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Sunday message: “Up…” (part two of a three-part series)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - July 14, 2019 Scriptures: Psalm 25:1–10 (CEV) 1 Corinthians 4:16-17 (NRSV) Luke 6:12-19 (NRSV) For God to move forward with any congregation at any time, there are various ways to look at it. When I use the diagram of IN, UP and OUT, this is merely another way of looking at the way a congregation works. Some congregations focus a lot on OUT and IN, but — w...
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Sunday message: “In…” (part one of a three-part series)

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost - July 7, 2019 Scriptures: Micah 6:6-8 Psalm 66:1-9 1 John 1:5-7 “We had a neighbourhood ice cream social this past Sunday”, says Nita on a website called artofneighboring.com. “We live on a street that is not a cul-de-sac, but has no outlet. There are about 45 homes. We made flyers and I walked around the neighbourhood with my dog, distributing one to each...
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Sunday message: Where to from here?

Third Sunday after Pentecost - June 30, 2019 Scriptures: Psalm 16 (CEV) Galatians 5:1, 13-25 (NRSV) Luke 9:51-62 (NRSV) “Goals are what take us forward in life; they are the oxygen to our dreams. They are the first steps to every journey we take and are also our last. It’s very important that you realize the significance and importance of goal-setting.” 1) What an inspiring statement! T...
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Sunday message: Where is self-esteem to be found?

Second Sunday after Pentecost - June 23, 2019 Scriptures: Psalm 22:19–28 Luke 8:26–39 Galatians 3:26-4:7 W. Paul Jones tells the story of a woman who suffered from polio during her childhood. Some of us have never seen a young person crippled by polio — confined to a wheelchair, or crutches — or even worse, an iron lung. Thank God and Jonas Salk that we haven’t. It’s a terrible thing to...
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Sunday message: The playful side of God

Trinity Sunday - June 16, 2019 Scripture readings: Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 In a scientific age it’s not strange to ask what causes people at church to speak about the Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit? Is there really such a thing? Another question that could be asked, is whether there really is such a thing as the Trinity? Where does this idea come from? Thre...
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Sunday message: Passing on what we have freely received (50th Anniversary)

Pentecost Sunday - June 9, 2019 Scriptures: Romans 8:14-17 Acts 2:1-21 Ephesians 4:11-16 What an amazing and marvelous time of the year this is! It is Pentecost. Pentecost is about in, up and out. This is what Dayspring has always been about; for 50 years already. Dayspring continues to be about these three short words: In, up and out. The Spirit draws us IN to each other, and equips...
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Sunday message: Trapped or free—or unsure?

Ascension Sunday – June 2, 2019 Scriptures: John 17:20-26 Psalm 97 Acts 16:16-34 On a February day in 1925, Floyd Collins climbed into Sand Cave in search of fortune. Suddenly, his lantern failed. Crawling through the darkness, Collin's foot hit a seven-ton boulder. It fell on his leg, trapping him in the coffin-like narrowness of a dark, subterranean straitjacket. For days Collins was ...
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Sunday message: Something that will never hurt us

Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 26, 2019 Scriptures: John 14:23–29 Psalm 67 Acts 16:9–15 The well-known American preacher and professor of preaching, Fred Craddock told a story about a time when he was a young preacher fresh out of seminary, he pastored a small church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. At that time, Oak Ridge was growing fast. Many of the newcomers lived in a mobile home park locate...
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Sunday message: How do we as church know what to do?

Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 19, 2019 Scriptures: Revelation 21:1–6 (CEV) Psalm 148 (MSG) John 13:31–35 (MSG) Acts 11:1–18 (CEV) What a wild dream Peter had! A huge sheet was coming down on him while he was in a deep sleep. How many of you have had wild dreams? Peter’s bizarre dream involved some instruction from God. Isn’t it wonderful to receive some brand-new insights in a dream? ...
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Sunday message: Fluff or substance?

Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019 Scriptures: John 10:22-30 Psalm 23 Acts 9:36-43 For lots of years, and especially the last number of months, there was a scary feeling that started creeping up on me, more and more. It felt like I was pursuing “fluff” in a certain sense. Yes, when we look at the word, “fluff”, it might conjure up something worthless or merely nonsensical and sta...
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