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A couple weeks ago in the message, I said that the best defence against things that are false is to clothe yourself in truth. Last Sunday, we talked about the importance of putting on the belt of truth, and that in doing so, we become protected in the battle against the lies that the enemy wants to throw at us. As I think about my own life, I can affirm that this is absolutely true. There are so many times that the enemy has tried to
discourage me and knock me down. There are so many times that he has whispered in my ear that I am a failure, that I am hopeless, and that I should just give up. [READ MORE]
Last Sunday, we started a new series together all about putting on the whole armour of God. This has been something that has been heavy on my heart lately that I believe God has told me to teach on because I look around, especially now, and see so many who love and follow Jesus walking around in defeat. It is not limited to HMC. It is an ‘across-the-board’ reality for so many. [READ MORE]
Happy New Year! 2021 sounds good doesn’t it? For many of us, it couldn’t have got here soon enough! As we start out a new year together, my encouragement for you is that whatever this year will bring (because we really don’t know – take 2020 as an example), God is still in charge. He still is taking care of you. He still loves you. And He still has a plan for your life. [READ MORE]
We are coming into the advent week of joy. Is there a reason today for you to have joy? When we think of joy, often our minds go to this overwhelming sense of euphoria and celebration. But is joy a fleeting emotion, or is it a conscious choice and state of mind? Is joy more about choosing to be content and at peace, and finding reasons to be thankful? Can you have inner joy even when you don’t feel outwardly happy? [READ MORE]
“For God so loved the world…”. These words are the start to what is probably the most well known Bible verse in the whole world. The reference to it is seen on placards at various sporting events. It is seen on road signs. It is likely the first verse you memorized as a kid in Sunday school. [READ MORE]
When is the last time that your life has been at peace? When is the last time when it felt like the storms around you were silent? Lately, I have been doing a lot of thinking about peace. I have been thinking about peace that triumphs in the face of difficulty. It is fitting that the focus of the advent candle this Sunday is peace. [READ MORE]
Does anyone reading this remember what it was like to drive to somewhere new in town before every phone had a built in GPS program? The other day, I was driving one of my boys to an appointment in another city, and I had no idea where I was going. So I pulled up the GPS on my phone and let it tell me where I had to go. I was so glad for the technology I had, and that I didn’t have to pull up a map book and examine each map for the street that I was looking for. It saved me a lot of time and headache! [READ MORE]
I have been thinking a lot lately about the troubles and hardships that we all seem to face on a daily basis. For each person, it may look a bit different. For some, it is health related. For others, it is financial. For others, it could be job or school related. And for others, it is relational. In a world that is constantly changing, sometimes it feels like the only constant is that life feels like an uphill battle. [READ MORE]
The other day, I was out driving through the country side in our area, and I was struck by the pure beauty of the fall colours that were in front of me. As I drove, I was reminded of the absolute wonder, creativity, vastness, and power of God. Yet I was also reminded of Psalm 8 where the psalmist looks at all that is around him that God has made and is left to wonder of God “who am I that You are mindful of me?” [READ MORE]
Hi everyone! After having a week off to relax and unwind, it feels great to be back with all of you!
It is hard to believe it is October already! I have to pinch myself thinking about this next weekend being Thanksgiving already! Where has the time gone? I know this has been a different year for all of us. For some of us it has been stressful. For some of us, it has been unsettling. Some of us may be missing the opportunity to gather with our families this weekend for a Thanksgiving meal. As we come into thanksgiving, we may struggle with things to be thankful for. [READ MORE]
With much uncertainly still hanging around us, planning for the fall has been a challenge. Knowing we may need to pull things back on a moments notice we have designed a fall plan that will flex with government regulations as needed.
Thank you for your patience as we’ve navigated this challenging time together, and thank you for continuing to be the body of Christ in and around your communities. It is our prayer that you carry on being the hands and feet of Jesus regardless of the current climate. [READ MORE]