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Anti-Values Series: Community

Pastor Preston continues the series looking at Lake Ridge’s anti-values. Sometimes the best way to talk about something is by talking about the shadow side of it, the opposite, the upside down. Each value that we share at Lake Ridge has an opposite and detrimental version. By exploring the shadow side, we can be aware of it and nurture what we really sense God is calling us to become. We believe that following Jesus is best done together - it's why Jesus gathered people around him. Community is all about connecting, meeting new people and good friends.

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Guest Homilist: Lisa Pollard

Guest Homilist, Lisa Pollard shares the story from John 11:35 where Jesus wept. Lisa unpacks what his tears might have been about as he experienced the loss of his friend Lazarus.. We see Jesus in all his humanity here. Perhaps it wasn’t the death of his friend that pained Jesus; rather it was the tears on Mary’s face that brought on His tears. He empathized with their pain. His heart must have been broken to see the sadness of those he loved. Jesus came into a situation where there was deep mourning and sorrow and he grieved as well, a situation he was invited into.

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Guest Homilist: Natasha Backs

Guest Homilist, Natasha Backs discusses the story in Exodus 2:1-10 a story about 3 women; the mother of Moses, Miriam and Pharaoh’s daughter. Natasha unpacks this story of trust and faithful women. God was pulling at their heart strings and they put her faith into a boy, who would become a man of God - the man of God who would free his people.




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Exile: Our home finds us

We are exploring a theme that threads its way through the whole Bible: Exile. A pivotal moment in the story of God's people is when they lost everything and were taken away. But according to prophets like Jeremiah, God saw that they had lost more than their stuff, they lost their way. Pastor Preston explores the ways in which God loves us there and back again. Pastor Preston unpacks the book of Daniel where your home, your whole way of life is taken from you. Our home finds us. God is a roving home.

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Exile: Keep your eyes on me

We are exploring a theme that threads its way through the whole Bible: Exile. A pivotal moment in the story of God's people is when they lost everything and were taken away. But according to prophets like Jeremiah, God saw that they had lost more than their stuff, they lost their way. Pastor Preston explores the ways in which God loves us there and back again. Exile feels less maze and more labyrinth. God wanted you to know keep your eyes on me. It’s not a trick. Jesus says keep your eyes on me.

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Ezekiel: Valley of dry bones

Our youth leader, Erik Davis, shares on the story from Ezekiel 37 the story of the valley of dry bones. Erik shares on the prophecy in chapter 37 of the Book of Ezekiel. In his vision Ezekiel sees himself standing in the valley full of dry human bones. What does this mean for you in your life? Dry bones doesn’t mean you’re dead. Maybe it just means that you don’t feel alive.

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Guest Homilist: Ann Symes

Guest Homilist, Ann Symes discusses what it means to be a citizen of heaven here and now. She explores the scripture reading Matthew 5:43-48 (from the message) and Phil 3:20 unpacking the idea of what it means to be a citizen. The gift of God’s love comes first and comes without having to do anything. When I think of God’s gift of heavenly citizenship it calms the deepest part of me. It tells me I belong. What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven right now here in your family, workplace, Chestermere and our world?

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John: The word of God spoken

Pastor Preston explores the beginning of the Book of John. God called everything into being. The word that made the world is now in the world and he is walking among us. Jesus is here. Jesus speaks the word and it happens. Everything broken and fallen, sinful and diseased is called into salvation by God’s spoken word.

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Guest Homilist: Tara Jensen

Guest Homilist, Tara Jensen shares on the story of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. She unpacks the story where Jesus led his disciples to the garden the night before he was arrested. Jesus withdraws into solitude to fully surrender in this moment to the will of the Father. What if the invitation we are receiving is to move beyond the faith in Jesus and to practice the faith of Jesus? To grow into people of deep faith by intimidating the faith he had and draws us into sacred solitude with the father.

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Guest Homilist: Tara Linsley

Guest Homilist, Tara Linsley shares on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians in Chapter 3. She explores the extraordinary plan that is revealed to Paul that through the gospel the Gentiles will inherit Israel. There are no longer Jews and Gentiles, but one body and they are sharers in the inheritance. What would this have meant for them? And what are the tensions in culture today that are similar?

