Weekly Message

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Rev. Todd Beiswenger

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Fun, Fun, Fun

September 19 2021

A lot of people I've been talking to are struggling with feeling lethargic and unmotivated. In religion we focus a lot of ways to be better people, but I think what we're learning these days is the importance of fun. When all the fun is taken away, it impacts on our ability to do real work of life.


Overcoming Weariness

September 12 2021

When you've got plans and goals for your life, and they don't materialize in the time frame you had in mind, it can really wear you down. Whether is be you haven't been cured from a disease, or picked up a new skill you've been working on, delays along the way are wearisome. Paul writes, "Don't get weary in well doing." As you'll hear in this service, there are plenty of times success doesn't come right away, but if we keep doing the right thing we will get success in the important things.


Father's Day

September 5 2021

Today is Father's Day, so what can we learn from the Scriptures about fathers? Being a father is more than just biological connection. Father figures often step in when needed, as such we will look at an example of an excellent father figure of a man who chose to be a father to a boy when he didn't have to be.


Dealing with Mean People Part 3

August 29 2021

Everybody makes mistakes, but the key is do we learn from them? This week is a bit of a post-script to last week's story, where David once again has to deal with a mean person. What did he learn from his interaction with Nabal and Abigail?


Dealing with Mean People Part 2

August 22 2021

I left you on a bit of a cliffhanger last week... David was off to take vengeance on Nabal, and in the illustration we had Roger firmly camped out in a house where he didn't belong. How are these situations resolved?


Dealing with Mean People Part 1

August 15 2021

It's a fact: there are mean people in the world. There are good people who have moments of meanness... how do we deal with them? In this two part series, we'll take a look at a real life example and a story from Scripture to see what the Lord teaches on this subject.



August 8 2021

Procrastination is something that we all have experience with, to one degree or another! There's a parable that the Lord tells of a man who invited people to a feast. There were three excuses given, and they speak to the different reasons as to why we procrastinate on doing the work of spiritual growth. What's interesting is what the man does next when nobody shows, and how it demonstrates what the Lord does when we fail to get moving!


The Holiness of the Holy Supper

August 1 2021

What is holy? Why makes the Holy Supper holy?


Parable of the Unjust Steward Explained

July 25 2021

This parable has left a lot of people scratching their heads. In it, Jesus seems to condone dishonesty and shady business practices. But is that really the case? How do we make sense of this parable?


An Eternal Perspective

July 18 2021

By thinking from an eternal perspective we can begin to see what is truly good, and what qualities we should develop. Perhaps just as importantly we can set aside many of our worries about our own limitations because we do not have to become perfect during this lifetime.


Freedom in Captivity

July 11 2021

It would be easy to complain about this lock down, but it would be better for us to use this as an opportunity for personal growth. Throughout the Scriptures there are plenty of times people and nations are in captivity, and it isn't always bad for the captive. Sometimes we find the free aren't actually free. So let's take some time to make sure we use the current situation to our best advantage.


A Lamp Unto My Feet

July 4 2021

There are a lot of questions in the world today, and yet the Lord promises that His Word is like a lamp for our feet. He's not promising the bright light of the midday sun, He's promising to light things up just enough to show us our next steps. The end may not be revealed, but we can take comfort because we know each step is guided by the Lord.


Are You a Hypocrite?

June 27 2021

How many of you have had the concern about yourself that you're a hypocrite? Perhaps you've caught yourself thinking unkind things about somebody else, but instead of expressing those unkind things you actually smiled and were courteous despite your dislike for the person. Does that make you a hypocrite? Well, this week we're going to look at what hypocrisy is and observe the warning that the Writings give us about the fate of hypocrites.


Returning Home

June 20 2021

Most people like a story that has a happy ending, and despite all the wars, greed and trouble in the Bible, we actually are given a promise that it will all turn out well. This Sunday we are celebrating the promise that God gives us in the book of Revelation which shows humanity finally returning home to Him.


Doing Right, but Still Miserable

June 13 2021

Imagine this... you look at your life and you see that you're following God's rules. You don't steal, don't lie, don't cheat... but you're still not really happy. Why not? What is it that has to change?


Letting Go

June 6 2021

We all go through disappointments, setbacks, things that we don't understand... maybe you prayed for a loved one, and they didn't get well, maybe you worked for a promotion, and didn't get it, or you did what was right and seemed to be worse off for it. The best thing you can do is to release it, to let go. There is power of letting go. Don't let go of dreams...let go of the frustration of having to have it your way.


The Gentiles Will Believe

Acts Part 5

May 30 2021

How do we grow a church? In these last chapters of Acts we get a clearer idea of how Paul went about growing the Christian church and we see that perhaps the stuff that he thought wasn't important turned out to be the most important.


Figuring Out What's Important

Acts Part 4

May 16 2021

Paul and the Disciples of Jesus had a lot of work to do. Not only did they have to spread the message of the gospels, but they had to rethink - based on what the Holy Spirit was telling them - what was actually religiously important. What did they decide?


When Everything You Know is Wrong

Acts Part 3

May 2 2021

We're continuing along with our series in the Acts, and we look at two different but similar stories. In both of these accounts our main characters realize just how wrong they are about how they see the world and come to see that God's plan isn't what they had expected!


