God's Providence in a Map - John Van Sloten

June 08, 2014

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we're going to look at God's providence through the cultural lens of maps. Maps are snapshots of what the God of all history and all places is doing.

Maps hold a clue to what makes us human.
Simon Garfield, On the Map, page 18

Then God blessed them and said, Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.
The Cultural Mandate, Genesis 1:28, NLT

Joshua instructed them, "Go and make a survey of the land and write a description of it"
Joshua 18:8, NIV

A map actually carries somebody's view
Lisa Bu, How Books can open your Mind, TED talk, Feb 2013

From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;
Psalm 33:13, NIV

"A book about maps is effectively a book about the progress of the world: sturdier ships in the fifteenth century, triangulation in the late sixteenth century, the fixing of longitude in the eighteenth, flights and aerial observation in the twentieth century. And then, in this century, the Internet and GPS and perhaps, through them, a second reshaping of our own spatial abilities."
Simon Garfield, On the Map, Page 19

Enter through the narrow gate.
For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Jesus giving us a map in Matthew 7:13-14, NIV

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


How Great Thou Art

A Beautiful Collision

Globes and Maps

Be Thou my Vision

We Are Broken

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Matthew 7:13-14,Psalm 33:13,Joshua 18:8

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