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  • Christians Don't Drive BMWs
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Rich Braaksma
    June 11, 2017

    Automobiles have been part of our lives for almost a hundred years and have had an enormous influence on the shape of North American society and infrastructure since WWII. What...


    All Creatures of our God and King
    Come as you are
    As it is in heaven
    Future Days


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    Pentecost, Babel and Mumford and Sons
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Jacqui Mignault
    June 04, 2017

    Today is Pentecost and we are going to talk about what it means to live within this story. Fire, wind, power – even longing and communion and surprise endings – this story...


    All who are Thirsty
    Glory (Let There Be Peace)
    King Of The World
    Hey Brother


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    Vision on the Road
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Rich Braaksma
    Apr 02, 2017

    Jesus was on the road a lot, how does that apply to us when we're at work away from home?




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    Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 26, 2017

    Pastor John will be preaching on Jesus' Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (for those of us who have trouble forgiving others). The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to...


    Yellow
    How Great Thou Art
    Come as you are
    Glory (Let There Be Peace)


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    Crossfit, Suffering and Glory
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 05, 2017

    In this message we’re going to lean into God’s truth as it’s found in Crossfit - “a broad, general, and inclusive fitness [program] that best prepares trainees for any...


    What I Wouldn't Do
    Be Thou my Vision
    As it is in heaven
    Carried Away


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    Ubuntu
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Rich Braaksma
    Oct 02, 2016

    Ubuntu is what we call our church's ongoing partnership in Malawi and attempts to connect with our world at home. Related, Ubuntu is an Nguni Bantu (South African) word roughly...


    After All (Holy)
    Be Thou my Vision
    Don't Carry it All
    I Will Follow


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    The Saddest Country Song of all Time
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Rich Braaksma
    Mar 06, 2016

    In this message we'll look at Lament, scour the nominees for The Saddest Country Song of All Time, and pick a winner (loser?). Born to lose, my every hope is gone, it's so hard...


    You Tell Me So
    Sad Songs (Say So Much)
    As it is in heaven
    The River


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    Worship at Church
    Video
    New Hope Church
    Jan 01, 2016

    Live worship over the years at church.




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    Your Story - Finding God at New Hope Church

    New Hope Church
    Oct 01, 2015

    As we continue to explore coming to together with our sister church, Hillside Community Church, it is important to have a full understanding of what makes the New Hope experience...



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    Hearing God through an Audiologist
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 01, 2015

    In this message were going to listen for the voice of a God who wants to restore our hearing. What does the nature of an audiologist teach us about Gods sense-restoring heart? ...


    All the Poor and Powerless
    What I Wouldn't Do
    This Is My Father's World
    Oh How I Need You


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    When God discards Bad Fish
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Oct 05, 2014

    In this message Pastor John examines Jesus Parable of the Net. Does God really discard bad fish? How do you know if youre one of them? Once again [Jesus said], the kingdom...


    Surrender
    Just Breathe
    God of Wonders
    Oceans (where feet may fail)


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    Knowing God through Marriage
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    July 20, 2014

    In this message Pastor John looks at the heart of God through the lens of marriage. What does marital love say about Gods love? On the third day there was a wedding in Cana...


    Oh for a Thousand Tongues
    Everything Glorious
    How Great Thou Art
    Surrender


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    Florence and the Machine (when God says your name)
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 13, 2014

    In this message we are going to listen for God's truth in a couple of Florence and the Machine songs, Psalm 22, and biblical concept of a new name. The stars, the moon, they...


    You Tell Me So
    Be Thou my Vision
    Sigh No More
    Shake it Out

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    Supernova; Death and Resurrection in the Universe
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Nov 10, 2013

    In this message we boldly go where no one has gone before and search for Gods revelation in the life, death (and resurrection) of stars. In the beginning God created the...


    What I Wouldn't Do
    Stars
    Yellow
    Amazed

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    Cultivating God's presence through a Farmer
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Oct 13, 2013

    In this Thanksgiving sermon Pastor John will be preaching on God's cultivating truth in a farmer. Have you ever considered how much God sustains you through their work? Then...


    This Is My Father's World
    After All (Holy)
    Indescribable
    Everything - Hughes


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    Commandment 10.10 - always wanting more
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 15, 2013

    Do you ever struggle with wanting too much? Discontent can be deadly. Pastor John Van Sloten preaches on the 10th commandment, 'You shall not covet...' (and about a God who is...


    After All (Holy)
    Stars
    Yellow
    All I Want is You


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    Parable of the Sower, are you listening?
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 01, 2013

    Pastor John Van Sloten preaches on the parable of the sower. What's the condition of your soil? Want to live a more abundant life? As they went from town to town, a lot of...


    This Is My Father's World
    Beautiful Things
    Wholly Yours
    Take My Life


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    Geology, God's Unchangeable Goodness, and the reality of a Flood
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    June 30, 2013

    In this message we dig into Gods timeless, unchanging goodness in geology (in light of this week's events, we'll also ask why an unchanging and good God allows floods) In the...


    It is Well With My Soul
    Never Let Go
    All who are Thirsty
    Flood

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    The Glory of God in Formula One Racing
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    June 09, 2013

    In this message Pastor John is talks about the glory of God in Formula One racing. Where do you risk your life for God? When was the last time you took it to its limits? Have you...



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    Gods Truth in a Software Engineer
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    May 12, 2013

    Pastor John Van Sloten continues our series on "God at Work" and explores the vocation of a software engineer. How do they image the God of all source code? In the beginning...


    Everything Glorious
    Indescribable
    All Creatures of our God and King
    Wonderful Maker


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    Stories from Malawi 2013
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Ubuntu
    May 05, 2013

    Members of New Hope Church's Ubuntu group traveled to Kamanzi, Malawi in April 2013, these are their stories. Ubuntu, is an ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people's...


    Beautiful God
    Come Thou Font
    One Love
    Blessed to be a Witness


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    Commandment 10.6 - You shall not Murder
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 28, 2013

    Pastor John Van Sloten continues our series on the Ten Commandments and will be looking at Commandment #6 You shall not murder. Q. What is God's will for you in the sixth...


    We Are Broken
    Holy Holy Holy
    In the Sun
    All of the Words


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    Word-FM Pittsburgh 101.5 Work Interview
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 25, 2013

    Pastor John is interviewed on "The Ride Home with John & Kathy" on 101.5 Word-FM Pittsburgh, Why Working For The Common Good Isn't Enough.




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    Commandment 10.5 - Honour your Parents
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 14, 2013

    Pastor John Van Sloten continues our series on the Ten Commandments and will be looking at commandment #5 Honour your parents. "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD...


    This Is My Father's World
    Home
    Hungry
    Wonderful Maker

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    Finding God in the Great Outdoors
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Cari Fydirchuk
    Apr 07, 2013

    In this message Cari explores how we see, hear, touch, smell and taste God in His Creation. How exactly does God speak and communicate to us through Creation? The earth is the...


    Stars
    Beautiful God
    Come Thou Font
    Amazed


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    Gods Resurrecting Heart
    (through an Emergency Room Doctor) - Easter Sunday

    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 31, 2013

    Easter Sunday, what does it mean that our God is a resurrecting God? Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the...


    Be Thou my Vision
    In Christ Alone
    Fix You
    The Wonderful Cross


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    Gods Broken Heart
    (through an Emergency Room Doctor) - Good Friday

    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 29, 2013

    In this message Pastor John Van Sloten explores Gods broken Good Friday heart. What was it like for Him? They took Jesus away. Carrying his cross, Jesus went out to the...




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    Commandment 10.4 - Rest
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 24, 2013

    We continue our series on the Ten Commandments and will be looking at command #4 Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six...


    Oh for a Thousand Tongues
    Only You
    Holy is the Lord
    Holy Now


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    GOD & TRUTH and MUMFORD & SONS
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 17, 2013

    In this message were going to listen for Gods truth through the music of Mumford & Sons and through the biblical account of Abraham & Sons. "I don't really like that word,"...


    Not with Haste
    Holland Road
    Hopeless Wanderer
    I Will Wait

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    The Group of Seven Iconic Artists , part 2
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 24, 2013

    Week two of our sermon series on the Group of Seven. On stage, New Hope Church artist Marcia Harris is painting a Turner...


    Power of Your Love
    All Creatures of our God and King
    Show Me Your Glory


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    THE CAT IN THE HAT and The Kingdom of God
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 03, 2013

    In this message were going to look at Gods Kingdom truth in the classic Dr. Seuss parable THE CAT IN THE HAT. Do you remember what it felt like hearing it for the first time?...


    Come Thou Font
    All of the Words
    Only You are Worthy
    A Beautiful Collision

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    God's Birthing Truth in a Midwife
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 23, 2012

    midwife /ˈmidˌwīf/ Noun - A person (typically a woman) trained to assist women in childbirth And to think you were midwife at my birth,
 setting me at...



