One of the toughest commandments Jesus gave to us was about how many times we are to instructed to forgive one another… the equation He gave us was CRAZY! He told Peter not just seven times, but SEVENTY-SEVEN times! Throughout the Easter story, Jesus brought us to the place where ultimate forgiveness was granted on a cross when we didn’t deserve it at all. In our lives, the truth is we forgive ourselves QUICKLY and almost ALWAYS. The harder part? Extending that same forgiveness to those around us over and over and over again. So, how can we do something that seems impossible, and not feel like a doormat?


The death of Jesus on the cross, and subsequent resurrection and ascension is one of the most significant events on the Christian calendar – and so polarizing that it even catches the attention of those who don’t believe in Jesus at all! With such a monumental event, it’s surprisingly easy to miss the significance of it in our day-to-day lives. In other words, the event on the calendar can simply become another date, and not an event that leads to the greatest and most transformative teaching you could ever know. So good, in fact – that it almost seems too good to believe!

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The Pleasure and Entertainment god

3500 years ago, the Israelites proved that people would be willing to hammer their silver and gold into some kind of a little ‘g’ god who promised a good time. You know – fun! And the people who deliver a good time through sports, music, movies, and humour are paid well. Pleasure and entertainment are worthy of our pursuit – and God has given us all the sensors we need to enjoy them. But that’s where it ends. If our willingness to sacrifice and pursue ends with what gives us pleasure, what’s fun… then we’re left empty!

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I’m not sure about you, but it has felt like this period of lockdown will just never end! It seems like one long road that winds, twists, turns – yet never reaches its conclusion. Sometimes our walk with Jesus can feel like that, too. We might feel like a promise He has given us hasn’t happened. Or the path He put us on is really getting old – we’re tired of it… and just plain burned out! It’s been a tough time, hasn’t it?Though everyone is in the same boat with the pandemic, there is part of this experience that, again – asks us to walk the narrow road we are called to as Christians. Jesus said it wasn’t going to be easy, but we have to stay on course. So, how do we do that? How do we keep going?

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2020 has felt like ONE BIG LOSS for many of us. Amidst the normal challenges of life, Covid-19 barged into our lives and threw the entire world into chaos. As we look back on this year, our hearts initially see how disappointing it was. Our challenge today is to remember where God has worked – and how He brought good out of the darkness. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, did just that; he remembered. His life was under constant stress – like running from the governing authorities who were trying to kill him! Rather than thinking about only that, he remembered those who were there for him at his lowest moments. Like Paul, let’s choose to look back at 2020 – remembering and thanking those who were there for us. As we look to 2021, let’s be intentional about who we ask to be in our corner – and who we remember, support and encourage as we aim to transform our world through Jesus!

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God, since the beginning of time, has sought to create peace with His people. More often than not, God’s people refused to accept these peace offerings, and turned to something else more flashy and desirable. These offers of peace made from God to His people ultimately become realized in the story of baby Jesus and the manger. So, the question for us this Christmas season is the same as it was to the people of God long ago; are we going to miss the offering of peace? Are we going to see the story of baby Jesus as sufficiently peaceful for us, or not? Are we going to let another Christmas season pass us by, or will we grab onto this peace offering anew?

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In the Christian life, it’s quite obvious who we are following… Jesus! However, in his little book to the Philippians, Paul urges the Philippian Church to follow him as he follows Christ. But why would Paul make such a demand… It almost seems blasphemous! The reason? Paul understands the difficulty of following Jesus at any time in human history, and seeks to inspire us by reminding us to look to the Christian body, in other words, one another, as motivation to keep pursing the ultimate goal; looking like Jesus!

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Ever watch someone else tell others about Jesus, but it’s really all about them? Or maybe even you have done something “for God”, but really wanted the spotlight just for yourself. Paul, on his many journey’s, found that some people preached Jesus Christ selfishly. Rather than seething with anger, Paul rejoices that Jesus was still preached! How could someone think that? What allowed Paul to rejoice in someone else’s selfish preaching was that THE GOOD NEWS was STILL proclaimed! In this Sunday’s sermon, we are going to be diving into Paul’s deep love for seeing Jesus Christ glorified above all things!

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Praying for someone else can sure be intimidating. How do I do it well? What is something I should always say? What if I suck at praying out loud? Sadly, all of us have thought this before. Paul, in his little letter to the Philippians, has a fantastic approach to this dilemma. He suggests that when we pray for others, we pray for them to be “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes from JESUS CHRIST.” So, taking from Paul, we are going to be diving into to what this means, and how to do it well!

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