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

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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)

Undivided loyalty to Christ, our King (2)

Scripture Readings Daniel 7:1-14; Revelation 13:1-10 Introduction My dear friends in Christ, It was without fail that, before we set off in our old Chrysler—this was long before the days of seatbelts—that Mom, ever-caring for her little brood of children—would look back over the rest of the front seat and asked,  “Have you locked the … Continue reading Undivided loyalty to Christ, our King (2)

Undivided loyalty to Christ, the King (1)

Scripture Readings Deuteronomy 6:1-9, 17-22 Revelation 13:1-10 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, They tell of the event when an umpire made a questionable judgment during a footy match. It sent the crowd into an uproar. The line judge was asked for his opinion.  Then just for a brief moment, there was total silence.  In … Continue reading Undivided loyalty to Christ, the King (1)

Biblical eldership (3) “Who?”

Bible Readings Exodus 18:13-23; 1Timothy 3:1-7 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, family in Christ, For some reason, I love the “Air Crash Investigation” programs.  About all episodes begin with a simulation of the crash.  The pilot is barking out commands to his off-sider, the sirens are loud, in the background, there is this annoying … Continue reading Biblical eldership (3) “Who?”

Biblical Eldership (1) – “Why?”

Bible Readings Deuteronomy 1:9-18 Numbers 11:10-30 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,  We will have eldership election in the near future. We have already announced this to you.  But before we get to the actual meeting to elect elders, we will listen to what the Scriptures teach about eldership. There will be … Continue reading Biblical Eldership (1) – “Why?”

Perfect knowledge, perfect joy, perfect peace

Scripture readings Ezekiel 36:24-29 John 16:12-33 Introduction Herman Lange, a German Christian was to be executed by the Nazis during WWII. In his cell on the night, before he was to be killed, Lange wrote a note about two feelings which occupied his mind: "I am, first, in a joyous mood, and second filled with … Continue reading Perfect knowledge, perfect joy, perfect peace

Christ makes us his friends, and the world hates us for it

Bible Readings Psalm 9:7-20 John 15:9-16:4 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, My mother was one of the fairest people I knew.  Like a hen, she would protect her chicks.  Don’t get into Mom’s bad books by spreading stories about her children. As kids, we knew she would always defend us, and … Continue reading Christ makes us his friends, and the world hates us for it

Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (3)

Bible Readings Matthew 10:34-39 Judges 15:1-20 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Many might look at the story of Samson and remember his strength, his long hair and bad choices of women.  Some might think of Samson in the same way as what is told of a Spanish patriot soldier who, in … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (3)

Spiritual growth in Christ

Bible Readings Psalm 119:9-16 Philippians 1:3-11 Introduction Who present today would like a 10-page book on 3 easy steps to spiritual maturity? You may go to sleep tonight as a babe, then wake up tomorrow with full knowledge of God’s Word, able to discern the most excellent things in life. But, unfortunately, there are no … Continue reading Spiritual growth in Christ