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

Written by: on: December 7, 2016

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

Written by: on: November 30, 2016

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

Written by: on: November 15, 2016

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

Written by: on: November 8, 2016

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

Written by: on: November 2, 2016

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.

Mid-week Wake-Up October 13, 2016

Sermon: Living a Life of Gratitude

Written by: on: October 13, 2016

Bible Passage: Psalm 100

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  The turkey has been digested; many laughs have been had around the family dinner table, the extra day off work richly enjoyed.  We’ve given thought to the blessings in our lives and the goodness of the God we worship.  And it’s had us declare in gratitude our thanks to God.

Midweek Wake-Up October 5, 2016

Sermon: Struggling in the Darkness

Written by: on: October 5, 2016

Bible Passage: Job 2:11-13; Job 3:1-6

Why was I ever born?  Why does God continue to keep my heart beating and my lungs breathing?  There is no hope, nothing but deep darkness. Why is my way hidden from God, in fact , where is God in all of this?  Why? Why? Why?  These are some of the questions that we find Job struggling with in the darkness of Job 3.  These are the questions that, perhaps, many of us have struggled with as Christians as well.

Midweek Wake-Up September 28, 2016

Sermon: Job: The Trial Begins

Written by: on: September 28, 2016

Bible Passage: Job 1:9-12; 20-22; 2:9-10

Ever wonder what it would be like to wake up this morning, only to have your life totally ripped apart?  A lost job; attending the funerals of your children; inflicted with terminal cancer, and if you’re married in severe conflict about walking through all of this together.  Experiencing the marital conflict, or waking up by yourself in this state, I imagine it being incredibly dark and lonely with a soul absorbed with anguish.

Midweek Wake-Up September 21, 2016

Sermon: Job: "Viewing suffering and worship through the lens of a man who lost it all"

Written by: on: September 21, 2016

Bible Passage: Job 42:1-6

Where are you God?  Why are you silent?  Are you hidden?  Could you not come and offer us some help?  The questions we might long to scream at God, and yet live with a belief that we can’t.  That somehow God is unable to have us honestly pour out our hearts to him, asking the question so many of us have on our minds.  Why?

Midweek Wake-Up September 15, 2016

Sermon: Blinded by Faith

Written by: on: September 15, 2016

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10

Many of us will wake up this morning into the rush of our days: off to work, to school - planning for meetings and a variety of activities.  In the midst of these things will be much joy, along with the usual pain and reality of life.  Those things that Paul reminds us are “light and momentary troubles that are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all”.  Into these situations Paul reminds us in 2nd Corinthians that we are to be a group of people who walk by faith, and not by sight.

Midweek Wake-Up

Sermon: Public Faith

Written by: on: September 7, 2016

Bible Passage: John 12:37-50

Sunday we were faced with the question “where do we find our supreme value?”  An important question as we all look for purpose, worth and meaning in our lives.  I would argue that many of us face this dilemma regularly in our lives, being forced to ask “am I seeking the approval and worth of God or of those around me?”