Divine Restraint: a KCRC sermon podcast

What if an angel suddenly showed up at your church – right smack dab in the middle of a worship service;  if the glory of heaven was unveiled / unleashed just as the band began the intro to the third song?  How might that change things?

That’s the question we wondered about as we thought about Jesus walking into a church in his community.  We’ll be watching Jesus a lot this year – 2018 is going to be a year with Jesus at KCRC – in many of our worship services we’ll be focusing on interactions that Jesus has with needy people, power structures & authorities, skeptics, and more.

Like what happened in Mark 1:21-28 as Jesus went to a local synagogue.  He’s met by a gang of head-scratching worshipers, amazed at what he says and does, and one very sick man, plagued by a demon.

His response is both powerful and very restrained – at the same time.
And in that mix of power and restraint we catch a glimpse of how God deals with us, and how we are called to deal with each other.

Supporting the study of Mark 1 were readings from Deuteronomy 18 and 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.

So….. how did it all go down that Sabbath in the Synagogue?
Download the study guide, and grab a bible.
Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

 

Divine Restraint

You are also invited to download the study guide…..

Divine Restraint – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Join us in 2018 as we journey with Jesus!

 

The Peacemaker: Peace In Community

Want some peace in your life?
Maybe, especially, the sort of peace that Jesus came to bring?
Which, as we learned last week, is that sense of life being whole, complete, rolling out the way God intended it to be for you…. or me.
If you do – where is the best place that you might find it?  Be able to test drive it, check it out, and then fill your life with it?

Welcome to the Christmas season teaching series at Kemptville Christian Reformed Church.
It’s titled “The Peacemaker” – and here at KCRC we truly believe that the absolute BEST way to experience peace is through getting connected to Jesus.  We believe that the Bible promises Jesus to be the link to peace – for us, for our community, for the world.

Our theme bible passage for the series is Isaiah 9:6.  And this week we also checked into Mark 3:13-35.
We’d love to have you track with us for this, and others, in our series.  All of which will show up here on the KCRC.CA website.

So, download the study guide, and grab a bible.
Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

 

The Peacemaker (3): Peace In Community

You are also invited to download the study guide…..

Peace In Community – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

 

 

The Peacemaker: The Peace Jesus Brings

Miss it?
Wish you had it – at least a bit of it?
Peace, that is.

I suppose “peace” could mean a whole bunch of different things to different people. We’re talking here about that sense of life being whole, complete, rolling out the way God intended it to be for you…. or me.
Here at KCRC we truly believe that the absolute BEST way to experience a peace like that is through getting connected to Jesus.  We believe that the Bible promises Jesus to be the link to peace – for us, for our community, for the world.

The second message in our Christmas teaching series for 2017 explores that idea.
What inner peace looks like for us.
How we come to connect with it.
Our theme bible passage for the series is Isaiah 9:6.

So, download the study guide, and grab a bible.
Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

 

The Peacemaker (2): The Peace Jesus Brings

You are also invited to download the study guide…..

 

The Peace Jesus Brings – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

 

 

Steps To Wholeness: Staying Alert

Image result for a stitch in time saves nine“A stitch in time saves 9.”
Who said that?
Certainly true – my wife reminds me of that every time I bring her a clothing item in need of repair.  “Don’t wait.  Get it to me as soon as you see something come loose.  If you wait, it only gets worse and repairs get harder.”

It’s true all over – home repair, physical fitness, auto maintenance, and our relationships with other people.  Actually, it’s true pretty much everywhere.

Pay attention.
And when something seems to be coming loose, wearing out, getting rusty, feeling flabby – whatever – deal with it NOW.
Don’t just assume that what worked or was healthy last month will stay that way for the next five years.

And all of this was the point of the message “Steps To Wholeness – Staying Alert” from the KCRC worship service of November 12.

We peeked in on the life of one of Jesus’ closest friends, Simon Peter, watching him first be confident (even cocky), then crumble, and then as an old man pass on some important wisdom.  Our bible passages were Mark 14:27ff and 1 Peter 5:6-11.

