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Our message today, from the book of Philippians, is provided by guest speaker, Caleb Bonney, Youth Ministry Assistant at the Metropolitan Bible Church.  This book teaches us that Jesus' death demonstrated his love both for us and for God.  How far would you go for someone you love? 

Our sermon series on the life of Samson wraps up today.  After 20 years of judging Israel in the days of the Philistines, he once more falls in love with a Philistine woman, Delilah.  She is successful in learning from him the secret of his great strength and betrays him to her people.  Samson is captured, shackled and blinded and placed between the pillars of their temple honouring their god.  As he had in the past when helpless, Samson called out to the Lord, asking that he be avenged and die with the Philistines.  His prayer was answered.  With a last show of strength, he pushed away the pillars.  The temple collapsed and crushed everyone in it, including himself.   Samson's story reminds us that regardless of our flaws and weaknesses, God is always with us.  

When Samson's effort to reconcile with his wife fails, he seeks revenge and burns the Philistines' foodstocks to the ground.  This leads to further conflict, ending with Samson using a donkey's jawbone to slay 1,000 Philistines.  Afterwards, he called out to God and God answered, providing him with the water he needed to quench his thirst. We see Samson's great strength at work but also his weakness - anger and arrogance.  The lesson for us?  In spite of the times when we struggle with emotions such as Samson did, God remains steadfast, working within us out of love. 

We continue with the story of Samson this week.  (Judges 14:1-20)  Samson is now an adult and chooses a bride.  She is Philistine and not from his community.  On his way to court her, he and his parents were attacked by a lion.  This encounter eventually led Samson to create a riddle for his feast guests, aimed at providing himself with more wealth since they could surely not solve it.  When they did, because of his wife's betrayal, Samson responded with anger and violence.  What is the "line" in your life? What helps you to see what is right in the eyes of the Lord?

Today we begin a new sermon series, "Samson:  Strength and Weakness".  The Old Testament story of Samson is a familiar one filled with heroism, weakness, betrayal and redemption.  Today's message (Judges 13:1-25) tells the story of the promise from an angel of the Lord of Samson's birth and purpose.  We see even in these ancient times, faith in God through the reaction of Samson's expectant unnamed mother.  

Our series concludes today.  Our traditional ending of the Lord's Prayer, "Forever and ever" is not found in Matthew's text.  However, it is very similar to a prayer of David's, found in 1 Chronicles 29:10-13.  From David's song, we can be assured that God is God forever, He has everything forever; He is the source forever and He is worthy of our praise forever.  

 

The message today examines Matthew 6:13 "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one".  This verse is a plea for God's protection.  Why do we call out for it?  Is it because we recognize we are prone to sin and constantly face the resulting battles - or is it because we accept that we are God's children and wish to claim the protection that is already ours?   

In our continuing series on the Lord's Prayer, today we focus on Verse 12 of Matthew 6 "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." In this verse, the prayer shifts from provision to pardon.  Let's each one of us ask ourselves, "what do I need to confess" and who do I need to forgive". 

 

Our sermon series on the Lord's Prayer continues. Today we examine the significance of verse 11 of Matthew 6:  "Give us this day our daily bread".  The key teachings:  trusting in God's provision is a daily exercise in dependence and a life-long lesson in faith.  

We continue today with our sermon series based on the Lord's Prayer.  We are looking today at the next part of verse 10 of Matthew 6, "your will be done".   The message discusses God's revealed will and His mysterious will and queries what we are really asking for when we recite this prayer.    

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