Hebrews 10: 24 “Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. God always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out.” Words have power. They can wound, humiliate and inflict pain. But, words can also heal wounds and make peace. They can be…

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Matthew 13: 31 “Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like…” Jesus used parables, or stories with sometimes layered meanings, to tell the people who he was, why he had come to the world, and what God’s vision of the world would be. He used the term kingdom of heaven, which…

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Genesis 1: 27 “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them.” In the Bible, we can learn through the stories, songs, and prayers about the character of God. We learn that God is wise, loving, challenging, steadfast, forgiving, and just. It is reasonable to assume that when God…

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Summer’s here! Time for family BBQs, sending the kids to camp, beaches, road trips, long awaited vacations…at least it used to be. This year, the summer is unique. Kids have been home for the last few months, so the end of the school year might not feel special. Many people are still working from home…

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“Nobody said it would be easy.” Has anyone ever said that to you? Did it make you defensive, did it make you want to give up, or did it help you persevere and accept whatever challenge you faced? Jesus made it pretty clear that following him would not always be easy. In chapter 10 of…

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Remember when we used to travel? Okay, it wasn’t that long ago, though it might feel like it if you had a trip planned in the last few months that was cancelled! When we do travel though, most of us have a certain way we like to pack what we’ll need for our trip. Maybe…

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Genesis 18: 14 “Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?” In the Bible, the story of Abraham and Sarah took a humorous turn. When they were called to be God’s people, God said they would be the ancestors of a multitude of nations. And yet, they grew older and older and had no children. One…

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In Genesis 1:1 we read about how God created the world.  From the skies and seas to the lakes and the trees, he made it all.  The seasons are ever changing with new temperatures, hot and cold, new colours from spring to fall.  Sometimes if we stop long enough we will notice some of the…

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Earth, wind and fire.  The celebration of Pentecost.  For Christians, Pentecost refers to the 50th day after Easter , when the Holy Spirit came upon the earth to the first followers of Jesus through the rush of wind and tongues of fire.  This story in the Bible is filled with wonder and mystery and a…

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A witness is someone who shares their knowledge of an event or a person.  We rely on witnesses in our justice system, those who can accurately describe what they’ve seen. Jesus’ final instructions to the disciples was a call to be witnesses, to tell the world what they had seen and heard while they were…

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