thousands of people, and repeatedly spoke on prayer, while at the same time there was an unexpectedly successful #1 movie called “War Room” modeling effective strategies of prayer still showing in theaters? Was it coincidental or was God trying to make a point? I wonder if people even paid attention to it.
Over the years, we’ve addressed prayer on numerous occasions. I can’t help to be reminded that it is what we’re called to do as children of God. Because of prayer, miraculous things happened in the Scripture. For example, Hezekiah prayed for his life to be extended. God gave him 15 additional years and as a sign of His promise, God returned the sun backward in the sky by 10 degrees (see Isa.38). On another occasion, the Prophet Elisha prayed that God would open the eyes of his servant. The Lord did so and the young man, who thought he and his master were surrounded by the Syrian armies, saw that the mountains were full of angels on horses and chariots of fire (read all of II Kings 6). If the miraculous happened then, surely the Savior can cause the miraculous to happen when His people pray today! The enemy’s chaos could be defeated if God’s people set up their own “War Rooms”! Like in the movie, we must pray according to God’s Word because anything else is outside of His will and we might get the wrong results. This means we should not devise programs, utilize finances, or even establish some relationships without His direction first. Yes, we should pray first, then work our plans.
Pope Francis made the point that “in prayer, we encounter not only God, but one another. It is in prayer that we realize we need each other.” Our prayers should not be selfish. The Scripture doesn’t have anything good to say about people who pray selfishly. “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss; that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3). This means, if your prayers are all about you, all the time, it’s not God’s will. We must pray for one another (James 5:16). Also, remember that every answered prayer must bring glory to God.
I don’t think that the visit of Pope Francis while the movie War Room was in theaters was merely coincidental. In the Kingdom, things don’t “just happen” – they have a “divine Cause”. Everything is divinely appointed. So I encourage you to spend time every day with your heavenly Father in prayer. The Pope said, “Jesus loves you without limits”. Who wouldn’t want to talk to someone who loves you like that? Talk with the Father every day and throughout the day. I promise you, it’s time well spent.
Canaan is a church on the G.R.O.W.! Come GROW and PRAY with us as we… Seek, Serve, Celebrate, and Perfectly Love our Savior! Larry Owens, Jr., M.Div. Senior Pastor