Archive for April, 2024

Experiencing God’s Love: 1 John 4

Posted on: April 29th, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

As I stood before the congregation on the last Sunday in April, my heart was filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the presence of each person before me. It was a moment of connection, a moment to delve into the profound teachings of the Scriptures and reflect on the essence of love as conveyed in 1 John 4.

Reflection on 1 John 4:7-11

I began by diving into the verses of 1 John 4, specifically focusing on verses 7 to 11. These verses spoke directly to the core of our being, emphasizing the importance of love in our lives. The words resonated deeply within me as I shared with the congregation the meaning behind loving one another as a reflection of the love of God.

Challenging Our Notions of Love

In our modern world, the concept of love has sometimes been diluted to mere pleasantries and superficial gestures. As I delved deeper into the message, I challenged the congregation to rethink their understanding of love. True love, as depicted in the Scriptures, goes beyond words and actions; it is a profound connection that stems from the depth of our souls.

The Mystery of Love

The mystery of God’s love unfolded before us as we explored the idea that love is not based on what we do but rather on who we are. Through anecdotes and reflections, I encouraged the audience to ponder the authenticity of their love towards others and towards God.

The Greatest Sin: Not Loving

One powerful realization that struck a chord with the congregation was the revelation that the greatest sin is not to love. In a world filled with strife and discord, it is our ability to love unconditionally that sets us apart. I emphasized the significance of love as the foundational principle of our faith and our existence.

Living Out God’s Love

As the sermon progressed, I stressed the importance of embodying God’s love in our daily lives. From the way we treat our family members to how we interact with strangers, every action should be infused with love. It is through these small gestures of kindness and compassion that we truly showcase our connection to God.

Closing Thoughts

In conclusion, the message of love permeated every word spoken that day. It was a reminder to all of us that love is not just a feeling but a way of life. As we left the church that day, my prayer was that each person would carry the essence of God’s love with them, spreading kindness and warmth wherever they go.

As I reflect back on that Sunday in April, I am reminded of the profound truth that God is love. It is through love that we experience the presence of the divine in our midst. May we all strive to love one another as a reflection of the love that God has bestowed upon us.


How You Serve Others, Shapes Our Community

Posted on: April 22nd, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

4th Sunday of EasterAs I reflect on the powerful words from the Gospel of John, specifically focusing on the message of the Good Shepherd, I am reminded of the profound impact selfless service can have on shaping our community.

The Example of the Good Shepherd

In John chapter 10, Jesus proclaims, “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me.” These words resonate deeply as they highlight the intimate relationship between the shepherd and his sheep. Just as the Father knows Jesus and vice versa, we too are called to know and be known by our Good Shepherd.

Selfless Acts of Love and Care

I was struck by the examples of three Christian sisters who embodied the essence of selfless and self-giving care. They devoted years of their lives to caring for others, setting aside their own needs to prioritize the well-being of those they were serving. Their unwavering commitment and endurance in love truly make them leaders among us.

Following the Footsteps of the Servant King

In ancient Israel, the ideal vision of kingly leadership was that of a servant king, much like King David. A leader who prioritized the welfare of the people over personal gain. Jesus exemplified this servant leadership, laying down his life for the sheep. In him, we see the perfect blend of God and Messiah, the true shepherd who guides and protects his flock.

Transformative Love in Action

The love and care demonstrated by our Good Shepherd invite us to imitate his example of self-giving and self-sacrifice. As members of the body of Christ, we are called to be transformed by this love and to extend it to others around us. Our response to Jesus’ love should be one of sincere care and service for our brothers and sisters, mirroring the love of our Good Shepherd.

Closing Thoughts

As we journey through life, let us remember that we have the power to shape our community through how we serve others. By following the example of our Good Shepherd and King, we can create a ripple effect of love, care, and transformation that touches the lives of those around us. Let us embrace the call to serve wholeheartedly and self-sacrificially, knowing that in caring for others, we reflect the love of the one who laid down his life for us.

