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June 5th, 2022

Pentecost – Living Pure Lives through the Spirit

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Pentecost 2022A Common Thread

The Feast of Pentecost looks forward to the time prophesied by Malachi and it looks back to the giving of the law at Sinai. But there is a common thread. God is looking for the pure in heart to worship him. On occasion, God does break into history as he did when he spoke the commandments from the top of the mountain.  But at the future time prophesied by Malachi, only the pure will be able to face the Lord when he returns to the earth.
So, what is that pure heart that the Lord God appreciates? More

May 16th, 2022

God’s Promises and Providence – God Will Provide

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Ruth and Naomi God providesThe question of how God works in the lives of his people is one that looms large. Those without faith in God look at the horrors of society and question whether God is at work at all. But we have biblical examples to help us realize the blessing of God’s promises and providence for those who serve him and love his ways.
The story of Lot and his wife provide an object lesson about God’s deliverance of those who trust him and the consequences of having our hopes and dreams tied up in the material world. The story of Ruth and Naomi gives us the hope that if we set our heart to follow God he will supply all of our needs.

The scripture says ‘all things work together for good, for those who love God and are called according to his purpose’ What does this mean in the context of the suffering in the world and the hope of God’s promises? More

May 4th, 2022

Civilization’s Lynchpin — The Fifth Commandment

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The fifth commandment unites the two key concepts of love for God and love for neighbour that provide the executive summary of God’s will for humanity. The fifth commandment is one of family loyalty, that is owed to God as our spiritual Father and Creator, and our parents as those who were our first caregivers. And it is the family that has provided the foundation for all civilized society.

April 23rd, 2022

Trapped at a Dead End? God Delivers

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There is Always Hope

We may feel trapped or enslaved due to circumstances beyond our control.But like our ancient spiritual ancestors we need to consider that God is able to deliver us. Even if we are stuck in a box canyon or dead end, we are not without hope. Paul admonishes us to consider the examples of Israel during their wilderness journey. They had been slaves, but the Lord God had freed them from Egypt and led them into the wilderness. And yet, when they faced challenges, they felt ‘boxed-in’ and fear overwhelmed them, they quickly reverted to their old ways of thinking and acting that had disastrous results. More

April 17th, 2022

Spring Feast 2022 – Passover/Unleavened Bread

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Spring Feast 2022

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Passover - Faith and ObedienceForgiveness, Faith and Obedience – A Tale of Four Passovers

There are major differences between the Good Friday – Easter tradition and the biblical Passover- Unleavened Bread festival that relate to the issue of faith and obedience. Are we following the biblical instructions and ‘hitting the target’ or are we ‘missing the mark’ and continuing in sin. Are we disobedient like Adam who heard God’s instructions but did not do them? Or, are we following in Jesus’ footsteps who both listened to and performed all the the Father had asked him to do?

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April 16th, 2022

Forgiveness, Faith and Obedience — A Tale of Four Passovers

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There are major differences between the Good Friday – Easter tradition and the biblical Passover- Unleavened Bread festival that relate to the issue of faith and obedience. Are we following the biblical instructions and ‘hitting the target’ or are we ‘missing the mark’ and continuing in sin. Are we disobedient like Adam who heard God’s instructions but did not do them? Or, are we following in Jesus’ footsteps who both listened to and performed all the the Father had asked him to do?

We demonstrate our obedience to God, in that having been forgiven, we step out in faith to do and to teach others to do God’s will in all matters. The stories relating to the Passover give us a powerful testimony of the need for faithful obedience. Moses had rehearsed all of God’s instructions to the Israelites. They were to kill a perfect lamb, put its blood around their doors, and be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. This they did exactly as they had been instructed by God, and he protected them from the death angel that killed the Egyptian firstborn. But now that they were leaving Egypt — whether Israelite or Gentile — they were required to eat unleavened bread for the week. And there was a powerful spiritual lesson in this physical action. More

April 9th, 2022

Boundaries to Respect — Teach ‘All’ Things

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God’s Boundaries

The mission of the disciples of Christ was to go into the world and teach by word and example ‘all things’ that Jesus had taught. Today, we live in a society that is embracing values that stand in stark opposition to the truth of scripture, and those values that conform to reality as Jesus instructed.
As a result, we face a challenge similar to that of our ancestors in the faith who lived 2,000 years ago. Through the power of God’s spirit we must understand the boundaries that we must respect. We must determine those ideas and actions that we must resist at all costs — what is ‘unclean’  according to the Word of God. We must know what is acceptable to God — what is ‘clean.’ More