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If you could make any book true…

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Imagine two brothers, aged 11 and 12, living in the Cultural Revolution of Communist China. It is a time when the books that you and I grew up with are strictly forbidden. But one day, these two brothers happen upon a cache of such books, marked for destruction. Thrilled by their find, they begin smuggling them away, one by one. But lest someone should notice the pile getting smaller, they return each book after finishing…

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Those are the ways…

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  If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. ––John 14:15-17 A few days ago I was tucking my 5 year-old red-head into his bunk-bed,…

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Inconvenience=Meaning

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As he was walking along the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter), and his brother Andrew. they were casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. “Follow me,” he told them, “and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. ––Matthew 4:18-20 This week in session 6 of Disciples Path we think about what it means to join Jesus on mission,…

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What would you like to ask?

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When you read the Bible or hear teaching from the Scriptures, you are hearing from God. —Disciples Path, Week 4 This is something I actually believe. I actually believe that when I read the Bible, and when I hear teaching that is drawn from the Bible, I am literally hearing from God. But why do I believe that? What has convinced me that when I open this particular book—constructed from all the same materials as…

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Disciples Path, Week 3

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9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.” 11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his…

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The morning after (the finance update).

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Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way When Jesus came by, he…

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Disciples Path Week 1

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Now it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians. – Acts 11:26 Did you know that before Christians were ever called by that name, they were known simply as disciples? And if you did know that, have you ever thought about the significance of those two words, and their chronological order? Why is it that the word, disciple, came first, and the word Christian, somewhat later?  A disciple is a learner, a student, an apprentice in a…

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Non-Production Christmas Production

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Our Awaken Kids put on a melodrama this past Sunday which we think you’ll enjoy! What is a melodrama you might ask? A melodrama is a skit in which a narrator tells a story, reads lines and guides all characters through said story without any previous practice, line memorization or even knowing what the story is going to be! Everyone is given a prop or costume the day of the performance and told what to…

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What I Really Need

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A walloping great congregation is fine, and fun, but what most communities really need is a couple of saints. The tragedy is that they may well be there in embryo, waiting to be discovered, waiting for sound training, waiting to be emancipated from the cult of the mediocre. ––Martin Thornton But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of…

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Gird Up the Loins of Your Mind

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Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:13 In last Sunday’s teaching time (click here to listen), we thought about the question of what our lives would look like if we were to actually do what Peter suggests. I wonder how that would look for you. What would today be like if you were to…

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Disciples Path

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Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” ––1 Peter 1:13-16 In a…

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5 Truths from 10 Years of Research…

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According to the passage we studied in Sunday’s sermon, there’s a difference between experiencing the benefits of Jesus, and actually being a disciple of Jesus. Well a couple of weeks ago, I read a post on Eric Geiger’s blog which listed 5 of the most important findings from 10 years of discipleship research. And you know what, they were so illuminating that I just had to share them. So without further ado, I give you… 5 Truths from 10 Years of Discipleship…

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One little word.

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We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day… – John 9:4 It always gets me, the difference that’s made by one little word. For example, take the first word of John 9:4. We. In the context of the events, I would have expected Jesus to say “I”. I must work the works of him who sent me. That would have made sense; after all, Jesus is the one who was sent by the Father,…

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You know what I love about God?

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As Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.– John 9:1 You know what I love about God? That he stepped into our history so that sentences like that one could one day be written. To see what I mean, try reading it a few times, give it some thought, then come to Awaken this Sunday @ 4, because I can’t wait to talk about it… With you for Jesus,  Pastor Daren Redekopp p.s. What…

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Didn’t I say you would do this?

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Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away! – Jonah 4:2 In Sunday’s sermon, we heard about Jonah and his hunch that God might actually forgive the people he himself so despised. And he wanted no part of it. Mercy for a people who had butchered so many of his own? “Thank you, God, but I think I’ll be elsewhere that day. Now how about…

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To wake up to Jesus…

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…and invite our neighbours into his light. I wonder—when you woke up this morning, did you feel as though you were about to enter a day and a life in which you could fulfill your dreams?  Was there a sense of possibility, even adventure, in the hours that lay ahead? Or maybe as you think about those questions, you find yourself saying, “Dreams? I gave up on those a long time ago, somewhere around the…

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Have you ever noticed…

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As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. ––Ephesians 5:31-32 Have you ever noticed how the things that are best for you are the things not about you? Take parenting for example: could there be any activity in the world more energy-sucking than tending…

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What is a man?

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God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. ––Genesis 1:27 In one of my soundtrack-induced deep thought daydreams a few weeks ago, I had this moment where I wondered… What if humans had been created without gender? Just asexual beings with the ability to impregnate ourselves, having no need to unite with a complement, no need to mate in order to fulfill…

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Write your own history

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When Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, heard that Abner had died at Hebron, his courage failed, and all Israel was dismayed. ––2 Samuel 4:1 That was the first sentence I saw this morning, when I opened my Bible to the day’s scheduled reading –– a sentence about a man who had set his confidence on a foundation other than God, and felt that confidence crumble when the foundation was removed. It had seemed solid enough. After all,…

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Off To Capitol Hill…

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You are God’s house. Using the gift God gave me as a good architect, I designed blueprints; Apollos is putting up the walls. Let each carpenter who comes on the job take care to build on the foundation! Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection… ––1 Corinthians 3:9-13, The Message translation These words…

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How God wants you to work.

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“What must we do, to be doing the work of God?”  Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” ––John 6:28-29 There are times in your life when you can begin to feel a little overwhelmed. You have your 9-5 job, and all that it brings. You have your house, with its repairs and improvements. You have your children, with their unceasing need for time…

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A Bottle and a Dolly

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When you hear a story like the one we studied two days ago, you find yourself asking whether things like that still happen today. The following is a true story, as told by Helen Roseveare, a North Irish missionary, in her book, Living Faith… One night, in Central Africa, I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all that we could do, she died leaving us with a tiny, premature baby…

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In Just His Way

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Last week I came across a poem by C.S. Lewis, entitled “Joys That Sting,” written in the wake of his American wife, Joy Davidman’s passing. In its stanzas, the beloved author of the Narnia Chronicles tells us that what now sting most are the very joys he once shared with her… To take the old walks alone, or not at all, To order one pint where I ordered two, To think of, and then not…

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Words of Encouragement

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Daren asked me to write a bit of a reflection on how my week has gone so far. I pray this is encouraging for you! So… fasting. This is a bit of a new concept for me. At least taking on a fast this seriously. It’s really been surprising to me to contemplate the almost countless ways this has driven my mind and body toward God. On Tuesday I read the passage in Matthew 9 about…

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Bible Reading Plans

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  –  Psalm 119:105 As we near closer to the end of 2015, we wanted to share with you a few options to help make spending time with the Bible easy. First, we have the Read the Bible in a Year plan. It’s simple enough, just download the plan – DailyBibleReadingPlan and cut it into four bookmarks. Each day, you’ll read two sections from…

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In this particular gallery…

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Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  John 3:18 Doesn’t that seem a little bit arbitrary? That’s the question I asked in my talk this past Sunday. Like, why should believing in this or that person be the condition for receiving eternal life? How is requiring one to believe in a person any less arbitrary,…

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A man o’ men was he…

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“Be of good comfort, Doctor Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England, as I trust shall never be put out…” ––English Christian Hugh Latimer about to be burned at the stake with Nicholas Ridley, Oxford, 1555 In 1909, Ezra Pound published a poem as a personal attack on what he considered the effeminate portrayals of Jesus in popular turn-of-the-century devotional writing––portrayals he found cheap…

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