Sermons by Pastor Shawn Barden

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ADVENT – WEEK 1 : PREPARE HIM ROOM – LUKE 1: 26-38

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When we want to capture attention, we do it big. Big budget. Big flash. In your face, $200 million movies. Put it on Facebook. Mass Market. Get dressed up. A limousine cavalcade through the streets. F-18 fighter jet air support for the special forces ground invasion. Un-missable. You would think when God wanted to capture […]

MIND FIELDS – WEEK 5 : “DOES CHRISTIANITY TAKE THE JOY OUT OF LIFE?” – JOHN : 2

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“Christianity is all about restraining and constraining life.”  “Religion is like a straight jacket that limits and hinders me from really enjoying myself.”   I’ve heard that sentiment, that following Jesus requires us to give up enjoying life now in order to have a life after we die.  It leads some to think, “I’ll turn to Jesus last moment […]

MIND FIELDS – PART 1 – THE FOUNDATION OF FAITH : 1 COR 15:1-8

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I couldn’t become a Christian because of _________.  There’s a few ______’s that you hear all the time; like the track record of Christians, or the holes and contradictions in the bible, or the perceived incompatibility of Science with Faith, or even just the seeming irrelevance of Christianity to living a good life.  These are […]

Thanksgiving Sermon

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I read two stats this week that got my blood pressure up.  Stat 1: “The typical church in England (which is culturally similar to Canada) has six adults for every child or student in their congregation.”  Congregations are getting older.  Stat 2: “72% of people who come to faith in Jesus do so before their […]

RISKY BUSINESS : PART 1 – BIG FAITH

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Faith. Our relationship with God depends on it. But what is it? Is it believing where there is no evidence?  Like in unicorns?  Well, no it’s not. Not Christian faith anyway. Christian faith springs out of evidence. Evidence for God’s presence in the world.  But Christian faith goes beyond where the evidence alone can take […]

THE REAL YOU : PART 10 : A TEMPLE OF GOD’S SPIRIT

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I love this time of year.  BBQ’s in the backyard, meeting friends at the lake, a lazy float down the river, or a cool evening ride with some buddies, are just some of the ways that we recharge our batteries during the summer months.  Similarly we gather together to unite our voices in praise, our […]