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Reaching New Places of Thanks

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: July 2, 2017 Scripture: Psalm 30 and John 6:67-69 This trust psalm recognises that it is not God who causes our calamity – we do it to ourselves. “I shall never be moved,” boasts the psalmist, and that arrogance led to a downfall. Thankfully, despite our faithlessness to God, God continues to be faithful to us. God has the power to turn sorrow into joy. There’...
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The Dishonest Manager – Presbytery Pulpit Exchange

Third Sunday after Pentecost - June 25, 2017 Scripture: Jeremiah 8:18 - 9:1; Luke 16: 1-9 A while ago I read an article published by the Atlantic Journal entitled: “How Wall Street’s Bankers stayed out of jail.” Referring to the Global Financial Crash that started in 2008 which was the biggest financial meltdown since the Great Depression, the article looks a little at what happened and who...
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Be courageous – An Afro-Canadian worship service

Second Sunday after Pentecost - June 18, 2017 Joshua 1:3-9; 1 Chronicles 20:28 At my pre-school age living back home in South Western Cameroon, My mother being a member of the Presbyterian Christian Women Fellowship for many years before I was born had so many choruses she usually sings. She had no formal education and could not speak English, but speaks 2 of our local languages. Usually when we...
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Emotional honesty

Trinity Sunday - June 11, 2017 Psalm 13 and John 6:35-40 Juanita and Jaylene had been friends for years. Suddenly, Juanita felt that Jaylene was distancing herself from their relationship. Jaylene would reply to texts or return phone calls. When they were together, Jaylene didn’t respond to Juanita’s attempts to start a conversation. Juanita didn’t know what was wrong and Jaylene did not appear ...
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When the Spirit leads in very ordinary ways

Pentecost Sunday - June 4, 2017 Acts 2:1-4 and Galatians 5:16-26 Some Christians believe the event described in Acts represents the birth of the Church. When the Holy Spirit was sent to the crowd of believers on that Pentecost Day, fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection, it was the day the movement of Christ-followers was initiated. There was a sound, like the rush of a violent wind from above, a ...
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Freedom from so many tyrannies

Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 21, 2017 Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21 and Luke 18:9-14 Jill was raised to believe a lie. Her father told her that she was worthless and her mother agreed. In school, Jill’s teachers said that she was dumb and wouldn’t amount to much. Jill’s classmates ridiculed her and bullied her. Jill refused to believe all these voices. With an inner strength, one cl...
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Tedious but worthwhile…

Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 14, 2017 Acts 15:1-18 and Luke 2:29-32 A man is in a conversation with his friend, “I can’t take it anymore, it’s my wife. Every time we have an argument, she gets historical!” he says. “Don’t you mean ‘hysterical’?” asked his friend. “No, I mean historical, every argument we have, she’ll go, ‘I still remember that time when you…’” Our passage from Acts has ...
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The Good News: Who is it for?

Fourth Sunday after Easter: May 7, 2017 Acts 8:26-39  and Luke 24:44-47 What follows is a true story. Some details have been omitted to protect the identity of the persons whose story I am sharing. It was Communion Sunday. The minister was about to launch into his sermon. However, instead of standing at the pulpit, he walked over to the Communion Table and, with a vicious movement of hi...
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A radical gospel which can come with a price

Third Sunday after Easter - April 30, 2017 Acts 6:1-7:2a, 44-60 and Luke 23:33-34a, 46 We might ask, “What is the Good News in a passage like the one we just read?” It could be seen as a horrible example, or it can be read for what it is, spelling out the faithfulness of one of the first people to die for their faith, in a very similar fashion to that of Jesus Christ, the Head and Leader of o...
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Seeing Jesus

Second Sunday of Easter - April 23, 2017  Luke 24:13-35 As Christ-followers we have more in common with these two travelling disciples than we would think. The two disciples, perhaps two men, perhaps a man and a woman, maybe his wife, the text doesn’t say at all, these two were on their way to the town called Emmaus, only seven miles west of Jerusalem, where Jesus had just risen from the dead. ...
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