Stories with Intent #5: Parable of the Net

Continued Study from Matthew’s Gospel

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This past year, our Lead Pastor, Mark Carroll has been teaching through the Book of Matthew. We recently moved into the third discourse of Matthew’s Gospel, discussing Jesus’ Parables.

Each week, our small groups ministry (Community Groups) have been discussing the sermons and coinciding passages.

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Stories with Intent #4: Parables of the Treasure and the Pearl

Continued Study from Matthew’s Gospel

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Over this past year, our Lead Pastor, Mark Carroll has been teaching through the Book of Matthew. This Fall, we moved into the third discourse of Matthew’s Gospel, discussing Jesus’ Parables.

Each week, our small groups ministry (Community Groups) have been discussing the sermons and coinciding passages. Part of my pastoral role is to provide leadership over these groups; creating and distributing study questions from each message.

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Two Problems: Too Empty or Too Full

Before ministry I was in hospitality.

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I had the opportunity to work in a number of hotels and restaurants. The experiences I had during those years taught me so much about how a guest (or visitor) needs and/or wants to be treated.

Alternately, my years in ministry have shown me that churches could learn a lot from the tourism and hospitality industry. In particular, dealing with 2 polarizing problems.

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Stories with Intent #3: Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven

Continued Study from Matthew’s Gospel

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Our Lead Pastor, Mark Carroll has been teaching through the Book of MatthewEach week, our Community Groups have been discussing the sermons and coinciding passages.

This is the third instalment of our small group material based on Jesus’ Parables, titled Stories with Intent. Feel free to check the previous studies, #1: The Parable of the Sower and #2: The Parable of the Weeds.

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What Christians Know, Yet Continues to Shock the World

Spoiler Alert: Even really nice people are sinful.

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Over the past month, our social networks have been inundated with news pertaining to the ex-host of CBC radio’s “Q”Jian Ghomeshi. Prior to current events, Jian was categorically said to be “a really nice guy” by friends, coworkers and the hundreds of people he interviewed during his time with CBC.

We are in shock and awe, at how such a really nice guy, can have such a dark private life. (Caveat: None of which, I even remotely desire to discuss in this post.)

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Stories with Intent #2: Parable of the Weeds

Continued Study from Matthew’s Gospel

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As I stated in my October 12th Post, Parable of the Sower, our Lead Pastor, Mark Carroll has been teaching through the Book of MatthewEach week, our small groups ministry (Community Groups) have been discussing the sermons and coinciding passages.

Part of my pastoral role is to provide leadership over these groups; creating and distributing study questions from each message. This is the second instalment of that small group material.

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5 Qualities that Keep Camp Ministries Focused

Camp Ministry is important.

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I just had to say it again.

For those of you who have frequented JeremyNortonBlog.com, you have heard my praises and petitions for ministries that connect people with God’s handiwork (i.e. wilderness).

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