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Fear that cripples you.

Doubt that confuses you.

Judgment that discourages you.

Worry that suffocates you.

Sin that causes you pain.

If you’re like most of us, you’ve struggled to get out from under the weight of any one of these things at some point in you life. What if you don’t have to deal with any of these issues? And what if the reason why is NOTHING like you thought.

Jesus gives us brilliant life instruction to free us.  Especially when it comes to what not to do.

But sure, even if Jesus teaches us not to have fear, doubt and worry… that’s great. But it’s way easier said than done!

This weekend, we jump into a conversation about the first Christians to ever follow Jesus and how Jesus equips you to be free from all the weight of fear, worry, doubt, sin and judgment.

And… if you are skeptical about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, you’re going to love this.

And why don’t you bring a friend with you?

Barrie Location

The N Commandments — Part 1— Unhitched | Andy Stanley

The Bible is complex. Christianity can seem extreme. But when it comes to faith, this one thing changed everything.

9.00 and 10.30 am | 20 Mills Road, Barrie

Orillia Location

Doing Time — Part 6— Build Alignment | Carey Nieuwhof

We’ve all been part of a disorganized workplace or group and had our motivation sapped. Add to that an impulse within all of us that prefers independence, and you have a world in which few individuals and organizations ever realize their full potential. What if everyone’s life could be better by aligning their gifts around a common mission, vision and strategy?

9.00 and 10.30 am | Galaxy Cineplex, Orillia

 

 

 

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Easter is just around the corner! I can’t wait to celebrate Easter weekend with you at our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. We’ll be gathering at 9am and 10:30 at our Barrie and Orillia Campuses on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

But… did you know we’re in a season not a lot of people talk about anymore? It’s called Lent. 

And in many ways, it’s a season that’s completely counter-cultural.

Let me me explain.

From the time you were little, you were likely conditioned to believe that life was about you.

Your mom would make sure you got your favourite food and a cake you loved on your birthday, not to mention the gift you had no power to buy for yourself.

Your parents helped you try to succeed at your favourite sport and in school.

As you grew up, you realized you could (in some small way), bend reality to fit your wants and needs.

Chances are your kitchen cupboards and fridge have some of your favourite foods in them. Your car has at least a few options you really wanted (who really wants to roll down a window manually anyway?)

If you’re like me, you have this selfish gene that just wants everything to be the way you want it to be all the time.

Let’s be honest… often our prayer life works like that.

I can spend far too much time in my prayer life telling God how to run the world (and my world). If I’m not careful, I can vacuum up all my prayer time telling God what I want him to do for my kids, my wife, our church, my work, my finances, my health and what I want him to do in the lives of everyone I’m praying for.

Prayer can so easily become about what we want to get from God, can’t it?

It can even be a meagre attempt to control God.

But when I read the Psalms and the scripture, prayer seems to be so much less about control than it seems to be about surrender.

Which is why prayer and fasting are a beautiful combination.

Fasting—something many Christians observe in Lent—is all about giving something up.

While we’re not doing a concerted fast right now at Connexus (we’ve done them before and might do them again), fasting something can be a great spiritual discipline as you get ready to celebrate Easter.

Even fasting anything for a day or two can make a big difference.

Why?

Because fasting is about actually depriving yourself.

It could be depriving yourself of social media or TV for a season.

Or coffee.

Or even sugar, carbs or dessert for a period of time (that’s what I’m doing as I write this). Or of solid foods (see your doctor before you do that!).

Every time I fast, I realize it’s about creating a life that’s less about me and more about God.

I let the cravings prompt me to think less about what I want and more about what God wants.

It’s like the absence of what I’m missing during my fast is driving me into the arms of the God I was missing before I fasted. 

And, my goodness, that has implications.

  • My prayers become less about what I want and more about what God wants.
  • My relationships can be less about me and more about what helps the other person.
  • Greed, envy, selfishness and desires lose some of their power.
  • The reality that life is more than food and clothes and possessions and things sears more deeply into my heart, soul and mind.

