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Sun, Oct 30, 2016
Passage: Psalm 73:1-28
Duration: 26 mins 17 secs
When the Psalmist looks at his world, he sees that the ungodly have health, wealth and happiness, while he has trouble, and he wonders why he should be godly. But then he spends time with God and his people and sees the eternal reality. A life without problems is not proof that God is present. Jesus is all the abundance we need (life, truth and love), and at the end he will sit in judgement.
Sun, Oct 02, 2016
Duration: 31 mins 56 secs
Are you serious about growing up spiritually? We mature through overcoming our challenges, with God’s help. Speed is not important; patience is needed to manage challenges well, and overcome them. The Holy Spirit will show us what we need to overcome if we ask, so that we are mastered by nothing but Christ. How we overcome our challenges is key to our maturity in Christ.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 20 secs
When we are born again, we become a child in God’s family. Children have fun and trust, but they are vulnerable. We need this first stage of our Christian walk to prepare us for the next stage of growth. Young people want to take risks, but want to do things their own way; facts and adventure are important. In this stage, we talk about what God is doing, not just what he has done. In maturity, we want to know God, not just about God. At this stage, we have confidence, security, humility and strength because we know God. We know how to love, because the Father is love.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016
Series: Philippians
Duration: 26 mins 45 secs
Jesus was the perfect example of a servant: becoming a man and humbling himself to die a criminal’s death, subject to public shame. Afterwards, God reversed that, exalting him so that everyone should bow to Him. Humility is: having a serving attitude; strength under control; being under the Holy Spirit’s control; not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. As with Jesus, serving costs something – time, effort, misunderstanding; it cost Jesus his life. We are called to serve from a life that is full of the Holy Spirit, to bless those in the places we spend most of our time. Serving in Church is a training ground for that service.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016
Passage: Joshua 2:1-24
Duration: 29 mins 18 secs
Rahab’s story represents the promises of God when we come to Christ: our past no longer matters. As a Canaanite prostitute and idol worshipper, Rahab was not an ideal candidate to be a hero of faith. Yet, through faith and grace, she was grafted into God’s family. She demonstrated her faith by obeying the instructions she was given. God chose to include her, not only in his people, but also in the lineage of Jesus. God has grafted us into his family, too. Through faith in Him, we can approach God with freedom and confidence. And we demonstrate our faith through what we do. Additional scriptures: Hebrews 11:30-31; James 2:24-26; Ephesians 3:4-6; Romans 11:17-18; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:15-16.
Sun, Sep 04, 2016
Today a great testimony showed how God is at work today. A couple's experience of cancer diagnosis and treatment brought them blessings they would never have expected: a living relationship with God; miracles in their own lives; miracles in other lives through their prayer; friendships; a new mission; and knowledge that God is bigger than any circumstances. We need to give God time; if we think we are too busy, he may find a way to give us the time.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Passage: John 17:1-26
Duration: 38 mins 39 secs
God gave Jesus His glory, and Jesus gives that glory on to us. This shows itself in 5 ways. 1) sonship, because we have been adopted as children of God with all the rights of the 'natural' son of God. 2) freedom and access to God the father; salvation is the entry point to a life with God. 3) the presence of God, in the form of the Holy Spirit living in us; the more time we spend with him, the more obvious that presence is. 4) the expression of God on earth, which is a radical responsibility. 5) rulership, as God gives us the right to rule over the earth in a reversal of the falI. Additional Scriptures: Galatians 3:25-27; Ephesians 3:10-12; Ephesians 1:13-14; Genesis 1:26
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Series: Philippians
Duration: 34 mins 11 secs
The world needs our joy: our colleagues at work, our families and our friends. Where does that joy come from? It comes from God and his Holy Spirit. Does that joy depend on circumstances? No! It grows as we learn to trust God through our suffering, as we have courage to face the messiness of real life. "The joy of the Lord is our strength", as He fights for us. We are not alone: Jesus understands our suffering, because he suffered and was tempted, just as we are. Others, too, have gone through, or are in the middle of, the same sort of suffering. Additional Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:6-7, James 1:2-3, Joshua 1:6-9, Romans 8:31-34, Hebrews 4:14-16
Sun, Aug 14, 2016
Series: Philippians
Duration: 33 mins 6 secs
Where do we find joy? Paul, even while in prison and facing possible death, found joy in serving God and His people. While we are here on earth, God has called us to serve, with whatever unique gifts He has given us. We are not meant to look like the person next to us, but rather to take courage to be ourselves as God has made us, for His glory. In the church we need unity in diversity, with grace, as we step out from playing it safe and go ahead with the part God has written for each of us, to build up His church and share His good news. Can you truly say, along with Paul, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain”? Embracing this eternal perspective gives us joy for today. Additional Scriptures: Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 4:4-7
Sun, Aug 07, 2016
Duration: 32 mins 34 secs
Do you know that God really, really loves you? He invites you to rest from your work and enjoy His passionate love for you. He is eager to spend time with you, in a relationship not based on hard work, but on the joy of simply being together, as two people in love. As we have an intimate daily relationship with the risen Christ, we can experience His true rest even in the midst of the busyness and stress of life. The Word of God helps us to find Jesus our great High Priest and enter His throne room of grace, where we find new mercies every day. Rest from your work and let Jesus carry you! Additional Scriptures: Philippians 2:13, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 5:6, Isaiah 40:31, Zephaniah 3:17, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:6, 1 Corinthians 13:4-6, Romans 8:14, Jeremiah 17:9
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