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Unwrapping the Full Love Story Admin   February 9, 2015

When I opened up my Facebook newsfeed this morning, I was bombarded with everything from romantic valentine posts, commentaries and opinions on Fifty Shades of Grey, and even a few egocentric musicians at the Grammies thanking all the committed fans who ‘love’ them. Our English language wraps so much into the single word ‘love’ and I wonder if some of... More info »

“... it is not a cowardly thing to pray.” Admin   July 21, 2014

As part of my morning solitude time, I was reading from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. He reminded me that, "When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with reality." I don't know about you, but I need a... More info »

“You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness” Admin   May 21, 2014

“You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness— being willing to risk your all.” I love the story of Peter walking on the water as told in Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 14. It’s a retelling of an encounter that the disciples had with Jesus, and yet another example of a shock-and-awe moment for these young leaders who seemed... More info »

The Boycott of Mediocrity… Admin   May 16, 2014

The Boycott of Mediocrity… Oswald Chambers reminded me this morning that, “The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze— so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it.” I can’t help but believe that in some sense our hearts all long for this.... More info »

God does not tell you what He is going to do, He reveals to you who He is Admin   May 3, 2014

"God does not tell you what He is going to do, He reveals to you who He is.” I’m sitting at a local coffee shop (as I often do on Friday mornings) getting caught up on emails and thinking through the events of this past week. I often use these mornings to take a much needed step back from... More info »

Jesus’ Table of Love Admin   April 10, 2014

You can be a guest in anyone’s home, stand in the doorway and visit or even sit on the sofa to talk. You can talk with a business or organization's leader by telephone or even in person in their office. But when you sit down at your host’s table, you become part of the family. When the chairman... More info »

It worked, even if it didn’t. Admin   April 2, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014 goes down in my history books as one of the greatest revelations of the heart of Waverley Church responding to the heart of Jesus Christ. Basically an emergency appeal was given out to the congregation based on little information and preparation. We asked the church family to help an immigrant family set up home and house with just... More info »

On Westboro Baptist, Sin and Jesus Admin   March 24, 2014

Fred Phelps passed away on March 19. He was the founder and leader of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. He and his small congregation generated huge controversy as they would set up loud, vocal protests at the funerals of fallen members of the Armed Forces. They would use any natural or man-made tragedy as the launch pad to publicly declare... More info »

Speaking Clearly - the Bible Admin   March 11, 2014

“The Bible is unlike any other religious book. Despite forty authors writing from three continents over nearly two thousand years, it maintains a perfect consistency of message. Its words point unerringly to Christ, whose work on the cross was ordained by God—the true author of the Bible—before the world began.” (Ted Chafee) The Bible was not set up... More info »

Getting God Out of the Clouds Admin   March 3, 2014

It has been said, “Right beliefs result in right living.” (Andy Stanley) We do want to put our faith into action. When we are clear on our faith, we will have clear direction in our actions. When we think about "God", what comes to mind? What does "God" mean? Is God a person, an idea or a philosophy? In Genesis 1:1,... More info »

Go In Admin   January 8, 2014

For the story, read Joshua 1:1 - 9 Joshua and the Israelites were at the border of the promised land of Canaan. They were about to enter. They had been here before about 40 years earlier, but the lack of faith in God and outright fear kept them out. Over the last 40 years the Israelites had wandered around the desert and an entire... More info »

Markers - Moving from 2013 to 2014 Admin   December 31, 2013

Like writing a book, the chapter for 2013 is closing and 2014 is about to be written. We use this time to look back. There were tears and laughter. Triumph and tragedy. Anger and rejoicing. Wins and losses. Looking ahead we see much of the same in 2014. We look back on the time by setting “markers”, points which we say had a... More info »

The Arrival of Joy Admin   December 16, 2013

What brings us joy? The Christmas story is supposedly about "joy". Let's look at the most detailed account of this from Luke, one of Jesus' biographers. Luke 2:2 - 14 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of... More info »

