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Westside Church Podcast

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Welcome to the Westside Church podcast! We are a church in Hamilton, ON that exists to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus. For more information visit westsidehamilton.com
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Westside at Home – Seeds and Seasons
Life consists of a rotation of seasons. We're not always in a season of plentiful harvests. In fact, this might be the perfect time to plant some seeds for the future.
10:30
May 6, 2021
Westside at Home – Spiritual Junk Food
What's your spiritual diet like? Are you well-nourished or are you eating junk? Here are 3 ways to tell if you're settling for spiritual fast food and 3 ways to make sure that you eat well.
12:49
May 4, 2021
When We Don’t Have Enough
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!
37:33
May 2, 2021
Westside at Home – Have a Good Cry
If you need it, feel free to have a good cry. It might be one of the healthiest things you do today!
08:57
April 29, 2021
Westside at Home – Hearing Voices
What are the loudest voices in our lives, and what are they saying to us? Knowing is half the battle, the other half is replacing them.
10:27
April 27, 2021
We Are God’s Treasure and He Is Ours
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!
32:43
April 25, 2021
Westside at Home – There's A Name For That Blah You're Feeling
"Blah" might be the most prevalent emotion of 2021. If you're feeling that way, here's something you can do about it.
09:41
April 22, 2021
Westside at Home – Political Hot Take
Hey Ontario, I know many of us are upset with how things are going. I think we need to think through how we should respond!
11:56
April 20, 2021
Walking the Easter-impacted 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.
38:13
April 18, 2021
Walking to the Table
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.
27:48
April 11, 2021
Westside at Home – 3 Things to Intentionally Invest In During Lockdown
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!
14:49
April 8, 2021
Westside at Home – Picking Fights
All of us have limited resources - time, energy, and attention. Don't waste them on this!
10:52
April 6, 2021
Walking Out of the Tomb
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!
31:08
April 4, 2021
Westside at Home – A New Commandment
On Maundy Thursday just before Jesus was crucified, he gave his disciples a new commandment - the mandate for following Jesus. If we miss everything else, we must not miss this!
13:59
April 1, 2021
Westside at Home – It's All His
You can't outgive God. Easter weekend reminds us of that and helps us realize that everything we have is from God, and therefore is available to be given back to Him in Worship.
11:43
March 30, 2021
Walking Away From Religion
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.
33:19
March 28, 2021
Westside at Home – Patience is Power
We all get frustrated when certain things in our lives seem to be going too slowly. As much as we'd like to speed things along, the real power is in patience.
08:06
March 25, 2021
Westside at Home – What You Do Matters!
What you do today matters, but perhaps in a different way than you think. It isn't your productivity or efficiency that makes you important. Rather, it's about who you are, expressed in love.
07:41
March 23, 2021
Soul Care – Lectio Divina
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.
34:50
March 21, 2021
Westside at Home – More Than Meets The Eye
It's easy for us to focus on our challenges, but one thing I think we can learn in uncertain times is that God is doing more than meets the eye.
10:56
March 18, 2021
Westside at Home – More or Less?
Have you ever felt like you need to do more while simultaneously feeling like you have the capacity to do less? That's been common for many of us this year. And it's OK.
12:17
March 16, 2021
COVID Anniversary Service
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.
59:08
March 14, 2021
Westside at Home – Critical or Compassionate?
We live in a culture that is very critical but we have a choice: Do we want to stick with the status quo or buck the trend? Your answer will have a profound impact on how you experience life!
10:08
March 11, 2021
Westside at Home – Objecting to Jesus
Jesus' teachings can sometimes be so outrageous. And maybe that's the point. What are we supposed to do with some of Jesus' most difficult commands?
09:20
March 9, 2021
Mercy For All
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.
32:49
March 7, 2021
Westside at Home – Jonah, Jesus, and the resurrection: Did it really happen? Part 2
Some of the tough questions from the book of Jonah urge us to ask some good questions about the Bible and the resurrection. Such as, can we trust the Bible? Did the resurrection really happen?
20:08
March 4, 2021
Westside at Home – Jonah, Jesus, and the resurrection: Did it really happen? Part 1
Some of the tough questions from the book of Jonah urge us to ask some good questions about the Bible and the resurrection. Such as, can we trust the Bible? Did the resurrection really happen?
17:18
March 2, 2021
The Great Escape
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!
30:09
February 28, 2021
Westside at Home – Tough Questions from the Book of Jonah: Part 2
The message of Jonah is a great one, but it creates tension with some other parts of the Bible. It brings up some big questions about God's love and justice.
