From the series, "More Than Enough" - Part 2. A recurring problem that many of us face is feeling like we don’t have enough. The more we live with a mindset of scarcity, the more likely we will be worried or stingy with our resources. That doesn’t sound like a rich life, so let’s change how we think!
From the series, "More Than Enough" - Part 1. What is something that is so valuable to you, that you'd give up anything to have it? We're all willing to make sacrifices for the things we value most. Deciding on what is most valuable is an important part of charting the course of our lives, so let's explore this first principle of living a rich life!
From the series, "Walking with Jesus" - Part 4 with guest speaker, Dr. Isaac Odame. While we celebrate Easter once yearly and remember Christ's death whenever we take communion, Easter's transformative impact on our lives should be a daily experience. We are God's masterpieces to do good things in this world! Let’s live it out despite all the struggles and adversities we face.
From the series, "Walking with Jesus" - Part 3 with guest speaker, Matt Vincent. Today we take a look at one of the resurrection stories of Jesus, a time where he joins some friends on their journey and spends time around the dinner table. We will explore possible implications for us today as followers of Jesus, to open our homes and see our tables as places of welcome, belonging, and mission.
You're tired of it! I am too. It's been exhausting to deal with all the challenges of this year. Here are 3 things to intentionally invest in over the next month of lockdown to help you stay encouraged and moving forward!
From the series, "Walking with Jesus" - Part 2. So many of us are feeling tired and discouraged this Easter. Fortunately, the message of the resurrection of Jesus is packed with power to encourage us, just when we need it!
From the series, "Walking with Jesus" - Part 1. We begin Holy Week watching Jesus enter Jerusalem. When he gets there he immediately addresses the problem of fruitless and empty religion. And that message is just as relevant today, as ever.
God speaks to us powerfully through His word, but that’s not how many of us experience reading the Bible. Lectio Divina is a practice that helps us to slow down and receive the word of God into our heads and also our hearts.
It’s been 1 year since the pandemic closed down in-person services at Westside Church! This is a good time for us to reflect and look for God’s presence in all the ups and downs of this crazy season! We'll hear stories from a bunch of different voices, share ministry highlights, and impactful moments from this past year. *This is the audio of our entire online service.
From the series, "ESCAPE" - Part 4. Pain makes us selfish. It forces us to think about ourselves and our needs. Honestly, we want others to help us out. Mercy helps us to see, that we’re not the only ones in pain and everyone needs some compassion.
From the series, "ESCAPE" - Part 3. We can use unhealthy escape mechanisms to try to avoid reality, but the reverse is also true. Sometimes we are living in unhealthy patterns that should be escaped as we pursue a better way to live!
From the series, "ESCAPE" - Part 1. Life always has its stresses, but this past year has added so much chaos to our lives. Perhaps you’ve had moments when you just wanted to escape it all. Most of us have, but I believe that God wants to help us lead a life that we don’t want to leave!
From the series, "Is Anyone Listening?" - Part 5. God speaks to us, but how can we know what He is saying? In this message we unpack 4 key ways to help us discern the voice of God speaking to us. Plus, at the end we hear a special message from Food4Kids Hamilton, Executive Director, Cathy Haan.
Your spirit and your body are inseparable. It's easy to forget that and think that we have spiritual activities and physical ones, but don't connect the two. Let's put them together and seek a holistic approach to prayer.
From the series, "Is Anyone Listening?" - Part 4. It’s one thing to ask if God is listening to us when we pray. It’s another thing to ask ourselves whether we’re listening to Him. I think God wants to speak to us, so we need to learn how to tune in and hear His voice! Plus, we celebrate communion together towards the end.
From the series, "Is Anyone Listening?" - Part 3. Do you want to have a deeper and more meaningful time of prayer? Use this message and resource to build a framework for prayer that will transform you in the presence of God (Download Prayer Framework Resource).
