God's Just Heart in a Judge - John Van Sloten

January 19, 2014

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to look at the just heart of God through a judge. What does it mean that God judges?

“The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.”
Proverbs 18:17, NIV

“Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!”
Deuteronomy 32:4, NLT

“What is important is giving everyone the opportunity to be heard. This is one of the best parts of my job. Sometimes, even the unsuccessful party will say at the end that although they lost, they felt like they had been heard and they understand the reasons for the judgment.”
A Calgary Judge

“I saw the look of relief come over her face, as if to say that finally someone else ‘got it’”
A Calgary Judge

"Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!"
Lamentations 3:59, NIV

“There have been times when I’ve had my notes together and I’m orally delivering my judgment, where I’ve made the very risky decision to change [my judgment] in mid-flight… As I’m going through it, and the courtroom is full, and I’m looking at people, I realize it's the wrong thing to do.
And so I make changes.”
A Calgary Judge

“Then the LORD relented…”
Exodus 32:14, NIV

“I think we’re meant for, in the larger sense, to do the right thing, to look after each other, to be a good citizen, to be a good person. That may be a bit too lofty; given the obvious limitations.”
A Calgary Judge

"But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless."
Psalm 10:14, NIV

Allegory of Justice - statue at court building inOlomouc (Czech Republic). Photo by Michal Maòas.

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


Down to the River to Pray

Be Thou my Vision

God of Justice

Amazing Grace

Us against the World

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Image is by Michal Maòas - Allegory of Justice - statue at court building in Olomouc, Czech Republic, (2005).
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