Tag Archives: kingdom of god

“From Sea to Sea”

A sermon by Pastor Michael Pahl on July 1, 2018—Canada Day—called “From Sea to Sea.” It is a reflection on Zechariah 9:9-12 and Psalm 72:1-8, from which Canada’s motto derives. It is a revision of a sermon Michael first preached in … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for the Ordinary Everyday

Here’s the full audio of Pastor Michael’s sermon from November 26, 2017, paraphrasing Jesus’ Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount: And here’s a written excerpt, the Beatitudes for the Ordinary Everyday: Blessed are you who are last in the race … Continue reading

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Blessed are those Persecuted for Righteousness

Here’s the full audio of Pastor Michael’s sermon from November 19, 2017, reflecting on the eighth Beatitude in the Sermon on the Mount: And here’s a written excerpt, summarizing some thoughts on the Beatitudes and suggesting what Jesus meant by … Continue reading

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A Sower Went Out to Sow

During our July 16 worship service Pastor Michael preached on the Parable of the Sower from Matthew’s Gospel, helping us to develop the “ears to hear” Jesus’ teaching by setting this story in its context. Here’s the audio of his … Continue reading

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Christ Our Crucified King

Christ the “King.” The “kingdom” of God. I wonder if we’re too used to these words, “king” and “kingdom.” They don’t unnerve us quite the way they should. They should be deeply unsettling. After all, “kings” are absolute rulers. Each one … Continue reading

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God’s Dream for the World

“I have a dream.” The words are iconic. I’m sure most of us know the speaker, and the context. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. August 28, 1963. Ground zero of the African-American civil rights movement. … Continue reading

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Love will win. Love must win, or we all lose.

I was getting ready for a busy Sunday at church when I saw something on my news feed about a “shooting in Orlando.” I thought little more than “Here we go again” as I put the finishing touches on my … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer Fulfilled

What do we see when we read Revelation 21-22? “Streets of gold,” “no more tears”—sounds like “heaven,” by which we mean “where we go when we die, where we will spend eternity.” But is that what’s really going on here? … Continue reading

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Why Worship? Why Worship Together?

It’s Sunday morning, and we gather together as Christians to worship God. The specific experiences are as varied as the number of churches, but most worship services have a few things in common. We sing together—sometimes off-key, sometimes hymns too … Continue reading

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Entering the Apocalypse

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Revelation,” as in the last book in the Bible? Chances are pretty good you think about “end times prophecy” in some way, Revelation as depicting the end of the world at … Continue reading

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