Who Am I? Loved!

One thing that virtually everyone wants, needs, craves is…..
Well, it’s something that’s part of our identity as followers and friends of Jesus.
There’s an old song that talks about looking for it in all the wrong places – and coming out of the experience all messed up. Which happens a lot.
It’s….. being loved.
Somewhere, deep inside, we all shrivel up if we don’t have at least some love poured into our lives.
We need it as infants.
We need it as elderly.
And we need it in between.
Ephesians 5:22-33 helps us connect with how God, through Jesus, pours love into our lives in rich ways.
It also helps us understand how to respond to that love from God by expressing and living love to others, beginning at home with our kids and our life partners.
March 3, 2019 – that’s when we examined this bible passage and considered how God’s love looks and feels – both in our lives as we receive it, and as we pass it on.
Hope you can stay to share the conversation.
You’re invited to download the podcast and study guide.

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. Then download the podcast, as well as the study guide, and dig in.

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…

Who Am I? Loved!
Loved – The 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!

Who Am I? Rewarded!?

This past Sunday was the third week in a row that we talked about doing stuff as part of our faith walk. No more talk about mosquitoes. That is SO last week!
Our noodling through the bible book of Ephesians brought us to chapter 6, verse 8. Which smacked us in the face with talk about REWARD. What is THAT all about?
Isn’t the Christian faith anchored on faith in Jesus, and the finished work he does for us?
Isn’t our connection to God a free gift, graciously given to us?
All true enough – and yet, there it is. Reward. The even more weird part of it all is that this same idea crops up again and again throughout the New Testament.|
WHAT are we to make of it?
You’re invited to download the podcast and study guide and share the journey as explore 4 levels of REWARD spoken of in the Bible.
At the end of which, I hope you’ll be able to confidently exclaim……”Who Am I? I am REWARDED!”

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. FThen download the podcast, as well as the study guide, and dig in.

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……..

Who Am I? Rewarded!
Rewarded – The 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!

Who Am I? Gifted!

This past Sunday we continued our fascination with mosquitoes (you’ll have to check out last week’s podcast to see where that’s coming from). Remember – all it takes is one and you’ll know it! Yes, even li’l ol’ me can make a difference in this great big world.
Which was where we went this week – HOW does that work? WHAT kind of difference can I make?
Ephesians 1:15-16, and Ephesians 4:1-16 were our anchor points for the teaching – helping us celebrate a church community which thrives on thankfulness and appreciation; and learning that such a culture grows when people use the gifts that the Holy Spirit entrusts to them.
Gifts that WE ALL HAVE. Yup, every one of us.
So….
Who Am I?
I am GIFTED!

You’re invited to share the conversation we had by downloading the podcast.

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. FThen download the podcast, as well as the study guide, and dig in.

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……..

Who Am I? Gifted!
Gifted – The 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!

Be A Blessing!

Last Sunday KCRC joined with hundreds of other churches across North America in celebrating the ministry of Cadetting, a boys’ club movement that brings Christian men to boys in a mentoring relationship where faith and life can be explore and enjoyed together.

This year’s theme is “Be A Blessing”, drawn from 2 Corinthians 9:8.

Which is what we wondered about together during our teaching time in worship on February 10. Which, naturally, makes one think of the mosquito…….. right? Well, the boys sure got the connection. Wondering if you will, too?

You’re invited to share the conversation we had by downloading the podcast.

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. Flip to 2 Corinthians 9. Then download the podcast and dig in.

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……..

Be A Blessing!

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!

Christmas: Yes, But…. Do I Fear Christ?

Welcome to the second in our pre-Christmas teaching series at Kemptville Christian Reformed Church.  We’re using this time to try and push aside some of the clutter and jumble that can easily mess with our minds and hearts and get in the way of a true celebration of Jesus’ birth.

Hence the title – Christmas: Yes, but….
The stuff of the season is all well and good.  However, does it crowd out Jesus?
We’re just wondering.
Luke 2:7 tells us that Jesus was born in a stable because the hubbub of that particular season in downtown Bethlehem had squeezed his family to the margins.
We don’t want Jesus squeezed to the margins of the season as we celebrate.

RIGHT?

This week’s session is:  “Christmas:  Yes, but…. Do I FEAR him?”
We’re exploring the teaching of Mark 9:1-10

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app.
Then download the podcast and 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……..

Christmas: Yes, but… do I FEAR him?

And here’s the study guide:

Christmas: Yes, but… do I FEAR him? – The 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!

Sharing The Faith: Appetizers

It’s REALLY easy to overthink things, especially when you REALLY want to do your best at something.  And when that happens we easily make things too complicated or confusing.

