December 31 ~ Will Blanchette

Humiliation and Exaltation of Christ Philippians 2:5-11   http://cbcilderton.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DEc-31-2017-W-Blanchette.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...
December 24 ~ Pastor Gary

December 24 ~ Pastor Gary

The Coming King: Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:2-7    http://cbcilderton.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Dec24-2017-G-Prickett.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...

Give Peace a Chance ~ Pastor Gary

I thought I would take a quick glance at the “front-page” stories for the online version of Canada’s Globe and Mail this morning. Here is a sampling of headlines: Two Palestinians killed in clashes after UN vote on Jerusalem Russian hackers targeted more than 200 journalists globally Teen sentenced to 25 years in mental hospital in stabbing case Details of latest Rwandan assassination plot exposed Ukrainian interpreter arrested on suspicion of being a Russian spy Review of sexual assault cases in New Brunswick reveals hundreds misclassified as unfounded Telecom companies face price fixing charges Loonie about to take sudden turn lower Housing market concerns Investment security fraud charges Brazil to block Boeing from controlling Embraer Eastern Canada to avoid romaine lettuce due to E.coli outbreak Of our four names for the baby of Isaiah 9 born and given to us, I suspect “Prince of Peace” is the one our world most longs for. Bear in mind the above headlines represent one snapshot of one day and one newspaper’s selected group of stories. Even in this limited sample we find a world definitively not at peace; not with each other, nor within ourselves as stories of murder, war, espionage, suspicion, and greed underscore the reality that we live in anxious times. And in the time taken to note these stories, more would be available were I simply to hit the refresh button – though I am not sure how ‘refreshing’ I find it. And so it has ever been. Where there are humans, we have unrest. In fact, fundamentally, our lack of peace is not due to institutional, geopolitical, or...
December 17 ~ Nate Wright

December 17 ~ Nate Wright

The Coming King: Everlasting Father Isaiah 9:1-7, Psalm 103   Unfortunately some of Pastor Wright’s introduction was missed in the video recording. For the full introduction, please listen to about 3 to 4 minutes of the audio recording below before watching the video.  http://cbcilderton.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dec17-2017-N-Wright.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...

The Fatherly Son ~ Pastor Gary

What do you think of, and how do you feel, when you hear the word father? Without question it evokes some of our strongest and most varied feelings, from security and affirmation to anger and fear. During the Christmas season these may be accentuated all the more as we sense loss for a father no longer with us, or for a father either distant or never even known. How wonderful then to hear the words of prophecy in Isaiah 9:6 say that unto us is born an “Everlasting Father”. At first glance it seems strange to attribute the name “Father” to Jesus the Messiah. Has the prophet confused Trinitarian function? How can the Eternal Son be the Everlasting Father? Firstly, it is unlikely Isaiah had Trinitarian roles in mind when ascribing these names or attributes to the coming King. He is, rather, describing the Messiah’s character and how he would relate to his people. He would be a father-like one in his protection, provision, and care for us. He is both the given son of man – born of a woman (700 years in the future!) – yet the eternal Alpha and Omega, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Rev 1:8)”. This child, both born and given, has the divine qualities and essence of God, and father-like care over us. Of course, Jesus himself taught: “I and the Father are one” and hoped that we would “know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father. (John 10:30,38)” To his disciple Philip he asks: “Have I been with...