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Pastoral Prayer

Pastoral Prayer: Against Sin

It is a good day when you give us a glimpse into ourselves Sin is our greatest evil, but you are our greatest good Each of us has cause to loathe ourselves, to not seek self-honour, because when we look at ourselves, by ourselves, we realize that we are glorying in rubbish. Our country, our families, our church are worse […]

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A Deep Desire for Peace

(I used this prayer by Pastor Scotty Smith this week.) I don’t know where you are at today, and I don’t pretend to know what is going on in your heart – only God knows that. I can say with absolute certainty that there is something you desire very much, that you have worked for, that you have tasted, and […]

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Advent Week 3 – Salvation by Grace

Last week we talked about the first purpose of Christmas, which was to Celebrate the Love that God has for us and how he proved it by giving up so much for us. Big cost, big love. I said there that one of the challenges for us this Christmas season was to live be purposeful about what we do, and to […]

Pastoral Prayer

Pastoral Prayer: God is Better

How lovely is the place where you dwell, O Lord Almighty. Wherever you are, we want to be. Our souls, from the very depths of our beings, yearn for you. We have no strength without you. We want to be in your presence and among your people. Our hearts cry out. Our flesh cries out.

Discipleship

Fasting (Mark 2:18-20)

      Jesus and the Mob Boss We’re going to talk about Mark 2:18-22, but let me set the context first. Jesus is sitting at the table of Levi, also called Matthew, who has just left his Tax Collectors booth and has followed Jesus. They went to his home where Jesus sat down to eat with Levi and his friends. […]

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Growing at Church – Make Love Your Priority

(Click here for the video) I like learning and teaching theology. I have thoroughly enjoyed preaching this Foundations series because it has been full of deep, biblical, gospel truths – the very bedrock of what we should build our lives on. I love being able to help people know God better by answering questions about God through scripture. In my […]

Discipleship

What to Do with Bad News

In light of current events I put together this handout to give to my church tomorrow. I thought it might be helpful to give you some things to do when you hear or experience bad news. This is by no means a comprehensive guide, but is what is on my heart to share right now. 1. Pray in Concentric Circles […]

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Grafting Dead Branches on a Fruit Salad Tree

I started today confused. How can God love mankind while at the same time have complete hatred for sinners? Aren’t they the same people? And how does ordain the use of sinful people and sinful situations to accomplish His perfect, holy will without He Himself being the cause of the sin. The first place my devotional reading too me was […]

Discipleship

The Doctrine of the Trinity

  I love Wednesday nights at the church because we have been doing an “Ask The Pastor” time where people come and ask questions about life, church, theology, and everything else. Sometimes it feels more like ‘Stump the Pastor”, but I do my best to give a biblical, helpful and practical answer. It has certainly spurred me on to make […]

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Inner Strength

I know that video has been around for a while, but it still amazes me how amazing God made people. And this video is only scratching the surface — consider the intellectual, artistic and psychological feats we can attain! When He was designing us, it wasn’t so that we wouldn’t be able to understand or participate in His works, but so that […]

Discipleship

Picking It Up & Putting It Down

  I feel some of you may need to hear the advice I recently gave a friend who is going through a tough time:   “Sometimes we feel bad after praying that God would take our burdens and then picking them back up again after we say “amen”.  We think that there might be a limit on the times we […]

Discipleship

Why Life Sometimes Sucks

Matthew 6:19-34,  John 15:5-8 are key verses to read and know if we are to understand life as a Christian.  They are encouraging, reassuring and powerful.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read them or referenced them in sermons.   Life with Jesus is meant to be a life where our worries are minimized, our joy is maximized, and where […]

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Flame Wars in The Church

Did you know you can use salt to put out a fire?  In fact, if you have a kitchen grease fire (and don’t have a fire-extinguisher) you shouldn’t use water, but instead cover it with salt. Why bring this up?  Because there are some people out there reading this who need to use their salt (Col 4:5-6) to put out […]