David Danced Before The Lord

July 16, 2018

July 15, 2018
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b NRV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

The ark symbolized God presence and enduring protection for the people of Israel. When the ark entered into the Holy City Jerusalem there was cause for rejoicing. And breaking royal protocol, and any semblance of personal dignity, David broke out leaping and dancing in the in front of the ark of the covenant, or, as the story says, David danced before the Lord.

Together we are David's child, God's visible presence in the world. So let us all dance before the Lord in praise and thanksgiving.

 

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God’s hope in this world

July 9, 2018

July 8, 2018
2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

We have inherited David’s hope as our hope. We are a people who look to the future with trust that something new and beautiful is emerging despite what our present world may look like.

In the waters of baptism that have been poured out for you, you are reminded that you are God’s promise of love and freedom.

 

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The Biblical Figure of David

July 3, 2018

July 1, 2018
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

Pastor Kevin introduces our Summer 2018 sermon series on King David and how his story still impacts us today.

 

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God’s Transforming Love

June 25, 2018

June 24, 2018
2 Corinthians 6:1-13

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

The Apostle Paul saw that his faith in Jesus meant that his life was about grace - God’s undeserved mercy and forgiveness - rather than living according to laws and traditions. He realized that all the Laws and traditions that he fought so hard to preserve all pointed to one thing: God’s love.
Love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and kindness. These are the strongest elements in the universe because they reside in God’s heart and they flow into a world God created in love.

 

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Seeing God’s work in the world through resurrection eyes

June 18, 2018

June 17, 2018
2 Corinthians 5:6-17

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

To see the world through resurrection eyes is to trust that God is doing something new and beautiful in the World. To trust this is happening even when all we can see is the ugliness of human self-absorption. It is living in hope that the best of humanity will overcome the worst of human impulses.
And as Christians, our job, is to scatter the seeds of God’s love, mercy and healing, compassion and justice, peace and forgiveness and watch as God nourishes, waters, and cultivates these seeds so they can grow into what God wants them to be.

 

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The saving story we are all telling together

June 11, 2018

June 10, 2018
2 Corinthians 4:13 - 5:1

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

Jesus taught us that all people are valued and their stories deserve to be heard. When Jesus called his followers around the table he said that the meal was his body and blood given for them, and given for you.
He was re-telling your story into a story that begins and ends with life, and in between, its a story that says that you are person of value, you are a person of significance, you are a person of worth, you were bought with a price.

 

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God’s treasure of life and salvation

June 4, 2018

June 03, 2018
2 Corinthians 4: 5-12

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

The apostle Paul wrote, “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.”
We are the clay jars. We are the fragile containers that hold the light that illumines the world. We are the weak that is made strong. We are the mortal, limited, ones who have within us, the treasure that is God almighty's love and power.

 

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Trinity Sunday - The Spirit of New Life

May 28, 2018

May 27, 2018
Romans 8: 12-22

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

The Spirit of New Life changes us from the inside out. When the worst of life hits, when suffering, pain, confusion, or fear visit, don't lose hope. This is the groaning of labour pains of a new creation that is being born in your life. Have patience and trust that something new and beautiful is emerging. Have hope. Be led by the Spirit who gives life.

 

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The Work of the Holy Spirit

May 23, 2018

May 20, 2018
John 15: 26-27; 4b-15

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

As we start the season of Pentecost, Pastor Kevin reflects on change and the work of the holy spirit to enact transformative and loving change through us.

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#Easter - Jesus Prayer For Us

May 16, 2018

May 13, 2018
John 17: 6-19

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

When Jesus was alone in the garden, offering his final petitions to God, his worry wasn't just for himself and the pain he was going to endure. He praying for his disciples. He prayed for the Church. And he prayed for us.

 
 
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