15:05
February 25, 2021
Westside at Home – Tough Questions from the Book of Jonah: Part 1
Jonah is an amazing story, but it raises a ton of tough questions. Let's discuss them and then try to discover what the message(s) of the book really are!
16:05
February 23, 2021
The Comeback
From the series, "ESCAPE" - Part 2. We all have times when we feel like we need to run away and escape, but what happens when you can't run anymore?
36:48
February 21, 2021
Westside at Home – Seeing God In Your Day
The prayer of examen helps us to become more aware of where God is working in and around us. Taking a few moments every day could change how you see everything!
10:07
February 18, 2021
Westside at Home – Give Up and Lift Up
Lent starts this week. Are you going to give something up? That's a good start, but don't forget to lift someone up as well!
10:03
February 16, 2021
What is Escapism?
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!
36:15
February 14, 2021
Westside at Home – I Want To See
Your openness to receive a new perspective could change everything about how you approach your life, relationships, and the world. But that kind of change is scary. Do you want to see?
12:54
February 11, 2021
Westside at Home – Don't Forget The Most Important Thing!
Do you ever head out for the day and forget something that you need, like your keys or your phone? That can be so frustrating. Make sure you don't forget the most important thing today!
08:14
February 9, 2021
How can we recognize the voice of God?
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.
48:41
February 7, 2021
Westside at Home – What Does Your Body Say About You?
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.
09:24
February 4, 2021
Westside at Home – The Voice of God
There are so many voices that influence how we think. What are the loudest voices in your life and what do they say? Now imagine what life could be like if God's voice was the most influential one.
10:30
February 2, 2021
Are we listening to God?
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.
40:12
January 31, 2021
Westside at Home – Contentment
You have everything that you need to be content. Start enjoying the present, right now.
10:60
January 28, 2021
Westside at Home – Wise People Have Wise Friends
Who are the most influential voices in your life? It's such an important question because you are becoming the people you surround yourself with!
09:18
January 26, 2021
How can we learn to pray better?
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).
34:14
January 24, 2021
Westside at Home – Let God Interrupt
What if we find the things that are most important come through interruptions? It could be that God wants to shift our focus and show us something we wouldn't see otherwise.
07:11
January 21, 2021
Westside at Home – Be Strong and Courageous
A dose of encouragement and confidence during a cold and dark season.
11:49
January 19, 2021
What do we say when we pray?
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!
35:41
January 17, 2021
Westside at Home – Are You In A Rut Or A Groove?
Our habits have incredible power to change us, for better or worse. Are you headed towards a more healthy version of yourself?
08:56
January 14, 2021
Westside at Home – God Is Doing A New Thing
Did everything change for you on New Year's Day? Probably not. But I think God is always doing new things, wonderful things for those who are willing to look and listen for them.
09:42
January 12, 2021
Does God listen to our prayers?
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?
29:03
January 10, 2021
3 Things I Learned In 2020
It’s been a crazy year. We couldn’t control it, but we can learn from it. Here are a few things that I think we can learn, and an important principle for moving forward in 2021.
31:58
January 3, 2021
Westside at Home – The Thrill of Hope
Message from our Christmas Eve online experience. God is doing a new thing, and that's good news - we're ready for something new. Where should we look and what should we be looking for?
18:54
December 25, 2020
Westside at Home – God Is Where We Are Weak
The Christmas story is an amazing picture of God stepping into our weakness and vulnerability. With some help from Henri Nouwen, we talk about orienting our perspective this Christmas.
08:27
December 22, 2020
Advent – PEACE
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.
27:54
December 20, 2020
Westside at Home – Stop Trying To Be Perfect
What does God expect from you? Do you ever feel like you just aren't giving enough? If so, it's time to change your perfectionism perspective!
08:25
December 17, 2020
Westside at Home – Fear Not
The world can be a scary place... But one of the unmistakable messages of the Christmas story is that you don't need to be afraid. You really don't!
09:34
December 15, 2020
Advent – JOY
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.
27:25
December 14, 2020
Westside at Home – Stress Less Christmas Tips: CELEBRATE
If you've been able to create a little bit of margin in your schedule, finances and energy, it's time to invest those resources and celebrate!
10:21
December 10, 2020
Westside at Home – Stress Less Christmas Tips: BOUNDARIES
I'm guessing a lot of people are going to be dealing with the tension of differing opinions on how to celebrate Christmas this year. You don't have to fight about it, even if you disagree.
11:09
December 8, 2020
Advent – LOVE
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.
27:12
December 6, 2020
Westside at Home – Stress Less Christmas Tips: MONEY
Don't try to buy joy by selling your peace! Think about how to use your money in a way that leads to peace and doesn't cause you more stress and anxiety.
