Midweek Wake-Up, January 3rd, 2019

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No wonder the disciples were more terrified after the tumultuous storm was calmed by Jesus then than they were when the storm raged (Mark 4:41).  After all, it was one thing to be in the boat with a life-threatening storm raging against it, but another thing altogether to be sharing that boat with the man who was in complete control of the storm!

Midweek Wake-Up, December 19th, 2018

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On Sunday, I spoke from Mark 4. Jesus talks about a lamp that is being revealed, and I spoke about how this lamp is Jesus and the coming kingdom of God. The challenge for us as Christians is to reflect the light of Jesus well.

Midweek Wake-Up, December 12th, 2018

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Nothing has changed over 2000 years.  People responded to Jesus in very diverse ways.  Back then,  everyone was in awe of his power to heal or his command over violent storms.  People were intrigued by his authority to teach.  Others were amazed at his authority over evil.

Midweek Wake-Up, December 6th, 2018

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We were reminded through the mouths of some of our children on Sunday, that 700 years before Christ came to this world, ‘the mountain of the house of the Lord would be established……and all the nations shall flow to it’ (Isaiah 2:2).  Yet ever since Jesus came, we have attempted to redefine him and his church.

Midweek Wake-Up, November 28th, 2018

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I wonder if at the undercurrent of much of our thoughts each morning as we awake is the struggle between what I want and what I most need.  If you’ve never wrestled with this, then I simply invite you into the anguish of my own soul this morning.

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.