Category: Sermons

Weekend Review: Sloth

This past weekend, we opened up a discussion around the sin of sloth, which at first glance doesn’t seem all that bad. The idea of having a lazy Saturday doesn’t seem very deadly. That actually seems heavenly. But, that’s because I don’t believe we have correctly understood what the sin of sloth is really all…

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7 Deadly Sins: Sloth

This weekend, we are continuing in our series, 7 Deadly Sins, and we are looking at the sin of sloth. And, at first glance, I would wager that most of us don’t see this sin as all that deadly. Like honestly, sleeping in, reading a book, watching Netflix, and having coffee doesn’t seem sinful –…

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Weekend Review: Pride

This past weekend, we opened up our first sermon in our series, 7 Deadly Sins. And, we began with three ground rules… 1. God doesn’t use guilt, so neither will I. We are not going to use guilt as a motivator. 2. This series will be focused on freedom and healing, not on sin. We…

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7 Deadly Sins: Pride

We are kicking off a brand-new series on the 7 Deadly Sins, which will take us through the season of Lent – a Christian practice that begins on Wednesday, March 6 and continues for 40 days. And, I know at first glance this doesn’t seem like a lot of fun. A seven-week series on sin…

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Weekend Review: Love Your Enemies

This past weekend, we dove into the well-known, less-practiced, teaching of Jesus from Matthew 5:43-48 (NRSV)… “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your…

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The Jesus Experiment: Love Your Enemies

This weekend, we are launching into one of the most beautiful, challenging, and important teachings of Jesus. In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus is going to tell us to “love our enemies.” And, yes, by enemies, He actually means “those” people. Like that person at work you can’t stand. Like that neighbour that drives you nuts. Like…

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Weekend Review: Revenge

This weekend, we looked at a very famous and misunderstood teaching of Jesus. He says this in Matthew 5:38-42 (NRSV)… “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the…

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The Jesus Experiment: Revenge

This weekend, we want to talk about the plot of basically every movie ever: Revenge. Hate. And, getting even. Because, this is a theme that runs throughout our culture – that if we are hurt, we should hit back. It’s called the cycle of violence, and we live with the myth of redemptive violence. Jesus…

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Weekend Review: Divorce and Oaths

This weekend, we looked at two of Jesus’ teachings. The first was a very contextual directive on divorce in Matthew 5:31-32. And, here we see that Jesus is raising the bar for faithfulness within marriage, specifically calling men to a different standard. Then, Jesus taught about oaths, again in a highly contextualized way. He says…

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The Jesus Experiment: Divorce and Oaths

This weekend, we are continuing in our series, The Jesus Experiment, seeking to live life in the way of Jesus – to experiment with actually simply putting into practice what Jesus asks and says. In the message, we are going to look at Jesus’ teaching on divorce and oaths. And, at first, these two directives…

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