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What it REALLY Means to be GOOD NEWS

It’s counter-intuitive. It goes against what most people think – and what many Followers of Jesus actually move toward – even though we know better. It’s what makes any talk about Jesus credible – and what validates the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s what brings true joy and meaning to us – and what makes our lives meaningful to others. It’s what allowed those first Followers of Jesus to change a whole empire in 300 years. It’s the most important thing that happens in our lives; it’s faith working itself out in love. It’s the crossbeam of the cross of Jesus. It’s the way Jesus, who connected Heaven and Earth – lived His life. It was Jesus’ signature move and the theme running though His most famous message. It was the core subject of His final stories, the subject of His final prayer, and the fruit if His final gift, The Holy Spirit. It’s the proof that we really do love God by loving your neighbor as yourself. It’s allowing all the goodness of the Holy Spirit to do good things in you – then letting that goodness pour from your life to others in the kindness of Jesus. A kindness that flows to your family, to your co-workers, to your neighbours, and right on into the lives of the people you encounter – even those you don’t like or agree with. To be honest – this kindness is what makes Jesus irresistible in a world where people typically get used for someone else’s advantage. And this kindness is what usually gets squeezed out of people who are desperately trying to be holy – shining up their halo. And, according to Jesus, this kindness is what the Father will be looking for in the final review of our lives. According to Paul – all of the spiritual gifts and faith projects and missions of self-denial are nothing without faith expressed in love!

Sunday May 5. 2019
2 Services
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
IT MEANS THAT LOVE LEAKS OUT OF OUR LIVES
Jesus summarized everything – the law, prophets and history of the Bible with two commands; Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength – AND love your neighbour as yourself. No one would seriously argue with that – after all, that’s what Jesus said. And the cross Jesus died on is a perfect example of that. Jesus died on a stake – reaching into the heavens, but driven into the earth. He paid with His life – to create a relationship between God and humans. The other side to that, and the profound side to it – is that He died with His arms nailed wide open. He died to create a relationship between us and others.  Without the horizontal beam – it’s not a cross – just a stake!
Everything that Jesus taught, everything that Jesus said, all His prayers, His stories, His dreams and His ultimate plan is for us – His people, is to be connected squarely to Him – and then embrace others in the irresistible love that comes from Him. The relationship between us and God is settled – freeing us to  love others.
Talking about love is one thing; learning how to love – and then showing it through goodness, kindness, patience and forgiveness is another. And it all starts with how we love one another. John is very clear; whoever says they love God and will not love their brother or sister is a liar!

Sunday May 12. 2019
2 Services
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
Mother’s Day / SHEPHERD MOM
A lot of people claim that Psalm 23 is their favourite psalm. For some, it’s simply something that gets read when we need some comforting thoughts. It’s actually a parable of the kind of care we need to place ourselves in – to live in ways that make a difference. It’s how God cares for us – and a parable for the kind of care leaders give to people – and parents give to children.  Honestly, it covers everything!

Sunday May 19. 2019
2 Services
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
IT MEANS WE NEED SUPERNATURAL POWER
Right before Jesus ascended to the Father – He sent those who had come to Him and followed Him – to have a transforming influence. But, apparently, His teaching and His example and His encouragement just wasn’t enough – because He told them to wait. The point? You can’t do this on your own! But with supernatural power? With the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control of God Himself? All things are possible!

Sunday May 26. 2019
2 Services
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
IT MEANS THAT JESUS HAS SENT US ALL TO CHANGE THE WORLD!
People are not necessarily interested in philosophical discourses on the nature of the world and why we know there’s a God. People are not usually interested in rules to follow to help them live longer or healthier lives – unless, of course, they have cancer or AIDs or heart disease. But when crazy, off-the-wall people who have terrorized entire communities get changed – people’s interest is piqued. “You know what I was! This is who I am! Jesus made the difference!  Would you like to meet Him?

Sunday June 2. 2019
1 Services
@ 10:00 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
IT MEANS THAT LIVING WITH GENEROSITY
Open Eyes + A Tender Heart = Open Hands. There’s one quality that people are always receptive to. Generosity! We love generosity – and yet we really, really struggle to love being generous! Why is that? It’s because being generous costs us. It’s because generosity confronts selfishness and self-centeredness and self-interest. We don’t calculate it like this, but the thinking behind stinginess and self-centeredness (the opposite of generosity) is, “If I give it – I won’t have it! And then I’ll be the one in need!” And that’s the real question, isn’t it? Will you actually be the one in need – or be richer than you ever thought you’d be?

Sunday June 9. 2019
1 Services @ 10:00 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
IT WILL TAKE THE KINDNESS OF JESUS
If there’s a quality about Jesus that made His life so incredibly powerful –    it was His amazing, unfailing, incessant, life-changing, world-transforming kindness. He treated everyone He encountered with kindness – even though it was, at times, a stern kindness. In every crowd He entered He was simply on-mission. He looked people who had been unkind in the eyes – and they saw kindness. He looked people in the eyes who expected contempt – and they saw kindness. His kindness healed people, freed people, lifted people up, forgave people, fed people – and drew people to Him. It still does. Unkindness repels – and always will. And unkindness NEVER comes from Jesus – ever!

Sunday June 16. 2019
1 Services @ 10:00 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
Father’s Day / EVERYONE WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Dad’s are fixers. They just can’t help themselves. It’s a guy thing. Broken bicycles. Broken cars.  Broken cellphones. The problem we run into, as guys, is that tools, advice, glue and great mechanical skills can’t fix broken hearts. And they can’t fix being off-mission for years at a time. We tend to think that in the last years or season of life – we can make up for lost time;  you know, do the things that we never took the time to do – give what we never gave – love where we never loved. Actually? We make a difference when the goodness and love God anoints us and runs out of our hands into those around us. We can consistently leave things better than we find them – instead of trying to fix them, because we broke them.

 

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