Weekly News

Unlocking the Mystery of God’s Generosity

In our 21st Century culture, we’re urged to strive for success, to win, to have the latest and best of everything, to make something of ourselves – and to not be left behind. We expect rewards for our efforts. If a sibling or colleague receives a greater reward than us with less effort, we are…
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The Master’s Key

The disciple Peter might have wondered if he was going to get a gold star for his comments in ‘Discipleship Class’: ‘Lord, How many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? As many as seven times?’ Peter’s question was magnanimous from a forgiveness perspective. In Jewish custom, three times was…
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Keys to Restoring Relationships

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9 NIV) This was Cain’s response to the Lord’s question about his brother’s whereabouts. Cain was miffed and angry with his brother Abel.  Why? Because the Lord had accepted Abel’s offering but did not look with favour on his offering. Instead of controlling his anger and being reconciled with…
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Well, Come and Take up your Cross

We all probably know what’s coming. This scripture verse is sometimes quoted ad nauseum, as kind of a readjustment of the moral compass which has been pulled by some kind of dark gravity into places we shouldn’t go. I don’t think that’s what Jesus was talking about. When the Messiah (that’s what Peter has just…
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A Welcome Declaration

In our 21st Century culture, individualism is perhaps regarded as our most “inalienable right”. We are entitled to our own opinions and the right to express them. We have the right to make our own choices of what is right and true, what we want to believe, or what we regard as the supreme object…
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Faith that Jesus Welcomes

As we push through the middle chapters of the book of Matthew, we have to engage with some very difficult thoughts and ideas about the ministry of both Jesus and the disciples. But (the Canaanite woman) knelt before Jesus and said, ‘Lord, help me!’ Jesus answered, ‘It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and…
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Jesus is Watching Out for Us

In his message last Sunday, Pr. Reid asked: “How many of you have been on a boat?  How many of you love being on a boat?  How many of you hate being on a boat?” Being on a boat is not my favourite place.  If there’s just a bit of swell, before long I’m feeling…
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Welcome to Dinner

Bring (the loaves and fish) to me,’ Jesus said. Then, he commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up into heaven, he blessed them.  Matthew 14:18,19a I love the ambiguity. As I read through the story of the feeding of the five…
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Discovering Treasure

In The Lord of the Rings, a hobbit named Gollum discovers a ring which he refers to as “my precious”.  He is glad to have found it. Yet sadly, his devotion to it changes him for the worse. I wonder, what’s the most precious thing you’ve ever discovered? What were the circumstances that led up…
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Welcome Harvest

Human attitudes, words and actions are like seeds and plants that bear fruit over time.  For thousands of years, people have noticed how this works out in life. For example, we read in the ancient book of Job: As I have observed, those who plough evil and those who sow trouble reap it (Job 4:8…
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