“In Light of the Resurrection” on 1 John 5:13-21 – by Joe Ellis — Easter Sunday April 17, 2022
For the past several months, we have been journeying through this letter of First John, and now we’ve come to the end of the letter. In preparing for this Easter Service, I was debating whether to preach this final passage in First John, or to choose a text that has to do more explicitly with the Resurrection. Because there doesn’t seem to be anything in this passage that has to do with Resurrection specifically, I was thinking that maybe we should press pause on working th
“Faith that Conquers the World” on 1 John 5:1-12 – by Joe Ellis, April 10, 2022 — Palm Sunday
What is the victory that conquers the world? — Our faith! What a proclamation for these times when the world has been watching the war in Ukraine. As we look on in horror, wondering which nation is going to overcome, who shall have victory, I can’t help but wonder, do these verses in 1 John 5 have any bearing on these events? Does our conquering faith have any bearing on these events? And this question seems even more pertinent, today being Palm Sunday — the day we remembe
"Where Love Is, God Is" on 1 John 4:7-12 by Pastor Joe Ellis - April 3. 2022
It has not been three weeks since my mom passed away. My family and I just arrived back a few days ago from our time in Alaska where I had the honour of being with my mom and family during her last days. After she passed away, we journeyed through the funeral and time together afterwards with my dad, my siblings and extended family. As I sat preparing for today, all this has been very much in my heart and in looking at this passage today, I can’t help but think of my mom.