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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: David on the Run

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 1 Samuel 21-24. In the wilderness it’s pretty grim for David. Instead of running from it he stepped into it. David had a particular posture that is unique. He goes into the wilderness he discovers that God is meeting him.

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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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Story of David: David and Goliath

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 1 Samuel 17. When he went to the brook David was trained in this way of trust and courage and reached down what he’s done in the present of God in the wilderness, he picked up his stones. We cannot deepen our faith in Jesus if we do not spend time at the brook ourselves.

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Story of David: Give us a king!

Pastor Evan introduces 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. In the beginning God created us and gave us his likeness. We were made to be in constant, beautiful, pure, perfect to live in relationship with God. In the story from 1 Samuel 8 the people wanted a physical king to lead them. And don’t we all? Pastor Evan explores the question, “why does God give them what they want?” God wants to give you want you desire - even though it’s not always what you need. He gives them what they want and that means he has to reorient his plan and his love. Because they asked for it. The reoriented plan of God demonstrated his heart of us in the midst of our own personal rejections of him as our king. It’s the kind of the story that changes history. It changed the history of God and his people. What does it mean to allow God to be the king of your life?

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2019 A New Year: Sabbath a day of rest

Erik kicks off 2019 with a message about Sabbath discussing the day of rest and the practice of creating space for this time. Erik shares on how the practice of Sabbath and his perspective on the commandment has shaped his own relationship with God. Sabbath rest, is not lazy, it’s fully living into God.

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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: Grateful Lepers

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 on being unclean in your skin and the story of a chief commander and mighty warrior. People started to believe if they did not have clean skin disease they were considered holy. Jesus is making all things new. Our response is simply two words: thank you.

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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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Ordinary Saints: Demon Possessed Man

Pastor Preston kicks off new 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 the demon possessed man. By the end of the holy encounter with Jesus he was changed. Jesus sees you as holy. A saint isn’t somebody who worked really hard to do good. They lived into what the father says about them.

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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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