From the series, "Is Anyone Listening?" - Part 2. Have you ever felt like your prayers were boring or stale? Have you struggled to know if you’re saying the right things? Do you wish you knew a better way to pray? We can help!
From the series, "Is Anyone Listening?" - Part 1. A lot of people I know are both attracted and repelled by prayer. They want a powerful spiritual connection, but they often feel like no one is listening to their prayers. Does God really listen to our prayers?
From our Advent series, "While We're Waiting" - Week 4. Is it possible to experience peace in the midst of chaos? What if you feel like you’re out of control? Even then, we have the opportunity to learn how to truly be at peace.
From our Advent series, "While We're Waiting" - Week 3. What do you want more of this Christmas? Our tastes might change, but we always have our wish lists. If joy or happiness makes it on your list, this message might help you to get a little bit more.
From our Advent series, "While We're Waiting" - Week 2. The Christmas season is a time to see and spend moments with our loved ones. Currently, that is looking a little different due to restrictions on social gatherings. Disappointment? Sadness? God is with us, especially when we feel alone.
From our Advent series, "While We're Waiting" - Week 1. It's the beginning of Advent! Tired? Worn out? Hopeless? A lot of us are. God is not weary, He is not overwhelmed, and He wants to give us His strength!
What does it mean to be rich? It really depends on what standard you’re judging by. If we can believe Jesus, we might just be more wealthy than we think, and that gives us an incredible opportunity to change the world! We are excited to launch our annual BE RICH campaign and share our fundraising projects and plans to make a big impact this Christmas! *At the 17:50min mark we share our projects - see our video on YouTube to watch.
Jesus encourages us to believe that since we have a Heavenly Father who loves us, we have enough. In a world where we are often told that we always need more, agreeing with Jesus could radically change our lives.
From the series, "Full Power" - Part 5. There are a lot of people who feel like life is a real battle right now. Some of the most powerful questions that we could ask in this season could be: How can I use my strength to help others? Whose corner do I need to be in?
From the series, "Full Power" - Part 4. Do you ever struggle with negative self-talk? We all do on some level. There is a crucial key to unlock the power of who God has created you to be. Don't go a day without it!
What kind of God do you believe in? We may say that we only believe in 1 God, but functionally speaking, we treat a number of different things like gods. So, what is God really like? This is for sure - he's not anxious or overwhelmed.
Whether it is often and intense or occasional and mild, we all have seasons of worry and/or anxiety. If we could just stop worrying we would, but it's not that easy. Thankfully there are steps that we can take to begin to learn how to release our anxieties.
From the series, "Full Power" - Part 3, with Rob Smith. Do you ever find yourself looking for an easy or quick solution to filling your spiritual battery? Sometimes we fall prey to plausible arguments, but the only true assurance of the riches and glory of God is within the secret, that Christ lives within us!
From the series, "Full Power" - Part 2. Do you ever feel like things are falling apart and you just need to hold it together? It’s easy to feel stuck, discouraged, or exhausted in those times, so we need to learn how hope can lead us through to new beginnings!
Christians often talk about how God is always with us, but life can seem pretty ordinary a lot of the time. What if God really is all around us, and what if we could learn to sense His presence even more?
From the series, "Full Power" - Part 1. If you’re feeling a little bit worn down, you’re not alone. We’re walking through a challenging time that can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting. Now is the time to draw on the powerful resources that God has given us!
God makes us children, children with an inheritance. Be careful not to miss the fact that you are already blessed immeasurably and have an incredible opportunity to be part of the mission of God to bless the world.
Today we have a special guest speaker, Charlie Mashinter. Charlie is the Executive Director at Be In Christ (BIC) Church of Canada, and we’re excited to hear more about what it means to be part of this denominational family. *At the end, Charlie refers to a video called the "Thanksgiving Chair" - this is available on YouTube to watch.
From the series, "Triggered" - Part 4. What do you need right now? One of the reasons we are so easily triggered is that we have deep needs that long to be met. *At the 36min mark we share a recent baptism - see our video on YouTube to watch.
