Mid Week Wake-Up, March 8 2017

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Paul writes in Romans 1:16 that “he is not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God to save everyone who believes”.  Occasionally I find myself asking how much I actually believe this truth?  As we’ve heard about the reality of the abortion issue the past few weeks, hearing the alarming stats of children being killed while still in the womb, hearing about the incredibly painful and lonely journey this can be for women and men involved, wondering how we respond as a church, it can be easy to feel despair.  Or to wonder what really can we do?

Mid Week Wake-Up, March 1, 2017

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In a culture that rallies against injustices, and speaks up for various injustices and rights violations perpetrated against individuals, and those who perhaps don’t have a voice, it is interesting that abortion quietly slips under our radars.  I do not write that as a political statement this morning, but simply as an observation.  An observation that makes me wonder.

Mid Week Wake-Up, February 15, 2017

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What will they think of me when they find out that I'm a Bible believing Christian?
If I try to share the gospel with my colleague at work perhaps everyone will find out about my faith?

If I stand up and speak from a Christian perspective on "that" issue surely they will think I'm narrow and bigoted".

I don't feel like I have the right words to share the gospel message - I'm just not that good at speaking about this.

I'm just too timid!

I want people to like me, not hate me!

Who of you reading this wake-up this morning has not ever asked these things at some point or another?  God's Word should be a great encouragement to us - the apostle Paul sometimes felt the same way:

Mid Week Wake-Up, February 2, 2017

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Have you savoured that first cup of coffee this morning, inhaling the rich aroma of the perking grounds as the scent has wafted through the kitchen?  Have you settled into the day of work, as the tasks before you, potentially give you the opportunity to exercise the creativity that God has gifted you with? Have you begun the day of studies, exploring new wonders with your mind, or perhaps you find yourself looking forward to the joy of experiencing the winter weather today while jogging or riding your bike, hearing the crunch of the snow underneath your feet.

Mid Week Wake-Up, Jan. 25 2017

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On Sunday morning I shared a story about a good friend whom I attended Bible college with and who then wandered away from the faith.  I wrote about his story for a church news letter in July 2000.  In thinking about the importance of fellowship I’ve reproduced the story here.

Mid Week Wake-up, Jan 18, 2017

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It’s been written that “without the full truth, and a mature understanding of it, there cannot be a satisfying Christianity or a stable church.  A hallmark of the Spirit’s work according to Paul is an unquenchable thirst to learn.”

Mid Week Wake-Up, Jan. 8 2017

Sermon: What Will Capture Your Heart This Year?

Written by: on: January 9, 2017

What will capture your heart this year?  I recently made a giant leap forward in the world of modern technology with the purchase of my first smart phone.  Incredible how this little device demands my attention. It bleeps when I have a new facebook message, a new text, a new email and of course it rings when somebody calls me - wherever I am, if it's turned on of course.  If I want to, I can play online 8-ball pool with a total stranger on the other side of the globe.  My kids will tell you that it's a little sad - how their Dad now views himself as rather "Hi-tech".   Modern technology is great - in one sense we are connected to so many people with such little effort.
But how connected are we to the living God?

Mid Week Wake-Up

Written by: on: December 21, 2016

Good morning church!  Here we are, just 4 days left till Christmas!!  Meaning there’s probably only 3 shopping days left to get those gifts, food and beverages for all of the parties and gatherings coming up.  And as we heard on Sunday, a huge amount of us are swimming in the stress and anxiety of it all, as Christmas has now become one of the most stressful life events we celebrate.

And while we are stressed and trying to figure out how we get ready for it all, the amazing thing is that this baby we celebrate (Jesus Christ) grew up and one day spoke the following words “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.

Midweek Wake-Up, December 7

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Christmas can be a joyous time for some and a painful time for others. Whichever way you find yourself this Christmas season, it is necessary to remember that Jesus has come into this world to save us. This is the timely message that is applicable to all of us regardless of our feelings towards Christmas.The reason that we are even in need of saving is because of the fall. Genesis 3 tells of humanity’s fall into sin, which has resulted in the broken world that we live in today.

Midweek Wake-Up, November 30, 2016

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There are moments in life when I have been completely stunned with what my eyes have witnessed. The birth of my three children ranks at the top. Standing before Mt. Machapuchare in the Himalayas of Nepal is another followed by standing before the incredible expanse of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Those moments when you are left speechless with the wonder before you.

Midweek Wake-Up – November 30, 2016

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On Sunday morning I told the story of how I was once chased by a very scary looking German Shepherd dog. I love that breed of dog but this one was snarling, barking and bearing its teeth – I ran for my life!  I would not have attempted to put a leash on that dog if you paid me a million dollars.

Midweek Wake-Up – November 9, 2016

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The Old Testament is this incredible love story unfolding amidst a common pattern of rebellion.  It begins in the garden with God dwelling among His people, only to have His people (Adam & Eve) rebel and go their own way.  God later states through Abraham that He’ll establish this covenant relationship between Himself and His people.  All so He could come and dwell among them in order that His glory would be made known.  And again, His people rebel against Him, thus establishing a pattern of God declaring His desire to come and dwell among His people, while His people reject Him.

Midweek Wake-Up – November 2, 2016

Sermon: God Replies

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Bible Passage: Job 38 1:15

I like to imagine myself in Job’s shoes in chapter 38.  For 37 chapters Job has hurled accusations at God; has flung the why question in His face more than once; and has had to put up with the ‘delightful wisdom’ and council of his friends.  And while he’s screamed at God to answer Him; yelled at him demanding an audience from the Almighty, all he’s received is stillness.

Midweek Wake-Up October 26, 2016

Sermon: Wisdon Lessons from the Mine Shaft

Written by: on: October 26, 2016

Bible Passage: Job: 28: 1-12

The world longs for answers and wisdom, and Job acknowledges this very reality.  We long to know answers for the questions in our lives.  Whether it’s spending hours scouring the internet for answers to trivial questions that we just need to know the answers to; or whether it’s trying to figure out the order of the universe.  When we scream out “why”, we want insight into that very question.  The writer of Job 28 hears our question, and says search all out to find the answer.

Midweek Wake-Up October 19, 2016

Sermon: How not to help

Written by: on: October 19, 2016

Bible Passage: Job 16

John Flavel was a puritan leader who ministered in Dartmouth, England between 1650 and 1691.  These were turbulent times to be an evangelical church minister in England. Flavel was ejected from his church in Dartmouth by the government’s Act of uniformity in 1662. As a leading Nonconformist Flavel was often in danger and narrowly escaped imprisonment.