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40 Acts – Gifted

March 24, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellActs 6:1-7In the church there are often two groups of leaders – elders and deacons. Acts 6 is the story of how a group of leaders we call deacons originated. The original tells us how church organization grows and develops and is a perfect model for starts and initiatives for the church through the centuries. Let’s …

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40 Acts – United

March 17, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellActs 2.42-47The early followers of Jesus took very seriously the prayer of Jesus that we would be “one.” He prayed that this would be so in order that the world would believe. Indeed the unity of the Jerusalem believers had a great impact on their neighbours. They were described as having favour with all the people. …

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40 Acts – A Brave Church

March 13, 2019 Speaker: Ian CampbellWe are joining over 100,000 individuals and 1000s of churches around the world to spend Lent generously. What if rather than only giving something up for Lent we went all out and added some generosity and gave out kindness? Every day we will have a thought supplied by e-mail and every Sunday we will keep …

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Postcards from the Future – Blessed are the Peacemakers

Speaker: Ian CampbellMatthew 5.9Canada has prided itself in being a peacekeeping people. While we may know what peacekeeping is do we know what peacemaking is? Are they the same thing? How can peace be made? And why would this qualify us to be children of God? Let’s add this one to our set of extraordinary declarations Jesus made about the …

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Postcards from the Future-Blessed are the Pure in Heart

February 17, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellMatthew 5.8How does something become pure? Usually by some kind of testing. All impurities, all foreign substances have been excised. How is my heart in this regard? Is there anything in there that needs to be removed? Tough question!

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Postcards from the Future – Blessed are the Hungry

February 10, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellMatthew 5.6Desires. Humans have a set of them. They are often only satisfied temporarily. We are hungry and thirsty, we eat and drink and are satisfied only to become hungry and thirsty again. When Jesus says there is a kind of hunger and thirst for righteousness and that those who have those desires will be satisfied …

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Postcards from the Future – Blessed are the Merciful

Speaker: Mike Burns Matthew 5.7 As a young Christian, I remember learning the distinction between grace and mercy.  The quote, which is still in popular use today, goes like this:  Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve and mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.  While this is still a helpful notion, I …

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Postcards from the Future – Blessed are the Gentle

Sermon from Sunday, January 27 Speaker: Ian Campbell Matthew 5.5 Traditionally this verse is translated “meek.” How interesting that Moses was said to be the “meekest” person on earth. What is that quality? And how would that characteristic qualify someone to inherit the earth? How does a person become meek and how is the quality of meekness manifest in behaviour? …

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Postcards from the Future – Blessed are the Mourners

January 20, 2019 Speaker: Ian Campbell Through the season of Epiphany we are going to visit the teaching of Jesus called the Beatitudes. These eight “rights and responsibilities” have been called the constitution of the Kingdom of God. We have been talking about the Christian hope as the life after the life after death and we’ll see how these principles …

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Postcards From The Future – Blessed Are The Poor……. (2)

January 13, 2019 Speaker – Ian Campbell Postcards from the Future Through the season of Epiphany we are going to visit the teaching of Jesus called the Beatitudes. These eight “rights and responsibilities” have been called the constitution of the Kingdom of God. We have been talking about the Christian hope as the life after the life after death and …