The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast... - John Van Sloten

February 22, 2015

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message Pastor John looks at one of Jesus’ shortest parables and considers the mysterious trans-formative power of the kingdom of heaven.

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
Jesus in Matthew 13:33 NLT

“The Kingdom of God/Heaven is the realm within which the will of God is reality.”
From some Seminary professor I once heard quoted…

“The New Testament presents the kingdom [of God or Heaven] as one of three interrelated concepts; a theocracy , an actual political kingdom ruled by God; a spiritual reality, an inner attitude of voluntary acceptance of the rule of God; and, par excellence, the individual who place himself in total and complete submission to God - namely Jesus Christ himself, who in fact personifies the kingdom.”
Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Heaven, Eerdmans Bible Dictionary

“The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything.”
Psalm 103:19, NLT

The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast mixed into dough. It gets into every part of your life. It may start in a small corner; as a feeling in your heart, a sense of awakening, a realization that God does loves you, forgives you and is present in your life. Then it moves to your mind, hands and feet and into every part of your being - changing your view of family, work, neighbor, school, world. Soon your whole perspective is transformed. You take on a long term, eternal, view. And through all of these changes you grow and become more and more yourself. You flourish. You become more expansive… fuller, softer, tastier!

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


Oh for a Thousand Tongues

Everything - Tomlin


Broken and Beautiful

Creation's King

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January 10, 2017
Thanks for the deep elaboration of God's word. Blessings!
Phyllis Obeng (via YouTube)
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