Sharon and I witnessed that on a recent cooking competition we were watching on TV.  One competitor took the required dish and stuffed WAY too much into it.  It ended up a confusing mess.  Too much going on with his plate.

It happens in cooking.  It can happen pretty much anywhere.  Including sharing your faith in Jesus.  Sometimes you are better off  serving just one “bite-sized” portion of good news instead of backing up a truck and unloading everything you’ve learned about the Kingdom of Heaven.  Don’t force-feed them a whole banquet.  Just offer them an appetizer.  Often that goes down better and can be WAY more effective.

We’ll check in on Jesus as he follows this principle.  And wonder what that all means for our lives.

Welcome to our Fall teaching series – SHARING THE FAITH.
This week’s installment digs into Luke 10:25-37.
Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app.
Then download the podcast and 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……..

Sharing The Faith: Appetizers

And here’s the study guide:

Sharing The Faith: Appetizers – The 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!

Sharing The Faith: Motivation

Baseball Fans just enjoyed the pinnacle of their season – the World Series.  Ever wonder what sets the players apart on that field from so many other wanna-be baseball players, who end up trapped in the minor leagues, or working day jobs and playing in the beer leagues?

Yes, skill is part of it.  There’s the natural athletic ability that one is born with, or not.  And then the hours upon hours of practice to hone that ability into a razor sharp skill.

Yet, one can remain in the minors even with all of that.

I was listening to an interview with a sports psychologist recently who fingered this as one of the key factors in athletic success – MOTIVATION.

If you don’t have a strong motivation, lighting a fire in your belly, you aren’t going to succeed.
Period.

That’s true for way more in life than just baseball.
At KCRC we’re working our way through a teaching series that explores why, how, when and with whom we want and need to be sharing our faith in Jesus.  It’s called….. “Sharing The Faith” (creative, eh?).

This past Sunday we focused in on MOTIVATION – what lights the fire in our belly to want to share the love and story of Jesus with people that God puts on our life path?

You’re invited to share in the conversation.  And hope that you can track with us for the whole series via podcast or live on Sundays.

Our  Bible passage was 1 Peter 3:15, and Matthew 28:16-20.
Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app.
Then download the podcast and 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……..

Sharing The Faith: Motivation

And here’s the study guide:

Sharing The Faith: Motivation – The 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!

Sharing The Faith: Attitudes

“Really?”  So my friend said to me after going through a sales presentation by an individual.  My friend was looking for a particular product, and had wondered if this was the one.

But the salesperson was….. well…… WOW.  Not a good “wow.”  More like, “Wow, what IS this person doing here?  If she’s not excited about this thing, how am I supposed to be?
Her attitude came through in spades.  And, no, there was no sale. Surprise.

Attitude – it DOES matter.
I attended an all-candidates meeting recently for the upcoming municipal election.  And what interested me equally as much as the content of the various speeches was the attitude that each candidate brought to the table.  ‘Cause that attitude will set the stage for what this individual will do when confronted by this or that novel issue in the next few years.

Attitude – That’s the thing we tackle in the first of KCRC’s Fall teaching series, Sharing The Faith.

Yes, we’ll get to thinking about what to say (or not)  and when to say it (or not) and how.  All that sort of good stuff.
But first – Attitude.
Because attitude shapes everything.  It is like the rudder of the ship.  How it is pointed affects everything else.

Our  Bible passage was 1 Peter 3:8-16.
Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app.
Then download the podcast and 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……..

Sharing The Faith: Attitudes

And here’s the study guide:

Sharing The Faith: Attitudes – The 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!

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!

 

2017 Christmas Eve Service – the podcast

Due to popular demand here’s the podcast of the 2017 Christmas Eve service – the whole thing.  Not just a snippet or two.

It was titled “A Puzzling Blue Christmas” – and, as you’ll hear, we wanted to make space for people who were struggling, puzzled over what to do with all the jolly and holly, when life had been hard and they weren’t feeling so merry;  when they were experiencing hard emotions and memories.  What to do with Christmas?  Would there be anything in it for them?  Or best to just run and hide.  Whether that be you, or someone you love – if you weren’t able to be with us, please join in via the podcast.  There’s a message of real hope waiting for you!

You can follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favourite 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).

A Puzzling, Blue Christmas?

May you be blessed as you listen.
And, hey – please know that we’d love to have you join us live for worship in 2018.
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!

And if you can’t join us live, keep an eye on the website for future podcasts.  Better yet, subscribe, and you’ll be automatically kept up to date.

God bless!!