From the series, "Triggered" - Part 3. It’s easy to become opinionated and even to start thinking that being right is everything. Jesus doesn’t let us get away with that. He pushes us to think about something that’s even more powerful!
From the series, "Triggered" - Part 2. It's easy to withdraw support for people that we think have made mistakes, but love requires more from us! Love requires that we extend compassionate support even when it's difficult to do so.
From the series, "Triggered" - Part 1. What triggers you? Have you ever wondered why certain things seem to offend you so easily? It happens to all of us, but there’s a major key that we can focus on to help us live a life beyond offence.
Are you sick of feeling like you're out of control? There are things that are beyond our ability to regulate, but there are also a lot of areas of our life that we can make an intentional difference. People with good routines, routinely get good results.
Today we have a guest speaker and a special message from Rob Smith. Does time that didn’t go as planned mean wasted time? There is an opportunity for grace, restoration, and a good-news lifestyle in every moment!
From the series, "Why Did Jesus Die?" - Part 3. Jesus' life and death are a disruption to the social, political, and religious order that many are used to. But through all the disorder, his resurrection is an invitation to reorder our entire lives around the life of God!
There's plenty to worry about in our ever-changing world. Building strong spiritual and emotional habits can help us to manage and learn from our anxieties. In this episode, we dive into a really helpful Psalm, with a little help from a great teacher, Dallas Willard.
Shame, fear, and vulnerability are so uncomfortable that we tend to run away or ignore any of these experiences or feelings. Jesus shows us that his message of love is much more powerful than those that try to bring us shame.
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 16. Following Jesus takes us in a different direction than most of us are comfortable with. He calls us to take up our cross and follow him. Needless to say, this is counterintuitive. Why would being willing to die on a cross make any sense? Because love is stronger than death.
Transformational growth is usually slow and gradual, but over time we see that God is making us more like Him. The more we can embrace His grace, truth and love the more we'll see those things becoming who we are. Take a few minutes to check your life for healthy fruit.
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 15. Religion is a hot topic that can lead to tense debates. Jesus often critiqued judgmental and hypocritical religion. He also challenged people to rethink what they fight against and who they fight for. That is a powerful challenge for us today.
Our lives are full of voices that subtly (or not so subtly) tell us to work hard to earn people's acceptance. These voices can be loud. But, if we dare to listen closely, we may hear God's voice assuring us that we are His beloved.
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 14. Today we have a special guest speaker, Dr. Isaac Odame. The Good News about becoming a Christian is that we are saved by grace alone and not by obeying a set of religious rules. Does this mean the God-given commands in the Bible don’t count? Is there a rule that really matters?
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 13. Today we have a special guest speaker, Cherylene Stimers. Sometimes the events in the Bible seem out of place and don’t fit together. This week’s passage is that type of challenge! Reposition our perspective and it all becomes clear.
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 12. What’s the key to the good life? That’s a complicated question. Jesus suggests that the way many of us try to get there is impossible. The good news? What’s impossible for us, is possible with God.
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 11. Most of us have been taught to climb the ladders of wealth and success. We base many of our life’s most important decisions around trying to get ahead. Jesus teaches us to rethink that entire approach!
We often look for God in flashy, heroic circumstances, but we often find God in the ordinary moments of our day. Things that we think are ordinary and common are actually full of the sacred presence of God.
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 10. Real transformation doesn’t happen by trying harder to be more moral. That’s far too superficial. Jesus' approach was much deeper and much more effective.
Jesus did a lot of miracles that helped to illustrate how God works, and how we can participate. A lot of people weren't paying attention and missed out, but we have a chance to lean in and figure out how to be part of what God is doing today!
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 9. Today we have a special guest speaker, Rob Smith. Rob is one of our Youth Leaders and he is also a student at McMaster Divinity College. We are really excited to hear what God has put on his heart as we continue our series, "Beyond Your Current Mind."
