In this message Pastor John Van Sloten talks about beauty and truth in the Group of Seven. What can these iconic Canadian artists teach us about the creator God who first conceived the Canadian landscape? Artist Marcia Harris joins us as she creates an original Canadian landscape during the sermon. marciaharris.com/

“He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.”
Psalm 104:5, TNIV

“The Canadian landscape inspired fear, mystery, wonder and often frustration and disappointment. One confronted not other people, or even oneself, so much as forces of nature and the vastness of the universe… The English poet and philosopher T. E. Hulme, in Saskatchewan to help with the wheat harvest in 1906, experienced what he called the “fright of the mind before the unknown”: a horrifying, agoraphobic vision of the insignificance of man before the oppressive and impossible immensity of Canada’s physical landscape… “the first time I ever felt the necessity or inevitability of verse.””
Defiant Spirits, Page 20

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”
Proverbs 1:8, TNIV

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”
Romans 1:20, NLT

“Every created thing is, in its degree, an image of God, and the ordinate and faithful appreciation of that thing a clue which, truly followed, will lead back to Him.”
C. S. Lewis in (57 in Daigle; Lewis, Commentary on Arthurian Torso by Charles Williams [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1948], p. 116.)

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”
Psalm 19:1-4, TNIV

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What if? What if the moment you're now living is meant for more? What if what you just did over the last hour was supposed to have held much more meaning, reality, and truth? What if God wants everything you do to matter more; everywhere you are to be…


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What if? What if the moment you're now living is meant for more? What if what you just did over the last hour was supposed to have held much more meaning, reality, and truth? What if God wants everything you do to matter more; everywhere you are to be more significant; every second you live to hold more eternity?

Often I think that this is exactly what God wants for us. I think its what he's made us for; to know his presence, to experience his being, to be embraced by his love in all things.

Pastor John Van Sloten

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