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5pm service: Could Not Stand

Posted 21 July 2016, 8:42 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 When hardship strikes some people will try and bring comfort with the saying, If you have your health, you have everything’. The idea is that you can cope with things that annoy, some economic hardship and some inconveniences as long as you are healthy. People might have been encouraging Pharaoh that way but the next plague hits Pharaoh, and the Egyptians, personally. Now their health is impacted. The gods they worshipped for health and protection are impotent against the God of the Hebrews. So how does Pharaoh respond now his health is impacted. ‘He would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses’. What’s going on here? How are we supposed to respond to this? Here is another plague to wrestle with on Sunday evening. Join us.

Bible Passage: Exodus 9:8-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Two Worthy Lives

Posted 21 July 2016, 8:40 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last week we considered the high call of what it means to live lives worthy of the gospel of Christ (Phil 1:27): to live selflessly humble - to live in such a way that all our power, abilities and resources are geared to build others up and not ourselves. This Christian-worthy way of life, we said, is based firmly on the unique humility of Jesus Christ himself. After all of this, however, we may still be left somewhat in the dark as to the question of 'what does it look like for me to live 100% for others'? Does it end with me selling my house and becoming a missionary in a developing country? Should I give up whatever I'm studying and do theological training? Should I become a pastor? If not, what then? Thankfully, in the very next section of Philippians we see Paul being immensely helpful at giving us guidance. On Sunday morning we'll crack into his advice.    

Bible Passage: Philippians 2:19-30

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem




Jo Sikkema Funeral Details

Posted 14 July 2016, 8:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Funeral Details for Jo Sikkema 



5pm service: Sacred Cows

Posted 14 July 2016, 8:32 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Sunday evening we are picking up the next plague that comes on Pharaoh and the Egyptians. This one impacts the livestock of the people and the first that brings death. God is breaking down the gods of the Egyptians one by one, to expose their reliance on the things that cannot save the. What ‘sacred cows’ might God need to remove from our lives so we look to him? What is the importance of and understanding heart and the importance of how the decision we make today...that will impact our tomorrow. Pharaoh had the chance 'today' to submit to God and avoid the disaster of 'tomorrow' when the plague struck. We have the similar 'today' opportunity. Join us as we again delve into the plagues of Exodus.

Bible Passage: Exodus 9:1-7

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: What is Humility

Posted 14 July 2016, 8:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." These are Paul's words to the Philippian Christians and to us when it comes to how we should live. Our every action, every word, every thought are to be done in a 'manner worthy of the gospel of Christ'. It's perhaps somewhat easy to see the implications of this for us as individuals, but what does it mean for us as a Christian group of people in relationships with each other? Karl Barth once commented: "there are no letters in the New Testament apart from the problems of the church." Every letter addresses issues that God's church faced then and most certainly faces now. In light of this, what is it that will make this group of Christians - us, Redlands Christian Reformed Church - a church worthy of the gospel of Christ in our dealings with one another? On Sunday we'll consider the deep and absolute call that God places on the life of his church in order to be 'worthy of the gospel of Christ'. Please join us.  

Bible Passage: Philippians 2:1-11

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem




Jo Sikkema

Posted 12 July 2016, 12:47 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

 Early this morning (12th July) Jo Sikkema was called home to her Lord. She passed away peacefully after her health deteriorated in the past few months. Please be in prayer for Bill (son) and the family as they grieve the passing away of a much loved mother, Oma and great Oma. For them it is a time of sadness and joy running together.

Funeral service details will follow later.



Queensland CRC Ladies Day

Posted 8 July 2016, 10:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Queensland CRC Ladies Day - Saturday, 23 July, at 9:45am

Guest Speaker: Kathy Deighton from Christian Women Communicating International

Date:  Saturday, 23 July

Time: 9.45am

RSVP: 9 July to Leanne on 0452 607 770 or [email protected]

Please let us know if you have special diet needs.

Address: 44 Poinsettia Street, Inala (Parking at 83 Frangipani Street, Inala)

Any ladies interested in attending the Ladies Day in Inala on Saturday July 23 and in need of a lift, see Mariska Dekker.

We hope to organise a bus again to take as many of us as possible.

 

 



5pm service: Lord of the Flies

Posted 6 July 2016, 9:45 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Philip Ryken, in his commentary on Exodus, writes, ‘In the end Pharaoh was defeated by mighty forces like darkness and death. But long before the sky turned black over Egypt and the angel of death snatched the firstborn son, it was the little things that got to Pharaoh…little things like lice and flies. One of the wonders of the exodus is that God used tiny insects to demonstrate his power over Pharaoh and his gods.’ Flies! God used flies to humble Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Flies speak to us of filth, disease, contamination and nuisance. Flies in the land was bad news for everyone…everyone that is, except the Israelite slaves, they were untroubled by this plague, for throughout the area of Goshen not a fly was to be seen. What is going on here? Again we turn to the plagues of Egypt and see what God is doing to redeem his people.

