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Lately, the words of Psalm 42:1-2 have been going through my mind a lot. The image of the deer panting for water speaks powerfully to me. The image here is not of a deer that happens to stumble across a spring of water that it wasn’t really looking for or wanted, but decides to take a small drink at it. The word “pant” implies a deep and desperate longing. The deer is really thirsty and needs a drink of water for life itself to continue. [READ MORE]
Spring is here isn’t it? It is so nice to be able to go outside for a walk and enjoy the fresh air. It is nice to (most days) not have to bundle up to leave the house. It is great to be able to see the fresh growth on the trees and in the yards. For me and Shannon, we have been spending a lot of time in the yard pulling out shrubs that were old and unhealthy, while also transplanting and relocating others, and bringing in new plants to our flower beds. I have also been busy with a few other yard projects. I have also been walking a lot. For me, it provides a way to relax and unwind from all the cares of the world. It provides a way to be refreshed. And while I am outside, away from the other distractions, I have more ability to talk with God and listen to His voice. [READ MORE]
Lately Colossians 3:12-14 has been playing through my mind. Ever read a Bible verse that was inconvenient? For me, this would be one of those verses. As I read it, the phrases “compassion”, “kindness”, “humility”, “gentleness”, “patience”, “forgive”, “love”, and “unity” stand out. Sometimes, it is easier for me to want to be the exact opposite. It seems justified. Yet, as a follower of Jesus, as “God’s chosen people”, this is what I wear. This is what people should see when they see me. [READ MORE]
In my devotional time, I was reading the other day in Ephesians 3:1-13. As Paul was penning these words, he was in a Roman jail. He starts out that section by calling himself a prisoner of Jesus Christ, who was in chains because of his ministry to the gentiles. He goes on to talk about the message of the Gospel that he was given to share, and then says something peculiar. He calls the fact that he is locked up in chains in a Roman jail a gift. He says that he was made a servant of the Gospel to the gentiles by the gift of God’s grace. [READ MORE]
It was once said that the only constant in life is change. How true that is. Change is happening yet again all around us. As we are all aware now, we are under a new stay at home order in our province. With that in mind, there are some further changes to ministry here at the church. For the coming weeks, Sunday gatherings will be solely online with no in- person gatherings in the building. Other in person ministry and meetings will also not be happening. As we move through the month of April, and as updates become available, I will be sharing them with you. [READ MORE]
This morning, as I was coming back from a meeting I was at, I heard the song “Only Jesus” by Casting Crowns playing over my radio. The words of this song have meant a lot to me the last while, but today, they hit me again. In the verses, the writer talks about the drive to
make a name for ourselves, leave a mark, build our empires, and chase a bunch of things that we think matter to life and give us deeper meaning. And the writer concludes that all these things will fade, but the only thing that will matter is Jesus. [READ MORE]
I was thinking about what I wanted to share with you today. I think it can be summarized in five words: Be good to each other. Everyone around us (and maybe ourselves as well) are tired. All of our lives have varying challenges and struggles. We all have things that are causing us stress. And in the current situation that is life for all of us, it just seems to amplify everything we are feeling, experiencing, and thinking. Yet in the midst of this, be good to each other. [READ MORE]
Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well and have dug out from the recent snowfall!
I have been thinking a lot lately about intentional rest, specifically honouring the Sabbath (7th day) rest that God says we need to take. Are you taking the time you need each week to rest and be refreshed?
I must admit that there are weeks where it is a struggle on my end and I allow the busy nature of my week to overtake things. And rather than taking the rest I need, I push on and end up paying for it later by being worn down and exhausted. [READ MORE]
Hi everyone! Since the message this past Sunday, I have been doing a lot of thinking about what it means, like Ephesians 6:15 says, to walk as someone who is wearing the Gospel of Peace on their feet. There are so many people around us who are not experiencing peace. Life is an upside down mess with no hope of peace it seems. Yet at the end of the day, it comes back to that cliché phrase that has made its way around the church for a few years now: “No God, No peace. Know God, know peace.” Isaiah 26:3-4 tell us that those who keep themselves focused and fixed on God will be kept in perfect peace because God is a rock who is everlasting. This does not mean that
we will be free of struggles, but it does mean that we can have peace in the midst of the storm. [READ MORE]
Hi HMC family! I hope you are all keeping well these days. I just wanted to make sure I let you know that you are thought of frequently, you are missed, you are prayed for, and you are loved. I hope in these days where there is a lot of stress and anxiety, and where life continues to be disrupted, that you are finding God’s peace and strength, and that you know that you are never alone. I am reminded of the Word of God in Hebrews 13:5 where we are told to be content with our life and what we have because we have all we need in Christ. He is not leaving us, forgetting us, or abandoning us. We are never alone. May you find strength in the knowledge and reality of a God who is unfailing, who is eternal in His promises, and who loves you with a faithful and committed love. [READ MORE]
Hey everyone! We have had a lot of snow lately, and when I am not grumbling about cleaning my driveway, I have had a lot of chance to look outside and see the beauty of it. I love looking at the snow before it has had a chance to get disturbed and dirty by the cars and plows. There is something beautiful about the pure white snow, especially on a sunny day.
When I see that snow, I am reminded of the image of us putting on the breastplate of righteousness that we talked about last Sunday. When we allow His righteousness to cover us, we become pure and clean in the sight of God, much like the radiant pure white snow fresh after that snowfall. [READ MORE]
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]