11:45
December 3, 2020
Westside at Home – Stress Less Christmas Tips: TIME
Do you want to make it through Christmas and actually feel rested, at peace, and excited to celebrate? Start with how you approach your schedule.
12:50
December 1, 2020
Advent – HOPE
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!
32:47
November 30, 2020
Westside at Home – 4 Year Olds Will Change the World
Dave talks with his son about his first time earning money to give, save, and spend.
10:09
November 26, 2020
Westside at Home – Surrender
To really trust in God can be very difficult. Most of us like to be in control, but the act of surrendering actually has amazing power in our lives.
08:38
November 24, 2020
Be Rich 2020 – Are You Rich?
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.
35:27
November 23, 2020
Westside at Home – You Have Enough
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.
11:58
November 19, 2020
Westside at Home – Be Wise, Plan Ahead
One of the wisest things that we can do is recognize potential danger and make plans to avoid it.
09:37
November 17, 2020
Get In Someone’s Corner
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?
31:22
November 15, 2020
Westside at Home – The Welcoming Prayer
This prayer from Danielle Strickland helps us to prepare ourselves by becoming more aware of our thoughts and emotions and welcoming the gracious presence of God.
06:32
November 12, 2020
Westside at Home – A Prayer for Peace at Remembrance Day
One of the most important reasons why we remember is so that we can live in such a way that promotes peace.
07:09
November 10, 2020
It's All You
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!
33:41
November 8, 2020
Westside at Home – Who Is Like Our God?
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.
10:04
November 5, 2020
Westside at Home – How to Release Your Anxieties
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.
11:38
November 3, 2020
Reward in Relationship
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!
21:38
November 1, 2020
Westside at Home – The Apocalypse
Is this the end? What can we learn from apocalyptic literature in the Bible about dealing with crises?
11:24
October 29, 2020
Westside at Home – Don't Let a Season Become a Sentence
We can't stop crises from happening, but we can stop them from defining us.
09:23
October 27, 2020
Holding It Together
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!
37:26
October 26, 2020
Westside at Home – The Lord Is In This Place
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?
10:11
October 22, 2020
Westside at Home – God Almighty
If God is God, then He is unquestionably strong. But what kind of strength does He want to give us?
09:36
October 20, 2020
Strength and Power
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!
36:27
October 18, 2020
Westside at Home – You Are Already Blessed
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.
14:14
October 15, 2020
Westside at Home – God Is Better Than You Think
God is mysterious, there's always more for us to learn about who He is. One of our lifelong pursuits is to discover on new and deeper levels, just how good God is.
09:33
October 13, 2020
On Being BIC
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.
24:31
October 11, 2020
Westside at Home – 3 Things That Will Ruin Thanksgiving (and 1 that will make it awesome)
Happy Thanksgiving! However you plan to celebrate, make it a great one!
09:12
October 8, 2020
Westside at Home – Don't Miss Out This Thanksgiving
There are so many great things about Thanksgiving. As you celebrate this week, don't miss out on a beautiful opportunity for joy.
11:15
October 6, 2020
Neediness
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.
40:38
October 4, 2020
Westside at Home – 3 Ways To Maintain a Positive Attitude During COVID-19
Have you had days where you're simply frustrated, depressed, or discouraged? Lately, we all have. Here are some practical tips for keeping a positive outlook.
09:59
October 1, 2020
Westside at Home – Close Some Tabs
Many of us are constantly distracted. There are so many things that grab our attention, and the danger is that we might miss the spectacular power of the present.
09:15
September 29, 2020
Polarization
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!
33:58
September 27, 2020
Westside at Home – 10,000 Steps
Where are your small everyday decisions taking you? Our lives take shape 1 decision at a time - so pay attention to where you're headed.
09:12
September 24, 2020
Westside at Home – I Will Not Be Shaken
What throws you off your game? Family trouble, work stress, relationship problems? Today, we look at a path to finding strength in the midst of shaky circumstances.
08:41
September 22, 2020
Cancel Culture
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.
34:04
September 20, 2020
Westside at Home – The Church Must Gather
Church doesn't look like it used to, but the Church will always continue to move forward! Make sure you don't miss a powerful opportunity to gather this fall!
11:21
September 17, 2020
Westside at Home – The Power of Resurrection
Sometimes life can seem hopeless. We may doubt that we can fix our own problems or get our lives back on track. If you've hit a hopeless time, know this: that's exactly when God really goes to work.
13:21
September 15, 2020
Living Beyond Offence
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.
41:21
September 13, 2020
Westside at Home – Getting Good Results
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.
09:31
September 10, 2020
Westside at Home – Critical or Compassionate?
