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5pm service: Rest in God

Posted 28 June 2017, 10:08 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

David lived a stress filled life. A stormy relationship with Saul; as a king he had constant war; his own sons fought with each other and with him. Yet through it all, David was able to find rest. In this Psalm, he tells us his secret for restful living. He finds it in God. God who can and did act on his behalf; who saved him. We too can find rest despite the stressful pace of life, or the pressures and dangers we feel threatened by. It is in following David’s example, trusting in the Lord and pouring out our hearts to him. We do this with the conviction that ‘You, O God are strong, and that You, O Lord, are loving’. This will give us rest for the soul.

 Bible Passage: Psalm 62:1-2

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Kept #2

Posted 28 June 2017, 10:06 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 These last two verses of Jude are easily the most well know from the book. It's a classic song and a popular closing verse but do you understand it within its context? Jude, a book we have worked through in the evenings, it is one that presents us with a long list of challenges. It was a church being pulled in every direction, corrupted by false teachers and being led by men with one foot in hell. What hope do they have? Jude's closing words point us to that hope and it's the same hope we are called to cling to this very day.

Bible Passage: Jude 24-25

Pastor: Ben Peletier



5pm service: Kept #1

Posted 21 June 2017, 8:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 The book of Jude is a dark and confronting one. We have trudged through Jude verses 5-16 seeing a church that was being pulled apart at the seams. While it might not feel like we face the same issues from within the church, in many ways our world offers us the very same temptations. The question is what should we do about it? Our passage tonight is possibly the most important in all of Jude because it gives us some very simple and rational steps to take in the dark and complicated world. 

Bible Passage: Jude 17-23

Pastor: Ben Peletier



Posted 21 June 2017, 8:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Walking with Jesus, as we have been, through the gospel of Mark is a good thing. It helps us understand the teaching of Jesus in its context and, at times, forces us to deal with passages we might be tempted to skip over. Mark 10 brings us to one of those types of passages. Jesus talked about things that many people would rather not hear. But, if Jesus takes on a subject like divorce, it is certainly worthwhile for us to hear what he says about it. The issue of divorce presented as many challenges in the first century as it does now in the twenty-first century. While the passage teaches about divorce, is encompasses more, bringing the conversation around to marriage too. As we reflect on what Jesus has to say about marriage and divorce, we acknowledge that it is painful for many who have been involved or affected by divorce, so we don’t want to hear these words of Jesus as condemnation but hope. So, while not shying away from what Jesus says, I hope we hear what he says accurately.

Bible Passage: Mark 10:1-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: Confronted #3

Posted 14 June 2017, 9:43 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Ungodliness Is Not a Virtue 

This Sunday night is our monthly Forge service which means a majority of the service will be led by the members of our young adults ministry. We are continuing our series through the book of Jude, a book written to a church facing some serious issues. From what we have learnt so far a group of leaders were trying to lead the church away from the truth. In our passage today these men sound like the would fit quite well into our world today, we might have even made a sitcom about them. 

Bible Passage: Jude 14-16

Pastor: Ben Peletier



9am service: The Seriousness of Sin

Posted 14 June 2017, 9:16 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Jesus often speaks of loving your enemy and doing good to those who hate you, and this is wise advice. But sometimes you come across some harsh words of Jesus; words of warning that grab our attention. That is what we find in these verses today. Jesus warns us to be careful that we don’t cause others to stumble and fall into sin. We are challenged to avoid sin at all costs as we walk a path of service in the world. Where does the Lord need to get your attention? What is the challenge for you?

Bible Passage: Mark 9:42-50

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



State of Origin II screening

Posted 14 June 2017, 9:14 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Will Queensland fail or fightback in the next Origin game? Depending on who you support, I sure the answer will be different. So, whether you are Maroon or Blue, male or female, young or old you can join us at church to watch the game on the big screen. We will also enjoy pizza, drinks and fun together before the game. The cost for the night is $5 to cover food and drinks. For catering purposes please talk to Roger de Boer (or email him [email protected])

When: Wednesday 21st June at 7pm.

Where: Redlands Christian Reformed Church

Why: Cheer the Maroons and give Pastor Jim a hard time, as a Blues supporter.

Who: Anyone and everyone. Bring your friends and neighbours too.



