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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.
Sunday, 20 November 2016
Duration: 46 mins 14 secs
Prayer is talking with God, being still, waiting and listening to what He has to say to us. Prayer is not just a mere list of our requests of God. It is about what is happening deep in our hearts and having a close relationship with God. In this passage Paul says that we are to devote ourselves to prayer, a theme he carries across all of his letters, that we are to be diligent in prayer and pray continually. What does this mean? We need to: (a) cry out to God with all of our needs and requests and to be honest with Him; (b) turn our constant thoughts into a conversation with God; and (c) learn to listen to God in our heart through a discipline and a lifestyle of meditation and contemplation.
Sunday, 30 October 2016
Duration: 33 mins 9 secs
We face all type of trials as we live through life. When life comes against us we need to have a firm foundation, one that is based on on the words of Jesus. Jesus tells us that we have the choice of wether to walk with Him or to go our own way. Which way are you walking and is it on the narrow path to eternal life, bearing good fruit as you witness to others? If we want to hear Jesus then we need to spend time in His word, the Bible, and then apply it to our lives. Knowing is not worth anything if we do not act on it!
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Passage: John 15:1-17
Duration: 23 mins 7 secs
We need to grow up in Christ, grow in by loving each other and grow out by bearing fruit - sharing the gospel with others. If we are not connected to Jesus, then we can do nothing in bearing fruit. How important is God in your life?
Sunday, 16 October 2016
Duration: 33 mins 13 secs
If you want to have true worship with God, then this will influence every aspect of our life. In this passage we see that we are to love others, in action, including to those outside our circle of friends. We also need to work with each other as we look to serve God and we need to equip and encourage each other so that we can lead others to Jesus.
Sunday, 09 October 2016
Duration: 16 mins 25 secs
We have words and sayings that hold true in our lives. In this passage we are reminded to fix the words of God into our hearts and into our mind, but also to teach and write these words down. Just as we need to take in the word's of God, we also need to take in the word's of Jesus and allow them to shape our lives. In John 14:6, Jesus said "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Sunday, 02 October 2016
Duration: 31 mins
In this passage we see evidence of spirtitual exhaustion - lack of faith, grumbing, bitterness and not listening to God. Following Jesus can be hard as our thoughts and beliefs do not align with the values of this world. We need to grow through the discipline and hardships we face making every effort to live in peace, striving to be holy and living the way Jesus wants us to live. What can you be sure of in your life? As Christians, the only sure thing that we can be certain of is the Kingdom of Heaven and an eternal life with God.
Sunday, 25 September 2016
Duration: 44 mins 29 secs
God has a plan and purpose for each of us in our lives. He has assigned a race for us to participate in. How committed are we in running that race with endurance, perseverance, passion and patience? There are many examples of people who have gone before us that showed evidence of faith in Jesus Christ, despite their own failings. God knows the struggles we have that hinders us from handing our live totally over to Him. Psalm 23 gives us the encouragement to run the race that God has proposed for us. We need to fix our eye on Jesus, the only one we can truly depend on.
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Duration: 34 mins 8 secs
The writer of Hebrews in this passage is encouraging the early Christians not to give up in their way of life but to continue to persevere in their Christian journey. If we want to be encouraged in our Christian faith, we need to focus on those who have gone before us who served God and how they can be examples for us to follow. We also need to examine our own lives to identify and deal with the things that hamper us from having a proper relationship with Jesus. We need to look to Jesus as the ultimate example to follow as we live our daily lives and to have faith and trust in Him in all that we do.
Sunday, 11 September 2016
Duration: 26 mins 58 secs
True biblical faith is not a "I hope so" type of faith, but as Warren Weirsbe indicated, it is a "confident obedience to God's Word in spite of circumstances and consequences". How does faith work in our life? We hear God's Word, we trust God's Word and then we act on it. Faith is only as good as the object we place our faith in. As Christians, our faith is in God and Jesus Christ. Faith is our foundation - it is the confidence of things hoped for. Faith enables us to see what others cannot see - it enables us to do what other people cannot do.