For The City

Befriending And Belonging In An Age Of Scorn

When we came across this post, we couldn’t help but be both challenged and encouraged, all at the same time. “Inviting others to belong and journey with us even before they believe with us or agree with us is a deeply Christian thing”. Good stuff, right? We reached out to our friends at scottsauls.com to share the…

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FORtheCity Devotion Day 9 – The Power Of Hope And A Hug

By Jeff Brodie, Lead Pastor at Connexus Church READ Luke 15:11-32 REFLECT The Prodigal Son is one of the most powerful parables that Jesus tells, and I love looking at the story from multiple angles. Most of the time, you likely picture yourself as the Prodigal Son. You see yourself receiving the forgiveness and grace of…

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FORtheCity Devotion Day 8 – Is God’s love in you?

By Jeff Brodie, Lead Pastor at Connexus Church READ 1 John 3:16-18 REFLECT I’ve had the privilege of serving on the streets, in shelters, in kitchens, and in drop in centres in different cities in Canada. So often those experiences have impacted me because of the compassion people have for one another under difficult circumstances. •…

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FORtheCity Devotion Day 7 – The Roots Of An Authentic Friendship

By Jeff Brodie, Lead Pastor at Connexus Church READ John 15:13-15 REFLECT Trust is at the centre of every authentic friendship. It’s true. We’ve all experienced fake friendships, acquaintances, or Facebook friends, but real friendships are based on two-way trust. Trust is built on authenticity. Being who you really are. When you choose to be FOR the people…

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FORTheCity Devotion Day 6 – Jesus Loves Awkward Moments

By Jeff Brodie, Lead Pastor at Connexus Church READ John 4:1-30 REFLECT One of the things that always strikes me about this account of Jesus and the woman at the well, is the overall awkwardness of the conversation. Jesus is Jewish and a man, while she is a Samaritan and a woman. In addition to this, we…

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FORTheCity Devotion Day 5 – Making Fear A Non-Factor

By Jeff Brodie, Lead Pastor at Connexus Church READ Luke 5:27-32 REFLECT In this account we see how the religious leaders didn’t want to be associated with tax collectors. While the Pharisees would avoid the tax collectors and stay in their comfort zone, Jesus went into Levi’s home and ate with them. While the Pharisees looked…

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FORTheCity Devotion Day 4 – People, Not Projects

By Jeremy MacDonald, Orillia Campus Pastor at Connexus Church READ Matthew 5:14-16 REFLECT I remember going car shopping for the first time. The first salesperson I met was nervous — I wonder if he had just recently started selling cars? From the opening exchange, I felt like I was hearing the lines out of some secret…

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FORTheCity Devotion Day 3 – Are People Your Priority?

By Jeff Brodie, Lead Pastor at Connexus Church READ Luke 10-:38-42 REFLECT Have you ever had someone over for dinner, and felt exhausted afterwards? The business of cleaning the house and preparing the meal, coupled with the stress of entertaining can take so much of our focus, that we forget to prioritize the importance of our relationship…

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