CEC Canada and its position on retirement:
CEC Canada does not believe in the retirement of Christ, nor in the retirement of the Body of Christ. What CEC Canada knows to be true is this, the Body of Christ is the representation of the Godhead on this present earth, it also believes that it will be so until its work is done. Members of the Body are told that the world is not their home, but rather that heaven is, and that their purpose for being on earth is to be ambassadors of Christ, in particular to continue the work which Christ started, reconciling man back unto God. We know that there will come a time when Christ will return for his church, but until that happens his ambassadors will be expected to keep their hands on the plow, to be true soldiers of the Cross, and to continue the his work until such time that God has his angels escort them home. Our spirits are lit by the endless life of Christ, and our inward man is renewed day by day in the knowledge of him, it stands to reason that the more knowledge we receive the more will be expected of us, the ambassadorial role is not a degree, it is a life to be lived without ceasing till the day God¡¯s sees fit to have us taken home. We see retiring as leaving the side of Christ before his work through us is done and as stepping away from who we are, the righteousness of God in Christ. Think about this, as much as Christ is our life to the saving of us, so the righteousness of God in Christ is life in us to the saving of others by us. Righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11: 4. Here is where we are in Christ, John 9: 4. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work. 5. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. If there was ever a verse that tells us where we should be, and in particular, where we can be with our last days, it is John 4: 38. I sent you to reap that whereon you bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and you are entered into their labours.
God touches on the old grey head and values them, I pray, why would you short God and limit him in your lives; Proverbs 16: 31. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 20: 29. The glory of young men is their strength, and the beauty of the old men is the gray head.
How well do you know God? and how well do you know yourself? King David knew God and himself. Knowing God and himself and the promises of God, He pleads with God to take advantage of him and his of latter days, Psalm 71: 18. Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shown your strength unto this generation, and your power to every one that is to come.
A good performer knows himself,
and he knows the one he is called to perform for:
King David knew both.
King David at the early age of sixteen was taken from herding his father¡¯s sheep to serve the living God, he was never returned to pasture, no, God would use him till his dying day. The king knew God and he knew himself as a masterpiece of God, he knew his body in totality and said, speaking to God, I will praise you, for I am fearfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well. My substance was not hid from you when I was made in secret and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes did see my substance yet being imperfect; and in your book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them, How precious also are your thoughts towards to me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number then the sand: when I awake, I am still with you.
King David as well as he knew his body so he knew his heart, his mind, his conscience, and his soul. He knew them all as fixed in the God of his Salvation. God had him witness to us that his heart was with him; Psalm 13: 5. But I have trusted in your mercy, my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. Psalm 57: 7. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Psalm 40: 8. I delight to do your will, O my God: yea, your law is within my heart. Psalm 73: 26. God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 9: 1. I will praise you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all your marvelous works.
God had him witness to us that his mind was with him; Psalm 119: 113. I hate vain thoughts: but your law do I love. God had him witness to us that his conscience was with him; Psalm 141: 8. But my eyes are unto you, O GOD the Lord: in you is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. Psalm 16: 8. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope. King David had no place for pride, his experience with the Philistines at a very young age showed him first hand how futile pride was, his place in life was to walk humbly with his God. Psalm 26: 11. As for me, I will walk in my integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
God had him witness to us that his soul was with him; After the heart has been circumcised, its natural position should then take on the conversion of the soul. Before the heart of man is circumcised all his faculties are subject to the beckon call of the lost soul which does what it thinks to be right, but after the heart of man is circumcised all of his faculties become subject to the beckon call of his circumcised heart. King David had full knowledge of this and convinced his soul of the same. Evidence that he convinced his soul are found in the following scripture passages:
David says. Psalm 35: 9. My soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
David looks forward with great anticipation. Psalm 34: 2. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
David confirms that his soul is one with God: Psalm 62: 1. Truly my soul waits upon God:
David¡¯s soul is encouraged and enriched by knowing the expectations of his heart: Psalm 62: 5. My soul waits only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6. He is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
A soul which belongs to God will want to be with him. Psalm 42: 2. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
A soul that belongs to God will not stop reaching out for the goodness of God. Psalm 42: 1. As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God.
Once the soul knows the truth it can be impatient. Psalm 42: 5. Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? hope in God for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
A soul that knows God will be prepared to wait upon the Lord for prayers to be answered. Psalm 57: 1. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusts in you:
A heart that is right with God will look to the best of God to satisfy the thirst of the soul. Psalm 63: 1. O GOD, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.
As the unconverted soul followed hard after the bad, so the converted soul follows hard after the good. Psalm 63: 8. My soul follows hard after you, your right hand upholds me.
The soul wants salvation now, but the heart lives in hope. Psalm 119: 81. My soul faints for your salvation: but I hope in your word.
When the heart is in trouble with God, the soul being right with God knowing this will be discontent until such time that things are made right. Psalm 77: 2. In the days of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.