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    The Mystery of the Incarnation
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    Heather Cowie
    Dec 16, 2012

    In this message we are going to do something a bit different, mostly we are going to listen to Scripture, the living word. As we do so the Spirit in us as individuals and the...




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    The Hobbit, God's Call to Adventure
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 09, 2012

    Tolkiens, The Hobbit, what desire in you does this story whet? What can we learn from Tolkien and the bible that will help us understand God as we view the...



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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 02, 2012

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. How can something so wrong bring about so much good? When people ask and seems like people always be askin to where I cant never get...



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    All Money is God's Money
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Cari Fydirchuk
    Nov 25, 2012

    Money, does money matter to God? Is their a connection between our spiritual life and our values concerning money and possessions? In Matthew 6:21 we read, For where your...



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    The Parable of Leonard Cohen
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Nov 18, 2012

    The parable of renowned Canadian poet and singer Leonard Cohen. Show me the place, help me roll away the stone Show me the place, I can't move this thing alone Show me the...



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    Gods Saving Heart in a Firefighter
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Nov 11, 2012

    We continue our sermon series on God at Work by looking at the vocation of a Firefighter. Its not just adrenaline for the sake of adrenaline, its for a purpose; [its for]...



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    The Transfiguration and the Glory of Jesus
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Nov 04, 2012

    In this message were going to talk about the cosmic, almighty, now resurrected to glory person of Jesus Christ. [Then Jesus said,] Some of you standing here are going to see ...



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    Forensic Psychology and The Holy Spirit
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Oct 21, 2012

    We continue our series entitled, God at Work. This message will focus on the vocational calling of a forensic psychologist. "My job essentially consists of identifying...



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    The Main Thing
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Brandon Harris
    Sept 30, 2012

    In this message, Brandon Harris will be giving a talk entitled The Main Thing about New Hope Churchs vision. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main...



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    RUSH: Humanist philosophers & God's prophets
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 23, 2012

    This message is going to look at Gods down to earth goodness, and wholly authentic truth in the iconic Canadian band; Rush. Lean not upon your own understanding Clockwork...



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    CJ92 Rush Interview
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 20, 2012

    John Van Sloten, the guy who has worked in Metallica, Green Day, Supertramp and now Rush into his sermons popped by the Forbes and Friend's show on CJ92 FM.




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    God's goodness in a Landlord
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 16, 2012

    Landlord's, can they teach us something about the heart of God? "I read your post on preaching God's truth in a landlord, and I gotta tell you John, I just don't get it! What...



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    Experiencing God through Community
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 09, 2012

    We are made to experience the presence of God through community. We are made in the image of a relational God. The thought of what that kind of new world might be like fills...



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    God, Robert Munsch and Davids Father
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 02, 2012

    This message is going to look at Gods truth in Robert Munschs story, Davids Father. What unknowns are you afraid of? I made this [story] up soon after we adopted our second...



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    The Parable of the Hunger Games
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Aug 26, 2012

    How would you react if you were thrust into the arena? [The Hunger Games] depict a world where children are slaughtered for entertainment, power is in the hands of nearly...



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    Architecture and a Designer Deity
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Aug 12, 2012

    Where is God in the spaces we inhabit? What does good design communicate about his nature? In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 The earth is...



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    The Parable of Olympic Swimmer Tera Van Beilen
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    July 29, 2012

    Whats happening in a heat? Her body, operating at peak performance, enters into the best stroke, at the best frequency, with the least amount of water resistance. After taking...




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    God's Face in a Honey Bee
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    July 22, 2012

    John re-visited this sermon July 22, 2012. Sticky and sweet Sunday, Pastor John had the people at New Hope not only thinking about how God's face is in a Honey Bee but also...



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    Live from NHC, music for worship.
    Video
    New Hope Church
    July 12, 2012

    Selections of live music from our services at NHC, includes Wake Up by Arcade Fire, One Love by


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    Cowards, Connivers, and Cads: Heroes of the Bible - Jacob
    Worship Service - listen
    Heather Cowie
    July 08, 2012

    In this message we will listen to the stories of Rachel and Leah, the wives of Jacob and the mothers of the promised descendents of Israel. Genesis 29:16 Now Laban had two...




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    Cowards, Connivers, and Cads: Heroes of the Bible - Abraham
    Worship Service - listen
    Heather Cowie
    July 01, 2012

    In this message were going to look at the character of Abraham and the faithfulness of God. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. Genesis...




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    Dogs, a parable of pets
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    June 24, 2012

    What does the presence of dogs teach us about who God is? And God said, Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along...




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    Broken Body Image
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    June 17, 2012

    This sermon is going to look at our body image. Why are things so broken in terms of how we physically view ourselves? Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild...




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    Wolverines and the fierceness of God
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    June 10, 2012

    In this message were going to look at the elusive, mysterious, powerful, and incredibly wild Wolverine. If God created this animal, then surely it has something to say about its...



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    Entering into the Community of God via the Rublev Trinity
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    June 03, 2012

    In this message were going to try and peer into our relationship with our Triune God. The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the...



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    Holy Spirit Coming
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    May 27, 2012

    Pentecost that day when the Holy Spirit first burst onto the church scene. Does the Spirits wind blow in your life? To what end? When the day of Pentecost came, they were...




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    Recognizing Christ in your Life
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    May 20, 2012

    Were going to look at four bible stories where people (at first) didnt recognize that Jesus was standing right in front of them. Do you ever wonder what you might be...




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    CBC Radio - Science, human leg
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    May 19, 2012

    Part 5 of the CBC interviews between Russell Bowers and John Van Sloten focuses on a runners leg. It seems like Religion and Science haven't seen eye to eye in a very long...



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    Self-Examination and Forgiveness
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Cari Fydirchuk
    May 13, 2012

    This can be a heavy topic, however it can really help your walk with God. A couple of questions to consider. 1)How do we receive Gods forgiveness and grace? 2)How do we allow...




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    The Biomechanics of a Runners leg
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    May 06, 2012

    In this message were going to look at the biomechanics of a runners leg. What does running tell us about the Maker of all legs? When he was out on the trail running, it was...



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    CBC Radio - Science, Hydrology
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    May 05, 2012

    In part 4 of a series on Science and Religion, the New Hope Church pastor discusses how the hydrology of the river provides a moral lesson. It seems like Religion and Science...



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    The Hydrology of the Bow River; Finding God in the flow
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 29, 2012

    We continue our three week, Templeton funded, Discovering God in Science series. This morning were going to look at the hydrology of the Bow River.What does this flowing...



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    CBC Radio - Science, Geophysics
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 28, 2012

    Pastor John Van Sloten returns for Part 3 of a series on the subjects of religion and faith. This time, a discussion with CBC Daybreak host, Russell Bowers on how Geophysics can...



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    Geophysics and the Ground of all Being
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 22, 2012

    How does how we listen to the earth inform our understanding of God? In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth And God said, Let the water under the sky be...



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    CBC Radio - Science, Epigenetics
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 21, 2012

    In the second of a series on Religion and Science, Pastor John Van Sloten and CBC Radio Daybreak host Russell Bowers discusses Epigenetics, the science of how our environment can...



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    Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto, prayers
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 15, 2012

    Were going to listen for Gods truth in the music of Coldplay (via their new album Mylo Xyloto, in particular). To help you get into the swing of things, weve prepared a...



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    CBC Radio - Science, the Kidney
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 14, 2012

    In Part 1 of a 5-part series, Pastor John Van Sloten and CBC Radio Daybreak host Russell Bowers discusses how religion and science can find common ground. In this episode, how the...



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    a blindness that leads to sight
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 01, 2012

    Are you aware of your blindness when it comes to the things of God? Imagine what it would be like to really see Jesus. Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind John 9:1-9 As he went...




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    Come and See
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    Heather Cowie
    Mar 25, 2012

    Think about the first time you encountered Jesus. Who did you think he was? Who do you think he is? The passage we will look at today is John 1:35-49. The next day John was...




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    God with us (everywhere)
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 18, 2012

    Were going to think about how the God who made all things connects with the God who took on a human body. What does it mean that Jesus was the central character in both events? ...



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    Calgary Herald - Science and faith at New Hope Church
    News Article
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 16, 2012

    By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald March 16, 2012 In some circles, science and faith are not really a good match. But theyve found a comfortable home for discussion at...




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    Hugo Cabret and the Divine Watchmaker
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 11, 2012

    Were going to look at Gods redemptive story as found in the Academy award winning film Hugo. It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion's exiles. We...



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    Is there greater faith outside of the church?
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 04, 2012

    In this message were going to enter into the New Testament story of the Roman Centurion; a man who's faith astonished Jesus. What is God saying to you, about your faith, through...




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    What will Heaven (on earth) be like?
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 19, 2012

    Were going dream about what heaven on earth will be like. Do you ever think about the nature of eternal life? What would it mean to live with a clearer picture of the end in...