It's easy to become critical. If you're looking for something to complain about, there's always plenty to find. But compassion changes everything.
08:48
September 8, 2020
Here I Am
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!
20:02
September 6, 2020
Westside at Home – Seasons
What season of life are you in? Whether we like it or not, we all go through ups and downs. Here are 3 questions that will help you make the most of whatever phase you find yourself in.
11:55
September 3, 2020
Westside at Home – Peace Within
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing - you are right where you are meant to be. God has a world of infinite possibilities for you.
07:11
September 1, 2020
Part 3: Resurrection
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!
32:18
August 30, 2020
Westside at Home – Christ With Me
Listen to this powerful prayer and gain strength in the presence of God all around you - whatever you're facing today.
05:18
August 27, 2020
Westside at Home – Don't Panic
There are a lot of voices that stir up worry and anxiety in us. Today, listen to one that brings real calm and peace.
11:10
August 25, 2020
Part 2: Subversion
From the series, "Why Did Jesus Die?" - Part 2. Jesus’ death subverts the dangerous and destructive ideologies of politics and religion.
32:29
August 23, 2020
Westside at Home – Life Without Lack
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.
08:58
August 20, 2020
Westside at Home – Thanks For Pausing
Based on a conversation about John Ortberg's book, Soul Keeping, this is a powerful reminder that the most important thing in our lives, is who we are becoming.
09:28
August 18, 2020
Part 1: Invitation
From the series, "Why Did Jesus Die?" - Part 1. Jesus invites us to participate in the pattern of the spiritual life and to enjoy a seat at the family table.
31:53
August 16, 2020
Westside at Home – Taking Off Our Masks
Spiritually speaking, Jesus lets us take off our masks and enjoy intimacy with God. Physically speaking, we still need to wear masks in public!
11:20
August 13, 2020
Westside at Home – Despising Shame
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.
14:13
August 11, 2020
Love Is Stronger Than Death
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.
25:41
August 9, 2020
Westside at Home – Awe and Wonder
The whole world is infused with the presence of God and is available to us... if we're ready to pay attention.
10:57
August 6, 2020
Westside at Home – You Can't Fake Fruit
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.
09:38
August 4, 2020
What Are You Fighting For?
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.
32:43
August 2, 2020
Westside at Home – The Beloved
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.
10:44
July 30, 2020
Westside at Home – Instruments of Peace
Summer can be a great time to recalibrate and refocus on our priorities. This prayer helps us to do just that.
06:32
July 28, 2020
The Rule That Matters
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?
31:45
July 26, 2020
Puzzling Pieces
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.
25:13
July 20, 2020
Westside at Home – Part 4: Hope
Sometimes it seems like things are only getting worse and while wishful thinking is naive, hope doesn't disappoint.
11:11
July 16, 2020
Westside at Home – Part 3: Character
None of us want to go through painful times, but we inevitably will. The good news is that pain doesn't have to destroy us, it can refine us.
12:03
July 14, 2020
Living An Impossibly Good Life
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.
32:37
July 12, 2020
Westside at Home – Part 2: Endurance
Suffering tells us that we can't go on and it's time to give up, but if we're looking in the right place, our pain can actually make us stronger.
08:06
July 9, 2020
Westside at Home – Part 1: Suffering
In the next 4 episodes we're going to be looking at how we can move from a place of suffering to hope. We start by putting our pain in perspective.
10:33
July 7, 2020
Finding God at the Bottom
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!
26:59
July 5, 2020
Westside at Home – Getting On The Same Page
Dave is joined by his wife Bryna and they share some relationship advice as they reflect on marriage.
08:46
July 2, 2020
Westside at Home – Everything Is Sacred
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.
07:10
June 30, 2020
Dying to Live
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.
33:25
June 28, 2020
Westside at Home – Give Us Eyes To See
Do you have a clear vision for your future? These days, that's no easy task. We are all working through 'new normals.' It's a great time to ask God to help us see clearly what that could look like.
10:51
June 25, 2020
Westside at Home – Don't Miss the Signs
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!
09:43
June 23, 2020
A Crumb Of Mercy
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."
22:04
June 22, 2020
Westside at Home – Don't Take Yourself So Seriously
The pace of most of our lives is set to stressful. One of the rewards of following Jesus is joy, and joy comes at a different speed.
08:20
June 18, 2020
Westside at Home – Hangry Babies and Quiet Souls
How are you feeling as Ontario starts to reopen? If you're a bit uneasy or nervous, that's OK! With more changes on the way, quieting our souls is a pathway to greater peace.
