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Our series on integrity today focuses on the importance of trust.  The story of Naaman, Elisha and Gehazi in 2 Kings 5 helps us understand this and the consequences of its breach.  

Continuing with the theme of integrity, we turn today to 1 John 1:5-10.  Light (goodness) and darkness (sin) are contrasted in this passage.  God is light.  He is the greatest example of integrity.  We, on the other hand, walk in darkness from time to time because of our sin.  Only when we walk in light can we have fellowship with God.  How do we do this?  We confess our sin as soon as we are aware of it. 

A new sermon series begins today.  Titled "Unmasked", it will teach us to "drop the act' and be the same "onstage" as "off".  In other words, the focus is on personal integrity, described as being truthful in whatever we say or do.  Daniel 1:1-21 provides a great example of what this can mean in real circumstances.   

Today's message on the theme of gratitude delves into Matthew 20:1-16.  This is the story of labourers working for different amounts of time and getting the same reward.  Those who worked the longest were resentful and felt their payment was not fair.  This parable teaches us that sin is the great equalizer.  However, the greater equalizer is God's grace.

The topic of gratitude continues today.  The message is based on Luke 17:11-19. It tells of Jesus' miraculous healing of 10 lepers; only one, a Samaritan, showed gratitude to both God and Jesus. 

The topic of gratitude continues on this Thanksgiving Sunday.  In 2 Samuel 6, we read of David's way of expressing thankfulness for the delivery of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.  In spite of criticism from his wife, he rejoiced in dance.  Should we express our gratitude to the Lord for his abundant blessings through outward demonstrations of joy or should our demeanor be more reserved?  The answer lies in the truth in our heart.  

We begin a new sermon series dealing with the subject of gratitude, which is an outward expression of appreciation.  Our teaching today is based on Thessalonians 5:16-18.  Paul instructs us to rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances.  Giving thanks in all circumstances does not mean giving thanks for all circumstances.  However, even in the current pandemic situation, there are opportunities for us to express gratitude to God.  

Our series closes today with forgiveness as a crucial aspect of friendship.  Friendship is usually preceded by betrayal, which can cause extreme pain.  In fact, there are historical examples of times when a betrayal changed the course of human history.  By the example of Peter's betrayal of Jesus on the eve of His crucifixion, we can know that forgiveness is expected of us.  Are you walking in forgiveness?  

In week 2 of our series on friendship - with God and those around us - we focus on the aspect of encouragement based on the story of Elija and Elisha (1 Kings 19 and 2 Kings 2).  On examination of their relationship, two questions surface:  where do you need encouragement right now and who can you encourage?  

We begin a new series today, linked to our children's weekly teaching.  Our "block party" takes us on a journey of discovery in which we explore the truth about friendship and what it means to be a friend.  This first week we are examining the relationship between David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 20:1-42) and in particular focus on loyalty and its role in demonstrating love and care.  A question.  How might you further strengthen your loyalty to Jesus.    

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