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February 2nd:  Will My Faith Be Enough?
 
Scripture:
Luke 17:5-6 and Matthew 17:20
  PowerPoint:  EnoughFaith

 

Excerpt: The question that is raised by the Scriptures for today is: "Will my faith be enough?"  Isnít it true that we often feel like that? We question our faith. We wonder if our faith is adequate, if itís enough. Iím not just talking about religious faith here. When I worked as a hospital chaplain a few years ago I quickly learned that faith is a spiritual property that all humans possess, whether they are religious or not.

Faith is an important human property. We have to have faith in ourselves, in other people, in the future, etc. People that have lost their faith in themselves become depressed and anxious about life. Faith is important. But somehow, we all struggle with our faith.
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February 9th: The Trouble with Judging Others

  Scripture: Luke 6:37-42
 
Video Link: Watch the conclusion of this message on YouTube

  PowerPoint: 
Judging Others

> Excerpt: Our topic today is "judging others" so I thought I do some research on Christian books that deal with this issue. I came across a rather controversial book by Pastor Jason T. Berggren. His book is entitled "10 Things I Hate About Christianity"
The first point he makes in his book is about how judgmental Christianity is. He says: "If we must point fingers, let's point fingers at ourselves." [1] I wonder what it looks like to be non-judgmental. I think we are pretty good with not judging people as a local church, aren't we? We accept, welcome and support all people. Fact is, we are not known to try to convert those who think or believe differently from us. In fact, there are those among us this morning who would identify as Buddhist and Jewish this morning.

Of course, our evangelical brothers and sisters would challenge us: if you don't convert people, if you don't oppose "false" beliefs, how are you making disciples? Don't we need some degree of judgment in the process of disciple-making?...

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  February 16th: Valentines Day Message:
 
How Your Love Language Can Fuel Your Spiritual Life
 
Scripture:
John 3:16-18
  PowerPoint: 
Love-Languages

Excerpt: I got the perfect message for Valentine's Day! Let's talk about our love languages.  Dr. Gary Chapman's book "The Five Love Languages" (1995) has become a widely popular and helpful concept. It is used in a variety of applications ranging from couple's therapy to spiritual retreats. What are the love languages and what can we learn from this concept?

In short, the five love languages are about the way we feel loved and valued by others. They are different for everybody. You can speak one or more love languages based on your personality type. According to Dr. Chapman, there are five love languages....

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Feb. 23: Healing Service to Stand in Solidarity with the CoronaVirus Victims
 
Scripture:
Luke 9:1-2, 6
  PowerPoint:  Healing Service
  Prayers: Healing Service
  Song Link: For the Healing of the Nations (Fred Kaan)
 

Excerpt:
Introduction: Healing was central to the ministry of Jesus. It was a sign of God's kingdom, bringing renewal and wholeness of life to those who turned to God in their need. Jesus sent out his disciples with the commission to 'proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. In every act of worship, the Church celebrates the grace of God who desires wholeness of .body, mind and spirit.

Message: Certainly praying for the sick is scriptural (James 5: 14-15: "Is anyone sick among you? Let them call on the church to pray"), but isn't it interesting that Jesus never specifically asked his disciples to pray for the sick.

Jesus told his disciples to heal the sick, Healing is a big, big part of the gospel story, And according to the instructions Jesus gave the 70 he sent out, healing should not be an isolated occurrence, healing should occur everywhere at all time, "So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere."...

Prayer:

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.
We pray for the sick in our community,
and those in foreign lands,
We pray for those in hospital or at home,
for those whose minds
are beset with anxiety and fear,
for those oppressed or broken in spirit;
for those who turn to us for healing ...

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