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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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Ordinary Saints of Christmas: Zechariah

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." 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 Evan shared on the story of Zechariah.

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Ordinary Saints: From Saul to Paul

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." 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 Evan shared on the story of Saul becoming Paul.

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Ordinary Saints: The Servants

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." 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 Evan shared the story at the beginning of John where Jesus is at a wedding and it’s one of the beginning miracles in understanding the glory of God. Mary points out to Jesus at the wedding they are running out of wine and asks him to meet the needs of the people there. The only people that experience this miracle are the servants who are behind the scenes. God is doing something behind the curtain and not just to wow us, but to draw us deeper into our faith.

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Ordinary Saints: Jesus Saw Zacchaeus

Pastor Preston shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." 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 the story of when Jesus Saw Zacchaeus. Zaccheus is noted not only as a tax collector, but as the chief tax collector of Jericho. Jesus offers him unexpected love.

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Ordinary Saints: Samaritan woman

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." 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 Evan shared the story of the samaritan woman from John 4. The story is from 2000 years ago and it was a male dominated culture. Men and women were not seen as equal. That was not the way Jesus saw the culture or women. Jesus held women at the same place as men. We see that in the way he lived out his life. The women he had around him were these power house women. Jesus shared his more intimate secret with the samaritan woman and by cultural standards did this in a dirty and unholy place. Jesus saw the saintly in this person when no one else could see.

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So ride on: Worship (God sends us) Camp Chestermere

We joined Camp Chestermere during their School Year Camp for students aged Gr. 6-12 to worship together. This Sunday, Erik our Youth Ministry Leader, shared what God had laid on his heart. The theme for the weekend was participate. Erik shared on how participation is an invitation to participate in relationship with God. God invites you to participate in what he’s already doing. He doesn’t use you. God meets us where we are at.

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So ride on: Worship (God gathers us)

We’re introducing this podcast with a bit of context on a unique Sunday morning. It was with broken hearts on Sunday, October 7 we learned of the sudden passing of our dear friend and worship leader, Melissa. With great sadness we worshiped together that morning. Pastor Evan shared that morning with a raw and emotional sermon. We wanted to share this message with you in memory of Melissa. Our hope is that this message is encouraging to you and that we can be reminded how God enters into our story sometimes in extreme pain and sadness.

Worship bring us together. It is the gathered people of God collectively expressing our heart for Him. In John 14:1, it says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, but trust in God, trust also in me.” A sense of peace that came with that. Jesus had only given them reason to trust him. Jesus promised to give you and I a gift: an advocate, counsellor and a guide. The very spirit will be present and it will be around us, beside us and inside of our hearts. He told them they could trust it as if Jesus was physically present with them. He promised the same spirit inside of them should be shared and would be in all of those gathered who trusted in the voice of God. It was strange, because even as they were sad and upset by whatever was going to happen to Jesus there was a sense of peace they were all going to endure in the end. Even Jesus was going to be ok.

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So ride on: Generosity

We have a generous God and it flows into us. Pastor Preston continues in our sermon series So Ride On. The series is about exploring our four main values at Lake Ridge and this week he explored our value of "Generosity." He explores several scriptures in the bible Proverbs 11:25 those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. We live this, not out of duty, but as a posture we take to be generous in all areas of our life. It is your privilege to grow in this area - you do not have to have it all figured out.

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So ride on: Community

The way in which we treat each other that people will know God.  All our other values of story, generosity and worship flow into community. Pastor Evan shares on Lake Ridge’s value of community. At the very beginning of creation we see in Genesis 1:26 we are made for community. God said let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness. Father, son and holy spirit created us in their likeness. This is why we have this deep soul calling to be connected. To have relationship in it's truest form is to admit you need them in order to grow into who you are. We must learn to rely on each other. It’s hard to admit we need each other. How are you learning to need the person next to you? Choose to need each other, because that is the message of God and what you actually made for.

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Colossians: Will Jesus sustain you?

Pastor Evan shares on the letter written from Paul to the early church in Colossae. They were this messy group of people from all walks of life, just like us. In this place they began to learn the expanse of God. The jewish law was about connecting with God with a system of rules and regulations. We do this today in church too through our own traditions and perspectives we bring in. As humans, we like to earn what we have and the law made that possible. Paul reminds us there isn't anything you can do earn your salvation: it's a gift. It might have felt like moving from the comfort of a large system, like a cruise ship to a raft. You have to put your faith in Jesus. You have to trust the raft is more sturdy and sound and will take you places that you could never go in a cruise ship. And Jesus will lead that raft because Jesus is on that raft too. 

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