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Identity in Christ: This week we focus on the Identity of Jesus as the ‘Head of His Church’ and the implications for us as his followers. It is interesting to note that Jesus never asked US to build HIS church, nor did he suggest he was intending to build OURS! Jesus was adamant that He would build His Church… so what is the part we are to play rel…
 
Identity in Christ - Colossians 1:15-23: Years ago I visited Grand Canyon in Arizona. I will never forget the overwhelming experience. As I walked to the edge of the canyon my jaw dropped in the enormity and magnitude of what my senses were trying to absorb. I get this sme sensation and response when I read Paul's description of God's Son in Coloss…
 
Identity in Christ - Colossians 1:9-14: Carl Jung once said, 'The World will ask you who are you, and if you don't know, the World will tell you.' The search for identity is at the core of our being. Our message series, 'Identity in Christ', invites us to dig deeper in owning our identity from the very heart of God. Paul desired the Colossian churc…
 
Identity in Christ - Colossians 1v1-8: Have you ever looked at an old photo of yourself and wondered why you were wearing what you did? If you were to go look at yourself in the mirror now who would you see? Who are you? What are you about? Why do you do what you do? As Charles Taylor (1992, 25) influentially put it, “A person or group of people ca…
 
Expectant: As the well-loved carol declares, Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive their King. Jesus, the One we have been waiting for, has finally come! The gifts are unwrapped, the turkey is eaten, the stockings are empty, and the One who prompted the whole thing is now waiting on us. How will we receive this newborn King? The wis…
 
Expectant: It seems to me that shepherds don’t get much “press” in the Christmas narrative. It's interesting, because there is only one invitation given to come and see the Christ child and only one request to go and tell everybody what they found. And it is given to the shepherds. If you know anything about shepherds, they were probably thinking, …
 
Expectant - Matthew 1:18-24, Luke 1:39-56: Mary and Joseph are often portrayed with the baby Jesus on the front of Hallmark Christmas cards or emblazoned in stain glass windows around the world. Many of us like keeping them in that setting because they seem to represent a reality in which, as the Christmas carol sings, ‘all is calm, all is bright.’…
 
Expectant - Luke 1:5-24: It’s been said that ‘hope springs eternal.’ But sometimes it is hard to hope, isn’t it? Sometimes the things we hope for can feel impossible. Zachariah and Elizabeth know what that feels like. Yet they also know what it is feels like to see God do the impossible, to stir up new things, to fulfill old promises. In this Adven…
 
Expectant - Isaiah 64:1-9; Jeremiah 33:14,15: Have you noticed how dark it is these days? At supper time it feels like midnight, and I can’t say I like it. It makes me long for those long summer evenings of sunshine and blue skies. But we’ll have to wait another 6 months for those to return! I love how, in our northern hemisphere, our physical and …
 
#blessed: From persecution to partnership in the Gospel. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:10 What does persecution look like in the world today? What should our response be? In 2018, the C&MA Canada decided together to re-engage in a large country in South Asia with a popula…
 
#blessed - Matt 5:7: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) Jesus had a unique way of challenging people’s thinking and giving them new perspectives as they looked at the world. To those who looked at themselves and were proud of the fact that they had never murdered anyone, Jesus told them to look a little closer. H…
 
#blessed - Matt 5:9: There's a famous story of George Bush Sr. making a trip to Australia and greeting the onlookers with making a "V" for Victory with his fingers. I'm sure he meant it in a good way, unfortunately for him, that's not what that sign means in Australia. Interesting how humanity interprets words and meaning differently. I would argue…
 
#blessed - Matt. 5:5: “Everybody hurts sometimes” (REM). We all suffer and will suffer loss. Add the ongoing woes of a global pandemic to the ordinary losses of life and no one is a stranger to grief these days. This weekend we land on the 2nd beatitude from Matthew 5; the one which pairs “good” and “grief” in the same sentence. “Blessed are the th…
 
