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Fruit of the Spirit – part three

Seventh Sunday of Pentecost – July 8, 2018 Galatians 5:22-23 and John 15:4-5 Did you know that at one time generosity was illegal in Santa Cruz, California? That's right. It was illegal for someone to put money in other people's parking meters without their permission. The practice called “plugging coins” was considered an illegal act by Santa Cruz municipal code. The fine for a parking violatio...
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Fruit of the Spirit – part two

Sixth Sunday of Pentecost - July 1, 2018 Galatians 5:16-26 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Long before the 1955 movie “Love is a many splendored thing”, starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones, and a very popular song with that title, continuing with “…It’s the April rose that only grows in the early Spring” also emerged, God’s great act of love had been demonstrated. Yes, indeed, God’s love was dem...
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The places where God is already at work (Mission and Outreach Sunday)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - June 24, 2018 John 4:7-30 and Zechariah 9:9-10 Mission? Some people sneer at this very word. But Jesus, God’s Great Missionary, was and continues to be our example. Mission is the outreach of God’s caring for the whole world. This is what God is about. Indeed, this happens in every square inch of our existence. We might be surprised to know where God is already at ...
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We must not be everyone else

Third Sunday after Pentecost - June 10, 2018 1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15; Psalm 138 and 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Our readings for today begin with the children of Israel asking for a king in place of God and His prophets in 1 Samuel 8:4-20. The Israelites have observed that Samuel is aging and is going to leave them soon and his sons are incompetent leaders. They decide to request for a king. What c...
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Fruit of the Holy Spirit – part one

Second Sunday after Pentecost - June 3, 2018 Galatians 5:13-26 and 1 John 4:7-11 Having celebrated the season of the Holy Spirit, during Pentecost, I thought it might be great to pause with a mini-series about the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is however a rather elusive thing to live out these nine fruit. We never fully get to live with those fruit.  This is due to the fact that we have many ...
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Amazing grace

Trinity Sunday - May 27, 2018 Romans 5:1-5 William Barclay once wrote about a group of soldiers during World War II who lost a friend in the heat of battle. Being paratroopers far removed from the other soldiers and seemingly on their own they decided to bury their fallen comrade in a foreign land. So they made a crude device and carried their fiend until they came upon a small church with a gra...
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The contagious vigour of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost Sunday - May 20, 2018 Acts 2:1-21, Philippians 4:4-7 and John 14:16-17 Pentecost brings new life and joy. New life and joy are contagious and can be the means of drawing a hope-less world together. Mostly the opposite happens that we drift apart because our natural tendency is that we prefer everyone to be the same and all people to be easy to understand. Don’t we all hear different...
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Humility

Ascension Sunday - May 13, 2018 Philippians 2:1-13 and Luke 6:43-45 Today, it’s a triple recognition day, Ascension Sunday, Christian Family Sunday and Mother’s Day all rolled into one—what a day to celebrate indeed! This past Thursday was Ascension Day. This is when Christians celebrate that Jesus ascended to the right hand of God and God is preparing to send the Holy Spirit down to be with us ...
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Paul’s Speech in Athens

Fifth Sunday of Easter - April 29, 2018 Act 17:16-31 Today we are continuing on with the book of Acts. I have been following along with all of Heinrich’s messages while away and what a journey it has been. Coincidentally the church where Garry and I attend in Phoenix over the winter, has also been studying this book. Every single week Pastor Jeremy begins his message with the same introductio...
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Broken lives—picking up the pieces

Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 29, 2018 Psalm 23, Romans 8:37-39 and Acts 16:16-34 When I heard about the horrific bus crash close to Humboldt, Saskatchewan where initially fourteen people lost their lives it first hit me as just another horrible accident. Then, as the days started rolling by, something else kicked in that caught me by surprise. I was utterly amazed at how deeply this accident ...
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