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29 minutes | May 3, 2022
May 1, 2022 | Teen Challenge Sunday | Grace Valley Church, Dundas
With a projected 6 million Canadians reaching the criteria for addiction in their lifetime, chances are you or someone you know is struggling with addiction. This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to hear from women who have been through the fire of addiction and emerged victorious with the help of Jesus Christ. These two incredibly brave women shared personal stories that have parts to them that can be hard to hear, but they truly are stories of how God redeems and never once lets His children go. To find out more about Teen Challenge and the incredible work they do, please visit www.teenchallenge.ca. ~KT
37 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
April 17, 2022 | Jesus Vindicated | Grace Valley Church, Dundas
April 17, 2022 | Jesus Vindicated | Grace Valley Church, Dundas by Grace Valley Church
28 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
April 15, 2022 | Jesus Abandoned | Grace Valley Church, Dundas
April 15, 2022 | Jesus Abandoned | Grace Valley Church, Dundas by Grace Valley Church
27 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
April 10, 2022 | Jesus Ridiculed | Grace Valley Church, Dundas
As we look towards Good Friday and Easter, Pastor Paul has been taking a closer look at all of the events that lead up to Jesus persecution and death. This passage from Matthew 27 makes me feel really uncomfortable on so many levels. There's the fact of the excruciating pain that Jesus endured - that crown of thorns wasn't made up of those cute sticky thorn balls that stick to your coat while walking in the woods. There's the thought of the mocking, hateful, haughty and derisive faces, leering and jeering and poking and literally spitting in this wounded, innocent mans face after they beat within an inch of His life. There's the fact that Jesus went through this willingly, in obedience to the Father (which brings to mind a whole other parade of uncomfortable feelings**).But I think what makes me personally so uncomfortable with this passage, is the absolute disgusting level of evil that humans are capable of. And the fact that, if I am honest, if it wasn't for the grace of God's hand on my heart, I would be the exact same way. If you gloss over the way that Jesus was treated and say,"it was those guys, those rebels, those hateful power hungry politicians, it wasn't me." then you're missing the point. The point of this whole passage was not only to show us how weak the King of Creation had to become but also how deeply evil and malicious our human hearts are.If we think about this, we can do nothing but fall on our knees in humble admission of our sins and failures in front of a perfect God. And yet, in this passage, God is also showing us what He is doing so that we can rise up in confidence with the knowledge that He has forgiven us. He has made a way to be free and saved and cherished in His presence in eternity with Him. This undeserved grace, this undeserved pardon is given to us with love. If reading this makes you uncomfortable, it is ok. It is human nature to be affronted and offended by this message in the Bible. But don't sit there with your discomfort and leave it at that. Look into it, find someone to talk to (we're always here!). Question, dig and think about it. -KT
42 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
April 3 , 2022 | Jesus Interrogated | Grace Valley Church, Dundas
This week, we take a closer look at the events that happened at Jesus' trial. I definitely had a few "lightbulb moments" during this sermon, as I had never really wondered about the man named Barabbas before and the poetic injustice of him being released instead of Jesus. We also take a closer look at Pilate and Mark Hordyk unpacks some of the key character traits and behaviors that contributed to the way Pilate handled the gross mistreatment and abuse of an innocent man. Get your pens and paper out because if you are anything like me, you're going to take a lot of notes from this one!
37 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
March 27th, 2022 | Jesus Disowned | Grace Valley Church, Dundas
his week, we look at how Peter's weakness is revealed by even the most benign people around him. A slave girl casually asks him if he is one of Jesus' followers and he automatically starts getting sweaty palms. When you think about it, its understandable - Jesus had been arrested, everyone was scattering and things were getting tense. Peter was a guy who was adamant that he'd never sell out on his master (teacher) but lo and behold, by the time the night is over he'd actually sworn an oath against Jesus and denied his association with as much vehemence as he'd sworn he'd never do. We have learned about Judas betrayal and now we learn about Peters. But what makes Peter different than Judas is, where Judas is filled with bitter hatred for himself and lets it overtake him, Peter weeps and repents. And comes to God with his sin and he is forgiven, just as we are, every time we come to the Lord.