#blessed: Jesus begins his first-ever talk by announcing a great surprise — that the people who have nothing but empty hands and a broken heart, are precisely the ones who receive the honour to be first called into the Kingdom of God. By culture’s standards, it makes no sense. But Jesus is adamant: “O the bliss of the person who has realized her ow…
 
#blessed: A browser search for #blessed looks a lot different today than it would have 2000 years ago! Jesus, in his first sermon (Mathew 5), shocked everyone with eight uncommon, mind-bending #blessings that sent huge ripples through the crowd, ripples of an unsuspecting and unusual road to happiness. Jesus caught everyone off guard, contradicting…
 
Blessed Beyond Belief - Matthew 25:14-29: This is the weekend we historically pause and give thanks to God for his goodness to us personally and nationally. As believers, we talk about living with an ‘attitude of gratitude’ and insist that thanksgiving means ‘thanks living.’ This weekend, as we look into God’s Word, we will dig deep into the heart …
 
Belonging: Do you ever consider yourself as being ‘gifted’ by God? It’s true! When we come to faith in Jesus, our sinful past is wiped clean and God’s Spirit comes to take up permanent residence within us. Like any celebration of ‘new birth,’ the Spirit brings a spiritual gift from God that he chose specifically for you! Like any gift, there is the…
 
Belonging - Ephesians 4:11-16: There is something unique and special that occurs when believers in Jesus connect and lean together in the same direction. There is a sense of belonging that isn’t found anywhere else this side of heaven. The common thread in our connection is found in the person of Jesus. Paul describes Jesus as the ‘head’ of the chu…
 
Belonging - 1 Kings 19: Do frantic thoughts keep you awake at night? Overwhelming emotions that consume you and leave you feeling powerless and all alone? Has the pandemic taken a toll on your sanity? Has it ever gotten so bad you weren’t sure you even wanted to live anymore, wondering — Why isn’t my faith strong enough to handle life right now? Wh…
 
Belonging - Luke19 v 1-10: Okay, admittedly this sermon title is a bit of click bait. But now that I have your attention, what is the first few words that come to mind when you hear the words: “the church?” Were they positive? Negative? Why? Now I want you to do the same only with the word: “belonging.” Were any of the words that came to mind the s…
 
Belonging: If you’ve been around Foothills, you’ve likely seen the sign on the wall or heard us say, “We’re better together.” And if we ever doubted that, these last 18 months confirmed it. In the face of worldwide disconnection and seasons of unwanted isolation, we’ve discovered how essential relationship is. Our God has known this all along. So, …
 
If Jesus Was Serious - Mat 7:24-29: Have you ever considered the ‘scariest’ verse in the Bible? Well, this week we will learn of those who appeal to Jesus as having done great things for him in His name, only to learn that Jesus says he never knew them!! How can this be? Was Jesus serious in this? Apparently, somewhere along the way they made a poo…
 
If Jesus Was Serious - Matthew 7:1-5: This week Jesus confronts us with the practice of judging others. It’s a timely word, because from time to time we all find ourselves falling into this harmful practice that can lead to prejudice against others for no reason other than they are different from us. Our time in God’s Word will find us learning the…
 
If Jesus Was Serious - Matt 7:1-5: One of the grandest privileges on my life has been being your pastor at Foothills Alliance Church over the last 20 years. I can hardly believe this will be my last Sunday at church preaching as your lead pastor. You have been so kind, so encouraging, so honest, so gracious and I am beyond grateful for your influen…
 
If Jesus Was Serious - Matt 6:25-33: J.I. Packer defines the kingdom of God as the place "wherever the lordship of Jesus is acknowledged in repentance, faith and new obedience." The whole of the sermon on the mount is not just talk for Jesus, nor should it be for us. If Jesus is serious, and he is who he says he is, then what we've been looking at …
 
If Jesus Was Serious - Matt 6:5-14: There are moments in life when God feels so close that I am overwhelmed with his presence. Last week, floating on a northern Saskatchewan lake surrounded by blue sky and water, green forest and bright sunshine I had one of those moments. I turned my heart towards God in peaceful praise and felt the embrace of his…
 
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