The Bible was written over thousands of years, by different people, from different cultures, in different genres, so it’s not always easy to read, but when we put in the work you see the miracle of Scripture - it’s as though there is one author orchestrating the whole thing! It’s not just one prophet who had a vision and we’re all supposed to take their word for it, it’s multiple prophets and apostles over many generations that all share the same truth backed up by historical events, none more miraculous than the death and resurrection of Jesus! But, wait! There’s more! When we put in the work of reading to understand and seeking a relationship with God, the Word becomes alive and active by God's Spirit! The Word & Spirit illuminates your heart to see the beauty, wisdom [...]
GIVE ONLINE We live to give! A Christian worldview sees the material things of this world as merely tools to build both ours and our neighbour's love for God. The Bible instructs us to be wise and generous managers of the material for we will all give an account for how we "spent" our life. Jesus knew that it is in our nature to protect and insure our own self-interest, but modelled what it means to deny ourselves. He gave His very life that His kindness might warm our cold hearts. Today, as His followers, we continue His ministry of warming cold hearts. Through our acts of kindness and generosity, the goodness of God is experienced in us and others. Because when we give, we (and others) actually get a small taste of what He went through for [...]
A close relative of a Parksider has been involved in the fight of his life. Gary was playing soccer in Vernon when he suddenly passed out on the feild. He was flown from Kelowna to Vancouver where his family was told devastating news that he had suffered a major brain aneurysm. It has been a year living away from their home to be by his side and it has taken a huge toll on the family. Gary has a long and difficult road ahead of him and we would like to rally together to support him and his family. Tickets for August 26th Ribfest: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gary-baker-music-ribfest-fundraiser-tickets-36466101090 FundMe Donations for the family: https://www.gofundme.com/2hvh3jg
The end of September might sound like a long way off, but it will be here before you know it! And with it, will be Freedom Session - a 20 week, intensive healing-discipleship journey that uncovers the roots of pain in our lives and invites Jesus Christ to heal those areas of our hearts. Freedom Session deals with real issues…pornography, broken marriages, sexual woundedness and abuse, depression, anger, fear and addiction. Beneath these symptoms, you will find a wounded and empty heart, looking for hope and meaning. As Jesus begins to heal the heart, the unhealthy and destructive ways we used to escape the pain in our lives become less and less attractive. Shame loses its grip on our lives and the lies that controlled us are replaced by God’s truth. More details (i.e. [...]
Confession is scary. For both parties. No one wants to confess their sin, but when done well, it leads to deeper trust and love. In the first Parkside Roundtable, Clint sits down with Tom & Sharlene Brooks to start a conversation on what confession in marriage looks like. Tom is a counselor. Sharlene is a cop. They’ve been through the ups and downs of marriage and have learned a few things along the way that will be a help to every listener. We’re praying that the fruit of this recording would be healthier marriages and homes. Would you join us in praying for those that listen and for our own hearts, that we would have the courage to live in the light and experience the beauty of living life in light of the cross.
Over the next few months we are testing out an additional component to our Sunday morning gathering/service called, “Family Time.” Before we dismiss kids to their classes, we are going to spend a few minutes hearing from one or two folks from our church who have something to share with our church family. It could be a verse, a song, a big prayer request, a word of encouragement, or something God is doing or has recently done in their life. There are some rules: 1) The motive for sharing and the content must be God-glorifying and family building; 2) We will want to include our kids in this time as much as possible, so consider them in the wording; 3) Most times, folks will be asked to keep their sharing to under five minutes and have an outline [...]
A dozen students and leaders returned on Sunday after a great weekend on Mt. Seymour wrapping up the Alpha series (an introduction to the Gospel). Thank you for praying for our students and leaders!
A number of students collected, sorted and redeemed $280 worth of bottles for their missions trip to Mexico. This summer, a number of students and leaders will join with other churches and head down to Foundation For His Ministry orphanage to serve and share the love of Jesus. Please be in prayer for them as they prepare and save. If you'd like to help out at the next fundraiser, contact Chris Kim (email@example.com)
The good folks at The Bible Project have put together two 11 minute videos giving an overview of Revelation. In case you've missed some Sunday's or just need to zoom out and get your bearings these videos are super engaging:
Happy New Year! It's -3 outside, but warm in our building and filled with VCS high schoolers back from Christmas break. I have the man-cold, but would rather be working than laying around. Thank you to the wonderful people who served our community on Christmas Day. Ron R. & Vaughan W. ministered to seniors at TRIM. A number of folks served Christmas dinner to our city's loneliest with Hope Central and many other volunteers. Thank you! This Sunday at church there will be a sign-up sheet for a "Games & Appetizer" night. It will be one of those "guess who's coming over" events. The games night will be on Saturday, January 21st. More details and online registration available at www.parksidechurch.ca/games. Thank you to Catherine D., Tony & Alison O., and Isaac & Brittney D., for hosting and leading our [...]