To the Ends of the Earth

"You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me.  I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."   Isaiah 49:6  Earlier in chapter 49 of Isaiah the Prophet complains "my work all seems useless!  I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose at all!" (49:4)  Have you ever felt like that?  Isaiah had been given a seemingly impossible task - to call Israel back to God - and yet at this point all his…continue reading →

Blessed to Be a Blessing

  "I will bless you ....and you will be a blessing."  Gen. 12:2 Why do we exist as a church?  I think a big part of the answer to that question is "to be a blessing to others".  William Temple is quoted as saying “A church is the only organization that exists primarily for the benefit of non-members.”  Now some may say that's an exaggeration - certainly members can and should benefit from their participation in the church.  However, I think Temple is trying to draw attention to a very real problem within many churches…continue reading →

Living OUTward Focused Lives

Those of you who are part of Lakeside Church and have been around the last few weeks will know that we are in a season of "Corporate Discernment".  Our focus is on listening to God specifically for how we are to reach out.  I have challenged the congregation to join with me in an important time of listening.  Listening to God (in His Word and in Prayer), Listening to Each Other and Listening to our Community.  Over the next few months we will be gathering the results of those intentional times of listening…continue reading →

Getting Stronger

 "Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees."  Heb. 12:12  Perhaps it's my achy muscles after several strenuous rounds of snow shovelling the past few days. Or maybe it's the fact that I've gained 4 pounds over Christmas.  Whatever it is, I've been thinking about what it is going to take for me and for us as a church to get stronger.  Increased physical fitness would likely benefit all of us and hopefully I can work off that extra 4 pounds, but what I am talking about here is how we can become…continue reading →

Good News, Great Joy

So another year has come and gone.  For most of us it's time to start putting away all the decorations and trappings of the Christmas season.   For some people though, Christmas is more than a day or even a season.  I recently found the story of Andy Park on a website from England: A man who claims to have celebrated Christmas every day for the last 20 years says he has now spent more than a million pounds on festivities.  Andy Park, 50 – known as Mr Christmas – claims he eats…continue reading →