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Contributed on Jan 26, 2020
Acting on faith waters faith. Listening to sermons and reading the Bible and doing nothing in response leads to...nothing. God wants way more than nothing for His people. So He's given us the gift and calling of being doers of the Word and not only hearers.
Sermon for January 26, 2020 - Listening and Doing [I am thankful to William Barclay's exposition of James chapter 1, which influences much of this message directly and indirectly.] Did you know that God truly cares about every aspect of your life? Sometimes people say that God is too big or ...read more
Contributed on Jan 22, 2020
This was a short talk (10 minutes) given at an inner city mission before dinner. It is directed at people who struggle with their relationships, and this struggle contributes to them being 'stuck' in life
Thriving, Healthy Relationships Who was your best friend with you were 10 years old? What was his or her name? My best friend was also named Matthew and our friendship lasted maybe 4-5 years. More than most things in our lives, friendships matter a great deal. Story of fellow who got job in ...read more
Contributed on Jan 5, 2020
We're blind to the future, never knowing what's coming apart from prophesy. But Jesus knows it all and sees with 20/20 perfection. Cleave to Jesus to be sure.
Sermon for CATM - January 5, 2020 - “Following the One with 2020 Vision” Welcome to the year 2020 AD. We made it! And we have so much to be thankful for. It’s the first Sunday of the first year of a new decade. And it’s not a bad time to give God thanks for his love and faithfulness to us for ...read more
Contributed on Nov 24, 2019
A lot of our focus is the here and now, because we want to serve Jesus faithfully here and now. But John's picture of our future in Revelation 21 inspires us to keep the faith and fight the good fight, because we know what tomorrow brings!
November 24 Sermon - Revelation 21:1-8 - New Heaven and New Earth If you’ve been here for the past number of weeks I hope you’ve enjoyed the look we’ve had at the churches of the book of Revelation. I’ve done a quick rat-a-tat-tat practical overview of the lessons to those churches and to ...read more
Contributed on Nov 21, 2019
Our relationships shape who we become. Choose your friends wisely. Your best friend is God, Jesus Christ Who loves us with equivocating love.
This is a brief message given at an inner-city mission in downtown Toronto, to a mixed group. What is one thing you look for in a new friend? One quality? Honesty, gentleness, kindness, humor? What is one thing you try to be when you are in a friendship? Open, honest, kind, trustworthy? Yes, we ...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