Arrival of Hope Admin   December 5, 2013

The word, “Advent” is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a coming into being or use; an arrival”. In our world, society, homes and individual lives we have been waiting for that which gives true, concrete hope, peace, joy and love. The headlines 2600 years ago in the country of Israel looked like these: • The people who were called God’s... More info »

Christmas? I’m interested. Admin   December 3, 2013

I had the chance to speak at a banquet for university students from other countries studying here in Canadian universities. They are in English classes and conversation groups throughout the city, including some who are part of Waverley Church's program. The organizer of this event and I talked about my audience for that evening. For many of them, this would... More info »

Breaking Bad - Misguided Admin   November 24, 2013

Of all the upcoming leaders, Saul was number one. The religious establishment saw him as their bright future, and he did not disappoint. He channeled all his energy and conviction into ensuring that the cause continued through him. Philippians 3:3 - 6 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus,... More info »

Breaking Bad - Out of Control Admin   November 21, 2013

At Waverley we are going through a series of messages looking at different people in the Bible who were "Breaking Bad", just like Walter White of the hit TV series of the same name. (http://www.amctv.com/shows/breaking-bad) It’s all about control: we want control. We like to think we’re in control and have absolute authority... More info »

Human Trafficking, what do you say, God? Admin   November 17, 2013

The issue of human trafficking is big now, and in fact has been a sad part of human history for as long as records have been kept. Even so-called "Christians" have used the Bible to defend the practice of slavery and prostitution. On the other side, Christians, churches, and Christian organizations have been the most active opponents of slavery, human... More info »

Breaking Bad: Broken Influence Admin   October 31, 2013

We make choices. As opportunities present themselves we act on them. Our choices are based on who we are, what we have learned and our experiences of life. These choices are not strictly personal, because how we choose to live affects those around us. The effects of our choices can be deep-reaching for both good and bad. What does the... More info »

Wound Up Tight Admin   October 10, 2013

Here at Waverley we have begun a short series called "Wound Up". It deals with the stress we have in life and how we need to deal with it. Due to a technical glitch we were unable to post the audio of the first message of this series. Therefore I'll let you see my notes: That which causes stress is... More info »

Beyond Making a Living Admin   September 15, 2013

From Doctor Yaw Perbi's message at Waverley Church on September 15, 2013. Dr. Perbi is the Canadian director of International Student Ministries. Dr. Perbi gave us some great insights and some great sayings. Let's follow up on what he taught: "We need to stop setting up mirrors and start to put in windows." When we only look at ourselves, that is what... More info »

Beyond Me Admin   September 11, 2013

We like to think of ourselves as the center of the solar system. The truth is that the sun is the center of the solar system and it is a giant ball of hot gas. If you think of yourself as the center of the solar system, you have to consider the reality of yourself, then. When we just focus... More info »

Beyond Bland Admin   September 5, 2013

We love to live safe, controlled, convenient lives. Even most of those who are into the more "extreme" sports and lifestyle only do so when they have worked out all the possible outcomes, have strapped on a parachute and reserve chute and buckled the seatbelt tight. Jesus never intended Christians to sit around church and be happy and comfortable. He... More info »

Owed to Volunteers Admin   August 29, 2013

Don't worry, I won't be singing a song or giving a eulogy. This is not an 'ode'. The week of August 19 to 23 was Summer Kids Week, "Kingdom Rock" here at Waverley Church. This is probably the biggest week we have every year at our church family. We had over 120 kids as part of this week. It was loud, active and... More info »

Living it Every Day Admin   August 20, 2013

We just finished a message series titled, "Living It". The idea was to take what we believe and put that faith into practice every day in every situation of our life. Our faith in Jesus must guide every aspect of our life. Faith in Jesus is not just the first step of our relationship with him. Faith is the daily... More info »