Miracles in Jerusalem

Acts Part 2

April 25 2021

For the adults it's our second part in our tour through the book of Acts. What we see is the disciples spreading the gospel through Jerusalem, which upsets the local authorities. But it is the persecution of the disciples that will actually have the effect of spreading the church in the wider world. I think it's a message that is providential in our times as we deal with a shrinking and frankly more persecuted church than we've ever experienced here. From it we can see that God is clearly in charge of His church, and will continue to be one step ahead of those who try to crush it.


Jesus Is Gone, Again

Acts Part 1

April 18 2021

After Jesus' resurrection, he stays with his followers for 40 days. Then leaves them. Again. In this service we look at what happens next.


Realising God Was Among Us

Jesus Dies on the Cross

April 4 2021

We've all had that moment when we realized we were wrong about something. The evidence is undeniable, and we are faced with the reality of being so completely wrong. After Jesus' death on the cross, a series of strange events occurred and the Roman centurions had finally realized God was among us. We'll look at those strange events and see what they mean for our lives today, and hopefully we too can see that God is among us.


The Truth on Trial

Good Friday

April 2 2021

Pilate rhetorically asks Jesus, "What is truth?" How would you answer that?


Expect a Different Life

Palm Sunday/Jesus Enters Jerusalem

March 28 2021

Throughout the Gospel Jesus is preparing the people to believe in Him, and to see that He is preparing them for an entirely different life. He's making them rethink the 613 Mosaic laws – he's re-writing the fabric of their society. HIS Process is taking us to heaven. Are the people listening to this calling for a radically different life?


Transformation & Transcendance

Living Courageously 7

March 21 2021

The story of Elijah's last journey and his ascent to heaven summarizes all our efforts in this spiritual journey. It goes from our beginning principles, up into the deeper regions of our minds and right down into actual living. This process in our lives is just as transformative as it was for Elijah: we go from struggling to do God's will to being so strong in His will that we transcend the material world.


Conviction of Conscience

Living Courageously 6

March 14 2021

Jezebel is an infamous woman in Scripture. You don't want to be a Jezebel, you know that, but why? What has she done, and what does her life warn us of in our own lives?


Finding Courage

Living Courageously 5

March 7 2021

This is a story of misfortune, setback and despair. Sometimes they all show up in our lives at the same time. Perhaps a tragedy occurs, or a struggle for which we were not prepared. Its' not that we cont't continue to believe - we do! It's just that something things feel like they are too much for us and we are overwhelmed. Here we look at what wisdom and comfort God offers us in these situations.


Making a Choice

Living Courageously 4

February 28 2021

Up to this point in the story, Elijah has been in hiding. Now, he's on the move and ready to confront King Ahab. They make a wager, betting on whose God will provide the fire for their altar. This wager is symbol for where we believe love and happiness come from. I bet you can guess who wins.


Finding New Truth

Living Courageously 3

February 21 2021

What are we supposed to learn from a crisis of faith? How do we get our faith back?


Serve God First

Living Courageously 2

February 14 2021

Mixed motives are no longer inspiring as we're no longer getting satisfaction by seeking the praise of others. So this week we look at the next step: asking ourselves what the Lord wants in every situation. We find that when we serve the Lord first, there is no famine.


Identify Your Motives

Living Courageously 1

February 7 2021

Do you ever observe that you're not doing things for the right reasons? I mean, you're doing the right thing, but your motivation isn't good. It happens to all of us, but here we take an honest look at these impure motivations and see that they can be part of our process to becoming the person who does the right things for the right reasons.


What Questions Would You Ask Jesus?

January 17 2021

I came across a song a few months ago titled, "Beer with Jesus" by Thomas Rhett. In it the singer imagines what he'd say if he had the chance to hang out with Jesus and ask Him some questions. What questions would you ask? What questions do you think Jesus thinks are important?



January 10 2021

How teachable are you? If you want to get better at tennis, learn a language, or progress in any endeavor you have to be teachable. Well, what is it to be "teachable?" In this talk we'll look at two factors that ultimately determine just how teachable a person is. If you can master these two simple factors you will find that you will learn things quicker and make progress faster in any endeavor you have. This of course applies to spiritual endeavors too! So join in with us this week and learn something that is really practical for all aspects of your life.


Starting Over

January 3 2021

2020 is done. Thank goodness! It brought plenty of challenges into our lives, including perhaps spending more time with people in our household because we weren't leaving home for work. If that has caused some of your personal shortcomings to rise up, you're not alone. Thankfully the Lord always gives us another chance to change our ways and start over.


What Do You Give God for Christmas?

December 25 2020

So you've done all your Christmas shopping, checked everybody off your list, but did you get anything for God? The magi came bearing gifts to Jesus... what can we learn about these gifts to give us insight as to what we should give God.


Simeon and Anna

December 13 2020

Millions of people around the world look forward to Christmas, but Simeon was unique in history because he was told that he would not pass before seeing the Messiah. When things are going wrong in our lives, we we do well to remember that the promise made to Simeon is one made to all of us: When things are bad, God WILL show up in our lives. Like Simeon, we too should wait in great anticipation for our salvation and the changes that will come with it.


Invisible to the Enemy

December 6 2020

Ever get that feeling that trouble is seeking you? Sometimes it is, but God promises that he will hide us from our enemies, keeping us safe. In this talk we look at several stories in the Scriptures where God does just that. He can keep you safe and hidden from your enemies too.


The Puzzle of Altruism

November 29 2020

Why are people altruistic? Modern psychology really can't explain it, because pure altruism isn't self serving, and really doesn't make any sense from an evolutionary stand point. Religion offers an explanation, and that's what we'll be exploring.