Bible Passage: Exodus 8:20-32

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: To Live...To Die

Posted 6 July 2016, 9:43 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Last week we started looking at Philippians.? It's a personal letter of encouragement written by Paul to the church he planted and loved in Philippi. He starts by thanking God for them; when just thinking about them brings joy to his heart and a prayer to his mind. Now we move on in the letter and are struck by another key phrase: ‘For me to live is Christ and to die is gain’ (v21). Of all the words contained in the letters of Paul, none read more poignantly than these. This is Paul’s autobiography in a word. It’s the core of his faith, the basis of his hope, the reason for his existence. Here’s the challenge: How would you complete the following sentence? “For to me to live is …… .” What word or phrase would you put in the blank? Don’t miss the point. No one leaves that sentence blank. Everyone finishes it with something. If you don’t fill the blank with Christ, what do you put there? We will look at that more closely this Sunday.

Passage: Philippians 1:12-26

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: Worship Night

Posted 29 June 2016, 8:59 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Sunday night we are gathering for a night of prayer and praise. Come along and be part of this special service where we intend to combine prayer, music, song and God's Word to worship and bring praise to the only One who is worthy to receive it. What a great way to end a weekend and begin a new week. See you there. 



9am service: Shining as Stars

Posted 29 June 2016, 8:58 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We are starting a series delving into the letter Paul writes to the Philippian church. His letter is sometimes described as a love letter. There is a wonderful note of joy and thanksgiving that runs through this entire letter. Even these first few verses make it abundantly clear why. It has a very warm beginning and the first few paragraphs, which we will be looking at, ooze love. Paul begins this section of his letter with this simple but profound statement: “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Imagine, for a moment, what it would be like to start our letters like this. Or to start our conversations. Try it. Seriously. The next time you have a significant conversation with a friend, start by telling the other person that every time you think of them, you give God thanks for their friendship and support. Or the next time you have a significant meeting at work, start by telling the whole group why you are grateful to work with them. Or the next time you sit down with your family, turn to each one and say what you are grateful for about each one. Thanksgiving is powerful because it builds up the other person, names what is beautiful and wonderful, and links it to the goodness of God the giver of all gifts. Each of us could do with a little more thanksgiving in our life. We will look a little more closely at this aspect of Paul’s prayer on Sunday morning.

Bible Passage: Philippians 1:1-11

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: I Promise

Posted 22 June 2016, 10:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Sunday morning we have the immense privilege to baptise Vivian Gail Booysen. What makes this such a privilege is not necessarily the preciousness of gathering around a family who intends to raise their child to come to know Christ - special though that is. What makes this a weighty matter is that all of us are brought face to face with the eternal promises of God. These are promises and truths which, if understood correctly and received appropriately, are the most precious possession you will ever have. So, please join us as we marvel at God's promises and consider what it means for you.

Bible Passage: Jeremiah 29:1-15

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 

 



5pm service: God Causes Us to Itch

Posted 22 June 2016, 10:18 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We are continuing our series in Exodus, looking at the third plague- of gnats. Each of the plagues is designed to build upon the next and to lead to the ultimate redemption of Israel. When they are redeemed, they’ll go to Sinai to worship the Lord, and eventually they will head for the Promised Land. The lessons grow each time too. The Lord is not merely God over the waters, but he is God over the land too. He is the Lord over one thing and not another. He isn’t just God over one group of people and not another. He is not just a God over one location, but all places. He is absolutely sovereign over all things, including Set, the god of the desert, and Chemi, the god of the fertile soil. He is still the sovereign Lord today and sometimes we need to be itchy to turn to him. What more can we learn from the plague of gnats.

Bible Passage: Exodus 8:16-19

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



Camp Oven Dinner RSVP Today Please

Posted 20 June 2016, 9:38 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

From 3pm Saturday 25th  June

RSVP by Monday 20th June

Ingeborg 0417 791 097

[email protected]

$8 per person or

$20 per family

BYO

Nibbles to share

Drinks, Glasses

Chairs/Picnic rugs

Warm Clothes!

