Zealously guarding true worship

Scripture Reading Acts 17:10-15 Joshua 22:9-34 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, Our society puts a high premium on privacy.  We have passwords to protect our privacy, codewords to unlock our bank accounts, fingerprint technology to protect our smartphones, voice recognition to open doors, encryption technology to protect messages and bank records.  We check our … Continue reading Zealously guarding true worship

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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 Holy God Judging Sin

Scripture Readings Revelation 19:6-16 Joshua 11:18-23 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, If the only attribute God possesses were love—as many people apparently think—Christians would be stunned into silence at every occasion of death, pain, war, suffering and pain. What do we make of a verse like:   For it was of … Continue reading The Holy God Judging Sin

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

Where is the victory?

Scripture Readings Acts 5:14, Joshua 7:1-10, 16-21 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, We often find ourselves at new beginnings.  We might find ourselves in a new job, or a new suburb or a new house.  The move to a new house helps us to get rid of the old stuff we … Continue reading Where is the victory?

Victory over death and slavery

Bible Readings Luke 24:1-2 Acts 13:26-39 Numbers 33:3-4 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, It is not uncommon for us, when we hear that someone died, to ask, “How old was he/she?” The younger a child was when it died evokes in us unspeakable emotions.  If the person was very old, there … Continue reading Victory over death and slavery

Atonement – an eye for an eye

Bible Readings Leviticus 24:10-23 Deuteronomy 19:15-21 Matthew 5:38 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. (Deuteronomy 19:21, NIV) It took me many years to work out what “brotherly love” meant.  Our household, like many others I suppose, … Continue reading Atonement – an eye for an eye

Look out for false apostles (2)

Bible Readings Luke 21:5-11 2Timothy 3:1-9 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, A friend of mine, then a new Christian, returned from morning worship where the sermon was about false prophets.  He settled for a cup of coffee with his wife when the doorbell rang.  His visitors asked if he would … Continue reading Look out for false apostles (2)

Watch our for false prophets (1)

Scripture Readings Matthew 7:15-23 Matthew 24:1-14 Introduction My dear friends in Christ, On one of my mission trips into the outback of New South Wales, a pastor-friend tagged along for the experience.  Fortunately, shearing was on, so to a large extent, the shearing quarters were relatively clean and rid of spiders and snakes. We took … Continue reading Watch our for false prophets (1)