Can We Be Good and Still Have Fun?

November 22 2020

I came across this country song called, "The Outskirts of Heaven" where a young man says he doesn't want to live in heaven proper if he has to live in a mansion and can't go fishing. It's funny, but I think a lot of people have similar ideas that heaven doesn't actually sound like that much fun. Let's take a look at what the Scriptures have to say about it.


The Christian Tension Between Goodness and Truth

November 15 2020

The last few weeks I've been doing what has turned into an unintentional series on the symbolism of men and women in the Bible. I'm going to do a wrap up on this for the service on Sunday, looking at the tension created between the "truth" of the male and "goodness" of the female. John writes that Jesus was full of "grace and truth." There is a tension between grace and truth as truth holds us accountable, but grace/love/goodness tells us that we're loved anyway. We need to have both in our life. We need the truth so we aspire for something more, and we need the hope of grace so our errors don't breed hopelessness.


Evil Men in the Bible

November 8 2020

We've looked at how women lead men astray in the Bible, so this week we'll look at some of the evil men in the Bible and how their stories serve as warnings for our life.


Women Healed by Jesus

November 1 2020

Last week we looked at women in the Bible that lead men astray, and how they are symbols for things that we desire in our heart. We find them attractive even if they aren't good. This week we look at women that are healed by Jesus, and examine what it takes to heal our broken hearts.


Why Are Women the Downfall of Men in the Bible?

October 25 2020

There are a number of stories in the Bible where women are the downfall of men. People have used this and other Biblical teachings to justify the subordination of women to men, but if we understand the symbolism of women, then we can get to a very different understanding of what the Bible is trying to teach us.


Overcoming Doubt | The Meaning of the Amalekites Part 2

October 18 2020

The Amalekites are a recurring thorn in the side of the Children of Israel. What do they symbolize for our lives, and how do we defeat them?


When Doubt Creeps In | The Meaning of the Amalekites Part 1

October 11 2020

The Amalekites are a recurring thorn in the side of the Children of Israel. What do they symbolize for our lives, and how do we defeat them?


Getting Out Of Prison

October 04 2020

The prophet Isaiah says that the Messiah will free the prisoners, yet Jesus never freed any prisoners. What prison is it that He's freeing us from?


Who Are You When God Isn't Watching?

September 27 2020

Are people altruistic? Here we look at some various lab experiments done and compare them with what we are taught in Scripture.


Praise Before Victory

September 13 2020

We should praise God, but not because God needs to hear it, but because it gets our mind right. When our mind is right and in alignment with God, we can see good things happening. This week we'll look at some examples of where before the victory, there was praise.


Elisha's Optimism

September 6 2020

My observation is that people will divide themselves into one of three categories: optimist, pessimist or "realist." Lately I've seen a lot of people in the latter two categories, but I think there's actually a spiritual imperative to be optimistic. In this talk I'll talk about why.


Contempt and Cancel Culture

August 30 2020

Lately there's been a lot of talk about "cancel culture." This Sunday we'll take a look at some examples of people being "cancelled" and apply Scriptural principles to the situation and see if the cancelling them is what God would want us to do.


Are Spirits Controlling Your Mind?

August 23 2020

The whole idea of our connection to spirits and their influence on us is a unique teaching in Swedenborg's Writings, and one I really don't talk enough about, especially to the kids. I think it's useful to consider this so we can understand where our thoughts and feelings come from.


The Relapse That Brings Victory

Samson and Delilah | Samson Part 4

August 16 2020

Throughout the Samson story we see that he struggles with women, which depicts how we find our evil/sinful/bad desires just so darned attractive. This despite the fact that it has brought some bad things into Samson's life. However, in this final chapter we see him hit is rock bottom and really come to terms with where his power actually comes from. With this realization he's able to defeat the Philistines and push the war to a different level.


When It Stops Being Fun

Samson Defeats the Philistines | Samson Part 3

August 9 2020

Maybe you've experienced this: the thing that you know you shouldn't be doing, but have enjoyed doing, is no longer fun. It happens with all sorts of addictions... alcohol, drugs, sex... but it can happen with our spiritual addictions too. Lust, envy, pride... eventually those things can get us in trouble too, and we can indulge in them so much that they stop being fun. When that happens all hell, er, heaven breaks loose. That's what this week's story is about.


Can You Imagine Something Better?

Samson's Riddle | Samson Part 2

August 2 2020

Samson poses a riddle to the Philistines, a riddle that they cannot answer. Why can't the Philistines answer it?


It's a Big Problem

The Birth of Samson | Samson Part 1

July 26 2020

Several heroes are raised up in the book of Judges, but none like Samson. Samson had to be a Nazarene, which meant he was set aside for God, he couldn't have wine, and famously he could not cut his hair. Why? Here we explore the meaning of this, and come to the conclusion that they needed Samson because the Philistines were a bigger problem than any other adversary they had encountered so far.


Meditate On What God Says About You

July 12 2020

Our mind is running all the time, thoughts pouring in for good and for bad. We have a choice as to which thoughts we are going to focus on, and if we can focus on what God says about us we can be happy, grateful and blessed.


Seeing the Good in Others | Drunkenness of Noah

July 05 2020

Imagine this: somebody says or does something that you don't like or think is wrong. What would an angel do? Would they call that person out, or would they work to inspire that person to be better? Clearly the latter. Let's bring heaven on Earth and start acting like the angels we want others to be.


