Meeting Jesus: In Our Riches

Not everything in life is simple.
As in – totally right, or totally wrong; totally healthy, or totally toxic; totally safe or totally dangerous.

Take cannabis, for example.  I don’t have to line up the pro’s and con’s.  You’ve all heard and read plenty by now, I’m sure.  If not – ask.  For the sake of informed conversations with your  kids and grandkids.

Or – take wealth as another example.  Not totally right, or totally wrong.  Not totally safe, or totally dangerous.  Do you know the pro’s and con’s?  If not – this podcast is for you.  We’re concluding the series MEETING JESUS by hearing him expose a potentially lethal side of wealth – eternally lethal.  He teaches while right in the lion’s den, so  to speak – surrounded by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the country.

We had a listen to Jesus on Thanksgiving weekend – a time when we revel in all the bounty that is at our disposal.
Indeed – let’s give thanks for the plenty we have….. and the plenty of good that can be done with it.
And yes – it’s a fine thing to enjoy what God places in our lap.  To share a feast.

But keep the eyes wide open.  And be on guard.
Because wealth is not all good and wonderful.
It’s powerful.
And – like fire – can be powerfully good, or powerfully destructive.

Our  Bible passage was Luke 16:10-31.
You are invited to MEET JESUS with us.
Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app.
Then download the podcast.  Sorry, no study guide this week.

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Here’s the podcast……..

Meeting Jesus: In Our Riches

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!

Meeting Jesus: When We’re Confident

Familiarity breeds……
You know the saying, right?
And it’s SO true.

It’s really easy to begin to take safety shortcuts when we’ve been doing a risky task for years.  They say that the people most at risk for injury on the job site are the newbies and the ol’ timers.

The newbs don’t know.
The others know perhaps too well.

Did you know that this same thing happens spiritually?  Which is the point of Jesus’ teaching via a parable in Luke 18:9-14.   We studied it on September 23 as the second last of our teaching series, MEETING JESUS.  This sessions was titled, “WHEN WE ARE CONFIDENT.”

You’re invited to tag along – Download the podcast, as well as the study guide.

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).

Here’s the podcast……..

Meeting Jesus: When We’re Confident

And here’s the study guide..…..

Meeting Jesus: When We’re Confident – Study Notes

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!

Meeting Jesus: And Distracted

“I’m…… SO……. busy…..”

How often haven’t you heard that?
Or maybe even said it?

Three cheers for Google Calendar (or equivalent) – keeping our life organised.  Otherwise things would be in chaos.  Never keep all the commitments and to-do’s straight.

WHEW!!

Some people wear their busyness as a badge of honor.
Others use it as a sign of being a martyr for one cause or another.
But….
What does  busyness do to us, anyway?  Especially spiritually?

Jesus has some important things to say on this topic.
We get to mull them over as part of our series, MEETING JESUS.
This week – Meeting Jesus: And Distracted.

Our bible passage is Luke 10:38-42.
You’re invited to tag along – Download the podcast, as well as the study guide.

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).

Here’s the podcast……..

Meeting Jesus: And Distracted

And here’s the study guide..…..

Meeting Jesus: And Distracted – Study Notes

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!

Meeting Jesus: A Word About Stuff

They are springing up absolutely EVERYWHERE!
Storage units – rented by people because they’ve run out of room to store their stuff.
I’d say I’m different, but actually I’m in the process of putting up another outbuilding to “temporarily” store the overflow presently crammed into my machine shed.

STUFF – we’ve got so much.
Which may be good – or not.
Challenge is how much we obsess about it – how much of our life energy, time and attention does it grab?

This week, as we met Jesus – in LUKE 12:13-21 – he was dishing up some pretty “in your face” teaching (could we call it a “warning”?) about stuff.  To somebody who, like us, has lots of it.
Now, I’m sure that we are NOTHING like that fellow.  We face NONE of the challenges and temptations he did.  We are MUCH stronger and better focused than he was.

Right?

On the off chance that maybe you’re in the vast majority that is more like him than any of us would care to admit, you’re invited to follow along in the latest segment of our summer teaching series, MEETING JESUS.

Download the podcast, as well as the study guide.
Screw up the courage, and join us in hearing Jesus’ word about STUFF.

And, please come back  for the next two weeks as we complete the summer teaching series, Meeting Jesus.

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).

Here’s the podcast……..

Meeting Jesus: A Word About Stuff

And here’s the study guide..…..

Meeting Jesus: A Word About Stuff – Study Notes

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!

Meeting Jesus: When You’re Not Wanted

You can’t share what you ain’t got.
That’s the lesson from this past Sunday’s message at KCRC, part of the MEETING JESUS summer teaching series.
The whore and the theologian – a stark contrast.
Both meet Jesus at a party.  The way they respond to him is also a stark contrast.
Jesus comments on that contrast.
And we get to wonder about it – who are we more like….. the theologian or the whore?

Not just in our day to day living.
But also in how we respond to Jesus.  As well as to people he sends into our lives.

So….. You’re invited to download the podcast, as well as the study guide.
Join us as we unpack that saying, “You can’t share what you ain’t got.”

