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ADVENT WEEK 2 – PEACE ON EARTH : LUKE 2:14

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On the first Christmas the angels sang: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” With Jesus coming, the angels announced a new peace. Did it come? We have reason to wonder whether or not it really did. In many countries, wars continue to rage. […]

ADVENT WEEK 1 – HOPE WALKS A BROKEN PATH – MATTHEW:1

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Advent means coming – it is a time when we reflect on the implications of Jesus’ birth, and calibrate our lives in light of his second coming. Historically the winter solstice, the darkest time of the year, was chosen to celebrate the coming of the light of the world. But Advent also reminds us that […]

THE Lord’s Prayer – MATT 6:9-13

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How are we supposed to pray?  Do we ask God to do all the stuff he’s not doing yet?  Do we remind him of the brokenness in us that needs repairing?   The people around us who need his help?  The need he hasn’t met yet?  What are we supposed to pray?  Jesus said to […]

WHAT IS YOUR IDENTITY ATTACHED TO? – LUKE 12:1-12

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Welcome to Mountainside. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, or what season of life you are in, you are welcome here. It is our desire to see the gospel of Jesus transform the Elk Valley. May the reality of the cleansing power of Christ fill your hearts and mouths with praise. Blessings, […]

SEXUALTIY & GRACE PART 2 : EMPHASIZING GRACE

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John, Jesus’ best friend, used these words to describe how Jesus treated people: he was ‘full of grace and truth.’ Jesus was full of grace for people. And he told them the full truth. We want to be like Jesus. But when it comes to how we have treated people in the LGBTQ community, we […]

Tears and Tragedy

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It has been an immensely difficult week for our town. The death of three men at our arena has left many reeling in sadness and shock- it is so tragic. This week’s events have reminded us how important community is. We have men and women amongst us who have served as first responders, reacting and […]

LIVING A LIFE OF GRACE : FORGIVENESS OF OTHERS – 1 PET 4:10

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Jesus wants to turn you into a gracious person, like him. Jesus’ grace is potent – it’s powerful and strong. And with that potent grace he nurtures and develops the human race. Jesus pours some of that grace into you so that you too can be made a powerfully gracious person, who nurtures other people […]

THE FUTURE TENSE OF GRACE : GLORIFICATION

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Who cares about heaven? Aren’t we pursuing our dreams right now? Heaven is just an after-life to the real life here. Harps, clouds, angel wings, worship songs for 10 000 years. Sounds ethereal, detached, maybe even painful. Life now is real, gritty and tangible. A big reason why our vision of heaven is so un-compelling […]