God’s Hope for Ugly Ducklings - John Van Sloten

August 03, 2008

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn children's stories we can see more of God's message, in the Ugly Duckling we can see his how deep his love goes and how there are no ordinary people.

“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”
Matthew 8:2-3

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:18

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship… There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.”
C. S. Lewis

“He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
The prophet Isaiah, prophesying about Jesus, chapter 53:2-3

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February 20, 2013
verry good stuyff here
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December 14, 2009
ok so we belong to God and that should satisy us but in my case I feel it being completely unfair that god made me the ugly duckling because even saying we belong to god doesnt help a person live a normal life and know love or friendships.

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September 25, 2009
thats the problem with todays society: too much emphasis is placed on superficiality and the glitter, rather than substance or a heart of gold. i remember once at a karaoke bar, i sang "Break on Through" by The Doors and nailed the song; screams and all. one table full of mid-20 something women (i'm 30) started saying "oh my who sang that? that was awesome!" one turned around and saw all 5'6" of me and said "oh nevermind." before i had a chance to say thanks.

... as much as i would have loved to fire some insult back at them, i chose not to. i know this is how God made me and I love it; even if modern society doesnt think I'm that desirable. in the long run, it will filter out those who aren't worth my time, effort or energy, and make women who do find me attractive for the RIGHT reasons come to the front of the line. I often jokingly say "what good does a $500 shirt do when there's a moron wearing it?" hahaha

always a pleasure. i dont think it's sad that that's how people get perceived; i think its downright disappointing. it should be okay to be different and unique, but how can that be possible when people are still slaves to the status quo on how the media falsely portrays what beauty is? One thing God taught me through CCD classes growing up is to Love One Another no matter the circumstances. Simplest messages are the most profound.

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April 24, 2009
Walt Disney was an atheist.

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November 17, 2008
great job, dont turn athiest, stick with god!

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October 08, 2008
beautiful sermon and message
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August 17, 2008
I liked this, people do want to feel accepted, but often feel out of place or just pretending just so as to fit in.
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August 13, 2008
Ugly Duckling is actually a really powerful story.
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