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    Serve Every Way
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 12, 2012

    Were going to look at God's truth as found in the New Testament book of Colossians. What does it mean to serve God in "every way"? "For this reason, since the day we heard...




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    Celebrating 15 years - New Hope Church 1996 - 2011
    Video
    New Hope Church
    Feb 05, 2012

    We take a quick look at New Hope from 1996 to 2011, and celebrate 15 years as a church, with a community feast. A special thanks to Hotel Arts for feeding us!



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    Knowing God through Giving
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 29, 2012

    Giving, if God's very nature is self giving love, then shouldn't our natures be the same? We are made in the image of a giving God. The silver is mine and the gold is mine,...




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    Tangled - Discovering who you really are!
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 22, 2012

    Tangled, it's a story about identity and finding your way home. Do you feel like you know who you are? Are you afraid or are you free? Take what has been lost, bring back...



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    Epigenetics and the Love of God
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 15, 2012

    In this message we're going to talk about the science of epigenetics. What does God say through how our genes express themselves? What do epigenetics teach us about how God...



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    Which Christ do you follow?
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 08, 2012

    In this message we're going to talk about the present nature and person of Jesus Christ. Who is he (right now)? Where is he (right now)? What is he doing (right now)? The...



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    Parenting the Son of God
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 18, 2011

    We continue our advent series on parenting by looking at Jesus' mother Mary. Can you imagine parenting the Son of God? "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The...



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    Finding God through Parenting - Words
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 11, 2011

    We continue our series on the parenting heart of God. This morning we're going to focus on the power of parental words. "In the context of a loving parent-child relationship,...



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    Finding God through Parenting - Parenting as a lens
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 05, 2011

    In this message we begin a three week series on the parenting heart of God. What can the creational text of parenting teach us about who God is? "Early childhood is to this...




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    The Kidney, Homeostasis, and the Holy Spirit
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 20, 2011

    Believing that God designed and made the human kidney, what does this internal organ teach us about God's nature? "Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground...



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    It might get LOUD
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 13, 2011

    A Parable on the Electric Guitar Where is God's truth in the cultural product of an electric guitar? What do the stories of Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White uniquely...



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    The Blanket Exercise
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 06, 2011

    In this service we're going to live out a parable together, one that encompasses the past 500 years of history on the very land we live on. Hearing Aboriginal Voices Georges...



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    Finding God through STARS (air ambulance)
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 30, 2011

    In this message were going to look at the story of STARS air ambulance. What does the fact of the existence of such an organization tell us about who God is? "We believe our...



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    Paul and Professor X
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    Heather Cowie
    Oct 23, 2011

    Helping us Become All We are Meant to Be The message this morning is based on Romans 12 verses 1-8. In this passage Paul, one of the main leaders of the early church is writing...



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    The Many Ways God Self Reveals
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 16, 2011

    In this message Pastor John looks at another story from the life of the early church; one that tells of God's direct and indirect self-revelation. Image - Dujardin, Karel...




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    The gift of Gratitude
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 09, 2011

    In this sermon were going to look at the gift of gratitude. How is it expressed in your life? Are you looking for more of it? What would it take to be more thankful? Image,...



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    Rainbows
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    Cari Fydirchuk
    Oct 02, 2011

    God's covenant with us, the "Rainbow", a symbol of God's love, protection, grace and hope. A symbol for every living creature here on earth.



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    CBC Radio Active - The Day Metallica Came to Church
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 27, 2011

    John is interviewed by CBC Edmonton on his talk at Taylor University and his book, "The Day Metallica came to Church".


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    Building Community, from Malawi to Calgary
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    Ubuntu
    Sept 25, 2011

    New Hope Church in Calgary hosted 3 visitors from our sister village in Kamanzi, Malawi. At the end of their stay they shared what they learned and experienced in visiting a...



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    Authentic Christianity
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 18, 2011

    In this message were going to look at the radical community of the early church. What do authentic follows of Christ look like? (And what do they NOT look like?) The...



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    Criminal Minds
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 11, 2011

    In this message we're going to look at the hit TV show Criminal Minds. Why are so many people attracted to this (often) dark program? What does this attraction say about who we...



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    What does it mean to know God?
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 21, 2011

    In this message were going to look at the story of Philip and the Ethiopian. What does this story teach us about who God is (and how were to follow him)? Philip and the...



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    St. Paul, A Shipwreck and The Adjustment Bureau
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 07, 2011

    What do you think about free will and providence? Do we choose our lives? Or is there some kind of divine plan? Or is it both? In their hearts human beings plan their...



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    Jesus, Simon and the sinful woman
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    Heather Cowie
    July 10, 2011

    Today we will be listening for how our story connects to the story of Jesus, Simon and the sinful woman in Luke 7: 36-50 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner...




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    The religious nature of human beings
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    John Van Sloten
    July 03, 2011

    Why do we have an insatiable human religious impulse and what it means to direct it toward a God who made all things. So Paul took his stand in the open space at the Areopagus...



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    How God used Supertramp (Roger Hodgson) to Save my Life!
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    John Van Sloten
    June 26, 2011

    In this message were going to listen to a little Supertramp (and contemplate how much God loves us and wants to reach us!) Why don't you listen, you can trust me... Hide in...



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    Imagine Seeing Again
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    John Van Sloten
    June 19, 2011

    Were going to engage the story of Jesus healing the two blind men. Can you imagine what it would be like to see again? As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind...



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    CJOB - Greg Glatz Interview - The Day Metallica came to church
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    June 18, 2011

    Pastor John Van Sloten preaches from Metallica song lyrics and other "artifacts" of popular culture. John joins Greg on the show to talk about his new book, The Day Metallica Came...




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    David and Goliath, an underdog story
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    John Van Sloten
    June 12, 2011

    Gods truth in an Underdog story. What does the Old Testament story of David and Goliath teach us about who God is, and about who were called to be? But the LORD said to...



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    U2; Creation, Fall, Redemption & Return
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    John Van Sloten
    June 05, 2011

    In this message were going to examine the overall arc of the Christian narrative (creation, fall, redemption & return) via the lens of U2. In the beginning, God created the...



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    Go out and be a Blessing
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    Paul Verhoef
    May 29, 2011

    In this message, Pastor Paul Verhoef, our University of Calgary Chaplain will be speaking to us about being a channel of blessing in our world. What would you do if you knew...




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    Regent College faith/science talk
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    John Van Sloten
    May 24, 2011

    Here's the talk I gave at the Templeton funded Regent College faith/science cohort meeting last May.




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    The Face of God in Disability
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    John Van Sloten
    May 22, 2011

    Please note, the audio has been updated for this message to a new version Pastor John preached on May 22, 2011. The video is from the original message in 2006....



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    The King's Speech, God's gift of Voice
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    John Van Sloten
    May 15, 2011

    We look at Gods spoken word in the Academy Award winning film, The Kings Speech. Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you...



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    Gods Maternal Heart
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    John Van Sloten
    May 08, 2011

    In this message were going to try and learn a little bit more about God through moms. There is this fierce, almost animalistic love that rises up in me whenever the safety of...



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    The Parable of Romeo Dallaire
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    John Van Sloten
    May 01, 2011

    In this message we are going to try and understand Gods suffering, justice seeking heart through the parable of Canadian Gen. Romeo Dallaire. I cannot understand how you can...



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    Being Christ, Seeing Christ and Serving Christ - Three Parables of Jesus
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    John Van Sloten
    Apr 17, 2011

    In this message were going to look at three of Jesus parables, the parable of The Good Samaritan, the parable of Developer who was almost too busy, and the parable of the Sheep...



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    The God of all Dance
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    Cari Fydirchuk
    Apr 10, 2011

    In this message Cari Fydirchuk will be speaking about a Dancing God. Ephesians 4:15-16 Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to...



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    Sales, Marketing and a God who can meet your every need
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    John Van Sloten
    Apr 03, 2011

    Sales and Marketing, about a God who sees our needs and wants to meet them, about a God who wants our lives to be the best lives possible. marketing -...



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    Hell, Lazarus, and a Rich Man
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 27, 2011

    The Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus; a story that Jesus told about life and death; and heaven and hell. There once was a rich man, expensively dressed in the latest...



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    The Parable of Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 20, 2011

    In this message were going to talk about the terrible disaster that is now playing out in Japan. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble....



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    God's face in a Walmart greeter
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 13, 2011

    Today were going to seek out Gods face via a Walmart greeter. What can a retail store greeter teach us about Gods heart? Do to others as you would have them do to...



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    Finding God through facebook
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 06, 2011

    In this message were going to seek out Gods face via facebook. There is a force capable of synchronizing a large population in very little time, thereby creating...




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    Rock Climbing and the Spiritual Journey
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    Heather Cowie
    Feb 20, 2011

    Pastor Heather Cowie takes us up the mountain. I'm horrified of rock climbing. All the time. When it comes to doing things like rappelling and climbing, I'm always scared. It...




