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

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

Born of the Holy Spirit

In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about Virgil, a man who had been blind from early childhood. When he was 50, Virgil underwent surgery and was given the gift of sight. But having the physical capacity for sight is not the same as seeing. Virgil's first experiences with sight were … Continue reading Born of the Holy Spirit

Seen from eternity, seeing into eternity

My dear friend in the Lord Jesus Christ, The amazing and sad thing about sinful man is that social pressure can make him do things he would not dream doing when all by himself. Just look at a crowd respond and participate in the Mexican wave at a sports gathering.  It usually starts with one … Continue reading Seen from eternity, seeing into eternity

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 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

Thirst relieved

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37–38, NKJV) In order to see the whole … Continue reading Thirst relieved

The Church which Christ builds – J.C. Ryle

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16:18, NIV) A building: “My Church” The Lord Jesus Christ speaks of “my Church.” The Church of our text is made up of all true believers in the … Continue reading The Church which Christ builds – J.C. Ryle

Christ’s greatest trophy

From "Holiness" (J.C. Ryle) One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this … Continue reading Christ’s greatest trophy

Completing the work in the face of persecution

My dear friends in the Lord, Over the last two months we heard the Word of God concerning the work of the Holy Spirit.  Over the last few Sundays we specifically looked at how the Holy Spirit builds the church.  We made the following observations: It is the Holy Spirit who does gives birth to … Continue reading Completing the work in the face of persecution