Do Not Worry: Belief Called to Account
March 18, 2018 sermon • March 18, 2018 • Nathan Carroll
In keeping with his incisive unpacking of the human heart in light of the news of God's now-available kingdom, Jesus continues on to address one of the most universal of human experiences - worry (aka fear aka anxiety). This teaching confronts our professed 'beliefs' in some pretty serious ways. Do we actually believe God is sovereign? Do we actually believe that he loves us? Do we actually trust that he can/will care for us?
Seed Thought #15
December 3, 2017 • December 3, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
In Mark 4, Jesus uses the language of seed and soil to help illustrate how people respond to the Word of God. The Seed represents the WORD of God, and the Soil represents the condition of the hearts of people in response to the availability of the Kingdom of God. As powerful as seed is, it is always at the mercy of the SOIL it finds itself in. Jesus describes the path on which some seed is planted as being good soil. In Mark 4:20, Jesus explains what he means: Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” The key word here is ‘accept’ and it means “to embrace with assent and obedience.” The hearer embraces Jesus as the WORD of God, and the Bible as the written Word of God, as being true and instructive and binding, and they set out to obey Jesus as the WORD – through listening to His voice by His Spirit and through the Bible. To not just be hearers of the Word, but doers also. This is the heart of true apprentices of Jesus, of those who are taking deliberate steps to reorder their priorities around Jesus as first in everything. Watch now as Pastor Jeremy unpacks this a bit further in Seed Thought #15
For the Love of...
March 11, 2018 sermon • March 11, 2018 • Mike Sotski
It is often the thing that causes the greatest disagreement in a marriage. When you don’t have it you are trying to figure out how to get it. When you do have it you are always trying to figure out how to get just a little bit more. Some even go so far as saying it is the root of all evil. So why does money carry such a bad reputation? Isn’t having money a good thing? Join us Sunday as Pastor Mike unpacks what Jesus has to say about our hearts and how those things we treasure impact it.
Seed Thought #14
November 19, 2017 • November 19, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
In Mark 4:18 Jesus explains what he means: Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Here the soil is soft enough that the seed can penetrate and the roots can grow deep because there are no rocks. The plant begins to spring forth, but then suddenly stops short at most critical moment – when the fruit is just about to appear. And you realize that you have an otherwise, perfectly healthy plant, except that there is no fruit. It looks fine on the outside, but there’s no life in it. The common characteristic of crowded soil is competition. Jesus highlights 3 things that compete for pre-eminence, for first place in our lives. Watch Pastor Jeremy unpack these 3 things in Seed Thought #14
Learning Impulse Control
March 4, 2018 sermon • March 4, 2018 • Jeremy Peters
Most people have strong, internal urges and impulses that, at times, get the better of them. Despite our intent to follow Jesus, we sometimes find ourselves seemingly unable to exhibit the self-control we feel we should. A common misconception is that all we need is “stronger willpower.” But is that true? Come and listen in as Pastor Jeremy reminds us of an age-old practice specifically designed to help us learn impulse control.
Seed Thought #13
November 12, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
In Mark 4:16, Jesus explains what he means: Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Watch now as Pastor Jeremy unpacks this more in this week's Seed Thought video!
Seed Thought # 12
November 5, 2017 • November 5, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
In Mark 4, Jesus uses the language of seed and soil to help illustrate how people respond to the Word of God. The Seed represents the WORD of God, and the Soil represents the condition of the hearts of people in response to the availability of the Kingdom of God. As powerful as seed is, it is always at the mercy of the SOIL it finds itself in. We have been tasked with the gift and responsibility to sow seed – the Word of God every where we go, and we believe that the physical building is to serve as a kind of Greenhouse. While no building has power in and of itself to bring about the revolutionary power of a seed, a Greenhouse is the kind of environment where the seed sown can most easily be nurtured, and flourish under the grace and power of God. Watch Seed Thought #12 now!
Forgiven People, Forgive People
February 25, 2018 sermon • February 25, 2018 • Lisa Peters
Forgiveness. Both the need to give and receive forgiveness impacts all of us. Come and hear Pastor Lisa share on the importance of us truly being a forgiven people so that we in turn can freely forgive others.
