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A Brave & Beautiful Life | Long Story Short (Part 8)
Carl Frederick Buechner, an American Novelist and a profoundly influential Pastor and Theologian, said, "One life on this earth is all we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can." On Monday Frederich Buechner passed away. At 96 years old, it sure seems like he succeeded at living his life as fully, bravely, and beautifully as he could. This Sunday at Cobourg Alliance Church, we're looking at a story where Jesus skips right to the end and shows what it looks like to have a brave and beautiful life. If you could skip to the end, how would you know you lived it fully?
Starting Small But Expecting Big | Long Story Short (Part 7)
It can feel defeating when you are starting out and feel like what you have to work with is so small. How can anything grow when what you have feels like nothing at all? In the book of Mark, Jesus shares a parable that tells us that the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but once planted, it grows into the largest plant in the garden. What would it be like if we had faith that the Kingdom of God would grow to be a massive influence even if all we see if a small mustard seed? This week, we will take a look at how God's promises for big things should enable us to expect big things from God and change how we view church.
Celebrating the Return | Long Story Short (Part 6)
Speaker: Pastor Abby Langlois
How well do you know your circle? Do you take time to notice the people in your life and invest in them? What does your circle look like? Is it full of people who make you comfortable or do you have wide variety? In Luke 15, we read of the Parable of the Lost Sheep, where Jesus talks about paying attention to your circle so that if one wanders off, you can go chase them and bring them back. This weekend, we will look at what it means to chase after your circle and celebrate when they return.
Where Joy is Hidden | Long Story Short (Part 5)
Speaker: Marshall Davis
God made us for joy, so it’s not a problem that we seek joy and happiness. As C. S. Lewis said, the problem is we are too easily satisfied! We won’t give up cheap and easy joy for ultimate or apparent joy for real joy. Maybe it’s because we don’t think there is anything better. Maybe we don’t know where to find it or if it is real. Or, perhaps we don’t believe it can come from there.
Angry Neighbours and Soft Underbellies | Long Story Short (Part 4)
Speaker: Kevin Price
Often Jesus' parables flip people's expectations on their head. They seem to have the wrong heroes and teach things that made His original audience upset. The parable of "The Good Samaritan" is a great example of this. Jesus confronts the divisions of his time with a controversial story of a hated Samaritan being the "good guy" and helping an injured man. Through this story, we are challenged to consider the question of "who is our neighbour?" and "how do we respond to them?" And what if we dislike our neighbours and disagree with them? Let's explore the answers to these questions this Sunday as we continue our summer series "Long Story Short".
Mercy Multiplied | Long Story Short (Part 3)
Speaker: Pastor Tyler Tavares
Perhaps one of the most frustrating experiences in life occurs when we see hypocrisy unveiled. Maybe it's someone who, for the longest time, expressed their commitment to faithfulness and morality but all along were acting another way. In today's parable from Matthew 18 we'll explore the delicate relationship between mercy and hypocrisy, hopefully gaining a vision for what it means to navigate our human relationships with God-infused mercy and wisdom.