No More Hiding | Parable of the Talents

June 28 2020

In order to be our best selves, we've got to stand up, and stand out. This is true not only in our life, but in our minds as well.

Please note that we had technical issues at the end, so this message is cut off a couple minutes before the ending.


New Church Day 2020

The Dragon's Defeated, but Not Dead

June 21 2020

The dragon has been defeated, but he's not dead. It's up to you as to whether or not you give him any power in this world.


How Long Lord? Reconciling Injustice and a Just God

June 14 2020

Are you fed up with injustice? Unfortunately this isn't new to the modern age. In this service we'll look at the various responses God gives to His prophets who ask Him how long it will be until justice reigns.


Complaining Part 3 - The Morality of Complaining

June 7 2020

This Sunday we wrap up our 3 week series on complaining. So far we saw that you can complain about not enjoying the regeneration process, but don't complain about wanting to go back to your old ways. Well, there are a lot of other things we complain about... jobs, spouses, money, politicians... so in this last week we take a look at these more common areas of complaint where we can complain, but should we?


Complaining Part 2 - Things we shouldn't complain about.

May 31 2020

Last week we saw that it was okay to complain to God about not enjoying the process of becoming a better person. However, there are limits, and this week we see that if we complain so much that we turn away from God there are dire consequences.


Complaining Part 1 - Things we CAN complain about.

May 24 2020

I've seen plenty written about the "sin of complaining." But complaining isn't actually a sin, and over the next three weeks we're going to take a look at the things God says we can and can't complain about.


Transformed by the Gospel Part 5 - God's Not Done With You Yet

May 17 2020

In this last installment of our series on 1 Corinithians we explore "faith" as a verb. Paul wants us to celebrate the fact that we have the Gospel, and that through it we can be free from sin. But at the same time, we aren't to be complacent because there's more work to do. God isn't done with you yet.


Transformed by the Gospel Part 4 - It's a Wonderful Life

May 10 2020

In today's world we hear a lot of messaging around valuing diversity, but Paul was about 2000 years ahead of his time on this. We all have spiritual gifts, and there is power in the fact that they are different. There are many parts, but one body, and since all of those parts are connected they should all have concern for one another.


Transformed by the Gospel Part 3 - Public Perception

May 3 2020

Paul is addressing believers, people who claim to be transformed by Jesus' resurrection. There is one problem though... even though their understanding has been transformed, the people around them haven't been transformed, and so Paul is calling on the believers to make sure they look the part, even when in reality it doesn't matter.


Transformed by the Gospel Part 2 -Sexual Integrity

April 26 2020

The resurrection transformed how Jesus was seen and understood. For us, it is important to understand that Jesus' death bought back our spiritual freedom. We can choose between good and evil. We need to honor His sacrifice and actually choose good in every part of our life, and that includes having sexual integrity.

We had an NBN failure during this live stream, so for this service it's just an mp3 audio download.


Transformed by the Gospel Part 1 - Personality Conflicts

April 19 2020

The resurrection transformed how Jesus was seen and understood. Stories were told, and communities were formed around following the teachings of Jesus. In this letter to Corinth, Paul admonishes believers for not actually living the way that they say they will. What can we take from this today?


Signs that You're a Believer - Easter Sunday

April 12 2020

One of the unique aspects of the Gospel of Mark is that Jesus tells us that signs will accompany those that believe in Him... so what are those signs, and what do they mean? Would you be considered a believer?


Be Like A Palm Tree - Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entry

April 5 2020

Ever seen a palm tree in a storm? Unlike the mighty oak tree, which can snap and break under high winds, the palm tree bends and does not break. As we celebrate palm Sunday this week, let's take some lessons from the palm tree so that we bend and don't break during this storm of life.


Forbidden Foods - Leviticus 11 Explained

March 29 2020

Some say Coronavirus can be linked back to bats, and interestingly the Bible lists bats as a forbidden food. Even touching them makes us unclean! What's the deeper meaning to this? We'll look at the whole concept of "clean" and "unclean" foods in this talk.


Harvest Service - Being Grateful to God

March 22 2020

Why is it that God commands us to be give Him the "first fruits" of the land? Why should we be grateful? In these uncertain times, it can be hard to be grateful, yet it might be even more necessary than normal.


Regulation of the Conduct of Priests Explained | Leviticus 21

March 15 2020

In this service we're going to continue with our dive into the suggestion box. It's similar to last week's in that we're looking at a seemingly odd ritual, and the goal is to figure out how it applies to us. The chapter is Leviticus 21, and it called "Regulations for the conduct of priests." You might think that this has more to do with me than you, but I assure you, you're included in this as well! How? Well, watch this and all will be revealed.


The Feast of Tabernacles Explained | Numbers 29:12-40

March 8 2020

This Sunday I'm going to continue the series of taking an idea/suggestion out of the suggestion box and preaching on that. I literally put all the suggestions in a hat, and the one that came out was a question about Numbers chapter 29, in which is described an 8-day ritual where there is a daily sacrifice to be done on the fifteen day of the seventh month. Suffice it to say, a lot of animals are sacrificed, and the question as you might imagine is "What does all of this mean?" Good question! That's what we'll be looking at in this service.


The Pillar of Cloud | Numbers 9:15-23 Explained

March 1 2020

What does the pillar of cloud symbolize? Can we likewise know when and where the Lord is leading us in our lives?