You’re invited to share in the discovery and learning.
Download the study guide, and grab a bible.
Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

We’d love to have you track with us for the entire series.  Perhaps here from the podcasts.  Or live as we worship each Sunday at 10am.  Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.  And would be glad to have other imperfect people along for the ride, joining us for the journey of following the Steps To Wholeness!

Steps To Wholeness: Staying Alert

You are also invited to download the study guide…..

Staying Alert – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.

 

 

Steps To Wholeness: Righting Wrongs

Image result for making amendsHave you ever discovered, to your horror, that you’ve really messed with someone’s life – caused them some sort of undeserved pain or setback?
And then, realizing it and feeling bad about it, you stuffed the business in the back corner of your mind – trying to forget it.
Ever had that?
How did it work out for you?

October 29th message at Kemptville CRC went digging into this sort of experience, which is more common than most of us want to admit.  It was another in our Fall teaching series, “Steps To Wholeness.”

We came at it through the life of Zacchaeus, a tax cheat whom Jesus befriended.
His story is told in Luke 19:1-10.

You’re invited to share in the wondering through the podcast.
Go ahead and download the study guide, and grab a bible.
Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

We’d love to have you track with us for the entire series.  Perhaps here from the podcasts.  Or live as we worship each Sunday at 10am.  Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.  And would be glad to have other imperfect people along for the ride, joining us for the journey of following the Steps To Wholeness!

Steps To Wholeness: Righting Wrongs

You are also invited to download the study guide…..

Righting Wrongs – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.

 

 

On Task: Our Call

“Come and see.”
“Now, go and tell.”
That’s the invitation which turned the world upside down.
Remember Mary Magdalene?  She’s one of Jesus’ close friends, and his patron.  She showImage result for Matthew 28:7ed up a couple of times in our previous series at KCRC, “The Women In Jesus’ Life.”  This past Sunday we started a new series, “ON TASK.”  And she’s there, too.

A terrified, grief-stricken woman encounters a couple of angels from heaven when she goes to Jesus’ tomb.  She’s there to clean up the mess of a grissly execution, and give Jesus a dignified burial.  Instead she comes face to face with a Risen Jesus.  Yup – ALIVE.  Well, not right away.  First the angels – who invite her to see the place where Jesus’ body had been, mere hours before.  That place is now empty.  They explain it – “He is risen.”  And then they encourage her to get the news to his other friends.  You can read about it in Matthew 28:1-20

On the way home they meet Jesus himself.  Who also says, “Go – tell ’em!”  And she doesn’t need a second reminder.  Off like a shot!

So….. that invitation “Come and see….. now, go and tell” remains an invitation for people through the ages.  Come and see, come and encounter Jesus.  And then, get the word out to others.  Go!
It is, quite frankly, THE central part of the Church’s reason for being.
Period.

Question is, how do we “go and tell” in today’s rather sceptical, sometimes anti-faith culture?  How do you get to share the news about Jesus without getting shut down and shut out?

‘Cause it really IS news worth sharing, don’t you think?  Hey, anyone  who could predict his own death and resurrection, and then pull it off successfully – don’t you think that’s worth telling others about?  And, perhaps he’d be worth listening to on other matters, also?

Pastor Shawn Ketcheson, from Trinity Bible Church in Osgoode, joined Pastor Ken on the podium this past Sunday to  launch the series.  You’re invited to track along with their conversation.

Download the message and study guide, grab a bible, and follow along

On Task: Our Call

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On Task: Our Call – Study Guide

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The Women In Jesus’ Life: A Griever (KCRC’s Easter Message)

I hate roller coasters.  My stomach can’t handle them.  My mind goes to the worst possible outcome – “I’m gonna DIE!”  Too fast.  Too many curves.  Too much up and down.  I avoid roller coasters.  But I can’t avoid the roller coasters life sometimes throws my way.  Neither can you.  Neither could Jesus’ close friends.  Including Mary Magdalene.

We talked about Mary a few weeks ago. She’d been healed by Jesus, brought from chaos to calm.  Yet, when he was suddenly arrested and brutally murdered, her life plunged back into chaos.  NOW imagine what happens when she encounters him, RISEN!

