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  • I Choose You

    I Choose You

    10/05/2020 Duración: 38min

    Promises, Promises - Joshua 24:1-15: What will Mother's Day look like in a COVID-19 world!? I guess we are all about to find out, let's get creative people! We're not going to a restaurant, and most stores are still closed, so it will be different — but perhaps it can become even more meaningful. I look forward to hearing stories of how we are honouring the remarkable women in our lives. In church, we will celebrate Moms in different ways and we will remember the amazing gift that they are to us all. We've received permission to have live (though still recorded worship), and I'll be teaching from Joshua's classic mission statement for his family: "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" in Joshua 24. I truly hope you will be able to join us as we worship, pray and connect with each other online! Be blessed, be safe, be well and honor the women in your life in the most creative way you know how! Happy Mother's Day Weekend! I love being your pastor! Pastor Ian

  • Better with Age?

    Better with Age?

    03/05/2020 Duración: 45min

    Promises, Promises - Joshua 14:6-15: Well, here we are, week seven of the online church experience! I'm not sure we knew what we were getting ourselves into when the government said we could no longer meet in our churches. We still have no idea how long these restrictions will be in place, but we do know the Lord is not surprised and is still committed to building his church! You have been so kind, patient and committed, and I am so grateful for that. This weekend, we carry on with our 2020 reading plan, diving deeper into Caleb's amazing example of faith and courage from Joshua 14. We'll consider what his "wholehearted commitment" to God looked like, and how this reality can impact our lives today. There will be a cameo appearance by Gordon Fowler and Jake Hiebert that will encourage us all to consider what it means to truly become "better with age!" The Greiner guys are leading in worship — and speaking of old guys — Pastor Jerry is hosting!! It will be a great weekend, so please be sure to join us at Than

  • Liminal Living

    Liminal Living

    26/04/2020 Duración: 29min

    Promises, Promises - Joshua 1:1-9: It's one of the greatest stories of the Bible. The story of Joshua taking over leadership and the children of Israel, leading them into the promised land. Joshua 1:1-9 are some of the most beloved verses, as we reflect on the commission that God gave to Joshua and the promises that he gave him. This weekend, Pastor Clint Mix is back to teach us from this incredible passage. He will also introduce us to the word "liminality," which refers to the in-between spaces and places in our lives. We will learn to hear and discern the voice of God amidst uncertainty. It'll be a great weekend to gather together. I hope you can join us Saturday at 6:30pm, Sunday at 9 or 11am, or sometime during the week. Be blessed. Be safe. Continue to care for those God brings across your path. I'm looking forward to worshipping with you this weekend!

  • Listen Well

    Listen Well

    19/04/2020 Duración: 43min

    Promises, Promises - Luke 18:18-43: My dear wife told me about something she heard the other day from a man from China who had endured months of social isolation and physical distancing. He said he asked himself, "Do I want to emerge from COVID-19 being an overweight alcoholic, or having read ten books and learned another language?" Those may not be potential options, but let me ask it in a more Calgary-friendly way: "Do we want to emerge from this season of quarantine having gained 15 pounds and having watched hundreds of hours of mindless television, or is there something greater and grander we could do to redeem this time of pandemic?" How we will respond, in many ways, will reflect what we believe about God and his sovereign purpose in our lives. I am so excited to invite you to church this weekend! We are beginning a new series called "Promises, Promises." We easily become cynical about the capacity of people to keep their promises. But this weekend, let's remember and recommit ourselves to knowing and

  • Easter


    12/04/2020 Duración: 39min

    He is Risen: I know Christmas claims exclusive ownership of the “it’s the most wonderful time of year” mantra, but my vote still lies with Easter. There is the hope that one day snow might melt, that things will begin to turn green, that golfing season is coming soon! Despite lacking evidence for any of these realities, it is the season of new life and resurrection. As followers of Jesus, it is the best time of year! We get to remember the darkness of Good Friday that created the wonder of Easter morning. This weekend we’ll remember both – albeit online. I hope you can join us Friday at 10:30AM for our Good Friday service, where we will remember the cost of forgiveness that our Saviour paid for us. Join us for Easter services on Saturday at 6:30PM, and Sunday at 9 and 11AM. Together, we will celebrate the wonder of Easter and resurrection. If you can’t make it, you can go into our archived services on the website and join in at your convenience. This is a great weekend to be a Jesus follower! May we remember