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    The Gospel According to Mayor Naheed Nenshi
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 13, 2011

    What does Mayor Naheed Nenshi teach us about who God is? there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God...



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    God's Goodness in Investment Banking
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 06, 2011

    In this message we will be searching for Gods goodness, grace and truth in an Investment Banker (really!). Definition: In general, investment bankers help clients with...



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    Engineers and God; keeping things going
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 30, 2011

    Part 2 of our series on Engineering. This time well be looking at how engineers like God - keep things going. [The Holy Spirit] restrains for the present the deteriorating...




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    God's Engineering Mind
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 23, 2011

    Today well explore the mind of God through the lens of Engineering. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was...




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    God, Reconciliation and How to Train your Dragon
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 16, 2011

    In this message were going to search for Gods truth as its found in Dreamworks animated film, "How to Train your Dragon." For he himself is our peace, who has made the two...



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    John's interview on Vancouver's The Fox 99.3
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 14, 2011

    Pastor John joins the Jeff O'Neil Show to talk about how "Metallica" came to church. Jeff O'Neil Show 6-10am / 99.3FM 20th Floor, 700 W. Georgia St. Vancouver, BC, V7Y...



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    The Day Metallica Came to Church - Ufonic Interview
    Video Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 08, 2011

    Pastor John Van Sloten shares how his first book, "The Day Metallica came to Church; searching for the everywhere God in everything" came to be written. Book Web Page

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    Seeking God's Face
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    Heather Cowie
    Jan 02, 2011

    In this message Heather speaks about the why and how we are reading the book: Seeking God's Face; Praying with Bible through the Year together as a community (written by Phil...



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    Why Matter matters so much to God
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 26, 2010

    We conclude our series on craftsmanship by looking at how working with our hands anchors us into Gods good material reality. See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the...




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    Follow Me - Gods Apprenticing Truth
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 19, 2010

    We continue our series on craftsmanship by looking at the kind of knowing that can only come through doing. Language struggles with depicting physical action, and nowhere is...



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    CBC Daybreak Alberta Interview
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 19, 2010

    John was interviewed on the "It's the Daybreak Christmas Book Podcast" Daybreak Alberta with Russell Bowers. A book review for John's first book "The Day Metallica Came to Church"




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    God's hands-on truth in Glass Blowing
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 12, 2010

    We continue our series on craftsmanship by looking Gods truth as its found in glass blowing. Because its fun A Glass Blowers answer to why she loves what she...



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    God's hands-on truth in Carpentry
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 05, 2010

    We begin a new series on Craftsmanship. What does God teach us about himself through the work of our hands? Where did this man get these things? they asked. Whats this...



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    God at Work - Accounting
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 21, 2010

    We continue our series on work by looking at Gods truth in the field of accounting. How is an accountant made in the image of God? Suppose one of you wants to build a tower....



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    Awake my Soul - Mumford and Sons
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 14, 2010

    Whats the Spirit whispering here? Ill know my name as its called again. Mumford and Sons, The Cave Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind,...



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    God at Work - Mechanics
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 07, 2010

    We continue our series on work by looking at Gods truth in what an auto mechanic does. Three workers are breaking rock into pieces. Asked what they were doing, the first...



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    Caution; God at Work
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 31, 2010

    Work,does God mean for you to know and experience him there? Recall one instance where you've met God at work. Think about it for a while. House-building, measuring, sawing...



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    sciencE = faith(2)
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 24, 2010

    We finish our series on science by looking at the false dichotomy of Faith vs. Science The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship. Day...



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    The God of all Neurons
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 17, 2010

    What do Neurons teach us about who God is? Can they help us know him better? Defn - A neuron (pronounced /ˈnjʊərɒn/ N(Y)OOR-on, also known as a neurone or...



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    The Large Hadron Collider - Searching for the God Particle
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 10, 2010

    The Large Hadron Collider (the worlds biggest and most powerful atom smasher). What does its creation tell us about who we are and about who God is? Our ability to...



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    CJIL-TV Insight Interview on John's book
    Video Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Oct 05, 2010

    Pastor John Van Sloten was interviewed on CJIL-TV's "Insight " program about his book, "The Day...




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    Arcade Fire
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 26, 2010

    What is God saying through this band? All the kids have always known that the emperor wears no clothes, but they bow down to him anyway, cause its better than being alone ...



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    Wound Healing; God's Physiological truth
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 19, 2010

    What does the body's healing process tell us about its Maker? Who can heal you? Lamentations 2:14 The repair of wounds is one of the most complex biological processes that...



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    The Story behind the Book
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 12, 2010

    The Day Metallica came to Church, Searching for the Everywhere God in Everything is Pastor John Van Sloten's first book. What was his motivation to write this book...



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    The Pursuit of Pleasure
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 05, 2010

    In this message we look at the pursuit of pleasure. Why does it never seem to get us there? All things would be absurd if their meaning were exhausted in their function and...



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    Why did a timeless God create time?
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 29, 2010

    In this message we look at the concept of time. Why did you create time God? There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens Ecclesiastes...



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    CJ92 Interview 2 - The Day Metallica Came to Church
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Aug 16, 2010

    Gerry Forbes of CJ92's morning show, and pastor John Van Sloten talk about his first book, "The Day Metallica came to Church" and give away free copies on Calgary's rock station...



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    Death
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 15, 2010

    We continue our series on the Old Testament wisdom book; Ecclesiastes. This morning we look at how death brings perspective to life. Of all the worlds wonders which is most...



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    CJ92 Interview - The Day Metallica Came to Church
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Aug 12, 2010

    Gerry Forbes of CJ92's morning show, and pastor John Van Sloten talk about his first book, "The Day Metallica came to Church" on Calgary's rock station CJ92 FM.

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    CBC Radio - The Day Metallica Came to Church
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Aug 10, 2010

    Pastor John is interviewed on CBC Radio One (99.1FM Calgary) about the release of his first book, "The Day Metallica Came to Church".

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    Finding God in Meaninglessness
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 08, 2010

    In this message well be looking at select themes from the ancient Hebrew wisdom book, Ecclesiastes. Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! ...



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    Jesus Teaching on Prayer
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    Heather Cowie
    July 25, 2010

    Luke 11:2-4 He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive...




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    The World Cup 2010: Heaven on Earth?
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    John Van Sloten
    July 11, 2010

    In two hours over 1 Billion people will sit down to watch the biggest single sporting event on the face of the earth. Why? What might God be saying through this beautiful...



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    Peter Gabriel's parable
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    John Van Sloten
    June 27, 2010

    in your eyes I am complete Peter Gabriel's parable This morning we will be looking at Peter Gabriels 1986 hit, In your Eyes, from the album "So" (Geffen Records) love I...



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    Rich Fool
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    John Van Sloten
    June 20, 2010

    The Parable of the Rich Fool, Luke 12:13-21 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." Jesus replied, "Man, who...



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    I gotta find peace of mind...
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    John Van Sloten
    June 13, 2010

    The parable of Lauryn Hills song, I Gotta Find Peace of Mind. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil. Job 3:26, NIV Yes, weep and grieve until the...



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    Pride
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    John Van Sloten
    June 06, 2010

    How much of an issue is pride in my life? WARNING - watch out for the hook!) He [Jesus] told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their...



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    Where the Wild Things Are
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    John Van Sloten
    May 30, 2010

    Our world is filled with people, looking for a king that can make everything right, who takes away our loneliness and keeps out all the sadness... "I'm telling you, once and...



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    The parable of U.F.C. (Ultimate Fighting Championship)
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    John Van Sloten
    May 16, 2010

    What is it that draws us to the cultural phenomenon of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Why are so many people into this? GOD! My God, help me! Slap their faces, ...



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    Mothering: The Nurturing Nature of God
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    Heather Cowie
    May 09, 2010

    What is the nurturing nature of God? How can we see it in how Mother's care for their children? "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child...



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    The Apocalypse
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    John Van Sloten
    May 02, 2010

    We continue our series on the parables with a look at the cultural phenomenon of apocalyptic fervor. What is it about the end that so captures our imaginations? Matthew 24-...



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    The parable of the persistent widow
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    John Van Sloten
    Apr 25, 2010

    How fervently do you pray? Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, "There was once a judge in some city...



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    The Parable of Manna from Hell
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    John Van Sloten
    Apr 18, 2010

    What is Gods take on money, materialism and the good life? Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it...



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    The Power of Positive Psychology? - Real Life
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 28, 2010

    We conclude our series on positive psychology by taking one more look at the psychological concept of flow. On the last and greatest day of the Festival, Jesus stood and...



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    The Power of Positive Psychology? - Flow
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 21, 2010

    In this message we connect the biblical concept of joy with the psychological concept of flow. Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no...



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    The Power of Positive Psychology? - Love
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 14, 2010

    The power of positive psychology, whats love got to do with it? Home work for this message is to take a psychological test.

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    The Power of Positive Psychology?
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 07, 2010

    What is God saying through this huge cultural trend? Homework for the next month is to buy the book Authentic Happiness by Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, and read it. What John...



