I 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 2016
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage…” Psalm 27:14
Challenges are a part of life. I wonder at times how I would handle the challenges I see occurring with other people. For example, the Speaker of the House told the President of the United States when he would deliver a certain speech so as not to interfere with his party‘s debate. I understand from the news media that never in history has a Speaker given such an order to the President, and the President actually conceded! Or, what about the internet news article describing a set of Ohio parents were challenged when their 10 year old son approached them and said, “I’m a girl and I can’t do this anymore“, meaning he couldn’t keep acting like a boy, when he was really a girl inside. So the parents now have a ten-year old, transgender child, and the father proudly proclaims that he “has two daughters”. How would I react or what would I say if my child approached me with this same dilemma. Then there was the tragic incident on a Maryland college campus when a 19-year old killed her 18-year old roommate over the volume of music on an I-pod, allegedly, in self-defense. What would I say to the parents of the deceased teen? The challenge to for the Church to “be ready for the Rapture on October 21st, 2011” has been issued by the same source that told us to be ready on May 21st. He was wrong then…. And finally, there is my own challenge as a pastor who, on a weekly basis, has to literally “feed the hands that bite me”. It’s a challenge when people can hear the Word of God and rebel more afterwards, than before!
Has God ever challenged you? The Scripture passage above is one of those challenges from Him. It seems like an ‘oxymoron’… mutually-exclusive terminology. They are two words or phrases that really should not refer to each other. Reason? One of the most challenging aspects of the Christian life is waiting on the Lord. But here’s the clincher, be of good courage while you wait! (That’s like “love your enemies”, or “bless them that curse you”). When God says “wait”, He could refer to years or decades, or even centuries! Maybe that’s why God told the prophet Habbakuk to “write the vision” on tables because the vision was for "an appointed time" (Hab. 2:2-3). Habbakuk would probably forget what the vision was, or be dead and gone, by the time it was fulfilled.
If you’re in a place of being challenged by the Lord to wait on Him - maybe for a job, the salvation of family members or co-workers, healing for yourself or a loved one, let me encourage you to keep the faith. Waiting isn’t easy, but it is worth it! God teaches you things about Himself that you would never know otherwise. He’s faithful and He’ll prove it. He makes a way when there is none! Doctors can prescribe medicine, but only God can heal! Be of good courage while you wait. Remember, you’re not just a conqueror, you’re more than a conqueror! Hang in there and He will renew your strength day by day!