For some unknown reason, Youtube cut this live-stream into two sections... internet must have dropped out for a moment or something like that. Here's a link to the second part, but there's also a link at the end of the first video. https://youtu.be/lS0FddeV5Cc


Gideon Part 4 - Giving Credit to God

Growing Through Challenges

February 23 2020

In the week's story we're continuing to work through the story of Gideon. In this final part Gideon defeats the Midianites despite being outnumberd 450 to 1. The result is that the Israelites now want to make Gideon their leader, but he declines, saying they should make the Lord their leader.

This is a hard one for our ego, but need to give God the credit for the good things in our lives. We are created to share God's love and His glory, but when we take the credit for ourselves we in essence try to contain His glory which becomes like a poison for us. Share the love, share the joy, and you will surprise your ego by actually being happier and more peaceful.


Gideon Part 3 - The Power of the Lord

Growing Through Challenges

February 16 2020

In the week's story we're continuing to work through the story of Gideon. His army is outnumbered 5 to one, but the Lord says it's still too big. The Lord has Gideon reduced the numbers so that the people know that the Lord won the battle for them, and that they didn't win it themselves.

By superficial standards we might think the path to success is to be strong, smart and driven. But when it comes to finding deep, enduring relationships and happiness, the more successful path is through vulnerability and humility. Spiritual success is not measured by the the amount of money, or followers you have, but by how much love and compassion you have for other people.


Gideon Part 2 - The Peace of the Lord

Growing Through Challenges

February 9 2020

How do we overcome the spiritual enemies in our life? It starts by removing the evil that is in our own heart. My making this inner commitment to the Lord we gain an inner confidence and serenity.

We still have many battles to face, and our outward consciousness may be flooded with worry, fear, and a variety of negative thoughts, but deep within we have hope that somehow the Lord can pull us through and things will be alright.


Gideon Part 1 - The Presence of the Lord

Growing Through Challenges

February 2 2020

When times are bad it is easy to think that God has left us, but the reality is that He's always with us no matter what.


The Form of an Angel | Family Service

January 19 2020

Why do angels look the way they do?


These Stories Are Your Life | Family Service

December 29 2019

This is our final service of the year, and we'll be reviewing the Exodus stories looking at key take aways from the various chapters.


A Light in the Darkness | Family Service

December 25 2019

We celebrate Jesus' birth into the world today... why? He doesn't magically make everything better just by arriving. He is "the light of the world." Today, we explore a bit what that means.


Christmas Story & Carols | Family Service

December 22 2019

In this service we're just reading the Christmas story and singing some favorite Christmas hymns along the way.


Balaam and Balak | Family Service

December 15 2019

This story is a good lead in to Christmas because at the end of it we get a prophecy of Jesus' eventual birth. Beyond that there are other good lessons here, including that when evil is intended towards good people, God turns it to good.


A Man Born Blind | John 9 Explained

November 24 2019

If you had a choice between a world with suffering and a world without suffering, which would you choose? The world without suffering! It's an easy choice right? However, when we actually look at the stories of people who have suffered, we find that they say "I wouldn't change a thing." Why not?


Pay For It Once

November 10 2019

Last week's service was about humour, and this week's is going to be about guilt. Pretty much the opposite of humour I guess. But the common thread here is that the sermon on humour is about taking ourselves less seriously, and the same goes for this week. We need to know when to ease off on the guilt. You make a mistake, do something you shouldn't, but then you say you're sorry and make it right as best you can and move on. You don't need to keep paying for past mistakes. Pay for it once.


God's Humour

November 3 2019

For the most part God is portrayed as a very serious God, but the point of this service is to show that He does have a sense of humour as well.


Good Love of Self

October 27 2019

We know that selfishness can be very destructive, but that isn't to say that loving one's self is altogether a bad thing. Jesus says we are to love each other as our self... so there's some implication that we are to love ourselves. Self love is important. Without some self love we don't take care of ourselves and as a result actually become useless to God and other people.


The Meaning of Mountains

October 20 2019

Jesus tells us that if we have faith, we can cast mountains into the sea. Clearly this doesn't literally happen, so what is he talking about? Why would we want to do that?

Simply, mountains are the love that we organize our life around. We could organize our life around God, or we could organize around how much we love ourselves. Guess which mountain needs to get cast into the sea.


The Parting of the Red Sea - Family Service

October 13 2019

This story has some great lessons for the young and old. God will save us, but what do we have to do in the process?


Ezekiel Part 5 - The Lord is There

October 6 2019

Ezekiel is given a vision of a new temple, and it is given the name of "The Lord is There." We take a look at some of symbolism present in this temple, and using this story as a guide, what it would mean for the Lord to be in us.


Ezekiel Part 4 - You're Useless!

September 29 2019

God creates us all for a purpose, but what happens when we go against His will and fail to be a part of His kingdom?


Ezekiel Part 3 - The Slow Descent into Destruction

September 22 2019

Israel didn't always have a king. They wanted one to be like other nations, and God warned them against it. Over the centuries their kings gradually led them astray, and away from God. Now they are only following their heart's desire, and this week we take a look at what they have got themselves into.


Ezekiel Part 2 - A Tour of the Temple

September 15 2019

God does not always require us to operate solely on faith, and in fact at times will lay out very clear evidence for the wrong doings of humanity. As God calls Ezekiel to be a prophet, we see that God lays out the case against Jerusalem and that what they thought was hidden from God was in fact well known by Him.