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    God's Gift of Canadian Olympic Hockey
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 28, 2010

    What might God be saying through the Canadian Mens Olympic Hockey Team. Why is hockey so huge to Canadians? What does this say about how God made us? God blessed them and...



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    The Olympic Spirit of Hospitality
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 14, 2010

    What might God be saying to us through the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics? In particular, what does our hosting of the games teach us about who we are and who God is? I was a...



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    The parable of Shane McConkey
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 07, 2010

    James Shane McConkey was a risk taker, an inventor, and an explorer, who led many out of their comfort zones, pushed the limits into new experiences and previously unknown and new...



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    Winter
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 31, 2010

    In this message we ponder the reality of winter. Why God? Why a season like this? Was does winter say about who you are? He lets out all the stops, he holds nothing back. No...



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    UP - Growing Young Agane
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 24, 2010

    We continue our series on growing young by entering into the story of Disney/Pixars award winning film, UP. "I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to...



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    A Lament for Haiti
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 17, 2010

    Even now we come along side the people of Haiti. New Hope Church is working with the Christian Reformed World Relief committee (CRWRC) to help the victims of the earthquake in...



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    God's Kingdom through a Child's Eyes
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 10, 2010

    Part 1 of a two week series on growing young. What exactly did Jesus mean when he said we needed to be like children? "I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you...



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    Handel's Messiah - Where is Christ today?
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 27, 2009

    We finish our Christmas series on Handels Messiah by looking at where Christ is today. AIR (Soprano) I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day...



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    Hallelujah Chorus - Christmas Eve 2009
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 24, 2009

    The Gospel of Luke, chapter 2 - The Birth of Jesus In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first...



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    Handel's Messiah, Why God came to us
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 20, 2009

    We continue our Christmas Advent series on Handels Messiah by looking at what Christ came to do. CHORUS Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. John...



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    Handel's Messiah - God holding us
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 13, 2009

    We continue our Christmas Advent series on Handels Messiah by looking at the theme of God holding us. Homework This weeks Messiah message will focus on the God who holds...



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    Handel's Messiah, Promise
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 29, 2009

    Part 1 of our Christmas Advent series on Handels Messiah by looking at Gods promise. OVERTURE RECITATIVE. (Accompanied - Tenor) Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith...



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    Giving everything to God
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 22, 2009

    Pastor John talks about Gods calling for New Hope Church. The Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. A...



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    Regina Spektor - laughing with God
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 15, 2009

    What is Gods message through Regina Spektors hit song, Laughing with. We must never try to get Christ to serve us instead of us serving him These are all warning...



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    Crash, the movie - darkness and redemption
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 08, 2009

    Today, we Crash All around me are familiar faces Worn out places, worn out faces Bright and early for their daily races Going nowhere,...



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    What if God was one of us?
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 01, 2009

    In this message we examine the intrinsic value of a human life through the divine image bearing eyes of Vincent Van Gogh. I prefer painting peoples eyes to cathedrals, for...



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    world 2.0 - everything new
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 25, 2009

    Pastor John based his talk on the work of Eirc Sanderson's, Mannahatta project. The Mannahatta project recreates New Yorks...



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    stand by me - loving your neighbour
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 18, 2009

    What does it really mean to love our neighbours as we do ourselves? 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all...



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    knowing God through gratitude
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 11, 2009

    Seeing God through gratitude. Does being thankful for something help us better know and experience God? How? To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything he...



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    Parable of the unheard God
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 04, 2009

    A parable about listening to God. Have you ever thought about how much you miss? The parable unfolds here;

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    Jesus and the joy of drinking - part 2
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 20, 2009

    Gods gift of alcohol, what is the giftedness of its effects. The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax...



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    Jesus and the joy of drinking - part 1
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 13, 2009

    Gods gift of alcohol. What does the bible teach us about the wise way to imbibe? What does it mean to drink in a Christ-like way? The Son of Man came eating and drinking,...



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    God revealed in a Redwood
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 30, 2009

    God spoke: "Earth, green up! Grow all varieties of seed-bearing plants, Every sort of fruit-bearing tree." And there it was. Earth produced green seed-bearing plants, all...



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    Alicia Keys; No One (and the inseparable love of God!)
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 23, 2009

    In this message we talk about the love of God as we find it described in Alicia Keys hot song "No One". I know some people search the world To find something like what we...



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    Finding God through the Fear of Public Speaking
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 16, 2009

    The fear of public speaking. Where does it come from? Can its presence teach us anything about who God is, and how he made us? According to most studies, people's number...



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    Gran Torino
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    John Van Sloten
    June 28, 2009

    The parallels of Gods saving message as we find it in Clints film Gran Torino, and in Pauls letter to the Romans. Kor Khue says that you think you've been disrespected....



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    The God of travel - Coming Home
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    John Van Sloten
    June 21, 2009

    Coming home, all the different feelings it invokes, regret, longing, dread, excitement. (image by Sandra Russell) The sole cause of mans unhappiness is that he does not know...



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    The God of travel - Exploration
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    John Van Sloten
    June 14, 2009

    We continue our series on, The God of Travel, by looking at the themes of curiosity and exploring. (mountain image by Ben Bowler) There are certain places that grab you....



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    The God of travel - Air France 447
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    John Van Sloten
    June 07, 2009

    We explore how travel exposes our human frailties; how small we are, how short our time is, and how little we know. When I consider the small space I occupy, which I see...



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    The God of travel - Italy
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    John Van Sloten
    May 31, 2009

    What can God teach us about himself through our journeying passions? And how blessed all those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel; They wind through...



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    Caring for Malawi
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    Ubuntu
    May 24, 2009

    Four members of the Ubuntu group share about their trip to Malawi and the challenges that the local people face and our opportunities to partner with them. By this time it was...



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    God below the Surface
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    John Van Sloten
    May 03, 2009

    Were going to explore what river and sea creatures have to teach us about knowing, loving and worshipping God. God spoke: "Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life! Birds,...



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    God, Suffering and the mysterious birthplace of the Chiru
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    John Van Sloten
    Apr 26, 2009

    When the renowned Old Testament sufferer Job questioned God regarding the reason for his suffering, God replied with these words... "Do you know when the mountain goats give...



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    Seven Deadly Relational Sins - Sloth
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    John Van Sloten
    Apr 19, 2009

    The very ubiquity of indifference should give us pause... Kathleen Norris, Acedia and Me, Page23 Definition: Sloth is a sad, restless and ungrateful boredom in the face...



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    Seven Deadly Relational Sins - Greed
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    John Van Sloten
    Apr 05, 2009

    Greed is the excessive and insatiable appetite for wealth and possessions. It loves not possessions so much as possessing. Henry Fairlee What its not mere...



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    Seven Deadly Relational Sins - Lust
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 29, 2009

    In this message well be taking a look at the deadly sin of lust. How big of a problem is it in your life? Where do you struggle most (toward whom)? What would it look like...



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    Seven Deadly Relational Sins - Anger
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 22, 2009

    We continue our series on the Seven Deadly Relational Sins with a look at the ever volatile sin of Anger. (But is anger really a sin?) You homework is to unpack your last...



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    Seven Deadly Relational Sins - Gluttony
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 08, 2009

    GOD makes his people strong. GOD gives his people peace. Psalm 29:11, MSG Definition: Gluttony is the willful and insatiable desire to over consume, excessively...



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    Seven Deadly Relational Sins - Envy
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 01, 2009

    Envy is the sin du jour.(and its worse than you might think, much more than just a jealousy thing!) Definition: Envy is the sadness or displeasure at the good of another,...



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    Seven Deadly Relational Sins - Pride
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 15, 2009

    The Seven Deadly Relational Sins; pride, envy, gluttony, anger, lust greed and sloth. In this message we focus on the deadly and divisive sin of pride. Definition: Pride is...



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    Photography; Following the Light - part3
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 08, 2009

    We finish our series on photography by focusing on the theme of Light. Our texts this morning will be photographer Galen Rowell and select bible passages. His photographic...



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    Photography; Gods take on you - part 2
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 01, 2009

    Portraits both formal and informal of you and me. How do you see yourself? Others? And what kind of image fills Gods mind when he thinks of you? You are the God who...



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    Photography; A New Lens on God - part1
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 25, 2009

    What does a photographers eye teach us about seeing God more? Can a greater understanding of the nature of the cameras lens help un-shutter and focus our vision? Seeing, in...



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    The Dark Knight, common grace
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 11, 2009

    In this message were going to talk about Gods truth as we find it in the Batman film, The Dark Knight. What does this top grossing North American phenomenon have to teach us...



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    Why New Hope Church?
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 04, 2009

    In this message were going to talk about why youre here. What is it that connects you to New Hope Church? Why have you chosen to be a part of this faith community? I...



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    Power of words
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 16, 2008

    In this message were going to talk about the power of words. Passions I allow, and loves I approve, only I would wish that men would alter their object and better their...



