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?
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Divine Restraint

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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

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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

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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!

 

 

The Peacemaker: God’s version of royalty compared to ours

Image result for royaltyWhen you think “Royalty” – what comes to mind?  Harry and Meghan?  Elizabeth and Philip?  Golden spoon in mouth?  Out of touch?  Body guards?  Palace? Elite?

Where in the world do we get such an idea?
Perhaps from the fact that this is exactly how it is with royalty.  And always as been.

So, we’re getting ready for Christmas; getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
One of the titles given to him, through prophecy and by bible writers, is “Prince of Peace.”

Prince.  That’s right – royalty.
Oh – is that really a good thing? Especially with what we tend to think of ’em?  Yes, and how many of them behave.

Before we wave this off and end up diving into a commercial Christmas, a party and eggnog-soaked holiday season, join with KCRC’S guest speaker, Michelle dePooter, as she helps us see that God’s understanding of royalty is WAAAAYYYYYYY different – and BETTER – than ours.

We’re delighted that she could be with us to launch our Christmas teaching series “The Peacemaker.”
Michelle is chaplain at “Ministry To Seafarers” in the Port of Montreal, PQ.

You’re invited to listen to her 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).

And – We’d love to have you join this coming Sunday, December 10, for the second in the series, “The Peacemaker.”
Pastor Ken will explore what sort of peace Jesus brings to our lives.

 

The Peacemaker: God’s Version Of Royalty Compared To Ours

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Steps To Wholeness: Improving The Contact

Image result for ear trumpet“Eh?  What was that?”
Yes, I find myself saying that more often these.  Perhaps too often, suggests my wife in her lovely and gentle way.  Hmmmm.
I wonder if God finds me as hard of hearing as she does?

Welcome to the podcast for the second to last in KCRC’s Fall teaching series, Steps To Wholeness.  We’re wondering about how to ditch some of the rusty and banged up parts of our lives, in order to become people that more clearly resemble our Elder Brother and Saviour, Jesus.

This particular teaching segment wonders about staying connected to him – what and how?  Any simple parts to it?  And, yes there are, declares Step 11 of 12.
Join us as we learn what that step is, and why it matters.  We learned from Psalm 119:9-16 & 145-152.

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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 join with us for the last of the series, this coming Sunday.  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: Improving The Contact

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Improving The Contact – Study Guide

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Steps To Wholeness: Ready To Let Go

Image result for surrender“Are you SURE you really want this?”
There’s a story of Jesus encountering someone who has been ill – crippled – for 38 years. Left with his disability at a home for disabled people for 38 years.  Poverty and dirt for 38 years.  Ignored by most everybody for 38 years.  And Jesus stares him in the face and says, “Are you SURE you really want to get well?”

What a STRANGE question…… or is it?
Was there, perhaps, something in this guy that had gotten so used to the lame way of living that he couldn’t imagine anything else?  Was there something inside this fellow, something only Jesus could sense, which was holding out against getting healed?

And, putting this unfortunate fellow aside, what about us?  Are there broken parts of our lives that we really rather not see changed….. even though they are damaged?  We’ve gotten SO used to them, we can predict the outcomes SO well, that  we’d rather choose to face the future limping as we do than risk change through God’s healing touch – could that be?

So that’s the question we thought about last Sunday at KCRC in our ongoing series “Steps To Wholeness.”  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: Ready To Let Go

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Ready To Let God – Study Guide

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Steps To Wholeness: Coming Clean

It’s been called out as a severe form of torture that needs to be banned.  Not that long ago an expert from the United Nations said that indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement in excess of 15 days should also be subject to an absolute prohibition.  He cited scientific studies that have established that some lasting mental damage is caused after a few days of social isolation.

How is it, then, that sometimes we lock OURSELVES into solitary confinement?  We do that spiritually when we feel like we want to sort out and work out our walk before God all by ourselves.  No help from others.  The struggles and frustrations and inner wrestling that we experience – NOBODY gets to hear about it or have a peek at it.  NOBODY gets to coach or encourage us in the battle against these things.  Nobody gets to, because we’ve decided not to let anybody near us.  We lock ourselves into a spiritual isolation cell.  Solitary Confinement.

Welcome to the teaching series, “Steps To Wholeness”, which we’ve been working here at KCRC.
This past Sunday’s topic was “Coming Clean.”  It dug into the meaning and truth contained in James 5:16.