9am service: Who's In and Who's Out

Posted 7 June 2017, 9:36 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Our inclination is to divide the world into us and them, those who are with us and those who are outside our tradition, those who are part of the group and those who are excluded. If there’s an ‘us’, there has to be a ‘them’, right? Not everybody can be on ‘our side’, so there must be an “other side’. That’s the logic of Jesus’ disciple John in the passage. John says that this guy wasn’t ‘on our side’, not one of ‘us’, so we told him he couldn’t use the word, ‘Jesus’. John probably figured Jesus would be pleased with his theological line-drawing. But Jesus’ response is anything but praise. He upsets this division, saying, ‘whoever is not against us is for us’.  Essentially, Jesus called John and the others to evaluate the man’s relationship to Christ not on the basis of the group to which he belonged but on the basis of the fruit of his ministry. The man was bearing good fruit, so he should not have been treated as being outside the kingdom. We can and should work with other Christians without compromising the essential truths of the faith. We need to understand the generosity of the gospel that includes many people.

Bible Passage: Mark 9:38-41

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: OM Ships

Posted 31 May 2017, 9:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Join us Sunday evening at 5pm, where we will be joined by Mark and Kathy Knight, who have been working with Logos ship ministry for many years. They will share the joy and excitement of that ministry, travelling into port cities across the globe, bringing the Gospel message in different ways.

They will also bring a gospel message to inspire and challenge us. God has taken them on a journey through a tragic circumstance in life, from which they will share this message.

If you want to know more about this ministry check out their website, http://www.omships.org There you can watch videos, see pictures, read testimonies and so much more. This ministry began in 1970 as part of the global Christian training and outreach movement, OM International. Since then OM's ships have visited 480 different ports in 151 countries and territories and welcomed over 46 million visitors on board.

Their goal is to bring knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. They do this by supplying vital literature resources, encouraging cross-cultural understanding, training young people for more effective life and service, providing needed relief, and sharing a message of hope in God wherever there is opportunity.

On average, around one million visitors have been welcomed on board every year! An international crew and staff of volunteers live and work on the ships. Teams from the ship go into surrounding areas to supply aid and community care. In each port, the ship's crew joins local churches to bring hope and show love to people whatever their circumstance, culture or background.



9am service: The Final Word

Posted 31 May 2017, 9:38 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Solomon began and ended his spiritual quest by saying that without God there is no meaning or purpose to life. He kept asking is there was more to life than what we see under the sun. If there is no God, and so no final judgement then it is hard to see how anything we really matter. But he concludes that there is a God in heaven who rules the world, so things do matter. So, the final word of Ecclesiastes is not that nothing matters, but that everything does. What we did, how we did it and why we did it will all have eternal significance. If this is true, then how should we live? Solomon has a word on that for us in his final analysis, which we will look at together this Sunday morning.

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Seize the Day

Posted 24 May 2017, 9:37 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

No matter what season of life we currently experience, childhood, youth, adulthood, or old age, this passage encourages us to live joyfully. We are invited to enjoy life, but to enjoy it realistically and responsibly – to bask in the bright sun while never forgetting we dwell in the shadow of death. Because of its realism there is the accurate combination of good news and bad news, of optimism and of despair, of life and of death. This reflects life in the real world. Our experience of life is not all good, neither is it all bad. Instead it is something in-between. It is a combination of glorious beauty and unspeakable brutality and suffering. To deny either would be deceptive and unrealistic. How do we live in this environment? Solomon reminds us to look to God, to remember him as our creator God. We look to his awesome power, his infinite knowledge, his great love.

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Forge Youth Service

Posted 17 May 2017, 9:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Human beings yearn for connection and belonging. Yet with the rise of social media, there are concerns many people appear to be less connected in real-life, social relationships.

Come and connect with us as we try and look at some of our relationships.

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 

 



9am ervice: A Meaningless Life = A Meaningless Death

Posted 17 May 2017, 9:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 It is claimed that Benjamin Franklin once said the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Most of us have lived long enough to face the reality of this statement. Death is life's great leveller and something that we will all face, but how are we to live when we know that our time is limited? Solomon's answer is simple, embrace the days that God has given you. If we match up this idea with the hope of the gospel we can live a meaningful life and even see the hope beyond death. 

