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 

Marriage

Introduction The Church of Jesus Christ exists because of the grace of God and for the glory of God The Church is the work of the Triune God:  the Father calls sinners to salvation; Jesus Christ gave his life for sinners to reconcile them to God; the Holy Spirit gives rebirth through the Word and … Continue reading Marriage

A life worthy of the Lord

Series Title:  Growing in knowledge of Jesus Christ Scripture Readings Hosea 4:1-9 Colossians 1:3-14 Introduction Millions of people attended Christmas worship services just two day ago right across the world.  One can only wonder how many those attend the services today.  And one would probably more amazed by the small number whose life is changing, or … Continue reading A life worthy of the Lord

Christ’s victory: all enemy defeated

Better things are coming (Series Title) Scripture Readings Genesis 6:1-8 1 Peter 3:17-22 Introduction There are days in the life of a minister that he needs to hide his pride in his pocket and admit that the Bible sometimes is not altogether easy to preach.  Today is one of those. The readings for today come … Continue reading Christ’s victory: all enemy defeated

Dead in sin, alive in Christ

Communion Service - association with and participation in Christ Scripture Readings Colossians 2:13-3:4 Introduction First, an illustration.  Heila and I visited a very interesting shop not so long ago during a visit to the Blue Mountains in NSW.  This particular shop is home to the largest collection of teapots in the world. On shelves about … Continue reading Dead in sin, alive in Christ

Abraham Father of All Believers (7)

Do not be wise in your own eyes Scripture Readings Galatians 4:21-5:6 Genesis 16:1-7 Introduction Dear fellow believers, Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, had his portrait done by Sir Peter Lely.  Lely had the skill of painting away the not so flattering features of the royals, but when commissioned to do Cromwell’s painting,  … Continue reading Abraham Father of All Believers (7)