 

Funds raised will be given to the Solomon Island S.W.I.M. team and project

 



9am service: Sheltering in God

Posted 15 June 2016, 9:08 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

What does it mean to ‘dwell in the shelter of the Most High’? How do you find rest there? These questions, and more, we ask when we read Psalm 91. The words bring up the idea safety, protection and care. But what does that look like when life is hard, when you are faced with sickness, when cancer comes knocking on your door? This morning Damien and Helen Watson will be sharing what it looks like for them. How they hold onto faith and trust in God through Damien’s journey with cancer. How God sustains them. How they try to look at the big picture. Where does hope lie? Where do you look for shelter?

Bible Passage: Psalm 51

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: A Lot of Frogs

Posted 15 June 2016, 10:04 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

If the words 'ten plagues' were to be mentioned, most people would have some fairly distinct images coming to mind. Images of frogs, locusts and boils are imprinted on us whether it is from the pictures we colored in as kids or the vivid scenes from Exodus: Gods and Kings. What wouldn't come to mind, however, is that each of these plagues is a stern judgment of God that still confronts every single human being today. The frogs exposed a critical failure of Egyptian society and in timeless fashion it's doing the same thing to Australians as well. On Sunday night we'll unpack what the frogs are meant to tell us - and it's about a whole lot more than good entertainment... 

Bible Passage: Exodus 8:1-15

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



BBQ Brunch

Posted 11 June 2016, 4:31 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

Join us!!!!

Tomorrow (12th June) enjoy a brekky role.

A fundraiser for the Solomon Islands Mission trip.



5pm service: A River of Blood

Posted 8 June 2016, 8:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Over the next few weeks, in our evening services, we will be picking up the Exodus story again. We finished with the prologue to the plagues where Pharaoh turns his back on Moses and Aaron. It was the culmination to his earlier words, ‘Who is the Lord, that I should obey him?’ (5:2) Now God begins to reveal himself to Pharaoh, demonstrating his power over all things. It begins tonight with the first ‘plague’ where the water turns to blood. Why start with this plague? The Nile was such an important part of the life of Egypt that God is making a statement through this ‘miraculous sign and wonder.’ Join us as we look into this confrontation between Pharaoh, who thought himself god, and the Lord of the universe.

Bible Passage: Exodus 7:14-24

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: Praying Together

Posted 8 June 2016, 8:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"With all due regard to churches’ individual circumstances, it’s hard to justify the... relegation of prayer to an obligatory sidelight... whatever a church’s brilliant programming, the power of God alone will fulfill a church’s mission and foster revival. No element of worship better signals Christians’ dependence upon God than prayer." Thomas Kidd raises a searching question. We pray regularly in our worship services but how often are these prayers - at least perceived as - an 'obligatory sidelight'? Has praying together as a church lost it's due sense of awe and intimacy? This Sunday prayer will move from the sidelight to the limelight as we pray and are reminded of the precious access we have to the Sovereign God of the universe. Please join us. 

Bible Passage: Acts 4:24-31         

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



Camp Oven Dinner - Postponed

Posted 3 June 2016, 8:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Due to the forecast of heavy rain, the Camp Oven Dinner planned for this Saturday has been postponed till 25th June. 



5pm service: Christian Thinking about Science and Techno

Posted 1 June 2016, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Our world is being shaped by many new advances in science and technology. Genetic modification of crop plants and animals, assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), and advanced information technology and artificial intelligence systems all offer considerable promise – or do they? How should we think Christianly about science and technology? Just because advances in science and technology are possible, are they beneficial?

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:23-31

Speaker: Chris Downs



Prayer for Geoff Hughes

Posted 26 May 2016, 10:46 AM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

Hi all. We just receivied news this morning that Geoff Hughes, our ministry worker in the Solomon Islands is very sick. He has a possible blood and stomach infection and is on an IV antibiotic drip. Please pray that these antibiotics will be effective in treating him. pray that God will bring healing and renewed health.



5pm service: Are all religions the same?

Posted 25 May 2016, 9:08 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Mahatma Gandhi once said: "The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different." While these are words spoken by a leader of old we hear them frequently mentioned in conversations and discussions about religion in our society. People say stuff like: 'I believe all religions are basically the same' or 'it is the same deity behind them all which is 'accessed' differently through various forms of spirituality'. Behind this thinking lies the assumption that all religions or worldviews can be right about its claims on truth and reality. But can they? Sunday evening we'll unpack this question. Please join us.     