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 9:1-10

Pastor: Ben Peletier



9am servce: The Legacy of Mothers and Grandmothers

Posted 10 May 2017, 8:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In the passage this morning, Paul mentions his thanks for the mother and grandmother of Timothy, his ‘trainee’. They had passed on a huge legacy to Timothy, one that would last for eternity. What was that legacy? The sincere faith that was lived out in their lives. We combine Mother’s Day with a baptism and want to think about the number one concern for Timothy of these women. It wasn’t a good job for him; it wasn’t a great education to open doors of opportunity for riches and success; it wasn’t a trade that helped him provide for his family. Their concern was the passing on of the Gospel. Mothers, Kat and Trev too, as you raise your children and grandchildren make this your number one concern.

Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 1:1-7

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 

Please Note: There will be no PM service on Mother's Day!

 



Special Notice for Golden Oldies

Posted 4 May 2017, 9:25 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Due to unforeseen circumstances the proposed bus trip to Pomona for the Silent Movies has been cancelled. However, do not despair, we will gather in the church for morning tea to be followed by the dvd. ‘Live to the Limit”. About a 74 year old test Pilot.

Date: Wednesday 24  May

Time: 10am

Bring: Yourself—and maybe a friend—and something to share for morning tea.

As Joyce would say ‘It wouldn’t be the same without you!!’

 

 



5pm service: Confronted #1

Posted 3 May 2017, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The second section in our series on Jude throws us straight into the issue that the letter addressed. There were people in the church who were actively trying to alter the gospel. People who wanted to encourage an unbiblical lifestyle and even deny Jesus sufficiency. To address this issue Jude presents his audience with some serious examples from history.  Two of these examples we have and know well. The third about the fall of the angels is a little more difficult to understand. Come along to see how the issues that Jude addresses are just like those we face in the church today.

Bible Passage: Jude 1:5-10

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



9am service: The Search for Meaning: Wisdom

Posted 3 May 2017, 9:33 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Reading Ecclesiastes forces us to look at the world around us and ask the hard questions of life; it also forces us to look deep into our hearts and think about the things we hold as meaningful. The book forces us to take a much deeper look at life. So as we navigate our way through the maze of this life how do we make good decisions? For Solomon, the answer was the gaining of wisdom? If wisdom is of great benefit, how do we get it, where do we find it? That is the wrestle for this Sunday.

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 7:1-8:1

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



Enjoy Painting?

Posted 3 May 2017, 9:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The Creche room is being repainted.

Phil Sargent is looking for help on Saturday morning (8am) to finish painting the Creche room. If you can spare some time, drop in and help.

 



Job Descriptions

Posted 2 May 2017, 10:01 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

A copy of the Job Descriptions and Charts presented at the Congregational Meeting on Saturday are available from the Administration Office. 



Posted 21 April 2017, 11:43 AM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

Enjoy your brief newsletter. Our editor is away on holidays!Smile 



5pm service: Overcoming Doubt

Posted 19 April 2017, 10:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Every thinking person sometimes wrestles with doubt. That is true not only for thinking Christians, but also for atheists and agnostics. Sometimes we wonder, “What if I’m wrong? “What if Christianity is not true?” For some, the doubts are relatively minor and fleeting. For others, the doubts are deep and disturbing. But wherever you’re at on the spectrum, if you’ve been a Christian for a while, you have gone through times when you struggled with doubt. Sometimes we are made to feel guilty for harbouring doubt, but doubt can be the tool that God uses to help you grow. That was certainly the case for Thomas. After all that he had seen of the brutal treatment and death of Jesus, his hopes and dreams are crushed. The other disciples excitedly share their meeting with the risen Jesus and Thomas has doubts. Once he meets Jesus he moves from doubt to faith, making the first clear declaration of Jesus, ‘My Lord and my God.’ We too have sources to overcome our doubt and grow through it.

Bible Passage: John 20:24-31

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



Car Wash - Saturday

Posted 19 April 2017, 9:24 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Saturday 22nd April starting at 0800 hrs.

Volunteers Needed.

Proceeds are destined for Solomon Islands Team.

 

 



9am service: The Two Lost Sons

Posted 19 April 2017, 9:23 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

While perhaps the most famous teaching of Jesus, the parable of the ‘prodigal son’ is arguably his least understood. Upon closer examination of the story and its characters, it is clear that Jesus’ message concerns more than just a wayward son, but also a judgmental older brother and, more importantly, a loving Father. Revealing the Fathers’ heart, he invites both the wayward and not-so-wayward to abandon their hopeless conditions and draw near to the one who ferociously seeks them.