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    Coldplay, Viva La Vida & Christ's Spirit of Revolution
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 09, 2008

    In this message we continue our music series by looking and listening through Coldplay's Viva La Vida. A REVOLUTION (from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around") is a fundamental...



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    Coldplay - knowing God
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 02, 2008

    In this message continue our music series by looking at the band Coldplay (the band in general this week and the song Viva la Vida next Sunday). The bad songs come from me and...



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    The Countercultural Spirit of Bob Dylan
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 26, 2008

    In this message well look at the counter-cultural Spirit in behind Bob Dylan. The answer, my friend, is blowin in the wind, The answer is blowin in the wind. Bob Dylan,...



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    Feist, Community and Creativity
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 19, 2008

    On stage in this message is Canadas very own, Leslie Feist. Whats God saying through her life and music? Its an incredible collection of songwriters, and they all push...



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    Scars, waking up to the story of your life
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 12, 2008

    In this message we continue our look at the topic of community, by looking through the lenses of our scars. How does remembering wake you up to life? I'll never forget the...



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    when I die...
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 05, 2008

    In this message we continue our look at the topic of community, by contemplating the reality of our deaths. "Alexander the great is said to have directed that he be buried with...



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    Open Our Eyes
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    Brandon Harris
    Sept 28, 2008

    Brandon Harris challenges us to be more alive then we have ever been. A Prayer by Sir Francis Drake "Disturb us Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves. When our...



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    a picture of community
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 21, 2008

    We continue a series of messages on the theme of community. Whats a faith community supposed to look like? Who is God calling us to be here at New Hope? And whats your place...



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    Possibility of Community
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 14, 2008

    We begin a series of messages on the theme of community. Whats a faith community supposed to look like? Who is God calling us to be here at New Hope? And whats your place in...



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    Billie Holiday - On the Love of God
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 07, 2008

    In this message were going to let 1930s Jazz singer, Billie Holiday teach us about the nature and character of the love of God. Jim doesn't ever bring me pretty...



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    The Spirit and the Beijing Olympics
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 24, 2008

    What might God be saying through the Beijing Olympics? What does this event say about who we are as human beings? And what do the games reveal about the one who made us? ...



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    Horton Hears a Who - Believing in the Unbelievable
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 10, 2008

    Have a listen to the Dr. Seuss little parable, Horton Hears a Who. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never...



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    Gods Hope for Ugly Ducklings
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 03, 2008

    In children's stories we can see more of God's message, in the Ugly Duckling we can see his how deep his love goes and how there are no ordinary people. A man with leprosy...



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    Parkinsons, Locked in Syndrome, and Sin
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    John Van Sloten
    July 27, 2008

    What is the spiritual commonality between Parkinsons, Locked in Syndrome, and Sin? We long for light but sink into darkness, long for brightness but stumble through the...



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    Thirst
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    John Van Sloten
    July 20, 2008

    This message is about the story of The Woman at the Well (The Gospel of John 4) . Its a parable a story about thirst. Jesus left the Judean countryside and went back...



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    Parable of the Adopted Son
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    Robin Bailey
    June 29, 2008

    In this message, Pastor Robin Bailey looks at "The Parable of the Adopted Son" from the perspective of the adopted son and the adoptive parents and what parallels we can see in...



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    Lall Murder Tragedy - Good, Evil, and where was God?
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    John Van Sloten
    June 01, 2008

    How do you make sense of needless deaths? Why does God allow evil to continue in our world? This message looks at the reality of living life with weeds, through Christ's parable...



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    Intimacy; More than Just Sex!
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    John Van Sloten
    May 04, 2008

    With this message we begin a three week series on relationships. First up were going to talk about intimacy, part 2 listening, and last, but never least, forgiving. Do not...



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    NCAA Final Four; Gods full court press
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    John Van Sloten
    Apr 06, 2008

    NCAA basketball, March Madness is an absolutely huge college sporting phenomenon. Why? And what in the world does this sporting event have to do with our...



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    Gods take on the Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 30, 2008

    What is the biblical take on charging interest (among other things!)? Given today's financial credit crisis - consumer debt, banker debt, national debt, this is a very relevant...



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    Amazing Grace, the story of Easter - part2
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 23, 2008

    Happy Easter! In this message we explore the forgiveness, hope, and redemptive calling that come to our lives via the resurrection of Christ. The Resurrection On the first...



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    Amazing Grace, the story of Easter - part 1
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 21, 2008

    Today is Good Friday. This morning were going to talk about the role we all play in the crucifixion of Christ. By the late 18th century, over 11 million African men, women...




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    Voids - Adagio for Strings, by Samuel Barber, 1936
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 09, 2008

    Voids, the gaps in our lives. Those mysterious voids that separate us from where we want to go, how we want to live, and who we want to be. I had grasped Gods garment in the...



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    The Gospel according to Barack Obama
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 24, 2008

    In this message were going to talk about American politician Barack Obama. Why? Because God cares about nations, about the public good and about people living in healthy,...



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    Feasting and Fasting
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    Heather Cowie
    Feb 17, 2008

    Times of plenty and times of tightening our belts, how we respond is what makes the difference. We celebrate in feasting as a way of remembering the beauty of creation, the...




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    Finding God in Food
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 10, 2008

    In this message we continue our series on food. What does the divine gift of food teach us about who God is? The baguette of the Boulanger de Monge is a pure marvel. The...




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    Ratatouille: an un-kosher God
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 03, 2008

    We begin a month long series on food; Gods gift to us in the providing, preparing and consuming. This morning we get things started with a little Ratatouille We have come...



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    Godopolis; the spiritual truth of the city
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 27, 2008

    Part 2 on city. Why an urban world God? What do cities teach us about you? This is a day for all Calgarians to be proud that we live in a city rich in generousity, in...



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    Godopolis - City of Blinding Lights
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 20, 2008

    In this message were going to talk about the city. Why an urban world God? Macionis and Parrillo suggest that the city is a dynamic entity unto itself, the most powerful...



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    CBC Radio 1010 Calgary - Complaining!
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 18, 2008

    John joins host Donna McElligott on CBC Radio Calgary's Wild Rose Country forum for some open discussion on complaining.


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    Ben Harper - Life and Music
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    Robin Bailey
    Nov 25, 2007

    Ben Harper is one of the most gifted guitarists alive today, having spent time with the Blind Boys of Alabama he couldn't help but develop a spirituality that calls listeners to...



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    Sole Spirituality - Women's Shoes
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 18, 2007

    In this message were going to explore the theology of fashion; what is it that drives us to dress the way we do? Is it all about self expression or is it a search for...



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    Single, Part 2 of Married or Single, Does it Matter?
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 11, 2007

    Week two in our series on Relationality. What does it really mean to love another person? How does our relational status impact how we love? I think one of the most...



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    Married Forever? - Married or Single, Does it Matter?
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 04, 2007

    Welcome to week one of a two week series on our Relationality. Is marital status an issue for God? What are our relationships really meant for? How blessed is God! And...



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    Icons - Doors to the Divine
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 30, 2007

    In this message were going to talk about icons; those God created things that act as windows or doors into the presence of the Divine heart. Who fathers the drops of dew? ...



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    Amy Winehouse - Finding Real Freedom
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 16, 2007

    In this message Amy Winehouse is in the docket. Whats with this gifted musicians life? What is it about her search for freedom that rings so true... and that seems so...



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    The Parable of the Murder of Tara Landgraf
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 19, 2007

    In this message were going to talk about what it means to live in community here in Calgary. How far does God really want that, Love thy neighbour thing to...



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    Homelessness
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    Robin Bailey
    Aug 05, 2007

    Calgary is one of the richest cities in the world, our jobless rate is so low you could get a job in seconds. Try to find a decent place to live however... Jesus looked at him...



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    Ray Charles - Scripture and Music
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    John Van Sloten
    June 24, 2007

    Welcome to the Ray Charles Gospel Hour! This morning were going to do church a little bit different; interweaving two, seemingly unrelated, stories into one. What do the Bible...



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    World of Warcraft - Interviewing guild-master Dan Dykstra
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    John Van Sloten
    June 17, 2007

    In this message we're going to continue our look into the virtual reality World of Warcraft. Last week we talked about the creationally good elements of the phenomenon. This...



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    God, games and gamers - World of Warcraft
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    June 10, 2007

    In this message we're going to talk about God and his Kingdom via the massive, multiplayer, online role playing virtual reality of World of Warcraft. One of the players was...



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    The Police - The message in their music
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    May 20, 2007

    In this message were going to talk about Gods message using The Police as our discernment lens. Music has always been a refuge from sadness... Sting, Page 79, Sting:...



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    Neil Young - God's Prophet?
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 01, 2007

    In this message were going to talk about Gods love, beauty and truth as its found in the life and music of Neil Young The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish...



