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Sunday, 12 January 2014
Passage: Psalms 37:7
Duration: 36 mins 6 secs
We live in a world that does not want to wait for anything. We are not disciplined in our society to be patient - everything has to happen now! How often do we, in the rush of life, stop and listen to what God has to say to us. We are reminded in Isaiah 40:30 that our strength will be renewed for those who wait upon the Lord. But what is this waiting? A lifetime of waiting on the Lord is a lifetime of presence with and service for the Lord and not expecting Him to serve us. We need to be able to pause regularly from our busy lives and spend time with God so that we can understand what He has planned for us to serve Him. Let us make being in God's presence our passion!
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Passage: Luke 2:29-35
Duration: 29 mins 27 secs
Our everyday life can be changed by the interjection of the enexpected. Over the past few weeks we have seen how this has happened to Zechariah, the Shepherds and Mary. In this passge, Simeon has a promise revealed to him, through the Holy Spirit, that he would not die until he had seen the Lord's Messiah. When Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple Simeon is full of joy and praise because this promise has now been fulfilled. Has God's world crashed into yours through Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world? Do you have a relationship with Him?
Sunday, 15 December 2013
Duration: 30 mins 2 secs
"My soul glorfies the Lord and my spirit rejoices on God my Saviour". This is Mary's words as she reflects on the news from the angel Gabriel that she will give birth to the Son of God. Are these words true for you? When God comes into your life, things change, and not always in the way we expect. When Gabriel visits Mary, she does not know her own outcome, but she remembers what God has done in the past and what that shows about Him, that she can believe for herself. Mary is full of confidence because she has a relationship with God in whom she can trust. As Christians, we too can have this confidence of God's ultimate control over the events in our lives if we allow His presence to be the main focus. We need to magnify God and put the focus on Him rather than ourselves.
Sunday, 08 December 2013
Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Duration: 24 mins 58 secs
Our world is far from perfect and Christmas time is no exception. The actual birth of Jesus was unremarkable - born in simple surroundings and laid in a animal feeding trough. There was great fear amongest the shepherds when the angels appeared to them. But the angels had good news - peace and salvation had arrived to the world in Jesus. The same good news is for us as well. We have nothing to fear if we stay close to Jesus. The shepherds spread the good of Jesus. We too are to spread the good news of the hope people can have in Jesus. We view peace as a world without conflict but Jesus came to this world to bring peace between us and God.
Sunday, 01 December 2013
Passage: Luke 1:67-80
Duration: 30 mins 52 secs
Zechariah doubted the news told to him by the angel Gabriel, that his wife Elizabeth would give give birth to a son. He was not able to speak until after his son's birth and through his obedience to God, was able to speak again when he indicated that his son was "to be named John". This passage is Zechariah's praise to God. It had been over 400 years since a prophet had mentioned the coming of the Mesiah and now Zechariah knows that God has not forgotten His people and His promise fulfilled. John is going to prepare the way for the coming of the Mesiah. Christmas is about the truth that God has finally visited us through His Son, Jesus. What does Christmas mean to you?
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Passage: Acts 10:34-43
Duration: 29 mins 39 secs
We are reminded by Peter in verse 36 of the gospel message where God announced the good new of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. We live under the wrath of God, but because of Jesus we are blessed, forgiven and set free from this wrath. If we trust in Jesus, our sins are forgiven and we are saved to have eternal life with God. This is the gospel message for everyone, not just a select few. As Christians, we need to tell people this message and point them towards Jesus. We also need to be spending time with Jesus and be seeking His will for our lives. Where is it that God wants you?
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Duration: 31 mins 26 secs
How does the fact that God loves you result in you loving others? Does it change your view of other people or do you view others in the same way, in your own strength? What does it mean to show Christ's love? The answer is found in Luke 10:27, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and 'Love your neighbour as yourself'. To show Christ's love in this world is to act like Jesus when He was on this earth. The challenge for us is to look for opportunities to show Christ's love by caring for others.
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Duration: 27 mins 31 secs
God created mankind in His own image. Ever since Adam, we have failed to live up to God's image because of our sin. How do we regain the image of God in our lives that has been lost? We need to live like Christ and become Christlike. God's purpose is to make us like Christ. God's way to make us like Christ is to fill us with His Spirit. It is through the Holy Spirit within us that we are transformed into God's image. Recognising that we can't do this in our own strength, are we willing to allow God's Spirit to chisel away at those things in our lives that keep us from being Christlike?
Sunday, 03 November 2013
Duration: 34 mins 13 secs
To know Christ means having a deep and intimate relationship, and it is continuous. Our goal, direction and purpose for the rest of our lives is to know Him. Do we have a vibrant, alive, growing relationship? Or is it a cold, informational, dead relationship? We get to know Jesus by sharing in His sufferings and dying to self. We do it by letting go, forgetting past sins and failures and persevering. We’re not just pressing on for Jesus, but pressing into Him.
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Duration: 29 mins 28 secs
Integrity is the extent to which who we are on the inside matches who we are on the outside. This encompasses everything we do, say, think and feel. It includes our body, mouth, mind and heart. Maintaining personal integrity is not something we can do alone. The Bible calls us to confess our sins to each other, and keep each other accountable to what it teaches. This is really difficult to do in practice, but there are a few things that can help. Giving permission, doing it well, making it mutual, thinking spiritually and considering eternity are all important ways we can encourage each other to be people of integrity.

Here is a copy of the Christian Accountability Contract referred to in this message.