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The Way Of Jesus - Anchor # 1 -" I Have Begun Following Jesus And Am Depending On The Spirit Of Jesus In My Journey"
Contributed on Sep 9, 2018
This is the first sermon in a new series on The Way of Jesus (WoJ), an initiative of the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada. this message explores the first Anchor of WoJ
The Way of Jesus - Anchor 1 Sermon - September 9, 2018 - John 1:35-51 - “I Have Begun following Jesus and am Depending on the Spirit of Jesus in My Journey” The Way of Jesus is something we’ve been considering as a congregation for a couple of years now. Why the Way of Jesus? Simply put, in ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2018
Through Jesus Christ we approach God with confidence, trusting 100% in His merits and righteousness and none of our own. Jesus reveals the Father heart of God to us, and we're called to pursue God in holiness and love.
August 26, 2018 Sermon - 1 John 5:13-21 - “Confident That We are His!”. For much of my adolescence and young adulthood I struggled with how I felt about myself, with confidence. Or should I say a lack of confidence. I thought I just didn’t measure up, didn’t have much to offer, barely warranted ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2018
The heart of the gospel is love - God's love expressed through the willing sacrifice of Jesus on the cross four our sins. When embraced, this leads to us living lives of love.
July 22, 2018 Sermon - What Love is - 1 John 3:11-24 There’s a dual purpose to today’s service, and also to my message today. Today we’re continuing in our study of the Letter of 1st John, and it has a lot to say about relationships and about love. And of course the main reason we ...read more
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
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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