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Subtle nudges from God—life-altering moments

Third Sunday of Easter - April 15, 2018 Acts 9:1-19a and Matthew 6:24 How many of you enjoy watching war movies? I know several people who are almost fanatics, they like to watch war movie after war movie.  I suppose that is why there seems to be a new war movie every year.  Each one tries to capture the essence of a significant war from the past. Does anyone recall the one entitled, “Three K...
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Abundant hope amidst dying

Good Friday - March 30, 2018 John 12:20-26 and Psalm 22:1-18, 26-31 Anna Maria Tremonti, is a presenter on “The Current”, which is a program on  CBC. She recently spoke on how over the past hundred years or so, our society has increasingly attempted to try and avoid death. She explains how we have our loved ones immediately whisked away to a funeral home and quickly put in a closed casket.  Get ...
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Palm/Passion service

Palm/Passion Sunday - March 25, 2018 This service was done in a dramatic way, all replacing a sermon *Opening Praise: Holy is the Lord   I. Entry into Jerusalem                                   Scripture reading:                                     Matthew 21 [children’s Hosanna procession (remain seated)] [receive palm branches] (grades 3 and under to Sunday school) ...
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Jesus in solidarity with human suffering

Fifth Sunday of Lent - March 18, 2018 John 19:1-16a What a scene!  You’ve just viewed a lead-up to of one of the most traumatic events in the Bible. It is one of the most significant stories of hope for us as Christ-followers. It is part of what gives our faith substance. The core of what we believe in depends on these events. The video depiction is from our scriptures for today, John 19:1-16...
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Dangerous truth…unstoppable love

Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 11, 2018 John 18:28-40 and Psalm 145:10-13 In the passage Darolyn read today, John the Gospel writer has recorded what happened just before Jesus was crucified. The discussion that took place was in fact, probably the last personal conversation that Jesus had with anyone before his impending death. In this exchange between the Lord Jesus Christ and the Roman governo...
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I am not (one of His)

Third Sunday of Lent - March 4, 2018 John 18:12-27 and Psalm 17:1-7 “Growing up in the Philippines, the crowing of roosters every morning is an expectation. It was their daily signal that a new day is about to start. If for some reason they don’t crow, chances are we’d be late for school” our friend Sam relates. He goes on to say, “Roosters, or chickens for that matter, are backyard ‘pets’ th...
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What’s the significance of Jesus’ ministry?

Second Sunday of Lent - February 25, 2018 John 13:1-17 and Psalm 51:7-12 Our scripture reading today, takes us to the eve of the day Jesus takes his final journey to the cross. We all know what is coming next and it is vile and extremely upsetting and very, very sad—Jesus’ crucifixion. We won’t focus on that right now. Instead, let’s go to the scene of his last night, one we are all too familiar...
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Jesus…calling us into a life of resurrection now

First Sunday of Lent - February 18, 2018 John 11:1-44 and Psalm 104:27-30 Wow what a story that was! Jesus was able to bring back Lazarus after he was dead for four days? Lazarus must after all have really mattered or why this special treatment? How many others were brought back to life in all the stories we have read from the Bible? So what is the story behind this event and it’s significanc...
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