Sometimes we just need to know that God is here and that He’s paying attention. If we knew that with certainty, then maybe we would be fine or at least finer. Maybe you’re still looking for that sign and you haven’t found it yet, so you start to wonder. We all have a concept of what God is like, but until the arrival of Jesus, the world was left guessing. There was so much mystery, only hints and shadows, and then God came to dwell with us to demonstrate for us what he is like. If you look anywhere other than Jesus for what God is like, then you are looking in the wrong place. God is like Jesus. Jesus came to us to demonstrate, illustrate, and communicate what God is like, who He is, and who He loves.
The messiness of the world is what paved the way for God to do something extraordinary. God blessed the world with a different kind of king who came to establish a different kind of Kingdom. We are all familiar with the Christmas story but some of us are not familiar with the Christmas backstory. The story of Christmas begins with a remarkable promise to Abraham. God promised to make Abraham into a great nation and He did which set up the Christmas story we all know. The backstory of Christmas occurred during a 2,000-year saga that is fascinating, amazing, and inspiring. It’s also a bit convicting. If the arrival of Jesus was a blessing to the world, shouldn’t we as Jesus followers be a blessing to the world as well?
One of the reasons you come to prayer is to find peace in a broken world, including the broken world in and around you. How do you find peace in prayer? We will look at how Jesus models something we don’t see in culture very often that allows us to find the peace we are looking for – confession and forgiveness.
We often come to God in prayer because we think we need something. We come in desperation. But is there a right way to ask and a wrong way to ask? If God already knows what we need, why do we bring our requests to him? If he’s in control, why do I need to pray?
We often think prayer is something that’s about getting God’s attention. To change his mind or get him to do something for us. But what if prayer isn’t about getting God’s attention but giving him our attention? How could it change your life if you started your prayer thinking of who God is, not what you want?
An Angus Reid poll says 42% of Canadians say they pray weekly, and an additional 44% say they pray monthly. You are wired to pray. Prayer may be one of the most human things you can do. However, many of us struggle to see our prayer life flourish. You stumble your way through, pray on and off, and feel little connection. How do you pray, and where do you start? In this message our lead pastor Jeff Brodie will look at where Jesus told us to start.
So, what do you do to live a more generous life? Jesus tells a shocking parable that shows us exactly what God expects when it comes to generosity, and the message is surprisingly liberating. Jesus asks you to be generous with what you have, not what you don’t have. In this message, you’ll learn exactly how to begin living a more generous life and start giving accordingly.
The culture spins a clear picture of what you should do with your money: spend it, (whether you have it or not). Not only does that lead to stress, debt, and overwhelm, it also leads to unhappiness. Studies show that people who prioritize getting rich are often far less happy than those who make different choices. God wants something FOR you far more than he wants something FROM you. In this message, you’ll discover what the path to freedom is.
Maybe you find it hard to talk about money. Most of us do. Maybe your parents never talked about money, or fought over it. Besides, what you do with your personal resources is nobody’s business, right? Jesus wasn’t so sure. He often spoke about money in a deeply challenging way, as was the case with a wealthy young influencer who had money and power. What he said to that rich young ruler can change your life too. Join us for part one of our series, 'Money Shouldn't Make You Miserable' with Carey Nieuwhof.
Throughout this series, we’ve unpacked the many different ways that lies come at you. But how do you get ahead of the lies? How can you be proactive in guarding yourself against the lies that the world, the devil, and the flesh try to put in your path? This week, we look at a letter from Paul and the instructions he gives for us to be able to do this very thing.
You can't earn God's love. In this series, Jeff Brodie has been looking at how we move from hearing lies to believing lies to living them. In this message, he examines the role the devil has in deforming our lives through lies and how to defeat one of the most common lies that we all wrestle with.
You are set apart from the world and for the world! In this message, Jeff Brodie looks at the role of societal lies; they tempt us to normalize the lies we hear in our lives so that we make the mistake of living them. He’ll be looking at how scripture teaches us to spot the lies in our society and how we don’t need to run from the world but run towards it.
We all have that part of us that wants to do what’s good for us and good for others, but so often we don’t. It’s more than temptation. Our priorities get out of order, and our wants become defined as needs. On top of that, we start to grasp for things that make us happy instead of things that give us fulfillment. What is this battle? It’s fertile territory for lies to derail us; scripture calls it “the flesh,” and Paul wants to show us how to win the fight.
You want to thrive, but the constant chase for the promise of fulfillment leaves you looking for more. What if you’re being lied to? Or worse, what if you’re actually living the lies you’ve been told? Would you even know? What you’re facing isn’t just a mental battle but a spiritual one. In this message, Pastor Jeff Brodie will look at the Bible and investigate where lies come from, why we believe them, and how to fight for the fulfillment you’re looking for.