Ezekiel 1 - Ezekiel's Vision

September 8 2019

God called Ezekiel and he saw an incredible vision of cherubim, and wheels covered with eyes... what does it mean?! One of the things we can take from it for sure is that this vision was given to Ezekiel to give him the confidence in the Lord to do as he was told. Can we have the confidence even if we haven't seen?


Family Service - Cast Out of the Garden

September 1 2019

This is a family service. The Adam & Eve story gives us a warning about following our physical senses over God's Word, and so this week we're going to look at one of Swedenborg's stories of the afterlife where we see the consequences of listening to the serpent.


Jesus & the Victim Mentality

August 25 2019

It can feel safe and comfortable to take the role of the victim, and at some point in life we've all done it. But this week we compare to stories in the Bible, that of 1 Samuel 15 where King Saul is answering to Samuel, and John 10 where Jesus talks about being a good shepherd, and we can see a big difference in power between the one who claims victim-hood and the one who doesn't.


Staying Faithful in the Routine

August 18 2019

Life isn't always exciting, and we can feel like we're not progressing when things are just following the same old routine. However, there is a lot going on behind the scenes, and if we can do the right thing in the routine parts of life, we'll be well prepared for handling the big things.


On the Edge of God's Kingdom, Judges 18

August 11 2019

We'll be continuing with last weeks story. Micah made some household gods and this week, as you might imagine, the whole thing goes bad for him. The inner meaning of this story relates to people who would be in the lowest part of the Lord's kingdom, that is, the lowest heaven, and it serves as a warning about how we can go from being in the kingdom to being out of it.


Nailed It! Micah's Idols, Judges 17

August 4 2019

Ever have the experience of creating something where the sum of the parts just doesn't add up to what you were aiming for? I think that's the lesson in this story. Micah basically sets up his own little church, but fails to see that there's more to it than just having a "god" and a priest.


Joseph in Prison Explained

July 28 2019

In this talk we take a look at Genesis 39 and 40, where Potiphar's wife falsely accuses Joseph and has him put in prison. He then interprets the dreams for Pharoah's butler and baker. There's some really interesting symbolism in this story, and we use it to take a look at what this story means for our life.


Fighting the Same Fight: Undefeated Nations

July 21 2019

We're looking at this question of why it is that we seem to struggle with the same thing for our entire life. This drew me to look at the nations that were not defeated when the Israelites were taking over the Promised Land. Are these nations a metaphor for us? Are we doomed to be miserable because we cannot conquer our spiritual enemies?


Fighting the Same Fight: Family Issues

July 14 2019

There some places in the Word where we're told to fight against our father, mother, brothers, etc., and the idea is that as we work on our regeneration we're going have to fight family members. Not literally of course, but we're going to have to fight against parts of ourselves that are closely tied to our identity and sense of self. These issues are not easy to recognize, and painful to give up when we do. We'll be seeing this concept illustrated in the story of King David.


Fighting the Same Fight: Hereditary Evil

July 7 2019

Traditional Christianity asserts that we're all born doomed because of what Adam & Eve did thousands of years ago. While we don't believe that to be true, there is some truth in it. This week we'll take a look at Swedenborg's concept of "hereditary evil" and note just how hard it is to change what we've been born into.


Fighting the Same Fight All Your Life

June 30 2019

I've encountered a number of good people, who are doing their best to live according to the Word of God... but they feel like they've been struggling with the same thing all their life and not making any progress in their spiritual battles. In this talk we attempt to explain what is really going on at our deeper levels, because despite the appearance, progress is being made.


The Binding of Isaac Explained

June 23 2019

In this story Abraham is asked to take his son's life as a sacrifice to God, and it serves as a foreshadowing of Jesus' own death on the cross. When we look at this story we can get a better idea of what it is that God does and does not want us to give up for Him.


Revelation Explained

June 16 2019

People are generally aware that dire prophecies about the end of the world are written in the book of Revelation, but what most don't realize is that they are visions of things that were to happen in the spiritual world, not the physical. In this talk we get an overview of the last 10 chapters of Revelation and a brief explanation as to what it all means.


Why Don't Angels Say More To Us?

June 9 2019

The question we'll be looking at is "Why don't angels tell us more?" I've wondered that myself, and I came across Jonathan Rose's Bible study class on it, and have adapted it into a sermon because I think it's an interesting question and this story from the book of Acts provides an interesting answer.


The Transformative Power of the Word

Rt Rev David Lindrooth

June 2 2019

It can be easy to think of the Bible as just a book, but we're taught that it actually has "indescribable power." It connects us back to God Himself, and through that connection we have power to transform our life.


Sodom and Gomorrah Explained

May 26 2019

This week we're taking a look at the story of Sodom & Gomorrah. One of the things we want to address is the idea that God destroyed these cities. We believe that God is love, and that He didn't actually rain fire and brimstone down, but it sure appeared that way to Abram. Instead of seeing this as a story of God's wrath, we see it as showing us that God will go to great lengths to protect the good, and that despite warning to leave a doomed place, evil people choose to stay and thus ultimately doom themselves.


Covenant With Abram

May 19 2019

Ever feel like God's promises aren't lining up with reality? That maybe God has promised more than you think He can deliver? In the Bible, Abram had this problem, and what we will also see is that Abram's experience also is relevant to Jesus' concerns that humanity could not be saved. It turns out that God did deliver, but it can be comforting to know that even the best of us have our doubts at times.


