Posts by Joel (Page 2)

Posts by Joel (Page 2)

Summer Student Job

We are hiring a student for children’s ministry this summer. See the job description below. Summer Job Description 2016  

A Paper on The Holy Spirit

To add to the sermon from Ephesians 5:18, I am posting this paper I wrote several years ago as part of my ordination requirements. Although this paper does not focus on the filling/baptism of the Holy Spirit, there is a section on this topic. Click below to read the PDF. HolySpiritPaper

Church Asks Non-Participants to Leave

The 5th message on Ephesians focused on the five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. In Ephesians 4:16, it says that the church builds itself with the gifts that Christ has given.  The body builds the body. Not one or two people. The body.  As I was preparing this sermon, I was reminded of this satirical news article from a few years ago. carried the following fictional piece of satire on its website. Remember that this is…

An Introduction to Lent

I did not grow up in a tradition that recognized Ash Wednesday or Lent. Over the last several years, however, I have come to appreciate the church calendar more and observing Lent has proven to be beneficial to my  spiritual life. Many Protestants are now seeing the value in observing Lent and I am happy to see that for the last few years, the C&MA in Canada has also been encouraging during Lent with their 40 Days of Faith and…

The Same Power

This song by Jeremy Camp comes to mind every time I read the prayer in Ephesians 1:15-23. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and…

Bring Your (Paper) Bible to Church

As we begin an in-depth look at the book of Ephesians this month, I want to encourage you to bring your Bibles to church on Sunday. And I don’t mean the Bible on your phone. Don’t get me wrong I love my Samsung Galaxy Bible. I love being able to switch between translations so easily. I love the YouVersion Bible app because I can see what other people are sharing and the Bible plans they are reading (kind of like…

If I Don’t Tithe, Am I Robbing God?

When I was younger I remember my pastor preaching a sermon from Malachi 3. Here is that passage: Malachi 3:8-12 8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and…

One Anothering

Here is great infographic on all the “one anothers” in the Bible.