DANGER! Being controlled by others’ expectations

Sermon 24 April 2022 (Easter 2) and Reflection by Dcn. Joshua Bautista

DANGER! Being controlled by others’ expectations by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Are you influenced by what other people think of you? Are you driven by what others expect of you? Our whole culture is fixated on controlling people’s lives through the expectations of others. Peter learned how dangerous this is, and it crushed his heart.

Lectionary:  Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 111:1-10; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31

Referenced Scriptures: Mark 1:34-38; Matthew 16:16-26; Matthew 26:50-58; John 18:10; Matthew 26:69-70; John 21:15-22; Matthew 16:18

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A Holy Fire by Dcn. Joshua Bautista

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We stand at the edge of the Promised Land

Sermon 17 April 2022 (Easter)

We stand at the edge of the Promised Land by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The freeing of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt through their entry into the Promised Land was a prophetic foretaste of Christ’s work through His incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. We celebrate today in the light of Christ’s resurrection. He has set us in place to possess all the benefits of His passion, death, and rising again – not as individuals, but as the Church. Giants occupy the land; there will be opposition; it will require battles, and courage, and sacrifice. There will be casualties, but it is the inheritance we have been promised. Will we enter in … or will we refuse?

Lectionary:  Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:14-29; Colossians 3:1-4; Luke 24:1-12

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 16:18

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When kingdoms collide

Sermon 15 April 2022 (Good Friday)

When kingdoms collide by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Today’s Gospel shows us what happens when kingdoms collide. If one is the Kingdom of God and the field of battle is your heart, the outcome can impact your eternity. It can also change your life.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22:1-21; Hebrews 10:1-25; John 18:1-19:42

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 26:31-35; Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 12:33-37; Matthew 15:16-20; Luke 10:17; Romans 7:19; Luke 9:23; Matthew 9:36-38

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The Holy Spirit illuminates the Word

Sermon 10 April 2022 (Palm Sunday)

The Holy Spirit illuminates the Word by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Today’s sermon wasn’t formally prepared (that was deliberate!), but more a look into the Scriptures with guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Lectionary:  Luke 19:28-40; Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 31:9-15; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 23:1-25

Referenced Scriptures: Leviticus 16:5-10, 15-16, 20-22

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Press on towards the goal

Sermon 03 April 2022 (Lent 5)

Press on towards the goal by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past“, “forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus“, and “Go now and leave your life of sin“. God is making a point … and to leave the past behind and press into God’s future requires the Holy Spirit.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 8:2-11

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 23:37; Matthew 23-25

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Forward into the promise, or back to Egypt?

Sermon 27 March 2022 (Lent 4)

Forward into the promise, or back to Egypt? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The first generation Israelites did not receive the land that was specifically promised to them, because they favoured going back into slavery over going forward into destiny. The “second generation” Israelites who had wandered in the desert for forty years were the ones who actually possessed the inheritance, because they were willing to go forward into a new land and fight for it. We stand in a similar place today….

Lectionary:  Joshua 5:2-12; Psalm 34:1-22; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Luke 15:11-32

Referenced Scriptures: Joshua 5:1; Numbers 14:3-4; Joshua 4:19; Exodus 12:3,6-8; Psalm 95:11

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A lack of intent

Sermon 20 March 2022 (Lent 3)

A lack of intent by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Intent – the earnest determination to do something – is important in your Christian walk. Without it you’ll miss opportunities for growth, maturity, and even blessing; with it, the Holy Spirit will lead you upward along His path for you. And if you’re in between, kinda wishy-washy … that’s a really dangerous place to be.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 103:1-13; 1 Corinthians 10:1-12; Luke 13:1-9

Referenced Scriptures: John 5:14; Numbers 13:26-14:45; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 9:51; Isaiah 50:7; Revelation 3:15-21

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Crumbs from your table

Sermon 13 March 2022 (Lent 2)

Crumbs from your table by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus implied the Canaanite woman, who asked Him to heal her daughter, was akin to a little dog. Jesus’ healing power was so important to her that she let His words pass and answered wisely.
Imagine you were this woman; could you have done the same? Now what if the roles were reversed: you were sitting at the table feasting, and Jesus was at your feet asking bread from you. How would you respond?

Lectionary:  Genesis 15:1-21; Psalm 27:1-14; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:22-30

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 15:22-28; Revelation 3:15-21; 1 Samuel 2:7; Genesis 14:22-23; Matthew 23:27; Matthew 7:13-15

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Lent is a gift of opportunity

Sermon 06 March 2022 (Lent 1)

Lent is a gift of opportunity by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Lent is not a time of self-condemnation; it is a time of pruning. Jesus tells us “things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart”, so examining our words and actions can help us examine the true state of our heart. God provides us this opportunity to cooperate with His pruning, to remove those things in our life which keep us from intimacy with Him.

Lectionary:  Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-5, 14-16; Romans 10:6-13; Luke 4:1-13

Referenced Scriptures: John 15:2; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 15:18-19; Matthew 13; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Matthew 22:1-14; Psalm 42:1

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Testimonies of the Lord’s working:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRrkJdQ494dLZnqdGP?e=f0bHIW

His Word, His way, His goal

Sermon 02 March 2022 (Ash Wednesday)

His Word, His way, His goal by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God has a goal for you – for each one of us – and He will bring it to pass. We just have to do it His way.

Lectionary:  Joel 2:1-2,12-17; Psalm 51:1-19; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-8,16-18

Referenced Scriptures: Amos 5:6; Genesis 28:16-19; John 17:20-23

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