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Contributed on Feb 18, 2018
God wants us to us our minds for something much, much greater than futile thinking.
February 18, 2018 Sermon “Off with the Old, On with the New” - Ephesians 4:17-24 How many of you were here last Sunday? How many of you are here today? I hope you were able to listen to Tom More’s message last week on Christian maturity. He gave an excellent overview of what maturity in ...read more
Contributed on Jan 21, 2018
How do we come to God? How do we approach Him with liberty and confidence? It starts with know God, knowing His nature and responding to His good gift of the Holy Spirit.
January 21, 2018 Sermon - Approaching God with Freedom and Confidence These are sermon notes, numbered and expanded upon during the message INTRO ILLUSTRATION 001 Start by holding guitar; it’s out of tune. Play out of tune chord. Do you ever feel like your life is out of tune? Maybe ...read more
Contributed on Jan 8, 2018
This is a outline of a sermon about Christ as our foundation and also about the 'superstructures' God gives us to develop as the people of God.
January 7, 2018 Sermon Outline - Our Foundation is Sure - Ephesians 2:18-22 Talk today about foundations and superstructures. 001 New Evergreen Foundation Issue; Many of you have heard about our Evergreen Centre for at-risk youth. Close to my heart Forced to move ourselves from current ...read more
Contributed on Dec 21, 2017
A homily for a community banquet at the Yonge Street Mission
Christmas Banquet Homily for Bridges - Down He Came From Up Down he came from up, and in from out, and here from there. A long leap, an incandescent fall from magnificent to naked, frail, small, through space, between stars, into our chill night air, shrunk, in infant grace, to our ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2017
Jesus is the one who brings full reconciliation to God through His suffering and death. Every tribe, every tongue now has access to God through faith in His Son. This message explores this theme.
He is our Peace - November 26, 2017 Sermon - Ephesians 2:11-18 Who are your personal heroes? Who do you look up to/want to be like? Or what people group do you admire? Who do you look down on? What people group do you have less empathy for than others? Some Canadians, I’ve noticed, ...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