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More or Less
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:24

More or Less – From John the Baptist to Jesus (John 3:22-36)

This past Sunday, Justyn Rees took us through the very well-known stories of John the Baptist and Jesus. John’s story really began on a familiar note, reminiscent of the great Patriarchs of old, his parents Zacharias and Elizabeth longed for a child but was unable to conceive. Then one day, when Zacharias was serving in the temple, the angel of the Lord appeared to him and announced that he and Elizabeth will indeed have a child and that this child will be filled with the Holy Spirit and will prepare a way for the Lord (Lk 1:17). Zacharias found it too incredible to believe and was made speechless. Elizabeth, on the other hand, believed with all of her heart that “the Lord has done this for me, he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace” (Lk 1:25). Mary visited Elizabeth and shared a very precious moment as they both recognized that God was doing something special inside each of them. When John was finally born, Zacharias and Elizabeth named him John as instructed by the angelic messenger. This broke every expectation and convention of their generation as the usual practice was to name a son after the father’s family name. As a priest, Zacharias’s devotion was expressed through the liturgy, worship, and service at the temple. John on the other hand, equally passionate about his calling to God, preached in the great outdoors. Do you think there would have been some tense father-son conversations about how to do ministry? Regardless, John the Baptist was effective in his own way, calling people to a life of repentance through a renewed practice of baptism. When John finally met Jesus, the Christ, he said, “He must increase but I must decrease.” (Jn 3:30). Ultimately, John saw himself as one making the way and pointing others Jesus, the Son of God.

Justyn left us with a couple of thoughts on the theme of passing on the faith to the next generation. First, God is in the business of making us pregnant with new things, what new things might God be birthing in you or in our community here at LPC? Secondly, Elizabeth filled with the Spirit (Lk 1:41), was the first to acknowledge the Lord inside the womb of Mary and that God was about to do something new through her. When we are filled with the Spirit of God, our eyes and hearts are open to see the new things of God. May God fill each and every one of us so that we too can see the new possibilities for LPC. Come and join us for this year’s Summer Conference as Justyn continues along this theme of New Wine and New Wineskins, Cedar Springs, Aug 15-17th.

Peace and grace,

John

 
The Gift of Life (special)
Written by Rob Penner   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 21:48

The Gift of Life
Sarah Nye’s Memorial Service
Sermon Given by Pastor Rob Penner
July 17, 2014 at OceanView Funeral Home


A long time ago a wise person set out to determine the meaning of life. After trying different experiments, he drew this conclusion: there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God (3:12-13). This is one of his conclusions, not the most important, but the first one that he draws in his search for meaning. Life is a huge gift, and to simply have the power to enjoy it makes it well worth the price of admission.

We grieve, not because death is so bad, but because life is so very good. Sorrow is the natural response is to losing a loved one, and if we trace our tears, we will find their source in that great well-spring called life. Sometimes when watching a movie or reading a novel, we get so caught up that we just don’t want the story to be over. Even more so, because life is so rich and meaningful, grief is our natural response when it comes to an end. We hold on to life as hard as we can, and fight with all our might against losing it.

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Fruitfulness and Spiritual Formation
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:42

Fruitfulness and Spiritual Formation


On Sunday, Pastor John offered us some food for thought with regards to fruitfulness, spiritual growth and spiritual formation. In fruitfulness, he guides us through the nine attributes of the fruit of love, pointing out that there are probably others not mentioned in Galatians. It may come as a surprise to some of us that ‘humility’ was not included as one of the nine in the fruit of the Spirit. Did Paul forget this important virtue? After all, it is the opposite of one of the seven deadly vices: Pride. Or perhaps, that may not be necessary as humility can easily be demonstrated through the other nine fruits. Indeed, humility has been highlighted in the life of the believers throughout history; like the Early Church; the desert fathers; the medieval saints; and many more. The popular writer C. S. Lewis has famously said of humility in his classic work, Mere Christianity: “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

 


In sharing about spiritual growth, we are reminded of the need to live by the freedom of the Spirit over the enslavement of the flesh. Spiritual growth for many believers requires spiritual formation. Like a plant, it takes nourishing, spiritual care, and trusting in God to help grow the seed. Humility is a necessary component for any spiritual growth. The biggest role model for all of us is Jesus. The way he does it is via acts of service. He taught us in Mark 10:45 that the reason He came was not to be served, but to serve; the reason he came was not to take lives but to give of himself for the sake of the world.

 

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