Living it in Light of the Happy Ending Admin   August 17, 2013

Followers of Jesus in ancient Thessalonica, and through all places and ages have been dealing with the conflict of their previous lives, beliefs and philosophies as they contrasted so drastically with what the Bible taught and the changes they were experiencing in their lives as a result of their faith in Jesus There has always been an uncertainty and fear... More info »

Living it God’s Way Admin   August 15, 2013

We know and believe in Jesus. We are learning what the Bible says to us. Now let’s just go out and live it! The question is, “Why?” What is our motivation to “live it?” We live our faith for someone else: for God and for Jesus who is the author of our faith and life. Our “living it” isn... More info »

Living it under Pressure Admin   July 30, 2013

Living our faith in Jesus everyday in every situation is our goal and desire. But part of living out this relationship with Jesus is facing the pressure that comes with being a follower of Christ. This is what Paul had to say to the followers of Jesus in Thessalonica: 1 Thessalonians 2:13 - 3:13 (NIV 2012) 13 And we also thank God continually because, when... More info »

Living it by Sharing it Admin   July 23, 2013

A follower of Jesus doesn’t just “know and do” to check off the list and feel good about themselves. Jesus didn't come to give us the checklist of good things to do and bad things to avoid. Jesus paid a steep price to bring us into a relationship with God and give us a new life to live. This... More info »

Living it - In House Admin   July 17, 2013

John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” When we try to figure out how to translate our faith to something visible, it starts with something in the heart: love. But... More info »

Living it for everyone to see Admin   July 14, 2013

We've started a new series for this summer that runs from July 14 to August 18. It is called "Living It". As followers of Jesus, we are called to know what God wants from us. We're also called to act upon what God has revealed to us and has equipped us to do both as individuals as well as a church. But... More info »

Abba Admin   June 18, 2013

Definition: abba Abba: not the pop group from the 70’s and 80’s, but rather the Aramaic word that translated to today’s English means, “daddy”. We rarely think of God as “daddy”, yet Jesus referred to God as “Father” more times in his four biographies than any other term. In fact, three times in the New Testament the writer actually... More info »

logos - the Word. June 9, 2013 Admin   June 9, 2013

logos the Word The series at Waverley for May and part of June is called "Definition. Words Mean Something". This was the message from June 9, 2013. Words don’t just mean what they say in the dictionary, they actually have a true meaning in the use. They actually can impact our lives. There are words in the Bible and as we... More info »

What True Community Wears Admin   June 7, 2013

On June 1 Waverley Church held its "Clothe the Community" event. It is easy to think that June 1 was the event. It really wasn't. The event began a couple of months before. Someone with vision and passion came to us with the idea. A team was formed. The event was planned. Everything was set in place. In the month of May... More info »

Community for the Community Admin   May 27, 2013

This Saturday morning, June 1, is Waverley church's participation in "Love Winnipeg". Love Winnipeg was established to get churches in the city to step outside of their doors and do something to show true love. Jesus said the greatest commandments were "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and... More info »

Soooo Angry! Admin   May 21, 2013

There is an ancient Aramaic word from the middle east, 'raca'. It literally means, "empty headed person" Thayers NT Lexicon. At the time it was used, about 2000 some years ago, it was actually an extremely strong insult to be delivered to a person by someone who was extremely angry with them. The word is strong enough sounding, if you say... More info »

Words Mean Something Admin   May 9, 2013

A leadership coach hammered into me this saying, "Words mean something! Be careful of which words you use and how you use them." Words do mean something. There is the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.". In counselling sessions the majority of people I have dealt with would disagree vigorously with that... More info »

Stretched Reach: Serving With What You Have Admin   May 6, 2013

God wants us to be stretched beyond who we are and where we are as individuals as well as congregations. God has set up goals and then has given us resources to be able to accomplish those goals. Among the resources we have from God are "Spiritual Gifts". Spiritual gifts are abilities and talents given to us by the Holy... More info »

