Midweek Wake-Up, November 15th, 2018

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Jesus never, ever smiled.  Nor did Jesus ever laugh.

That was the sincere opinion of a friend and fellow theology student - Colin.

Midweek Wake-Up, November 7th, 2018

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Responding to Rosario Butterfield’s latest book “The Gospel Comes With a House Key”, UK pastor Sam Allberry writes the following: “hospitality is one of the most overlooked or misunderstood commands in Scripture.  We either ignore it or mistake it for what our culture calls ‘entertaining’…..hospitality pulses with the beating heart of the gospel itself.  We know a God who sought us out, took us in, made us family, and seated us at his table….I wonder how different our homes, churches and culture would look if we took it to heart.”

Midweek Wake-Up, October 31st, 2018

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"There is increasing hostility to the gospel message.  But there is something else going on, too.  There is also increased hunger. 

Midweek Wake-Up, October 24th, 2018

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It’s a rather sobering thought, to read about the healing of a leper, one who is completely cut off from society as an outcast, and being reminded that this leper is a picture of you and I.  We are no different than this man, as we’re reminded at the end of Mark 1

Midweek Wake-Up, October 17th, 2018

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If you walk into many Christian bookstores or look at the online Christian book sites you'll find many different books on what Jesus can or wants to do for you.  Many of these books tend to be "Christianized" self-help books.  For example "Your best life now - 7 steps to living at your full potential" or "Stepping Up - Discover the power of your position" or "The power of positive energy - powerful thinking, powerful life".  And this is before we begin to look at books about how God wants to heal us from all our sicknesses!

Midweek Wake-Up, Oct 10th, 2018

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The Psalmist in Psalm 92 declares ‘it is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High…….for you, O, Lord, have made me glad by our work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy’.

Midweek Wake-Up, Oct. 3rd, 2018

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One cannot read Scripture without being confronted regularly with the power and the authority of God’s Word.  From the beginning pages where God speaks this world into existence (‘let there be light’; ‘let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters’; ‘let the earth sprout vegetation’; ‘let’s make man in our image’), and it continues throughout Scripture.

Midweek Wake-Up, September 26th, 2018

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There was a day in Matthew when Jesus explains that “the one who hears the words of Jesus and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on the rock.  The storms may beat against it, but this house will not fall.  The opposite of this says Jesus is the one who does not accept the authority of Jesus’ words and thus discards them.  This is like the individual who builds his house on sand, having it succumb to the storms that inevitably will come”.

Midweek Wake-Up, September 19th, 2018

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This morning as I walked to church, across the St Vital Bridge, I was struck by the early morning view.  The sun shone brightly over the river, calm as glass, displaying an incredible reflection of the golden leaves, shimmering on the water.

Midweek Wake-Up, September 12th, 2018

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Sunday, we took a trip back to Exodus 32, the incident that finds the Israelites dancing around a golden calf.  Having become colonized by the surrounding culture, engaging in sexual activity around the golden Baal seemed to make perfect sense.  This was the way of the society in which they lived.

Midweek Wake-Up, September 5th, 2018

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Have you ever heard the saying that you can be too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good?  Well, the apostle Paul seems to disagree:   Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”

Midweek Wake-Up, August 30th, 2018

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Midweek Wake-Up, August 16th, 2018

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What do you see when you look in the mirror? Paul in 2 Corinthians 3 tells us that “We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

Midweek Wake-Up, August 8th, 2018

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After the golden calf debacle, we find God still promising to send Moses and the Israelites to the Promised Land, but He declared that He’s not going with them.

Midweek Wake-Up, July 25th, 2018

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