One Wish

Text: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 If you had one single wish, what would that be? If God could grant you any one thing in life, what would that be? Would it be the usual suspects? Wealth? Power? Fame? I think given many of the life experiences that we have had,...

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The Healin’ Power of Hurtin’ Words

Psalm 137 When we were planning today’s outdoor worship as part of the Stampede Breakfast, I had asked Brad to come up with some country-themed songs that we could sing as part of today’s service. Back in early June, Brad came and said to me “I was thinking about one,...

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A New House

Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17 This summer, many of the stories that come up in our seasons of readings are those of King David. A few weeks ago, we had the story of Samuel anointing the young shepherd David to be the successor to Saul’s corrupted legacy. We know the story...

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The Canadian Connection

  1 Corinthians 12:4-31 It has been six years since Canada Day fell on a Sunday, so despite now marking four years of ministry here, this is a first for me.  You may not know this, but this is the first time that I have preached on Canada Day in...

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Fear vs. Faith

Text: Mark 4:35-41 There are certain occasions when translating words a certain way from one language into another misses a critical point. You may have heard this saying from Proverbs that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10) –It’s where we get the phrase God-fearing...

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Unexpected Grace

Text: 1 Samuel 15:34-35 – 16:13 For at least one more week I want to draw out some hidden treasures before coming back to the New Testament. This is a story of Samuel’s anointing of David. A powerful story about unexpected grace… about how God sees us, and how we are...

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Like Everyone Else

1 Samuel 8:4-11 There is a story buried deep in the Old Testament that we don’t often hear, but it bears not only repeating, but has a lot of wisdom in its few short verses. It’s a story about Samuel, one who bridges the gap between a judge and a...

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Can These Bones Live?

Ezekiel 37 Pentecost Sunday is usually a vibrant celebration in the Christian calendar. The gift of the Holy Spirit, as some call it “the birthday of the church” is cause for celebration. Vibrant reds, upbeat music, and the story of the great power of the Holy Spirit blowing through the...

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A New Beginning

Text: Acts 1:1-11 If I learned no other lesson from Jon Black in my second-year Shakespeare course in University was that every story Shakespeare told set up a new beginning, whether he chose to tell it or not. Whether it was tragedy, comedy, or a historical play, there was always...

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Christ’s Choice of Friends

Text: John 15:9-17 Let’s talk about friends, and friendship. I think many of us are fortunate enough to be blessed with one or two people whom we can call a “true” friend. A “true” friend is someone with whom you are intimate with… in the proper sense of the word....

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