So what can come about from praying and fasting? 

Let the absence of what you’re missing drive you into the arms of the God you were missing.

He missed you too.

 

O God, you are my God;

I earnestly search for you.

My soul thirsts for you;

my whole body longs for you

in this parched and weary land

where there is no water.

Psalm 63:1 NLT

– Carey

Teaching Pastor, Connexus Church

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In March of 2016, 12 students accompanied by 4 leaders have the opportunity to go down to Antigua Guatemala for 8 days. While down there they will be staying at the YWAM base, serving people in the surrounding area.

They are planning to connect with some of the children they sponsored through Compassion. Along with that, they will also be distributing wheelchairs and Bibles; as well as going with the YWAM staff to give out soup to the homeless of Antigua.

Over the coming weeks we will be featuring each of the team members so you can get to know them better. Last week we introduced you to Heather Anne, Renée Vanderstelt, Brianna Leigh and Krystyna Hall, if you’d like to meet them!

If you’d like to support our team financially, please visit connexuschurch.com/lovemoves.  Your gift will be so meaningful to us.

Meet Mike Reimer, one of our awesome leaders

This will be the 3rd Guatemala trip Mike has led.

City:

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Favourite subject:

Love that I’m out of school!  I used to love high school gym.  In University I loved History.

Random Fact about You:

I was the Ping Pong Champion of Redeemer University 1997/98

Outside of School [aka your day job] you love to:

Play Games

What you appreciate most about InsideOut:

Being able to do cool things while serving God.

What you hope God does in you on this trip:

Shows me something new about myself and hits the repeat kids more, but very differently than the last time.


Meet Allie Kervin

City:

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Favourite subjects:​

Science, and Anthropology.

Random fact about me:

My favourite food is perogies.

Outside of school I love to: ​

Recently I have gotten a colouring book and when I have free time I enjoy to colour. It is a great stress reliever and very calming. Also, the colouring looks very good when you are all done with it.

What I appreciate most about InsideOut:

Personally I love InsideOut because it’s a safe place where I can share anything without the fear of being judged and work through any questions with my small group leaders and amazing friends at youth. Also, InsideOut is a place where I can make long lasting friendships.

What I hope God does in me on this trip:​

During this trip I hope that God will use this experience to deepen my relationship with him. In addition, I hope that through this trip God will show me how truly blessed I am and remind me to never take what he has blessed me with for granted.


 Meet Mackenzie Richmond

City:

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Favourite Subject:

Physics

Random fact about you:

I can play Ukelele.

Outside of school you love to:

Cross Country running.

What you appreciate most about InsideOut:

Connecting with friends who share the same desire to grow closer to God.

What you hope God does in you this trip:

I hope he pushes me outside of my comfort zone.


Meet Ruth Johnston

City:

BarrieRuth_Johnston

Favourite Subject:

Gym

Random fact about you:

I spent my summers working at Muskoka Bible Centre

Outside of school you love to:

Play volleyball, read, listen and play music and also draw.

What you appreciate most about InsideOut:

I appreciate the leaders at InsideOut and how they make an effort to get to know you and that they can relate to you.

What you hope God does in you this trip:

I hope to grow in my relationship with God and see how He is working in different places.


We are super excited to have these awesome people on our team and can’t wait to see what God has in store for them.

If you would like to support our team financially please click on the link connexuschurch.com/lovemoves and please keep our team in your prayers as they prepare to embark on this journey.

 

 

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So – for all of 2016 (so far!) we’ve been talking about life being more than just putting in time.  Day in – day out. There is incredible meaning, hope and purpose to be found.

From choosing trust to taking the low place – scripture gives us incredible insight into the source of life’s deepest fulfillment.

But what happens if we’re all in this together?  When we’re just putting in time, we’re missing out on more than just our own purpose.

