Expecting Christ’s Return (4)

Scripture Readings Psalm 119:89-104; 2Thessalonians 2:1-17 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Our Lord enriches the life of a minister in most unexpected ways. I took services in a nursing home.  I made a point of it to shake hands with all at the end.  As regular as a heartbeat, one lady would slip in … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (4)

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Expecting Christ’s return (2)

Bible Readings Jude 1:3-16; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 Introduction My dear fellow-believers, We planned a visit to our folk in South Africa.  We thought we should give them a big surprise and not tell them beforehand; we would just knock on their door and announce ourselves.  A dear Australian friend gave us better advice.  Although we … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s return (2)

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

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

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