David instructs his soul. Psalm 103: 1. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
The heart and soul of David have become one it God. Psalm 119: 167. My soul has kept your testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
The heart, mind, soul and strength of King David belong to God. Psalm 73: 26. God is the strength of my heart; Psalm 62: 1. Truly my soul waits upon God: As David was commanded to love God (Deuteronomy 6: 5), so we are commanded to love God; Mark 12: 30. And you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all of your mind, and with all your strength.
David knew his place in the life of God. Psalm 116: 16. O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, and the son of your handmaid:
God¡¯s confirmation: Psalm 78: 70. He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: 71. From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance 72. So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. The prophetic words by Nathan the Prophet to David 2 Samuel 7: 4 to verse 17 ( v8 Now therefore so shall you say unto my servant David, Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel.
Verse 12 reads: And when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, which shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 1 Kings 2: 1. reads: Now the days of David drew close that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying. 2. I go the way of all the earth: be strong therefore and show yourself to be a man. 3. And keep the charge of the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do, and to where ever you turn yourself. (there is more?) verse 10, So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. 11. and days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.
King David was a man after God¡¯s own heart,
he proved to be a man worthy of his prayers being more then met, seemly so the prayer he prayed in lieu of his last days would be one that would implicate life way beyond his own life on earth, King David died with this promise, Psalm 89: 4. Your seed will I establish for ever, and build up your throne to all generations.
His seed would be confirmed during the birth of this seed, the one to sit on his throne forever. Luke 1: 30. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favour with God, 31. And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS. 32. He shall be great, and shall be called he Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. 33. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
David became king at age 30 and reigned for 40 years as king over Israel. His long rule can only be credited to one thing, it is his character which is reflected in following words; Act 13: 22 --I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, which shall fulfill my will. King David¡¯s last advice to those who would follow him to rule over men are these words, 2 Samuel 23: 3. --He that rules over men must be just ruling in the fear of God.
King David is an example for us, he is so as a servant of God who passed on his torch at the end of his journey. May God give all of us the desire to be like King David, yes and like the Apostle Paul who gave us these words: 2 Timothy 4: 6. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all of them also that love his appearing.
Let us run the race that is set before us:
Hebrews 12: 1. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of or faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right have of the throne of God.
King David and the Apostle Paul were never returned to pasture, no, God would take advantage of his life in them to the very end of their earth¡¯s journey for him.
CEC Canada¡¯s retirement policy:
16. Terms of office:
16.1. It shall be the policy of the association that all those whom God has called to hold an office with the association shall hold the office until such time that God again calls them to leave the office, and or has them removed for reasons which in His eyes would be detrimental to the work he is doing through the association. See causes for dismissal, article 15 at the bottom of this page.
17. Retirement of paid employees;
17.1. It shall be the policy of the association to have in place a registered pension plan for its paid employees, provided a suitable plan is available in Canada.
17.2. The association shall contribute to the pension plan. The amount shall not exceed 5% of an employee's base salary.
17.3 It shall be the policy of the association not to pay any expenses to cover the maintenance or administration of the pension plan. It shall be the responsibility of the employees to pay all the expenses necessary to maintain the pension plan, and it shall be the responsibility of the supplier to administer the pension plan.
17.4. The retirement age shall be set at 70 to receive full pension, at 65 to receive 75% of full pension.
17.5. Retirement age shall in no way override article 16. An employee who is able and willing to continue to serve shall do so knowing that it will in no way affect his or her pension income.
17.6. Pension shall come into effect the day an employee becomes of retirement age. See article 17.4.
15. Dismissal of officers.
15.1. Causes for dismissal; 1. Falling to the flesh. [Romans 7.23-25.] 2. Walking in the flesh. [ Galatians 5.16.] 3. Being slothful. [Romans 12.11.] 4. Dissatisfaction. [1. Timothy 6.6.] 5. Causing discontentment.[1. Timothy 6.6.] 6. Causing strife and disharmony. [Philippians 2.3.] 7. Bringing in heresies. [2. Peter 2.1.] 8. Not being able to fulfill the demands of his or her portfolio. Items 1,2,5,6,7, shall be dealt with under article 13.3. [There shall be a time lapse of 2 years before the member can be considered for another portfolio.] Items 3,4, and 8 shall be causes for dismissal only, these shall in no way effect their membership.
CEC Canada looks forward to seeing people who know God, who know themselves, who know the purpose for their existence, who know the purpose for their presence in this world, to step up the plate and to join God in his vision for CEC Canada, the education of the Young of Canada.
Positions at CEC Canada¡¯s Head Office (To apply see Human Resources.)
Positions with CEC Canada¡¯s Elementary Schools. (View only.)
Positions with CEC Canada¡¯s Under Graduate Schools. (View only.)
May God bless you richly as you ponder all these words.
President Jacob Friesen.
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