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Contributed on Jun 17, 2018
The journey of following Jesus happens in large part within the community of the beloved, the church.
The Community of the Beloved - 1 John 2:3-11 - June 17 Sermon I’m going to start by asking you to use your memory. Think for a moment of yourself when you first began to follow Jesus. Think about what you were like. Think about how you acted, how you spent your time, and maybe even of how ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2018
This message asks: "What's the big deal about sin? Why does God care about what comes naturally to us?" And this message looks at the hope and joy we have because we trust that Jesus is our atoning sacrifice.
June 10/18 Sermon - 1 John 2:1-2 Today is the third in a series where we are looking at the book of first John. Pastor Bill Ryan did an excellent introduction to the book 2 weeks ago, and Pastor Arleen spoke on the balance of chapter 1 last week. If you missed those messages, and you want ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2018
This is a brief message given at an inner-city ministry called Bridges, which focuses on helping adults living with poverty to develop the soft skills they need to succeed in life.
People love giving advice. “Oh, you’re going out with so-and-so? Well let me tell you what you should be careful about“. “Oh, you just got a new phone. Let me tell you this or tell you that“. “Oh you voteed Liberal...or conservative...or NDP. Well let me tell you about what’s bad about who ...read more
Contributed on May 20, 2018
God calls us to be strong (do those things that contribute to being strong) and to put on the armour He provides for the battle.
May 20, 2018 Sermon - The Armour of God - Ephesians 6:10-18 At the beginning of world war II, France believed they had a solution to a potential German invasion. They built what was called the Maginot line. The Maginot line was a defensive line built in the 1930’s that stretched for over ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2018
You can't help but be filled with something. Be filled with the Spirit of God.
March 18, 2018 Sermon - Be Wise and Filled with the Spirit - Ephesians 5:15-20 You have got to be filled with something. Aristotle, an ancient thinker, said “Nature abhors a vacuum.” He based that on noticing that nature requires every space to be filled with something, even if that ...read more
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Contributed on Aug 29, 2014
I was speaking with someone this past week who has spent a great deal of his life travelling around the world, much of it for a mission agency. He spoke of a time when he visited an extremely remote, forested part of India where people live very primitively. He stayed there for a while. This fellow ...read more
Contributed on Feb 13, 2011
JOY IN THE MIDST OF ROUGH WATERS I’ve spent a fair bit of time in recent weeks doing funeral pre-planning for my parents. Making decisions about final disposition of the remains of people you have loved all your life is not any fun at all. It can be overwhelmingly sad. After spending hours ...read more
Contributed on May 23, 2010
Then we have the symbol of being under water. I tell some of the baptismal candidates when meeting with them ahead of time that once they are under the water, the congregation votes how long they should stay under water. The voting process ...read more
Contributed on Jan 11, 2009
My daughter Elia has given me permission to tell this story. Elia faced a huge dilemma in high school when her best friends from junior high days started hanging out with a rough crowd, starting smoking and crossing all sorts of boundaries. In order to keep the friendships she would have to start ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2008
A friend of mine pastors in the Bloor West village in Toronto and runs a "God at the Pub" where he holds open discussions on the Christian faith in a bar setting. He told me the other day that he has all sorts of people there who are not people of faith, but who have told him they want to model ...read more