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March, 24 2019
The season of Lent is a season in which we intentionally turn our focus to Jesus Christ. Of course, we should have our focus set on Him every day but these special seasons on the Church year direct us to more. March 25th marks the feast of the Annunciation. This is the day when we hear once again the announcement made to Mary by the angel Gabriel ‘you will bear a son.’ Artist and author Steve Bell notes for us “the story of salvation is one story where each part penetrates and deepens the meaning of the other.” In short, there is no Easter without Christmas and no Christmas without Easter. As we turn our attention then to Luke 1.26-38, we hear again the marvelous announcement of the Eternal breaking into our time and space and we wonder again at the magnitude of this precious gift. See you Sunday!
March, 17 2019
For the first Sunday in the season of Lent we read from Isaiah 58. This prophecy stirs our hearts toward repentance and true worship. It also captures the imagination for a world of possibilities for the people of God wholly devoted to Him. Many hundreds of years later, after Isaiah teaches us to get rid of the yoke of oppression and injustice, Jesus teaches us to take up another kind of yoke. Is Jesus countering the words of Isaiah? Or is taking up this yoke also a message of liberation? Let’s find out together as we continue through the season of Lent looking to the ultimate freedom Jesus offers to us. See you Sunday!
March, 10 2019
This Sunday is our first Sunday in Lent. The season consists of forty days climaxing with Holy Week, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday. It seems as if many people know that Lent is about giving up something, chocolate, coffee (maybe not a good idea), social media, but what is the purpose of giving up these things? Is it because they are bad, sinful, or negative in some other way? No, we take something out of our lives that we may add in something good and in order to appreciate those things which we have voluntarily given up for a time. The prophet Isaiah gives us a right orientation of fasting and a right purpose for fasting. In a life filled with dis-orientation we are called to re-orientation in Jesus Christ. See you Sunday!
March, 3 2019
We are wrapping up our study the good life Jesus call us into. It is a life filled with beauty and peace because it is a life filled through and through with the presence of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We can strive to put into practice all the virtues we have been learning about but without this one thing we will be running a fool’s errand. The one thing is abiding. Before He goes to the cross Jesus tells His disciples, ‘abide in me and I will abide in you.’ It’s an invitation and a challenge. An invitation to rest in Jesus and a challenge to live deeply in Jesus. As we finish up our study we will learn why it is so important and how we can seek each day to abide in Christ. See you Sunday!
Febuary 24, 2019
There are two things that we have to face up to as followers of Jesus. The first is the criticism levelled at us by the culture around us, why are Christians so judgmental? We have been guilty of this and it has been damaging to the Church and it has kept people out instead of welcoming them in. The second is our own misunderstanding of the Bible when it comes to judging, judge not lest you be judged. What does Jesus really teach when it comes to judging? It may surprise you and hopefully will convict you as well as we seek to have more of Jesus in our lives. See you Sunday!