Choose today whom you will serve

Scripture Readings Luke 14:15-30; Joshua 24:14-27 Introduction Dear friends in Christ, Not far from us there is an ice cream shop which sells 76 flavours of ice cream.  When the grandchildren come up for a visit, going for ice cream is a no brainer.   Imagine yourself this scenario:  I take my grandies to that … Continue reading Choose today whom you will serve

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Obedience and reward

Bible Readings Luke 8:16-18, Joshua 14:6-15   Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, For some reason not known to me, I sometimes forget to type the word “not” in a sentence where it is needed.  To compound the problem, even proof-reading my now work does not help; I just mentally add “not” … Continue reading Obedience and reward

The Gates of Hell Destroyed

Bible Readings Revelation 1:9-18 Joshua 12:1-6 Introduction My dear family in the Lord, In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the day after Resurrection was devoted to telling jokes. They felt they were imitating the cosmic trick that God pulled on Satan in the Resurrection. Satan thought he had won, and was smug in his victory, smiling … Continue reading The Gates of Hell Destroyed

The Day God Listened to a Man

Bible Readings Joshua 10:1-15 Ephesians 1:15-23 Introduction Dear Brother and Sister, the theme for our sermon this morning is The Day God listened, with the subtitle A day like never before. Whether we like the idea or not, we need to know that as a church, as people who are followers of Jesus Christ, we are engaged … Continue reading The Day God Listened to a Man

Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (4)

Scripture Readings Hebrews 2:10-18; Judges 16:1-7, 23-31 Introduction Han van Meegeren painted a work in the style of the great Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer and titled it “The Supper at Emmaus”, fooling the critics who thought it was a lost masterpiece of Johannes Vermeer. The painting was sold for millions of dollars, and displayed in the Boijmans … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (4)

Caleb – He trusted God all the way

Lessons from Joshua Scripture Readings Numbers 13:26-14:9 Joshua 14:6-15 Introduction Dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ, As most of you know by now, I served for some time as padre in the Presbyterian Inland Mission.  When working in the area of Wedderburn and Charlton in Victoria, someone asked me if I had … Continue reading Caleb – He trusted God all the way

The day the Lord listened to a man (2)

Lessons from Joshua Scripture Readings Luke 24:36-29 Joshua 10:1-15 Introduction The Bible is not meant to be understood as a book with two separate major sections, the Old Testament dealing with Israel, and the New Testament dealing with the church, as if these sections have not much in common.  If read this way, what happened … Continue reading The day the Lord listened to a man (2)

Saved by hook or by crook

Lessons from Joshua Scripture Readings Joshua 9:1-27 John 16:17-24 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, In preparing a series from the book of Joshua I am forced to preach the Word of God about the Gibeonites.  I really wanted to get to the glories of God’s triumphal victory over the kings of … Continue reading Saved by hook or by crook

The day the Lord listened to a man

Conquering those who heard Scripture Readings John 15:1-8 Joshua 10:1-28 Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, The book of Joshua tells about how Israel, under their new leader, Joshua, entered and conquered the land God promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Moses died and Joshua was installed as God’s man of choice … Continue reading The day the Lord listened to a man