44 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
March 13, 2022 | Jesus Betrayed | Grace Valley Church, Dundas
Judas Iscariot. Probably one of the most famous 'bad guys' of all time. He's one guy that is so easy to judge. I mean, who sells out the literal Son of God? Find out what the bible has to say about Judas and how Jesus responds to this deep act of betrayal. When the going was easy, Judas was all in. It was easy to follow Jesus when you flew under the radar of anyone who would make his life difficult for his beliefs. But when the pressure started mounting and disciples of Jesus started facing real scrutiny and severe persecution, Judas stepped out. Judas saw Jesus as a way to get what he wanted out of life and not someone who was worthy of worship. Does that sound familiar? I know I can go through times where my heart is misaligned towards Jesus in this way. In this sermon on betrayal, Pastor Paul unpacks the truth of what it is to be betrayed and how Jesus responded to the betrayal of one of His best friends. And in case you have been the victim of betrayal, be sure to check out Psalm 55 as it puts a voice to feelings of betrayal that are sometimes hard to articulate.
47 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
February 27th, 2022 | The Gift of Singleness | Grace Valley Church, Dundas
In the secular world, singleness is often celebrated and promoted. The opportunity to do what you want, when you want and with whom you want. It is the ultimate form of freedom. Or at least, that's what the media can often lead us to believe. In the church, being single can often be seen as the opposite. More like a problem to be fixed than something that is a chosen lifestyle or one that has just as many benefits and worth as the marriage folks in the congregation. But what does God say about singleness? Here, Keith Williams unpacks some very important truths about how singleness is a gift and how single Christians are to orient their hearts.
27 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
February 20th, 2022 | The Gift of Marriage
This week, our intern, Keith Williams, begins a two part series on marriage and singleness. With so many cultural voices chiming in on the definition, purpose and sanctity of marriage, it's pretty easy to get mixed up on what the bible has to say about it. As Christians, we can often stumble on certain tricky parts of the bible, especially when they seem to go against the cultural norm. For unbelievers or those who are curious about Christianity, the topic of marriage can certainly be a confusing and something you really have to wrestle with. It's important to remember one very key point in the book of Genesis - God owns the copyright to marriage (Gen 2:18). He invented it! That means we don't get to rewrite His design on it. Marriage is bigger than us. It's intended to be a gift and to show us the gospel and its a huge way that God shows us His love for us. Tune in this week to find out why and how God does this, and what it means for our lives.
49 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
February 13th, 2022 | Applying Wisdom Principles To Decision Making
February 13th, 2022 | Applying Wisdom Principles To Decision Making by Grace Valley Church
38 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
February 6th, 2022 | Love God & Do What You Want
The very first question you should ask yourself before making a decision is: which choice will best glorify God? If you're like me (and I suspect, many of us), your prayers might sound something like this: "God, please bless me in my plan to..." Or "God, please be with me as I..." We invite God along with our plans. But it's important to order our prayers and our desires with God being at the very top of the list, and ourselves following God in the way He wants us to. So you might say, "God, make it clear to me which choice would best glorify you in my life." or "God, my desire is to do (this thing), let me do it for your glory, and not my own." If your desires and loves are ordered correctly, your habits and choices will flow from them. Love God first and you will do His will, instinctively. www.gracevalleychurch.ca
36 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
January 30th, 2022 | The Beginning of Wisdom
Our beliefs shape our answers to lifes questions, which shape our decisions. So what do you believe in? What sets the cadence of your life? As Christians, our belief system is outlined in the bible. If you are unsure of what God is calling you to do, first you need to make sure that your decisions remain in line with God's commandments. That should be your fundamental belief and your decisions should flow from obedience to how God tells us to behave in the bible. Tune in this week as Pastor Paul continues to explore and unpack where and how we acquire Godly wisdom.
36 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
January 23rd, 2022 | God's Plans Or Your Plans?
This is one of those sermons that you might want to listen to again, simply because the concept of God's sovereignty and our free-will is so complex. My brain still hurts a bit from listening to Pastor Paul explain the paradox of how we are fully responsible and autonomous when it comes to making decisions in our lives, and yet at the exact same time, God has predestined it all, and there's nothing we can do to thwart God's will. It's confusing, comforting and humbling at the very same time. God is at work using our own decisions and circumstances, we can be 100% sure of it.
41 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
January 16th, 2022 | What do we mean by "God's will?"
