Thursday, October 31, 2013

Church Fights

For several years now I've been bothered by the ongoing wars between the Reformed Calvinists and the "Un-Reformed" Arminians...the charismatics and the non-charismatics...the classic Pentecostals and the lunatic fringe charismatics (sorry if I offended anyone with that last classification)...the Roman Catholics and the non-Catholics...the cessationsists and the continuationists.  How's that for a run-on sentence?  

Seems like an overly large percentage of the Body of Christ is currently engaged in fruitless arguments and mudslinging within God's church.

You may brand me as a heretic but the older I get the more I ask, "What does Jesus really think of all this infighting?"  Why can't we got on with what we're really here for?

Cyberspace is plugged up with forums and discussion groups filled with would-be theologians debating their positions.  Recently I added my own two cents worth with a comment regarding John MacArthur's recent Strange Fire conference.  I won't reveal my bias here other than to say that I've witnessed and read about some pretty weird "strange fires" recently.

Why can't we get back to the simplicity of the gospel?  God loved me enough to send His Son to pay the penalty for my sin.  Was I elected?  Was I one of the chosen few?  Will my back and knees get healed?  I don't know.  All I know is what former slave trader John Newton realized and stated after his conversion, “Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” 

So, what do I believe?  I believe that a lot of the "stuff" we're spending our time arguing about doesn't really matter in the final analysis.

I'm a follower of Jesus (with all my mistakes and foibles) and He loves me and gives me the strength to live each day...hopefully for His glory.

Let's call a time out!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Jack McGee Kawartha Komets Launch Season # 5

McKenna Swain and Christopher Erhart
The Jack McGee Kawartha Komets, Peterborough's Special Needs Hockey Program, got off to a great start on Saturday, October 26th at our home rink, the Evinrude Centre.  

We had four practices between 9:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. with an excellent turnout for our four teams.  How exciting to watch a good number of rookies don their Komets jersey for the 1st time and realize a dream!

Jacob Zitman

The Komets will be back on the ice on Saturday, November 2nd for our second week of practices. 

Our games begin on Saturday, November 9th.  Our schedule will be posted by October 31st!

Blaze Komets, Blaze!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Kawartha Komets Partner With Team 55


October 23rd, 2013

Jack McGee Kawartha Komets Partner with Team 55 Let’s Tackle Suicide Awareness

The Jack McGee Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program is pleased to announce our partnership with “Team 55 Let’s Tackle Suicide Awareness”.

The Kawartha Komets, a not-for-profit hockey program, was launched in 2009 to give girls, boys, teens and adults with physical, emotional and/or neurodevelopmental challenges an opportunity to play the game they love…hockey.

The Komets will face off against the Peterborough Petes in a fundraising game on December 8th at 3:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. This will help with the considerable costs involved in sending our teams to the Special Hockey International Tournament in Fraser, Michigan from May 1st – 3rd, 2014. Admission is FREE but our players will be collecting pledges and donations in the weeks leading up to this exciting event. The public will have opportunities do make a donation at the game as well.

The first $1,000 raised as a result of the Komets’ fundraising game with the Petes will go to support the initiatives of the Team 55 Let’s Tackle Suicide Awareness program.

“Team 55 Let’s Tackle Suicide Awareness” first goal was to open the conversation about suicide to the community so that those who may have been touched by suicide or are at risk of harm themselves, are encouraged to talk and share their feelings and ultimately to get help. The second goal of Team 55 is to incorporate an educational component into the high school curriculums in Peterborough and area to help young people become suicide safe.

Education around suicide helps to reduce the stigma of suicide and mental illness and increases the likelihood that those troubled with thoughts of suicide will get help. As well, when peers, teachers and parents are trained to recognize those at risk of suicide they can better have those conversations to direct them towards resources to help them. These initiatives will move forward in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) For anyone with problems coping, at risk of suicide or are concerned about someone else, they can call CMHA’s Four County Crisis Response program, 24 hours a day, at 705-745-6484 or 1-866-995-9933 .

The Jack McGee Kawartha Komets are pleased to partner with the Peterborough Petes, CMHA HKPR and Team 55 Let’s Tackle Suicide Awareness to help further this very worthy cause.

The Komets are still taking registrations for the 2013-2014 season and, due to the ongoing expansion of our program, are looking for more coaches and volunteers. We presently have four teams with a total of 60 players.

Please contact Carol Fisher at 705-750-0655 , check our web site at or e-mail the Komets at