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  • Anger and Metallica
    January 28, 2009
    God has no anger. It is impossible. Anger is only in us. It is there because the absence of God is painful and all of us suffer from this absence. Man has written that God is angry because man can mostly only see God in his own image. God is the opposite of anger. Anger is emptiness and God is Plentiful.

    16242T


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    Photography; A New Lens on God
    January 27, 2009
    I visited your church for the first time this Sunday, and was very blessed by your service and the message about photography. I am a professional photographer (working mostly with portraits), and I was touched by your thoughts about exploring my subject - and my God - more deeply.

    I often find that the longer I spend with a person, the more intimate a portrait we can create. And I say "we" because a portrait is not created only by the photographer, but by the interaction between photographer and subject.

    Thank you Pastor John for your insights, and thanks to God for blessing you with them. I will be thinking about exploring my relationship to God as I spend time with my photography this week.
    Michael Leenheer



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    Bob Dylan, Everything is Broken
    January 21, 2009
    Amen! "...this is a humbling moment. A rightful recognition that we are dependent human beings..." The human life was created to be a dependent one (as signified by God presenting Himself to man as the Tree of Life). Independence of God is man's fundamental error. He has become alienated from God's life and now lives for 100 years at best. He unplugged from the AC and went to battery power, but all batteries die. Turn to Him that you may live again. Man can receive God's own eternal life!

    twanghang


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    Bob Dylan, Everything is Broken
    January 20, 2009
    "Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That's how the light gets in."

    Leonard Cohen (Anthem)

    16242T


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    God's take on the Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis
    January 17, 2009
    I don't think god had anything to do with this mess. Wasn't it those religious bigots in government that brought you in this situation in the first place. Excessive spending on e.g. unneccessary wars for their OWN PERSONAL PROFIT.
    Plus the pushing of the consumers to spend ever more. According to government it was & still is your patriotic duty.
    It would be a joke if it wasn't done by such a corrupt bunch.(your leaders, I mean)

    evolution077


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    Sole Spiritualty - Women's shoes
    January 04, 2009
    I am a Christian and fashion is my number one passion ...but I don't really aggree that fashion belongs to God. It is just a worldly gift. this is my opinion.

    cocowado


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    why new hope church?
    January 03, 2009
    It was march of last year that I attended the baptism of my friend and her children at New Hope Church. In addition during this time I was going through some emotional turmoil in trying to understand and grieve the death of my father. I really enjoyed the service and found New Hope a welcoming environment. I found comfort and a hopefulness for peace in understanding that death happens for a reason; to believe in a higher power. It helps that I do have friends attending this very church and attending feels "right" for me and my family. My family enjoys that Pastor John brings real life matters and relates it back to the scripture and what it means to believe in God. This church environment is not one that we have previously experienced and enjoy what New Hope has to offer. Thank You!



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    why new hope church?
    January 03, 2009
    It was march of last year that I attended the baptism of my friend and her children at New Hope Church. In addition during this time I was going through some emotional turmoil in trying to understand and grieve the death of my father. I really enjoyed the service and found New Hope a welcoming environment. I found comfort and a hopefulness for peace in understanding that death happens for a reason; to believe in a higher power. It helps that I do have friends attending this very church and attending feels "right" for me and my family. My family enjoys that Pastor John brings real life matters and relates it back to the scripture and what it means to believe in God. This church environment is not one that we have previously experienced and enjoy what New Hope has to offer. Thank You!



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    Cara Luft at New Hope Calgary
    January 01, 2009
    This would be great to hear in church.. I like how acoustic music can really power worship if done well and not like most contemporary stuff.
    Osmun79


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    Jesus, Lars and the Real Girl
    December 31, 2008
    well done, looking at this movie in a new light.

    PAJediDotCom


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    Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings, Seeing the Soul
    December 30, 2008
    Very interesting...

    dale3858


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    why new hope church?
    December 30, 2008
    I've been to lots of churches over the years. I was born into the Anglican tradition. I've been to the Vineyard, and a nondenominational church that tried to bridge the gap between Christianity and the New Age movement. All of these communities had a different focus and flavour, and they were all good for me for a season. I believe that God creates communities and places for people within communities. For this season I believe God has created a place for me here - at New Hope. He has something for me to do here, and something for me to learn here. I've never been one of those people who worries too much about the denomination of a church. As Bono once told Oprah - "I don't care whose name is on the house, as long as God is in the house." (Or something like that). God is in the house here!
    I've been working on this theory over the past few years that I like to call "Practical Mysticism". My personal version is still full of holes, but the gist of it is that God manifests himself through people. We pray for the world to be a better place. God tells us to get up off our knees and give money to help out Inn From the Cold or Thandana or Ubuntu. He tells us to sign up as a volunteer, or stop to talk to that person who looks down, or be nice when you're out driving on the winter roads. We somehow participate in making the world a better place. There is some sort of balance between experiencing God in that indescribable, vertical, mystical thinness, and living God as we interact with the world around us. New Hope is all about finding God and living God in everything we do - in short - 'Practical Mysticism'.