Last week we talked about doing a fearless, honest inner inventory of our lives.
Such inventories inevitably unearth some challenges and struggles.
How, then, to handle these?  That’s the point of this week’s teaching.

Bottom line?  You can’t handle it alone.  You need a trusted brother, or sister to come alongside.  Have you got one?

 

You’re invited to 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: Coming Clean

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Coming Clean – Study Guide

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Steps To Wholeness: Taking Inventory

Hey, ever come into a situation where you THOUGHT you had the resources to do something, but then found yourself short.  And maybe in a hugely embarrassing situation because of it.  Ever happened to you?

OR – where you thought you had the skills and abilities to tackle a certain project (or maybe your husband thought HE had the skills to do this or that)  and partway through everyone realized that this was turning into a bit of a circus sideshow.

OR – name a store where, when they put out a flyer advertising a product on sale and you go there it is NEVER THERE!!!  Got a store in mind?  Yeah, me too.  Same one.

In all these cases things would be way better if someone had stopped for a bit and done a careful count of resources, skills and the like.  Taking inventory, in other words.

Taking inventory is also one of the steps to wholeness in our lives.  And was the topic of our teaching this past Sunday at KCRC.  Thanks for checking in this, number 4 in the series “Steps To Wholeness.”  Previous ones are on the kcrc.ca website.  Future messages in this series on spiritual side of Twelve Step Recovery will land here too.  And hang out here for quite a while.

You’re invited to 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: Taking Inventory

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Taking Inventory – Study Guide

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Steps To Wholeness: Handing Over The Keys

Are you OK with letting other people drive…. YOUR car….. when YOU are in it?
Or are you like me?   WAAAYYYYY happier being behind the wheel myself!
I way rather make the decisions about which lane, speed up or slow down, what route and all that stuff.  To let someone else drive is to give them CONTROL.

Yikes!

We’re in the middle of a teaching series at KCRC about steps towards living a full, wholesome, meaningful and peace-filled life.  In it we’re tracking 12 steps pioneered in the 1930’s and practiced by millions of people.  They’ve followed these steps to break free from som

 

 

e very unhealthy dependencies and patterns of behaviour.  They discovered new freedom in these 12 steps — steps that, surprise, come straight from the Bible.

What we’re discovering is that these steps are great not just for people with substance abuse issues or porn addictions (though it works for them, too) but for everyone who is willing to admit that their life is imperfect, less than complete, still a work-in-progress.

Step one said that we needed to recognize that our lives have mess in them.  They are less than perfect.  And we can’t get them to perfect (maybe not even to “good”) by ourselves.

Step two said that we recognized that God CAN do that.  He can create order out of chaos, bring peace where there is anxiety, bring hope where we experience despair, bring meaning when we experience boring or empty.

Step three is the “GOTCHA” step.  Here it’s time to get off the couch and make a DECISION.
Will we toss God the keys to our life?  Or insist on driving ourselves?

You’re invited to 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.

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: Finding Power

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Finding Power – Study Guide

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Steps To Wholeness: Finding Power

I love being a do-it-yourselfer.  Has saved me a pile of money over the years.  And has given some real sense of satisfaction when the job turns out ok.  Of course, there are always the times when it goes a bit sour – like when….., oh never mind.  Just ask my wife 😉

There ARE times when it is just plain dumb, wrong, unwise, etc to attempt the do-it-yourself thing.  For me that includes reshingling my roof, or changing the struts on my car (use a spring compressor? not me!).   Attempting eye surgery on myself in the bathroom would also qualify.  Right?

Sometimes it is obvious when we should look elsewhere for help.  And sometimes we don’t see it right away. In this the second segment of our teaching series, Steps To Wholeness, we’ll deal with an area where far too many people dabble into “do-it-yourselfing” when they’d be best off going to an outside source for help, guidance, and power to to “get ‘er done.”  And that’s when we are faced with sorting out the inner kinks and broken bits of our heart, our soul, and our mind….. the basic spiritual stuff of life:  who we are, what our life is about, what direction should our future take, the meaning of our existence – that sort of thing.

I share wisdom gleaned from the Bible, and experienced by millions of people in 12 step groups all around the world.  They call it “Step 2.”  See if it rings true for you.

By the way – we’ll be looking at all of the Twelve Steps in coming weeks.  Hope you can join us for the journey.  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!

So, download the podcast and the study guide, grab a bible, and follow along.

Steps To Wholeness: Finding Power

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