09:52
June 16, 2020
When Following The Rules Goes Wrong
From the series, "Beyond Your Current Mind" - Part 8. Believe it or not, Jesus was a rule breaker. Not only that, but he teaches us to break the rules too… we just need to learn how to do it properly.
33:12
June 14, 2020
Westside at Home – Crossing Bridges
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!
08:07
June 11, 2020
Westside at Home – An Endless Stream of Goodness
How does God feel about us today? Same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be more of the same. And it's good news.
09:38
June 9, 2020
Breaking Systems That Break People
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!
24:50
June 7, 2020
Westside at Home – Identity, Purpose and Security
The path to confidence and inner peace starts with discovering and living out of your God-given identity.
08:33
June 4, 2020
Westside at Home – Listening to the Unheard
At a time when we've been reminded of the horrors of racism, we need to lean in and really hear the voices of those who have been all-too-often unheard.
07:53
June 2, 2020
Looking Deeper
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.
28:27
May 31, 2020
Westside at Home – Preparing to Pray
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.
07:22
May 28, 2020
Westside at Home – The Great Reversal
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."
07:15
May 26, 2020
Treating People Like People
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.
30:36
May 24, 2020
Westside at Home – The Freedom Of Letting Go
Real freedom is a paradox. We find it by living entirely in the opposite direction than we think we should.
12:55
May 21, 2020
Westside at Home – Making Moments Famous
A life of joy takes practice. Acknowledging our present moment helps us to express gratitude through the spiritual discipline of celebration.
08:58
May 19, 2020
Living A New Kind Of Life
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.
27:11
May 17, 2020
Westside at Home – Patience Obtains Everything
Quick, easy, and convenient are tempting, but real life is lived slowly.
09:21
May 14, 2020
Westside at Home – Expectations
How are you managing the expectations that others put on you? How about the expectations that you put on yourself?
11:45
May 12, 2020
The Healing Freedom of Forgiveness
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.
30:31
May 11, 2020
Westside at Home – Creating a Spiritual Connection
God wants to give us everything we need to experience more of Him and a more full life. He wants to create the kind of connection that produces abundant life in us.
10:40
May 7, 2020
Westside at Home – Craving Spiritual Growth
Spiritual growth isn't boring. It leads to a life of increased peace and joy and goodness. God wants more for us. What do you want more of?
10:28
May 5, 2020
Accepting Divine Appointments
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!
28:36
May 3, 2020
Westside at Home – I Hope Heaven Isn't Boring
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.
11:01
April 30, 2020
Westside at Home – What Are You Waiting For?
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.
10:39
April 28, 2020
Waking Up To A Spiritual Reality
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?
28:10
April 26, 2020
Westside at Home – Why Does God Allow Suffering?
At a time when we become so aware of the suffering that people are enduring all over the world, it's natural to come back to this timeless question, and wonder where God is at times of suffering.
09:37
April 23, 2020
Westside at Home – God Alone Is Enough
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.
11:06
April 21, 2020
Soul Care – The Blessing
Deep down we all long to be loved, valued, and cherished. One of our greatest spiritual needs is our need to be blessed. It is something that is offered to us and that we can grab ahold of!
25:45
April 19, 2020
Westside at Home – Four Things You Need Every Day
Dave is joined by his wife Bryna as they discuss 4 rhythms that are essential for life in quarantine.
06:23
April 16, 2020
Westside at Home – God Is In Control So You Don't Have To Be
There are some things that you can only discover when you get quiet enough to listen. Many of our lives have, in some ways, gotten a little quieter. What are you hearing?
07:12
April 14, 2020
Easter Sunday – What The World Needs Now
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!
33:45
April 12, 2020
Good Friday – Hiding In Plain Sight
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.
16:52
April 10, 2020
Westside at Home – Permission To Grieve
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.
08:35
April 9, 2020
Westside at Home – A Relationship Saving Question
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.
06:52
April 7, 2020
UNCHARTED – Friends Don't Let Friends Worry Alone
One of the worst parts about worrying is when you feel like you’re all alone. One of the greatest resources that God gives us to remind us that we aren’t, is each other.
32:39
April 5, 2020
Westside at Home – Let's Get Some Rest
Our world is fast-paced and runs on efficiency and productivity, which can leave some of us feeling run down. Jesus invites us to change the pace and embrace rhythms of rest.
09:19
April 2, 2020
Westside at Home – Let's Get To Work
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!
07:17
March 31, 2020
UNCHARTED – When Is All Of This Going To End?
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.
41:12
March 29, 2020
UNCHARTED – Time For A New Plan
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.
36:19
March 22, 2020
An Opportunity For Hope
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.
30:21
March 15, 2020