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    why new hope church?
    December 30, 2008
    Initially I came because my kids really liked it. Now I come because the vision here is what I think the vision of a church should be, it fits with who I am and how I think. I also stay because of the people, there are some amazing people here, thinkers, doers, encouragers, lovers - all giving the gifts and talents they have.



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    why new hope church?
    December 30, 2008
    i love that families are working together at new hope - serving others and making church happen. kids handing out programs with their parents, stacking chairs, passing the collection baskets and helping out with kids younger than they are. awesome



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    why new hope church?
    December 30, 2008
    As I've attended NHC my uderstanding of God has continued to grow. The idea of God being always present, always active in my life has awakened me to a whole new perspective of my daily routine. God cares about my job, family, even my hockey team...He not only cares but I sense his presence on those tough days, or whispering in my ear when decisions have to be made. You see, when I opened myself up to the possibility of God "doing stuff" all around me, every day of the week, it seems as though that not a week goes by where I don't trip over God revealing himself in a way I never thought of before. It is not just a Sunday morning thing where I learn more about God any more. It is because of Sunday morning that I learn more about God and what he is doing in my life and life all around me every hour and every day of the week. And this is just my little, navel gazing life, my imagination is too small to take on what God does in this world fully and completely. So this is why New Hope is my church, to unlock more of the mystery, and to do this in a community of people who care and serve.
    C



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    Bob Dylan, Everything is Broken
    December 29, 2008
    Well, "you gotta serve somebody"
    diz52nd


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    God's take on the Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis
    December 27, 2008
    OUR CAPATALISTIC SYSTEM has 300,000,000 people living way beyond the comfort level of most other countries, we are the #1 economy in the world. Even the poor in our country have enough money to smoke cigarettes and own cell phones.
    YOU need to get a grip on Macro economics. Try any book on exonomics for the first time.
    Perhaps it is the end of the world
    Oh no the end of the world is upon us
    lets get some plywood around our necks with the time and date of the END OF THE WORLD
    anyname666


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    The Ten Commandments - Stealing
    December 14, 2008
    Hello NHC,
    I want to begin by saying that the podcasting of Pastor van Sloten's sermons is a real blessing. Continue in your good work.

    The reason I am writing though is to draw issue/comment on one of your 10 commandment sermons, specifically the one on stealing. I completely agree that we are a sinful people and are often far too lax in condoning our own failures (I was especially reminded of that in "a parable of an undemocratic God"); as well I want to be careful in the comments to follow, I am presenting my own observations and would appreciate some better theological input. The salient issue is this: one of Pastor von Sloten's main points centered on how we easily steal, often from work. It has seemed to me that our society often makes a mistake of associating Biblical teachings for humans as applying to corporations. Allow me to give an example.

    Pastor van Sloten noted that doing non-office activities (eg. calling friends, planning a vacation, etc.) at work is stealing from the company. Yet, this train of logic means that any non-office work is stealing, even if that means thinking about your wife or other things you have to do that day. What makes this even more ridiculous is that a company is nothing more than a set of procedures, rules, and laws. How do you steal from a set of procedures? Furthermore, most people's bosses do not even own the company, making the situation even more convoluted as the company is owned by shareholders whose interests can often differ from a more traditional owner (eg. of a mom and pop shop).

    It seems to me that the Bible, as on many topics, does not address companies - and its teachings on stealing concern intereactions between human beings. The most common counter-argument to this is that companies are made up of people. I would respond that the worker is a part of that company. As well, if stealing from the company can involve abstract concepts (I am not disagreeing about taking a pen) - such as time and thought - there are some clearly negative results. For example: what happens if you have a sick parent or child whom you have to take care of and your company will not give you time off for? Pastor van Sloten noted that taking a sick day when not sick is stealing. Yet, that seems to ignore that there are far more complexitie sin stealing anything from a company - it is not a human being and cannot be treated as such. In fact it seems to me that as a company is composed of procedures,etc. than any procedure (such as being to take 10 sick days a year) can be utilised as such. So, you can take 10 sick days for whatever purpose as that is what you have been allotted (and if you're actually sick and have used your days - you will suffer for it), and there is a negative side for the individual: what if you are actually sick 12 days?