Finding Peace through Repentance and Forgiveness

Posted on: April 14th, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

As I sat down to reflect on the powerful message shared by Theadore Hunt in his recent video, I couldn’t help but feel a profound sense of peace wash over me. The words he spoke resonated deeply within my soul, reminding me of the importance of repentance and forgiveness in our lives.

Embracing Life’s Storms

In the midst of life’s challenges and trials, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and lost. The storms of life may come crashing down on us, leaving us feeling adrift and unsure of our path. But Theadore’s message reminded me that these storms are not meant to break us but to strengthen us.

The Call for Repentance and Forgiveness

The essence of Theadore’s message lies in the call for repentance and forgiveness. He beautifully articulated the need for us to acknowledge our own faults, to turn away from our wrongdoings, and to seek forgiveness from both God and others. Repentance is not a sign of weakness but of courage and humility.

A Message of Hope and Redemption

In a world filled with conflicts and turmoil, Theadore’s words serve as a beacon of hope and redemption. He reminds us that true peace can only be found through repentance and forgiveness. By letting go of grudges, seeking reconciliation, and extending forgiveness, we pave the way for healing and transformation.

The Power of Forgiveness

As I listened to Theadore speak about the power of forgiveness, I couldn’t help but be moved by the profound impact it can have on our lives. Forgiveness is not just a gift we give to others but also a gift we give to ourselves. It frees us from the burden of anger and resentment, allowing us to move forward with grace and compassion.

Reflection and Action

After watching Theadore’s video, I found myself reflecting on my own life and relationships. Have I been holding onto grudges? Is there someone I need to forgive or seek forgiveness from? These questions stirred something deep within me, prompting me to take action and make amends where needed.


In conclusion, Theadore’s message on finding peace through repentance and forgiveness is a timely reminder of the importance of grace and compassion in our lives. As we navigate the storms of life, let us remember to embrace repentance, seek forgiveness, and extend grace to others. In doing so, we not only find peace within ourselves but also contribute to a world filled with love and understanding.

May we all strive to live a life guided by repentance and forgiveness, knowing that true healing and transformation come from the depths of our hearts.

The Power of Generosity: Thriving as a Community

Posted on: April 7th, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

Hey there, fellow readers! Today, I want to delve into a profound theme that has been on my mind lately – generosity. As I reflect on the script I recently came across, it has sparked a deep introspection on how vital generosity is for not just individuals but for the survival and growth of a community as a whole.

Embracing Generosity

The essence of generosity lies in the act of selflessly sharing what we have with others. It goes beyond merely giving material possessions; it is about a mindset shift towards considering the well-being of our community members as important as our own. The video beautifully illustrates how a community flourished when its members set aside selfish desires and embraced a culture of sharing and caring.

Lessons from Acts of the Apostles

The excerpt from the Acts of the Apostles serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of generosity. The early followers of Jesus were so deeply impacted by the news of his resurrection that they willingly shared everything they had, ensuring that no one among them was in need. Their selfless acts of giving stemmed from a place of love and unity, setting a remarkable example for us to follow.

Overcoming Selfishness

Selfishness, on the other hand, stands as a barrier to true community growth. When individuals prioritize their needs and wants above others, it creates a divide that hampers the collective progress. The story of Thomas in the script serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting how self-centeredness can lead to isolation and mistrust within a community.

The Call to Selflessness

As followers of Christ or simply as members of a shared society, we are called to embody selflessness in our actions. By shifting our focus from self-serving intentions to the greater good of all, we pave the way for genuine connections and collective prosperity. It is through acts of generosity and kindness that we truly reflect the teachings of love and compassion.

A Path to Resilient Communities

In a world filled with uncertainty and challenges, the practice of generosity emerges as a beacon of hope. When communities come together with open hearts and hands, they form a resilient bond that can weather any storm. Through sharing resources, supporting one another, and fostering a culture of giving, we not only survive but thrive as a unified entity.

As I conclude this reflection on generosity, let us remember that small acts of kindness and generosity have the power to create ripple effects of positivity in our communities. Let us strive to be pillars of support for one another, embracing the transformative potential of selfless giving.