100 -The Bible Admin   April 22, 2013

The Bible. It is a book that inspires some people to great things and some to blow it off in contempt. For others they don't know what to do with it. This blog entry is for this third group. There is much debate out there about the Bible; its origins, its authenticity and its authority. I recommend this website for... More info »

Responding to Tragedy Admin   April 18, 2013

On Monday, April 15 two bombs exploded within 10 seconds of each other near the finish line of the storied Boston Marathon in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Three died and close to 200 were injured, many critically. A little over a week before this tragedy the son of Pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren took his own young life after years of... More info »

ONE - Part 2 Admin   April 11, 2013

Continuing: Jesus has called us to love God, love others, be his follower and help others be followers of him. The challenge we looked at the other day in the first part of this 2 part blog was to introduce one person to Jesus this year. For some this is a fearful proposition. They don't know what to say or how... More info »

ONE Admin   April 10, 2013

On Sunday, April 7 we started a new series called, "Stretch". The idea is that God stretches us in different ways to help us become the people he has always intended us to be. We like challenges, but we also like comfort. If our challenges were comfortable we'd be really happy. Real life isn't that way, though. Our physical bodies need... More info »

Easter - Red Light to Green Light Admin   April 3, 2013

A question came to my inbox this week. It had to do with an illustration and lesson I gave on Good Friday here at Waverley. The heart of the question was this: if God didn't allow people to come near to him in the Old Testament times, why all of the sudden is the door open because of Jesus? In... More info »

Dirty Hands Admin   March 21, 2013

This Easter season at Waverley Church we are taking a look at hands. Whose hands? Our hands, Jesus' hands and God's hands. The first message we heard how we have dirty hands. In our minds, what do we associate with Easter? Bunnies and chocolate eggs? Spring finally having arrived? Something religious to do with Jesus? What about hands? Our hands,... More info »

Link with our world outside our borders Admin   March 7, 2013

Link with our world outside our borders Taken from the message presented right here at Waverley on March 3, 2013 Here are some important questions for every follower of Jesus: Does our faith in God have anything to do at all with the world around us? Is God touching the needs of the world through us? While we may not pick up... More info »

Link with our world outside our borders Admin   March 7, 2013

Taken from the message presented right here at Waverley on March 3, 2013 Here are some important questions for every follower of Jesus: Does our faith in God have anything to do at all with the world around us? Is God touching the needs of the world through us? While we may not pick up everything, leave Canada, learn another language, culture... More info »

It’s too cold outside, for angels to fly Admin   February 27, 2013

I still remember the first time I heard it. I was driving in my car to pick up my daughter from school when Ed Sheeran’s song, The A Team, came on the radio. It’s a slow and quiet song that tells a profoundly sad story. It’s not a song for the faint of heart as it speaks... More info »

Link with your own world Admin   February 24, 2013

No matter what we know about Jesus, the Bible, church or God, it is useless unless we’re actually putting it into practice. Do those who are right around us know that we have faith in Jesus and that it actually has made a difference in our lives? I’m not talking about being religious. Being religious has never gotten... More info »

Linking to the world at our doorstep Admin   February 20, 2013

This is a summary of the message notes from a sermon done by Jack Duckworth at Waverley Church, February 17, 2013. Jack is the head of International Student Ministries Canada's Winnipeg office (ISM). Jack, and ISM, is dedicated to touching lives of people from other countries with the love and power of Jesus. Jack and the committed team members of ISM do... More info »

LINK to the world Admin   February 11, 2013

We believe in God and the Bible. Through faith in Jesus we have a relationship with God. We go to church and learn so much. The question is: Is God touching the needs of the world through us? God wants to reach the world through us and has commanded us to go into all the world. God Himself has given... More info »

Connect with Redemption Admin   February 6, 2013

When we thought all was lost in regards to a connection with God, God Himself came through for us. Our Condition and God’s response God created everything in the universe and He created it perfectly. The first people were sinless and completely pure and innocent. They had no reason for shame or hiding from each other or God God... More info »

