Contributed on Oct 6, 2009
Remorse before God without repentance is an insulting abuse of God’s grace.
fall we are exploring the beginnings of the Acts of the Apostles, the book of Scripture which describes the events that happened immediately after the resurrection of Jesus. Last week we read the defining story of the birth of the church – the day of Pentecost, when the believers were gathered ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2009
Praise God with a deep sense of awe for the freedom we now have through His gift of forgiveness and new life.
Intro: Again this year, I’ve found amusement in the “Butterball Turkey-Talk Hotline”, which is now “going on-demand and on the go with Turkey Text Messages. Text the word “TURKEY” to 36888 to have weekly turkey tips, thawing reminders, and cooking alerts sent straight to your mobile phone.” ...read more
Contributed on Oct 20, 2009
Money is not the solution to our lack of significance, purpose, joy, or love.
Intro: This morning I want to suggest something extremely radical, subversive, and even confrontational. It is a message our culture does not want you to hear. And although I won’t get arrested, and probably even won’t upset you by saying it because “on the surface” it will sound reasonable, ...read more
Contributed on Oct 28, 2009
One of the things that traps us in our places of emotional and spiritual and relational lameness is that we get to a point where we cannot really imagine life differently.
Intro: Last Sunday we began our look at the second section of the book of Acts. The first section, chapters 1-2, told the story of the ascension of Jesus and then the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, filling the believers with the power and indwelling presence of God, and now the next ...read more
Contributed on Nov 3, 2009
God’s plan from the very beginning is to take ordinary people and transform their lives with Jesus.
Intro: How many of you can think of a time when you did the right thing, and got in trouble for it? I can recall a few, but my stories aren’t really appropriate for a sermon here so I’m looking to you to think of some stories that illustrate a time when you did the right thing, but got in ...read more
Contributed on Nov 17, 2009
This sermon describes the unity believers had in the early church of hearts and minds.
Intro: Calgary has a new piece of public art. It used to be in Vancouver, where it was temporarily on display, and now it has moved to Calgary for the next little while. It is officially part of the Glenbow museum, on display in a park close to the Saddledome. The piece is entitled, “Device to ...read more
Contributed on Nov 25, 2009
Sin kills the soul, the community, momentum and our witness in the world.
Most people don’t really “like” sermons on sin. They don’t like hearing them, and (at least in my case) they don’t really like preaching them. I think that is because judgmental-ism and “holier than thou” attitudes have typically characterized our discussions of sin, and often the end result has ...read more