What if our individual purpose weaves together with a greater plan for you and I, for the world around us?  What if it’s so much bigger than just you or I?

Alignment powers cities, cuts diamond and launches into space.  What does alignment do for you?

Why not join us this Sunday – and bring a friend with you to talk about it?

Barrie Location

Doing Time — Part 6— Build Alignment | Carey Nieuwhof

We’ve all been part of a disorganized workplace or group and had our motivation sapped. Add to that an impulse within all of us that prefers independence, and you have a world in which few individuals and organizations ever realize their full potential. What if everyone’s life could be better by aligning their gifts around a common mission, vision and strategy?

9.00 and 10.30 am | 20 Mills Road, Barrie

Orillia Location

Doing Time — Part 5— Take the Low Place | Carey Nieuwhof

Selfishness is not an attractive quality in others, but it’s a quality that comes naturally to all of us. Why battle it? And if you don’t look out for yourself, who will? Jesus provides a radically different perspective and a completely different way to find what you’re really looking for.

9.00 and 10.30 am | Galaxy Cineplex, Orillia

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In March of 2016, 12 students accompanied by four leaders have the opportunity to go down to Antigua Guatemala for eight days. While down there they will be staying at the YWAM base and serving people in the surrounding area. They are planning to connect with some of the children they sponsored through Compassion. Along with that, they will also be distributing wheelchairs and Bibles; as well as going with the YWAM staff to give out soup to the homeless of Antigua. Over the coming weeks we will be featuring the bios of each of the team members so you can get to know them better, if you’d like to donate to the group please connexuschurch.com/lovemoves

Meet Heather Anne Cherry, One of our awesome leaders

City:

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Favourite Subject:

Math! Always and forever!

(Need a tutor?)

Random fact about you:

I want a hairless cat when I grow up!

Outside of school/work love to:

Crochet! My own patterns and other people’s patterns!

 What you appreciate most about InsideOut:

The real, open, honest personal talk we can have in small group.

What you hope God does in you on the trip:

Show me the next flaw in my life that He wants to smooth out.


 

Meet Renée Vanderstelt

City:

Bracebridge Renee_Side

Favourite Subject: 

Music/Science

 Random Fact:

I am part of our school musical Grease

Outside of school you love to:

Teach swimming lessons and watch Netflix

What you appreciate most about InsideOut:

The leaders are so ready to listen and ready at a moments notice to talk and help me

What you hope God does in you on this trip:

I hope he moves me further out of my comfort zone than I have ever been and helps me appreciate what I have while helping other get to know Him.


 

Meet Brianna Leigh 

City:

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Favourite Subject:

Spanish, French and Math

Random fact about you:

I was on the school curling team

Outside of school you love to:

Dance, ski, taking pictures and hanging out with family

What you appreciate most about InsideOut:

I appreciate all the leaders who invest into the youth

 What you hope God does in you this trip:

I hope God allows me to show people true love He has for hem and allow me to understand how grateful I am and appreciate what I have.


 

Meet Krystyna Hall

City:

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Favourite subject:

Business & Leadership

Random Fact about you: 

I absolutely love Christmas. I deck out my whole room in Christmas decor and start playing Christmas music right after Halloween. I’m kind of obsessed.

Outside of School you love to: 

I love to run, take cool pictures and ski

What you appreciate most about InsideOut:

I love insideout so much. I appreciate how you can make such strong positive connections with people who share the same faith. I appreciate how you have a small group leader that cares so much and that you can talk about anything with.

What you hope God does in you on this trip:

On this trip, I hope God gives me more compassion and allows me to realize the world beyond my privileged life in Canada. I hope he can show me something that I can take back to Canada and make a difference here too. :)


 

We are super excited to have these awesome ladies on our team and can’t wait to see what God has in store for them. If you would like to support our team financially please click on the linkconnexuschurch.com/lovemoves and please keep our team in your prayers as they prepare to embark on this amazing journey.