This week, we start to explore the concept of the "will" of God. I think everyone, non-believers and believers alike, considers the will of God at some point in their lives. For example, when we see really awful tragedies, it's natural to wonder about the will of God, if He's even there or what His heart is truly like. Pastor Paul Vanden Brink begins this teaching series by explaining a few aspects of the will of God. First, God's sovereign will cannot be frustrated or stopped. Ever. This is good news, because we can try our hardest to deviate from God's plan, but as His created beings, we simply cannot go off course. Even if we don't even believe in God in the first place, God has created every single human being on the planet and He is in charge of every single aspect of every single human being that He creates. It's also comforting to know that we don't have to fret about making the wrong decisions or choosing the wrong paths because whatever we choose will be within the knowledge and plan of God. He's got us! And He only requires us to do one thing and one thing alone - obey Him. And all we need to know in order to do that is outlined in His Word, the Bible. Tune in this week to hear more truths on the will of God.
28 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Jan 9th, 2022 | Ebenezer (Not Scrooge)
This week, Mark takes us through 1 Samuel 7:1-15 and teaches us about the rich history and meaning behind the 'Ebenezer stone'. The fact of the matter is, God is just as faithful to us today as He was to the Israelites of the bible. If we turn and repent (which is, turn away from the sin that is entangling us and asking forgiveness of God and those whom we have hurt), God will always, always be faithful to us. And it serves us well when we have little reminders of His unfailing love. It could be a post-it note on your bathroom mirror with a favourite bible verse, it could be a daily gratitude journal. Anything that helps us stay connected to God's enduring love for us, so that when we sin, we know Who to turn towards.
31 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
January 2, 2022 | Fully, Deeply Known
It is so strange to me that my thoughts actually matter to God. You would think that he would have better things to do than to be intimately linked with the constant barrage of self-criticism, judgement of others, obsessions over to-do lists and the unending layers of anxiety that cycle through my mind all day. But God openly expresses His love and delight in us, His created beings. He has permanently linked Himself with us through the Holy Spirit. And I don't know about you, but that makes me feel comforted and fairly nervous at the same time. This week, Phil Tadros joins us to unpack the beautiful and impactful verses contained in Psalm 139. And he reminds us that, if we truly believe that we are loved unconditionally by our heavenly Father, then we need not be ashamed that He sees from the inside out. We can find ourselves emboldened with humble confidence as we come to Him with our sins. With our hopes and dreams and with our really mundane daily chatter. Every time we do this, we strengthen our relationship with our loving, tender, heavenly Father and we can walk as loved and fully known children of God.
30 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
December 26th, 2021 | Grace & Truth
December 26th, 2021 | Grace & Truth by Grace Valley Church
27 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
December 24th, 2021 In The Flesh
December 24th, 2021 In The Flesh by Grace Valley Church
41 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
December 19th, 2021 I Got Rights!
While we are all children of God in the sense that God created every single one of us, God has also chosen those He will have an intimate, special and privileged relationship with. This is a filial relationship, one that is not bestowed on us because of our own merit or good-ness, it's bestowed to us as a gift through Jesus Christ. Jesus' death made way for the Holy Spirit to do His work, by opening our spiritual eyes to the new reality of being a new creation, a new child of God. Without this divine intervention, we would never be able to receive God in the way He intended for us. When we receive the name of Jesus, as in we believe He is who He says He is, we are adopted into Gods family and have all rights to His holy inheritance, love and tender, unfailing care.
34 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
December 12th, 2021 | We've Got A Problem
What's the problem? The problem is sin. Sin isn't just about 'breaking rules'. It's not just "making mistakes" and its not indulging in your favourite triple chocolate treat. It's the reason the world is broken, and it's the reason why Jesus came into the world. Because He knew we'd be completely helpless in our estate and that the righteous Judge, God the Father, would execute divine justice on our souls. Doesn't that sound dramatic? As I write this, I keep thinking this sounds like the plot of a really great movie. But it's the truest and most complete reality, and Jesus' birth, life and resurrection proves it. Jesus came into the world at the darkest time of year. Because in the darkness, the light always shines the brightest. He is the light of the world, and He came to break the backbone of the sin in our lives. While we still suffer in this broken world, sin limps along and its power is weakened and drowned out by our faith in God's goodness and love for us. Although we didn't and couldn't recognize Him, Jesus has lifted the spiritual veil off of the eyes of His chosen people, those who believe in Him, by His grace alone.
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