Message: Apr 11, 2021

“though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.” Psalm 46: 3-4 Roaring seas and a river. Two images. The seas are the nations raging. The river is about salvation flowing from the sanctuary. What a powerful statement. As we live in the midst of a raging world, we find joy in the sanctuary. These words give comfort, as the psalm states: The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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Message: Mar 28, 2021

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous forthe unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being putto death in the flesh” 1 Peter 3: 18 The apostle speaks about Christ’s suffering in thecontext of human suffering. That Christ suffered once forsins appears to be understood, but the suffering of thebelievers less so. The apostle spoke about honouring Christ the Lord inyour hearts, being prepared to make a defense about thereason for the hope that is in you… having a goodconscience… good behavior. To me it sounds as if he isspeaking to us. Our conditions and our reactions to itshould be viewed through the lens of Christ’s suffering.After… Read More

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Message: Mar 13, 2021

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean onyour own understanding. In all your ways acknowledgehim, and he will make straight your paths.Proverbs 3: 5-6 It all comes down to faith. Without faith no one fareswell. We know that, for the Bible tells us so. We mustacknowledge that we also need to be reminded of it. Maytoday truly be a faith strengthening experience.

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Message: February 28, 2021

This is the great and first commandment.Matthew 22: 28. The Lord Jesus confirms with so many words what Hewas asked. He answered the Pharisees’ question, but addsthat confirmation. It sounds like a “yes, indeed”. It soundslike an “obviously so…” It shows that there was nothing wrong with thePharisees question. To love God is the obviouscommandment. It was there from the beginning and willbe there to the end. However, to know the words must befollowed by the act of love. Jesus directs the Pharisees andall people to express the commandment in action. LovingGod and loving the neighbour. Loving the Invisible Godand loving the visible neighbour. He challenges us towork on the… Read More

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Message: Feb 14, 2021

What then shall we say to these things? Romans 8: 31 Usually we see this as a Paulinian figure of speech, butwe recognize that there is a real question. In Romans 8,the climax is that God is eternally faithful and loving,but it begins with struggles of various kinds. That’s whythe question is not simply a figure of speech. It is thequestion which nudges us to the response of trusting inGod in all circumstances. We know that there are thosewho, while knowing God and His faithful love and care,do not see fit to apply that to their situation of struggleand weakness.May we be found encouraging one another in thesetimes, by getting… Read More

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Message: Jan 31, 2021

living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerableangels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of thefirstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, thejudge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous madeperfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word thanthe blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12: 22-24 The nature of our worship service is such that wespiritually connect to the church of all times and places.As the hymn states (52) the church at rest has union withthe church on earth. What a thought to come to church andto be joined by angels and those… Read More

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Message: Jan 17, 2021

“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?And who shall stand in his holy place?” Psalm 24: 3 The call to worship is accompanied by the question ofself-examination. The one does not happen without theother. To pass the self-examination, as attached to thecall to worship, the impossible is required. Who hasclean hands? Who has a pure heart? Who does not lift uphis soul to what is false? Who does not swear falsely?If it were up to us, we would not be qualified to comeand worship. And yet the LORD God calls us, for Hecalls us in Christ. Christ did ascend the hill of theLORD, to die there for our sins.… Read More

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Message: Jan 3, 2021

“great is your faithfulness” Lamentations 3: 23 These words, core of one our hymns, are in the middle chapter of Lamentations and nearly in the middle of the chapter. It seems intentional and symbolic for how one should view life.Lamentations is written in the midst of great trouble. And in the midst of all those lamentations, peeling away all the layers of trouble, Jeremiah finds this as the heart of the matter: the comfort that God’s children know that the LORD is faithful. As we enter 2021, may that be our comfort, may that be the core of our existence.

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Message Dec 6, 2020

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 36: 5 These words of praise follow the observation that the wicked say and pursue things that are hateful and harmful. It is the contrast that continues to be seen in the world. The contrast we used to call antithesis. Once it was a descriptor of profiling oneself as Christian. Then it was not popular to speak about antithesis. However it is my observation that it is once again a powerful descriptor of the difference between the ways of evil and the way of God. May Scripture continue to clarify to us how blessed we… Read More

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Message: Nov 22, 2020

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27: 4. The Christian’s desire and prayer to God is to dwell in the house of the Lord. In times such as these that may resonate, as we are limited in our church attendance, due to Alberta Health regulations. However, the emphasis of the text is on gazing upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple. The beauty of the Lord is… Read More

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