The Letters of John: Love and Hate

Love is a condition of the heart, to be loving is a character quality in today’s portion of John’s letter we will hear some strong words from John about love and hate. If we love God, we need to obey him and his commandments Jesus even said in John 14:15 If you love me, obey my commandments. What does God command?

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The Letters of John: In Fellowship

What if you could sit and talk with someone who had actually met Jesus?Would you cling to every word, would you want them to stay and keep talking? Would you say “Tell me more”? The letters of John are like that. John is writing to home churches sharing Jesus with them and encouraging them. He walked with Jesus – their hero, their savior, their messiah. He KNOWS who Jesus is he KNOWS who God is…

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The Empowerment of the Holy Spirit

The scripture we read this morning is about Pentecost when the disciples were baptized in the Holy Spirit. In the United church we don’t talk about the baptism of the Holy Spirit – it freaks us out a little – we envision crazy people shouting and twitching and all manner of weirdness – but it isn’t really like that. And because of our apprehension toward the baptism of the Holy Spirit we have sold ourselves…

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The Spirit Comes bearing Gifts and Seeds

Sound Track apologies. The sound quality is “tinnie” we tried our best to fix it. Hopefully you can still enjoy the message. Have you ever said, “Lord give me patience!”  or  “God, if I could just have peace” or maybe “I don’t have any self control – if there are cookies in the cupboard I am going to eat them!” Well have I got great news for you!! You see the Holy Spirit who lives…

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The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

We are in the age of the Holy Spirit where our experience of and encounter with God is enhanced and enabled by the Holy Spirit. One role of the Holy Spirit is to lead us into all truth and to reveal Jesus to us through scripture. The Holy Spirit in us is as much a loving entity as the fullness of God When we hear and believe that our sins are forgiven the Holy Spirit…

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Stay Confident

How long have you been waiting  … a day, a week, a month, a year … several years? How long will you keep waiting … another day, one more week, one more month, one more year … several years more? Are you willing to wait for as long as it takes? Abraham and Sarah were promised a son and waited 25 years before God fulfilled His promise. Why does God make us wait? James 1:3-4…

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The One Thing

As great hosts you know the preparation, work, involved in being a good host. Most of us can relate to Martha. So, this story should rock us a bit – we understand Martha – we sympathize with her – we may even be her! But Jesus said Mary made the better choice! Jesus wants relationship over service; service will happen but relationship is first!

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Does Your Face Know You’re Saved?

Laughter is truly a blessing from God;  humour is the gift. We are born with a sense of humour – we have all seen babies giggle in delight. We are made in God’s image and a sense of humour is part of that but in addition to that – we are God’s children and know that God loves us so that also gives us reason to be light-hearted and joyful

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Do You Love Me?

Love is a powerful thing. It is a question we answer daily in our lives. With each decision we make, with each conversation we have , the question,”Do you love me?” is answered. Peter answered this question many times in his life before Jesus asked him directly.

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Who Do You Say I Am?

“Who do you say I am?” This is the question placed before all who hear of Jesus. In fact, we answer this question every day by what we believe what we say and do. If we really believe Jesus is who He says He is, it will affect the way that we live. What joy is waiting for the heart that submits to the revelation that Jesus is Lord! What peace is waiting for the…

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