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A Hymn - a Prayer for the Holy Spirit to come and bring fresh renewal to God's People and through them to the world.

Writing in the Washington Post, March 8, 2018, Sarah Pulliam Bailey introduces -- and may re-introduce to many, the Christian author Madeline L’Engle who apparently managed through the years by her

Holy Week reminds us of the death and resurrection of our Saviour.

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Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace.
God became man, the Word was made flesh.
Christ was born of a Virgin. Christ suffered. Christ was crucified.

We know that there are certain realities in being missionaries.

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Loren Mead wrote In his book, The Once and Future Church: Reinventing the Congregation for a New Mission Frontier - "The dilemma of the church in this transitional time is that the s

The Body of Christ is comprised of all believers, each member an important part. And yet, we cannot function by ourselves. We need each other desparately.

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There’s Something I Discover Through Observing

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What are we saying, what are we doing - what does it mean when someone is baptized?

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We all want to belong, to fit in, to know that we are welcome, respected and cherished. Family is about that, and so is belonging to the Family of God, the Church.

Community of Love: What on Earth?!
 St. Paul wrote the following to the Church at Ephesus (Ephesians 3:14-19) -

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The Text for my thoughts is Ecclesiastes 11:5: As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all thin

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This Sermon was preached by Dr. Laurie Barber at Kingsway Baptist Church, September 28, 2014.

quote: Mission will save us

Church's that are in decline may be revitalized when they discover that the church is not the point, the mission is.

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ENHANCING WORSHIP 
 
1. Plan well ahead. To do it right, or better, you'll need more preparation time.
 

This sermon, Community of Love: How Wide? was preached by Dr. Barber at Kingsway Baptist Church, Toronto, Ontario, on the 21t of September of 2014.

Moving Forward

These are some reflections on the Church today. Is the local church as we know it what Jesus had in mind?

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The Church is a self-correcting Body, continually changing, continually needing to change; continually reforming, continually needing to be reformed.

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No one is born there. Everyone must choose to go there, the religious and the non-religious.

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The church is at heart a people movement of those who are following Jesus.

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Canada was once a 'churched' culture. It no longer is that.

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Are we in danger or have we actually missed the point of why the Church exits, why were called out and into? C. S.

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We know how to ‘do church’ but we have not yet learned, perhaps, how to ‘do mission’ – I mean, mission here at home, here in our own contexts with our own neighbours and realities.
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Who wrecked our church, our denomination, our plans? Why are we challenging what and how – we believe and do? Why don’t people come and get committed to what we believe and do?

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‘If we are not missional, our churches will die?'

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Today’s church has a strategic problem and a missionary problem, say Dave Ferguson and Alan Hirsch, authors of On the Verge: A Journey Into the Future of the Apostolic Church. 

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