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Fear is a Liar

Is fear a liar or does it speak truth (sometimes)? Can we trust our fears, worries, and anxieties? Our new sermon series begins this Sunday with Pastor Preston exploring one of the most frequent commands in the Bible: 'do not be afraid.' In a world with much to fear, how can we live fearlessly?

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One Another: Unity

This Lent season we’re talking about how God meets us. Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore the biblical ‘One-Another’s’ from John 13:34 and discover how God might be using others to show us his love. Pastor Evan shares on unity and breaks down how one of the hardest things we will do in our faith is to choose to be united.

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As I have loved you: love each other

This Lent season we’re talking about how God meets us. Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore the biblical ‘One-Another’s’ from John 13:34 and discover how God might be using others to show us his love. Pastor Preston shares the story of Jesus in the garden in the season where they are pruning the vines in John 15: 1-17.

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As I have loved you: the love of the Father

This Lent season we’re talking about how God meets us. Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore the biblical ‘One-Another’s’ and discover how God might be using others to show us his love. Pastor Evan shares on the love of the Father and how because the Father loves me I now who I am and therefore I can love.

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Discernment: Or maybe that way?

Pastor Evan wraps up this quick two-week series on discernment. What does it look like to be healthy, good spiritual discerners? Discernment is the process that we use, whether big or small to make a decision to separate or decide or to come to a conclusion. It is a process that takes place in and through the spirit of God. Pastor Evan shares the 5 foundations of the process of discernment from the book Pursuing God’s Will Together, by Ruth Haley Barton.

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Discernment: Should we go this way?

Pastor Evan begins the two week series on discernment. What does it look like to be healthy, good spiritual discerners? Discernment is the process that we use, whether big or small to make a decision to separate or decide or to come to a conclusion. Reading through the story in John 9 Pastor Evan shares on spiritual discernment. It is the ability to distinguish between good (that which draws us closer to God) and evil (that which draws us further apart from God). We need those around us to help grow a capacity to recognize and respond to the presence and activity of God - in the ordinary and the big moments. It’s important to ask ourselves in this process, “what are the barriers that stand in the way of me seeing what God is doing?”

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Story of David: David is King

Pastor Preston continues in our new sermon series, "The Story of David." For five weeks we'll bring these stories to life and discover how David was a crucially human example of how we relate to God. Pastor Preston shares on the story from 2 Samuel 11-12. This is an amazing story that might seem out of character for David, but is actually just below the surface in all of us. David is caught in a sin and covering up for himself. Pastor Nathan comes into David’s life to come alongside him to not shame, but lovingly point out David is stuck. While sin isn’t creative, salvation always is.

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Story of David: Saul, David & Jonathan

Pastor Evan continues in our new sermon series, "The Story of David." For five weeks we'll bring these stories to life and discover how David was a crucially human example of how we relate to God. Pastor Evan shares on the story from 1 Samuel 18-20. Jonathan and David’s relationship grew among the two most unlikely friends. Jonathan was Saul’s son and the future king. This must have been a profoundly important relationship among friends. Sometimes we underestimate the deep spiritual aspects of our friendships. We underestimate the courage and resilience we have when we are supported by good friends. David remains faithful to God, and faithful to himself. Yet, he stays strong. David had help. It was God’s help and it looked like a soul friend.

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Ordinary Saints of Christmas: Mary

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints of Christmas." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. This week Pastor Evan shared on the story of Mary. God was calling ordinary people into the story. This young woman was a teenager, and was betrothed and that was a commitment likely made between their families. There was immense pressure in that. Mary was likely doing boring, ordinary things and not thinking about having babies when the angel Gabriel came to visit her. She was afraid and confused by what she was being told. Eventually, she was willing to lean into the mystery of God and it changed her. It is hard to lean into the mystery. Have you, do you and are you willing to invite the mystery of God into your life?

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Ordinary Saints of Christmas: Joseph

Pastor Preston shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints of Christmas." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Preston shared on the story of Joseph. God was calling ordinary people into the story. People who were postured towards God and nothing particularly special, but they were righteous people. What could it look like for you to live a righteous life?

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