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    Eric Clapton, god or God's
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 25, 2007

    In this message were going to talk about Gods love, beauty and truth as its found in the life and music of Eric Clapton. I was worried. I just didnt know where I was...



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    Africa, What are the problems, what can we do?
    Worship Service - listen
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 18, 2007

    In this message were going to talk about Africa; its needs, and our challenge. God's Spirit is on me; he's chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me...




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    The Da Vinci Code - The Divinity of Christ
    Worship Service - listen
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 21, 2007

    Today we finish our series on the Da Vinci Code by looking at the divinity of Christ. The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory The Gospel of...



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    The Da Vinci Code - More on Mary Magdalene
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 14, 2007

    Today we continue our series on the Da Vinci Code. This mornings message will focus on Mary Magdalene. After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to...



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    The Da Vinci Code - How the Bible came to be
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 07, 2007

    Today we begin a series of messages looking at The Da Vinci Code. This mornings message will focus on how the Bible came to be. Jesus Christ was a historical figure of...



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    J.S. Bach - Cantata 140, Sleepers Awake!
    Worship Service - listen
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 17, 2006

    Today we continue our journey into Bach with a look at his Cantata 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. Wake up, calls the voice At that time the kingdom of heaven will...



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    J. S. Bach - Communion and Credo from Mass in B Minor
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 10, 2006

    Today we continue our series on the life and works of J. S. Bach. This morning well let Bach teach us about the Nicene Creed (325 AD.); a core faith statement regarding the...



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    J. S. Bach - How faith shaped his life and music
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 03, 2006

    Today we begin a series on the life and works of J. S. Bach. What does this greatest of classical composers teach us about the nature and being of God? "The aim and final end...



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    Lost, what can we learn about ourselves and God?
    Worship Service - listen
    Robin Bailey
    Nov 26, 2006

    Pastor Robin takes us on an inside look at the TV series "Lost", what can we learn about ourselves and God by watching this show? Now we look inside, and what we see is that...



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    CBC Radio 1010 Calgary, Wild Rose Forum on Disabilities
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Nov 08, 2006

    Pastor John joins the discussion on CBC Radio about disabilities and God. This 28 minute version includes the introduction and some of the call in discussion.



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    What Freddie Mercury can teach us about God's love
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Oct 29, 2006

    Today were going to talk about Gods crazy little thing called love (and were going to use Freddie Mercury and the music of Queen as our lens!) Excess is part of my nature....



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    CJ92 FM Calgary - Queen Service Preview
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Oct 27, 2006

    Gerry Forbes of CJ92's morning show, and pastor John Van Sloten talk about the upcoming service on " What Freddy Mercury can teach us about God's love" on Calgary's rock station...



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    CBC Radio 1010 Calgary - Coffee House Spirituality
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Oct 04, 2006

    The other day John was interviewed on CBC radio regarding the spirituality of specialty coffee houses. An interesting dialogue ensued. The first of half of the discussion stayed...



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    Starbucks Spirituality: Finding God in our Coffee Culture
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Oct 01, 2006

    Today were going to talk about Starbucks (and the whole coffee house movement). Whats going on in a phenomenon like this? What in the world is God saying through it...



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    Seeing God in a Children's Hospital
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 24, 2006

    This weekend were going to try and see the face of God in a Childrens Hospital. Homework for this service Ask yourself a few questions, and read the following...



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    Hearing God in Folk Music - Sunday morning with Cara Luft
    Worship Service - listen, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 17, 2006

    Finding God in Folk Music; Juno Award winning Cara Luft goes to church! What happens when you mix a folk concert with a Sunday morning church service? Listen in and find...



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    Walk the Line - The Gospel and Johnny Cash
    Worship Service - listen
    John Van Sloten
    Sept 10, 2006

    In this message were going to talk about the life story of Johnny Cash. Using the film, Walk the Line as one of our texts, were hoping to draw some interesting parallels...



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    West Coast Trail, Seeing God
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    John Van Sloten
    July 30, 2006

    In this messsage we're going to talk about Gods presence in journey. Using the West Coast Trail as our text, along with a few biblical psalms, were hoping to meet anew the God...




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    God and the World Cup
    Worship Service - listen
    John Van Sloten
    July 09, 2006

    In two hours over 1 billion people will sit down to watch the biggest single sporting event on the face of the earth. Why? What might God be saying through this beautiful...




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    CBC Radio 1010 Calgary - Three Pastors and the World Cup
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    July 06, 2006

    An interview by Calgary Radio CBC 1010 with John Van Sloten, Robin Bailey and Phil Reinders on faith, religion, church and the "World Cup" of soccer.




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    CBC Radio 1010 Calgary - Da Vinci Code interview
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    May 26, 2006

    I just had a very cool interview on CBC radio re: the Da Vinci Code; a half hour long call in show. Great fun. I loved the spontaneity and it was a great chance to get the...




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    The Da Vinci Code - what's the big deal?
    Video Interview
    John Van Sloten
    May 21, 2006

    Were going to look at The Da Vinci Code and try to understand why this book has caught on with so many. Quoting Pastor John, "This week I read the Da Vinci Code for the first...




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    Cinderella Man Part2 - Easter
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 16, 2006

    Resurrection Questions to get you started 1.Recall the greatest moment of glory youve ever experienced; put yourself back there. What precipitated the...




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    Cinderella Man Part1 - Good Friday
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 14, 2006

    This message is of death, of ending up in places we cannot imagine, of having our entire lives ripped away from us. Questions for Good Friday 1.Have you ever lost it all; had...




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    Theology of Oil: Oil & Accountability
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 26, 2006

    Today we complete our series entitled, The Theology of Oil, by looking at the important question of resource stewardship God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image,...



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    Theology of Oil: Oil & You
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 19, 2006

    Today, we continue our series entitled, The Theology of Oil. This morning were going to talk about how both the industry and its players reflect the heart of God. God...




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    Theology of Oil: Oil and God
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 12, 2006

    We begin a new series looking at the theology of oil. Why did God make it? What do the resource and its industry have to teach us about who God is; about who we are? In the...



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    Texas Hold'em Poker
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 29, 2006

    Todays message will be dealing with the topic of Texas Holdem (the #1 card game in a poker craze that is currently sweeping the world)

    Poker has been a companion, a...



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    Lucy - The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 18, 2005

    Can you imagine being there? You're a young child living in a time of war (life is out of control... a bit fearful... lots of unknowns!) It's grey raining day, very dull,...



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    Edmund - The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 11, 2005

    We continue our series on "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" (Narnia) by looking at the life and times of Edmund It is a lovely place my house, said the Queen. I am sure...



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    C.S. Lewis, a parable, a story
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    John Van Sloten
    Dec 04, 2005

    We begin our series on "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" by looking at the parable of the life of it's author C.S. Lewis The Lion all began with a Faun carrying an...



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    CJ92 FM Calgary, Crash the movie interview
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Oct 14, 2005

    Gerry Forbes of CJ92's morning show, and pastor John Van Sloten talk church on Calgary's rock station CJAY 92 FM.



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    Seeing God while Cycling Canada
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 11, 2005

    John's home coming message after traveling from Vancouver to Halifax by bike.



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    Journey - Terry Fox Story
    Worship Service - listen, read
    Robin Bailey
    Aug 14, 2005

    Believe it or not 25 years ago Terry Fox was running another 26-28 mile day somewhere between Sault Ste. Marie, ON and Wawa, ON. I was in grade 6 at Meadowvale Public School 25...



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    CJ92 FM Calgary, Sea to Sea Interview, Ontario
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Aug 10, 2005

    Gerry Forbes of CJ92's morning show, and pastor John Van Sloten talk church on Calgary's rock station CJ92.



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    Coldplay - Fix You
    Worship Service - listen
    Robin Bailey
    July 17, 2005

    Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Looking back on life, can you see where God's Spirit has led you or directed you on your journey? Tell...



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    Sea to Sea Celebration
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    John Van Sloten
    July 10, 2005

    To celebrate to 100th anniversary of the Christian Reformed church in Canada, 150 riders are cycling from Vancouver to Halifax. On July 10 they were in Calgary for a celebration...



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    CJ92 FM Calgary - Sea to Sea Interview from BC
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    July 07, 2005

    Gerry Forbes of CJ92's morning show, and pastor John Van Sloten talk church on Calgary's rock station CJ92.



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    Live Like You were Dying - Tim McGraw
    Worship Service - listen, read
    Ron VandenBrink
    July 03, 2005

    Country music star Samuel Timothy McGraw was born on May 1, 1967. Though he didn't know it until years later, his father was baseball player Tug McGraw, a star relief pitcher for...



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    Seeing God in Culture
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    June 19, 2005

    During this series, Calgary artist Marcia Harris will be painting the message of a self-revealing, creative God. The completed work (2.0m by 3.2m) will be auctioned off at the...



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    Seeing God in Nature
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    June 12, 2005

    During this series, Calgary artist Marcia Harris will be painting the message of a self-revealing, creative God. The completed work (2.0m by 3.2m) will be auctioned off at the...