Seed Thought # 11
October 29, 2017 • October 29, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
In Mark 4, Jesus uses the language of seed and soil to help illustrate how people respond to the Word of God. The Seed, Jesus tell us, represents the WORD of God. And John 1, makes it clear that Jesus Himself, is the living WORD of God and 2 Tim 3:16 tells us that All Scripture is God-breathed…that the Bible is his very WORD to us. The Seed Project – the name we’ve given to our Building Redevelopment – is all about our dream to see the very life of Jesus – the literal WORD – planted deep into the lives of every person in St.Albert, and in this region and beyond – that His power and potential might be unleashed and that the Kingdom of God might become increasingly evident Watch Seed Thought # 11 now!
When You Pray...
February 18, 2018 sermon • February 18, 2018 • Mike Sotski
Ask someone about prayer and they may often recite the first couple of lines of what is commonly referred to as The Lord's Prayer. At times prayer can seem just like a shopping list of requests that we recite without any certainty that God actually hears or will even do anything about the requests we do have. So what does The Lord's Prayer teach us about God’s heart for us and his desire that we would learn to share life together with him? Join us this Sunday as we continue our look at the Sermon on the Mount and unpack what Jesus has to say about prayer and its role in our lives.
Exposing Motives & Intentions
February 11, 2018 sermon • February 11, 2018 • Jeremy Peters
In our desire for acceptance and approval from others, we often portray a ‘way of being’ that makes us look better than we are. We want to be thought of in a certain light, with certain altruistic intentions, to be valued for our ‘moral character’ but in order to do so, we sometimes undermine the very thing we hope to be known by! This week Pastor Jeremy will unpack how Jesus brings into the light our true motives and then how to walk with greater humility and integrity.
Love Your Enemies
February 4, 2018 sermon • February 4, 2018 • Bob Cowie
How is it possible to “love everyone” when we live in a time and place with such cultural diversities, where values and beliefs can range from one extreme to the other? Or does God even expect us to? This Sunday Pastor Bob will talk about how to love without partiality.
Seed Thought #8
March 19, 2017 • March 19, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
For most people, when considering a vehicle that will take them where they want to go, a key consideration is this: what vehicle will give me the best possible fuel efficiency? There are several things about our current vehicle for ministry, that is our existing facility, that significantly limit our current level of ministry efficiency. Watch as Pastor Jeremy shares another Seed Thought for The Seed Project! For more info on The Seed Project visit: staalliance.org/theseedproject
Who Has the Good Life?
September 13, 2015 • Jeremy Peters
Who has the Good Life? And Who is a Good Person? These are questions that every person in every age has an opinion on. But who is a reliable teacher for this pursuit? And whose life are we seeking to pattern our life after? Listen in as Pastor Jeremy opens the conversation about these things...
Turn the Other Cheek
January 28, 2018 sermon • January 28, 2018 • Lisa Peters
The way of Jesus is confronting and counter cultural. When the culture of the world declares that an "eye for an eye" is truly the only just way to respond to mistreatment, Jesus challenges this belief by offering another way. Come and hear Pastor Lisa teach on this challenging passage in the Sermon on the Mount.
Seed Thought #9
March 26, 2017 • March 26, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
There are several things about our current vehicle for ministry, that is our existing facility, that significantly limit our current level of ministry efficiency. In this next Seed Thought video- Pastor Jeremy talks about comfort when it comes to facilitating relationship!
How Do We Change?
September 20, 2015 • Jeremy Peters
Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, you are being spiritually formed. Our inner being is being spiritually formed all the time by what we watch, by who we listen to, by what we read. In fact, marketers are masters of spiritual formation. But what if someone wanted to be shaped by a more reliable Source of information on how to experience the Good Life? Is change really possible? How? Listen to the podcast as Pastor Jeremy continues the conversation about the Good Lif
Straight Talk about Truth & Lies
January 21, 2018 sermon • January 21, 2018 • Jeremy Peters
It’s no secret that we live in a world dominated by spin, manipulation, and deception. Trust does not come easily because we all know what it’s like to feel used by others, and to be burned by lies. What does it mean to become the kind of person who simply speaks the truth in love, without intent to coerce or manipulate? This week Pastor Jeremy will be addressing Jesus’ direction and counsel on this pervasive issue.
Seed Thought #7
March 12, 2017 • March 12, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
Now it’s clear that Jesus is calling us well beyond our physical building to the places where we live, learn, work and play. Indeed, a vehicle itself does not produce ‘life,’ nor is it the only place or even the primary place where life is found. But it does often help us get to where we want to go. So as we’ve considered some of these values, as it relates to the ‘vehicle’ that helps us move forward in ministry, there are some things we discover as it relates to the outworking of our vision and ministry in our existing facility. In this Seed Thought - Pastor Jeremy talks about safety ratings.