Forfeited Grace

Bible Readings Luke 13:6-9 Daniel 5 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, They tell the story of the young man who wanted to rent a room off the old lady who lived right next to a railway line.  First she showed him the room, and showed him around.  Then the two settled … Continue reading Forfeited Grace

The Rock Jesus – the thirst is over

Scripture readings: Exodus 17:1-17 John 7: 14-39 Introduction Just about two weeks ago we observed Armistice Day.  It meant the end of the war in which 17 million soldiers died and 20 million were wounded.  We need dates to help us remember. In 1969 the BeeGees had a hit song “Don’t forget to remember.”  The … Continue reading The Rock Jesus – the thirst is over

Jesus Christ, our eternal food and drink

Readings: Isaiah 55:1-8, John 6:25-51 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, I read this just yesterday: I walk up to the grocery cupboard looking for food, but the only things I see are the ingredients. Ready-made meals can be so convenient.  Mothers who labour long hours in the kitchen to prepare meals for their families … Continue reading Jesus Christ, our eternal food and drink

Crossing over from death to life

(John 5:16-30, Ezekiel 37:1-14) Mercy – the work of Father and the Son The first few verses of John 5 tells the story of our Lord coming to the aide of the helpless who superstitiously stared at the signs of moving water and then hoped to get in first and be healed.  One chap sat … Continue reading Crossing over from death to life

the Christ and his Church-Bride

Introduction The late 50’s and early 60’s took the world by surprise.  The momentous moral shift we experience now started to trickle when movie and music stars openly divorced and remarried, making long-term marriage look odd. The Pill arrived as a method for family planning, but soon introduced the Free Love era of the mid … Continue reading the Christ and his Church-Bride

Light from eternity, life into eternity

My dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, It might just be that you found yourself in the back blocks, out there in the never-never, beyond the Black Stump.  The farms there, being anything between 30,000 and 100,000 acres can easily take in everything from here to Maryborough.  It might just be that you camp … Continue reading Light from eternity, life into eternity

Grace trampled, grace offered, grace received

Saved, yet as through fire 1Corinthians 3:9-15, 2Chronicles 33:1-20 Last time I preached the Word of God to you we heard about the grace of God as we looked at God’s dealings with Ahab:  how many times God offered him grace to worship Him and to repent from worshipping the despicable idol, Baal.  There was … Continue reading Grace trampled, grace offered, grace received

Grace received, but grace despised

In the early church history a man named Marcion made an attempt to canonise the Bible - this means he tried to work out which books should be seen as authoritative and which not. Marcion was a man who measured everything by love and grace - which led him to believe that all of the … Continue reading Grace received, but grace despised

God’s call for covenant renewal in times of unbridled rebellion

Introduction When Martin Luther was called to appear before those who charged him, he stood alone.  All the clergy of the time, and all politicians stood against him.   It was the same in the time of Wycliffe and John Huss some years earlier.  Truth cannot be judged by the numbers of those who confess … Continue reading God’s call for covenant renewal in times of unbridled rebellion

A memorial of God’s powerful redemption

Communion Service Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, In Rio de Janeiro 11,178 athletes of 215 countries are competing in 306 events of the Olympic Games.  Billions of people will watch the even over the next two weeks on every conceivable device.  Advertisers will rake in big amounts of mon ey; and … Continue reading A memorial of God’s powerful redemption