    So in closing, I understand that any moral issue will be complicated. And yet is seems to me that as as society we mistake companies for human beings and especially as Christians attempt to apply our morals teachings to something for which it was not intended. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
    Sincerely,
    Chris Mark

    Dec. 15, 2010
    Hey Chris,
    Thanks for the thoughtful response. Itís been a while since Iíve thought about stealing (in both the sermon and everyday life senses! J )
    I agree that the biblical teaching on stealing is made in reference to people stealing from people. It makes sense given the fact that there werenít many multi-national corporations back then. But the fact that Godís wisdom in offering the command to Ďnot stealí was made in this context does not negate the application of its core principle into all of life.
    In my faith tradition we use the Heidelberg Catechism as a teaching tool, to help up read and apply our bibles. My sermon was in part built on this question and answer...
    Q & A 110

    Q. What does God forbid
    in the eighth commandment?
    A. He forbids not only outright theft and robbery,
    punishable by law.^1
    But in God's sight theft also includes
    cheating and swindling our neighbor
    by schemes made to appear legitimate,^2
    such as:
    inaccurate measurements of weight, size, or volume;
    fraudulent merchandising;
    counterfeit money;
    excessive interest;
    or any other means forbidden by God.^3
    In addition he forbids all greed^4
    and pointless squandering of his gifts.^5
    ^1 Ex. 22:1; 1 Cor. 5:9-10; 6:9-10
    ^2 Mic. 6:9-11; Luke 3:14; James 5:1-6
    ^3 Deut. 25:13-16; Ps. 15:5; Prov. 11:1; 12:22; Ezek. 45:9-12; Luke 6:35
    ^4 Luke 12:15; Eph. 5:5
    ^5 Prov. 21:20; 23:20-21; Luke 16:10-13
    Q & A 111
    Q. What does God require of you
    in this commandment?
    A. That I do whatever I can
    for my neighbor's good,
    that I treat others
    as I would like them to treat me,
    and that I work faithfully
    so that I may share with those in need.^1
    ^1 Isa. 58:5-10; Matt. 7:12; Gal. 6:9-10; Eph. 4:28

    As you can read, one of the intents of the catechism is to broaden the application of the stealing commandment, and apply it to more of everyday life. To me, stealing from a company is something that could fall under this broader way of thinking. Think about how the Apostle Paul calls us to submit to and honour the government (this entity is also merely made up of rules and procedures) (Romans 13:1-7)
    Chris, I hear what youíre saying about taking what I said to the extremes; who has the ability not to think about non-work related stuff at work, and there are times when itís perfectly reasonable to do personal stuff while at the office (like care for a sick family member). If done above board, this kind of behaviour is wholly reasonable. Besides, I often think of work stuff during my time off; doesnít this balance things out? But you surely would agree that someone who daydreams 50% of the time at work is ripping someone off and not fulfilling her contracted duty. While the corporation is not a person (I do think they are in the eyes of the law though) it does deserve to be treated at an Ďotherí (treat others as I would like them to treat me).
    Youíre right, these issues are always complex. J
    Thatís all I have time for right now, but hereís some further comment on the topic... http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/thisWeek/viewArticle.php?aID=87
    Thanks for making me think
    john



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    World of Warcraft - Interview with a guild master
    December 13, 2008
    Agreed but it seams to me that you only get seriously addicted for a while, after that you get bored and stop. However people do find their way back into Wow as i have...and im loving it =D

    AhTimBoy


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    Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings, Seeing the Soul
    December 08, 2008
    r u serious? people r strange, I'll never figure it out.

    Xerxein


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    World of Warcraft - Interview with a guild master
    December 08, 2008
    ill admit i love to play wow it is fun and interesting but i also play competitive tennis and i will never let wow get in the way of that all you have to do is just click exit game and close your computere and go out and play a sport talk to a friend or something like that i was at one point addicted too but then i relized there are other things in the world then wow and being the best geared.

    larrythelame


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    World of Warcraft - Interview with a guild master
    November 26, 2008
    I like wow becuase its a place you can go to as he said to be someone that you truly are and not be judged by your looks but you personality. People liek you for who you are inside... Not the way you look. Unless its just some person whos looking for a real Realtionship or just Hot wow friends. Its just something i can do without been judged by bullys for my looks...
    Realm: Suramar
    Faction: Horde
    Name: Divinepwer
    underworldvideos


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    The gospel according to Barack Obama
    November 22, 2008
    You should be ashamed of yourself. You are not a man of God, supporting this man. He is full of lawlessness. He wants to take all peoples money and pay for murdering innocent babies. He mocks the bible and Christians. He says there are many ways to God!! He said Christians have the same God as Muslims. He campaigned for his Islamo fascist cousin Odinga, who was responsible for thousands of Chrisians death!! READ YOUR BIBLE FALSE PROPHET!!

    hottamale02


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    God's Hope for Ugly Ducklings
    November 17, 2008
    great job, dont turn athiest, stick with god!

    zendro


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    God's take on the Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis
    November 14, 2008
    First, where was he (the idiot speaking above) in Jan 08?
    IF God knows everything...Where was He??

    favex2


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