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Sunday, 26 March 2017
Duration: 33 mins 4 secs
In some parts of the world today, we do see the importance of children - those who are used as child labour. This is a far cry from what we see in this passage where Jesus points out the importance of children, not only for those who are children, but how we are to act if we wnat to follow Jesus. What do we need to do to enter the Kingdom of God? The rich man found that it was not his outward actions that would get him to heaven - in the end it would be his own desires that would make him fail before God. We can't make it to heaven by ourselves. We need to follow Jesus and surrender our life to Him.
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Duration: 23 mins 10 secs
The disciples left everything to follow Jesus and saw amazing miracles performed by Him. The transfiguration seemed to be a good place to finish Jesus' ministry - but there was more for Jesus and the disciples to do. For Jesus it was the cross, for the disciples it was to continue to keep focusing on Jesus and spread the good news about Him, but when it came to the demon possessed boy, the disciples could not drive the demon out. They had begun to trust in themselves and rely on their own strength. How often do we first rely on our own strength when facing life's trials? Our focus and trust should be on Jesus and rely on His strength in the first instance.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Duration: 31 mins 19 secs
In this passage, Jesus asks His disciples who they thought He was. Is this still a relevant question for today? Absolutely! It is not about what other people say, it is about who we say Jesus is. We can have the head knowledge to know who Jesus is, but do we have the heart to follow Him in all of life's circumstances we face. We need to deny ourselves and align our lives with Jesus Christ.
Sunday, 05 March 2017
Duration: 37 mins 38 secs
Jesus taught in parables so that those who believed in Him could understand the Kingdom of Heaven. Those whi did not believe would not understand. The parable of the sower is not about the amount of seed that was scattered, but where it landed. The entry point for becoming a Christian is to hear the good news about Jesus Christ. As God's kingdom grows in this world there will be opposition. Despite Satan's influence, God's ultimate plan for this world will not fail - the division of true believers from those who do not believe. What is it in your life that stops you from fixing your eye on Jesus?
Sunday, 26 February 2017
The Pharisees request Jesus to show a miraculous sign to prove that He was the Messiah. Jesus in turn elects to challenge there own believe and faith by aligning the story of Jonah with his own death and resurrection. The Pharisees had the opportunity to receive Jesus as their Saviour, but they choose to reject Him. Today we have the same opportunity to believe in Jesus, accept Him and put our full trust in Him. Do you have your life focussed on Jesus?
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Duration: 34 mins 55 secs
In this passage we see the heart Jesus' ministry and the extent of Jesus' authority - the authority to forgive sins and heal the sick. True discipleship requires leaving our old life behind and to enter into a new life with Jesus. We all sin and so we all need Jesus. From this passage, who do you align with - Matthew or the Pharisees? In this passage we see the heart Jesus' ministry and the extent of Jesus' authority - the authority to forgive sins and heal the sick. True discipleship requires leaving our old life behind and to enter into a new life with Jesus. We all sin and so we all need Jesus. From this passage, who do you align with - Matthew or the Pharisees?
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Duration: 25 mins 20 secs
Jesus wants to be our heart's desire. Where do you store your treasure? Jesus tells us that storing up treasures on earth will enslave our heart, mind and will and miss out on the opportunities that Jesus has planned for us. If we seek material things, we stumble in darkness. Our treasures ought to be used for God's glory.
Sunday, 05 February 2017
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Jesus is the King - the Lord of us all. In this passage John's message to the people is one of judgement and encouraging them to repent of their sins and be living for God and not themselves. The people needed to be ready for what Jesus had to say as he commenced His on earth ministry. Today, we need to be ready for the return of Jesus. When we trust in Jesus we are born again and baptised by the Holy Spirit. Does your daily life reflect a repented sinner and show full trust in Jesus?
Sunday, 29 January 2017
Passage: Luke 1:39-56
Duration: 21 mins 28 secs
In this passage we see the joy that both Mary and Elizabeth experienced. As Christians, we can experience this same joy knowing that Jesus was born, He lived, He died for our sins, He rose from the grave and we will spend an eternal life with Him. We can have joy because God has acted and shown us love and mercy. Even though we are saved, the right relationship we can have with God is recognising that we are eternally dependent on Him. We need to be obedient, as Mary was. Through obedience to God, His Spirit has the opportunity to fill us with humility. We can be humble because Jesus has chosen us to be a part of His family, which has nothing to do with what we have done.
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Duration: 24 mins 29 secs
Unlike God, we have a beginning on this earth - the day we are born. We have a choice on how we live our lives. We can choose to reject Jesus or accept that it is only through Him that we can have an eternal future with God. For Christians, the choice to follow Jesus is the opportunity to widen our focus on the day to day things that we face. We can now consider the eternal perspective of our lives and for those things that we think are big isues now become small. We can now value the power of prayer and trust God completely because he is sovereign over all things, and that in all things, He works for the good of those who love Him.