  • Transitions


    05/04/2020 Duración: 34min

    No Wonder - Luke 19:28-44: Palm Sunday (or Pam Sunday as the Rev. Paton used to say it!) is one of those weekends we're sometimes unsure of. We expect kids to wave branches in church and we sing, "Hosanna," though we really don't know what that means. Was it truly the beginning of the end of Jesus' life on earth? Was it all part of a grander redemptive plan? In a world with COVID-19, we are tempted to wonder if God really is in control. Does he really have a plan? Is he truly sovereign? But over and over, Scriptures reiterate that God is in control, even when it is hard to trace his fingerprints on what is happening. We can either choose to extend an open hand of invitation and trust, or we can make a fist and question his integrity and capacity. I've made more than a few fists in my day. But eventually, those clenched hands relax, and I return to a posture of trust. Nothing prompts me to trust Jesus more than Passion Week. On our calendar, it marks the time that forever answers the question of whether God s

  • Stop, Look and Listen

    Stop, Look and Listen

    29/03/2020 Duración: 46min

    No Wonder - Luke 4:14-30: A.W. Tozer was famous for saying, "It is what we believe about Jesus that is the most important thing about us!" It is often in moments of crisis or loss that our faith is best revealed. In the heart of the COVID-19 reality, which is changing all the rules, we see all kinds of coping strategies. Some are beautiful and inspiring, while others are truly cringe-worthy! (Apparently, ammunition is up there with toilet paper as super hard things to find in Calgary right now.) I want to remind us that turning to Jesus is a much better way to cope with crisis. We will see the earliest days in his public ministry when he announced his purpose in coming, and we will see how this mission impacts us today. There will be a heart-warming story of a lady from our church who's brother is terribly ill with what is likely the virus. We will also hear the response of another woman seeking to live on the solution side of this challenge. It will be inspiring and encouraging. I so look forward to steppin

  • Anxious No More

    Anxious No More

    22/03/2020 Duración: 38min

    No Wonder - Luke 2:41-52 Luke 3:21, 22: Welcome Church to our second weekend of online only services! We are trying a few different things to enhance the experience, let us know how it works for you! We are trying to connect with you through all kinds of ways. We are most excited about our weekend services, but also hoping our new COVID-19 website,, will be helpful for you. We dearly want to stay connected in this "socially distant" society we are currently living in. This weekend's message is entitled, "Anxious No More." We all are concerned, and should be, about the social, spiritual and economic realities of this new season of life. But we also know how easily concern can slide into anxious thinking. So we'll spend some time in Philippians and reflect on Paul's advice on managing anxious thoughts. There will be creative pieces added, including a special visitor! I so look forward to being together with you all. If you're watching live, which we recommend so you can chat, www.foothillsal

  • Overwhelmed with Sorrow

    Overwhelmed with Sorrow

    16/03/2020 Duración: 32min

    No Wonder - Mark 14:32-42: What does Jesus' sorrow have anything do with us? When I would go to funerals with my dad as a kid (I went to many because I am a pastor's kid), I would usually never have a relationship with the family who had experienced loss. But as a kid, I could see the pain on their faces, and for some, it overwhelmed their entire bodies. What did I learn from other people's sorrow? Death stings. What do we learn from Jesus' sorrow in the Garden of Gethsemane? That he felt the pain and pressure of his upcoming crucifixion. This is a big deal for everyone. Why? Because it means Jesus felt pain. Jesus felt enormous strain leading up to his death. And he went through with it all the same. And he didn't deserve it. He did it because he loves us. This weekend, please join me online as we figure out what that means.

  • Upside Down

    Upside Down

    08/03/2020 Duración: 31min

    No Wonder - Mark 11:15-17: I love passages like the one we will study this weekend because they present a picture of Jesus that we desperately need to see! So often we settle for the "Sunday School Jesus," who loves, blesses and is nice. But we miss the powerful Jesus who transforms, battles and purifies! Yes he is the Lamb, but he is also the Lion. This weekend we'll focus on this side of his character as we see him clearing out all that was wrong and lost in his Father's temple. I hope you will be able to join us this weekend, either at church or on Livestream if you can't be here. We will celebrate his power and his passion for all things good and eternal in our lives. We will invite him to step into our stories and reclaim our "houses" for his purposes. It will be a sacred experience, and it is such a gift to share these moments together! It might be one of the most important weekends of the year, and you'll learn why I desperately wished we had entitled this message: "Not in my house!" Thanks for your p

