Ritual is a doorway

Every now and again we need reminding from the Lord that the ceremonies, rituals and services in themselves are not the goal of religion. Rituals are not worship itself. It is important to be reminded that the rituals are a means to an end. They can be compared to a doorway which we can choose…

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True Worship has no Restrictions

We again find ourselves having to make changes to our life and routines to abide by COVID restrictions. As with any change, there comes a mix of emotions ranging from welcoming the safety measures and caring for the vulnerable, to frustration that people’s livelihoods are being taken away and that there is such a negative…

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Where am I leading you to?

As a congregation you voted to have me serve you as Pastor. The role is vary varied across both the church and school. The essence of the role you have called me to, is that of spiritual leader. The hope from your side is that I use my training, my time and my talents to guide all that we do to connect more deeply with the Lord.

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Foggy road

Remove the Fog

Do you know the danger sign of a stagnant spiritual journey? Do you know the danger signs that could seriously damage the church? Our journey stagnates for a number of reasons as we get caught up in a fast-paced life and changing environment. It happens when we leave “our first charity.” It happens when we…

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Church growth is personal spiritual growth

Before the outbreak of COVID, we had started to look at our church and community and we asked ourselves, “Where are we going?”, “Why are we doing the things we do?”, “Who are we serving?” To begin the process, I asked for your feedback on a survey in December that asked, “What do you value…

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Spiritual Comfort of Holy Discontent at Carmel New Church

Spiritual Comfort or Holy Discontent?

In Heaven & Hell we read, “Kindred souls gravitate toward each other spontaneously, as it were, for with each other they feel as though they are with their own family, at home…When they are with kindred souls, they enjoy the fullest freedom and find life totally delightful.” (HH n.44) What a beautiful image of spontaneously,…

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Support For Everyone at Carmel New Church

New Life

“Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5 Sometimes life takes unexpected turns. When things don’t go as planned we often assume it will be bad. What much of the world is currently experiencing undoubtedly has a lot of bad about it. There are also many good things happening if we choose to look…

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Surely the Lord is in this Place at Carmel New Church

Surely the Lord is in this Place

As we experience forced distancing from family, friends and the church, we are offered an opportunity to reflect on what really matters to us. What are you missing most at this time? I would have a guess that most of us are missing connection with people, whether it is enjoying a casual conversation with friends…

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