Mother's Day - Hannah Prays for a Son

May 12 2019

What would you be without your mother? A mum is so much more than just the one who changed your dirty nappies, she's the one who will love you no matter what. For good or for bad, even when you drive her crazy, she still loves her children.


Road to Emmaus - God With Us

May 5 2019

The story is where Jesus appears to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and then appears to a doubting Thomas. He's risen, as He said. However, despite these assurances we are often like the disciples on the road, who are walking with Jesus and don't even realize it because they are so absorbed in their thoughts of the world. The reality is that Jesus IS RIGHT THERE WITH THEM! I think that's the lesson we're supposed to talk, is that when we're too focused on the problems of this world we fail to realize that is is RIGHT HERE WITH US TOO.


Practical Providence

April 28 2019

The theme for this Sunday is "Practical Providence" which will allow us some space to talk about how some soldiers have experienced Providence in a very personal way. My thinking is that often we think of Providence as working on a grand scale, say like Jesus' birth, death and resurrection, but it's important to have in mind that Providence works in the details of life too.


Easter 2019 - Love Your Enemies!

April 21 2019

Jesus told us to love our enemies, but he also walked that talk. He loved us even when we hated him. His life is a model for us follow, but we can't follow it if we don't have an enemy. Every time an enemy comes into our life, they are sent there to be a catalyst for change. Every time we choose love, our spiritual skills increase. Don't hate your enemies, love them, because they are going to propel you higher!


Palm Sunday 2019 - Expectations

April 14 2019 - Rev Howard Thompson

Palm Sunday is an ancient story about expectations. The people were expecting a king who would make them the greatest, but instead they got a king who said that they needed to be the least.

2000 years later, people still don't seem to fully get Jesus' message. We still want to be thought of and seen as greater than others. Let's learn to be servants instead.


Why Do You Call Me Good?

April 7 2019

As part of our lead up to Easter, we're looking at a story that happens on Jesus' journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Along the way, Jesus encounters a young man who comes up to him and says, "Good teacher..." Jesus responds with, "Why do you call me good?"

This response has generated a lot of questions among Christians. Was Jesus saying to *not* call him good? Was he emphasizing the "why* did he call Jesus good? What's going on here? This Sunday we'll be looking into this, and answering what Jesus was driving at.


Serenity and Perspective

Elisha and Chariots of Fire

March 31 2019

How different would our perspective on the world be if we could much more clearly see the forces of good all around us? It's not often that I think we get that sense, but it's such a fundamental message of the Lord's: trust me. Everything is going to be okay, even when it looks like it isn't.


Spiritual Imposters

The Gibeonite Deception

March 24 2019

This service is based on the story in the book of Joshua where the Gibeonites deceive Joshua and the Israelites into believing that they're from a far off land. They are, of course, actually neighbors that Joshua and Co. are supposed to destroy. I was thinking of this story as a bit of an appendix to the Daniel series because after we learn to get our ego in check, we still have to conquer the land. We're still in Babylon! So we have to go back, and establish the land... which means we have to restart the process of conquest all over again. This includes watching out for imposters, that is, things in our life that are evil that claim to be good.


Love Over Ego Week 6

Love Wins

March 17 2019

We've been following the story of Daniel, noting how Daniel symbolizes love and the kings of Babylon symbolize our ego. Through this story we've seen our ego develop and make positive progress from being totally self consumed to now actually caring about love. The ego is no longer evil, but it still is easily deceived.


Love Over Ego Week 5

Contentment Over Materialism

March 10 2019

The story is the one where the king is having a great feast, and then sees the writing on the wall that spells out his impending doom. Key to this story is that they're using the holy and sacred artifacts that were taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so there's a clear indication that religion is being abused and perverted. The "Love Over Ego" program sees this as a descent into materialism, and that one of the key steps to bringing our ego under control of our higher self is to learn to be content with our lot and not turn to materialistic practices to find happiness. It won't work.


Love Over Ego Week 4

Humility Over Shame

March 3 2019

This week is the 4th week in our series of "Love over Ego," and in this story a mighty king is humbled by God for his lack of humility. It's actually a familiar story we can see in life where people rise to great heights only to suffer a great fall. The Scriptures teach us to be humble, and if we can let go of our ego enough to become a servant we'll find that there's tremendous healing to be found in humility. I found a great quote by CS Lewis on humility... he said "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." Well said. Let's give it a shot.


Love Over Ego Week 3

Confidence Over Arrogance

The Bible tells us to have confidence, and that arrogance is a sin, which creates a bit of a tight rope act for some people who think that arrogance is just an over abundance of confidence. But that's not actually the case. In this talk we look at the difference between confidence and arrogance, and see how they relate.


Love Over Ego Week 2

Intention Over Expectation

This Sunday the topic is "Intention over expectation" and the idea that we can start off with a good intention... "I'm going to reach out to some old friends and host a party at my house" but when the reality does not meet our expectations it can destroy the good intention and motivations that we started with. The idea is that we have to stay focused on our intentions, and not let our ego's expectations of things ruin the experience.


Love Over Ego Week 1

True Identity

Identity issues are popular topic in the world today, and in this story Daniel has to choose his identity: is he a Jew or is he Babylonian?

He was born Jewish, but the Babylonians were trying to convert him to to one of them, and despite being offered a better life as a Babylonian he chose to stay with the identitiy that God gave him.