Bible Passage: John 14:6 

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: Spiritual Gifts- Communication Gifts

Posted 25 May 2016, 9:07 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

God has given the church spiritual gifts. We have been looking at these gifts over the past number of weeks. The purpose of the gifts given is for the glory of God and the helping of others. Today we look at the grouping of gifts under the umbrella of communication gifts: teaching, preaching and exhortation (encouragement). This is the art of communicating truth to others so that their lives will be changed through their growing understanding. Every one of us has an understanding of Jesus and the Bible because someone in our lives had one of these gifts. These gifts hold special honour because they bear fruit. Today we will see how these gifts are displayed and how they can be practically applied in the life of the church.

Bible Passage: Acts 18:18-28

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: A Crack in the Curtain

Posted 18 May 2016, 9:22 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

A few weeks ago, pastor Jim preached a great sermon in the apologetics series on why bad things happen to God’s people.  “How can a good God allow suffering in this life?” is the title of the sermon and you can still listen to it on our website.  This is a great introduction to today’s sermon.  In the Old Testament we find the story of Job.  Now by all accounts Job was a good man – he feared God and shunned evil – he was blameless and upright. (Job 1:1).  When you read his story and the way his life is devastated by one major event after another – you would think that Job would be allowed to ask “How can a good God allow suffering in this life?”. 

Don’t we often experience a similar situation?  Life is great until…..  you get a bad prognosis from the oncologist, or one of your relatives is in a serious accident, or a business deal goes bad, or a marriage falls apart.  I am sure have experienced this yourself, or you are even experiencing this now.  Your life becomes engulfed in fire.  Your soul is troubled.  Your faith scorched.  Will I ever survive life’s inferno?

How do you answer questions like that?  What can we say?  Can we read the mind of God?  Fortunately the Bible does give us some answers and today we will look at some of those – join us to open the crack in the curtain to take a glimpse.

Bible Passage: Job 1:6-12 & Job 19:13-29

Preacher: John Van Dijk



9am service: Will my Faith Sustain Me?

Posted 18 May 2016, 9:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The start to Ruby Black’s life was anything but normal. There were moments of heartache, fear, uncertainty and so much more. When faced with circumstances completely outside of your control, is there someone you can trust? We are taught that God is faithful; that he is true; we believe the promises of God in the Bible but what happens when crisis hits? It is the chance to go from knowing these things of God, to experiencing them. This is the testimony of Lachie and Bonnie through the premature birth of Ruby and her long hospitalisation. Today becomes a time to celebrate Ruby’s life, the promises of God in her baptism and the faith we hold onto, because we know that ‘God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear’ (Psalm 46).

Bible Passage: Psalm 46

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: A Fierce Flourishing

Posted 4 May 2016, 9:59 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the ministries of our church is called Mum's Cafe. This year their theme is 'A Fierce Flourishing.' According to one dictionary the meaning of the word 'flourish' is to "grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly congenial environment." It's fair to say that every human being wants their life to flourish - to grow and develop in a healthy and vigorous way... But what does this look like and how can it happen? This Sunday, as we turn to Isaiah 55 we'll see how we can flourish fiercely, particularly as mothers but indeed all of us.  

Bible Passage: Isaiah 55:1-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



Funeral Service Details

Posted 27 April 2016, 8:49 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The Funeral Service for Rachel Barham will be held at Redlands Christian Reformed Church at 2pm, Thursday 28th April.     

Thanks to those who have offered to help for the funeral service. We still need help with the serving and cleanup of afternoon tea.

  

 

 



5pm service: How can a good God allow suffering in this

Posted 27 April 2016, 8:23 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

How can a good God allow suffering in this life? It’s a huge question, isn’t it? Hardly a day goes by when we don’t come across suffering. Devastation caused by earthquakes and tsunamis… millions living in poverty… children being abused… family breakdowns… bullying… people suffer. We suffer. So it’s right to say to God: “God, if you’re there, why don’t you do something about it?” People have endeavoured to come to grips with these puzzling questions from the dawn of recorded history. To humans, it seems so obvious—if God truly is, as Christians proclaim, all-loving and all-powerful, He could stop the evil and suffering in this world. So why doesn’t He? Atheists and agnostics often point to this conundrum to support their disbelief and scepticism. How does a believer answer? As part of our apologetic series we will tackle this topic on Sunday night.

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 1: 3-11

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Gifts of Service

Posted 27 April 2016, 8:22 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We're two weeks into our series on spiritual gifts. So far we looked at what spiritual gifts are in theory and why they have been given by the Holy Spirit to the church. For the next few Sundays we will be delving a little deeper into the actual gifts and come up close to them as we unpack them in categories. By giving a brief description of each gift and seeing how we observe it in Scripture, we'll again discover how unique - and therefore indispensable - each of the gifts are. Please join us as we discover more of God's grace to his church in these remarkable gifts.  

Bible Passage: Romans 12:6-8

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



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