Contributed on Apr 23, 2017
Sermon series on Fruit of the Spirit. (Sermon Series idea from John Maxwell)
What’s your favorite fruit? Strawberries? Mangos? Peaches? I think I’ve shared with you before that my favorite fruit is the Asian pear which the Japanese call nashi. They are available in stores here but they never taste very good. That’s because nashi don’t grow in this part of the world. They’re ...read more
Contributed on Apr 30, 2017
A sermon on joy, the fruit of the Spirit.
In a few weeks gardeners here in central Alberta will head out into their backyards and community gardens to prepare the soil for this year’s planting. If you’re one of these gardeners, will any of you plant pineapple? That sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Pineapples grow in places like hot Hawaii not ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2017
Peace is not the product of circumstances, but the promise of God's ever-present help.
I found this joke in Reader’s Digest a few months ago. Avocado: “I’m not ripe yet. I’m still not ripe. Nope, not yet. Whoops. I spoiled while you stepped out to use the washroom.” If you don’t eat fresh avocado you might not get the joke, but avocado is a fruit that has a notoriously short window ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2017
Patience is not a grim, gritting your teeth kind of forbearance, it's a joyful mercy.
Can anyone identify this plant? (Show picture on screen.) How about now? (Show another picture.) It’s wasabi. You sushi lovers are familiar with wasabi, but you’ve probably never tasted the real thing. Even in Japan it’s estimated that only 5% of the restaurants there serve real wasabi. What you ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2017
God's kindness to us sinners motivates and empowers us to be kind to others.
Well, we’re just about halfway through our sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit. The fruit that we want to consider today is kindness. What kind of fruit would you compare kindness to? An apple? Nah, an apple is too hard and looks like a baseball that you could whip at someone. A lemon? No. ...read more
Contributed on May 28, 2017
God's goodness is to huge, like a giant pumpkin. That goodness empowers us to be good to one another.
Do you know what the largest fruit is? I’ll give you a hint. It’s orange and often ends up in pies. That’s right. Pumpkin can grow to be the largest fruit. According to my research, the world’s largest pumpkin was grown in 2014 and weighed more than a ton. That’s heavier than two, medium-size ...read more
Contributed on Jun 4, 2017
Faithful people stick with others. Find out how God is particularly sticky.
Who can identify this fruit? (Show picture.) It looks a bit like a coconut, but it isn’t. It’s about the size of an orange and it grows in the Amazon. This fruit is called bacuri. The part that you eat is the sticky white pulp in the middle, which they say tastes sweet and sour at the same time. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 11, 2017
God calls us to be gentle, even as he is gentle with us.
The St. Albert farmers’ market resumed this weekend, but if you were hoping to lay your hands on some juicy peaches, you’ll have to wait until mid-July. That’s when the peach harvest starts in B.C. When the peaches are finally delivered, how will you know which ones are ripe? By squeezing them? If ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2017
Controlling oneself means placing ourselves under God's control, the best place to be.
Has this ever happened to you? You find a bowl full of delicious looking cherries sitting on the table. They’re clearly meant for eating so you grab a couple. They’re sweet and delicious so you have a few more. You sit down, get out your phone to check messages while you absent-mindedly continue to ...read more