It wasn't an easy choice, but in the end it actually worked out better for him. The same can be true for us. When we live the way God says we should, our true identity will shine brighter than anything the world can give us.


Benefits of Boredom

It can be easy to take the whole "being useful" teachings to an extreme and essentially become a work-a-holic. There are benefits to boredom, including opening ourselves us to creativity and allowing us time to stop and reflect on our lives. Reflection is vital to our spiritual health!


Being Useful

Couldn't God just do everything without us? Sure, but God also knows that we get our greatest delight and satisfaction out of accomplishing things and being useful. This week we look at some of the teachings about usefulness as a reminder that sitting around and doing nothing isn't actually paradise.


Remembrance Day 2018

There's a new super hero movie every few months these days, but today we're going to talk about real heroes. Real heroes don't have super powers, but nevertheless when they see a need, they meet it. The know the price, and they're willing to pay it. And despite that they may be terrified inside, they don't talk themselves out of it. Today we honor the fact that these brave men and women did what needed to be done, despite the fear they were experiencing.


You Can't Go Back Part 2

Jacob and Laban

Sometimes we find ourselves looking back, thinking about "the good old days." While it's fine to look back at fond memories, we have to be careful that we don't try to go back to old spiritual states. God has us on a path for continual improvement, and so He gives us good times and experiences on our way to help us grow, but eventually we have to leave those behind as we take the next steps on our journey.


You Can't Go Back

Perhaps you've heard the saying, "You can never go home again." Recently I had the experience of trying to go back in time as it were, and likewise found I just couldn't go back. In the Bible there are a number of places where we're told we can't or shouldn't go back to old places... what's the meaning of these stories? Can we really not go back?


The Innocence of Children

The disciples of Jesus were arguing over who would be the greatest in heaven. Jesus says to them that actually they needed to change and be like little children, because they are the greatest in heaven.

Maybe you've heard that story before, but recently I had the opportunity to be around the innocence of some little children and it was just so nice! I had forgotten just how precious kids can be, and it's a good reminder of how we need to be if we're going to like those in heaven.


The Inner Meaning of Cities in the Bible

There's a deeper meaning to all the stories and places in the Bible, and one teaching is that "cities" represent structured teachings or systems in our mind. This week we explore why cities serve as that symbol.


Christianity is a Team Sport

Jesus Sends out 70

It seems that there has always been hierarchy within religious orders, but is it really meant to be that way? Jesus empowers and sends out 70 who were not part of his inner circle, and they are surprised and delighted that they too can cast out demons and heal others. God encourages ALL of us to go out and spread the Word too because we're all in this together.


God Encourages Our Growth

Jesus Feeds the 5000

When we're little, our parents will try to stretch us out of our comfort zone to teach us new things. Our Heavenly Father is no different, and in this week's story we see Jesus trying to stretch His disciples understanding in order to encourage their growth.


Seeking the Presence of God

Jesus Heals Jairus' Daughter and a Bleeding Woman

Some people know that they want to be good people, but at the same time they're seeing that they are losing the desire to be good. We see this in other areas of our life... we want to be fit and in shape, but we're not making progress so the desire to be fit wanes. The same thing can happen spiritually, and when it does, we need to seek the presence of God.


When We Don't Live Up To Our Own Standards

Jesus Casts Out A Demon

I don't know about you, but I've heard this story about Jesus casting out a demon before and haven't really related to it. I've never seen a demon possessed person, and so it just seemed like a story that wasn't relevant to my life. Until now. I started looking at the details and symbols of this story and now see this story completely differently.


Obedience in the Face of Fear

We just completed a series on the book of Jeremiah, and the people, well, they weren't so obedient. This week we're going to compare their disobedience with the obedience of the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. How did they fare when faced with real challenges?


Book of Jeremiah Part 5

Deadly Sins and a New Beginning

Jeremiah is known as the" prophet of doom." In this final part of his book, he really earns that name. He proclaims doom againt 9 other nations, telling them about the bad things about to come. Each of these nations represent a particular way in which we can run afoul of God's plan, but the story finishes on a positive note, showing how God will still try to rescue us from our captivity.


Book of Jeremiah Part 4

Running Scared

This is the fourth in a 5 part series on the book of Jeremiah. Most of us don't make good decisions when we're scared. The question is will we listen to God in times of trouble? Or do we prefer our own advice? Jeremiah warns them again of impending doom, doom than can be avoided... but once again, nobody listens.


Book of Jeremiah Part 3

The Struggle Between Science & Selfishness

After God calls Jeremiah, God lays out His case against the Children of Israel. Jeremiah replys to God saying, "Yes, what you say is true, but everybody else is just as bad as we are." God says, that's exactly the point. You were supposed to be special, My chosen people, not just like everybody else. It's a great conversation with God, one we should pay attention to.


Book of Jeremiah Part 2

Conversations With God

After God calls Jeremiah, God lays out His case against the Children of Israel. Jeremiah replys to God saying, "Yes, what you say is true, but everybody else is just as bad as we are." God says, that's exactly the point. You were supposed to be special, My chosen people, not just like everybody else. It's a great conversation with God, one we should pay attention to.


Book of Jeremiah Part 1

Gaining Spiritual Clarity

This week we look at the call of Jeremiah, and get a basic understanding of the context of his story as well as look at some of the main symbols used. Overall, this book is an appeal to our basic desire for self-preservation. God is calling us to come back to Him not because it's the right thing to do, but because if we don't a terrible fate awaits.