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 Good Shepherd

Readings: Psalm 23; John 10:1-21 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, Psychologists identify a personality disorder in some patients with limited language skills, so much so, they find it hard to understand idiomatic expressions.  They understand a literal understanding of words, but expressions can sometimes just pass them by. If I say am a bit … Continue reading The Good Shepherd

What have you to say about Christ?

Readings Isaiah 49:1-7; John 9:12-27 Introduction In his book, Catching the Light, quantum physicist Arthur Zojanc writes of studies which investigated recovery from people born blind. Thanks to cornea transplants, people who had been blind from birth could suddenly have functional use of their eyes; however, success has been rare. Zajoc quotes from another researcher … Continue reading What have you to say about Christ?

Who are You, Jesus?

Bible Readings Isaiah 49:1-7, John 8:12-27 Introduction The renowned artist Paul Gustave Dore once lost his passport. When he came to a border crossing, he explained his predicament to one of the guards. Giving his name to the official, Dore hoped he would be recognised and allowed to pass. The guard, however, said that  many … Continue reading Who are You, Jesus?

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 Messiah, the thirsty sinner, the living water, the harvest 

A young pastor was looking for a cloth he could use over the communion table, and found one on a street sale. The next day, while unlocking the building, he noticed an elderly lady on the curb and invited her to come inside for warmth. While she making herself comfortable in a pew, the pastor … Continue reading The Messiah, the thirsty sinner, the living water, the harvest 

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

Christ, our access to God

The topic of our sermon this morning is, “Christ, our access to God.”  It’s about worshipping God, how we know we do things right worshipping Him. After attending church one Sunday morning, a little boy knelt at his bedside that night and prayed, "Dear God, we had a good time at church today - but … Continue reading Christ, our access to God