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Mercy on Doubters

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We all have doubts from time to time. Doubts about the past can lead to regret, doubts about the future can lead to worry, and doubts about the present can lead to despair. We are not alone. The Bible is populated with people like Abraham and Sarah, who doubted whether they could have a child in their nineties (Genesis 17:17; Genesis 18:12) and Moses, who doubted whether h...

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A Crisis of Courage

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Recently it seems that everyone from celebrities to scientists to LCBO workers are being heralded as paragons of courage. But what does it actuallymean to have courage? Merriam-Webster defines courage as the "mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty." However this seems like one of those broad definitions that manages to no...

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The Surprisingly Practical Doctrine You Didn’t Think You Needed

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Rock climbers don't scale the sheer granite walls of El Capitan because it's easy. Nor do freedivers plunge to watery depths as a pleasant distraction from life. The motivation behind such ventures is not the gruelling effort in itself, but rather the rewards that come after the challenge: the breathtaking view from the summit or the sight of stunning coral displays on the...

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Finding Strength in Jesus' Superior Peace

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John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. To a world drowning in COVID-19 panic, the subject of cheese spreads might not seem immediately relevant, but hear me out. For nearly every food product (except eggnog, but that's another story) you will usually f...

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The Solace of the Ancient

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There is comfort in the proximity of ancient things. If such things have endured for so many years, we reason, why shouldn't they endure for many more? And they may. Old trees, John Prine once said, just grow stronger, and old rivers grow wilder every day. And yet we know that even old trees will at some point become rotten and precarious; and even old rivers have been kn...

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Death: The Missing Piece in Our Worldview

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We don't talk about death in our culture. In fact, we often do everything in our power to forget the reality of death. Talking about it makes us uncomfortable, thinking about it is depressing. Nevertheless, at all timeswhether we acknowledge it or notdeath looms over us and will at some point be a reality we all experience. The Bible, however, encourages a very different...

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The Hidden Blessing in Broken Bones

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It is strange to me that even though we live in a culture defined by its love of "life hacks," nature itself teaches that in most cases, the severity of a process determines the quality of the product. Rocks, for example, must be subjected to extreme pressure and high temperatures before they become diamonds. Craftsmen must endure the humiliations of apprenticeship if the...

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5 Reasons to Prioritize Church This Summer

Against all odds, summer is nearly upon us. While the prospect of nearly three months free of infringing exams is almost too good to be true for students, for the - well let's say, more advanced among us - the yearly prospect of trying to cobble together a bathing suit fit for public consumption is enough to drive the most stalwart soul to sheer panic. The summer season ...

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Jacob and Leo's Baptism

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Delighting in God's Word: 30 Day Bible Reading and Memorization

In the sermon "Delighting in God's Word", we looked at Psalm 1 and how it defines the righteous man as one who meditates on the word of God day and night. Here are some practical suggestions to help you as you prayerfully commit to take in more of God's word in order to be shaped by it and bear much fruit. 30 Day Bible Reading Plan For the next month, pick a shorter book...

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