Connect with God Admin   January 8, 2013

Connecting a Real God with Real Life As followers of Jesus we have a clearly defined set of beliefs. We call these beliefs "doctrine". Most of the time we hear this word, “doctrine” and immediately dismiss it as boring, irrelevant and only for professional scholars, but doctrine really does connect us with God because it answers those fundamental questions we... More info »

Christmas Through New Eyes, the Prophets part 3 of 3 Admin   December 5, 2012

Micah – Saw Jesus the King Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah. They probably knew each other, had coffee together and shared a deep concern for the moral and spiritual state of the people of Israel who claimed to follow God yet their lives showed they were far, far away. God also worked through Micah and Isaiah to teach about the... More info »

Christmas Through New Eyes, the Prophets part 2 of 3 Admin   December 4, 2012

Isaiah: Saw Jesus, God with Us There IS a purpose to all of this Christmas stuff! The idea is to take a look at what Christmas is REALLY about, more specifically, WHO Christmas is about – Jesus Christ. If we don’t have the correct view of Jesus Christ, we will never truly catch on to or appreciate what Christmas is... More info »

Christmas Through New Eyes, the Prophets Admin   December 3, 2012

The month of December is a very important month for Christians. This month has been designated as the time we celebrate Christmas, in which we commemorate Jesus Christ being born. This is a huge event for Christians, but the impact is being lost on both believers and non-believers alike. A lot of it has to do with how we see... More info »

WWWDWJ Admin   October 3, 2012

This week's blog entry comes from Cam Buchanan, a member here at Waverley as well as the chairman of the board. This was his response to the September 30 Sunday morning message on "Community Grows Together." "I had a thought: when we think of the phrase WWJD, we should extend that thought in the context of community and spiritual development: WWWDWJ?... More info »

Community Celebrates Together Admin   September 28, 2012

Have you ever had to celebrate your team's win all by yourself? As a Saskatchewan Roughrider fan living in Winnipeg that is my Labour Day experience. Seriously, when I was living and working in South America I was in a cafe on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon. The cafe was run by the local cable TV provider and so they had... More info »

Word of the day: koinonia Admin   September 10, 2012

Hebrew: chabar; Greek: koinonia According to the dictionaries of these ancient languages, chabar is to unite, join together and have fellowship. Koinonia means fellowship, association and community. What does this word REALLY mean? It means volunteers taking time from their normal service to stand by a table and talk with the dozens of people who came by to ask about... More info »

Summer Kids Week Recap Admin   August 25, 2012

We just finished a great Summer Kids Week! We learned that Everything is Possible with God. We had 125 kids attend this year, several of which were learning about God for the very first time! Each day we started with singing, where the kids learned songs, the daily Bible Point, Bible Buddy and the verse that went with the Bible Point.... More info »

Family - at Home Admin   August 15, 2012

I just wrapped up 2 weeks of holiday time. It was a good time. Part of it spent in the sun on the beach, part of it hanging out at a hotel and visiting different stores. Part of it spent doing some odd jobs here and there in the house. Even with the visiting different places, I was still home. I... More info »

“Tzedakah” - A new word for our vocabulary Admin   August 1, 2012

This week I am beginning a three-week sermon series that will be focusing on our understanding of biblical justice. We live in a world (at least in North America) where there is a subtly to the injustices around us. I’m convinced that this subtly often causes us to sinfully ignore or minimize things that we see and experience in... More info »

Love - The Winning Attitude Admin   July 16, 2012

One of the shortest books in the Bible is the second letter from John, known by the obvious title of "Second John". It is located right near the end of the Bible. If you read the opening lines, you would think it was a letter from John to his wife and kids, but in the style of the middle eastern... More info »

New series: Slam Dunk Admin   July 4, 2012

The Bible has a few books that are very short and to the point. This doesn't take away from the power of the lessons taught in them, in fact, the message probably has more impact because it is right there without any other major lessons or issues around them. I'm taking a look at four "slam dunks" in the Bible:... More info »