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The Genesis (Part 4): The call
January 30, 2018 09:49 AM PST
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In Chapter 4, we encounter the first child, the first murder, the first "name it and claim it" moment, and the first time the people began to call on the name of the Lord. This chapter, really, is a chapter about worship. It is possible to worship God incorrectly. Are we to worship God according to the way we want, or according to the way that God wants?

The Genesis (Part 3): The consequence
January 25, 2018 08:06 AM PST
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The 3rd chapter of Genesis chronicles the fall of man and women into sin. Sometimes we get what we desire, but the result is a lot worse than what we expect. Eve desired the fruit, but when she ate it, and when she gave it to Adam, their eyes were opened and the result was so much more terrible than what they naively thought. And so Adam and Eve tried to cover it up, and when that didn't work, they tried to pass the blame onto someone else... but it didn't work. There was still punishment for sin. There is always punishment for sin. The consequence for sin is death.

The Genesis (Part 2): The man and the woman
January 16, 2018 11:32 AM PST
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In chapter 2 of the book of Genesis we consider the story of the creation of man and of woman, and the garden of Eden. The first problem presented to us in the Bible is not the temptation to eat the forbidden fruit. The first problem in the Bible is the fact that Adam was alone in the garden, and it was not good for him to be alone. The solution to this problem: woman! From this comes a very important teaching on marriage.

The Genesis (Part 1): The Goodness of God
January 11, 2018 10:41 AM PST
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The beginning of a new year, the beginning of a new sermon series, and it is about: beginnings! smiley The word "Genesis" means beginning, and for the next several weeks we will be going through the first 9 chapters of the book of Genesis. This week we look at chapter one, not with the eyes of creation scientists or apologists, but rather as those who already believe in God, and who want to deepen their faith. Genesis chapter 1 is really about introducing us, not the the creation, but to God the creator. He is powerful, good, and holy. Reading Genesis chapter 1 should instil in us an incredible awe of God.

Here is Your God! (2017 Advent of Love)
January 11, 2018 10:21 AM PST
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It is the advent of Love, and the reason I love Christmas is not primarily because of the presents (though I do really like those), but because God came down as a baby, that Jesus had come to eventually die for my sins. We are finishing up our study of Isaiah 40, and we see our God as a god of Love. We will shout it out from somewhere very high: Here is our God! A mighty King and a good shepherd!

Cry Out! (2017 Advent of Joy)
December 18, 2017 09:47 AM PST
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In a strange turn of events, this sermon on Joy follows Isaiah 40 into the content of what we should remind people about... This is what we ought to cry out: 1) Life is temporary. 2) Our faith is fickle. 3) God's word stands forever. Real joy comes from understanding these truths, and not from chasing after our own temporary desires that only leave us feeling empty in the end.

Prepare the Way! (2017 Advent of Peace)
December 18, 2017 09:44 AM PST
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Peace is not just a hippie concept, but rather a result of victory. In Isaiah 40, it is God who is victoriously bringing the people of Israel out of exile. In the Christmas story it is John the Baptist declaring that Jesus is the one who takes away the sin of the world. And we continue to prepare the way, by proclaiming to the people around us how God has forgiven us... Our testimony of Jesus prepares the way for Him to enter into the lives of those with whom we share the good news!

Comfort My People (2017 Advent of Hope)
December 18, 2017 08:21 AM PST
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This year we are looking at the Advent themes through the eyes of the Prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah chapter 40. Christmas Hope is only as real to us as the impact and significance of the reality of the forgiveness of our sins. The amount of hope we have is in direct proportion to how much we believe that Jesus was born to forgive our sins.

Spiritual Warfare
November 28, 2017 07:11 AM PST
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Pastor Greg good encouraging us to stand and resist our enemy the devil. In our culture it is so easy to dismiss or downplay the existence of Satan, or even to make him appealing as a fictional character. But our role is to put on the armour of God and resist. Sometimes spiritual warfare is simply standing firm and persevering in the midst of the bad circumstances, whispered doubts, and lies that the devil tries to devour us with.

The Way of Jesus (Part 7): Community
November 20, 2017 06:56 AM PST
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"I am participating in a community of followers of Jesus on mission to the world". Involvement is what builds relationships. This is a declaration of our personal ongoing active participation in a local church. Jesus gave each person a grace: a gift in the form of a capacity or ability. And this gift that you have been given is for the purpose of building up the local church. Indeed, YOU are a gift to the your local church, but only if you use the gift that Jesus has given you for the growth and development of the church. (Ephesians 4:7-10, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21)

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