12.28.08 PM – Guest

December 28, 2008

True Satisfaction (Jer 17.1-10) Duncan Johnson

Our pastor’s son, Duncan, preached our afternoon service this week. He brought a message from Jeremiah, demonstrating the inadequacy of trust in self and satisfaction in our own endeavours. He called us to seek true satisfaction in God.

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12.28.08 Study – Christmas

December 28, 2008

A Brief Survey of the First Moravian Mission

Our second look at the Moravians is a survey of their first mission to St Thomas in the Virgin Islands. We plan to see a documentary of this effort on New Years Eve. Our study today is something of a verbal “preview” of First Fruits.

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12.28.08 AM – Christmas

December 28, 2008

A star shall come forth from Jacob (Num 24.15-19)

Continuing our Christmas series after our snow-hiatus, we turn to the second passage associated with the Moravian star, Num 24.17. In this message we see how a man can have such a close relationship with God that he can be given inspired prophecy to utter, yet still be in rebellion, an enemy of God, and miss the real light of the star he sees ‘but not now’ in his prophecy.

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12.21.08 Christmas

December 21, 2008

We are snowed out again. The main roads were clear, but our church is on an unplowed side street and our parking lot is buried. We have about a foot of snow. The mountain to the west (over which half our congregation drives) is a skating rink.

As an alternative, we held a small service in our home this afternoon with a few who were able to make it over. We recorded it (with an inferior microphone) but we offer it here so our folks can have a ‘virtual service’. Our daughter-in-law accompanies us on the violin, with a special of What Child is This as well.

Reactions to Christmas (Lk 2.15-20)

Our message is a brief meditation on the Christmas story and the five reactions we see to the announcement in this passage. We hope it is a blessing to you.

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12.14.08 – No services today

December 14, 2008

Here’s why:


That’s the Malahat at 9:15am… our people who drive over it each week for church shouldn’t take the risk, not to mention the icy streets and accumulating snow we have everywhere else.

We can be thankful that this usually only happens once a year! But we think a memo to the weatherman is in order: Here in Victoria, we don’t do snow!

12.7.08 PM – Communion

December 7, 2008

The Days of Her Purification (Lev 12)

In our context, this part of the Bible seems utterly foreign to us. We read through it, if we are in the habit of reading through our Bibles, because it’s there, not because we derive great insight and blessing or instruction from it.

  • Isn’t that true?

My goal in preaching through these passages is to help you discover what God was saying to Israel through this ‘enacted spirituality’, these visible, physical pictures of an inner, spiritual reality. I want you to get this principle:

The externals of Judaism embody the internals of Theism.

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12.7.08 Study – Christmas

December 7, 2008

A Biographical Sketch of Count Zinzendorf

From our “Moravian star” Christmas theme:

One of the most fascinating stories of Church History (among many) is the story of Count Zinzendorf.

The apostle Paul said:

KJV 1 Corinthians 1:26 ¶ For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Count Zinzendorf and a few others are very thankful that the apostle didn’t say: “not any” — he just said “not many.”

So today for our study time I’d like to give you a bit more detail concerning the life of Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf

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12.7.08 AM – Christmas

December 7, 2008

Let There be Light (Gen 1.1-5)

From our “Moravian star” Christmas theme:

Of course we are talking in our passage about our natural, material universe, but light and darkness are emblematic of spiritual themes, not only in the Bible but in the consciousness of man. Thus we see these themes recurring in other religions as well, albeit corrupted as all false religions are.

It is only as we consider the theme of light in the Bible that we really understand it properly.

But more than mere understanding, I am going to submit to you that the theme of light and your personal relationship to it, as well as the Biblical presentation of it, speaks very loudly to man’s absolute need of and dependence on God.

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