Sunday Messages 2019

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SOWING AND REAPING

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019

How do we ‘sow to the Spirit’, as Paul recommends in Galatians chapter 6? It’s a good thing to work out since the ‘fruit’ of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, meekness, temperance, goodness and faith. That’s a good harvest.  – Harry

FREE FOR FREEDOM

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019

Some equate democracy with freedom and some think freedom comes with lack of responsibility. Neither of these is what scripture means by freedom. Real freedom is within the human soul and comes through forgiveness, grace and the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. All of this is experienced through Jesus and his cross. He sets us free that we might become more and more experientially free.  – Harry

JUSTIFIED

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019

The idea of ‘justifying yourself’ (which we all do a lot), is closely related to the biblical idea of ‘justification’. However, rather than excusing ourselves or explaining ourselves for what we do or fail to do, we claim Christ and his cross. We are justified then, not by our action or inaction, but by grace through faith. “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”  – Harry

IMPORTANT PEOPLE

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019

There are those who seem to be ‘important people’. Perhaps we should revere, honour and respect them more than others. After all, they are famous, or wealthy or powerful. You’d think, especially for Christians, that the earliest apostles would fall into this category. Paul, however, writes this: “As for those who seemed to be important – whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance.”  – Harry

ANOTHER GOSPEL?

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019

Paul’s letter to the Galatians is quite emotional. He’s incensed that people have gone after new Christians and twisted and confused the message. In that sense and many others Galatians is timeless. This is an introduction.  – Harry

YOU’RE SURROUNDED

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019

It’s a healthy habit to review the lives of people of faith. In the Hebrew Bible these included Noah, Abraham and Sarah, David, Samson, Rahab, Elisha and many more. As history unfolds the list goes on: Augustine, Luther, Calvin, King, Tutu, your grandparents and now you. We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.  – Harry

THE FAITH DIMENSION

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019

Every once in a while the Bible gives us a clear definition of something. In this case, it’s a definition of ‘faith’, and it’s found in Hebrews 11. Here it is presented as a way of ascertaining things from the unseen world and with certainty expecting things yet to come.  – Harry

WORRIES AND DISTRACTIONS

Sunday, July 28, 2019

If Martha is preparing dinner and her sister Mary is sitting and listening to Jesus, should she not be upset? What does Jesus mean by “Mary has chosen what is better”?  – Harry

TEACH US TO PRAY

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The disciples asked Jesus, “Teach Us To Pray”. That’s actually a pretty great prayer!  – Harry

THE GOOD SAMARITAN

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The story of The Good Samaritan is so embedded in Western culture that most governments seem to have a ‘Good Samaritan’ law that protects those who attempt to help others by giving them immunity from liability. Jesus tells us a story about someone from a despised people group showing mercy sacrificially to his despiser. That’s a neighbour.   – Harry

LAMBS AMONG WOLVES

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Jesus said to us, “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” That’s a very vivid and somewhat scary picture of the Christian life. What is the difference between a lamb and a wolf?          – Harry

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Sunday, June 30, 2019

When Jesus headed for Jerusalem his disciples headed with him. They did not know what awaited Him. Some other people thought they might follow but Jesus actually seems to discourage them. He wants them to count the cost. “No one who puts their hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”   – Harry

LEGION

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Jesus was and is the master of ‘going with the flow’. In the passage where Jesus encounters a guy with a ‘legion’ of demons in him Jesus does a lot of adapting on the fly.   – Harry

TONGUES

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pentecost represents the reversal of the Babel ‘curse’. As humanity was split apart because they couldn’t understand each other’s languages (Genesis 11:1-9), so we are brought back together by the Holy Spirit through our shared rescue by Jesus Christ. ‘Speaking in Tongues’ at Pentecost was a sign of this.  – Harry

PEACE OR PANIC

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Stephen Livingstone was our guest speaker.

DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The last couple of chapters of the Bible re-visit the first couple of chapters. We find a river, the tree of life and a new source of light. Eden is back but it’s bigger and better than the first one. We are to draw hope and courage from these promises.  – Harry

WATER

Sunday, May 19, 2019

One of the many incredible things about the Bible is how it uses (God uses) illustrations and symbols that are easily recognizable by the whole human race. Take water for instance. It’s universally recognized, dreaded and enjoyed. This is reflected in Scripture and especially in this little passage in the second last chapter of the Bible: Revelation 21:1-6.  – Harry

SHEEPISH SHEPHERDS

Sunday, May 5, 2019

At the end of the gospel of John there is a scene where Jesus is having a heart to heart with Peter. Three times he asks Peter “Do you love me?” Three times Peter insists that he does and three times Jesus says something like “Feed my sheep”. Clearly one of the chief ways we can show our love for Jesus is by taking care of (mentoring, shepherding, teaching, discipling, comforting etc.) his sheep.  – Harry

CONVINCED

Sunday, April 28, 2019

‘Doubting’ Thomas became convinced of the resurrection when he saw Jesus for himself and touched him – but not before. Similarly, we too are skeptical. What does it take for us to be convinced?  – Harry

FIRST FRUITS

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The first parts of a crop to ripen and be harvested are the ‘firstfruits’. In the ancient world, where there were neither grocery stores nor social safety nets, they represented the promise of food and, therefore, life. When St. Paul tells us that the resurrected Jesus is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (died)”, he is telling us that we, too, will be resurrected as Jesus was.  – Harry

Extravagance

Sunday, April 7, 2019

An important thing to note about God: He is super-extra-uber-extravagant. Everything he does is way over the top generous. For instance, He didn’t just make a few million stars – he made about a billion trillion of them, by recent estimates. Jesus commends Mary (sister of Lazarus and Martha) for pouring very expensive perfume on his feet – an act of extraordinary extravagance. We too are called to live life extravagantly.  – Harry

NEW CREATURE

Sunday, March 31, 2019

It could be said that butterflies are ‘born again’, could it not? They start out as caterpillars but become something quite different. The same is true for those who put their trust in Jesus. “If anyone is in Christ” declares St. Paul, “they are a new creature.” He goes on to say that “the old has passed away; all things have become new.” The challenge is realizing this and holding fast to the truth of it.  – Harry

INSTRUCTIONS

Sunday, March 17, 2019

This is about the significance and importance of the Bible for Christian life.  – Harry

SHORTCUTS

Sunday, March 10, 2019

When we hear about Jesus being tempted by the devil, we’re inclined to think he was tempted to do something horrible. Well, he was, but it actually doesn’t look like that at first. He was tempted to: 1. Feed himself; 2. Demonstrate his ‘Messiah-ness’; 3. Become the king of kings. All of these were things he would do. It’s how he would do them that matters. Satan was trying to get him to take ‘evil shortcuts’.  – Harry

BEHIND THE CURTAIN

Sunday, March 3, 2019

We may well wonder why people don’t believe in, love and follow Jesus. Paul partly explains it by telling us that a veil or a curtain is over their hearts. A few verses later he writes that “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the good news of the glory of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:4) But whenever someone turns to Christ the veil is removed, inner eyes are opened and there is genuine freedom.  – Harry

KINGDOM COMING

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Jesus taught us to pray “Thy kingdom come”, and he meant it. It’s been coming since that day. Some of the values of his kingdom: equality, reconciliation, generosity. These were not highly regarded before Jesus came along.  – Harry

SEEDS OF CHANGE

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Jesus told a parable about a farmer who sows seeds. When asked, he explained that he’s the farmer and the seed is the Word of God. His word has been sown into hearts and, on a larger scale, into society, where it has gradually brought about immense change. The scripture here is from the ‘Sermon on the Plain’ in the gospel of Luke. It has changed the world – and many hearts.  – Harry

EYES, EARS, MOUTH AND NOSE

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ is part of the ‘body of Christ’ on earth. As our body has a lot of different parts and they all need each other, so Christ’s body needs all its parts – namely, each one of us.  – Harry

ACTIVATION

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Just as we activate computers and credit cards, God ‘activates’ spiritual gifts in Christ’s followers. They are given to enable us to serve one another. Some of these gifts are listed in I Corinthians 12, where Paul emphasizes that they are distributed and inspired by the Holy Spirit. They are essential for healthy communities of faith.  – Harry

BAPTISMS

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Jesus was baptized. We get baptized. Jesus himself baptizes with fire and the Holy Spirit. Here’s some thinking about what these baptisms are all about..  – Harry

GENTILE APPROACH

Sunday, January 6, 2019

There are some pretty amazing stories about how God is breaking into the non-Christian world with the good news of Jesus. Here are some of them. Light shining in the darkness is what ‘Epiphany’ is all about.  – Harry

 

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