This past Sunday, Easter, we spent some time thinking about that.  About her.  About Jesus and how he connected to her.  About what that means for our connection with Jesus. Amid all the up’s and down’s in the roller coaster ride that is life today.

You can read the story in John 20:1-18
You’re invited to listen in on the message.  It’s the last in our series “The Women In Jesus’ Life.”

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The Women In Jesus’ Life: A Griever

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The Women In Jesus’ Life: A Griever – Study Guide

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The Women In Jesus’ Life: A Wasteful Woman

HOW MUCH DID SHE SPEND?  I recently heard someone ask that question about a pair of tickets to an Ottawa Senators hockey game.  Yikes!  But the individual didn’t bat an eye. Loved the game.  Loved the team.  Spent the cash.  And considered it WELL worth while.  Love isn’t really interested in the price tag.

Fast forward to a woman who pours about $50,000 worth of perfume on Jesus.  And did it with eyes full of tears; tears of love for Jesus.  No regrets on her part, either.

This past Sunday we spent a bit of time considering this woman, named Mary.  And wondered at her motivation.  And what we could take away from that for our own lives, and for our own relationships with Jesus.

It’s a story told in Mark 14:1-11.  You’re invited to listen in on the message shared at Kemptville CRC on April 2, 2017.  It’s part 6 in our series “The Women In Jesus’ Life.”

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The Women In Jesus’ Life: A Wasteful Woman

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The Women In Jesus’ Life: A Wasteful Woman – Study Guide

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The Women In Jesus’ Life: An Adultress… Q&A feedback

Last week’s teaching from John 8 got a few of you thinking, and digging into your bibles.
Which is SO awesome!  What we do together on Sunday is good and all…. but just the beginning.  There’s always more. Always deeper riches in God’s Word to be explored and treasured.
THANKS for sharing what you found!

The first came in as written Q&A response.  We shared it together during our “open mike” segment of the service.  The writer pointed to Jeremiah 17:13, “O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame.  Those who turn away form you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.”
“Maybe Jesus was thinking of this?”

Which got another of you thinking and reflecting and writing.  And sending me the following in an email earlier this week:
Jeremiah’s prayer starts with:
“O Lord, the Hope of Israel.”
Jesus has come; He is the fulfilment of the OT or of the law.
Jewish leaders still hold the Law over Him and others.
They bring the adulteress to Him to see the OT law ‘fulfilled’ or applied.
Jesus rather applies the law of GRACE/LOVE
a. to the leaders: he let’s them decide
as OT leaders their names are being written in the dust, uprooted, written down as
judged not worthy, written off, not written in the book of life
b. to the woman: “You may go, too; sin no more.”
They are all free to go.
This is a visual demonstration of the OT LAW traded in for NT GRACE.
It took Jesus to do that.
Jesus is the Hope of Israel.
We don’t know how the leaders responded after this incident. (There is Nicodemus & others)
We don’t know how the woman responded after this incident.
How will we respond after this incident?
The choice is follow Jesus or keep walking in our past.

So true!
Follow Jesus, and live in his gracious love – and find eternal life.
Or go the way of rules, of judgement and find everything crumbling into dust and disappearing into nothing.
How will we respond?

The Women In Jesus’ Life: A Mother-in-Law

We only meet her once.  We’re never told her name.  And she never says a thing – not one word.  It’s Simon’s mother-in-law.

Oh, it’s good – all good.  You need to know that up front, given how so many mother-in-law conversations end up being bad jokes.  No joke here at all.  Instead we get to witness Jesus connecting with this person in beautiful ways;  ways that give me hope – and it’s my prayer that they will be hope-filled for you, too.

Welcome to another in the ongoing teaching series at KCRC called “The Women In Jesus’ Life.”  As you reflect on the Rembrandt sketch posted here, I invite you to download the audio track for the message, along with the study guide.  It’s my prayer that they will be an encouragement as you explore a living relationship with Jesus….

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