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    Seeing God in Humanity
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    June 05, 2005

    During this series, Calgary artist Marcia Harris will be painting the message of a self-revealing, creative God. The completed work (2.0m by 3.2m) will be auctioned off at the...



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    Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    May 22, 2005

    We all walk that boulevard of broken dreams at some time in our life. To get you started; Have you ever walked that road? Felt alienated All alone? Where do you find hope...



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    CJ92 FM Calgary - Green Day Interview
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    May 20, 2005

    Gerry Forbes of CJ92's morning show, and pastor John Van Sloten talk church on Calgary's rock station CJ92.



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    Mother's Day with the Incredibles
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    May 08, 2005

    We're looking at The Incredibles, Super Hero moms, and God's calling to live real and powerful lives. To get you started; 1. Are you living the life you've always wanted to...



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    CBC Radio 1010 Calgary, Wild Rose forum - The Simpsons
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 25, 2005

    The Simpsons are a cultural icon, not one normally linked to church except in a negative way.



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    Jesus and Gay Marriage
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 20, 2005

    Today we're going to talk about homosexuality, marriage and the church.



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    U2 - Vertigo and God
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 06, 2005

    There is something about U2's music that compels me to preach it. It's just so tempting, I can't help myself...

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    CJ92 FM Calgary - U2 Vertigo Interview
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 04, 2005

    Gerry Forbes of CJ92's morning show, and pastor John Van Sloten talk church on Calgary's rock station CJ92.



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    Tsunami: an Act of God?
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 09, 2005

    Over the past week, many have questioned God's role in relation to the catastrophic Asian tsunami. Some have distanced themselves thinking, If God really does exist, how could...



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    Faith & Fashion - Paul Hardy Interview
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 14, 2004

    Pastor John and Paul Hardy discuss the world of fashion and the influence it has on our lives.

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    Switchfoot - Meant to Live
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Nov 07, 2004

    We were meant to live for so much more!... More than this confused fumbling around existence that life sometimes is more than the boredom and mediocrity we're so often forced...



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    CJ92 FM Calgary - Metallica and Switchfoot Interview
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Nov 05, 2004

    Gerry Forbes of CJ92's morning show, and pastor John Van Sloten talk church on Calgary's rock station CJ92.



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    Perseverance, Lance Armstrong
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    John Van Sloten
    Oct 03, 2004

    The art of sticking to the path you have chosen even when the hills get high and the road rough.

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    Lance Armstrong - Pain & Performance
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    John Van Sloten
    Sept 26, 2004

    Pastor John talks about the life, struggles and rides of Lance Armstrong.
    A look at how pain and suffering can lead to profound life change and revelation.

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    Tattoo
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    John Van Sloten
    Aug 29, 2004

    Tattoo, a glimpse into the psychology of Tattooing,why people tattoo themselves.



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    Finding God in Finding Nemo
    Worship Service - listen
    John Van Sloten
    June 06, 2004

    In the beginning the ocean was created a beautiful place then the terrible reality of evil entered in. A story of fathers and children, fear and rebellion, faith and...



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    Anger & Metallica
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    May 09, 2004

    We have finally found the "Warner Music" version of this service, now up on Vimeo or watch below. Read story

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    Evanescence - My Immortal
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 15, 2004

    Pastor John explores the music of Evanescence and their message to the world, through the song "My Immortal".

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    CJ92 FM Calgary, Evanescence Interview
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 13, 2004

    Gerry Forbes of CJ92's morning show, and pastor John Van Sloten talk church on Calgary's rock station CJ92.



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    Johnny Cash - Hurt
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    John Van Sloten
    Feb 01, 2004

    The life and music of Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash's final song "Hurt" captures his life, joy and pain.

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    CBC Radio 1010 Calgary, Wild Rose forum - Johnny Cash
    Audio Interview
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 30, 2004

    The death of the "man in black" ended an era of musicians that were pioneers in the modern music movement.



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    Frank's Story
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    John Van Sloten
    Jan 04, 2004

    Frank's story, "I can't believe I lived my whole live without God, I'm 87...



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    Lord of the Rings - Gollum
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 07, 2003

    Gollum, he was originally a hobbit like the other hobbits... how did he come into possession of the ring for hundred's of years... how did it corrupt his soul... and how it...



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    Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 30, 2003

    The "Two Towers" are all about the struggle between Good and Evil as it revolves around one's response to the allure, and temptation presented by the ring. Golum and Frodo offer...



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    The Theology of Sport - Winning
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 09, 2003

    Can you imagine if a professional sport player refused to score in order not to win, to let the other team get the glory. Pastor John looks at what it means to win, God's way.



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    The Theology of Sport - Athletes - Chris Reitsma Interview
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    John Van Sloten
    Nov 02, 2003

    Pastor John interviews baseball pitcher Chris Reitsma about the perils of a professional athlete.



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    Why We Pray
    Worship Service - listen
    Ron VandenBrink
    Oct 12, 2003

    Pastor Ron's message is preceded by a drama, written by Tom Currie.




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    Great Composers - Stravinsky
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Apr 13, 2003

    There was practically no genre of music beyond the command of Igor Stravinsky, widely considered the most important composer of the twentieth century. He wrote ballet and chamber...



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    Great Composers - Chopin
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    Robin Bailey
    Apr 06, 2003

    Chopin was just 7 years old when he wrote his first great dances, but he spent his entire life trying to figure out who he was.



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    Great Composers - Felix Mendelssohn
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    John Van Sloten
    Mar 30, 2003

    Today we're going to talk a bit about how his faith in God inspired his both his life and compositions. Mendelssohn was born into a Jewish family in 1809 in Hamburg, Germany.



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    Why We Can Forgive
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 09, 2003

    This week I had a chance to speak with my Aunt and Uncle in Edmonton about how they were doing re: the loss of their future son in law, Ainsworth Dyer. Ains was engaged to my...




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    Lord of the Rings - Frodo, an unlikely hero
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 01, 2002

    Ah Hobbits... Loveable in a way but certainly not all that impressive. Not the kind of creature that you think could make much of a difference in the big scheme of things....



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    Lord of the Rings - The Big Story
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Nov 24, 2002

    And so begins the amazing story of the Lord of the Rings! It was a time when darkness and evil were on the rise. The world was changing... everyone could feel it... but no one...



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    A Beautiful Mind
    Worship Service - listen
    John Van Sloten
    Nov 10, 2002

    Film Review - A Beautiful Mind What is reality? How is faith in God, the unseen like the illusions in this movie. SYNOPSIS: From the heights of notoriety to the depths of...



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    Chocolat - how alive is your faith?
    Worship Service - listen
    John Van Sloten
    Feb 17, 2002

    Once upon a time there was a quiet little village in the French countryside who's people believed in tranquilite tranquility. If you lived in this village you understood what...



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    Reel Spirituality - The Sixth Sense
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 25, 2001

    We did this message as a round table discusion.
    Clips from the movie, "The Sixth Sense" Clip#1 - Opening Credits and eerie sounds from the film, end - freeze on light...




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    Reel Spirituality - Beauty and the Beast
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 18, 2001

    Good morning and welcome to New Hope Church. Today's service is for kids, and it's all about the movie, Beauty and the Beast. It's a neat movie that teaches us the truth about...




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    Reel Spirituality - The Matrix
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 11, 2001

    The Matrix is a movie that causes a shift in our thinking, what is reality? Is it all that we can see, or is there more? These are the clips we used from the "Matrix" Scene #1 -...




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    Reel Spirituality - Life is Beautiful
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Mar 04, 2001

    This morning's film, Life is Beautiful, is a film about love. In particular, it's about one man's love for his wife and for his son. It's a love that starts out in a rather...




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    Simpsons Series 2001 - Stealing
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 28, 2001

    Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment
    As you've already figured out, the theme of this week's Simpson's episode is stealing. In 2001 New Hope was a young church with a...




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    Simpsons Series 2001 - Saying Sorry
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 14, 2001

    This week I watched an old Thanksgiving episode of the Simpsons entitled "Bart Vs Thanksgiving". This particular show dealt with the theme of "apologizing". Something that has to...




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    Simpsons Series 2001 - Bart's Take on Prayer
    Worship Service - listen, read
    John Van Sloten
    Jan 07, 2001

    Today's message will be based on an episode entitled "Bart Gets and F". This story deals with two related themes; prayer and the nature of God.




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    X Files 1997 - Summer flashback!
    Worship Service - listen, read, watch
    John Van Sloten
    Aug 03, 1997

    There is something out there... Pastor John looks at the unexplained, the unseen. How the X-Files relates to UFO's, something out there, relates to the Christian's faith in the...



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    Grand opening - Getting Good with God
    Worship Service - listen
    John Van Sloten
    Dec 01, 1996

    I can't get no satisfaction, the Rolling Stones were the featured song and theme as New Hope opened it's doors in 1996.




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