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July 29, 2018
This past week we dug into the question, is God good? The answer is, yes, because that is part of His essence, His nature, and that does not change. So, it should follow if God is good, we would all trust Him, right? Sadly, the answer to that question is honestly a ‘no.’ Even people who have confessed Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, yours truly included, have trouble trusting God at times and that lack of trust leads us away from God and into a weaker faith. I would hope that we would all want a stronger faith in Jesus but we first then have to answer this question of whether or not we really trust God. It is a difficult question but let’s seek to answer it together with God’s help. See you Sunday?
July 22, 2018
Is God good? This is a question that has been asked countless times through the centuries. It is a question asked by those who are confronted by the suffering and evil in the world and who declare that God cannot be good. It has been asked by sincere followers of Jesus who are trying to make sense of pain in their own lives. It is an honest question and a good question. It is a question that the Bible invites us to explore but also to answer. So, let’s do that this Sunday. Let’s explore the question using Jesus’ own words as He replies to the young prince with His own question, ‘why do you call Me good?’ I look forward to seeing you Sunday!
July 8, 2018
In our community of faith at Emmanuel we have been on a journey of renewal. It has been hard at times. There is a lot to celebrate and there has been pain to deal with. Through it all, God has been gracious and teaching us that the process of transformation takes a lifetime and He calls us forward into an adventure of discovery in an ever changing culture. How do we adapt to that ever changing culture in a way that remains faithful to Jesus and yet recognizes that 'old ways' of doing things don't work anymore? That was the main topic of our leadership conference this past April. At that conference there was a beautiful piece of art created that looks to the past, sees the present but also looks to the future, much the way Abraham did when he responded to God's call to move to a new land that God would show him. We are still on the way. We have not arrived yet. The adventure continues.
July 1, 2018
As we come to the end of our study on Jesus the Good Shepherd we address what good leadership looks like. You may be thinking, 'I'm not a leader, I'm just an ordinary church-goer. What does this have to do with me?' Well, you are a leader. In your home, in your marriage, in your work place etc . . . You may not have a title but you do have and can have influence and so the way you exercise that influence is critically important. So, while 1 Peter 5.1-5 does address leaders in the Church, there are important principles for all of us as we seek to live our lives in a way that honours Jesus. See you Sunday!