  • Persistent Faith

    Persistent Faith

    01/03/2020 Duración: 37min

    No Wonder… - Mark 7:24-30: If you are following the 2020 Project and reading through the Bible with us, this past week, Mark 7 may have been one of those passages that jumped out at and made you wonder, "What Jesus was thinking?" It has been said that if you think you have God all figured out and want to stay that way, you might need to stop reading the Bible. While we can be certain of Godss character, we are often surprised by the way he works with his people. This weekend we will examine an unusual encounter between Jesus and a Gentile woman and invite her gutsy example lead us to reach out to Jesus with persistent faith. We will discover that while at first glance, this encounter feels limiting, it is actually the opposite, pointing to the expansion of Godss gracious blessing to all. Blessings! Carla

  • With or Without You

    With or Without You

    23/02/2020 Duración: 31min

    Desperate Times - Exodus 33:1-11: You've likely heard the story of the lady who left her lifeboat on the Titanic to retrieve something from her stateroom. Allegedly, she bypassed her expensive jewelry to grab a bag of oranges from her room, which she brought back to the soon-to-be descending lifeboat. Circumstances have a way of redefining the things we value and treasure. Circumstances also have a way of defining what it means to be successful in life. In an instant, everything that matters to us can be transformed with a phone call, a decision at work or a conversation. Our passage this week from Exodus is all about redefining our version of what it means to live a "successful life." We will talk about those who embrace where they are "successful" but lack a real sense of God's presence in their lives. We will remember what matters most as we gather around the Lord's Table and celebrate his remarkable gift of "presence." I look forward to hearing God's voice together with you! Have a blessed weekend. Pasto

  • Call of Duty

    Call of Duty

    16/02/2020 Duración: 49min

    Desperate Times - Exodus 17:8-16: Come this weekend and find out! And discover the life-changing answer to the longings of our hearts to be at peace, happy and whole. I have never been much of a "gamer", especially if those games involve violence. I just don't see the joy in killing other people, even if it's just a game! But apparently millions of people disagree with me, as over 250 million copies of "Call of Duty" have been sold over the past 20 years. While I'm convinced that the call of God upon our lives is not to shoot each other, I'm quite convinced it does involve learning to pray for each other. I can't think of five more meaningful words anyone could say to me than, "I am praying for you." Many parts of life are profoundly mysterious, but perhaps none as much as the call to prayer. We will visit this "call of duty" that I believe God has extended to each of us — specifically the call to pray for each other — this weekend. We will seek to unravel the mystery and discover the gift of intercessory pr

  • Game Changer

    Game Changer

    09/02/2020 Duración: 44min

    Desperate Times - Job 42:1-6: Many years ago, when Bill Clinton was the president of the United States, Mother Theresa was invited to Washington as the guest speaker at the President's Prayer Breakfast. In her message, she spoke passionately and powerfully about the damage abortion was creating in so many lives around the world. She also said how we needed to do more to protect our most vulnerable citizens. A reporter asked Clinton after the event what he thought of her comments. His answer? "It is very hard to argue against a life so well lived." This weekend, we again consider the life of Job and how he navigated unthinkable losses, challenges and disappointments. We'll explore the fatal flaw of his closest "friends," and his own counter-arguments defending his integrity. But we will mostly focus upon the "game-changing encounter" he had with God that transformed his life. It will be a service filled with hope to help us navigate life's unexpected curveballs. It might even foster a pathway towards personal

  • Anchoring Point

    Anchoring Point

    02/02/2020 Duración: 33min

    Desperate Times - Job 1: How many of you, when going through some level of suffering, confide in a close friend or acquaintance and receive this wonderful piece of advice: just trust God more? If you’ve ever said this to someone, please don’t ever do it again. At least, not until you know what you’re saying. I know where you’re coming from and your heart behind it, but let’s be real. How do you do that, and why doesn’t it seem to fix any problems? Jesus entrusted himself to the Father when he suffered, when he was insulted and when he was threatened. Why? Because he knew the Father. His anchor was his relationship with the Father. Let me ask you a question: what is your initial response to suffering? Want to know mine? My inclination is to numb whatever pain I am feeling. Let me ask you something else: what is your past or current situation that seems saturated with pain? Do you want to learn what Jesus meant when he said: “my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:30)? Do you want to learn how to pr

