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God shows us who He is by what He does

November 11, 2019

"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from the all." Psalm 34: 17-19 NIV

We are living in the midst of unprecedented economic challenges and shattered dreams.  Lost homes, broken marriages, hunger, unemployment, and so much more is raging all over the world. But even in the midst of these shattered dreams, there is hope!

Six Keys to Peace in Relationships

Six Keys to Peace in Relationships

October 27, 2019

In James 3, we read – “Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do; live well, live wisely, live humbly … Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterised by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings … You can develop a healthy robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honour (Message Translation).

We can easily fall into the trap of thinking that “wisdom” is all about “intelligence” and “education”. But here, James reminds us that “wisdom” is a way of relating. It has as much to do with what we do, as it does with what we think.

Scripture reminds us, that if we want to be wise in our relationships, we won’t – compromise our integrity, antogonise, criticise, emphasise mistakes, disguise our intentions and we will be considerate.

Paul reminds us that - “Jesus is the key that opens all the hidden treasures of God's wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3 (Today’s English Version)

Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution

October 27, 2019

Because the world is broken there’s conflict.  Conflict between countries, political conflicts that leave nations in a mess, economic conflicts, relational conflicts, sexual conflicts.  There’s conflict in every area and every segment of society.  So, one of the most important skills we have to learn is how to resolve conflict.  Writing to the Christians in Rome, Paul says -“Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.  As much as possible, as far as it depends on you, live in peace with everyone.”  Romans 12:17-18
 
Scripture tells us that when it comes to conflict, we can –
take the initiative to be a peacemaker,
confess our part in conflicts,
listen to another’s hurt,
consider another’s perspective,
tell the truth tactfully,
fix the problem rather than attribute blame, and
focus on reconciliation.

Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare

October 20, 2019

In his letter to the Ephesians (6:10-18), Paul tells us to put on the whole armour of God. This armour that Christians are called to put on comprises of the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Gospel of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit.

This powerful metaphor not only is a reminder for Christians about the reality of spiritual warfare, but it also describes the protection God has made available to us through Jesus.
 
We are called to put on the armour of God and fight against the powers of darkness in the spirit realm. Angels and demons are real, and the devil is full of deceptions and lies (John 10:10). God has given us everything we need to be victorious. Join us this Sunday as we learn about spiritual warfare. 

Slow to Anger

Slow to Anger

October 14, 2019

Paul, writing to the Ephesians says - “When you get angry do not sin … ” (Ephesians 4:26)  which suggests that not all anger is sin and there’s a way to get angry and not sin.   There are some things that are just wrong and we should be angry about them.  Anger can be an evidence of love and we can get appropriately angry because we reflect God’s image.

But there’s an anger which is not appropriate: an anger which is selfish, self-centred and uncontrolled, an anger which arises in our hurts, frustration and fears. Matthew, in his gospel encourages us to - “Grow up.  You’re kingdom subjects.  Now live like it.  Live out your God-created identity.  Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (Matthew 5:48)

A Call to Mission

A Call to Mission

September 29, 2019

Continuing the theme “From Maintenance to Mission” the message this week is based on Luke 4:14-28.

Each one of us has a call to mission just as Jesus here in this Scripture had a call to mission.

It is not always easy. There will always be opposition, just as it was here for Jesus in his home town. But we too, despite that opposition & rejection, must learn to “walk through the crowd & be on our way” preaching the good news, seeing prisoners set free, giving sight to the blind, releasing the oppressed & proclaiming this year & every year the year of God’s favour. 

Jesus is Everything

Jesus is Everything

September 22, 2019

Are you spending more and more time just preparing, planning and working? Are you always worried and anxious about tomorrow? Do you seem to be in a rush all the time? Do you ever take time to just slow down?

It can sometimes be the same in your walk with God. You can get so caught up in serving God that our works become more important than our relationship and love for Jesus.  We can learn a lot from Luke chapter 10 when Jesus visits the home of Mary and Martha. Jesus reminded Martha – who was so caught up in her worries about serving Jesus – what to be “concerned” with, where to focus, and what should take a front row seat in our brains: a relationship with Him.

Destiny: Where am I Going?

Destiny: Where am I Going?

September 16, 2019

We often feel like our destiny, our eternal’ destiny … that’s a long way off. In fact most of us hope it’s a long way off and we don’t want it to be - tomorrow.  And, everything that has to be done today’, gets a lot more attention in our lives.  We figure ‘eternity’, will take care of itself.
 
But, the way we think about our destiny - it dramatically affects what happens in our lives today. More than we realise, the decisions that we make and the directions that we take, every day of our lives, are based on where we think we might be headed.  
 
So, if we think our destiny is ‘death and emptiness’ and there’s nothing for us, beyond the here and now - that’s going to affect the way we make decisions, every day of our lives.  And, if instead, our destiny is joy, our destiny is God’s love, our destiny is God’s goodness - that dramatically affects every day of our lives.
 
Jesus assured us that God created us to live eternally, that heaven is real, that God wants us to share in heaven and that heaven will be a renewing and rewarding place. 

Burning Questions

Burning Questions

September 11, 2019
Message by: Peter Godwin
They’re the “burning questions”, the big questions of life -  
Origin - where do we come from?  
Identity - what’s our purpose?
Destiny - where are we going?
 
We all need meaning, identity and purpose in our lives.  Soren Kierkegaard, the great Danish philosopher, when he was just twenty one, and a student, said - “I want to discover the reason why I should live and die.”  
 
In Christian faith, we believe our purpose comes from being ‘created’ in the image of God and being 
‘called’ to be, not just who we are, but also to become who we are in Christ.  Not surprisingly, this 
Biblical notion of being uniquely ‘created’ and uniquely ‘called’, gives all who follow Jesus, the deepest sense of ‘purpose’, the world’s ever seen. 
The Case For A Creator

The Case For A Creator

September 3, 2019
Message by: Peter Godwin
In his book “Origin”, author Dan Brown has one of his characters ask the questions – “where do we come from” and “where are we going to”?  They’re two of the most basic questions that we human beings ask.  
 
Christian faith answers those questions through our understanding that God is involved with the cosmos and with human beings.  We talk about Jesus entering human history (his incarnation), his miracles, his death and the historical evidence that he rose from the dead. That’s what the Bible is all about.  Increasingly, the evidence of science also makes a strong case for a “creator” whose nature and capacities are like those described in the Bible.
 
This Sunday, we’ll celebrate Father’s Day.  What a great gift dad’s can give their kids.  To help them answer the “origin” questions – where they come from and where they’re going.