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 often too hasty to jump […]

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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 prophet. We know Samuel for […]

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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 disciples and giving them the […]

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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. We are able to trust […]

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Growing in the Vine

Text: John 18:1-8 Finally! At least with the weather this week, we can say that spring is here. Well, truth is, growing up here in Calgary, we don’t really get spring, or fall for that matter, what we get are summer and winter getting into fights. This year, winter has had a bit more staying […]

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The Lamb that Shepherds

Texts: Reflecting on Psalm 23, John 10:11-18 and Revelation 7:9-17 There are few Biblical passages better known that the 23rd Psalm. It is the most common reading at funerals often because many of a certain generation memorized it as children. Outside of funerals, the fourth Sunday after Easter features it. Not surprisingly sometimes today is […]

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The Unfinished Story?

Text: Mark 16:1-8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. It’s not supposed to end like that!! What do you mean that they went out and fled from the tomb and said nothing to anyone? It […]

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A Promise of Presence

Text: Jeremiah 31:27-34; Luke 18:1-8 Sitting on my shelf is a book called the “Essential Jesus” where the author takes many of the sayings of Jesus and distils them down into a format that is easy to memorize. To date, it has given me the best version of the so-called Parable of the Persistent Widow […]

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A Promise of Grace

Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-20 There is a story that author Philip Yancey tells in his book “What’s so Amazing about Grace?” It goes like this: During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions […]

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A Promise of Life

Text: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 They are perhaps the ten best known rules out of the entire Bible… or at least in name they are anyway. They have two epic films named after them. They have been used inappropriately as a theological battering ram by some, dismissed as ancient and irrelevant by others. These days, […]

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