  • The Persistent Love of God

    The Persistent Love of God

    26/01/2020 Duración: 30min

    The Father Heart of God - Proverbs 3:1-10: Trust issues. Who doesn't have them?! Whether it's with a boss, teacher, child or parent, we all occasionally find ourselves in a place where it seems terribly hard to trust someone. Somehow, we usually find ways to navigate those concerns. But how do we respond when the one we are struggling to trust is God himself? Does he really see, know, care or intervene? Or does he sometimes appear strangely silent, unconcerned or unable to step into our stories? Does trusting him really make a difference or is that just church-speak kind of language? Brennan Manning wrote this about trust: "Unbounded trust in the merciful love of the redeeming God deals a mortal blow to skepticism, cynicism, self-condemnation and despair." If you're familiar with any of those unpleasant realities, or if you want to avoid them in your life, join us this weekend. Together, we'll explore what it means to trust God in the journey of life with all its complexities. From some of Solomon's most bel

  • The Power of a Blessing

    The Power of a Blessing

    19/01/2020 Duración: 40min

    The Father Heart of God - Genesis 27:1-40: Family tensions. Probably all of us know what this feels like. Joyce and I just survived a vacation with her four siblings and their spouses. Being on a big boat in the Caribbean helped! It was actually a great trip and we were all profoundly grateful for the opportunity — and desire — to travel together. (And I repeat, being on a boat in the Caribbean helped!) Scripture is filled with accounts that clearly remind us family life is not always easy. I often say it's great having three kids, because you at least like one of them at any given moment. One day, one is the apple of your eye, and the next, they might be the bad apple! The early stories of the Patriarchs in Genesis reveal no small amount of sibling rivalry. The story of the stolen blessing by Jacob from Esau is particularly troubling. Lies, manipulation, and deception abound but somehow God's will still prevails. I want us to see the hope of God's sovereignty this weekend, but I especially want us to see th

  • Facing the Storms in Life

    Facing the Storms in Life

    12/01/2020 Duración: 29min

    The Father Heart of God - Matthew 7:24-29: Have you heard people ask the question, "Isn't the Bible just a big rule book?" I know I have, and typically I want to disprove that claim. But what about embracing it — could that be an option as well? How does the nature of rules and obedience affect the way we view relationships and friendships? I look forward to seeing you all this weekend to share with you what God has placed on my heart. I am praying that God would speak powerfully to you. Blessings to you, Foothills family, Nick, Student Ministries Pastor

  • It all Begins with God

    It all Begins with God

    05/01/2020 Duración: 36min

    The Father Heart of God - Psalm 1: My favourite tree is the weeping willow. They're mysterious and other worldly to me. Those sinewy vines with abundant leaves that drape a canopy long enough to touch the ground are enchanting. Weeping willows grow incredibly fast. Their root systems are aggressive, seeking out the nearest and largest source of water. Water provides moisture and carries nutrients the tree needs to be sustained. Like these trees, if we'll tap into it, there's a sustaining source for us. It strengthens, nourishes and helps us grow; God's words. This weekend we'll dive into Psalm 1, where people who delight in God's Law are compared to trees that grow along a riverbank. The 2020 Project that launched on January 1st is one way that together, as God's people, we can grow in our delight and appetite for God's written and living word. I hope you start the year right and be here this weekend!

  • Youll Find Your Way

    You'll Find Your Way

    29/12/2019 Duración: 36min

    Unfamiliar Roads - Jeremiah 6:16: Last month, Joyce and I had the chance to visit with our daughter who is going to school in Toronto. Never have I experienced traffic like I did there. How in the world did anyone find their way anywhere before GPS?! Even with the wonder of that technology … I felt like I was on the verge of being lost every time I drove. There's the 401, the 403, the 407 and the 409, which pretty much adds up to a "4-0 Nightmare", and I haven't even touched on the insane number of vehicles on these crazy roads! It's like the entire city just lives in their cars and drives all day long. Pray of the city of Toronto — it desperately needs help! Finding our way in life is not without its challenges either. How do we make sense of the journey? How do we find our way through all the voices and expectations and opportunities? I am beyond excited about the potential and gift of The 2020 Project that will begin in couple of days. This Sunday, we will consider an invitation from Jeremiah to embrace t

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