Bible Passage: Luke 15: 1-3 & 11-32

Pastor: Ben Klitscher



9am Easter Sunday:The Women at the Tomb

Posted 12 April 2017, 9:51 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The People Around the Cross series.

Over the last few weeks we have considered the characters around the tomb, the people who stood and watched as Jesus was crucified. Some of these people loved Jesus, some loathed him, yet everyone watched him die. The earth shook as he breathed his last and darkness fell over the land. He was taken down and placed in a tomb and in the eyes of the world that was meant to be the end of his story. But we know better. Only three days later two of Jesus most faithful followers, two women who cared for him, go to pay their respects. These women find soon realise that something has happened, something that will change everything, quite literally, forever. 

Bible Passage: Matthew 28:1-10

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



9am Good Friday: Roman Centurion

Posted 12 April 2017, 9:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The People Around the Cross series> This Good Friday we will focus on the amazing confession of a Roman Centurion, ‘Surely, this man was the Son of God’. These were the words of a seasoned soldier, one how had watched men die; who had put many to death himself. So was this a confession of faith or was it a professional soldier trying to make sense of something he had never experienced before? Obviously, the events that had happened at the cross deeply moved him to make this declaration, but what does it mean? But more importantly, is this your confession? If so, what does it mean to you? If not, why not?

Bible Passage: Mark 15:21-39

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: People Around the Cross: The Disciples

Posted 6 April 2017, 8:47 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Where would you be standing if you were at the crucifixion? What would your response be? Would you have said, ‘If I lived around the time of Jesus then I would have no trouble believing in him.’ Really? What if you were of the chosen disciples? Would you have said, ‘If I was chosen as a disciple then I would never have left him.’ Really? The gospel accounts give us a very different picture. Those closed to him deserted him the moment he was arrested and bound. They fled in fear and confusion. They hid, trying to understand why their teacher was being executed. What were they thinking? Their beliefs about Jesus did not match the reality of him hanging on a cross. They were gutted and fearful, yet God was gracious to them.

Bible Passage: John 19:16-27

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: People Around the Cross: The Crowd

Posted 6 April 2017, 8:44 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This week we are considering the crowd in the final week of Jesus ministry on earth. As Jesus approached Jerusalem a crowd gathered. They cried out  Hosanna, lay their cloaks on the ground and softened the road with tree branches. They welcomed this Jesus with open arms, calling him their saviour and a great prophet. Yet only a week later this very same nameless and faceless crowd cried out: "crucify him". How could this change happen so quickly and what can we learn from them? Well, come along to think about the two distinct faces of this crowd.

Bible Passage: Matt 21:1-11 & 27:11-26

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



Just Because... Venue Change

Posted 22 March 2017, 8:32 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Due to the amount of rain that has fallen and due to fall, the Just Because event has now being held at Redlands Christian Reformed Church, cnr Sturgeon & Delancey St, Ormiston.



9am service: The Search for Religion

Posted 22 March 2017, 8:21 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In the verses we are looking at today God now gets a mention. Up to now, much of Ecclesiastes has been about the meaninglessness of life apart from God, now we are to look to God who made our world. What is clear is that our “under the sun” lives are in a drastic need of recalibration to how we approach God. Have you ever thought about the fact that God knows and judges the way we worship? He sees into your heart; he sees the attitude behind your actions and judges whether your worship is acceptable. Solomon is saying that there is a right way and a wrong way to worship God. The right way is that of the wise person and the wrong way is that of fools. If we do not want our religion to be meaningless we need to avoid the wrong way to worship God. What is that wrong way? What is the right way?

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: Ten Words: CONTENTMENT

Posted 22 March 2017, 8:19 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Will you believe it? We have reached the final installment of our series on the 10 commandments! We'll find this Sunday that there is something rather peculiar about the last commandment. It's not quite like any of the others and after understanding it well, we'll hopefully delight in these words of Augustus Toplady: 

 

"Object of my first desire, 

Jesus, crucified for me! 

All to happiness aspire, 

Only to be found in thee.

 Thee to please and thee to know 

Constitute our bliss below, 

Thee to see and thee to love 

Constitute our bliss above."  

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:17

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



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