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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#Easter - Jesus’ Commandment to Love

May 8, 2018

May 06, 2018
John 15: 9-17

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

“This is my commandment,” Jesus said, “that you love one another as I have loved you." In this passage, Jesus' love is 'Agape' love which is self-giving love. Agape love is love for the sake of others. It is this love that Jesus means when he commands us love one another.

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#Easter - The Fruit of God’s Vine

May 2, 2018

April 29, 2018
John 15:1-8

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

"I am the vine you are the branches," Jesus tells us. You are the fruit of God's vine who have been gathered to provide nourishment to others as you have been nourished by God.

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#Easter - Jesus the Good Shepherd

April 25, 2018

April 22, 2018
John 10:11-18

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

We are God's sheep and Jesus is the Good Shepherd, come to carry us home. He is the Good Shepherd who loves us his sheep enough to lay down his life, to leave the 99 sheep to find the one lost sheep - to find YOU - when YOU are lost and frightened, when YOU are feeling unloved and unwanted and will carry YOU home.

 
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#Easter - Jesus Story Living In You

April 17, 2018

April 15, 2018
Luke 24:36b-48

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

We recognize that our faith will always be wrapped in questions and ambiguity of how life, death, meaning, eternity, how other faiths relate to God so differently, the presence of evil in a world created in love, all somehow fit together in some divine plan.

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