God’s Plan and Our Tendency to Meddle With it: a Sermon

Telling the Story of Jacob and Esau from Genesis 28-30 a primary theme emerges. Our human tendency to take things into our own hands and out of God’s. In this message prepared for Grace Church in Abbotsford BC, our tendency to assume we know how we should implement our own steps to make God’s plan and promises come true is highlighted. In this message I point out the consequences of…

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Your Marriage is Like a Diamond for The World to See

I love marriage – for a different reason than you might think. One of my favourite things about marriage is the incredible illustration it represents of the power of Jesus’ relationship with us, his church. We are to love our spouse as Christ loves the church: selflessly, sacrificially, full of grace. I’m convinced that there is NO greater form of evangelism in our current culture than a Christ-centered marriage (Eph….

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Abundant Life and Fearless in Friendship

I was listening to a friend share the other day and he said something that caught my attention. He mentioned that he wasn’t born into a Christian family but his mom had found Jesus when he was in High School. He mentioned that she took her faith seriously but that she never tried to force her faith on him, instead he remembers feeling like she wanted to introduce him to…

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Vulnerability and Companionship

I was thinking about the concept of “Vulnerability” and it struck me that its very different than weakness. Let me give you some context. The other day I approached Melissa and told her that I was feeling vulnerable. It was slightly strange, because it wasn’t about anything in particular, it was just a feeling, but something I felt I should share with her. As I shared I found that I…

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Thank God for Thorns

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard people refer to their “thorn in the flesh.” Usually in reference to some kind of habitual sin or personal issue that they can’t seem to get past. Paul is talking from the same vantage point, an issue that nags at him over and over again – something he can’t quite kick and that he wishes wasn’t there. (2 Cor. 12:6-10) I…

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