When we are kids, there's nothing more exciting than exploring new places just to experience what's out there. Sometimes as adults we become too comfortable for that kind of thing. Jesus invites us to recapture that sense of adventure!
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 7. Sometimes Jesus’ miracles are hard to interpret. What do demons and exorcisms have to do with us? Actually, as we continue to see the influence of evil in our world, these stories are just as relevant as ever!
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 6. During a season where we’ve lost a lot of the big and flashy events and activities in our lives, we have an opportunity to accept Jesus’ invitation to look for God in small, quiet, and deeper places.
When we pray we interact with God. Some of us tend to do all of the talking, but true prayer also incorporates listening to the voice of God. We talk about that and get some help from a prayer from Henrie Nouwen in this episode.
When things seem bleak is when God goes to work! He is the God who turns things around. Today, we talk about how God takes struggle and brings redemption, as well as Elevation Worship’s song, "Graves Into Gardens."
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 5. One of the essential aspects of following Jesus is to be able to see people for who they have been created to be. The rhythms of our lives ought to reflect the infinite value that God has created us with.
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 4. Jesus invites us into a new kind of life: one of purpose, meaning, and joy. If we want to experience this new way of life, we have to deal with the old way of life.
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 3. Without forgiveness, there is no Christianity. That reality has driven Christians to adopt a view of forgiveness that can seem extreme and unreasonable, but it is at the core of following Jesus. And it is the pathway to freedom.
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 2. Can you think of moments that significantly shifted your life? Events that changed the world? We’re in the midst of one of those times now, and we have the chance to use these moments to grow as people and communities. For those who are looking, there are opportunities everywhere!
Have you ever wondered what we're going to do for eternity? Play harps and sit on clouds? Won't it get boring? I've wondered that, but the Christian understanding of the afterlife is so rich that it offers hope of infinite joy. Let's think about it.
What can you not wait to do when the restrictions loosen up? Many of us are waiting for that to happen and hope it'll be soon! Me too, but while we wait, don't miss the power of the only moment that we actually have - now.
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 1. The message of Jesus is like an alarm clock going off and waking us up to see life in a completely different way. Are we ready to let God change how we think about and approach everything?
How can we find the confidence to live lives of deep faith when there is so much pain and uncertainty in the world? It comes down to what we believe and how we live it out. This meditation points us to the challenge and comfort of deep trust.
This Easter is different than any other in our lifetime, and this Easter will be the same as every other Easter. Some of our expectations in life have dramatically shifted, but the One we expect to find resurrected on Easter Sunday remains the same!
When Jesus gave his disciples a ritual to remember him by, he used ordinary things to symbolize extraordinary truth. He taught them to see the presence of God that had been brought down to earth, and set right in front of them.
Our culture isn't great at dealing with our pain. We would often rather avoid it than process it. During a time where so many of us are feeling complex negative emotions, it's so important to give ourselves permission to grieve.
Many of us are spending a lot of time at home with people that we love, which is wonderful, and challenging. These 6 words can help to restore some peace and joy when things might start to get a little tense.
Laid off? Working from home? It doesn’t take long for the novelty of being home all the time to wear off. The good news? We have incredible opportunities to bring goodness, beauty, and love to the world around us!
This is the #1 question that people have right now. We want life to go back to normal. As we wait for that, how can we deal with these difficult times and the emotions that we feel as a result? Today we look at two important aspects for us to accept and adopt at a time like this.
Whatever you’re doing this week, I can pretty much guarantee it isn’t what you thought you were going to be doing, or at least not how you thought you were going to be doing it. There’s something so unsettling about losing control of our everyday lives and rhythms that many of us have. Things aren’t going as planned, so it’s time for a new plan.
As we continue to hear and respond to the COVID-19 virus and the impact it's having around the world, we have great reason to have hope. With that hope we also have an amazing opportunity to make a positive impact on our community. Watch with us and discover how we can move forward in this unpredictable time.