CALGARY PASTOR JAILED AGAIN ..[Tim Stephens]

PLEASE PRAY … :heartpulse: :pray: :heartpulse:

“I have been arrested because I am convinced by the word of God, reason, and science, that we must gather as a church and live our lives with freedom in Christ. You know how we have sought to continue to follow Scripture this past year: to practice hospitality, to meet together (and all the more in difficult times), to speak truth, and live according to the truth.”

That was from a letter he wrote to our children when he was arrested last month. And I’m sharing it now because he was arrested again today for an outdoor service that was in violation of Alberta’s health orders. The govt has now seized both Fairview’s building and her pastor.

AHS still wants Tim to tell people what to wear, where to stand, and to forbid some people from being the church - the gathered people of God who unite in presence and voice to worship the risen Christ who redeemed us with his own blood. I asked the police officers if they’ve ever broken the health orders. They answered “Yes, many times. So has everybody else.” Even our Premier admitted it in his half-apology for his Sky Palace “working dinner.” But I guess if you are an officer or a politician, you get a pass when you break the health orders.

Tim went before a Justice of the Peace this evening. He was offered bail conditional upon his agreement to abide by all public health orders. He couldn’t agree because doing so would prevent him from faithfully shepherding the flock that has been entrusted to his care. He will remain in custody until his next court date on June 28.

We are shaken, but our faith is not. We are sorrowful, but always rejoicing. As I prayed with the saints tonight, I couldn’t help but sense their joy at this opportunity to proclaim the excellencies of our Lord Jesus. In God’s providence, Tim’s imprisonment will strengthen us in the faith and embolden us to love and obey Christ, no matter the cost.

Pray for Tim to stand firm; that he would meditate on the love of Christ and his sacrifice for sinners; that he would be comforted in his chains. Pray for his release.

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.(Hebrews 13:3)

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I prayed for Pastor Tim last night & have been praying for Pastor’s James Coates & Artur Pawloski all Alberta pastor’s arrested recently. Such a disgrace particularly when he was preaching outdoors. It is ok for our premier & PM to go maskless & the Calgary Stampede to go ahead welcoming thousands but heaven forbid a church assembles. We are truly entering the last days here in Canada & persecution of Christians is alive & well in this province. I will continue praying for our leaders to show some common sense.

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Amen Karynsm,
Jesus told us these things would be happening in the end times.
Keep looking up … Jesus is coming!
Blessings Sandra :heartpulse: :pray: :heartpulse:

I cannot tell you how many people (conservatives and some are Christians) have NO idea what is happening in Canada.

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Yes Gracings … so much is going on and I think that is part of the “fog” and confusion, which the enemy is the author of.
Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, He and He alone is our ANCHOR!
Blessings :heartpulse: :pray: :heartpulse:

Please continue to Pray for Pastor Tim and his wife and children. 'The court has adjourned his case until July the 12th . This means that pastor Tim will most likely remain in the Remand Centre until this time.
Here is a copy of Pastor Tim’s most recent article while he sits in prison. (Copied from a news letter I received)

'Equipped with the bible, and in a cell 23 hours a day, you can read a lot of Scripture. Of interest, of course, are Paul’s letters written from prison. In fact, the Bible has much to say about imprisonment in both old and new testaments – something that stands out as I read it in my present circumstances.

One portion I want to draw to your attention is when Paul speaks about the shame of imprisonment in his second letter to Timothy. It’s no secret that Christians are divided as to how we should navigate such times. Pastors, like my self and others, are thought by some to bring great reproach and shame upon the church and our Lord. Others are not so sure what to think and so avoid speaking openly about it. I believe a similar reaction occurred when Paul was imprisoned by Roman authorities in his time.

Paul’s Letter to Timothy
After introduction and opening remarks, we come to the first command from Paul to Timothy in this, his second letter. “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner,” (2 Timothy 1:8).

Paul has to encourage and exhort Timothy not to shrink back from declaring the gospel, nor think Paul’s imprisonment a stain or embarrassment. Why? Because Paul is in prison for Christ and his teaching. In the verses that follow, explaining the gospel, Paul says, “which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed,“ (2 Timothy 1:12).

So Paul regards his imprisonment is for Christ, and is himself not ashamed of his position in Christ.

Now why would Timothy be tempted to be ashamed of Paul? Why would Paul stress that he is not ashamed of his imprisonment. After all, hasn’t imprisonment for Christ been seen as glorious in church history? Why the shame?

Chains of Shame
The letter continues and Paul says “You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains” (2 Timothy 1:15-16)

This passage is instructive. Onesiphorus and his family were not ashamed of Paul’s imprisonment and continued to visit and encourage him, whereas others, including two men that Paul would have thought to stand by his side deserted him – presumably because they were ashamed of his imprisonment, unlike Onesiphorus.

So why would many be ashamed of Paul and leave him over his imprisonment? I would argue that the reason for the shame, and therefore a distancing with Paul, was because he had drawn the ire of the wider culture, but especially the authorities whom the culture respected.

In Acts 17, as Paul and Silas came to Thessalonica and caused no little disturbance the charges against them were clear: “they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” (Acts 17:7)

Here it is. The Christian profession, “Jesus is Lord,” will be problematic to a government that professes itself to be lord. Greeks, like Phygelus and Hermogenes, would have been raised in a culture where you honored and obeyed Caesar and they would have witnessed the consequences faced by political enemies. They could handle Jewish opposition to the faith, but here they are unable to handle their own culture’s shame. So they could embrace Jesus as Lord. They could handle Jesus as Savior. But when that made them enemies of the state – well, that was a line too far.

To be an enemy of the state would mean the loss of all comforts and privileges. Homes, lands, occupation, family, status, all gone. All of these came under the grip of the state and could all be lost.

Why else would we be ashamed of speaking truth? We are afraid of what we may lose. We may lose reputation; we may lose respect. We may lose friends. We may lose a promotion or employment.

Some things never change. Today, people are ashamed of those imprisoned for the lordship of Christ over his church because they are afraid to lose credibility, respect, and influence in the eyes of our culture and state.

When the government reflects the culture’s values – and ours certainly does – to be an enemy of the state will bring reproach. And bearing reproach and losing credibility and respect is something only a few – like faithful Onesiphorus – are prepared to do.

Conclusion
So let us not be ashamed of those imprisoned for Christ and his truth. Let’s be ready to suffer for Christ and his bride that he purchased with his own blood.

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Love to Pastor Tim, his dear family and flock from a Canadian sister. god bless Pastor Farag and his team for providing this forum. I believe all Christians will soon experience persecution, which we already are but so many don’t even know it, it can only get worse, as we experience what Apostle John was shown and wrote about for us to read in this time. I love all the Christian pastors acting in obedience to Jesus Christ. Their flocks are blessed mightily. I have made donations so easy to do. I wish there was something more I could do. I live nowhere near them so I can’t join a congregation which I would love to do. All the churches around me are obediently masked and reduced and ours has been closed since after the first shutdown. I almost never see anyone outside my bubble. I pray that Jesus comes soon and that everyone will be saved and no more Christian pastors will be taken from those love and need them.

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UPDATE: Praise the Lord. Pastor Tim Stephens has been released from Calgary Jail two weeks early. God Answers prayer. From what I understand, all charges are being dropped. Thank you Jesus.

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Amen Pastor Tim…you are such an inspiration to me.

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I have many Christian friends that just don’t want to hear the truth…I am not one to judge but think the roots in this world have too much of a hold on them… they have lined up for the jab & don’t want to hear anything different. I just pray that the blinders will be lifted.

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