And, please come back  for the next few weeks as we complete the summer teaching series, Meeting Jesus.

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).

Meeting Jesus: When You’re Not Wanted

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

Meeting Jesus: When You’re Not Wanted – Study Notes

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!

Meeting Jesus: Alone, In A Mob

Mobs can be powerful.  And destructive.
People get run over by mobs – sometimes those who are targets of the mob rage, and sometimes even people who are part of the mob.
Takes a powerful, brave, wise person to be able to stare down and stop a mob.

Jesus is EXACTLY that kind of person.

Saving a woman who is the bull’s eye of that mob.
And some of the mob instigators.

Welcome to KCRC’s summer teaching series, MEETING JESUS.
This week coming from John 7:53-8:11, an encounter between Jesus and a woman caught doing what everybody knows to be totally wrong.  Their encounter happens  while surrounded by a threatening mob.

As we stand back and watch we can’t help but become amazed at the awesome wisdom of Jesus, the immense respect Jesus has for what is right & what is wrong, and the overwhelming MERCY that colours and flavors absolutely everything he says and does.

And – as we stand back and watch we can’t help but realize that Jesus isn’t just acting to save and restore the life of this one woman, he is acting to save and restore MY life, too!!

Breath-taking……

You’re invited to download the podcast, as well as the study guide.  Join us as we try to untangle this mess.
And, please come back  for the next few weeks as we complete the summer teaching series, Meeting Jesus.

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).

Meeting Jesus: Alone, In A Mob

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

Meeting Jesus: Alone, In A Mob – Study Notes

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!

Meeting Jesus: We Do, Can She?

What is it about people that we can so easily, sometimes, shut certain people out
Because we don’t think they’re good enough.
Or haven’t done enough.
Or – maybe even because they are just plain “other.”

It’s troubling.  We pride ourselves on being a nation of equals. Racist, discriminatory,  xenophobic language and actions bother us deeply.  And rightly so.

Then we get to Matthew 15:21-28 and, voila!, for all the world it seems as if Jesus is condoning precisely such behaviour!

WHAT’S GOING ON???!!

Troubled by this?  Confused?  I hope so.
How do we approach people that seem to be trouble, in the way, off our radar screen, other?

Welcome to another week of watching Jesus, and hopefully learning something from it.
As spiritual apprentices, what might the Master be teaching us?

You’re invited to download the podcast, as well as the study guide.  Join us as we try to untangle this mess.
And, please come back  for the next few weeks as we complete the summer teaching series, Meeting Jesus.

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).

Meeting Jesus: We Do, Can She?

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

Meeting Jesus: We Do, Can She – Study Notes

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!

Meeting Jesus: When We Are Out Of Options

“Here. Hold my beer. Watch this!”
The sort of summer moment when somebody thinks they’ve got a situation well in hand.  What’s about to unfold should be NO PROBLEM.
And as they try to do it, everything unravels.  Maybe even a youtube video results.

Perhaps you haven’t had that.  But you HAVE had times when life came apart.  And you were out of options.  Remember how it felt?  Not good, was it.

This past Sunday we witnessed one of Jesus’ followers find himself in such a situation.
And in the middle of the emptiness and the panic and the fear, Jesus shows himself as powerful, caring and near.

Which – in our times of emptiness – he can do for us, too.
Join us as we wonder about that based on Luke 5:1-11.

And in future weeks, please, come on back, if you can, and join in the remainder of the series, Meeting Jesus.

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).

Meeting Jesus: When We Are Out Of Options

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

Meeting Jesus: When We Are Out Of Options – Study Notes

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!

Waiting Forward

What do you think about WAITING?

How does it work for you?
Do you mind it?
Does it drive you mad?

Are you a fidgety kind of wait-er?
Or can you sit quietly?

Can you focus on that for which you are waiting?
Or does you mind go to a million very strange and unrelated places?

How does waiting work for you?

Just before Jesus returned to heaven he told his apprentices to head back to Jerusalem and ………..   wait.
So we went to Acts 1:1-11, and thought a bit about that.
What does Jesus ask them (and us) to wait for?
How might we best do that waiting?
When will the waiting be over?

You’re invited to wonder with us about all of that.
Grab a bible, download the podcast and study guide, and join us for the message titled, Forward Waiting.

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Forward Waiting

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

Forward Waiting – Study Notes

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 Effects Of Easter: At The End Of Our Line

It’s a crazy story – true, but sort of crazy.  We get to watch Jesus messin’ with his disciples in the days following his resurrection.    The boys had gone fishing on a lake that normally was teeming with fish.  Nobody EVER got skunked out there….. except them, this time.

And Jesus meets these frustrated fishers at the end of their futile night.  GRRRR! Wonder what they really muttered under their breath.

Anyway, it all turned out WAY different than any of them could have expected in their wildest dreams.  Totally wonderful.  Empowering.  Freeing.

And completely amazing for us who get to watch from the sidelines!

Grab a bible, download the podcast and study guide, and join in this next in our post-Easter series, “The Effects Of Easter.”

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At The End Of Our Line

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

At The End Of Our Line – 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!